Show jumping proved to be quite the influencing factor in the final standings of the Open Intermediate at the first Ocala Horse Properties Winter Horse Trials. Of the 15 in the division, a third of those turned in double clear rounds, and it was Daisy Trayford and Normandy Soldier who triumphed to take home the first win of the season.
Normandy Soldier is a 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Daisy, and they finished up their 2015 season with a win in the Intermediate at Rocking Horse in October.
“Vin” is off the track and definitely proved that he is ready to tackle the fresh season this weekend. Congratulations, Daisy!
Picking up second place in the Intermediate are Clayton Fredericks and FE Bowman, who moved up from third with another of the double clears of the day. Buck Davidson and Quasar moved into third place with eight jump penalties accumulated today.
Clayton Fredericks also picked up the win in the Open Prelim A division aboard FE Money Made, leading wire to wire to finish on his impressive dressage score of 22.0 Hannah Sue Burnett followed suit in second and third place with Jitter Bug and Harbour Pilot, who completed a triumphant return to competition with just the two time on cross country carried over.
In the Open Prelim B, it was Alexander O’Neal and Rendezvous With Charly who were the winners after notching a double clear show jumping round this morning. Erin Flynn Mobley and Three’s A Ruckus and Clayton Fredericks with FE Subiaco round out the top three.
Congratulations to all who completed a successful first weekend of the new season! We can’t wait to see more action as we get underway with 2016. Go Eventing!