With 64 enrolled, the 2014 Texas Pre-Green Series is maintaining the program's historical trend of continual growth. An impressive 61% of enrolled horses have earned back their enrollment fees this year. Total payout for the year so far is over $65,000 with total for the season expected to top 2013's impressive $133,000.
After several wins, Peter Pletcher leads the rider standings for the series with over $20,600 in earnings this season, bringing his total lifetime earnings from the Texas Pre-Green Super Stake Series to over $50,000! With a significant lead in this year's standings, Pletcher is pushing for first place after taking second place in the rider category for the season in both 2012 and 2013. Currently second in the series is rider Will Roberts with $5,446, and trailing Will in third is Texas Pre-Green newcomer Jennifer Alfano with current earnings of $4,350.
Currently leading owner and horse categories are Nanette Hebert and her mare Zafira with total earnings of $7,405. Hebert reports, "We imported Zafira last July. She was five years old, looked quiet and had a cute jump, but she was pretty green. After quarantine, we sent her straight to Michigan. She was champion her first week!" Zafira was also champion at three events so far this year: Texas Shoot Out, Lone Star Round Up II, and Southwest Classic. Hebert told us, "Zafira stayed home from the Florida circuits this winter, so she was on vacation right up until Pin Oak. She tries really hard and really wants to do things right."
As far as the Texas Pre-Green Series goes, it's a perfect fit for Hebert. She says, "I think the Texas Pre-Green Program is a great idea, because I was already importing young horses. Now the classes are huge and the quality of the horses is much better. The Pre-Green horses get seen by a lot of people, and people are really getting excited about it." Hebert has one other horse enrolled in the program this year, Cancara.
Trailing in second in both categories are Jamie Jarvis and her mare, Pearl Street, with earnings of $6,970. It's still anybody's game in these divisions with less than half of the money for the season paid out at this point. Currently in third place are Christine Lemieux and her Mars at $4,255 and in fourth place are Carly Lazarri and her Current Affair at $3,720.