Saturday’s $7,500 Futures Prix 1.40m saw a field of 28 entries vying for the win over a course designed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, Kentucky. The track featured 15 jumping efforts including a triple combination and a double combination. With seven entries jumping double clear and few opportunities for inside turns on the short course, speed was the determining factor and it was Katia Manuel-Adams and Manuel Show Stables’ ERP van www.olland.biz (Amadeus x T’olga) that flew to the win.
The pace in the class was set early on by Matthias Hollberg and Jacqueline Mars’ D.A. Duras (Numero Uno x Medoc). Hollberg and the 12-year-old KWPN gelding earned first place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in both the $15,000 Tryon Resort Jumper Classic and the $5,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake there in November, signaling that they would be strong competitors in today’s class. The pair easily managed a clear first round in 87.636 seconds, then continued straight to the jump-off. They picked up pace throughout the course, jumping a second clear round in 44.883 seconds, setting a tough time to beat.
Hollberg and D.A. Duras held the lead in the class until Katia Manuel-Adams and Manuel Show Stables’ ERP van www.olland.biz (Amadeus x T’olga). Manuel-Adams and her 11-year-old KWPN stallion are no strangers to the winner’s circle at World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio, taking the win in the $5,000 Welcome Stake 1.35m in March of 2019. The pair were in great form for today’s $7,500 Futures Prix 1.40m, navigating a clear first round in a quick 83.661 seconds and advancing to the jump-off. Manuel-Adams and ERP van www.olland.biz kept their speed on the short course, leaving all rails up in a time of 43.001, which would prove unbeatable.
Rounding out the top three finishers in the $7,500 Futures Prix 1.40m were Marcus Gruenthal and Linda Bammann’s P.S. I Love You (Perigueux x Hauptstutbuch Antoinette). Gruenthal and the 8-year-old Oldenburg mare have earned ribbons in 1.30-1.40m classes, preparing them well for today’s class. The duo was also quick and clear in the first round in a time of 84.542 seconds, then continued straight to the jump-off to jump a second clear round in 45.871 seconds for a 3rd place finish.
$7,500 Futures Prix 1.40m Results
- ERP van www.olland.biz, Katia Manuel-Adams – 0 | 0 | 43.001
- D.A. Duras, Matthias Hollberg – 0 | 0 | 44.883
- P.S. I Love You, Marcus Gruenthal – 0 | 0 | 45.871
- Voi de Pique, Carly Campbell-Cooper – 0 | 0 | 46.416
- MTM Ivan, Dorothy Douglas – 0 | 0 | 46.549
- E-gitalica Z, Oliver Mccarthy – 0 | 0 | 48.290
- Rustica LS La Silla, Adrian Jones – 0 | 0 | 48.334
- Rocket J Squirrel, Brooke Kemper – 0 | 4 | 44.740
- Catch A Star HSS, Kevin McCarthy – 0 | 4 | 45.016
- Cianna Z, Jill Gaffney – 0 | 4 | 47.034
Photos courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.