The University of Florida (UF) Gators and the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights went head-to-head last weekend in the first intercollegiate eventing challenge of the year, hosted by the Equiventures team at the Ocala Winter II Horse Trials presented by Brian Cox Farm Team.
It was the scramble team of two UCF and one UF rider who were ultimately the winners. Rachel Morgan (UCF), Victoria Markert (UCF) and Jordan Vann (UF) earned a cumulative score of 164.7 to put them solidly in front. Morgan and her own Kryptonite IV, a 21-year-old Trakehner mare (Macht x Podzies Paycheck), were named the second highest individual collegiate pair after picking up only one pole in the show jumping for a 10th place finish in the Training Rider division (42.20).
Markert finished the competition in third individually with Eliana Benevento’s Phenomenon, a 14-year-old Quarter Horse. The pair added just 1.2 time penalties on the cross-country and 3 time penalties in the show jumping for 7th place finish (46.20) in the Beginner Novice Rider A division, a great performance for only Markert’s second horse trial! Vann also competed in the Beginner Novice Rider A division, added time penalties in the show jumping and cross-country to round out the team (76.50).
Jill Bobel and Big Time. Photo by Russell Crowder.
The UF team made up of Cecilia Lundberg, Jill Bobel and Neave Anderson, followed in second on a total score of 917.7. Bobel was having a cracking weekend, earning a 28 on the flat in the Preliminary Rider B division, but unfortunately came out of the tack on the cross-country. Both she and her horse, Big Time, were fortunately OK. In her first recognized horse trial, Anderson picked up just one show jumping time penalty in the Beginner Novice Rider B division for a 4th place finish both there and in the individual collegiate standings. She did this with Ashley Johnson’s Great Wheels, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding.
Lundberg picked up two rails in the Preliminary Rider B division to finish as the top individual collegiate rider aboard Kathleen Lundberg’s July’s Wild Idea. The 11-year-old Oldeburg (Ideal x Wild Irish Rose) also finished sixth in their horse trial division. “This was actually my first event with the team, and it was cool to be competing as a part of a group. I was happy with how my horse and I did as a pair, and overall the team had a good outing,” Lundberg said. “I got started with the UF Eventing Team as a way to get more involved with the community. I've gotten a lot of volunteering opportunities through the team, and it's introduced me to riders from different backgrounds who I wouldn't have otherwise have known. I am excited to see how the team grows in the next few years!”
This event was the first of many lined up to host intercollegiate challenges around the country this year. In the meantime, the Equiventures team is gearing up for another challenge to be hosted at their Exmoor Horse Trials next month.
|Cecilia Lundberg||July's Wild Idea||Preliminary||35.6|
|Jill Bobel||Big Time||Preliminary||832.8|
|Neave Anderson||Great Wheels||Beginner Novice||49.3|
|Rachel Morgan||Kryptonite IV||Training||38.5|
|Victoria Markert||Phenomenon||Beginner Novice||47.5|
|Jordan Vann||Monte Carlo||Beginner Novice||78.7|
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