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Defending Champion Audi Wins USPA North American Cup Presented By Beluga; Audi’s Michel Dorignac Named MVP

November 11, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

—Defending champions Audi hoist the winning trophy. From left to right Marc Ganzi (1), Nic Roldan (3), Carlitos Gracida (2) and MVP Michel Dorignac. Photo by Scott Fisher

—Defending champions Audi hoist the winning trophy. From left to right Marc Ganzi (1), Nic Roldan (3), Carlitos Gracida (2) and MVP Michel Dorignac. Photo by Scott Fisher

WELLINGTON, FL-Nov. 10, 2013—-Audi, steeped in winning tradition, opened the 20-goal season at Grand Champions Polo Club with a thrilling 11-10 victory over Casablanca to capture the USPA North American Cup presented by Beluga in front of a packed house.

It was the second consecutive title for the defending champions who came from behind in the sixth chukker to knock off the hottest team of the fall season.

“It’s great to win two years in a row,” said Audi’s Marc Ganzi. “What was impressive to me is that it was a really tough game, two good teams, very evenly-matched, good horses.

“The level has come so far here,” Ganzi said. “The real winner today honestly was Wellington. Wellington now gets to see really high quality 20-goal polo in the fall and that was a vision that Melissa and I felt was really important for the club.”

Audi Most Valuable Player Michel Dorignac has his arms full with awards and Beluga Vodka. Photo by Scott Fisher

Audi Most Valuable Player Michel Dorignac has his arms full with awards and Beluga Vodka. Photo by Scott Fisher

Audi’s newest player, Michel Dorignac, made his debut for the 20-goal team and played well with veteran teammates  Nic Roldan, Carlitos Gracida and Ganzi.

Dorignac, outstanding defensively throughout the game, was named Most Valuable Player.

“I knew it would be a close game,” Dorignac said. “I thought our semifinal game was really tough, but this one was going to be even tougher with players like Mike Azzaro and Jeff Hall with a lot of experience; Brandon Phillips, a really solid player; and Granti Ganzi who is growing up and improving every single game so I knew it would be really tough.”

Audi MVP Michel Dorignac (4) pursuing Casablanca's Brandon Phillips (2). Photo by Scott Fisher

Audi MVP Michel Dorignac (4) pursuing Casablanca’s Brandon Phillips (2). Photo by Scott Fisher

Audi defeated Berlin Polo with a hardfought 12-9 victory  in the semifinals.

The highly-anticipated championship final lived up to expectations. After a seesaw battle in the first two chukkers, Dorignac’s only goal of the game tied the score at 4-4.

Roldan scored two of his game-high six goals on a well-hit shot in a crowd at the 4:36 mark and 60-yard penalty shot in the final seconds of the chukker for a 6-4 halftime advantage. Three of Casablanca’s first-half goals were penalty shots.

Audi's Carlitos Gracida (2) and teammate Michel Dorignac (4) back up teammate Nic Roldan (3). Photo by Scott Fisher

Audi’s Carlitos Gracida (2) and teammate Michel Dorignac (4) back up teammate Nic Roldan (3). Photo by Scott Fisher

Casablanca came roaring back early in the fourth chukker when Grant Ganzi converted a penalty-two and then backhanded a pass to Azzaro, who scored from the field at 5:38 to tie the game at 6-6.

The lead changed hands five more times before Casablanca took a 9-8 lead on another Azzaro goal.

Audi regained its composure and the lead after Roldan’s rifle shot tied the game (9-9) and Marc Ganzi put Audi ahead (10-9) on a penalty goal. Roldan added an insurance goal (11-9) by maintaining possession and driving the length of the field for his final goal of the game.

“We had some issues fouling a bit,” Ganzi said. “We knew if we could cut down our mistakes we could beat them on the field. Once we did, the game turned.”

Casablanca tried to mount a late rally with 1:29 left when Azzaro scored a quick goal cutting his team’s deficit to one goal. Casablanca took possession after the throw-in but Audi’s swarming defense led by Gracida, who played pressure defense the entire game and stopped two goal attempts, turned back Casablanca as time ran out.

Audi's Carlitos Gracida (2) hooks Casablanca's Mike Azzaro (3) with teammate Jeff Hall (4) coming up to help. Photo by Scott Fisher

Audi’s Carlitos Gracida (2) hooks Casablanca’s Mike Azzaro (3) with teammate Jeff Hall (4) coming up to help. Photo by Scott Fisher

“We started up really well, then they got their momentum, tied the game and then took the lead,” Dorignac said. “I think the key to the game was we remained patient. We tried to calm down and focused on getting back into the game. We played hard and got tough. We were patient with cool heads in the end.”

Dorignac was a last-minute replacement for Hall of Famer and former 10-goaler Carlos Gracida, who was competing in a tournament in Mexico. It was Dorignac’s first MVP award in his first season at Grand Champions.

“When Marc called me I said yes right away because it is a great opportunity just to play,” Dorignac said. “I went for it and I enjoyed it. I tried to do well, of course. I think every player in the game deserved MVP, any of the eight players because they all played great out there.”

Roldan finished with 14 goals in two games during the tournament.

“That was fun, wasn’t it?” Roldan said with a smile. “We just had good chemistry luckily especially with Michel coming in late. The whole team played well. The other team played really well, too and honestly it could have gone either way. Today was just our day.

“We are a disciplined team that sticks to its plan,” Roldan said when asked what makes Audi so good year-in and year-out. “We try to have as much fun as possible but the moment we get on the field we are all business. We have played together for a long time and have the experience.”

In addition to Roldan’s six goals in the final, Marc Ganzi scored three goals, all on penalty shots and Dorignac had one goal. For Casablanca, Azzaro led with four goals and Grant Ganzi and Hall each had three goals.

Casablanca's Brandon Phillips (2) avoids the foul as Audi's Nic Roldan (3) goes for the ball. Photo by Scott Fisher

Casablanca’s Brandon Phillips (2) avoids the foul as Audi’s Nic Roldan (3) goes for the ball. Photo by Scott Fisher

Azzaro’s 3-year-old black mare, Gypsy Girl, was named Best Playing Pony.

It was Casablanca’s fourth appearance in a championship final this season at Grand Champions.

“I guess it was about time we lose a final,” Azzaro said. “We had our chances, we had our opportunities. The ball didn’t bounce our way today. We had the game controlled, they just had a better break at the end. Unfortunately, for us that’s the way it rolled.”

The final pitted father-son Marc and Grant Ganzi against each other.

“It’s never fun to win against your son, but that’s polo,” Ganzi said. “I’ve been on that other side of that equation losing to Melissa. Grant’s maturation as a player has really surprised me. It’s not just his ability to hit the ball and to ride. His field intelligence is so far beyond his years. His ability to read the play and to anticipate is really uncanny for a kid his age.”

At 15, Ganzi, a sophomore at St. Andrew’s School, was the youngest player in the 20-goal tournament.

“I think I played well,” Ganzi said. “It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity. I really don’t have anything to lose, win or lose. If I play well, I play well, but if I play poorly it’s still a great opportunity. I am playing with great players, Mike, Brandon and Jeff.”

Eye on the prize, the USPA North American Cup. Photo by Scott Fisher

Eye on the prize, the USPA North American Cup. Photo by Scott Fisher

Winners of the Beluga Cup from left to right, ELG teammates Avery Chapman (1), Guille Aguero (2), Kris Kampsen (3) and Carlucho Arellano (4). Photo by Scott Fisher

Winners of the Beluga Cup from left to right, ELG teammates Avery Chapman (1), Guille Aguero (2), Kris Kampsen (3) and Carlucho Arellano (4). Photo by Scott Fisher

In the opening game, ELG took control early and led from start-to-finish to defeat Beluga, 15-8, to win the Beluga Cup.

Beluga's Jeff Blake (3) tries to hook ELG's Guille Aguero (2) with teammate Avery Chapman (1) looking on. Photo by Scott Fisher

Beluga’s Jeff Blake (3) tries to hook ELG’s Guille Aguero (2) with teammate Avery Chapman (1) looking on. Photo by Scott Fisher

ELG (Avery Chapman, Guille Aguero, Kris Kampsen, Carlucho Arellano) was too quick for Beluga (Misha Rodzianko, Luis Escobar, Jeff Blake and Joey Casey).

ELG's Kris Kampsen (3) leans into his shot with Beluga's Luis Escobar (2) looking on. Photo by Scott Fisher

ELG’s Kris Kampsen (3) leans into his shot with Beluga’s Luis Escobar (2) looking on. Photo by Scott Fisher

After two chukkers, ELG (Equine Law Group) led 6-2 and shut down Beluga defensively. Beluga tried to dig itself out of a hole, cutting its deficit to two, but ELG had too much chemistry and poise for Beluga.
Aguero led with five goals, Arellano had four and Chapman, who played defensively, and Kampsen each had three goals. Escobar led Beluga with three goals.

Bungalow 8, a 6-year-old bay mare, owned by Halo Polo, was named Best Playing Pony.

Beluga's Luis Escobar (2) trying to bump Avery Chapman (1) of ELG out of the play in pursuit of the ball. Photo by Scott Fisher

Beluga’s Luis Escobar (2) trying to bump Avery Chapman (1) of ELG out of the play in pursuit of the ball. Photo by Scott Fisher

The three-day, six-team USPA North American Cup presented by Beluga was the first of two 20-goal fall tournaments at Grand Champions. The other 20-goal tournament, USPA National 20-Goal Championship, begins on Wednesday. Audi won the 2012 tournament with Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Carlos Gracida and Carlitos Gracida.

luga's Misha Rodzianko (1) tries to fight for the ball against defender Avery Chapman of ELG (1). Photo by Scott Fisher

luga’s Misha Rodzianko (1) tries to fight for the ball against defender Avery Chapman of ELG (1). Photo by Scott Fisher

During and after Saturday’s game, polo fans were treated to Beluga Noble Russian Vodka and great food in the lavish Beluga VIP tent while listening to play-by-play announcer Tony Coppola, the voice of polo.

Spectators in the Beluga VIP tent enjoying the finals of the USPA North American Cup presented by Beluga at Grand Champions. Photo by Scott Fisher

Spectators in the Beluga VIP tent enjoying the finals of the USPA North American Cup presented by Beluga at Grand Champions. Photo by Scott Fisher

Beluga Noble Vodka is produced in the heart of Siberia, one of the most ecologically clean in Russia. Beluga Noble is refined in every way. Thanks to its unique production technology, including both innovations and centuries-old traditions, the flavor of Beluga Noble has an irreproducible smoothness.

Polo fashionistas among the crowd at the USPA North American Cup presented by Beluga. Photo by Scott Fisher

Polo fashionistas among the crowd at the USPA North American Cup presented by Beluga. Photo by Scott Fisher

All the ingredients of Beluga Noble pass through a strict system of purification and filtration, which guarantees the maximum level of purity and quality in the final product. Beluga Noble “rests” for 30 days. The refined design of the bottle with hand-made elements perfectly reflects the nobility of Beluga Noble. On every one of the bottles there is one important feature, a small Beluga fish, traditionally fitted by hand, making every bottle unique.

GRAND CHAMPIONS FALL SCHEDULE

Nov. 13-23, USPA National 20-Goal Championship

Nov. 24, Juniors Tournament

Nov. 30, The Legends of Polo, 1 p.m. and International Cup, Team USA vs. Chile, 3 p.m.

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 561-644-5050.

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro team Audi. Everyone is welcome to watch high and medium goal polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup in November, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament in March, ProKidz Tournaments in the spring and fall, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament, both in April.

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Grand Champions Wins Palm Restaurant Invitational In Medium-Goal Season Finale; Bellissimo Named MVP

November 11, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

WELLINGTON, FL-Nov. 11, 2013—-It was only fitting that Grand Champions win the medium goal season-ending tournament Sunday at Grand Champions Polo Club.

 

Julio Ezcurra, making his season debut, scored a game-high seven goals including the game-winner, to lead Grand Champions to an exciting 11-10 victory over Newport in the championship final of the Palm Restaurant Invitational.

It was the seventh and final medium-goal polo tournament of the fall season.

With eleven teams competing throughout the season, it was most competitive in Grand Champions’ eight-year history. Casablanca won three tournaments; Paladin, Audi, Palm House and Grand Champions each captured one tournament title.

Ezcurra competed in Grand Champions’ inaugural medium goal season.

Grand Champions' Julio Ezcurra (3) maintains possession of the ball despite being pursued. Photo by Scott Fisher

Grand Champions’ Julio Ezcurra (3) maintains possession of the ball despite being pursued. Photo by Scott Fisher

 

“It has improved a lot since that first year,” Ezcurra said. “It is amazing. What Grand Champions is doing for polo is really important for polo, it’s building polo.”

Added Melissa Ganzi: “Every year it’s getting more and more competitive, the teams are getting stronger and the caliber of the pros has improved as has the level of the horses that people bring to play now.”

Ezcurra finished his season in New York at the end of September. He said he was rusty after not playing for seven weeks, but quickly shook off the rust in the opening chukker.

“I have two to three months easy until the winter season,” Ezcurra said. “I was kind of rough playing. It was fun and I had a great team. It was a fun team and we just played hard. I think everyone played well because of teamwork.

Grand Champions (Melissa Ganzi, Glenn Straub, Julio Ezcurra, Juan Bollini) and Newport (Michael Bellissimo, Wes Finlayson, Gene Goldstein, Michel Dorignac) battled evenly throughout the game.

 

Grand Champions trailed at halftime (5-4) but mounted a comeback in the second half behind Ezcurra, who scored five of his goals in the fourth and fifth chukkers enabling Grand Champions to regain the lead, 8-5, in the fourth chukker and maintain the lead, 11-9, after five chukkers.

 

Grand Champions was shut out in the final chukker but played well defensively allowing only one goal in the final seconds of the game.

Most Valuable Player Michael Bellissimo accepting his award from Grand Champions @ PB Polo manager Juan Olivera. Photo by Scott Fisher

Most Valuable Player Michael Bellissimo accepting his award from Grand Champions @ PB Polo manager Juan Olivera. Photo by Scott Fisher

 

“It was a really exciting team win,” Ganzi said. “It was a fun day.”

Bellissimo, 17, a senior at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, was named Most Valuable Player. Bellissimo was coming off a six-month layoff from polo.

“I am really happy, this was really an exciting game to play,” Bellissimo said. “It’s fun playing with all these players. It’s really a different type of polo, really open, nice and not too many fouls like a lot of games.

“When it worked, we were all playing as a team, getting the ball to each other and being in the right position,” Bellissimo said. “When it didn’t work we were just disorganized.”

Most Valuable Player Michael Bellissimo (1) defends as Grand Champions' Glenn Straub (2) leans into his shot. Photo by Scott Fisher

Most Valuable Player Michael Bellissimo (1) defends as Grand Champions’ Glenn Straub (2) leans into his shot. Photo by Scott Fisher

In addition to Ezcurra’s scoring barrage, Bollini scored four goals. Finlayson led Newport with four goals, Goldstein had three, Dorignac added two and Bellissimo had one.

Seven-year-old Quarzo, played by Straub in two chukkers, and owned by Halo Polo, was named Best Playing Polo.

Grand Champions (Juan Forero, Juancito Bollini, Hector Galindo, Tommy Biddle) made it a clean sweep, winning the subsidiary with a 9-6 victory over Berlin Polo (Moritz Gaedeke, Ricky Marshad, Sugar Erskine, Martin Estrada).

 

Biddle scored a game-high six goals and was named Most Valuable Player. Galindo scored two goals and Bollini added one. Gaedeke led Berlin Polo with four goals and Estrada and Marshad each had one goal.

 

Bosh, a 8-year-old bay mare, and owned by Halo Polo, was selected Best Playing Pony.

Before and during the action on Sunday, spectators and polo fans were treated to “Cars & Coffee” featuring an array of cars sponsored by Braman Motor Cars and Palm Beach Super Cars. The first-time event benefitted the Polo School at Grand Champions.

After the doubleheader, there was a fun get together and barbecue provided by Cilantro’s Herman Moreira for players, sponsors and fans to celebrate the successful 2013 fall season.

GRAND CHAMPIONS FALL SCHEDULE

 

Nov. 13-23, USPA National 20-Goal Championship

 

Nov. 24, Juniors Tournament

 

Nov. 30, The Legends of Polo, 1 p.m. and International Cup, Team USA vs. Chile, 3 p.m.

 

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

 

WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 561-644-5050.

 

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro team Audi. Everyone is welcome to watch high and medium goal polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup in November, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament in March, ProKidz Tournaments in the spring and fall, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament, bo

 

Diane Creech and Devon L Perform With Brilliance and Take the $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup

November 11, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Toronto, ON – November 10, 2013 – Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, Ontario, and Devon L, a 13-year-old chestnut Hanoverian gelding owned by Louise and Doug Leatherdale of Leatherdale Farms, put in nearly flawless performances in the Grand Prix and the Freestyle to earn the pair the win of the $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, Ontario.

 

“The Royal is the highlight for all of our Canadian riders,” said Creech. “Being invited is already very special. Only the top four riders get to go. We already felt honored to be there, but to win is like a dream come true. It makes us very proud.”

 

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Creech was ecstatic with Devon L’s performance. Photo by Ben Radvanyi

 

Creech and Devon L finished second to David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital in the Grand Prix on Wednesday, Nov. 6, where they scored 67.801 percent to begin the show on a strong note. The following night, Creech and Devon L took it up another notch. The pair’s outstanding freestyle effort earned them a score of 75.417 percent, giving them a clear lead over second-placed Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital (72.917 percent) and securing the win of the coveted Canadian prize.

 

“Devon was spectacular in the ring-he had all the power but stayed focused,” Creech said. “I was so proud of him because the atmosphere was electric. Afterwards, I was so happy to call Doug and Louise who were unable to attend. I am so grateful to them for supporting me and having the trust in Devon.”

 

Spectators clapped and cheered as Creech piloted Devon through their freestyle to a soundtrack assembled by Karen Robinson. Creech shared that her coach, Lars Petersen, told her that Devon had so much presence during their freestyle that it gave him goose bumps.

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Creech said Devon L performed with power and focus. Photo by Ben Radvanyi

“Diane’s horse was wonderful,” said Elizabeth McMullen, who judged the famed Canadian competition at ‘C’. “Lots of power, lots of rhythm. The horse really makes you sit up and pay attention. He’s just lovely.”

 

Devon L is by De Niro x EM Wibranda by Wolkenstein II. The pair placed second in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special at the Saugerties CDI-W in August. They had equally impressive results during the 2013 winter season in Wellington, FL, where they will compete again this coming season and debut a new freestyle designed by Robinson.

 

“As a Canadian, this is a very big deal,” said Doug Leatherdale about the win for Creech and Devon L. “We purchased his dam from our friend, Hans-Henning von der Decken, with Devon in-utero and shipped her to our farm in Minnesota, where he was born. We raised him and gave him to Diane to train. We couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”

 

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Creech and Devon L. Photo by Ben Radvanyi

 

About Leatherdale Farms

Situated 20 minutes from Minneapolis, MN, Leatherdale Farms is a privately owned farm owned and managed by Louise and Doug Leatherdale and dedicated to Hanoverian, Trakehner and Oldenburg breeding. The Leatherdale family owns several licensed stallions based in Germany at Hengstation Jens Meyer: Hanoverians Dorum, the premium elite, Damsey (Dressage Royal), First Dance (Florestan II), Rob Roy (Rubin Royale), Hampton (His Highness), Beltano (Belissimo M); the premium elite Trakehner, Herzensdieb (Tambour); and the Oldenburg Fairbanks (Flemmingh). Frozen semen is available in North America and Europe. Leatherdale Farms was also the owner of the Licensing Hanoverian stallion His Highness, who died in 2007 and whose progeny is much appreciated all over the world.

 

To learn about Leatherdale Farms stallions in Europe go to www.jens-meyer.com.

 

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Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic Named 2013 Dressage Canada Owner of the Year

November 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Ottawa, ON, November 9, 2013 — Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic of Brampton, ON, has been named the 2013 Dressage Canada ‘Owner of the Year’.

 

Having left the world of riding in her youth, Kinzinger-Miculinic decided to rejoin the equestrian community in 2010 on her 50th birthday. In her search for an instructor, she came across David Marcus of Campbellville, ON, who now rides two of her well-known Grand Prix horses, Don Kontes her 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Don Schufro; first purchased by Marcus for Kinzinger-Miculinic to ride, and Chrevi’s Capital her 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Chrevi’s Cavallo. Marcus began campaigning both horses at the Grand Prix level in 2012, the same year Chrevi’s Capital would make his Olympic debut under Marcus at the London Games. In the works are two promising mounts, Betrina, a seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare and Don Altena, another Dutch Warmblood that is campaigning in FEI Five-year-old classes. In addition, Kinzinger-Miculinic enjoys breeding and has broodmares and young stock in Canada and Europe who will eventually make their way to Olympian Marcus’ program for evaluation.

 

As an owner, she fulfills her wish to be more involved with horses on a day to day basis but it is her passion for the sport that prompted her to extend her commitment to the national dressage program in Canada by developing the Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP) in conjunction with many riders and owners. Equine Canada adopted the program dedicated to assisting riders financially in reaching their high performance goals. C-DAAP was born out of Kinzinger-Miculinic’s realization of how expensive it is for athletes to train, qualify, prepare and compete for Canada internationally. She recognized a need to support Canada’s dressage talent and is working diligently to ensure funds will be available to them in their efforts to be counted among the best competitors the world.

 

“I am deeply honoured that Dressage Canada selected me as Owner of the Year. There are many owners in Canadian dressage equally as deserving of such an acknowledgement, many of whom who have taken the time to teach me “little by little” the intricate world of dressage. Their mentorship, friendship and dedication to positive change have helped inspire me to try and make a difference.

 

Going forward, my commitment to dressage through the newly created C-DAAP (Canadian Dressage Athlete’s Assistance Program) is unwavering. By working hand in hand with others to support our riders, creating opportunities for them to reach their goals with new innovative programs and by providing sustainable funding, Canadian dressage will be recognized as a leader in the sport.

 

Once again, my deepest gratitude goes to all of the friends and family who have been so supportive and to Dressage Canada for this wonderful award. Finally, to David Marcus and my horses, thank you for allowing me to part of this incredible journey for whom this would not be possible,” commented Kinzinger-Miculinic.

 

Deborah Miculinic Kinzinger named 2013 Dressage Canada 'Owner of the Year'. [Left to right] Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic, Vel Miculinic, David Marcus aboard Chrevi's Capital. Photo Credit- Cealy Tetley

Deborah Miculinic Kinzinger named 2013 Dressage Canada ‘Owner of the Year’. [Left to right] Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic, Vel Miculinic, David Marcus aboard Chrevi’s Capital.
Photo Credit- Cealy Tetley

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Photograph also available in high resolution, please e-mail: cmarson-awad@equinecanada.ca Please advise of links to web postings.

 

About Dressage Canada

Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the national governing body for dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada’s objective is to foster the growth of dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials’ education and programs, rules & qualifying criteria, sport development, publications & awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site or connect with us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dressagecanada or Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/lp8cnd.

 

David Marcus Leading $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup After Opening Night Win

November 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Ottawa, ON, November 6, 2013 — David Marcus of Campbellville, ON came out on top of the first phase of the $20,0000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup on Nov. 6 at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON.

 

The Royal Invitational Dressage Cup is a gold-level Equine Canada dressage competition held annually at the Royal Horse Show. Each year the top four Canadian riders in the FEI World Dressage Rankings are invited to attend. The competition takes place over two days, starting with a Grand Prix test before moving on to the crowd favourite Grand Prix Freestyle.

 

Marcus and his 2012 Olympic mount Chrevi’s Capital (a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic) won the Grand Prix test after earning the top score of the day, having received 70.00% from the panel of three FEI-level judges, Joan Macartney, Elizabeth McMullen, and Cara Whitham.

 

“I think overall (Chrevi’s Capital) just did a very nice, clean, conservative test, which was my goal for today,” said Marcus, who became a Canadian citizen in 2011 and joined the Canadian Dressage Team for the first time ever at the 2012 Olympic Games. “It’s his second-ever indoor show. The first one was here last year, and he was a bit nervous, so I just wanted him to get really confident, which I think he did. It’s a small environment here and some of the other horses were nervous tonight, so for him to have come from being nervous in competition to this performance, I was really happy.”

 

Taking second place on a score of 67.801% was 2007 Pan American Games Team Silver Medalist Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, ON aboard Devon L, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Louise and Doug Leatherdale.

 

Canadian Equestrian Team veteran and 10-time Canadian Dressage League World Cup Finalist Evi Strasser of Sainte-Adele, QC earned third place. Riding her 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding Action Tyme, Strasser was awarded a score of 63.901%.

 

David Marcus of Campbellville, ON and his 2012 London Olympics mount Chrevi's Capital won the Grand Prix phase of the $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup on Nov. 6 at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON.   Photo Credit - Cealy Tetley

David Marcus of Campbellville, ON and his 2012 London Olympics mount Chrevi’s Capital won the Grand Prix phase of the $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup on Nov. 6 at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON.
Photo Credit – Cealy Tetley

Close behind with a score of 63.014% for fourth place was Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, ON aboard her 2012 London Olympics partner, D Niro, a 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Mary Brooks of Brookhaven Dressage Inc.

 

All four riders will move forward to the Grand Prix Freestyle on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 8:30 p.m., which acts as phase two of the competition. At the completion of the freestyle, the rider with the best two-night combined result will be appointed the overall winner of the $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup, sponsored by Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic.

 

“I’m confident going into the freestyle. I’ve got a great George Michael freestyle by Joost Peters from Holland that’s fairly new. But I’ve done it a few times with him and it’s done really well,” commented Marcus. “The judges seem to really like it, and I really like it, so I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be a fun night.”

 

For more information on the $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup, visit www.royalfair.org.

 

$20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup – Grand Prix – Final Results

Placing / Rider / Horse / Score

1 / David Marcus / Chevri’s Capital / 70.000%

2 / Diane Creech / Devon L / 67.801%

3 / Evi Strasser / Action Tyme / 63.901%

4 / Jacqueline Brooks / D Niro / 63.014%

 

About Dressage Canada 
Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the national governing body for dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada’s objective is to foster the growth of dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials’ education and programs, rules and qualifying criteria, sport development, and publications and awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the  Dressage section of the Equine Canada site or connect with us on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/dressagecanada or Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/lp8cnd.

Frances Land Wins the $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship Grand Prix

November 06, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Victoria Colvin and Melissa Rudershausen Honored as East Conference Winners of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series

 

 

Lexington, KY-November 5, 2013-Frances Land of Alpharetta, GA, won the $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship Grand Prix, presented by Elizabeth Miller and The Dinan Family, The Oken Family, The Straus Family, and the Tyree Family at the Alltech National Horse Show.

 

Following the Grand Prix, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame honored Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, and Melissa Rudershausen of Kennett Square PA, who topped the East Conference standings of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series’ Junior and Amateur-Owner divisions respectively. Colvin won the Series on Don Juan and Ruderhausen won on Gunner.

 

Twenty-nine riders who worked all year in order to qualify for the $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship Grand Prix faced off to compete on Conrad Homfeld’s course which yielded only five clear rounds. Riders returned for a speedy jump-off with Land turning in the only clean ride.

 

When Land, winner of the previous day’s Chansonette Farm $15,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper class, walked into the ring and mounted Vieanne, she knew that all she had to do was leave all the rails intact. In an effort to be careful over each fence, Land kept a conservative pace. Although she crossed the finish line in 48.811 seconds with a single time fault, her perfection over the course captured the victory.

 

“The course was definitely a bit tougher today; it was bigger, very technical,” said Land. “Conrad did a beautiful job setting the course. It was the perfect step up from yesterday. I knew that coming in my horse was going to be a little bit more tired than she was yesterday. So when I was schooling, I tried to amp her up a little bit so she had enough blood left.

 

“Going last was a huge advantage for me. I knew that no one had been clean, and my horse is naturally fast. My dad, who trains me, told me to go around everywhere and have a very good base rhythm, be smooth and leave the jumps up. I think I had a time fault because I went a little too wide to the FEI vertical – I was being overly cautious. I was just kind of trusting that she would be fast naturally. Luckily, I didn’t have more time faults!”

 

Frances Land

Frances Land

 

Colvin and Rudershausen Honored as East Champions of The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series

 

Colvin was honored as the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series’ Junior East Conference winner. She and Don Juan finished the Series with 1000 points. Over the course of the year, she and Don Juan won Series classes at Devon, Kentucky Spring Horse Show, and the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows in addition to several other top placings. Colvin was named the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for March and June.

 

Victoria Colvin receives her award from Harry de Leyer, rider of Hall of Fame horse Snowman, and George Morris, President of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame

Victoria Colvin receives her award from Harry de Leyer, rider of Hall of Fame horse Snowman, and George Morris, President of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame

 

Rudershausen topped the East Conference standings of the Series’ Amateur-Owner division with 720 points on Gunner. She and Gunner had top placings throughout the year including wins at Blue Rock, the Ocala Winter Festival, and the Tournament of Champions.

 

 

Melissa Rudershausen topped the East Conference standings of the Series' Amateur-Owner division

Melissa Rudershausen topped the East Conference standings of the Series’ Amateur-Owner division

 

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1987 and formally opened in 1989. It was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport.

 

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located at the Kentucky Horse Park. Plaques honoring those who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park’s Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport’s history are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park.

 

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series holds classes under Grand Prix rules and specifications for amateur-owner and junior riders at approximately one hundred horse shows across the country. The Series keeps separate standings for juniors and amateur-owners in two conferences, East and West. The Series is designed to give amateur-owner and junior riders an opportunity to compete at higher levels and serves as a proving ground for many riders who aspire to someday represent the United States in international competition.

 

Regular season standings conclude following the Washington International Horse Show in the East and Los Angeles National Horse Show in the West. Series standings help determine entries for the year-end Championship Finals (which do not count in the season standings) at the Alltech National Horse Show and Las Vegas National Horse Show. Riders from both conferences are eligible for either or both Finals.

 

The 2013 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is sponsored by LEGISequine.com, The National Horse Show Association of America, SmartkPak and Stadium Jumping, Inc.

 

Further information about the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is available on line at www.ShowJumpingHallofFame.net.

Casablanca Wins Pedro Morrison Memorial Cup For Third Fall Season Tournament Title At Grand Champions Polo Club

November 06, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

WELLINGTON, FL-Nov. 3, 2013—-In front of a packed house on Sunday at Grand Champions Polo Club, Casablanca won its third tournament of the fall season.

 

Casablanca broke open a close game in the final chukker to defeat Palm Beach Equine/ELG, 14-11, in the eighth annual Pedro Morrison Memorial Cup final.

 

With the score tied at 10-10 after five chukkers, Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Mike Azzaro, Wes Finlayson) scored four goals and held off Palm Beach Equine/ELG (Avery Chapman, Guille Aguero, Tommy Biddle, Scott Swerdlin) with two great defensive stops on goal attempts in the final minutes.

 

Finlayson, 18, was named Most Valuable Player for his outstanding play on both ends of the field in the hotly-contested game. Zulu, an 8-year-old bay mare, was named Best Playing Pony.

 

Casablanca Most Valuable Player Wes Finlayson and his swag. Photo by Scott Fisher

Casablanca Most Valuable Player Wes Finlayson and his swag. Photo by Scott Fisher

“We made less mistakes than the other team and ended up playing better,” Finlayson said. “Both teams played amazing.”

 

 

For Ganzi, 15, and Bollini, 17, it was their second consecutive Pedro Morrison Memorial Cup victory. Last year the teenagers teamed with Kris Kampsen and Jason Crowder on KIG’s winning team. It was also Bollini’s fifth tournament victory (two other wins with different teams).

 

“It’s really exciting,” said Ganzi, a sophomore at St. Andrew’s School. “I hoped we could do it, I knew we could do it. It’s a great trophy to win. It’s the best medium-goal trophy to win here at Grand Champions. To win it twice in a row is pretty remarkable. This year was so much more competitive.”

 

Added Bollini, “It is amazing, it is a great feeling. Our team has become dominant. At first, we didn’t know it was going to be this much fun. We have great chemistry.”

 

Azzaro broke the tie at the 7:12 mark when he dribbled the ball in from 100 yards out off a penalty five for an 11-10 lead. Azzaro then got defensive saving a 60-yard goal attempt by Tommy Biddle.

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Tommy Biddle (3) of Palm Beach Equine/ELG goes for the near side shot as Casablanca’s Wes Finlayson (4) tries to put it in reverse. Photo by Scott Fisher

Finlayson made it 12-10 driving downfield with three hits before scoring. Ganzi then scored his fourth goal of the game at the 2:45 mark for a 13-10 lead.

 

Palm Beach Equine/ELG tried to rally late in the game. Biddle scored on a penalty two to cut the lead to two goals (13-11) but Azzaro came back scoring on a penalty four to put the game out of reach.

 

Azzaro finished with a team-high five goals and Ganzi scored  four goals. Finlayson had two and Bollini added one and two were by handicap.

 

For Palm Beach Equine/ELG, Biddle scored a game-high seven goals, Guille Aguero had three and Avery Chapman added one.

 

The maturation process continued for Casablanca’s three young up-and-coming players. Their team captain and Hall of Famer couldn’t have been happier.

 

“They played well, they played very disciplined today, it was a good game for them,” Azzaro said. “We changed our style of play a little bit. Every time they would catch up, we would come back and take the lead. Grant was strong. Wesley made a couple really nice plays.”

 

Azzaro held a team meeting before the game to make sure everyone was on the same page.

 

“He likes to teach on and outside the field and he likes to teach the youth,” Bollini said. “It’s amazing to listen to him. He knew what we needed to do. We talked about how we would play.”

 

Said Finlayson, “Mike is such a great influence. He is a great player of the game. The best part about playing with Mike is that he is an amazing player and he can keep his head on straight. He is open-minded to mistakes. He wants to teach us as a team even though we’re not as good as him. He wants to teach us how to play the game, how to make the right plays and how to work as a team which is key.”

 

Chapman, who has played in the final three times against Casablanca, has been impressed with the young team since the fall season began.

 

“It’s a well-balanced team,” Chapman said. “We certainly didn’t have a lack of try…a couple lucky bounces either way. They played very good offense and we played good defense but at the end of the day, they turned out to be the better team.

 

“The boys are playing great, they are great young men and Mike is a good captain,” Chapman said. “And that’s of course how handicaps go up, when you are playing great. I have lost to them in three finals. All I can say is that I am proud of my team because we are the only team getting to them each time. I can’t complain. Our team played very well as a team. We just had some unlucky breaks. This was good polo, one of the best games I have seen at Grand Champions.”

 

In the consolation final, Paladin (David Krantz, Juan Bollini, Piki Alberdi, Melissa Ganzi) led from start-to-finish to defeat Audi/Excalibur (Michael Donahue, Marc Ganzi, Carlitos Gracida, Nic Roldan), 8-5.

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Tournament champion Casablanca players Grant Ganzi (1), Juancito Bollini (2), Mike Azzaro (3) and Wes Finlayson (4) with award presenters Carlos and Tommy Morrison. Photo by Scott Fisher

Alberdi led all scoring with five goals. Bollini, who was called for a technical foul in the fifth chukker, had two and Ganzi added one.

 

For Audi/Excalibur, Marc Ganzi scored three consecutive goals in the fourth and fifth chukkers including two on penalty shots to trail by only one (6-5), but Bollini and Alberdi goals put the game away. Nic Roldan added one goal for Audi/Excalibur which also picked up one goal on handicap.

The Pedro Morrison Memorial, featuring a seven-team field, was the sixth medium-goal tournament of the fall season which has proven to be the most competitive in Grand Champions’ seven-year history. Other tournament winners were Paladin, Audi and Palm House.

 

Pedro Morrison, born in Spain and University of Miami alum, died Dec. 11, 2003 in Wellington at age 49. He was an avid polo player, patron of The Sympatico Polo team and helped develop Wellington into a thriving community. He was active in several local and area charities and businesses and touched countless lives. He remains an inspiration. His work on behalf of the YMCA of the Palm Beaches continues on through Polo with Pedro.

 

The tournament is played annually in honor of Morrison in a casual, laid-back and fun atmosphere. Members of the Morrison family along with friends, players and spectators were treated to great food from Cilantro’s in a festive  atmosphere.

 

 

This week the first of two 20-goal tournaments gets under way on Tuesday with the USPA 2013 Beluga North America Cup with the opening two games at Palm City Polo Club in Boca Raton.

 

Beluga (Misha Rodzianko, JJ Celis, Joey Casey, Luis Escobar) plays Piaget (Melissa Ganzi, Jeff Hall, Juan Bollini, Piki Alberdi) at 10 a.m. and ELG (Avery Chapman, Kris Kampsen, Guille Aguero, Carlucho Arellano) plays Psycho Bunny (Moritz Gaedeke, Hector Galindo, Sugar Erskine, Jeff Blake) at 3:30 p.m.

 

The Palm Restaurant Invitational, the final medium goal tournament of the season, is Friday and Sunday.

 

The other 20-goal tournament is the Nov.13-24 USPA National 20-Goal Championship.

 

During the 2012 fall season, Audi dominated the season winning back-to-back USPA North America Cup and USPA National 20-Goal Tournament titles with Marc Ganzi, Carlitos Gracida, Nic Roldan and Carlos Gracida.

 

GRAND CHAMPIONS FALL SCHEDULE

 

Nov. 5-9, USPA 2013 Beluga North America Cup

 

Nov. 8-10, Palm Restaurant Invitational

 

Nov. 13-24, The USPA National 20-Goal Championship

 

Nov. 30, International Cup, Team USA vs. Chile

 

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

 

WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 561-644-5050.

 

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro team Audi. Everyone is welcome to watch high and medium goal polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup in November, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament in March, ProKidz Tournaments in the spring and fall, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament, both in April.

Davidson Claims CCI3* At Galway Downs International Three-Day Event

November 04, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Temecula, Calif., Nov. 3, 2013—Almost nothing about the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event worked out like Buck Davidson expected. Except that he came here from Pennsylvania to win the CCI3*, and he did, on Petite Flower, scoring 59.2 penalties.

Jolie Wentworth rode GoodKnight to second place (59.7) and Liz Halliday-Sharp rode HHS Cooley to third place (61.6). Davidson also finished eighth on The Apprentice (77.9).

Buck Davidson and Petite Flower, winners of the CCI3* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. (Amy McCool photo)

Buck Davidson and Petite Flower, winners of the CCI3* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. (Amy McCool photo)

Davidson had long planned to bring his other two horses, The Apprentice and Absolute Liberty, but he didn’t decide to bring Petite Flower until about a week before the event started, after she’d not finished the Fair Hill CCI3* in Maryland three weeks ago. And then the three horses’ performances in the three phases sometimes made Davidson feel as if he was riding on a rollercoaster.

“Nothing really happened like I expected this weekend,” said Davidson, 37, shaking his head and savoring the win, his second career CCI3* victory. “But I do know that Petite Flower is world-class. I know that beyond a shadow of a doubt, and it’s my job to bring it out in her.”

Petite Flower, 11, won the Cooper Trophy as the winner and the new Livingstone Award at the highest-scoring Thoroughbred in the CCI3*. Rise Against, owned and ridden by Bunnie Sexton, won The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Award as the top-scoring Jockey Club-registered Thoroughbred. Rise Against finished in fifth place.

BCF Bellicoso and Matt Brown, winners of the CCI2* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. (Amy McCool photo)

BCF Bellicoso and Matt Brown, winners of the CCI2* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. (Amy McCool photo)

Davidson’s margin of victory was just .5 points, since Petite Flower knocked down one rail, just after Wentworth and GoodKnight jumped a perfect round to keep the pressure on.

“He’s typically a really good show jumper, so I was hopeful,” said Wentworth of GoodKnight, 11. “As long as I don’t make a mistake and panic, he can do it. Luck was on our side today.”

GoodKnight and Wentworth, 32, finished second in the CCI3* in 2011 and fourth in 2012.  “He always runs well here, and Galway Downs has been a part of my life since I was a young rider, so there are a lot of incentives for us to come here every year,” said Wentworth, of Crockett, Calif.

Halliday-Sharp grew up just 20 minutes away from Galway Downs, and this year she decided to return to Galway Downs from her home in West Sussex, England, where she’s lived for 14 years. Her quick cross-country round on Saturday and her faultless show jumping round on Sunday propelled her to third place.

“It was kind of a leap of faith to come here, and I’m glad I did,” said Halliday-Sharp, 34. “I’ve seen people I haven’t seen in 20 years, who came here because they saw in the local paper that I was competing. It’s been amazing to be back here. It was the right event to come to.”

Matt Brown, of Petaluma, Calif., dominated the ribbons in the CCI2*, riding BCF Bellicoso to first place and Super Socks BCF to third place. Maya Black, of Whidbey Island, Wash., and Doesn’t Play Fair, the leaders for the first two days, knocked down one show jump to split Brown’s pair.

This was BCF Bellicoso’s second CCI win in 2013, having won the CCI1* at Rebecca Farm in Montana in July. He also won the award as the top-placing 7-year-old.

Ruth Bley and Rodrigue duGranit, winners of the CCI1* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. (Amy McCool photo)

Ruth Bley and Rodrigue duGranit, winners of the CCI1* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. (Amy McCool photo)

“I’m not sure what finishing first and third means to me.  I’m not used to doing so well, I guess,” said Brown, 37. “I’ve always had young or difficult horses to work with, so my focus in the last 10 years has been on trying to develop those horses. I love the process of bringing horses along, so it’s a different experience to have such top-quality horses as these, with good backgrounds.”

Brown’s world has changed in the last year, with the support of the Blossom Creek Foundation, whose sponsorship has allowed him to find several top-class horses on whom he can advance his international career.

“My focus is on me and those horses right now,” he continued. “And I guess what this weekend means is that it’s time to sit down and figure out the next step, because we have some really serious horses who have proved themselves now. If we’re going to make a go if it, we have to figure out what our next step is.”

Caroline Martin, of Rieglesville, Pa., won the Mia Eriksson Award as the highest-placed junior rider in the CCI2*. She rode Center Stage to fifth place (55.7)

Black, 25, wasn’t disappointed to finish second on Doesn’t Play Fair. “I made a mistake, and we had a rail down,” she said. “I just couldn’t be more pleased with him. I’m really excited for the future with him. I have stuff to work on, but that’s what the winter is for.”

Ruth Bley rode two horses to ribbons in the CCI1*, placing first with Rodrigue du Granit (43.3) and sixth with on Silver Sage (48.3). Bley, 54, also won the trophy as the top-scoring amateur rider in the CCI1*. She owns and manages an electrical-contracting company that installs the electricity for bridges, tunnels and sports facilities, including the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

She bought Rodrigue du Granit in February and made Galway Downs her year-end goal. “He’s just been getting better and better, but I think that the key for me was that we got here three days early, and I could just concentrate on me and my riding. It was nice to get here and just settle in,” said Bley.

Gina Economu, of Sun Valley, Calif., rode Covert to second place (43.7) and won the award for the top-scoring 6-year-old in the division. He just edged Fleur De Lis and Tami Smith, who led through the first two phases but lowered the last fence in show jumping.

“I cannot believe how amazing my horse was this weekend,” said Economu. “The cross-country course was very fair, but it was tough in what it asked, and it encouraged them to jump well.”

Lulu Shamberg, of Santa Monica, Calif., won the award for the top-placed junior rider in the CCI1*. She rode Amarna to fourth place (45.6).

The Presenting Sponsors of the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event are: Equine Insurance of California, Land Rover, Professional’s Choice, the California Horse Trader and the PRO Tour.

The Gold Medal Sponsors of the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event are: Devoucoux, Ian Stark Equestrian Center, MD Barn Master and Sunsprite Warmbloods.

The Silver Medal Sponsors are: Charles Owen, Embassy Suites Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Majyk Equipe, SmartPak Equine and Temecula Creek Inn.

The Bronze Medal Sponsors are: American Medical Response, American Horse Trials Foundation, Auburn Labs Advanced Protection Formula, Big Horse Feeds, Cavalor, The Chronicle of the Horse, CWD, Finish Line, Freedom RV Rentals, Geranium Street Equestrian, Point Two Air Jackets, Riding Magazines Inc., Ride On Video, San Luis Rey Equine Hospital, Triple Crown Nutrition and Voltaire Design.

Eventingtrainingonline.com is a Friend sponsor.

For more information on the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event, visit www.galwaydowns.com or call 951-303-0405. To learn more about eventing, visit the U.S. Eventing Association’s website (www.useventing.com).

American Katie Dinan and “Nougat” Glide to Victory in the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix

November 04, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Calling the win a major stepping stone in her competitive career, 20-year-old Katie Dinan of Wellington, Fla., claimed the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix Saturday night at the Alltech National Horse Show. Only a sliver of a second separated Dinan and her mount Nougat du Vallet from other top contenders in a jump off round of four riders representing three countries.

A total of 36 riders competed in Saturday’s prime-time Alltech Grand Prix, which awarded a $62,500 first prize. Dinan’s faultless jump off round was faster than her international competitors Nicola Philippaerts of Belgium and Ljubov Kochetova of Russia. McLain Ward, the returning 2012 Alltech Grand Prix champion who is also Dinan’s trainer, clocked the fastest time in the jump off round, but knocked down a rail crossing the final jump.

“I knew this was a moment for me to take a shot, and I had nothing to lose,” said Dinan. “It all happened very quickly, but to be here as the winner is a great feeling. It’s great to have a highlight like this to finish off the year.”

The stands of Alltech Arena were filled with more than 3,000 spectators for Saturday night’s $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, the top trophy awarded at the Alltech National Horse Show and an FEI World Cup qualifying event. Saturday night was also a fundraiser for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, with half of the door ticket sales benefiting the foundation.

“Tonight, there was great level of excitement in the Alltech Arena,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “There was passion, there was fun and there was engagement. If we can continue to make our community aware that these equestrian superstars are coming in, we can continue to make the Alltech National Horse Show a great success.”

Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet complete a faultless run in the jump off round of the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix.

Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet complete a faultless run in the jump off round of the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix.

Additional high-resolution photos from the Alltech National Horse Show are available online at www.alltech.com/press.

About the Alltech National Horse Show:

An American equestrian tradition, the Alltech National Horse Show, Oct. 29-Nov. 3, has reached its stride in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Reserved for the year’s top talent on the North American show circuit, the Alltech National Horse Show opens the ring to a variety of equestrian classes and disciplines, with events including the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, the $50,000 LIFEFORCE Elite™ Puissance and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Final for youth competitors. For more information, visitwww.alltechnationalhorseshow.com.

About Alltech:

Founded in 1980 by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech improves the health and performance of animals, plants and people through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. With more than 3000 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. For further information, visit www.alltech.com. For media assets, visit www.alltech.com/press.

Alltech is the proud title sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. For more information about these prestigious global championships, visitwww.alltechfeiweg2014-normandy.com.

Tim Gredley and Unex Valente Soar to Second Victory in LIFEFORCE ELITE $50,000 Puissance at Alltech National Horse Show

November 02, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – November 1, 2013 – Great Britain’s Tim Gredley is proving he is perfect in the Puissance. He began his reign of the specialty class during last year’s Alltech National Horse Show with Unex Valente, and just last week he won the event during the Washington International Horse Show. He kept his winning streak alive tonight, going two-for-two during this year’s LIFEFORCE ELITE $50,000 Puissance. Gredley and Unex Valente soared over a wall set at 7-feet to capture the winning prize.

 

Tim Gredley and Unex Valentine

Tim Gredley and Unex Valentine

“This was the first puissance I ever did on him last year, so it’s nice to come back and win again, since it was our first ever win,” said Gredley. “He is such a pleasure to ride and go with to the shows. When you come here, the footing is great, and the atmosphere is good. It is a pleasure to ride in here.”

 

The night kicked-off with five entries and wall set at 5-feet, 9-inches, but as the wall got higher the entries got lower. Although Charlie Jayne of Elgin, IL was able to clear the wall with Fly Away, he had a rail at the second fence that knocked him out during the first round. In the second round, when the wall’s height increased to 6-fee, 3-inches, Hillary Simpson of Southern Pines, NC, had a rail at the triple bar as well as a block of the wall with Cantus D, owned by Quiet Hill Farm. Although Catherine Pasmore of Wellington, FL, was faultless in the second round aboard Zaragosa, she opted not to return, leaving two riders to battle it out.

 

Tim Gredley accepts the top prize money, presented by Dr. Pearse Lyons of Alltech

Tim Gredley accepts the top prize money, presented by Dr. Pearse Lyons of Alltech

Aaron Vale of Morriston, FL and Smartie were finalists during the Puissance at the Washington International Horse. They made it through the third round set at 6-feet, 9-inches, but as the wall rose to the height of 7-feet, the challenge became too great. The blocks came to the ground, and for the second week in a row and the second year in a row it was Gredley who came out on top with Unex Valente.

 

“He’s a small horse,” explained Vale. “Last week he went really well until the final round, and then he kind of hesitated off the ground and kind of jumped right through it. I was trying to make sure that I got him off the ground in a positive manner. I think I got a little too much energy and a little too close to it, so he couldn’t elevate quick enough. He gave me a great effort.”

 

Tim Gredley and Unex Valentine. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Tim Gredley and Unex Valentine. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Although Gredley might try to break the record one year with Unex Valente, he felt tonight was not the night. “He has jumped so well,” commented Gredley. “To be honest, last week he felt a bit better. He felt a little tighter today-maybe that’s just from doing two weeks on the truck. For him, it’s just kind of second nature to him now. All I have to do is find a nice stride with a little bit of pace, and he does all the work really. I felt it was better to leave it for the welfare of the horse tonight though. He’s just done two weeks on the truck. He’s a nice horse; I don’t want to ruin him.”

 

Dr. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President of Alltech concluded, “The Puissance for horses, last year someone said, ‘Around here, it’s basketball. It’s the only thing that matters. When you do the Puissance, that’s as close to Kentucky basketball as you get!'”

 

Fast Farrington Pilots Blue Angel to $50,000 International Open Jumper Victory

 

The Town Branch Bourbon $50,000 International Open Jumper Speed took center stage earlier this evening,where the first section of the class proved to be the best of the day. Candice King, of Wellington, FL, was the first to show over Conrad Homfeld’s winding speed class aboard Quality Stud’s Antigone Quality. Despite the pressure of being the pathfinders, King and Antigone Quality were perfect over each fence and set the time to beat at 60.07 seconds.

 

Kent Farrington and Blue Angel

Kent Farrington and Blue Angel

Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts was next in the Alltech Arena with Frans Lens’ Carlito C, and they made sure King did not hold on to the lead for too long when they also managed to navigate the track with ease, leaving each rail intact and breaking the beam at 58.95 seconds.

 

Four rounds later Kent Farrington of Wellington, FL, entered the ring with Blue Angel, owned by Robin Parksy. The pair picked up a very quick gallop to the first obstacle and never left off the gas, shaving off seconds through each turn and not wasting a moment in the air. They managed to leave each fence standing while blazing across the finish line in 53.26 seconds. The five second difference would prove unbeatable as Farrington led the victory gallop after the 23 remaining riders tried to catch his time, followed by Philippaerts in second and King in third.

 

“Conrad is one of the best course designers in the world,” expressed Farrington. “I find his courses really smooth. They are fair to the horses, and all of his options for speed are up to the rider. Instead of a mandatory inside turn he leaves it up to the rider. You can turn as close as you dare to the fences, and I think today that was really an advantage for my horse. I could just go smooth. She’s naturally quick across the ground, and I used a big gallop from the beginning and stayed on the same clip all the way around.”

 

Farrington added, “I wouldn’t say I left door open, but I came out of the ring thinking if somebody beat me it would be a well earned win today.”

 

Just last Saturday, Farrington and Blue Angel won the $100,000 Presidents Cup at the Washington International Horse Show, so tomorrow he will be riding Willow in the Alltech $250,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix. “I thought Blue Angel jumped her heart out last week at Washington, so I didn’t want to ask her to do that again two weeks in a row,” he explained. “Willow is a new ride for me, and I wanted to see if he will be ready to go to Europe. I thought this would be a good test. I thought it would be a great way to jump a bigger class and know where I stand with that horse for the future.”

 

Land and Colvin Lead the Way in Amateur-Owner & Junior Jumpers

 

The Chansonette Farm $15,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper class was the first jumper event of the day, where Frances Land of Alpharetta, GA, managed to best a five horse jump-off with Vieanne. Despite adding not one but two strides down the final line, the pair’s quick pace and turns to the other obstacles proved uncatchable with a time of 35.428 seconds.

 

Frances Land and Vienne

Frances Land and Vienne

The 19-year-old sophomore at Emory University commented, “For the jump-off I knew I needed to have a really good base rhythm and make neat turns. I made a really tight turn to the combination, but I made a mistake to the last jump and did 11 instead of nine. Everywhere else I was neat, and I just added a little bit to the last jump, luckily Adrienne didn’t catch me.”

 

Adrienne Sternlicht of Greenwich, CT, followed Land’s effort with Quidam MB, and missed the leading team by just one-tenth of a second when she stopped the clock in a clear 35.778 seconds for second place. Catherine Tyree of Chicago, IL, was the pathfinder aboard Wetter, and with double clear day they captured the third place honors having set the time to beat at 37.359 seconds.

 

Land concluded “I have been riding Vienne since January. She’s just been phenomenal-really fast, really careful, and scopey-really my ride. We get along really well.”

 

The Deeridge Farm $15,000 Junior Jumper class was up next, and yesterday’s winner Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, proved that she is on quite a roll. She was the first to return for the tiebreaker with Monsieur Du Reverdy, and once again she was able to make quick turns without touching a single rail, stopping the clock at 34.263 seconds, a time which she proved only she would be able to beat.

 

She returned four rounds later with her second mount Don Juan, and without planning to do so she managed to best her own horse. The duo was quick to each fence and never wasted a second in the air as they tripped the timers at 34.033 seconds to win the class and relegated Monsieur Du Reverdy to second place. The only other rider to come close to catching her time was Katherine Strauss of Southampton, NY, aboard her consistent partner Chellando Z, who broke the beam at 35.052 seconds for the third place award.

 

“On Don Juan I was trying to go slow, it might not have looked like it, but I was trying to pull. I was trying to have a nice, easy round, but he went fast,” laughed Colvin. “They are completely different. Don Juan is like a dirt bike, and he kind of revs around the corner and shrinks at the jump. Monsieur Du Reverdy is a big easy horse; he’s probably the easiest horse to ride because he’s so smooth and amazing.”

 

Frances Land and Vienne

Frances Land and Vienne

The jumper events will conclude tomorrow with the Alltech $250,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix in the evening. Earlier in the day, the $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship will be held in the Alltech Arena. The show will wrap up on Sunday with the historic ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championships.

 

For more information or to view the competition live please visit www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com. Coverage is provided by Shownet.biz, iHigh, and HRTV.