Andrew Jayne and Cartel Capture the $26,000 Paso Park Spring Classic Grand Prix
Maplewood Stables, Reno, Nevada - May 2, 2019 - When 11 horses jumped the first round clear in the $26,000 Paso Park Spring Classic Grand Prix, presented by Tack Warehouse, speed became the name of the game in the jump-off.
Going last in the order of go in the tie-breaker, Andrew Jayne watched his fellow competitors clock clear rounds with faster and faster times. But he was confident in his horse, Cartel, nicknamed Toby, a 17.1-hand gray, with an enormous stride and powerful jump, so he went all out.
The pair scorched around the course during the featured class of the Paso Robles Spring Classic Horse Show, April 24-28, shaving more than 2 seconds off the leading time to win their first grand prix together. On the way, they provided the many spectators at the Paso Robles Horse Park with a thrilling performance that left them on their feet cheering."It was fun but a little distracting," Jayne said laughing. "To be the last one to go...I think the crowd really got into it. And, I think that helped Toby a little bit because the atmosphere was electric, and everyone was yelling at the poor horse. But it made him more careful, and he was totally game and totally into it. It was definitely a weird feeling--I've never had so many people yelling at me when I was riding!"
Jayne, 26, of Reno, Nevada, shared the victory with Cartel, a warmblood bred, raised and trained at Julie Winkel's Maplewood Stables in Reno. Cartel is by Winkel's Zangersheide stallion Cartouche Z, who was a winning grand prix show jumper before he retired to stud.
Jayne also finished 10th aboard Outlier, another Maplewood-bred show jumper who was competing in his first grand prix. Outlier, 9, is by the Dutch Warmblood stallion Osilvis, who was also a grand prix winner for Winkel.
Julie and her son Kevin Winkel competed Cartouche Z and Osilvis at the grand prix level in the mid-2000s, so it's hugely rewarding for Julie to now see their offspring following in their sires' footsteps.
"I started Osilvis and Cartouche Z as 5- and 6-year-olds and brought them up the levels to the grand prix classes," said Julie. "It's so wonderful to now have their sons and daughters, such as Cartel, Outlier and Osophia, competing so successfully. Many people don't believe they can own a grand prix show jumper because they're so expensive to purchase, but when you buy quality young horses and train them properly, you can achieve your dreams.
"We've done it with many of our Maplewood-bred horses, and there are more here just beginning their show ring careers with the potential to reach the top," added Julie. "Although we've made the decision to end our breeding program due to the retirement of our stallions, we have many young horses available for purchase. It's very exciting!"
Kevin brought Cartel up the levels before handing the reins to Jayne almost two years ago when Kevin relocated to the Pacific Northwest. Jayne graduated from Maplewood's Horse Industry Training Program in 2011 and was later hired by Winkel to remain at Maplewood as a trainer and rider. He's now Maplewood's primary rider and coaches junior and amateur riders at all levels in the jumpers and hunters.
"It's really cool to win my first grand prix on Toby, because I've known him most of his life," said Jayne. "When I was an intern (in the Horse Industry Training Program), Toby was getting started. Toby went to a Buck Brannaman clinic in Minden, Nevada, when he was 4, and I remember the intern who was riding him at the time fell off of him. It's funny to think back to where it all started, then when Kevin competed him, until now."\
Jayne and Cartel began their grand prix career at the Paso Robles Horse Park in November of 2017, and their best finish to date was earlier this year in April at The Oaks Blenheim in San Juan Capistrano, California, where they placed second in the $25,000 MARKEL Grand Prix. Jayne believes Cartel has a big future ahead of him.\
"He's a great horse and so talented. He's got a big step, and while he's a little bit slow in the air, he's really scopey and careful," said Jayne. "The hardest part is that his stride is so big that the lines tend to ride a little quiet. But then you can do things like leave a stride out in the jump-off, which we did. In this jump-off, he got quick. His legs were moving really fast, and then you get to the jump and it's like, 'Pause.' He may not be a fast speed horse, but he's a powerful jumper and tries so hard."
Although winning a grand prix has been Jayne's goal for many years, the achievement didn't overwhelm him. After walking back to the stable with Cartel following the victory gallop, the first person he called was Kevin.\
"The list of people to thank is long...obviously, Julie and Kevin, my parents, all the clients here at Maplewood," he said, "and everyone who has given me a lesson over the years. All of my trainers along the way and those I had when I was a kid--Lynn Lloyd and Maggie Loving--they've all helped me get here in one way or another."
Jayne's future goals include gaining more mileage and experience in the grand prix classes and eventually moving up to the higher levels with Cartel and bringing up more Maplewood-bred show jumpers. Achieving his first grand prix victory didn't result in him running through the barn celebrating, though.\
"You spend a lot of time thinking about winning one--when you're cleaning stalls or driving the truck. But now it's on to the next thing," he said. "It doesn't mean that it's the end game. There's more to do. It's nice, and it's like a little assurance that what you're doing is working, so keep doing that, so you keep winning."
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About Maplewood Stables, Inc.
Maplewood Stables, Inc., is a 165-acre horse breeding, training, showing and sales operation located in scenic Pleasant Valley. Established in 1977, Maplewood is dedicated to developing and showing champion Hunters and Jumpers at all levels throughout North America.
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