From Atop the Spiral Staircase:
$25,000 Fox Lea Farm Grand Prix
Well folks the winning just keeps on happening for Legacy Farms. Derek Petersen and Diamant’s Legacy win the Grand Prix for the second week in a row here at Fox Lea. The 7-year-old Oldenburg stallion (by Diamant De Semill from Courtney Love II) owned and ridden to success again by Derek Petersen is simply awe-inspiring. They were again drawn first in the order of go, as they were last Friday, and were then forced to wait…and wait…and wait and watch as other horse and rider combinations sought a first round clear. However, that didn’t happen until the second to last horse in the class and wouldn’t you know…it was Derek’s son Jared Petersen riding Cornerstone (Holsteiner by Cassinni II) who placed 3rd last week. Cornerstone’s round was exciting although they had a few really lucky rubbed rails in the first round…but as it happens, all poles remained between their respective standards. Out of the 18 horse and rider combinations today only these two would go clear in the end. As exciting as this was to watch unfold the expectation of father vs son in the jump off was not to happen. The gentlemen decided to save their horses for another day as Diamant’s Legacy would break the timers to win the class, and Cornerstone and Jared would not return for the jump-off.
Our third place was the fastest 4 faults for Black Diamond, ridden by Kris Killam who owns this beautiful Selle Francais bay gelding with his wife Mandy. Last week this duo placed 5th in the Grand Prix. Black Diamond, Kris and Mandy are no strangers to Fox Lea and we are always glad to see them here in Venice.
Our 4th place ribbon went to birthday girl Emma Butchard, riding in her second Grad Prix ever on her 10-year old Dutch horse Brasil.
The class was recorded:
1st 400 Diamant’s Legacy/Derek Petersen C/84.136
2nd 398 Cornerstone/Jared Petersen C/87.505
3rd 376 Black Diamond/Kris Killam 4/85.104
4th 149 Brasil/Emma Butchard 4/85.754
5th 408 Condor C/Deborah Stephens 4/87.856
6th 369 Lazaro/Jordan Coyne 8/83.114
7th 399 Co Pilot/Derek Petersen 8/85.530
8th 324 Russell/Kyle Dewar 8/86.319
9th 397 Titus 2:11/Jared Petersen 8/87.814
10th 295 Nana Mia/Savannah Unger 8/87.929
11th 512 Zilano M/Michelle Stopford 8/88.778
12th 328 Gomez Van De Withoeve/Kyle Dewar 8/88.807