Ocala, Florida, USA – March 01, 2023 – The opening day of Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) CSI 3* competition at World Equestrian Center – Ocala opened with a heartfelt victory for Aaron Vale (USA) and I Adermie R 4 (Den Ham Blue R x Namelus R) owned by Lori Osterstock in the $40,000 1.45m CSI3* Speed.
This morning Lori Osterstock passed away after fighting a long battle with cancer. World Equestrian Center – Ocala sends condolences to family, friends and the Vale family for their loss.
“It’s been an emotional day for everyone at the barn. While I was on course with I Adermie R 4, I got jumped loose through the last combination and I think Lori pushed me back on. She was my guardian angel and flew with us through that course today,” shared Vale.
When Vale entered the arena aboard I Adermie R 4, he was currently sitting first aboard his other mount Cristo Beech owned by Alise Carrico and Thinks Like A Horse. Vale and the 12-year-old Anglo-European Sport Horse gelding (It’s the Business x Cantero) navigated a seamless round early in the order to set the pace at 63.67 seconds. “I was a hair wide from two to three on ‘Cristo’ which maybe left a little crack of the door open, but I felt like he had a super round.”
“On ‘Adermie’ I was a bit more aggressive and caught the first fence coming forward. I think that was the difference. She is a little bit of a smaller strided horse, so when everyone does seven, the horse with the smaller stride is faster. Then I caught the wall on a really nice angle,” said Vale.
Vale and the ten-year-old Royal Dutch Sport Horse / Dutch Warmblood mare flew through the timers in 62.64 seconds to claim the first place spot.
“As always, there was fresh material out in the arena. The jumps today were so beautiful – the prettiest I have ever seen in America and anywhere I have been in the world. It’s fabulous the way they are able to keep new jumps coming to keep the ring a bit fresh for the horses that continuously show here,” said Vale. “All of my horses were incredible today and rose to the occasion. I know Lori was cheering me on the entire time.”
Vale held the first and second place position until Canada’s Jacqueline Steffens Daly (CAN) and Cat Ninja owned by Eye Candy Jumpers entered down the ramp into the WEC Grand Arena. Daly and the 15-year-old Royal Dutch Sport Horse / Dutch Warmblood mare (VDL Zirocco Blue x Corland) gave a stellar effort in 63.47 seconds to slide into second and bump Cristo Beech to third.
Final Results – $40,000 Speed Challenge CSI 3*
1) Aaron Vale (USA) & I Adermie R 4: 2013 KWPN mare by Den Ham Blue R x Namelus R, Lori Osterstock – 0 – 62.64
2) Jacqueline Steffens Daly (CAN) & Cat Ninja: 2008 KWPN mare by VDL Zirocco Blue x Corland, Eye Candy Jumpers – 0 – 63.47
3) Aaron Vale (USA) & Cristo Beech: 2011 Warmblood gelding by Its The Business x Cantero, Alise Carrico & Thinks Like A Horse – 0 – 63.67
4) Richard Spooner (USA) & Quirado RC: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Quinar Z x San Patrignano Corrado, Show Jumping Syndications International – 0 – 63.78
5) McKayla Langmeier (USA) & Jiselle NS: 2014 mare by Balou Du Rouet x Voltaire Pref, Linda Langmeier – 0 – 63.92
6) Sarah Jeanne Scheiring (USA) & Margriet de Mariposa: 2012 Belgian Warmblood mare by Nabab De Rev x For Pleasure, Bellwyn Farm LLC – 0 – 65.06
7) Kristen Vanderveen (USA) & Bull Run’s Prince Of Peace: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Cardenio x Contender, Bull Run Jumpers Six, LLC – 0 – 65.69
8) Aaron Vale (USA) & Obi Wan: 2012 Oldenburg gelding by Centadel x Continue, Thinkslikeahorse x Alison Register – 0 – 65.72
9) Rowan Willis (AUS) & Wellington Grey Goose: 2011 Warmblood mare by Corlensky, Rowan Willis – 0 – 65.80
10) Nicole Walker (CAN) & Excellent B: 2009 KWPN gelding by Berlin x Heartbreaker, Nicole Walker – 0 – 67.19
11) Sean Jobin (CAN) & Coquelicot VH Heuvelland Z: 2012 Zangersheide stallion by Catoki x Cassini II, Foxridge Farms Stables – 0 – 67.39
12) Angela Covert (CAN) & Hollywood De Rase Z: 2012 Zangersheide gelding by Hoegie Van’t Bergske x Triomphe De Muze , Angela Covert – 0 – 69.44
Source: Press Release from World Equestrian Center
Photos: © WEC – Andrew Ryback Photography