Edited Press Release
Ocala, FL – An international field of athletes representing eight countries gathered this evening to contest the $75,000 Alltech Grand Prix Saturday night at the World Equestrian Center – Ocala, with a full house of spectators adding to the electric atmosphere under the lights. FEI Level II course designer Colm Quinn (IRL) built the complex tracks that featured three double combinations and a new brick wall fence that caught out several competitors throughout the evening. While fifteen entries advanced to the jump-off and 11 pairs managed double clear rounds, Peter Petschenig (AUT) and Brooke Peterson’s Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs were simply uncatchable.
Petschenig has had a successful season at World Equestrian Center – Ocala, earning a recent grand prix victory aboard his other mount Wannabe CS. Tonight, Petschenig continued his success aboard his new mount Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs (Numero Uno x Annebel).
Petschenig and the 13-year-old KWPN mare went early in the order with the goal of creating a faultless first round, so the pair could try their hand at the jump-off later. Petschenig and Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs produced a seamless first round in 82.071 seconds.
“I’ve only been riding Ennebel [Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs] for two months now. So, it is still a new partnership, and we are still getting to know each other, but she is getting better and better each time,” said Petschenig.
“[In the jump-off,] I just thought about going fast. I wasn’t trying to chase anyone because that never works out for me,” laughed Petschenig. “She landed and moved where everything was right there. I landed the combination and three strides after I saw one less and just went for it. It was really long but her scope is incredible. I just rode what I had at every moment in that jump-off.”
Petschenig and the speedy Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs flew through the timers, stopping the clock at 34.162 seconds. That time landed them atop the leader board, where they would remain for the rest of the class.
Sharn Wordley (NZL) and his own Casper (Contender x Falubet) landed in the second place spot. Wordley and the spunky Casper navigated a fast and smooth first round in 80.639 seconds, well within the time allowed of 88 seconds. Wordley and the 16-year-old Oldenburg gelding were the seventh to last pair to try their hand at the jump-off, flying from fence one to two to walk down the line in six strides. The pair flew through the remainder of the course to stop the timers at 35.785 seconds.
Samantha Schaefer (USA) and Bonne Vie LLC’s Frasier (Carambole x Bloem) rounded out the top three in tonight’s $75,000 Alltech Grand Prix. Schaefer and the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding logged a first round time of 83.318 seconds. The pair came back down the ramp to contest the jump-off, dashing through the entire track in a time of 36.730 seconds.
Molly White Ashe and Louisburg Farm’s Berdien received the fastest four-faulter award in the $75,000 Alltech Grand Prix, delivering a time of 80.142 seconds in the first round, with one down.
Amanda Flint received the $5,000 ‘Luck of the Draw’ award.
$75,000 Alltech Grand Prix Results:
1. Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs, Peter Petschenig (AUT), Brooke Peterson: 0 | 0 | 34.162
2. Casper, Sharn Wordley (NZL), Sharn Wordley: 0 | 0 | 35.785
3. Frasier, Samantha Schaefer (USA), Bonne Vie LLC: 0 | 0 | 36.730
4. Verdi O’Merveilles, Tiffany Hammack (USA), Foxwood Farm: 0 | 0 | 37.006
5. Diamant’s Legacy, Jordan Petersen (USA), Derek Petersen: 0 | 0 | 37.040
6. Arpeggi, Brooke Kemper (USA), Caroline Blum: 0 | 0 | 37.339
7. Gangster CHS, Kris Killam (USA), Helene Jones: 0 | 0 | 37.516
8. Hakini, Adam Sklansky (USA), Ellen Walker: 0 | 0 | 39.029
9. Da Vinci KDW Z, Carly Campbell-Cooper (CAN), John Jamieson: 0 | 0 | 39.210
10. Eurostar 1, James Arkins (AUS), James Arkins: 0 | 0 | 39.279