The Dixon Oval at Devon can be intimidating. But despite competing there for the first time, Wadamur (Sandro—Weltmeyer) found his courage and won the Grand Prix Special with Sue Jaccoma.
“I was thrilled with my horse,” said Jaccoma, Kennebunk, Maine. “During the Grand Prix test he was a little tense, but he really felt rideable today. The high point was his rideability.”
Wadamur, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding, posted a score of 66.20 percent to win his first Special at a CDI. He was fresh off wins in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix freestyle at the NEDA Fall Festival and Great American/USDF Region 8 Championships (N.Y.).
“My horse is like the Energizer bunny,” said Jaccoma, 55. “He conditions himself, and he’s a little workaholic. I ride him five days a week and do a lot of hacking. I try to mix it up and be creative so he doesn’t get bored.”
Jaccoma was thrilled that Wadamur handled the sloppy footing well and that he came through for her on such a big stage. She plans to take him to Florida in November so she can continue to work with Lars Petersen.
“The long-term goal is to take him as far and wide as he takes me,” said Jaccoma. “He’s a fabulous horse and has international capabilities.”