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Richard Spooner and Aces High

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Richard Spooner Prepares Young Prospects for the Big Leagues

Written by: Jenna Sudol
Client: Richard Spooner Show Jumping
Release Date: 2016-03-23

Wellington, Fla. – March 23, 2016 – From Nations Cup to the Global Champions Tour, the name Richard Spooner has become synonymous with grand prix victories and blazing fast horses. Then again, it takes more than simple luck to get to the top of the sport, and Spooner believes careful training at home is the only way to produce promising young horses.

Spooners’ former World Cup mount, Ace, has sired two young prospects that he is bringing through the ranks at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Ace of Diamonds and Aces High are full siblings, who have individually shown great promise. Spooner predicts they will enjoy a very bright future in the show ring. Spooner said, “With both these horses I’m really optimistic.”

Ace of Diamonds is a mare out of Spooner’s former mount, Ezra, whom he rode to numerous grand prix victories. “Ezra was all heart and really excelled at doing things you didn’t think she could do,” explained Spooner. “Ace of Diamonds is just so much like Ezra that it’s almost a reincarnation. The single difference is she is about a hand and half taller and she has about a foot longer legs. I think she will be an unbelievable top horse, at the very least, a 1.45m speed horse though I’m optimistic she could be more than that.”

Speaking of Aces High, Spooner said, “Aces High is so much like his father that it’s uncanny. He’s a little quirky, a little spooky, yet his jumping technique is absolutely flawless just like his father. He’s very easy to ride in the show ring. I’m confident by the time he’s 9 or 10 years old, he will be exceptional.”

Both of these promising horses competed in the 6-Year-Old Young Jumper division during the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival. “They did very well,” noted Spooner. “I think the circuit was instrumental for them to gain valuable experience. Plus, I was able to ride and train them mainly at home at one of the farms in Grand Prix Village, so they didn’t actually have to show that much. I think they only showed three weeks, so it was definitely a positive learning experience for them.”

Ace of Spades is another solid prospect sired by Ace that is a little further along in terms of age and experience. “Ace of Spades is by Ace and the grandson of Landgraf,” said Spooner. “He is doing the 1.40m and the 1.45m. He’s a very nice horse. I think he’s going to be a quality Amateur-Owner or Junior Jumper.”

Going forward, all three mounts will head to the West Coast to compete at the Del Mar International Horse Show and Spruce Meadows. For more information about Richard Spooner Show Jumping and these talented mounts, please follow Spooner on Facebook.




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