Hubert Bourdy of France rode Milou de Subligny to an exciting first-place finish in the International Open Jumpers Gamblers Stake last night at Capital Centre. It was the third French victory in as many nights at the Washington International Horse Show.

Last night's feature event had 32 entries racing through the nine-fence course -- each fence worth 30-100 points depending on difficulty -- in the rider's choice of order to accumulate as many points possible in 50 seconds. A joker fence, worth 200 points, offered a bonus jump after the allotted time period.

Bourdy, the final rider in the event, cleared the joker fence to tie Katie Monahan Prudent and Rodney Jenkins with 1,120 points, but finished faster in 53.61 seconds.

"I knew it was impossible to score more points, so I concentrated on time," said Bourdy, currently the leader in the international rider standings with eight points. "I got the points and then rode very fast to the {finish} line. I had a good order. Since I was the last to go, I knew exactly what to do."

Monahan Prudent, 1986 rider of the year and the current leader in the national rider standings with 10 points, finished in 56.9 to take an early lead in the competition.

Jenkins' last-second jump atop Monroe at the 60-point fence gave him 920 points. A successful jump at the joker fence gave him a tie with Monahan Prudent, but his 57.09 finish was .19 seconds slower. For Jenkins, a member of the U.S. Equestrian Team and the nation's leading show jumping rider, it was his best finish in the show, giving the United States its first four points in the team competition.

France leads that competition with 31 points. Jenkins is in third in the international rider competition behind France's Herve Godignon and Michel Robert.

The U.S. Equestrian Team suffered another major setback today when it was announced that For The Moment, the leader in the horse-of-the-year competition, will be unable to compete in Thursday's Nations' Cup due to an injury incurred in the Harrisburg, Pa., show last week.

Lisa Jacquin, 25, of California, has ridden the 12-year-old bay gelding exclusively this year and now must borrow a horse for the competition. The U.S. Equestrian Team must win the international event against Canada and France to remain in contention for the Gucci Cup, awarded to the top-scoring team in a possible 18 world-wide Nations' Cup events.