BEECH ISLAND---It was a great season for the farm. Those were the words of Grand Prix show jumper Angel Karolyi in describing the success of Hollow Creek Farm at the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla.
Hollow Creek’s team was a consistent force on the WEF circuit, led by junior rider Emmanuelle Andrade, who was an unstoppable force winning 14 championships and 10 reserve championships during the 12 weeks of exhibiting, and the horseman from Venezuela shows great promise, said Karolyi.
“He’s been working hard and doing the right things.” said Karolyi. “He’s really come a long way during the last couple of years.”
Andrade is currently competing in Venezuela, but the exhibitor will have a busy itinerary this spring and summer, said Karolyi.
“He’s going to jump for two weeks in Kentucky in May,” said Karolyi. “His horses will take a couple of weeks off, and then he’ll go to Upperville. We’ll then take a couple of more weeks off and then go to Lake Placid.”
However, Andrade wasn’t the only rider on the Hollow Creek Farm roster that enjoyed success, as Karolyi is in the process of producing several young horses, and getting to know a horse he and Hollow Creek Farm’s Andrea King purchased last fall, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding named Indiana 127. The rider/horse combination got off to a propitious start by winning the first Grand Prix class they entered, when they earned blue ribbon honors in the $30,000 Raleigh Grand Prix last November.
Karolyi and Indiana 127 recently placed seventh in the Class 3 Live Oak Grand Prix in Ocala, Fla. on March 23, and performed admirably in a competitive field featuring a great amount of depth.
“It was a beautiful show,” said Karolyi. “It was very refreshing. There were four classes throughout the weekend, two on Friday, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Indiana was clear. I was last in the jump-off but there were already five clear, and one with the rail down. the last jump down, with a very fast time. I thought I might as well give it a try, to win, knowing that even if I was to have a rail down, I could slow down and settle for seventh.”
The chestnut gelding by Indoctro has impressed the rider, jumping unbelievably well, and the scopey horse has demonstrated a tremendous amount of talent and potential.
“I kind of took it easy with him thoroughout the circuit in Wellington,” said Karolyi, “He changed after that first Grand Prix in Raleigh. He got stronger. He has greater energy, and is far more difficult to handle. I used the circuit to get to know him. I tried not to get too excited and go in the bigger classes. I took it easy, and in the end, I think he appreciated it.”
There are two horses in the Hollow Creek Farm barn that Karolyi is currently producing that bear watching, one is a bay gelding named Amigo, the other is a Zangersheide mare named Armani Z that possesses great promise.
“Armani Z jumped the whole 8-year-old circuit in Wellington,” said Karolyi. “She was 8th in the 1.40 meters, and she was clear. She’s really a nice young mare.”