Ocala, Florida, USA – February 18, 2022 – Twenty-one competitive entries gathered at the WEC Grand Arena on Friday afternoon to contest the $12,500 WEC Ocala 1.40m Jumper Classic. Ultimately it was Jared Petersen and Luella Gruenthal’s Centolino Clasico that captured the top prize.
Petersen (USA) and Centolino Clasico laid down a blazing fast first round in just 72.144 seconds. Petersen and the nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding out of Centurion went straight to the jump-off, soaring through the entire course in 42.021 seconds, more than seven seconds faster than second place.
“The jump-off rode really well. I tried to be as fast as I could and got a little bit of a long one into the double combination, but I think if I would have pulled, I would have had a rail. In the last line, my plan was to do seven, but I decided to stay on the safter side and ask for the eight,” said Petersen.
Marcus Grunethal spoke about the winning horse, “He’s nine-years-old. He is owned by a dear friend of ours from Germany and is here to be sold. She sent him over right before Christmas and told me he’s a very good horse but he’s not very fast. Centolino Clasico definitely proved us wrong, because he’s been going pretty fast, and we haven’t really tried his all yet.”
Carly Campbell-Cooper (CAN) and John Jamieson’s San Pedro 15 were the only other double clear round. Campbell-Cooper and San Pedro 15 laid down a lovely first round in 78.233 seconds. The pair advanced to the jump-off with a more conservative approach, leaving all rails up to stop the clock at 49.854 seconds.
Keely McIntosh (USA) and Jenny Booth’s Inne Van De Plataan secured third place in Friday’s $12,500 WEC Ocala 1.40m Jumper Classic. McIntosh (USA) and Inne Van De Plataan navigated the course for a smooth first round in 72.990 seconds. The pair went right to the jump-off, speeding through the track to stop the final timers at 44.872 seconds, with one rail down.
Final Results – $12,500 WEC Ocala 1.40m Jumper Classic
1) Jared Petersen (USA) & Centolino Clasico – 0 / 0 – 42.021
2) Carly Campbell-Cooper (CAN) & San Pedro 15 – 0 / 0 – 49.854
3) Keely McIntosh (USA) & Inne Van De Plataan – 0 / 4 – 44.872
Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography