The FEI World Cup Grand Prix was the highlight class of the week at the Holiday and Horses Show in Wellington, Florida. Margie Engle and Indigo were able to secure the victory in the FEI World Cup qualifier, and Engle also finished second with Lord Spezi.
Anthony D'Ambrosioset the course for 42 entries and six were able to find the path to a clear round. "I thought it was a good course," Engle said. "The oxer to oxer one stride you don't see very often. You need to have that for World Cup courses. It's a real scope test and you need a legitimate horse to do it. There were a lot of rails in different places. If you're going to do World Cup Finals, you need that. He tested everything; he tested carefulness, he tested scope, the verticals were quite tall. I thought he did a great job."
" First up in the jump-off was Pablo Barrios on G&C Flash, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Forrester x Grannus owned by G&C Farm. They had a block off the wall, the second to last jump, and added a time fault for five faults in 45.50 seconds. They finished in fourth place. Margie Engle and Indigo followed in the jump-off and were able to take the lead with the only clear round of the jump-off in 43.42 seconds. Indigo, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Indoctro, is owned by Griese, Garber, Hidden Creek, and Gladewinds.
Next in was Mark Leone on Ri-Arm Farm's Great American, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Acord II x Ricardo. They also had a block off the wall but finished with a faster time of 43.57 seconds that would slot into third place. Leone commented, "I was happy with my effort, the horse's effort, the speed. To be right behind Margie is great. What a nice night. I loved it, I was feeling it! This jump-off suited me."
Ljubov Kochetova and her horse Royce, a seven-year-old Oldenburg stallion by Café au Lait x Grandilot, had a rail at a tall vertical and added two more time faults to finish with six faults in 46.74 seconds for fifth place. Leslie Howard and The Utah Group's Utah, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding by Andiamo x Jus De Pomme, had 16 faults in 40.94 seconds for sixth place.
Engle returned last in the jump-off on her second mount, Lord Spezi, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Lord Pezi x Grandeur owned by Ashland Farms. Although they had a rail for four faults, they had the fastest time of the night in 43.26 seconds, which left them in second place.
Engle and Indigo have become a solid combination for the United States show jumping team, having put in clear performances in Nations Cups in La Baule and Rome and a solid showing in Aachen. Engle has ridden him for a year and a half and is still learning what works best with the talented grey. Engle said that the 2012 FEI World Cup Finals may be in the cards for Indigo, depending on his show schedule and performance in the Olympic Trials, which will be held at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival during week 11.
Final Results: $50,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix
1.INDIGO: 2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Indoctro x Unknown
MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Griese, Garber, Hidden Creek & Gladewinds: 0/43.42
2. LORD SPEZI: 1998 Oldenburg gelding by Lord Pezi x Grandeur
MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Ashland Farms: 4/43.26
3. GREAT AMERICAN: 1997 Hanoverian gelding by Acord II x Ricardo
MARK LEONE (USA), Ri-Arm Farm: 4/43.57
4. G&C FLASH: 2002 Hanoverian gelding by Forrester x Grannus
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Pablo Barrios and Gustavo Mirabal: 5/45.50
5. ROYCE: 2004 Oldenburg stallion by Café au Lait x Grandilot
LJUBOV KOCHETOVA (RUS), Ljubov Kochetova: 6/46.74
6. UTAH: 2001 KWPN gelding by Andiamo x Jus De Pomme
LESLIE HOWARD (USA), The Utah Group: 16/40.94
7. SLEIVEANORRA: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Voltaire x Flagmount Diamond
RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equanimity LLC: 4/71.50
8. PJOTTER VAN DE ZONNEHOEVE: 2001 Dutch Warmblood Gelding by Plato x Emilion
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Louisburg Farm: 4/72.43
9. INTERTOY Z: 1999 Zangersheide gelding by Interadel x Centauer
SCOTT BRASH (GBR), Stan Brash: 4/73.03
10. URAYA: 2001 KWPN mare by Farmer x Zeno
CHARLIE JAYNE (USA), Pony Lane Farm: 4/73.41
11. CARLO 273: 2001 Holsteiner gelding by Contender x Cascavelle
NICK SKELTON (GBR), Beverly Widdowson: 4/75.35
12. BON AMI: 2001 BWP gelding by Pavarotti VD Helle x Unknown
SCOTT BRASH (GBR), Liz McTaggart: 4/76.33
Source; pressrelease from Jennifer Wood Media Inc.
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