Aaron Vale Earns Second Consecutive Win with I Adermie R 4 in the $40,000 1.45m CSI3* Two Phase Special
International competition began early this morning in the WEC Grand Arena with the $40,000 1.45m CSI3* Two Phase Special. World-renowned course designer Alan Wade of Ireland set the two-phase track for 24 elite athletes where nine pairs found fault-free rounds. Aaron Vale (USA) secured his second victory of the week with Lori Osterstock’s I Adermie R 4 (Den Ham Blue R x Namelus R) after the pair flew to the top of the leaderboard with an unbeatable time.
Vale entered the arena at the halfway mark aboard the ten-year-old KPWN mare. The skilled combination flew past the competition, finishing the speed portion in an uncatchable 31.94 seconds.
“Alan Wade is a world-class course designer, and he has been creating great courses all week. The first phase let you jump around a bit and then the second phase had some fun elements. There was a hard inside turn from the Wheels Up jump to the fan vertical. It was hard to get inside to that smoothly, a lot of horses stopped or jumped a bit funny because it was a tough angle. I didn’t get there as smoothly as I wanted, but Adermie is quick footed enough that she kept it up. Then I found the rest forward and to my advantage Adermie is the type of horse the faster you go the better she jumps,” told Vale.
“It’s really nice that World Equestrian Center – Ocala is hosting FEI competition. This facility is incredible and can hold championship events. I am looking forward to more FEI shows here in the future,” shared Vale.
Nicole Walker (CAN) secured second place honors aboard her own Excellent B. Walker and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Berlin x Heartbreaker) were just two tenths of a second shy of the winning time in 32.20 seconds. Walker also earned fourth place aboard her other mount Atout Des Trambles.