From Atop the Spiral Staircase: Week 1 review of V.E.T’s first Grand Prix:
The evening kicked off with a 60th birthday celebration for Dr. Jim Hassinger, horseman, exhibitor, horse show vet and longtime sponsor at Fox Lea. Ms. DiPuma sang Happy Birthday and everyone enjoyed cake.
The Jewish Community Center of Venice brought many samples of foods you can experience at their famous food festival February 19th right down the road from Fox Lea. Also joining in on the celebration was Nene’s Treats as they provided some amazing gourmet crumb cake.
The Grand Prix was again presented by InStride Therapy, Inc.,
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Fox Lea Farm welcomed back Ms. Michelle DiPuma to sing our national anthem for the 1st of 7 $25,000 Grand Prix’s that will be presented during the V.E.T. Michelle is 13 years old and a student at Sarasota Middle School. She enjoys playing softball and plays middle Infield of the travel team. Michelle will also be singing on the opening day at Ed Smith Stadium where she will have the honor of singing the National Anthem and God Bless America.
When the Grand Prix got underway it seemed like we were going to have a jump-off by the 4 faulters, but in the end it ended up a horse race between the 13th and 15th horses to show of the original scheduled 18 horses(we had 3 scratches from the first).
Intenz Van HD/Tracy Magness (for Barbara & John Bartko of Hughesville MD) were the 13th to go in the order and the first combination to go clear in round 1. The crowd was so thrilled to see a combination make it around the 1.45-1.50 meter track built by Manuel Esparza (Can).
Just 2 horses later and it was a horse race because Bonita owned by Jamie Buis ridden by Kristen Vanderveen would also go clear.
In the end, Intenz Van HD and Tracy Magness had to set the pace and score to beat and would pull a rail in the jump-off but put up a great time of 42.078. Knowing what had to be done Kristen and Bonita went in with the goal of going clear. It was intense as the final turn for home was made, the crowd became very quiet with the anticipation of what eventually was. Kristen and Bonita did in fact leave them all standing and ended the jump-off with 1 time fault and thus the winning score. With a lifetime earning of well over $1,000,000 Kristen is no stranger to the winner’s circle
Congratulations to Kristen, who also won the Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks style award.
The Grand Prix was officially recorded as follows:
$25,000 Fox Lea Grand Prix Venice Equestrian Kick-Off
1st 952 Bonita/Kristen Vanderveen for Jamie Buis of Wellington FL
/C 1t 52.712
2nd 970 Intenz Van HD/ Tracy Magness for Barbara & John Bartko of Hughesville MD C/4 j 42.078
3rd 570 Alonso Du Monselet/Richard Cheska 4/89.927
4th 603 Dylana Verte/David Tromp Morriston NY 4/90.286
5th 922 Clouseau/Christi Israel 4/91.750
6th 703 Biscayo/Roberto Daza
7th 602 Hagrid Van Ten Biesen/Alysson Siopes
8th 568 Richard Cheska/Utah Beach Un Prince
9th 926 Thunderstoc USA/Kris Killam for Sharon Brown of Lombard IL
10th 981 Diederik/Thomas John Russell for Helen Landon-Terranova of Charlotte NC
11th 592 Verona Van Generhese/Alexandra Van Der Rest Vero Beach FL
12th 950 Bull Run’s Levi/Kristen Vanderveen for Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC St. Charles IL