Darragh Kerins Wins $35,000 Ox Ridge Grand PrixTo Close the 73rd Annual Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810,
DARIEN, CT ? June 17, 2002 ? The sun came out for the last dayof the 73rd annual Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show in Darien, CT and DarraghKerins of Ireland beat a field of 28 entries in the $35,000 Ox Ridge GrandPrix.The Grand Prix course consisted of 13 fences and was designed by Anthony D?Ambrosio of Mount Kisco, New York.
After the first round, only 5 horses had clean rounds. McLainWard of Brewster, NY had two entries for the jump-off and was first andsecond to go. Galant was his first ride. He had one knockdown, scoring 4jumping faults with a time of 44.415 seconds. He came back on Alegro andhad two knockdowns for 8 faults and a time of 46.034 seconds whichultimately earned him fourth place.
Next to go was Kerins on his 14-year-old Irishbred gelding, NotreDame. Kerins had a no-fault ride and a time of 46.499 seconds to take thelead. Callan Solem, riding Allison, was next. She had 12 faults and a timeof 48.078, which earned her fifth place. Last to go was Canadian Olympicveteran Mario Deslauriers with Amica. One fence came down and his score offour faults and time of 46.247 seconds put him in third place behind Kerinsand Ward.
After finishing second on Galant, Ward said, ?Kerins has beenknocking on my door the last couple of weeks! He deserved to win today.?When asked about the course, Ward said, ?The footing was great but thefences were huge! It was a difficult course for this Grand Prix.?
The $35,000 Ox Ridge Grand Prix, one of the nation's largest andmost prestigious competitions, is the highlight of the Ox Ridge CharityHorse Show, which drew approximately 1300 horses this year.
Sponsors for the 2002 Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show include BevalsLTD, Brooks Community Newspapers, CL. Adams, Der Dau, Great Horse Designs,House of Needlepoint, Indo-Chic Imports, Kool 96.7 FM, Lucky Lawn Inc.,Pharmacia Animal Care, Reuters, Scudder Private Investment Counsel, andWatson Wyatt Worldwide.
A portion of the proceeds from the 2002 Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show benefitsThe Center For Hope, a counseling and support center for children andadults, located in Darien.