September 25, 2015–The Split Rock Jumping Tour, the high-end show jumping event that debuted in May, is again attracting some of the world’s top riders to the “Horse Capital of the World” for the second leg of its 2015 series. The Bourbon International CSI 3* will be held October 9-11 at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.
After a successful launch in May with its premiere event, the Lexington International CSI 3*, Split Rock Jumping Tour (SRJT) Founder and President Derek Braun, a successful international show jumping rider, is continuing to evolve his vision of creating an “Unparalleled Show Jumping Experience” for riders, owners, sponsors and spectators that is unique among horse shows in the United States.
With a world-class venue, top prize money, extravagant awards, and its unique full-service Rider Hospitality Experience, the SRJT is set to welcome an international group of world-class show jumpers to Braun’s Split Rock Farm for a fall spectacular. In addition to a superlative VIP experience, the three-star distinction from the FEI allows riders to earn world-ranking points on American soil.
A solid mix of decorated veterans is coming to compete including: U.S. Olympic veteran and ten-time American Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year Margie Engle; 2011 Pan American Games double Gold Medalist Christine McCrea of the U.S. and her husband, Jon McCrea; Olympic veterans Sharn Wordley of New Zealand and Russia’s Liubov Kochetova; plus Irishmen Conor Swail, who won both the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and the American Gold Cup Qualifier as well as several classes at Spruce Meadows in July, and Richie Moloney, who recently won the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping American Gold Cup.
An array of other well-known names will also be heading to Lexington including Meagan Nusz, the 2015 Tryon CSI 3* Grand Prix winner; USET and Grand Prix veteran Molly Ashe-Cawley; 18-year-old Eugenio Garza Perez of Mexico, the 2013 North American Junior and Young Riders Championships Gold Medalist; and 19-year-old Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade, who competed at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy and the Furisiyya Nations’ Cup in Barcelona, Spain.
Other notable American riders among the competitors include Heather Caristo-Williams, who tied with Pablo Barrios for first place in the FEI Jumper Classic at HITS Saugerties in September; Paige Johnson, winner last March at the Winter Equestrian Festival; and home-town girl Callie Schott who is representing the second generation of a Lexington equestrian family.
“We’re thrilled to have so many top riders coming to our second Split Rock Jumping Tour event. Our lineup is shaping up to host one of, if not the most, competitive grand prixes in America” Braun said. “The feedback we received for our first event was through the roof and we are committed to continuing our efforts to raise the bar for show jumping in the U.S.”
In addition to the chance to see so many of the sport’s top horses and riders competing in a world-class show jumping competition, SRJT attendees will enjoy a variety of boutique shops and food vendors, a Children & Family Festival, a Beer and Wine Garden with live music, as well as free raffles and giveaways.
The Split Rock Jumping Tour has partnered with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation in which a portion of proceeds from all sales of Split Rock Jumping Tour Hospitality packages will go directly to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation to support their programs. Split Rock will also provide staff and patients of the Center with free tickets to attend the horse show. For more information please visit: https://ukmarkey.org.
Further information on the Split Rock Jumping Tour, including a detailed schedule and how to order tickets, is available on line at the Tour’s website at SplitRockJumpingTour.com or by emailing [email protected]