The CCI One Star top of the leader board for April 15th at the Florida Horse Park is Robin Walker riding Someday Never Comes with a final score of 47.10 and taking home $1500 of the Maui Jim award monies. Second place is Leslie Law and Kool Aldo with $1250; third place: Lauren Kieffer on Ron Reagan for $1000; fourth place: Samantha St. Jacques and Jaeda for $750 and fifth place: Victoria New riding Fleeceworks mystere du val for $500 prize monies. The total Maui Jim award monies: $4,000.
“I’m extremely pleased because this is one horse that we bred, watched ‘em grow up and now the culmination of the winter’s work!!” said Robin Walker. “I must give credit to all the people and work of an entire team,” he added. “Personally, I had a bit more time to put a system/method together and stay steady from start to finish because I was riding less horses.”
Walker also added, “The event organizer needs to be highly commended; all of the competitors and I are incredibly grateful to Peter (Gray), Jon (Holling) and Jay (Hambly) for such a lovely event of this caliber from the young to the Two Star category in this extremely valuable facility: the Florida Horse Park.” “Do keep developing this park,” he said as he is on his long trip home to Michigan.
Nicole Parkin of Hockley Valley, Ontario, Canada is the Sunday afternoon proclaimed winner of CCI Two Star category with a final score of 47.70 and the Becky Broussard first place award $3000. Parkin rode Lexus who is owned by Nique Hendric. Second place: Callie Judy riding Call on Me for $2500; third place: Eliza Farren on Bantry Bays Dublin for $2,000; fourth place: Sable Giesler riding Evil Munchkin for $1500; and fifth place: Laramie Maxwell on Hunterville for $1,000 award monies.
“I’m completely elated!! We all worked so hard and it is SO fun to end up on top this time! Do give credit to my coach, Phillip Dutton and gratitude to Nique Hendric for her support,” Parkin said. “It is quite obvious that Jon and Peter tended to details down to the footing of this quality international event at the Florida Horse Park. This park is so pivotal to the southern circuit of eventing.” Parkin said. The next event for Lexus is Jersey Fresh in New Jersey in one month.
The Ocala Horse Properties International 3 Day Eventboasted hundreds of entries with horses performing in dressage and running Cross Country and Show Jumping. Viewing the license plates in the Horse Park: New York, Michigan, New Jersey, Minnesota, Ontario, Canada and many others across the country were represented.
“We went to the stadium and enjoyed it immensely!” Ida and John from Silver Spring Shores commented after the event. “We are eager to learn more about scoring and judging and will definitely go again!”
“We so enjoyed the horse event. It was our first time. What a joy it was to watch the jumping competition. They are such magnificent creatures. The riders were so gentle with their horses. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. The Florida Horse Park is absolutely beautiful and so clean and well maintained, we were very impressed!” Del and Rick, Ocala
Boyd Martin claimed the CCI4*-L victory at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event riding Luke 140, owned by The Luke 140 Syndicate. California rider Tamie Smith held the lead and second place with Danito and En Vogue, respectively, with the two swapping placings after cross-country, and Martin and Luke 140 maintaining third place through both phases. But two rails down for Danito dropped him to fourth place and En Vogue was relegated to third with three rails down, opening the door for Martin and Luke 140 to clinch the win.
Will Faudree shared the news yesterday that his legendary event horse, Antigua, passed away at the age of 32. In a Facebook post he said:
“I always thought I would have something profound to write. A eulogy that would encapsulate the impact you had on my life. And maybe those words will come. You taught me what a work ethic is, how to think in slow motion and how to just keep going. You laid the foundation for a career I dreamed of as a kid. Thank you will never be enough. I will miss you every day- rest easy my friend.”
While her two horses swapped places for first and second after cross-country, Tamra Smith maintained both the lead and second place with two clear rounds and minimal time faults at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event Presented by BW Furlong and Associates and Zoetis. The 16-year-old Hanoverian mare En Vogue (Earl x Laurena) is just a little more experienced than her barn mate Danito, also owned by Ruth Bley, so she was also a little quicker around the big, challenging course that twisted and turned through the Horse Park of New Jersey. En Vogue leads on a 27.1 and Danito is second with 31.9, with Boyd Martin maintaining third place with the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding Luke 140 (Landos x Omega VI), owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate.
California rider Tamra Smith holds the lead and second position in the CCI4*-L at the Jersey Fresh International (JFI) CCI at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown. Smith scored 23.9 today with Danito, Ruth Bley’s 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Dancier x Wie Musik), to take the lead from her other mount, the 16-year-old Hanoverian mare (Earl x Laurena) En Vogue, also owned by Bley, who was the overnight leader after scoring 24.3 yesterday. Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa. holds third place with Luke 140, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Landos x Omega VI) owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate, on a score of 25.6.