The final Ocala NSBA Summer Series grand prix kicked off early Saturday morning as 55 competitive entries took to the WEC Grand Arena to contest the $75,000 Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Grand Prix. FEI Level IV course designer, Guilherme Jorge of (BRA) created the technical track that featured tricky triple and double combinations that tested many riders throughout the class. Eighteen entries managed a clean first round and 11 jumped double clear, but it was Tracy Fenney and MTM Farm’s MTM Apple that snatched the top prize.
Fenney has had great success during the NSBA Ocala Summer Series earning a multitude of top three placings and winning four feature classes. Fenney and MTM Apple previously won Week VI’s $75,000 Grand Prix and $15,000 WEC Ocala Welcome Prix.
Fenney and MTM Apple (Favorit Ask x Kong’s Whopsie) delivered a clean first round toward the end of the class, stopping the clock at 79.530 seconds, just under the time allowed of 81 seconds.
“I thought the course was hard, but it is an entirely different class when it’s not under the lights,” Fenney said. “During the day, the horses aren’t as spooky, and the environment is a lot more calm. So even though it was a hard course, having the class in the morning really helped a lot of riders. Many did go clear, but this is such a great facility, all the horses should jump well because we have everything going for us here.”
Fenney and MTM Apple were the second to last pair to return to the jump-off.
“I knew how fast my time was on [MTM Dolce Vita] but then Sharn went in and beat that time,” Fenney explained. “I knew I was going to have to be a tad bit faster, but then Will [Simpson] and Santiago [Lambre] went in and really beat Sharn’s time, and I just gave it my all, because I had nothing to lose.”
Fenney and the 10-year-old Danish Warmblood mare started off on a strong gallop to fence one to roll to fence two in nine strides. Fenney and MTM Apple whipped around to fence three to fly on a flat gallop to the Coca-Cola Beverages oxer. The pair landed and swiftly rolled back to the Kentucky Performance Products vertical to soar to the double combination in nine strides. The pair jumped out of the double combination to fly home, stopping the clock at 38.911 seconds to earn Week X’s $75,000 Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Grand Prix win.
“MTM Apple is amazing,” Fenney said. “She is such a good girl and is in it win it with me every time. We have had such an amazing summer here and we can’t wait to come back for the winter.”
Just behind Fenney and MTM Apple, were Will Simpson and his own Chacco P (Chacco Blue x Cerap). The fast pair earned the $5,000 fastest four faulter award in last week’s grand prix and in Week VI’s grand prix. Simpson and the 12-year-old Mecklenburg gelding navigated a fast and clean first round stopping the clock at 76.390 seconds. Simpson and Chacco P returned for the jump-off, flying from fence one to two in nine strides. The pair rolled back to the CaptiveOne Advisors oxer to fly to the Coca-Cola Beverages oxer in 12 strides. Simpson and Chacco P took a very tidy turn to the tall vertical to fly through the rest of the course stopping the clock at 39.355 seconds which was the leading time until Fenney and MTM Apple entered the ring.
Olympic rider Santigao Lambre (MEX) and his own Dingeman took home third place honors. Lambre has earned many top three placings throughout the NSBA Ocala Summer Series on several different horses. Lambre and the KWPN gelding produced a flawless first round stopping the clock at 77.915 seconds. Lambre and Dingeman returned for the jump-off flying from fence one to two on a flat gallop to quickly rollback to three. The pair soared to the Coca-Cola Beverages oxer to gallop through the rest of the jump-off stopping the jump-off clock at 40.198 seconds, to round out the top three.
The additional award of $5,000 to the fastest four-faulter in this morning’s $75,000 Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Grand Prix went to New Zealand’s Sharn Wordley and his own Casper. Wordley earned second place honors on Casper during Week VII’s Grand Prix. Worldey and Casper had an early rail in the triple combination but flew through the rest of the course to stop the first round clock at 75.991 seconds to earn the fastest four-faulter award.
The non-award-winning entry that received the Luck of the Draw $5,000 prize was Justine Dutton and Ravello.
$75,000 Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Grand Prix Results:
1. MTM Apple, Tracy Fenney (USA), MTM Farm: 0 | 0 | 38.911
2. Chacco P, Will Simpson (USA), Will Simpson: 0 | 0 | 39.355
3. Dingeman, Santiago Lambre (MEX), Santiago Lambre: 0 | 0 | 40.198
4. Gatsby, Sharn Wordley (NZL), Sharn Wordley: 0 | 0 | 40.541
5. Souper Shuttle, Chloe Reid (USA), Live Oak Plantation: 0 | 0 | 40.571
6. Valentine Car, Fernando Cardenas (COL), Fernando Cardenas: 0 | 0 | 42.055
7. Chacco Bumpy, Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG), Luis Pedro Biraben: 0 | 0 | 42.99
8. Quincy Too, Fernando Cardenas (COL), Fernando Cardenas: 0 | 0 | 43.01
9. Hollywood De Rase Z, Angela Covert (CAN), Angela Covert: 0 | 0 | 43.91
10. Crossover 4, Chloe Reid (USA), Team Reid LLC: 0 | 0 | 44.23
Photos courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.