Peter Petschenig and Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs won the $75,000 Alltech Grand Prix
Ocala, FL – An international field of athletes representing eight countries gathered this evening to contest the $75,000 Alltech Grand Prix with a full house of spectators adding to the electric atmosphere under the lights. FEI Level II course designer Colm Quinn (IRL) built the complex tracks that featured three double combinations and a new brick wall fence that caught out several competitors throughout the evening. While fifteen entries advanced to the jump-off and eleven pairs managed double clear rounds, Peter Petschenig (AUT) and Brooke Peterson’s Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs were simply uncatchable.
Petschenig has had a successful season at World Equestrian Center – Ocala, earning a recent grand prix victory aboard his other mount Wannabe CS. Tonight, Petschenig continued his success aboard his new mount Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs (Numero Uno x Annebel).
Petschenig and the 13-year-old KWPN mare went early in the order with the goal of creating a faultless first round, so the pair could try their hand at the jump-off later. Petschenig and Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs produced a seamless first round in 82.071 seconds.
Petschenig and Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs were the sixth to last pair to return for the short-course.
Petschenig and the speedy Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs flew through the timers stopping the at 34.162 seconds, a time that landed them atop the leader board, where they would remain for the rest of the class.
Sharn Wordley (NZL) and his own Casper (Contender x Falubet) landed in the second place spot. Wordley and the spunky Casper navigated a fast and smooth first round in 80.639 seconds, well within the time allowed of 88 seconds. Wordley and the 16-year-old Oldenburg gelding were the seventh to last pair to try their hand at the jump-off, flying from fence one to two to walk down the line in six strides. The pair flew through the remainder of the course to stop the timers at 35.785 seconds.
RESULTS $75,000 Alltech Grand Prix Results:
1. Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs, Peter Petschenig (AUT), Brooke Peterson: 0 | 0 | 34.162
2. Casper, Sharn Wordley (NZL), Sharn Wordley: 0 | 0 | 35.785
3. Frasier, Samantha Schaefer (USA), Bonne Vie LLC: 0 | 0 | 36.730
4. Verdi O’Merveilles, Tiffany Hammack (USA), Foxwood Farm: 0 | 0 | 37.006
5. Diamant’s Legacy, Jordan Petersen (USA), Derek Petersen: 0 | 0 | 37.040
6. Arpeggi, Brooke Kemper (USA), Caroline Blum: 0 | 0 | 37.339
7. Gangster CHS, Kris Killam (USA), Helene Jones: 0 | 0 | 37.516
8. Hakini, Adam Sklansky (USA), Ellen Walker: 0 | 0 | 39.029
9. Da Vinci KDW Z, Carly Campbell-Cooper (CAN), John Jamieson: 0 | 0 | 39.210
10. Eurostar 1, James Arkins (AUS), James Arkins: 0 | 0 | 39.279
Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography – Peter Petschenig