Hardin Towell & New York. Ph. Spruce Meadows Media Services.
Jack Hardin Towell didn’t plan to even compete in the McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.45m, but when his barn manager Chris Howard entered New York and told him he was first in the ring, he gave it a go. A good go, in fact, as he was the first clear in round one and the first to return in the jump-off. They set down an unbeatable time of 40.80 seconds to win a wire-to-wire victory.
Coming close behind in second place was Eric Lamaze (CAN) on Melody des Hayettes, who stopped the clock in 40.97 seconds. Third place went to Molly Ashe (USA) and Balous Day Date, who were clear in 42.07 seconds. Finishing in 42.39 seconds, Alberto Michan (MEX) and Ujade Ste Hermelle were fourth. Fifth place was awarded to Jaclyn Duff (CAN) on EH All or None, who had a time of 42.99 seconds.
There were 50 entries in the first round, and 18 of those were clear to the advance to the jump-off. There were 11 double clears.
After a solid schedule of show jumping this winter and spring, New York, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding (Verdi x Watzmann) owned by Jennifer Gates LLC, was given five weeks off before coming to the Spruce Meadows Summer Series. Towell planned to have him as his grand prix horse during last week’s ‘National’, presented by Rolex, Tournament, and rode Lucifer in the lower competitions. It did not go as planned, and Towell felt discouraged heading into the ‘Continental’ Tournament.
“Last week he was really strong, and he didn’t jump great in the grand prix,” Towell said. “Every class he’s just been too fresh. This is his third day showing in a row. Last night he didn’t jump bad, but it was getting better.
“To be honest, I wasn’t showing until this morning,” he revealed. “I was arguing with Chris, my barn manager. Last night I was talking to him and he said, ‘I entered the 1.45m. You go first.’ Then we were arguing all morning and I didn’t even walk the jump-off (course). I got there, and it was nice. I could gallop and he really held off the jumps, which is good.”
Seeing how New York has been after a five-week absence from the competition, Towell has learned that he thrives on work and competing and will now adjust his schedule accordingly.
“Sometimes we want to be so successful and we try to put too much thought into it.”
“I should just know that I need to show him more,” he said. “I gave him the week off before I came to Spruce Meadows, and I shouldn’t have. I should have shown him that week and then he would have been ready for last week.”
“Less is more” is something else that Towell learned today with New York. He said, “I think sometimes I complicate it. I try to do too much. This morning I didn’t even ride him. I just got on and went (in the ring). Sometimes we want to be so successful and we try to put too much thought into it. There are some horses that you’re just better off getting on and going.”
Towell was pleased with New York’s improvement and the feeling he gave him in this competition. He noted, “I’m happy with the win, but I’m really happy with how he jumped in the jump-off. He feels back to himself. He really tried hard and jumped well.”
While Towell may have been discouraged with some of his performances, he was thrilled with how his student, Jennifer Gates, did in the challenging Scotiabank Cup yesterday. She and Pumped Up Kicks had just one time fault and finished fifth.
“Last night Jennifer was amazing. She had a great result, and that was exciting,” he remarked. “The morale on my horses has been down a little bit, so that makes us feel a little better. I was really excited with how Jennifer did. As long as one of us is doing well, it makes things a little easier!”
-Source: Jump Media for Spruce Meadows
Final Results: McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.45m
1 NEW YORK: 2006 KWPN gelding by Verdi x Watzmann
JACK HARDIN TOWELL (USA), Jennifer Gates LLC: 0/0/40.79
2 MELODY DES HAYETTES Z: 2004 Zangersheide mare by Mozart des Hayettes X Ryon d’Anzex X
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC: 0/0/40.97
3 BALOUS DAY DATE: 2005 Oldenburg mare by Balou du Rouet x Domino
MOLLY ASHE-CAWLEY (USA), Louisburg Farm: 0/0/42.06
4 UJADE STE HERMELLE: 2008 Selle Francais mare by Diamant de Semilly x Paladin des Ifs
ALBERTO MICHAN (MEX), Ilan Ferder: 0/0/42.39
5 EH ALL OR NONE: 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Abke x Grannus
JACLYN DUFF (CAN), Windermere Stables: 0/0/42.99
6 CATOKIA: 2007 Westphalian mare by Catoki x Coriall
PHILIPP WEISHAUPT (GER), Philipp Weishaupt: 0/0/43.52
7 CARANDACHE 2: 2007 KWPN mare by Verdi x Quito de Baussy
VLADIMIR TUGANOV (RUS), Vladimir Tuganov: 0/0/45.20
8 HANNAH: 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare by Dulf van den Bisschop x Kashmir van Schuttershof
MARIANO MAGGI (SWE), Jose Pablo Salgado: 0/0/45.93
9 CASSINI Z: 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Cassini II x Capone
MAC CONE (CAN), Southern Ways: 0/0/46.64
10 HELIOS: 2007 Belgian Warmblood by Couleur-Rubin x Grandeur
ADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms LLC: 0/0/47.64
11 POLASKO: 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Polytraum x Grannus
NICOLAS PIZARRO SUAREZ (MEX), Nicolas Pizarro Suarez: 0/0/47.89
12 COCQ A DOODLE: 2007 KWPN mare by Tolan R x Niagara
ANDREW RAMSAY (USA), The Doodle Group: 0/4/41.95