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Lou Jacobs and Kachina of Deeridge Farm Capture High Amateur Jumper Classic Win and Championship

Wellington, FL - March 17, 2009 - Lou Jacobs capped off his final winter horse show with a bang when he and Kachina, his 10-year-old Selle Francais mare, won the $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) High Amateur Jumper Classic at week 10 of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Deeridge Farm has bases in East Aurora, NY, and Wellington, FL, and is owned by the Jacobs family.

Lou Jacobs has been knocking on the door for a win in the classic for three weeks with two second and third place finishes. This week, he and Kachina were one of 11 combinations in the jump-off, and they were able to hold onto the win with the clear round and fast time.

"It's such a competitive class that my plan is always just to go as fast as I can in the jump-off and see where I finish," Jacobs remarked. "Kachina kept trying to win every week."

After showing in the 1.50m Classics and WEF Challenge Grand Prix classes last year, Jacobs made the decision to keep Kachina in the High Amateur Jumper division this year since he would be traveling back and forth between New York and Florida for work. He feels that this decision to focus on the amateur division was a good one.

"In the long run, I think it has been really good for the both of us," he said. "I've worked on her turns and getting her quicker off the mark. We have both improved through this circuit."

Jacobs was very pleased with Kachina's impressive consistency this winter. "I'm really lucky to have her. I'm able to have some margin for error with her, which is nice for an amateur horse," he noted.

In addition to her big win on Sunday, Kachina also won the $2,500 High Amateur Power and Speed class on Friday. Those two wins gave Kachina the division championship for the week. In the same class, Charlie Jacobs and Pia finished second.

On Soleil, Lou Jacobs finished third in the $1,500 Low Amateur Jumper Time First Jump-off class. Phoebe Robinson and Diamond Rock picked up two sixth places in the Children's 14-17 Jumpers.

Deeridge Farm riders also placed in the hunter divisions at WEF. Grace Robinson of Bronxville, NY, rode Jouet to third place and Maxim to second place in the Children's 14 & Under Hunters. Katie Jacobs Robinson and So You Say were second and fifth in the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters, while Kimberly Jacobs rode Artistic to a first place finish in the Adult Amateur 36-50 Hunters.

Deeridge Farm riders will compete next at the 11th week of competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival on March 18-22.

Photo Credit: Deeridge Farm's Lou Jacobs and Kachina won the $15,000 SJHOF High Amateur Jumper Classic at week 10 of WEF. Photo Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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