MTM Pablo & Dorothy Douglas Risk It To Win It in $100,000 Tipperary Equestrian Grand Prix

Dorothy Douglas and MTM Pablo winning the $100,000 Tipperary Equestrian Grand Prix. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography.

Edited Press Release

Ocala, FL – World Equestrian Center – Ocala witnessed a full house during the inaugural Saturday night event of the 12-week 2024 Winter Spectacular Show Series, the $100,000 Tipperary Equestrian Grand Prix. A field of top-tier athletes from across the world showcased their skills over a challenging track crafted by FEI Level IV course designer Steve Stephens (USA). In a nail-biting jump-off, Dorothy Douglas and MTM Pablo (Perigueux x Celina) took risks that ultimately paid off, making their start to the winter circuit a memorable one.

With waterfalls, walls, and brand-new obstacles, horses were jumping in top form over the first round track. A total of seven managed to jump clear and stay under the time allowed of 87 seconds to return for the jump-off.

Dorothy Douglas (USA) was the third athlete to attempt the short course, and knew she had a competitive field behind her, “Mike [McCormick] and Tracy [Fenney] are always pushing me to win. They care less about me making mistakes and care more about me trying to win it. I know I have a fast horse, and I trust him more than anything. I wanted to be smart in some places, but also take the risks in order to win it.”

Dorothy Douglas and MTM Pablo. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

The dynamic duo raced through the jump-off track, executing tight turns and leaving out strides, clocking an unbeatable time of 42.185 seconds.

The 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding holds a special place in Douglas’s heart. “I got Pablo as a seven-year-old. I started him in the 1.30m and now he’s almost always in the jump-offs on Saturday nights. He’s an unbelievable horse, and I am so lucky to be able to ride him. We have a cool connection. I know exactly what he’s going to do, and he anticipates what I am thinking too.”

Dorothy Douglas and MTM Pablo accepting their first place award presented by Jim Wolf of World Equestrian Center. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Douglas was overjoyed to kick off the circuit on a high note, “Mike always says you can’t win them all, if you don’t win the first one,” laughed Douglas. “It’s such a special night. The course was unbelievable, and the crowd was amazing. I also have a bunch of people here supporting me tonight, which makes it all that much more amazing.”

Tracy Fenney and MTM Apple jumping to second place. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Tracy Fenney (USA), Douglas’s stablemate, secured second place riding a fan favorite MTM Apple (Favorit Ask x Kong’s Whopsie). Fenney and the 13-year-old Danish Warmblood mare finished just six tenths of a second behind Douglas and MTM Pablo, posting a time of 42.848 seconds.

Aaron Vale and Constantin De Hus rounding out the top three. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Aaron Vale (USA) emerged as the only other competitor with a double clear effort, guiding Sigma Stables LLC’s 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding Constantin De Hus (Ugobak Des Baleines x Cafe Creme) to a flawless round in 45.354 seconds, rounding out the top three.

Aaron Vale also secured the fastest four-faulter award with Elusive. The pair found the quickest first round time of 84.411 seconds with one rail down.

Kama Godek received the ‘Luck of the Draw’ award.

Watch the winning jump-off in the $100,000 Tipperary Equestrian Grand Prix.

$100,000 Tipperary Equestrian Grand Prix Results:

1 MTM Pablo, Dorothy Douglas (USA), Davenport Farms: 0 | 0 | 42.185
2 MTM Apple, Tracy Fenney (USA), MTM Farm: 0 | 0 | 42.848
3 Constantin De Hus, Aaron Vale (USA), Sigma Stables LLC: 0 | 0 | 45.354
4 James Bond HX, Samantha Schaefer (USA), Bonne Chance LLC: 0 | 4 | 47.331
5 Cool Ray NA, Fernando Cardenas (COL), B&C, LLC: 0 | 8 | 43.010
6 Prescott, Aaron Vale (USA), Thinkslikeahorse: 0 | 8 | 46.210
7 Blue Movie, Rowan Willis (AUS), Rowan Willis: 0 | RT
8 Elusive, Aaron Vale (USA), Thinkslikeahorse: 4 | 84.411
9 Gray’s Inn, Mallory Vale (USA), Thinkslikeahorse: 4 | 84.674
10 Psalm, Megan Wexler (USA), Amen Corner Farm, LLC: 4 | 85.594

Spectators are welcome! From now until March 24, 2024, experience the thrill of the 2024 Winter Spectacular Show Series at World Equestrian Center – Ocala. Explore the daily class schedule, orders of go, class counts, and final results on HorseShowing.com. For real-time scoring, check out Ryegate.Live.

Photos courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.
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