Peter Wylde and Van de Emma Top $75,000 Agero Grand Prix at the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament
After a week of successful competition, the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, held on August 15-19, 2018 at Fieldstone Show Park in Halifax, MA, welcomed the last day of the event and its highlight class, the $50,000 Agero Grand Prix.
Although a torrential downpour caused the competition to be moved from the facility’s spacious Grand Prix field to a nearby all-weather ring, course designers Olaf Petersen Jr. and Mauricio Garcia Ballesteros had little problem reconfiguring the course. “At the beginning of the day we weren’t completely sure of our plan with the changes made from the weather, but we pulled everything together and pulled it off,” said Ballesteros.
The Grand Prix’s first round saw 21 entries over the 1.50m course with nine clear to advance to the jump-off. One of the last to go, Peter Wylde, astride one of his four mounts, Oakridge Farm’s Van de Emma, claimed the class by two tenths of a second. “You know the ring, it’s smaller, though still quite large, and so it was a whole different flavor. But, the footing was so good. The jumps were lovely and Olaf Petersen Jr. is just such a good course builder, especially considering the midnight-move from the grass field,” said Wylde. “Both courses today were fantastic, and despite not being able to hold the class in the GP field, which Silver Oak is so well known for, at the same time it made for a truly fantastic class.”
Though edged out by Wylde, Alberto Michan set the bar higher for the final four riders when he chose to make a bold inside turn. “I must say the all-weather arena, for my horse, was a bit harder, because he is just so large with such a long stride, but he still managed very well. I think in the jump-off we did particularly well and it felt like we both gave really gave our all,” said Michan, who ended the day in third on Brianne Goutal-Marteau’s Redmond.
The final pair to contest the course, Sarah Segal and T.K. Farm’s Camira, finished in second, just moments behind Wylde. Lauren Tisbo and Tequestrian Farms, LLC’s Jeleena De Muze took fourth, and Paul O’Shea rounded out the top five aboard Skara Glen Stables’ Skara Glen’s 7 Pillars.