Devon, PA - It was another glorious day at the Devon Horse Show and 15 horses lined up for the $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake in the storied Dixon Oval at the 2012 Devon Horse Show. This afternoon's class served as the second half of the third USEF Observation Event for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games. Fourteen combinations, 13 of which are vying for a trip to the 2012 London Olympic Games, tested Michel Vaillancourt's track and only two horses managed to leave up all of the jumps.
Charlie Jayne (Elgin, IL) cruised to an exceptional clear on Pony Lane Farm's Chill RZ adding just one time fault to seal the victory over the difficult course.
"I thought the course was big," said Jayne. "I thought the course was as technical as two nights ago. I thought it was hard and that the jumps came up quick. I thought the water came up quick and that lie was very difficult. I thought you needed some stamina, I think it was a big round two nights ago and it was bigger today. By the last line, I think your horse really needed some energy left. I couldn't have asked much more from my horse; he was amazing all week."
Chill RZ missed the USEF Selection Trials due to a laceration that required sutures, so the 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding has returned with a vengeance jumping consistently clear efforts. Chill RZ made light work of a course that took some serious jumping. Jayne's belief in his horse's ability is evident.
"I couldn't ask much more out of my horse, he was amazing," said Jayne. "He was amazing two weeks ago (in Kentucky) - I think he's a world class horse."
Excerpt from USEF/USET Foundation news.