Harold Chopping rides Basje to Ohrstrom Grand Prix title

Harold Chopping and Basje won the $25,000 George L. Ohrstrom Grand Prix May 2 at the Virginia Horse Center.

Harold Chopping riding Basje won the $25,000 George L. Ohrstrom Grand Prix on Saturday night at the Virginia Horse Center as part of the USEF “AA” Lexington Spring Encore Horse Show.

The 9-year-old Basje turned in double clear rounds with a jumpoff time of 40.507 seconds to beat the two other jumpoff qualifiers. Marylisa Leffler, of Brookeville, Maryland, on Carlot finished second with double clear rounds and a time of 42.820. Kaitlin Campbell riding Gabriel finished third.

The Kentucky Derby plays on the scoreboard monitor
before the start of the Grand Prix.

Chopping was a member of the 1992 Canadian Olympic team and a three-time World Cup finalist. He now rides for Solo Show Stables in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Not be left out of equestrian tradition of the first Saturday in May, prior to the start of the Grand Prix on Saturday night, many gathered in the Coliseum to watch American Pharoah win The Kentucky Derby on scoreboard’s large monitor.  The crowd cheered as the favorite went under the wire to win the Run for the Roses.

Harold Chopping and Basje lead the victory gallop after the Grand Prix.

Kaitlin Campbell rode Gabriel to third place in the Grand Prix.

Harold Chopping clears a fence on Basje during the George L. Orhstrom Grand Prix at the Spring Encore Horse Show.

Harold Chopping and Basje clear a fence.

Marylisa Leffler, of Brookeville, Maryland, on Carlot finished second.

Tiffany Cambria and Vavoom

Manuel Torres and Anabella

Kaitlin Campbell on Artani 2

Ian Silitch riding Vanita.

Maryann Charles on FVF Sailor Man.
Kaitlin Campbell and Gabriel had 4 faults in the jump-off round at the George L. Orhstrom Grand Prix.

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