Articles: Horse News
Wilhelm Genn Leads the Way in $10,000 1.35m Open Jumper Speed Stake at
Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show
Wilhelm Genn and Happy Z took home the top honors in the $10,000 1.35m Open
Jumper Speed Stake at the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show. Photo By:
Rebecca Walton for
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
at (561) 753-3389 or at email@example.com
Katy, TX - April 5, 2011 - Sunny skies and cool temperatures welcomed
exhibitors for the first day of competition at the Spring Gathering Charity
Horse Show, held in Katy, TX at the Great Southwest Equestrian
Center. Today's highlight event in the Main Indoor Arena was the $10,000
1.35m Open Jumper Speed Stake where Wilhelm Glenn scored the top honors,
placing first and second with his mounts Happy Z and Copyright 3,
respectively. His son Theo, followed in the third place position aboard
Zenith Dancer, after winning the 1.40m Open Jumper class earlier in the day
The course for today's Speed Stake was designed by Richard Jeffery of
Boumemouth, England, and featured 14 jumping efforts. The fences included
multiple bending lines and options for inside turns, as well as an
oxer-vertical double combination and a vertical-oxer double combination.
Chris Nelson led the way over today's course aboard GPS Toronto. The pair
successfully left all the rails in their cups and crossed the finish line in
68.578 seconds, which would eventually hold up for the fourth place honors.
Wilhelm Genn followed suit shortly after with his veteran grand prix mount,
Happy Z. The duo quickly made their way to the top of the leaderboard with a
clear round in a time of 67.607. Their incredible effort would hold the top
position for the rest of the class and they would eventually take home the
Next to make a dash for the cash was Wilhelm's son, Theo Genn aboard Zenith
Dance, owned by Bridlebourne Stables LLC. With their eye on the prize they
made an excellent effort and jumped each fence without fault, but their time
of 68.565 would fall just short of the leader and they would earn the third
place award. Later in the class, Wilhelm tried to catch his own time with
his second mount, Copyright 3. The pair stayed very close to the pace during
their clear effort, but a time of 68.056 would eventually score the second
"It was a fun class, the jumps were pretty simple and it was not a
particularly hard class," noted Wilhelm after his winning ride. "My horses
just jumped a grand prix last week so this was more of an opportunity to go
back in and jump some easier jumps and get ready for this weekend."
Wilhelm continued, "Happy is a little tricky; she's a chestnut mare so it
just depends on her mood that day. I was not planning to ride her today but
the weather got cooler and yesterday she was out bucking and kicking so I
decided to put her in this class today. Copyright is very careful but he
wants to run between the jumps. It's that constant struggle of not letting
him run off with you, but when you get to the jump you need to support him
pretty strongly because he backs away from the jump so much because he's so
careful. It's fun because he's a winner too and he wants to be really
Today's class was all about speed, and that is exactly what Wilhelm had with
both of his mounts. "When you have a long speed round like that it's not
just one turn, it's the whole course," he explained. "Just setting the pace
and staying on that pace and being efficient in all the turns, that was the
key. It's not just one turn, I think you need to be efficient in all the
turns and carry your pace from start to finish."
Wilhelm loves attending the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show and is
thrilled by all the southern hospitality. "This show is the best, all the
people here in Texas are fantastic," he said. "They have great course
designers and really good prize money. It's just a really nice, classy show,
and we all love coming here."
Earlier in the day, Theo Genn scored his own blue ribbon in the 1.40m Open
Jumper class with L'Etoile. The duo had an excellent round, leaving all the
rails in their cups. Susan Fried and Uranda, owned by Highridge Farm, were
awarded the second place prize for the fastest four-fault effort in a time
"L'Etoile is one of my best young horses," commented Theo. "I've done a few
grand prix classes on him and he's freaky careful with a big jump. This was
just his warm-up class, I am aiming him for Sunday's grand prix. He needs a
lot of support, he's very careful so you never have to worry about the front
rail, but the back rail he doesn't always see, so he needs a lot of support
and confidence. He's definitely a challenging ride for me but I am very
excited about him."
Also taking home winning honors today was Jordan Siegel with Castle Point
Farm's Rival Du Point du Jour. Wilhelm followed with the second place prize
for his ride aboard Jolly Mon.
"This is the first time that we have shown in the 1.35m jumpers and he was
excellent," expressed Siegel. "He came to us in November and hopefully we
will continue to do the 1.35m jumpers for awhile and eventually I would like
to see him do the High Amateurs with his owner and maybe some grand prix
classes. He needs a forward ride but he is super."
The Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show will continue tomorrow with the
$25,000 Pre-Green Classic, as well as 1.35m and 1.45m Open Jumpers. This
week highlight events include the Carole and Jim Looke Family Fund $50,000
USHJA International Hunter Derby on Saturday, and the $25,000 Spring
Gathering Grand Prix on Sunday.