Jung Wins $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at The Royal

first_img SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Reigning Olympic champion Michael Jung of Germany claimed victory in his $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge debut on Saturday night, November 5, at the Royal Horse Show, held as part of the 94th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON.Jung, who won individual gold and team silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, thrilled a full house in the Ricoh Coliseum by guiding Cruising Guy home in the fastest time to win the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge.Held over two rounds, riders came into Saturday’s competition carrying forward their opening phase scores from Friday night. Ranked second behind Karl Slezak of Tottenham, ON, coming into the final phase of competition, Jung shot to the top of the leaderboard with a penalty-free, two-night cumulative time of 152.13 seconds when Slezak had two refusals riding Fernhill Wishes.Jung’s win was especially remarkable, considering he had only ridden his winning mount, Cruising Guy, for the first time 24 hours earlier.“I really felt more of a partnership with the horse tonight,” said Jung following his victory. “He was really concentrated, and nearly in every moment he was super to ride. He’s an experienced horse and very well prepared. I just had a good ride with a good horse. I have to say thank you to the team and to the horse.”While Jung claimed victory, Toronto’s own Rachel McDonough placed second riding Irish Rhythm with a two-round time of 160.59 seconds. Rounding out the top three was Canadian Olympian Jessica Phoenix of Cannington, ON, riding Abbey GS, owned by Charlotte Schickedanz.Jung made his first trip to Toronto a winning one over the 18-obstacle track set by course designer Captain Mark Phillips of Great Britain, himself an Olympic team gold medalist from the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.“I really liked the show,” said Jung, 34. “It’s very beautiful, and the course designer is very experienced. I’ve ridden many of his courses outside. It’s totally different inside, but he did a good job. It’s good competition.”In addition to his success at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Jung won both the individual and team gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics and is one of only two riders to ever win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, achieved by winning the CCI4* Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event (USA), the CCI4* Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), and the CCI4* Burghley Horse Trials (GBR) in succession.Limited tickets for the Royal Horse Show can still be purchased by visiting royalfair.org or ticketmaster.ca. For more information on the Royal Horse Show, the marquee event of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, visit royalfair.org/horse-show.$20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge – Final ResultsSaturday, November 5Place/Rider/Hometown/Horse – Penalties/Time1. Michael Jung, Germany/Cruising Guy – 0/152.132. Rachel McDonough, Toronto, ON/Irish Rhythm – 0/160.593. Jessica Phoenix, Cannington, ON/Abbey GS – 1/176.504. Diana Burnett, Blackstock, ON/Manny – 2/189.135. Kendal Lehari, Uxbridge, ON/RF d’Orbalia – 5/160.306. Selena O’Hanlon, Kingston, ON/Uptown Girl – 5 /163.67 Tags: Jessica Phoenix, Michael Jung, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Rachel McDonough, Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge, Cruising Guy, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email*last_img

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