In the $2,500 1.40m Open Jumper, Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run's Revive edged out the competition, including second place finishers Armando Hassey and Eminem and third place pair Sarah Tredennick and Zenith Dance to clinch the win. VanderVeen was surprised and pleased with the win.
"It was the first time I moved him up," she said. "My brother showed him once in the high amateurs, but was moving him up this week to see if he'd be ready for the Welcome. That's encouraging he did so well today."
Revive is an 8-year-old that VanderVeen imported from Germany last year. "I've taken my time with him because I have high hopes that he will be an up-and-coming grand prix horse for me," she explained. "I'm just now trying to test the waters to see if he's ready to start the bigger classes. He thinks he's the man- a lot of confidence. He always goes in the ring and he always wants to jump and he's excited to do his job. He has quite the personality."
"The courses are very different this week," VanderVeen continued. "There are very twisty lines and a lot of bending lines and rollbacks out of the corners that, with that horse, was a bit of a challenge. So I'm really happy how he went today. He's always going to jump, but we are still working on his turning and his rideability in the turns. He handled the turns well and still looked for the jumps."
587. $2,500 Open Jumper 1.4M
1/1339/Bull Run's Revive/Bull Run Jumpers, Inc./Kristen Vanderveen
2/1615/Eminem/Taggert Enterprises LLC/Armando Hassey
3/1242/Zenith Dance/John Tredennick/Sarah Tredennick
4/1341/Bull Run's Holy Smokes/Bull Run Jumpers, Inc./Kristen Vanderveen
5/1590/Mad Season/Alex Granato/Alex Granato
6/1650/Narciso Hans/Mario Gamboa/Mario Gamboa
7/1591/Ocean Flight 29/Alex Granato/Alex Granato
8/1592/Higgins/David Hopper/Alex Granato
9/1674/Diego/Jackie Smith/Jackie Smith
10/1699/Kryptonite/Thinks Like A Horse/Andrew Kocher
Source: Press release from Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International.
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