While the Performance Hunter division will not declare a champion until its completion on Friday, Wellington, Florida-based hunter professional Holly Orlando made a strong claim for the position after bringing home the blue on separate mounts in both of the first day’s over-fences classes. She piloted James Anderson’s 8-year-old Warmblood gelding Fable (Coupe De Alb x Queen T) to a first and fourth result. Orlando duplicated those efforts by scoring fourth and first with Privet Farm LLC’s 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Park City.
Holly Orlando on Park City. Photo by SEL Photography.
“Fable is very straightforward,” Orlando commented. “He has a big stride and a lot of jump so he just cruised right around.”
She added, “Park City is a very similar ride and just a beautiful jumper. Today was the start of their first time showing in a while since we were mostly shut down over the summer so I just wanted to get us all reacclimated.”
Orlando and fellow professional Jenny Dunion make up Evermore Inc. This year they spent their spring through fall based out of Bedford, New York.
Competition on Friday, September 25 will determine the championship of the combined Performance Hunter 3’3” and 3’6” division and will feature another $1,000 1.30m Open Jumper Stake, presented by Voltaire Design leading up to the $10,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic on Saturday, September 26.