From Atop the Spiral Staircase:
$25,000 Fox Lea Farm Grand Prix
For the last Grand Prix of the V.E.T. 2016, the evening started with a great reception sponsored by Advanced Surveillance Incorporated of Louisville KY. We had a wonderful presentation by the Sarasota Sheriff Mounted Patrol and then they presented the American flag for the singing of the National Anthem by Michelle DiPuma.
We had a great field of international riders and locals alike. The horses came out ready to win as the first 2 of 19 went clear. Brian Moggre from Flower Mound Texas, was our youngest rider to compete in the Grand Prix here at V.E.T. at 14 years old. He and MTM Ace of Spades, the 10 year old DWB, set the pace in the first round and was the first of 6 that would advance to the jump-off. Olympian Ryuma “Smiles” Hirota of Japan rode in the class tonight and really put on a great show for all the spectators. When he came into the ring for the jump-off he made sure his horse Nic of Time understood the course by actually pointing and talking his horse through the entire jump-off to the amusement and delight of the audience. I am not sure who had a better time…Smiles or the spectators. The 17th in the order of go in the first round, Tracy Fenney would eventually win the class riding MTM Reve Du Paradis who is the Selle Francais owned by MTM Farm of Flower Mound TX. This horse/rider combination also won the Grand Prix here Week III of the V.E.T. and trained by Michael McCormick. Tracy Fenney is also the winner of this week’s Kastel Denmark Style Award, Congratulations to this two time winner!
The class was recorded this way:
1st 1353 MTM Reve Du Paradis/Tracy Fenney C/C 39.515
2nd 1149 Nic of Time/Ryuma Hirota C/C 42.303
3rd 1356 S&L Elite/Dorothy Douglas C/C 42.379
4th 1143 Whittaker MNVZ/Laura Linback C/4 43.143
5th 699 Cracky Z/Christi Israel C/4 52.530
6th 1354 MTM Ace of Spades/Brian Moggre C/8 11 time 61.386
7th 1142 Big Smile/Laura Linback 4/75.032 fastest 4
8th 509 Gomez Van De Withoeve/Kyle Dewar
9th 700 Clouseau/Christi Israel
10th 1148 Skyfall/Kris Killam
11th 187 Black Diamond/Kris Killam
12th 507 Russell/Kyle Dewar Grey
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