Articles: Press Release
Polyfax and Roberto Teran Seize $35,000 Jacksonville A to Z Grand Prix
Photo Credit: Polyfax and Roberto Teran, winners of Jacksonville $35,000
Grand Prix. Photo by Flashpoint Photography.
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Green Cove Springs, FL- January 30, 2006-. With zoo animals outside,
children running around, and a big crowd in the stands, Roberto Teran
and his mount, the thirteen year old Westfalian stallion, Polyfax,
captured the $35,000 Jacksonville A to Z Grand Prix. Polyfax and Teran
ride out of the KingRidge Stables, King, Ontario, Canada. KingRidge
Stables also has a winter home in Reddick, Florida near Ocala.
The A to Z Grand Prix benefits the Jacksonville Zoo, so the Zoo brings
animals for the attending families to see. The day also includes a
luncheon provided by Outback Steakhouse and a Silent Auction that raises
more dollars for the Zoo. In addition, there is a celebrity relay race
that features local celebrities from TV, media, and other venues. Very
few of the celebrities are riders, so it adds a touch of hilarity to the
day. This brings new people to the Grand Prix world that might
otherwise not have come out for the afternoon. In the eleven years that
the Grand Prix has been benefiting the Jacksonville Zoo, over $350,000
has been raised.
As the real reason for the day was set to begin, the crowd was given an
explanation of the course and of the penalties that would be given. The
first round of the Grand Prix featured fourteen obstacles with two sets
of combinations, one of which caused problems for many riders. Course
designer Allen Rheinheimer set the thirteenth obstacle as a triple set
of jumps - a vertical in and out to an oxer, in and out to another
vertical. Many of the riders had four faults in the first round by
pulling a rail on the 13b or 13c fence. Out of the 26 horses showing
today, eight went clear in the first round, ten had only four faults and
eight had more than four faults. The time allowed was a very generous
92 seconds. All of the riders, with one exception, were in the 83 to 88
second range. Winning rider Teran even commented, "The time was too
The jump-off featured seven numbered jumps with one combination. The
first to return was Loro Piana Gorgias, a sixteen year old Hanoverian
mare ridden by Erin McCabe for Gem Stables, Inc. The pair pulled a rail
on the first fence, a Swedish oxer, and then finished clear on the rest
of the course for a four fault round with a time of 43.767.
Second in for the jump-off was Kilpatrick, a six year old chestnut
ridden and owned by Tracy Magness. Choosing to go for a clear round
instead of the fastest time, Magness made the wider turns and safely
finished with a time of 44.163 to take the early lead.
Last week's winner of the Jacksonville Winter National Grand Prix, Kyle
King, rode in for the jump-off on Bradley Cox's Costa, a nine year old
Dutch Warmblood gelding. King, who hails from Bend, Oregon and the
chestnut flashed around the short course for the fastest time of the
afternoon, but unfortunately, pulled a rail on a vertical and finished
with four faults and a time of 37.154.
Wilhelm Genn, who qualified two horses for the jump-off, was next in on
Happy Z, an eight year old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Happy Z is owned by
Wilhelm and Patty Genn. Genn is originally from Germany and now calls
Lebanon, Ohio home. He was the 1997 Grand Prix Rider of the Year.
Happy Z zipped around the shortened course, making the inside turn after
fence eleven and finished clear with a time of 41.688. This moved Genn
and the chestnut into first place.
Contendress, owned by Erin Stewart and ridden in the Grand Prix by Tommy
Feigel, was next in to attempt the jump-off. The grey mare and Feigel
gave it their best but had rails down on two verticals at fence eleven
and the final fence fourteen. They finished with eight faults and a
time of 40.351.
Wilhelm Genn, currently in first place, brought in his second horse, Le
Argento, an Oldenburg gelding owned by Harry and Cary Van Wormer. Genn
and the flashy dark bay mastered the course but missed the time
slightly. They currently placed second with no faults and a time of
42.006 with only two more horses to come. This gave Genn first and
second at this time.
The seventh rider to attempt the jumpoff was Roberto Teran on KingRidge
Stables' Polyfax. Teran has been riding Polyfax for two years. Roberto
explained, "I really know him. He trusts me." That trust showed as the
horse and rider team flew around the jump-off making a rollback turn
after jump eleven and slashing to the next jump, making the crowd gasp!
They went clear with a first place time of 39.826.
Last in and hoping to overtake Polyfax and Teran for the lead were Bill
Lowry and his mount, the dark bay gelding, Rio Corde. Rio Corde is
owned by Winsor Farm Sales, Inc.
Lowry and Rio Corde gave it their best, but snagged a rail on fence
eleven and finished with four faults and a time of 44.931.
Commenting on the set-up of the course, winner Teran said, "It was a
technical course, quite big enough. But very comfortable to ride."
When asked if anything about the course caused a concern, he replied,
"Perhaps the triple combination at the end. The horses were a little
bit tired by then. So coming home, it was a little bit tough." Roberto
is originally from Colombia and was a member of the Colombian Show
Jumping Team. He is now a trainer and Grand Prix rider for KingRidge
Stables. Talking about Polyfax, he said, "He's a very good vertical
jumper. You can try to go for the chance; he can make it in three or
four strides without having to run. Today, he made it a couple of
seconds faster. He has a great heart; he's just a fighter." Teran
plans to show next week at the Jacksonville Finale Grand Prix.
Official Results: $35,000 Jacksonville A to Z Grand Prix
1. Polyfax, Roberto Teran, 0/0/39.826
2. Happy Z, Wilhelm Genn, 0/0/41.688
3. Le Argento. Wilhelm Genn, 0/0/42.006
4. Kilpatrick, Tracy Magness, 0/0/44.163
5. Kosta, Kyle King, 0/4/37.154
6. Loro Piana Gorgias, Erin McCabe, 0/4/43.767
7. Rio Corde, Bill Lowry, 0/4/44.931
8. Contendress, Tommy Feigel, 0/8/40.351
9. Riptide, Kyle King, 4/75.714
10. Preston, Henry Pfeiffer, 4/80.710
11. Ludwig, Lexy Reed, 4/80.753
12. Jewel Thief, Daniel Damen, 4/82.170