Katie Laurie (AUS) and McCaw MVNZ took top honours in the $37,000 CSI2* Volvo Canada 1.45m under the lights at the Harvest Welcome. (Totem Photographics/tbird)

Katie Laurie (AUS) and McCaw MVNZ took top honours in the $37,000 CSI2* Volvo Canada 1.45m under the lights at the Harvest Welcome. (Totem Photographics/tbird)

VIDEO: Katie Laurie makes a perfect ride at Langley’s tbird

Laurie claimed her second international victory in just three days

Katie Laurie (AUS) conquered her competitors and the atmosphere Saturday night, Oct. 17, in Langley at Thunderbird Show Park’s Harvest Welcome, riding McCaw MVNZ to a victory worthy of its primetime slot in the $37,000 Volvo Canada 1.45m.

The Harvest Welcome is the first FEI competition in Canada since the COVID-19 pandemic brought global competition to a temporary halt this spring. The event features more than $180,000 in prize money, including a $20,000 U25 division, and is highlighted by the $73,000 ATCO Cup CSI2* Sunday afternoon.

Laurie claimed her second international victory in just three days at the venue after topping Thursday’s opening $37,000 CSI2* Artisan Farms Welcome with Casebrook Lomond. But Saturday’s win looked very different—literally and figuratively. Hosting nighttime competition, the Thunderbird Arena transformed under spotlights, creating an electric atmosphere, with LED screens appearing more like marquee billboards than scoreboards.

With both of her mounts advancing to a 10-horse jump-off, Laurie, after taking an early lead over Peter Holmes’ (CAN) shortened track with Cera Caruso, reclaimed it and ultimately secured her victory with McCaw MVNZ. The pair’s winning time was a dominant 34.03 seconds. Jim Ifko (CAN) finished second with a near-perfect round aboard Un Diamant des Forets (35.00 seconds). Laurie bookended the podium with Cera Caruso with a final time of 36.00 seconds.

READ ALSO: VIDEO: A win for Gottschlich at Langley’s Thunderbird Show Park Harvest Welcome

“It’s been a very, very good week!” Laurie exclaimed. “My faster horse was my first one [Cera Caruso], and he was awesome. He did a very good round. I was probably a tiny bit cautious on him, and then when I went out on McCaw, he’s a young horse and he’s not done much at this level, so half in my mind I was wondering if I should just play it safe. Then he warmed up so good for the jump-off, I thought we’d give it a go. We jumped the first line and he felt good, so I was like, ‘We’ll roll on!’”

Laurie left nothing to chance in the jump-off, and it was the final line on course that pushed her ahead of Ifko. Turning swiftly back to the penultimate vertical in 10 strides—and meeting the fence at just the right angle—she visibly flapped the reins, putting all her trust in her mount, as she boldly galloped toward the final oxer. Horse and rider executed a leave-out in eight strides and continued their momentum through the timers, putting an exclamation mark on a performance that would earn them a comfortable margin of victory.

“On Cera Caruso, I did nine [strides] to the last [jump]. I asked my husband and [my good friend] Amanda [Taylor] at the gate when I was going in [with McCaw MVNZ], ‘They’ve done eight strides [there], haven’t they?’ They said yes, so I just went out there and said, ‘I’ve got to try!’ I was committed!”

The win marked the first for the 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding in FEI competition; the grey was imported to Canada earlier this year when Laurie and her husband Jackson moved to Calgary in January.

“He is pretty green at this level,” she said. “I walked the course and thought it might be a bit big for him. But he has so much try in him and is so careful, and I think he just loves it. He just gives it a go!

“He’s super competitive,” she added. “Every time he goes up a level, he just tries so hard. I think he has a really big future.”

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Langley’s Tiffany Foster rides to another victory at Thunderbird Show Park

RESULTS: $37,000 CSI2* Volvo Canada Night Class 1.45m

Place / Horse / Rider / Nationality / Owner / Faults / Time

1. McCaw MVNZ / Katie Laurie / AUS / Carissa McCall / 0/0 34.03

2. Un Diamant des Forets / Jim Ifko / CAN / Eventyre Farms Ltd 0/35.00

3. Cera Caruso / Katie Laurie / AUS / Carisa McCall / 0/0 36.00

4. Crusador Z / Brian Morton / CAN / Spruce Meadows, Ltd. / 0/0 37.36

5. Cunningham 4 / Christopher Lowe / CAN / Christopher Lowe / 0/38.99

6. Hamilton / Tiffany Foster / CAN / The Hamilton Group / 0/0 39.00

7. EZ Ace / Justin Prather / CAN / Bradon Equestrian Ltd / 0/4 34.96

8. Northern Light / Tiffany Foster / CAN / Artisan Farms, LLC / 0/4 37.03

9. Count Me In / Beth Underhill / CAN / Sandy Lupton / 0/4 37.30

10. Celine LS La Silla / Jim Ifko / CAN / Eventyre Farms, Ltd / 0/4 37.98

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

horseLangleySports

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Thunderbird Show Park president Jane Tidball and COO Chris Pack with Volvo Canada’s Kendall Williams and her mother Lee Williams alongside winner Katie Laurie. (Totem Photographics/tbird)

Thunderbird Show Park president Jane Tidball and COO Chris Pack with Volvo Canada’s Kendall Williams and her mother Lee Williams alongside winner Katie Laurie. (Totem Photographics/tbird)

Just Posted

Crows gather at in the cottonwoods of Sandra Kidder’s neighbour in Aldergrove every winter morning just before sunrise. (Sandra Kidder/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
SHARE: Aldergrove cottonwoods hosts morning murder of crows

Send us your photo showing how you view Langley, and it could be featured in a future edition

When Langley City resident Dale Attrell, 92, seen here walking in Douglas Park on Saturday, Jan. 10, started a walking club for seniors, it filled up quickly. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Outrunning COVID: a Langley City senior starts a walking club

When Dale Attrell launched a group for older people to go on walks together, it filled up quickly

Langley’s Jim Orlowski, a regular contributor to Through Your Lens, shared this picture of some bird swimming around in Brydon Lagoon. They were spotted while he was walking along the trail in the Nicomekl flood plains. They frequently cross paths with dozens of other walkers and park visitors enjoying the trail on a bright winter day. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
SHARE: Bird friends from Brydon

Send us your photo showing how you view Langley, and it could be featured in a future edition

Mark Chandler, outside of his extradition hearing at the Vancouver Supreme Court. (Langley Advance Times files)
Langley condo builder’s fraud sentencing in U.S. delayed due to COVID-19

Mark Chandler’s own lawyer contracted COVID-19 in December

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘Targeted’ shooting in Coquitlam leaves woman in hospital

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in what police believe to be a targeted shooting Saturday morning

sdf
Another Mission student arrested for assault, in 2nd case of in-school violence this week

RCMP notified of local Instagram page with videos (now deleted) showing student assaults, bullying

(Photo by Kevin Hill)
40 cases linked to Surrey Memorial Hospital COVID-19 outbreak

Fraser Health says two death are associated with the outbreak

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
Standardized foundation skills assessment tests in B.C. schools will be going ahead later than usual, from Feb. 16 to March 12 for students in Grades 4 and 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. teachers say COVID-affected school year perfect time to end standardized tests

Foundational skills testing of Grade 4 and 7 students planned for February ad March

Sooke’s Jim Bottomley is among a handful of futurists based in Canada. “I want to help people understand the future of humanity.” (Aaron Guillen - Sooke News Mirror)
No crystal ball: B.C. man reveals how he makes his living predicting the future

63-year-old has worked analytical magic for politicians, car brands, and cosmetic companies

A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Most Read