Tracy Magness, of Hughesville, MD, rode M/M John Bartko’s Tarco Van Ter Moude to victory in the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix, on Saturday, August 11, at the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival.
|Tracy Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude (David Mullinix photo)|
In a ten-horse jump-off, Magness had the only clear round to earn the win in the final grand prix of the circuit. The six-week Vermont Summer Festival, held at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, will conclude on Sunday.
Eric Hasbrouck, of North Salem, NY, set the track for Saturday’s class with a total of twenty-nine entries competing in the first round. Ten cleared the course to advance to the jump-off, and Tracy Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude had the only double clear round, completing the short course in 37.73 seconds, for the win.
The big problem spot in the jump-off course was a tight rollback turn to an oxer-vertical double combination. Five of the ten entries had a rail down at fence (a) going into the double, and one rider had a refusal there as well.
Jumping right before Magness, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny had the fastest time in the jump-off in 34.70 seconds riding The Wannahave Group’s Lipton De L’Othain, but the pair had a rail at that oxer to incur four faults and finish in second place.
Callie Schott, of Cazenovia, NY, had the same jump down riding John Madden Sales, Inc.’s Wrigley and finished in third with four faults and a time of 35.14 seconds.
The bogey fence also caught Ireland’s Paul O’Shea and Wizz, owned by O’Shea and Daniel Walsh, who finished fourth with four faults in 36.61 seconds.
Lydia Ulrich, of Rochester, NY, had the vertical before the double combination down with Up the Creek Farm’s Santos Utopia and finished in fifth with a time of 36.83 seconds.
Bryn Sadler, of Santa Fe, NM, placed sixth riding Showcase 81 LLC’s Cincinnati after scoring four faults at the double and finishing in 40.97 seconds.
Paul O’Shea attempted to go clear with a more conservative ride aboard his second jump-off mount, Skara Glen’s If, and made it through the entire course until having a rail at the last jump. The pair finished with four faults in a time of 43.35 seconds to place seventh.
Saturday’s win marks the twenty-sixth grand prix victory in Tracy Mangess and Tarco Van Ter Moude’s six-year partnership. ‘Tarco’ is making a comeback after having a year and a half off due to injury. The 16-year-old BWP gelding (Darco x Jalisco B) also won the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m class earlier this week.
“I can’t believe it, I will be honest with you,” Magness beamed following her win. “I always say he is amazing, but I came here just thinking I would move up and I am just happy to have him back. It has nothing to do with the winning; I am just happy to be in the class with him, so I am really excited.”
“I didn’t really expect to be the only clear with ten in the jump-off,” Magness continued. “I went fourth and the first three all had trouble with the double, so when I went, I was a little conservative. When I came out I was really happy with my round and how I went, but I thought for sure I would get beat, but they just kept having trouble with that. Maybe it was lucky that I was conservative.”
“I want to thank my sponsors as well,” Magness concluded. “I am sponsored by Pessoa and Mountain Horse.”
$50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix Vermont Summer Festival VI
1 Tracy Magness, Tarco Van Ter Moude
2 Darragh Kenny, Lipton De L’Othain
3 Callie Schott, Wrigley
4 Paul O’Shea, Wizz
5 Lydia Ulrich, Santos Utopia
6 Bryn Sadler, Cincinnati
7 Paul O’Shea, Skara Glen’s If
8 Bryn Sadler, Bon Giorno
9 Darragh Kenny, Valentino
10 Wesley Newlands, Lapacco
11 Luis Larrazabal, G&C Lepanto
12 Paul O’Shea, Instant Karma