Feature class action for the final week of the World Equestrian Center – Ocala NSBA Summer Series 2021 kicked off early Thursday morning with the $15,000 WEC Ocala Welcome Prix. Forty-three competitive entries contested a technical track designed by FEI Level IV course designer, Guilherme Jorge of Brazil. The winding course featured a tricky triple combination that tested many riders throughout the class. Nine entries produced clear first rounds and five jumped double clear, but it was Jordan Petersen and Diamant’s Legacy (Diamant De Semilly x Courtney Love II) who captured their fourth Welcome Prix win this season.
Petersen and Derek Petersen’s Diamant’s Legacy has had great success during the NSBA Ocala Summer Series, earning second place in Week VIII’s grand prix and third place in last week’s grand prix. Petersen and Diamant’s Legacy entered the class toward the end of the order, “I thought the first round was pretty technical. You needed to decide what you wanted to do before the lines. It rode a bit shorter for [Diamant’s Legacy] which isn’t ideal because he has such a big step. So, I made sure to get my adjustments and fit in the numbers early.”
Petersen and Diamant’s Legacy produced a perfect first round, soaring to the top of the standards to stop the clock at 74.942 seconds. Petersen and the 12-year-old Oldenburg stallion advanced straight to the jump-off.
“I left out a stride and got eight from one to two. Then I left out again, doing six strides from two to three,” Petersen said. “I tried to be really short back to the vertical then I moved up to leave another stride out to the oxer. I did one less to the double combination and did nine strides home.”
Petersen and Diamant’s Legacy flew through the timers to stop the jump-off clock at 33.349 seconds to snatch the win. “He really just loves that ring. He does better in that ring than anywhere else,” expressed Petersen.
Just behind Petersen and Diamant’s Legacy were Santiago Lambre and his own Doloris (Harley VDL x Colinda D). Lambre (MEX) and Doloris earned second place honors in last week’s $10,000 WEC Ocala Futures Prix. Lambre and the 13-year-old KWPN mare delivered a fast and clean first round, stopping the clock at 74.191 seconds. The pair advanced straight to the jump-off, flying from fence one to two to leave out a stride to three. The pair rolled around the turn to fly through the remainder of the course stopping the clock at 33.626 seconds, just three hundredths of a second behind Petersen and Diamant’s Legacy.
Tracy Fenney and MTM Farm’s MTM Apple (Favorit Ask x Kong’s Whopsie) took home the third place ribbon. Fenney and MTM Apple have had great success this series, earning the grand prix win during week VI. Fenney and the ten-year-old Danish Warmblood mare navigated a lovely first round, stopping the clock at 76.748 seconds. Fenney and MTM Apple jumped-off immediately, soaring through the course leaving out strides in every line possible to stop the clock at 34.470 seconds.
$15,000 WEC Ocala Welcome Prix Results:
1. Diamant’s Legacy, Jordan Petersen, Derek Petersen: 0 | 0 | 33.349
2. Doloris, Santiago Lambre, Santiago Lambre: 0 | 0 | 33.626
3. MTM Apple, Tracy Fenney, MTM Farm: 0 | 0 | 34.470
4.Delight M-G C Dre Leuze, Darragh Kerins, Nrg Farm LLC: 0 | 0 | 37.235
5. Univers D’Or, Angela Covert, Angela Covert: 0 | 0 | 38.275
6. Valentine Car, Fernando Cardenas, Fernando Cardenas: 0 | 4 | 34.684
7. The Diamant Rose Z, Santiago Lambre, Santiago Lambre: 0 | 4 | 34.745
8. Chacco Bumpy, Luis Pedro Biraben, Luis Pedro Biraben: 0 | 4 | 35.519
9. Calvados, Fernando Cardenas, Fernando Cardenas: 0 | 4 | 36.067
10. Chaverto, Juan M Gallego Martinez, Juan Pablo Betancourt: 1 | 78.112
Photos courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.