Holloway, Bliss and Busca Score Wins at Ocala Summer IV Show

Holloway, Bliss and Busca Score Wins at Ocala Summer IV Show

Spectators and exhibitors alike were on the edge of their seats as a field of 32 of the world’s best show jumping talents from across the globe contested the $150,000 Florida Coast Equipment Grand Prix CSI3*. At the conclusion, it was Hunter Holloway (USA) and her longtime partner Eastern Jam (Lexicon x Monaco) that stood atop the podium.

Hunter Holloway & Eastern Jam. Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.
Athletes from eleven nations were challenged by the intricate track set by FEI Level IV course designer Alan Wade (IRL). Eight managed to find the path to a clear effort, but only three elite athletes managed a fault-free round.

Hunter Holloway (USA) was the third athlete to return to the jump-off and she was determined to pilot Hays Investment Corp.’s Eastern Jam to a clear round, “Eastern Jam isn’t the fastest, but he makes up for it in the turns and his big step. I rode my plan and used his strengths to my advantage.”

The crowd was silent as Holloway and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding navigated the short track, tackling lines and executing the tightest turns to stop the clock at a blistering 40.38 seconds, a time no other competitor was able to catch.
Holloway spoke about her tried-and-true mount, “Eastern Jam is the best. He’s a long time partner of mine, I’ve had him for seven, almost eight years now, so we know each other really well. He’s my steady eddy for sure and an ole’ reliable at this point,” laughed Holloway. “He’s a very seasoned horse, but he definitely grows in an atmosphere like this. He loves everyone cheering for him, he thinks it’s all about him. I think he come out and jumps even better because of it.”

Peter Petschenig & Einneble Van Het Posthuijs. Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.
Peter Petschenig (AUT) was just behind Holloway with Petschenig Showjumping, LLC’s Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs (Numero Uno x Argentinus). Petschenig and the skilled 14-year-old KWPN mare raced around the short course, finding each fence on an open gallop in 41.58 seconds to secure the second place spot atop the podium. 

Petschenig spoke about the consistent Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs, “Ennebel is different, if I don’t do anything completely wrong, she will always jump clear. I don’t think there has been a lot of grands prix in general where she hasn’t placed. She was clear last week, clear on Thursday night and double clear again today. She’s won here before during the winter circuit. She’s a true competitor and an incredible horse.”

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Hunter Holloway & Eastern Jam Cruise to Victory in $150,000 Florida Coast Equipment Grand Prix CSI3*  – World Equestrian Center