Jumper rider Saer Coulter will be adding a new grand prix mount to her stable: Mr. Whoopy. Coulter’s family farm, Copernicus Stables, purchased the Hanoverian stallion (Contendro—Whoopy, Watzmann) from Simone Otus Coxe earlier this week.
Mr. Whoopy, 12, campaigned through the 1.60-meter level with Duncan McFarlane, who rides for New Zealand but is based in San Ramon, Calif. McFarlane has been riding Mr. Whoopy since the stallion was 5 and brought him up the ranks. They finished second in the 2011 HITS Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix (N.Y.), won two FEI World Cup Qualifiers in 2012, and earned several top placings in 2013 to boost McFarlane to fourth in the current North American West Coast League World Cup standings.
“Duncan has done such a nice job bringing him along,” said Coulter, San Francisco. “Being from California, we’ve watched the horse for many years do impressive things. He’s jumped a lot of clear rounds in many different locations, and he’s been really consistent. We were very lucky he became available.”