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Amanda Derbyshire Dominates Whalesbone Group Grand Prix

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Roadrunners Top Major League Show Jumping Ottawa Team Event.

Ottawa, Ontario – Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire took her place at the top of the podium after winning the $38,500 CSI2* Whalesbone Group Grand Prix on Saturday, August 26, at the Major League Show Jumping Ottawa tournament taking place at Wesley Clover Parks in Ottawa, ON. 

A total of 51 challengers vied for victory in the final two-star competition of the tournament with seven successfully jumping clear over the track set by Canadian course designer Michel Vaillancourt to advance to the jump-off. It was a waiting game for Derbyshire after posting a clear round in the jump-off riding Wonder If, but there was no need to wonder when her time of 38.02 seconds held up for the win. Ireland’s Conor Swail aboard Count Me In was fast in 38.73 seconds but not fast enough, while Erynn Ballard of Tottenham, ON, ensured that the maple leaf was represented on the podium with a clear round in 38.73 seconds riding Ginger Ask, a nine-year-old Holsteiner mare that she began riding earlier this month in international competition for owner Marigold Sporthorses LLC.

Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire riding Wonder If won the $38,500 CSI2* Whalesbone Group Grand Prix on Saturday, August 26, at Major League Show Jumping Ottawa taking place at Wesley Clover Parks. Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography

“I knew there wouldn’t be that many clear,” said Derbyshire, 35, who has represented her native Great Britain at the 2018 World Equestrian Games as well as the 2019 European Championships where she was a member of the bronze medal team. “I have a great relationship with that horse and as long as I’m pretty accurate, she always tries to jump clear.

“The other advantage is that she’s very fast,” continued Derbyshire of Wonder If, the 11-year-old Anglo European mare owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC. “She doesn’t have the biggest stride so I was a little nervous about Conor and Erynn and Mimi, that their strides would outdo mine, but I got lucky today. I’m glad to beat Conor because I’ve been second and third to him in the last 10 classes so I’m happy to finally beat him today!”

From left to right: Conor Swail of Ireland, Amanda Derbyshire of Great Britain, and Erynn Ballard of Canada toast their success as the top three finishers in the $38,500 CSI2* Whalesbone Group Grand Prix. Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography

Of her first visit to Ottawa and Wesley Clover Parks, Derbyshire noted, “The facility is beautiful, and one restaurant is better than the other; we are eating our way right through town! There are very few grass fields nowadays to get to jump on, and this one is beautiful. The horses have jumped great all week and we’re grateful to be here.”

The $270,000 CSI5* Major League Show Jumping Team event closed out Saturday’s show jumping action. Eight teams took to the grass field for the fun-filled yet fiercely competitive class with four – Eye Candy, Helios, Roadrunners, and Trailbrazers – advancing to the second round. From there, Eye Candy and Roadrunners advanced to the third and final round. Jessica Mendoza aboard I-Cap CL Z and Daniel Coyle riding Ivory TCS went head-to-head, with Coyle’s time of 43.87 seconds eclipsing the 47.54 seconds posted by Mendoza to secure victory for the Roadrunners. Coyle was joined on the top step of the podium by Roadrunners teammates Amanda Derbyshire and McLain Ward. Mendoza and her Eye Candy teammates, Richie Moloney and Paul O’Shea settled for second while the Helios team of Erynn Ballard, Vanessa Hood, and Roberto Teran Tafur took third place.

Daniel Coyle riding Ivory TCS clinched victory for the Roadrunners in the $270,000 Major League Show Jumping Ottawa Team competition on Saturday, August 26, at Wesley Clover Parks. Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography

The highly anticipated $225,000 CSI5* RBC Grand Prix will close out the Major League Show Jumping Ottawa tournament on Sunday, August 27, at 1 p.m. General admission tickets can be purchased by clicking here. Children aged 12 and under are admitted free.

For more information on Major League Show Jumping Ottawa, held as part of the Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments, visit All competitor information is available at and full results can be found at All class lists and results are also available by downloading the Major League Show Jumping app, and competitors can download video clips of their rounds free of charge.

Two-time U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward riding First Lady helped lead the Roadrunners to victory in the $270,000 Major League Show Jumping Ottawa Team competition. Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography

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$38,500 CSI2* Whalesbone Group Grand Prix – Saturday, August 26
         Rider / Country / Horse / Faults / Time
1. Amanda Derbyshire / Great Britain / Wonder If / 0:0 / 38.02
2. Conor Swail / Ireland / Count Me In / 0:0 / 38.73
3. Erynn Ballard / Canada / Ginger Ask / 0:0 / 39.47
4. Mimi Gochman / United States / Inclen BH / 0:0 / 40.21
5. Jay Hayes / Canada / Hope VA / 0:0 / 41.73
6. Vanessa Hood / United States / 0:8 / 45.28
7. Ashley Vogel / United States / Birdy du Thot / 0:eliminated
8. Mia Bagnato / United States / Ballyoskill Big Bucks / 1
9. Natalie Dean / United States / Dotcom d’Authuit / 4
10. Amy Millar / Canada / GCS Athena / 4

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