FROM THE 2001 COSEQUINâ WINTER EQUESTRIAN
1-2 Finish Makes It A Super Sunday For Katie Prudent
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA -- January 28, 2001 - It was a Super Sunday for three-time AGA Rider of the Year Katie Prudent of Middleburg, Virginia, who finished first and second to capture the $35,000 Farr Legacy Grand Prix presented by Western Hay Sunday at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. The 47-year-old Prudent, who won titles in 1988, 1986 and 1982, earned first-place honors aboard Landato, an 11-year-old Oldenburg bay mare, with a clean ride over 13 obstacles in 36.406 seconds in the sudden-death jump-off round. She earned $10,500 for finishing first.
Prudent finished second aboard Belladonna, an 18-year-old Dutch-bred bay mare in 36.976 seconds and earned $7,700. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum of Germany placed third aboard Concetta in 37.733 seconds and earned $4,500.
"He's (Landato) been a huge winner all his life," said Prudent. "He's like a little bullet. He's so fast, the speed phase (in the sudden-death jump-off) is the most fun thing."
Prudent has primarily been teaching for the last five years, but has become a full-time rider again after her student, Elise Haas, went to college in the fall. Haas rode Landato for the past three years.
"The cool part is having so many good horses," said Prudent, who owns Belladonna but rides Landato and several others for the Haas family. "I do my best with each horse, no matter who owns them."