Deeridge Farm and the Jacobs Family proved to be in top form no matter where they are, with brilliant efforts this past weekend. During the Buffalo International Horse Show, Katie Robinson captured the Amateur-Owner Hunter Grand Championship with her veteran mount Rock Steady, while her daughter Maggie won the Children’s Pony Hunter Reserve Championship. Charlie Jr. and Katie Jacobs were the winners of the Children’s Hunter Horse Reserve Championship at the prestigious event. In North Salem, NY, their father Charlie Jacobs Sr. piloted Flaming Star to a second place finish in the $35,000 Double H Farm Classic during the American Gold Cup.
Katie Robinson and Rock Steady led the way in the Amateur-Owner Hunter division, earning three blue ribbons for their efforts in the ring. This led to the division championship, as well as the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter title for the pair.
“Rock Steady was great,” expressed Katie Robinson. “He had two and half months off, so he really felt great and happy to be back in work. Rock Steady is the horse I know the best and you just have to keep galloping; you don’t have to worry about anything else. I haven’t shown at Buffalo in so long, so it was nice to be back and get ready for Indoors.”
Over the weekend, Maggie followed in her mother’s footsteps by winning the Children’s Pony Hunter Reserve Championship and placing second in the Children’s Pony Hunter Classic. “Maggie had a great show and had a lot of fun,” said Katie Robinson. “I love watching her show Dawn’s Early Light, she has meant a lot to our family.”
Charlie Jr. and Katie Jacobs, Maggie’s cousins, shared the ride aboard Ranier during the competition in the Children’s Hunter Horse. Charlie Jr. held the reins during the first day and Katie Jacobs took over the second day, and their efforts led to the division’s reserve championship award.
Down the road, Charlie Sr. and Flaming Star showcased their skills during the $35,000 Double H Farm Classic. The challenging derby track tested all the competitors with 14 numbered obstacles. Charlie Sr. and Flaming Star had just one rail over the track, but their quick time led to a second place finish for the day.
“It was wonderful to be at the Gold Cup,” noted Charlie Sr. “The course was very much an old-fashioned derby course. We went for it. Flaming Star is a horse that loves to run and as he gallops he gets more careful. Unfortunately we had a rail down, but it was fun and I look forward to doing it next year.”
Charlie Sr. will now be traveling to New Albany, Ohio for the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix, and the rest of the Deeridge team will begin preparing for the Indoor Circuit this fall.