Ocala, FL – The $10,000 THIS 1.40m Jumper Classic rounded out the two-week 2023 November Show Series at World Equestrian Center – Ocala. Oscar Soberon (USA) set the closing tracks for 24 top-level competitors, but it was David Cameron (AUS) that stole the lead by two tenths of a second aboard Laura Sloey’s Beijing Ls La Silla (Quintero x Carrera La Silla).
With a track that mimicked the one from last night’s grand prix, only seven competitors found their way to the immediate jump-off, but only four jumped double clear.
Kirk Webby (NZL) and Seth Valhonrat’s Kanula set the time to beat at 43.528 seconds, but his time was quickly surpassed.
Chloe Reid (USA) and Charlotta II (Cascadello x Fighting Alpha 3), a nine-year-old Hanoverian mare owned by Live Oak Plantation, shaved nearly two seconds off Webby’s time in 41.845 seconds.
Ali Wolff (USA) stepped into a different gear aboard John C. Wolff’s Quirie 2 (Quadrigus M x Zuckerqueen). Wolff and the 16-year-old German Warmblood gelding raced around the track in 39.866 seconds.
Victory seemed to be sealed, but David Cameron entered the arena with a winning mindset. “I saw Ali Wolff went pretty fast. I actually had a good plan, but I didn’t exactly stick to it. I was going to do the eight down to the line to the skinny, but I got the seven,” Cameron said.
The pair flew through the timers, cutting off just fractions of a second of Wolff’s time, leaving Cameron with a winning time of 39.667 seconds.
“He was really good, he’s one of those horses that tries really hard and fights for you. He knows the name of the game – go fast, and leave up the poles,” shared Cameron about the small but mighty stallion.
Cameron was grateful to have the ride on Beijing Ls La Silla today “He’s one of my client’s horses, but she’s back in Australia at the moment, so I am lucky enough to steal the ride and I’m making the most of it.”
After a successful day, Cameron shared his admiration for the workers behind-the-scenes of the show, “It’s such a user-friendly venue. All of the staff, everyone around here is friendly. Everyone wants you to be here, from the ring master to the horse show organizers and the show office staff. Which makes for a fun show to participate at, and we are lucky to have our farm just three minutes away. I am looking forward to the upcoming winter circuit.”
Elite hunter/jumper competition returns December 6 to World Equestrian Center – Ocala for two weeks, showcasing FEI CSI3* competition and Premier Hunter/Level 6 Jumper competition. For the prize list, daily class schedules and more information, click here. Check the WEC Calendar for exciting classes held under the lights of the WEC Grand Arena, amid an enchanted Winter Wonderland.
$10,000 THIS 1.40m Jumper Classic Results:
1 Beijing Ls La Silla, David Cameron, David Cameron: 0 | 0 | 39.667
2 Quirie 2, Ali Wolff, John Wolff: 0 | 0 | 39.866
3 Charlotta II, Chloe Reid, Live Oak Plantation: 0 | 0 | 41.845
4 Kanula, Kirk Webby, Seth Vallhonrat: 0 | 0 | 43.528
5 Horion De Libersart, Callon Solem, Jamie Stryker: 0 | 4 | 40.966
6 Henry Jota Ariel, Hunter Holloway, Hays Investment Corp.:0 | 4 | 43.022
7 MTM Caden, Dorothy Douglas, Davenport Farms: 0 | 12 | 55.614
8 Curtice Corder, Aaron Vale, Itasca Group LLC: 4 | 79.269
9 Master Clinton DVE, Allen Nabors, Dutch Valley Sporthorses: 4 | 80.085
10 Captain Morgan, Clara Vidal, Daniela Roy: 4 | 85.525
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