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18-year-old showjumper Grace Debney wins second five-star class


  • US-based British showjumper Grace Debney has secured her second five-star win aged solely 18, with the mare she describes as “her rock”.

    Grace soared to victory within the $37,000 CSI5* Successful Spherical class with Zarina De Vidau, on the Traverse Metropolis Horse Present in Miami, USA, on 18 September.



    The younger Brit, who relies in Massachusetts, fought off stiff competitors within the class of 30, beating Eire’s Shane Sweetnam and Birdy Du Thot into second place within the jump-off. Different rivals included prime US riders Kent Farrington and McLain Ward, who had been fourth and 18th respectively.

    The victory is Grace’s second at this degree; she loved her first five-star win on the Winter Equestrian Pageant in April, additionally with Zarina De Vidau. Grace and the 11-year-old Diamant De Semilly mare have labored their approach up the ranks from junior degree.

    “I purchased her as an eight-year-old,” mentioned Grace. “She was meant to be my junior jumper and she or he simply saved stepping up, particularly over this previous 12 months. She’s had just a few worldwide wins.

    “She’s at all times been my rock. I owe loads of my profession to her for certain. This present final 12 months she was doing the juniors and now she’s doing the five-star.”

    Zarina De Vidau, who was produced by the USA’s Reed Kessler, is thought for her character.

    “She’s all sport face. She has no time for anybody, she simply needs to go within the ring and win,” mentioned Grace.

    “It took a couple of 12 months for me to really perceive her. My first actual excessive junior traditional was the second it clicked. She offers me a lot confidence. I by no means stroll into a category and suppose it’s too massive. There’s nothing she will be able to’t do.”

    Grace has had a profitable 12 months with plenty of worldwide placings along with her string of horses. In July she was a part of the British bronze-medal successful crew on the younger rider Europeans in Oliva Nova with Boheme De La Roque, on whom she additionally got here sixth individually.

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