Edited Press Release
Junior Rider, Addison Reed of Mechanicsville, Virginia sat in the enviable last to go position today in the $10,000 Nutrena
Welcome Open Jumper Classic in the irons of Reed Training & Sales, LLC’s Goliath. As the 13th horse and rider to go, Reed proved that 13 was indeed her lucky number.
“I never thought of 13 as an unlucky number, it’s always been lucky for me,” said Reed.
With a first-round course time allowed set at 84 seconds, five advanced to a second-round opportunity and Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookeville, Maryland aboard Rolling Acres’ Zaza Z, held the lead with a clear second round in a time of 35.111 seconds.
That is until Reed andGoliath entered the Dee Dee Arena.
“My plan was that I had a good enough step as anyone. I knew that I could leave some strides out in the first couple of lines, and I needed to make sure he knew where he was going and needed to get his eye on the liverpool,” said Reed. “I wanted to see how many steps I could leave out to the last jump,” she added.
With a clear first round, the pair advanced to a second-round opportunity. The powerful pair turned in a clear second round with a time of 34.734 seconds and took the lead and the win.
“I thought it was a good course today. It wasn’t overly easy, but I didn’t think it was overly difficult either. It was a good class for a Welcome,” said Reed.
“He [Goliath] is difficult to ride but is easiest in the ring. He is a powerful force. I think this is our 4th year being together. My mom rode him and showed him one time here and I think I sold my horse and they let me ride him. It took us a while to get him figured out, but he’s been a great horse for me. He’s really sweet and is like a dog in the barn. He does tricks and even knows how to smile,” she added.
Second place was awarded to Leffler andZaza Z and Reed picked up a third place with Gail Thompson’sDoirin Clover Boy for their clear second round in a time of 36.765 seconds. Grace Long of Middleburg, Virginia rode Vaziri Sport Horses, LLC’sHarold to a fourth-place finish for their clear second round in a time of 37.247 seconds and Thaisa Erwin of Middleburg, Virginia placed fifth and sixth with Michael Smith’s Vanturo and her ownJack, respectively.
Tiffany Cambria of Upperville, Virginia earned a seventh place with Sabrina Hellman’s Independence and Samantha Tuerk of Wellington, Florida rode Stony Ridge Management’s Camryn to an eighth-place finish. Jackson Schurtz of Afton, Virginia and Jeanne McCusker’s Imago Zwrapped up the class with a ninth place.
Reed is the daughter of professionals Sulu Rose-Reed and Derek Reed. “Working with my parents is a lot smoother than you’d think. We get along really well,” Reed said. “We’re a team.”