Sharn Wordley and Rockville Triumph at
Jacksonville Mid Winter in Lucky Sevens Welcome Classic

January 22, 2009 - Green Cove Springs, FL –

It was a perfect day for the 2008 Olympic duo of Sharn Wordley and the brilliant Rockville, today’s winners of the Lucky Sevens Jumper Welcome Classic presented by

Sharn Wordley and Rockville winning the Lucky Sevens Welcome Stake
Photo: Flashpoint Photography

Wordley’s one mount bested 27 contenders for the top spot, including Wilhelm Genn, who dominated the circuit last year with his three mounts, Chantal, Loredo, and Happy Z. But as the sun began to set on the swift jump off round, Wordley had survived the trials and tribulations put before them courtesy of course designer Allen Rheinheimer.

Course designer Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, IN set what he referred to as a “Simple" layout. I’m all about simple today,” he said with a smirk but then turned serious to explain his strategy for the afternoon was merely a gage of the level of riders for this weekend’s Grand Prix.

“He was just spot on,” said Sharn, who had nothing but confidence in his dark bay 11 year-old gelding. This marks Wordley’s second year of competing at the Jacksonville Winter Series.

“I like it here! Great facility,” the winner began, “Everyone has been terrific.” The New Zealand born rider-trainer now resides in Ocala, FL, though the majority of Sharn’s time is spent on the road to either the next big event or across continents in search of the exceptional horse. He co-owns Rockville with Rhonda Gobel and most recently had the honor of taking the gelding to Hong Kong, riding for team New Zealand in the Olympics.

In Hunter news, it was a three-peat for one of the circuit’s busiest riders Mary Eufemia, taking Championships with the Paula Pell owned Unbelievable. Eufemia captured the title of champ in week one’s 1st Year Green Hunter division then moving up to the 2nd Years the duo has swept the Championships for the past two weeks. Mary and husband Kevin own and share the training duties of popular Ravenwood Farm based in Palm Harbor, FL.

“He’s just an incredible horse! I enjoy every ride with him and appreciate Paula’s confidence in me.” Mary said.

The Jacksonville Winter Series continues through February 1st with classes Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8AM until about 5PM except for special events on Saturday evenings at 7PM such as next weekend‚s big $100,000 Green Cove Springs CSI-W Grand Prix featuring. Admission to the shows is free.

For more information or results on the 2009 Jacksonville Winter Series please visit or call the show office at 904-284-9492.


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