White back at home in time for modified victory

Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal

ROCKWOOD – Keean White capped off a successful week with victory in Sunday’s $5,000 Erin Welcome Modified Grand Prix at his Angelstone Tournaments facility.

“I’m probably overqualified,” Angelstone president and CEO White said of competing in the event. “The horse that I jumped that won, Corette, she jumped in the World Cup qualifiers last year. Today’s class is a metre 35, a metre 40 and she’s been jumping classes at a metre 60 the last year, but she’s a little rusty. She hasn’t shown much lately so I just wanted to get her going and she jumped very well.”

White guided Corette to a fault-free trip through the jump-off course in 49.905 seconds to win. That they were slowest of the four in the jump-off didn’t matter as White was the final ones to go in the jump-off and knew all he needed for the win was a fault-free round.”

While White wasn’t at earlier events in the five-day meet, he wasn’t about to miss the entire event so caught a late flight back from Calgary and competed in the same clothes he wore when he and For Freedom Z won silver in the RBC Grand Prix presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows Saturday.

“I’ve been flying all over Canada the last couple of weeks. I took the red-eye back last night. I’ve never missed one of my own shows so I had to make sure I got back here to show something. These horses are jumping at the international level next week so I jumped them around the modified today just to get them going.”

Saturday’s silver followed a silver Friday in the RBC Capital Markets Cup at Spruce Meadows aboard Z Diamanty. He had also won bronze with For Freedom Z in Thursday’s ATB Financial Cup at Spruce Meadows.

“I love being busy,” White said. “We’re sure working hard and traveling a lot and putting on a show is one of my favourite things to do. I really, really, genuinely enjoy it and I look forward to it every year. In a way this week, even though I was at a huge show, I missed being here so I hopped on the plane last night right after the Grand Prix and flew overnight and I came straight here. I haven’t even changed. I’m still wearing the clothes I was wearing last night.”

The top showings added to a season that’s had plenty of success for White.

“It’s going really well,” he said. “We jumped in the World Cup finals, which is the world championships for this year, and finished 20th there which is quite positive. To be in the top 20 in the world is not so bad. Since then we’ve really been on an uphill trajectory. The horse that I jumped there has been great. He jumped in Mexico for Canada. He jumped in Vancouver for Canada. We were third in Mexico, second in Vancouver and he was second in the big Grand Prix last night in Calgary. It’s been a very good year, very successful, and I’ve got a great group of horses and supporters and it’s made for a fun time in my life.”

Sunday at Angelstone, Yannick Patron rode New Wave 3E to second with four faults and a time of 37.341 seconds in the jump-off while Sabrina Lefebvre and Cayenne were third with four faults and 41.554 seconds. Kim Farlinger and Cayman were fourth with 12 faults and 40.075 seconds.

White will be around this week at The Headwaters Cup at Angelstone. Feature events are the $35,000 Open Welcome Thursday at 6 p.m., $36,000 Grand Prix Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and $5,000 Modified Grand Prix Sunday at 11 a.m.