Ocala, Florida – January 21, 2022 – Week III of the 2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series showcased the $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix under the lights on Friday in the WEC Grand Arena. The Futures Prix features riders or horses who are moving up to the higher levels of competition, and to help gain experience the class was held in a different atmosphere. FEI Level III course designer, Anderson Lima designed the inviting tracks that featured three double combinations. Eleven entries managed clean first rounds, and six jumped double clear but it was Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and her own Bull Run’s Agape (Lavall I x Kenza B) that took top honors.
Vanderveen (USA) and the now 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding produced a faultless first round, stopping the clock at 76.686 seconds, well within the time allowed of 79 seconds.
Vanderveen thought that the Futures Prix being held under the lights was very helpful, “I am so excited that World Equestrian Center decided to host this class under the lights. I think it is fantastic for young horses and upcoming riders. If you had a hiccup in the Grand Prix last week, this was a good reset to give your horse confidence.”
Vanderveen (USA) and the speedy Bull Run’s Agape advanced straight to the jump-off galloping through the entirety of the course, not pumping the brakes once to stop the jump-off clock at 39.974 seconds, more than three seconds faster than the second place finishers.
Vanderveen (USA) has a special place in her heart for Bull Run’s Agape, “I have owned Bull Run’s Agape since he was a foal. I actually rode his half-sister for quite some time. The breeders ended up giving me the last foal out of the same mare. He’s super special to me because he is the first horse I brought up from the beginning. He has a fantastic attitude and loves to go fast. Tonight, I finally let him go. We have been focusing a lot on control, but because this class was unique and under the lights, I wanted to see how he would handle it and he was incredible.”
David Jennings (USA) and The Follow Me Group’s Follow Me (For Edition x Georgia) earned the second fastest time in last night’s $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix. Jennings and the 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding navigated a smooth first round, leaving all rails up to capture a time of 78.906 seconds, just within the time allowed of 79 seconds. The pair advanced straight to the jump-off taking tidy inside turns to secure a jump-off time of 43.030 seconds to ultimately earn second.
Laura Sloey and Beijing LS LA Silla rounded out the top three in last night’s $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix. Sloey and the Warmblood stallion produced a quick first round, stopping the first-round clock at 77.524 seconds. The pair jumped-off immediately galloping through the entirety of the course to stop the timers at 44.918 seconds.
Final Results – $10,000 Buckeye Nutrition Futures Prix
1) Kristen Vanderveen (USA) & Bull Run’s Agape – 0 / 0 – 39.974
2) David Jennings (USA) & Follow Me – 0 / 0 – 43.030
3) Laura Sloey (AUS) & Beiging LS LA Silla – 0 / 0 – 44.918
4) Sadie Leon (CAN) & Diana MZ – 0 / 0 – 45.652
5) Justine Dutton (GBR) & Everse W – 0 / 0 – 46.154
6) Frank Hendriks (NED) & Checkin Me Out – 0 / 0 – 50.438
7) Derek Petersen (USA) & Zechariah 3:9 – 0 / 4 – 39.979
8) Brian Feigus (USA) & Nessaja – 0 / 4 – 43.199
9) Jared Petersen (USA) & Waymaker – 0 / 4 – 44.578
10) James Arkins (AUS) & Joevaro R – 0 / 8 – 43.421
Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography