Ocala, FL – World Equestrian Center – Ocala showcased yet another thrilling week of equestrian sport during the 2023 Ocala Summer Series. Tracy Fenney opened up the week with a win in the $24,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix. Daniel Geitner stole the show aboard Coltrane in the $12,500 Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club 3’6”-3’9” Hunter derby and Aaron Vale closed the week with a double victory in the $100,000 Tipperary Equestrian Grand Prix. Read on for additional highlights.
On Sunday afternoon, Luis Pedro Biraben claimed the $10,000 THIS 1.40m Jumper Classic victory aboard 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.”
Aaron Vale snagged first and second in the $100,000 Tipperary Equestrian Grand Prix.
“Elusive was operating tonight. I got seven strides from one to two which was really fast. I ran up to the end vertical in nine, that was one more than Cristo, but that put me a stride ahead from one to two. I flew down to the in-and-out. I took a bit of a breath to the yellow, but caught the last two flying again. Sometimes when you get him running, the faster you run the harder he tries.”
Luis Sabino Goncalves and his new partner Scoop De Septon Z captured the $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix victory.
“He’s a new horse that I bought two months ago in Europe. This is our second show together. He’s already had a clear round in the 1.45m Welcome, but I wanted to compete today in the Futures and tomorrow in the 1.40m Classic to get him more acclimated with the atmosphere. I hope he will do the grand prix soon.”
On Friday, Sabine Haddon and Allure charmed the crowd in the $2,000 Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper 1.30m-1.35m.
“I purchased her back in 2019 to jump 1.10m and she actually ended up being a lot more difficult than I thought, but we were able to move up through the levels. We actually did the High [Junior/Amateur Jumpers] during the Winter circuit, but I feel like the 1.30m is perfect for her. She always tries so hard. For a horse that I was just going to jump little jumps with, she’s fantastic. She’s fun, spicy and has taught me how to ride better. I owe her everything.”
Daniel Geitner and Coltrane mastered the $12,500 Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby.
“I moved up in the order because we had a few multiple rides. I knew with Maria [Rasmussen] coming behind me, I had to try to pull out all the stops. I wanted to start out with a good gallop that would carry me through the course and Coltrane was amazing as usual.”
Maria Rasmussen and Hobbs Lane prevailed in the $10,000 UF Veterinary Hospital USHJA National 3’ Open Hunter Derby.
“I wanted to be as handy as I could because he shines in the handy and loves doing it. I tried to take every inside turn available and just show him off.”
Hayley Waters Wear and Genuine topped the $10,000 USHJA National 3’ Jr/Am Hunter Derby.
“There were a few scores close to mine in the first round that also had nice scores in the second, so I knew I didn’t have a ton of wiggle room. I just tried to be as handy as I could and stay out of his way,” said Waters Wear on her strategy for the handy.
Tracy Fenney and MTM Apple were amazing to the core in the $24,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix.
“I didn’t love the way I met the first jump, but I rolled away and had to steady down the seven in the first line. She rolled back great to the yellow oxer. She has such a good motor and is always going forward. I think I left one out to the double, which you usually need to be very careful to. We almost whipped too tight around to the green, and I thought the seven was going to be super long, but her stride is so huge, I actually had to slow her down.”
Katherine Addington piloted the Imperial Silver to the $2,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby win.
Phoebe Weseley and her own Mind’s Eye added another $3,500 2’6” Non Pro Hunter derby victory to their accomplishment list.
Congratulations to all athletes another successful week of equestrian sport!