Wellington, FL - The young horses of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) got their opportunity to compete on the main stage on Friday, as the Five-Year-Old, Six-Year-Old and Seven-Year-Old Developing Jumper Classics were featured in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.
The $15,000 Spy Coast Farm Six-Year-Old Developing Jumper Classic saw a win for Andrew Kocher (USA) riding his own G Star. Fifty-two entries contested the Six-Year-Old Classic, with 14 clear rounds, and four double clear over Petersen's short course. Kocher and G Star clocked the winning time of 39.10 seconds.
Tiffany Foster (CAN) and Artisan Farm's Vienna placed second in 39.97 seconds. Lauren Tisbo (USA) guided Tequestrian Farms' Graffiti Boy to third place in 41.51 seconds, and Gustavo Prato (ARG) jumped Nelson Pessoa's Carioca ZE to fourth place in 43.13 seconds.
G Star is a Dutch Warmblood mare (Carambole x Karshmire van Schuttershof) bred by I. Huijbregts. Kocher co-owns the mare with Willem Greve, who purchased her as a yearling and brought her along.
"I bought my part of her around Christmas," Kocher stated. "I was looking through tapes, and I liked the way she looked. She is really good. We have only shown her maybe three times. This was awesome. It was a really fun class, and it is nice to jump for a little prize money with the young ones. I was really happy with her."
Young Irish rider Jordan Coyle showed G Star early in the circuit before Kocher took over the ride just this week. With Kocher, she jumped clear in all three classes this week.
"She can have a little attitude, but she is easy to ride, and easy to manage." Kocher detailed. "She is fast. She goes like a Thoroughbred; she is very light. She was great in the jump-off. I had a lucky day, so I was happy."
Competition continues on Saturday at PBIEC featuring the $216,000 The Wanderer's Club Grand Prix CSI 4* during Saturday Night Lights, round one of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on the Derby Field at the Equestrian Village (AGDF show grounds), and champion presentations in the Junior Hunter divisions. For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.
Final Results: $15,000 Spy Coast Farm Six-Year-Old Developing Jumper Classic
1. G STAR ANDREW KOCHER (USA) ANDREW KOCHER: 0/0/39.102
2. VIENNA TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN) ARTISAN FARMS LLC: 0/0/39.976
3. GRAFFITI BOY LAUREN TISBO (USA) TEQUESTRIAN FARMS LLC: 0/0/41.518
4 CARIOCA ZE GUSTAVO PRATO (ARG) NELSON PESSOA: 0/0/43.138
5. FLIP DE HUS Z THEODORE BORIS (ISR) THEODORE BORIS: 0/4/39.160
6. BALADE DE NORMANDIE JULIE WELLES (USA) OLD WILLOW FARMS LLC: 0/4/39.519
7. MANHATTAN VASCO FLORES (PUR) GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES LLC: 0/4/40.188
8. EXCELSIOR VASCO FLORES (PUR) GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES LLC: 0/4/40.911
9. NEWMARKET G ANDREW WELLES (USA) ANDREW WELLES: 0/4/41.279
10. GERLOS ANDREW RAMSAY (USA) SHALANNO FARMS LLC: 0/4/41.968
11. GUA DE LUPE AXEL BARRIOS (GUA) AXEL BARRIOS: 0/4/44.423
12. FEYRA DES DAMES ALEXANDRE GADELHA (BRA) BONNE CHANCE FARM LLC: 0/4/46.092