Lina Rojas-Restrepo and Cafino Z Win $7,500 U-Dump Junior/Amateur-Owner High Classic

Lina Rojas-Restrepo and Cafino Z win the $7,500 U-Dump Junior/Amateur-Owner High Classic Sunday at HITS Ocala. (c) ESI Photography
Lina Rojas-Restrepo and Cafino Z win the $7,500 U-Dump Junior/Amateur-Owner High Classic Sunday at HITS Ocala. (c) ESI Photography

Lina Rojas-Restrepo and Cafino Z and stepped in to the ring for the jump-off, blazed around the course in 28.637 seconds and took home the blue ribbon in the $7,500 U-Dump Junior/Amateur-Owner High Classic Sunday in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium.

The difficulty of the first round course was made clear when all fifteen obstacles fell at least once during the class. Only four successfully negotiated the 1.45 meter course designed by Jack Robson of Coronado, California.

Robert Lee of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, riding Brook Run Farm, LLC’s Acrobat was first to jump-off and had both elements of the final combination down for eight faults in a time of 29.447 to finish fourth. Next up was MacKenzie McGehee of Jacksonville, Florida, riding her own Fiona Van’t Paradijs who went clean in 31.178 to take the lead. Michael Burnett of Carmel, Indiana, riding his own Iron was also clear, just a fraction behind in 31.252. All bets were off when Cafino Z and Rojas-Restrepo shaved over two full seconds off the leading time, dropping McGehee to second and Burnett to third.

$7,500 U-Dump Junior/Amateur-Owner High Classic
Place     Horse     Owner     Rider     Prize     Rd. 1 Faults  JO Faults  JO Time
1 Cafino Z Mauricio Restrepo     Lina Rojas-Restrepo  $2,200  0 0 28.637
2 Fiona Van't Paradijs     MacKenzie McGehee  MacKenzie McGehee  $1,550  0 0 31.178
3 Iron     Michael Burnett  Michael Burnett  $1,050  0 0 31.521
4 Acrobat  Brook Run Farm, LLC     Robert Lee  $700 0 8 29.447
5 Zilano M  Hardford Farm M & M Stopford  Michelle Stopford $600  1 * *
6 As Di Chupito  North Face Farm  Erin Haas  $500  4 *     *
7 Valentina 156  Lexander Farm, LLC  Alex Parrish  $450  4 *     *
8 Caprisio  Caroline McLeese  Caroline McLeese     $450  4 * *

Sugar Ray and Samantha Schaefer win the $2,500 Pyranha Low Amateur Jumper Classic at HITS Ocala. (c) ESI Photography
Sugar Ray and Samantha Schaefer win the $2,500 Pyranha Low Amateur Jumper Classic at HITS Ocala. (c) ESI Photography

Sugar Ray and Samantha Schaefer Win $2,500 Pyranha Low Amateur Jumper Classic
Course designer Anderson Lima from Brazil designed a track of 15 efforts at 1.25 meters for the $2,500 Pyranha Low Amateur Jumper Classic and the $2,500 Low Junior Classic held in the Grand Prix field at HITS Ocala. In the Low Amateurs, five jumped clear first rounds and went on to an immediate jump-off.

First to tackle the jump-off and one of the three double clears was Abby Slaven, of Ocala, riding the Coverboy Groups’ Vougeot de Septon. She had a clear round in 38.547 which earned her third place. She was followed by Alexandra Carlton of Madison, Connecticut, riding her own Colourline, who had four faults in a time of 34.617 to place fourth.

Next up was class winner Samantha Schaefer from Westminster, Maryland, who said of the course, “The track was bigger and more technical than it has been in the last few weeks. There were no double clears in the junior section of the Classic and I knew from the walk that I could not ride the jump off ‘pedal to the metal.’ I had to ride it smart. I have had Sugar Ray for six years and every day you know exactly what you have. He wants to win as much as I do and that’s hard to beat.”

Schaefer’s time of 34.138 held the lead despite a clear attempt by Dana Gattuso of Flemington, New Jersey riding her own Brecourt who came close, with a time of  34.446 to place second. Mallory Vale of Williston, Florida, riding the entry of Thinkslikeahorse, Lagrain Junior Z had eight faults in the jump-off in a time of 39.762 for fifth.

Gabriella Fournier and Milky Way Win $2,500 Low Junior Classic. (c) ESI Photography
Gabriella Fournier and Milky Way Win $2,500 Low Junior Classic. (c) ESI Photography

In the $2,500 Low Junior Classic, six went on to an immediate jump off, but the course took its toll with no one going clean in the jump-off. The winning round was completed by Gabrielle Fournier of Rochester, New York, riding Brie Tiffany’s Milky Way, with four faults in a time of 35.627. Madison Johnson of Mathews, North Carolina, riding Taggert Enterprises’ Eminem, also had four faults for second place in 36.333. Lizzie Van der Walde of Ann Arbor, Michigan, aboard Paraizo Equestrian Partners LLC’s Unbelievable, finished third with four faults in 51.736.
 
Place     Horse     Owner     Rider     Prize     Rd. 1 Faults     JO Faults     JO Time
1     Sugar Ray     John Skinner     Samantha Schaefer     $750     0     0     34.138
2     Vozura VDL     Dana Gattuso     Dana Gattuso     $450     0     0     34.466
3     Vougeot de Septon     The Coverboy Group     Abbey Slaven     $300     0     0     38.547
4     Colourline     Alexandra Carlton     Alexandra Carlton     $250     0     4     34.617
5     Lagrain Junior Z     Thinkslikeahorse     Mallory Vale     $225     0     8     39.752
6     Lexx     Corri Goldman     Corri Goldman     $200     4     *     *
7     Undelie de Roset     Corri Goldman     Corri Goldman     $175     4     *     *
8     Mystic Joe     Sabine Neumann     Sabine Neumann     $150     4     *     *

$2,500 Low Junior Classic
Place     Horse     Owner     Rider     Prize     Rd. 1 Faults     JO Faults     JO Time
1     Milky Way     Brie Tiffany     Gabriella Fournier     $750     0     4     35.627
2     Eminem     Taggert Enterprises     Madison Johnson     $450     0     4     36.331
3     Unbelievable     Paraizo Equestrian Partners, LLC     Lizzie Van der Walde     $300     0     4     51.763
4     Hagrid Van Ten Biesen     Hadley Benneyan     Rhian Murphy     $250     0     8     39.042
5     Wassandra G     Hanna Powers     Hanna Powers     $225     0     12     42.353
6     Quartus     Mary Katherine Hargreaves     Mary Katherine Hargreaves     $200     0     12     50.419
7     S & L Ferrari     S & L Farms     Merrill Harvey     $175     1     *     *
8     Antonio     Amanda Shaffer     Amanda Shaffer     $150     4     *     *




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