The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival closed out week 6 competition today with Beezie Madden and Prima winning the $50,000 G&C Farm Jumper Derby for the second year in a row. Richard Jeffery had a challenging track set on the derby field that featured 20 numbered obstacles, including the new derby bank, table bank, open water, devil's dyke, hedges, and more. There were no clear rounds in the class, but with the faults converted format, it was all about speed.
"The bank was great," said Mario Deslauriers. "Richard set up the water at a nice place. The whole course was pretty good! It's a bit of a change from the last one; they lost a bit of space on the other side, but I liked the course. I thought it was nice." Beezie Madden added, "I think it was an excellent class and an excellent course."
The fastest of the day was Madden on Prima, a 13-year-old KWPN mare by Kigali x Nimmerdor. They had four faults, which added to their time gave them a total of 143.057 seconds for the win. Madden wasn't sure that her time would hold up. "No, actually I thought somebody would beat it," she acknowledged. "I thought I had a nice, smooth and efficient round, which is what you want, but having the rail down, which was my fault, I thought somebody would be able to match that round and go clear."
The early leader was Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Little Emir, who also had four faults and finished with a total of 145.230 seconds, which would hold up for third place. Second place went to Mario Deslauriers (USA) and Whistler, who recorded eight faults, but were speedy enough to finish on 144.955 seconds for second place. Fourth place went to Leslie Howard (USA) on Lennox Lewis 2 who added four faults for a total of 145.384, while Darragh Kerins (IRL) rode Hot Wheels to fifth place in 152.292 seconds after eight faults were added.
Madden has found that Prima is in her niche in specialized classes like the derby, and it is her forte to go for speed. "She especially likes grass and huge fields because she has a huge stride. She's very good at natural fences. She's one of your classic speed horses," Madden described. "I'm lucky to have a horse like her. I have a lot of respect for my grand prix horses, obviously, but a great speed horse like Prima doesn't get a lot of respect. It's an important horse to have in your string. I thank Jenny Sutton for supporting me and keeping her.
Final Results: $50,000 G&C Farm Jumper Derby
1 PRIMA, BEEZIE MADDEN, NEAPOLITAN HOLDING CO. LLC: 143.057
2 WHISTLER, MARIO DESLAURIERS, JANE CLARK: 144.955
3 LITTLE EMIR, SHANE SWEETNAM, SPY COAST FARM LLC: 145.230
4 LENNOX LEWIS 2, LESLIE HOWARD, PETER HOWARD: 145.384
5 LINCOURT GINO, PETER LEONE, MONICA CARRERA: 148.396
6 HOT WHEELS, DARRAGH KERINS, DARRAGH KERINS: 152.292
7 TEBOW, DAVID RAPOSA, DONALD STEWART: 152.632
8 NIELSON B, JEANNE HOBBS, JEANNE HOBBS: 152.732
9 CREME BRULE, LAUREN TISBO, TEQUESTRIAN FARMS LLC: 153.225
10 G&C CON AIR, PABLO BARRIOS, GUSTAVO MIRABAL: 153.236
11 NATURAL ABILITY, ANDREW BOURNS, ANDREW BOURNS: 154.188
12 G&C SINATRA, PABLO BARRIOS, GUSTAVO MIRABAL: 156.857
Source: Jennifer Wood Media Inc.
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