As we kick off the action at the 2021 Carolina International, and in celebration of the event’s return after a 2020 cancellation, we thought it appropriate to take a trip around the last cross country track we saw here in North Carolina.
Doug and Jessica Payne have owned Quantum Leap, a now-10-year-old Zweibruker gelding, since he was just a weanling. Employing the strategy of buying purpose-bred horses at a young age has ensured that the Aiken-based pair always has a pipeline of talent in the works – and Quantum Leap (Quite Capitol – Report to Sloopy, by Corporate Report) is a manifestation of that strategy paying off today.
“Baby Quantum”, as he has been affectionately called for much of his burgeoning career, stepped up to the Advanced and four-star level in 2019 after traveling to France to contest the 7-year-old Young Horse World Championship CCI2*L at Mondial du Lion in 2018. Thanks to the Holekamp/Turner Event Horse Le Lion d’Angers Prize and Grant, which is awarded to “the highest scoring horse from the USEA Young Event Horse 5-year-old East and West Championships combined during their 7-year-old year that is qualified, willing, and able to compete” on a yearly basis, Doug and Quantum Leap successfully finished the event in the top 30.
Take a ride around the 2019 CCI4*S track with Doug and Quantum Leap, who would go on to finish 20th overall in the gelding’s first attempt at the four-star level – and keep an eye out for the return of this pair to the CCI4*S this weekend! Quantum Leap is joined this weekend by stablemates Vandiver and Starr Witness. You can get your own helmet cam like Doug’s from Cambox here.