“She is a dream,” said Tiffany Foster of Jetouelle S.
“It’s easy for her. She’s very scopey, and she has a really good read where the back pole is and she’s clever in the combinations. She’s a cool horse.”
The 9-year-old mare belongs to Foster’s student Isabelle Coxe, but is getting valuable miles in the ring under the Canadian Olympian to advance her education while Coxe is at school. She’s also earning valuable ribbons.
On Saturday, Foster moved the Dutch Warmblood up to her second ever international 1.45m class, the CSI3* Kubota Canada Winning Round, at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC—and won.
“She’s by Chaman. To me, she canters exactly like him. If you want to have elevation, you create it. But when you want to go fast and low, you can. So she’s a super fast horse, really quick across the ground and really quick in the air. And her jumping technique in front is 10 out of 10. So that makes it a lot easier!
“But she also tries really hard. I took a pretty good slice on that fourth jump in the jump-off and for horse to clear that jump, off that distance, at that speed on that angle, they have to want to do it.
“She didn’t make an overly beautiful jump but she jumped a clear jump And that’s what you care about, right? She does moves like that, where you just say, ‘What a great heart she’s got!’ She’s a real trier and she wants to do well.”
The winning round format saw the top 10 combinations return on a clean slate for the second speed round of Peter Holmes’ course. Only Foster and Jetouelle S were able to jump double clear on the day, stopping the clock at 51.23 seconds. Kara Chad (CAN) and Easy Boy d’Aubey Z finished second with four faults in 51.39s, with Shauna Cook (CAN) and Glacier ZF third (4/52.21s).
“The shadows were pretty bad by this time [of day]. And, it’s a little hazy with the smoke and stuff in the air right now. It’s okay to breathe, but the look is a little weird,” postulated Foster on the shortage of clears.
“I think that that probably had a little played a little bit into it. And Peter [Holmes] had a course that was really open. And whenever you open them up like that, the poles usually start to fall.”
Foster and Jetouelle, on the contrary, are on the rise. The pair will return to tbird in September for the CSI3* Harvest Festival with plans to move the mare up.
“I’m going to try to jump her first 1.50m then,” said Foster. “I feel like if I keep going in the way I’m going, she’ll be ready.”