Woodside, Calif., Oct. 6, 2012—James Alliston survived a bittersweet day at the Woodside International Horse Trials, presented by Equine Insurance of California and Professional’s Choice. It was a day of both exciting victory and disconcerting defeat for him. He won the CIC3* with Tivoli, after his other ride, Jumbo’s Jake was eliminated at a brush corner on cross-country. Jake had been leading after dressage and show jumping. James also won the CIC2* aboard Mojo.
Jolie Wentworth finished second in both the CIC3*, aboard GoodKnight (58.9), and in the CIC2*, aboard Man On A Mission II (55.7). McKenna Shea rode Landioso to third place (69.6) in the CIC3*.
Tivoli, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood who was standing in second place, was the first horse to tackle Derek di Grazia’s cross-country course in the CIC3*, and the chestnut gelding galloped around with authority. With no jumping faults and no time faults, Tivoli’s performance guaranteed that Alliston would win the CIC3*.
On Jumbo’s Jake, “It was disappointing, that’s for sure. He was flying before that. I was having a great ride,” said Allison, 27. “He was certainly a bit naughty, and he’s not where I want him to be right now, so it’s back to the drawing board.” Alliston thought he might try a different bit to keep Jumbo’s Jake focused on the jumps.
“But this was a big effort for Tivoli. This show is the first time he’s been at the head of the class after dressage, the first time I could really go for it,” said Alliston. “Being the first out of the box, you don’t really know how hard the time is to make, and I wanted to leave nothing to chance, but it wasn’t a round that felt like it was on the edge.”
Tivoli also won the Fric Frac Berence Heart Award and $1,000 prize money after a panel of judges decided that he’d had the best cross-country performance in the CIC3*.