Melanie Smith and Rodney Jenkins successfully teamed today in the grand finale of the Upperville Horse Show.
In the pair relay, Smith rode Vivaldi and Jenkins rode Garham Girl to win the trophy.
In the $15,000 Grand Prix, an individual competition, Jenkins gave Smith some important advice before she and her mount, Calypso, began their trip around the seven-jump course against the clock.
"You don't have to go crazy," said last year's winner, who finished fourth to Smith, the eighth and final rider in the jumpoff.
Smith had to beat the 38.542 posted by Terry Rudd of New Hope, Pa. on Semi Tough who finished second.
"He was being helpful when he saw that he couldn't win," said Smith, 30, of Germantown, Tenn., who recently finished second in the World Cup and is a member of the U.S. Olympic team. "Coming to the last fence I had trouble turning. I could see the timer out of the corner of my eye. I have never won a Grand Prix going last. Wasn't it wonderful?"
Smith's final time was 36.963.
The victory was Smith's third win at Upperville, and she won $4,500 and gained permanent possession of the silver trophy. She won in 1976 on Radnor II and in 1978 on Val de Loire.
Smith's victory at Salem Farm witnessed by 5,000 wind-blown fans, put her in third place on the Carte Blanche Grand Prix circuit with $14,850. The leading money winner, World Cup champion Conrad Homfeld of Petersburg, Va., did not compete. He has won $21,500.
Bernie Traurig of Heartland, Wis., who was third on Eden Vale today, is in fourth place with $12,950.