Edited Press Release
Ocala, FL – Thirty-six horse-and-rider combinations from eight different countries took to the WEC Grand Arena Saturday night to contest the $75,000 Hampton Green Farm Grand Prix. FEI Level III course designer Anderson Lima (BRA), set the stunning tracks that saw 12 entries qualify for the jump-off. Although the jump-off field was highly competitive, none could best Tracy Fenney and MTM Farm’s MTM Apple (Favorit Ask x Kong’s Whopsie).
Fenney and MTM Apple are a fan favorite at World Equestrian Center – Ocala, earning a multitude of feature class wins and Grand Prix wins. On this occasion, they continued their hot streak, delivering a fault-free first round in 82.141 seconds.
“We purchased Apple when she was seven,” Fenney said. “She was so good and so easy that we sent her home right away. She started doing the Grands Prix when she was an 8-year-old and just kept getting better and better, year-after-year.”
Returning for the jump-off, Fenney and the 11-year-old Danish Warmblood mare flew through the entire course, taking every inside turn available, stopping the clock at 48.021 seconds to secure the top spot.
“I watched Rowan Willis go on [Wellington Grey Goose] and he was incredibly fast,” Fenney said. “I knew if he left all the jumps up, he would be impossible to beat. Luckily for me, he had the last one down. I also knew Aaron [Vale] was right behind me and he’s won so many Grands Prix, I knew I was going to have to go pretty darn fast. So, I did what I had to do, and Apple kicked into high gear.
“Apple is the best,” she added. “She is always right there with me, and she is such a trier. She sill makes me laugh because she is such a big, relaxed mare that just walks her way down into the ring, but as soon as we get to the jump-off, she puts the gas pedal down.”
Austria’s Peter Petschenig and Brooke Person’s Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs (Numero Uno x Annebel) secured the second place finish. Petschenig and the 13-year-old KWPN mare navigated the first round track stopping the clock at 81.471 seconds, well within the time allowed of 85 seconds. The pair were the last to return for the jump-off, producing tight inside turns while leaving out strides to stop the timers at 49.189 seconds.
Tom Foley (IRL) and his own Idalgo (Catoki x Quidam’s Olgam) rounded out the top three. Foley and the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding delivered a superb first round in 82.331 seconds. Foley and Idalgo advanced to the jump-off delivering a quick round while leaving all rails up to stop the jump-off clock at 50.384 seconds.
An additional $5,000 was awarded to the fastest four-faulter of the $75,000 Hampton Green Farm Grand Prix. Jacqueline Ruyle and her own San Chano received the award with an incredibly fast time of 76.022 seconds with one down.
Luis Sabino Goncalves received the $5,000 ‘Luck of the Draw’ award.
$75,000 Hampton Green Farm Grand Prix Results:
1.MTM Apple, Tracy Fenney (USA), MTM Farm: 0 | 0 | 48.021
2. Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs, Peter Petschenig (AUT), Brooke Peterson: 0 | 0 | 49.189
3. Idalgo, Tom Foley (IRL), Tom Foley: 0 | 0 | 50.384
4. Morris Horta, Martien Van Der Hoeven (USA), Luccirelli International, LLC: 0 | 0 | 53.439
5. Tybo VD Tojopehoeve Z, Kyle Dewar (CAN), Joan Burke: 0 | 0 | 53.543
6. Wellington Grey Goose, Rowan Willis (AUS), Rowan Willis: 0 | 4 | 46.669
7. Casper, Sharn Wordley (NZL), Sharn Wordley: 0 | 4 | 48.991
8. Maraca LS LA Silla, Kady Abrahamson (USA), Abrahamson Equestrian LLC: 0 | 4 | 55.261