Ocala, Florida – January 20, 2021 – Week III’s feature class action of the World Equestrian Center – Ocala 2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series kicked off this afternoon with the $20,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix. FEI Level III course designer Anderson Lima (BRA) created the challenging tracks that saw seven entries produce fault-free first rounds. Ultimately Sharn Wordley (NZL) and his own Gatsby (Simba x Daisy Cruise) were the pair that ran away with the win in today’s class.
Wordley (NZL) and Gatsby have won numerous World Equestrian Center – Ocala Grands Prix. “This will be my fifth year with Gatsby. I have known the horse since he was young. My great friends Andrew and Richard Bourns purchased him a long time ago. I watched the horse win the Quebec Original World Cup qualifying event at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park with Andrew. He has always been an amazing horse.”
Wordley (NZL) and Gatsby delivered a fast, faultless round securing the class’s highest first-round time of 70.435 seconds, well within the time allowed of 76 seconds. Wordley (NZL) and the 18-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion advanced straight to the jump-off, galloping from fence one to two in nine strides to bend to the C. Jarvis Insurance double combination in seven strides. Wordley and Gatsby landed left and flew to the five stride line to roll right back to the MARS Equestrian vertical. The pair soared home, flying over the last oxer to stop the jump-off clock at 36.523 seconds to earn first.
“This is Gatsby’s first show back since Summer Series. He’s 18-years-old now, and I made the decision last year to only show Gatsby at WEC because the footing is incredible, and he loves the atmosphere. I would say that he knows the Grand Arena really well at this point. I am excited to do the Grand Prix this Saturday night, he knows when it’s his time to shine,” said Wordley.
Austria’s Peter Petschenig (AUT) and his own Its The Senator 111 (Der Senaat 111 x Babs Van Het Sluishof) secured the second fastest jump-off time in today’s $20,000 C. Jarvis Welcome Prix. Petschenig and the 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding produced a smooth first round, soaring to the top of the standards of each fence to stop the clock at 75.941 seconds, just within the time allowed of 76 seconds. The pair advanced to the jump-off taking tidy inside turns while galloping through the bending lines to halt the timers at 37.208 seconds
Martien Van Der Hoeven (USA) and Luccirelli International LLC’s Morris Horta (Eldorado Van De Zeshoek x Irenice Horta) rounded out the top three once again in the $20,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix. Hoeven and Morris Horta earned third place honors in last week’s Welcome Prix. Today, Hoeven and the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding navigated a smooth first round, leaving all rails up to stop the clock at 73.870 seconds. The pair jumped-off immediately flying through the course while delivering quick inside turns to stop the clock at 37.797 seconds to secure third.
Final Results – $20,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix
1) Sharn Wordley (NZL) & Gatsby, Sharn Wordley – 0 / 0 – 36.523
2) Peter Petschenig (AUT) & Its the Senator 111 – 0 / 0 – 37.208
3) Martien Van Der Hoeven (USA) & Morris Horta – 0 / 0 – 37.797
4) Jacqueline Ruyle (USA) & San Chano – 0 / 0 – 37.943
5) Kelley Robinson (CAN) & Blue’s Yer Daddy – 0 / 4 – 38.383
6) Kyle Dewar (CAN) & Tybo VD Tojopehoeve Z – 0 / 4 – 41.676
7) Peter Petschenig (AUT) & Wannabe CS – 0 / 8 – 43.093
8) Derek Petersen (KWPN) & Zechariah 3:9 – 4 / 71.460
9) Sean Jobin (CAN) & Coquelicot VH Heuvelland Z – 4 / 72.576
10) Savannah Jade Jenkins (USA) & Comrado – 4 / 74.065
Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photo: © Andrew Ryback Photography