Hardin Towell and Pepperpot. (Photo © Sportfot)
The $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m kicked off competition in the International Ring on Friday morning with a win for Hardin Towell (USA) and Jennifer Gates LLC’s Pepperpot. Course designer Luc Musette had 66 entries jump his one-round speed track with eight clear entries. Second to go, Towell laid down a time of 60.48 seconds that would go unbeaten.
Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Eregast van’t Kiezelhof clocked in three rounds later with a time of 61.53 seconds to eventually finish third. Richard Spooner (USA) came 54th in the order with a time of 61.41 seconds aboard Little Valley Farms’ Chivas Z to take second place honors.
Owner Jennifer Gates purchased Pepperpot, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Heritage Fortunus x Diamonds Are Trumps), following the Spruce Meadows Summer Series in 2015. The experienced mare previously competed under Egypt’s Sameh el Dahan, followed by USA’s Caitlin Ziegler, and Canada’s Tiffany Foster.
“She is just a great horse,” Towell stated after his win. “Jenn and I have both shown her. When we first got her, and Jenn and I were away, my girlfriend showed her a little bit to get her in the ring. She is just a really nice horse.”
“I jumped the mare last week in the grand prix, and she was very good,” Towell continued. “Today I went early in the class. The strides did not suit a big-strided horse because they were all a little bit waiting, but then it was hard to do the leave-outs, so it actually suited her because she has a bit of a choppy stride. All of the lines just ended up really smooth. After I went, I really did not feel like I was that quick, but she is just naturally a quick horse.”
“I watched some rounds at the beginning, but I did not see the end,” Towell noted. “I know Mclain (Ward) said he had my time, but he had a rail. I just stayed on the rhythm and tried to be smooth. I think I did the same strides as most people, but she is just quick. I went in there early in the class, and did not have any thoughts about what I had to beat, so I just went around and the mare jumped really well.”
Towell plans to compete Pepperpot again in Sunday’s $35,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. He might also jump the mare in next week’s Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments®.
“You can kind of use her for everything,” Towell stated. “She is a nice Irish mare, and she is a little older, but she has jumped everywhere. You ask anything out of her, and she would do it.”
Final Results: $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m Classic
1. PEPPERPOT: 2002 Irish Sport Horse mare by Heritage Fortunus x Diamonds Are Trumps
HARDIN TOWELL (USA), Jennifer Gates LLC: 0/60.48
2. CHIVAS Z: 1999 Zangersheide gelding by Cumano x Lord Gotthard
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Little Valley Farms: 0/61.41
3. EREGAST VAN’T KIEZELHOF: 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Latano
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm, LLC: 0/ 61.53
4. FAMOSO D IVE Z: 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Chin Chin
SHARN WORDLEY (NZL), Ashland Stables: 0/63.03
5. COUSCOUS VAN ORTI: 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Nabab de Reve x Cash
SAMUEL PAROT (CHL), Samuel Parot: 0/63.06
6. CAYA: 2006 Holsteiner mare by Carolus I x Lancer II
ALI WOLFF (USA), John C. Wolff: 0/63.06
7. AANWINST: 2005 KWPN mare by Odermus R x Jackson
JORDAN MACPHERSON (CAN), JEM Stables Inc: 0/64.45
8. ATHENA: 2005 KWPN mare by Gentleman x Lennard
CHLOE REID (USA), Chloe D Reid LLC: 0/67.49
9. DILLINGER: 2007 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Contender x Capitol I
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel and Susan Grange: 1/69.11
10. CHECKPOINT U: 2004 Holsteiner gelding by Casall x Lorentin I
KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 1/70.44
11. D ELIA VAN HET MOLENHOF: 2003 Belgian Warmblood mare by Up Chiqui x Weltruf
ASHLEY BAKER (USA), Ashley Baker: 1/71.10
12. QUABELLE: 2004 Selle Francais mare by Helrios de la Cour II x Kannan
BLYTHE MARANO (USA), Riverview Farm LLC: 1/71.41
Source: Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.