Sagacious HF Ridden by Chase Hickok to Win Global CDI3* Grand Prix Special with Career High Score
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 9, 2017–Sagacious HF was ridden by Chase Hickok to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special Thursday with a career high score for the 18-year-old KWPN gelding.
The 26-year-old Chase of Wellington, Florida scored 71.667 per cent for the win as the third rider of Sagacious in an international career that began more than a decade ago.
Megan Lane of Canada on San d’Or was second on 70.647 per cent and Suzan Pape of Great Britain on Harmony’s Don Noblesse was third on 70.608 per cent.
“He really loves his work, Chase said of Sagacious that still bears the barn name of “Kitty” as awarded by Caroline Roffman, one of the horse’s riders. “He enjoys the mental game of dressage. He goes on lots of trail rides. I hope he’ll keep going until he’s 35.
“Every time he goes out he gets better and better.”
Sagacious was brought to the United States as a youngster by Al Guden of Hyperion Farm.
Lauren Sammis rode the horse for the United States team at the 2007 Pan American Games that was all small tour at the time, winning team gold and individual silver. The pair moved up to Grand Prix in 2009 and over three years started 24 times at Big Tour, including the Special four times.
Caroline Roffman also of Wellington was given the ride in 2013 as her Under-25 mount, winning four out of eight starts at international level including two second places at the prestigious World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany the same year.
Chase leased Sagacious (Welt Hit II x Cocktail) from Hyperion Farm and began competing at international Under-25 events in 2014, running up 10 straight victories at the Global circuit in Wellington as well as capturing the 2015 Brentina Cup that is the American Under-25 championship.
This was her sixth start at Big Tour since the inaugural Grand Prix last September and her first victory at the top level.
The agreement to ride Sagacious goes until October this year when Al Guden and Chase will decide the next step.