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Jumper News from the Gulf Week V

Frank Owens and Capricello 2 [Photos: Alison Hartwell Photography]

Paul Jewell of Lambertville, New Jersey designed a tough course on Sunday for the $40,777 Beau Rivage 777 Grand Prix with a first round time allowed of 87 seconds. Only five would go clear and advance to the jump off phase.

First to go in the jump off order was Alexis Brown of Dallas, Texas and Alexandra Comly’s A & A Balthazar. The pair went clear in a time of 45.135, well within the 47 seconds time allowed and set the new time to beat.

Crowd favorite Matt Cyphert of Northlake, Texas and his own Lochinvar followed in the jump off order with their clear jump off round in a time of 40.850 seconds and snagged the lead from Brown. Frank Owens of Windcrest, Texas and DS Holdings, LLC’s Capricello 2 bested Cyphert’s time by fractions of a second with their own 40.496 seconds and took the lead.

Michael Tokaruk of Germantown, Tennessee and Richie Maloney’s Lord Hugo Warande Z tried to beat Owens’ round, but their clear jump off round in a time of 44.479 seconds wouldn’t oust Owens from his leading position.

Last to go Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri and Helen Gilbert’s Emir D had eight jump faults and then retired from the round, leaving Owens and Capricello 2 as victors.

Final placings had Cyphert winning second place with Lochnivar and earning a tenth place with Hannah Donald’s Hector. Tokaruk and Lord Hugo Warande Z placed third and Bowen and Mullentine Imperial finished in fourth. Hicks placed fifth and eleventh with Emir D and Al Pachini, respectively, and Penny Brennan of Aiken, South Carolina finished sixth and ninth with Cerulean Farm’s HHS Louis and her own Sun Tzu, respectively. Owens returned for an eighth place ribbon in the irons of DS Holdings, LLC’s MTM Twenties Girl and Alexis Brown of Dallas. Texas wrapped up the class with a twelfth place riding Alexandra Comley’s A & A Balthazar.

$10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome Week V

The jumper action kicked off Week V with the $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome on the beautiful grass grand prix field.  Eight horse and rider teams turned in clear first round efforts out of a field of 18 and advanced to the second round.

Shannon Hicks and Al Pachini

Shannon Hicks and Helen Gilbert’s Emir D were the first to go clear in a first round time of 78.371. Their second round time in 38.774, within the time allowed of 45 seconds, had four faults and would see them finish in seventh place overall.

Holly Shepherd and Dejan Krunic’s Belle Clara DKS followed with a clear first round in a time of 77.662. Their second round had four faults at the first fence and their time of 38.079 had them finish in fifth place overall.

Matt Cyphert and DGS Farms, LLC’s Better Judgement were next up and turned in a clear first round in a time of 78.884 seconds. Their second round was the first to go clear in a time of 40.960 seconds and took the lead.

The lead was short lived when next to go Michael Tokaruk of Germantown, Tennessee and Richie Maloney’s Lord Hugo Warande Z followed with double clear rounds in times of 77.952 and 38.551 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Five more would go before the next clear first round. Dominique Damico of Berwyn, Pennsylvania and her own Canoso turned in a clear first round in a time of 78.620. However, four jump faults in their second round in a time of 40.356 would see them finish in eighth place overall.

Shepherd returned to the grand prix field, this time in the irons of Loretta Patterson’s Sky High, posting double clear rounds in times of 82.754 and 39.274 seconds, which would find them with an overall fourth place finish.

Alexis Bowen of Dallas, Texas and Alexandra Comly’s A & A Balthazar followed Shepherd and Sky High. They turned in fast, double clear rounds in times of 83.420 and 39.274 seconds and temporarily took the lead.

Sitting in the enviable last to go position was Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri and Helen Gilbert’s Al Pachini. Their fault free rounds in times of 79.335 and 36.720 seconds, respectively, bested Bowen’s time and had them ride away with the win.

Final placings had Bowen and A & A Balthazar in second place and Tokaruk in third with Lord Hugo Warande Z. Shepherd rode away with fourth and sixth places aboard Sky High and Belle Clara DKS, respectively, and fifth was awarded to Matt Cyphert and Better Judgement. Hicks picked up seventh and ninth placings with Emir D and C’Havinia and Damico earned eighth with Canoso. Sara Dees and her own Clearwater 5 placed tenth, Frank Owens and DS Holdings, LLC’s Capricello 2 earned eleventh, and Penny Brennan and Cerulean Stables’ HHS Louis earned twelfth place.

Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner Jumper Classics

Nineteen horse and rider teams competed in the $3,000 Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner Jumper 1.20 m Classic Week V and it was Gulfport’s own Abigail Bergin and her own Cumlaude who galloped away with the win in their double clear rounds of 66.085 and 45.777 seconds. Of the eleven who advanced to a second round opportunity, they were one of five horse and rider teams to successfully navigate over the second round with the fastest time.

Mikayla Foster of Dallas, Texas and her own Dare to Dream held the lead from the beginning of the Classic with their clear, second round time of 48.066 seconds until Bergin and Cumlaude bested their second round time. Foster and Dare to Dream came in second place with their 48.066 second, clear second round.

Half Time, owned and ridden by Grayson Bell of Franklinton, Louisiana, placed third with their clear second round in a time of 48.952 seconds. Christina Fisher of Alpharetta, Georgia and her own Zanzibar finished fourth and Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indiana earned a fifth place finish with her own Firebird. Sixth went to Maria Roberts of Collierville, Tennessee and her own Qasqai while seventh was awarded to Apex Equestrian Center’s Ashville Rock, ridden by Foster.  Catherine Zaunbrecher of Lafayette, Louisiana and her own Leonardo wrapped up the class with an eighth place finish.

Nine horse and rider teams competed in the $5,000 Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner 1.30 m Jumper Classic and it was Isabella Bleu Baxter and her own Jahil who took the blue. The pair was the second to go in the class and while they had four jump faults, their time of 50.789 seconds lead the pack. Sara Dees of Chathom, Alabama and her own Rico 5 also earned four jump faults in the second round, but their time of 51.421 had them finish in second. Third place was awarded to Sydney Swarr of New Orleans, Louisiana and High Hopes Farm’s Carl Loui TSP for their twelve fault second round in a time of 48.412 seconds. Fourth place went to Carson Ruff of Jackson, Missouri and Ron Daugherty’s Toulouse for their four fault first round in a time of 72.641 seconds. Ashley Shaw of Ellisville, Missouri and her own Capua placed fifth for their four fault first round in a time of 74.187 seconds. Sixth was awarded to Cassie Kime of Collierville, Tennessee and her own Tenacious D for their four fault first round in a time of 74.497 seconds. Lila Sessums of Clinton, Mississippi and her own Jet placed seventh and Charles Casey of Homewood, Alabama and his own CC Kolaborant wrapped up the class with eighth place.

The Jumper Groom’s Class sponsored by Oakwell Farms and Whitney and Frank Owens took place Sunday before the $40,777 Beau Rivage Grand Prix and awarded Dominique Damico’s groom, Ivan Montes, the big money. The Groom’s Award is an annual event at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic and recognizes the show’s unsung heroes, the grooms. “We are proud to recognize the hard workers behind the scene who are often charged with the responsibility of the care of our horses,” said Bob Bell, Gulf Coast Classic Company President.

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Matt Cyphert Pulls a Trifecta Win in the $8,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

Matt Cyphert and Lochinvar [Photo Credit: Alison Hartwell Photography]

Matt Cyphert of North Lake, Texas arrived at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit Week II and kicked it off with a trifecta win in Friday’s $8,000 Horseflight Open Welcome and brought home the first, second and third place ribbons.

As the first to turn in double clear rounds on his own Lochinvar, with times of 70.036 seconds and 37.313 seconds, respectively, Cyphert set the new time to beat besting the 47 second round time allowed.

Only two other horse and rider teams advanced to the second round besides Cyphert and included last week’s $25,000 Domino’s Grand Prix winner Lincoln Case’s Canebrake, ridden by Whitney Boyce-Petrey of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Helen Gilbert’s Al Pacini, ridden by Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri.

Canebrake and Boyce-Petrey followed Cyphert and Lochinvar with double clear rounds, but their second round time of 44.150 finished them in fourth place overall.

Cyphert followed Boyce-Petrey and Canebrake with Hannah Donald’s Hector with the next set of double clear rounds. Their second round time of 43.054 seconds rewarded them with a third place finish.

Hicks and Al Pacini were the next horse and rider team to turn in a clear first round and although their second round time was the fastest in 35.973 seconds, four jump faults had them finish in fifth place.

Cyphert and Suzanne Suttles’ Better Judgement sat in the last to go position. Going clean in their first round, the pair’s fault free second round time in 39.347 seconds would have them finish in second place overall.

Hicks returned for both sixth and seventh place ribbons in the irons of Helen Gilbert’s Emir D and C’Havinia after turning in four fault first rounds in times of 70.113 seconds and 70.181 seconds, respectively.

Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama and her own Sun Tzu earned an eighth place ribbon after turning in a four fault first round in a time of 71.089 seconds.

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It’s All about the Hunters Week II at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics

Holly Shepherd and White Lightening [Photos: Alison Hartwell Photography]

The $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby kicked off the hunter action Week II at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit. Helen Gilbert’s White Lightening, ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, galloped away with the blue ribbon after earning the highest Classic and Handy Round scores of 174 and 189.5, respectively, for a combined 363.5.

The second place ribbon was awarded to Fairfax, owned and ridden by Liz Hudspeth of Alpharetta, Georgia, after earning a Classic Round score of 160 and a Handy score of 187 for a combined 347.

Love Game, owned by EMC International and ridden by Evan Coluccio of Middleburg, Virginia, earned a third place ribbon with their first round score of 162 and Handy Round score of 174 for a total of 336 combined points.

Coluccio returned for a fourth place ribbon in the irons of Larry Antonini’s Six Pack after earning a Classic Round score of 159 and a Handy score of 155 for a total of 314.

Estander, owned and ridden by Leah Toscano of Chesterfield, New Jersey, placed fifth after earning 150 points in their Classic Round and a score of 154 for a total of 304.

In the Black B, owned and ridden by Liana Brown of Carmel, Indiana, took home the sixth place ribbon after earning a first round score of 140 and a Handy round score of 163 for a combined 303. Seventh was awarded to Allure, owned and ridden by Gianna Cobb of Marietta, Georgia, for their combined score of 302. Nemesis, owned by Daniel Damen and ridden by Dominique Damica of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, was awarded eighth place. Coluccio returned to the arena for both the ninth and tenth place ribbons with Ellen Addison’s El Tindo and Mary Antonini’s Rocking the Boat. Autograph, owned and ridden by Tim Sweat of Milton, Georgia, placed eleventh.

Jason Berry and Cammarata

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby followed the International Hunter Derby and Jason Berry of Verona, Virginia and Kirsten Martin’s Cammarata took the win, besting sixteen horse and rider teams. Enticement, owned by Rebekah Warren and ridden by Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Georgia, was awarded a second place while Kaitlyn Williams of Wayne, Pennsylvania and her own Balouette placed third. Berry returned with EMO Stables’ Capiche to pick up the fourth place ribbon and Katie Thomas’ Yahtzee, ridden by Kelley Buringa of Northlake, Texas, earned fifth place. Liana Brown of Carmel, Indiana rode her own Marengo to a sixth place finish. Curtin returned to the winner’s circle to pick up the seventh place ribbon this time in the irons of Wesley Wilson’s Whitny and Robin Hood, owned by Jacob Brupbacher and ridden by Mary Antonini of New Orleans, Louisiana, placed eighth. HC Sport Horses’ HC San Patrignano, ridden by Lucy Heaton of Clarksdale, Mississippi, placed ninth and Katrina Seitz’ Notre Montrachet, ridden by Amy Tilson Ochoa of Zionsville, Indiana, finished in tenth place. Lily Gumenick of Richmond, Virginia rode her own Summit to an eleventh place finish and Hil Cat Farm’s Casting Call, ridden by Catherine Castle of Folsom, Louisiana, finished in twelfth place.

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The hunter grooms were recognized Friday thanks to Sheila and Shirley Murphy. Tito Aguilar won the class and the cash award. Second place went to Missie Morrissey and third place was awarded to Josette Ward. “The grooms are often the unsung heroes of the horse show world and this class is a great opportunity to thank them for their commitment to the well-being of our horses,” said Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Classic Company.

The $2,000 Sidelines 3′ and 3’3″ Green Hunter took place and for an entry fee of $5, Jason Berry and Kirsten Martin’s Cammarata won the 3’3″ Green Hunter Championship and Julie Curtin and her own Honey Badger won the 3′ Sidelines Green Hunter Championship. Twenty-three horse and rider teams competed in Week II’s $2,000 Sidelines Green Hunter Division and it continues to be successful, largely in part of Sidelines Magazine’s sponsorship of the Green Hunter Division offered for only a $5 entry fee. “Sidelines is happy to sponsor this division which is so important to the development of our Hunter horses,” commented Bradley Spragg, Publisher of Sidelines Magazine.

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Jumper Action on the Gulf

Catherine Zaunbrecher and Leonardo [Photo Credit Alison Hartwell Photography]

Week I of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic offered beautiful weather and exciting competition for the horses and riders in Gulfport, Mississippi.

The Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic awarded Catherine Zaunbrecher of Lafayette, Louisiana and her own Leonardo the win and blue ribbon.

Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indiana earned a second place ribbon aboard her own Phoenix and Kelsey Gore of Prairieville, Louisiana rode her own Goldfinger to the third place ribbon. Jet, owned and ridden by Lila Sessums of Clinton, Mississippi, rode to a fourth place finish and Kaitlyn Williams of Wayne, Pennsylvania rode Ramble On Farm’s Shaq to a fifth place ribbon. Zuber returned for a sixth place in the irons of her own Firebird and seventh was awarded to Atkins Ward of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and her own Manhattan.

Arenus is the sponsor of all Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Company Jr./Amateur Owner Jumper Classics in 2017.

The $1,500 Children’s Adult 1.10 Jumper Classic also took place Sunday and Carson Ruff of Jackson, Missouri rode Ron Daugherty’s Toulouse to the win, besting a field of thirteen horse and rider teams. Second place went to Bailey Doloff of Sykesville, Maryland in the irons of Sharon Hyland’s Liz Taylor. Megan Cato of Covington, Louisiana and her own Code Red placed third and Lila Sessums of Clinton, Mississippi and her own Little Elvis placed fourth. Doloff returned to pick up the fifth place ribbon in the irons of Darren Chiacchia’s Habenero, DMC and a sixth place ribbon with Lee Ann Martin’s Lyons Creek. For complete results, please visit horseshowsonline.com.

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Whitney Boyce-Petrey Pilots Canebrake to 1st Grand Prix Win in $25k Domino’s Grand Prix

Whitney Boyce-Petrey and Canebrake [Alison Hartwell Photography]

Whitney Boyce-Petrey of New Orleans, Louisiana and Lincoln Case’s Canebrake won the $25,000 Domino’s Grand Prix under sunny skies at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic. As their first Grand Prix win, the victory was especially sweet!

Course Designer Nancy Wallis of Lambertville, New Jersey set the first round time allowed at 79 seconds. “I think Nancy did a great job designing all week,” commented Boyce-Petrey. “She built all week and got everyone comfortable. Each class she designed would present us with a new challenge or question on the course leading up to the Grand Prix,” she added.

First to go Shannon Hicks and Helen Gilbert’s C’Havinia turned in a first round effort in a time of 73.434 seconds, but with four jump faults would finish in second place as the fastest four fault round.

Sara Dees of Chatom, Alabama in the irons of her own Clearwater 5 followed in a time of 75.961, but a heartbreak rail at the final fence had them finish in sixth place overall.

Penny Brennan and her own Sun Tzu, the victors in Friday’s $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome, had a rail at the second fence and their time of 75.067 would find them finishing in fifth place overall.

Boyce-Petrey had her first ride in the grand prix field on WRB Show Stables, LLC’s Mira, but their time of 79.688 seconds with five rails and time faults would find them finishing in eleventh place overall.

Dominique Damico of Berwyn, Pennsylvania and her own Cauoso followed with an eight fault first round in a time of 75.759 seconds, awarding them an eighth place overall.

Evan Coluccio of Middleburg, Virginia and EMC International’s Fluttershy also earned eight jump faults, and their time of 79.993 seconds added one time fault for an overall ninth place finish.

Hicks returned to the field, this time in the irons of Helen Gilbert’s Al Pachini. Four faults in a time of 74.495 seconds earned them a fourth place ribbon.

Brennan and Mister Money, owned by Brennan and Michelle Guardino-Dettelbach, followed in the order, but eight jump faults in a time of 74.762 seconds awarded them a seventh place finish.

Boyce-Petrey was up next, this time with Canebrake and the pair turned in the only first round leaving all the rails up. Their time of 79.049 seconds earned them one time fault, but also the win.

“The course walked nice and didn’t scare you when you walked it,” said Boyce-Petrey, “but it rode a little different,” she said. “It was fun and rode well, but it was a bit tougher,” she added.  Boyce-Petrey continued, “The Horseflight jump wasn’t near the in gate, but you had to ride toward the gate and then make a 90 degree turn to get to the Horseflight jump. With my first horse I rode, I overrode the one stride and then my horse spooked really hard at the Horseflight jump.  For my second ride, I made sure my horse saw the Horseflight jump,” she said.

Dees returned with her own Rico S for her second ride, but twelve jump faults in a time of 73.089 seconds saw them finish in tenth place overall.

Hicks and Helen Gilbert’s Emir D sat in the enviable last to go position, but four jump faults in a time of 73.862 seconds would see them finish in third place overall.

“We just got him [Canebrake] in the beginning of the fall and this was his first Grand Prix of the season and his first win,” Boyce-Petrey exclaimed. “We got him from a friend of mine in Ohio who got him as a Low Junior Jumper. She did some smaller classes with him and thought he could be something special and that’s when we bought him,” she said.

Boyce-Petrey continued, “We started working for the Case family about a year ago and they are just the loveliest and most supportive people. Since then, our business has grown tremendously. And we have a great staff! Heather Hays, Andrew Michael and Cullen Latimer are just amazing,” she added.

“We really like showing in Gulfport every year,” said Boyce-Petrey. “We brought nineteen horses with us and we’ll be here next week too. It’s a great show; we live in New Orleans so it’s an easy hour drive from home so we can run back and forth when we need to and the people here are so nice!”

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Brennan and Sun Tzu Win the $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome at Gulf Coast Winter Classics

Penny Brennan and Sun Tzu [Photo Credit: Alison Hartwell Photography]

Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama and her own Sun Tzu kicked off the opening week of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic with a blue ribbon in the $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome besting a field of fifteen horse and rider teams! “That was such a fun class!” exclaimed Brennan. “It was like a horse race! You had a bunch of double clears and they just kept getting faster and faster,” she said.

Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri and Helen Gilbert’s C’Havinia were the first to go in the order and turned in a clear first round effort in a time of 71.808 seconds. Although their second round in a time of 33.234 seconds beat the time allowed of 40 seconds, their four jump faults would see them finish in seventh place overall.

Dennis Murphy, Jr. of Vandiver, Alabama and Lila Sessums’ Jet followed in the order with double clear rounds in times of 76.313 seconds and 37.938 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Sydney Luzicka of Albuquerque, New Mexico and her own St. John 10:9 were the next to turn in double clear rounds in times of 68.312 seconds and 32.881 seconds, taking the lead.

Hicks returned to the Grand Prix field, this time in the irons of Helen Gilbert’s Emir D and turned in the next double clear round in times of 72.122 seconds and 33.127 seconds, respectively, and would finish the class in fourth place.

Whitney Boyce-Petrey of New Orleans, Louisiana and Lincoln Case’s Canebrake followed with the next clear round in a time of 77.106 seconds.  However, their second round in a time of 50.062 seconds with fifteen faults would find them finishing in eighth place overall.

Dees returned to the field with the next clear first round in the irons of her own Clearwater S and posted double clear rounds in times of 69.987 seconds and 33.828 seconds, respectively, which would earn them a fifth place ribbon.

Brennan and Sun Tzu were the next to turn in double clear rounds. The pair is a force to reckon with each year at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics and it looks as if 2017 will be no exception. Brennan piloted Sun Tzu through the first round fault free in a time of 72.054 seconds. Their lightning fast, clear second round in a time of 29.950 seconds set the new time to beat and would take the lead.

“It was a really fast class!” said Brennan. “There was jump one and then two, then a roll back over the vertical and then another roll back. After the roll back there was a hedge around the gazebo and I swear I cut it so tight I went right through it! There were leaves all around me – that’s how hard I hit it!” she laughed.

“The Horseflight oxer was narrow and square, set on an angle and set up to have the front rail down,” commented Brennan. “It felt like you were jumping into the VIP tent which took the horse’s focus,” she added.  “The way it was set, it was hard to slice it but Shannon sliced it and went through it,” she said. “The distance I saw was the angle and we took the tight distance which is not what I meant to do. But if I hadn’t, we wouldn’t have won the class and Sun Tzu is just that brilliant,” she added. “We did a flat out run to the last jump. I walked it in 10 and I think we did it in 8!” she said.

Hicks and Helen Gilbert’s Al Pachini challenged Brennan and Sun Tzu’s round, posting double clear trips in times of 71.383 seconds and 30.858 seconds, respectively, which would find them finishing in second place.

Sydney Luzicka and her own St. John: 10:9 finished with third place honors and Hicks returned for a fourth place ribbon with Emir D. Sara Dees and her own Clearwater S finished in fifth and Dennis Murphy, Jr. and Jet took sixth place. Hicks returned for seventh with C’Havinia and Whitney Boyce-Petrey and Lincoln Case’s Canebrake finished in eighth place.

Dees and Rico S placed ninth and Dominique Damico and her own Canoso earned a tenth place ribbon.

“My horses had a little time off and this was a first class for us for the season and I’m so happy how well we did!” commented Brennan. “And it was great winning one with my Dad here who flew in from Birmingham, England,” she added. Added her father, “It was worth every bit of the journey! Penny was absolutely brilliant!”

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Lucky 7s for the Jumper Riders at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic

Andy Kocher and Cantu 5.

The $50,777 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, closed out the 2016 Gulf Coast Winter Classic and the USHJA Dash for the Cash King, Andy Kocher of Ocala, Florida, galloped away with the win in the irons of Evalyn Grace, LLC’s Cantu 5.

Of the twenty-eight that tackled the course designed by Paul Jewel of Lambertville, New Jersey, only eight turned in clear first rounds advancing to the jump off.

Kocher rode Postage Stamp Farm’s Prof De La Roque as the first to go and posted a clear round in a time of 82.486 seconds, well within the 89 seconds time allowed.

Kocher then piloted his own Leconte to a clear first round in a time of 84.603 seconds. He now had two rides in the jump off!

Hester Equestrian, LLC’s Clueless P, ridden by Lauren Hester of Lexington, Kentucky, followed Kocher and posted a clear first round in a time of 79.972 seconds and added themselves to the jump off roster.

Charlie Jayne’s Cupid Shuffle, ridden by Michael Tokaruk of Germantown, Tennessee, added themselves to the jump off round after posting a clear first round in a time of 79.117 seconds.

Kocher returned to the grand prix field, this time in the irons of Cantu 5. The pair posted a clear first round in a time of 82.881 seconds, making it his third horse to qualify for the jump off.

Christopher Schroeder of Wellington, Florida and his own Catungee also turned in a clear first round effort in a time of 87.767 seconds, qualifying for the jump off round. Missy Nolan’s Specialized, ridden by Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama, joined the jump off roster after posting a clear first round effort in a time of 87.386 seconds.

Schroeder and Marion Head’s Heliante were the last to go and clear they went in a time of 87.532 seconds and sat in the enviable last to go spot in the jump off order.

Paul Jewell set the jump off time allowed at 57 seconds. Kocher and Prof De La Roque were the first to go, but an unintentional dismount would keep the pair out of the winner’s circle and settling for eighth place overall.

Kocher and Leconte were next in the order but four faults in a time of 51.455 seconds would finish them in seventh place overall.

Hester and Clueless P followed Kocher, but four faults in a time of 50.064 seconds would see them finish in fourth place overall. Tokaruk and Cupid Shuffle followed Hester in the order. Four faults in a time of 50.154 seconds would have move them into the lead as the fastest four-faulter, but with four rides left to go, there was still a chance for someone to go clear.

And that’s exactly what happened when Kocher and Cantu 5 followed Tokaruk and turned in the first clear round in a time of 52.745, taking the lead and setting the new time to beat.

Schroeder and Catungee challenged Kocher’s time and although they went clear, their time of 56.569 seconds would put them in second place behind Kocher and Cantu 5.

Maddrix and Specialized followed Schroeder in the jump off order, but four faults in a time of 50.593 seconds would find them finish in sixth place overall. Schroeder and Heliante sat in the enviable last to go position and although they turned in the fastest jump off round in a time of 49.104 seconds, a heartbreak rail at the final fence would have them finish in third place, giving Kocher and Cantu 5 the win.

“This was a great event and congratulations to Andy Kocher and Cantu 5 on their win today,” commented Bob Bell, President of the Gulf and Classic Companies as well as Classic Publications. “This is the first Sidelines Grand Prix since Classic Publications has purchased the magazine and I thank all of those who competed today,” he said. “All of you are part of Sidelines history now,” he added.

Finishing in ninth place with one time fault was GK Performance Horses’ Diamant De Revel, ridden by Christopher Schroeder. Scott Lenkart and Fleur De Lis Farms’ Ziezo earned tenth place after posting the fastest four-fault round, and Sun Tzu, owned and ridden by Penny Brennan, placed eleventh. Brooke Kemper and Classified wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

Holly Shepherd and Bella Clara DKS
Holly Shepherd and Bella Clara DKS

Shepherd Takes the $10,777 Legend Jumper Derby

Twenty-three horse and rider teams tackled the highly anticipated $10,777 Legend Jumper Derby on the world class Grand Prix field Saturday afternoon. The 1.30 m jumper classic, open to all horses not competing in the Grand Prix, had a time allowed of 120 seconds which only saw three go clean.

Christopher Schroeder of Wellington, Florida and Elizabeth Win’s Dubai B were the first to go and posted a clear round in a time of 101.824 seconds, setting the new time to beat. Newtown Jumping Jack, owned and ridden by Thomas Welsh of New York, New York, followed Schroeder and while they beat Schroeder’s time with their own 100.219 seconds, four jump faults would finish in eighth place overall.

Alex Turner’s Vanrock, ridden by Michael Tokaruk of Germantown, Tennessee, posted a clear round and set the new time to beat at 97.926 seconds, taking the lead.

Amanda Forte of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania and Cerulean Stables’ Rincoola Black Adder challenged Tokaruk and Vanrock’s time with their own 89.980 seconds. However, eight jump faults would find them out of the ribbons.

Trapp O’Neal of Magnolia, Texas and Carolyn Elsey’s Quilona Z followed Forte and posted an eight fault jump round in 97.953 seconds, which would see them finish in twelfth place overall.

Margaret Camp’s Charmeur, ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, tackled the course, but their time of 98.555 seconds with four jump faults would see them finish in seventh place overall.

Eagle Valley Partners’ Coconut, ridden by Andy Kocher, followed Shepherd and turned in an eight fault round in a time of 93.638 seconds, which would find them finish in eleventh place overall.

Kocher returned with his own Red Lady, but with eight jump faults in a time of 89.002, the pair would have them finish in tenth place overall.

Rico S, owned and ridden by Sara Dees of Chatom, Alabama, followed Kocher and Red Lady and posted a four fault round in a time of 96.931 seconds and would finish in sixth place overall.

O’Neal followed Dees in the order, this time in the irons of TKO Partnershjp’s Camero, and turned in a four fault round in a time of 100.990 seconds. They finished in ninth place overall.

Riptide, owned by Christina Van Patten and ridden by Brooke Kemper of Culpeper, Virginia, followed O’Neal and turned in a four fault round in a time of 93.509 seconds and placed fourth overall.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Dejan Krunic’s Belle Clara DKS followed Riptide and turned in a lightning fast clear round in 91.474 seconds, taking the lead and moving Tokaruk and Vanrock into second place.

Sitting in the enviable last to go spot was Kocher and Showcase 81, LLC’s Mullentine Imperial. The pair posted a time of 93.751 seconds, but four jump faults would see them finish in fifth place overall.

“The $10,777 Jumper Derby is one of the most popular events at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic,” commented Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Classic Company. “We are delighted that Merial and its product Legend sponsored this competition and appreciate their support,” he added.

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King of Dash for the Cash Kocher Wins $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome

Andy Kocher and Ora Del Te Di La San Giorgio.

The Week VI $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome took place Friday and set the stage for big time show jumping action as the Gulf Coast Winter Classic headed into its final weekend for 2016 in Gulfport.

Twenty horse and rider teams tackled the course set on the world class grass grand prix field, considered the best in the United States by Olympic course designers.

The first round was set at 78 seconds and the second round at 47 seconds which saw only nine rides go double clean. Andy Kocher of Ocala, Florida and his own Leconte were the first to go in the class and turned in a clean first round in a time of 66.569 seconds. Their second clear round in a time of 38.991 seconds set the new time to beat.

Lauren Hester of Lexington, Kentucky and Hester Equestrian, LLC’s Wender followed Kocher with a clear first round in a time of 66.020 seconds.  Challenging Kocher’s time, their second round was also clean and their time of 35.617 seconds set the new time to beat and pushed Kocher and Leconte into second position.

Kocher returned to the grand prix field, this time in the irons of Eagle Valley Partners’ C’Havinia, and posted a clear first round in a time of 69.364 seconds. Their clear second round in a time of 35.993 would have seen them finish in third place overall.

Christopher Schroeder of Wellington, Florida and Scott Head’s Carjo Z followed with double clear rounds in times of 69.503 seconds and 40.737 seconds which would not beat Hester’s time, and the pair would find themselves finishing in ninth place overall.

Kocher and Eagle Valley Partners’ Coconut followed Schroeder with double clear rounds in times of 69.55 and 36.677 seconds, respectively. They would finish in fourth place overall.

Hester returned to the arena with her second ride of three in the irons of Hester Equestrian, LLC’s Lorstakov. The pair posted double clear rounds in times of 68.668 seconds and 37.705 seconds, which would see them finish in sixth place overall.

Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama, winner of last week’s $10,000 Horseflight Open Welcome, was up next in the irons of Meco Equestrian, LLC’s Cord 11. Although the pair turned in a clear first round in a time of 70.551, four jump faults at the first fence in their second round in a time of 43.852 seconds would see them finish in eleventh place overall.

Schroeder returned to the grand prix field, this time in the irons of GA Performance Horses, LLC’s Diamant De Revel for the next clear first round in a time of 69.574 seconds. Their second round in a time of 38.116 seconds would see them finish in seventh place overall.

Kocher and his own Red Lady followed Schroeder with a clear first round in a time of 67.031 seconds. However, four jump faults and a time of 35.226 seconds in their second round would see them finish in tenth place overall.

Hester and Hester Equestrian LLC’s Clueless P followed Kocher and turned in a clear first round in a time of 67.639 seconds. Their clear second round in a time of 36.972 seconds would see them finish with a fifth place overall.

Kocher and his own Ora Del Te Di La San Giorgio were the last to go in the class and turned in a clear first round in a time of 72.644 seconds. They needed to beat Hester and Wender’s second round time of 35.617 seconds for the win, and by fractions of a second, they did! The pair posted a clear second round in a time of 35.483 seconds, taking the win and giving the second place to Hester and Wender.

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Holly Shepherd and Re Chiste Win National Hunter Derby

Pre-Greens Continue to Show Strong Numbers

The last $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby of the 2016 Gulf Coast Winter Classic took place yesterday and twenty horse and rider teams took to the hunt over a course designed by Allen Rheinheimer, Gulf Coast Classic Company’s Course Designer and Technical Coordinator.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, who Week II earned the top three ribbons in the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit’s $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, proved herself again to be the ‘Derby Queen’ of the Gulf Coast after she led both the Classic and Handy Rounds in the irons of Sabina Holtzman’s Re Chiste. The pair earned a first round score of 88 and a Handy score of 89 for a total of 177 which awarded them a first place ribbon.

Ramble On Farm’s Little Rock, ridden by Kaitlyn Williams of Wayne, Pennsylvania, finished in second place after earning a first round score of 87 and Handy score of 79 for a total of 166. Roland Park, owned by Mount Fair Equine, LLC and ridden by Dudley MacFarlane of Crozet, Virginia, followed in third with a first round score of 80.5 and second round score of 85 for an overall score of 165.5.

Kathleen Caya of Oconomowo, Wisconsin, in the irons of Andy Kocher’s Icali, earned a fourth place ribbon after earning a Classic round score of 83 and a Handy score of 81.5 for a total of 164.5.

Sarah Percy MacMillan’s Space Cadet, ridden by Callie Schott of Versailles, Kentucky, earned a first round score of 78 and a Handy score of 83 for a total of 161 and a fifth place ribbon.  Sixth was awarded to Megan Martin’s Signature, ridden by Caroline Wilson of Germantown, Tennessee, after earning a Classic round score of 79 and Handy score of 83 for a total of 161.

Honor, owned and ridden by Salter Hydinger of Birmingham, Alabama, earned a seventh place ribbon after earning a first round score of 76 and a second round score of 82 for a total of 158. Williams returned for the eighth place ribbon, this time in the irons of Ramble on Farm’s Shaq, after earning a first round score of 77.5 and a Handy score of 77 for a combined total of 154.5.

Cathleen Driscoll of Elk Mills, Maryland rode her own Good Times to a ninth place finish after earning a first round score of 80 and a second round score of 74 for a combined total of 154. Hydinger returned for a tenth place ribbon, this time in the irons of her own Motivation, and Shepherd returned for eleventh place in the irons of Helen Gilbert’s White Lightening. Williams and Ramble On Farm’s Casan wrapped up the class in twelfth place.

The two weekly $1,000.00 Pre-Green Hunter Divisions, offered for only $5.00 per horse, continued to see big numbers Week VI.  Twenty-one horse and rider teams competed for the championship in the 3′ Division which welcomed Miki Moto, owned and ridden by Jennifer Jones of Ocala, Florida, to the winner’s circle. Reserve Champion honors went to Mindy Wurzburg, LLC’s Shipshape, ridden by Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama.

The $1,000 3’ Pre-Green Division awarded Rio Vista Farm’s Casswell, ridden by Jordan Gilchrist of Flower Mound, Texas, the Championship, and Reserve Champion honors went to Zorro, owned and ridden by Kathleen Caya of Oconomowo, Wisconsin.  That was a $5.00 Division fee worth spending!

“We are very happy that riders and owners took advantage of this special $5 Division offering at our Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit in Pensacola and here in Gulfport,” commented Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic. “In view of the popularity of this offering we are delighted to be offering the weekly $1,000 Pre-Green Divisions for only $5.00 per horse at the inaugural Jacksonville Spring Classics this April,” he said.

Next week the Atlanta Spring Classic gallops onto the historic Georgia International Horse Park for two weeks of AA competition and more than $200,000 up for grabs! It’s not too late to reserve a stall. Email Jonathan@classiccompany.com and then enter online for no additional fees at horseshowsonline.com.

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This Bud’s for Brennan and Sun Tzu, Winners of the $35,000 Budweiser Grand Prix

Penny Brennan pilots Sun Tzu to the win.

The sunny, blue skies and warm temperatures returned to the Gulf Coast Winter Classic, just in time for yesterday’s $35,000 Budweiser Grand Prix.

As the 2 pm start time neared, the crowds filed into the bleachers and around the world class grand prix field to catch a good seat to watch 29 horse and rider teams prepared to tackle the course designed by one of the most famous and well-respected course designers in the world, Leopoldo Palacios of Caracas, Venezuela.

“In the beginning I wanted ten to seven to jump off and as far as double cleans, maybe we’d have six or five,” commented Palacios. Palacios was right on the money and eight went clean in the first round.

The most challenging aspect of the first round, according to Palacios was the position of the triple combination. “I designed it so the VIP, sponsors and audience could see it close up. The position of the triple combination and the distance was a normal one to a little bit long and sometimes when you push too much, you get the front pole. Come in too fast and the middle is tight, you’ll drop a back rail. This was the toughest part of this course,” he commented.

Frank Owens of Windcrest, Texas in the irons of DS Holdings, LLC’s Capricello 2 turned in the first clear round in a time of 79.254 seconds, well within the 83 seconds time allowed.

Second to go clear was crowd favorite Matt Cyphert of Northlake, Texas and his own Lochinvar. The pair turned in clear first round in a time of 76.931 seconds and insured there would be a jump off!

Scott Head’s Carjo Z, ridden by Christoph Schroeder of Wellington, Florida, joined the jump off roster after posting a clear first round in a time of 79.733 seconds.

Brooke Kemper of Culpeper, Virginia and her own Classified followed with a clear first round in a time 80.932 seconds and became the fourth to qualify for the jump off round.

Loretta Patterson’s Triompf, ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, turned in a clear first round in a time of 78.966 seconds and joined the jump off roster.

Ciana, owned by Eagle Valley Partners, LLC, and ridden by Andy Kocher of Ocala, Florida, winners of last week’s $35,000 Apollo Jets Grand Prix, added themselves to the jump off list after posting a clear first round time in 77.331 seconds.

Penny Brennan of Buhl, Alabama and her own Sun Tzu posted the next clear round. This was the second ride for Brennan and her first to go clear in a time of 79.411 seconds.

Helen Gilbert’s Emir D, ridden by Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, added themselves to the jump off roster and became eighth to go clear in the first round after posting a time of 80.264 seconds.

Palacios set the jump off round with a time allowed of 60 seconds. Owens and Capricello 2 were first to enter the jump off phase and earned a four fault round in a time of 45.963 seconds.

Cyphert and his own Lochinvar followed fellow Texan Owen and posted the first clear jump off round in a time of 42.450 seconds to the delight of the crowd.

Schroeder and Helianta followed Cyphert and posted a clear second round in a time of 41.697 seconds, setting the new time to beat and temporarily taking the lead.

Kemper and Classified were next to go in the order of go. Their jump off round in a time of 43.329 seconds with eight jump faults would have them finish in eighth place overall.

Shepherd and Triompf followed Kemper and posted a clear second round in a time of 41.762 seconds.

Ciana and Kocher followed Triompf and beat Schroeder’s time in a lightning fast clear second round in a time of 41.596 seconds taking the lead.

The lead wouldn’t last for long. Brennan and Sun Tzu came in for their turn at the jump off and posted the fastest clear round in a time of 39.160 seconds, bringing the cheering crowd to their feet!

Hicks and Emir D sat in the desirable last to go spot, but four faults in a time of 47.796 would see them finish in seventh place and leave Brennan and Sun Tzu in the winner’s circle.

“I didn’t know we had the class until I looked up and saw the scoreboard,” said Brennan. “I knew it was going to be close, but I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the 39,” she said. “Hearing the crowd cheer was just awesome,” she said happily.

“My plan for the jump off was don’t pull on the reins,” she laughed, “That’s all I had,” she said. “TJ has been helping me here and he told me when I walked the course, ‘Don’t walk it faster; walk it shorter,’ and that made a world of difference to me,” she said.

“I gave myself an extra stride back to two which was more than anyone else. But I approached it more straight and everyone else sliced it more,” Brennan commented. “When you slice it, it kind of swings the turn. When you jump it straight, you can just swing right back and that made a huge difference. Taking a stride to two saved me two strides on landing,” Brennan commented. “When I did the liverpool I was super deep and I was nearly at a standstill and he [Sun Tzu] just jumped like a cat. But that made the five stride easy because it rode a little tight and walked three feet short,” she added.

“What a great jump off,” she continued. “It was just a run. I ran flat straight out to that vertical 24′ and Sun Tzu knew exactly what I was doing. We’ve been together a long time,” she said. “He jumped in there and took a tiny little bunny hop and jumped right out. TJ told me to open my right rein on landing and give it all I had for the last jump and that made the difference,” she said. “I can’t thank him enough and I dedicate this win to him,” she added. “This course was a little bit technical and I think it had to be ridden more than people may have given it credit for,” she added. “I absolutely loved it and had a blast. Leopoldo really designed a beautiful course,” she said.

The Gulf Coast Winter Classic continues for one more week and there is still time to join us on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at the best winter circuit show! Email jonathan@classiccompany.com and then go to horseshowsonline.com to enter for no additional fees.

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