Ocala, FL – Week VI of the 2023 Ocala Summer Series came to a close this afternoon as 22 elite equestrians competed over tracks built by FEI Level II course designer Tucker Williams (USA) in the $10,000 THIS 1.40m Jumper Classic. Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) and Miguel Madero’s Chapeau PS Z (Comilfo Plus Z x Calato’s Lady PS Z) snagged the victory by one tenth of a second to finish out their week with a win.
The first round track proved to be challenging with a tight time allowed of 82 seconds that caught out a handful of athletes. However, five top-notch combinations found the golden path to a clear round to qualify for the immediate jump-off.
Biraben was the second athlete to punch the ticket for the tiebreaker and was up against a quick time to beat. Biraben and the nine-year-old Zangersheide stallion stayed tidy and found each fence on an open gallop to stop the clock at 41.641 seconds to slide their way into first place.
It’s been a two-year partnership for Biraben and Chapeau PS Z, “He’s a very nice young horse, he’s been successful in the 1.40m and 1.50m. He’s showed in the three-stars here a few weeks ago and had good results.”
Pathfinder Dorothy Douglas (USA) secured second place honors with Nina Koloseike’s 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding MTM Cedrik (Colman x Vicky Vi) with a time just shy of the win in 41.709 seconds.
Brooke Kemper (USA) and CM Sporthorses, LLC’s eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Seaview Demonstration (Fss Correlli Bravo x Galloway Star) rounded out the podium with a clear ride in 43.071 seconds.
$10,000 Taylor Harris Insurance Services 1.40m Jumper Classic Results:
1 Chapeau PS Z, Luis Pedro Biraben, Miguel Madero: 0 | 0 | 41.641
2 MTM Cedrik, Dorothy Douglas, Nina Koloseike: 0 | 0 | 41.709
3 Seaview Demonstration, Brooke Kemper, CM Sporthorses. LLC: 0 | 0 | 43.071
4 Camiro Blue PS. Megan Wexler, April Miller: 0 | 4 | 41.700
5 Jaja Van De Rikse, Ramiro Quintana, Patricia Becker: 0 | 4 | 43.329
6 Gotico Di Ca’ San Giorgio, Cody Quintana, Play The Game LLC: 1 | 82.222
7 Presley Degli Assi, Juan Rodriguez Silva, Rodriguez Equestrian: 1 | 82.316
8 Charatinus, Anselmo Alvarado, Ignacio Oberto: 1 | 82.493
9 Quentin VA, Will Simpson, Two Socks Farm LLC: 1 | 82.510
10 United M, Robert Mendoza, Holly McPherson: 4 | 77.797
The 2023 Ocala Summer Series continues through August 13 with thrilling national-level hunter/jumper sport with competition held Wednesday through Sunday.