Susan Jaccoma & Wadamur win Grand Prix Special at Devon World Cup Show

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Susan Jaccoma and Wadamur. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Susan Jaccoma and Wadamur. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

DEVON, Pennsylvania, Sept. 27–Describing her nine-year-old Wadamur as a workaholic “Energizer Bunny,” Susan Jaccoma rode the Hanoverian gelding to their first Grand Prix Special victory Sunday at the Devon World Cup event.

Sue of Wellington, Florida, posted a score of 66.208 per cent in only their second CDI Grand Prix competition. Denmark’s Lars Petersen, also based in Wellington, was second on the 14-year-old Dutch mare Naomi with a score of 65.625 per cent and Pierre St. Jacques of Ocala, Florida on Lucky Tiger was third with 65.167 per cent.

Susan, who is “proud” to be aged 55 (56 in two weeks), has owned Wadamur for almost six years and has trained him through the levels to where she believes he has “international capabilities.”

She has worked on music for a freestyle but did not want to ride Wadamur under the lights at this stage of his training so will hold off performing it until the Florida winter circuit.

Lars Petersen and Naomi in rain-soaked Devon arena. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen and Naomi in rain-soaked Devon arena. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Lars said that he rode Naomi “very conservatively” because of the sloppy conditions after 12 hours of steady rain.

Even so, he said the mare slid a little on the footing.

Despite that, he said, the movements are improving with the tempi changes and pirouettes getting better and the passage feeling easy.

He returns to his Florida base to prepare for the forthcoming show season.