Michael Matz of Collegeville reined Chef cleanly over a twisting jump-off course of nine fences in 43.355 seconds to win the $30,000 Valley Forge Military Academy Grand Prix equestrian competition yesterday.
The horse, owned by former 76ers owner F. Eugene Dixon, earned an $8,000 first prize. The championship was Matz's third in the event. He also won in 1978 and 1981 on Jet Run.
It took 2 hours, 20 minutes for the field of 46 horses to complete the first round over 17 jumps, and only 10 negotiated the course without fault to make it to the jump-off.