It was a big weekend in Area III as heavy hitters came out swinging at both Pine Top and Ocala, and we can safely say the winter season is well underway in the southern states.
Over 500 competitors gathered at the Florida Horse Park for Equiventures’ Ocala Winter I presented by Ocala Ranches, which gave way to four competitive Intermediate divisions. The first open division was won by Katie Ruppel aboard her up-and-coming star Foreign Affair (34.5), and the second open division went to Liz Halliday-Sharp and her own Deniro Z (24.3).
Clayton Fredericks made the jump from fifth to first by the end of the weekend in the Intermediate Horse division with Kingfisher Park’s FE Stiff Upper Lip (32.4). They added only .8 cross country time penalties to their dressage score. Following in second is Clark Montgomery and his promising new ride Caribbean Soul, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Maren Foster. Finishing on a score of 32.5 they were the only Intermediate pair to come inside the time on cross country this weekend in Ocala.
The fourth and final Intermediate win belongs to Anna Loschiavo and Prince Renan, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Rodney Oakes and Gina Giudici-Oakes, who led start to finish in the rider division.
Selena O’Hanlon showed that her Fair Hill winner Foxwood High is feeling fine this season, winning the Advanced combined test with a dressage score of 25 and one rail down.
Pine Top Intermediate
Speaking of three-star superstars, Cooley Cross Border also earned himself a blue ribbon Georgia with Kim Severson across in the Advanced/Intermediate division. They finished on a score of 24.9.
Intermediate A was had by Allison Springer and The Lord Willing Syndicate’s Lord Willing who led from wire-to-wire on 32.4. Following in second is Waylon Roberts & Lancaster (35.7), and Tim Bourke in third with Quality Time (38.8).
Flynn (Getaway owned by @centerlinefarm @185pilot @liv.wall) started his year out with an impressive win in the Intermediate at @pinetopfarm – Cortez and Missy (@robbie.peterson) jumped around clear for a perfect beginning of 2018! #eventing #horsesofthefuture #beast #jumpingmachine #jumper #crosscountry #dressage #horsesofinstagram
Doug Payne was the winner of the second Intermediate division aboard Lisa Wall’s Getaway on a final result of 40.8. Keeping the sibling rivalry alive, Holly Payne Caravella finished second with CharmKing (41.5).
Kerry Torrey and her own Zumba lead the Intermediate rider division from start to finish. Tipping one rail and accruing a handful of cross country time penalties for a final result of 37.2. Maddie Lichten and Yarrow took second place (43), and Marley Stone-Bourke finished third with LVS Dassett Charisma (49.1).