Highlights From Winter Spectacular #5at World Equestrian Center – Ocala
Kady Abrahamson wins the $75,000 WEC – Ocala Grand Prix 1.50m. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
Amateur Kady Abrahamson Captures the $75,000 WEC – Ocala Grand Prix 1.50m
Kady Abrahamson (USA) took the win on Saturday, February 6, in the $75,000 WEC – Ocala Grand Prix 1.50m aboard Any, a 12-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Abrahamson Equestrian. Abrahamson's own trainer, Sharn Wordley (NZL), who used to have the ride on her horse Any, rode to second on a double-clear effort with his own Esmee. In third was Scott Keach (AUS) and the Five Henry Stables entry Falcon De Hus Z. "I train with Sharn Wordley and used to train with Scott Keach, and they are both mentors, so I talked with them and they urged me to do the class," Kady said. "[Any] ended up jumping incredibly well and even crossed her legs over the last oxer because she was trying so hard."
David Jennings Pilots Jordantinus to Victory in the WEC Hunter Derby 3'6"-3'9"
David Jennings shows his gratitude for Jordantinus after their win the $20,000 WEC Hunter Derby 3'6"-3'9". Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
David Jennings took top honors on Friday, February 5, aboard Allison Ventura's Jordantinus after two rounds in the WEC Hunter Derby 3'6"-3'9" with scores of 86 and 93. “He is a stallion who used to do some grand prix classes," Jennings said of his mount. "He’s a bit of a veteran when it comes to making nice turns and keeping a big stride. We were the only entry to do a couple of the inside turns, so I think that helped us quite a bit.” Securing the win in the $15,000 WEC Derby 3' Open was Dorrie Douglas aboard MTM Dashing, and the win in the $15,000 WEC Derby 3' Non-Pro went to Christopher Coberley and Actender PS.
Welcoming in a Win from Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run's Divine Fortune
Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run's Divine Fortune, winners of the $20,000 Welcome Prix 1.45m. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
Kristen VanderVeen (USA) took the win on Friday, February 5, in the $20,000 WEC Welcome Prix 1.45m aboard Bull Run's Divine Fortune, a mare owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six, LLC, based out of Wellington, FL. Second went to Bryn Sadler (USA) and Cinven CR with Jordan Petersen (USA) and Diamant's Legacy rounding out the top three. “Today was maybe the most fun that I’ve had in a long time," VanderVeen said of her victory. "Everything seemed to come together. My mare was firing and it was one of those really special jump-offs that went just to plan at full speed."