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FTI WEF CSIO Week 8 Begins With a Win for Daniel Deusser and Domingo in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumpers

February 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 27, 2013 – Week eight of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by G&C Farm, kicked off on Wednesday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a win for German rider Daniel Deusser and Stephex Stables’ Domingo in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class. Also showing on Wednesday, Hollow Creek Farm-sponsored Children’s, Junior and Young Rider Welcome Stake classes were held with wins for Venezuela’s Constanza Romer and American brothers Lucas and Wilton Porter.
Week eight CSIO competition runs February 27-March 3, 2013. The week will highlight the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ presented by G&C Farm on Friday, March 1. The Hollow Creek Farm FEI Children’s, Junior, and Young Rider Nations Cups will be held on Saturday, March 2. The $150,000 CSIO 4* Grand Prix, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will be held 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.

 

 

Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, is the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC. On Wednesday, D’Ambrosio set the speed track for 39 competitors in the G&C Farm sponsored 1.45m class. Fourteen entries cleared the course without fault and the times were blazing as a roster of top international competitors fought for top honors.
German rider Daniel Deusser got a win right off the bat in his first class of the week upon arriving in Wellington. Deusser and Stephex Stables’ Domingo had the fastest clear round in 66.038 seconds early on in the class to hold on for the win. Irish competitor Andrew Bourns finished second aboard Double H Farm’s Ace High Mike in 67.617 seconds. Colombia’s Manuel Espinosa finished third in 68.507 second riding Luis Garcia’s Zippo CG. Andrew Bourns also took fourth place honors riding Tequestrian Farms’ Carmina through the finish in 69.491 seconds.
Daniel Deusser and Domingo. Photo © Sportfot.

Daniel Deusser and Domingo. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Class winner, Domingo, is a ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Brownboy, owned by Stephex Stables. Deusser began riding for Stephex last year in May and got the ride on Domingo there from the beginning. Over the last ten months, Deusser and Domingo have formed a great partnership.
“He used to jump two-star grand prix in Belgium and the area with a national rider and he has developed quite well since I have had him,” Deusser noted. “He won a 1.50m and has placed a few times in a few good 1.50m classes, for example in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago. He is a really competitive horse on that level.”
Commenting on his winning round in Wednesday’s class, Deusser detailed, “I didn’t really know how to start the class; it was my first class here. When I walked the course I tried not to go too crazy. I had a good rhythm and I took all of the inside (turns to the) jumps. We had an option to the last double to go in six or in seven strides and I decided to do the six strides. I must say, in the beginning I thought that it was not enough to win, but I got a bit lucky at the end.”
Deusser has not been to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center since competing in Wellington at the Global Champions Tour event in 2007. Six years later, he sees significant changes to the facility. On the decision to return, Deusser explained, “My boss did a lot of business here the last couple of years, so it was his idea to come over and I liked it here already six years ago. In Belgium it is snowing at the moment and here the sun is shining, so it is a nice difference.”
Deusser plans to represent Germany in Friday night’s Nations Cup class with his top horse, Cornet d’Amour. The pair was a part of the winning team at Spruce Meadows this summer and he hopes to further their success.

“He is a really nice horse, so I think we have quite a good chance on the team,” Deusser stated. “The last Nations Cup I did was in Calgary last year and we won that one, so I hope we can continue that. Last year Germany won it here also with a really young group, so let’s hope we can do the same this year.”

Daniel Deusser in his winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Doris Fihman and Gustavo Mirabal of G&C Farm. Photo © Sportfot.

Daniel Deusser in his winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Doris Fihman and Gustavo Mirabal of G&C Farm. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Also showing on Wednesday, some of the best children’s, junior and young riders from around the world began their week with Welcome Stake classes in preparation for Saturday’s Hollow Creek Farm FEI Nations Cup competition. Brothers Wilton and Lucas Porter represented the United States well with wins in each of their divisions.

In the Hollow Creek Farm Young Rider Welcome Stake, Wilton Porter (USA) and Sleepy P Ranch, LLC’s Radio City topped the class with Gabriela Mershad (USA) and Mershad Stables, LLC’s Caprilli HSF finishing second and Manuel Fernandez (DOM) and Aristides Fernandez Zucco’s Maribel H placing third.

 

 

The Hollow Creek Farm Junior Welcome Stake followed with a win for younger brother Lucas Porter (USA) riding Sleepy P Ranch, LLC’s Mill’s Georgia. Felipe Feuntes (ARG) and Raso de los Morales’ Zalina VD Laarseheide Z placed second. Katherine Strauss (USA) and Chellando Z finished third.

The day concluded with the Hollow Creek Farm Children’s Welcome Stake and a sweep for the Venezuelan riders in all top four positions. Constanza Romer and Frederick Romer’s SF Hechicero won the class. Clarissa Chumaceiro and Patricia Cifuentes’ Medium Platiere finished second. Carlos Bechara and Adriana Romer’s Armelle’s Boy placed third, and Mariana Sade and Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc.’s Ikarus were fourth.

 

 

Week eight of the FTI WEF, sponsored by G&C Farm, will continue on Thursday with a full schedule of hunter and jumper competition. Due to a cancellation of the CSIO Welcome Stake Class on Wednesday, the prize money for the Challenge Cup class has been increased. The $43,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 is scheduled to start at 4 pm (pending test results). In consultation with the ground jury and agreement with all seven international Chefs d’Equipe, the class has been changed from 1.50m jump-off to 1.50m speed format (238.2.1). The prize money has increased by $10,000 to $43,000 from Wednesday’s cancelled Welcome Classes. The First Year Green Working Hunters will be featured 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

1. DOMINGO DANIEL DEUSSER STEPHEX STABLES: 0/66.038

2. ACE HIGH MIKE ANDREW BOURNS DOUBLE H FARM: 0/67.617

3. ZIPPO CG MANUEL ESPINOSA LUIS GARCIA: 0/68.507

4. CARMINA ANDREW BOURNS TEQUESTRIAN FARMS, LLC: 0/69.491

5. WAOMI MEAGAN NUSZ AMALAYA INVESTMENTS: 0/70.561

6. NOUVELLE LAURA KRAUT EVITA GROUP: 0/71.460

7. CWESTORETO SUSAN GRIFFIS PALMER DIVIDE RANCH: 0/73.049

8. CHAPEL Z LISA JACQUIN FLINTWOODE FARMS, LLC: 0/73.817

9. MARANON LS LAURA KRAUT EQUINVEST: 0/75.569

10. CARLAND EDUARDO CASTILLO MARIA ISABEL DE CASTILLA: 0/75.927

11. WOTSAMILLION LAURA KRAUT STONE HILL FARM: 0/77.016

12. VALINSKI S MICHAEL DORMAN
WYNDMONT: 0/77.499

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 at www.fticonsulting.com.

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

Roffman Rides to High Points at Florida Dressage Classic CDI

February 27, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL (February 26, 2013) – What’s better than a great ride on a beautiful horse?  Why, two great rides on two horses, of course.  Caroline Roffman, who owns and operates Lionshare Dressage with rider and trainer, Endel Ots, continues to successfully campaign the Hanoverian gelding, Bon Chance (Belissimo M x Weltmeyer), winning Sunday’s Developing Horse Prix St Georges (70.147%) at the Florida Dressage Classic CDI, February 14-17, less than a month after equally-consistent Fourth Level marks during the Gold Coast Dressage series, and also had the highest-scoring (66.477%) Lusitano, Uruguai Do Arete, for owners Robinson Lusitanos, in the FEI Prix St George.

 

Roffman said bringing the chestnut gelding Bon Chance, aka Moto, to the show arena at Fourth Level was horse’s first return to the ring since he tied for first in the Six-Year-Old division at the Young Horse Championships in 2012.  The goal, after a solid win in the 70’s at Fourth Level, was to bring Bon Chance to Prix St George.  With a second place in Saturday’s Developing PSG, and a win on Sunday, the Lionshare Dressage duo is right on track.  “I am blessed to develop such horses and am excited for their futures,” she said.

 

: Caroline Roffman and Uruguai do Arete rode the FEI Prix St. Georges during the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W. (Photo courtesy of Al Guden)

: Caroline Roffman and Uruguai do Arete rode the FEI Prix St. Georges during the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W. (Photo courtesy of Al Guden)

 

Uruguai Do Arete, who is for sale through Lionshare, demonstrated the elegant assets of power and precision that have made the Lusitano breed so popular for dressage. “He is kind and willing, and always ready to take you down the centerline,” Roffman said of the stunning stallion. “He is easy to ride, and a great match for any rider, of any level.”

 

For more information about Caroline Roffman and the rising stars of Lionshare Dressage, based at prestigious Palm Beach Point, please visit www.lionsharedressage.com.

Andrew Bourns and Gatsby Win $50,000 Hermès Jumper Derby in an Irish Sweep

February 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 24, 2013 – The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival concluded its seventh week of competition, sponsored by Hermès, with action at two parts of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Sunday. At The Stadium, Irish riders Andrew Bourns, Darragh Kenny, and Shane Sweetnam swept the top three in the $50,000 Hermès Jumper Derby with a win for Bourns and his mount Gatsby. In the International Arena, Praise and Sheila Motley won the Peggy Cone Memorial WCHR Adult Hunter Classic. Tina Allen and French Kiss were victorious in the $5,000 WCHR Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter Classic.

 

Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England, set a demanding track for Sunday’s jumper derby that featured 20 numbered obstacles, including the derby bank, table bank, open water, devil’s dyke and more. The number of challenging natural obstacles along with the length of the course and the heat of the day tested the stamina of all of the horses and riders competing. With only two clear rounds completed in the faults converted format, speed was key, and the top three riders finished with just three one-hundredths of a second separating them.

 

Watch an interview with Andrew Bourns, winner of the $50,000 Hermès
Jumper Derby!  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP-olag2e3c

 

Andrew Bourns and Gatsby went third in the order and cleared the course in 138.27 seconds to take the early lead. Two rounds later, Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm, LLC’s Little Emir had the time well in hand in 134.30 seconds, but a rail cost them four faults to eventually finish third in 138.30 seconds. Luis Larrazabal (VEN) and Gustavo Mirabal’s G&C Lepanto were even faster in 131.17 seconds, but had two rails down to finish fourth with a final time of 139.17 seconds. Darragh Kenny took the second place prize with Hays Investment Corporation’s Any Given Sunday. The pair had a total time of 138.29 seconds with time taken after a refusal at the devil’s dyke.

 

Andrew Bourns and Gatsby. Photo © Sportfot.

Andrew Bourns and Gatsby. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Winning horse, Gatsby, is a nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion by Simba x Cruise On. Andrew Bourns purchased Gatsby four months ago in Ireland and just recently brought him over to the U.S. This is the pair’s fourth week showing together and they have had consistent results.
“I am very happy for him today,” Bourns stated after the class. “It was a big ask and I think it was a big step up for him and he really answered the call. I was a little worried about the length of the track and the heat. I thought it might take its toll, but he actually held up very well. Coming to the last fence he was pulling me just as hard as he was to the first fence. I was very happy with that.”

“He has never shown on this field before,” Bourns added. “Our relationship is very new, the combination is very new, so we are still trying to figure each other out. There were a few moments on the course where it got a little bit hairy, but he stayed careful and he just kept trying right away to the end.”

 

Bourns did not think that his time would hold up with the horses and riders that followed in the class, but he knew that he had a great round.
“I thought it was a fantastic round and I was extremely happy with the horse,” he stated. “I was very confident in a top two or three finish. I did not realize it would be as close as it was. When Darragh was coming down the last line I really thought he had me and then he stopped. As the class went on, I realized the track was quite tough and it wasn’t riding as easy as we thought, so I got more and more confident. When you are talking hundredths of seconds, it is very hard to be confident that you are going to win a class right until the very end.”
“I am glad I was as fast everywhere because there was nothing in it,” Bourns reflected. “It was right down to the wire. For even the top four spaces, it was so close. Over a track that length, you have to be a little bit relentless. You have to keep being fast everywhere because it is so long and it is such a large amount of time to stay riding. It was a big ask, but I think a lot of the horse and everything I have done so far he has been very consistent and extremely brave.”
Second place finisher Darragh Kenny was also very happy with his mount, Any Given Sunday. Despite a stop on course the pair still had one of the fastest times.
“My horse was brilliant,” Kenny praised. “He did everything I wanted, even probably faster than I expected. I didn’t even school any of these jumps or test the waters at all, so he was really brave. I was a little bit too fast to the dyke and I probably should have showed it to him first. It shocked him a little bit the first time and I just spun right around. He was fantastic. He is a super horse and he is so easy and brave. It was really simple for him. He stayed really careful at a really fast speed and tried so hard. It makes my life easier.”
Third place finisher Shane Sweetnam has had a lot of success with his experienced mount Little Emir, including the same placing in this class last year. Sweetnam noted that he had a fast time last year as well and ironically had the same jump down, but he was very happy with his horse.
“He was a good boy and he really tried hard,” Sweetnam stated. “My speed was good enough. I thought that I might still have them with one down, but I think I might have gone a bit wider up on the bank than I did last year. I was still very happy with him. He gives you everything when he goes in there, so he doesn’t owe me much. I thought it was a good class and a good crowd.”
Bourns agreed that the class was a real crowd pleaser. “Any time a class goes down to the wire with such a tight margin, it makes it fun for everybody. It was thrilling,” he noted.
“I have to thank the sponsors as well,” Bourns added. “Thank you to Hermès. I think they did a very nice job and I hope they all had a nice time. We put on a good show for them.”
Andrew Bourns and Gatsby in their winning presentation with (left to right) Katherine Bellissimo, Courtney Caverzasi, Senior Manager of Equestrian for Hermès, ringmaster Cliff Haines, Mr. Robert B. Chavez, President and CEO of Hermès USA, Fabrice Crespel, European Equestrian Sales Manager of Hermès, France, and Mark Bellissimo. Photo © Sportfot

Andrew Bourns and Gatsby in their winning presentation with (left to right) Katherine Bellissimo, Courtney Caverzasi, Senior Manager of Equestrian for Hermès, ringmaster Cliff Haines, Mr. Robert B. Chavez, President and CEO of Hermès USA, Fabrice Crespel, European Equestrian Sales Manager of Hermès, France, and Mark Bellissimo. Photo © Sportfot

 

Final Results: $50,000 Hermès Jumper Derby

1. GATSBY ANDREW BOURNS (IRL) ANDREW BOURNS: 138.27

2. ANY GIVEN SUNDAY DARRAGH KENNY (IRL) HAYS INVESTMENT CORP: 138.29

3. LITTLE EMIR SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL) SPY COAST FARM, LLC: 138.30

4. G&C LEPANTO LUIS LARRAZABAL (VEN) GUSTAVO MIRABAL: 139.17

5. WHISTLER BEN MAHER (GBR) JANE CLARK: 139.24

6. FLAMING STAR CHARLES JACOBS (USA) CMJ SPORTHORSE, LLC: 140.85

7. THE MAN TO SEE JAMES NORTH (USA) FAIR PLAY FARM: 144.94

8. UATA BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA) CLOVERLEAF FARM: 152.53

9. FLEXING DARRAGH KERINS (IRL) DUTCH K RANCH: 153.35

10. NIELSON B JEANNE HOBBS (USA) JEANNE HOBBS: 156.09

11. EVENING STAR HEATHER CARISTO WILLIAMS (USA) MR. & MRS. RALPH CARISTO: 164.27

12. SHALIMAR DAVID BLAKE (IRL) PINE HOLLOW FARM: 165.81

Praise and Sheila Motley Win Big Again as World Championship Hunter Week Concludes at the FTI WEF

 

World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Week came to a close Sunday afternoon with the $5,000 Peggy Cone Memorial World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Adult Hunter Classic. Praise and Sheila Motley bested a field of 56 over two rounds of competition during the fiercest week of competition for hunter divisions during the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF).

 

Praise, an eleven-year-old Royal Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Garber, and Motley were the pair to beat after a high score of 85 early on in round one and secured their victory with an 87 as the final trip in round two. With an overall score of 172, the pair edged out second place finishers Arriana Boardman and Gatsby by only a quarter of a point.

Praise and Sheila Motley. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Praise and Sheila Motley. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Motley returned to the show ring during the 2013 FTI WEF after taking time off to have her son, Collins. Motley is happy to be back in competition, especially aboard a horse as spectacular as Praise. The pair has is currently first in the FTI WEF circuit standings for the La Mundial Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Section B division after taking home an extraordinary four championship titles.

 

“I have a great horse in Praise. He’s done the derbies with Kelley [Farmer] and Holly [Orlando] for a couple of years, so there’s nothing like having one of those horses under you going into the Adults. I couldn’t be more thankful to Ken and Selma Garber for letting me show him down here all circuit,” Motley stated.

 

Although Motley and Praise have been unstoppable in the ring every week at the FTI WEF, Sunday’s victory was especially significant. “WCHR week is the most prestigious week for hunters. Missing champion [Saturday] was a little bit of a let-down, so I couldn’t be happier,” Motley commented.

 

Praise and Motley led the class after round one, but were last in the arena for round two as they chased Boardman and Gatsby’s first place standing. “Arriana is a great rider and [Gatsby] is a wonderful horse, so I knew that she was going to be good. I was maybe little more nervous than I would have been ordinarily. When you have other great riders like that with you, it makes you rise to the occasion,” Motley acknowledged.

 

Praise and Sheila Motley in their winning presentation with Chuck Mayer of Blue Ribbon Blankets, ringmaster Cliff Haines, Carol Cone, and Selma and Ken Garber.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Praise and Sheila Motley in their winning presentation with Chuck Mayer of Blue Ribbon Blankets, ringmaster Cliff Haines, Carol Cone, and Selma and Ken Garber.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Not only is Motley managing to juggle motherhood with the demands of showing, she also runs her own event management company in Wellington. She credits the team at Lane Change Farm with enabling her to remain competitive at a high level.

 

“It’s all about the people you ride with. You have to be able to show up and trust that the horse has been prepared and if you have the right team with you, there’s no need to worry. I hire the right people for my business, and Kelley and Larry [Glefke] do the same,” Motley described.

 

While Motley’s professional life will continue in high gear, Praise will be enjoying a well-deserved slow down from showing while he continues being marketed to be bred. “Maybe he found some dates today. He’s on the market, he’s dating!” Motley joked.

 

The $5,000 WCHR Amateur Owner 3’3″ Classic was the final class held in the International Ring on Sunday afternoon. Tina Allen and French Kiss won the class with an overall score of 168.5. French Kiss, a nine-year-old Westphalian gelding, was in third place after round one of competition with a score of 82 and came back late in the second round with an 86.5 with Allen in the irons.

 

Tina Allen and French Kiss.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Tina Allen and French Kiss.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

“French Kiss felt great, it was his second time in the International Arena this week. He felt comfortable on Friday and again today,” Allen described. “The courses rode nicely, they felt a little ‘handy-ish.’ The turns keep his interest. The ring is beautiful and the fences are all inviting.”

 

French Kiss and Allen have been showing at the FTI WEF for most of the 2013 circuit, picking up reserve championship honors in the FarmVet Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3″ 36 and Over division just last week. “He’s been really consistent and I’m really happy with him,” Allen commented.

 

Like the rest of her fellow competitors, Allen takes extra pleasure in winning during the hunters’ biggest week at the FTI WEF. “It’s special for sure to win this week. I’m really happy to have won today. Everyone loves competing during Hunter Week and it draws a big crowd,” Allen concluded.

 

Florida Children’s and Pony Classics were the final rounds of WCHR competition during week seven. Francesca Dildabanian and Larkspur earned the top prize for the $2,500 Children’s Hunter 14 and Under Classic with a combined score of 176. Larkspur is a twelve-year-old Oldenberg gelding owned by Ashley Whitner. Gabriella Hurtadorode Dragonfly, an eight-year-old Oldenberg gelding, to a blue ribbon finish in the $2,500 Children’s Hunter 15-17 Classic with an overall score of 165.

 

The winner of the Large Children’s Pony Hunter was Chatsworth and Emma Kurtz. Chatsworth, a nine-year-old Dutch Riding Pony gelding owned by Victoria Press, jumped to a final score of 168 with Kurtz in the irons. Sophia Marino and her own Posh, a thirteen-year-old Welsh Pony/Connemara cross mare, emerged victorious in the $2,500 Small/Medium Children’s Pony Classic with a combined score of 163.

 

The $2,500 Large Pony Hunter Classic was topped by Daisy Farish and her own Beau Rivage, a seventeen-year-old Holsteiner/Welsh Pony cross gelding. The pair won the class with a total score of 174. Emma Kurtz collected another first place prize aboard Grand All Over in the $2,500 Medium Pony Hunter Classic. Kurtz rode Grand All Over, a fifteen-year-old Welsh Pony gelding owned by David Gochman, to a winning overall score of 176. Farish also championed the $2,500 Small Pony Hunter Classic aboard Further Lane Farm’s Rolling Stone with a final score of 170. Rolling Stone is a fifteen-year-old Welsh Pony gelding.

 

Week eight of competition for the FTI WEF, sponsored by G&C Farm, runs February 27-March 3, 2013 at the PBIEC in Wellington, FL. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Final Results: $5,000 Peggy Cone Memorial WCHR Adult Classic

 

1 PRAISE SHEILA MOTLEY 85.00 85.00 85.00

88.00 86.00 87.00 172.00

 

2 GATSBY ARRIANA BOARDMAN 83.50 86.00 84.75

87.00 87.00 87.00 171.75

 

3 AS ALWAYS ELIZABETH KNIGHT MORGAN 83.00 80.00 81.50

86.00 83.50 84.75 166.25

 

4 NEVADA CAROLINE CLARK STONE 80.00 79.50 79.75

85.00 84.00 84.50 164.25

 

5 REVELSTOKE LOUISE OTTEN 84.00 83.00 83.50

82.00 78.00 80.00 163.50

 

6 BULL RUN’S KALEO JEANINE CASH 81.00 79.00 80.00

80.00 83.00 81.50 161.50

 

7 WHITECAP MARY KATHERINE SHAUG 77.00 82.00 79.50

81.00 82.00 81.50 161.00

 

8 CALERO SUSANNAH ROSE 78.00 78.00 78.00

83.00 81.00 82.00 160.00

 

9 QUE SERA REILLY COOKINGHAM 76.75 77.05 76.90

79.00 74.00 76.50 153.40

 

10 APOLLO H VICTORIA GRAUER 77.50 74.50 76.00

66.00 62.00 64.00 140.00

 

11 ALAVANTA JEAN SHEPTOFF 73.00 67.00 70.00

71.00 65.00 68.00 138.00

 

12 GRAYSON TINA ALLEN 70.50 72.15 71.32

55.00 55.00 55.00 126.32

 

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 at www.fticonsulting.com.


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

 

Victoria Colvin Secures USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular Title for Second Year in a Row

February 24, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 23, 2013 – Week seven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Hermès , continued on Saturday with the $50,000 USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular. Fifteen-year-old Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, took home her second win in a row in the prestigious class, this year riding Dr. Betsee Parker’s Ovation to victory. Previous winners filled the second place spots; Liza Boyd and Brunello placed second, while Louise Serio and Castle Rock were third.

 
Hunter horses and riders have been showcased throughout week seven of the FTI WEF during WCHR competition, featured in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

 
Saturday night’s Hunter Spectacular competition saw the best of the FTI WEF’s Professional, Amateur and Junior riders, who qualified for the class during competition for their respective divisions throughout the week.

 
Four panels of two judges each were on hand for the class, each stationed at different points around the arena. The judges for the class included: Panel 1 – Danny Robertshaw and Mary Lisa Leffler, Panel 2 – Scott Williamson and Bill Moroney, Panel 3 – Rachel Kennedy and Scott Hofstetter, Panel 4 – Julie Winkel and Patrick Rodes.

 
The competitors with the top twelve scores from round one advanced to the second round of the class; among them was the 2012 Hunter Spectacular winner, Victoria Colvin (who won last year with Way Cool). Colvin returned this year on another of Dr. Betsee Parker’s mounts, Ovation, and set the bar high for the night’s competition with a score of 91.5 early on. The duo finished with a second round score of 90.37 for a top score of 181.87.

 

Victoria Colvin and Ovation.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Victoria Colvin and Ovation.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Colvin was elated to win the Hunter Spectacular two years in a row, especially in such good company as Boyd and Serio.

 
“Winning two years in a row is amazing. It feels really great. There’s amazing riders in this class, including lots of professionals. It’s great to compete against them,” Colvin stated.

 
“This year, I was on a different horse. I think this was Ovation’s first or second time under the lights, so I didn’t know how he was going to be, but I felt strong going into the second round and was confident that he was going to be good,” Colvin continued.

 

Victoria Colvin and Ovation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Michael Morrissey, Whitney Allen, Janet Graham, Dr. Betsee Parker, Scott Stewart, Jose Aranda, Susan Isaacs, Lynn Jayne, and Chuck Mayer.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Victoria Colvin and Ovation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Michael Morrissey, Whitney Allen, Janet Graham, Dr. Betsee Parker, Scott Stewart, Jose Aranda, Susan Isaacs, Lynn Jayne, and Chuck Mayer.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Colvin did not put any extra pressure on herself or Ovation to repeat last year’s win. “I don’t really get nervous,” the fifteen-year-old phenom simply explained.

 

 

“Ovation is pretty straight-forward and very smooth across the ground,” Colvin described of her winning mount, a thirteen-year-old Warmblood gelding.

 
Brunello, a fifteen-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Janet Peterson and Boyd, was the only horse to compete at the four-foot height and was first on course for round two. The pair made their presence known in no uncertain terms, galloping to an impressive 91.5 right off the bat. While no one caught their score, combined with their first round score of 86.5, their total score of 178 put them in second place.

 
“It was a little hard to go back to back,” Boyd admitted. “He actually went better the second round. He’s older now and he likes the pressure. I just went in I said, ‘We’re going for it, buddy.’ We were sitting in eighth and both of us just weren’t quite as pumped up the first round, and you have to get that way with him. You kind of have to give him blood and get him excited.”

 

Liza Boyd and Brunello. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Liza Boyd and Brunello. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Boyd was incredibly impressed by course designer Steve Stephens’ ingenious approach to the night’s courses. “You had to be a rider. It wasn’t just your typical outside, diagonal hunter course and I like to see that these days. I think that the hunters are going that direction and it makes them jump crisper and higher and it’s fun. It makes us better riders in the long run. I think Steve has helped that in a very good way,” Boyd stated.

 
Boyd likened tonight’s competition to the World Cup Finals of the hunter world, emphasizing the importance of showcasing hunter competition. “It’s a really big deal for us to have this show. It’s nice for us to get highlighted,” Boyd explained.

 
“All three of us wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our owners. We have great owners that believe in our program and we wouldn’t be here without them. They’re horses of a lifetime and we’re just really lucky to have them in our lives,” Boyd emphasized.

 
The only pair to beat Colvin and Ovation in round one were veteran competitors Louise Serio and Castle Rock, a fourteen-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Bryan Baldwin. Castle Rock and Serio also received a score of 91.5, but had a higher score from the tie-breaker judge’s panel. Serio and Castle Rock couldn’t catch Colvin and Ovation during round two, scoring an 86.18 for a total score of 177.6.

 
“Castle Rock was more relaxed the second round. I was a lot more nervous,” Serio admitted. “It’s hard [going last] when you’re in that hot seat. He’s just a wonderful horse and he just gives you confidence and always tries so hard.”

 

Louise Serio and Castle Rock.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Louise Serio and Castle Rock.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Serio had equally high praise as Boyd did for Stephens’ course design. “I think what’s really fantastic is that he’s done the Olympics and put as much time and thought into this for us as he did for that, or at least it feels like it,” Serio stated.

 
“I think that course made the class. I think our horses rose to the occasion. They weren’t taxed too much, but they were taxed enough to jump really well. The lines rode beautifully and he’s just an amazing course designer,” Serio continued.
Serio was equally complimentary of the WCHR showcase throughout week seven of the FTI WEF. “I think it’s really amazing how important it is as a rider to get into this class. I’ve been doing this a long time and I stress every year about getting into this class,” Serio emphasized. “You see everybody gearing up and working for it and trying to get in it. It’s really fun to see that and I think it’s really great to see the class go so well.”

 
The WCHR Calcutta, hosted in the International Club immediately prior to the class’ start, raised $28,500. Proceeds will benefit the USHJA Foundation.

 
The Peter Wetherill Cup was awarded to Lynn Rice, owner of Gramercy Park. The Peter Wetherill Cup was established in October of 2011 to honor the life and legacy of well-known equestrian, Peter Wetherill, and to recognize the WCHR “Hunter of the Year.” Rice was joined for the presentation by Gramercy Park’s professional rider and trainer, Tom Brennan and Tony Workman.

 
Several other special awards recognized the night’s top competitors following round one of competition. The Charlie Weaver Memorial award, which recognizes the conformation horse with the highest average score during round one, was awarded to Taken, ridden by Kelley Farmer and owned by Jessica Sttit.

 

 

Empire, ridden by Peter Pletcher and owned by David Gochman, was recognized as the Best Conditioned Horse of round one with the Mark Gregory Memorial Award. Empire is groomed by Gustavo Hernandez.

 


Final Results: $50,000 USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

1 OVATION VICTORIA COLVIN
92.00 90.00 92.00 92.00 91.50
92.00 94.00 86.50 89.00 90.37 181.87

 

2 BRUNELLO ELIZABETH BOYD
87.00 84.50 86.50 88.00 86.50
93.00 93.00 90.00 90.00 91.50 178.00
3 CASTLE ROCK LOUISE SERIO
95.00 92.00 89.00 90.00 91.50
84.00 86.50 87.50 86.75 86.18 177.68
4 MADISON LILLIE KEENAN
90.00 88.00 85.00 87.00 87.50
85.00 92.00 88.00 86.50 87.87 175.37
5 QUATRAIN ELIZABETH BOYD
88.00 86.00 86.00 86.50 86.62
87.00 90.00 87.00 87.00 87.75 174.37
6 GIA PETER PLETCHER
86.50 85.00 87.00 84.00 85.62
88.00 88.00 86.00 84.00 86.50 172.12
7 QUOTABLE HOLLY ORLANDO
83.00 83.00 82.00 85.00 83.25
86.00 87.00 85.00 86.00 86.00 169.25
8 LAPIS HOLLY ORLANDO
82.50 83.50 82.50 81.00 82.37
82.00 86.00 82.00 85.00 83.75 166.12
9 PARKLAND LILLIE KEENAN
85.00 84.00 79.00 86.00 83.50
75.00 79.00 81.00 82.00 79.25 162.75
10 EMPIRE PETER PLETCHER
88.50 89.00 93.00 89.00 89.87
55.00 65.00 60.00 65.00 61.25 151.12
11 MYTHICAL KELLEY FARMER
93.00 91.00 88.00 82.00 88.50
45.00 47.00 45.00 45.00 45.50 134.00
12 TAKEN KELLEY FARMER
89.00 87.00 87.50 86.75 87.56
40.0 40.00 36.00 38.00 38.50 126.06

Amateur-Owner and Junior Hunter Division Champions

Amateur-Owner and Junior riders had qualified for the evening’s class only a few hours prior, with divisions awarding championship honors earlier on Saturday. The Bainbridge Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 division saw championship honors go to Lexi Maounis and her eleven-year-old Hanoverian mare Sienna. Sienna and Maounis were first and sixth over fences during day one and secured the championship title with a first place finish in Saturday’s stake round. Reserve champion was Humor Me and Stephanie Danhakl, who were fifth and first over fences.
Maounis was thrilled to secure a spot in Saturday night’s prestigious Hunter Spectacular class. “It’s so special to win during Hunter Week. She’s been champion the past few weeks here [at WEF] and I’m just so happy we could do it again.”

 

Lexi Maounis and Sienna.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Lexi Maounis and Sienna.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Maounis’s always dependable mare was unfazed by the wide open spaces of the International Arena. “She was perfect in the International Ring. The handy was just really fun, especially getting to do the tight turns with her,” Maounis commented.

 
Rock Steady and Katie Robinson triumphed in the Hunt Limited Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunter division. Robinson and her thirteen-year-old Warmblood gelding were first and second over fences during day one of competition and finished second over fences and third under saddle on day two. Reserve champion was Gia, ridden by Katie Gibson.
The pair was first and third over fences and seventh under saddle.

 

Robinson described Rock Steady as her perfect match, and credited their success to his love of the show ring. “He’s got just the right amount of sass. He gets to the jumps and has fun with it. He just enjoys showing,” stated Robinson.

 

Katie Robinson and Rock Steady. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Katie Robinson and Rock Steady.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

This week is the highlight for many hunter competitors at the FTI WEF, and Robinson welcomes the extra attention it brings to hunter riders and horses. “Hunter Week really is a special week. It’s so nice to be showcased and to get out in the big ring. It’s nice to feel special and it’s so much fun,” Robinson described.

 
Junior rider divisions also competed throughout the day on Saturday for a spot in the night class, beginning with the Antares Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under division. Tori Colvin and Dr. Betsee Parker’s Inclusive were champions of the division after placing fifth under saddle and sweeping the over fences classes. Reserve champion was Kyle Owens’ Cinema, ridden by Kirklen Peterson. The pair was fourth and second over fences.

 
Colvin also emerged victorious with Ovation in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division. Ovation won the under saddle class and placed second, first and third over fences. Reserve champion of the division was Whatever, owned and ridden by Vivian Yowan. Yowan and Whatever were fifth under saddle and third, second and first over fences.

 

Victoria Colvin and Ovation.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Victoria Colvin and Ovation.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Colvin is already a veteran competitor in the Hunter Spectacular despite only being fifteen, and was especially pleased to have two of her mounts qualify. “Every win is significant to me, but it’s really special to win during Hunter Week. WCHR is the biggest show of WEF, and it’s an honor to win at WEF in general,” Colvin stated.

 

 

Colvin described her mounts – Inclusive, a ten-year-old Warmblood gelding, and Ovation, a thirteen-year-old Warmblood gelding – as an exceptionally talented pair.

 

“[Ovation] is an amazing mover, and he just sweeps across the ground. He may not jump as well as Inclusive, but he creates such a pretty picture that the judges always love him,” Colvin described.

 
“Inclusive just has an unreal jump,” Colvin continued. “He was great today and is an amazing horse. He’s very easy to ride, you can just let go and let him do his job. He gets up to the jump and just snaps his legs up perfectly.”

 

Victoria Colvin and Inclusive.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Victoria Colvin and Inclusive.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

The older Junior divisions wrapped up the qualifying rounds for the Hunter Spectacular. Garfield and Alexandra Crown triumphed in the Antarés Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division after the pair jumped to first, second, and second place finishes over fences and fourth place under saddle. Reserve champion was Chansonette Farm, LLC’s Madison, ridden by Lillie Keenan. Keenan and Madison were second, second and third over fences and third under saddle.

 

Alex Crown and Garfield. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Alex Crown and Garfield. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Crown and Garfield have accumulated an array of championship titles at the FTI WEF, but edging out the competition at Hunter Week was especially meaningful for Crown.
“A lot of people wait to come [to the FTI WEF] this week just to show during Hunter Week. The judging is a little harder, the courses are harder, but Garfield was on it today. He’s always perfect though,” Crown grinned.

 
Keenan and Jennifer Gates’ Parkland, another duo intimately familiar with the FTI WEF championship circle, unsurprisingly won the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division. Parkland, a nine-year-old KWPN gelding, and Keenan clinched this week’s title with three blue ribbon finishes and one third place round over fences in addition to another first place prize under saddle. Reserve champion of the Small Junior 16-17 division was Good Humor, owned and ridden by Madeleine Thatcher.

 

Lillie Keenan and Parkland.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Lillie Keenan and Parkland.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

“This horse makes me feel pretty confident all the time,” Keenan admitted. “He was a lot of fun in the International Ring today. He has a huge stride, so to be able to go in a big ring like this and gallop around is a lot of fun for both of us.”

 


Cian O’Connor and Walk Tall II Win $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

 
Week seven of the 2013 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival continued on Saturday afternoon with the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic featured on the grass derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC. Richard Jeffery, of Bournemouth, England, is the course designer on the derby field for the week. On Saturday afternoon, Jeffery set the track for 31 entries in the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. Only three entries cleared the first round course to advance to the jump-off, and two cleared the short course. Ireland’s Cian O’Connor and Darragh Kenny finished first and second.

 
Young American rider Blythe Marano was the first rider to jump-off aboard Riverview Farm, LLC’s Urban and finished with eight faults in 48.83 seconds to place third. Darragh Kenny and Cavallo Farms, LLC’s Twister jumped next and cleared the jump-off course in 45.22 seconds to finish second. Last to go, Cian O’Connor and Ronnoco Jump Ltd.’s Walk Tall II took the win with their time of 43.53 seconds.

 

Cian O'Connor and Walk Tall II. Photo © Sportfot.

Cian O’Connor and Walk Tall II. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Both of the top horse and rider combinations in Saturday’s class came in strong with wins earlier in the week. Kenny and Twister won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class on Wednesday and O’Connor and Walk Tall II topped Friday’s $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge. Saturday’s course on the grass tested many of the competitors on the roster, but they both mastered the track.

 
A new horse for Olympian Cian O’Connor, Walk Tall II is an eleven-year-old Anglo European gelding by Kannan x Farhaan. Walk Tall previously showed with Irish rider Keith Doyle and won last year’s Queen’s Cup in Hickstead. O’Connor got the horse just before Christmas but did a lot of traveling before coming to Florida, so this was their first show together.

 
“He is a really talented horse,” O’Connor stated after the class. “He has had good results before. He won a big class in Hickstead last year, so he likes the big open space and I think the field suited him well today.”

 
“He has been ridden by the same rider since he was four, so I am a different rider and it takes time to adjust,” O’Connor noted. “I just feel that we are getting to know each other a little bit better today after just a few classes. In our second week jumping he won a 1.40m yesterday and a 1.50m today, so I can’t really ask for much better than that. If I can train him to listen to me and understand me and really get all of the gears, I think I can jump any course. He is so careful and so brave.”

 
The rider described Walk Tall further, explaining the details that they are working out as they get to know each other. “He has a very big stride,” O’Connor said. “Ideally, you’d want a horse to have a big stride and a short stride, but he has not learned the short bit yet, so that can present problems sometimes if you are not extremely on the ball yourself when riding. You have to adjust quite quickly when landing if the distance is quiet, but he is very willing and honest and he is super careful. He is by Kannan, which is French, out of an Irish mother. He has a lot of blood. When you warm up outside he is not that impressive, and then when you go into the ring he is really careful, so it is a good attribute. He saves energy for the class.”

 
Last to go in the jump-off, O’Connor was warming up when the other two riders jumped, but he asked U.S. rider Kent Farrington to watch their rounds and report.

 
“It was a great advantage going last,” O’Connor acknowledged. “I had asked Kent to keep an eye on proceedings for me. Sometimes it is quite hard to concentrate when you are warming up. I watched Darragh Kenny go out of the corner of my eye. I thought he was neat because he did an inside turn inside the water to the double of verticals. I said to Kent, ‘I won’t beat him because I don’t want to take that turn yet’, and Kent said that I could be quicker if I kept the rhythm up and went around, so it was great to have Kent there for that bit of advice.”

 
O’Connor is done showing now for week seven and will be gearing up for week eight’s CSIO competition and $75,000 FEI Furusiyya Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm. He hopes to help the Irish team to victory.

 
“We are happy with our week and we have a big week next week for the Nations Cup,” O’Connor stated. “I hope to be jumping Splendor on the team and hopefully we have a good result there. The Nations Cup is important here. We have so many Irish riders based here in Wellington and they have great sponsors and supporters, so it would be really nice to give them all something to cheer about.”

 
The Irish team will be named next week.

 

Cian O'Connor and Walk Tall II in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Equestrian Sport Productions' Whitney Stahl. Photo © Sportfot.

Cian O’Connor and Walk Tall II in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Equestrian Sport Productions’ Whitney Stahl. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Week seven of the FTI WEF will conclude on Sunday with the highlight $50,000Hermès Jumper Derby featured on the grass derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC at 3 p.m. WCHR competition will conclude in the International Arena featuring the Peggy Cone Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. The Children’s and Pony Hunter divisions will also complete their competition for the week. full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

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

1. WALK TALL II CIAN O’CONNOR RONNOCO JUMP LTD: 0/0/43.534
2. TWISTER DARRAGH KENNY CAVALLO FARMS, LLC: 0/0/45.229
3. URBAN BLYTHE MARANO RIVERVIEW FARM, LLC: 0/8/48.836
4. OSIRIS GEMMA PATERNOSTER GEMMA PATERNOSTER & JULIA HARRISON LEE: 1/80.734
5. TACKERAY LAUREN HOUGH NORDIC LIGHTS FARM, LLC: 3/82.897
6. LARGO RAMIRO QUINTANA MAVERICK VENTURES, LLC: 4/76.347
7. ULTIMO HECTOR FLORENTINO STRANSKY’S MISSION FARMS, LLC: 4/77.627
8. OLYMPIC DE CHAMANT JOHNATHON CORRIGAN SAGAMORE FARMS: 4/77.707
9. COLORADO JONATHAN MCCREA CANDY TRIBBLE: 5/80.197
10. CHIRON S PAIGE JOHNSON SALAMANDERFARM: 6/81.110
11. ZINNIA ANDREW WELLES ANDREW WELLES: 8/78.881
12. BOTTOM LINE KAREN POLLE KAREN POLLE: 8/78.946

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.com, and 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

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Kirsten Coe and Baronez Beat the Field in $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7

February 22, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 21, 2013 – Week seven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, sponsored by Hermès, continued on Thursday in Wellington, FL, with the $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 featured on the grass derby field at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). American duo Kirsten Coe and Ilan Ferder’s Baronez were the winners of the class with the only double clear round in a jump-off of five starters. Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Hays Investment Corporation’s Any Given Sunday finished second; Meagan Nusz (USA) and Amalaya Investments’ Dynamo were third.

 

Week seven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival runs February 20-24, 2013. The week will feature World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) competition in the International Arena at PBIEC all week.

 
The highlight USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular will be featured as the “Saturday Night Lights” main event. Also on Saturday is the Special Olympics Palm Beach County Equestrian Games.

 
Additional show jumping competition, including the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic (Saturday, 1 p.m.) and the $50,000 Hermès Jumper Derby (Sunday, 3 p.m.) will also be held on the grass derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC.

 

 

Richard Jeffery, of Bournemouth, England, is the course designer on the derby field for the week. On Thursday afternoon, Jeffery set the track for 44 entries in the seventh edition of the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series. Five jumped the first round course without fault to advance to the jump-off, and Kirsten Coe and Baronez were the only pair to also clear the short course. Their faultless jump-off round in 43.303 seconds was the winning round.

 

Kirsten Coe and Baronez. Photo © Sportfot.

Kirsten Coe and Baronez. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Darragh Kenny and Any Given Sunday finished second with their four-fault round in 40.469 seconds. Meagan Nusz and Dynamo had four faults in 41.658 seconds to place third. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm, LLC’s Diktator van de Boslandhoeve had one rail down in 43.648 seconds to finish fourth. Mario Gamboa (COL) placed fifth aboard Stansky’s Mission Farms, Inc.’s Unico with four faults in 44.963 seconds.

 

 

In addition to winning $9,000 in prize money for her win in Thursday’s class, Kirsten Coe was also awarded an impressive $18,000 in extra bonus money for the SSG “Go Clean for the Green” promotion. A $3,000 bonus is offered each week if the winning rider of the Challenge Cup class is wearing the SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves in all rounds of competition with the SSG logo clearly visible. The bonus went unclaimed for five weeks straight until Thursday, when Coe was presented with six-$3,000 checks following her win. The rider, originally from California but now a Florida resident, had not originally planned to show this week but definitely made the ride worth it.
She was very pleased with the performance of Baronez, a twelve-year-old chestnut Belgian Warmblood mare by Heartbreaker, who she has had for two years.

 

“She was great today,” Coe smiled. “It wasn’t my original plan to show this week, but last week she was great in the WEF and then she jumped her first night class and I thought she was a little nervous and tense. She didn’t really jump that great, so I decided to change my plan and jump again today and it worked out well.”
“I knew she is really good on the grass; that’s why it kind of benefitted me,” Coe continued. “She jumps really well at Spruce Meadows and any of the venues with grass, so I knew it would be fine for her to walk right out here and show. She is really happy on the grass and I think it is a nice change of venue. The field is wonderful and it is nice that they use it; they should use it more.”
Describing Baronez, Coe stated, “She is very sensitive for such a big mare. She is your typical chestnut mare. She is quite opinionated, she tries to kick you, but she is a real fighter and she is really talented.”
Nusz, Gamboa and Kenny went before Coe in the jump-off and all had rails down, so the strategy was obviously to jump clear, but she knew that Sweetnam was last to go and time was still a factor.
“I knew Meagan’s horse is fast,” Coe detailed. “It has a very big stride and I have seen it show a lot at Spruce, so when I went in and I saw Darragh have one rail before me, I thought, ‘Just be prompt and clean.’ At least if I went clean or Shane went clean, I was first or second.”

On the question of where this win ranks in her career, she smiled, “It’s a good one. It was a nice win and the bonus was nice. I think the promotion is amazing and I think I was lucky that no one has won it in the last six weeks.”

 

Kirsten Coe and Baronez in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Lynda James of SSG Gloves and Jennifer Ward representing SSG Gloves awarding six-$3,000 bonus checks. Photo © Sportfot.

Kirsten Coe and Baronez in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Lynda James of SSG Gloves and Jennifer Ward representing SSG Gloves awarding six-$3,000 bonus checks. Photo © Sportfot.

Also showing on Thursday, Paul Halpern and Hermine 44, owned by Kamine and Fisher Families, LLC, won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumper Classic in the DeNemethy Arena at PBIEC.

 

Final Results $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7

1. BARONEZ   KIRSTEN COE      ILAN FERDER: 0/0/43.303

2. ANY GIVEN SUNDAY        DARRAGH KENNY      HAYS INVESTMENT CORP: 0/4/40.469

3. DYNAMO    MEAGAN NUSZ         AMALAYA INVESTMENTS: 0/4/41.658

4. DIKTATOR VAN DE BOSLANDHOEVE       SHANE SWEETNAM    SPY COAST FARM, LLC: 0/4/43.648

5. UNICO       MARIO GAMBOA       STRANSKY’S MISSION FARMS, INC: 0/4/44.963

6. FLAMING STAR     CHARLES JACOBS     CMJ SPORTHORSE, LLC: 4/81.087

7. OLYMPIC DE CHAMANT     JOHNATHON CORRIGAN       SAGAMORE FARMS: 4/82.158

8. G & C SONNY       RODRIGO PESSOA     GUSTAVO MIRABAL: 4/82.250

9. TACKERAY  LAUREN HOUGH        NORDIC LIGHTS FARM, LLC: 4/84.519

10. SPLENDOR         CIAN O’CONNOR       ADMED TOLBA: 4/85.062

11. VANCOUVER D.M.L.       CONOR SWAIL          CLOVERLEAF FARM: 4/85.678

12. DERLY CHIN DE MUZE    SHARN WORDLEY      ASHLAND STABLES: 4/85.764

 

Fierce Competition Kicks Off World Championship Hunter Rider Week at the FTI WEF

 

The hunters have officially taken over the International Arena during week seven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Week seven showcases hunter competition at its finest as riders and horses go head-to-head as they battle to qualify for Saturday night’s USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular.

 

Holly Orlando and Kelley Farmer took home an astounding majority of championship titles awarded for the first half of the week. Three of the four titles among them were mounts from Larry Glefke’s Lane Change Farm. Not surprisingly, the unstoppable pairing of Quotable and Holly Orlando took home tricolor honors in both Regular Conformation and Green Conformation Hunter divisions, which are sponsored by the Sanctuary.
Quotable and Holly Orlando.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Quotable and Holly Orlando.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Orlando and Quotable, a seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Glefke and Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Garber, were first and second over fences and first under saddle to earn Sanctuary Regular Conformation Hunter division championship honors. Reserve champion went to another Lane Change Farm pairing, Kelley Farmer and Jessica Stitt’s Taken. Farmer and Taken were second, first and first over fences and fifth under saddle.

 

Quotable and Orlando won every over fences round in the Sanctuary Green Conformation Hunter division before placing second under saddle. Green Conformation reserve champion was Bacardi and Havens Schatt, who placed fourth under saddle in addition to two second place finishes and a fourth place over fences.

 

Quotable and Orlando are no stranger to the winner’s circle at the FTI WEF, but Orlando described this week’s victory as especially significant. “It’s always nice to know you didn’t peak too early. When World Hunter Rider week comes around, you want to know you’ve still got it,” Orlando stated.

 

“Quotable is so consistent and we’re thrilled with him,” Orlando continued. “I get in trouble daily for spoiling him with treats, but he deserves it! He tries to win every time he goes in the ring, and it’s so nice to have a horse like that.”

 

Quotable's winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Whitney Allen of USHJA and owners Ken and Selma Garber. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Quotable’s winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Whitney Allen of USHJA and owners Ken and Selma Garber. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Orlando also expressed excitement for Farmer’s success aboard several other Lane Change Farm horses. “Kelley and I are not competitive with each other; we’re a team,” Orlando emphasized.

 

Farmer, an integral part of the Lane Change team, brought home two championship titles of her own in addition to the reserve with Taken. Farmer took the Equine Tack & Nutritionals First Year Green Hunter division with Mythical, also owned by Glefke and the Garbers. Farmer and the nine-year-old Warmblood gelding were fourth, second and first over fences. Reserve champion honors went to Danielle Baran’s Say When, ridden by Christopher Payne. The pair was fifth and first over fences.
Mythical and Kelley Farmer.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Mythical and Kelley Farmer.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

“Mythical is easily one of my favorite horses,” Glefke stated. “He jumps in perfect style. He’s got a wonderful attitude about life. He stays on one rhythm and he has a brilliant jump.”

 

Farmer also had nothing but praise for Mythical. “He’s not afraid of anything. The bigger, the harder, the scarier the course, the better he is. He just wants to win. He’s a fantastic animal and he was perfect today,” Farmer commented.
Mythical's winning presentation.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Mythical’s winning presentation.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

“This is a big, prestigious week. To be on a First Year champion this week means a lot. You have to not only have a good horse, but all the chips have to fall into place. Everything has to work,” Farmer continued.

 

Farmer’s victory on Mythical was her third horse to qualify for Saturday’s Hunter Spectacular competition, leaving her with the tough decision of which horse to leave in the barn Saturday night. Ultimately, she decided on her veteran ride, Taken, and Mythical.

 

“It’s a great class and it’s an honor to qualify. It’s a hard decision to make, but I’m lucky enough to make it. There’s a barn full of animals that we are lucky to have,” Farmer explained.

 

Farmer chose Taken based on his experience under the lights during previous years competing in Hunter Spectacular classes. When asked what stood out about Mythical, Farmer deadpanned: “Everything. He’s a special horse and he deserves to be in it.”

 

Selma Garber, part owner of both Quotable and Mythical, declared the 2013 FTI WEF the “circuit of a lifetime” thanks to her wildly successful geldings. “It’s a dream come true to have them both qualified for Saturday night. I’ve got quite a team that worked with these animals-riders, trainers, grooms, and of the course the animals themselves. It’s a very lucky formula,” Garber continued.

 

“Seldom does a plan come together quite like this,” Glefke echoed. “At the beginning of the week, I told [Orlando and Farmer], ‘Girls if you could get Quotable, Taken and Mythical in there [on Saturday night], it would make my week.”

 

Farmer’s second championship ride was with At One’s Word in the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Second Year Green Hunter division. Farmer and the eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Woodland Way, Inc., were first and fourth over fences and third under saddle for the division. Reserve championship honors went to Lapis, also ridden by Orlando and owned by Missy Luczak-Smith. Lapis and Orlando were fourth under saddle and second in two over fences rounds.

 

At One's Word and Kelley Farmer.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

At One’s Word and Kelley Farmer.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

At One’s Word is another Lane Change Farm alumni, and Farmer is pleased to be able to continue to ride such a competitive horse. “I’ve gotten the pleasure of still getting to ride him since he was sold. He’s lovely. He’s got a big stride, he’s scopey, and he’s a brave horse. He’s not spooky at all. He walked right into the International Ring and won his first class,” Farmer stated.

 

Scott Stewart also enjoyed a championship victory aboard Dedication in the Gold Coast Feeds High Performance Working Hunter division. The eight-year-old Holsteiner gelding, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, was first, sixth and second place over fences in addition to winning the under saddle class with Stewart in the irons. Liza Boyd and her own Brunello were reserve champions for the division, finishing fourth, first and first over fences.

 

Stewart describes Dedication as one of his most talented rides. “He’s an amazing jumper. He’s probably one of the best hunters I’ve ever had. He’s one of the few horses that is a beautiful mover and really athletic. He’s the most athletic hunter I’ve seen in a long time,” Stewart commented.

 

 

Scott Stewart and Dedication.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Scott Stewart and Dedication.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Parker echoed Stewart’s sentiments about Dedication in addition to describing Stewart as the horse’s perfect match. “You can feel that Scott genuinely loves this horse from the bottom of his heart. Dedication is as much of a perfectionist and an athlete as Scott, and we all know Scott is the consummate perfectionist,” Parker stated.

 

Thursday’s competition concluded with the Performance Hunter divisions, which will be included in tomorrow’s press release.

 

WCHR Week at the FTI WEF will continue on Friday in the International Arena with the FarmVet Amateur-Owner 3’3″ divisions. Both age groups, 18-35 and Over 35, will be seen in the International Arena. The $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge will be featured in the DeNemethy Arena 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 at www.fticonsulting.com.

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

 

 

 

Darragh Kenny and Twister Kick Off FTI WEF 7 with a Win in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumpers

February 21, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 20, 2013 – Week seven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, sponsored by Hermès, began on Wednesday morning at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with a win for Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Cavallo Farms, LLC’s Twister in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumper speed class.

 

Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL, set the speed track for the 1.45m jumpers in the DeNemethy Arena at PBIEC. Fifteen entries showed and nine jumped the course without fault. Darragh Kenny and Twister completed the fastest round in 63.749 seconds for the win.

 

Chris Sorensen and the Jolly Group’s Wriomf finished second in 64.392 seconds. Ramiro Quintana and Maverick Ventures, LLC’s Largo were third in 65.266 seconds, and Conor Swail and Cloverleaf Farm’s Vancouver D.M.L. placed fourth in 67.421 seconds.

 

Darragh Kenny and Twister. Photo © Sportfot.

Darragh Kenny and Twister. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Twister, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Orlando x Beach Boy, is owned by young rider Caroline Spogli and trained by Ken and Emily Smith of Ashland Farms. Darragh Kenny started riding Twister this winter, the first week of FTI WEF competition, and will continue to show him throughout the circuit.

“I just ride it for Ken and Emily at the moment, keeping it jumping at a bigger level, and I think it is a really nice horse,” Kenny stated. “It has lots of scope and it is really careful. It has been really good in the 1.45m and the 1.50m classes so far this circuit.”
Commenting on the morning’s class, Kenny noted, “It was a really nice course. It was pretty straight forward and he was great. I could go a little bit faster because he was being very good, so that is a plus. It is easy when you have very good horses. He is fast and careful and he looks where he is going, so he makes it very easy.”

Kenny has been busy with many new horses this winter and has had a great circuit so far. He is grateful to the owners that have given him the opportunity to ride.
“It has been really successful,” he acknowledged. “I have a lot of different horses and they all seem to be going great; it is just keeping them at the level and keeping them happy. I am very lucky. I have a lot of great people involved in what I am doing and helping me a lot, so it makes a huge difference.”

 
Also showing on Wednesday in the DeNemethy Arena, Donald Cheska and Windswept Farm’s Imprimis won the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class and Jack Hardin Towell guided Jennifer Gates’ Man In Black to victory in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40 jump-off class.

 

Week seven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, sponsored by Hermès, runs February 20-24, 2013. The week will feature World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) competition in the International Arena at the PBIEC all week.

 
The highlight WCHR Peter Wetherhill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular will be featured as the “Saturday Night Lights” main event. Also on Saturday is the Special Olympics Palm Beach County Equestrian Games.
International jumper competition highlight classes, the $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 (Thursday, 1 p.m.), the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic (Saturday, 1 p.m.), and the $50,000 Hermès Jumper Derby (Sunday, 3 p.m.) will be held at The Stadium at PBIEC on the grass derby field. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.


 

ATTENTION JUNIOR FANS OF U.S. SHOWJUMPING!

 

As Nations Cup Night draws near, the United States is calling on all Junior fans to show their support. This weekend, Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24, Junior and pony riders are invited to create and submit a poster for the “Team USA Poster Contest.” Two poster contest divisions will be offered 1.) Team USA Spirit and 2.) Current United States Team Horses. Winners will receive special TEAM USA prizes!

 

Poster supplies will be available in the Pony Pavilion covered seating area located near pony rings #11 & #12 from 9:00AM to 3:00 PM.

 

All contestants and their families are invited to the Nations Cup Reception on Friday, March 1, 6-7 PM held in the USA section of the Special Events Pavilion and will receive an official Team USA /USET Foundation baseball cap where the posters will be displayed and winners will be announced! Bring your team spirit and wear your Red, White and Blue!

 

Seating for the USA Cheering Section will also be available on the night of the Nations Cup on a first come, first serve basis starting at 6 PM in the USA section of the Special Events Pavilion.

 

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

1. TWISTER DARRAGH KENNY CAVALLO FARMS, LLC: 0/63.749

2. WRIOMF CHRIS SORENSEN JOLLY GROUP: 0/64.392

3. LARGO RAMIRO QUINTANA MAVERICK VENTURES, LLC: 0/65.266

4. VANCOUVER D.M.L. CONOR SWAIL CLOVERLEAF FARM: 0/67.421

5. ZONNEGLANS GEMMA PATERNOSTER GEMMA PATERNOSTER: 0/67.599
6. CROSSING JORDAN NICOLAS PIZARRO NICOLAS PIZARRO: 0/67.805
7. DAKOTA PAIGE JOHNSON SALAMANDER FARM: 0/68.490

8. CARLA ILAN BLUMAN ILAN BLUMAN: 0/70.756

9. SKYLUBET RICARDO NIZRI RICARDO NIZRI: 0/71.046

10. SWAGGER DEBORAH STEPHENS CENTENNIAL FARM: 4/64.110

11. HHS CHEIRO VANESSA MANNIX VANESSA MANNIX: 4/69.262

12. BALOU DU REVENTON LJUBOV KOCHETOVA LJUBOV KOCHETOVA: 7/80.829

 

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 at www.fticonsulting.com.


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

McLain Ward and Rothchild Win $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

February 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 17, 2013 – Week six of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm, concluded on Sunday with a win for McLain Ward (USA) and Sagamore Farm’s Rothchild in the $33,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic, a Longines FEI world ranking class.

Fifty-eight entries showed over the 1.50m track, set by Brazilian course designer Guilherme Jorge. Seventeen went clear in round one to qualify for a tie-breaking jump-off, and McLain Ward and Rothchild had the fastest of eight double clear rounds in 35.33 seconds for the win.
McLain Ward and Rothchild. Photo © Sportfot.

McLain Ward and Rothchild. Photo © Sportfot.

Tim Gredley (GBR) and Unex Competition Yards’ Unex Omega Star placed second in 36.27 seconds. Alise Oken (USA) and Hi Hopes Farm, LLC’s Teirra finished third with their time of 36.36 seconds, and Schuyler Riley (USA) guided Michael Meller’s Waterloo to fourth place honors with their time of 36.52 seconds.
Rothchild, known in the barn as ‘Bongo’, is a twelve-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Artos x Elegant De L’Ile. He has been a top mount for Ward and always keeps the rider on his toes with his quirky ways and enthusiastic antics. Rothchild was his usual exuberant self on Sunday afternoon, perhaps with an extra kick to his step due to the unusually cold weather in Wellington. He threw in a buck in the middle of the jump-off round as he and Ward galloped through the course, but wasted no time through the rest of the track.
“He got a little buck in there,” Ward laughed after the class. “It is cold and he can do that sometimes. I thought maybe we lost a little bit of time, but we were able to make it up at the end and he jumped really well.”
The nickname Bongo suits Rothchild quite well according to Ward.
“He is a character,” the rider proclaimed. “He is a little bit of an Orangutan, but he has been a really great horse for me and I am very grateful to the Dolan Sweeneys for letting me ride him. He has been a great campaigner.”
“He is just quirky,” Ward stated. “He twists and turns and things are always kind of going in different directions. It’s not the most classical picture in the whole world, but he has been a year in and year out winner for me.”
Commenting on getting Rothchild ready to show, Ward detailed, “Today he was a little more up with the cold weather but he doesn’t really take any different preparation. He is actually a pretty simple horse to train. He is a little bit of a funny horse to ride; you have to do it his way a little bit, but he rewards you with results.”
Sunday’s class was the first world ranking class of the Suncast series for this year’s circuit and Ward is pleased to see the increase in prize money as the weeks go on and the level of competition rises.

 
“The course was big today, but you have sixty horses in the 1.50m. It is certainly a lot of competition for this class,” Ward stated. “It is a great series. I am very excited that this year Suncast put in a lot of money at the end. I think that is a great step because it is a very competitive series and the rewards now are really in tune with that. It is another great class.”

 
With six weeks of FTI WEF competition in the books and six more to go, Ward has decided to take off for week seven for a little break before the final stretch. Ward, his horses and his support team will return rested and ready to go for week eight’s G&C Farm CSIO 4* competition in two weeks.

 

McLain Ward and Rothchild in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Tom, Jeannie and Lauren Tisbo of Suncast. Photo © Sportfot.

McLain Ward and Rothchild in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Tom, Jeannie and Lauren Tisbo of Suncast. Photo © Sportfot.

 

 

Final Results $33,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

 

1. ROTHCHILD: 2001 SBS gelding by Artos x Elegant De L’Ile

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms: 0/0/35.33

 

2. UNEX OMEGA STAR: 2002 Irish Sport Horse stallion by Quick Star x Quatoubet du Rouet

TIM GREDLEY (GBR), Unex Competition Yard: 0/0/36.27

 

3. TEIRRA: 2000 KWPN mare by Tolano Van Het Riethof x Aldatus
ALISE OKEN (USA), Hi Hopes Farm, LLC: 0/0/36.36
4. WATERLOO: 2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Heartbreaker x Ekstein

SCHUYLER RILEY (USA), M. Michael Meller: 0/0/36.52

 

5. SPLENDOR: 1999 KWPN gelding by Lester x Marinier
CIAN O’CONNOR (IRL), Ahmed Tolba:0/0/37.90
6. SHOWGIRL: 2000 Selle Francais mare by Gold De Becourt x Elf III

JONATHAN ASSELIN (CAN), Attache Stables:0/0/38.69

 

7. CARLOS V.H.P Z: 2002 Zangersheide gelding by Chellano Z x Voltaire

NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO (USA), Emilie Martinsen: 0/0/39.64
8. LILLI: 2004 German Sport Horse mare by Lefevre x Diamir

GEORGINA BLOOMBERG (USA), Dietmar Gugler & Gotham Enterprizes: 0/0/40.62

 

9. OREADE DES DAMES: 2002 Selle Francais mare by Kannan x Hurlevent

DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Adrienne Sternlicht: 0/4/34.19

 

10. CABALLITO: 2002 Holsteiner gelding by Contendro x Argentinus

ANDRES RODRIGUEZ (VEN), Arao Enterprises LLC: 0/4/34.70

 

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

LAURA KRAUT (USA), A. Le Bon and F.X. Le Bon: 0/4/35.09
12. SHOW SHOW: 2002 BWP gelding by Darco x Royal Fleu

ALVARO DE MIRANDA (BRA), RD Jumping Higher Ltda: 0/4/35.22

 

Saline Makes Triumphant Comeback with Stephanie Riggio in La Mundial Adult Amateur Hunters 18-35 Section B

 

After a year away from the show ring recovering from a foot injury, Saline is back in a big way at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Owner and rider Stephanie Riggio of New York City piloted the 15-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare to victory in the La Mundial Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Section B division. Riggio and Saline were named champions of the division after placing sixth and fourth over fences on day one and two blue ribbon finishes over fences on day two.

 

Reserve champion was Utah and Alex Paradysz. Utah, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Jennifer Martucci, won one of the over fences rounds day one and was second in both over fences classes on day two with Paradysz in the irons.

 

Riggio was elated to have her beloved mare back in action after battling an injury the horse sustained almost exactly a year ago. “She’s had a full year off and I’m just so happy to have her back. I started to cry yesterday when I walked in the ring for my first class. She’s an amazing mare and I feel so lucky to have her back,” Riggio stated.

 

Stephanie Riggio with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Stephanie Riggio with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

“She had a foot injury that led to lots of little complications. We thought we were going to have to retire her,” Riggio continued. “But she’s got the heart of a champion and she really wanted to come back. She’s amazing.”

 

Riggio credits their show ring success to Saline’s superior intelligence. “She’s definitely the smartest horse I have. She remembers the strides from class to class, she remembers the courses from class to class,” Riggio described.

 

Saline’s independent nature took some getting used to, but Riggio relishes the ability to let her talented mare take the driver’s seat. “She likes to take over and do it for you, which is really fun as a rider to have that luxury of just sitting back and letting her do her job. Learning to trust her at first was a little bit challenging for me, but now that I do it’s just a really fun experience every time I ride her,” Riggio explained.

 

While the cold weather may have been a hindrance to some riders and horses, Saline came into her own during day two of competition. “I think she may have been a little tired since it was her first show back and it was day two. The cold weather sort of helped her actually a little bit,” Riggio smiled.

 

Riggio was also complimentary of course designer Patrick Rodes’ creative layout. “The courses rode very well. I thought all of the turns were really fun. I liked the bending lines. They were very different and it was a nice change from the usual,” Riggio described.

 

Although Saline has clearly shown she has returned to her previously high caliber of performance, Riggio is committed to bringing the mare along at her own pace. “We’ll be here for the rest of WEF and I’ll continue to show her in this division. I think our goal eventually might be to move her up, but for now we’re just happy to have her back at all. At this point we just want to do what’s comfortable for her and what makes her happy,” Riggio stated.

 

Sunday’s competition concluded week six of the 2013 FIT Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Week seven, sponsored by Hermès, runs February 20-24, 2013. The week will feature World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) competition in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) all week.

The highlight $50,000 WCHR Peter Wetherhill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular will be featured as the “Saturday Night Lights” main event. Also on Saturday is the Special Olympics Palm Beach County Equestrian Games.

International jumper competition highlight classes, the $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7, the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic, and the $50,000 Hermès Jumper Derby will be held at The Stadium at PBIEC on the grass derby field. 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 at www.fticonsulting.com.


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

 

Christilot Boylen Sweeps Small Tour at the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W presented by USPRE Association

February 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 17, 2013 – The Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W, presented by USPRE Association, at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival finished today with the last class of the Small Tour. Christilot Boylen (CAN) captured the top spot again today winning the $6,000 FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle, sponsored by Havensafe Farm.

 

Click the link to watch an interview with Christilot Boylen! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXKs4-AjU9E

 

Judges for this afternoon’s class were Jane Weatherwax (USA) at E, Victoire Mandl (AUT) at H, Jacques Van Daele (BEL) at C, Jennie Loriston-Clarke (GBR) at M, and Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA) at B.

 

It was a great weekend for Boylen, winning all her classes that she entered. Receiving a score of 73.375% atop Dio Mio (De Niro x Charmeur), she was overjoyed at his performance this afternoon. Of the 10-year-old black Hanoverian gelding, she commented, “Today was the first time we had done our Freestyle as I just got the music two days ago! He had some trouble in the lines, but overall I am pleased.”

 

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio

 

 

Up next for the six-time Olympian is competing with her young horses. “They are all very talented. I believe that the older, more experienced riders should be on the young, green horses and vice versa. That’s a mixture that works well. I can offer these horses a lot more support, because I’ve done it so often. To support them in their first attempts gives a really great foundation. If they have good experiences in the ring, they will grow on that. Otherwise, they lose their confidence and will to perform in the arena,” reflected Boylen.

 

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio with Missy Sage of Havensafe Farm, judge Jacques Van Daele and Aliza Korasz of Equestrian Sport Productions

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio with Missy Sage of Havensafe Farm, judge Jacques Van Daele and Aliza Korasz of Equestrian Sport Productions

 

A special award was given today to the high point winners in the FEI Test of Choice. The Der Dau Dream Team Award was presented to Neve Myburgh (GER) riding Caroline Roffman’s Accent Aigu Frh (Amerigo Vespucci XX x Trapper) and Janne Rumbough (USA) riding her mount Afilado (Gaucho III x BW Maravilla).

The USPRE Assocation gave special awards as well to Janne Rumbough and Rachel Chowanec.

 

Janne Rumbough (left) and Rachel Chowanec

Janne Rumbough (left) and Rachel Chowanec

 

With the Florida Dressage Classic, CDI-W presented by USPRE Association in the books, competition resumes at The Stadium on March 14-17, 2013, with the WEF Dressage Classic, CDI 3* presented by Today’s Equestrian & Fellows.

 

For full results and more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

 

Final Results: $6,000 FEI Intermediare Freestyle sponsored by Havensafe Farm

 

1. Dio Mio, Christilot Boylen (CAN): E: 72.625%, H: 71.375%, C: 78.625%, M: 74.000%, B: 70.250%, Total: 73.375%

2. Tolstoy, Nicholas Fyffe (AUS): E: 66.875%, H: 71.750%, C: 68.750%, M: 69.000%, B: 64.625%, Total: 68.200%

3. Rigaudon Tyme, Evi Strasser (CAN): E: 66.875%, H: 70.000%, C: 66.875%, M: 68.875%, B: 66.125%, Total: 67.750%

4. Nymphenburg’s Love, Katharina Stumpf (AUT): E: 62.625%, H: 68.125%, C: 60.125%, M: 61.625%, B: 64.375%, Total: 63.375%

5. Ungaro, Sonia Zugel (IRL): E: 62.250%, H: 61.875%, C: 58.375%, M: 63.125%, B: 64.625%, Total: 62.050%

 

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

 

AGDF SCHEDUALE 2

 

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 International Equestrian 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; Devon and Terri 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: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, 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.

 

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

 

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello Secure Win in FEI Grand Prix Special at the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W Presented by USPRE Association

February 17, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 16, 2013 – With the sun making its first appearance since competition started, the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W presented by USPRE Association began to wind down today at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). In the Small Tour, Christilot Boylen (CAN) was triumphant, taking the top two spots in the $5,000 FEI Intermediare I sponsored by Havensafe Farm. In the Large Tour, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) clinched the win in the $10,000 FEI Grand Prix Special sponsored by USPRE Association.

 

Judges today in both the FEI Intermediare I and FEI Grand Prix Special were Gary Rockwell (USA) at E, Sandy Hotz (USA) at H, Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA) at C, Jacques Van Daele (BEL) at M, and Jennie Loriston-Clarke (GBR) at B.

 

While Boylen won first and second again today, the horses exchanged placings compared to yesterday’s results. Riding 9th of the 17 entries, she and Dio Mio (De Niro x Charmeur) held onto the lead with a score of 71.289%. Scoring a 69.395% with Hudson 18 (Hohenstein x Democraat), Boylen couldn’t be more pleased with Jill Irving’s 10-year-old black Hanoverian gelding, Dio Mio, and Hudson 18, the 9-year-old bay Oldenburg gelding. “The second day is always better for Dio Mio. He was a little unsettled yesterday so today the edge was just right. He was much more concentrated. He’s a year older than Hudson and therefore more experienced. He can lay down a clean test when he’s focused, which he showcased today,” she stated.

 

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio

 

The Canadian Olympian continued, “Hudson is still quite green, this was only his third run through this test in a show condition. He’s still learning, so his lines weren’t perfect; he’s still learning this test. It’s definitely a step up from the Prix St. Georges, but he did his job very well. He listened to me and concentrated. The difficulty for him is he’s such a big moving horse so he needs to improve on tightening up the lines a bit. They were both well-behaved. Each are gifted horses; I count myself extremely lucky every day,” assessed Boylen.

 

Christilot Boylen and Hudson 18 with Missy Sage of Havensafe Farm and judge Jean-Michel Roudier

Christilot Boylen and Hudson 18 with Missy Sage of Havensafe Farm and judge Jean-Michel Roudier

 

According to Vilhelmson-Silfven, she won her 41st International Grand Prix level class today. She was aboard Don Auriello (Don Davidoff x White Star). The 11-year-old bay Hanoverian gelding, owned by Lövsta Stuteri and Antonia Ax:son Johnson, performed their test magnificently. That was evident in their score of 77.688%. The Swedish Olympian described today’s test by saying, “I hadn’t done it in a while and it felt really great. I felt like I could challenge myself to get more power from him and try to ride him a bit better. I had a plan today that I think I executed. I’m pleased with my horse. Today was a great opportunity to train him in this test. Usually we don’t get to do this test unless it’s in the Olympics or Championships. Here I was able to ride that test really well.”

 

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello

 

Their score today was Vilhelmson-Silfven’s highest ever with Don Auriello in the Special. Although there was not a lot of atmosphere, she still was able to “get him moving just using my aids. He is just so nice to ride in the tests and that’s a great feeling,” she said.

 

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello with Kim Boyer of USPRE Association, judge Jean-Michel Roudier and Aliza Korasz of Equestrian Sport Productions

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello with Kim Boyer of USPRE Association, judge Jean-Michel Roudier and Aliza Korasz of Equestrian Sport Productions

 

 

The two started competing in Wellington in the Intermediare II the winter after they bought him at age eight. Anton, as he is affectionately known, “won’t compete until April (at the Reem Acra World Cup). The next few weeks before leaving here to go home (to Sweden), he gets some time off from dressage. We will keep him fit and we will begin training again once we’re home,” explained Vilhelmson-Silfven.

 

The Florida Dressage Classic presented by USPRE Association draws to a close tomorrow, with the featured class being the $6,000 FEI Intermediaire Freestyle.

 

For full results and more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

 

Final Results: $5,000 FEI Intermediare I sponsored by Havensafe Farm

  1. Dio Mio, Christilot Boylen (CAN): E: 72.895%, H: 66.974%, C: 70.526%, M: 72.895%, B: 73.158%, Total: 71.289%
  2. Hudson 18, Christilot Boylen (CAN): E: 70.921%, H: 69.079%, C: 66.184%, M: 71.316%, B: 69.474%, Total: 69.395%
  3. Von Primaire, Kelly Layne (AUS): E: 68.158%, H: 67.500%, C: 69.605%, M: 66.316%, B: 68.289%, Total: 67.974%
  4. Rosmarin, Kimberly Herslow (USA): E: 66.711%, H: 65.395%, C: 70.658%, M: 66.184%, B: 64.342%, Total: 66.658%
  5. Mosegaards Rico, Mette Rosencrantz (USA): E: 66.053%, H: 66.184%, C: 66.579%, M: 67.237%, B: 67.105%, Total: 66.632%
  6. Hunter Douglas Rhapsody, Lindsay Kellock (CAN): E: 66.974%, H: 64.211%, C: 67.105%, M: 66.842%, B: 67.237%, Total: 66.474%

 

Final Results: $10,000 FEI Grand Prix Special sponsored by USPRE Association

  1. Don Auriello, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE): E: 76.771%, H: 76.146%, C: 80.000%, M: 78.021%, B: 77.500%, Total: 77.688%
  2. Finally, Mette Rosencrantz (USA): E: 66.354%, H: 66.146%, C: 63.125%, M: 64.167%, B: 67.604%, Total: 65.479%
  3. My Lady, Mikala Munter Gunderse (DEN): E: 64.583%, H: 66.354%, C: 64.375%, M: 64.792%, B: 65.104%, Total: 65.042%
  4. Jewel’s Adelante, Elaine Cordia-Van Reese (USA): E: 67.292%, H: 65.313%, C: 65.000%, M: 61.563%, B: 64.479%, Total: 64.729%

 

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

AGDF SCHEDUALE 2

 

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 International Equestrian 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; Devon and Terri 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: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, 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, 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

Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ Victorious in $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier Grand Prix, Presented by Spy Coast Farm

February 17, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 16, 2013 – Two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’ were victorious on Saturday night in the $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier Grand Prix, CSI 3*-W presented by Spy Coast Farm, during week six of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in Wellington, FL. Madden beat out an impressive roster of top riders and finished in first place over Katie Dinan (USA) and Nougat du Vallet and Shane Sweetnam (IRL) aboard Amaretto d’Arco, who finished second and third respectively.

 

Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge set the track for 46 entries in Saturday night’s grand prix with nine jumping clear to advance to the jump-off. Four were able to complete the short course without fault, with the fastest time of 41.50 seconds belonging to Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ took top prize.

 

Click the Link to watch an interview with Beezie Madden!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW2o7o6rPqY

 

Margie Engle (USA) and Elm Rock, LLC’s Royce were first to clear the jump-off course in 45.69 seconds and eventually placed fourth. Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm, LLC’s Amaretto d’Arco cleared the jump-off track in 42.56 seconds to place third. Up next, Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partners, LLC’s Nougat du Vallet upped the ante with their time of 41.84 seconds to place second. They were immediately followed by an even faster clear round from Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ in the winning 41.50 seconds. Week four grand prix winners Ben Maher and Jane Clark’s Cella had the fastest time of the night in 40.46 seconds, but had one rail down in the short course to place fifth.

 

Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C'. Photo © Sportfot.

Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Spy Coast Farm owners Robert and Lisa Lourie were thrilled with the success of the evening and the great class along with a third place finish for their horse and rider. Lisa Lourie commented, “I think it was an extremely exciting grand prix. It was very competitive and you could not have asked for a better lineup for the jump-off. It was a world-class event and we were happy to be a part of that jump-off. As they say, anytime you lose to Beezie when she is riding at her best that is not a bad thing. We are very pleased with how it went and very happy to do it.”

 

Madden’s winning mount for the evening, Cortes ‘C’, is an eleven-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Randel Z x Darco that Madden has now had for three years. Madden describes Cortes as a horse with fantastic ability. “He can jump the moon,” Madden stated. “He’s a bit of an internal worrier and I think he is just starting to come into his own. If he can relax like he did tonight under the lights in a big atmosphere I think he’s going to be fantastic.”

 
This was the first big grand prix of the year for Cortes and Madden was happy with his performance. “He felt fantastic,” she smiled. “Last year he was a little inexperienced under the lights and he was very tense when he came up here each time. This time he started out very relaxed and he felt terrific.”

 
“He felt very relaxed in the first round; very rideable and jumping well,” Madden continued. “I saw Katie go right before me. I was lucky to go right behind her so I could see how fast she went, so the strategy became try to pull out all the shots you can and it worked.”

 
In addition to the grand prix win, Madden was named the Leading Lady Jumper Rider, an award presented by Martha Jolicoeur of Illustrated Properties in memory of Dale Lawler.

 
“I’d just like to thank Spy Coast and the Louries,” Madden said. “They are great enthusiasts of the sport and without people like them we wouldn’t be here.”

 
Second place finisher, nineteen-year-old Katie Dinan, has grown up with Beezie Madden as a riding idol and was excited to finish in the top of the class with her. Dinan’s horse, Nougat du Vallet, jumped two great rounds as well. “He felt great,” Dinan smiled. “He jumped so well in the first round and we had a good school before the jump-off. I knew he wasn’t going to try to touch any of the jumps. It was just up to me to go fast. He can do most things for me, but I have to tell him when we need to go fast. He felt really good.”

 
Shane Sweetnam was pleased to finish in the top three for Spy Coast Farm with their top stallion Amaretto d’Arco, and had a great night.

 
“I was very happy with my horse tonight,” Sweetnam stated. “Obviously, the Spy Coast Grand Prix, I would have liked to have won it, but I was very happy. It is his first grand prix of the year and I’m just happy to be here.”

 
“Guilherme did a good job with the course,” Sweetnam said. “I think nine is a good number for clear rounds. No one got hung up anywhere, so for the young riders it was good experience for them as well as a good class for the public.”

 

Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C' in their winning presentation with  ringmaster Cliff Haines, Katherine and Mark Bellissimo,  and Lisa and Robert Lourie. Photo © Sportfot.

Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ in their winning presentation with
ringmaster Cliff Haines, Katherine and Mark Bellissimo,
and Lisa and Robert Lourie. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Also showing in the International Arena on Saturday, Jessica Springsteen and Stone Hill Farm’s Vindicat W won the $15,000 RCG Farm SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Lucas Porter and Mill’s Georgia, owned by John Roche, won in the Hollow Creek Farm Medium Junior Jumpers. Alvaro Tejada Arriola and Isabel Tejada’s Velinta Palo Blanco won in the Animo USA Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers, and Diederique Van Der Knaap and G&C Con Air won in the Griffis Residential High Junior Jumpers.

 


Final Results: $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix, presented by Spy Coast Farm

1. CORTES ‘C’: 2002 BWP gelding by Randel Z x Darco
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/0/41.50
2. NOUGAT DU VALLET: 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D’elle
KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/0/41.84
3. AMARETTO D’ARCO: 2000 BWP stallion by Darco x Tenor Manciais
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm LLC: 0/0/42.56
4. ROYCE: 2004 Oldenburg stallion by Café au lait x Grandilot
MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Elm Rock LLC: 0/0/45.69
5. CELLA: 2002 BWP mare by Cento x Chin Chin
BEN MAHER (GBR) Jane F. Clark: 0/4/40.46
6. BIG STAR: 2003 KWPN stallion by Quick Star x Nimmerdor
NICK SKELTON (GBR), Beverly Widdowson: 0/4/41.53
7. UCEKO: 2001 KWPN gelding by Celano x Koriander
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), RCG Farm: 0/4/42.73
8. LANSDOWNE: 2003 KWPN stallion by Guidam x Wolfgang
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel & Susan Grange: 0/8/44.65
9. MACOEMBA: 2003 KWPN gelding by Zeoliet
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus, Ltd: 0/8/52.32
10. QUICK STUDY: 1999 SFA gelding by Quick Star x What a Joy
LAUREN HOUGH (USA), Laura Mateo: 1/84.25
11. AD RAHMANNSHOF’S BOGENO: 2000 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Elanville
ALVARO DE MIRANDA (BRA), Alvaro De Miranda & Victory Equestrian Sport BV:4/79.16
12. CHILL R Z: 2003 Zangersheide stallion by Chellano Z x A Lucky One
CHARLIE JAYNE (USA), Alex Jayne and Maura Thatcher: 4/80.08


Parkland and Lillie Keenan Are An Unstoppable Force in Small Junior 16-17 Hunters

Parkland and Lillie Keenan continued their domination of the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division during week six of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. The pair has taken home championship honors every week they have competed in the division, making this win their fourth tricolor victory. Keenan and Parkland, an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Jennifer Gates, were a force to be reckoned with throughout the two days of competition for the division. They placed third and first over fences on day one and won both over fences rounds day two before wrapping up the division with a fourth place on the flat.

 
Reserve champion was Romance, ridden and owned by Spencer Smith. Smith and Romance were sixth over fences on day one and placed second in both over fences rounds day two. The pair edged out Keenan and Parkland under saddle, placing third in the final class of the division.

 
Romance and Smith were also honored with the Owner/Rider championship title for the division. The award recognizes riders in junior divisions competing on their own horses and is tallied separately from overall division championship awards. Reserve Owner/Rider champions were MTM U Call It and Cloe Hymowitz.

 

Lillie Keenan and Parkland.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Lillie Keenan and Parkland.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Keenan, of New York City, and Parkland began their partnership during week one of the FTI WEF, when the pair first took home the tricolor prize. Since then, the two have proven that it wasn’t just beginner’s luck that earned them top honors.

 

“He’s a really special horse. He’s really fancy and it’s nice to have [a horse] in the division that you can trust to do his part. He’s a great mover and his strongest quality is how beautiful he is across the ground. His owner, Jennifer Gates, is so nice and comes to see him all the time, so it’s nice to have a lot of support behind you with a horse as special as Parkland,” Keenan stated.

 
“We’ve gotten closer as circuit has gone on,” Keenan continued. “He’s really part of the [Heritage Farm] family. When he first came, I’d never ridden him before he got to Florida but we’ve gotten to know each other very well. We can rely on each other in the ring.”

 
Keenan attributes much of her success with Parkland to the gelding’s incredible natural talent, but the bond the two shares is an undeniable factor. “I know what he likes and I know what to expect. He’s a very reliable horse. The style I ride is very similar to the way he wants to go. It’s a lot easier to match up with a horse that goes the way you like to ride. We naturally have a connection and we’ve worked on it a lot,” Keenan described.

 
“He’s dead brave and he moves and jumps well, which is a great foundation to work from. I just have to hold him together and keep him in a solid rhythm. It’s really just monitoring his pace and that’s all it takes,” Keenan continued.

 
Keenan and Parkland will aim to continue their winning streak over the remaining six weeks of the FTI WEF. Keenan is eager to return for week seven of the FTI WEF for the World Championship Hunter Rider Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, hosted in the International Arena next week.

 
Week six of the FTI WEF concludes Sunday with the La Mundial Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Section B division, which will determine its champion in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Arena. The $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic will conclude jumper competition in the International Arena. 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 at www.fticonsulting.com.

 


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