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Announcing the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* March 14-17

January 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL -January 30, 2013 Announcing the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3* presented by Today’s Equestrian and Fellows scheduled March 14-17, 2013. This will be the first opportunity of the 2013 season for Para-Equestrian Dressage riders to begin the qualifying process for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.  The Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* will take place in Wellington, Florida at the beautifully designed Adequan Global Dressage Festival Show Grounds. Entries may be entered online at EquestrianEntries.com or mailed to Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Attn: Adequan Global Dressage Festival, 14440 Pierson Road, Wellington, FL 33414. Definite Entries must be entered by February 28, 2013.

 

For questions about the 2013-2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage season please contact the USEF High Performance Director of the Para-Equestrian Discipline Laureen K. Johnson at            (908) 326 – 1155       or e-mail lkjohnson@usef.org

 

For more questions about Para-Equestrian Dressage please contact Hope Hand atHope@uspea.org or             (610) 356-6481      .

 

  Aeequan Global Dressage Festival

 

2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Show Managers:

 

Manager/Entry Secretary: Lloyd Landkamer phone:             612-290-8523       Fax: 866-832-8610 Secretary: Angela Goodwin-Volpert / Peggy Warren

Co-Secretary: Becky Johnston

Co- Manager/Secretary: John Hoppman             612-799-6381

 

E-mail: DressageFestival@aol.com

Website: GlobalDressageFestival.com

 

Entries may be entered online: at EquestrianEntries.com

 

Entries may be mailed to:

Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

Attn: Global Dressage Festival

14440 Pierson Road

Wellington, FL 33414

 

Definite Entries: February 28, 2013

Last date of substitution: Within 1 Hour prior to Horse Inspection March 14, 2013

 

Ground Jury: Carlos Lopes (POR/4*), Bo Ahman (SWE/4*), and Kristi Wysocki ‘S’

Chief Steward: Elisabeth Williams ‘Level 3’ Technical Delegate: Jean Kraus ‘R’

 

FEI Para-Equestrian Steward Overall: Sandy Rafferty Level 2

 

Assistant Stewards: Jimmy Mandala (USA) Name: Heather Peterson (USA) Name: Deeda Randle (USA)

 

Schedule:

March 14, 2013- Horse Inspection

March 15, 2013-Team Test Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

March 16, 2013-Indivdual Test Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

March 17, 2013-Freestyle Championship Tests Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV

 

Novice Tests are available for riders who are new riders and are looking for experience. These test scores will not count towards FEI qualifications.

 

Please check out the new FEI Tests Here (LINK)

http://www.fei.org/disciplines/officials-organisers/organisers/para-equestrian-dressage/dressage-tests

 

ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 2014 Qualification Criteria

 

Qualification Period:

Start: January 1, 2013

End: XXXX 2014 (TBD)

 

Qualifying Events:

Any CPEDI3* or CPEDI4* event during the qualification period in addition to the Paralympics Games 2012 London

Qualification Score:

All athlete/horse combinations must have attained (as a combination) a minimum 60% score attributed by the Ground Jury in a Team test or Individual Championship test one time.

 

Judges:

Minimum of 3 FEI PE5* or 4* judges of different nationalities

 

 

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Excerpt From http://www.globaldressagefestival.com)

 

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Adequan GDF) was created as one of the finest show grounds in the world with a calendar of events and prize money in its first year that places it in the top tier of competitions.

 

Five CDIs staged by a single organization are more than at any other show grounds in the world. Prize money of more than $275,000 that is the richest single circuit except for the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, what is to horse sports what Wimbledon is to tennis.

 

The show grounds consists of four arenas that are equal in quality to those at the 2012 and 2008 Olympic Games, several hundred stadium seats around the main ring and the first 200 of what will be 300 permanent horse stalls and a raised courtyard at the center of the show grounds providing a panoramic view of the entire facility.  One of the world’s largest covered arenas at 360 by 210 feet (110 x 64 meters), and a VIP club overlooking the main competition arena.

 

Dressage has replaced the billiard-table smooth grass polo fields that were the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club stadium where Prince Charles played to kick start Wellington as THE winter lifestyle destination for the world.

 

The dressage grounds adjoin a beautiful grass jumping derby field all part of the sprawling Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that attracts thousands of horses from about three dozen countries for jumper and hunter competitions in an calendar that has expanded from a few weeks in winter to shows from Fall through Spring, centered around the Winter Equestrian Festival and its $6 million in prize money.

 

To learn more about the Global Dressage Festival please visit:http://www.globaldressagefestival.com

 

Mary Jordan and P Sparrow Socks at the 2012 Florida CPEDI3* Photo copyright Lindsay McCall

Mary Jordan and P Sparrow Socks at the 2012 Florida CPEDI3* Photo copyright Lindsay McCall

 

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

   

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved. From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF).

 

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone:             (610)356-6481      .

 

To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

Nick Skelton and Heracross Triumph in $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumpers

January 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 30, 2013 – The fourth week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) began on Wednesday, January 30, with a win for Olympic gold medalist Nick Skelton (GBR) and his mount Heracross in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class.

Week four, sponsored by Fidelity Investments®, will run January 30-February 3. The week will feature the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4 on Thursday afternoon, the $100,000 Fidelity Investments® CSI 2* Grand Prix on Saturday evening, and the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9-March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

 

Nick Skelton earned his first victory of the 2013 winter circuit in Wednesday’s $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m class jumping a speed track set by Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios (VEN). Twenty-four entries started the class and 15 completed the course without fault. The fastest time of 58.655 seconds laid down by Skelton and Heracross earned top honors.
Darragh Kenny (IRL) finished second aboard Cavallo Farms’ Twister with a time of 59.219 seconds. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and HH Palouchin, owned by Double H Farm, placed third in 59.528 seconds. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) rode Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina to fourth place honors in 60.049 seconds.
Nick Skelton and Heracross. Photo © Sportfot.

Nick Skelton and Heracross.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

Class winner, Heracross, is a thirteen-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding by Ramiro B x Clover Hill. Heracross was previously ridden by Irish show jumper Francis Connors as well as Swedish rider Stephanie Finetto. Skelton purchased the gelding at the end of the year, just before Christmas, and showed him at the London International Horse Show at Olympia in December before traveling to Wellington.

 

Skelton dominated last year’s FTI WEF circuit with his many top horses, but has had a lower profile so far this winter. His Olympic mount, Big Star, will come out for the bigger classes towards the end of the circuit. For these first few weeks, Skelton has been showing several new and younger horses. He was pleased to get a nice win on Heracross in Wednesday’s class and looks forward to moving him up throughout the circuit.
“He is really a nice, easy horse,” Skelton stated after the class. “He turns really well. There were a lot of turns in that course, so I didn’t have to gallop too fast because he is such a quick turner. It was a nice class; it is good to win.”
Skelton spoke about Heracross and his traits, noting, “He is an Irish horse and one thing with the Irish horses is that they go on for a long time. He is quite a cobby horse, but he is very agile. He has a lot of blood, really, for a big horse and he is easy to ride, so I really like him.”
Heracross will now have a short break while Skelton goes home to England for a few days. He will then come back to show during week five and start jumping in some of the grand prix classes. Big Star is currently in quarantine after arriving in the U.S. and will share the grand prix duties with Heracross as he gets into the rotation.

 

Nick Skelton and Heracross in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and G&C Farm representative Manuel Machillanda. Photo © Sportfot.

Nick Skelton and Heracross in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and G&C Farm representative Manuel Machillanda. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Also showing in the International Arena on Wednesday, Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca and Jamaika Z, owned by Neil Jones Equestrian, won the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class out of 83 competitors. The $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class went to Laura Chapot and Zealous in a class of 57 entries.

Week four of the FTI WEF will continue on Thursday with the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4 in the International Arena at 1 p.m. The hunters will also be featured with the presentation of championship honors in The Sanctuary Regular Conformation Hunter division in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

 

Final Results: $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Speed

1. HERACROSS         NICK SKELTON         NICK SKELTON: 0/58.655

2. TWISTER    DARRAGH KENNY      CAVALLO FARMS: 0/59.219

3. HH PALOUCHIN     RODRIGO PESSOA     DOUBLE H FARM: 0/59.528

4. SOLERINA  SHANE SWEETNAM    SWEET OAK FARM: 0/60.049

5. AVENIR      CHRISTINE MCCREA  CANDY TRIBBLE: 0/60.307

6. AMADORA  BEEZIE MADDEN       ABIGAIL WEXNER: 0/60.928

7. UNEX BILLY ON SHOW     TIM GREDLEYUNEX COMPETITION YARD: 0/62.457

8. UNICO       MARIO GAMBOA       STRANSKY’S MISSION FARMS: 0/66.699

9. MARANON LS       LAURA KRAUT          EQUINVEST: 0/66.966

10. CHANTILLY         SLOANE COLES         SLOANE COLES: 0/67.431

11. ZABEL D   LAUREN HOUGH        BELLE GREY FARM: 0/68.002

12. AK’S CLOWNEY   PETER WYLDE          SOCIETE CIVILE DE L’ECURIE MEUTRY: 0/68.662

 

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.


About FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found atwww.fticonsulting.com.


About Fidelity Investments®
Fidelity Investments® is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $3.9 trillion, including managed assets of $1.7 trillion, as of December 31, 2012. Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit www.fidelity.com
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David Marcus Top Canadian at World Dressage Masters

January 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, Florida – David Marcus of Campbellville, ON, was the top-placed Canadian at the CDI5* World Dressage Masters Palm Beach held January 23 to 27 in West Palm Beach, FL.

 

In a 15-horse starting field that featured riders from Canada, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the United States, Marcus placed seventh in Friday’s Grand Prix test.  Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital, 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Chrevi’s Cavallo x Weinberg) owned by Deborah Miculinic, earned a score of 70.66% from the panel of five international judges and qualified to advance to Saturday night’s Grand Prix Freestyle.

 

In front of a packed house at the Jim BrandonCenter, seven of the world’s best performed their individually choreographed musical freestyle programs.  Marcus introduced his new Freestyle program, compiled by Joost Peters of The Netherlands.  Featuring music from WHAM! and George Michael, the extremely difficult choreography highlighted Chrevi’s Capital’s strong canter work, including quality pirouettes and elegant half-pass, while impressive piaffe and passage were also rewarded with high scores from the judges.  The pair’s final score of 70.75% ranked them sixth overall in their World Dressage Masters debut.

 

“I felt very honoured to be in a competition with such high caliber riders, and am proud to have held my own and achieved over 70% in both classes,” said Marcus who operates David Marcus Dressage outside of Toronto.

 

Of his new musical freestyle program, Marcus commented, “Joost had arranged some of my favourite freestyles at the 2012 London Olympics, and we felt that Capital was ready for a world-class freestyle.  It’s a hard thing to perform a freestyle for the first time and the degree of difficulty in the program is high, but he is ready for it and can do the work, no problem.  I thought Capital handled himself well in the tense environment.”

 

In addition to competing with Chrevi’s Capital in the CDI5* World Dressage Masters, Marcus also campaigned Don Kontes in the CDI3* Sunshine Challenge, which was held concurrently.  With a score of 67.53% to place second in the Grand Prix, Marcus would have qualified to contest the World Dressage Masters had he not already been invited with Chrevi’s Capital (competitors in the World Dressage Masters are limited to one horse per rider).  As it was, he went on to win Sunday’s CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle with Don Kontes with a score of 70.825%.

 

David Marcus and Chrevi's Capital Photo © Susan Sickle

David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital
Photo © Susan Stickle

 

“Don Kontes has become such a reliable partner,” said Marcus of the 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding that won both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at last fall’s CDI-W Dressage at Devon.  “We had a really good time in the Freestyle.  His freestyle was done early in his grand prix career, and I’m looking forward to start working on a new one that has a higher degree of difficulty.”

 

Having been the highest placed Canadian in the CDI5* World Dressage Masters Palm Beach and winning the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle with Don Kontes, Marcus enjoyed a great weekend of sport.  That success would not be possible without the support of his owner Deb Miculinic (nee Kinzinger), trainer Robert Dover, partner Nicholas Fyffe, and the entire team at David Marcus Dressage.

 

“I would like to thank Deb and Robert for everything they have done to support me up to and including this point,” said Marcus.  “I would also like to thank Nicholas for his support, especially as he was supposed to be riding in the World Dressage Masters himself.  It showed great sportsmanship that he was there to support me in an event that I know he would have liked to be competing at.”

 

Marcus concluded, “Our success this weekend was a very big achievement in an international competition with such diversified countries.  I am always proud to represent Canada, and the World Dressage Masters provided a great opportunity to do that.”

 

“This has truly been a very, very exciting start to 2013 for David and for Canada,” said owner Miculinic, who was in attendance cheering on her horses.  “Both Capital and Don Kontes continue to inspire us as they achieve scores in the 70’s at this level.  To see Capital and David finish last season with a win at Dressage at Devon, and then to be invited to ride in the World Dressage Masters with such international riders like Tinne Vilhelmson, Patrik Kittel and Steffen Peters, is a dream come true.  It was only a year ago that David, Capital and Don Kontes were all learning the grand prix.  It is truly a testament to the incredible job that David, Nicholas and Robert have done in such a short period of time.  I am truly grateful to be a part of this team, and look forward to the exciting days ahead!”

 

Marcus will next compete at the CDI-W Wellington Dressage from January 31 to February 3 with Chrevi’s Capital.  The pair is currently ranked second in the North American World Cup League standings, and Marcus hopes to be one of the top two athletes in the North American League rankings that earn an invitation to the 2013 FEI World Cup Final from April 24 to 28 in Goteborg, Sweden.

 

Marcus is based at Stillpoint Farm inWellington, FL, for the winter season, having brought 12 horses south from his David Marcus Dressage training facility inCampbellville, ON.  In addition to Chrevi’s Capital and Don Kontes, Marcus is developing the seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Betrina, as well as training several sales prospects.  His students, including 2012 North American Young Riders’ Championship individual bronze medalist, Alexandra Reid, are also competing alongside Marcus in the Junior, Young Riders’, and Adult Amateur divisions.

 

For more information, please visitwww.davidmarcusdressage.com.

2013 World Dressage Masters Wrap-Up

January 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

By Kim MacMillan, MacMillan Photography & Media Services

 

Grand Prix Freestyle CDI5*

Sweden ruled the in the headliner Exquis CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle class at the 2013 World Dressage Masters (WDM) presented by the Axel Johnson Group on Saturday night, January 26. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven riding Lovsta Stuteri’s  Hanoverian gelding Don Auriello won the class turning the tables on her countryman Patrik Kittel riding his Dutch Warmblood stallion Watermill Scandic H B C, who had taken first in the Grand Prix CDI5* the day before.

 

Vilhelmson-Silfven scored a personal best with Don Auriello with an 84.075%, with Kittel and Scandic close behind with 82.525% for second and U.S. rider Steffen Peters and his new star Legolas 92, a Westphalian gelding owned by Four Winds Farm, finishing third with an 80.175%.

 

It was a fun night for the crowd who enjoyed the freestyles immensely. Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello’s routine was powerful and flowing. They performed to music by The Who in a freestyle designed for the London Olympics. Kittel and Scandic’s freestyle was performed to songs by Billy Idol. “It’s such an honor to ride a horse like Don Auriello; he was great,” said Vilhelmson-Silfven. “It was a great crowd – great people. Everything fell on the right place.”

 

Peters is enjoying the 11-year-old Legolas who came to him at Christmas time in 2011. “This was a huge step-up for sure, first time in the limelight,” said three-time Olympian Peters. “The atmosphere was a lot for him. To finish with an 80% here is amazing.” 

 

 

World Dressage Masters judge at C for the Freestyle, Stephen Clarke from Great Britain, commented on Vilhelmson-Silfven’s and Don Auriello’s performance, “Theirs was absolutely what dressage should be about. He was uphill, in balance and harmonious with his rider.”

 

 

Clarke shared his thoughts about Kittel’s horse Watermill Scandic H B C, “The power and elasticity this horse can show – you don’t need to understand the technical side of dressage to appreciate it.”

 

 

After winning the 2011 and 2012 World Dressage Masters with his long-time partner Ravel, U.S. rider Steffen Peters on his new mount Legolas 92, also owned by Akiko Yamazaki and Four Winds Farm, finished third in both the 5* Grand Prix and the Freestyle. Clarke also commented on Legolas’ potential, “Steffen’s horse is not so experienced yet, but there were true moments of brilliance [in his test]. This is how it can and will be for him. He is a world-class horse.”

 

Grand Prix Special CDI5*

 

Other winners on Saturday at the 2013 WDM included Mikala Gundersen riding the Janne Rumbough’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare My Lady in the CDI5* Grand Prix Special. James Koford of the U.S. on Shirley McQuillan’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Rhett took second with a 67.333% and third going to Canadian Olympian Jacqueline Brooks on her 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding D-Niro who scored 66.833%.

 

Drama & Disappointment

 

The WDM also brought some drama and disappointment for several competitors as well as for the spectators who missed seeing some of their favorite horse and rider combos. In the CDI5* division current World Champion Edward Gal of the Netherlands stepped off the plane feeling ill, was diagnosed with the flu and was unable to compete. Later in the final jog before the CDI5* Freestyle, Hans Peter Minderhoud’s horse Withney van t Genthof was not passed by the Ground Jury and was eliminated. Another rider expected to compete, Nicholas Fyffe of Australia who was expected to compete at the WDM, had to stay home because his horse was being treated for a skin condition and was not eligible due to the FEI drugs and medication rules.

 

 

In the CDI3* division of the WDM Dr. Cesar Parra’s horse Van the Man, owned by Michael and Sarah Davis, was asked by the Ground Jury to jog twice during the first horse inspection and then was sent back to the barn with the request for him to represent the next day. They did not end up competing.

 

 

Tina Konyot of the U.S., who rode her 15-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion Calecto V in the CDI5* Grand Prix, was eliminated by the Ground Jury after completion of their test. The official statement issued by the show management regarding Tina Konyot’s elimination:  Upon review of the process and after consultation with the FEI, it has been confirmed that the current rules regarding the elimination process were followed to the letter. Before she left the official equipment check area ringside, the rider was informed by the FEI Chief Steward that the Judge at C had made the decision based on Article 428.8 and Article 430.7.6 that the horse must be eliminated due to the evidence of fresh blood.

 

 

Canada’s Diane Creech had a nice ride going on Devon L in the Grand Prix Special CDI5*, but she had mistakenly begun performing the Olympic Grand Prix Special created for last year’s London Games and was eliminated. The Olympic Special test had been scrapped after the Olympics because most riders and judges agreed that it was not a good test. It was replaced by the previously used 2009 version of FEI Grand Prix Special test. After some deliberation as to whether or not to allow her to come leave the arena, study the 2009 test and come back to perform again, the Ground Jury decided to let her elimination stand.

 

On demand video of both classes will be available at http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2013WorldDressageMasters/

 

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Sweden's Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Lovsta Stuteri's Don Auriello took the top prize in the 70,000 Euro World Dressage Masters Exquis Freestyle on Saturday evening  Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Lovsta Stuteri’s Don Auriello took the top prize in the 70,000 Euro World Dressage Masters Exquis Freestyle on Saturday evening Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

 

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Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven of Sweden and Don Auriello won the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Freestyle competition   Photo by Allen MacMillan

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven of Sweden and Don Auriello won the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Freestyle competition Photo by Allen MacMillan

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello in the 70,000 Euro Exquis 2013 World Dressage Masters Freestyle award ceremony  Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello in the 70,000 Euro Exquis 2013 World Dressage Masters Freestyle award ceremony Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

 

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Swedish rider Patrik Kittel riding the stallion Watermill Scandic H B C took second place in the 2013 World Dressage Masters 70,000 Euro Exquis CDI5* Freestyle   Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Swedish rider Patrik Kittel riding the stallion Watermill Scandic H B C took second place in the 2013 World Dressage Masters 70,000 Euro Exquis CDI5* Freestyle Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

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Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic H B C of Sweden took first in the CDI5* Grand Prix on Friday and second in the CDI5* Freestyle on Saturday at the 2013 World Dressage Masters in West Palm Beach, Florida last weekend.   Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic H B C of Sweden took first in the CDI5* Grand Prix on Friday and second in the CDI5* Freestyle on Saturday at the 2013 World Dressage Masters in West Palm Beach, Florida last weekend. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

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U.S. rider Steffen Peters and Four Wind Farm's Legolas 92 took third in the CDI5* Grand Prix and the CDI5* Freestyle at the 2013 World Dressage Masters.   Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

U.S. rider Steffen Peters and Four Wind Farm’s Legolas 92 took third in the CDI5* Grand Prix and the CDI5* Freestyle at the 2013 World Dressage Masters. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

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Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 from the U.S.A. showed much promise for the future taking third place in both the CDI5* Grand Prix and Freestyle classes.  Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 from the U.S.A. showed much promise for the future taking third place in both the CDI5* Grand Prix and Freestyle classes. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

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Top three riders from the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Exquis Freestyle which offered 70,000 Euros in prize money, Left to right:  Patrik Kittel from Sweden, second; Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven of Sweden, first, and Steffen Peters of the U.S.A., third.    Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Top three riders from the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Exquis Freestyle which offered 70,000 Euros in prize money, Left to right: Patrik Kittel from Sweden, second; Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven of Sweden, first, and Steffen Peters of the U.S.A., third. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Mikala Gundersen riding My Lady won the CDI5* Grand Prix Special at the 2013 World Dressage Masters in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday.   Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Mikala Gundersen riding My Lady won the CDI5* Grand Prix Special at the 2013 World Dressage Masters in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

 

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James Koford of the U.S. riding Rhett finished second in the CDI5* Grand Prix Special on Saturday afternoon at the 2013 World Dressage Masters.    Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

James Koford of the U.S. riding Rhett finished second in the CDI5* Grand Prix Special on Saturday afternoon at the 2013 World Dressage Masters. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

 

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Canada's Jacqueline Brooks and her Olympic partner D-Niro captured third in the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Grand Prix Special.   Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

Canada’s Jacqueline Brooks and her Olympic partner D-Niro captured third in the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Grand Prix Special. Photo by Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

The CDI5* Grand Prix Special top three riders from Saturday afternoon at the 2013 World Dressage Masters, left to right: Anthony Kies, organizer of the World Dressage Masters; Jacqueline Brooks of Canada, third; Mikala Gundersen, first, and James Koford of the U.S.A, second.    Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

The CDI5* Grand Prix Special top three riders from Saturday afternoon at the 2013 World Dressage Masters, left to right: Anthony Kies, organizer of the World Dressage Masters; Jacqueline Brooks of Canada, third; Mikala Gundersen, first, and James Koford of the U.S.A, second. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

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Brianne Goutal and Onira Triumph in $50,000 CSI 2* Grand Prix at The Stadium at PBIEC

January 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 27, 2013 – Week three of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) concluded with an exciting $50,000 CSI 2* Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon held on the grass derby field at The Stadium at The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The class saw a win for U.S. rider Brianne Goutal and Remarkable Farms LP’s Onira in a four-horse jump-off. Todd Minikus (USA) and Macoemba finished second, Laura Kraut (USA) and A. Lebon’s Jubilee d’Ouilly were third, and Luis Larrazabal (VEN) aboard Anabel Simon’s G&C Sacramento placed fourth.

 

Uliano Vezzani of Italy was the course designer for week three’s international show jumping competition in Wellington. In Sunday’s $50,000 CSI 2* Grand Prix, Vezzani set the track on the beautiful grass field for 46 competitors and only four were able to clear the course without fault. The bogey fence, a tall wavy-plank vertical off of a tight left-hand turn came down for the majority of competitors, but there were many other rails around the course as well.

Click the link to watch Brianne Goutal talk about her win!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOqFgJj2F7Y

 

Jumping off, Laura Kraut and Jubilee d’Ouilly were the first pair to attempt the short course for the tie breaker and had that bogey fence down (although the top rail had been replaced with a straight pole) for four faults in 36.01 seconds and earned the third place honors. Luis Larrazabal and G&C Sacramento were up next and made it to the last fence on course before dropping a rail for four faults in 38.90 seconds, which placed the duo in fourth. Todd Minikus and Macoemba followed and went for the clear round in a slower pace of 40.60 seconds, which eventually finished second. Last to go, the pressure was on for Brianne Goutal and Onira to go clear and fast. They jumped without fault and galloped through the timers in 38.96 seconds for the win.

 

Brianne Goutal and Onira. Photo © Sportfot.

Brianne Goutal and Onira. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Seventeen-year-old Onira, a KWPN gelding by Nimmerdor x Ramiro, is a longtime experienced partner for Goutal. The pair has earned many wins together around the world over the past 11 years and the rider knew that she could count on her horse to give it his all this afternoon.
“Onira has jumped incredibly all year,” Goutal stated following her victory. “This is a great way to start the season for him in his first big class out. We have gone through a lot together, so it is great.”
“I had a lot of firsts with him,” the rider detailed. “First junior jumpers, first equitation finals win, first prix de states, first nations cup, first win down here now, so no complaints from me.”
Commenting on the course, Goutal acknowledged, “I really liked it. I didn’t think it was going to be quite as hard as it ended up. I thought we would have between six and eight clear at least, but there were a few points of the course that really got people. That wavy plank was very difficult to jump clean. You kind of had to be right in the right place and the horse could not go in one direction even half a millimeter. The triple caught a lot of people as well. I think you saw faults everywhere, which is the kind of course that I like, not just in one place.”
Goutal has had a great year with many top placings for her horses and is now off to a great start for the winter circuit. She remarked, “It has been really good year. My horses are all going really well. I have a great team of people with me and a great group of horses as well. It seems that everything has kind of aligned for me just not to mess it up so much. For the moment everything is going better than planned.”
The top riders discussed jumping their horses on the field at The Stadium at PBIEC. For Goutal, Onira has always loved the grass, but she admits that some horses like it better than others. Second place finisher, Todd Minikus, shared his opinion as well.
“I think it is an excellent venue and it is a nice change for the horses,” Minikus noted. “The fact of the matter is we start to think about jumping on the grass as a little bit prehistoric because we get so accustomed to jumping on the all-weather footing, but this held up quite nicely for the many horses that went around.”
Macoemba did very well on the grass and Minikus was proud of his rounds. The horse is just nine years old and relatively new to this level of competition.
“He really had no experience before I got him, so he has come a long way since May,” Minikus admitted. “He has done some nice things. We had some bumps through the summer, but down here he was second in the World Cup class at Holiday and Horses and he won one of the smaller grand prix and jumped nice here today.”
Goutal knew Macoemba previously and spoke about his improvement with Minikus. “I think that to say that Todd has transformed that horse is an understatement,” Goutal recognized. “It is amazing what he has done with him.”
Minikus missed some time showing at the FTI WEF in the last couple of years due to illness and injury, but is coming back strong and attempting to get some top horses again.
“It is a tough game,” he declared. “We get a little casual about (WEF) I think, but I don’t care what anybody says, this is the toughest competition that there is in the world, week in and week out. To have horses that jump here, those are good horses and they are hard to come by. Brianne’s horse and that horse that Laura is riding; we are like ‘Oh yeah, just a little class over on the field this weekend,’ but look at the list of people and horses! We get a little complacent, but I think it is a big deal.”
Laura Kraut’s third place mount, Jubilee d’Ouilly, is a very experienced 16-year-old mare that Kraut just started riding this season when the horse’s previous rider in Europe got injured. Kraut appreciates the significance of getting great horses and hopes to keep the ride as long as possible.

“The owner is really excited about her success so far and I think she is a great addition to my string,” Kraut said. “She is 16 years old, but she acts like a six-year-old. I just like her. She is a spicy mare. She is really brave and really experienced. Any one of the three of us sitting here would enjoy riding her. She is just so experienced; it is nice to walk on the field and know that she is not going to be green or strange about anything. She tries so hard.”

 

Brianne Goutal and Onira in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Meg Krueger and Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Productions. Photo © Sportfot.

Brianne Goutal and Onira in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Meg Krueger and Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Productions. Photo © Sportfot.

Final Results: $50,000 CSI 2* Grand Prix
1. ONIRA: 1996 KWPN gelding by Nimmerdor x Ramiro
 BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Remarkable Farms LP: 0/0/38.96
2. MACOEMBA: 2003 KWPN gelding by Zeoliet

TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus, Ltd: 0/0/40.60

 

3. JUBILEE D’OUILLY: 1997 Selle Francais mare by Palestro II x Graphit

LAURA KRAUT (USA), A. Le Bon and F.X. Le Bon: 0/4/ 36.01

4. G&C SACRAMENTO: 1999 KWPN gelding by No Limit x Ircolando

LUIS LARRAZABAL (VEN), Anabel Simon: 0/4/38.90

 

5. AX CENT: 2003 KWPN gelding by Burggraaf

KENNETH BERKLEY (USA), Rivers Edge: 1/ 82.61

6. BLUE ANGEL: 2002 AES mare by Luidam x Ascendant

KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Robin Parsky: 4/76.36

7. TALOUBET: 2000 KWPN gelding by Baloubet Du Rouet x Quidam De Revel

PAULO SANTANA (BRA), Paulo Santana: 4/76.87

8. V: 2002 KWPN gelding by Landstreicher Lennard

KATIE PRUDENT (USA), Michael Smith: 4/77.83

 

9. VICOMTE D: 1998 BWP gelding by Flamenco Desemilly x Randell Z

BEN MAHER (GBR), Jane F. Clark: 4/78.55

10. ZERLY: 2004 KPWN mare by Querlybet Hero x Carthago

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 4/78.74

11. LANSDOWNE: 2003 KWPN stallion by Guidam x Wolfgang

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel & Susan Grange: 4/78.83

 

12. USER ID: 2001 KWPN gelding by Namelus R x Goodwill

Darragh Kenny (IRL), OnlyJumpers.com: 4/79.20

Lili Hymowitz Clinches Champion and Reserve Titles in Voltaire Design Large Pony Hunter Division

 

Lili Hymowitz dominated the Voltaire Design Large Pony Hunter division on the last day of competition for week three of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Hymowitz was champion of the division with Scott Stewart’s Westside, a ten-year-old Warmblood gelding. The pair won both over fences rounds on day one of competition for the division and placed second under saddle. On day two, Westside and Hymowitz placed first and third over fences.

 

Enjoy the Laughter, Hymowitz’s eight-year-old German Riding Pony, took home the reserve championship title. Hymowitz and Enjoy the Laughter won the under saddle class and jumped to two second places on day one before earning fifth and second place ribbons over fences on day two. The duo was also named Rider/Owner Champion for the division.
Lili Hymowitz and Westside. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Lili Hymowitz and Westside.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Enjoy the Laughter is Westside’s greener counterpart, but Hymowitz is more than pleased with how his first year out of green divisions is going. Hymowitz described, “He’s grown up so much in the last year! He was a lot greener last year and a lot harder to ride, but now he’s so much easier.”

 

Westside and Hymowitz’s partnership has been much shorter than her career with Enjoy the Laughter. The pair won a majority of the classes of the division despite it only being their third show together. “He’s amazing and so much fun,” Hymowitz stated. “He jumps really well and is really easy to ride. You just point [him at the jump], and he doesn’t have any spooks or quirks.”

 

Hymowitz believes Westside’s enthusiasm in the show ring is what makes him a winner amongst the tough competition at the FTI WEF. “He’s really pretty to watch around the ring because he has a great facial expression. His ears are always forward so his expression is really good and he just tries his hardest,” Hymowitz explained.

 

The pair’s methodical approach to courses also makes them difficult for competitors to beat. “I like going slow and jumping up, and he likes to do the same. When he gets too fast he gets frazzled, so we think exactly the same,” Hymowitz stated.

 

Hymowitz also participated in Saturday Night’s Great Charity Challenge, an event she looks forward to each season at the FTI WEF. “Showing in the International Arena is one of my favorite parts of WEF. The Charity Challenge is so much fun. The atmosphere is so great,” Hymowitz described.

The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival will continue with its fourth week of competition, sponsored by Fidelity Investments®, on January 30-February 3. The week will feature the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4 on Thursday afternoon, the $100,000 Fidelity Investments® CSI 2* Grand Prix on Saturday evening, and the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9-March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.
About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian FestivalThe 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.


About FTI Consulting 

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found atwww.fticonsulting.com.


Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Team Tops 4th Annual FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge Presented by Fidelity Investments®

January 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 26, 2013 – Riders Darragh Kenny, Catherine Pasmore, and Meg O’Mara were the winning team of the fourth annual FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (FTI GCC) on behalf of their charity JDRF (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) on Saturday evening at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Sponsored by Jessie Pasmore and Martha Jolicoeur and corporate sponsor Stone Hill Farm, the three riders made up the top team of the night over 33 other pro-am teams representing Palm Beach County charities.
A signature event of the twelve-week FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, this year’s FTI GCC will distribute approximately $1.5 million to the 34 lucky Palm Beach County charities that were chosen at random to be represented in the pro-am team relay competition. Each team was made up of junior and amateur riders competing side by side with top professionals.

 

A crowd of over 5,000 spectators came out to enjoy the family fun event as part of the “Saturday Night Lights” series. The JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) was the winning team of the night with riders Meg O’Mara, Catherine Pasmore, and Darragh Kenny. O’Mara did have one rail down, but the trio’s speedy trips made up for it and their time of 92.361 seconds won the top prize of $150,000 for their charity.

 

Coming in second was College for Kids – Take Stock in Children, sponsored by the Mirabal Family and G&C Farm as well as corporate sponsor Palm Beach Illustrated. The team consisted of three Venezuelan riders from G&C Farm, including youngest rider Maria Emilia Chapellin Mirabal, Carolina Chapellin Mirabal and professional Luis Fernando Larrazabal with a combined time of 93.248 seconds to earn $125,000.

 

Presentation of the top three teams. Photo © Sportfot.

Presentation of the top three teams. Photo © Sportfot.

 

The first of three wild card charities drawn at the during the night, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches finished third and won $100,000. The team, made up of Perla Boord, Lillie Keenan, and David Blake, was sponsored by Pine Hollow Farm and corporate sponsor Gut Einhaus. They finished with a time of 93.998 seconds overall.

 

As the professional representative for the JDRF team, Irish rider Darragh Kenny (who turns 25 on Thursday) was thrilled to be competing in the event for the first time. Kenny is known for his speed, and rode the same horse Vanotrouska, owned by Megan Bifano, that he showed in week one’s $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes.

 

Darragh Kenny and Vanotrouska. Photo © Sportfot.

Darragh Kenny and Vanotrouska. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Commenting on the night, Kenny smiled, “It was fantastic. It is a great atmosphere. I think it is a really good thing that they have here and it is for a great cause. I have never ridden for charity before but I think it is great to have the chance to do that. It is enjoyable for everybody and it is nice that we are giving back to something as well. I would for sure do this again in the future.”

 

When asked what advice he gave his teammates for the night, Kenny stated simply, “I just told them to win. There was no plan, just go as fast as you can and leave the jumps up.”

Catherine Pasmore (20) was riding her veteran mount My Boy and was even more excited to ride for her randomly matched charity due to a personal connection to the JDRF. Pasmore’s uncle was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and passed away at a young age. The connection gave Pasmore extra inspiration.

 

Catherine Pasmore and My Boy. Photo © Sportfot.

Catherine Pasmore and My Boy. Photo © Sportfot.

 

“It is personal to me,” she stated. “Obviously all charities are a great cause, but riding for something that hits so close to home was very exciting. It gave me the extra drive to really go for it.”
Pasmore also enjoyed the camaraderie of the evening. “It is just a really fun class,” she declared. “We get to come out and work as a team and I think we all definitely pulled our weight; it was exciting.”
Eighteen-year-old Meg O’Mara echoed her teammates’ sentiments and explained that this was her first time even seeing the class let alone competing in it.
“I definitely was lucky to be able to watch all 24 teams before me because I didn’t really know how it went,” O’Mara noted. “I had a really fast horse, so I was happy about that.”

O’Mara showed Mavis Spencer’s Valencia in the class. She noted, “It was really fun. I would definitely do it every other year. This was my first type of team experience.”

 

Meg O'Mara and Valencia. Photo © Sportfot.

Meg O’Mara and Valencia. Photo © Sportfot.

 

 

Lora Hazelwood, Executive Director for JDRF, the greater Palm Beach County Chapter, was on hand to accept the $150,000 check for her great cause and cheer on the team. Hazelwood explained that this was the JDRF’s fourth year trying to get in to the FTI GCC.
“The first year we were too late when we applied,” Hazelwood admitted. “The first and second year that we did get in for the lottery we (weren’t chosen from the random draw). This year was our third year (being eligible) and we thought that three times would be the charm, but we had no expectation. We would have been thrilled with just $10,000. We are just completely overwhelmed.”

“It means a tremendous amount to win,” Hazelwood added. “This is a lot of money for any non-profit organization, especially coming off of a recession. This is the most exciting thing that has happened to us in a number of years. We were really pleased to learn that our team sponsor, Jessie Pasmore, has a personal connection to type-1 diabetes and we were not even aware of that. The teams are just randomly assigned, so we think there was some serendipity; there is no such thing as coincidence. We thought that was amazing.”

 

Winning team presentation. Photo © Sportfot.

Winning team presentation. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Full results and more information on the competition and winning charities of the 2013 FTI GCC will be available soon. For more information, visit

www.ftigreatcharitychallenge.com.

Peter Wylde and Wannahave Win $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

The highlight of Saturday’s afternoon session in the International Arena at PBIEC was the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic with 28 entries competing over a course set by Uliano Vezzani of Italy.

 

In an exciting eight-horse jump-off, Peter Wylde and The Wannahave Group’s Wannahave were victorious by three-tenths of a second with the fastest of six double clear rounds in 35.512 seconds. The ten-year-old KWPN gelding by Manhattan x G. Ramiro Z is a new mount for Wylde since his recent collaboration with North Run trainers Missy Clark and John Brennan, and he is excited to have the ride.
“I actually sold him to Missy and John two years ago,” Wylde noted. “I tried him in Europe and I loved him. The horse was brought here and they tried him here and bought him. It is a very special horse. It has all the scope in the world; it has championship scope. It is really one of the most powerful horses I have ever ridden.”
Peter Wylde and Wannahave. Photo © Sportfot.

Peter Wylde and Wannahave. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Since taking over the ride on Wannahave, Wylde has taken some time to really get to know the horse and now feels like they have begun to form a good partnership.

“The horse took me a little bit to get used to,” Wylde admitted. “I must say, I had some up and down rounds with him. He is so powerful that he actually threw me out of the saddle in the beginning when I started to jump him. I am used to riding horses sort of loose and soft and he has so much power going up, it is incredible. I am learning it obviously, because it is going well.”

 

Wannahave’s previous rider, Darragh Kenny, finished second and third aboard two of his new mounts. Kenny finished second riding Samantha Tuerk’s Watch Me VD Mangelaar in 35.815 seconds and also took third place honors with Mavis Spencer’s Valentino in a time of 36.673 seconds. Leslie Howard and Jane Clark’s Tic-Tac finished fourth in 37.020 seconds. Ben Maher and Dolores, owned by Mrs. Wang, finished fifth in 37.784 seconds. Athina Onassis de Miranda placed sixth with a time of 41.268 seconds aboard AD Welcome du Petit Vivier, owned by the rider along with Victory Equestrian.

 

Peter Wylde and Wannahave in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Jeannie and Tom Tisbo of Suncast. Photo © Sportfot.

Peter Wylde and Wannahave in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Jeannie and Tom Tisbo of Suncast. Photo © Sportfot.

 

For his winning round, Wylde was able to watch the first few riders go in the jump-off and judge the ride accordingly.
“That was a fast jump-off,” he declared. “The horses were really going. I watched Ben and I watched Darragh’s first round (with Valentino). I had an idea of what to do because they had similar strides. I have a huge stride with that horse. That kind of a jump-off is perfect for him because you can really go and he covers so much ground and then he is really careful when you get to the jumps.”
Wylde left out a stride in the beginning of the course that he believes made up those three-tenths of a second difference. Kenny followed with his second mount, Watch Me VD Mangelaar, and did come quite close.
“I only caught a glimpse of Darragh’s second ride,” Wylde stated. “We were just enjoying the moment with Wannahave outside of the ring and then I heard people yelling, so we skipped up to see what was going on and if he was going to beat me. It looked like he was; he was really close.”
Wylde is very happy with his new venture with North Run and looks forward to a great season as he gets to know all of his new mounts.
“We have had great results with six different horses in the last few weeks,” he noted. “This
team and this collaboration are working so well and I am so happy about it. It makes it really fun.”
Wannahave will now have a break from showing but continue to work at home as he gears toward the bigger classes at the end of the circuit. Wylde explained, “He is a big horse and he needs to be fit and strong, so he is going to stay working in a really intense fitness program. We have done three shows in a row now just trying to get him stronger and trying to get me and him together. Every rider and every horse needs to develop a rapport, a connection, and I needed to do that. Now I have and it is so exciting. I feel like we are there.”

Final Results: $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

1. WANNAHAVE        PETER WYLDE          THE WANNAHAVE GROUP: 0/0/35.512

2. WATCH ME VD MANGELAAR        DARRAGH KENNY      SAMANTHA TUERK: 0/0/35.815

3. VALENTINODARRAGH KENNY      MAVIS SPENCER: 0/0/36.673

4. TIC – TAC            LESLIE HOWARD       JANE CLARK: 0/0/37.020

5. DOLORES             BEN MAHER              MRS. WANG: 0/0/37.784

6. AD WELCOME DU PETIT VIVIER             ATHINA ONASSIS DE MIRANDA       ATHINA ONASSIS DE MIRANDA & VICTORY EQUESTRIAN: 0/0/41.268

7. ZINNIA      ANDREW WELLES      ANDREW WELLES: 0/4/38.251

8. NOUVELLE            LAURA KRAUT          EVITA GROUP: 0/4/40.329

9. CAPALL ZIDANE    RONAN MCGUIGAN    RONAN MCGUIGAN: 4/74.909

10. KING KOLIBRI     LAUREN TISBO         TEQUESTRIAN FARMS, LLC: 4/75.321

11. CARLOS V.H.P.Z. NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO        EMILIE MARTINSEN: 4/75.992

12. COLGATE            PABLO BARRIOS       PABLO BARRIOS: 4/76.513

 

 

Way Cool and Victoria Colvin Continue Reign Over Antares Large Junior Hunters 15 and Under

 

Way Cool and Victoria Colvin were named champions of the Antarés Large Junior 15 and Under Hunter division during week three of competition for the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Colvin and “Coolie,” an eleven-year-old Hanoverian gelding, were first in one over fences round during day one of competition for the division. On day two, the pair won another over fences class before placing third under saddle.

 

Reserve champion was Statement and Lili Hymowitz. Hymowitz piloted her seven-year-old Westphalian gelding to fourth and first places over fences on day one, followed by seventh and second place ribbons over fences and sixth under saddle on day two. Hymowitz also took home Rider/Owner Championship honors for the division.
Way Cool and Victoria Colvin. Photo © Sportfot.

Way Cool and Victoria Colvin. Photo © Sportfot.

 

 

Way Cool has amassed substantial winnings over the last three years with Colvin as his dedicated partner. Dr. Betsy Parker, who owns the chestnut gelding, is the first to admit he can be a difficult ride.

 

“He has the most remarkable snap and correct jump, but he has a lot of opinions about things that happen around the ring. Tori has to ride him with a lot of what I call ‘friendly persuasion’ to get around,” Parker stated.

 

“I think people get a lot of entertainment value from Coolie going around. He used to have the nickname ‘Win or Spin.’ But when he does go, he’s so magnificent and he teaches everyone so much about how very tremendously athletic our hunters can be,” Parker continued.

 

Parker attributes Way Cool’s string of winning performances to Colvin’s loving and persuasive technique with the chestnut gelding. “He draws confidence from his confident rider, and he knows that she loves him,” Parker stated. “Tori is the person he loves the dearest in the world and he will do anything for her.”

 

Colvin and Way Cool started day two of the division off with a refusal before recollecting to win the stake round of over fences. “The second time in the ring I think he was used to everything. It’s his first week back [showing]. National [The Alltech National Horse Show in Kentucky] was his last show, so it’s been a while. I think he was pretty good for being off for so long,” Colvin stated.

 

Colvin, of Loxahatchee, FL, has been showing at the FTI WEF since childhood. She grew up riding Parker’s ponies and at the age of 15 is already a seven-season veteran of the FTI WEF. “It’s big and beautiful with great footing,” Colvin described. “And it’s very fun!”

 

Week three of competition for the FTI WEF concludes on Sunday with the Voltaire Design Large Pony Hunter division, which will name its champion in Ring 11. The $50,000 CSI 2* Grand Prix will be held at 2 p.m. on the grass derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival,  www.annegittins.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.


About FTI Consulting 

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found atwww.fticonsulting.com.


About Fidelity Investments®
Fidelity Investments® is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $3.9 trillion, including managed assets of $1.7 trillion, as of December 31, 2012. Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit www.fidelity.com.  


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2013 World Dressage Masters Moves Into High Gear on Jan. 25th

January 27, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

by Kim MacMillan

 

The big news from today’s opening FEI Grand Prix Open CDI5* class was the withdrawal of the Netherlands’ Edward Gal. Though his horse Interfloor Next One was fit and looked great in the jog yesterday, Edward was not. He stepped off the plane feeling unwell and was diagnosed with the flu which worsened today and caused him to withdraw. A disappointed crowd shook off the announcement right before the start of competition and regrouped to  watch rest of the 15 entries strut their stuff.

 

Riders from Canada, Italy and Denmark went in the first half of the order with Denmark’s Lars Peterson on his and Marcia Pepper’s 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare Mariett (Comeback-Aleksander) posting the first marks over 70 percent (71.809) to take the lead up to that point.  First after the break 2012 Canadian Olympians David Marcus and Deborah Kinzinger’s Chevri’s Capital put in a lovely, flowing test to score 70.660.  Two riders later U.S. rider Heather Blitz piloted her leggy 10-year-old chestnut Danish Warmblood gelding Paragon (by Don Schufro, out of Pari Lord) to a 74.064% to take the lead from Peterson and Mariett to toss their hat in the ring for the top eight to move on to the Freestyle tomorrow evening. The remainder of the field beyond the top eight will get to try their luck in the Special tomorrow afternoon.

 

The final four horse and rider pairs of the afternoon geared the competition up a notch and all scored in the 70’s with the top spot being passed up the line as riders left the ring.  Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 from the U.S. (by Laomedon, out of Furstin), a still developing 11-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm, took the lead from Blitz and Paragon scoring 75.149%.  Taking the ring immediately following Peters and Legolas were Patrik Kittel and his Dutch Warmblood stallion Watermill Scandic H B C (by Solos Carex , out of Noraline) from Sweden. They took the lead from Peters and Legolas scoring 77.681% and though others came close, they held it until the end of the class.

 

Fellow Swede and 2012 Olympic team member Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven riding Lovsta Stuteri’s Don Auriello gave  Kittle and Scandic a run for their money, but fell just a bit short scoring 76.851%.  Don Auriello is an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Don Davidoff, out of Wey o mey. Rounding out the top eight was U.S. rider Adrienne Lyle and Peggy Thomas’ Wizard, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Weltmeyer, out of Pica, who scored 71.362.  

 

Earlier in the afternoon, the Grand Prix Special CDI3* U.S rider Lisa Wilcox and Horses Unlimited’s 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion Pikko del Cerro HU (by Pik-L) repeated their three-star division winning streak by taking the top spot with a 68.854%. Second in the 3-star Special went to U. S rider Shelly Francis riding Patricia Stempel’s 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding Doktor (by Diamond Hit, out of Gurena) with a 67%  and Canada’s Cheryl Meizner and John Riley’s 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Paganini (by Havido FF, out of Bea) took third scoring 65.729%.

World Dressage Masters FEI Grand Prix CDI5*

 

1-Patrik Kittel (SWE)-Watermill Scandic H B C-77.681%

2- Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE)- Don Auriello-76.851%

3- Steffen Peters (USA)-Legolas 92-75.149%

4- Heather Blitz (USA)-Paragon-74.064%

5- Lars Petersen (DEN)- Mariett-71.809%

6Adrienne Lyle (USA)- Wizard-71.362%

7-David Marcus (CAN)- Chrevi’s Capital-70.660%

8-Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED)-Withney van ‘t Genthof-69.872%

9-Mikala Gundersen (DEN)-My Lady- 68.447%

10- James Koford (USA)-Rhett-66.383%

11-Jacqueline Brooks (CAN)-D-Niro-66.362%

12-Cheryl Mizner (CAN)-Tango-65.404%

13-Silvia Rizzo (ITA)-Donnerbube II 65.255%

14-Diane Creech (CAN)-Devon L 64.106%

Eliminated-Tina M. Konyot (USA)-Calecto V **

 

** Official Statement from the show management regarding Tina Konyot’s elimination:  Upon review of the process and after consultation with the FEI, it has been confirmed that the current rules regarding the elimination process were followed to the letter. Before she left the official equipment check area ringside, the rider was informed by the FEI Chief Steward that the Judge at C had made the decision based on Article 428.8 and Article 430.7.6 that the horse must be eliminated due to the evidence of fresh blood. (On behalf of Wellington Classic Dressage and the official Ground Jury of the WDM/Palm Beach.)

To view videos of the rides go to www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2013WorldDressageMasters/.

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Patrik Kittel and his Dutch Warmblood stallion Watermill Scandic H B C (by Solos Carex , out of Noraline) from Sweden won the Grand Prix CDI5* on Friday Jan. 25 at the 2013 World Dressage Masters to take home 10,000 Euros.  Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Patrik Kittel and his Dutch Warmblood stallion Watermill Scandic H B C (by Solos Carex , out of Noraline) from Sweden won the Grand Prix CDI5* on Friday Jan. 25 at the 2013 World Dressage Masters to take home 10,000 Euros. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

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Patrik Kittel was very happy with the ride on his Dutch Warmblood stallion Watermill Scandic H B C and the judges agreed picking them as the high scorers of the night. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Patrik Kittel was very happy with the ride on his Dutch Warmblood stallion Watermill Scandic H B C and the judges agreed picking them as the high scorers of the night. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

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Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven of Sweden riding Lovsta Stuteri’s Don Auriello took second in the Grand Prix CDI5* at the 2013 World Dressage Masters.  Don Auriello is an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Don Davidoff.Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven of Sweden riding Lovsta Stuteri’s Don Auriello took second in the Grand Prix CDI5* at the 2013 World Dressage Masters. Don Auriello is an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Don Davidoff. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

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Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don AurielloPhoto by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

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U.S. Olympic rider Steffen Peters and Legolas 92, an 11-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm, scored  75.149% to take third in the Grand Prix CDI5* at the 2013 World Dressage Masters in  West Palm Beach.

U.S. Olympic rider Steffen Peters and Legolas 92, an 11-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm, scored 75.149% to take third in the Grand Prix CDI5* at the 2013 World Dressage Masters in West Palm Beach.

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Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 took third in the Grand Prix CDI5*    Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 took third in the Grand Prix CDI5* Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

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Lisa Wilcox riding Pikko del Cerro HU owned by Horses Unlimited took first in the Grand Prix Special CDI3*  Photo by Allen MacMillan

Lisa Wilcox riding Pikko del Cerro HU owned by Horses Unlimited took first in the Grand Prix Special CDI3* Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Lisa Wilcox and Pikko del Cerro HU  Photo by Allen MacMillan

Lisa Wilcox and Pikko del Cerro HU Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Shelly Francis and Doktor owned by Patricia Stempel finished second in the Grand Prix Special CDI3*  Photo by Allen MacMillan

Shelly Francis and Doktor owned by Patricia Stempel finished second in the Grand Prix Special CDI3* Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Shelly Francis and Doktor  Photo by Allen MacMillan

Shelly Francis and Doktor Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Cheryl Meizner riding Paganini for John Risley captured third in the Grand Prix Special CDI3*  Photo by Allen MacMillan

Cheryl Meizner riding Paganini for John Risley captured third in the Grand Prix Special CDI3* Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Cheryl Meizner and Paganini  Photo by Allen MacMillan

Cheryl Meizner and Paganini Photo by Allen MacMillan

 

 

 

Teirra and Alise Oken Win RCG Farm High Amateur-Owner Jumper Power and Speed at FTI WEF 3

January 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 25, 2013 – Twenty-one -year-old Alise Oken and Hi Hopes Farm, LLC’s Teirra kicked off Friday’s competition at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival with a win in the $2,500 RCG Farm High Amateur-Owner Jumper Power and Speed class in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

 

Week three of the FTI WEF runs January 23-27. The week will feature the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge (FTI GCC), presented by Fidelity Investments®, at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening. This year, the event will distribute $1.5 million to 34 lucky Palm Beach County charities in a pro-am team competition.

 

Other highlights will include the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The grass derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC will host the $50,000 CSI 2* Grand Prix, weather permitting, at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The 2013 FTI WEF circuit continues through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.

 

Uliano Vezzani of Italy set the courses for Friday’s classes in the International Arena at PBIEC. In the RCG Farm High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, Alise Oken and Teirra were clear in both the power and speed rounds with the fastest time of 28.990 seconds to win the class.

Sophie Morner was the only other rider to clear both rounds aboard Lovsta Stuteri’s Nichebourg and finished second with her time of 29.350 seconds. Bhaskar Dasgupta and Zinesse had four faults in the speed phase in 30.887 seconds to place third.

 

Alise Oken and Teirra. Photo © Sportfot.

Alise Oken and Teirra.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

Rider Alise Oken and her family’s Hi Hopes Farm purchased Teirra this fall and Oken began showing the mare just before the start of the FTI WEF circuit. Teirra, a 13-year-old KWPN mare by Tolano Van Het Riethof x Aldatus, previously showed successfully under amateur rider Addison Phillips and then competed internationally with U.S Olympic gold medalist Laura Kraut with wins and top finishes around the world. Kraut is also Oken’s trainer of three years, and is now coaching Oken and Teirra together in their new partnership.

 

Friday’s win was Oken and Teirra’s second of the FTI WEF circuit after also topping an $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jump-off class during week one. They also finished fifth in week one’s $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic.

 

“I started riding her at the end of December and everything has just clicked so well,” Oken said of the combination. “Laura had been riding her for a year and a half before that, so she knew how the horse went and she thought we would be a good match. I started riding her and it has just been so great. I have been showing her for three weeks now and we have already won two classes. She is a very good mare. She has been doing really well and I am really excited about her.”

 

As Oken moves up with her riding and works on being more competitive at the higher levels, riding a horse with Teirra’s talent and experience has given the rider a lot of confidence.
“It is pretty unreal,” Oken smiled. “She definitely knows what she’s doing and helps me out. She has been to Aachen; she has been everywhere over in Europe, so she is definitely experienced and when I need her she is there for me.”

 
Riding with Kraut and showing against the world-class competitors in Wellington is also a great learning experience for Oken.

 
“It is a whole new level of going fast and knowing how to win,” she stated. “I am still learning where to shave time off and everything, but Teirra is helping me learn all of that, so it has been great. I am so lucky to be able to ride with Laura as well. She has taught me so much and it has been awesome so far.”

 
Oken plans to show Teirra in the 1.50m classes throughout the circuit and hopes to continue to do well in those and gain more experience. Friday’s amateur-owner win was a nice preparation for Saturday’s highlight 1.50m class.

 
Commenting on the win, Oken stated, “The class today was really good. We are going to do the 1.50m tomorrow, so I was going in to do a nice round and go a little fast and cut my corners a little bit and it all worked out. We won today, so she was really good.”

 
Also showing in the International Arena on Friday, Laura Chapot and Bradberry continued their consistent performance in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge classes. The duo placed second in the class during week one, won it during week two, and repeated their victory during this third week of competition. In the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class, Eric Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S, owned by Morningside Stud and Torrey Pines Stable, wrapped up the day with a victory.

 

Final Results: $2,500 RCG Farm High AO Jumper II.2.c
1. TEIRRA      ALISE OKEN   HI HOPES FARM, LLC: 0/0/28.990

2. NICHEBOURG        SOPHIE MORNER       LOVSTA STUTERI: 0/0/29.350

3. ZINESSE         BHASKAR DASGUPTA     BHASKAR DASGUPTA: 0/4/30.887

4. CORDINO   ELIZABETH PATZ       DOUBLETHINK, LLC: 4/45.545

5. WILLIAMS  ROBERT JORNAYVAZ   ROBERT JORNAYVAZ: 4/45.749

6. LEVANTINO L     GABRIELLE STERN       GABRIELLE STERN: 4/46.782

7. HIGH YUMMY        NICOLE WALKER       NICOLE WALKER: 4/47.806

8. CADINI      EVELYN PAN   PAN MANAGEMENT I, LLC: 4/48.315

9. AARON 287       ALISE OKEN      LUCILLE OKEN: 4/48.480

10. WINDOCTRO       KATE MORRISON      CRAIG MORRISON: 4/50.321

11. ZAHARA S       SUSAN HORN   KINGSFIELD FARM: 8/45.872

12. ROLLS      ELIZABETH PATZ       ELIZABETH PATZ: 8/46.458

 

Samba and Jessica Ungerer Claim Victory in Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter Division

 

Samba and Jessica Ungerer were awarded championship honors for the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter division during week three of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Ungerer and her eight-year-old German Warmblood gelding are trained by Robert Bielefield and Jeff Ayres. The pair won both over fences classes during day one of competition for the division and were second and fourth over fences before winning the under saddle class on day two.

 

Reserve champion was Charity Durgan and Fit to Print Farm’s Lead Story. Durgan and Lead Story were third in both over fences classes during day one of competition. The pair took home two blue ribbons during day two over fences, followed by a third place finish in the under saddle class.

 

Samba and Jessica Ungerer. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Samba and Jessica Ungerer.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

 

Ungerer only recently aged out of children’s divisions, where Samba was her trusted partner in Children’s Hunter divisions for the last two years. The 2013 FTI WEF marks the beginning of Ungerer’s show career in adult divisions, which she hopes to continue throughout college.

 

“I’ll be starting college at FAU Honors [Florida Atlantic University Honors College] in Jupiter this fall. I hope to compete down here for the next four years with Samba and continue to do our best,” Ungerer stated.

 

Ungerer describes Samba and herself as driven and goal-oriented, a strength that gives the pair an edge against tough competition at the FTI WEF. “We’re a good match because we have the same personality,” Ungerer described. “We’re both very competitive! We both like to go in and do our best to win.”

 

Samba’s competitive drive complements his good training and lovable personality. “He’s like a dog. He’d sit in your lap if he could,” Ungerer described. “He’s a dream to ride. You point him at a fence and he just goes. He’s great.”

 

“He’s very quiet and easy to get to the ring. He has a big stride and just lopes down the lines. He’s very athletic,” Bielefield, who trains the duo during the winter, stated.

 

Ungerer and Samba, fueled by their first championship in an adult division, look forward to the upcoming weeks of the FTI WEF. “Hopefully we get to do the A/O’s [Amateur Owner divisions] next week. He’s a good horse and he loves what he does,” Ungerer stated.

 

The third week of competition at the FTI WEF continues Saturday with the Antarés Large Junior 15 and Under Hunter division, hosted in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Arena. The $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic will be featured in the International Arena at 1 p.m. followed by the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments®, at 7 p.m. For full results, please visitwww.showgroundslive.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival,  us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.


About FTI Consulting 

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found atwww.fticonsulting.com.


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Adequan Global Dressage Festival Starts with National Opener Competition

January 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 24, 2013 – The 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) began this week with the National Opener Show on January 22-23. Dressage riders from all levels turned out to compete and get experience in the main Global Arena. The judge for the show was Margaret Freeman. The AGDF continues next week with the Wellington Dressage CDI-W presented by The Dutta Corp. on January 31 – February 3, which kicks off the international dressage season at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The AGDF will host another four national shows as well as another CDI-W, CDI 3*, CDI 5*, and CDIO 3*.

One familiar face in the dressage arena on Tuesday was Janne Rumbough of MTICA Farm. Rumbough and her partner Junior, a gelding who is coming 11 years old this year. He is a Pure Spanish horse, and this was their first time competing in the FEI Grand Prix-AA test. They scored a 61.809%, achieving Rumbough’s first goal of scoring over 60%.

It has been a long and patient road for Rumbough with Junior. She rode Junior’s sire, Gaucho III, and bred Junior. After starting him as a four-year-old, Rumbough slowly made her way up the levels, making sure that Junior was solid at each level and performing to certain scores before moving up.

From the start, Rumbough believed that Junior could be a Grand Prix Level horse, but she knew it would take time. “I started him when he was a four-year-old because he was growing a lot. I always start them later. It’s been six years to get to grand prix,” she explained. “He’s been very naughty and wild. But all the good horses have that personality. If they don’t have that spirit, they’re never going to make it to Grand Prix. I think he’s going to be better than his sire. You never know before you are there, before you walk down the centerline.”

 

Janne Rumbough and Junior. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Janne Rumbough and Junior.
Photo © SusanJStickle.com

 

“It’s very special for me because I’ve trained him all the way through Training Level, First Level; I went to every single level,” Rumbough expressed. “I was very strict with myself that I had to have a certain amount of very high scores before I allowed myself to move up a level. I moved up a level almost every year. Even in the Prix St. Georges, I needed one or two scores of 70 for me to move up to I-1. I-2 I needed a 66, which I got here last year, and then I allowed myself to go to Grand Prix.”

Rumbough said that despite the wind and the fact that it was Junior’s first time in the Global Arena, she was “thrilled to get over 60%.” She continued, “His strong points were the difficult parts, the passage and the piaffe. His walk was very strong, the extended walk and the collected walk was very good. Where he was not good was in the transition from canter to trot, which he can do! One pirouette, you have to have six strides and I had a four, and that’s a no-no. The other one he had six strides and he got a nice mark on that. Those were the mistakes and we can hopefully correct it. I’m going to try and get better and do a much better test.”

Rumbough has been a part of dressage in Wellington for 30 years, having helped run a dressage show on the same grounds as the AGDF back when it was the original Palm Beach Polo grounds. She has appreciated seeing the sport and the equestrian lifestyle grow in and around Wellington, and now enjoys showing at the AGDF. “These grounds are just wonderful because we need facilities like this that have an international atmosphere,” she noted.

 

Chris Von Martels and Udon P. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Chris Von Martels and Udon P.
Photo © SusanJStickle.com

 

Other top scores from the Adequan GDF National Opener included Chris Von Martels (CAN), who won Tuesday’s FEI Grand Prix-Open class on Udon P. They scored a 66.596%. Close behind in second place was Mica Mabragana (ARG) on Granada, who received a score of 65.638%. On Wednesday, Yvonne Barteau and Raymeister won the FEI Grand Prix-Open with a score of 68.936%, while Mica Mabragana and Granada picked up another second place with a score of 68.511%.

Alix Szepesi and Majco Thunder’s Hattrick were victorious in the FEI Intermediare 1 – Open presented by Stillpoint Farm with a score of 71.842%, with Justin Hardin on Wyatt Star close behind with a 71.184%. Lauren Knopp (USA) and Rantaro won the I-1 class on Wednesday when they received a score of 65.000%, and Mary Ambrose (CAN) guided Da Vinci to a score of 68.925% for second place.

The high score of the show on Tuesday went to Susan Dutta (USA) and Lumberjack 12 in the FEI Prix St. Georges-Open class presented by Stillpoint Farm. They received a 72.763%. Nicholas Fyffe and Tolstoy were second with a 71.053%. In the same class on Wednesday, Fyffe (USA) and Tolstoy moved up to first place with a score of 70.395% and Greta Friesen (USA) and Ice Cup were second with a score of 67.632%.

The next competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival is the Wellington Dressage CDI-W presented by The Dutta Corp. on January 31 – February 3, where the PBIEC will welcome dressage riders from around the world.

 

Susan Dutta and Lumberjack 12. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Susan Dutta and Lumberjack 12.
Photo © SusanJStickle.com

 

For full results, please visit CLICK HERE and for more information on the AGDF, please visit  www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Photo Credit: Photos © SusanJStickle.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

adequean scheduale

 

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (GDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring five CDIs, including a 5*, the first non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and nine U.S. national events.The Adequan GDF is offering more than $275,000 in prize money for the five international competitions making it one of the richest circuits in the world. In addition to the CDIs with national competitions, the Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach InternationalEquestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.  The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; William Pearson and Janet Richardson-Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Terri and Devon Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association

 

Founding Sponsors: Dr. Fellows & Ashley Holzer, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.  

 

Corporate Sponsors

Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Everglades Farm Equipment, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, Triple Crown Custom Blankets, World Equestrian Brands

Please visit

www.globaldressagefestival.com

www.equestriansport.com

or call             561-793-5867       for more information.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at

13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

 

Wilcox and Prudent Find Success on Florida Dressage and Jumper Circuits on January 24

January 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

 Wilcox and Prudent Find Success on Florida Dressage and Jumper Circuits on January 24
By Kim MacMillan, MacMillan Photography & Media Services
The action in Florida is heating up! We hopped back and forth between the opening day of the World Dressage Masters at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach and the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) held at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington to catch the up and coming horses at each venue.

In the international ring at the Winter Equestrian Festival veteran international jumper rider Katie Monahan-Prudent and Michael Smith’s V  were victorious in Thursday’s $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 during the third week of competition. Prudent and V, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Landstreicher x Lennard), raced through the jump-off course in 34.99 seconds to take the blue.  Young U.S. competitors Kristen Vanderveen, 23, aboard Bull Run’s Eternal and Lauren Tibsom, 28, aboard Tequestrian Farms’ Roundthorn Madios, finished second and third respectively.

Monahan-Prudent and V have been together for about a year and a half and are forming a great partnership. The pair also won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jump-off class during week two of the FTI WEF. “He is a very brave, aggressive horse,” said Monahan-Prudent. “He was a little hard for me to control in the beginning and I have worked hard with him. He is starting to relax and listen better and trust me. I think this is going to be a good year for him. He has been very consistent.”

Monahan-Prudent maintains a very busy teaching schedule coaching, among others, Olympian Reed Kessler and NAJYRC champion Abby McArdle, but she still enjoys competing. “It is always nice to win and it has definitely been awhile since I won one of these classes,” she stated. “It’s been about 12 or 13 years since I’ve had a really good horse and it feels great to win. We are always plugging away. You never say die; you keep trying.”

In the hunter ring at the FTI WEF, Havens Schatt guided Sons Souci to a Championship in the Equine Tack & Nutritionals First-Year Green Hunter division. Sons Souci is a ten-year-old Warmblood mare owned by CH Farm LLC. Schatt is three for three so far at the FTI WEF in the First-Year Green Hunters, winning the tricolor the first two weeks with Caroline Moran’s Bacardi.  Reserve in the division went to Mythical, ridden by Kelley Farmer and owned by David Glefke and Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Garber.

Just down the road to the East the first day of competition at the World Dressage Masters started with the jogs for all of the competitors and continued with the $2,000 FEI Grand Prix Open CDI3*/USEF HP GAIG/USDF Qualifier, from which two lucky horse/rider pairs will move on to the upcoming Masters CDI5* classes on Friday.
 
Lisa Wilcox and her and Horses Unlimited’s 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion Pikko del Cerro HU (by Pik-L) impressed the judges with a flowing test augmented by his showy gaits. They won the class with a 69.574%, a full two percentage points plus ahead of second placed Canadian David Marcus riding his and Deborah Kinzinger’s Don Kontes (13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Don by Schufro, out of Kontessa) with a 67.532%. 

Wilcox was “very, very pleased” with Pikko del Cerro’s first international competition. She added that he was somewhat distracted by the crowd, “He was very good to ride. He’s a little bit looky, so I’m the last thing on his mind, so I have to remind him that I’m up here!”

Marcus said that Don Kontes was a little tired after competing last weekend at the Gold Coast Opener CDI-W, but he was delighted with his horse’s performance, “I couldn’t ask for more.”
 
Third was Mikala Gundersen of Denmark riding her and Janne Rumbough’s the 13-year-old Danish Warmblood mare My Lady (by Michellino, out of Marion) took third with a 67.234% and Canadian Cheryl Meisner and her and John Risley’s 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Paganini (by Havido FF, out of Bea) took fourth with a 66.894%. On the basis of their placings today Gundersen and Meisner will move on to the elite group competing in the Masters on Friday. “It was completely unexpected and I’m really excited to be part of it!” said Meisner.

1-Katie Monahan-Prudent Michael Smith's V  were victorious in Thursday's $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3  Photo by Allen MacMillan

1-Katie Monahan-Prudent Michael Smith’s V were victorious in Thursday’s $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 Photo by Allen MacMillan

1-Katie Monahan-Prudent Michael Smith’s V  were victorious in Thursday’s $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3   Photo by Allen MacMillan

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2-Katie Monahan-Prudent Michael Smith’s V  Photo by Douglas MacMillan

3-Katie Monahan Prudent photo by Allen MacMillan _D3S8096
3-In the winner’s circle – Katie Monahan-Prudent Michael Smith’s V Photo by Allen MacMillan

4-Pikko Del Cero Lisa Wilcox Photo by Kim MacMillan D33_0958
4- Lisa Wilcox and her and Horses Unlimited’s 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion Pikko del Cerro HU (by Pik-L) impressed the judges with a flowing test augmented by his showy gaits to win the $2,000 FEI Grand Prix Open CDI3* at the World Dressage Masters.  Photo by Kim MacMillan

5-Pikko Del Cero Lisa Wilcox photo by Kim Macmillan D33_1369
5- Lisa Wilcox riding the Hanoverian stallion Pikko del Cerro HU was all smiles celebrating their win in the $2,000 FEI Grand Prix Open CDI3* at the World Dressage Masters. Photo by Kim MacMillan

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6-Lisa Wilcox and Pikko Del Cerro in the victory gallop after their win in the CDI3* on the first day of competition at the 2013 World Dressage Masters in West Palm Beach, FL.   Photo by Kim MacMillan