PRLog - Aug. 17, 2012 - PLYMOUTH, Mass. -- Halifax, MA - August 17, 2012 - Penny Brennan of Ocala, FL, dashed to the top of the $7,500 Open Speed Derby yesterday afternoon during the 2012 Summer Showacse at Fieldstone Show Park. The lifelong equestrian crushed her competition, finishing the course in a blazing 72.084 seconds. Despite the efforts of 13 other competitors, Brennan's time was unmatched to the end. Maria Costa and her mount, Reno, claimed second with a time of 72.654 seconds, while Paul Halpern and Via Veneto finished third in 72.695 seconds.
Yesterday's winning mount, Japan, is a nine-year-old Aldatus gelding who Brennan calls her "knight in shining armor." According to Brennan, Japan excells in all varities of show jumping competition from Grand Prixs to Speed Derbies. "He's definitely a speed demon," Brennan explained, "but he's also very careful, so he's clean a lot. He's both fast and scopey - the perfect combination."
Born in Nottingham, England, Brennan was introduced to equestrian sports at a young age while her mother competed in international show jumping events. After spending twelve years riding racehorses, Brennan returned to show jumping four years ago.
Describing her experience competing in New England, the Ocala-based professional commented, "This is my third time coming to Fieldstone this summer and I love it here. It has great footing and a beautiful Grand Prix field. It's just a really cool place to be."
In the coming weeks, Brennan and Japan will compete against New England's top equestrians as the Summer Showcase continues through August 25th.
Charlie Jacobs Jr., of Boston, MA Wins $1,500 Dover Saddlery Children's Hunter Classic
Charlie Jacobs Jr., of Boston, MA, also took home top honors yesterday afternoon in the $1,500 Dover Saddlery Children's Hunter Horse Classic. Jacobs Jr. and his mount, Ranier earned first and second round scores of 83 and 86 to top the Classic with an average of 84.5 points. Second place went to Eliza Rader and Mactier, who completed both rounds with an average score of 81, while Katie Jacobs and Jouet finished third with an average of 79.
Jacobs Jr. comes from a family of equestrians and enjoys attending competitions with his parents, Charlie and Kim Jacobs, and his sister, Katie. Yesterday's winning mount, Ranier, is a thirteen-year-
Following today's victory, Jacobs Jr. commented on Ranier's performance. "He was really good today," he said, "he's kind of shy and he's more of an equitation horse than a hunter, so he's not always super quiet in the ring. He sometimes gets cranky at the end of the day when he wants dinner, but he went really well today."
The talented young rider went on to admit that he and his sister often go head to head while competing in the same division. "We get pretty competitive,"
While he is not traveling to equestrian events with his family and the trainers at Deeridge Farm, Jacobs Jr. attends The Fessenden School in Boston where his favorite subject is history.
Jacobs Jr. and his family will continue their quest for victory along with many other competitors as the Summer Showcase continues, August 15 - 19 and August 21 - 25. For more information, visit www.showfieldstone.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
Final Results: $7,500 Open Speed Derby
1 Japan, Penny Brennan, Penny Brennan
2 Reno, Maria Costa, Maria Costa
3 Via Veneto, Paul Halpern, The Dammerman and Kamine Families
4 Nerval De La Baria, Margaret Bopp, Margaret Bopp LLC
5 Maestro De Shalimar, Stephanie Mccomiskey, Stephanie Mccomiskey
6 Wednesday Mornin, Wendy L. Smith, Diane Denby
7 Tilghman, Sarah Segal, Horatio St Ventures
8 Venus Tr, Francesca Bolfo, Francesca Bolfo
Final Results: $1,500 Dover Saddlery Children's Hunter Horse Classic
1 Ranier, Charlie Jacobs Jr, CMJ Sporthorse, LLC
2 Mactier, Eliza I. Rader, Eliza I. Rader
3 Jouet, Katie Jacobs, Deeridge Farms
4 Sorcerers Stone, Katie JAcobs, Cherrie B. Ivey
5 Dancing Barefoot, Louisa Spofford, Claire Spofford
6 Do I Dare, Abigail Whitaker, Abigail Whitaker
7 Footing, Danielle Kanter, James E. Peterson