Edited Press Release
International competition began early Friday morning in the WEC Grand Arena with the $40,000 1.45m CSI3* Two Phase Special. World-renowned course designer Alan Wade of Ireland set the two-phase track for 24 elite athletes where nine pairs found fault-free rounds. Aaron Vale (USA) secured his second victory of the week with Lori Osterstock’s I Adermie R 4 (Den Ham Blue R x Namelus R) after the pair flew to the top of the leaderboard with an unbeatable time.
Vale entered the arena at the halfway mark aboard the ten-year-old KPWN mare. The skilled combination flew past the competition, finishing the speed portion in an uncatchable 31.94 seconds.
“Alan Wade is a world-class course designer, and he has been creating great courses all week. The first phase let you jump around a bit and then the second phase had some fun elements,” Vale detailed. “There was a hard inside turn from the Wheels Up jump to the fan vertical. It was hard to get inside to that smoothly, a lot of horses stopped or jumped a bit funny because it was a tough angle. I didn’t get there as smoothly as I wanted, but Adermie is quick footed enough that she kept it up. Then I found the rest forward and to my advantage Adermie is the type of horse the faster you go the better she jumps.”
“It’s really nice that World Equestrian Center – Ocala is hosting FEI competition. This facility is incredible and can hold championship events. I am looking forward to more FEI shows here in the future,” Vale expressed.
Nicole Walker (CAN) secured second place honors aboard her own Excellent B. Walker and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Berlin x Heartbreaker) were just two tenths of a second shy of the winning time in 32.20 seconds. Walker also earned fourth place aboard her other mount Atout Des Trambles.
Santiago Lambre (BRA) and his own 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare J’Adore Van Het Klinkhof (Thunder VD Zuuthoeve x Alcatraz) rounded out the top three with a time of 33.02 seconds.
Final Results: $40,000 1.45m CSI3* Two Phase Special
1 I Adermie R 4: 2013 KWPN mare by Den Ham Blue R x Namelus R
Aaron Vale (USA), Lori Osterstock: 0 | 0 | 31.94
2 Excellent B: 2009 KWPN gelding by Berlin x Heartbreaker
Nicole Walker (CAN), Nicole Walker: 0 | 0 | 32.20
3 J’Adore Van Het Klinkhof: 2009 Belgian Warmblood mare by Thunder VD Zuuthoeve x Alcatraz
Santiago Lambre (BRA), Santiago Lambre: 0 | 0 | 33.02
4 Atout Des Trambles: 2010 Selle Francais gelding by Nectar Des Forets*hn x Apache D’adriers
Nicole Walker (CAN), Nicole Walker: 0 | 0 | 33.96
5 Langley HX: 2012 KWPN mare by Carambole x Burggraaf Nv
Alise V Oken (USA), High Hopes Farm, LLC: 0 | 0 | 34.53
6 Huzaar: 2012 KWPN gelding by Untouched x Skippy II
Richie Moloney (IRL), Equinimity, LLC: 0 | 0 | 36.12
7 Bull Run’s Risen: 2006 KWPN gelding by Utopie x Indoctro
Kristen Vanderveen (USA), Bull Run Jumpers, Inc.: 0 | 0 | 40.63
8 Luis P: 2009 Deutsches Sportpferd gelding by Böckmann’s Lord Pezi x Cheenook
Chloe Reid (USA), Live Oak Plantation: 0 | 0 | 41.36
9 Extravaganza Semilly: 2014 Selle Francais mare by Jarnac x Heartbreaker
Christian Coyle (IRL), Alexis Bodo: 1 | 0 | 35.18
10 Cat Ninja: 2008 KWPN mare by VDL Zirocco Blue x Corland
Jacqueline Steffens Daly (CAN), Eye Candy Jumpers: 0 | 4 | 32.93
11 Jiselle NS: 2014 mare by Balou Du Rouet x Voltaire Pref
McKayla Langmeier (USA), Linda Langmeier: 4 | 0 | 34.07
12 Speedy Jump: 2010 Oldenburg gelding by Stakkato Gold x Quidam’s Rubin
Sarah Segal (USA), Horatio Street Ventures, LLC: 0 | 4 | 34.77
Show Jumping fans can enjoy wall-to-wall livestreaming of the event courtesy of ClipMyHorse.tv.
Photos courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.
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