Gulfport, Miss – Feb. 25, 2018 – Shannon Hicks of St. Louis, Missouri is on a roll at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic. After winning both the $7,500 Welcome and $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix Week II, Hicks went on to sweep the jumpers Week III as well, winning the $7,500 Welcome with Helen Gilbert’s Al Pachini and the $25,000 CWD Grand Prix with Helen Gilbert’s Emir D. She also came in third with Helen Gilbert’s Al Pachini.
“The Grand Prix was a little bit bigger than last week and a bit harder,” she said of course designer Peter Grant’s course. “You had to do an inside turn after the oxer in order to make it in the time allowed, but it worked out because it was in the jump off as well and the horses were looking for that,” she added.
The first round was set with a time allowed of 92 seconds. Hicks and Emir D and Chasen Boggio of Canton, Georgia and Victoria Press’ Quesada D’Elle were the only two horse and rider teams to turn in clear first rounds.
“The weather was not so great this morning but it cleared up in the afternoon; the sun even peeked out a bit. You needed to be a little careful, but truthfully, no more careful if you were in a ring. The grand prix field is so big and the traction was fine,” she said.
The jump off round time allowed was set at 54 second and Hicks and
Emir D turned in a clear jump off round in a time of 39.987 seconds which set the time to beat. Boggio and Quesa D’Elle, the only
other clear first round ride, earned four jump faults in their jump off round in a time of 45.798 seconds and won the second place ribbon.
Hicks and Helen Gilbert’s Al Pachini finished their first round with four jump faults and went clear in the jump off phase in a time of 38.053 seconds winning the third. “He was the fastest of the four faulters and if it wasn’t for that rail, he may have won it,” commented Hicks.
Hicks’ student, Isabella Bleu Baxter of Wright City, Missouri and her own Caroquados T, winner of the Week I $25,000 Domino’s Grand Prix followed Hicks and Emir D in the first round order and entered the jump off phase with four jump faults. Although they had no jump faults in their jump off round, which they did in a time of 39.840 seconds, they finished in fourth place overall. “Isabella is having a great time here showing in the grand prix each week,” said Hicks.
Heather Hooker of Wellington, Florida and Meredith Darst’s Quester De Virton earned four jump faults in their first round and with four jump faults in their jump off round in a time of 43.818 seconds, would see them finish in fifth place.
Meghan Hurst of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and her own Biskit placed sixth and Boggio returned for seventh place in the irons of his own Co Pilot. Eighth place was awarded to Catogi, owned and ridden by Grant Seger of Corpus Christi, Texas and Liz Atkins of Hampshire, Illinois, and Benchmark Stables, LLC’s
Undine wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.
Hicks and Al Pachini Win $7,500 Welcome
Hicks kicked off another winning week when she took the first place ribbon with Helen Gilbert’s Al Pachini on Friday in the $7,500 Welcome, besting a field of sixteen horse and rider teams. Their second round in a time of 38.854 seconds, well within the 52 seconds time allowed, would set the time to beat.
Heather Hooker and Meredith Darst’s Quester De Virton earned a second place ribbon after their double clear rounds and second round time of 40.601 seconds.
Isabella Bleu Baxter and her own Jahil placed third with double clear rounds and second round time of 40.663 seconds.
Chase Boggio and Victoria Press’ Quesada D’Elle earned a fourth place finish with double clear rounds and Kelley Buringa of Northlake, Texas and her own
Ladybird took a fifth place ribbon after posting double clear rounds. Boggio returned for a sixth place ribbon with his own Co Pilot.