Silver Oak Jumper Tournament 2018
Thursday, Aug. 16th- Day 2
Day two has come and past here at the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, and the pace has been fast and filled with thrills!! Aside from the nearly 250 trips between Fieldstone’s three other show rings, all eyes were glued to the Grand Prix arena. When 2 o’clock rolled around the $10,000 GGT sponsored Welcome Stakes was under way and our almost 30 riders began their battle for the top spots. Sarah Segal was off to a very competitive start on her two mounts riding for T.K. Farm, and ended her day the quickest of the four-faulters in 4th and 6th place. Back at the stables she had nothing but compliments for Silver Oak. “I haven’t been for a few years but you can definitely tell they put a lot of work into the facilities, the rings and the footing in the rings, it’s great; it’s beautiful.” Paul O’Shea, who found out just before the class that Pessoa had announced his placement on the Irish team for the World Equestrian Games, took the second place position and was all smiles. To him,“the field felt very good, the horses took off and landed very well; it felt just right. It was a lovely, flowing course. These horses here (including star mount Imerald Van’t Voorhof) actually haven’t jumped on grass this year yet, so it was great for them to go in and get that experience of a big open field here.”
And saving the best for last, Olympic titan Peter Wylde gave the competition a run for their money again winning the class in style aboard Kathy Kamine’s flashy bay mare Canamera 2, as well as stole hearts and third place away from Willie Tynan on yet another athletic stunner, Oakridge Farm’s Van de Emma. Again more than pleased with the performance of his horses, Peter gave ample credit to world-renowned course designer Olaf Petersen Jr. saying simply that he is a “great course builder! He’s just so good, and it was a fun jump-off today. I was pretty sure I had the time, I mean she (Canamera 2) is fast, was very forward and just great. I couldn’t be happier with the way she handled the course; she’s an amazing animal.”
Great things are happening, both in and out of the arena here at Fieldstone, and the momentum is showing no signs of slowing as the weekend continues. Between the picturesque facilities and smiling faces the week is off to a wonderfully successful start, and in the words of competitor Paul O’Shea, “Ive been here just about every year since the start of this show, and every year something has improved. Jeff runs a beautiful show, and it’s truly turned into a great facility.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so be sure not to miss out on such a beautiful and rewarding experience that is the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament. We look forward to seeing you!