Wellington, FL – March 23, 2018 – In the $35,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers, Richie Moloney (IRL) and Rocksy Music, owned by Equinimity, were victorious. In the WEF International Arena, Lexy Reed and Coppertone, Daniel Coyle and Khaleesi, and Andrew Ramsay and Gerlos won in the Developing Jumper Series Classics.
Highlights remaining in week 11, sponsored by CaptiveOne Advisors on March 21-25, include the $205,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix CSI 4* at 11 a.m. on the grass derby field at Equestrian Village (13500 South Shore Blvd.) and the $132,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic Final at 6:30 p.m. in the WEF International Arena on Saturday, March 24, as well as the $50,000 Hermés Under 25 Grand Prix Series Final at 12 p.m. at the grass derby field on Sunday, March 25. WEF hosts hunter, jumper, and equitation competition until April 1 and offers more than $9 million in prize money.
Only two riders managed to skim under the 40-second mark in the jump-off for the $35,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumper class, with Ireland’s Richie Moloney bettering his 38 rivals. Eleven combinations made it through to the jump-off over Germany’s Olaf Petersen Jr.-designed track, with nine of those managing to pull off a second clear round on the manicured grass of the derby field at Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival).
This win for the Irish rider, in week 11 of the 12-week 2018 WEF, was the first international victory for Moloney and Rocksy Music, Equinimity LLC’s 10-year-old gelding by ARS Vivendi.
“Rocksy Music was third in a two-star grand prix [in Tryon, in October 2017], but this is our first win,” said the 36-year-old rider, whose victory was almost scuppered by the last to jump, the USA’s Molly Ashe, who was only 0.2 seconds adrift on Louisburg Farm’s Balous Day Date. “It feels very good. He’s been great all circuit and he’s jumped a good bit. This was his final class, so it’s a nice finish. I was hungry to win today because I knew it was his last. Luckily it came off, though Molly was very close at the end.
“The course was pretty straightforward, but you couldn’t get too flat until you had the double at the end jumped. It was a good course and it suited us,” added Moloney, who has been based in Florida, working for owners Equinimity LLC, for the past seven years.
He first heard about Rocksy Music through his brother at the end of the horse’s seven-year-old year.
Richie Moloney (IRL) Rocksy Music in their awards presentation with Brooke Snader of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
“My brother Eddie [Moloney], who is based in Ireland and also jumps, told me about him and said that I should sit on him,” he recalled. “I wasn’t really sure about him until I sat on him, but he gave a great feeling; very careful and very scopey — so it seems to be working out so far. He was imported just over two years and we took our time in the first year, but he’s really starting to kick on now. He jumped his first three-star grand prix last week and was unlucky, but he jumped very well. We’ll just keep going now and see where he ends up. He can jump really big, and he’s careful, so we’ll see.”
Moloney’s ultimate aim is to ride on senior teams for Ireland.
“I’d like to hopefully aim for championships and it’d be nice to be going well enough to do an Olympics — and have a horse good enough to do it,” he added.
The podium was rounded out by Brazil’s Pedro Junqueira Muylaert riding Ricardo Facchini’s 11-year-old KWPN mare C’Est Dorijke, who finished third.
Full Results here.
Source: Press Release by Jennifer Wood Media Inc.
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