Under a blazing hot Saturday sun at The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show CSI4* in Tattenhall, Great Britain, American up and comer Eve Jobs kept the stars and stripes flying high in the biggest class of the day—and marked another big victory on the scorecard of her young career. (On Friday, fellow USA rider Lauren Hough took first place in the feature competition at Bolesworth.)
Eighteen-year-old Jobs flew to a surprising win in the 1.45m, single round CSI4* Longines ranking class on June 17, 2017, sponsored by Country Frog by outclassing a huge roster of Britain’s best riders. She rode 15th in an order of 57, grabbed the lead, and held onto it for the duration of the competition.
Jobs was aboard Charleville, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding (Quasimodo Z x Lancelot) that she’s only been partnered with since this March. However, the Palo Alto, California native has quickly established a confidence with the gelding that was found for her by her coach Eddie Macken and his son, Stevie Macken.
“He’s such a fighter, I love him so much,” Jobs said of her horse. Her tight turns and smooth riding resulted in the quickest path over the challenging path that caught out many other riders. “This is the first time we’ve stepped him up into the bigger levels. But Eddie wanted to win today so he told me to go as fast as I could!”
Just three weeks ago, Jobs took the first grand prix win of her career with Charleville, in the $300,000 Split Rock Grand Prix CSI3* at the Split Rock Jumping Tour in Lexington, Kentucky.
Now, Jobs is based in Europe for a few months this summer to gain experience at the upper level. Bolesworth is her first-ever CSI4* competition, her first class back with Charleville since Split Rock and it was a real thrill for her to step right up and earn a win. The influence of Macken on Jobs’ fearless attitude and polished technique was clear.
“Eddie’s wonderful,” Jobs said of her coach. “He’s taught me so much, and given me so much confidence at a higher level. I feel so lucky to work with him. I was at the junior/amateur level at the beginning of this year, so this is my first time jumping at the international level. And it feels amazing!”
Jobs is now looking forward to riding in Sunday’s CSI4* grand prix at Bolesworth with her other mount, Tiny Toon de Semilly.
Great Britain almost saw a home win, with Julie Andrews placing 2nd by a very slim margin aboard her own Wilando B. Andrews’ time of 68.32 seconds was just off the mark to Jobs’ 68.17 seconds. In 3rd place, British rider William Funnell and Billy Angelo were just a hair off the mark in 68.40 seconds. Similarly, 4th placed Robert Smith and Bavi clocked in at 68.63 seconds.