Never Too Old-Engle Nets $500 000 GP on 60th Birthday

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Sunday 01 April - 14h15 | Jennifer Woods Media

Never Too Old-Engle Nets $500 000 GP on 60th Birthday

In the biggest grand prix of the season, it was Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, who was victorious with Gladewinds Farm Inc.’s Royce in the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* in the final “Saturday Night Lights” event of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). WEF concludes on April 1 at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, and offered more than $9 million in prize money. The win was all the better for it being the rider's 60th birthday.

Forty top combinations vied for a chance to win the final five-star grand prix and the biggest prize purse of the circuit. Six were able to find the key to a clear round over a track designed by 2016 Rio Olympic Games course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil.
Returning first in the jump-off, Ben Asselin (CAN) and Cool Feeling, owned by Attache Stables, had four faults in 43.09 seconds to finish in fifth place.

The first clear round of the jump-off came from Luis Francisco de Azevedo (BRA) and Comic, owned by Santa Cecilia Stables. They stopped the timers in 42.52 seconds, which held up for second place. Finishing in fourth place was Mexican Olympian Enrique Gonzalez on his own Chacna. They had four faults in 41.47

Engle and Royce were able to speed around the jump-off course to take home their second individual five-star victory in a time of 39.35 seconds. You can watch her round here

Last into the jump-off to try and catch Engle’s time was Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward (USA) and Evergate Stable LLC’s Hija van Strokapelleken. They had 12 faults in 40.86 seconds to finish in sixth place.

“Royce gave me a great birthday present today,” said Engle, who celebrated her 60th birthday. “It feels great. I saved him just for the five-star grand prixs. Unfortunately, I think it was week seven I got mono, so he got even a longer break. This is only his third week showing here, so he was plenty fresh. When everyone else is getting kind of tired, he was fresh.”

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