Friday's competition at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival featured a $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class with a win for 19-year-old Abigail McArdle (USA) aboard Cosma 20. In the hunter rings, Kyle Owens swept the youngest division of the Adult Amateur Hunters with his horses Voila and Messick.
Fredric Cottier of France set the track for Friday's $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m with 77 entries and 16 clear rounds, the fastest of which belonged to Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 in 58.70 seconds. The pair beat out Reed Kessler (USA) and Soraya de l'Obstination, who finished second in 59.43 seconds. Germany's David Will and Black Jack 163 finished third in 60.68 seconds, and Italy's Lorenzo de Luca and Elky van het Indihof placed fourth in 61.31 seconds.
McArdle had a very successful 2013 season with Cosma 20 with many international wins and was excited to start her year with an FEI win on home turf. She praised her horse, an eleven-year-old Hanoverian mare by Couleur Rubin x Stakkato, on a great effort.
"She was great," McArdle smiled. "I was really happy because this was my first world ranking class that I was able to win here in Florida. It was great because all of these classes are really difficult, and it is definitely stepping up my game to be able to compete against the best professionals in the world and really go for it."
"It was nice to be able to watch a little bit," McArdle noted. "I got to see Reed before I went, who was in the lead and finished second, so we saw what we had to beat on that. We had a very specific plan on numbers (of strides) between the fences. We were planning all of the long numbers and the numbers in the turn backs and everything, so we knew exactly what we had to do to win. She went really well, so I can't say anything bad. She gave me everything."
McArdle spoke about the confidence that Cosma 20 gives her with each consistent round and the great partnership that they have formed. Even with an open water jump that gave some riders problems, she knew that she did not have to worry.
"She is a great water jumper and it is nice because I know her really well now," the rider acknowledged. "It is definitely a lot of confidence being able to walk into the ring and know your horse so well and be consistently clean."
She also spoke about Cosma 20′s personality, noting, "She definitely has a lot of personality. She bites one of us at least once a day. She is definitely a feisty mare. We always say she is little, but she's mighty. She is pretty calm outside of the ring, but no matter what, it could be on her most tired day and she still goes into the ring and is still a great speed horse, in that respect."
McArdle has a new horse, Cade de Guldenboom, that she is aiming towards the bigger classes now and hopes to keep Cosma 20 as her speed horse this season. For the remainder of the FTI WEF circuit, she is carefully picking some important classes to compete in. She plans to do more of the 1.45m FEI World Ranking classes with the mare and will show in the $50,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Finale during week eleven.
Final Results: $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m
1. COSMA 20: 2003 Hanoverian mare by Couleur Rubin x Stakkato
ABIGAIL MCARDLE (USA), David McArdle: 0/58.70
2. SORAYA DE L'OBSTINATION: 2002 Belgian Sport Horse mare by Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Skippy II
REED KESSLER (USA), Kessler Show Stables LLC: 0/59.43
3. BLACK JACK 163: 2004 Hanoverian gelding by Escudo I x Drosselklang II
DAVID WILL (GER), Eveline Kraus: 0/60.68
4. ELKY VAN HET INDIHOF: 2004 Belgian Warmblood mare by Toulon x Thunder van de Zuuthoeve
LORENZO DE LUCA (ITA), T & L NV: 0/61.31
5. UNEX OMEGA STAR: 2002 Irish Sport Horse stallion by Quick Star x Quatoubet du Rouet
TIM GREDLEY (GBR), Unex Competition Yard: 0/61.35
6. UATA: 2001 KWPN mare by Heartbreaker x Zuidhorn
BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Cloverleaf Farm: 0/61.40
7. CITIZENGUARD MILLION DREAMS: 2005 Westphalian mare by Diamant de Semilly x Concetto
RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Alain Van Campenhoudt: 0/65.22
8. FLAMING STAR: 1999 AES gelding by Fairman x Unknown
CHARLIE JACOBS (USA), CMJ Sporthorse LLC: 0/65.51
9. DIAMONTE DARCO: 2005 Great Britain Sport Horse mare by Unbelievable Darco x Unknown
WILTON PORTER (USA), Sleepy P Ranch LLC: 0/65.75
10. PLAYER DE BROCELIA: 2003 Selle Francais gelding by Dollar Dela Pierre x Le Plantero
JENNIFER SANTANA (USA), Santana Stables, LLC: 0/68.68
11. VICTORY DA: 1998 BWP mare by Clinton x Attach Z
AUDREY COULTER (USA), Copernicus Stables, LLC: 0/68.76
12. ROSANA DU PARK: 2005 Selle Francais mare by Kannan
CARLY ANTHONY (USA), Artisan Farms LLC: 0/71.46
Source: Press release from Jennifer Wood Media Inc.
This photo has been added to your cart !Your shopping cart »