$500,000 Rolex CSI 5*An Exciting Night!

The final ‘Saturday Night Lights’ was a very exciting night of show jumping. There were a total of 40 horses and riders and amoung them several of the best in the world. But the course designed by Guilherme Jorge was full of difficult questions for these riders . The second pair to go Richard Vogel of Germany and Cepano Baloubet had a clear round and would be going on to the Jump Off. The fifth pair Bertram Allen of Ireland and Pacino Amiro also went clear.

Then horse and rider number 7 Karl Cook of the and Kalinka Van’t Zorgvliet of the USA went clear also.

Carlos Hank Guerriero and his mount ‘Just the Music’ were the 10th combination and they also went clear.

Then we had to wait for Roberto Teran Tafur and Dez’Ooktoff, who came in number the number 20 position, to have a clear round. I had seen two well known Canadians have rails down: Tiffany Foster and Mario Deslauriers as well as many other riders who were not able to get clear rounds.

It was during the break between the two sections of 20 horse and rider combinations that the rain began. It has not rained here in Wellington for weeks. If anything there have been drought conditions. I stayed outside for a few mintues and then retreated to the Media Center. It’s possible to take photos from the center and be out of the rain. That huge lens you can see is not mine.

In the second 20 combinations there were only 2 clear rounds. Alessandra Volpi and her horse Berlinda ( in photo below)and McLain Ward

McLain Ward and HH Azur.

Having started at around 7:45 pm it was 9:30 when it was time for the jump off.

Richard Vogel was the first and he set off at a cracking pace.

He knew Cepano Baloubet could do it . But nearing the end of the shortened Jump Off course he asked a very difficult question of his horse. Look at this photo. You can see there is a vertical fence at right angles to the fence they are jumping.

He swept his horse round that jump and with only two strides asked him to jump it. When they cleared it a huge gasp rose from all the hundreds of spectators. Watch for it on this video.Click on the link below.


Richard Vogel had a very fast time 40.53 seconds! And no other rider would be able to beat that. Although some tried. Roberto Teran Tafur of Colombia and Dez’Ooktoff were 9 seconds slower for second place.

Mexican rider Carlos Hank Guerriero and H5 ‘Just the Music’ tried but came in 7th place. That’s nothing to be ashamed of at this level of competition.

So Richard Vogel was the winner. The announcer told us several times that this meant Richard would be taking home $165,000 as his share of the $500,000 Prize money. I do think that the horse’s owner Veronica Tracy will be getting some of it to help pay for the very considerable expenses of transport and care for Cepano Baloubet as a top athlete.

There were also some things for families ; A petting zoo, and a carousel, and also the stilt people who greeted me when I arrived.

The stilt people.

And so the final Saturday Night Lights came to an end. But I will be back next year and I have decided to do my photo taking from the comfort of the media center.


11 responses to “$500,000 Rolex CSI 5*An Exciting Night!”

  1. Lesley Avatar

    An exciting finale, Anne! The video was superb. 😀

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      I’m so glad you liked the video. Thanks for letting me know.

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  2. Deborah Avatar

    McLain Ward, he’s riding in pursuit of the Rolex Grand Slam. He’s been in top form the last few seasons. We’ve competed with him. Fantastic rider. Sometimes, you have your ask horse what seems an impossible ask. If you trust your horse, and they trust you, then anything is doable. One of the things you need to ignore, at this level, is stride count. You just go out and ride. Guilherme Jorge built courses, we’ve ridden his before too, from CA to NY to Michigan to LV. If you want a challenge …

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      I’m glad you read this post and got something from it..thanks for your comment. I also agree that if the horse trusts you then anything is doable. That is what Richard Voge captured with that incredibly tight roll back.


  3. kinge Avatar

    It must have been an interesting competition. With so many people from different countries who’d travelled in. I can only imagine the transportation cost. The 1st runner up prize money is good. That 16million here😏

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      It is a lot of money here too. But the expense of transporting horses around the world to compete is huge too. It’s another world really. Thanks for your comment!

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      1. kinge Avatar

        Welcome Anne

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  4. Dawn M. Miller Avatar

    You might have to get one of those super duper lenses for the media center. 😉

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      The one I have is pretty heavy I can’t imagine how much that huge one weighs!

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  5. Lavinia Ross Avatar

    Thanks for the video link, Anne. I enjoyed watching that ride through the course.

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Oh good! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know.

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