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Holly Orlando Sweeps Two Tricolors with One Week of WEF in Wellington
PHOTO CREDIT: Holly Orlando and Rio Renoir. Photo (c)2007 Randi Muster.
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Wellington, FL - March 8, 2007 - With only one week of hunter
competition remaining in Wellington at the 2007 Winter Equestrian
Festival, professionals upped the ante in earning championship points.
Holly Orlando staked her claim in the Regular Working Hunter and the
Second Year Green Hunter divisions, taking the tricolor in both, with
Rio Renoir and Castle Rock, respectively.
Orlando has been partnered with "Rio," who is owned by Brad Wolf, for
about four years, and together, they have climbed the divisions. In
addition, Wolf shows Rio in the Adult Amateur Hunters. Orlando has
piloted the horse to numerous championships at the Winter Equestrian
Festival, the Hampton Classic, Devon and Horse Shows by the Bay.
Riding-wise, Orlando said that Rio is one of smoothest rides around.
"He's very comfortable and has a very nice canter - there aren't too
many canters that are like his. He goes forward when you ask, he's not
too lazy, he's not too strong. He's pretty much perfect," she explained.
"However, at the four-foot height, I have to think about his balance
more, but he has an amazing jump. He jumps even the smallest fences
well, even in the warm-up. He tries really, really hard."
As far as her plans are concerned with Rio, she said that his main job
is that of an amateur horse, although she will continue to show him to
qualify him for Devon and indoors. The 8-year-old gelding is by Rio
Grande out of Dunja. Taking the reserve championship in the Regular
Working Hunters was Jimmy Torano and Highland Park, riding for owned
Laura Lee Montross.
With Castle Rock, Orlando won first place over both fences classes today
to seal the championship, in addition to her second and sixth places
yesterday. The pair was also second in the under saddle class. Now owned
by Danielle Giorgio, "Rocko" is a 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood whom
Orlando originally purchased from Geoff Teall.
"He had a late start last year in the First Year (Green Hunters) and he
does the Children's Hunters with Danielle. He's so flashy and great to
look at that he always does well in the hack. He's been really great so
far and was great last summer," Orlando commented.
She continued, "The first impression that judges get when they see him
is that he's so nice to look at. He's also very consistent. He's
comfortable to ride, and while he doesn't have the biggest jump in the
world like Rio, he's so pretty between the jumps that the judges like
him." Orlando added that while Rio is rather easygoing, Rocko can be
quite full of himself and can have a bit of a "cocky" attitude.
Similar to Rio, Orlando's plan for Castle Rock's season includes
qualifying for Devon and indoors but without showing too much.
"I think he'll keep doing the Second Years and the Children's," she
said. "He got kind of a late start again this season, but it's the same
idea: Enough to qualify, but not to use them up down here - we show a
lot throughout the year. And, while he's good, he's still green and I
think he needs a professional ride to be good in the Children's."
Reserve champion in the Second Year Green division was Rainmaker and
Caroline Weeden. In the Regular Conformation Hunter division, which was
combined with the Green Conformation Hunter group, Chris Cawley emerged
victorious, partnered with De-Lovely, who is owned by Caroline
Lasersohn. The reserve championship went to Tim Goguen and Boulevard
Deir, owned by Janet Read.
In Section "A" of the 3' Pre-Green division, Scott Stewart nabbed the
championship with his own Way Cool. Amanda Lyerly and Ultra Violet
earned the reserve championship for owner Victoria Calantoni.
The championship in Section "B" of the 3' Pre-Green division again went
to Scott Stewart and Sambalino, who is owned by Gina Day. Ken Smith took
the reserve tricolor with Portofino, who is owned by Far Niente Equine.
Hunter competition will resume tomorrow morning and will continue
through the afternoon in the Grand Hunter and Rost arenas. Championships
will be pinned in the First Year Green Hunters and the Adult Amateur