Go to FastAd#:

    Coulter’s Cup climb

    Rising star from California wins 2014 World Cup Final qualifier

    Special to the Horsetrader - February 6th, 2014 - Show & Event News

    Saer Coulter and Springtime have their sights firmly set on the 2014 World Cup Finals and got one step closer to their goal Feb. 1 in the $50,000 Strongid C 2X CSI-W2* Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal.

    Saer Coulter and Springtime have their sights firmly set on the 2014 World Cup Finals and got one step closer to their goal Feb. 1 in the $50,000 Strongid C 2X CSI-W2* Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal.

    Flying Horse photo

    THERMAL — In their first grand prix of the 2014 season, Saer Coulter and Springtime kicked off 2014 on the highest of notes, topping 31 jumpers in the $50,000 Strongid C 2X™ CSI-W2*, presented by Zoetis.

    The class, a highlight of World Cup week at HITS Thermal, was a qualifier for the 2014 FEI World Cup Finals in Lyon, France this April. The jumps were big, the time was tight and the field was competitive with six of the original 31 advancing to the jump-off.

    Course designer Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Muenchen, Germany, kept the promise he made after Thursday’s grand prix and built big.

    “Olaf does a great job setting according to the field that he has,” said Coulter, 22, who rides for the U.S. and hails from San Francisco. “With six clear, the jump-off was both fun and fair.”

    Petersen’s course included 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts, including a double combination and an oxer-vertical-vertical triple combination. A clear round didn’t come until the eighth ride of the order, and most of the faults arose later in the course with the triple at fence seven and a technical outside line that included fence eight, nine and ten.

    Lucy Davis of Los Angeles, who also trains alongside Coulter under the direction of Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Markus Beerbaum, proved the course could be jumped when she rode clear in the irons of Old Oak Farm’s Barron. She was later joined by Justin Resnik of Glendale, Mexico’s Enrique Gonzalez, Eduardo Menezes for Brazil, Michelle Parker of San Marcos and eventually, Coulter.

    Top finishers in the World Cup Final qualifiers at HITS Thermal on Feb. 1 were (from left) third-place finisher Michelle Parker, second-place rider Eduardo Menezes, and 22-year-old champion Saer Coulter.

    Top finishers in the World Cup Final qualifiers at HITS Thermal on Feb. 1 were (from left) third-place finisher Michelle Parker, second-place rider Eduardo Menezes, and 22-year-old champion Saer Coulter.

    HITS photo

    Coulter rode 21st in the original order, and she admits it was advantageous to go late.

    “I was really lucky to go late in both rounds and watch a lot of the trips,” she said.

    Riders agreed that the jump-off left little room for improvising and didn’t present many options, but begged for speed.

    “The first round was more technical, where the jump-off was all about the gallop,” said Menezes, who was aboard Quintol Mercedes Benz for owner Santiago Hank in the jump-off. “It’s key to know the riders you are setting for, and Olaf [Petersen] gets the perfect number every time.”

    In the jump-off, riders rode against the time, with five of the six who returned riding double clear. The lead would change three times and first landed with Davis and Barron, who set an early Great American Time to Beat at 43.57 seconds. Resnik and Carismo Z, owned by The Carismo Z Group, LLC, finished with eight faults before Gonzalez and his own Quilebo Du Tillard stole the lead from Davis in 42.49 seconds. It didn’t sit for long, however, as Menezes rode the course in 41.46 seconds. Parker challenged on Cross Creek Farms, Inc.’s Clintord, but was one second off the pace in 42.17 seconds.

    Coulter returned last and left out a stride between the second and third fences of the course, riding it in seven steps to guide Springtime to the win. Menezes was second and Parker third. Gonzalez finished fourth and Davis fifth, while Resnik was the only contender with faults, landing him in sixth.

    Springtime’s career came full circle on Saturday.

    “He has done everything with me – from the highs, all the way to the international level,” Coulter said of the 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, who was found as a 10-year-old for Coulter in Holland by Paul and Emile Hendricks.

    Coulter was riding in Holland at the time and maintains that she was simply lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

    “Paul and Emile [Hendricks] were in the crowd here tonight and it was really special to have them here watching him,” she said. “He has been incredible, and I am really lucky to have him.”

    The recent grad from Stanford University is now focusing her full attention on riding.

    “My goal is to qualify for the World Cup Finals,” she said. “We were here this week to hopefully get it done early and be able to focus on doing well in France.”

    As World Cup week ended, grand prix competition at HITS Desert Horse Park resumed Sunday when Josephina Nor Lantzman piloted her own Chello Z to the top of a 29-horse field in the $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix.

    The highlight for Nor Lantzman was that it only took one round to get her the blue. With 11 four-fault rounds and only one clear, she was the lone rider to crack the code on Olaf Petersen, Jr.’s course.

    MORE ONLINE: Http://bit.ly/42B_HITS

    Leave a Comment

    All fields must be filled in to leave a message.