Sloane Coles made her presence known during the $25,000 Blue Rock Classic Grand Prix when she collected the second, fourth and fifth places with her mounts. The grand prix was a featured event during the Blue Rock Classic Horse Show, May 13-17 at Swan Lake in Littlestown, Pennsylvania.
Mary Lisa Leffler’s name topped the leader board with Carlot, owned by Rolling Acres, but Sloane gave it a gallant effort aboard her three talented grand prix partners.
“I think [Catsy Cruz, the course designer] did a really good job with the course,” said Sloane in a Phelps Sports article. “The last line was difficult; it was a really steady four strides. A lot of people had trouble there. My chestnut horse that I was fourth on his name is Espirit, and he’s my best horse. I jumped clear with him at the Old Salem Grand Prix [New York]. He jumped super, but I was so worried about him on the four that I leaned back on him in the air and got the vertical down behind.”
Sloane had much better luck when she returned seven trips later aboard L’Ami Noir, owned by The Windwood Group. She and the 7-year-old Holsteiner gelding were the first to compete the first-round course without faults, but they fell victim to one rail in the jump-off, finishing with 4 faults in 45.16 seconds. Leffler and Carlot jumped clear for the victory.
“He’s just really talented,” said Coles of L’Ami Noir. “I’m lucky to have him. I think he’s kind of ready to step up. I don’t want to go too fast with him. He will hopefully do some of the smaller grand prix classes this summer in Kentucky. He has all of the ability, and he is a big horse that covers a lot of ground. He’s a winner.”
Other top placings for Spring Ledge included: Atilla, who was seventh in the USHJA National Hunter Derby with Sloane and won the NAL/WIHS/M&S Adult Hunter Classic with Julie Coles in the irons. Rose Alba and Madison Warner were fourth in their first 1.0M jumper class together, and Alexandra Warner went clear in NAL/WIHS/M&S Children’s Jumper Classic with Strike The Code.
$25,000 Blue Rock Classic Grand Prix
1. Carlot/Mary Lisa Leffler/0-0/46.50
2. L’Ami Noir/Sloane Coles/0-4/45.16
3. Cellisto/Kirk Webby/0-8/42.65
4. Esprit/Sloane Coles/4/77.72
5. Bailey VI/Sloane Coles/4/79.06