Gorky Takes a Walk in the Park at Woodside to Win $5000
Circuit Opener Jumper Classic
California. Sharn Wordley rode Gorky to a walk in the park
the Horse Park at Woodside to win the $5,000 Woodside Circuit
Opener Classic. Only three horses managed a clear round over Chris
Collmans course, and Gorky was the fastest of the three with
a winning time of 34.554. Wordley was especially pleased with the
black Selle Francais performance given that this was the horses
first time back in the show ring after colic surgery. I bought
this horse in January and out of nine classes, this horse has won
a prize in each of them. He is pretty hard to beat in a jump off.
He is unbelievably fast, smart and careful. Wordley and Gorky
won a grand prix at Rancho Mirage, CA in January and they earned
ribbons in all the grand prix classes they entered at Tucson, AZ.
is Wordleys first time showing in Northern California and
he was impressed with the Horse Park at Woodside. I think
this could be a fantastic place and the area needs something like
this. It has a good feel about it. This is the second year
of the Woodside Summer Circuit and the circuit sold out this year.
The Woodside Circuit Opener (June 24-27) is the first of three A
shows at the scenic 272 acre Horse Park at Woodside. As the shows
grow, so do the facility upgrades. The facility continues to improve
the footing and exhibitors can now rent turn out paddocks during
Woodside Summer Circuit is part of the seven show, A
rated hunter/jumper series at the Horse Park at Woodside. On of
the main features for 2004 is the New Woodside Hunter Incentive
Program which awards trainers dollar points for ribbons
earned in hunter classes with double dollar points at the Woodside
Fall Finale (September 30 - October 3). In addition to the cash
prize, the winning trainer will get the use of an oceanfront villa
at the Maui Marriott Ocean Resort for eight days. Trainer Lynn Irving
is currently in the lead. It would be so exciting to win,
said Irving but I dont want to get too excited yet.
She noted that the prize money will give her spending money for
the Maui vacation. Complete standings are listed at www.esportsinc.com.
Atkinson and Slingshot won the $1500 Junior-Amateur Owner Jumper
Classic and Andrea Church aboard Special Effects won the $1000 Marshall
& Sterling Childrens-Adult Jumper Classic. Results, including
show champions, are listed at www.esportsinc.com. The Woodside Summer
Circuit continues with the Bay Area Festival (June 30 - July 4)
and the Golden Gate Classic (July 7 - 11) and both feature $20,000
grand prix events.