Articles: Press Release
Deeridge Farm's Midnight Lady and James Billington Win $25,000 Fidelity
Investments 1.50m Classic at WEF
Photo © 2009 Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com.
Deeridge Farm's Midnight Lady and James
Billington won the $25,000 Fidelity Investments 1.50m Classic at the seventh
week of WEF.
Jennifer Wood of
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Wellington, FL - February 23, 2009 - The Jacobs' family's Deeridge Farm,
which is based in East Aurora, NY, and Wellington, FL, is the proud owner of
this week's $25,000 1.50m Classic winner at the Winter Equestrian Festival
(WEF). Midnight Lady and rider James Billington were the fastest pair in a
six horse jump-off to take their biggest win of the season.
Midnight Lady, an 11-year-old Holsteiner mare, has been at Deeridge Farm for
two years. Charlie Jacobs found her in Germany from top show jumper Thomas
Voss. Jacobs showed her successfully in the High Amateur Jumpers and the
1.50m classics. Since Jacobs has been traveling more for work, the talented
mare was sent to train with John and Beezie Madden in September. Billington
has had the ride during WEF.
Jacobs said of Midnight Lady, "She's just so careful and really
scopey. She's like a big rubber band. She's a big girl, but she's got a lot
of ability. She's very talented."
Billington and Midnight Lady were the last to go in the jump-off and
finished double clear in a time of 41.849 seconds, just ahead of Olympian
"She's a very game horse, so I thought I might as well give it a go,"
Billington said. "She has a very big stride and is very keen to do it."
"Deeridge Farm was good enough to let me ride her. She keeps getting better
and better," he added.
Jacobs added, "Congratulations go to John and Beezie Madden and James. I'm
ecstatic that she won."
The 1.50m Classic was not the only big win for Deeridge Farm this past week.
Lou Jacobs and Kachina continued their winning ways in the High Amateur
Jumpers. They finished third in the $2,500 Power and Speed class and were
second in the $15,000 SJHOF High Amateur Jumper Classic. These top finishes
gave them the reserve championship in the division.
Katie Jacobs Robinson and her horse So You Say were reserve champions in the
Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters. They placed first, second, fourth, and fifth
in the division. Robinson also placed well in the Modified Adult Amateur
Jumpers on Donovan.
Grace Robinson took home the blue ribbon in the Children's 14 & Under
Hunters on Maxim.
Deeridge Farm will compete next at the eighth week of the Winter Equestrian
Festival on February 25-March 1, 2009.