Anna Wilks and French Kiss Claim Charitable Win in $5,000 Kevin Babington Benefit Classic, presented by Greenberg Traurig
Traverse City, Mich. – Sept. 11, 2021 – The penultimate day of show jumping competition at the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, presented by The Davis McCullough Foundation, brought riding for a cause to the forefront Saturday afternoon. The $5,000 1.25m Kevin Babington Benefit Classic, presented by Greenberg Traurig, brought horse-and-rider pairs to the ring for a chance at the blue ribbon in the most charitable contest of the week, with the prize money donated to Irish rider Kevin Babington’s recovery efforts following a fall during competition at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in 2019. Emerging at the top of the leaderboard was Anna Wilks (CAN) and French Kiss, owned by Bucking Amazing LLC.
Karl Cook and Ircos IV Capture $30,000 Traverse City National Grand Prix Win
The conclusion to Saturday’s competition at the Traverse City Tournament of Champions took the form of the $30,000 Traverse City National Grand Prix. A talented field of 31 international athletes had their shot at the winner’s circle and a chance to earn valuable points toward the coveted CaptiveOne Open Jumper Rider Bonus. In the end, it was the United States’ Karl Cook and Ircos IV to walk away with the blue ribbon.
Riley Hogan Clinches Champion and Reserve in Hillside Farm Junior Hunter 3’6” Division
Junior Hunter competition came to a pinnacle Saturday morning at the Traverse City Tournament of Champions with the crowning of each division’s respective champions. In the Hillside Farm Junior Hunter 3’6” division, it was Riley Hogan who rode Lucas Mejia Fanjul’s G. Eleven to top honors throughout the two days of competition, ultimately claiming the championship tricolor Saturday afternoon. Hogan continued to dominate the competition, also nabbing the reserve champion honors riding Mercy Me, owned by Don Stewart.