JO JOHNSON AND LANDINTENDANT WIN $50,000 TR3 GRAND PRIX
OCALA, FL (February 22, 2005) --
Kylee Jo Johnson riding Landintendant, owned by Anita & Derek Peterson, Legacy Farm, Archer, FL delivered an exciting finish to Sunday's $50,000 TR3 Grand Prix at the HITS Ocala Winter Festival. Johnson was the last to compete in a ten-horse jump-off, snatching the win from Aaron Vale as she galloped past the timers in 33.58 seconds with all the rails up. Vale and Romulus finished in second place, and Roberto Teran riding Polyfax took third place in the competition.
Thirty competitors took to the field to tackle the challenging 13-obstacle Round One course set by Olaf Petersen of Germany. Petersen is most widely recognized as the course designer for the 2004 Athens Olympics. Petersen's course included a few tight turns, with a triple at fence no. 6 and a double at fence no. 12. Time allowed was set at 79 seconds. Fence no. 13, a tall vertical just after the double combination, proved to be trouble for a number of riders. Ten horse/rider combinations went clear to advance to the jump-off.
For the jump-off, Petersen built a seven-obstacle short course and set time allowed at 47 seconds. By removing the A element of the first round triple combination, Petersen left a long gallop to a vertical - vertical in-and-out, which caused most riders to slow down and re-group in the middle of the course. Third in the order, Roberto Teran and Polyfax were the first to post a clear round in a time of 35.45 seconds. The next four riders had knockdowns. Elliot Stone and Freestyle left all the rails up, but clocked in slightly slower than Teran with 36.13 seconds. Aaron Vale and Romulus were next up. A clear round in a time of 34.10 seconds looked unbeatable.
Twenty-seven-year-old Kylee Jo Johnson was last to ride aboard Landintendant, a nine-year-old 16.1 hh Mecklenburg gelding brought over from East Germany last October by her trainer Derek Peterson. "This was just his second Grand Prix," said Peterson. "I bought him for the high-amateur and didn't think that he would make the Grand Prix level. I guess I was underestimating him. We thought the same of Promised Land, and he worked out very well." Derek Peterson won the same class last year with Promised Land, and then went on to win the Grand Finale of the circuit--the $100,000 King Shavings Grand Prix.
Knowing what she had to beat, Kylee Jo Johnson decided to throw caution to the wind. "Derek said to me, 'you have a shot at it, go ahead and take a chance', and that's what I did." Johnson showed the crowd what Landintendant was made of, blazing through the course with no faults in a time of 33.58 seconds for the win--over half a second faster than Vale's round with Romulus.
Other major award winners at HITS Ocala Winter Festival included:
HBO Junior Medal
Lauren Horth, Dalton, MA
The next Grand Prix event of the circuit will take place on Thursday, February 24th at 1pm. Spectators will enjoy world-class show jumping competition as riders compete for top honors in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. The $50,000 Footings Unlimited Grand Prix will finish out the week on Sunday, February 27th at 1pm.
$50,000 TR3 Grand Prix
- Sunday, February 20, 2005 HITS Ocala II Winter Festival - Ocala, FL : Olaf Petersen, Germany
: Olaf Petersen, Germany
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