Edited Press Release
Feature class action for Week X of the 2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series kicked off with the $20,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix. Twenty-four horse-and-rider combinations seized the opportunity to challenge FEI Level IV course designer Bernardo Costa Cabral’s (POR) elaborate tracks where 14 entries found the key to a clean first round, but it was Tracy Fenney and MTM Apple (Favorit Ask x Kong’s Whopsie) that were uncatchable.
Fenney (USA) and the fan favorite MTM Apple were the sixth pair down the ramp into the WEC Grand Arena to try their hand at Cabral’s track, navigating a superb first round in 75.520 seconds.
“It was a nicely stretched out course. I was shocked how nice the footing was because we had a lot of rain today,” Fenney said. “The footing here is just pristine. You can walk out in white tennis shoes a walk out with nothing on them. I don’t think anyone ever has to worry about galloping in these arenas.”
Fenney and the 11-year-old Danish Warmblood mare advanced straight to the jump-off, soaring through the finish timers in 35.044 seconds, a time that was simply unbeatable. Fenney also earned fifth place in the class aboard a new mount, MTM Campedu.
“I stayed on a straight gallop after fence one to angle out of the line and angle back in from two to three because the four got very deep. The rest just flowed right along,” Fenney said. “It is crazy how many steps you can leave out in that ring. A lot of people did eight strides to the last jump in the first round and I did the six in the jump-off. If you walked that line, and thought you could do the six there, you’re nuts. Then, you get to the jump-off and the horses just open up where it’s easy to leave that many out.”
Willie Tynan (IRL) and MDM Equestrian Group, LLC’s Fenise (VDL Campbell x Wica Van De Hermitage) slotted into second place, after producing two faultless rounds. Tynan and the 12-year-old KWPN gelding rolled through the first round in 76.767 seconds toward the end of the order. The pair went straight to the jump-off, kicking up a gear to a straight gallop, stopping the timers at 35.603 seconds.
Sharn Wordley (NZL) and his own Gatsby (Simba x Daisy Cruise) rounded out the top three. Wordley and the 18-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion navigated an effortless first round in 72.427 seconds, well within the time allowed of 79 seconds. The pair advanced to tackle the jump-off, flying through the course, quickly soaring over each fence in 35.944 seconds.
$20,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix Results:
1.MTM Apple, Tracy Fenney, MTM Farm: 0 | 0 | 35.044
2. Fenise, Willie Tynan, MDM Equestrian Group, LLC: 0 | 0 | 35.603
3. Gatsby, Sharn Wordley, Sharn Wordley: 0 | 0 | 35.944
4. FF Blade Runner, Jill Gaffney, Freestyling Farms LLC: 0 | 0 | 36.416
5. MTM Campedu, Tracy Fenney, MTM Farm: 0 | 0 | 36.757
6. Frasier, Samantha Schaefer, Bonne Vie LLC: 0 | 0 | 36.989
7. Diamant’s Legacy, Jordan Petersen, Derek Petersen: 0 | 0 | 37.277
8. Chatinus, Richard Spooner, Show Jumping Syndications International: 0 | 0 | 37.503
9. Mendini Dr, Conor O’Regan, Dynomite Ranch, LLC: 0 | 0 | 37.601
10. Follow Me, David Jennings, The Follow Me Group: 0 | 0 | 38.126