Margie Goldstein-Engle won both Friday and Sunday at Thunderbird Show Park, walking away with some serious bragging rights in the horse jumping community. (Moi Photography/Special to the Langley Advance)

PHOTOS: American jumper leaps to victories at Langley’s Thunderbird Show Park

A Florida woman scooped up the big honours from this weekend’s horse jumping competitions at Tbird.

A 59-year-old show jumper from Florida scooped up $130,000 Sunday in Langley.

Margie Goldstein-Engle, a 10-time American Grandprix Association Rider of the Year, rode away a big winner this weekend at Thunderbird Show Park.

Riding her big bay stallion, Royce, she won Friday’s Nation’s Cup, then earned herself another win Sunday – again with Royce in the Atco Nations Finale.

It was a “beautiful day and the perfect setting” for Goldstein-Engle’s win, said Tbird media person Emily Penn, who claimed that described the 105-pound Florida rider as having “rode a perfect first round, and then came back for a second clear round in the jump off.”

With a class of 31 starts, Goldstein-Engle was 23rd in for the first round.

Nicolas Pizarro was the first clear in the class after both Keean White and Jennifer Gates had faults.

Next to join Pizarro in the jump off was Eugenio Garza Perez, as he managed to navigate the tricky expectations of the course.

Heather Caristo-Williams had a successful ride on her horse after some antics at the Nations Cup, finishing with just one time fault.

Canadians Ian Millar and Langley’s own Tiffany Foster both rode in the class, Millar finished with eight faults and after two rails Foster decided to retire.

“And there wasn’t another clear until Engle came in at 23rd. But she wasn’t the last to go clear, the Irish were in it, and Connor Swail, Daniel Coyle, and Andrew Bourns all went clear. Last in the ring was Mexican rider, Antionio Maurer who made it seven in the jump off,” Penn explained.

The first-round course really used the space of the grass ring, with room for big gallops but also some serious questions, she elaborated.

“Peter Holmes had perfect planning and with a tight five stride to a one stride with a very wide oxer coming out, it was a tough ride that created lots of rails. Riders needed to back their horses off enough to fit the five, but not too much that they didn’t land so close off the first jump in the combination that they couldn’t clear the wide oxer coming out,” she said.

“That same line to combination was featured in the jump off, creating even more expectation for the horses in their ridability to come back off a long gallop, roll-back to the line,” Penn said.

Pizarro was first back and set the tone with a clear round.

He was followed by Perez who had one rail and a time of 42.14.

From there it became a battle of speed. Goldstein-Engle was third in and lay down a “fantastic” ride with a time of 38.70.

“Using Royce’s big stride, she galloped the bigger stretches, but balanced him back perfectly for the 1.60 verticals that were just waiting for a horse to flatten out. Engle had to wait as the three Irish team riders all went out to beat her time. But they just couldn’t catch her. Swail put in another quick, accurate ride, but just not quick enough, he timed in at 39.11 for a second-place finish. Coyle also another clear round but still not fast enough, he took third with 39.47. Bourns and Maurer finished up the class but no one came close to Engle’s time.”

And with that, it was another win for the American rider and her mount Royce, taking the win, the accolades, and $130,000.

Results:

Royce – Margie Goldstein-Engle, U.S.A.

Flower – Conor Swail, Ireland

Cita – Daniel Coyle, Ireland

CHS Inception – Andrew Bourns, Ireland

Galileo de Laubry – Antonio Maurer, Mexico

La Petite Fleur – Nicolas Pizarro, Mexico

Victer Finn DH Z – Eugenio Garza Perez, Mexico

Luebbo – Jamie Barge

• See related stories:

Hobnobbing horsey-style helps homeless and hungry Langley kids

Langley event qualifies Team Canada for Nations Cup finals

Adults not the only equine riders competing for supremacy in Langley this weekend

Horse action at Langley’s Tbird non-stop this weekend

 

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Moi Photography from Sunday’s Atco Nations Finale.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Neighbours fought to extinguish Langley house fire

Firefighters arrived to find citizens dousing a blaze climbing through the walls of a Langley home.

Dear Santa: the Langley Advance presents local children’s letters to the jolly old elf

During the holidays, the Langley Advance will present letters to Santa. Here is the first selection.

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

VIDEO: Hankering for a piece of Star Wars?

A massive Star Wars memorabilia collection is going on the auction block in Langley.

Car fire destroys vehicle in Langley

Firefighters doused a car fire that sent a lot of smoke into the air in Langley.

VIDEO: Recovering addict shares art and story to motivate others

A Langley City man spends time each day painting in McBurney Plaza.

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Family Christmas fun at Aldergrove’s Loft Country farm

The Loft Country children’s horse camp in Aldergrove is celebrating Christmas in a new way this year

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

UPDATED: Train collides with car in Maple Ridge

Mother and child both uninjured, track cleared at 11 a.m.

Accused B.C. drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of men in B.C.’s Cariboo

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

Most Read