Ocala, FL – The $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix saw a competitive field of 31 horse-and-rider combinations vie for the win over tracks built by Colm Quinn (IRL). The FEI Level II course designer, Quinn created an elaborate track that featured three double combinations that caught many riders throughout the class. Nine managed fault-free first rounds, but it was Brazil’s Santiago Lambre and his brand-new mount Pampero (Chacco-blue x Naloutaire) that captured the top spot.
Lambre and Pampero delivered a faultless first round, jumping each fence with ease to stop the clock at 81.952 seconds, well under the time allowed of 88 seconds.
Pampero is a new partner for Lambre, “Pampero just arrived on Wednesday from Mexico. He was in quarantine for seven days in Miami and came right to WEC. I showed him on Thursday, and he was incredible. My brother rode him in three stars in Mexico, so I knew the horse and what he could do. I think I might do the Grand Prix next week with him because he was fantastic today.”
Lambre and the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding advanced straight to the jump-off, galloping from fence one to two to take a very tight inside turn before the tree to fence three. “I knew the horse could go fast because I have seen videos of him with my brother. The track was very open after fence three, so I just stayed on a nice gallop.”
Lambre and Pampero galloped through the final timers to stop the clock at 40.190 seconds.
Richie Moloney (IRL) and Equinimity LLC’s Merqusio (P. Cicero x M. Viola) snagged the second place spot in today’s $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix. Moloney and the 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding delivered a smooth first round in 85.711 seconds. The pair advanced to the jump-off taking tight turns while not pumping the brakes once to stop the timers at 40.562 seconds.
Megan Wexler and Golden Oaks Farm, LLC’s Cole Younger (Cayado x Stella VIII) rounded out the top three in the $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix. Wexler and the nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding navigated a lovely first round in 81.184 seconds. The pair jumped-off immediately, soaring through the course while leaving all rails up for a time of 41.061 seconds to earn third place.
$10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix Results:
1.Pampero, Santiago Lambre, Santiago Lambre: 0 | 0 | 40.190
2. Merqusio, Richie Moloney, Equinimity LLC: 0 | 0 | 40.562
3. Coly Younger, Megan Wexler, Golden Oaks Farm, LLC: 0 | 0 | 41.061
4. Enrico Blue, Manuel Torres, Lara Gabrie: 0 | 0 | 41.118
5. WH Luciano, Beda Wachter, Beda Wachter: 0 | 0 | 41.515
6. Kilmastulla Quality Touch, Matthias Hollberg, Jenny Vallner: 0 | 0 | 42.263
7. Con Spirit, Nathalie Petschenig, Nathalie Petschenig: 0 | 0 | 42.749
8. VDL Edgar D’App Des Foret, Will Janssen, Ashland Show Stables LLC: 0 | 0 | 47.696
9. A D Reed, David Jennings, Elle Haymond: 0 | 4 | 39.634
10.Warnike, Callan Solem, Elan Farm: 4 | 82.185
Tom Foley & Independence LCH Conquer the $12,500 WEC Ocala 1.40m Jumper Classic
Eighteen entries gathered at the WEC Grand Arena on Friday afternoon to contest the $12,500 WEC Ocala 1.40m Jumper Classic. FEI Level II course designer from Ireland, Colm Quinn built the winding track that allowed six entries to produce faultless first rounds and only two jump double clear. The fastest of the two clear was Tom Foley and his own Independence LCH (Caretino Gold x Caransa LCH).
Foley has enjoyed success at World Equestrian Center – Ocala earning numerous top finishes in featured classes. Last week, Foley took home third place in the $75,000 Hampton Green Farm Grand Prix aboard Idalgo.
On Friday, Foley continued his successful streak with nine-year-old KWPN mare navigating a lovely first round in 75.421 seconds. The pair advanced straight to the jump-off galloping through the winding track while taking tidy inside turns to stop the clock at 43.098 seconds to earn first. Foley and Independence LCH also earned Champion in the 1.40m Jumper division.
Penny Brennan and her own Vertigo Delorme (Chacco Blue x Faretana) were the only other pair to produce a faultless jump-off round. Brennan and the 13-year-old Westphalian stallion generated a smooth first round stopping the clock at 72.705 seconds, well within the time allowed of 80 seconds. The pair jumped-off immediately, soaring over each fence, while walking down the lines to stop the jump-off clock at 44.736 seconds.
Jenna Friedman and Lamont House LLC’s Cleiner Heiner captured the third place ribbon in Friday’s $12,500 WEC Ocala 1.40m Jumper Classic. Friedman and the ten-year-old Holsteiner gelding delivered a fast first round in 73.924 seconds. The pair advanced to the jump-off, soaring through the course to stop the clock at 44.537 seconds, with one rail down.
$12,500 WEC Ocala 1.40m Jumper Classic Results:
1.Independence LCH, Tom Foley, Tom Foley: 0 | 0 | 43.098
2. Vertigo Delorme, Penny Brennan, Penny Brennan: 0 | 0 | 44.736
3. Cleiner Heiner, Jenna Friedman, Lamont House LLC: 0 | 4 | 44.537
4. Big Girl Z, Sam Pegg, Sam Pegg: 0 | 4 | 45.389
5. Fairy Tail, Harriet McCord Chang, Harriet McCord Chang: 0 | 8 | 44.604
6. Coco Beach, Richie Moloney, Equinimity LLC: 0 | 8 | 46.732
7. Cole Younger, Megan Wexler, Golden Oaks Farm, LLC: 4 | 67.096
8. Cancun, Keely McIntosh, Jenny Booth: 4 | 70.268
9. Infante SK, David Jennings, Amy Shafmaster: 4 | 71.672
10. Stakkato Gold Rush, Senan Hayes, Diane Thomas: 4 | 71.929