Edited Press Release
Rolling Acres’ ZaZa Z and Marylisa Leffler did it again and won the Lexington Spring Encore’s $35,000 George L. Ohrstrom Grand Prix today out of a field of sixteen horse and rider teams.
Only four qualified for the jump off round with a time allowed of 48 seconds.
First to go in the order was Brooke Kemper and CM Sporthorses, LLC’s Seaview Demonstration. The pair flew through the course fault free and set the new time to beat at 37.199 seconds.
Ashley Foster and Rolling Acres’ Diadarco Van Evendael Z followed in the order and despite a clear round, their time of 39.328 seconds would keep Kemper in the lead.
David Matisz followed Foster aboard his own Nero Uno. Four jump faults in 40.209 seconds would see the pair finish in fifth place.
Kemper returned to the Dee Dee Arena, this time in the irons of Bayra, LLC’s Bayra. Four jump faults in a time of 41.721 seconds earned them sixth place overall.
Leffler and ZaZa Z were up next. The pair zoomed and turned in a fault free jump off round in a time 35.908 seconds taking lead and moving Kemper and Seaview Demonstration into second place.
Addison Reed and Reed Training & Sales, LLC’s Doc Di Villigana sat in the enviable last to go position. A clear jump off round in a time of 38.245 seconds secured them third place which moved Foster and Diadarco Van Evendael Z into fourth.
Leffler commented, “The course was good and a bit bigger than last week, but the time allowed was very lenient. I thought the bending lines would get a lot of people, and they did. I thought it was great and a really nice way to wrap up a successful two weeks here,” she said.
Grace Long and G&T Equestrian’s Happiness VD Hazel Hof finished in seventh place as the fastest four fault first round 75.772 seconds. Tiffany Cambria and Sabrina Hellman’s Independence earned an eighth-place ribbon for their four fault first round in 77.799 seconds. Grace Long rode Nita Crowley’s Oaks Cossack Dancer to a ninth place with their four fault first round in 81.138 seconds and Laura Gaither aboard Savannah Welch’s Carnlea Premier earned a tenth place.
Eleventh place was awarded to Kama Godek and her own Chelsy 25 and Gene Frank aboard his own Isaak VDL wrapped up the class with a twelfth place.
Leffler said, “We’ve had an amazing two weeks here. Ashley [Foster] won the Derby, all my students have been in the top three in the jumper classes every time and everyone has had a consistent day every day.”
“This is one of my favorite shows of the year. It’s so nice to see our Maryland and Virginia people that we haven’t seen during the winter and the hospitality here can’t be beat.”
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