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Saturday evening’s $40,000 Wells Fargo Private Bank Grand Prix took center stage at the 8th Annual Giant Steps Charity Classic. Not only was their excitement in the air for the big class of the week, but also from those who had purchased one of the 10 teams in the Grand Prix Calcutta.
Course Designer, Oscar Soberon challenged the horses and riders with a technical course of turns and combinations, that resulted in 7 horses progressing to the jump off.
Zazou Hoffman and Samson II, owned by Saree Kayne, produced two exceptional clear rounds. Second into the ring for the jump off, they turned up the pressure for the rest of the riders with a time of 42.765. Kristin Hardin and Firestone S came close with a time of 43.410 to take second place, followed by Taylor Harris and Disco Lady with a time of 45.273 for third.
Hoffman works with Dick Carvin, Francie Steinwedell-Carvin and Susie Schroer at Meadow Grove Farm.”Saree Kayne came to ride with us about 10 years ago when she was about 18-years-old and has just really been an amazing owner, an amazing rider and a student. She had recently got married and then pregnant and had a group of great horses. Saree had decided that she wanted Zazou to ride those while she was expecting and for the next few years.” Carvin explained, “Saree had called me because Samson II, owned by another one of my clients, was going to be sold. Saree called and said “I want to buy Samson for Zazou” So we went through the process and she bought the horse, we got the deal done the day before the horses left in June for Spruce Meadows. We have known Samson II for a few years and he is very special, so is W Zermie 13 [7th place], she had some ups and downs in the jump off today. We have a great owner combined with an amazing rider – Zazou is really special.” Said Carvin
The Meadow Grove Farm team recently attended Sonoma Horse Park for the first time and enjoyed their experience. “In May my wife [Francie Steinwedell-Carvin] and I decided to bring some horses up, just a small group and we left them here. When I went back I said they have done so much work on that place and you guys are going to love it. We were getting ready to go to Thunderbird in a weeks time and so we thought it would be great to come to Sonoma Horse Park, jump some horses because they had a little break from Spruce Meadows and then from here take a week staying north from here off before heading off to Thunderbird.”
“We are looking at our September schedule now because we have the Longines FEI World Cup™ trials coming up, Zazou, of course, will be doing those. I do have a group of amateurs that you saw here who are stepping into these bigger classes for the 1st time and will not be doing the World Cup™, this would be a good place for them to come and experience jumping at this level.” Carvin continued, “I have to say Ashley Herman is a manager that all other managers need to strive to be. She is taking the extra steps that we do not see any more, little things, like when our clients see them out there cleaning the jumps – they notice that. They notice that she has made the effort, they come here and they feel respected for what they are putting into the sport and they feel like she is giving back by doing little things like that – it’s amazing.”
Winning rider Zazou Hoffman, who was one of two riders who brought two horses back for the jump off, the other being Kristin Hardin. “The course tonight rode technical and scopey from the very start tonight, but I trust both my horses and I was really confident in them and they both jumped the 1st round really incredible. Samson II just continued to open up more and more as he went around the course; he is just a wonderful horse.
“Suzie helped me when I was starting in the ponies, then I rode some ponies for both Dick and Suzie and I continued to stay in touch in my junior years. I took some time off from showing while I attended college and when I came out of school I started helping them part-time. I was then hired full-time and I had no expectations of showing at this level, I had placed importance on just learning the business and riding a bit. I then had an amazing opportunity arise with Saree Kayne, I am very grateful.” said Hoffman.