Kyle King and Finnete Capture $25,000 Jacksonville Winter National Grand Prix
Green Cove Springs, FL- January 21, 2006-
On a beautiful,
balmy night in northeast Florida, Kyle King and his ten year old Hanoverian
mare, Finnete, won the $25,000 Jacksonville Winter National Grand
Prix by making a tight, fast turn to the last line in the jump-off and
thrilling the cheering crowd.
Kyle King won last weeks $15,000 Welcome Class and finished sixth in the $65,000 World Cup Qualifier. His first ride for tonights grand prix was Finnete, owned by Robin Cox. This is a new horse for me. This is only the fourth time Ive shown her. She came from a very good rider in Mexico. Hopefully, shes the horse of the future for me, said King.
Their future looks bright as they shot around the jump-off using the inside turn for a clear round and a pace setting time of 33.943. David Jennings and Amy Lefferdinks Costa Sur were the next to attempt the jump-off. Jennings and the ten year old Westphalian stallion were fast, making the inside turn and angling to the jumps as much as possible. They finished clear but with a time of 34.567, missing Kings time by .624 seconds. This currently placed them in second place.
Next in the ring was Tommy Feigel riding La Paz for owner Don Stewart. The pair flashed around the shortened course but caught a rail and finished with four faults and a time of 35.323. Polygraaf, owned by Winsor Farm Sales, Inc. and ridden by Bill Lowry, cruised around the jump-off in 37.497 but pulled a rail and finished in the group with four faults.
his second mare, into the jump-off for owner Kathryn Hall, Kyle King blazed
around the course in the fastest time of the evening 33.337.
Unfortunately, the pair pulled a pole at the third vertical and again
at the vertical going into the last line for a total of eight faults.
Owner/rider Tracy Magness and Kilpatrick were next in the ring and conquered
the jump-off with a fast time of 37.574 and no faults to move into third
place. The final trip of the evening was Gerona 92, a ten year old
Hanoverian mare who began her career in the hunter ring. Ridden
by Mary Lisa Nicholson-Leffler for Rolling Acres Farm, Gerona 92 conquered
the shortened course with a time of 39.569 and no faults to move into
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