Show jumping caps Lexington Premiere, Encore horse shows at Virginia Horse Center

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The Virginia Horse Center will once again host two grand prix show jumping events in the coming weeks. The $30,000 Rockbridge Grand Prix will take place on Saturday, April 29, and the $30,000 George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Grand Prix on Saturday, May 6.
During the Lexington Spring Premiere on Saturday, April 29, the $30,000 Rockbridge Grand Prix will be held in the Coliseum at 6:30 p.m., where riders will vie for the coveted Dubliner Trophy donated by Margaret Price. Declarations to the show office are due no later than 6 p.m. on Friday, April 28th and the entry fee is $500. Both Grand Prix classes held during the Lexington Spring Festival are eligible for inclusion on the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List.
Last year,  Mary Lisa Leffler rode Bling Bling to a double clear and top honors. “It’s just one of my favorite events,” she said. “The hospitality of the Virginia Horse Center is second to none. They try so hard during the evening grand prix and they really put on a good horse show. The best part of the whole thing last year was that my sister drove my parents down, so they finally got to see their horse compete. Having them there and winning was great!”
The pinnacle of the Lexington Spring Encore will be the $30,000 George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Grand Prix also in the Coliseum at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. Declarations are due no later than 6 p.m. on Friday, May 5.
Last year Colombia’s Manuel Torres piloted Christofolini H, a Rheinlander gelding owned by Andrea Torres Guerreiro, to victory. “For us, it is one of our favorite shows of the year,” Torres said. “We love the crowd, the facilities, and the stabling — the horses are very relaxed here. We come every year and we really like it. They always pick really good course designers to come and do these two weeks of competition, so it is very exciting for us to come to the Virginia Horse Center.”
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Manuel Torres rides Christofolini H to $30,000 George L. Ohrstrom Grand Prix win

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Manuel Torres and Christofolini H gallop to the final fence of their winning jump-off round.

Manuel Torres put in two clean rounds to win the George L. Ohrstrom Grand Prix on Saturday, May 7, 2016, as part of the Lexington Spring Encore horse show at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia.

Torres, a five-time Olympian for his native country of Colombia, rode Christofolini H, owned by Andrea Torres Guerreiro, to the win. Torres now operates Santa Catalina Farm in Waterford, Virginia.

Final placings in the $30,000 George L. Ohrstrom Grand Prix

1 CHRISTOFOLINI H, MANUEL TORRES
2 CARLOT, MARYLISA LEFFLER
3 CLASSIFIED, BROOKE KEMPER
4 ZILVANA, JACOB POPE
5 CORDOVO, IAN SILITCH
6 VAVOOM, TIFFANY CAMBRIA
7 ALETTA, MATTHIAS HOLLBERG
8 BLING BLING, MARYLISA LEFFLER
9 FVF SAILOR MAN, MARYANN CHARLES
10 FIFTY SHADES, GUERREIRO TORRES
11 PERNOD, GAVIN MOYLAN
12 ROCKY W, KAITLIN CAMPBELL