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In Ocala, FL, excitement filled the air as 32 of the world's finest show jumping talents from various countries gathered to compete in the prestigious $150,000 Florida Coast Equipment Grand Prix CSI3*. Both spectators and exhibitors were captivated, eagerly anticipating the results of the Grand Prix. After an intense competition, it was Hunter Holloway (USA) and her trusted companion, Eastern Jam (Lexicon x Monaco), who emerged as the triumphant duo, claiming the top spot on the podium.
FEI Level IV course designer Alan Wade (IRL), set up a demanding track that tested athletes from 11 nations. Out of the participants, only eight successfully navigated the intricate course without any faults. Among these skilled riders, only three achieved a flawless performance. In the jump-off, Hunter Holloway (USA) was the third athlete to enter the arena with her partner, Eastern Jam, owned by Hays Investment Corp.
In a hushed atmosphere, Holloway and her 14-year-old KWPN gelding showcased their exceptional skills, maneuvering through the short track with precision. They fearlessly tackled challenging lines and executed the tightest turns, ultimately stopping the clock at an impressive 40.38 seconds, a time that proved to be the winning feat for the competition.
Right on Holloway's heels was Peter Petschenig (AUT) riding Petschenig Showjumping, LLC's Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs (Numero Uno x Argentinus), a skilled 14-year-old KWPN mare. Petschenig and Ennebel raced around the short course with remarkable speed, approaching each fence with an open gallop. Their flawless performance resulted in a time of 41.58 seconds, securing the second-place position on the podium.
Sean Jobin (CAN), who claimed victory in the Week II Grand Prix CSI3*, continued his impressive form by guiding Foxridge Farm Stables' Coquelicot VH Heuvelland Z (Catoki x Cassini II) to yet another well-deserved podium finish. Jobin and his agile 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding displayed their skills, achieving a quick and clear round with a time of 43.31 seconds, solidifying their place among the top competitors.
Todd Bachman, President and CEO of Florida Coast Equipment, expressed his enthusiasm for sponsoring the class that took place that evening. He shared, "We take immense pride in being a part of this special night. At Florida Coast Equipment, one of our core values is giving back to the community that has given us so much. Tractors are essential on every farm, and they play a vital role in setting up jump-offs and facilitating events like these. It's heartening to know that we can support those who provide us with the platform we need. Being here tonight and contributing to the experience of these champions in this incredible jump-off is truly gratifying. This is precisely what we love being a part of." Todd Bachman's words clearly highlighted the company's commitment to supporting and uplifting the equestrian community, making their sponsorship even more meaningful.
To view the final results, please visit HorseShowing.com or Ryegate.Live.
Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography