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Brennan and Japan Continue Winning Streak at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic

Penny Brennan and her own Japan win the $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome Week II.

Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky for Penny Brennan of Ocala, Florida and her own Japan and Sun Tzu.

World-renown course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Caracas, Venezuela designed a challenging course on the best turf field in the country and set a time allowed of 86 seconds. Palacios is one of the most highly respected course designers in the world of showjumping. Palacios is a course director of FEI; he is a co-founder of the Aachen School of Equestrian Arts and produces master plans for equestrian venues. He has been involved with show jumping and the equestrian sport as a whole to the Olympic level and has held the position of Second Vice President of the FEI.

First to go was Tiffany Cambria of Middleburg, Virginia on Varios, owned by Allie Rahman. The pair turned in a clean first round in a time of 80.809 seconds. They followed with a clear second round and set the time to beat at 47.987 seconds, well within the sixty seconds time allowed.

Brennan and Japan were the next pair to turn in a clean first round effort in a time of 75.159 seconds and finished their second round clean in a lightning fast time of 41.036 seconds.

Amanda Forte of Glenmoor, Pennsylvania followed Brennan with Cerulean Stables, LLC’s Rincoola Black Adder and turned in a clean first round effort in a time of 75.159 seconds. Forte had a heartbreak rail at the final fence and finished in a time of 47.814 seconds and four jump faults, which would see them finish in fifth overall.

Jason Berry of Verona, Virginia and Oak Ledge Farm’s Egano Van Kadal were next to challenge Brennan and finished their first round clean in a time of 84.982 seconds. However, eight jump faults in their second round with a time of 47.453 seconds would see the pair finish in sixth place.

Six trips later, Brooke Kemper of Culpeper, Virginia and her own Classified turned in the next clean first round effort in a time of 80.189 seconds. Four faults at the final fence in their second round in a time of 45.885 seconds would leave them with the fourth place ribbon.

Brennan returned with her second ride, her own Sun Tzu, and turned in double clean rounds in times of 74.965 seconds and 43.294 seconds, respectively.

Kyle Timm of Apex, North Carolina was the last to go with Apex Equestrian Center’s Calida 55. However, four faults and a time of 80.296 seconds in their first round would see the pair finish in tenth place overall.

Final results saw Brennan take the first two ribbons with her own Japan and Sun Tzu, respectively, followed by Cambria and Vios, Kemper and Classified, Forte and Rincoola Black Adder and Berry and Egano Van Kadal.

The Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies are USHJA’s Members Choice Award winners, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States. Together, they offer the best exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events each winter. Please visit them on the web at www.ClassicCompany.com or call them at 843.768.5503.

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See you at the ring,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
Phone/FAX: (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311 Johns Island SC 29457

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