UPPERVILLE, VA., JUNE 7 -- Jenkins began practicing for the $30,000 Michelob Jumper Classic only Saturday. Today, the renowned rider rode Czar to victory in the final event of the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, beating 32 other entries.

Jenkins and Norman Dello Joio, riding Notable 4, were the only entries to finish the 13-fence first round without a flaw. To determine a winner, they raced in a timed, five-fence jumpoff. Dello Joio set the pace, finishing his perfect jumpoff ride in 33.471 seconds. Jenkins then rode to an equally flawless finish in 32.226.

"It looked much faster than it was," said Jenkins, a Charlottesville resident, said of his opponent's ride. "I saw 28 seconds on the clock going into {my} final jump and Norman had 33 at that point. I . . . decided to take a chance {and slow down}."

That earned Jenkins, the winningest grand prix rider, his 65th victory, the second in a week and the first here since 1979. It was only the third grand prix event this year for Jenkins and Czar, a 9-year-old chestnut gelding owned by Raylyn Associates of Frederick, Md.

Jenkins' participation in today's event was approved Saturday. Because he was a judge for the hunter classes earlier in the show, the American Horse Show Association originally ruled him ineligible. After reviewing participation rules and precedents, the ruling was reversed.