Christoph Schroeder and Catungee.
Christoph Schroeder of Wellington, Florida and his own Catungee won the $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome, besting a field of 27 horse and rider teams over a course designed by Classic Company’s Course Designer and Technical Coordinator Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana.
Schroeder was a busy man! He rode four horses in the class. “Three of the four that I rode today need the experience and this class was great for them,” he said. Schroeder competed at the Charleston Summer Classic three years ago and decided to return this year. “It’s been a great time for us and we’re glad we came!” he commented.
Rheinheimer’s first round course was very inviting and he set the time allowed at 86 seconds. Schroeder and Catungee were the second to go and the first to turn in back to back clear rounds, setting the new time to beat at 39.790 seconds.
Mastermind, owned and ridden by KC Van Aarem of Woodbine, Maryland, followed Schroeder in the order and turned in a clear first round. While their second round time of 39.288 seconds beat Schroeder’s leading time, four jump faults would find them finishing in ninth place overall.
Maggie Syoberg’s Something Gained, ridden by Abby Syoberg of Ila, Georgia, turned in the next set of double clear rounds, but their time of 45.492 seconds would see them settle in eighth place overall.
Schroeder returned to the arena in the irons of Faith Davis’ Dekadenz. They turned in double clear rounds, but their second round time of 43.065 seconds would see them finish in sixth place overall.
Kasarr, owned and ridden by Erin McGuire of Cornelius, North Carolina, followed in the order with double clear rounds. However, their second round time of 42.692 seconds would see the pair finish in fourth place overall.
Mackenzie McGehee of Jacksonville, Florida and her own Fiona Van’T Paradus also earned double clear rounds; however, their second round time of 45.391 seconds would find them finishing in seventh place overall.
Ann Horrell Glaus of Ocala, Florida and Troy Glaus’ Darling GR followed with clear rounds and a second round time of 42.860 which would finish them in fifth place overall.
Gemma Paternoster of Wellington, Florida and her own Demi followed with double clear rounds. Their second round time of 42.528 seconds finished them in third place overall.
Amanda Forte of Glemoore, PA and Cerulean Stables, LLC’s MHS Automatic had the last double clear round and posted a time of 39.801 seconds for their second round which earned them a second place ribbon behind Schroeder and Catungee.
Schroeder also earned tenth place in the irons of Scott Head’s Carjo Z and twelfth with Marion Head’s Heliante Ter Witgen. Doug Payne of Aiken, South Carolina rode Courtney Young Alston’s Botanja to eleventh place.
“Catungee has more experience than my other horses I rode today and that definitely gave us that winning advantage,” commented Schroeder. “They all went well and I plan on having five in Friday’s Grand Prix,” he added.
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