On Saturday afternoon, the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic was held with a win for Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Stone Hill Farm's Vindicat W. Forty entries showed in the class with 15 advancing to the jump-off and only three clear rounds over the short course. Springsteen and Vindicat W cleared the course in 44.33 seconds for the win.
Richie Moloney (IRL) and Equinimity LLC's Carrabis Z finished second in 44.86 seconds. McLain Ward (USA) finished third with The Wannahave Group's Wannahave with a clear round in 45.77 seconds. Ward was also fourth with the fastest round of the day but incurred four faults in 41.88 seconds aboard Grant Road Partners' Super Trooper de Ness.
Springsteen and Vindicat W, an eleven-year-old KWPN gelding by Guidam x Libero H, also won the $82,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic during week nine of FTI WEF competition. Springsteen purchased the horse in August of last year just after the Olympic Games in London where he was the mount for Peter Charles in the British team's gold medal win. The rider, who is currently in her junior year at Duke University in North Carolina, has traveled back and forth from school to compete this winter. She has been taking her time to build a good partnership with the talented gelding while showing as much as possible in between a busy schedule of classes.
On Saturday, the duo proved that they were perfectly in sync with another exciting win. They went third in the jump-off and could not be beat after that.
"I had a pretty good plan," Springsteen explained. "I kind of like going early in these big jump-off classes because watching everybody go so fast and then having to go after makes me a little nervous. I did miss one inside turn, so I definitely thought that somebody would beat me because I kind of left that door open, but he is so fast. He is so amazing."
"I am really happy," Springsteen said of their growing partnership. "It took a second to get used to going fast with him and get used to a jump-off, so I feel like I have gotten that down and I am excited to try it over the bigger tracks."
Springsteen also won the $15,000 RCG Farm SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Saturday with Stone Hill Farm's Wish. With some of her top horses going so well throughout the FTI WEF circuit, she is looking forward to traveling to Europe for the summer to compete.
"It feels great to be coming off of this winter and be ready to go to Europe," she noted. "I am really excited. All of my horses feel amazing. I only came down six weekends, so they haven't been doing so, so much, which I think is nice. They all still feel fresh and ready to go for the summer."
Final Results: $33,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic
1. VINDICAT W: 2002 KWPN gelding by Guidam x Libero H
JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN (USA), Stone Hill Farm: 0/0/44.33
2. CARRABIS Z: 2003 Zangersheide stallion by Canabis Z x Grannusso
RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/0/44.86
3. WANNAHAVE: 2003 KWPN gelding by Manhattan x G. Ramiro Z
MCLAIN WARD (USA), The Wannahave Group: 0/0/45.77
4. SUPER TROOPER DE NESS: 2002 Belgian Sport Horse stallion by Vigo d'Arsouilles x Polydor
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/4/41.88
5. GLORY DAYS: 2001 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Diamond Serpent
KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners, LLC: 0/4/43.53
6. EREGAST VAN'T KIEZELHOF: 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Latano
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm, LLC: 0/4/44.21
7. OHLALA: 2003 Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento
LAUREN HOUGH (USA), The Ohlala Group: 0/4/44.35
8. GAME READY: 2000 KWPN gelding by Andiamo x Polydox
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan Grange: 0/4/45.35
9. WITH WINGS: 2003 KWPN gelding by Larino x L. Ronald
KAREN POLLE (USA), Karen Polle: 0/4/45.94
10. DON VHP Z: 2004 Zangersheide stallion by Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire
SAER COULTER (USA), Copernicus Stables LLC: 0/4/48.28
11. AD BABOUCHE: 2000 gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Aldato
ATHINA ONASSIS DE MIRANDA (GRE), Athina Onassis de Miranda & Victory Equestrian: 0/4/48.86
12. ZINNIA: 2004 KWPN mare by Mermus R x Darco
ANDREW WELLES (USA) Andrew Welles: 0/4/51.01
Source: Jennifer Wood Media Inc.
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