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Chad can't be caught in CSI3* George & Dianne Tidball Legacy 1.45m

Thursday, 17 August 2023
CSI3* Thunderbird Show Park 2023

Photo ©tbird/Kim Gaudry. Kara Chad and Easy Boy d'Aubey Z. Photo ©tbird/Kim Gaudry.


Press release from Thunderbird Show Park



Kara Chad (CAN) and Easy Boy d'Aubey Z (Emerald van't Ruytershof x Rubels) positively laid down the gauntlet in Wednesday's CSI3* George and Dianne Tidball Legacy 1.45m. 

Second to jump Peter Holmes' (CAN) 1.45m speed track, the pair blazed a trail, leaving out strides in four places on course. No one could match their performance, and they held the lead through the remaining 26 competitors. 

The winning time was 62.89 seconds. John Perez (COL) came closest with Gigi-Carmen (Bacardi VDL x Oklund) in 63.71s, and Robert Blanchette (IRL) gave great chase while last to go to finish third with Chardonnay (Comme Il Faut x Jus de Pomme) in 63.94s.

"I think [the first three fences were] really important—to get the correct numbers there, to do the leave-out. And then once he was on that tempo, he was kind of set for the rest of the course," Chad said. "When you open up his stride, he just goes. By the end [of the course], I was having to slow him down."

Photo ©tbird/Kim Gaudry. Kara Chad and Easy Boy d'Aubey Z stand for their presentation photo. Photo ©tbird/Kim Gaudry.

Chad has only been paired with the talented chestnut 9-year-old for about three months, but the gelding has wasted no time in establishing himself as a bright talent for both present and future. Easy Boy d'Aubey Z has won each of his last two international classes, and according to Jumpr App, he and Chad are averaging just 3 faults across all heights.

"I think every round, he just amazes me. Any position he's in—any speed class, jump-off class, 1.50m, 1.45m, whatever it is—he seems to rise to the occasion. That's probably one of the biggest classes he's jumped and he wins, so he knows what he's doing, that's for sure," Chad expressed. "I think he's a horse for the top sport, and he's already proving that."

Identifying and producing young talent has become a strength of Maplepark Farms, the global business Chad runs alongside her partner, Matthew Sampson (GBR).

"We're doing it all and trying to involve everything. Obviously we're still a new-ish business, with two or three years now [under our belts]," Chad said. "But we're trying to see what works best for us, and so far [our strength has been] the buying of the raw and young horses and pulling out their potential and their talent and trying to showcase that—and then hopefully selling them on to an owner who's appreciative of them. A good match is our our main goal at the minute."

With Easy Boy d'Aubey Z, Chad has found a good match of her own. "I think [the owners] know that they have an excellent horse on their hands," she said. "They're really excited to see him doing so well."


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