Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Be Cool Clinch the Win in The Estates at TerraNova CCI4*-S

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Be Cool Clinch the Win in The Estates at TerraNova CCI4*-S

Liz Halliday-Sharp (USA) and Cooley Be Cool graced the top of the star-studded The Estates at TerraNova CCI4*-S after their cross-country ride across the sprawling grounds of TerraNova Equestrian Center. The pair was in second after dressage on 26.6 and they held that spot after their double clear show jumping trip on Friday evening.

Captain Mark Phillips’ The Estates at TerraNova CCI4*-S course had 35 jumping efforts and looped through several fields, past the stabling and the show jumping ring and covered a distance of 3,421 meters. A few jump highlights included the picturesque Siesta Key lifeguard stands at the water complex in front of the VIP tent and Sarasota’s Ringling Bridge, complete with cars and sailboats. More Florida-themed cross-country fences will be added to the course for the fall Event at TerraNova. Several mounds were built to introduce more varied terrain to the property. One of the tougher combinations was a triple combination with a frangible post and rails at fence A placed at the top of a hill, followed by four strides down the hill to a left-handed corner at B to a skinny brush wedge at C. All levels jumped the ramped TerraNova frame fence as the final obstacle on the course.

With optimum time set at six minutes flat, Halliday-Sharp was one of two riders to come close to that with 6:10 on the clock. “I’m really excited to have taken the win today on Cooley Be Cool, also known as ‘Dave’ to his friends, he’s a pretty cool dude,” Halliday-Sharp said. “He’s a horse I really believe in and he totally deserves this win today.” Cooley Be Cool (Heritage Fortunus x HHS Carlotta/Cavalier Royale) is a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Ocala Horse Properties LLC and The Monster Partnership.

Halliday-Sharp also brought two younger, less experienced four-star horses. “I thought (the course) was great for that,” she said. “It was a great experience, gave them a really good, confident first four-star of the year. Everything went to plan. I commend TerraNova on their hard work on the ground, it was fantastic. Good courses all around, I really enjoyed myself.

“I’ve never been here before and this is the most spectacular venue and unbelievable footing. I will definitely be coming back!” Halliday-Sharp said of her experience at TerraNova.

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