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Katie Dinan and Glory Days Win $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix

February 16, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 15, 2013 – Nineteen-year-old Katie Dinan and her brand new horse Glory Days were victorious in Friday night’s $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix, presented by Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte, during week six of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). In a nine-horse jump-off, Dinan and Glory Days won over Wilton Porter aboard Radio City and Adam Prudent riding Jack Daniels.

 

Week six, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm, will run February 13-17. The week will feature two more world ranking classes, including the highlight $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix, presented by Spy Coast Farm, on Saturday, February 16, and the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday, February 17.

 

Click the link to watch an interview with Katie Dinan!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjXkWFdsF-c

 

Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge set the course for Friday night’s young rider class. Forty-eight entries showed over the first round course and nine jumped clear to advance to the jump-off. With the fastest time of 29.474 seconds, Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partners, LLC’s Glory Days came out on top for an exciting victory under the lights.

 
Wilton Porter and Radio City, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, LLC, finished second with a clear round in 31.085 seconds. Adam Prudent and Plain Bay Sales’ Jack Daniels were third in 31.366 seconds, also without fault over the short course. The fastest four-fault jump-off round belonged to Chloe Reid and Damascus with one rail down in a time of 29.874 seconds to place fourth.

 

Katie Dinan and Glory Days. Photo © Sportfot.

Katie Dinan and Glory Days. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Glory Days is a twelve-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Diamond Serpent, home bred and ridden his whole life by Swedish rider Daniel Zetterman. The Dinan Family recently purchased ‘Glory’ as a new mount for Katie just a few weeks ago and she is now getting to know him. Friday’s class was a perfect opportunity for the pair to show in the impressive atmosphere of the International Arena at night, under the lights, and gain some valuable experience together.

 
“I think I still have a lot to learn, but it was really exciting to win here tonight,” Dinan stated. “I could not be happier with him. It is nice because his former rider, Daniel Zetterman, was here tonight and he has been a huge part of the team the last few weeks. He has been giving me pointers the whole time, so I really appreciate that. The horse has only had one rider his entire life, so obviously I want to learn as much as I can from him because he knows the horse inside and out.”
“Sometimes it takes longer with some horses to get to know them and other times it doesn’t take as long,” Dinan noted. “So far he has felt great. I have to just keep up and keep on learning about him and I am excited about our future together.”

 

Describing Glory Days’ style, Dinan detailed, “I really like riding him because he definitely carries his own engine, but he is also very adjustable. I can be just nice and soft. I like horses that have their own pace so I don’t have to create so much and I can just ride them smoothly and work on what I am doing. He jumps amazingly well. He is super careful and it is just a question of learning how to be as smooth as possible. He definitely has a little bit of an up and down canter, so I am still getting used to that.”
Dinan has shown in the Artisan Farms Young Rider Series since its inception and values the experience.
“I think it is a great series,” she acknowledged. “For me, with a new horse, it was a great thing for us to do. It definitely feels like a great event to go on Friday night with a huge class. Most of the people in here had great rounds tonight and it is nice to see how competitive this division is. I have done these classes all three years and obviously I have gotten more experience as a rider, but all three years they have been something great for me to do. It is also really nice because I have known the Ziegler family for a long time and to win a class that they sponsored and have Mrs. Ziegler present was really exciting for me.”
Dinan also had her whole family in town to watch her win and was excited for them to see her success with her new horse.

 

Glory Days is a twelve-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Diamond Serpent, home bred and ridden his whole life by Swedish rider Daniel Zetterman. The Dinan Family recently purchased 'Glory' as a new mount for Katie just a few weeks ago and she is now getting to know him. Friday's class was a perfect opportunity for the pair to show in the impressive atmosphere of the International Arena at night, under the lights, and gain some valuable experience together.  "I think I still have a lot to learn, but it was really exciting to win here tonight," Dinan stated. "I could not be happier with him. It is nice because his former rider, Daniel Zetterman, was here tonight and he has been a huge part of the team the last few weeks. He has been giving me pointers the whole time, so I really appreciate that. The horse has only had one rider his entire life, so obviously I want to learn as much as I can from him because he knows the horse inside and out." "Sometimes it takes longer with some horses to get to know them and other times it doesn't take as long," Dinan noted. "So far he has felt great. I have to just keep up and keep on learning about him and I am excited about our future together."   Describing Glory Days' style, Dinan detailed, "I really like riding him because he definitely carries his own engine, but he is also very adjustable. I can be just nice and soft. I like horses that have their own pace so I don't have to create so much and I can just ride them smoothly and work on what I am doing. He jumps amazingly well. He is super careful and it is just a question of learning how to be as smooth as possible. He definitely has a little bit of an up and down canter, so I am still getting used to that." Dinan has shown in the Artisan Farms Young Rider Series since its inception and values the experience. "I think it is a great series," she acknowledged. "For me, with a new horse, it was a great thing for us to do. It definitely feels like a great event to go on Friday night with a huge class. Most of the people in here had great rounds tonight and it is nice to see how competitive this division is. I have done these classes all three years and obviously I have gotten more experience as a rider, but all three years they have been something great for me to do. It is also really nice because I have known the Ziegler family for a long time and to win a class that they sponsored and have Mrs. Ziegler present was really exciting for me."  Dinan also had her whole family in town to watch her win and was excited for them to see her success with her new horse.

Katie Dinan and Glory Days in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Carlene Ziegler, Tim Dutta, and Guido Klatte. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Also showing in the International Arena on Friday, McLain Ward and Tequestrian Farms, LLC’s Coco 135 topped the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class and Darragh Kenny and Derbypie LLC’s Delilah won the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off. Meagan Nusz and Amalaya Investments’ Vesuvius were victorious in the RCG Farm High Amateur-Owner Jumpers and Lauren Tyree and Audi’s Top Secret, owned by Missy Clark, won in the Griffis Residential High Junior Jumpers, both competing in their power and speed classes.

 

Eugenio Garza of Mexico won the “Best Turnout Award” at the jog for this week’s Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix.

 

Finals Results: $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix

1. GLORY DAYS KATHERINE DINAN GRANT ROAD PARTNERS, LLC: 0/0/29.474

2. RADIO CITY WILTON PORTER GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES, LLC: 0/0/31.085

3. JACK DANIELS ADAM PRUDENT PLAIN BAY SALES: 0/0/31.366

4. DAMASCUS CHLOE REID CHLOE D. REID, LLC: 0/4/29.874

5. ARBITRAGE ALEXANDER ZETTERMAN ALEXANDER ZETTERMAN: 0/4/31.023

6. EARLY MORNING SAMANTHA SENFT SAMANTHA SENFT: 0/4/31.809

7. SHALIMAR DAVID BLAKE PINE HOLLOW FARM: 0/8/31.399

8. VOSQINUS MATTIAS TROMP BEYAERT FARM, INC: 0/12/35.186
9. BABBE VAN’T ROOSAKKER NICLAS HOFMANN TRELAWNY FARM, LLC: 0/30/57.106

10. WISH JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN STONE HILL FARM: 4/76.851

11. WINDE KALVIN DOBBS TREESDALE FARMS: 4 /77.040

12. LORD SPEZI SPENCER SMITH ASHLAND FARMS & STADIUM SPORTHORSE: 4/77.155

 

Condor Flies to Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Section A Championship with Tracey Mack-Gorin

 

It may only be his third show on American soil, but Condor is settling in nicely at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Tracey Mack-Gorin piloted Stepping Stone Farm’s five-year-old Warmblood gelding to championship honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Section A division during week six of the FTI WEF.

 

Condor has also competed in Pre-Green and Performance Hunter divisions with Christine Kear in the irons, but appears to be hitting his stride this week with Mack-Gorin as he clinched tricolor honors with a near-perfect performance in the Adult Amateur division. The pair finished first and fifth over fences during day one of competition for the division, followed by two more blue ribbon finishes over fences day two, and fifth place under saddle.

 

Reserve champion was Artie, ridden by Jean Sheptoff and owned by Patricia Moss. Sheptoff and Artie were first and second over fences day one and third in both over fences classes day two. The pair wrapped up day two with a third place ribbon under saddle.

 

Condor and Tracey Mack-Gorin.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Condor and Tracey Mack-Gorin.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Mack-Gorin has had little time to get to know Condor, who made his American showing debut during week one of the FTI WEF, but Mack-Gorin is already enamored with the gelding. “I just rode him for the first time last week and he’s just really fun,” Mack-Gorin smiled.

 

Condor’s exceptional temperament both under saddle and on the ground is what Mack-Gorin enjoys most about her mount. “He has a great temperament, so even if I make a mistake, he’s very tolerant of that. He’s also so comfortable and even [under saddle],” Mack-Gorin described. “[In the barn], he’s so friendly and snuggly. He loves to be cozy with you!”

 

Despite his young age and relative inexperience, Condor was not rattled by the monsoon-like weather conditions during day one of the division. “He was great! He didn’t like it much on his nose, but for his first time showing in the rain, he was really, really good,” Mack-Gorin described.

 

Mack-Gorin attributes Condor’s success to his picture-perfect, yet extremely rideable, jumping style. “He’s got a really easy jump, but he jumps very well at the same time. He’s very comfortable yet gives a really nice jump. I think he’ll be a really good horse,” she commented.

 

Mack-Gorin also complimented course designer Scott Starns’ well-planned layout. “The courses were great both days. I love being in the Rost Arena because you have a little bit more space than some of the smaller hunter arenas. It’s much easier to turn,” Mack-Gorin concluded.

 

Week six of the FTI WEF continues Saturday when the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division, also hosted in the Rost Arena, names its champion. The $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix, presented by Spy Coast Farm, will be featured in the International Arena at 7 p.m. 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.

 

Tina Konyot and Calecto V Victorious in the $20,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle at the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W presented by the USPRE Association

February 16, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 15, 2013 – The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), continued today with two top classes for the Small Tour and Large Tour in the Florida Dressage Classic, CDI-W presented by the USPRE Association. The $3,000 FEI Prix St. Georges, sponsored by Havensafe Farm, saw the top two spots going to Christilot Boylen (CAN) riding Hudson 18 and Dio Mio, both owned by Windhaven Farm and Jill Irving. Tina Konyot (USA) was the winner of the $20,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, sponsored by USPRE Association, on Calecto V, with Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) and Divertimento second and Jacquline M. Brooks (CAN) on D Niro in third.

 

Today’s judges in both the FEI Prix St. Georges and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle were Jane Weatherwax (USA) at E, Victoire Mandl (AUT) at H, Gary Rockwell (USA) at C, Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA) at M, and Jacques Van Daele (BEL) at B.

 

This morning’s FEI Prix St. Georges had an outstanding 19 entries. Winning first and second place, with scores of 69.921% and 67.868% respectively, Boylen was content with the performance of the 9-year-old bay Oldenburg gelding, Hudson 18 (Hohenstein x Democraat) , and the 10-year-old black Hanoverian gelding, Dio Mio (De Niro x Charmeur). “Dio is usually a horse that makes few mistakes, if any at all, so today’s couple mistakes were flighty. He was a little nervous in the ring this morning. He should be getting better since he’s seen this arena before. Hudson is very green, but did a super job today and I’m very thrilled with him. That’s his third Prix St. Georges. He rode in the National in January and then went international at the CDI-W two weeks ago. He’s gone from a 66 to a 69 in such a short span of time that I can’t ask for anything more. I always knew it was in him. He’s a brilliant horse. Now we just have to continue to get him experience in the ring,” remarked Boylen.

 

Christilot Boylen and Hudson 18

Christilot Boylen and Hudson 18

 

Jill Irving, part owner of both horses, won both today’s Adult Amateur FEI Intermediare I and FEI Grand Prix-Open in the Wellington Equestrian Realty Ring 1. Riding Delavaux in the Intermediare I, she scored a 67.500% and in the Grand Prix-Open, she rode Degas 12 (De Niro x Regazzoni) to a score of 70.213%.

 

Christilot Boylen and Hudson 18 in their presentation with Elizabeth Juliano of Havensafe Farm, judge Gary Rockwell and Aliza Korasz of Equestrian Sport Productions

Christilot Boylen and Hudson 18 in their presentation with Elizabeth Juliano of Havensafe Farm, judge Gary Rockwell and Aliza Korasz of Equestrian Sport Productions

 

With 12 entries in tonight’s FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, Konyot won with a score of 76.775%. Under the lights, she and Calecto V (Come Back II x Rastell), owned by Konyot and John Byrialsen, danced to the music. In reflecting on her freestyle, she commented that the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion felt wonderful. “I was looking to improve from yesterday so it was just great. When you are on your own, doing your own thing with your horse, you feel personally responsible. He’s been feeling fantastic. Yesterday’s warm-up and today’s was fantastic. I rode just to be happy. Because of issues in my personal life, I almost scratched today, but my boyfriend convinced me to go in and just enjoy myself and do the best I can. My horse is a good boy. I love him so much!” Konyot said.

 

Tina Konyot and Calecto V

Tina Konyot and Calecto V

 

 

Vilhelmson-Silfven and Antonia Ax:son Johnson’s Divertimento (Di Versace x Ferragamo) rode a brand-new freestyle this evening. Receiving a score of 74.700%, no one could tell she had only one run through this morning. “I thought it was great fun. I really enjoyed the music and I think it fits him well. It was a challenge to ride a new test since I haven’t had it a long time to practice with, but it felt good,” observed Vilhelmson-Silfven. In thinking about the 11-year-old bay Westfalen gelding, she felt he was a bit tense, but better then the last CDI here two weeks ago. “I had a little mistake in the last piaffe due to camera flashes, but otherwise I’m happy. Some more practice is necessary, but overall I like my new freestyle. He was comfortable riding it,” she noted.

 

Brooks and D Niro (D-Day x Napoleon 625) were awarded third place with a score of 70.900%. The 14-year-old grey Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Mary Brooks is finally being able to really feel the test. “Last year was making him happy with and practicing the test at these shows for the Olympics, which he was amazing at. This year it is about adjusting how he goes. The first few shows there was some miscommunication between us as he was confused as to why I was changing things. But today he was full-on in. He was committed and it’s a great feeling to know that he is content while riding the test. You know they’re happy when they get those floppy ears and that makes me really happy,” praised Brooks.

 

Konyot said, “He’s completed my bucket list. But he’s a strong horse and that’s so important. He’s been feeling great training, so I needed to have a good feeling in the arena, to confirm my feeling. I am certainly aiming for another World Cup qualifier and then we’ll take it from there.” Brooks is focusing on the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, but the World Cup Finals could be on the horizon if things fall into place. Vilhelmson-Silfven has already qualified for the World Cup Finals with her top mount Don Auriello, but is concentrating on taking everything one step at a time.

 

Tina Konyot and Calecto V in their presentation with Joan Mack and Kim Boyer of USPRE Association, judge Gary Rockwell, and Michael Stone, President of Equestrian Sport Productions

Tina Konyot and Calecto V in their presentation with Joan Mack and Kim Boyer of USPRE Association, judge Gary Rockwell, and Michael Stone, President of Equestrian Sport Productions

 

 

Other CDI-W classes took place today in the International Arena as well. The winner in the FEI Pony Team was Barbara Davis (USA) riding Poldy 10 (Platello), owned by Michael Davis, with a score of 66.885%. In the FEI Young Rider Team, the blue ribbon went to Mathilde Tetreault (CAN) with Michelangelo (Admiral) with a score of 65.526%. The FEI Junior Team saw Naima Moreira-Laliberte and Diamond (Donnerhall x Werther), owned by Moreira-Laliberte, as the winners with a score of 65.649%.

 

Dressage continues tomorrow with the $5,000 FEI Intermediare I beginning at 8:30 a.m and the $10,000 FEI Grand Prix Special beginning at 2:40 p.m.

 

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

 

Final Results: FEI Prix St. Georges sponsored by Havensafe Farm

  1. Hudson 18, Christilot Boylen (CAN): E: 69.474%, H: 69.737%, C: 68.289%, M: 70.000%, B: 72.105%, Total: 69.921%
  2. Dio Mio, Christilot Boylen (CAN): E: 69.474%, H: 68.553%, C: 70.263%, M: 67.105%, B: 63.947%, Total: 67.868%
  3. Wyatt Star, Justin Hardin (USA): E: 69.474%, H: 66.711%, C: 64.079%, M: 69.474%, B: 66.579%, Total: 67.263%
  4. Mosegaards Rico, Mette Rosencrantz (USA): E: 68.947%, H: 68.421%, C: 66.711%, M: 65.658%, B: 65.000%, Total: 66.947%
  5. Von Primaire, Kelly Layne (AUS): E: 65.658%, H: 67.368%, C: 68.289%, M: 63.947%, B: 64.737%, Total: 66.000%
  6. Tolstoy, Nicholas Fyffe (AUS): E: 66.711%, H: 65.395%, C: 65.395%, M: 65.921%, B: 66.447%, Total: 65.974%

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle sponsored by USPRE Association

  1. Calecto V, Tina Konyot (USA): E: 77.250%, H: 76.000%, C: 76.625%, M: 77.125%, B: 76.875%, Total: 76.775%
  2. Divertimento, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE): E: 70.375%, H: 79.375%, C: 72.375%, M: 75.500%, B: 75.875%, Total: 74.700%
  3. D Niro, Jacquline M. Brooks (CAN): E: 68.500%, H: 71.250%, C: 72.625%, M: 69.500%, B: 72.625%, Total: 70.900%
  4. Doktor, Shelly Francis (USA): E: 68.125 %, H: 71.500%, C: 68.375%, M: 68.750%, B: 71.625%, Total: 69.675%

4. Pikko del Cerro HU, Lisa Wilcox (USA): E: 69.875%, H: 72.750%, C:

68.875%, M: 69.000%, B: 67.875%, Total: 69.675%

6. Don Kontes, David Marcus (CAN): E: 68.750%, H: 69.000%, C: 70.750%, M: 66.500%, B: 72.125%, Total: 69.425%

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

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or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at

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Lucas Back for More in Pre-Green 3 & 4 Year Old Hunters, This Time with Christopher Payne

February 15, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 14, 2013 – Week six of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) continued on Thursday with a championship win for Christopher Payne and Susan Moriconi’s Lucas in the Pre-Green 3&4 Year Old Hunter division at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 6 was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Week six, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm, runs February 13-17. The week will feature the highlight $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix, presented by Spy Coast Farm, on Saturday, February 16, and the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday, February 17.

 

After a two-week hiatus from the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, Susan Moriconi’s Lucas once again dominated the Pre-Green 3&4 Year Old Hunter division, this time with Christopher Payne in the irons. Payne, of Cincinnati, OH, piloted Lucas to a nearly faultless performance over two days of competition before bringing home the tricolor honors.

 

Payne and Lucas, a four-year-old Oldenburg gelding, jumped to blue ribbon placings in three out of four over fences round before wrapping up the division with another first place finish under saddle. Reserve champion was San Paolo, ridden by Molly MacAdow and owned by Tammy McConnell. MacAdow and San Paolo were first and fifth over fences day one, followed by sixth place over fences and eighth under saddle on day two.
Moriconi only purchased Lucas just over two weeks ago. “He’s beautiful, he jumps amazing. He moves great and he is just the sweetest horse,” Moriconi commented.

 

Payne’s partnership has been equally brief with Lucas, who was previously ridden by Holly Orlando, but the clearly seamless transition has done nothing to slow down Lucas’ wildly successful debut at WEF. Lucas has been champion of the Pre-Green 3&4 Year Old division twice before, during weeks two and three, and is currently first place in the circuit champion standings.

 

“This is the first time I’ve shown him,” Payne admitted. “He’s a very sweet, very straight-forward, great-minded young horse.”
Lucas and Christopher Payne.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Lucas and Christopher Payne.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

During day two of competition for the division, the young horse continued to perform strongly despite the lack of typical Florida sunshine. While several horses struggled with the sudden downpour as the over fences class wrapped up and the under saddle began, Lucas remained calm and collected.

 

“Whenever you’re on a young horse, you never really know what each day is going to hold. So far, he seems to be the same horse every day and tries his hardest every time. His consistency is one of his best strengths. I think he’s a young horse with an old mind,” Payne described.

 

Spectators and exhibitors alike can keep an eye out for Lucas to continue his hot streak in the Pre-Green 3&4 Year Old Hunter division throughout the remainder of the FTI WEF. “It’s a great division for his age,” Payne stated. “We’ll move up to Pre-Greens later this year and we’ll shoot for the First Years next year.”

 

In addition to Thursday’s hunter competition, the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 6 was on the roster for FTI WEF competition in the International Arena at PBIEC. A total of 82 entries were scheduled to compete and 72 of those had the opportunity to jump with 17 clear rounds completed before a severe thunderstorm caused the remainder of the class to be cancelled.

Thursday’s Challenge Cup competition was a qualifier for Saturday night’s $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix, presented by Spy Coast Farm. Under the circumstances, show management has made the decision that all riders will have the opportunity to show one horse in the night class.
Prior to the worst of the weather, two classes were held in the morning in the International Arena on Thursday. Beezie Madden and Trelawny Farm’s Valdato won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jump-off class. Alise Oken and Hi Hopes Farm, LLC’s Marcus Quintus won in the $2,500 RCG High Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class.

 

Competition for week six continues Friday with the Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Section A division, which will award champion and reserve honors in the Rost Arena. The $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix is the highlight event in the International Arena at 7 p.m. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photo © 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.

 

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven First and Third in $6,000 FEI Grand Prix in Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W Presented by USPRE Association at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival

February 15, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 14, 2013 -The Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W, presented by the USPRE Association, started today at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). Competition at the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W runs through February 17. With 18 entries in the $6,000 FEI Grand Prix, victory went to Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) and Don Auriello, owned by Lövsta Stuteri and Antonia Ax:son Johnson. Today’s competition marked the first day of the second CDI competition in the AGDF, which runs through April 14.

 

 

Click the link to watch a n interview with Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AeLvVJrvoo

 

 

Judges for today’s CDI class were Sandy Hotz (USA) at E, at H was Jennie Lorison-Clarke (GBR), at C was Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA), at M was Jacques Van Daele (BEL), and at B was Victoire Mandl (AUT).

 

 

Despite inclement weather and an hour-long delay, Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello rode a strong test fpr first place. The 11-year-old bay Hanoverian gelding by Don Davidoff x White Star and his rider received a score of 75.511%. Taking second place was Heather Blitz (USA) with her and Robert McKean’s Paragon (Don Schufro x Loran). Blitz and the 10-year-old chestnut Danish Warmblood gelding received a 71.128% from the judges. Vilhelmson-Silfven also received third place honors riding Divertimento (Di Versace x Ferragamo) owned by Antonia Ax:son Johnson. With a score of 70.574%, the 11-year-old bay Westfalen gelding and Vilhelmson-Silfven secured the yellow ribbon.

Judges for today's CDI class were Sandy Hotz (USA) at E, at H was Jennie Lorison-Clarke (GBR), at C was Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA), at M was Jacques Van Daele (BEL), and at B was Victoire Mandl (AUT).    Despite inclement weather and an hour-long delay, Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello rode a strong test fpr first place. The 11-year-old bay Hanoverian gelding by Don Davidoff x White Star and his rider received a score of 75.511%. Taking second place was Heather Blitz (USA) with her and Robert McKean's Paragon (Don Schufro x Loran). Blitz and the 10-year-old chestnut Danish Warmblood gelding received a 71.128% from the judges. Vilhelmson-Silfven also received third place honors riding Divertimento (Di Versace x Ferragamo) owned by Antonia Ax:son Johnson. With a score of 70.574%, the 11-year-old bay Westfalen gelding and Vilhelmson-Silfven secured the yellow ribbon.

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello

 

 

It rained heavily as Vilhelmson-Silfven began her test with Don Auriello. Reflecting on the circumstance, Vilhelmson-Silfven was very impressed with the way he handled the situation. “I have ridden him in the rain before and I’m extremely impressed with how he coped today. I lost a bit of focus; it’s almost better if it is already raining as you begin the test. The mistakes that were made were my fault completely. Overall, I was super happy,” she stated.

 

 

In the middle of Blitz’s test a lightning storm blew through, pausing the class. After an hour wait, she finished the second half of her test. Having that long of a break, Blitz commented, “It was a challenge stopping in the middle of the test. At least the clouds came so the temperature was cooler, which was great for when we warmed up again. He is getting stronger but doesn’t quite have the best stamina yet, so having to do essentially two warm-ups and two tests worried me, but the breeze and cooler temperature definitely helped. So I just had to get my focus back and pretend I never left the ring. I liked the mood we were in when we started, so I was disappointed to have to stop. But when we resumed I was happy we didn’t have any mistakes; I don’t know if the break helped us or not.”

 

 

With tomorrow’s Freestyle, each rider has a different plan. Vilhelmson-Silfven will ride Divertimento, who she believed was relaxed today, with a brand-new routine. She plans to ride Don Auriello in the FEI Grand Prix Special on Saturday. “I’m excited to do that class as I don’t get to do that test often enough. I’ve been riding in the World Cups since the Olympics. So I’m excited about getting to showcase another test with him,” she said.

 

 

Blitz plans to ride Paragon tomorrow night, with it being the fifth time she has done her freestyle routine and she is “going to attempt to nail it.” She added, “I hope to have the same precision of the test with the music as I have had in the past. I want to have more power in piaffes and more precision in the pirouettes. The more electrifying the atmosphere, the better he is. Because he’s still green, if he gets too electric he doesn’t know what to do with it, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he goes tomorrow night.”

 

Heather Blitz and Paragon

Heather Blitz and Paragon

 

 

In the Open division of today’s Prix St. Georges-Open class, first went to George Williams (USA) riding Elizabeth Juliano’s Riccidoff (by Riccione) with a score of 65.000% and second went to Ryan R. Yap (USA) riding Elizabeth Cronin’s Shadou (by Salamander) with a score of 62.895%.

 

 

In the Prix St. Georges-AA class, first went to Sylvia Gugler (AUT) riding Dietmar Gugler Reitsportzentrum GmbH & Co.KG’s Heinzi 9 (Harvard x Donatelli) with a score of 62.105% and second went to Megan Glynn (CAN) riding her own mount Everybody’s Darling (Dimension x Rubinstein I) with a score of 61.974%.

 

 

Winning the USEF Third Level with a score of 70.000% was Ilse Schwarz (AUS) riding Gaye Scarpa’s Don Joseph (Don Kennedy).

 

 

Tomorrow the show continues with the $3,000 FEI Prix St. Georges sponsored by Havensafe Farm starting at 8:30 am and the always exciting $20,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle as the feature event of the week under the lights at 7 pm.

For full results and more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello in their presentation with Barbara Lang and Jean-Michel Roudier

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello in their presentation with Barbara Lang and Jean-Michel Roudier

 

 

Final Results: $6,000 FEI Grand Prix

  1. Don Auriello, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE): E: 75.319%, H: 78.085%, C: 77.979%, M: 71.809%, B: 74.362%, Total: 75.511%
  2. Paragon, Heather Blitz (USA): E: 71.064%, H: 72.447%, C: 72.340%, M: 67.021%, B: 72.766%, Total: 71.128%
  3. Divertimento, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE): E: 68.723%, H: 70.957%, C: 71.277%, M: 73.617%, B: 68.298%, Total: 70.574%
  4. Pikko del Cerro HU, Lisa Wilcox (USA): E: 67.553%, H: 73.404%, C: 71.702%, M: 67.979%, B: 68.191%, Total: 69.766%
  5. Doktor, Shelly Francis (USA): E: 65.426%, H: 69.894%, C: 67.447%, M: 66.170%, B: 69.681%, Total: 67.723%
  6. Don Kontes, David Marcus (CAN): E: 66.277%, H: 67.128%, C: 68.936%, M: 65.000%, B: 68.404%, Total: 67.149%

 

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

 

AGDF

 

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

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl Master $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic at FTI WEF 6

February 14, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 13, 2013 – The sixth week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) began on Wednesday, February 13, with a full schedule of world-class jumper competition in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). In the highlight class of the day, an impressive roster of top riders vied for Longines FEI world ranking points in the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumper Classic with a win for Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, and Quality Girl.

Week six, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm, will run February 13-17. The week will feature three more world ranking classes, including the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Round 6 on Thursday, February 14, the highlight $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix, presented by Spy Coast Farm, on Saturday, February 16, and the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday, February 17.

 
Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge set the speed track for 48 entries in Wednesday’s 1.45m class. Ten entries completed successful rounds without fault in the race against the clock, and Minikus and Quality Girl came out on top with their time of 54.51 seconds.

 

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo © Sportfot.

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Shane Sweetnam and Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina finished second in 56.05 seconds. Peter Wylde and Zidane, owned by Windward Farm and Jessica Suida, were third in 56.68 seconds. Conor Swail and Landsdowne, owned by Ariel and Susan Grange, placed fourth in 57.58 seconds.

 

 

Minikus got Quality Girl, a ten-year-old Oldenburg mare by Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock, just before the start of the FTI WEF circuit and has had made consistent development with her showing.
“I think she is a very special horse,” Minikus stated. “She is a little green, but she has been working up the ranks quite well; she has gotten herself some nice ribbons. She was fifth in a WEF (Challenge Cup) and she has jumped two Saturday night grand prix (classes). She had four faults in both and to be truthful, they were Todd’s four faults. Today she went absolutely fantastic and I think we have some good things to come.”

 
“She is a very careful horse,” Minikus added. “She is what I would call a modern day show jumper. She has a lot of blood and she is very aware of her surroundings. She has been great. Right before circuit I showed her in the Level 6 and she won that, then I showed her in the Level 7 and she won that. I showed her in the Level 8, she won that. Some horses are winners, some horses are losers – let’s face it – and she just seems to be one of those that has a knack for winning.”

Commenting on his winning round in Wednesday’s speed class, almost two seconds faster than second place finisher Shane Sweetnam, Minikus detailed, “I caught a nice jump to number one and did eight strides from one to two. Then I don’t know how many strides I did the rest of the way around, but she really covers the ground pretty quick. When you are horse racing two seconds is a long time. I really caught a nice track to the last jump and she gave one hell of an effort. Her Purina feed kept her energy level up so that she could have the capability to jump the last jump.”

 

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Mark Bluman of G&C Farm. Photo © Sportfot.

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Mark Bluman of G&C Farm. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Also showing on Wednesday, the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class was split into two with its booming list of entries. In section A of the class, Wilton Porter and Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s Paloubet were the winners. In section B, Laura Kraut and Joan Kalman/Freedom Group’s Woodstock O came out on top. The day continued with the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm speed class and a win for Jeffery Welles aboard Merlin, owned by Noel Love Gross.

Week six of FTI WEF competition, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm, will continue on Thursday with the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 6 in the International Arena at 1 pm. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.
Final Results: $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic
1. QUALITY GIRL: 2003 Oldenburg mare by Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock

TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus, Ltd: 0/54.51

 

2. SOLERINA: 1999 Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Sweet Oak Farm: 0/56.05

3. ZIDANE: 2004 KWPN gelding by Sam R x Sable Rose

PETER WYLDE (USA), Windward Farm & Jessica Suida: 0/56.68

 

4. LANSDOWNE: 2003 KWPN stallion by Guidam x Wolfgang

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel & Susan Grange:0/57.58

 

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

TIM GREDLEY (GBR), Unex Competition Yard: 0/58.17

 

6. ROUNDTHORN MADIOS: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/59.04

 

7. V: 2002 KWPN gelding by Landstreicher Lennard

KATIE PRUDENT (USA), Michael Smith: 0/59.20

 

8. WATCH ME VD MANGELAAR: 2003 KWPN gelding by Heartbreaker x Wolfgang

DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Samantha Tuerk: 0/67.62

9. LISONA: 2001 Irish Sporthorse mare OBOS Quality 004 x Porsch

DARRAGH KERINS (IRL), Marten Hugens & Darragh Kerins: 0/69.37

 

10. CARMINA: 2003 Holsteiner mare by Cassini I x Zuenftiger

ANDREW BOURNS (IRL), Tequestrian Farms, LLC:0/69.80

 

11. AMOR VAN DE ROSTAL: 2000 BWP gelding by Peter Pan x Nimmerdor 147

MAC CONE (CAN), Chadburn Holdings Inc: 1/72.31

 

12.CHEVALIER: 2002 Westphalian gelding by Cornet Obolensky x Carnaby GL

LORENZO DE LUCA (ITA), Michael Collins: 1/73.91

 

 

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.

 


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$200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational: Who Qualifies?

February 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Tampa, FL – February 11, 2013 – The 41st $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm, will take place this year on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. America’s “Super Bowl of Show Jumping,” is a historic event, which brings together the top horse and rider combinations in the world. Invitations for the event are extended to the top thirty equestrians on the USEF National Computer Ranking List, plus past and present Olympians and other top invitees.

 

For 2013, the 30 riders invited to compete at the 41st $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm will be selected as follows:

1. One (1) invitation issued to the winning rider of the 2012 American Invitational – Mario Deslauriers

2. FOUR (4) invitations to be issued at the Organizing Committee’s & FEI’s discretion (2 OC and 2 FEI).

3. FIFTEEN (15) invitations to be issued to the riders who have accumulated the most money won from the following classes held during the competitions:

1) Class 103 – American Gold Cup CSI 4*-W, September 16, 2012;
2) Classes 108 & 109 – Live Oak International CSI 2*, March 20 – 24, 2013.
3) Classes 100 & 101 – Tampa Bay Classic, March 27 – 31, 2013;
4. TEN (10) or all remaining invitations will be issued to riders based on their standing from Rolex/USEF Ranking List (expanded to include foreign riders) as of Friday, March 29, 2013.

 

The American Gold Cup was held at Old Salem Farm in September of 2012, where Peter Leone and Lincourt Gino topped the four-horse jump-off as the only double clear combination. Kent Farrington and Voyeur captured the second place honors, while McLain Ward and Anatares F took home the third place award. Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ rounded out the jump-off competitors in the fourth place position. A complete list of results can be found here: http://phelpsmediagroup.com/viewarticle.php?id=7088

 

The Live Oak International CSI 2* will be held March 20 – 24, 2013, in Ocala, FL. The classes that will count toward qualification will include the $33,000 CSI 2* Winning Round on Sunday and the $50,000 CSI 2* Live Oak Grand Prix on Saturday. More information can be found by visiting http://liveoakinternational.com/.

 

Just one week later, the Tampa Bay Classic is schedule for March 27 – 31, 2013 at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL. Friday’s $25,000 Welcome Stake and Sunday’s $35,000 Grand Prix of Tampa will each count toward the 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm. Please visit www.stadiumjumping.com for more information.

 

Annually, this event showcases exhilarating equine power, amazing speed and agility, and equestrian excellence at the home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The day is filled with extraordinary entertainment and activities for the entire family to enjoy.

 

The Mane Event Kick-Off Party will start at 4:00pm in Lot 5 of Raymond James Stadium with great fun for kids of all ages. There will be face painting and a Horseless Horse Show presented by JustWorld International, as well as autograph and photo opportunities. The gates open at 6:00 pm. with a traditional course walk for the public. The Opening Ceremonies get underway at 7:00 p.m. with the Parade of Tampa Equestrian Festival Series Champions and a special tribute to “Our Heroes.” The first horse will show over the course beginning at 8:00 p.m. as they compete for the winning honors.

The 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm, will be the highlight event on April 6, 2013 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The world’s top horses and riders will gather to compete under the lights during one of the premier show jumping events in the United States.

 

Tickets for the Saturday night spectacular are on sale now, online at: www.stadiumjumping.com. Ticket prices $30, $25, $15, Group Discounts for 10 or more persons.

For more information on Stadium Jumping, Inc. and the 2013 Tampa Equestrian Series please call (941) 744-5465 or please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.

Mario Deslauriers piloted Cella to victory in the 2012 Gene Mische American Invitational at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Photo By: Parker/Russell – The Book, LLC

Mario Deslauriers piloted Cella to victory in the 2012 Gene Mische American Invitational at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Photo By: Parker/Russell – The Book, LLC

Photo Credit: Mario Deslauriers piloted Cella to victory in the 2012 Gene Mische American Invitational at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Photo By: Parker/Russell – The Book, LLC. Photo may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

The 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational Fast Facts

WHAT: The 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational presented by G&C Farm, which features the world’s best equestrian athletes. Information is available online at www.stadiumjumping.com.

 
WHERE:
The 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational:
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607
www.raymondjamesstadium.com

WHEN: The 41st Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational CSI 3* – April 6, 2013, 7 p.m.

 

American Invitational Highlights:
To kick off the evening activities, the public is invited to participate in the traditional American invitational course walk. This is an opportunity for spectators to marvel at the size and breadth of the jumps equestrians will navigate their horses over.

 

Sponsorship and Tickets:
Corporate and individual sponsors may participate at any level. Ticket are $15-$30. Senior citizens, active duty members, and group discounts are available. For more information on sponsorship levels or to purchase tickets, please call 1.800.237.8924.

 

About the American Invitational:
The 41st annual American Invitational, one of the world’s richest equestrian show jumping competitions, has been held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida since 1971.The Invitational is the only major equestrian competition to be held in a NFL football stadium.
Directions:
From Tampa or St. Pete/Clearwater via I-275 to I-4 Eastbound
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: From I-4 Eastbound only, take Exit #6 for Orient Rd. and turn right off the ramp. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance immediately on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.
From Lakeland/Orlando area via I-4 Westbound
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Travel on I-4 West toward Tampa to Exit #7 toward US-92 W / HILLSBOROUGH AVE and merge onto E. HILLSBOROUGH AVE. Proceed to the light at Orient Road and turn left. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.
Traveling from I-75 North/South (from Ocala/Sarasota area)
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Traveling north on I-75, take Exit #260 (B) and merge LEFT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD (aka SR-574 West). Traveling south on I-75, take Exit #260 and merge RIGHT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD. Go west for 2.5 miles and pass the light at U.S. Hwy. 301. Keep proceeding on MLK, Jr. Blvd. to the next light which is ORIENT RD. Make a right at Orient Road. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the right-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.
THE FACILITY:
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Outdoor Stadium Arena 150′ x 360′ Bermuda sod grass
HOTELS:
Hilton Garden Inn
10309 Highland Manor Drive
Tampa, FL
(813) 626-6700
La Quinta Inn East Fairgrounds
4811 U.S. 301 North
Tampa, FL
(813) 623-3321
(800) 642-4271

 

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa
5223 North Orient Road (next to showgrounds)
Tampa, FL
(813) 627-7625
SpringHill Suites
4835 W. Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 639-9600
(888) 236-2427
STADIUM JUMPING INC.: Corporate Office
1301 Sixth Ave. West, Suite 406
Bradenton, FL 34205
Tel: 941-744-5465
Fax: 941-744-0874
MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
http://www.phelpsmediagroup.com
April Wehle, Stadium Jumping, Inc.
561.459.9259
email: aprilw@stadiumjumping.com

Excellent Entries Will Provide Exciting Competition at Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W presented by US P.R.E Association

February 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 11, 2013 – As the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W presented by US P.R.E Association at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) begins this week, entries are up in both National and International competition. Due to the large number expected in the $20,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, competition will begin at 7 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 6:45 p.m. As a special bonus for spectators on Friday night, special prizes will be handed out, so don’t miss all of the exciting competition!

 

 

There are 24 entries in the $6,000 FEI Grand Prix on Thursday with some of the biggest names in dressage going for the win. David Marcus of Canada will attempt to defend last week’s victory, this time with Don Kontes, and top Swedish rider Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven will bring out Divertimento and Don Auriello, who is number seven on the FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking. Other top combinations expected are Mikala Munter Gundersen and My Lady, Olympian Tina Konyot and Calecto V, and Catherine Haddad-Staller and Hotmail 2.

 

Number 7 on the FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello  are scheduled to compete this week at the AGDF.

Number 7 on the FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello
are scheduled to compete this week at the AGDF.

 

“With such a strong lineup this week, it is exciting to see more and more people coming to AGDF. They are getting to experience an amazing facility in addition to having greater competition opportunities,” expressed Michael Stone, President of Equestrian Sport Productions.

 

 

On Wednesday, February 13, at 6:30pm, the PRE-Show Party will take place at the Global Pavilion. The special event will welcome Spanish dressage riders Juan Manuel Munoz and Daniel Martin Dockx. The PRE-Show Party is an annual Paella dinner and Spanish festival hosted by the United States PRE Association. All participants and exhibitors of the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W are invited, and in keeping with prior years, the dinner and festival are free of charge.

 

 

Competition begins on Thursday, February 14, and concludes on Sunday, February 17. Highlights of the FEI Large Tour, sponsored by AGDF First Founding Sponsor the US P.R.E. Assocation, include the FEI Grand Prix, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, and FEI Grand Prix Special. Founding Sponsor Havensafe Farm is sponsoring the FEI Small Tour consisting of the FEI Prix St. Georges, FEI Intermediaire, and FEI Intermediaire Freestyle.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

adequean scheduale

 

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (GDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring five CDIs, including a 5*, the first non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and nine U.S. national events.The Adequan GDF is offering more than $275,000 in prize money for the five international competitions making it one of the richest circuits in the world. In addition to the CDIs with national competitions, the Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach 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

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or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at

13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

Ben Maher Wins Again! Maher and Quiet Easy 4 Top $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic at FTI WEF 5

February 11, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 10, 2013 – Week five of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Adequan®, concluded on Sunday afternoon with a win for Olympic gold medalist Ben Maher of Great Britain aboard his young mount Quiet Easy 4 in the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. Maher has been a dominant force in Wellington over the last two weeks with back to back grand prix wins, including last night’s $82,000 Adequan CSI 2* Grand Prix. He can now add a 1.50m victory to his tally for the winter.

 

 

Olympic course designer from Great Britain, Bob Ellis, set the track for forty-two entries to show in Sunday’s 1.50m classic with just four entries advancing to the jump-off. Alongside Maher, U.S. Olympic gold medalists Beezie Madden and Laura Kraut joined the jump-off roster as well as Argentinean rider Max Amaya.

 
Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Mademoiselle were first to jump-off and had one rail down in a time of 49.775 seconds to finish third. Maher and Mrs. Phillips Quiet Easy 4 jumped next and set the unbeatable pace of 48.631 seconds with their clear round over the short course. Amaya and Avequest, LLC’s Cartier jumped a clear round in 52.893 seconds to finish second. Kraut and Evita Group’s Nouvelle were last to go and finished fourth with four faults in 51.185 seconds.

 

Ben Maher and Quiet Easy 4. Photo © Sportfot.

Ben Maher and Quiet Easy 4. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Maher has had several top placings with Quiet Easy since the start of the circuit, including a very close second place finish in this week’s $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 5. Quiet Easy had some time off in 2012 while his rider focused on the summer Olympic Games, so Maher is now bringing him back to top form and this was the pair’s first win of the winter season.

 

“This has been a great week; all of the horses jumped well,” Maher smiled on Sunday. “Quiet Easy was unlucky in the WEF on Thursday; we just got beat. It was a very fast jump-off, so to come back today and jump two good rounds after such a fast jump-off just shows his character. He is trying to always do the best he can for us. The jump-off was again quick today. He naturally turns very well and he is quick through the air. He almost didn’t jump today because he jumped so well on Thursday, but he seems to enjoy this ring here, so I think it was the right decision.”
Quiet Easy is a nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Quidams Rubin x Zapateado. Maher got him just before the FTI WEF circuit last year and started him in the 1.50m classes with a second place finish overall in the series last season. He hopes to continue that success this year.
“He had a pretty quiet summer because of other commitments and things, so I jumped a lot of national classes. I sort of gave him a bit of a break and aimed to bring him back here,” Maher noted. “It has really worked because he is jumping very well. He has been a pleasure to ride.”
Sunday’s class was a difficult one for a lot of the horses and riders entered. Maher credited fellow Brit Bob Ellis on his design.

 
“It was a big course,” Maher stated. “It was the first real class where we have had to jump the water. Both of my horses jumped it very big the first time in the season, but they have to see it at some point. The course progressively got bigger as it went on and I think the last line in particular got half of the class. It was a very long distance down from the Liverpool to the oxer and then a very short outside seven strides to a hard combination. I think most of the faults, from what I saw, came from there. Bob Ellis is a clever course builder. He knows what he’s doing and the slightest angle on something here and there can make all of the difference.”

 

Ben Maher and Quiet Easy 4 in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Suncast representative Lauren Tisbo. Photo © Sportfot.

Ben Maher and Quiet Easy 4 in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Suncast representative Lauren Tisbo. Photo © Sportfot.

 

 

Maher plans to show Quiet Easy again next week and will then give him a couple of weeks off while he heads to China to show in the Longines Hong Kong Masters with his top horse, Tripple X III.

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

1. QUIET EASY 4 BEN MAHER MRS. PHILLIPS: 0/0/48.631

2. CARTIER MAX AMAYA AVEQUEST, LLC: 0/0/52.893

3. MADEMOISELLE BEEZIE MADDEN ABIGAIL WEXNER: 0/4/49.775

4. NOUVELLE LAURA KRAUT EVITA GROUP: 0/4/51.185

5. VOLTARAL PALO BLANCO ALVARO TEJADA ARRIOLA ISABEL TEJADA: 4/72.045

6. BELMONT LAURA KRAUT BEVERLY WIDDOWSON: 4/74.206

7. ANY GIVEN SUNDAY DARRAGH KENNY HAYS INVESTMENT CORP: 4/74.383

8. DOLORES BEN MAHER MRS. WANG: 4/74.818

9. DIKTATOR VAN DE BOSLANDHOEVE SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM, LLC: 4/74.870

10. CASHA ABIGAIL MCARDLE OLD BARRRINGTON, LLC: 4/75.187

11. GAME READY CONOR SWAIL SUSAN GRANGE: 4/75.383

12. URBAN BLYTHE MARANO RIVERVIEW FARM, LLC: 4/75.930

 

 

Kalvin Dobbs and Winde Top $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Riders Grand Prix

Presented by Dutta Corporation in Association with Guido Klatte

Sunday’s competition began in the morning with a win for 17-year-old Kalvin Dobbs, of Carmel, IN, aboard Treesdale Farms’ Winde in the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix. The class, presented by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte, saw 39 entries jumping the course set by Bob Ellis. Nine went clear to advance to the jump-off, and Dobbs and Winde breezed through the short course in 41.928 seconds for the victory. Chloe Reid and Damascus placed second in 42.385 seconds. Lillie Keenan and Chansonette Farm, LLC’s Londinium were third in 43.015 seconds.

 

Click the link to watch an interview with Kalvin Dobbs!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hnsWcwhgbw

 

Kalvin Dobbs is trained by Abigail Blankenship as well as Olympian Laura Kraut, and purchased Winde from Kraut after she showed the mare two years ago. Winde is a ten-year-old KWPN mare by Numero Uno x No Limit. She is a very energetic, forward ride, and Dobbs explained that she has taken some getting used to.
“She is just so much fun,” he stated. “She has so much energy and she is by far the hottest mare that I have ridden, so it has definitely taken some time to figure her out and get used to that. I have had a lot of slow jumpers before her, but she knows what she is doing every step of the way, so when we are together it is so much fun. I love showing her and we have really gotten to know each other over the past two years.”
Kalvin Dobbs and Winde. Photo © Sportfot.

Kalvin Dobbs and Winde. Photo © Sportfot.

 

 

“Her ride has definitely been different for me,” Dobbs continued. “The number one thing that Laura has been trying to teach me is to let her do what she wants to do and you just concentrate on the next jump and what you are doing. That has been hard for me when she kicks back and cross canters and stuff like that. I have to try to keep my focus and I think it has made me a better rider because then with other horses, if there is anything going on, I am able to just ignore it and move on and make the best of the situation.”

 

 
It took a fast, accurate ride to win in the jump-off. Dobbs described his plan, stating, “The jump-off just seemed like a horse race to us. It was so many singles and that is her favorite thing to do, just gallop and get it right out of stride, so my plan was just to guide her, shave off those turns, get that time off and keep the gallop going. That is exactly what she did.”

 
This is Dobbs’ third year competing in the young rider grand prix series and he enjoys the opportunity to improve his riding. “I love it. I think it is awesome for us to be able to come down here and do these big competitions with lots of good riders,” he declared. “They have the team competition week nine and I just think that is an excellent opportunity. This is the first year that I have been able to stay down here and get more training, so I am just kind of soaking it up and getting as much as I can. I love that they offer this young rider series.”

 

Kalvin Dobbs and Winde in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines along with Artisan Farms representative Jennifer Ward and Dutta Corporation representative Tim Dutta, Jr. Photo © Sportfot.

Kalvin Dobbs and Winde in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines along with Artisan Farms representative Jennifer Ward and Dutta Corporation representative Tim Dutta, Jr. Photo © Sportfot.

 

 

A special award was also presented to young rider Katherine Strauss for Best Turnout at the jog for Sunday’s class. Strauss won a pair of ARIAT paddock boots for her efforts.

 

 

Final Results: $15,000 Artisan Farm Young Rider Grand Prix

1. WINDE KALVIN DOBBS TREESDALE FARMS: 0/0/41.928

2. DAMASCUS CHLOE REID CHLOE D REID, LLC: 0/0/42.385

3. LONDINIUM LILLIE KEENAN CHANSONETTE FARM, LLC: 0/0/43.015

4. KING OF HEARTS CHLOE REID CHLOE D REID, LLC: 0/4/43.373

5. VATRICIA NAVONA GALLEGOS BAR X RANCH, LLC: 0/4/44.682

6. LITTLE LADY D’ELLE SYDNEY SHULMAN BACK COUNTRY FARM: 0/8/40.154

7. PUMPED UP KICKS LILLIE KEENAN CHANSONETTE FARM, LLC: 0/8/40.748

8. CASALL IV ALI WOLFF BACKLICK BEND FARM: 0/8/44.833

9. UBICO H GABRIELLE BAUSANO GABRIELLE BAUSANO, INC: 0/EL

10. EVERYTHING KELSEY THATCHER PONY LANE FARM: 4/69.509

11. WETTER CATHERINE TYREE CATHERINE TYREE: 4/72.447

12. COSMA 20 ABIGAIL MCARDLE DAVID MCARDLE: 4/72.771

 
Blueberry Hill and Coco Fath Jump to Second Championship in Florida Community Bank Small Pony Hunters

 

Blueberry Hill took home championship honors with Coco Fath in the irons in the Florida Community Bank Small Pony Hunter for the second time this season at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Fath and Blueberry Hill, a 12-year-old Welsh Pony cross owned by Jordyn Rose Freedman, dominated the over fences portion of competition across both days. The pair won three out of four over fences rounds and placed fourth in day one’s under saddle class.

 

 

Reserve champions were Canterbook Prince Charming and Hana Bieling. Bieling and Canterbrook Prince Charming, owned by Joe Currais, were second under saddle and third over fences during day one of competition followed by a second place finish over fences day two.

 

Coco Fath and Blueberry Hill.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography

Coco Fath and Blueberry Hill.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography

 

 

Fath only began riding Blueberry Hill a few months ago, but from the first time she sat on her, she knew that Blueberry Hill would be her perfect partner. “When I first tried her, I knew we would be a good match. She has this feeling where you know she’s always going to go and she always wants to be in the ring. She’s never bucking around or misbehaving. She really wants to go in and win,” Fath described. “She’s worked out really well for me and I love her.”

 

 

Fath’s description of the duo’s performance thus far at the FTI WEF is a slight understatement, as the two also took home the tricolor title for the division during week two. Fath and Blueberry Hill are second in the circuit championship standings going into week five.

 

 

Fath attributes their success to Blueberry Hill’s willing demeanor and natural talent. “She does tight turns really easily and she’ll land on the right lead every time you ask her to. She has a jump that’s really smooth,” Fath stated.

 

 

Fath had a rocky start in day two of competition, but regrouped to come back with a victory in the handy round. “The first course was my fault,” Fath acknowledged. “In the handy, a lot of the tight turns were a little awkward, but she managed everything so well.”

 

2013 is Fath’s first season competing at the FTI WEF, an experience she has relished. “I like how there’s a new horse show every week here! You don’t have to wait a few weeks between shows. I also love having all my friends in Florida showing with me, it’s really fun. We all have sleepovers since we’re all only a couple minutes away from each other now,” Fath smiled.

 

 

Week five of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Adequan, concluded with Sunday’s competition. Week six, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm, gets underway on Wednesday, February 13, with another full line-up of exciting equestrian competition running through February 17.

 

 

The week will feature four FEI World Ranking classes, including the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m on Wednesday, February 13, the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Round 6 on Thursday, February 14, and the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday, February 17, as well as the highlight $125,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix, presented by Spy Coast Farm, on Saturday, February 16. 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.

SMU’s Raposa Wins Over Fences, SD State’s Violand Takes the Flat at FTI WEF Collegiate Equitation Challenge

February 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 9, 2013 – The fourth annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge, hosted at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), took place Friday evening at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The top riders representing varsity teams from the National Collegiate Equitation Association (NCEA) competed head-to-head in a bracket format both over fences and on the flat.

 

Schaefer Raposa, a freshman at Southern Methodist University, took home the over fences championship trophy, presented by the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association, with a high score of 92. Megan Violand, a senior at South Dakota State University (SDSU), conquered the flat bracket and was awarded the championship trophy, presented by Alex Jayne and Our Day Farm. Earlier in the night, Raposa was awarded the High Score Award for her first round score of 90. The award was presented by Jill Townsend and Winter Heaven Farm. Champion of the consolation bracket was Catherine Sarosy, of Miami University of Ohio. The consolation trophy was awarded by Martha Jolicoeur.

 

Schaefer Raposa and Jet Stream K

Schaefer Raposa and Jet Stream K

 

 

Riders competed over courses set at 3’6″ designed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, KY. The judges were Jack Towell and Cynthia Hankins. Nearly 30 horses were generously donated by local professionals. Sixteen riders competed earlier in the afternoon in the first round of competition, where the starting 16 were whittled down to the top eight to compete under the lights in the International Arena at the PBIEC. The remaining eight riders competed in a consolation bracket immediately following the first round.

 

After three intense over fences rounds, Raposa faced off against Baylor University sophomore Samantha Schaefer. Both riders were aboard Jet Stream K, owned by Kama Godek. This year was Raposa’s first time competing in the class, and she was thrilled to be able to bring home a victory for her team. “I’m so excited! [Riding] is an individual sport, and I’m just happy to win as part of a team. It’s a great group of girls at SMU so it really makes it fun,” Raposa stated.

 

Schaefer Raposa and Samantha Schaefer  with Jet Stream K

Schaefer Raposa and Samantha Schaefer
with Jet Stream K

 

Raposa was also impressed by her high-quality mounts throughout the event. “I think I was very lucky with my draws. I got some great horses. Tonight, my first horse [Jimmy Torano’s London] was little ‘woken up’ in the school area, but once we were in the ring he knew his job. The last horse [Jet Stream K] was a blast to ride. Wherever I turned and legged him on, he was right there with me at each jump,” Raposa described.

 

Assistant coach Natalie Burton couldn’t have been more pleased with Raposa’s performance. “She’s got so much talent and she’s such a great kid. She’s won so much, but she’s always open to advice and it really showed tonight. She adjusted from an interesting situation in the first round to some really great rides in the following rounds. She deserved every point of the 92,” Burton stated.

 

The flat phase of competition came down to a battle of the veterans between Violand and fellow senior Larissa Laffey of Kansas State University. After Laffey went off-pattern, Violand claimed victory with a score of 147. Lena Wedenmark’s Don Valentino served as the mount for both riders.

 

Megan Violand and Larissa Laffey with  Jill Townsend of Winter Heaven Farm

Megan Violand and Larissa Laffey with
Jill Townsend of Winter Heaven Farm

 

 

Violand competed at the FTI WEF Collegiate Equitation Challenge in 2011, but in the over fences portion. Preparing for the flat was an entirely new experience. “Because you have the test in advance, you can go through it beforehand. You have that repetition and the practice going in, which is really nice,” Violand stated.

 

Although Friday night wasn’t Violand’s first time in the International Arena, it’s an experience that never gets old. “It’s absolutely incredible! You walk in and you can’t help but just look around and be taken aback by how spectacular it is,” Violand described.

 

Violand was also more than happy with the quality of horses provided for the competition. “The horses were spectacular!” Violand emphasized. “Don Valentino had a little bit more animation than the first horse I rode, but they were both incredible. You felt like you were dancing around the flat arena.”

 

Violand was described as the ideal student athlete by SDSU assistant coach Kamerra Brown. “Megan is the type of student that any coach would love to have. She listens, she applies what you tell her, she’s a thrill. She always learns something from each ride and she is always happy to work for you. She truly loves the sport,” Brown stated.

 

Megan Violand with her parents and coach Kamerra Brown

Megan Violand with her parents and coach Kamerra Brown

 

A grand total of sixteen schools were represented in this year’s competition. Additional riders included University of Georgia’s Olivia Dorey, New Mexico State University’s Emily McConnell, University of South Carolina’s Amber Henter, Texas A&M University’s Emily Williams, Kansas State University’s Rachel Webster, University of Tennesee-Martin’s Kara Bergenty and Katie Miranda, Florida Atlantic University’s Caroline Woods, Oklahoma State University’s Sam Harrison and Allison Joyce, Texas Christian University’s Demi Stiegler, Fresno State University’s Kimberly Hewson-Budnik, South Dakota State University’s Santana Wright, Delaware State University’s Alyssa Berfield, and Auburn University’s Jennifer Waxman.

 

For more information, please visit www.collegiateequestrian.com.

 

The fifth week of the FTI WEF continues today with a full schedule of hunter, jumper, and equitation classes, including the THIS Children’s Medal 14 & Under and tonight’s $82,000 Adequan Grand Prix, CSI 2*. Gates open at 6 pm.

 

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.

 

Shane Sweetnam Wins Back to Back in $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Jumpers

February 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 8, 2013 – Irish show jumper Shane Sweetnam is on a roll during week five of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) with a set of back to back wins in Friday’s $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed and jump-off classes to follow up a victory in Thursday’s $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic. All three wins were on Spy Coast Farm owned horses – the 1.45m aboard Everly Chin de la Pomme and Friday’s 1.40m speed aboard Cyklon 1083 and jump-off class riding Beluga.

 

Week five of the FTI WEF circuit, sponsored by Adequan®, runs February 6-10. The remainder of the week will feature the $82,000 Adequan® CSI 2* Grand Prix on Saturday evening and the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9-March 31, 2013, and awards almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083 were the winners in Friday’s $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge jumping a track set by Olympic course designer Bob Ellis. Fifty-six entries contested the class with 16 clear rounds and a win for the pair in 65.339 seconds. Sweetnam and Cyklon, a twelve-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus, won over Alexander Zetterman and Canora’s time of 66.844 seconds. Daniela Cordero and Don Chiqui placed third in 71.094 seconds.
Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083. Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Spy Coast Farm bought Cyklon as a new mount for Sweetnam last winter and the duo has formed a great partnership. Sweetnam detailed, “From the start it has been very successful with him. We got him around this time last year and we had some good results straight away. During the summer he placed in La Baule, Rome, won a class in St. Gallen, won a class in Spruce Meadows and won a class and was second and third in the Hamptons. He basically wins wherever he goes normally, with a bit of luck.”

 
“He is a little fighter,” Sweetnam noted. “He really wants to win and he can sometimes be a little bit hard to ride because he wants to win so much. He doesn’t listen all the time, but when we get it right, it seems to work out well.”

Commenting on his winning ride in the class, Sweetnam stated, “He had a good round. It felt very smooth and everything worked out. When I finished, I thought it would be hard to beat. There are a lot of good riders here, so you never know, but I was really happy with the way he jumped.”

Sweetnam went on to his second victory of the day in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Jump-Off class riding Beluga. Sixty-six entries showed in that class with 20 competitors qualifying for the jump-off, and ten completing double clear rounds. Sweetnam and Beluga had the fastest time of 31.949 seconds over second place finishers Ben Maher and Dolores, owned by Mrs. Wang, in 32.095 seconds.

Sweetnam has been riding for Spy Coast Farm for six years now and was pleased to win both Spy Coast sponsored classes for owners Robert and Lisa Lourie.

“It is always good to win the classes for Spy Coast, and Lisa Lourie was here to watch us, so she was very excited,” he acknowledged. “These were good classes to win.”

“We have had a lot of success with a lot of great horses,” Sweetnam added. “One of the first ones that we bought was Little Emir and we still have him and he is still going. Amaretto d’Arco as well was one of the early ones and we have had a lot of successes. It is always great to win for them.”

 

Final Results: $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge

1. CYKLON 1083 SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM, LLC: 0/65.339

2. CANORA ALEXANDER ZETTERMAN ALEXANDER ZETTERMAN: 0/66.844

3. DON CHIQUI DANIELA CORDERO DANIELA CORDERO: 0/71.094

4. CANTUS D HILLARY SIMPSON QUIET HILL FARM: 0/71.466

5. BROOKLYN BLUESALEXANDRA PAILLOT CAROL SOLLACK: 0/72.150

6. KM WHAT EVER RV DANA SCOTT NOD HILL FARM: 0/73.750

7. SEVENTH FEE MICHAEL DORMAN WYNDMONT: 0/75.804

8. STING VAN DE WITHOEVE LAUREN TISBO TEQUESTRIAN FARMS, LLC: 0/76.178

9. CAMBITO PAIGE JOHNSON SALAMANDER FARM: 0/77.183

10. ALAZAN AMY MILLAR MILLAR BROOKE FARM: 0/78.929

11. ADOCTROSCHUYLER RILEY KATHERINE GALLAGHER: 0/80.574

12. ALRIGHT MICHAEL DORMAN MICHAEL DORMAN: 0/80.941

 

Lori Sawyer-Lyons Has a Blue Ribbon Finish Aboard Senna M in Ariat National Adult Medal

 

Lori Sawyer-Lyons edged out the competition to win the Ariat National Adult Medal class during week five of competition for the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Sawyer-Lyons, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, rode Jimmy Torano’s Senna M to first place. Sawyer-Lyons had a narrow margin of victory in a competitive class with the top three finishing only one tenth of a point apart.

 

Sawyer-Lyons and Senna M finished first with 77.2 points. Meredith Combs and Cassius, owned by Jennifer Combs, placed second with 77.1 points. Sally Gibbs and Castelano, owned by Linda Langmeier, scored 77 points for third place. The top four was rounded out by Julia McNerny and Norgan, Inc.’s Micenas, who finished with a score of 72.

 

Lori Sawyer-Lyons and Senna M.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Lori Sawyer-Lyons and Senna M.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Sawyer-Lyons is a veteran of the Ariat National Adult Medal class, but was particularly thrilled with today’s win aboard Senna, a fourteen-year-old warmblood gelding. “I’ve done the Ariat for a while now, but this is my first time winning with Senna, which is great. He’s a different ride from my horse, and I’m an amateur, so I’m having to figure it all out. I finally feel like I did today. Hopefully, I’ll win some more with him!” Sawyer-Lyons stated.

 

 

“Senna is an amazing equitation horse. He’s been awesome. I’ve had a harder time adjusting to him since he’s a little different than my horse, but the horse is fabulous and it’s great that it finally came together,” Sawyer-Lyons continued.

 

 

Sawyer-Lyons was highly complementary of the course laid out by Steve Stephens. “The course was great. It was really fun and I thought it was beautiful. I liked how it was a little more flowing then last week. It still had a little bit of everything,” Sawyer-Lyons described.

 

 

The top four riders were called back after completing their initial courses for another test to determine each rider’s final score. Competitors were asked to hand gallop a single diagonal fence, followed by trotting in to and cantering out of a line headed directly for the in-gate. Riders were expected to halt before exiting the arena on a relaxed rein.

 

 

“It was nice to have a hand gallop in the test, but it was challenging to go from a hand gallop right to the trot jump. Senna is so amenable, though, that he just came back to me and did his job perfectly,” Sawyer-Lyons stated.

 

 

Riders who have accumulated the most points in each of the USEF regions will be invited to compete at Ariat National Adult Medal Finals, which are held in conjunction with the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD, in early October.

 

 

Week five of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Adequan, will continue Saturday with the Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) National Children’s Medal 14 & Under class, hosted in the Equine Tack and Nutritionals Ring 6. The $82,000 Adequan® CSI 2* Grand Prix will be the feature “Saturday Night Lights” event at 7 p.m. 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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