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Jordan MacPherson Claims $35,000 CSI2* RAM Equestrian Grand Prix at Caledon Equestrian Park

August 05, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Palgrave, Ontario – It was a case of the student beating the teacher as Jordan MacPherson of Toronto, ON, beat out Ian Millar to win the $35,000 CSI2* Ram Equestrian Grand Prix held August 3 during the CSI2* Summer Festival at the Caledon Equestrian Park in Palgrave, ON.  The Caledon Equestrian Park will host the equestrian events for the 2015 Pan American Games.


Jordan MacPherson of Toronto, ON, rode Piccobello du Val de Geer to victory in the $35,000 CSI2* photo

Five riders were able to pass the test set by two-time Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela, successfully negotiating the first round track to advance to the all-deciding jump-off.  Canadian Olympian Beth Underhill of Schomberg, ON, just missed the cut after incurring one time fault in the opening round with her entry, Viggo.

Millar, a 10-time Olympian hailing from Perth, ON, led off by guiding his 2012 London Olympic mount Star Power to a second clear round in a time of 36.70 seconds.  His early lead would be short-lived, however, as MacPherson followed with Piccobello du Val de Geer, her partner of the past three years.  A fast pace and tight turns soon saw MacPherson flying through the timers in 34.50 seconds, slicing more than two full seconds off Millar’s time.

“Ian went before me and set the track,” said MacPherson, 23.  “I watched him go, and knew what I had to do – pick up the pace, and keep going!”

MacPherson was nervous as three riders were still to follow.  Colombia’s Roberto Teran was on the pace until two rails fell near the end of the shortened track to leave him fifth in the overall standings with Tam Tam Hero, owned by ARK Partners.  Jill Henselwood, Millar’s silver medal teammate at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was clear but a time of 38 seconds saw her finish in fourth with New Idol Z, a nine-year-old grey Zangersheide mare owned by Juniper Farms.  Ainsley Vince of Burlington, ON, was the final challenger, but a time of 37.89 seconds with her grey mare, Darling, left her third in the final placings for The Darling Group.

“Today when I walked in the ring, I felt like we were going to be good and that we had a chance to win,” said MacPherson, a fourth year student at Western University.  “There were a lot of quick turns, and she just followed my eye, looked and went.”


Elizabeth Gingras of Edmonton, AB, guides George to victory in Thursday’s $35,000 CSI2* Photo

MacPherson credits competing at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, AB, earlier this summer for helping prepare her and Piccobello du Val de Geer for victory in the $35,000 CSI2* RAM Equestrian Grand Prix.

“I’ve gained a lot of experience with her this summer, we moved up and did the 1.45m and 1.50m classes at Spruce Meadows and she taught me a lot,” said MacPherson of her 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare.  Piccobello du Val de Geer was formerly ridden by Amy Millar who, alongside her father, Ian, and brother, Jonathon, train MacPherson at Millar Brooke Farm in Perth, ON.

Another talented student also made her coach proud by winning the $35,000 CSI2* Henry Equestrian Plan Open Welcome on Thursday, August 1.  Elizabeth Gingras of Edmonton, AB, took the win on George, the horse her trainer, Jill Henselwood, rode at last year’s London Olympic Games.  In addition to taking the win with George, Gingras also placed second with Avensis 4 by producing the only other clear round in the five-horse jump-off. Both horses are owned by B. Gingras Equestrian Limited.

Yann Candele of Caledon, ON, had the time, but a rail down with Carolla Z placed him third overall.  Vince of Burlington, ON, took fourth place with The KMA Group’s Frieda while Underhill was fifth with Viggo, her 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.

For more information on the CSI2* Summer Festival, including full results, please visit

$35,000 CSI2* RAM Equestrian Grand Prix – Saturday, August 3

Rider                                 Hometown                  Horse                                   Faults            Time

1.         Jordan MacPherson          Toronto, ON                Piccobello du Val de Geer   0:0            34.50

2.         Ian Millar                          Perth, ON                    Star Power                           0:0            36.70

3.         Ainsley Vince                   Burlington, ON           Darling                                 0:0            37.89

4.         Jill Henselwood                Oxford Mills, ON       New Idol Z                           0:0            38.00

5.         Roberto Teran                   Colombia                    Tam Tam Hero                     0:8            35.39

6.         Beth Underhill                  Schomberg, ON          Viggo                                   1

7.         Jay Hayes                          Orangeville, ON         Riva                                     4

8.         Ainsley Vince                   Burlington, ON           Frieda                                   4

9.         Chris Sorensen                 Caledon East, ON       Wriomf                                4

10.       Ian Millar                          Perth, ON                    Baranus                                4

11.       Yann Candele                    Caledon, ON               Carolla Z                              4

12.       Chris Sorensen                 Caledon East, ON       Bobby                                  8

$35,000 CSI2* Henry Equestrian Plan Open Welcome – Thursday, August 1

Rider                                 Hometown                  Horse                                   Faults            Time

1.         Elizabeth Gingras             Edmonton, AB            George                                 0:0            41.51

2.         Elizabeth Gingras             Edmonton, AB            Avensis 4                             0:0            51.01

3.         Yann Candele                    Caledon, ON               Carolla Z                              0:4            38.65

4.         Ainsley Vince                   Burlington, ON           Frieda                                   0:8            42.57

5.         Beth Underhill                  Schomberg, ON          Viggo                                   0:8            44.24

6.         Amy Millar                       Perth, ON                    Alazan                                  1

7.         Ian Millar                          Perth, ON                    Star Power                           4

8.         Jill Henselwood                Oxford Mills, ON       New Idol Z                           4

9.         Susan Horn                       Bolton, ON                 Zahara S                               4

10.       Jaclyn Duff                       Edmonton, AB            Pater Noster                         4

11.       Chris Sorensen                 Caledon East, ON       Bobby                                  4

12.       Ainsley Vince                   Burlington, ON           Darling                                 4