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Victory to Marie Hecart and Babbe van't Roosakker in Wellington

Monday, 21 February 2011

Marie Hecart and Babbe van't Roosakker. Photo by Sportfot.The Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Classic on Saturday was won by French rider Marie Hecart on Babbe van't Roosakker, who were the fastest double clear combination. They won the sixth event in the Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series, which will award $50,000 in rider bonus money at the end of the series.

There were 34 entries in the 1.50m classic, and seven of those were able to find the clear round over a course designed by Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL. Hecart and Babbe van't Roosakker, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare by Kannan (owned by Haras de la Rogue), were able to keep a quick pace and efficient turns for the fastest clear jump-off ride in 39.496 seconds. Second place went to Sergio Niento Del Rio with Fabiana, who were also double clear in 41.246 seconds, while British rider Scott Brash and Intertoy Z were just behind in third with a time of 41.361 seconds.

Hecart and Babbe have a long history together. Hecart's family and father, famous show jumper Michel Hecart, run a large breeding operation of 200 horses at Haras de la Rogue, which is next to the Deauville show grounds. Babbe has been in the barn since she was two years old. Hecart rode the mare when she was five years old before she moved to North America. She explained, "All the horses that I ride now are from them. It's perfect for me; they send horses to me that are for sale. It works well. I knew her a little bit when she was young, but she has changed a lot. My dad rode her, and she did grand prix in France." Hecart and Babbe were third in last week's 1.50m class, which shows great consistency for the mare. "She just started showing here three weeks ago," Hecart smiled. "It's always nice to win."

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Source: Press release from by Jennifer Wood for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

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