Aerobic's exercise wins Columbia Grand Prix

September 23, 1991|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Evening Sun Staff

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.

Alexander had the faster time, but since Chopping and Aerobic had jumped clean, they won the class.

"I knew I was going fast enough to win," Alexander said. "We only had two more fences to go. I was real disappointed when I heard that rail come down." Only four horses made it into the jump-off. Former Olympians Mario Deslaurier of Canada and American Michael Matz also had no-fault rounds on the initial 15-jump course.

But each had a rail down in the jump-off. Deslaurier finished third, with a slightly faster time than Matz.

Officials said a record crowd of 4,500 spectators attended the show, which is expected to raise $75,000 for Howard's scholarship fund.

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