Email* On the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village, Ashlee Bond (ISR) and Imagine, owned by Aurora Farms and Little Valley Farms, captured the Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers CSI3* to open FEI competition during Week 6 of WEF. A total of 40 entries contested the two-phase track set by Catsy Cruz (MEX), which featured nine jumping efforts in the first phase, moving over to an additional six efforts in the second phase. With 15 passing the initial test, it was the best for last on the day as Bond and the eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by Emerald x Heartbreaker jumped double clear and posted the fastest time of 26.24 seconds.“ We got her when she was five,” said Bond. “It was a partnership horse for a while, but we bought them out at the beginning of last year because we really felt like she was something special and really suited me. I know her really well, and she’s just one of those horses that is so naturally careful. She doesn’t really know what she can or can’t do.“I love jumping on this field,” Bond continued. “The footing feels wonderful, the horses were really bouncing off of it, and the course was really smooth and flowed very nicely. I thought Catsy’s course was beautifully done.”Bond credits the extra time at home due to the pandemic for helping her further the development of her talented mare, noting her flatwork and rideability have significantly improved. The extra down time also allowed the horse to mature, continuing to learn the ropes, and Bond thinks she now has a better mind in the ring.“I didn’t know if I was going to do the 1.50m this week because she’s only eight but she’s so unfazed by the height,” Bond continued. “I felt like the jumps could be three holes bigger, and she still would jump it like it’s no big deal. I jump big in the warmup ring because when I jump small, she feels ‘blah.’ If I put the jumps up and get her head up, she’s a little better because she thinks, ‘Oh, I have to pay attention and try.’ She had a few shows under her belt but to develop her and then win a 1.45m CSI3* her first time out is just so rewarding. I have such a young string of horses that every one of these is just so fulfilling. It feels so good. I’m just so excited.”Canada’s Erynn Ballard was second last to go, posting a double clear effort aboard Classic Penny, a nine-year-old Norwegian Warmblood mare by Clapton x Brokers Plastic City, owned by Ilan Ferder, finishing in 27.38 seconds. Rounding out the top three was Alex Matz (USA) with Davidson, a 13-year-old gelding by Harley VDL x Chin Chin owned by 5 Star Partners, crossing the finish line fault-free in 28.45 seconds.Bond will continue to jump on the Derby Field throughout the week with plans for Imagine and Contefina LVF to jump in Saturday’s $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic while Lazy, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, owned by Stephex Stables and Aurora Farms, LLC, will be stepping up to jump the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 6 CSI3* on Friday.“Lazy has never been the number one horse before,” she said. “She was so good during the CSI4* here and jumped effortlessly, so I’m really excited for this week. Hopefully we’ll qualify to jump on Sunday.”Later in the day, Ireland’s Michael Duffy and RMF Chacco Top, owned by Rushy Marsh Farm, LLC, captured the $1,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumpers CSI3*. Duffy and the Hanoverian stallion by Chacco Blue x Graf Top put forth a double clear effort in 27.11 seconds for the victory.Final Results: $6,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers CSI3*1. IMAGINE: 2013 KWPN mare by Emerald x HeartbreakerASHLEE BOND (ISR), Aurora Farms and Little Valley Farms: 0/0/26.242. CLASSIC PENNY: 2012 NWB mare by Clapton x Brokers Plastic CityERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Ilan Ferder: 0/0/27.383. DAVIDSON: 2008 KWPN gelding by Harley Vdl x Chin ChinALEX MATZ (USA), 5 Star Partners: 0/0/28.454. MILLIONINMIND: 2007 ISH gelding by ARD VDL DouglasEMILY WARD (GBR), Steven Barnes: 0/0/29.945. LINCOURT GINO: 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Gino III x Graf MagnaALEJANDRO KAROLYI (VEN), Monica Carrera: 0/0/29.946. OPIUM DU SOUFFLET: 2009 gelding by Ogano Sitte x Landjuweel St.hubertNICHOLAS DELLO JOIO (USA), Rocking D Ranch: 0/0/31.917. VARGAS ROUGE: 2009 Selle Français gelding by Manillon Rouge x Double EspoirKIMBERLY PRINCE (USA), Kimberly Prince: 0/0/33.348. CHIC HIN D HYRENCOURT: 2008 SBS gelding by Taran de la Pomme x ElanvilleBEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/1/36.249. ARPEGE DU RU: 2010 Selle Français mare by Apache D’Adriers x Quat’sousABDEL SAID (EGY), Abdel Said: 0/4/27.0310. CASANOVA 499: 2011 Holsteiner male by Clarimo x ContenderJESSICA MENDOZA (GBR), Carly Day: 0/4/28.57 Tags: Erynn Ballard, WEF, show jumping, Classic Penny, Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers CSI3*, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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A few NFL rules and regulations can be difficult to understand, sometimes even bordering on the absurd, but there is one particular rule that make perfect sense to me. It is better known as the blackout rule. If a game is not sold out 72 hours before kickoff then the locals have to show up in person at the stadium or put their hands on the radio in order to receive their “football” healing for the week.There was one particular spot that bucked the system and thumbed their nose at the NFL establishment. O’Brien’s Irish Pub in Tampa broadcast an Internet feed that allowed customers to watch the game live, although according to a report in the Tampa Tribune, O’Brien’s is a local hangout for Steeler fans. Still that was a serious boo-boo and for that gaffe, O’Brien’s should allow their regular customers to run a free tab until the next Buccaneer victory.Listening to the radio broadcast would have been less graphic. If Tampa Bay plays any way as miserable in the upcoming weeks as they did against the Steelers last Sunday, whether they sell out the stadium or not, a blackout should be mandatory.Now onto the game itself. The Steelers shipwrecked the Buccaneers by a score of 38-13. Backup QB Charlie Batch threw for 186 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Mike Wallace piled up 100 yards receiving on just three catches and scored touchdowns of 41 and 46 yards. Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 143 yards.Even though he played a great game, Batch seemed almost semi-apologetic. After the fiasco (at least for Tampa Bay) concluded, he said, “Everybody knows Ben’s the starter. One thing I didn’t want to do was be that weak link, to go out there and not be able to provide a spark or put this team in the end zone.” I can hear echoes of host Anne Robinson of the now defunct television show “The Weakest Link” telling Batch with her sultry British accent, “Charlie, you are not the weakest link.”Batch might not be the savior of the Steelers but he is certainly the saver. A month ago he was unwanted and underappreciated by almost everyone in the Steelers Nation, to a certain degree even by yours truly but through it all, Batch retained his dignity and his character.“We played a heavyweight,” Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. “They (the Steelers) were more physical, more aggressive and more opportunistic. That was a good team, and I think we learned a lot from it. They dominated us on the scoreboard, but at the same time I feel like our team’s mentality walking away is that we could’ve played with those guys.” Yeah Raheem, you must also expect us to believe that your alligator friends in the Everglades say their prayers and put their “dentures” in a water glass before they go to bed at night. If the Steelers as a whole were the “heavyweights” then Charlie Batch administered the knockout blows that put Tampa Bay on the canvas for the duration. No, Batch is not the savior of the Steelers but neither is anyone else. There is an old saying in regards to a subordinate filling in to perform a superior’s job and it goes something like this. “I’m not the plumber. I’m the plumber’s son. I’ll put a patch on the leak until the plumber comes.”When starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reclaims his gig after the Steelers bye week then I guess we will see the “real” Pittsburgh Steelers. If Big Ben happens to have a subpar game, I do not want to hear any excuses, from anyone, anytime or anywhere. If Charlie Batch can come off the bench, not having started a game since 2007, then Big Ben should almost be midseason form, P.S. (post suspension) because he has only missed four games. As far as working out, he should be doing that on his own. The NFL cannot prevent him from working out on his own because according to the local prognosticators, Big Ben is the “savior,” isn’t he?When Roethlisberger returns to action and throws an ill-advised pick, just call it an interception like they call the picks that are tossed by Batch and Dennis Dixon. I don’t want to hear statements such as “That’s Big Ben, the mark of a great quarterback is trying to make a play.” “It appears that Big Ben is still a bit rusty.” “Last week at Tennessee, Batch looked like the tin man from the “Wizard of Oz.” C’mon now, how rusty do you think Batch was after holding a clipboard since 2007? But last weekend he was oiled up and ready to go. The Steelers are currently 3-0. The worst that their pre-bye record will be after Sunday’s showdown with the Ravens will be 3-1. Is it too much to suggest that we should all expect to end the 2010 season at 15-1 or 14-2 because Big Ben will be back? Seriously “yinzers,” no one player should receive all the accolades for a victory or all the blame for a defeat, football is a team game.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected])