Kristi Nunnink and “R-Star” Win the CIC*** Division at the 11th annual Event at Rebecca Farm
Katherine Groesbeck takes second; Jolie Wentworth jumps clear for third.
KALISPELL, MONT. (July 15, 2012) – After leading each event in the three-day competition, Kristi Nunnink and her Holsteiner “R-Star” performed a near-flawless round in Sunday’s show jumping competition dropping only one rail to win the CIC*** division at The Event at Rebecca Farm. Landing in a close second, Katherine Groesbeck and “Oz the Tin Man” navigated the colorful and elegantly decorated course with only two rails down, and Jolie Wentworth jumped Tracy Bowman’s horse “GoodKnight” through the only clean and fault-free round to finish third. Total spectator count over the four days of competition came in at 19,500, with nearly 500 horses competing.
“I’m really pleased with our finish,” said Nunnink. “I felt really comfortable and the jumps didn’t seem too big to me. But, like I said, my horse was bred for show jumping and that makes this phase much easier.”
Groesbeck, in her first CIC*** event, was thrilled to place in the top three. “I’m excited about my finish. I rode forward, which I was happy with. But, I wasn’t happy with two rails, especially since the second one was all my fault and not my horse’s. But, for our first time at this level (CIC***), I am very excited about a qualifying score.”
“I thought the course was plenty big,” said Wentworth, laughing and nudging Nunnink. “I was wondering if there was any jump that wasn’t maxed out. This is one of the toughest events to show jump because it’s a smaller ring with enormous fences. Then, I took a bit more time walking the course today than I had planned and so I had less time to warm up. We only got to jump five or six fences before we started and that wasn’t ideal or exactly how I planned on things happening, but he’s such a spectacular show jumper, we did well. He goes in there and gives it everything he’s got.”
Nunnink, who has attended The Event since its inaugural year in 2001, didn’t hesitate to praise Rebecca Farm and the competition. “I’ve been coming here since the beginning and have watched the course, footing and jump design improve every year. More than anything, the Broussards have been the biggest supporters of eventing in the western United States. I always go home looking forward to next year.”
“The most amazing thing about Rebecca Farm is the volunteer crew,” added Groesbeck. “A lot of events struggle to find help, but the community really supports Rebecca Farm and it is great to see.” This year, more than 200 volunteers helped orchestrate parking, judging, hospitality, food, and most every facet of the event.
On a different note, Wentworth pointed out, “One of the best things about Rebecca Farm is that they treat every rider with the same respect – regardless of the rider’s level. The Novice jumps are just as beautiful as the 3-star jumps, and that shows how positive they are in helping young riders.”
Last year, the Broussards established the Rebecca Broussard International Rider Grant. Over the next five years, it offers an annual $30,000 training and competition grant to developing riders who are successfully competing at the advanced level. The grant is bestowed by the Broussard Family in memory of Rebecca Chaney Broussard who passed away on December 24, 2010, and is the fulfillment of her desire to help riders achieve the goal of representing the U.S. in international team competition.
Top CIC*** Final Results:
1) #65 – Kristi Nunnink – R-Star – Kristi Nunnink owner.
2) #62 – Katherine Groesbeck – Oz the Tin Man – Katherine Groesbeck owner.
3) #66 – Jolie Wentworth – GoodKnight – Tracy Bowman owner.
4) #71 – James Atkinson – The Alchemyst – Deborah Rosen owner.
5) #60 – James Alliston – Tivoli – James Alliston owner.
6) #72 – James Alliston – Parker – James Alliston owner.
7) #63 – Rachel Jurgens – Ziggy – Rachel Jurgens owner.