A medium-sized, bay mare with an expressive eye jumped her heart out over the weekend in Wellington, Florida. To be specific, she cleared 30, 1.60-meter jumps clean, thrilling her rider Robert Teran and bringing down the house for his Colombian teammates.
Woklahoma, a 13-year-old KWPN mare (Sheraton x Calvados) owned by Teran and ARK Partners LLC, was developed as a young horse and brought up to the CSI5* level by Albert Zoer in the Netherlands. At the end of 2013, Teran got the ride on her and began building a partnership that is now paying off big–with perfect timing for Olympic-year goals.
“I have been riding Woklahoma for three years,” Teran said. “She’s been improving month by month, year by year. And now she’s at a point where it’s a very good Nations Cup horse. She went to the Pan American Games and she was outstanding.”
That was last July, when Teran and Woklahoma recorded a top ten finish in the Team Final at the 2015 Pan American Games in Caledon, Ontario. Since then Teran has kept developing her level on the North American East Coast circuit, but this past weekend in Wellington, Florida was a new high point.
In Friday evening’s $150,000 CSIO4* Nations Cup, Teran and Woklahoma clinched double clear rounds, one of just four pairs to do so over the tough, nighttime, two-round track. Their performance elevated Team Colombia to a 3rd place podium finish behind the United States and Ireland.
Come Sunday, Woklahoma proved that she is a horse of championship quality by jumping another double clear over the supremely difficult track in the $216,000 Lugano Diamonds CSIO4* Grand Prix. Teran and Woklahoma’s quick jumpoff time earned them 2nd place and undoubtedly served as a significant result in the eyes of Marcel Delestre, Team Colombia’s chef d’equipe. It is Delestre who will make the final call on which Colombian riders compete in this summer’s Rio Olympic Games.
“She jumped fantastic, super super on top of her game,” Teran described of his horse. “She’s super serious, super careful, she’s getting better every day, and she’s just a dream to ride.”
For Teran, the big goal of the year is to make it all the way to the Rio Olympics in good shape. “It’s good management from here to there, to get her in the best condition possible,” he added.
Keeping Woklahoma fit and happy is top priority for Teran and his team; the mare gets regular turnout, goes in the walker once, sometimes twice, a day, and follows the kind of specific program that allowed her to jump four big rounds on zero faults.
Colombia has two individual spots available for the Rio Olympics, and several riders are vying to be selected for those slots. Teran plans to rest Woklahoma before jumping the final two weeks of the Winter Equestrian Festival. Their performance there, and during spring/summer competitions and Nations Cup jumping in Europe, will determine their chances of booking a ticket to Rio.