East Aurora, NY and Wellington, FL - December 4, 2013 - It was a very special Thanksgiving weekend for the Jacobs Family and Deeridge as they gathered in Wellington, FL to celebrate the holiday and compete during the Holiday and Horses Show at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Charlie Jacobs led the way with a major victory in the $50,000 Holiday and Horses CSI-W 2* Grand Prix with CMJ Sporthorses' Flaming Star, as well as a third place finish in the $33,000 Nutrena Holiday and Horses Opener. His son Charlie Jr. was also successful with his new mount CMJ Sporthorses' Campesino IV, winning the $1,500 Low Children's/Adult Classic to capture the division's championship award. Charlie Jr.'s twin sister, Katie Jacobs, took home a blue ribbon in the Children's 14 & Under Hunters riding CMJ Sporthorses' Ranier.
Charlie and Flaming Star had all the answers to win the $50,000 Holiday and Horses CSI-W 2* Grand Prix, gaining valuable points to qualify for next year's World Cup Finals. The pair bested a field of 42 entries, where only four managed to advance to the tiebreaker. Although Flaming Star lowered the height of one fence during the jump-off, a blazing time of 48.622 seconds would put them a full three seconds ahead of Great Britain's Tim Gredley, who also had four faults. Charlie and Flaming Star led the lap of victory at the end of the evening to wrap up a spectacular year in 2013.
"My horse likes the arena," noted Charlie. "We've had some real good success here recently in 2013. Under the lights, I wasn't sure what we were going to get tonight. I had a few moments in the schooling area where we were running sideways when I wasn't counting on it, but he was quite good in the ring. He loves it. I wish I could say it was the rider, but it's the horse. He's doing a great job out there."
Charlie Jr. followed in his father's winning footsteps, piloting his new mount Campesino IV to victory in the $1,500 Low Children's/Adult Classic. Eighteen competitors turned out for the event, but it was Charlie Jr.'s 28-second jump-off that proved to be the best. With a second place ribbon the first day, the pair's win earned them the division's championship tricolor.
"Campesino IV is a great horse that we got at the beginning of the month from Jimmy Torano," explained his father. "This was really their first show together jumping in the Child/Adults. We watched a couple of the jump-off rounds together, and he was very confident he could go fast. One of the adults finished in 33 seconds; he thought he could beat that, but he wasn't sure he could beat another rider who finished in 31 seconds. He ended up blowing around in 28 seconds, and I was amazed."
Katie Jacobs had her own win to smile about, earning the top call in the Children's 14 & Under Hunters with Ranier. They also picked up a third place ribbon in the division to finish out a great weekend.
"It was great to have the whole family together and show over Thanksgiving weekend. The kids did a wonderful job with their horses, and it was an exciting way to end the year," concluded Charlie.
The Jacobs Family and Deeridge Farms will now prepare to compete in Wellington during the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival, which begins in January and runs through the end of March.