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Deeridge Farm's Midnight Lady and James Billington Win $25,000 Fidelity Investments 1.50m Classic at WEF

Wellington, FL - February 23, 2009 - The Jacobs' family's Deeridge Farm, which is based in East Aurora, NY, and Wellington, FL, is the proud owner of this week's $25,000 1.50m Classic winner at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Midnight Lady and rider James Billington were the fastest pair in a six horse jump-off to take their biggest win of the season.

Midnight Lady, an 11-year-old Holsteiner mare, has been at Deeridge Farm for two years. Charlie Jacobs found her in Germany from top show jumper Thomas Voss. Jacobs showed her successfully in the High Amateur Jumpers and the 1.50m classics. Since Jacobs has been traveling more for work, the talented mare was sent to train with John and Beezie Madden in September. Billington has had the ride during WEF.

Jacobs said of Midnight Lady, "She's just so careful and really scopey. She's like a big rubber band. She's a big girl, but she's got a lot of ability. She's very talented."

Billington and Midnight Lady were the last to go in the jump-off and finished double clear in a time of 41.849 seconds, just ahead of Olympian Lauren Hough.

"She's a very game horse, so I thought I might as well give it a go," Billington said. "She has a very big stride and is very keen to do it."

"Deeridge Farm was good enough to let me ride her. She keeps getting better and better," he added.

Jacobs added, "Congratulations go to John and Beezie Madden and James. I'm ecstatic that she won."

The 1.50m Classic was not the only big win for Deeridge Farm this past week.

Lou Jacobs and Kachina continued their winning ways in the High Amateur Jumpers. They finished third in the $2,500 Power and Speed class and were second in the $15,000 SJHOF High Amateur Jumper Classic. These top finishes gave them the reserve championship in the division.

Katie Jacobs Robinson and her horse So You Say were reserve champions in the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters. They placed first, second, fourth, and fifth in the division. Robinson also placed well in the Modified Adult Amateur Jumpers on Donovan.

Grace Robinson took home the blue ribbon in the Children's 14 & Under Hunters on Maxim.

Deeridge Farm will compete next at the eighth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival on February 25-March 1, 2009.

Photo Credit: Deeridge Farm's Midnight Lady and James Billington won the $25,000 Fidelity Investments 1.50m Classic at the seventh week of WEF. Photo 2009 Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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