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Johan Kachelhoffer and Cooper B Win $35k Nutrena Grand Prix at Ocala Spring Classic

The $35,000 Nutrena Grand Prix wrapped up Week 1 of the Ocala Spring Classic and welcomed 39 horse and rider teams to the course designed by Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana. Of the sixteen qualified for the jump off round, only six would turn in clear rounds within the 50 seconds time allowed.

Hannah Matts of Ocala, Florida and Redfield Farm’s Berlin were the sixth horse to go in the jump off order and the first horse and rider team to turn in a fault free round in 46.732 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

The lead was short lived when Callan Solem of Williston, Florida and Jamie Stryker’s Horion De Libersart followed, posting their own clear round in a time of 44.228.

The horse race continued when Cady Klimas of Hernando, Florida piloted her own Celtic Lady M2S to a clear jump off round in a time of 43.662 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Johan Kachelhoffer of Ocala, Florida and his own Cooper B followed Klimas in the order. Their clear jump off round in 42.653 seconds took the lead which would land them in the winner’s circle. This was Cooper B’s first grand prix win.

“Cooper B is actually a really interesting horse,” said Kachelhoffer. “I bought him in the middle of the summer last year from Germany and we did our first show in July at WEC in the 1.10 m and he has since done really well. But today was his first Grand Prix attempt and win.

“I think the course designer did a nice job. The course was well designed, and he couldn’t have done more. It was a nice 1.40 m, built to the specs of a regional standard with a triple combination. There were many people who had clear first rounds, but they ran out of time and got penalties. The jump off round was also a good design and I honestly expected more to go clear,” he added.

Josephine Decker of Wayzata, Minnesota rode her own Dexter to a clear jump off round in a time of 46.933 seconds which would earn them a sixth-place ribbon overall.

Kaitlyn Williams of Paoli, Pennsylvania and her own Cassio Melloni sat in the desirable last to go position. Despite their clear round in a time of 43.120 seconds, it wasn’t fast enough to beat Kachelhoffer and Cooper B, and consequently they took second place.

Klimas and Celtic Lady M2S placed third and Solem and Horion De Libersart placed fourth. Solem also earned an eleventh-place ribbon with Elan Farm’s Essenar Crixus for their four fault jump off round in a time of 45.089 seconds.

Matts and Berlin placed fifth overall and Decker and Dexter earned a sixth place.

Seventh was awarded to Tranquility Farm’s Evolene De Carles, ridden by Vicente Guillen of Ocala, Florida for posting the fastest four fault jump off round in a time of 41.365 seconds.

Lawson Whitaker of Ocala, Florida and his own Brownie and Cream earned an eighth-place finish for their four fault jump off round in a time of 41.365 seconds.

Bree Rosales of Marshall, Virginia and Gail Dady’s Voigtsdorfs Quonsci took home ninth place for their four fault jump off round in a time of 43.591 seconds. Kyle Dewar of Ocala, Florida earned a tenth place with his own Clever an De Helle and a twelfth with his own Kastar Hof Ten Zoetendaele.

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Gulf Coast Winter Classic Week 5 Wrap Up

Adam Sklansky of Skillman, New Jersey in the irons of Ellen Walker’s Hakini bested a field of seventeen horse and rider teams to win the $25,000 Harrah’s Grand Prix, which is the first grand prix the pair has won together.

Sklansky and Hakini were the only horse and rider team to turn in a fault-free first round in 71.091 seconds, well within the time allowed of 78 seconds which insured the win. “We were coming off a good showing in Ocala and she’s just been super,” he said.

The course was designed by Nancy Wallis and Paul Jewell from Windsor, New Jersey. About half the class had rails at obstacles six and seven. “Today’s course required the riders to adjust a lot between each test. I saw a lot of overrides out there, and while the time allowed was not the issue, it looked as if they were all riding for time,” Wallis commented.

“I personally didn’t walk the six to seven line today,” said Sklansky. “Hakini is really scopey and I trusted her. Six you had to fade left in order to jump the fence straight, but you needed to stay out a bit and not lock into a number. I faded out, got straight, and gave her a little ride up to it and then I think the last jump was getting people because they were just getting strung out. I wasn’t worried about beating someone’s time. You had to ride the last one like a careful vertical,” he added.

Happy Comly in the irons or Comly Sport Horses’ Clock-Wise CSH placed second with a four fault first round in a time of 70.600 seconds.

Colby Coltrain of Argyle, Texas finished in third overall with Gianna Aycock’s Conquer in a four fault first round in time of 72.258 seconds.

Quinn Larimer of Mableton, Georgia aboard Nestledown Equine Services, LLC’s Bronson CR placed fourth after posting a four fault first round in a time of 72.733 seconds.

Caitlin Burns of Denton, Texas rode her own Diablo Blue to a fifth-place ribbon with their four fault first round in a time of 72.850 seconds.

Larimer returned to the winner’s circle in the irons of Nestledown Equine, LLC’s Olympia Van Het Eikenhof to collect a sixth place for their four fault first round in a time of 73.195 seconds.

Comly returned for the seventh-place ribbon with October Hill Farm, Inc.’s Miraaz for their four fault first round in 73.579 seconds. Comly also placed eleventh with Comly Sport Horses’ Derby CSH.

Reid Rickett of North Port, Alabama placed eighth with Banderas De Borniva for their four-fault round in 73.661 seconds.

Stephanie Tropia of Magnolia, Texas and her own CR Twilight placed ninth with their four fault first round in 75.108 seconds and tenth with her own CR Dream Boy.

Celine Myers of Dallas, Texas wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish aboard Will Bonnette’s Diamant.

Sklansky has been riding Hakini for two years. “We stepped her up to the Grand Prix level here last year, but this was our first grand prix we ever won. Having the No entry fee Grand Prix is really nice because it takes a lot of pressure off of us as riders. It’s a really nice thing to do,” he added.

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Conquer Victorious in $25,000 Gulf Coast Grand Prix with Colby Coltrain

‘Hard work pays off’ was the lesson in the Week 3 $25,000 Gulf Coast Grand Prix.

Colby Coltrain of Argyle, Texas rode Gianna Aycock’s Conquer to the winner’s circle after besting a field of twenty-one horse and rider teams. While the pair has done fewer than ten Grand Prix ranging from 1.25m to 1.35 to a few 1.40m, this was the first Grand Prix win for both Coltrain and Conquer.

Of the twenty-one horse and rider teams, only nine advanced to a second-round opportunity with a jump off round time allowed set at 48 seconds.

The first up was Katey Kozeny of Tempe, Arizona and her own Isolde De Wacht. The pair had eight jump faults in a time of 41.178 seconds and would finish in sixth place overall.

Christian Rogge of Cypress, Texas in the irons of Avequest, LLC’s Cashmere 33 followed Kozeny and posted a clear jump off round in a time of 39.59 seconds, taking the lead.

That lead was short lived when Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Loretta Patterson’s War Machine took to the Grand Prix field, posting a clear round in a time of 39.028 seconds.

Darby Pease of Danville, Kentucky aboard Hillary Gromus’ Cumbaya W followed Shepherd and War Machine, taking the lead with their clear round in a time of 38.752 seconds.

Coltrain commented, “Darby went before me in the jump off and she was really slick from 14 to 1 to 6 and she did the 7 really nice and she didn’t even go that wide to number 10, but when she landed after 11, she was a little slow and didn’t gallop away. That fence was where we had to make the right turn and step up our time,” he added.

That was the move that moved Coltrain to the lead. Coltrain and Conquer turned in the winning round in the jump off posting a clear round in a time of 37.168 seconds, moving Pease and Cumbaya W into second place, War Machine and Shepherd into third, and Rogge and Cashmere 33 into fourth.

Shepherd and Loretta Patterson’s HJ Hercules were the last horse and rider team to tackle the jump off course. Their fault free time in 44.206 seconds saw them finish in fifth overall.

Coltrain said, “Conquer is a horse that we got as a late 4-year-old, early 5-year-old. He’s 9 now and he’s come a long way in 4 or 5 years. We got him from Jamie Gornall. He was in Wellington as a sales prospect and being marketed as a hunter and well; he was just wild. Gianna [Aycock] was in Wellington at that time and she ended up buying him down there as well as his half-brother as sales prospects. But we ended up keeping Conquer.

“People said they didn’t think he was a good jumper. He was fussy with his head, and he didn’t have a lead change, and no one really wanted him. I remember there being a lot of days where we would wonder if he was good enough. But he is really brave and wants to go to the other side of the jumps, so we just kept going with him.

“It wasn’t that long ago that my rounds didn’t look very good. We were having trouble getting around a 1.25 m course. Just 2 years ago he was belly flopping 1.10m oxers. He has come a long way in a short period of time, but we’ve done it really slowly. Anytime he seemed like he was uncomfortable we’d back him down again until he got his confidence. The more I have been able to let him be himself, the more he has flourished,” said Coltrain.

“Gianna and I used to say that Conquer had a right rein deficiency and the funny thing is there were a lot of right turns today and he did great.

“We’ve done all three Grand Prix here in Gulfport and will be here for the entire circuit,” he said. “The coolest thing in the world is riding in the Grand Prix for free. If we have 5 horses of our own at the show and we have to pay for these fees, that puts a lot of pressure on us. If we do the Welcome, then the Grand Prix entry fee is waived and it’s nice to ride onto the Grand Prix field and know that the jumps don’t own us. The level of anxiety that is removed is amazing. We’re having fun because we literally are out there to see how the cards fall and see how it turns out with such less pressure,” he said.

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Aiken Summer Classic Week I Wrap Up

Aiken’s own Daniel Geitner, in the irons of Oak Ledge Farm’s Fazous, won the $25,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix over a course designed by Michel Vaillancourt.

With a first round time allowed of 79 seconds, only five advanced to a jump off round with a time allowed set at 51 seconds.

Josh Dolan of Wellington, Florida, in the irons of Rebdeck Farms, LLC’s Bronce Des Monts, were the first to tackle the jump off round. Their clear round in a time of 37.837 seconds set the new time to beat.

Geitner and Fazous followed in the order turning in a clear round in a time of 36.202 seconds, taking the lead.

“It was a really nice course and Michel [Vaillancourt] did a nice job as always,” commented Geitner. “I was second to go in the jump off round and so I knew I needed to put some pressure on since I had three after me,” he said. “Fazous is naturally fast and I just needed to let him do his usual pace and that is quick enough,” he said.

Danica Meyerhoff from Statesville, North Carolina aboard Seth Vallhonrat’s Cellisto followed Geitner and Fazous. Although the pair turned in a fault-free round, their time of 43.733 would see them finish in fifth overall.

Lincoln Russell of Columbus, North Carolina and Vick Russell’s Shining De Reve were up next. The pair also went clear and their time of 41.764 seconds would see them finish in fourth place.

Geitner also had the last ride in the jump off with November Hill’s Handsome A. Their fault-free jump off round in a time of 38.865 seconds, earned them a third place finish while securing the win with Fazous.

“Handsome A is new for me and the Grand Prix ring. He’s just a 9-year-old but has lots of talent,” commented Geitner.

Geitner also earned a ninth and tenth place finish with his own Hokyra Fortuna and November Hill’s Lotus Van Het Hagehof, respectively. “Hokyra [Fortuna] is a new ride for me and this was her first Grand Prix, and Lotus [Van Het Hagehof] is a young one and he’s just starting this level. I was happy with all of my horses,” he added.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Loretta Patterson’s CHS Krooze, the fastest four-fault first round, placed sixth overall, and Adam Sklansky of Birmingham, Alabama and Ellen Waker’s Hakini earned a seventh place finish. Dolan and Page Tredennick’s Ekilly Van De Horst finished in eighth.

Lincoln Russell also secured an eleventh place finish with Michael Popping’s Limoncello SCF, and Tom Foley placed twelfth with Sweet Oak Farm’s Nixon Fortuna.

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Supporting the USET Foundation at the Aiken Summer Classic

The Classic Company is proud to announce that it will be promoting the United States Equestrian Team Foundation (USET) and the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Aiken Summer Classic, June 16-20 and June 23-27, 2021. “All of the entry fees from the Low Hunters and Training Jumpers, our largest classes, will be donated to the USET Foundation, which provides funding for the Olympic and Paralympic teams as well as United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Developing and High Performance Programs,” said Bob Bell, President of the Classic Company. “We are proud of our Olympic and Paralympic Teams and wish them great success as they represent the United States in Tokyo this summer.”

“Given the added layer of complexity and logistics due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduling of Tokyo 2020, this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the costliest Games in the history of the United States Equestrian Team,” said Bonnie Jenkins, Executive Director, USET. “At the same time, as the philanthropic partner to the USEF, we cannot lose sight of the USEF Development and Pathway Programs that are priming our country’s elite, young athletes to successfully represent the United States on the greatest international stages in the future.

“We are extremely grateful to Bob Bell and his team at the Aiken Summer Classics for their support of the USET Foundation,” Jenkins continued. “It’s wonderful to have a competition organizer acknowledging the commitment required to sustain a safe and successful experience for our athletes and horses in Tokyo, as well as finding creative ways to support our athletes more broadly.”

If exhibitors want to make an individual donation to support the U.S. Teams and the USET Foundation, they will receive an attractive blue armband with the USET logo designating the individual as a USET supporter. Riders are encouraged to proudly wear the armband in the ring while competing. Click here to donate today.

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Jacksonville Spring Classic 2021 Wrap Up

The Classic Company wrapped up its final two weeks at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The Jacksonville Spring Classic is the only hunter/jumper competition offered at the Northern Florida facility and with $250,000 in cash and awards, the Jacksonville Spring Classic offers more prize money than any event produced at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.

Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas and MTM Farm’s MTM Dolce Vita rode away with the win in the $35,000 Glen Kernan Golf and County Club Grand Prix, besting a field of twenty-three horse and rider teams over a course designed by Paul Jewell of Windsor, New Jersey.

The first round was set with a time allowed of 89 seconds and only seven would qualify for the jump off round.

Dorothy Douglas of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts in the irons of Nina Moore’s MTM Cedrik was the first to tackle the jump off round with a time allowed of 49 seconds. The pair left all the rails up, but their time of 52.584 seconds earned them four time faults and a fifth place finish.

Fenney and MTM Farm’s MTM Apple, winner of the Week I $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by EMO, followed in the jump off order and turned in a clear round in 44.772 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Cassandra Kahle of Califon, New Jersey and Isabelle Lapierre’s Giana followed Fenney and MTM Apple. Twelve jump faults in a time of 44.975 seconds would see them finish in seventh place overall.

Brian Feigus of Colts Neck, New Jersey and MTM Farm’s Igor Van De Heibos followed in the order and with eight jump faults in a time of 45.381 seconds, finished in sixth place.

Jordan Peterson of High Springs, Florida and Derek Petersen’s Diamant’s Legacy followed Feigus and their fault-free jump off round in a time of 43.232 seconds would take the lead and set the new time to beat.

The lead was short lived, however, when Fenney and MTM Dolce Vita followed in the jump off order. Their fault free round in a time of 43.052 seconds took the lead and set the new time to beat.

Kaitlyn Williams of Paoili, Pennsylvania and her own Cassio Melloni sat in the enviable last to go position. Their time of 50.353 seconds earned them four time faults and the pair would finish in fourth place, leaving Fenney and MTM Dolce Vita victorious and Petersen and Diamont’s Legacy in second. Fenney also took home the third place ribbon with MTM Apple as well as a ninth with MTM Reve Du Paradis.

Matthias Holberg was awarded an eighth place ribbon with Jenny Vallner’s Kilmastulla Quality Touch.

Cassandra Kahl and Redfield Farm’s Pyrenes De Louzes finished in tenth place and Dominique Damico rode Olivia Brown’s Chakala to an eleventh place finish. Dorothy Douglas rode MTM Farm’s MTM Chelsea 98 to wrap up the class in twelfth place.

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Fenney and MTM Apple Shine in the $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix in Jacksonville

Twenty horse and rider teams competed for the blue in the Week I $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by EMO over a course designed by Paul Jewell of Windsor, New Jersey.

The first round was set with a time allowed of 75 seconds and of the twenty horse and rider teams, only nine would qualify for a jump off round.

Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas in the irons of MTM Farm’s MTM Dolce Vita led the charge as the first to tackle the jump off round. The course was set with a time allowed of 48 seconds and Fenney and Dolce Vita beat that time with their own clear round in a time of 37.765 seconds, setting the new time to beat. “Dolce Vita was really good,” commented Fenney. “She’s come along way and she’s young. Obviously, she’s been showing outside the entire winter season and she just walked into the indoor and was amazing. Coming from an outdoor arena to an indoor is a significant change and you need to adjust how you ride that,” she added.

Dominique Damico of Berwyn, Pennsylvania and Seth Vallhonrat’s Chakalaka followed Fenney and Dolce Vita in the order. Although the pair went clear, their time of 39.829 seconds wouldn’t be fast enough to take the lead and the pair would finish in fourth overall.

Dorothy Douglas of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts and Nina Moore’s MTM Cedrik followed Damico and Chakalaka in the order, but a heartache rail at the final fence in a time of 44.201 seconds would see them finish in eighth overall. “We’ve only had Cedrik for a short while and he’s come a long way and really doing amazingly well,” commented Fenney.

Fenney returned to the arena in the irons of MTM Farm’s MTM Apple. The pair flew through the course in a time of 35.063 seconds and set the new time to beat.

“Apple is amazing,” said Fenney. “She’s really a fast horse and it’s funny because she’s really big – over 17 hands and kind of fat. She looks kind of like a brood mare,” she laughed. “She’s the sweetest mare. She has this extra gear and leaves strides out where others don’t. Her turning isn’t so great, but overall, she’s quite perfect. A perfect apple,” she added.

Caroline Mawhinney of Woodside, California and her own Stella Levista were next to go but their four fault jump round in a time of 46.137 seconds would see the pair finish in ninth place overall.

Jordan Petersen of High Springs, Florida in the irons of Derek Petersen’s Diamant’s Legacy followed in the jump off order, but four jump faults in a time of 39.066 seconds would see them finish in seventh overall.

Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis took their turn at the jump off round and despite the fact that the pair would be the fastest jump off round, four jump faults in a time of 34.132 seconds would see them finish in fifth place.

Kaitlyn Williams of Paoli, Pennsylvania aboard her own Cassio Melloni followed Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis with their own fault-free round in 39.522 seconds, moving up to finish in third behind MTM Dolce Vita and Fenney.

Molly Dinapoli of Ocala, Florida and Infinity Farm’s Reason De Ganad sat in the enviable last to go position in the jump off round. Four jump faults in a time of 37.484 seconds would find them finishing in sixth place overall.

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Hells Angel Wins the $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix

Penny Brennan of Ocala, Florida in the irons of IDK Investment Group, LLC’s Hells Angel closed out the final installment of the No Entry Fee Grand Prix, winning the $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix, presented by EMO.

“I had so much fun!” said Brennan. “She [Hells Angel] really wanted to win today so badly,” she added.

Of those who completed the first round of the Grand Prix, seven qualified for the jump off round where the time allowed was set at 47 seconds.

Collin Reynolds of Oxford, Pennsylvania aboard his own Chicco W was the first to tackle the jump off round and turned in a clear round in a time of 34.854 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Brennan and Hells Angel followed in the jump off order and the pair went clear, posting a time of 28.810 seconds, taking the lead. “The first round was really smooth and inviting and it was long, if anything. He [Paul Jewell] used the whole arena and used it wisely and it was meant to be for the course.”

“Folks had a little difficult time with the combination. One was on an inside turn. He made them difficult but jumpable. The last jump was challenging and was set at a seven and a half and just past the in gate and as you know, the horses lose their gear when they get to the in gate and it’s going back up the hill, so that was a little challenging for some,” she said.

“The jump off was really slick with lots of turns and little runs and it was all about ride-ability. He [Paul Jewell] made the course so your horse had to be very rideable and smooth,” she added.

Matthias Hollberg of Reddick, Florida in the irons of Jacqueline Mars’ Get Gaudi followed Brennan and Hells Angel, but twelve jump faults in a time of 33.487 seconds would see them finish in seventh place.

Brian Murphy of Berryville, Virginia and Light Speed Equestrian, LLC’s Hyperios HS followed and while the pair went clear, their time of 35.814 seconds wouldn’t beat Brennan and Hells Angel.

Brennan returned to the Grand Prix field, this time in the irons of her own Vertigo Delorme. Four jump faults in a time of 29.196 seconds finished them in sixth place. “Vertigo was great. I saw the jump from the corner and we just sliced the jump and caught the rail,” she said. “It was my fault,” she added.

Hollberg returned to the Grand Prix field, this time in the irons of Jenny Vallner’s Kilmastulla Quality Touch turning in a clear round in a time of 33.331 seconds.

Gianna Aycock of Argyle, Texas and her own Flex A Tia sat in the enviable last to go spot. Although the pair posted a time of 27.361 seconds, four jump faults would see them finish in fifth place, leaving Brennan and Hells Angel the victors.

“She’s [Hells Angel] so cute. She’s such a lady kind of like in high heels in a bikini,” Brennan laughed. “She doesn’t like any fast moves when you’re tacking her up. She is very feminine and likes to be treated as such, but she’s really very kind,” Brennan said.

“I’ve had a hell of a year. I only started showing the first two weeks of Gulfport after a brain injury last year. Then there was Covid!” said Brennan. “I only came back the first two weeks of Gulfport and returned for the final week,” she added. “I want to dedicate this win to Hilary Dunaway. She is my best friend and my guardian angel for sure.”

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Shepherd and CHS Krooze Win the $25,000 Harrah’s Gulf Coast Grand Prix

The Week V installment of the No Entry Fee Grand Prix welcomed twenty-three horse and rider teams to the world-class grass grand prix field to compete for the win in the $25,000 Harrah’s Gulf Coast Grand Prix over a course designed by Paul Jewell of Windsor, New Jersey.

With the first round time allowed set at 83 seconds, only four horse and rider teams would advance to a jump off round.

Brian Murphy of Ocala, Florida in the irons of Light Speed Equestrian, LLC’s Hyperios HS was the first to tackle the jump off round with a time allowed of 50 seconds. The pair earned four jump faults and then opted to retire which would place them in fourth place overall.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama aboard Loretta Patterson’s CHS Krooze followed in the jump off order and turned in a fault free round in 38.466 seconds and set the new time to beat.

Shannon Hicks of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri and Helen Gilbert’s Emir D followed Shepherd and Krooze in the order of go, but four jump faults in a time of 42.140 seconds wouldn’t beat the class leader.

Murphy returned to the grand prix field, this time in the irons of Edith Rameika’s Semi-Automatic C. After earning eight jump faults, the pair opted to retire and earned a third place ribbon and insured a second place finish for Hicks and Emir D.

Laura Connaway of Little Rock, Arkansas rode her own Quite Funny to a fifth place finish after earning one time fault in their first round, which they finished in 83.308 seconds.

Kara Jones of Cornelius, North Carolina and her own End Game won sixth place for their two time faults first round of 84.801 seconds.

Elizabeth Schumann of Ocala, Florida and Light Speed Equestrian, LLC’s Princeton placed seventh overall as the fastest of the four-fault first rounds with their time of 77.205 seconds. Schumann also rode Edith Rameika’s Mimmo T.Z to an eleventh place finish.

Gianna Aycock of Argyle, Texas piloted her own La Belle Sauvage to an eighth place finish for their four-fault first round in a time of 77.316 seconds. Aycock also earned a twelfth place ribbon with her own Flex A Tia.

Hakini, owned by Ellen Walker and ridden by Adam Sklansky of Skillman, New Jersey, finished in ninth place after earning four jump faults in their first round with a time of 79.880 seconds. Collin Reynolds of Oxford, Pennsylvania rode his own Chicco W to a tenth place finish.

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Matt Cyphert and Lochinvar Win the $25,000 CWD Grand Prix

Gulf Coast Winter Classics Week IV welcomed twenty-two horse and rider teams to the CWD $25,000 Grand Prix over a course designed by Paul Jewell of Windsor, New Jersey.

The first round time allowed was set at 86 seconds. Only nine horse and rider teams qualified for the jump off which was led by Gianna Aycock of Argyle, Texas and her own Flex A Tia. The pair earned eight jump faults and posted a time of 41.920 seconds.

Reid Rickett of North Port, Alabama and his own Banderas De Bornival followed in the jump off round order of go and earned four jump faults in a time of 43.799 seconds. The pair would finish in sixth overall.

Laura Conway of Little Rock, Arkansas and her own Ceralena were the next in the order of go and were the first to turn in a clear jump off round in a time of 48.931 seconds which took the lead and set the new time to beat.

Happy Comly of Sasche, Texas and Comly Sport Horses’ Clock-Wise CSH followed in the jump off order, but with eight jump faults in a time of 42.156 seconds would see the pair finish in ninth overall.

CHS Krooze, owned by Loretta Patterson and ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, followed in the jump off order and turned in a clear jump off round in a time of 42.189 seconds, which took the lead and set the new time to beat.

Matt Cyphert of Argyle, Texas was up next with his own Lochinvar. “There were so many fast riders and horses in today’s Prix,” said Cyphert. “When Holly [Shepherd] went before me and I saw her time, I just started laughing. She and Krooze were so fast! I know my horse is fast, but I didn’t think I could beat her,” he said.

As it turned out, Cyphert and Lochinvar turned in a fault-free jump off round in a time of 41.884 seconds, taking the lead and moving Krooze and Shepherd into second place.

Cyphert commented, “The course went all over that beautiful grass field and it was really fun to ride. The triple combination was pretty early in the course and it was an early test. It caught a few people. The vertical after the triple combo going away from the gate was a little tall and caught some too,” he added. “It walked really nice but there were some questions which we weren’t really expecting,” he said. “It was a fair course, but rode tougher than we walked it.”

Alexandra Ansteth of Spring, Texas in the irons of August Pines Farm’s Mandras Van De Pannehoeve followed in the jump off order, but four jump faults in at time of 44.955 seconds would see them finish in seventh place overall.

Argyle, Texas’s Julie Cleveland Beam in the irons of Anastasia Stewart’s Lancelot were the next to go in the jump off round, but four jump faults in a time of 42.259 would award them the fifth place ribbon.

Shannon Hicks of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri and Helen Gilbert’s Emir D sat in the enviable last to go position. Although the pair turned in a fault-free round, their time of 47.841 seconds would see them finish in third place overall.

Cyphert commented, “Paul really knows how to get the best out of that field and builds for long gallops and places to be quick. The last line in the jump off round walked an 11 and many of us did 9 – we left a full two strides out! The footing is that good. After four weeks, it’s [the grand prix field] riding that well,” said Cyphert.

Cyphert said, “When I headed out today after the show, this couple came up to me in town. They know me from years of showing here at the Gulf and they were so excited to hear that we won. This show is so unique that way. Everyone is so friendly, the locals know the riders and their horses, the place is beautiful, and it’s one of our favorite shows of the year,” he said. “It was great to see so many Texans here this week too. It wasn’t an organized thing, but there’s a good group of us here. We’re really supportive and in all honesty, we were all rooting for the Texas folk,” he laughed.

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