A talented group of Junior and Amateur riders turned out for the first feature $7500 U-Dump Junior/Amateur-Owner class on the first Sunday of the two-week Holiday Series. Kady Abrahamson of Loveland, Ohio, would come out on top of the leaderboard with Bugatti, owned by Abrahamson Equestrian, LLC in a thrilling two-horse jump-off battle.
Abrahamson challenged Haley Waters of Sparr, Florida, a residual victor of several HITS Ocala Junior/Amateur-Owner Classics, Grand Prix and veteran winner of the 2015 $250,000 Junior/Amateur-OwnerJumper Final.
First to contest the shortened course was Waters aboard Idalle van Doperheide, owned by Chuck and Dana Waters. Waters and her mount powered through the course to turn in a cool, clear round in 40.546.
Abrahamson knew what she had to beat to take the lead. She flew to the finish leaving every rail in the cups. The time of the clock was 39.537; just fractions of a second fast enough to clinch the victory.
Following Abrahamason’s ride, Young equestrian Jared Petersen garnered a third place time with Constantine, owned by Derek Petersen, with the quickest of the four-fault rounds.