The ninth week of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival began with the $32,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic, and Laura Kraut (USA) rode Teirra to victory. Today's 1.45m class featured 49 horse and rider combinations from 13 different nations competing over a speed course set by Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela.
Going at the end of the class, Kraut and Teirra brought the winning time down to 59.25 seconds with no faults. They were chasing the previous time of 60.75 seconds set by Spooner and Billy Bianca. Last in the class, Maher and Rowan were close in 62.71 seconds but finished in third place.
"I hadn't seen anybody go," Kraut recalled. "I had a few seven year olds that I had to ride. I rode Belmont in there slowly around. I know Teirra's quick. It was one of those classes where everything just came up right, and that doesn't happen very often. Every time I turned, the jump was right there and it was right on. She's got such a heart of gold. I could turn her to anything and she'll give it a try, and she's naturally quick. She's one of the nicest, kindest horses I've ever ridden in my life. She always goes in to try and do her best."
Kraut is aiming Teirra for Saturday night's World Cup grand prix. "She's been fantastic this whole circuit. She's hardly gone without a placing, whether it's grand prix or 1.50m or whatever. My plan was to try to win today, then really focus on Saturday night," she agreed.
Final Results: $32,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic
1 TEIRRA: 2000 KWPN mare by Tolano Van Het Riethof x Aldatus LAURA KRAUT (USA), Stars & Stripes: 0/59.25
2 BILLY BIANCA: 2001 Warmblood mare by Vechta x Iroko
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Molly Ohrstrom: 0/60.75
3 ROWAN: 2003 stallion BEN MAHER (GBR), Miss Louise Flower: 0/62.71
4 UP CHIQUI: 1997 BWP gelding by Quidam De Revel x Chin Chin
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington:63.03
5 OSCAR DU ROZEL: 2002 Selle Francais stallion by Dollar Du Murier x Narcos II JOHANNES EHNING (GER), Equestrian Sports GmbH & Co.KG: 0/64.17
6 G&C FLASH: 2002 Hanoverian gelding by Forrester x Grannus
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Gustavo Mirabal: 0/64.20
7 GIOVANNI 151: 1999 Hanoverian stallion by Graf Grannus x Graf Remus DAVID WILL (GER), Paul Schockemohle: 0/64.27
8 CYKLON: 2001 Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm LLC: 0/64.43
9 UMBERTO: 2001 KWPN gelding by Celano x Roderik LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Mary Chapot: 0/64.68
10 WALK ABOUT: 2003 KWPN gelding by Guidam x Corisco JIMMY TORANO (USA), Jimmy & Danielle Torano: 0/64.94
11 S&L SLINGBACK: 2002 KWPN gelding by Hors La Loi x Ekstein DARRAGH KERINS (IRL), S&L Farms: 0/65.18
12 MERLIN: 2002 Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding by Hors La Loi II x Emilion JEFFERY WELLES (USA), Noel Love Gross: 0/65.37
Source; Jennifer Wood Media Inc
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