Photo by Ben Radvanyi Photography
“I knew what I had to do!I think the jump-off suited my horse really well. He’s fast in the turns and he’s fast on the straightaways, so it was a good jump-off course for him. I didn’t want to give a pull on the reins; I know he is fast, I knew I could trust him, and he was super for me.”
Nicole Walker (Nikki) of Aurora, ON, won the $86,000 CSI2* Caledon Cup – Phase Three, presented by HEP, Aviva Insurance, and Edge Mutual Insurance, riding Deko de Landetta Z on Sunday, September 25, at the CSI2* Canadian Show Jumping Tournament in Caledon, ON.
In addition to winning Sunday’s grand finale, Nikki also claimed her first Caledon Cup, presented by RAM Equestrian. Held over three phases of competition on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, the Caledon Cup is presented to the rider who gains the most points in all three phases.
This is Nikki’s second career victory in a FEI sanctioned competition, with the other victory coming earlier this summer in the €25,000 CSI2* Prix Hotel Byblos in St. Tropez, FRA. Her partner for that win was also Deko de Landetta Z, her partner for the past four years.
At 22, she is by far the youngest athlete to ever hoist the trophy.
“It feels pretty good to win the Caledon Cup, and shows that my horse was feeling good all week,” said Walker of her last outdoor competition of the season. “The time allowed in the classes all week were quite tight with Leopoldo [Palacios] designing, but my horse is naturally very fast. On his day off on Saturday, we went for a hack and kept him happy. It’s nice when you have a plan and you stick to it.”