Canada’s Erynn Ballard rode Hathina Z to win the Spy Coast Farm 7-Year-Old Young Jumper 1.30m on Friday, January 17, during the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.
The future of show jumping was featured in the Spy Coast Farm 7-Year-Old Young Jumper 1.30m with Ballard and Hathina Z taking the victory with more than a second to spare over fellow Canadian Mario Deslauriers riding Cantinori. Ballard stopped the clock double-clear in 36.209 seconds in the two-round class set by course designer Ana Catalina Cruz Harris (MEX), while Deslauriers posted a time of 37.371 seconds for owners Aram Ampagoumian LLC and Wishing Well Farm LLC.
Erynn Ballard and Hathina Z. Photo © Sportfot
Hathina Z joined Ballard’s string from the European edition of The Ten Auction in 2019 and is being aimed at the $20,000 Spy Coast Farm Seven Year Old Developing Jumper Series Classic at the conclusion of the season.
“She only did about four shows last summer,” but every time she has been amazing. “We geared her up during pre-circuit and she feels great.
“She’s careful and one that goes better with speed so she excels in the jump-off,” continued Ballard. “We have some good young horses but she is extra special.”
Ballard won the Spy Coast Farm Seven Year Old Developing Jumper Series Classic in 2019 and is hopeful that Hathina Z can make it two-in-a-row for her. “We buy horses specifically for these classes to develop them,” said Ballard of the developing jumper program at WEF. “It’s nice to showcase them in these classes and the final, and this recognition looks great on their record.”
Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam finished third riding HDB Quality, owned by Sweet Oak Farm and Spy Coast Farm, while Quentin Judge (USA) took fourth on HH Zorro Z for Double H Farm. Maggie McAlary (USA) rounded out the top five riding her own Cajou van Overiz Z.