Sunday, June 19, 2011

Calgary, CANADA - June 19, 2011 - - Sunday afternoon's $125,000 CN Performance Grand Prix 1.60m had many of the world's best riders racing for a clean and speedy round, but no one seemed to step up to the challenge like Kyle King and the stallion Capone I.

Overcoming a controversial past, the duo posted two clear rounds over the demanding course designed by Great Britain's Bob Ellis, coming through the timers in 45.84 seconds.

Caught in the middle of an ugly custody battle between his two owners, Capone I and King parted ways in 2007. With three years out of the show jumping spotlight, the two reconnected at the end of 2010.

"I got the horse back in November and took him to my Dad's farm in California," said King. "We have a mountain to train on and I swear I was envisioning this day... the horse has come back amazing. "

"I'm not that shocked, but I'm very happy. I knew he could do it."

"We've both been through quite an ordeal in the last couple of years... he and I went our separate ways and I've been out of the sport for the last three years. It's pretty good to come back, compete against these guys and pull it off," King smiled.

And pull it off he did, racing to the finish just moments before Rolex's number one ranked rider, Eric Lamaze on the speedy stallion Hickstead.

"He's actually a little faster these days," said King of his mount. "I don't know why or what, but I can really attack jumps in the jump-off... There was no doubt he was going to go clean today, he felt amazing."

Read the full report at PhelpsSports.com.