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Equestrian Sport Productions Holiday Festival III Wrap-Up: December 20-22, 2013

December 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Paul O’Shea and Primo de Revel Win $25,000 Holiday Festival III Grand Prix

For Immediate Release

Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Wellington, FL – December 23, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) hosted its Holiday Festival III this weekend on December 20-22, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The competition featured National ‘A’ rated hunter and 4* jumper competition, including a $10,000 Open Jumper Stake and a $25,000 Holiday III Grand Prix.

 

The $25,000 Holiday III Grand Prix was the highlight event of the weekend, held on Sunday afternoon in the International Arena at PBIEC. Jumping a track set by Mexico’s Anna Catalina Harris Cruz, 47 entries contested the first round course, and 10 advanced to the jump-off with three double clear rounds. Second to jump-off, Ireland’s Paul O’Shea and Primo de Revel, owned by Michael Hayden, had the fastest round of the day in 35.029 seconds that could not be beat.

 

Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Goldrush, owned by Alexander LLC, finished second in 35.943 seconds. Jimmy Torano (USA) and Ben Maher’s Dolores MB placed third with their time of 38.655 seconds. Alex Granato (USA) was fast with Paige Tredennick’s Zenith Dance in 35.173 seconds, but the pair had one rail down in the jump-off to finish fourth.

Paul O'Shea and Primo de Revel. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

Paul O’Shea and Primo de Revel. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

Paul O’Shea has had a phenomenal year with Primo de Revel, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Quinault x Lys de Darmen. Sunday’s win marked the pair’s fifth grand prix victory of the season, adding to their wins in the $25,000 ESP Spring III Grand Prix in April, the $75,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Great Prix of Lake Placid in June, the $75,000 Equestrian Estates Planning Group Grand Prix at Silver Oak in August, and the $25,000 ESP Fall III Grand Prix in Wellington in October.

 

O’Shea was excited to get another win this week and see his top horse continue to perform consistently. “He just knows his job, and he always does the right thing,” the rider remarked. “He is good everywhere. It doesn’t matter where he goes, he just has a great mind.”

 

O’Shea and Primo de Revel were second to go in the jump-off out of 10 and stuck to their plan on course. “I saw the first rider go, but I just did what I had decided and everything came up good,” O’Shea explained. “I think we all did the same thing. The main difference was the last fence. The fence was in the corner, very close to the stands, and we were coming at it at a little bit of an angle. It was a little bit difficult, but it actually helped me because we went down there quite fast and it kind of backed him up, so he gave a really good jump over it.”

 

O’Shea has been riding Primo de Revel for nearly seven years and has a great relationship with the horse in and out of the ring. “We have been friends a long time now,” O’Shea acknowledged. “He is like the stable pet. He is like having a dog around the place. He is very quiet. He is just a real gentleman, and he is very easy to do everything with.”

 

At home or at the show, Primo de Revel is a class act with a simple training routine. “He is just really straightforward,” O’Shea said. “He really knows his job. Everything kind of came naturally to him, so we don’t do much. Most of the time I don’t even jump him at home. You don’t need to train him because he just goes, and he just does everything. We focus on keeping him fit, keeping him happy, and keeping him interested. He goes in the field everyday. Nothing stresses him out. He is very laid back.”

  Paul O'Shea and Primo de Revel in their winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.


Paul O’Shea and Primo de Revel in their winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia.
Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

Primo de Revel will conclude a fantastic season with one more night class, competing in two weeks in the $25,000 ESP Holiday Finale Grand Prix on Saturday, January 4, at 7 p.m. O’Shea then plans to give the horse a well-deserved break and only work him lightly throughout the winter, gearing up to show again in the spring.

 

Final Results: $25,000 Holiday Festival III Grand Prix

1. PRIMO DE REVEL PAUL O’SHEA MICHAEL HAYDEN: 0/0/35.029

2. GOLDRUSH DARRAGH KENNY ALEXANDER LLC: 0/0/35.943

3. DOLORES MB JIMMY TORANO BEN MAHER: 0/0/38.655

4. ZENITH DANCE ALEX GRANATO PAIGE TREDENNICK: 0/4/35.173

5. BON GIORNO BRYN SADLER SHOWCASE 81 LLC: 0/4/38.591

6. LAZARO JORDAN COYNE JORDAN COYNE: 0/4/38.857

7. TITUS 2:11 JARED PETERSEN DEREK PETERSEN: 0/4/40.345

8. CATUNGEE CHRISTOPH SCHROEDER CHRISTOPH SCHROEDER: 0/4/40.714

9. VALINSKI S MICHAEL DORMAN WYNDMONT: 0/4/40.926

10. CROSSFIRE 10 EMANUEL ANDRADE HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 0/12/46.823

11. AL CALYPSO JORGE MATTE JORGE MATTE: 1/74.055

12. OCTAVIA DE BEAUFOUR GRANT WILSON EMMANUELLE MILLE: 4/70.368

Jumper Highlights

ESP’s Holiday Festival III began on Friday afternoon with a win for Darragh Kenny in the $10,000 Open Jumper Stake class riding Skara Glen’s Basel, owned by Mershad Stables LLC. The class saw 38 entries with 10 qualifiers for the jump-off. There were six double clear rounds and Darragh Kenny and Skara Glen’s Basel had the fastest time of 34.107 seconds for the win.

 

Emanuel Andrade finished second riding Hollow Creek Farm’s Carboni through the timers in 34.145 seconds. Jordan Coyne and Lazaro finished in 34.657 seconds to place third. Untouchable and Alma Bjorklund were fourth in 35.736 seconds.

 

The $1,500 Tackeria NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic was held on Saturday with a win for Maya Kobacker and The Kalahari Group’s Kalahari Mario. Nancy Hooker and Heather Hooker’s Corianos Boy finished second. John Tredennick and Trueman’s Affair, owned by Wood Run Farms, placed third. Tessa Weise and Carzat won the $2,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic on Sunday with Keely McIntosh in second aboard McLain Ward’s Twinkie. Sheer Levitan placed third and fourth with Penelope Z and Nabuco du Theil respectively.

 

The $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic was won by Daniela Stransky aboard Liverpool, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms Inc. Heather Hooker and Perle finished second, with Jennifer Santana and Santana Stables LLC’s Option d’Auge in third.

 

The $2,500 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Gold Coast Feed, saw a win for Liza Finsness aboard Shiver. Haley Schaufeld and River Farm Sporthorses’ Ana Sia placed second. Emanuel Andrade and Hollow Creek Farm’s Tiny Tim were third.

 

Joaquina Barrios and Simply the Best won the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic with Elizabeth Craven and Silverado in second and Tamara Seely riding Legrako finishing in third.

 

Hunter and Equitation Highlights

A full schedule of hunter competition was also featured throughout the weekend with many top horses and riders. In the combined Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3″ and 3’6″ division, Chris Brown guided his horse Pillow Talk to championship honors with Paige Tredennick and Apricot Lane finishing in reserve.

 

Kelley Farmer swept the First Year Green Working Hunters, earning the division championship with Certainty and the reserve honors with High Regard, both horses owned by Glefke and Kensel LLC. Farmer also earned the championship in the combine Second Year/High Performance Working Hunter division with High Regard. There was a tie for the reserve championship between Farmer and her mount Verbatim, owned by Glefke and Kensel LLC, as well as Jennifer Bliss riding Harris Hill Farm LLC’s Poker Face.

 

In the #1 Education Place Junior Hunters, Ali Tritschler guided Elizabeth D’Loren’s Zapateada to championship honors with Sophie Michaels and Further Lane Farm LLC’s Stellar in reserve.

 

The Large Pony Hunter champion was Scott Stewart’s Find the Laughter ridden by Emma Kurtz with Back Country Farm’s Love and Logic, ridden by Alexandra Pielet, in reserve. Kurtz also swept the Medium Pony Hunter division, earning the championship aboard Cyprus Taraporevala’s Blackout and finishing in reserve riding Elizabeth Foster’s Qualen’s Commence the Magic. Alexandra Pielet and Back Country Farm’s Secret Love topped the Small Pony Hunter division with Christina Rogalny and Lochmoor Stables’ Firefly in reserve.

 

In the equitation, Spencer Smith rode Artisan Farms LLC’s Naturel to a clean sweep of the the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal presented by Randolph College as well as the ASPCA Maclay and WIHS Equitation classes. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Equestrian Sport Productions will host its ESP New Year’s horse show next on December 27-29, 2013, featuring National (A) and 4* Jumper Rated competition. Highlights include the $10,000 Open Stake on Friday, December 27, and the $25,000 ESP New Year’s Grand Prix on Sunday, December 29 at 2 p.m. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © ManciniPhotos, www.manciniphotos.com. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.

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

 

St. Regis Defeats Audi To Win Piaget World Snow Polo Championship; Roldan Named MVP

December 23, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

 

ASPEN, COLO.–Dec. 20, 2013—In front of a large hometown crowd and sold out VIP tent, St. Regis defeated Audi, 1-0, Friday to capture the Piaget World Snow Polo Championship at historic Wagner Park.

Piaget teammates Gonzalito Pieres (3) and Marc Ganzi (1) battle Nacho Figueras (3) of St. Regis for the ball. Photo by Gary Hubbell

Piaget teammates Gonzalito Pieres (3) and Marc Ganzi (1) battle Nacho Figueras (3) of St. Regis for the ball. Photo by Gary Hubbell

As a steady snow fell, Nacho Figueras scored the winning goal with 4:18 left in the second chukker with an assist from Wellington’s Nic Roldan.

“There were three good teams here, and it was whoever had the luck,” said Roldan, named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “It was a war today, no one was going to let up.

“With this new snow, it made it tougher to get the ball,” Roldan said. “It seemed like the way to get the ball clean was to lift it up out of the hole and hit it out of the air and place it somewhere.”

Roldan did exactly that, knocking the florescent red ball toward the Audi goal with a well-placed shot. A quick-reacting Figueras, the sport’s international ambassador and face of Ralph Lauren, tapped the ball in for the only score of the game.

Piaget's Marc Ganzi (1) and Gonzalito Pieres (3) outrace Nacho Figueras (3) of St. Regis for the ball. Photo by Gary Hubbell

Piaget’s Marc Ganzi (1) and Gonzalito Pieres (3) outrace Nacho Figueras (3) of St. Regis for the ball. Photo by Gary Hubbell

“It was hard conditions because of all the snow, but we ended up winning so it was a great day,” Figueras said. “I’m happy and proud. To be able to play polo in this environment and with this background is really fantastic.”

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts (Nacho Figueras, Nic Roldan, Brandon Phillips), Audi (Facundo Pieres, Melissa Ganzi, Juan Bollini) and Piaget (Gonzalito Pieres, Marc Ganzi, Kris Kampsen) competed in the three-team, round robin tournament on the final stop on the 2013 World Polo Tour circuit.

Piaget's Marc Ganzi (1) and Audi's Juan Bollini (2) battle for possession. Photo by Gary Hubbell

Piaget’s Marc Ganzi (1) and Audi’s Juan Bollini (2) battle for possession. Photo by Gary Hubbell

The elite pro field added to the high-end event which one day could rival the annual St. Moritz Polo World Cup and become one of the hottest social events in Aspen, the only American city to host a snow polo tournament.

Several local community and media members, sponsors and players called snow polo and Aspen a good fit.

Juan Bollini (2) keeps possession of the ball with teammate Melissa Ganzi (1) and Nacho Figueras (3) of St. Regis close behind. Photo by Gary Hubbell

Juan Bollini (2) keeps possession of the ball with teammate Melissa Ganzi (1) and Nacho Figueras (3) of St. Regis close behind. Photo by Gary Hubbell

“This is the best snow polo in America,” Kampsen said. “The teams are excellent. There’s never been a level this high as far as competition is concerned.

“It was extremely competitive,” Kampsen said. “Conditions weren’t ideal. They had the field perfect on Thursday but then it snowed quite a bit which slowed the field down.”

In the opening game, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Polo Team defeated Piaget, 2-0, behind goals from Figueras and Phillips.

Audi's Juan Bollini (2) about to take control of the ball. Photo by Gary Hubbell

Audi’s Juan Bollini (2) about to take control of the ball. Photo by Gary Hubbell

In the second game, Audi defeated Piaget, 2-1, with two goals from Melissa Ganzi, who scored the first goal on her first touch of the game. Bollini took the throw-in and found Ganzi open for the goal. She scored the game’s winning goal on a penalty shot with 1:15 left to play to advance her team into the championship final. Marc Ganzi scored Piaget’s lone goal after hitting a nice shot across the arena and following it up with the score.

Phillips suffered a bloody split lip when smacked by a polo mallet during the final.

Brandon Phillips of St. Regis suffered a split lip after getting hit with a polo mallet. Photo by Gary Hubbell.

Brandon Phillips of St. Regis suffered a split lip after getting hit with a polo mallet. Photo by Gary Hubbell.

Melissa Ganzi and Figueras shared tournament leading scorer honors with two each; Phillips and Ganzi each had one goal.

“We had our chances, it became harder as the game went on,” said Melissa Ganzi, who turned in one of her best all-around games with several steals and scoring barrage. “It was really competitive today,” Ganzi continued. “Every team wanted to win and we really had strong players.”

Audi's Melissa Ganzi (1) beats Piaget's Gonzalito Pieres (3) to the ball. Photo by Gary Hubbell

Audi’s Melissa Ganzi (1) beats Piaget’s Gonzalito Pieres (3) to the ball. Photo by Gary Hubbell

“The biggest surprise was that it all happened and we were able to pull it off,” Ganzi said. “The weather actually made it more beautiful and what more could we ask for.”

Ganzi’s horse Open Quarzo, a 7-year-old Bay stallion, was named Best Playing Pony.

Players, family and friends pose for group shot after the championship tournament

Players, family and friends pose for group shot after the championship tournament

Polo fans seemed to enjoy the world-class snow polo from the opening two-chukker match. VIPs and sponsors watched from the heated VIP Tent while enjoying mountain fare from The St. Regis Aspen Resort, including the brand’s signature Afternoon Tea Service along with cocktails from Johnnie Walker Blue.

Melissa and Marc Ganzi of Aspen Valley Polo Club, sister club of Wellington, Fla.-based Grand Champions Polo Club, along with Nacho Figueras and Larry Boland, president of Piaget North America, hosted the two-day event.

Facundo Pieres (3) of Audi reaches for the ball despite pressure from his brother Gonzalito Pieres (3) of Piaget. Photo by Gary Hubbell

Facundo Pieres (3) of Audi reaches for the ball despite pressure from his brother Gonzalito Pieres (3) of Piaget. Photo by Gary Hubbell

“My husband has roots here in Aspen,” Melissa Ganzi said. “He attended Aspen Country Day School, raced skiing here and his parents live here year-round.

“We would like to take snow polo to another level, to make snow polo and the City of Aspen synonymous. We’re really fortunate that we have our wonderful local partners and our partners from Florida. We have invested in building our own infrastructure. We went the extra mile.”

Audi runners-up Facundo Pieres (3), Melissa Ganzi (1) and Juan Bollini (2). Photo by Gary Hubbell

Audi runners-up Facundo Pieres (3), Melissa Ganzi (1) and Juan Bollini (2). Photo by Gary Hubbell

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts was the official hospitality partner and Audi served as the official car.

Said Boland: “What other city in North America could compare to Aspen as far as snow polo is concerned? Aspen Mountain is the perfect backdrop for a snow polo event.”

Piaget's Marc Ganzi (1) beats his defenders to score. Photo by Gary Hubbell

Piaget’s Marc Ganzi (1) beats his defenders to score. Photo by Gary Hubbell

The arena stadium was beautifully set up. The VIP tent featured alpine luxe furnishings and fine array of food from The St. Regis Aspen Hotel.

The playing surface was perfect with the help of the Aspen Skiing Company which layered artificial snow on top of the already 16 inches of fresh snow from the last two weeks. The man-made snow spread and rolled made for a quick-playing surface on Thursday for the stick-and-ball and practice chukker. However, snow flurries on Friday made the ball harder to maneuver in the snow because of the deep divots.

All proceeds benefitted Sopris Therapy Services and Aspen Sister Cities.

Sopris Therapy Services is a non-profit organization that provides Equine Assisted Therapy and rehabilitation in a ranch-setting to children and adults with various disabilities.

Aspen Sister Cities’ mission is to share ideas and cultures through the international exchange of students and All proceeds benefit Sopris Therapy Services and Aspen Sister Cities. Both charities depend on community support.

Polo fans enjoying the up close action view from the VIP Tent. Photo by Gary Hubbell

Polo fans enjoying the up close action view from the VIP Tent. Photo by Gary Hubbell

SNOW POLO FAST FACTS
Snow polo was first introduced in 1985 at the resort town of St. Moritz, Switzerland and attracted several hundred spectators. In the U.S., snow polo is held exclusively in Aspen, Colorado. Snow polo is a modified version of polo. Games are played on a snow-packed field surrounded by fencing to keep the ball in play. Teams have three players instead of four as in typical arena polo. Play consists of four seven-minute chukkers. The horses have special cleated shoes to provide better traction. The ball is larger and lighter and bright red for visibility on the snowy surface.

Wounded Warriors Horse brings flag bearer out to the arena for pre-game ceremony. Photo by Gary Hubbell

Wounded Warriors Horse brings flag bearer out to the arena for pre-game ceremony. Photo by Gary Hubbell

ASPEN VALLEY POLO CLUB
CONTACT INFORMATION: Phone: 970-710-1663 and email: aspenvalleypolo@bellsouth.net.

ABOUT THE CLUB: The nation’s newest private polo club still in its’ developing stages features a complete facility offering stick-and-ball field, club house, wooden horse polo pit, exercise track, indoor school, arena, pony hire, livery, coaches, stable and turn to hire and grooms accommodations.

Italian Luca Maria Moneta Claims the Alltech Christmas Puissance

December 22, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

[LONDON] – Under the gaze of an enthusiastic full house at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, Italian Luca Maria Moneta leapt to victory and claimed the Alltech Christmas Puissance title for 2013.

Surprisingly, this is Moneta’s first puissance win and quite a win it was with him clearing the 7ft 2in jump in the final round. After going head-to-head with one of Britain’s top riders, Guy Williams on grey mare Richi Rich III, in round five, Luca’s gallant nine-year-old mare Quovo de Vains made it through to the final round.

Williams’ grey mare brushed a brick with his knee, leaving Moneta to take the final gamble. Moneta admitted to being apprehensive but was encouraged by the audience.

“The crowd here are real horsemen; they make you feel as if they are riding with you,” Moneta said. “I’m really emotional. The mare wasn’t just jumping with her body but with her heart. What made me really happy is that she led me to the fence. She really wanted to do it.”

Alltech wishes to congratulate Luca and his mare Quovo de Vains on a well-deserved win, and the company looks forward to welcoming all the riders to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy next August.

Italian rider Luca Moneta jumps to victory on his gallant mare Quovo de Vains to win the Alltech Christmas Puissance at Olympia, London. Credit: Kit Houghton.

Italian rider Luca Moneta jumps to victory on his gallant mare Quovo de Vains to win the Alltech Christmas Puissance at Olympia, London. Credit: Kit Houghton.

About Alltech:

Founded in 1980 by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech improves the health and performance of people, animals and plants through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. With more than 3,000 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.normandy2014.com.

Local Charities Biggest Winners At Dec.19-20 Piaget World Snow Polo Championship At Wagner Park

December 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Snow Polo returns to downtown Aspen.

Snow Polo returns to downtown Aspen.

ASPEN, COLO.–Dec. 17, 2013—Sopris Therapy Services, a Colorado-based non-profit serving children and adults with daily challenges since 1994, has been designated as one of the charities for the Dec. 19-20 Piaget World Snow Polo Championship at Wagner Park.

 

Pat Horwitz, executive director of Sopris Therapy Services, said the organization depends on community support to help empower children, adults and wounded veterans with disabilities to reach their full potential through equine assisted-therapies.

 

“When we started out we found that we could combine physical therapy and horses,” Horwitz said. “It has been done in other parts of the country. We studied and worked with other organizations and decided to start Sopris Therapy.

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“I get tears in my eyes every day,” Horwitz said. “I can’t believe the progress that’s made with the connection between the horses and children. It’s about the movement of the horses creating a brain connection with the child or adult and stimulating the nerve endings. It helps with better movement with walking, balance and core strength. Equine movement is a treatment strategy and another way to get patients to move their body. People believe in what we do. We are very appreciative of the Ganzis for selecting us.”

 

Melissa and Marc Ganzi, owners of Aspen Valley Polo Club, sister club of their Wellington-based Grand Champions Polo Club, along with Nacho Figueras and Larry Boland, president of Piaget North America, are hosting the final stop on the World Polo Tour.

  Ten goaler- Facundo Pieres will head the Audi Polo Team during the Dec. 20 tournament.


Ten goaler- Facundo Pieres will head the Audi Polo Team during the
Dec. 20 tournament.

The much-anticipated snow polo event has attracted three of the biggest names in polo and two of only six players in the world with the perfect 10-goal rating.

 

The Dec. 20 championship will be a round-robin tournament format with three polo teams: Audi, Piaget and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, where teams will compete for valuable World Polo Tour points in the final snow polo event of the year.

 

Ten-goaler Facundo Pieres, ranked second in the world, will captain the Audi Polo Team. Gonzalito Pieres, also a 10-goaler, will head the Piaget Polo Team and 6-goaler Nacho Figueras, will captain the St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Polo Team.

 

Figueras, who serves as a St. Regis Connoisseur, is one of the sport’s most popular and well-recognized players in the world.

  Nacho Figueras will captain the St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Polo Team in the Dec. 20 tournament.


Nacho Figueras will captain the St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Polo Team in the
Dec. 20 tournament.

On Wednesday, a press conference and cocktail party will be held in The St. Regis Aspen Resort hotel lobby from 6-7 p.m. where team jerseys will be distributed to the players.

 

On Thursday, Dec. 19, media day and St. Regis brunch at Wagner Park will be held while polo practice chukkers are played to enable players and horses to acclimate to the weather and playing surface.

 

Friday tournament action gets underway. At 11:40 a.m. Piaget will play St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Polo Team; 12:30 p.m. Audi will play the loser of the Piaget-St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Polo Team game and at 1:15 p.m. Audi will play the winner of the Piaget-St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Polo Team game.

  10-goaler Gonzalito Pieres will captain the Piaget Polo Team.


10-goaler Gonzalito Pieres will captain the Piaget Polo Team.

The awards ceremony is 2:15 p.m. followed by the lavish VIP Tent After Party.

 

Polo fans can relax and watch world-class snow polo from the VIP Pavilion while enjoying mountain fare from the The St. Regis Aspen Resort, including the brand’s signature Afternoon Tea Service along with cocktails from Johnnie Walker Blue.

 

Tickets are available through Ticket Leap (www.ticketleap.com). A one-day pass for the VIP tent is $150.

 

The VIP Pavilion ticket includes full access to the heated tent, lunch courtesy of The St. Regis Aspen Resort and cocktails provided by Johnnie Walker’s mixologist.

 

General admission is free to the public and will be first-come, first-serve bleacher seating on the east side of the park.

 

ASPEN VALLEY POLO CLUB

 

CONTACT INFORMATION: Phone: 970-710-1663 and email: aspenvalleypolo@bellsouth.net.

 

ABOUT THE CLUB: The nation’s newest private polo club still in its’ developing stages features a complete facility offering stick-and-ball field, club house, wooden horse polo pit, exercise track, indoor school, arena, pony hire, livery, coaches, stable and turn to hire and grooms accommodations.

Equestrian Sport Productions Holiday Festival I Wrap-Up, December 13-15, 2013 : Alexander Zetterman and Cafino Win $25,000 Holiday I Grand Prix

December 16, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – December 16, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) hosted its Holiday Festival I competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, this weekend on December 13-15, 2013. Just weeks away from the start of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), many international exhibitors have arrived early in Wellington to get their horses ready for the highly competitive circuit. The weekend featured a $10,000 Open Stake class as well as a $25,000 Holiday I Grand Prix with a roster of impressive horses and riders competing.

 

The $25,000 Holiday I Grand Prix concluded a fantastic competition on Sunday with an exciting win for Sweden’s Alexander Zetterman and his brand new mount, Cafino. Jumping a course set by Anna Catalina Harris Cruz, of Mexico, Zetterman and Cafino topped a ten-horse jump-off out of 37 original competitors. Just three entries were able to go double clear over the short course, and the pair’s time of 35.11 seconds earned top prize.

 

Samuel Parot (CHI) guided his horse William Wallace to second place honors in a time of 38.84 seconds. Ryan Genn (USA) and Wilhelm Genn’s Cookie Monster finished third with their clear jump-off round in 41.42 seconds. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Siboney Ranch LLC’s Mimosa had the fastest four-fault round in 39.32 seconds to place fourth.

  Alexander Zetterman and Cafino. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.


Alexander Zetterman and Cafino. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

Zetterman began riding Cafino, a 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (Cardento 933 x Roderik 856), in September. The horse and rider are just getting to know each other, but Cafino has already had great success under young Swedish rider Karl-Jakob Ingvarsson, and Zetterman has high hopes for their partnership.

“He is a super easy horse,” Zetterman detailed. “He is a really motivated horse. I have never had a horse with that motivation. He wants to go clear so much, it is unbelievable. He has a big heart and a super intelligent brain. The confidence he has is something I have never felt in a horse. He is such a competitor.”

 

The duo went sixth in the order for Sunday’s jump-off, and Zetterman explained his plan going into the second round.

“I think there had only been one clear before me and my brother told me before I went in the ring that he was really fast and that I should probably even think about going around for second place, but then I was just jumping and I just kind of took the first stride I saw everywhere and it ended up being pretty good,” the rider explained.
Zetterman will stay in Wellington to compete at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival and hopes to progress with Cafino throughout the circuit.

 

“We will take it one day at a time,” he stated. “I think he has the quality to do some bigger grand prix, but we will see which level we are going to aim for. I am still getting to know him. We will start and progressively, as we get to know each other, work our way up.”

  Alexander Zetterman and Cafino in their winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia.  Photo (c) Mancini Photos.


Alexander Zetterman and Cafino in their winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia.
Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

Zetterman and his brother, Daniel, will both show in Wellington this winter and Alexander explained that they decided to come to Florida early this year after spending the summer in Europe. They have enjoyed the competitive ESP horse shows throughout the fall circuit and appreciate the opportunities that being in Wellington provides.

 

“We came down here a bit earlier this year and we really like it here, so I think we will be planning to do these kind of circuits for the next few years,” Zetterman noted. “I think that there are so many opportunities in Wellington. It is very easy to work here, the fact that everything is in one place and everybody that’s from upper level show jumping is here. There is a very good market here and it is a lot easier than traveling around Europe all of the time on the road.”

 

“I think there are great opportunities to develop over here,” Zetterman said. “It is especially great when you have a new horse like this that you want to get to know. You can have the horse ready for the big stuff and there are a wide range of good shows to compete in. I find that it is a lot easier to work here than in Europe, especially with the weather as well.”

 

Final Results: $25,000 Holiday I Grand Prix

1. CAFINO ALEXANDER ZETTERMAN ALEXANDER ZETTERMAN: 0/0/35.115

2. WILLIAM WALLACE SAMUEL PAROT SAMUEL PAROT: 0/0/38.842

3. COOKIE MONSTER RYAN GENN WILHELM GENN: 0/0/41.427

4. MIMOSA SHANE SWEETNAM SIBONEY RANCH: 0/4/39.323

5. OSIRIS GEMMA PATERNOSTER GEMMA PATERNOSTER & JULIA HARRISON LEE: 0/4/40.989

6. CARLA TM SAMUEL PAROT SAMUEL PAROT: 0/8/36.797

7. UTAH LESLIE HOWARD THE UTAH GROUP: 0/8/36.996

8. BELUGA SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM LLC: 0/8/38.106

9. ZIDANE ALI WOLFF JOHN C WOLFF: 0/8/39.656

10. ZARAGOSA CATHERINE PASMORE PASMORE STABLES LLC: 0/19/56.368

11. CASALL ALI WOLFF BLACKLICK BEND FARM: 1/84.860

12. O’SPLENDIDO LORCAN GALLAGHER SPY COAST FARM LLC: 4/77.760

 

Jumper Highlights

 

ESP’s Holiday Festival I held classes throughout the weekend for all levels of horse and rider, kicking off with Friday’s $10,000 Open Jumper Stake class. A total of 29 entries competed with 13 clear rounds to advance to the jump-off. Twelve chose to return, and Ali Wolff and her mount Caya, owned by John C. Wolff, had the fastest of seven double clear rounds in a time of 37.84 seconds for the win.

 

Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Beluga placed second in 38.37 seconds. Ian Millar and Dixson, owned by Ariel and Susan Grange, had the third place time in 39.69 seconds, and Catherine Pasmore and Zaragosa, owned by Pasmore Stables LLC, finished fourth with their round in 39.75 seconds.

 

Saturday featured a $1,500 Tackeria NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic with a win for Katie Jones and Sweet Oak Farm’s New Jersey. Stephanie Ann Cook and Lionsway Farm’s East Bound and Down placed second, and Hana Bieling guided Wonderland Farm LLC’s Rainbow Brite to third place honors.

 

Sunday’s $2,500 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Gold Coast Feed, saw a win for Victoria Colvin riding Chicolina. Kate Morrison and Four Roses DL Vie Z, owned by Craig Morrison, placed second. Sarah Hubbard and Athina Z were third.

 

Sarah Kerins topped the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic riding Hot Wheels with Kate Morrison and Vaillant finishing second. Ali Tritschler and Norfield Stables’ Velinta Palo Blanco placed third.

 

The $2,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic was also held on Sunday with a win for Jacklynn Carey aboard Sher-Al Farm’s Lexa 22. Stephanie Ann Cook and East Bound and Down were once again second, and Monique Archer and Pin Up de Courcy placed third.

 

In the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic, Lindsay Levine and Waikiki, owned by Rivers Edge, were the winners. Dagny MacTaggart and Rancine Von HST Gravenhof placed second; Victoria Craig and Bellalina were third. The $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic saw a win for Nathan Rolfe and Alex Jayne’s Fly Away. Lea Allen finished second and third, placing second with Komedie de Montesec, and third aboard The Allen Farm’s Ginger 729.

 

Hunter and Equitation Highlights

 

A full schedule of hunter and equitation divisions were also held throughout the weekend. In the professional hunter divisions, the Conformation Hunter championship was a sweep for rider Kelley Farmer. Farmer guided Scripted to championship honors and earned the reserve championship with Connotation, both horses owned by Glefke and Kensel LLC. The Green Working Hunter championship went to Pen Name, owned by David Glefke and ridden by Adam Ottomanelli, with Kelley Farmer and Scripted in reserve. Darren Graziano and Paula Kennedy’s Monte Cristo topped the Performance Working Hunter 3’3″ and 3’6″ division, with Marigot Bay Farm LLC’s Wonderland and Stacey Arani in reserve.

 

The Adult Amateur Hunter champion for Holiday Festival I competition was Cassidy, owned by Sweet Oak Farm and ridden by Donald Gaves, with Choco Mousse, owned by Felecia Weiss and ridden by Laurie Stevens, in reserve. Becky Gochman guided David Gochman’s Whatever to the combined Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3″ and 3’6″ division championship with Stacey Arani and Wonderland in reserve.

 

The Pilates Rocks Low Adult Hunter champion was All-Star, owned and ridden by Lynn Blanchette, with Caiman and owner/rider Jenny Sutton in reserve. Sophie Gochman swept the Pine Hollow Stables’ Low Children’s Hunter championship with David Gochman’s World Time as champion and Without Question, owned by Ponies and Palms Stables LLC, in reserve. The UHealth Children’s Hunter championship was won by Vermeer, owned by Deirdre Radler and ridden by Hayley Iannotti, with a clean sweep of the division. Blitzen and Dagny MacTaggart finished in reserve.

 

The Small Pony Hunter championship went to GF Forget Me Not, owned by Mia Green and ridden by Alexandra Pielet. Sophie Gochman rode David Gochman’s Hi Lite to reserve honors. The Medium Pony Hunter champion was Highland’s Heaven Sent, owned by Peakewood Pharm Inc. and ridden by Taylor St. Jacques. Pegasus Show Stables Inc.’s Truly Noble and Sophie Gochman finished in reserve.

 

In the equitation classes, Victoria Colvin and Catherine Tyree’s Patrick won the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal presented by Randolph College. The pair also won the ASPCA Maclay class. Colvin then guided North Star’s Stallone VDL to top honors in the WIHS Equitation Classic overall.

 

ESP’s Holiday Series will continue this week with it’s Holiday Festival III, featuring National ‘A’ rated hunter and 4* jumper competition on December 20-22. Highlights include a $10,000 Open Stake on Friday, December 20, and a $25,000 Holiday III Grand Prix on Sunday, December 22 at 2 p.m. For more information, please visitwww.equestriansport.com.

 

For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © ManciniPhotos, www.manciniphotos.com. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.

Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame Biggest Winner Of Grand Champions Polo Club’s International Cup

December 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

WELLINGTON, FL-Dec. 11, 2013—While Team USA won the USPA International Cup with an impressive 13-8 victory over Chile on Nov. 30, the biggest winner of the fall season-finale at Grand Champions Polo Club was the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame.

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All proceeds from the USPA International Cup and Legends of Polo games doubleheader benefited the world’s only polo museum of its kind.

 

“Like any non-profit it’s important to raise awareness that we need a certain amount of dollars to be able to operate year-round,” said George DuPont, executive director of the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame.

 

“We always want more money to do more but we are happy and have no complaints,” DuPont said. “We went from taking an idea in 1978 to opening a building in 1997. It’s progressed as we hoped it would.

 

“The polo community is very supportive of the museum,” DuPont said. “They are very much aware it is here. When they need something historical, they know this is the place to come.”

 

Chile's Matias Vial (1) and his horse were defended by Team USA's Jeff Hall (4) during the International Cup Tournament. Photo by Scott Fisher

Chile’s Matias Vial (1) and his horse were defended by Team USA’s Jeff Hall (4) during the International Cup Tournament. Photo by Scott Fisher

Nestled in a quiet Lake Worth, Florida neighborhood, close to several polo clubs including Grand Champions Polo Club, the the hallowed halls of the museum honors players, horses and contributors to the sport.

 

The museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting an appreciation of the development of the game by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections while honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport.

 

The museum building, opened in 1997 in Lake Worth, houses polo records and memorabilia honoring those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to polo.

 

“Like any and all museums, we are preserving yesterday for tomorrow,” DuPont said.

 

Currently, the museum is in the process of adding a new annex to the north side of the building thanks to the generosity of contributors around the world. The additional 2,000 square feet will feature more space for lectures and meetings, bigger media room, library and exhibitions. The new addition is expected to break ground on Feb.17, 2014 and is on schedule with its fall completion date.

 

Team USA's Carlitos Gracida (2) stole the ball away from Chile's Max Silva (2). Photo by Scott Fisher

Team USA’s Carlitos Gracida (2) stole the ball away from Chile’s Max Silva (2). Photo by Scott Fisher

The museum’s biggest fundraiser is its annual induction ceremony, scheduled for Feb. 14, 2014 which will mark the 25th anniversary of the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, Awards Gala and Silent Auction.

 

Heading the induction class is former 10-goaler Adam Snow, two-time Player of the Year and U.S. Open winner. Joining Snow are former 8-goaler and U.S. Open winner Peter Perkins and William Tevis, to be honored posthumously; Iglehart Award winner Paul von Gontard; Mike Azzaro’s horse Beetlejuice and C.V. Whitney’s horse Fussbudget.

 

Grand Champions Polo Club owner and Flight Options team captain Melissa Ganzi is president and fundraiser of the museum’s Board of Directors.

 

Ganzi and her husband Marc are passionate about not only preserving the sport’s history but promoting polo to a diverse population by staging tournaments for juniors, women’s and gay polo players in addition to hosting fall and spring polo seasons and international tournament .

 

To make reservations and order tickets for the 25th anniversary Induction Ceremony, Awards Gala and Silent Auction, contact Brenda Lynn at the museum at 561-969-3210 or 561-969-7015 or emailpolomuseum@att.net for more details.

 

Fast Facts About Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame

 

Where: National Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, 9011 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth.

 

About the museum: The museum is a source of growing pride in the community as a place for research and study about a sport that has defined a special segment of the sport’s heritage as well as the community’s.

 

Museum hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Saturdays during the winter season, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. For more information call 561-969-3210.

 

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 teams Audi and Flight Options. 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.

 

 

 

Equestrian Sport Productions’ Year End Awards Show Wrap-Up, December 7-8, 2013 : Henrik Gundersen and Adlanteur Top $25,000 ESP Year End Grand Prix

December 11, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – December 9, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) hosted its Year-End Awards Show on December 7-8, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The week featured a $10,000 Open Stake on Saturday, December 7, as well as the $25,000 ESP Year End Grand Prix and $5,000 USHJA 3′ Hunter Classic on Sunday, December 8. The ESP Year End Awards Banquet was also held on Saturday to celebrate some of the year’s top competitors.

 

The show concluded on Sunday afternoon with an exciting win for Denmark’s Henrik Gundersen riding Adlanteur in the $25,000 ESP Year End Grand Prix. Out of 32 entries, five horse and rider combinations qualified for the jump-off and three of those jumped double clear over the course designed by Pierre Jolicoeur of Wellington, FL. Henrik Gundersen and Adlanteur were last to go and had two fast rounds to beat. Their winning time was 38.267 seconds.

 

Theo Genn and Eduardo Leon’s Asirea Fortuna finished second with their time of 38.597 seconds. Ramiro Quintana and St. Bride’s Farm’s Ziedento were third in 38.730 seconds.

 Henrik Gundersen and Adlanteur.  Photo (c) Mancini Photos.


Henrik Gundersen and Adlanteur.
Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

Class winner, Adlanteur, is a 13-year-old Holsteiner stallion by Adlantus AS x Chasseur I. Gundersen bought Adlanteur in Germany this summer and is slowly bringing him up in competition as the horse had some time off after his previous owner got injured.

 

“He had not done anything in two years, so I started him up slowly in the summer and he had a couple of good placings,” Gundersen explained. “It was nice to be able to finish up with a win for this year.”
“He is a small horse,” Gundersen described. “He is unusually small for me to ride, but he is very careful and he is a little bit of an aggressive type of horse. He is usually attacking the jumps, and he is very careful. He only jumped one class this week, but he jumped three classes last week and made two jump-offs, and he never touched a rail. It is a very competitive horse.”
Commenting on Sunday’s course, Gundersen noted, “There were a few technical aspects that I liked that you needed to have a little bit of rideability. There was a difficult triple combination that yielded a lot of faults, and I saw that coming when I walked the course. But for the amount of riders, I think it worked out well with five horses in the jump-off.”

Gundersen was last to go in the jump-off and was warming up, so he did not get to see the other riders go, but he knew that there were some fast times to beat. “My good friend, John Brennan, sat and watched a couple and told me what they had done,” the rider explained. “He said pretty much just go as fast as you can because they had both gone very fast before me. He said they had gone outside where I could make an inside turn, so I think that is where I got it.”

 Henrik Gundersen and Adlanteur in their winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia.  Photo (c) Mancini Photos.


Henrik Gundersen and Adlanteur in their winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia.
Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

Gundersen plans on competing at one more week of the ESP Holiday Show Series before getting Adlanteur ready for the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival circuit, which begins January 8. He looks forward to a good circuit as they continue their partnership together.

 

Final Results: $25,000 ESP Year End Grand Prix

1. ADLANTEUR HENRIK GUNDERSEN HENRIK GUNDERSEN: 0/0/38.267

2. ASIREA FORTUNA THEO GENN EDUARDO LEON: 0/0/38.597

3. ZIEDENTO RAMIRO QUINTANA ST. BRIDE’S FARM: 0/0/38.730

4. OCTAVIA DE BEAUFOUR GRANT WILSON EMMANUELLE MILLE & GRANT WILSON: 0/4/40.180

5. OSIRIS GEMMA PATERNOSTER GEMMA PATERNOSTER & JULIA HARRISON LEE: 0/RT

6. DON JUAN VICTORIA COLVIN BRIGID COLVIN: 4/68.588

7. CONTINO 14 JONATHON MILLAR MILLAR BROOKE FARM: 4/70.991

8. ORBETELLO FEDERICO SZTYRLE HAMPTON FARMS LLC: 4/71.373

9. PRIMO DE REVEL PAUL O’SHEA MICHAEL HAYDEN: 4/71.489

10. ZIDANE ALI WOLFF JOHN C WOLFF: 4/71.940
11. HAPPY Z WILHELM GENN WILHELM GENN: 4/73.073
12. VANDAVID CATHERINE PASMORE PASMORE STABLES LLC: 4/73.498

 

Jumper Highlights
A $10,000 Open Jumper Stake was held on Saturday with a win for Victoria Colvin aboard Brigid Colvin’s Don Juan. Twenty-five entries showed over the first round course with just two riders qualifying for the jump-off. When Ken Berkley and Ax-Cent voluntarily withdrew from the second round, Colvin and Don Juan were the automatic winners, with Berkley earning the second place prize. Alexander Zetterman and Cafino placed third with one time fault over the first round course. Maggie McAlary and Oakland Ventures’ Cobe Van Het Gonnehof had two time faults to place fourth. Colvin also placed fifth with the fastest four-fault round aboard Chicolina.

 

The High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic, sponsored by Gold Coast Feed, was held on Sunday with a win for Meg O’Mara and Walstib Stables LLC’ Aragon Rouet. Whitney Linders and Wee Enterprises’ Vancouver placed second with Victoria Colvin and Chicolina in third.

The Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic saw a win for Michael Janson and Kimberly Janson’s Sangre Azul. Victoria Colvin guided Jeevraj Grewal’s Clever and Smart 5 to second place honors, with Taylor Alexander and Alexander LLC’s Onyx du Haut Bois finishing third.

 

In the $1,500 Tackeria NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic, Alexandra Cherubini and Equifit Cayenne 178 took top honors over Katie McNair and Biskit in second and Alexandra Indeglia and Hans in third place. Cherubini and Equifit Cayenne 178 went on to also win Sunday’s $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic. In that class, Jennifer Blumenthal and Conley finished second and Jennifer Pennebaker and Zyou were third.

 

Lea Allen won the week’s $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic riding Komedie de Montesec with Jennifer Buchan and Craverz Z, owned by Sarah Sturges, in second. Allen also placed third in that class riding The Allen Farm’s Ginger 729.

 

Hunter and Equitation Highlights

 

The highlight hunter class this weekend was the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Classic, which featured two rounds of competition with a win overall for Heather Caristo Williams riding Cornetto Royal, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo. Tiffany Hammack and Lauren Cechini’s Graffiti placed second, Ashley Hotz and Annette Friend’s Cicola Z were third, and Jennifer Bliss and Julie de Vaulx’s Knockout took fourth place honors.

 

In the Open Hunter 3′ division sponsored by Diptera, Colin Syquia guided Castlepoint Farm LLC’s Jetset to the championship tricolor with Leslie Ducharme and Plays Well in reserve.

 

In the Children’s/Adult Hunter division sponsored by Uhealth, Evangelista, owned and ridden by Ally Marrinan, earned the championship tricolor after winning all four classes over fences. Katherine Conlon’s Coco Chanel was ridden to reserve honors by Danielle McIlquham.

 

In the Low Working Hunters, Katie Wills rode Leah Elder’s Carasco to the division championship. Patricia Monaco and Daybreak finished in reserve. The Pilates Rocks Low Adult Hunter champion was Vitesse, owned by Elite Supplements Inc. and ridden by Beth Melamed. The reserve champion was All-Star, owned and ridden by Lynn Blanchette. The Pine Hollow Stables Low Children’s Hunter championship was awarded to Gretta, owned by Marianella Gonzalez and ridden by Taylor Pollak. Suir Clover and owner/rider Siena Vasan finished in reserve.

The Palm Beach Riding Academy Short Stirrup Hunter champion was Chapin Cheska riding Beaumont. Emma Sartor was reserve champion aboard Alannah Wagstaff’s Benlea Penny.

 

Ali Tritschler rode Lauren Wessan’s Krunch to victory in in two big equitation classes over the week. She topped the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal presented by Randolph College as well as the ASPCA Maclay class.

 

Equestrian Sport Productions’ Holiday Show Series will continue this week with its Holiday Festival I, running December 13-15, 2013. The competition is National ‘A’ and 3* jumper rated. Highlights include a $10,000 Open Stake on Friday, December 13, and a $25,000 Holiday I Grand Prix on Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m.

 

For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com. For full results, go towww.showgroundslive.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © ManciniPhotos, www.manciniphotos.com. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.


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

Colorado Horse Park’s Summer in the Rockies Named USHJA Member’s Choice

December 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Parker, CO – December 9, 2013 – The popular series Summer in the Rockies at the Colorado Horse Park is considered one of the most competitive, fun and hospitable competitions in the country. Competitors and members of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) made it official by voting for the first week of the series as their favorite USEF Premier “AA”-rated show in Zone 8.

 

The Member’s Choice Awards Program was developed by the Competition Standards Committee to reward technically excellent and exhibitor friendly competitions and encourage communication between exhibitors and competition management. Exhibitors are asked to rate a competition’s facility, personnel, hospitality and overall quality using a scale of poor to excellent.

 

A USHJA Member’s Choice award is presented to the Premier “AA,” National “A,” Regional I “B,” Regional II “C” and Local-rated competition with the highest survey average in each zone. Competitions must receive a minimum of three completed surveys to be considered for the award.

 

Colorado Horse Park’s President Helen Krieble and the dedicated staff are determined to make events at the Colorado Horse Park competitive, fun and unique. Last year, with help from the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Foundation, the park invested in new GGT footing for many of the park’s competition and schooling arenas.

 

 Helen Krieble, founder and President of CHP with Vice President, Brian Curry and Kathy, Joseph, Cecily and Wlliam Coors at the dedication of the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Arena during Summer in the Rockies I.  Photo by Flying Horse Photography


Helen Krieble, founder and President of CHP with Vice President, Brian Curry and Kathy, Joseph, Cecily and Wlliam Coors at the dedication of the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Arena during Summer in the Rockies I.
Photo by Flying Horse Photography

 

The Summer in the Rockies series hosts weekly competitor parties with great food and music in a beautiful new pavilion. Krieble and show manager Pat Boyle added delightful family activities to the show experience, such as archery lessons with coaching from an Olympic archer, a go-cart track, and access to golf at a nearby private country club. In the spacious new air-conditioned show office, competitors are offered freshly popped popcorn.

 

A new, large, centrally located permanent restroom with showers was opened for use during the summer series. This is a convenience not available at many of the country’s top facilities.

 

 The party pavilion at Colorado Horse Park. Photo by Carrie Wirth


The party pavilion at Colorado Horse Park. Photo by Carrie Wirth

 

The 2013 Summer in the Rockies competitors had much praise for the facility and the efforts to create a superlative show experience. Here’s what a few had to say:

 

“We’ve come to Colorado Horse Park since I was a little kid. We love Colorado. The new footing is awesome – all of the horses have jumped great.” Brooke Cudmore, Heartland Farm, Omaha, NE

 

“Pat Boyle, in my opinion, has done a fantastic job teaming up with Helen to create a venue that’s in a whole other league.” Keith Vanderveen, Bull Run Jumpers, St. Charles, IL

 

“This is my fourth year at the Colorado Horse Park. We love coming here. Our whole barn went white water rafting, and we had a blast. We’re going to keep coming back here, for sure.” Haylie Jayne, Our Day Farm, Elgin, IL

 

“It is nice to see what Helen and Pat and Showplace Productions are doing. We had a great circuit and it was a lot of fun.” Alex Granato, Wind Crest Farm, Elizabeth, CO

 

“At the Colorado Horse Park, the jumps are great and the footing is great. I am happy to be a part of it. They are making this a legitimate mid-summer competition venue. It wouldn’t surprise me if this becomes one of the major venues. Kentucky is one and this should be one.” Danny Foster, International course designer and former chef d’équipe for the Canadian Show Jumping Team,Milton, ON

 

“I have actually been coming here for 20 plus years. We are thrilled about the footing. It has enabled us to come for more weeks than we’ve ever come before. We come from Texas and get out of the heat-we love being here and hope to be here all summer over the next few years.” Matt Cyphert, Woodhill Farm, Northlake, TX

 

 Spectators gather for Saturday afternoon Grand Prix Photo by Carrie Wirth


Spectators gather for Saturday afternoon Grand Prix
Photo by Carrie Wirth

 

“We’re going to start coming here a lot. We like to come here because I like to meet new people and to compete for good prize money. I love it here.” Daniela Stransky, Mission Farm, Wellington, FL

 

“The Horse Park has created such a wonderful venue for us to come and show, with the footing and the staff. It is a great place to come for the summer and we really enjoy having it in our own backyard. We are very lucky.” Cindy Cruciotti, Serenity Farm, Elizabeth, CO

 

“I think the Colorado Horse Park is a special place to horse show. I grew up in Colorado and there wasn’t a place like this in the 70’s. It is really a pleasure to be here. The footing is great, and the maintenance of everything is fantastic.” Diane Carney, Telluride Farm, Hampshire, IL

 

The Colorado Horse Park will be recognized for its commitment to exhibitors at the Stirrup Cup and Affiliates Award Dinner at the 2013 USHJA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

 

  Three grays on their way to the jumper schooling arena. Photo by Carrie Wirth


Three grays on their way to the jumper schooling arena. Photo by Carrie Wirth


 

About the Colorado Horse Park

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado.  The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually.  CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic-designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor and eventing super-star James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.

 

The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space. The Colorado Horse Park iscommitted to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

 

Visit CHP at: http://coloradohorsepark.com/

 


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Sponsors:

Animo

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Bessemer Trust

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Cherry Creek Insurance Group

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Comfort Suites Castle Rock

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Days Inn Castle Rock

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Equine Sport Solutions

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KBC Foundation

 

Guaranty Bank

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Hampton Inn Parker

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Hertz

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Hilton Garden Inn

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Holiday Inn

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Horse Connection

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Littleton Equine Medical Center

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Murdoch’s Home and Ranch Supply

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Nutrena

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Parker Adventist Hospital

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Platinum Performance

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Sidelines

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Super 8

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Suzy Sweitzer/Remax Alliance

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Trappers

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Weathertech

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Griffis Residential

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Wells Fargo Advisors

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Jacksonville Winter Series ready to kick off its 2014 season

December 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

December 8th, 2013

Contact: Equus Events, Inc

803-643-5698

The 2014 Jacksonville Winter series held January 15th-Feburary 2nd in Green Cove Springs, FL is just around the corner.  JP Godard of Equus Events, Inc. has taken over managing duties for the event which holds an “AA” USEF rating.  “I am very excited to be a part of the Jacksonville Winter Series team.  What a great way to kick of the 2014 season”, quoted Godard.

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The show series has been selected as a prestigious World Champion Hunter Rider qualifying event and will feature:

-$25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby (week 2)

– USHJA Pre-green Incentive Stakes classes (each week)

–  NAL/TIP Children’s/Adult Jumper Classics (each week)

-NAL/TIP Children’s/Adult Hunter Classic’s (each week)

-$2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby (each week)

-Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic (each week)

– $10,000 Open Jumper Classic (week 3)

Hunter Classics will also be held throughout the series for nearly every hunter division.   As always the event will offer plenty of its well known southern hospitality and exhibitor parties which are not to be missed.

For more information on the 2014 Jacksonville Winter Series please call 904-993-2053 or log on to www.nfhja.com or www.equusevents.com

 

 

 

Dressage at Holiday & Horses Wrap-Up, November 30-December 1, 2013

December 05, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – December 3, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) hosted its Dressage at Holiday and Horses competition this weekend at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. Home to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), the beautiful facility featured two days of national competition on Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1, 2013.

Dressage at Holiday and Horses featured a full line-up of classes to appeal to horses and riders of all levels. The competition was level two USEF/USDF rated, a Great American/USDF Regional Championship Qualifier, and a Dover Medal Adult Amateur program event. William Solyntjes ‘S’ served as the judge at (C) and Angela Goodwin-Volpert was the TD.

 

Anne Cizadlo, of Wellington, FL, and Oldwick, NJ, had a fantastic show at Holiday & Horses with her two mounts, Talent and Unique, both owned by Paula Runnells. Showing in the USEF First Level Test 2, Cizadlo and Unique scored a 71.081%. They then went on to compete in the USEF First Level Test 3 to earn a 75.484%. Cizadlo also showed in the USEF Second Level Test 2 with Talent to earn a score of 69.605%. Talent and Unique’s Owner, Paula Runnells, showed her horse Rubilat in the USEF Second Level Test 1 and earned a score of 60.143%.

Anne Cizadlo and Talent. Photo (c) Susan J. Stickle.

Anne Cizadlo and Talent. Photo (c) Susan J. Stickle.

Cizadlo has spent her winters in Wellington for the last 14 years and loves the dressage facility at PBIEC. She had a great weekend with her two mounts, who she has been riding for two years. Talent (13) and Unique (14) are both Dutch Harness horses that Runnell imported from Holland. Cizadlo explained that both horses originally started out as carriage driving horses for several years and then had a change of careers when Runnell took up dressage. Cizadlo was happy with both of their performances this weekend.

 

“When I first started with Talent, he was really tense when he would go in the ring,” Cizadlo detailed. “This was probably the first horse show where I was really able to ride him almost the same in the ring as I can ride him either at home or in the warm-up ring. He really relaxed and let me bend him when I needed to bend him and let me half-halt him when I needed to half-halt him without getting stiff and tense on me. I was really thrilled with how he performed this weekend. He did a really nice job. I showed in Second Level, and I am going to continue to show him Second Level for the rest of the season. I am excited to move him up when he gets a little stronger.”

 

“Unique has a little bit of the same story,” Cizadlo said. “When I started with him two years ago he would really get rigid when he was in the show ring and again this weekend, I don’t know if it was just the facility or the environment, but he finally also really relaxed. He let me ride him, not only pushing him forward, so he had a lot of power. I could feel his power, but also letting me bend him, and he was very flexible and pliable during the test as well. His best test was the second one. He really put it all together and gave me a lot of power and a lot of flexibility at the same time. I was really proud of him for that.”

Anne Cizadlo and Unique. Photo (c) Susan J. Stickle.

Anne Cizadlo and Unique. Photo (c) Susan J. Stickle.

Cizadlo loves showing at PBIEC, which is just down the road from Runnell’s farm in Wellington, and praised this weekend’s show and the great facility.

 

“The show was fantastic,” she smiled. “The footing is great, the staff is great, the shows run really smoothly. It is a really friendly atmosphere. I love the landscaping. It is just a really wonderful place to show horses. It’s really quiet around there, and the horses are very calm. It is a nice location. It’s so convenient to get there. It is the easiest place to show in the whole world. I love it.”

 

In addition to Cizadlo’s success this weekend, the Holiday & Horses event featured some great rides from Jennifer Marchand and many others. The FEI Grand Prix saw a top score from Marchand riding Today to a 62.553%. Kelly Layne and Von Primaire scored a 59.255%.

 

In the Prix St. Georges Open division, Marchand had great scores with her three mounts. Don Romeo scored a 67.368%, Beshardt earned a 63.684%, and Atreyu II scored a 62.368%. Showing as an amateur, Lily C. Zilo and Windsor’s Aron scored a 64.079%.

 

Lisa Hyslop showed in the USEF Third Level Test 1 to earn a 64.737% aboard Delauren. Hyslop also showed Devon to a 63.333% in the USEF Training Level 1.

 

In the USEF Third Level Test 1 Junior/Young Rider division, Ashley Walker earned the best score of 62.105% riding Vermeer HF. Aless Hall and Unze Funds received a 65.000% for their ride in the USEF Third Level Test 3.

 

Dressage at Holiday & Horses leads up to the start of the winter season in Wellington and this year’s Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The 2014 AGDF begins January 9 and will feature 12 weeks of competition with five national and eight international shows running through March 30, 2014. For more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

 

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