Upperville, Va. – June 11, 2017 – The heat was on at the 2017 Upperville Colt and Horse Show on Sunday as the country’s top athletes took center stage during the $216,000 Upperville Jumper Classic CSI4*. High temperatures did not slow down riders as they raced for the top prize in the week’s main event. At the end of the afternoon, it was Tracy Fenney of the United States who set the pace to beat as the second to return during the 12-horse jump-off with MTM Reve Du Paradis. Finishing in a blazing time of 46.33 seconds, the pair’s clear round helped them capture the victory during their first trip to the historic horse show.
England’s Richard Jeffery set a technical track for the 40 entries that took their turn in the grand prix ring on Sunday. Twelve of the athletes produced fault-free efforts to return for the tiebreaker, which included a triple bar, a double combination and multiple tight rollbacks.
As only the second to return, Fenney and her winner from Thursday’s Upperville Speed Stake, MTM Reve Du Paradis, knew they had the foot speed to win. The 12-year-old Selle Français gelding carefully left all of the rails intact, leaving out strides in two of the lines to break the beam at 46.33 seconds.
Marilyn Little (USA) was the next to produce a double-clear effort with Clearwater, but the pair’s time of 47.19 seconds would only be good enough for third place. Ireland’s Paul O’Shea was next with Skara Glen’s Presence and coming to the final oxer it looked as if they might take over the lead, but despite their faultless effort the pair was just a fraction off the time in 46.42 seconds for second place.
Fenney traveled East from Flower Mound, Texas, for the Devon Horse Show and the Upperville Colt and Horse Show for the first time, and with two wins at Upperville, the Open Jumper Championship and the Leading Lady Rider title, the trip paid off in spades.
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From The Winner’s Circle
About MTM Reve Du Paradis:
“Every time I’ve brought him out to do something bigger and better he just does it. He rises to the occasion. Once we raise his eye level to that height of jump he just does it. We won a class in Tryon and he continues to amaze me. He’s a giver, a trier and he loves to do it. My husband is very ADD and the horse is the same way. He’s always like, ‘What’s over here? What’s over there?’ Just very busy, everything he does, even in his stall he’s very animated. He’s just a fun horse to have.”
“Mike [McCormick] always pushes me and wants me to do the big World Cup and FEI events. I love doing what we do. We import horses from Europe and we bring them along. A thrill for me is seeing an adult take it and be champion with it. I get just as much charge out of doing that as winning a grand prix. I’ve never been that goal-oriented towards doing something like the Olympics because it takes so much out of your life.”
On winning at Upperville:
“To say you’ve won Upperville is really cool — that’s exciting. I won the speed class and it put a little more pressure on. I’ve been right up there with all of them. I just want the horse to perform as well as it can.”
$216,000 Upperville Jumper Classic CSI4*:
- MTM Reve Du Paradis/Tracy Fenney/0/46.33
- Skara Glen’s Presence/Paul O’Shea/0/46.42
- Clearwater/Marilyn Little/0/47.19
- Day Dream/Jimmy Torano/4/46.84
- Barnetta/Sharn Wordley/4/48.47
- VDL Wizard/Callan Solem/4/48.56
- Casper/Sharn Wordley/4/50.47
- Serise Du Bidou/Alison Robitaille/4/51.36
- Luibanta BH/Amanda Derbyshire/8/44.60
- Navalo De Poheton/Andrew Kocher/8/45.08
- Cooper/Devin Ryan/8/47.21
- Qurint/Hayler Waters/9/60.01