Harold Chopping, who hopes to represent Canada at the Olympics in Barcelona next year, beat out the American woman rider D.D. Alexander yesterday and won the Columbia Classic Grand Prix.
Chopping and his mount, the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion, Aerobic, turned in the only faultless performance in the 30-horse field at the $25,000 show jumping event, held on the campus of Howard Community College in Columbia.
Alexander, fresh from a bronze medal with the U.S. Equestrian Team at the Pan-American Games in Havana, raced against the clock to try to beat Chopping in the timed jump-off. But her mount, an ex-racehorse named Tashiling, took down a rail one fence from the finish.