Chris Hickey & Cabana Boy Win Intermediaire I at the Gold Coast Opener CDI

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Day 2 of the 2010 Gold Coast Opener Festival CDI started with a bang bright and early this morning at 8:30 am with the FEI Intermediare I CDI class.  Christopher Hickey & Cabana Boy, the winners of the 2009 the USEF Developing Horse Championships, won the class with a 70.263 percent.  Cabana Boy, by Contucci, is an eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Hilltop Farm in Colora, MD.  Hickey & Cabana boy have proven before that they are dynamic pair, and today’s ride exemplified the harmony between them.  Hickey felt that Cabana Boy was back on his A game today, as he “got really inconsistent in the contact” in the Prix St. George class on Friday, according to Hickey. “I was pleased overall, and today he took the corrections very well. He stayed more connected to the contact and therefore he was steadier in the frame in the trot work today than he was yesterday,” Hickey said.

Hickey and Cabana Boy have had a fabulous weekend considering that Cabana Boy hadn’t shown since Dressage at Devon in the fall.  Most impressive, though, was that Cabana Boy was determined to be in the best turned out and conditioned out of all of the horses in the CDI by the ground jury.

Hickey credits Cabana Boy’s condition to the incredible care at Hilltop Farm, the walking mill, and the hills at the farm.  “It’s not called Hilltop for nothing!” Hickey joked.  Hickey also joked about his trick to keep Cabana focused during the jog.  “I did the jog with a banana in my hand because he loves bananas,” Hickey laughed.  That’s one way to avoid the jumping around that is usually seen at a CDI jog with so many hot horses.

Arlene “Tuny” Page came in second in the I-1 class with a 69.035 percent riding Ice Cup, a nine year old Danish Warmblood gelding by Blue Hors Future Cup.  Page’s ride featured expressive extended trots and big, bold one and two tempis. In third  was George Williams thie winner of the Prix St George on Friday, with a 68.772 percent atop Don Bailey, a nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Donnerhall owned by Elizabeth Juliano of Gates Mills, OH. William’s test showed an elastic and powerful trot, plenty of cadence, and fluid half passes.

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