Ocala, FL – The final $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix of the 2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series saw an impressive field of 50 entries gather to the WEC Grand Arena to vie for the win. The course was built by three incredible designers including Anderson Lima (BRA), Bobby Murphy (USA), and Chris Barnard (USA). Eighteen combinations found the key to success in the qualifier and nine ultimately jumped double clear, but it was Jordan Coyle (IRL) that earned his second featured class win of the week, this time aboard Variand Van De Tojopehoeve Z (Vagrant Z x Cerna Tojope Hoeve).
Coyle earned his first win of the week during Thursday’s $20,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix. Coyle continued his success on Saturday with Variand Van De Tojopehoeve Z.
Coyle and Variand Van De Tojopehoeve Z tried their hand at Lima’s course toward the middle of the order, producing a seamless first round, jumping each fence with ease in 82.123 seconds.
Variand Van De Tojopehoeve Z is fairly new to Coyle, “We bought him about three months ago. He was doing the seven years olds in Europe. I have been taking my time with him. He has an incredible hind end and really tries.”
Coyle and the eight-year-old Zangersheide gelding advanced straight to the jump-off, “I wanted to teach him to go a bit faster. I don’t believe he ever did much against the clock. I tried to go quick with him in Wellington once, but it didn’t go according to plan,” laughed Coyle. “Today, he felt very together and hopefully he will continue on this path.”
Coyle’s cousin Christian Coyle snagged the second place finish in Saturday’s $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix. Christian Coyle and Christian Coyle Show Stable’s C&C Willow (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof x Cortynan Loughahoe Girl) navigated a faultless first round in 80.595 seconds. Christian Coyle and the seven-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare went straight to the jump-off, quickly soaring over each fence to finish in 38.612 seconds.
Grant Seger and Fox Lair Performance, LLC’s Yoghi FLP (Quaid I x Stella) rounded out the top three in the $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix. Seger and the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding delivered a tidy first round in 78.938 seconds. The pair jumped-off immediately, taking tight inside turns while galloping down the lines to stop the clock at 38.830 seconds and a third place finish.
$10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix Results:
1. Variand Van De Tojopehoeve Z, Jordan Coyle, Elan Farm: 0 | 0 | 38.279
2. C&C Willow, Christian Coyle, Christian Coyle Show Stables: 0 | 0 | 38.612
3. Yoghi FLP, Grant Seger, Fox Lair Performance, LLC: 0 | 0 | 38.830
4. Elvis De Wijnendaele Z, Jared Petersen, Linda Bammann: 0 | 0 | 40.105
5. Gerderieka II VI, Harold Chopping, Rein Family LLC: 0 | 0 | 40.174
6. Rustica LS LA Silla, Vicente Guillen, Tranquility Farm: 0 | 0 | 40.457
7. Eclat Du Cerisier, Rodrigo Pessoa, Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC: 0 | 0 | 40.669
8. Warmachine, Holly Shepherd, Loretta Patterson: 0 | 0 | 42.279
9. Lenna M, Paige Cade, Country Fox Farm Inc: 0 | 0 | 43.929
10. Hanea, Adolpho Franco, Capital Equine LLC: 0 | 4 | 41.386
Rodrigo Pessoa & La Caramba Save Best for Last in the $12,500 WEC Ocala 1.40m Jumper Classic
A star-studded field of 38 horse-and-rider combinations took to the WEC Grand Arena during the final week of the 2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series to contest the $12,500 WEC Ocala 1.40m Jumper Classic. Anderson Lima (BRA) created the elaborate tracks that allowed eleven entries to navigate clean rounds and eight jumped double clear, but it was Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC’s La Caramba (Carambole x Welcome Cor) that snagged the blue at the end of the order.
Pessoa and the talented 12-year-old Holsteiner mare laid down a superb first round in 70.632 seconds.
Pessoa spoke about the speedy mare, “She’s a mare that I have had for two years now. She’s very competitive and is always ready to be in the ribbons. She’s a naturally fast and careful horse.”
Pessoa and La Caramba went straight to the jump-off, “I was going into the class with one other horse in the jump-off where my time got beat. I was the last to go and had a good plan on what I wanted to do,” Pessoa said. “I was very quick from one to two. It was a long gallop, this mare does better when she gets into a rhythm, so it was an advantage for us. Then she was slick to the last two fences. I was very proud of her performance.”
Pessoa and La Caramba flew through the timers in 29.363 seconds to snag the first place spot.
Pessoa is happy to be back at World Equestrian Center – Ocala, “It is just unbelievable here. This is the best horse show facility in the world by far. We love showing and the horses enjoy their time here,” shared Pessoa.
Lisa Goldman-Smolen and her own Bengtsson (Buballu VDL x Uzmakieka VDL) held the lead in the class for a decent portion, producing a smooth and fast first round in 67.300 seconds. Goldman-Smolen and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding jumped-off immediately dashing through the course in 30.289 seconds, to ultimately earn second place.
Tanimara Macari and her own Starfly (Starpower x Safrane De Messitert) secured the third place spot during Friday’s $12,500 WEC Ocala 1.40m Jumper Classic, navigating an effortless first round in 69.077 seconds. Macari and the nine-year-old mare rolled through the jump-off course, not stopping the timer at 30.852 seconds.
$12,500 WEC Ocala 1.40m Jumper Classic Results:
1.La Caramba, Rodrigo Pessoa, Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC: 0 | 0 | 29.363
2. Bengtsson, Lisa Goldman-Smolen, Lisa Goldman-Smolen: 0 | 0 | 30.298
3. Starfly, Tanimara Macari, Tanimara Macari: 0 | 0 | 30.852
4. Beijing LS LA Silla, Laura Sloey, Laura Sloey: 0 | 0 | 30.861
5. Chili, Rodrigo Pessoa, Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC: 0 | 0 | 30.904
6. Cera Cassina, Kimberley Bird, Kimberley Bird: 0 | 0 | 32.177
7. Quidamo F, Kara Chad, Kara Chaqrd: 0 | 0 | 33.029
8. Conrad 119, Molly Ashe, Louisburg Farm: 0 | 0 | 34.225
9. Infante SK, Davis Jennings, Amy Shafmaster: 0 | 4 | 30.160
10. Jack Straw, Camille Maddrix, M&M Sporthorses: 0 | 4 | 31.443