The final day of the competition continued today at the 2012 Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show and Country Fair. Once again, perfect weather drew in a large audience from the Indianapolis area for an exciting day of show jumping at Wild Air Farms in Zionsville, IN.
Veteran course designer and judge, Phil DeVita, produced a challenging course for the competitors for the highlight of Traders Point, the $60,000 Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Throughout the week, DeVita's courses have been twisting and winding with few related distances and have stressed that the rider carve the turns and get in straight, while staying within a tight maximum time.
"Today is a little bit of the same and a little different," DeVita explained. "I went with a touch of the derby theme. We've got more natural elements, brush, straw, brush, natural poles, stained poles, white poles with grass poles. I tried to mix and match a little bit more."
"I would love to see five clear, if I got six I'd be happier and seven would be better. For $60,000 it needs to be a little bit of a test. A broke horse has an edge. Not easy and not free," stressed DeVita as he considered the integrity of his course.
As it turned out, he got eight clear: Lillie Ross and Allison Ross's Pako, Wilhelm Genn and Palim Palim, owned by Nancy Gooding, Aaron Vale and Amen Corner Farm's Palm Sunday, Emily Short and Grande Finale, Lisa Goldman and her own Morocco, Nick Novak and his Springfield Tennessee, Taylor Land and Jay Land's Nepal and finally 17-year old Claudia Billups and her Quick N Easy.
Wilhelm Genn and Palim Palim, a tall, attractive Westphalian with a distinctive blaze, was the first to deliver a clean round in the short track. He made it look easy and clearly carved the turns, which left all the rails in their cups, coming in at a time of 51.229.
Then, young Taylor Land and Nepal produced what would be the only other clean jump-off round, expertly ridden and stopping the timer at 45.969, edging Genn out of first place.
"I really liked the course," shared Land. "I liked getting to jump all the natural obstacles−and so does Nepal. We're going to the Hampton Classic after this, so it was good to practice−jumping the water and everything. It was a fun course."
"I was a little bit more conservative in some places," Land said of turning on the grass, something that DeVita had mentioned would be the approach of the more seasoned riders.
"Nepal is 10 and we've had him since he was 5. He's been an amazing horse for our whole family. He's super careful. He's a little quirky, but he's a lot of fun. He's from Argentina, a warmblood."
Second place finisher Wilhelm Genn agreed. "I thought it was a very well-designed course, the jumps were nice size, very good technical part, the water ... I loved it," he said. "I thought it was a great course."
"This is a horse I got in training about six weeks ago, so we don't know each other very well," he shared about Palim Palim. "He's very new at this level. He's only jumped a few Grand Prixes, so that is why I didn't want too go fast in the jump-off. I was so happy he jumped clean and finished nice and smooth."
$60,000 GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS
1 NEPAL, TAYLOR LAND
2 PALIM PALIM, WILHELM GENN
3 PALM SUNDAY, AARON VALE
4 MOROCCO, LISA GOLDMAN
5 QUICK N EASY, CLAUDIA BILLUPS
6 SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE, NICK NOVAK
7 GRANDE FINALE 3E, EMILY SHORT
8 PAKO, LILLIE ROSS
$5000 NAL JUNIOR/AMATEUR-OWNER JUMPER CLASSIC, LOW
1 ASHWAY CALISTO, MALLORY VALE
2 HIGH FIVE, KC VAN AAREM
3 HOLY GHOST, TAYLOR REID
4 ORCHIDEE MILADY, JULIA NAGEL
5 RUPERT, EMILY SHORT
6 JULIO, DARBY DYAR
7 CHOLON, TAYLOR REID
8 IRON, MICHAEL BURNETT
For more information, please visit http://www.traderspoint.org/
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