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Week IV of the Ocala Winter Circuit Kicks Off with Big Competition

Andrew Kocher and Ciana.

Ocala, FL (February 13, 2016): Elite show jumping competition commenced in Week IV of the Ocala Winter Circuit with the $2,500 Brook Ledge Welcome Stake and the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix.

$2,500 Brook Ledge Welcome Stake
Andrew Kocher from Lake St. Louis, Missouri and Ciana, owned by Eagle Valley Partners LLC, slipped past Aaron Vale riding from Williston, Florida and Carlo, owned by Amatoville Enterprises, and Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois on Barbara Disko’s Sovereign to win the $2,500 Brook Ledge Welcome on Wednesday at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida. In what is turning out to be a battle of the speedsters, these three riders have been duking it out for the top spot in the Open Jumper classes each week of the Ocala Winter Circuit – Kocher, Vale and Goldman were all in the top three last week’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix.

Wednesday’s class featured a 1.40 meter course designed by Olaf Petersen Jr. of Muenster, Germany. Thirty-eight riders tackled the 13-effort course with 22 jumping clean to advance to the jump-off. Marilyn Little of Frederick, Maryland riding Venus, owned by Raylyn Farms, held the early lead with a clear jump-off round in 47.019.

When Vale stepped in to the ring on Carlo, you could tell he had a plan to take the lead. “These German course designers, both Petersen this week and [Martin] Otto last week, are really making galloping tracks and I saw that it would take someone to put the gas pedal down to win. I caught a really good turn back to the in and out and caught the last fence on an open stride.” Vale stopped the clock at 44.351 to take over the lead.

Next up was Goldman on the 9-year-old Sovereign. She picked up a gallop and sliced the turns, but added a stride in the last line to finish in 45.243, just behind Vale. Goldman was very pleased with her young horse: “He was fabulous! We are really starting to understand each other.”

No one underestimated the fact that Kocher was still to go on. With nothing to lose, he and the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood Ciana laid it all on the line and despite a bit of a buck when landing off one fence, their time was a commanding 43.495, almost a full second faster than Vale.

“She’s just a very good game horse and I liked the course,” Kocher said. “I look forward to jumping her in the Grand Prix this weekend.”

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix
Lisa Goldman, of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, and her veteran partner, Morocco, swept the competition in Thursday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala for the second week in a row. Devin Ryan, of Long Valley, New Jersey, riding his own Liratus, was second and Mathew Williams, of Wellington, Florida, riding Valinski S, owned by Michael Dorman and Wyndmont, Inc., was third. Andrew Kocher, of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, on Uppie De Lis, owned by BTS Entertainment and Sales, was the fastest with four faults for fourth and the top five rounded out with Hunter Holloway, of Topeka, Kansas, riding VDL Bravo S, owned by Hays Investment Corp.

Lisa Goldman and Morocco
Lisa Goldman and Morocco

Spectators are flocking to the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium during the Grand Prix days to watch the excitement unfold as all the top riders jump for the glory. One horse and rider have consistently thrilled the crowd as they speed around the course – Lisa Goldman and Morocco. They topped the class of 38 competitors with a double clear trip in 42.717 seconds. Olaf Petersen Jr., of Germany, designed the 1.50-meter course of 14 obstacles on a 530 meter track. Seven of 38 jumped first round clears, but only three jumped double clear.

First to contest the jump-off was Kocher on Uppie de Lys. The opening fence was a triple bar, followed by eight tight strides to a vertical at 9B, which toppled for four faults. Kocher kept up the pace with a really tight turn on the rollback to the second to the last, and a gallop home to the Platinum Performance oxer to stop the clock at 42.190, ultimately earning him fourth-place.

Next up was Williams and Valinski S, who opted for a careful clean in 47.146 to take over the lead. Ryan was up next on the big bay Liratus. The 11-year-old Danish Warmblood jumped in classic form, clocking in at 45.261 when Ryan sliced the second to the last, riding a really direct line to the final oxer to set a new Great American Time to Beat.

Taizo Sugitana and Chin Quidam VDL, owned by Hyperion Stud, LLC, were eliminated at 7A of the combination to take seventh place. David Beisel riding the big grey Call Me Hannes, owned by Harlow Investment Enterprises, LLC, had four faults at 7A to finish sixth in 45.846.

Next to go was Goldman and Morocco, and they did not disappoint as they galloped the course. They added a stride up in the opening line to accommodate Morocco’s stride which caused a few gasps as he swerved in front of the last jump, but still managed to jump clear in a time of 42.717 to take over the lead.

The final contestant was Holloway and VDL Bravo S, who also fell victim to 7A for four faults in 45.417 to finish fourth.

“This week’s course was smaller than last week’s, but much more technical; it suited my short-strided horse,” said Goldman. “The triple bar to the steady six to the vertical to vertical combination was really hard for the big horses but I barely had to pull on the reins. In the jump off Morocco tried to leave out a stride to the last jump and when I said you’re not leaving it out he thought we were going around it – I don’t know how he cleared that.”

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Ocala Winter Circuit Week III Kicks Off $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and $2,500 Brook Ledge Welcome

Andrew Kocher and Rooney IV.

Ocala, FL (February 5, 2016): Jumpers descended on HITS Post Time Farm to compete for a shot at the blue and a piece of the prize purse in the Week III $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome.

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois and her longtime partner Morocco sped to another victory in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix on Thursday. Aaron Vale riding from Williston, Florida and Thinkslikeahorse’s Spirit of Alena was second, and Andrew Kocher from Lake St. Louis, Missouri and Uppie de Lys, owned by BTS Entertainment and Sales, finished in third.

Riders took their turn at the 1.50-meter course set by German course designer Martin Otto. Nine riders jumped clear in the first round, which included three double combinations. In the jump-off, riders rode with a no holds barred attitude, and tried their best to take home the winner’s share of the prize money.

The jump-off started with a triple bar followed by a long gallop to a vertical. It also included a combination across the center of the ring followed by a sharp turn to a bending line, finishing with an oxer just past the In-gate.

First to go in the jump-off was Hunter Holloway of Topeka, Kansas on VDL Bravo S, owned by Hayes Investment Corporation. The grey cleared the fences easily to earn a clear round in 47.015 seconds. Lisa Goldman riding Mary Goldman’s Centurion B was up next, but a rail at the third fence cost her four faults. Her fast time of 45.307 held up for sixth place.

Vale pulled out all the stops on Spirit of Alenaand galloped home to take the lead in 44.269 seconds. Kocher and Uppie de Lys followed in 45.201, which was a full second off the pace to step into second.

Manuel Torres and Christopholini H got into a little trouble and retired taking the eighth-place prize. Brandie Holloway and Lucky Strike, owned by Hays Investment Corporation, delivered a fast clear in 46.184 seconds to take fourth.

Stepping into the ring next, Goldman threw all caution to the winds and trusted her 13 year old partner to do his job. She galloped, turned and angled to the fences, finishing almost a full two seconds faster than Vale in a time of 42.793 to set an unbeatable Great American Time to Beat.

Kocher and Ora del te LLC’s Ora Del Te Di La San Giorgio followed with a rail and a time fault for seventh place and Denise Wilson and Blue Gate Farm LLC’s Catuso chose not to return for the jump off and placed ninth.

$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

Andrew Kocher from Lake St. Louis, Missouri took charge in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Welcome Stake on Wednesday at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida. He not only won the class on his Rooney IV, but was also third place with Prof de la Roque, owned by Postagestamp Farm, LLC, and fifth place with his own Le Conte. Aaron Vale of Williston, Florida took second-place honors with Carlo, owned by Amatoville Enterprises. Fourth place was Diamantes Legacy with owner and rider Derek Petersen of Archer, Florida.

Martin Otto of Germany designed the 1.40-meter course. Riders galloped the length of the stadium from fence one to fence two in both the first round and the jump-off with an optional, time-saving inside turn by the gazebo to a combination.

The jump-off finished with another very long gallop to the final oxer. Thirteen of thirty-one entries completed the first round without faults and moved on to an immediate jump-off where seven went clear.

First to move on to the jump-off was Petersen on Diamantes Legacy. They galloped to the second fence, and to the last, and took the inside turn by the gazebo for in a speedy 41.876 seconds. Rooney IV and Kocher were the next to try the jump-off track. Kocher chose to gallop around the gazebo for a longer route but never took back, taking over the lead with a time of 39.933 seconds.

A few trips later, Kocher returned to the ring and was double-clear again, this time on Prof de la Roque. He went around the gazebo again but cut inside the in and out to the last fence. He couldn’t best his own time, putting him in second with a time of 41.097 seconds. Vale and Carlo chose the inside the gazebo route and kept up the pace to knock Kocher out of second place, clocking in at 40.918. Kocher’s final attempt at the win was on Le Conte and he placed fifth with a time of 42.456 seconds.

“This is my first time competing in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium,” said Kocher. “This is fun – it’s a great ring and my horses are fresh and jumping really well. I tried the turns both ways but it was definitely faster to go around, then just turn and run.”

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Swail Adds Another Victory to Conclude 2015 Holiday Series at PBIEC

Conor Swail and Martha Louise. ©ManciniPhotos.

Wellington, FL – January 13, 2016 – On the final afternoon of the Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) 2015 Holiday Series, Irish phenom Conor Swail collected yet another victory at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), this time aboard Martha Louise in the $50,000 UHealth Ear Institute Grand Prix, the final grand prix class before the commencement of the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on January 13. Swail finished the jump-off in 40.731 seconds to edge fellow Irish rider, Darragh Kenny of Wellington, FL and Picolo, who crossed the timers in 42.29 seconds. Amanda Derbyshire of Wellington, FL and Lady Maria BH earned third place honors with a time of 44.264 seconds.

Swail and Martha Louise, a 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare (Maloubet de Pleville x Virginia Wolf) owned by Five Way Farm, LLC, displayed their prowess in the second round, edging notoriously fast jump-off riders Kenny and Derbyshire. According to Swail, Martha Louise has been knocking on the door for a win and he feels confident that the mare is entering WEF in top form.

“I just arrived back in the States last week and I had the plan to do Martha Louise and Rubens LS La Silla this week. We gave them both the class on Thursday and I thought the class today was very nice,” noted Swail. “Anthony [D’Ambrosio] did a good job as usual. It was a nice course and not huge, but I was very pleased with both of the horses. I think it was a great start for us.”

With 35 trips in the first round, Swail knew that a difficult task was ahead with nine combinations moving forward to the jump-off round, including his second mount, Rubens LS La Silla, owned by Vanessa Mannix, who finished in ninth place.

“I thought Darragh was very fast. I really had to hustle hard to beat him and I have to say everything happened the way that we wanted it too. She jumped very well, but it was one of those jump-offs where you couldn’t leave anything on the table,” he explained. “You couldn’t miss a step and thankfully she was very alert since she has not competed since November. It was fantastic.”

Martha Louise has come out strong in the past two months and Swail commented on her unflappable consistency, a quality that he says is invaluable entering the WEF season, as many of the world’s best competitors will test the International Ring at PBIEC throughout the 12-week circuit.

“Martha was off for quite a substantial period of time last year, but did very well towards the end of circuit. She actually jumped really well here in the Holiday & Horses CSI 4* and think she got cheated a bit because she didn’t get anything, but she was right there the whole time,” commented Swail.

A number of strong mounts in Swail’s string will be legging back up to begin their season in Wellington, FL, including Cita, Dillinger, and Grafton, but Swail made sure to note that Martha Louise will always be a go-to mount for him, especially as her dependency continues to show its worth.

“She’s got an incredibly big step and she turns very well. She has good experience now at this level. When you look at the class list I think she probably went into this class as one of the favorites and in that way it’s nice to know that she proved that she should be. She’s incredibly consistent,” he elaborated. “I’m very thankful to have Lothlorien Farm and the support of Sue and Ariel Grange. It’s a nice way to start off the year.”

Andrew Kocher and Uppie De Lis
Andrew Kocher and Uppie De Lis

Andrew Kocher and Uppie De Lis Cruise to Victory in $10,000 Hendrick Brothers Construction 1.40m Open Stake

Andrew Kocher of St. Louis, MO and Uppie De Lis, owned by BTS Entertainment & Sales, earned a well-deserved victory on Thursday, January 7, in the $10,000 Hendrick Brothers Construction 1.40m Open Stake. The duo finished as the fastest combination in the first round and continued that momentum into the jump-off, which saw as fifteen combinations test the fast track.

Erynn Ballard of Tottenham, ON, and Pina Colada, owned by Paule Morin and Lucie Corbeil, finished in second place with a time of 37.377 seconds. Kocher also picked up third place honors aboard Ora Del Te Di La San Giorgio, owned by Ora Del Te LLC with a time of 37.377 seconds.

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Andrew Kocher Dominates at Week 1 of The Ridge at Wellington’s 2016 Turf Tour

Andrew Kocher and Coconut (Photos courtesy of The Ridge at Wellington)

Wellington, Florida (January 10, 2016) – An unusually rainy and misty day greeted competitors, owners, and spectators at Schulyer Riley’s Wolfstone Farm, but did not dampen spirits as they lined up to show and watch the first installment of the 2016 Turf Tour series presented by The Ridge at Wellington. The season’s inaugural competition welcomed a substantial turnout of professional, junior, and amateur riders to its adjacent rings, with the grass and sand arenas running concurrently and hosting everything from Low Schooling Jumpers to various top-level jumper classes on the derby field.

Andrew Kocher, a newcomer to the turf tour, put in efficient rides aboard a group of three horses and won impressively with double clear rounds aboard Coconut, an entry of Eagle Valley Partners, LLC. Katie Dinan aboard Grant Road Partners’ Checkpoint U, Dougie Douglas and Galan S finished second, third and fourth. Kocher followed Ms. Dinan’s performances placing 5th and 6th with his own Red Lady and Eagle Valley’s Ciana. The derby field course, designed Nick Granat, presented riders with a modest yet technical and straightforward challenge that stressed accuracy and timing.

The courses for the sand arena followed in the same vein, presenting the opportunity for horses and riders to gain experience and skill. The Low Schooling Jumper divisions saw Daniella McCormick and Anne Veeder victorious with their mounts, Nash and VDL Viktor, while Joseph Comunale and BTW took the win in the Medium Schooling Jumper and the Junior Amateur Classic. Anne Veeder and Carbonari 3 ruled supreme in the series’ largest class of the day, the $2,000 Children’s Adult Jumper, and the second Children’s Adult Jumper class saw Kristen Landino and Wirco Polo victorious.

With the goal of developing young horses and advancing riders, the Turf Tour is a 13-week show series and a unique addition to Wellington’s growing winter circuit, offering riders top-tier competition, over $400,000 in prize money, and an unparalleled atmosphere. The ‘show when you like,’ open-ended schedule offers convenience and a more distilled competitive environment, without sacrificing the challenge and competition found at nationally recognized shows. Organized by Olympic show jumper Nona Garson, George D’Ambrosio, and Craig Bergman, the vision that inspired the tour’s conception was bringing back the old world flair to jumper classes by staging competitions on springy, natural turf surfaces away from the chaotic intensity of other show grounds. Running every Wednesday and Friday during the winter season, with the exception of two Saturdays (February 6 and March 19) to accommodate for The Ridge at Wellington’s National and International Hunter Derbies, the Turf Tour offers classes ranging from junior and amateur jumpers to the Grand Prix, and in a variety of venues reminiscent of the large European tours.

Katie Dinan
Katie Dinan

The Turf Tour’s competitive, utopian show atmosphere is matched only by its hospitality, which includes free breakfast and lunch for all competitors, spectators, and owners, riders’ lounges, competitor parties, and an equine shuttle organized through Meadowbrook Horse Transport. For only $75, riders can schedule pick up and drop off at the Turf Tour’s weekly venue, as well as a trip back to their farm anywhere in Wellington after their rides. By removing the hassle of transport and offering numerous perks in addition to prize money, competition, and a unique atmosphere, the Turf Tour is setting a new standard for show experiences in Wellington.

Turf Tour Week 2 will be held at the prestigious International Polo Club on January 13 and 15, 2016.

The Ridge will also host a USEF Rated Equitation show each Tuesday during season, and its Palm Beach Series hunter and equitation show occurs one weekend each month, at The Ridge at Wellington. The equitation competitions are envisioned as a way for riders to qualify for the national championship finals in a relaxed, quiet environment. February 5th and 18th, 2016, The Ridge at Wellington will play host to two USEF/USHJA National and International Hunter Derbies, which offer over $40,000 in prize money and showcase the athletic prowess of performance hunters over natural obstacles.

For a full prize list and show schedule, visit Shows at The Ridge at Wellington.

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Andrew Kocher Kicks Off HITS Saugerties Week VII with Back-to-Back Wins

(C) ESI Photography. Andrew Kocher and Ora de te di La San Giorgio.

Saugerties, NY (August 31, 2015): It’s back to New York’s majestic Hudson Valley for HITS Horse Shows and competition kicked off in Andrew Kocher’s favor who jumped his way to a victory in the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome aboard Ora de te di La Giorgio, owned by Ora del te LLC. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native bested a field of 37 and sped his way through two rounds for a $2,800 payoff.

Round one was smooth sailing for 13 riders, including Kocher. The jump-off began and the top spot switched hands three times before Kocher entered the ring eighth in the order. Kocher zoomed through the abbreviated course to a clean finish with a time of 37.878, the lead, and five remaining challengers hungry to steal it away.

Kocher was in the clear through the next four competitors, all of whom had a minimum of four faults, which meant the only thing standing in his way of the blue ribbon was Laura Chapot and Umberto, owned by Mary Chapot. Chapot, who has collected a number of victories this summer at HITS Saugerties, impressed as usual and breezed clean through the course, but her time of 39.004 was not enough to take the lead.

Third place was Heather Caristo-Williams riding Cosmopolitan 30, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo, while Pablo Mejia followed in fourth place aboard Andres Muller’s Regilsse and the fifth place ribbon went to Chapot and her second entry, Thornhill Kate, co-owned with Mary Chapot.

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Andrew Kocher’s lucky streak at HITS Saugerties Week VII continued Friday in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix when he and Prof De L Roque, owned by Postage Stamp Farm LLC, beat 41 others to take home first place and their piece of the prize purse. The first round course, designed by Manuel Esparza of Mexico City, Mexico, tested riders over 12 obstacles and proved to be a challenge for the majority, with only the top nine moving on to the jump off.

It wasn’t until the fourth entry of the second round that onlookers saw a clean round. Bull Run’s Holy Smokes, owned by Bull Run Jumpers, Inc., piloted by Kristen VanderVeen, crossed the timers in a careful 44.547 to turn up the heat in the competition. Next in the order, Kocher and his mount gave the valiant performance, complete with picturesque form and electric energy, to finish clean in a time of 41.091 for the lead.

Jonathon Millar and Sly, owned by Lauren Patava and Bonaventure, were next to challenge the course and although clear in a time of 45.404, Millar wasn’t quick enough to steal the spotlight from Kocher. The next entry was Tracy Fenney riding MTM Farm’s MTM Reve Du Paradis and in true Fenney fashion, she chased Kocher for the win. With an undisturbed course behind her and crossing the timers in 42.521, Fenney was just one second behind Kocher, securing herself second place.

Of the remaining two riders, David Raposa and his own Waultraut were the last to go clean. With a time of 43.392, they would end the day with third place honors, bumping VanderVeen to fourth and Millar to fifth.

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Weekend of Competition and Generosity at the 94th Annual Flintridge Horse Show

Jenny Karazissis and Dealmaker. Photos By: D&D Photography.

The crisp Spring weather provided a beautiful backdrop Friday and Saturday at the Flintridge Riding Club for the Special Events hosted by the Flintridge La Cañada Guild, raising money and awareness for the Huntington Memorial Hospital at the 94th Annual Flintridge Horse Show.

Friday night provided hours of entertainment with a silent auction, live music and the 14th Annual Wine Tasting, sponsored by Allen Lund. Everyone enjoyed the festivities and were treated to a wonderful evening of competition, which kicked off with the Far West Farms Grand Prix Hunter Derby.

The Far West Farms Grand Prix Hunter Derby was the second Grand Prix Hunter Derby to count towards year end points for the 2015 Show Season. We saw 18 first rounds, with a course of 10 obstacles, designed by John Manning. There were two options in the course, one being the first fence, a vertical option of two different heights and angles to set you up for a tighter turn to fence two. The second option was a roll top with two different heights, which set you up for a more direct track to the final fence, a lovely oxer. Of the 18 first rounds, Jenny Karazissis and Dealmaker and Michael Leon and C Coast Z ended within a few points of one another, an incredible 104 points to Karazissis and 97 points to Leon, initiating a second round.

The second round of the Far West Farms Grand Prix Hunter Derby consisted of a course with seven fences, including the same options available in round one. Karazissis and Leon had beautiful, clean rounds and were very efficient with their time. Karazissis ended with a second score of 87 and Leon received a well-deserved 92. Karazissis and Dealmaker’s overall average came out to a stunning 191 points to win the class and Leon and C Coast Z just behind her in second place with 189 points.

After the conclusion of the exciting Far West Farms Grand Prix Hunter Derby, the entertainment continued with the Annual Tandem Class, presented by Allen Lund. The fun class is no joke, as these teams of three practice their Tandem Jumping well before the event, choose a team name and have a song picked out to represent their team as they execute the course. Ten teams comprised the Tandem Class over three different heights and each team presented the Flintridge La Cañada Guild with a Basket for their Silent Auction to support their efforts in raising money for the Huntington Memorial Hospital. The Tandem Class is an annual favorite to watch at the Annual Flintridge Horse Show and provides a great deal of fun for everyone, with impressive costumes and riding.

Saturday brought a little bit of rain, but the skies cleared for the spectators to enjoy the Ralph Suarez Grand Prix, Presented by Land Rover of Pasadena. With 21 entries, the Ralph Suarez Grand Prix, Presented by Land Rover of Pasadena, proved to be an impressive field of competitors and began the 2015 GGT-Footing Grand Prix Series. The Flintridge La Cañada Guild also had their annual VIP dinner during the event, and the crowd was treated to Jane Haderlein, Senior Vice President of External Affairs from Huntington Memorial Hospital, and Title Sponsor, Ralph Suarez, speaking for a few minutes, thanking everyone for attending the 94th Annual Flintridge Horse Show and for their support of the Flintridge La Cañada Guild and Huntington Memorial Hospital.

Andrew Kocher and Lady Sparkle
Andrew Kocher and Lady Sparkle

The excellent course was designed by John Manning and consisted of 13 obstacles, including two one stride combinations, a large triple that turned into a tight bending line to a combination and a rollback by the in gate leading to a flowing line. Three riders and their horses persevered in having clean first rounds and continued onto the jump-off: Andrew Kocher and Lady Sparkle, Jamie Barge and Luebbo, and at only 14 years old, Delaney Flynn and her mount Quite Quick.

The jump-off was flowing and included a long stretch to gallop to the last fence, our CWD vertical. The riders and spectators alike enjoyed the course and the exciting finish. Andrew Kocher and Lady Sparkle were victorious in managing a double clean round in a time of 35.903 to win the class and Jamie Barge and Luebbo were just off the pace of Andrew and Lady Sparkle, coming in second place with a time of 37.840. Delaney Flynn and Quite Quick were just that, quite quick with the fastest jump off time of 32.412, but unfortunately had one rail, giving them four faults in the jump off, landing them in third place.

It was a wonderful evening supporting the Flintridge La Cañada Guild, with great competition in the Ralph Suarez Grand Prix, Presented by Land Rover of Pasadena.

“The whole weekend’s event was a huge success and we’re so happy to support the Flintridge La Cañada Guild,” said Dale Harvey of West Palms Events. “The 94th Annual Flintridge Horse Show has always been a wonderful event to be a part of and we are looking forward to the success of the show for years to come. Thank you to Ralph Suarez and Land Rover of Pasadena for their support.”

Congratulations to all the riders and horses and a big thank you to the Flintridge La Cañada Guild. Thank you to all our supportive sponsors, riders, owners and staff who make all of our events possible. Stay up to date on all our exciting events and the 2015 show season by visiting our website and following us on Facebook.

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Kocher and Ufarno Win the $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome Week IV

Perfect blue skies made way for blue ribbons for Kocher and Carolina Suarez’ Ufarno in the $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome.

Friday’s feature jumper competition, the $15,000 Horseflight Open Welcome, saw thirty-three horse and rider teams compete on the world class grass turf grand prix field at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit in Gulfport, Mississippi. Manual Esparza of Mexico City, Mexico designed the 1.40 meter course and set the time to beat at 81 seconds which saw only eight with fault-free first rounds.

Andrew Kocher of Lake St. Louis, Missouri and Arion Legends, LLC’s Cantu 5 were second to go and the first to go clean with a first round time of 69.328 seconds. Their second round in a time of 41.392 seconds was well within the 57 second time allowed and set the time to beat.

Several horses later, Kocher returned, this time in the irons of Aleece Jarman’s Cantori who turned in a clear first round effort in a time of 67.724 seconds and clean second round in 38.929 seconds, taking the lead.

Daniel Bedowa of Magnolia, Texas and his own Quattro were the next horse and rider team to go clean after Kocher’s fault-free rounds. They turned in a first round time of 71.823 seconds and a clean second round time in 38.542 seconds, setting the new time to beat and taking the lead.

Kocher rose to the new time challenge and entered the ring with Carolina Suarez’ Ufarno. The pair turned in back to back fault free rounds in times of 67.188 and 37.984 seconds respectively, and moved back into the first place position.

Tiffany Cambria of Middleburg, Virginia and Allie Rahman’s Varios were the next horse and rider team to turn in double-clean efforts in times of 69.046 seconds and 43.657 seconds, respectively. Their times were not fast enough to grab the win from Kocher and would finish in sixth place overall.

Lincoln Russell of Columbus, North Carolina and Sarah MacMillan’s Vinney Boy turned in the last clear effort of the class in a time of 70.205 seconds. However, four jump faults in their second round in a time of 41.860 seconds would see them finish in eighth place overall.

Bryn Sadler of Santa Fe, New Mexico, winner of last week’s $35,000 Cedar Street Advisors Grand Prix was the next pair to turn in double clear efforts on Showcase 81, LLC’s Bon Giorno in times of 67.401 and 40.745 seconds, respectively, which would see them finish in fourth place overall.

Kocher followed Sadler, this time in the irons of his own Heliante. While they turned in a clean first round in a time of 69.698 seconds, four faults in their second round in a time of 39.560 seconds would see them finish in seventh place overall.

In the end it was Kocher who won the class with Carolina Suarez’ Ufarno, followed by Daniel Bedoya of Magnolia, Texas and his own Quattro in second. Third went to Kocher and Aleece Jarman’s Cantori; fourth went to Bryn Sadler of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Showcase Farm’s Bon Giorno.

Kocher returned for fifth place with Arion Legends’ Cantu 5, sixth went to Tiffany Cambria and Allie Rahman’s Varios, seventh was awarded to Kocher and his own Heliante, and Lincoln Russell wrapped it up in eighth place with Sarah MacMillan’s Vinney Boy.

“My horses are jumping great and hopefully my luck will continue,” Kocher said. “I just got eight new horses in from Europe today and I am hoping they will be in the position to win some classes here,” he added.

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Andrew Kocher and Land Rebel Win the $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix

Andy Kocher and Land Rebel sail over the CWD oxer on their way to the win Saturday night.

Andrew Kocher of Lake St. Louis, Missouri has had a very successful run during Week II of the Gulf Coast Winter Classics in Pensacola. After scoring a trifecta win in Friday’s $5,000 HorseFlight Open Welcome class, he went on to win the $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix with his own Land Rebel under the lights in the covered arena on Saturday night.

“The course looked easy enough when we walked it, but with the lights and the tight turns, the jumps just came right up on you and it turned out to be a very tough course,” commented Kocher, “and the time allowed was pretty snug too,” he added.

The first round time allowed was set at 83 seconds. It looked as if there was not going to be a jump off as horse and rider team after another finished their first rounds with jump faults and time faults.

It was not until the eighth to go, Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookville, Maryland and Rolling Acres’ Carlot went clean to the crowd’s delight in a time of 77.749 seconds. It looked as if she may win the class, until Kocher entered the ring with Land Rebel as the final rider in the first round. The pair went clean in a time of 79.312 seconds to the crowd’s delight. There would be a jump off!

Leffler and Carlot were first to go and turned in a fault-free performance in a time of 41.069 seconds, well within the 48 seconds time allowed. Kocher followed with Land Rebel and rode the jump off round lightning fast in a time of 38.841 seconds, locking in the win.

“Land Rebel is a horse I bought in the Czech Republic about six or seven weeks ago,” said Kocher. “He’s won some big classes already in his show career. I showed him in Wellington two weeks ago and he was eighth in the grand prix there,” he said. “He’s a good, solid, experienced horse and fast as hell. All you have to do is just kick him and run,” he laughed.

Kocher also took home the third place ribbon, in the irons of Eagle Valley Partners’ C’Havinia after turning in a first round in 84.167 seconds with two time faults. Fourth place was awarded to Hailey Henderson of Lafayette, Louisiana who rode her own Zine Dine in a first round time of 85 seconds with two time faults. Christian Rogge of Spring, Texas rode his own Lissa Tsp to the fifth place finish in a first round time of 85 seconds and two time faults. Kocher returned to claim the sixth place ribbon on Michael Rosenberg’s Crown Joker after the pair turned in a first round effort in 79.373 seconds with four jump faults. Kocher also took home the seventh and ninth place ribbons aboard Arion Legends, LLC’s Cantu 5 and BTS’ Entertainment Sales’ Ufarno, respectively. Leffler took home the eighth place finish in the irons of Rolling Acres’ Amon De Diamente.

What are Kocher’s future plans? “Well, I’m going to finish up the last week here in Pensacola and I will be at the last half of Gulfport. My goal for the winter is to win the $77,000 Grand Prix,” he said. “I have some new horsepower supplied to me by Julie Dodd, Shannon Hicks, Helen Gilbert and Karen Cobb,” he continued. “My old reliable Le Conte is out with an injury, but I have some new bullets that I think can get the job done,” he said. “I have a great group of owners with me and we’re having a great time,” he said.

For more information on this class, visit horseshowsonline.com.

Andy Kocher and Land Rebel sail over the HorseFlight oxer on their way to the win Friday.
Andy Kocher and Land Rebel sail over the HorseFlight oxer on their way to the win Friday.

Kocher Grabs a Trifecta Win in the $5,000 HorseFlight Open Welcome

Kocher scored a trifecta in Friday’s $5,000 HorseFlight Open Welcome class at the Escambia County Equestrian Center in Pensacola winning the top three ribbons.

Kocher and Michael Rosenberg’s Crown Joker turned in double clear efforts in times of 69.026 and 35.273 seconds respectively, well within the 75 and 45 seconds time allowed. Kocher and his own Land Rebel also turned in double clear rounds and were just a bit more than a second shy of winning the class with a second round time of 36.917 seconds. White Lightning, also owned and ridden by Kocher, turned in double clear efforts and locked in the third place ribbon with a second round time of 37.211 seconds.

Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookville, Maryland took home the fourth place ribbon in the irons of Rolling Acres’ Amon De Diamante in double clear efforts in times of 69.953 and 39.982 seconds respectively.

Kocher returned for the fifth ribbon, this time in the irons of Arion Legends, LLC’s Cantu 5. The pair turned in double clear rounds with times of 72.186 and 41.025 seconds respectively. And again, Kocher returned for the sixth placing this time in the irons of Dillandra, owned by Eagle Valley Partners, LLC. The pair finished with times of 68.184 and 34.349 seconds respectively, with four jump faults in their second round. For more results on this class, please visit horseshowsonline.com.

“The Welcome was a nice, soft course that did a great job getting us ready for the grand prix,” commented Kocher.

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Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
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