Erynn Ballard Wins by Seconds at the Royal West
Cynthia Brewster-Keating, Christof, and Pedro Cebulka with Erin Ballard and Appy Cara of the $45,000 GGT Footing/Whiteline Structures Classic 1.45m at Royal West, Calgary, AB, Canada. Photo Credit: Katy Whitt Photography
The pulse has quickened at the Royal West in week two as the big names began gearing up for the weekend’s big prizes. On Wednesday, Canada’s Erynn Ballard sharpened her game in the $45,000 GGT Footing/Whittling Structures Classic 1.45 meter with a dramatic win in an all-Canadian 11-horse jump-off.
In what was an all-female winning podium, Ballard rode her 10-year-old chestnut gelding, Appy Cara, to a clear round that beat out Ali Ramsay on the 8-year-old mare, Hermelien vd Hooghoeve, by 1.82 seconds. Third place in the tightly bunched field went to Vanessa Mannix on the 14-year-old gelding Nirvanan de Terlong who rode clean as well. Other riders making the jump-off were Laura Jane Tidball riding Prim’ de Lairaud, John Anderson on Terrific, Jill Henselwood and Farfelu du Printemps, Keean White on For Freedom Z and Carrera van de het Westleven Z, Ben Asselin riding Plume de la Roque, Chris Sorenson aboard Bobby, and Yann Candele with Granit S.
In the afternoon’s feature event, the $25,000 Salentein Wines Canadian Hunter Derby 3’6”, Brent Baliski riding Viogolo Z took home top honours with 106.00 points. Darcy Hayes aboard CrushIn captured second place with 104.5 points and in third was Ashton Belcher aboard Contifax. In the afternoon’s $10,000 Hunter Derby 3’.0”, Canada’s Rodney Tulloch took the top spot aboard Glory Bound. In second was Shannon Haney and her mount Erek and third place ribbon was won by Michelle James on Picasso.