Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas, came away with the win in the $35,000 Double H Farm Classic 4* on Saturday at The American Gold Cup.
Fenney said she was hesitant to come and ride against the well-seasoned competition 'out East,' but her horse was ready for the challenge and did well over the Steve Stephen's designed course. Ready indeed, as the pair produced the only fault-free go of the day, racing home in 79.610 seconds for the Saturday afternoon win.
"My horse has such a ginormous stride that he just covers the ground and I did six to the purple [jump]," Fenney said. "I think the people, when they slowed down to do the seven, they slid a lot and it kind of scared the horses."
Mike McCormick, co-owner of the horse with Fenney, said the jumps were challenging. "The course is really spooky and it's designed for that," he explained. "It took jumping ability and you had to be very careful and you had to be, obviously, fast. It's a speed class and faults converted and we didn't have to convert any faults, thank goodness."
Rounding out second and third places in the Jumper Classic were Charlie Jacobs riding Flaming Star owned by CMJ Sporthorse, and Richie Maloney riding Alsvid, owned by Equinimity Inc. Each rider had an original time that was fast enough for the victory, but both had a rail down along the 14-jump course that increased their original times by four seconds. Jacobs finished in 81.330 seconds while Maloney tripped the timers in 82.390 seconds.
Hunter Harrison, the sponsor of the Double H Farm Jumper Classic, said it was a great class and he was proud to sponsor it for The American Gold Cup. "Over the last two or three years, it ranks among the top shows in North America, and if they keep it up, the world," he said.
Class 102, $35,000 DOUBLE H FARM JUMPER CLASSIC Show Tracked Entries
1 MTM CENTANO - TRACY FENNEY - 79.610
2 FLAMING STAR - CHARLES JACOBS - 81.330
3 ALSVID - RICHIE MOLONEY - 82.390
4 ZILOX T - TODD MINIKUS - 83.460
5 ONISHA - REED KESSLER - 87.730
6 EVERLYCHIN DE LA POMME - SHANE SWEETNAM - 88.200
7 VOCAS - MCLAIN WARD - 89.150
8 CYKLON 1083 - SHANE SWEETNAM - 2.270
9 SANDRIK - BENJAMIN MEREDITH - 94.810
10 ESQUINA VAN KLAPSCHEUT - SHANE SWEETNAM - 96.920
11 OREADE DES DAMES - ADRIENNE STERNLICHT - 100.320
12 PERFECT DE COQUERIE - GEORGINA BLOOMBERG - 107.680
13 KASKADE - BENJAMIN MEREDITH - 108.110
14 WALIBA VDL - DANIELLE GOLDSTEIN - 123.170
Source: Press release from Sue Weakley for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
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