OCALA, FL (March 17, 2014) – With a standing-room-only crowd in attendance at the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium, Dr. Fernando Cardenas and Quincy Car won Sunday’s $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. The course included a first round time allowed of 83 seconds and 37 riders attempted to best a lengthy, technical test presented by grand prix course designer Florencio Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico. His course consisted of 14 obstacles and 17 jumping efforts, two difficult lines both with combinations, finishing with a hard gallop to the last fence at fourteen, a big oxer.
“Quincy was just having fun today,” said Cardenas, who hails from New Hill, North Carolina. “We planned to pick up momentum today heading into the Million, and it proved no problem at all.”
The hopes of the five other riders faded when Cardenas entered the ring with Quincy Car. With several encouraging top-twelve finishes this circuit, Cardenas recorded one of only two double-clear rounds of the day to capture the win in a time of 46.51 seconds.
“Quincy Car is a very good horse and except for the day my child was born, I’ve never been prouder of anything,” said Cardenas, who admits that the win was not for him, but for his father, Fernando Cardenas Sr. – the breeder of Quincy Car. “It was his hard work, determination and careful breeding that produced this great stallion. This day honors him and his lifelong dedication to the sport of show jumping,” added Cardenas.