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  • The Good Witch & Jennifer

    Jennifer Wooten-Dafoe and The Good Witch Top The 2010 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Leaderboard

    Over 200 riders from across the country competed in eight elite events that comprised the 2010 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series. Although they didn’t win any of the individual events in 2010, consistent placings and double clear rounds made Jennifer Wooten-Dafoe and Daisy Tognazzini’s The Good Witch the winners of the 2010 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series and $10,000 richer.

    Wooten-Dafoe riding the 14-year-old Irish Thoroughbred mare started out the season with a fourth place finish in the CIC3* at Galway Downs (Temecula, California). Double clears in both cross-country and show jumping gave them a boost with 90 bonus points. The pair’s next Gold Cup event was at the CIC3*-W at Rebecca Farm (Kalispell, Montana) where they finished a respectable seventh place out of 28 horses. Wooten-Dafoe and The Good Witch culminated their Gold Cup season at the Land Rover/USEA American Eventing Championships with an eighth in the Advanced class.

    “I am very excited to have won the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series this year,” Wooten-Dafoe said. “I think that it is a great program, very fun to participate in, and exciting to have such a large incentive to go for at the end of the year!”

    The Adequan USEA Gold Cup leaderboard shifted with each of the Gold Cup events this year, but in the end Wooten-Dafoe sat on the top with 595 points – 105 points over the Reserve Champions, Karen O’Connor and Mandiba.

    “I did keep tabs on the points after each event,” said Wooten-Dafoe. “It was so exciting to see the final leaderboard posted and knowing I had won $10,000. I am aiming to compete at the Badminton CCI4* next year so plan on saving the funds to compete there. As my fellow competitors and I know it is very expensive to compete especially aiming for events overseas. I am so grateful for all of the sponsors of the Gold Cup and am glad that they are willing to help us out.”

    The Good Witch is taking a bit of a vacation now and will be spending the winter competing at dressage shows in an effort to come out next season and be even more competitive. Wooten-Dafoe is hoping to travel to England with The Good Witch a month prior to Badminton to continue competing and training.

    In addition to her plans for Badminton, Wooten-Dafoe is aiming both The Good Witch and her other Advanced horse, Nabouco De Lessay, for the 2011 Adequan USEA Gold Cup events, Galway Downs and The Event at Rebecca Farm. She hopes to have a chance to be the Keeper of The Cup for two years running!

    I know, I know... Old news and it was already on the USEA website, but still.....

    Love this part...... "consistent placings and double clear rounds......"

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    I'm so excited for her, I have some friends who ride with her trainer and she is a class act.

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    • #3
      Best of luck in England next spring! The more upper level American riders we have taking forays to Europe, the better, I think. I would loved to have seen her get around Rolex, though, this year, but Badminton is a worthy goal, too.
      Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
      Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)

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      • #4
        Love the Good Witch. Classy mare.
        www.ncsporthorse.com

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