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Carol Cone and Harmony Bay Jump to Third Tricolor of Circuit

Wellington, FL – March 10, 2007 – Carol Cone and her own Harmony Bay, a 15-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion, were champions for the third week this season in the 51 & Older Adult Amateur Hunter division.

“It’s interesting because on Friday we showed at Littlewood, and the entire class just wasn’t very sharp, and my horses and I weren’t pinned at all yesterday,” Cone explained. “The division wasn’t split, so we had about 40 horses in division – when it’s that large, the points are pretty spread out. But today, it may have been the best he’s ever jumped. It was very, very exciting and satisfying for me.”

Cone acquired Harmony Bay in 2004 and said he is by Electro by Voltaire, giving him exquisite bloodlines. She recently made a change of trainer and is now working with Creedy Fiore at Fairmount Farm. In addition, she works with Sandy Ferrell at the ring.

“We were grand adult champion last year at WEF, but now I have the combination of a new barn and trainer, which just happened when I came down to Florida. Creedy (Fiore) takes care of me and does a lot of the training, and we also go to the ring with Sandy Ferrell, so it’s really a team effort,” she commented.

She continued, “Creedy calls Harmony Bay a ‘Faberge egg.’ As a stallion, he has a coat that just glistens and that beautiful cresty neck. He’s a terrific mover, he goes in the ring, he knows his job and he really wants to flow. With enough pace, he’s just a spectacular jumper. He’ll give you a spectacular jump, he usually clears the jumps by a foot. I just have to be accurate and sit still and have a soft hand.”

Cone and Harmony Bay were first in both over fences classes today, earning a total of 20 points for the championship. In addition, she rode another horse, Trusted, in the same division and was fourth today in an over fences class. Trusted is a new addition to Cone’s barn this season, as her other veteran partner Glory Road was injured after being in Florida for just five days. While this year is a bit of a transition for Cone, she added that it would be nice to defend her circuit champion title, although “only time will tell” and her consistency in the ring is her focus for now.

Bringing home the reserve championship in the 51 & Over Adult Amateur Hunter division was Lucy Mitchell-Innes on Artistic, owned by Comfortside Farm.

In the 16-17 Small Junior Hunter division, Addison Phillips again piloted her own Mirasol to the tricolor. While Mirasol, 8, is a new ride for Phillips, the pair seems to be unbeatable to date and has earned multiple championships.

Hunter competition for the week will conclude tomorrow afternoon for the seventh week. Championships will be pinned in Junior, Adult Amateur, Children’s and Pony divisions. The final week of hunter divisions in Wellington will begin on Wednesday, March 14.



PHOTO CREDIT: Carol Cone and Harmony Bay. Photo ©2007 Randi Muster.

 

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