Yasmin Ingham’s American debut has seen her land second place in the Land Rover Kentucky three-day event, beating an American Olympian.
The event was at 5* level. Now, I’m not going to pretend I know what that means, what I can say is, thanks to google, that it is the highest level in eventing.
Yasmin’s success stateside was her first major event since winning at the Blenheim Palace Horse Trials last year, where she was also partnered with Banzai Du Loir.
To summarise just how brilliant Yasmin has been, in finishing second she beat Doug Payne, who represented America at the Tokyo Olympics and was only beaten by Michael Jung. Jung is one of only two people to have ever won the event more than three times and is a bit of an all-round legend having also won three Olympic gold medals.
But for more specifics, we turn now to our favourite equine publication, Horse and Hound.
Horse and Hound said: ‘This was a huge result for the 24-year-old British rider – the youngest competitor in the five-star – and the immensely promising Banzai Du Loir, who was making his debut at the level. Yasmin rode with the composure of a far more experienced rider, but said she was so nervous she’d barely eaten for three days.’
A Team Effort
During a press conference with the three top finishers, Yasmin said: ‘If someone told me that I’d be coming here and be in second place to Michael, it’s dream come true. Everyone that involved with the horse Banzi Du Loir, we all thing he’s so special and he really deserves the result and he just has such a huge future ahead of him.
‘So I’m just extreme grateful to my whole team, to my owners Sue and Jeanette and the whole team here who have been behind me all week, trainers, farriers, vets, physio, the whole package, is what makes these sort of results happen. I really couldn’t do without everyone that puts the work in the scenes.’
During a Q&A, Yasmin said she the result ‘exceeded all expectations’ and praised the performance of Banzai Du Loir.