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Lou Jacobs and Kachina of Deeridge Farm Win WEF Circuit Championship

Wellington, FL - March 31, 2009 - Deeridge Farm finished out their winter season in fine fashion this year at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Lou Jacobs and his mare Kachina won the WEF Circuit Championship in the High Amateur Jumpers, while younger brother Charlie Jacobs and Pia were the High Amateur Jumper division champions in the last week.

This year marked the first time in more than 20 years of competing in the High Amateur Jumper division at WEF that Lou Jacobs has won a circuit championship. In 2009, Lou made a concerted effort in the division, rather than moving up to the 1.50m classes, because of work responsibilities. The focus paid off and the pair was in the top three in the Sunday $15,000 Classics four times. They were also division champions in weeks six, eight, and ten.

"I was very pleased to learn that Kachina had won the circuit championship," Lou said. "She's a terrific horse. I decided early in the year to use her in the high amateurs in Florida rather than trying to do the grand prix or 1.50m classes with her because of my work schedule. I really couldn't get down to Wellington before Friday's classes most weeks. And, when I was there, my riding wasn't really good enough to compete in the top classes. In the amateurs, Kachina gives me a nice margin of error that takes all the pressure off."

Lou added that Kachina is "really a super horse and I had a lot of fun with her this season." He hopes that when the Deeridge Farm horses move to their northern base in upstate New York, he will have more time in the saddle. He plans to compete in various classes this summer, including smaller grand prix in addition to the amateur division.

Charlie Jacobs finished the WEF circuit in style when he and Pia, his 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, took the division championship this week in the High Amateur Jumpers. The pair was the fastest clear in the jump-off to win the $15,000 SJHOF High Amateur Jumper Classic. They were also sixth in the $2,500 Time First Round class. In week 11 of WEF, Charlie and Pia were reserve champions in the High Amateur Jumper division. They won the $2,500 Power and Speed class.

Charlie and Pia were one of only three pairs to go clean in the first round of the final week's classic and advance to the jump-off. They went second, and although the horse before them had a rail, Charlie still felt like he had to go fast in order to put pressure on the final competitor in the jump-off.

Charlie was very happy to receive the blue ribbon and tricolor in his final week of winter competition. "Anytime you take home the tricolor it is a great feeling!" he smiled. "I have to say that especially rings true when it comes to the last week of WEF. As for me, it marks the end of the season, and it is a great way to finish."

Pia has shown remarkable consistency through the WEF circuits, and 2009 was no different. Charlie said, "My girl Pia has been a great horse for me for many years. She always tries her heart out for me, and we were fortunate to win a few big classes this winter during WEF."

Pia and Charlie will take a few weeks off before they start preparing for their summer show schedule. They plan to start competing again in late June.

So You Say and Katie Jacobs Robinson picked up ribbons once again in the Amateur-Owner Over 35, finishing third and fifth in the hunter classes in week 12. Kimberly Jacobs and Artistic were very consistent in the Adult Amateur 36-50 Hunters in the final week. They placed second, third, and received two fifths. Melissa Jacobs competed in the Large Junior 15 & Under Hunters and placed well this past week with Mr. Coffee and Dakota.

Deeridge Farm is based in East Aurora, NY, and Wellington, FL. They will compete next at the Lake Placid Horse Show on June 23-28.

Photo Credit: Deeridge Farm's Kachina and Lou Jacobs took home the WEF Circuit Championship in the High Amateur Jumpers. Photo 2009 Randi Muster. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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