France’s Adam Prudent got off to a hot start on a cool day when he swept the first two show jumping classes at the Live Oak International on Friday.
Prudent, with Vasco, took the lead early in the CSI 3* $35,000 Sovaro 1.50m Jumper event with a time of 60.24 seconds. No one was able to come near his time. Chloe Reid finished second with a time of 65.63 on Codarco. Callan Solem was third with a time of 67.59 with VDL Wizard.
“Vasco, my horse, is one of the fastest horses I have ever ridden; loves grass. I just let him open up the stride and go as fast as he could,” Prudent said.
He is pointing Vasco to the $100,000 Longines World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday.
Reid, who took a tumble off Athena, her second mount in the round, was pleased with Codarco’s performance.
“I jumped Codarco, mostly aiming him for the Grand Prix,” Reid said. “ So in the first class this morning I just jumped a few jumps and retired and then came in the class today with the object of having a smooth clear ride. But he’s so much fun with his big open stride that you get on this grass field and it’s hard to slow down.”
Prudent started Friday with a win in the $10,000 Waldron Private Wealth 1.40m Power & Speed event. Prudent and Si Bella went through the course fault-free in 30.16 seconds. Marilyn Little of the United States was second with Clear Water. They completed the course in 30.91 seconds with no faults.
“I am very, very happy to have won both classes. There is a saying, ‘You can’t win all of them if you don’t win the first one,’ I was saying that to myself but I didn’t want to say it to anyone else and it paid off and hopefully we will do well in the next classes,” Prudent said.
Friday also featured the Intermediate and Preliminary classes of combined driving dressage. The driving competition continues on Saturday, Feb. 27, with the marathon portion of the three-phase competition. Sunday, the driving competition ends with the obstacles phase.
Saturday also features the $35,000 Live Oak International jumping event. Show jumping closes out the event with $100,000 Longines World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday.
Check here for full results of the competition.
The Live Oak International is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the combined driving event. The event draws some of the best drivers, coaches and owners from Europe and North America. In 2012, show jumping was added to the show and the 2016 Live Oak International Grand Prix was selected as one of the events for the inaugural season of the FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League.