The Classic Champions Tour concluded on Thursday with top awards given to 5, 6 and 7 year-old jumpers at the Deeridge Derby. The Deeridge Derby is part of the Palm Beach Masters series held at Deeridge Farm, a spectacular world-class venue, in Wellington, Florida.
The winner of Thursday’s $5,000 Classic Champions 5-Year-Old Jumper Table II class was Delaney, by Bustique, owned by Lothlorien Farm and Ariel Grange and ridden by Dennis Dijkerman. They completed both rounds without penalty, with a jump-off time of 47.30 seconds.
“The course was technical enough for the young horses and it gave them a bit of a challenge,” said Raflowitz. “To come out on the grass and see new things and jump new fences in a place like this is quite a test. But it all worked out and I am very proud of my baby. He has had a month off from showing, I try not to push him too hard. I feel that he already knows his job so I just try to not overdo it with him. He hasn’t had a rail down in the show ring in five months. He has already surpassed my expectations.”
Second place in the class went to Charlotte Jacobs and Hi-Jack (Vegas x Lydia), owned by North Star. The pair jumped two fault-free courses but were barely a second slower in the jump-off, finishing in 40.240 seconds.
The Award of Distinction for 6-Year-Old horses went to Catania 137 and rider Mavis Spencer. Catania 137 is by Coffee 18 out of Caipirhina 2, and is owned by Sarah Ryan. The pair placed fourth and sixth in the classes offered in the division.
The Classic Champions $15,000 7-Year-Old Jumper class was won by Taylor Flury aboard the AliBoo Farm entry, Calano Z. Calano Z is a horse that is close to Flury’s heart. She has had the horse “since he was born” and she is the only person who has ever ridden or jumped him.
It was a truly emotional day for Flury; the win was dedicated to her grandfather whose funeral was today. But on a happier note, today also happens to be the birthday of Calano Z’s owner.
“He s a very special horse,” said Flury. “He jumped great and he loves the field here. We have done this series for three years and this show for two, since it began. The field here is awesome for the young horses it is a great experience for them. It allows them to get out of the traditional sand ring, the courses are age appropriate, tough enough for their age but not too technical or uninviting. We love Classic Champions and we love Deeridge.”
The Award of Distinction for the 7 Year-Olds was given to Celina, owned by Jane Forbes Clark and ridden by Ben Maher. The mare, by Centadel out of Agronda, best exhibited all the criteria of exceptional jumping style, quality of canter and rideability.