Kristen Vanderveen & Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili Top $24,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix at Ocala

Ocala, Florida, USA – Feburary 02, 2023 – Another beautiful sunny day at World Equestrian Center – Ocala set the scene for the $24,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix for week V of the 2023 Winter Spectacular Show Series. FEI Level III course designer Peter Grant (CAN) built the opening tracks for 23 top-level combinations from six different nations, but none could best Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and her tried-and-true mount, Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili (Berlin x Darco), owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC.

Eight of the 24 starting entries managed to find the path to a clear first round to qualify for the jump-off. It was a tight race to first place, with the top three placings separated by less than a second.

Kristen Vanderveen (USA) & Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili

Kristen Vanderveen (USA) found two of the eight clear first rounds. Vanderveen led the way in the jump-off aboard Bull Run Jumpers, Inc.’s Bull Run’s Jireh (Uriko x Conella) in 43.288 seconds to set the pace.

Next in was Jill Gaffney (USA) and Freestyling Farms LLC’s FF Blade Runner (Air Jordan Z x Bright Eyes). The pair put in a good effort, but fell short with a time of 47.404 seconds.

Brooks Hull (USA) and Zechariah 3:9 owned by Derek Petersen navigated a fast track in 38.751 seconds, but had an unfortunate rail through the double combination.

Lauren Balcomb (AUS) and the speedy Verdini D’Houtveld Z (Verdi x Laska III) Z were the next pair to attempt Grant’s short track. Balcomb and the 12-year-old Zangersheide gelding put forth a stellar effort stopping the clock at 40.196 seconds to take the lead.

Gerônimo Marcello Viana Ciavaglia (BRA) and Arnoldo Wald Fiho’s Premier 2S (Emilion x GR Elektra) were just behind Balcomb with a time of 40.402 seconds.

Kristen Vanderveen (USA) & Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili

Vanderveen returned with her final entry, Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili. Vanderveen and the 18-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion had already secured victory in the $24,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome Prix during the first week of the circuit. On Thursday, they repeated that feat. The duo soared around the jump-off track, not hitting the brakes once to stop the clock at 38.905 seconds to secure the top spot on the leaderboard.

Tracy Fenney (USA) and the infamous MTM Apple followed and clocked a jump-off time of 37.181 seconds, but had a rail down along the way.

Sean Jobin (CAN) and Foxridge Farms’ Coquelicot VH Heuvelland Z were the final pair to challenge Vanderveen’s quick time. The pair gave a good effort, stopping the clock at 42.098 seconds, landing them in fourth place.

Kristen Vanderveen (USA) & Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili

Final Results – $24,000 C. Jarvis Insurance Welcome

1) Kristen Vanderveen (USA) & Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili, Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC: 0 | 0 | 38.905

2) Lauren Balcomb (AUS) & Verdini D’Houtveld Z, Lauren Balcomb: 0 | 0 | 40.196

3) Gerônimo Marcello Viana Ciavaglia (BRA) & Premier 2S, Arnoldo Wald Fiho: 0 | 0 | 40.402

4) Sean Jobin (CAN) &Coquelicot VH Heuvelland Z, Foxridge Farms Stables: 0 | 0 | 42.098

5) Kristen Vanderveen (USA) & Bull Run’s Jireh, Bull Run Jumpers Inc.: 0 | 0 |

6) Jill Gaffney (USA) & FF Blade Runner, Freestyling Farms LLC: 0 | 0 | 47.404

7) Tracy Fenney (USA) & MTM Apple, MTM Farm: 0 | 4 | 37.181

8) Brooks Hull (USA) & Zechariah 3:9, Derek Petersen: 0 | 4 | 38.751

9) Rowan Willis (AUS) & Primo Troy, Rowan Willis: 4 | 74.360

10) David Cameron (AUS) & Alan 111 Z, Linda Huddy & Sally Watkins: 4 | 79.040

Source: Press Release from World Equestrian Center

Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography