Ocala, FL – On Saturday afternoon, an impressive field of twenty-nine horse-and-rider combinations took to the WEC Grand Arena to vie for the top prize in the $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix. Although the time allowed became a factor for many, eleven pairs managed to produced a clear first round.
FEL Level III course designer, Joey Rycroft (CAN) built the winding tracks where six pairs ultimately produced double clean efforts, but none could best Ansgar Holtgers Jr. and Gut Einhaus LLC’s Kennedy Z (Kashmir V Schuttershof x Donnerlitchen), who took home the blue ribbon.
Holtgers spoke about the talented gelding, “My parents bred him. He is an amazing horse. He has been ridden by many skilled riders as a young horse. Just this year I began riding him, which means a lot to me because he is homebred. This was probably my sixth or seventh show with him and he as been doing so well. After Summer Series we will head to Germany until it’s time to come back for the winter circuit.”
When it came time for the jump-off Holtgers had a plan, “I saw quite a few riders have one down and there was only a couple double clean, but they weren’t very fast. I thought if I rode the inside track, I could be faster, and it worked out well.”
Holtgers and the 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding produced a flawless jump-off, stopping the timers in 35.493 seconds for the victory.
Despite the driving rain, Luciano Dome and Florencia Masri’s Manhattan (Cardento x Topas) earned a second place finish. Dome and the impressive 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare soared over each fence and finished the short course in just 36.303 seconds.
Belen Guarderas and her own 10-year-old Holsteiner mare Nayla (Nerrado x Alanda) went straight to the jump-off after the pair delivered a clear first round well within the time allowed of 86 seconds. Guarderas and Nayla produced an efficient jump-off in 36.656 seconds for the yellow ribbon.
$10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix Results:
1 Kennedy Z, Ansgar Holtgers Jr Gut Einhaus, LLC: 0 | 0 | 35.493
2 Manhattan, Luciano Dome, Florencia Masri: 0 | 0 | 36.303
3 Nayla, Belen Guarderas, Belen Guarderas: 0 | 0 | 36. 656
4 Cencorinue PS, Scott Keach, Kandor Farm LLC: 0 | 0 | 37.869
5 Kastar Hof Ten Zoetendaele Kyle Dewar: 0 | 0 | 38.057
6 Nestor Van De Zuidakker, Ramiro Quintana, Quintana Show Stables LLC: 0 | 0 | 39.622
7 Casparo 36, Diego Vivero, Diego Vivero: 0 | 4 | 34.253
8 Celtic Lady M2S2, Cady Kilmas, Jumpers Landing LLC: 0 | 4 | 34.681
9 A D Reed, Kevin Mealiff, Elle Haymond: 0 | 4 | 35.089
10 Hareina, Luis Larrazabal, Victoria Heurtematte: 0 | 4 | 35.847
Week VI of World Equestrian Center – Ocala’s 2022 USEF Summer Series wrapped up with 31 horse-and-rider combinations competing for the win over Joey Rycroft’s (CAN) elaborate track. Juan Carlos Garcia and Two Socks Farm LLC’s Quentin VA (Quarz x Trixie) found the quickest path, earning the top prize in the $10,000 1.40m Jumper Classic.
Garcia and the nine-year-old Holsteiner stallion were one of the lucky 13 to navigate a clear first round. “He is an incredible horse. He continues to get better and better with each class. In the next two weeks, I hope to do some bigger classes and progress.”
The impressive duo navigated the course for a faultless jump-off, jumping each fence to the top of the standards to stop the clock at 41.195 seconds.
Aaron Vale and Empire Show Stable’s Boreale De Talma (Quick Star x Reggae De Talma) delivered a quick jump-off early in the class in 41.408 seconds, which held rank until Juan Carlos Garcia and Quentin VA entered the arena.
Kris Killam and his own Cascaya L (Camax L x Cathleen) secured the third place spot in the class. Killam and the speedy 12-year-old Warmblood mare flew through the jump-off in 43.409 seconds to round out the top three.
$10,000 1.40m Jumper Classic Results:
1 Quentin VA, Juan Carlos Garcia, Two Socks Farm LLC: 0 | 0 | 41.195
2 Boreale De Talma, Aaron Vale, Empire Show Stables: 0 | 0 | 41.408
3 Cascaya L, Kris Killam, Kris Killam: 0 | 0 | 43.409
4 Gotico Di Ca’ San Giorgio, Ramiro Quintana, Play The Game LLC: 0 | 0 | 44.002
5 Cornut GP, Vicente Guillen, Rafael Celis: 0 | 0 | 44.605
6 Alfie Z, Payton Beerbower, Payton Beerbower: 0 | 2 | 48.723
7 Follow Me, David Jennings, The Follow Me Group: 0 | 4 | 41.914
8 Starfly, Tanimara Macari, Tanimara Macari: 0 | 4 | 43.459
9 Calicia 2 | Alberto Michan, Franziska Klause: 0 | 4 | 44.026
10 Sligo Balou Boy, Luis Larrazabal, Luis Larrazabal: 0 | 4 | 44.866