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Louis Jacobs Victorious in Two Jumper Classics at Wellington Open

Wellington, FL – March 14, 2007 – At last week’s CN Wellington Open CSIO 5*, presented by Cosequin at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Deeridge Farm had a successful week in the amateur jumper divisions. Louis Jacobs of East Aurora, NY, led the victory gallop in two amateur jumper classics.

Jacobs and Kachina topped a field of 59 entries for the win in the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Jacobs came back in the jump-off to post the only double clear round and finished in a time of 43.828 seconds.

Of the course, Jacobs said, “I thought it was very tricky. With 59 strong horses, I thought it was everything: tight time, jumps were big enough, it was fairly technical. The footing is definitely deteriorating in the ring, and I think that made it that much trickier.”

Jacobs has owned the nine-year-old Selle Francais mare for almost two years and was confident that her scope would help. “It was funny because she’s not usually the quickest horse, but she’s got a tremendous amount of scope. To be honest with you, I tried to go for a fast round. Coming around these turns, she slipped and lost her hind end. She is a horse with the kind of scope where I can keep kicking and she can add and still get up over the scopey oxers, despite the fact that we’re getting there at a weak distance. I was very fortunate to be sitting on her today,” he explained.

Jacobs won the $10,000 Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Caucalis, an 18-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion by Indoctro. Jacobs had not shown in two weeks, so he was thrilled to get back and saddle and do well with two different horses. “I’m very excited. I feel like I’ve got a number of real nice horses now. I frankly hadn’t been riding the best early in the circuit, and I was a little disappointed on my side of the job. I’m thrilled with the group I’ve got,” he mentioned. “They’re very different. I’m thrilled to have the young ones coming along and sort of pick up the pace here in the amateurs.”

One of the young horses that has improved over the circuit is Soleil, who finished third this week in the $1,500 Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper Time First Jump-off class.

Jacobs’ younger brother Charlie had a successful week as well in the amateur jumpers. On Pia, he was the winner of the $2,500 High Amateur-Owner Jumper Power and Speed class and was ninth with Midnight Lady. He piloted Lydia to second place in the $1,500 Low Amateur-Owner Time First Round class.

Melissa Jacobs split her time with two horses in the Children’s Hunter 14 & Under division. On Alpenglow, she finished third and fifth, while Jouet was second and seventh. Charlotte Jacobs picked up solid ribbons with Hillcrest Penniewise in the Large Pony Hunters.

Deeridge Farm will compete in this final week of WEF in Wellington, the CN Worldwide Wellington Finale, CSI-5*, on March 14-18, 2007.

Photo Credit: Pia and Charlie Jacobs, winners in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © 2007 Jennifer Wood.


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