Denise Wilson Launches New Year with Victory at Jacksonville Opener
RELEASE: January 14, 2010
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Robbi Meisel
Denise Wilson and Elenor (Photo by Flashpoint Photography )
The opening week of the 2010 Jacksonville Winter Series kicked off with a warm welcome to competitors, especially Denise Wilson of Dousman, WI, and her brilliant mare For Elenor who won Saturday evening’s Naders $10,000 Jumper Classic.
Wilson and the nine-year-old flashy Hanoverian chestnut For Elenor are no strangers to winning, with more than a dozen top five placings in 2009, including the victory lap of the $20,000 Showplace Spring Junior-Amateur Owner Jumper Classic. “This is our third year together and we’re bonding more, especially in the ring. I’m so proud of her!” Wilson said. Taking on a competitive field of athletes, Wilson was one of only eight to make the final jump-off round.
For Elenor owned by the Blue Gate Farm, LLC, had no trouble passing the first-round test in nearly four seconds below the allotted 84 with a clear time of 80.149. “I thought it was a great course. It felt exactly right!” Wilson began about her journey around the arena tonight. “There were a couple of tricky spots, the last line was a hard forward five stride, and getting to #9 was a tricky line because it was a forward three [stride] and the #9 came up real sharp after the combination [8AB].” she said referencing the first round of the Allen Rheinheimer design.
Going into the final round of seven obstacles and eight efforts proved to be a challenge of speed versus strategy. The question for most of tonight’s competitors became whether to go for it or ride smarter to triumph. “The jump-off was a blast!” Wilson began with a hearty laugh. “Theo [Genn—both fellow competitor and Wilson’s boyfriend] gave me a lot of good advice, just set up a good pace and keep galloping. Everything came up really nice.” Indeed sound direction as Wilson and For Elenor cleared the final obstacle in 32.539, far below the allowed 40 seconds. “I couldn’t be happier! Elenor was perfect!” the beaming Wilson said.
Rounding out the top five positions for Saturday’s Jumper Classic were in second place Chantal ridden by Wilson’s trainer Wilhelm Genn for owner Laura Ryan-Barnaclo with a clear round time of 33.279. Third place went to owner-rider Wilhelm Genn with Happy Z in a clean 33.410 seconds. The fourth position went to Theo Genn on board Paradox for owner Thomas Bruinsma with a clear time of 34.093, and completing the fifth spot was Erin Bruheim aboard Cicero 75 for owner Northern Lights Farm, LLC, in a clear time of 34.698. Classic Company President Bob Bell said of the evening “We’re very pleased with the caliber of horses the show attracts. The riders are the best in the world...in and out of the saddle. Next Saturday night is going to be thrilling to watch.” Denise Wilson added to his sentiment, “This is our third year and I plan to come back every year because I love it here! And this new footing is wonderful—really good cushion and it packs pretty easily. The staffs here always do a great job—from ring maintenance to hospitality.”
The Jacksonville Winter Series continues through February 7 with classes Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. until about 5 p.m. except for special events on Saturday evenings at 7 p.m., such as next weekend’s big $100,000 Green Cove Springs CSI*** Grand Prix featuring Olympic and international superstars of the show jumping world. Admission to the shows is free—parking at special weekend events is a $5 donation, which goes to support local charities.
For more information or results on the 2010 Jacksonville Winter Series, please visit www.classiccompany.com
or call the show office at (904) 284-9492.