Richard Spooner and Mighty Mouse Take $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Classic.

27/01/2016 ; Wellington, florida ; ; 5682, MIGHTY MOUSE, RICHARD SPOONER ; 1m45 ; Sportfot

Richard Spooner and Mighty Mouse (Photo © Sportfot)

 

The $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m speed competition was held Saturday afternoon with a win for Richard Spooner (USA) aboard Gerardo & Alfonso Pasquel’s 10-year-old Zangersheide stallion Mighty Mouse (Quartz Adelheid Z X Codexco). Out of 44 entries, eight cleared the course without fault and another six were clear over the fences but incurred time faults. Spooner and Might Mouse sped through the course in the winning time of 67.70 seconds.
Paris Sellon (USA) and Belle jumped into second place with a time of 71.33 seconds at the end. Cian O’Connor (IRL) and Nicole Walker’s Saphir finished third in 71.90 seconds, and Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Eregast van’t Kiezelhof placed fourth with a time of 72.18.

Spooner is competing for the entire WEF circuit in Wellington for the first time since 2011. The rider is happy to be back and off to a great start with a promising young mount.

“Mighty Mouse is exciting,” Spooner praised. “I rode him a couple of times last year in Del Mar and he won one class there. Then he went back his owner, Gerardo, who rode him in some shows. He is a very versatile horse. Gerardo is not a professional and he wins a lot with that horse, but he had to have surgery on his knee, so I am lucky enough to get to ride the horse a little bit for the circuit.”

“I have to say, it was a very difficult speed course because he used the triple combination, which is kind of abnormal,” Spooner said of the class. “It was oxer-vertical-vertical, so it was not too scopey or anything, but anytime you put a triple in a speed round it is kind of like speed bumps at Walmart – you have to really hit the brakes.”

“I think that is why a lot of people had time faults because it wasn’t in the beginning, it was right in the middle of the course, so you can’t go tearing around in the beginning,” Spooner continued. “I tried to go kind of medium in the beginning, and then once I got through the triple I relaxed and let him open up a little bit for the last few lines.”

Spooner has high hopes for Mighty Mouse, stating, “I would say he is a grand prix horse for sure. He can jump 1.50m, 1.55m, I think 1.60m. He has not really done that yet, but he is just 10 years old and he is pretty spectacular. His name is fitting. He is little, but mighty.”

Final Results: $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Classic

1. MIGHTY MOUSE: 2006 Zangersheide stallion by Quartz Adelheid Z x Codexco
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Gerardo & Alfonso Pasquel: 0/67.70

2. BELLE: 2006 KWPN mare by Numero Uno x Voltaire
PARIS SELLON (USA), Paris Sellon: 0/71.33

3. SAPHIR: 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Salito x Escudo I

CIAN O’CONNOR (IRL), Nicole Walker: 0/71.90

4. EREGAST VAN’T KIEZELHOF: 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Latano
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm, LLC: 0/72.18

5. AANWINST: 2005 KWPN mare by Odermus R x Jackson
JORDAN MACPHERSON (CAN), JEM Stables Inc: 0/72.68

6. CAVALIA: 2007 KWPN mare by Vittorio x Jonggor’s Ajonc
LAURA KRAUT (USA), Hi Hopes Farm LLC: 072.89

7. TRISKEL DE KERLIVEN: 2007 Selle Francais gelding by Mylord Carthago*HN x Barabbas du Ter
JAMES CHAWKE (IRL), M. Jean-Pierre le Bot et M.Stephane Pasco: 0/75.07

8. ACAPULCO Z: 2005 Zangersheide stallion by Action-Breaker x Lux II Z
DANIEL ZETTERMAN (SWE), Gyllebo Farm LLC: 0/75.48

9. APSARA: 2006 Holsteiner mare by Ephebe For Ever x Calido I
MEREDITH MICHAELS-BEERBAUM (GER), Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC: 1/78.21

10. CADALORA P: 2007 KWPN gelding by Namelus R x Furore
TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC: 1/78.23

11. PRINCESS DE REVEL: 2006 BH mare by Cardento
MARCOS RIBEIRO JR. (BRA), Milela Cintra: 1/79.27

12. CHESNEY: 2007 KWPN gelding y Indoctro x Kannan
TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC: 1/79.59

 

Source: Lauren Fisher and Callie Seaman for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.