Rowan Willis (AUS) and his own Wellington Grey Goose secured the victory in the $75,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix on Saturday, March 5, at World Equestrian Center – Ocala during the Winter Spectacular IX show. Catsy Cruz (MEX) designed an intricate first-round track for the 45 horse-and-rider combinations, and 12 competitors advanced to the jump-off. Willis and the 11-year-old Warmblood mare were the third pair to return for the jump-off and stopped the timers at 36.160 seconds to prove unbeatable.
“‘Goose’ is an incredible horse,” commented Willis. “I was lucky enough to have bred her as a foal in England. She was very difficult as a young horse. It has taken some time and a few amazing people to get her up to the level she is at now. She’s really paying off all those hard years put in and is now incredible.”
Not far behind Willis was Lauren Crooks (USA) and her own Louisana Van De Moortelshoeve who took home second place. Dorothy Douglas (USA) piloted Davenport Farm’s MTM Through The Looking Glass to a third-place finish.
Source and photo World Equestrian Center Ocala/Andrew Ryback Photography