It’s an eternal sunshine at the HITS Ocala horse show. Tomorrow the Nations Cup is on the program, where four teams are in for the points. Today the international program kicked-off with the 1.40m Welcome Stake. A total of 37 combinations took the start at the inernational ring.
After a clear round in 54.12 seconds USA’s Devin Ryan claimed victory aboard the 8-years-old KWPN-gelding, Eddie Blue (Zirocco Blue VDL). Marc Houtzager’s former ride was followed by Lisa Goldmann and the 11-year-old Sovereign (Frontal). The pair crossed the finish in 54.45 seconds.
Lauren Hough and Joblesse followed in a third place. Caroline de Laet’s former ride, the 8-year-old Joblesse van ‘t Ravennest (Clinton) stopped the clock in 55.04 seconds.
Paris Sellon (Quantas, by Quintero) and Andrew Bourns (Charming Girl, by Cassini II) completed the top five in a fourth and fifth place.