In the $10,000 North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Challenge Cup Final Round. Nine riders advanced to the jump-off, It was a race to the finish to see who could be fastest. Danielle Torano of Wellington, FL, and Herault sped to the finish stopping the jump-off timers in 36.902 seconds for the win. Cloe Hymowitz of Bridgehampton, NY, last year’s winner of the Ariat Cup and Romance De Kerliven finished in second with a time of 37.803 seconds while Danielle piloted her second mount into the top three as Callas 2 was just a few milliseconds slower than Hymowitz with a time of 37.895 seconds for third.
Danielle said of her rides, “I’m soaking wet and I absolutely hate riding in the rain, but it was completely worth it and paid off,” she laughed. In terms of her mental preparation for riding two very different horses so close together in the order, Torano detailed the uniqueness of each ride, “Herault is a full-brother to a horse that I used to have,Vancouver, who I did in the really big grand prix classes and he rides very similarly so I’m comfortable with him. It’s like putting on an old glove. Callas 2 is a little bit more difficult for me though because she’s so careful. In my mind I get a little ahead of myself and feel like I have to make sure we get there perfectly every time because she is so scopey and careful.”