Lexington, KY – Calling the win a major stepping stone in her competitive career, 20-year-old Katie Dinan of Wellington, FL, claimed the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix Saturday night at the Alltech National Horse Show. Only a sliver of a second separated Dinan and her mount Nougat du Vallet from other top contenders in a jump off round of four riders representing three countries.
A total of 36 riders competed in Saturday’s prime-time Alltech Grand Prix, which awarded a $62,500 first prize. Dinan’s faultless jump off round was faster than her international competitors Nicola Philippaerts of Belgium and Ljubov Kochetova of Russia. McLain Ward, the returning 2012 Alltech Grand Prix champion who is also Dinan’s trainer, clocked the fastest time in the jump off round, but knocked down a rail crossing the final jump.
“I knew this was a moment for me to take a shot, and I had nothing to lose,” said Dinan. “It all happened very quickly, but to be here as the winner is a great feeling. It’s great to have a highlight like this to finish off the year.”
The stands of Alltech Arena were filled with more than 3,000 spectators for Saturday night’s $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, the top trophy awarded at the Alltech National Horse Show and an FEI World Cup qualifying event. Saturday night was also a fundraiser for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, with half of the door ticket sales benefiting the foundation.
“Tonight, there was great level of excitement in the Alltech Arena,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “There was passion, there was fun and there was engagement. If we can continue to make our community aware that these equestrian superstars are coming in, we can continue to make the Alltech National Horse Show a great success.”