Ocala, FL – A picturesque Florida evening set the stage for the $50,000 UF Veterinary Hospital Grand Prix Qualifier CSI3* during Week IV of the 2023 Ocala Summer Series. Thirty-two esteemed show jumping athletes from ten nations contested a challenging course set by FEI Level IV course designer, Alan Wade (IRL) where just four horse-and-rider combinations managed to find a clear round. Luiz Francisco de Azevedo (BRA) was the sole competitor to conquer both tracks, and he managed to do it with both his mounts, Nashville (Diamant De Semilly x Darco) and HFG Quaman (Diamant De Semilly x Quidam’s Rubin).
Ashlee Bond (ISR) and Peter Petschenig (AUT) both earned a spot in the jump-off, but Petschenig opted to save his horse for another day, leaving Azevedo and Bond to battle it out over the jump-off track.
“It was just me and Ashlee. I had two and she had one, but she’s a super rider, super-fast and very competitive, so I tried my best on my first horse [Nashville] to put the pressure on,” said Azevedo.
Azevedo and the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding raced around the short course, not touching a single rail to stop the clock at 38.41 seconds.
Ashlee Bond (ISR) was quick on his heels aboard Aurora Farms, LLC’s nine-year-old Selle Francais mare Elka De La Pomme (Cartoon Z x Kannan) in 38.86 seconds, but had one unfortunate rail in the double combination.
Azevedo returned aboard his second mount HFG Quaman, “After I found out that Ashlee had a rail, I decided to take a risk and go slow on my third horse because I went really fast with him yesterday and had the opportunity to be second behind myself today, so I was just hoping for a clear.”
Azevedo and the 10-year-old Brazilian Sport Horse gelding delivered a textbook effort, leaving all rails in their cups in 45.62 seconds, to secure Azevedo the first and second place spots on the podium.
“It was a tough course tonight. When I walked the course, I was impressed with how difficult it was. But, I knew we had a lot of good riders and horses, so it was a bit unexpected to have that number of clear, I was expecting a little bit more,” shared Azevedo about this evening’s first round track.
This is the first time Azevedo has competed in FEI competition at World Equestrian Center – Ocala, “About a year and half ago I came for a national Grand Prix and was delighted by this place. For me, it’s the best place in the world. There is no facility better than this. Whenever I have the opportunity to come here, I will.”
Final Results: $50,000 UF Veterinary Hospital Grand Prix Qualifier CSI3*
1 NASHVILLE: 2013 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Diamant De Semilly x Darco
Luiz Francisco de Azevedo (BRA), Santa Cecelia Stables LLC: 0/0/38.41
2 HFG QUAMAN: 2013 Brazilian Sport Horse gelding by Diamant De Semilly x Quidam’s Rubin
Luiz Francisco de Azevedo (BRA), Santa Cecelia Stables LLC: 0/0/45.62
3 ELKA DE LA POMME: 2014 Selle Francais mare by Cartoon Z x Kannan
Ashlee Bond (ISR), Aurora Farms, LLC: 0/4/38.86
4 ENNEBEL VAN HET POSTHUIJS: 2009 KWPN mare by Numero Uno x Argentinus
Peter Petschenig (AUT), Petschenig Showjumping, LLC: 0/76.11
5 CHACCO P: 2009 Mecklenburg gelding by Chacco-blue x Elite
Will Simpon (USA), Will Simpson Stables Inc.: 4/72.01
6 PRESCOTT: 2012 Holsteiner gelding by Lordanos x Bb Carvallo
Aaron Vale (USA), Thinkslikeahorse: 4/74.54
7 CALYPSO DE BLONDEL: 2012 Selle Francias gelding by Lauterbach x Kassidi
Erynn Ballard (CAN), Ilan Ferder: 4/75.17
8 GIDEON: 2014 Zangersheide gelding by Super Trooper De Ness x Corland
Kelli Cruciotti Vanderveen (USA), Serenity Farm: 4/75.58
9 VICK DU CROISY: 2009 Selle Francais mare by Lord Carthago x Vondeen
Luis Sabino Goncalves (POR), Sigma Stables LLC: 4/75.91
10 EASTERN JAM: 2009 KWPN gelding by Lexicon x Monaco
Hunter Holloway (USA), Hays Investment Corp.: 4/78.66
11 ITCHCOCK DES DAMES: 2014 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Marius Claudius x Calvaro F.C.
Alberto Michan (ISR), Marco Zamudio: 4/78.71
12 BULL RUN’S RISEN: 2006 KWPN gelding by Utopie x Indoctro
Sharn Wordley (NZL), Della Wordley: 4/79.26
The UF Veterinary Hospital at World Equestrian Center
The UF Veterinary Hospital at World Equestrian Center provides leading-edge patient care in a new 40,000-square-foot hospital facility located in Ocala, Florida. Veterinarians from the University of Florida offer world-class veterinary care and advanced diagnostics and treatment for horses, dogs and cats.
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