Eleven riders put on a show this evening in the Grass Jumper Field, competing for the win in the $10,000 Rhys Vineyards Ryman Memorial 1.30m. Crowds gathered in the VIP tent to cheer them on while enjoying class sponsor Rhys Vineyard’s Perpetual Reserve sparkling wine. Dakota Mower riding Charmeur Des Terdrix Z emerged victorious with a quick time of 64.961. The pair brought home the blue in the $2,000 Windy Hill Equestrian in Memory of Larry Mayfield class earlier this week.
“He’s been on fire all week, he felt totally focused. I feel like he settled into the crowd a little bit. He was just ready to go." Mower continued, "The atmosphere was really awesome tonight. The crowd was so involved, and it was a really good course that Alan Wade built. It gave the rider lots of options; where you could turn, leave out strides, and to see how fast you could go". The 11-year-old gelding, owned by Mia Dare Randall, is a new addition to the Windy Hill team where Dakota currently resides as Head Trainer. "When Laura Gerst (Windy Hill's owner) found him in Europe, she called and told me: 'I found a winner'. She was right!" Dakota exclaimed.