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Theo Genn and Paradox Prove Victorious in $10,000 Welcome Stake at Spring
Gathering Charity Horse Show
Theo Genn and Paradox took home the top honors in the $10,000 Welcome Stake
at the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG.
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Katy, TX - April 7, 2011 - It was an exciting day of competition for the
$10,000 Welcome Stake during the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show at the
Great Southwest Equestrian Center. During a two-horse jump-off, Theo Genn
showed the way aboard Paradox with the only four-fault effort. Martien Van
Der Hoeven followed with the second place prize aboard Uno after incurring
four faults over the short course.
Today, riders showed over a challenging course designed by Richard Jeffery
of Boumemouth, England. The first round featured 14 jumping efforts, which
included an oxer-vertical double combination, a vertical-oxer-vertical
triple combination, and many bending lines with inside options. For the
jump-off, riders began over a vertical going away from the gate, followed by
a new oxer off of a bending line. They then made their way through the
double combination before making a short right turn to a wide oxer and
continuing to a new vertical. Finally riders galloped home over another
large oxer and dashed through the finish line.
Theo Genn and Paradox, owned by Thomas Bruinsma of Ada, MI, were fifth in
the original starting order and the first horse and rider combination to
advance to the short course. Unfortunately, their luck would not hold up
during the jump-off and they had a rail at the second fence to accumulate
four faults in a time of 32.251 seconds.
As the class continued, Martien Van Der Hoeven would be the only other rider
to qualify for the jump-off with Uno, owned by Cindy McCampbell of The
Woodlands, TX. They also did not have luck on their side during the short
course, and had rails at both fences in the double combination. Their eight
fault score in 35.404 seconds would seal the victory for Genn.
"This was a great course, Richard always builds beautiful courses,"
commented Genn after his win. "Both of my horses were really sharp today, it
was their warm-up class for Sunday. During the jump-off I wanted to go
pretty fast because it's nice to get a good check and I knew I had riders
like Tracey Fenney and Martien going in the class. I figured there would be
a few double clear, I didn't think I'd end up winning with four faults in
Paradox and Genn have been partners since the talented mount was six years
old. "He's already won some big classes, he won a $50,000 Grand Prix last
year," he commented. "I took him to Young Riders and we got Team
Silver. He's very experienced, very brave and very careful. Since he is
brave he always jumps, but he's extremely strong and needs pretty god
support because he likes to look at some of the jumps. He's a good horse
though and does a great job."
Genn concluded, "It always feels good to be successful, but you can't do it
with out the horses. I'd like to thank Tom Bruinsma who owns Paradox and
Abby Albritton who owns my second mount Ariado for letting me ride these
Placing third during today's class was Julie Cleveland aboard Gentleman,
owned by McLain Ward of Brewster, NY. They were the fastest four-fault
combination with a time of 66.176. Junior rider Katie Cox of Conroe, TX,
took home the fourth place honors aboard Sacramento N, while Tracy Fenney of
Flower Mound, TX, and MTM Centano placed fifth with four faults. Van Der
Hoeven and his first mount South Bound rounded out the top six during
today's highlight event.
Earlier in the day, Genn was also victorious in the 1.40m Open Jumper class
where he took home the blue ribbon with L'Etoile after they were the only
pair to compete a fault free effort during the speed class. Jessica Law and
Sangria followed with the second place award as the fastest four-fault
effort, and Wilhelm Genn rounded out the top three with Winchester.
"This was probably L'Etoile's last class before the grand prix so I didn't
go too fast, but nobody else went clean," said Genn. "He jumped great, he
feels ready for Sunday. He's pretty experienced for this level so I wasn't
really worried about anything, but I took a little extra time going to the
triple combination because he's a little harder off the left and I wanted to
be sure we got in right."
Genn always enjoys attending the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show and
said, "It's really friendly, all the people are nice, and there is good
competition. I love the ring because it's indoors and stays cool."
Also taking home a winning prize today was Jordan Siegel with Castle Point
Farm's Rival Du Point du Jour, after they had the fastest clear round during
the 1.35m Open Jumper speed class. Lindsay Moss followed in second with
Cantera, while Ryan Genn and For Farina placed third.
"My horse was great today, he was careful, fast, very responsive, everything
I could ask for," expressed Siegel. "I thought the most difficult part of
the course was going to be the three to four because there was a tight turn
so he had to stay forward and be looking through the turn, but he did it and
was super. Richard has done a super job; the courses have been really nice
and fun to ride."
The Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show will continue tomorrow with the
$20,000 National Hunter Classic sponsored by Grand Prix Stables and Chris
Nelson, as well as the $10,000 Spring Gathering Jumper Classic. This week
highlight events include the Carole and Jim Looke Family Fund $50,000 USHJA
International Hunter Derby on Saturday, and the $25,000 Seashore Acres Grand
Prix on Sunday.