Ocala, FL – The $15,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix was the highlight event of the afternoon as a field of elite contenders competed over a challenging course set by Catsy Cruz (MEX). Aliboo Farm Inc.’s Taylor Flury dominated by securing three of the top ten spots on the leaderboard.
The first-round track proved to be a challenge as only seven entries managed to find their way to a clear first round, but the track was no match for Flury after she secured a spot in the jump-off aboard all three of her mounts, Q7 Munny, Carrasca Z and Fufu Z.
Flury was the pathfinder in the class aboard Muny Sunk Stable’s Q7 Munny (I’m Special De Muze x Obsession Van’t Ruythershof).
“My first one was a seven-year-old. That was the biggest track he’s ever jumped. My goal was to stay smooth and be patient, but I got a nice feel for the course on him. I just wanted to be a bit conservative and organized in the jump-off because he is young and needs positive experiences,” shared Flury.
Flury and the seven-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding were quick in 42.283 seconds to set the pace for the remaining competitors.
Jessica Phoenix and Charlotte Schickedanz’s Freedom GS (Humble GS x Friedel GS) were the next pair to find a clean first round. The pair raced around the track finding an even faster time in 41.523 seconds.
Flury returned later in the order aboard Carrasca Z (Asca Z x Carraleena). Flury and the 13-year-old Zangersheide stallion made light work of the first-round track to head straight to the jump-off.
“Carrasca Z is my older stallion that has been there and done that. He was named after my grandfather, my mom’s dad who passed away. This was the first week my mom’s ever been here so it was pretty special that we won,” shared Flury. “That horse also had an injury two years ago, where I was told he’d never show again, but I am a bit like a badger and didn’t give up. I have to give RenoVō® a shout out because that made him comeback. This was his fourth show back and he has all the heart in the world. I felt like I could go for it with him.”
The pair stole back the lead with a time of 41.208 seconds.
Flury also secured fifth place on her final mount Fufu Z (Fernando H x Zanzilla) owned by Aliboo Farm Inc. “Fufu Z is also a younger horse that is very careful. He’s a little bit of an overachiever over the fences. I knew I had already won because I was last to go on him, so I just wanted to be organized and have a good round. Hopefully next year he can do the Saturday night classes.”
Flury shared her appreciation for the venue, “Last year was my first time here, thanks to Trevor Gaffney from Freestyling Farms and after that visit I knew I had to come for the winter. I love the rings and barns. My horses love the stalls – they are so comfortable and nice. I have a lot of developing horses here, so it’s wonderful that WEC offers so many incredible classes for them. The environment here is incredible and my horses are so happy.”
$15,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix Results:
1 Carrasca Z, Taylor A Flury, Aliboo Farm Inc.: 0 | 0 | 41.208
2 Freedom GS, Jessica Phoenix, Charlotte Schickedanz: 0 | 0 | 41.523
3 Q7 Munny, Taylor A Flury, Muny Sunk Stables: 0 | 0 | 42.283
4 Bayra, Brooke Kemper, Bayra LLC: 0 | 0 | 42.531
5 Fufu Z, Taylor A Flury, Aliboo Farm Inc.: 0 | 0 | 43.761
6 Small Change, Hannah Murrin, Darragh Kerins: 0 | 4 | 40.626
7 Renkum J’Adore, Justine Dutton, Justine Dutton: 0 | 4 | 43.325
8 Independence, Tiffany Cambria, Sabrina Hellman: 4 | 68.540
9 Lady Stakkta, Kama Godek, Kama Godek: 4 | 69.989
10 Chianti, Gavin Moylan, Jennifer Frank: 4 | 72.001
Richard Spooner & Halcon Are Victorious in the $15,000 1.40m Jumper Classic
On Friday afternoon, Richard Spooner secured yet another victory aboard the seven-year-old Argentinian Sport Horse stallion Halcon owned by Molly Ohrstrom in the $15,000 1.40m Jumper Classic.
Of the 20 starters, eight managed to qualify for the jump-off and two earned double clean efforts over tracks built by FEI Level III course designer Catsy Cruz (MEX).
Spooner laid down a blistering fast time with Halcon in 38.597 seconds which was nearly 5 seconds faster than second place. Spooner and Halcon are just coming off last week’s win in the $15,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix.
Kama Godek and her own Chelsey 25 were the only other pair to navigate a double clean effort. Godek and the 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding kept all rails up in the short course in 43.087 seconds to earn second place.
David Cameron and Alan 111 Z owned by Linda Huddy & Sally Watkins were the quickest four-faulter pair in the jump-off with a time of 42.323 seconds.
$15,000 1.40m Jumper Classic Results:
1 Halcon, Richard Spooner, Molly Ohrstrom: 0 | 0 | 38.597
2 Chesley 25, Kama Godek, Kama Godek: 0 | 0 | 43.087
3 Alan 11 Z, David Cameron, Linda Huddy & Sally Watkins: 0 | 4 | 42.323
4 Mic Jagger, Adelaide Toensing, Adelaide Toensing: 0 | 4 | 43.734
5 Ifran, Annieia Gonzalez Del Valle, Annieia Gonzalez Del Valle: 0 | 4 | 47.854
6 Quentin VA, William Simpson, Two Socks Farm LLC: 0 | 8 | 40.721
7 Gangster GHS, Kris Killam, Tophorses LLC: 0 | 8 | 45.248
8 Lady Stakkata, Kama Godek, Kama Godek: 4 | 67.809
9 Crunchy Nut 15, Francois Esteves, Annieia Gonzalez Del Valle: 4 | 72.208
10 Con Spirit, Nathalie Petschenig, Nathalie Petschenig: 4 | 72.454
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