Deeridge Farm's Jacobs Brothers Score a One-Two Sweep in $75,000 Hermes Grand Prix, CSI 2*
Lake Placid, NY - July 7, 2009 - Deeridge Farm of East Aurora, NY, and Wellington, FL, had two fantastic weeks at the Lake Placid Horse Shows. It culminated with the top two places in the $75,000 Hermes Grand Prix, CSI 2* at the I Love New York Horse Show for Charlie and Louis Jacobs. The rest of the Jacobs family also finished with top places in the equitation, hunter, and jumper divisions.
Charlie Jacobs and Secret Love, a 14-year-old Belgian warmblood gelding, won the Sunday grand prix. They were the only clear round out of 29 competitors to win the highly competitive grand prix. Louis Jacobs and his 11-year-old Selle Francais mare Kachina finished second as the fastest four-faulter, lowering the height of the last fence on course.
Charlie remarked, "My brother and I were ecstatic with the way that class unfolded for both of us. It was really special." While the brothers have gone one-two in many Amateur Jumper classes, this was the first time that they finished as the top two in a grand prix.
Charlie Jacobs purchased Secret Love three months ago from grand prix rider Alison Robitaille. They competed for the first time at HITS Saugerties a month ago and won their first class in the Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Jacobs made the decision to move up to the grand prix level in Lake Placid. They finished just out of the ribbons in the first week's grand prix.
Charlie described, "He's a sweet guy; he's like a big pony. He's got a great demeanor about him. He has a really good motor; you just kick him right up into your hands. He runs and jumps, and he's really brave. He's a real sweet soul, and I'm really lucky to have him."
Charlie went second to last in the class and said, "I had the perspective of watching people go. It was an advantage to see some caution signs that I might otherwise not have seen." Charlie and Louis have been riding together since they were kids, and they still go over the course plan together. "We usually walk the course together and talk about it," Charlie acknowledged. "We tell each other what we see, and the particular challenges that we find. We'll go through the numbers to each other out loud and then go our separate ways."
While beating his big brother was fun, Charlie also felt that the class was special because the course designer was his former trainer and Nations Cup teammate, Conrad Homfeld. "As kids, Louis and I used to ride with Joe (Fargis) and Conrad," he said. "It was very special that Conrad built the course that I won on. I feel like we don't see enough of Conrad and his courses."
This week, Charlie worked with trainer Max Amaya, who was also the trainer of the previous week's grand prix winner Brianne Goutal. "I am fortunate because I get to ride with John and Beezie Madden at certain shows, and then with Max or Joe Fargis at others. I always find a pearl of wisdom in what everyone has to say," he noted.
This was Charlie's first grand prix win in two years; he won in 2007 in Cincinnati with his other grand prix jumper Pia. "It feels great! I'm on top of the world today," he exclaimed. Charlie felt lucky to have many of his family members there to witness his big win. "It was so great to have my whole family there watching," he said. "Louis and his family, my sister Katie and her family, my brother Jerry, and my wife Kim and my kids - everyone was there. If you're going to pick a class to win, that was it. My kids came out to the field for the presentation. It was really nice."
Charlie is back in Boston, where he works as the president of the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins team. Jacobs will join the rest of Deeridge Farm next week at the Vermont Summer Festival, where he will compete in the grand prix competitions with Secret Love.
During the first week of competition, Charlie Jacobs and Pia finished sixth in the High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, and Louis Jacobs and Kachina finished third in the $75,000 RV Sales of Broward Lake Placid Horse Show Grand Prix. Louis was awarded the Richard and Diana Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence, which is given to the rider with the best overall finish in Lake Placid's two grand prix events.
Joan Jacobs and Boyke II finished third in the Adult Amateur Jumper Classic during week one and in week two, they were third in the Power and Speed class. Joan also finished third in week two's $5,000 Adult Jumper Classic with Go West and sixth with Boyke II.
Will Jacobs competed and won the championship in the Short Stirrup division after he and Tinker Toy were awarded three first place and two second place ribbons. Charlie Jacobs Jr. rode Madeline to two third places and Pillow Fight to a third and fourth in the Small/Medium Children's Pony Hunters, while his sister Katie won ribbons with Farnley Romeo and won the under saddle class with Aspen Spring.
Kimberly Jacobs was solid through two weeks of competition in the Adult Amateur 36-50 Hunters on Artistic, who won a class the first week and was second in the second week. Kimberly was second in the Ariat Adult National Medal class.
Grace Robinson won the championship in week two in the Children's Hunter 14 & under division with Jouet. The pair finished first, second, and third in their classes, and Grace was also second with Maxim.
Charlotte Jacobs piloted Nigel S to third place in the $7,500 Low Junior Jumper Classic during week one, and she finished second in the WIHS Equitation Hunter phase and fifth in the PHA National Medal class. In week two, Charlotte placed seventh in the ASPCA Maclay and sixth in the PHA National Medal.
Phoebe Robinson and Galliard finished fifth in the ASPCA Maclay in week two and Melissa Jacobs went double clear to finish fifth in the $3,000 NAL Children's Jumper Classic on La Coretto. Katie Jacobs Robinson rode Donovan to the win in the $1,500 Adult Jumper Time First Jump-off class.
Deeridge Farm and the Jacobs families will compete next at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.
Photo Credit: Charlie Jacobs and Secret Love won the $75,000 Hermes Grand Prix, CSI 2* while brother Louis Jacobs on Kachina was second. Photo © 2009 James Leslie Parker. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.
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