Ireland’s Kevin McCarthy and Catch A Star HSS topped the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix on Saturday to keep their winning streak alive at the Vermont Summer Festival in the USA.
Fresh from a victory in the $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix just seven days prior during week three of the Vermont Summer Festival, McCarthy and Catch A Star HSS returned to contest the fourth week’s Grand Prix track set by Olympic silver medalist Michel Vaillancourt of Canada.
Saturday’s jump-off came down to a five-horse clash, but as the clear pathfinder and the first to return for the short course, McCarthy set a time to beat of 32.83 seconds that would prove uncatchable, securing him the win for the second week in a row.
“We’re on a great roll!” said McCarthy of his recent success with Catch A Star HSS, a nine-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare. “I’m delighted with the win. She’s such a good mare. She’s like a little firecracker. Once the bell goes, she’s all business. She’s almost like a roller coaster. You just sit there and enjoy the ride.”
Coming the closest to catching McCarthy and Catch A Star HSS was Cian McDermott of Wellington, Florida, who finished both in second with a time of 35.96 seconds riding Newcastle, and in third with a time of 40.06 seconds aboard Feliciano van d’n Otterdijk.
Ireland’s Kevin Mealiff was fourth in a time of 32.93 seconds, but with four faults, on Joki de Boerendans.
$30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix Result
- Kevin McCarthy Ireland Catch A Star HSS 0/0/32.83 seconds.
- Cian McDermott Wellington, FL Newcastle 0/0/35.96 seconds.
- Cian McDermott Wellington, FL Feliciano van d’n Otterdijk 0/0/40.06 seconds.
- Kevin Mealiff Ireland Joki de Boerendans 0/4/32.93 seconds.