Riders looking to make the leap into the grand prix ranks found the perfect stepping stone at the Longines Masters of New York. The Lami-Cell U25, open to competitors aged 25 and under, showcased the talent of tomorrow.
California’s Natalie Dean prevailed in a five-horse jump-off by posting the only clear round to take the win aboard Don’s Diamant, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion. Coco Fath, 18, riding Exotik Sitte and Canada’s Dannie Murphy,19, riding Isabeau de Laubry both incurred four faults in the jump-off with Fath’s time of 34.30 seconds giving her the edge over Murphy, whose time was 34.79 seconds.
“I think it’s really nice for us to have the U25 division where we are not always competing against the pros that have had longer experience,” said Dean, 20, of Palo Alto, California. “I think it helps us to have something to aim for during the week, and it’s a really special class.”
Dean is making her Longines Masters debut and noted, “It’s amazing to win here! It’s such a special show. I think the horses really like this facility and they all seem to be really relaxed. The organizers make all of the presentations really special, right from the 1.15m division to the five-star events. It’s definitely one of my favorite shows!”