A Daring Shortcut by Charlotte Jacobs & Pablo C to Win $15,000 North Star 6-Year-Old Developing Jumper Series Classic 

Wellington, Florida, USA – March 18, 2022 – Another picturesque morning at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) set the stage for a day full of competition during the Horseware Ireland-sponsored week 10 of the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Alongside its FEI-rated four-star jumper classes and variety of national divisions, the week featured the rising stars of show jumping. Five-, six-, and seven-year-old future stars took center stage throughout the week in the International Arena leading up to the finals of the Developing Jumper Series held on Friday, March 18. 

There were 24 six-year-old combinations as the second class of the day. Vaillancourt structured the $15,000 North Star 6-Year-Old Developing Jumper Series Classic as an immediate jump-off where any pairs that emerged fault-free over the first round were then given the countdown and prompted into their short track. Nine entries managed to put forth a double-clear effort within the time, but none could beat the speed of Pablo C piloted by Charlotte Jacobs (USA).

Jacobs navigated the track sponsored by her stable with North Star’s Irish Sport Horse gelding (Pollux De Muze x Chino C) and easily produced the fastest time of 31.994 seconds.

Laura Fetterman, Joan Jacobs, Charlotte Jacobs (USA) & Pablo C, and Lou Jacobs during the awards ceremony

“We got him from Barnadown Show Jumping in Ireland after having followed his career throughout the summer,” described Jacobs. “He is incredibly easy, fun, and careful. He is everything you would want in a show jumper.”

While having all the positive attributes, Jacobs explained that he is a bit bigger and slower than some of the other mounts. She then described the move she made in the jump-off that she thought paid off most.

“I had to be a bit creative in the jump-off, so I actually jumped a bush that was between the water and another jump to make up some time,” she said.

Pablo C was also the recipient of the Champion Equine Insurance Jumper Style Award, presented by Laura Fetterman, for her successful round with Jacobs in the class.

Matthew Boddy (GBR) rocked into second place with the Gotham Enterprizes, LLC’s SBS mare Rockette (Cool As Well x Liatos) adding just close to a second onto Jacobs’s time to finish clear over fences in a time of 32.464 seconds.

David O’Brien (IRL) put Ireland into the victory gallop by clocking the third-fastest jump-off time with Headley’s Kinetic, owned by Leap Year, LLC. O’Brien stopped the timers at 33.296 seconds with the Warmblood mare (Kannan x Clinton). 

Final Results – $15,000 North Star 6-Year-Old Developing Jumper Series Classic

1) Charlotte Jacobs (USA) & Pablo C – 0 / 0 –  31.994

2) Matthew Boddy (GBR) & Rockette – 0 /  0 –  32.464

3) David O’Brien (IRL) & Kinetic – 0 / 0 – 33.486

Source: Press Release from Jennifer Wood Media Inc. for ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions / WEF – Winter Equestrian Festival

Photos: © Sportfot