East Aurora, NY and Wellington, FL – January 31, 2014 - Charlie Jacobs Jr. is carving out a name for himself in the show jumping ring this season at the Winter Equestrian Festival. During Week III, Jacobs piloted his veteran mount Elphaba to the Low Children’s Jumper Championship for his family’s Deeridge Farms and CMJ Sporthorses. The duo took a chance in the $1,500 Low Children’s Classic that paid off big with a blue ribbon and the division championship.
The championship was very special for Jacobs, as this was one of his last weeks showing the talented Elphaba as he prepares to move into the Junior Jumpers with his new mount Campesino IV. Jacobs and Elphaba placed third in the first Low Children’s Jumper class during the week, and when they entered the ring for the $1,500 Low Children’s Classic they left nothing to chance. Going early in the class, they put on the pressure and easily sped through the timers with the fastest double clear effort.
“We just wanted to end on a good note,” explained Jacobs. “We were going early, and we really wanted to go for it. We wanted to set the pace and make everyone else try to catch us. and it worked out really well.”
Jacobs continued, “Elphaba is the second jumper that I’ve ridden, and she was a good bridge through the Children’s Jumpers to the Junior Jumpers. It is fun to ride her because you can go any speed that you want. You can hold her together and be careful in the first round and then really go for it in the jump-off; she is very adjustable.”
After winning the Low Children’s Jumper Championship with Elphaba, Jacobs then went on to place second in the $1,500 High Children’s 14 & Under Jumper class with Campesino IV.
“We are doing High Children’s right now, and hopefully by the end of the season we will be doing Low Juniors,” stated Jacobs. “I am just focusing on getting used to him right now. I wasn’t trying to deplete all of his energy, so we could have gone for the extra two seconds in the class, but we also could have had a rail at the last oxer, so we just waited and added the stride.”
Jacobs concluded, “I always look forward to going to the ring with Elphaba and Campesino IV because they are fun horses to ride.”
The Jacobs Family and Deeridge Farms will continue to compete in Wellington during the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival, which runs through the end of March.