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Lauren Hough Lands $3,000 Bonus in SSG Gloves Promotion

January 31, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, Florida – Lauren Hough was the big winner on Friday morning, claiming a $3,000 bonus for wearing SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves on her way to victory in the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series Round IV on January 31 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

Held Friday morning following the cancellation of all classes due to rain on Thursday, a total of 65 horses crossed the timers in an effort to post the fastest clear round over the track set by two-time Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela.  Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam held the lead for the majority of the class after posting a time of 62.58 seconds with Solerina.  Riding near at the bottom of the order, U.S. Olympian Lauren Hough raced over the track in a time of 61.46 to take the win with Ohlala.

Lauren Hough riding Ohlala is presented with a $3,000 bonus from SSG Gloves President Ed James, promotion manager Jennifer Ward, and ringmaster Gustavo Murcia for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on her way to victory in the $34,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round IV on January 31 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Photo by Sportfot

Lauren Hough riding Ohlala is presented with a $3,000 bonus from SSG Gloves President Ed James, promotion manager Jennifer Ward, and ringmaster Gustavo Murcia for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on her way to victory in the $34,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round IV on January 31 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
Photo by Sportfot

As part of the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion, Hough was also awarded a $3,000 bonus for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on her way to victory.

“I love the gloves!” said Hough upon being presented with the $3,000 bonus from SSG Gloves.  “I think it’s a brilliant, brilliant campaign that SSG does.  I really like wearing the gloves.  I always ride in gloves, so I have quite a collection now.  I’m really grateful to SSG Gloves for their support.”

SSG Gloves will continue to offer a $3,000 bonus in each of the weekly WEF Challenge Cup Series events, as well as a $1,000 bonus in the High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the High Junior Jumper Classic competitions.  If the winning rider in any of these three competitions is wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style gloves with the SSG horse head logo clearly visible, they will be presented with bonus money during the awards presentation.  A total of $60,000 in bonus money is on offer from SSG Gloves at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.

SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves are available for purchase at numerous Wellington locations, including Tackeria, as well as on-site at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds at various retailers including Beval Saddlery, Hadfields, Jods and Running Fox.

Please refer to the 2014 FTI Consulting WEF Prize List for complete details.  For further information, contact promotion manager Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications Inc., at cell: 613 292-5439 or jward@startinggate.ca.

Small Affair Selected as the 2013 WCHR Hunter of the Year

January 31, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

January 29, 2014, Lexington, KY- Named after a great horseman, the Peter Wetherill Cup was created in 2011 to celebrate a current equine athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of a top-class show hunter. The classic silver cup perpetual trophy is presented annually at the WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular in Wellington, FL, to the owner of the World Championship Hunter Rider Program’s Hunter of the Year.

 

This year’s recipient is an athletic 10 year-old bay Selle Francais gelding named Small Affair – Poker to his family and friends, whose prominent record of over 35 Champion and Reserve Champion titles in the Performance Working and Large Junior Hunter sections makes him well-deserving of the title, 2013 WCHR Hunter of the Year.

 Small Affair with John French Photo Courtesy of Shawn McMillen Photography


Small Affair with John French Photo Courtesy of Shawn McMillen Photography

 

As the New Year rang in, Poker had plenty to celebrate with WCHR Pro rider John French. The pair swept up Tricolors at most every prestigious event in the country: HITS Winter Circuit Champion Performance Hunter 3’6″, WCHR Professional Challenge Winner and Performance Hunter 3’6″ Champion at the Alltech National Horse Show. Junior competitor Samantha Sommers also benefited from a partnership with Poker; winning the USEF National Junior Hunter Championship-West, Large Junior Hunter Champion at Capital Challenge and Washington International Best Child Rider on a Horse honors.

 

“Poker is the ultimate horse and athlete. I have never once even thought about rehearsing his form over the jumps. He has never been trained on how to jump well; he just does it every time. He just knows when it is important and gives it his all. Most days I get him ready to show and he always seems to know when it’s a big class and it is important. His flatwork is all a little brighter and he’s just a little more powerful.” Elizabeth Reilly, rider and owner through 2013, added, “I am very honored for him to be chosen for this award. It is, in my opinion, the ultimate accolade for any hunter. I have had the horse for his entire professional career since he was imported from France and know the partner he has been for John and all my students, Olivia, Samantha and Lyn (Pedersen) that have had the privilege to be his teammate.”

 

Poker continues his winning ways, having already garnered Championship ribbons at his first events of 2014 with new owner Lyn Pedersen in the Amateur Owner Hunters. USHJA, WCHR and the USHJA Foundation wish Poker continued success throughout his career.

 

The WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular Week takes places February 12-16, during week six of the 2014 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Throughout that week, horses and riders compete to qualify for several awards and hunter classics, including the $100,000 Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, to be held Saturday February 15, under the lights of the International Arena.

 

The Spectacular Hunt Gala Committee will offer an evening of fine dining and fun, complete with top-notch competition ringside at The International Club. VIP Tables of six, as well as individual tickets for the February 15 event are on sale now. A portion of the proceeds benefit the USHJA Foundation which supports programs such as the Horseman’s Assistance Fund.

 

For additional information and table reservations please click here or contact Leslie Mangan at (859) 225-6704.

 

United States Hunter Jumper Association

3870 Cigar Lane

Lexington, KY 40511

P: 859.225.6700

F: 859.258.9033

www.ushja.org

Peter Wylde Jumping Clinic Benefiting Horses Healing Hearts Concludes With Rave Reviews

January 31, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 29, 2014 – Riders and equestrian enthusiasts from all over South Florida gathered at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village this weekend to learn from one of the country’s greatest riders, while also supporting a worthwhile cause. Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Wylde generously donated his time in support of Horses Healing Hearts, offering a clinic for riders of varying levels on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

Presenting Sponsor, Cavalor, hosted a luncheon with the Gold Medalist prior to the start of the clinic. Riders and auditors were able to ask questions of the expert, while enjoying the food at the Sunshine Stallion Grille. The restaurant was filled to capacity, and the hour flew by as Wylde discussed his secrets to a winning program.

 Peter Wylde, Liz Olszewski and Cavalor's Mawghan McCabe


Peter Wylde, Liz Olszewski and Cavalor’s Mawghan McCabe

“I always walk my horses for at least five minutes,” Wylde said as he began the advanced session. “Depending on what I am doing, whether I am flatting or jumping, I adjust my stirrups. Remember that everything we do during this clinic is for the betterment of the rider and the horse. The horse is an athlete, and we must treat it as one.”

Each session consisted of four horse and rider combinations, and Wylde made sure to approach each one with an adept perception of their needs. He worked with them extensively on the flat and then used different gymnastics, including a bounce, to help them collect and balance their horses. By the end of the clinic session, the change in each of the pairs was undeniable.

 Peter Wylde and Patricia Minter


Peter Wylde and Patricia Minter

 

 Patricia Minter follows Wylde's instructions as she maneuvers through the gymnastics


Patricia Minter follows Wylde’s instructions as she maneuvers through the gymnastics

“He’s a fabulous instructor, but also he really fed into the needs of each individual so beautifully and he is so insightful. It made the whole clinic incredibly worthwhile,” clinic participant Patricia Minter said. “In everyone there was an amazing improvement. To me, he just saw into each person, and he formulated exercises that played to each one of our needs. If I could, I would do this again tomorrow.”

Another advanced session rider, Hannah Bentz added, “This clinic was amazing. He did such a good job helping both me and my horse move ahead. I got so much out of the hour and a half. It was such a privilege to be able to do this clinic with him. The difference in my horse in the time of the session is just incredible; I never could have asked for that much. I am so thankful to Peter for being an Ambassador to Horses Healing Hearts, as well as to HHH for hosting the clinic.”

 Peter Wylde works with Hannah Bentz to slow down and collect her horse between the bounce and vertical


Peter Wylde works with Hannah Bentz to slow down and collect her horse between the bounce and vertical

Wylde addressed issues with each rider from positioning to tack and techniques to use at home. His approach was very individualized, and riders could not have been more grateful for his support.

GGT Footing’s Cynthia Brewster-Keating raved, “I thought the Peter Wylde Clinic was wonderful. His professional demeanor was fantastic, and his ability to read all of the different horses and offer suggestions for each one of us was particularly interesting for me to hear. I thought all of his exercises were challenging. He was able to keep the group moving, and we got a lot of jumping in, which was why I came. I think he was able to utilize each of the horse’s weaknesses and make them better in the end. I really had a wonderful time. It was one of the best clinics I have ever attended.”

 Cynthia Brewster-Keating


Cynthia Brewster-Keating

Wylde only became an Ambassador to Horses Healing Hearts about six months ago, and during that time he has not only volunteered with the children and raised awareness about the organization, but also donated his time as the clinician for the Sunshine Series Clinic to help raise funds for the non-profit organization.

“Clinics can be taken two ways; they can be theory, which I try to talk about as much as I can for the auditors and other riders, but one of the reasons why I really only like to do four people in a group is because I can connect with the rider and the horse and improve on the product the rider is producing,” Wylde explained. “I don’t want it to get too watered down. You don’t get that individual one-on-one experience. You can really connect, work with the rider, and show them how to fix it.”

Wylde continued, “I feel like I try to incorporate in my teachings, always simplify. You have to put the one most important idea in a person’s head; you need to have that simplification. I am happy that it all went as well as it did. There were great jumpers and riders today. I think I help to dissipate nervousness in people. I think nerves are 60 percent of the problem. I try to break it up for the horse and the rider to make it more comfortable.”

The Sunshine Series Peter Wylde Jumping Clinic was nothing short of a success with sold out riding sessions and over 40 auditors in attendance. Horses Healing Hearts would like to thank all sponsors for the clinic including Cavalor, Tredstep Ireland, Dover Saddles and Sunshine Meadows.

 

Horses Healing Hearts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of children of alcoholics and substance abuse through equine experiential learning. To learn more about Horses Healing Hearts or how you can help with donations of money or time, log onto http://www.HHHUSA.orgor e-mail Olszewski at liz@hhhusa.org.

USET Foundation Awards 2014 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy to Katie Dinan

January 31, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Gladstone, NJ – January 28, 2014 – The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy is the talented show jumping rider Katie Dinan of New York, NY and Wellington, FL.

 

Each year this award is presented to a young rider in one of the Olympic disciplines who exemplifies both sportsmanship and horsemanship. In 2013, Dinan had a breakthrough year competing at her first World Cup Finals and representing the United States at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona, Spain

 

Katie Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet. Photo By Noelle Floyd

Katie Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet. Photo By Noelle Floyd

Dinan was presented with this prestigious award at the USET Foundation Gala on January 24th, in Wellington, Florida. “I am very honored to be this year’s recipient of the Lionel Guerrand- Hermès Trophy,” Dinan commented. “Past recipients of the award include riders whom I look up to as well as some of my incredibly talented contemporaries. I am excited to have my name join the list and to be recognized by the USET Foundation as a young rider who demonstrates sportsmanship and horsemanship, two qualities I aspire to embody in this sport.”

 

For a young rider to achieve consistent success is not an easy feat, and to do it while carrying a full course load at college is even more impressive. In 2013, Katie Dinan managed to do just that. She competed in her first ever World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, and she then went on to represent the United States during two Nations Cup events. Two clear rounds helped her clinch the Furusiyya Rider of the Day Award at Spruce Meadows, and she was also a part of the third-place team in Dublin. In September, Dinan was a part of the U.S. team during the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona, Spain, where she helped them take top honors in the Consolation Round.
“2013 was my first year really competing with the U.S. Team,” noted Dinan. “I had always dreamed of going to the World Cup Finals and competing on Nations Cup Teams. I had amazing opportunities this past year to compete on teams with some of the best riders in our sport and gained invaluable experience. I give tremendous credit to my horse, Nougat du Vallet, who has been an incredible partner for me. Finishing the year with the Grand Prix win at the Alltech National Horse Show was a big moment for us, and it was really exciting to win a grand prix of that caliber.

 

Earlier in the year she kicked things off with a second place finish in the $125,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix to qualify for the Finals, and she then went on to win the $100,000 Old Salem Grand Prix. She concluded the year with a fantastic victory in the Alltech $250,000 Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show aboard Nougat Du Vallet.
Dinan is star outside of the ring as well. She is a 20-year-old sophomore at Harvard University, where she is studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology.
“While balancing riding and school can be hectic, I am incredibly lucky to have an amazing team at our farm, Staysail,” commented Dinan. “This allows me to go back and forth from school to competitions. I appreciate the balance gained from both attending university and riding. Looking forward, I hope to have additional opportunities to represent our country and dream of attending championship competitions.”

 

Dinan concluded, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have coached me, especially McLain Ward, the recipient of this same award in 1991, who gave me invaluable guidance over the past three years. I am also very grateful to Craig Pollard, who runs our farm, and Camilla Pettersson, who takes care of Nougat and Glory Days, for keeping my horses in super form. Most of all, I would like to thank my family for their endless support.”

 USET Foundation President S. Tucker S. Johnson, Katie Dinan, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Chairman of the Board, and Courtney Caverzasi, Hermes Equestrian Representative


USET Foundation President S. Tucker S. Johnson, Katie Dinan, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Chairman of the Board, and Courtney Caverzasi, Hermes Equestrian Representative

Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy Winners

Patrick Guerrand-Hermès established the Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Memorial Award in 1983 in memory of his son, Lionel, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1981 at the age of 18. Lionel trained with the United States Equestrian Team and was talented enough to be considered an Olympic hopeful. A perpetual trophy designed by Patrick Guerrand-Hermès is inscribed annually with the winner’s name and permanently displayed at the USET Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. Previous winners are:

 

1983 – Mark Leone

1984 – Jeffery Welles

1985 – Holly Mitten

1986 – Gregory A Best

1987 – Susanne Owen

1988 – Christopher Kappler

1989 – Mollie Bliss

1990 – Kim Keenan

1991 – McLain Ward

1992 – Abigail Lufkin

1993 – Mark Combs

1994 – Gabriella Salick

1995 – Megan Johnstone

1996 – Jonathan Elliot

1997 – Alison Firestone

1998 – Bruce Davidson Jr.

1999 – Chad Geeter

2000 – Elise Haas

2001 – Marilyn Little

2002 – Clark Montgomery

2003 – Will Faudree

2004 – Kristin Schmolze

2005 – Brianne Goutal

2006 – Katie Hamilton

2007 – Carolyn Kelly

2008 – Hillary Dobbs

2009 – Laura Noyes

2010 – Jennifer Waxman

2011 – Tiana Coudray

2012 – Lucy Davis

2013 – Reed Kessler

2014 – Katie Dinan

 

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation. 


For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE atwww.uset.org.

Far Niente Wins The Limited Edition 12-Goal Series Grand Champions At PB Polo Featured Game; Dorignac Named MVP

January 31, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Hawk Hill's Gringo Colombres (3) drives the ball downfield as Michel Dorignac (4) of Far Niente marks his man. Photo by Scott Fisher

Hawk Hill’s Gringo Colombres (3) drives the ball downfield as Michel Dorignac (4) of Far Niente marks his man. Photo by Scott Fisher

WELLINGTON, FL-Jan. 25, 2014––Far Niente won its first game of The Limited Edition 12-Goal Series with an impressive 12-8 victory over Hawk Hill Saturday in front of a packed house at Grand Champions Polo Club.

Far Niente (Gene Goldstein, Michael Bellissimo, Michel Dorignac, Tommy Collingwood) led from start-to-finish and quickly built a 6-1 lead after two chukkers.

 Winning Far Niente team Tommy Collingwood, Michel Dorignac, Gene Goldstein, Michael Bellissimo. Photo by Scott Fisher


Winning Far Niente team Tommy Collingwood, Michel Dorignac, Gene Goldstein, Michael Bellissimo. Photo by Scott Fisher

“I couldn’t be more happy,” Dorignac said. “We took it really serious and played well as a team. We were focused from the beginning. Everyone did a great job out there.”

Hawk Hill (Phillip MacTaggart, Gringo Colombres, Juan Monteverde, Agustin Arellano) rallied to come within two goals to finish the third chukker trailing by only two, 7-5, at the half.

“I figured that they were going to get their momentum which they did,” Dorignac said. “We just calmed down and never lost our patience. We played hard for the rest of the game. That was the key, we never gave up.”

 Most Valuable Player Michel Dorignac of Far Niente. Photo by Scott Fisher


Most Valuable Player Michel Dorignac of Far Niente. Photo by Scott Fisher

Dorignac was named Most Valuable Player after scoring a game-high seven goals, including five on penalty shots.

“This was great fun,” Dorignac said. “This was our first time with a full team. This is such a competitive league. It’s a combination of the players, horses and fields.

“I have to say thank you to Marc and Melissa Ganzi, thanks to them we wouldn’t be here, they have done a great job,” Dorignac said. “We all have to be very grateful.”

Bellissimo added two goals for Far Niente and Goldstein and Collingwood each had one goal.

 Far Niente's Michael Bellissimo (1) chases down Juan Monteverde (4) of Hawk Hill. Photo by Scott Fisher


Far Niente’s Michael Bellissimo (1) chases down Juan Monteverde (4) of Hawk Hill. Photo by Scott Fisher

After missing the first two games, Bellissimo rejoined the lineup and had one of his career-best games, playing well on both ends of the field.

“It was great fun,” Dorignac said. “I am so happy we could finally get to play with our full team. Unfortunately, Michael couldn’t play the first two games so we had to use two different substitutes. This was the first time we played together and it worked out good.”

Collingwood and Bellissimo have played together for five years. The team chemistry was evident from the opening chukker.

Far Niente's Tommy Collingwood (3) controls the ball despite defensive pressure from Gringo Colombres (3). Photo by Scott Fisher

Far Niente’s Tommy Collingwood (3) controls the ball despite defensive pressure from Gringo Colombres (3). Photo by Scott Fisher

“I am very happy with the game, we know each other really well and we have been playing team practices a lot,” said Collingwood, a 2009 Wellington High alum. “He played a hell of a game today.

“The idea was to get Michael the ball as much as we could,” Collingwood said. “Michel and I play more together, we take our time and release the ball when we need to and it worked. It’s great playing with Michel, he is a great sportsman and great team player and he uses you no matter what your handicap is.”

Michel Dorignac (4) of Far Niente works the ball out of the air behind his defender Gringo Colombres (3) of Hawk Hill. Photo by Scott Fisher

Michel Dorignac (4) of Far Niente works the ball out of the air behind his defender Gringo Colombres (3) of Hawk Hill. Photo by Scott Fisher

For Hawk Hill, MacTaggart was given the Sportsmanship Award and was thrilled walking off with a new saddle.

“It was fun,” MacTaggart said. “If we played like we did in the third and sixth chukker we would have won. We always have fun. It was a good, well-played match. You always play like it’s 0-0.”

 Far Niente's Gene Goldstein (2) trying to slow down Hawk Hill's Juan Monteverde (4). Photo by Scott Fisher


Far Niente’s Gene Goldstein (2) trying to slow down Hawk Hill’s Juan Monteverde (4). Photo by Scott Fisher

Teammates Monteverde and Arellano each scored three goals and Colombres added two goals.

The semifinals of The Limited Edition 12-Goal Series will be played on Wednesday.

For the second consecutive weekend, instant replay was used. Both teams used their one challenge with Hawk Hill winning its challenge in the fifth chukker at the 3:07 mark and Far Niente losing its challenge with 2:58 left in the fourth chukker.

Eric Monahan operates one of the on-field cameras for Grand Champions' state-of-the-art instant replay system. Photo by Scott Fisher

Eric Monahan operates one of the on-field cameras for Grand Champions’ state-of-the-art instant replay system. Photo by Scott Fisher

Grand Champions is the first polo club worldwide to utilize the state-of-art instant replay to help improve officiating.

Grand Champions also live-streamed the game for fans at polonow.com.

After the game, Grand Champions provided an asado by Cilantro’s owner Herman Moreira for all tournament participants and fans.

  Cilantro's owner Herman Moreira fires up the charcoal for the weekly asado at Grand Champions. Photo by Scott Fisher


Cilantro’s owner Herman Moreira fires up the charcoal for the weekly asado at Grand Champions. Photo by Scott Fisher

In other Grand Champions at PB Polo games:

The Limited Edition 12-Goal Series: Las Monjitas 10, TLC Development 8. Alejandro Novillo Astrada led scoring with six goals.

The Limited Edition 12-Goal Series: Casablanca 15, KIG 6. Miguel Novillo Astrada led scoring with seven goals for Casablanca that led the entire game including 7-3 at the half.

 Fans check out the latest in polo fashion at the Grand Champions Boutique. Photo by Scott Fisher


Fans check out the latest in polo fashion at the Grand Champions Boutique. Photo by Scott Fisher

Aspen Valley Cup 8-Goal: KIG 6, TLC Development 4. Wesley Uys and Chris Nevins each had two goals. Nevins scored the tying and winning goals. Kris Kampsen had three goals for TLC.

Aspen Valley Cup 8-Goal: Tonchala 13, PB Equine/Odosan 11. Tavi Usandizaga scored six goals including his team’s final three goals. Matt Coppola scored a game-high seven goals.

Aspen Valley Cup 8-Goal: PB Equine/Odosan 13, Tuff Riders 9. Matt Coppola led scoring with eight goals for the winning team. Jared Zenni had five goals for Tuff Riders.

Aspen Valley Cup 8-Goal: La Casa Hermosa 14, Tonchala 9. Hector Galindo led La Casa Hermosa with eight goals. Tavi Usandizaga had six goals for Tonchala.

Metropolitan Cup 5-Goal: Pony Express 9, Santa Clara 8. Benjamin Daniels scored three goals including the game-winner. Nico and Luis Escobar each had three goals for Santa Clara.

Metropolitan Cup 5-Goal: Grand Champions 12, Patagones 7. Julio Ezcurra scored seven goals to lead Grand Champions. Juan Olivera added four goals.

For game recaps, news, features and photos of Grand Champions Polo Club-related events, go towww.grandchampionspoloclub.org.

 Far Niente's Gene Goldstein (2) drives downfield for a goal.  Photo by Scott Fisher


Far Niente’s Gene Goldstein (2) drives downfield for a goal.
Photo by Scott Fisher

2014 HIGH GOAL SEASON

JANUARY 26: Bobby Barry Cup Final, Flight Options vs. Orchard Hill, Field 2, noon; Joe Barry Memorial Cup, Valiente vs. Tonkawa, 3 p.m.

JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 23: Ylvisaker Cup

FEBRUARY 22-MARCH 8: Iglehart Cup

FEBRUARY 14: National Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

FEBRUARY 16-MARCH 2: C.V. Whitney Cup

MARCH 5-23: USPA Piaget Gold Cup

MARCH 26-APRIL 20: 110th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championships

Michael Bellissimo (1) of Far Niente pursues the ball despite Gringo Colombres (3) of Hawk Hill pressuring. Photo by Scott Fisher

Michael Bellissimo (1) of Far Niente pursues the ball despite Gringo Colombres (3) of Hawk Hill pressuring. Photo by Scott Fisher

GRAND CHAMPIONS @ PALM BEACH POLO 2014 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (HOTLINE 561-373-0073)

JANUARY: Metropolitan Cup (5 goals); Aspen Valley Cup (8 goals); The Limited Edition 12-Goal Series; Friday Night Under The Lights Arena Polo.

FEBRUARY: Halo Polo Trophy (5 goals); USPA Cyril R. Harrison Trophy; USPA Sieber Memorial Trophy; Friday Night Under The Lights Arena Polo.

MARCH: Madelon Bourdieu Memorial (5 goals); The Limited Edition 8-Goal Series; USPA Regional President’s Cup (8 goals); $50,000 National 12-Goal Tournament; The Top Pony 12-Goal Series; Santa Rita Abierto (16 goals).

APRIL: Las Acacias (5 goals); USPA Association Cup (8 goals); Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame Challenge Cup (12-goals); John T. Oxley Memorial Trophy (16 goals).

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB SCHEDULE (561-644-5050)

MARCH 9: Great Futures Celebrity Polo Match, 10 a.m., benefitting the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington.

MARCH 17: Buzz Welker Memorial Tournament

APRIL 3-5: Fifth annual Gay Polo League International Tournament

APRIL 8-12: Women’s Championship Tournament

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

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

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, medium and low goal polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the winter, spring and fall tournament season and other special events including 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.

Alexandra Crown and Chloe D. Reid Rewarded with SSG Gloves Bonus Money

January 31, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, Florida – Alexandra Crown and Chloe D. Reid were both rewarded for their loyalty to SSG Gloves with $1,000 bonuses in the SSG “Go Clean for the Green” incentive promotion at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.  SSG Gloves is offering a total of $60,000 in bonus money over the 12-week circuit to reward riders for their loyalty to the SSG Gloves brand.

On Saturday, Alexandra Crown made her High Amateur-Owner Classic debut a winning one, claiming victory over 30 entries in the $15,000 SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Classic.  Riding Verona, her partner since last May, Crown topped a seven-horse jump-off for the win.  For wearing SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves in both rounds of competition on her way to victory, Crown was presented with a $1,000 bonus from the Canadian glove manufacturer.

Alexandra Crown, pictured on Verona, is presented with a $1,000 bonus from SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion manager Jennifer Ward for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on her way to victory in the $15,000 High Amateur-Owner Classic held January 25 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Photo by Sportfot

Alexandra Crown, pictured on Verona, is presented with a $1,000 bonus from SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion manager Jennifer Ward for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on her way to victory in the $15,000 High Amateur-Owner Classic held January 25 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
Photo by Sportfot

“It’s really exciting!” said Crown, 18, of New York.  “I’ve been using the gloves and I love them; I think they are great.  They are really grippy, which I love, and if they get rained on, they still work.  And they are comfortable.  Thank you to SSG Gloves for sponsoring this bonus.  It’s amazing!”

On Sunday morning, Chloe D. Reid of Washington, D.C., also faced off against 30 entries to win the $10,000 High Junior Jumper Classic with King of Hearts.  Following a 10-horse jump-off, Reid emerged victorious with a clear round in a time of 35.12 seconds to edge out Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade, who stopped the clock in 35.59 seconds riding Carboni.

“The jump-off class was packed with really great riders, and it was awesome to be in there,” said Reid of her win with King of Hearts, her partner of three years.  “My horse is very relaxed; we call him the slowest horse in the barn.  He will jump anything you point him at but it takes him a while to get there, so I was really happy that he was able to step it up with me today and go fast!”

Reid also claimed a $1,000 bonus for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ in recognition of her loyalty to the SSG Gloves brand.

“It’s awesome!  It’s a great promotion, I love it so much,” said Reid, 17, of the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion.  “The gloves are amazing to wear and I love wearing them.  I wear them all the time.  They are really grippy and they have grip all the way around, so you know they are always going to be there for you and your fingers will never slip.”

Chloe D. Reid topped a 10-horse jump-off riding King of Hearts to win the $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic and a $1,000 bonus in the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion.  Presenting on behalf of SSG Gloves is Jennifer Ward with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia. Photo by Sportfot

Chloe D. Reid topped a 10-horse jump-off riding King of Hearts to win the $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic and a $1,000 bonus in the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion. Presenting on behalf of SSG Gloves is Jennifer Ward with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia.
Photo by Sportfot

Earlier in the week, Todd Minikus was awarded a $3,000 bonus for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on his way to victory in the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round III.

SSG Gloves will continue to offer a $3,000 bonus in each of the weekly WEF Challenge Cup Series events, as well as a $1,000 bonus in the High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the High Junior Jumper Classic competitions.  If the winning rider in any of these three competitions is wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style gloves with the SSG horse head logo clearly visible, they will be presented with bonus money during the awards presentation.  A total of $60,000 in bonus money is on offer from SSG Gloves at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.

SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves are available for purchase at numerous Wellington locations, including Tackeria, as well as on-site at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds at various retailers including Running Fox, Jod’s, and Beval Saddlery.

Please refer to the 2014 FTI Consulting WEF Prize List for complete details.  For further information, contact promotion manager Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications Inc., at cell: 613 292-5439 orjward@startinggate.ca.

Canada’s Tiffany Foster and Victor Victorious in $34,000 WEF Challenge Cup

January 25, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, Florida – Canada’s Tiffany Foster emerged victorious in the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round III – Section B held Thursday, January 23, at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

A total of 92 horses attempted the first round track set by course designer Guilherme Jorge with 25 posting clear rounds to advance to the jump-off.  Returning for the jump-off mid-way through the order, Foster guided Victor to a blazing fast round in a time of 40.50 seconds to take over the lead from her 2012 London Olympic teammate, Ian Millar, who had stopped the clock in 40.84 seconds riding Dixson.  Only one rider, Todd Minikus, was able to better her time, crossing the timers in 40.34 seconds riding Quality Girl to take the win in Section A while Foster was crowned the victor of Section B.

“He felt awesome, he was perfect!” said Foster, 29, of her 2012 Olympic mount.  “The jump-off course was really wide open; there was a lot of open galloping, so you had to carry a lot of ground speed which can get a little hairy sometimes, but not for Victor!  He loves it!”

Canada’s Tiffany Foster guided Victor to victory in the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round III – Section B on January 23 at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Photo by Sportfot

Canada’s Tiffany Foster guided Victor to victory in the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round III – Section B on January 23 at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
Photo by Sportfot

Now in their fourth season together, Foster and Victor, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Elmshorn x Grandeur) owned by Torrey Pines Stable and Artisan Farms LLC, are no strangers to the International Arena at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.  They were members of Canada’s Nations’ Cup team in Wellington in both 2012 and 2013, posting clear rounds on both occasions.

“He knows this ring really well, so I know I can take a lot of risks with him here and he’s really confident and comfortable,” explained Foster of Vancouver, BC.  “When he’s jumping like he was today, I knew I could go really fast!”

Foster even out-raced her coach, 2008 Canadian Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze, who placed third riding Zigali P S in only their third competitive appearance together.

Tiffany Foster, mounted on Victor, is presented as the winner of the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round III – Section B by ringmaster Gustavo Murcia at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Photo by Sportfot

Tiffany Foster, mounted on Victor, is presented as the winner of the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round III – Section B by ringmaster Gustavo Murcia at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
Photo by Sportfot

Foster competes at the grand prix level with Victor as well as Verdi III, a new mount acquired in June of 2013 by her owners, Andy and Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms LLC.  In addition, she has several young prospects she is developing for Artisan Farms of Wellington, Florida, and Vrasene, Belgium.

 

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Lars Petersen and Mariett Lead the Competition in FEI Grand Prix Freestyle at AGDF 3 CDI W

January 25, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Spain’s Juan Matute, Jr., Earns Second CDI Win

with Don Diego Ymas in the FEI Prix St. Georges

For Immediate Release

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Wellington, FL – January 24, 2014 – Danish rider Lars Petersen and his grand prix mount Mariett won the FEI World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix Freestyle presented by US P.R.E. Association during the third week of competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). Petersen rode Marcia Pepper’s 16-year-old Danish Warmblood mare to first place with 77.450%.

 

Second place went to Canada’s Diane Creech and Devon L. The pair finished on a 73.175%. Mikala Munter Gundersen (DEN) rounded out the top three with My Lady after receiving a score of 72.075%.

 

 Lars Petersen and Mariett


Lars Petersen and Mariett

The third week of the AGDF, sponsored by the US P.R.E. Assocation and Chesapeake Dressage Institute, runs through Sunday, January 26. The AGDF hosts nine more weeks of world-class dressage through March 30. The FEI World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix Freestyle was the feature event of the week, and chilly weather and a schedule adjustment didn’t detract from a phenomenal evening of dressage competition.

 

“Competition was stellar, the horses were beautiful, (and) the riding was exquisite,” commented Allyn Mann of Adequan.

 

Mann was excited to see the AGDF continuing to flourish, especially under new Sports Director Thomas Baur’s expertise. “As far as this year versus previous years, I think we’ve already exceeded expectations. Thomas is just continuing to do wonderful things to make each of these events a special evening. I would expect that it’s only going to get better and the competition more fierce because I think that’s what keeps each [rider] going, right? You want to get to the top rung on the ladder,” Mann remarked.

 

The rider at the top of that ladder has often been Petersen with Mariett, and after finishing second with the mare during AGDF 1, Petersen was pleased to see her getting back in the swing of things.

 

“That was the first show since [Dressage at] Devon [in September]. Now we have one show with a little bit to practice. When you’re on a roll it always gets a bit easier. I think that’s the biggest thing. Also for her, she was in [this ring] before and she was more tense the first show. I think it’s a combination of a lot of things, [but] the main thing is that we showed two weeks ago and now we do it again,” Petersen explained.

 

Of Mariett’s performance on Friday evening, Petersen said, “I thought she was really good today. I had a very difficult test; high difficulty with my changes and all my transitions from trot to passage. She was with me today.”

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Second place finisher Creech debuted a new freestyle routine featuring Capital City’s hit song “Safe and Sound.” Creech’s music was produced by Karen Robinson, who Creech has worked with before.

 

“We’ve always liked working with each other. It’s not so easy to find the right music for your horse,” she acknowledged. “It needs to suit the temperament and the movement, and I need to like it and he needs to like it. Those are a lot of things to mix into it. It needs to be happy music, and I like it to be a little bit familiar to people.”

 

The most important thing to Creech is that Devon L takes to the music, which he appears to be doing.

 

“I just have ridden [the new freestyle] for the second time now, so we’re just getting into the routine, but he seems to like the routine and he seems to like the music,” she described.

 Diane Creech and Devon L


Diane Creech and Devon L

Mikala Munter Gundersen and My Lady put on another good show, placing third for the second time in the FEI World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix Freestyle. Munter Gundersen was very happy with her horse’s performance, but admitted she committed a few errors that kept them from the top prize.

 

“She has had some nice consistency in her test. Tonight, she got a little bit hot for me and I got a little behind the music, so I was chasing to catch up with the music a bit, and I got some mistakes because of that. Those were all mine. She really paid attention to me even though she was hot,” Munter Gundersen recounted.

 

As for giving Petersen a run for his money, Munter Gundersen says it will all come together in a few weeks at the AGDF 5 Dressage CDI 4*.

 Mikala Munter Gundersen and My Lady


Mikala Munter Gundersen and My Lady

“I think in two weeks, we’re going to get Lars. At least we’ll try!” she laughed.

 

Cesar Parra was the top American finisher for the class, riding Van the Man to a 71.975%. He too sees his routine coming along as the horse continues to mature.

 

“I’m very, very happy with him. He’s a very hot horse. A very special horse; he’s my special child,” he smiled.

 

Parra continued, “I think he’s a wonderful horse that is maturing a lot, and I really have big expectations for him. I think very soon everything will come together, and everyone will see his greatness in the ring. I’m very proud to be representing the United States with him.”

 

Spain’s Juan Matute, Jr., Earns Second CDI Win with Don Diego Ymas in the FEI Prix St. Georges

 

In only his second CDI outing with Don Diego Ymas, 16-year-old Juan Matute, Jr., conquered the FEI Prix St. Georges presented by Chesapeake Dressage Institute at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). Matute, Jr., and Don Diego Ymas won the class with a score of 71.421%.

 

Canadian Britney Fraser took second with All In with a final score of 70.684%, while Heather Mason (USA) and Zar were third with 70.421%.

 

Matute, Jr. won the Intermediaire-I during the first week of competition for the AGDF and was thrilled to pick up another small tour victory with Don Diego Ymas.

 Juan Matute, Jr. and Don Diego Ymas


Juan Matute, Jr. and Don Diego Ymas

“It feels amazing. We were not expecting it!” Matute, Jr., grinned. “We were just expecting to perform well, and of course getting a good score is always part of that, but our first goal was just to be good and to enjoy [the test] and create a stronger bond with each other.

 

“We had some mistakes in the threes, so a few parts of the canter were a bit messy, but I think the overall picture was great,” he continued. “The contact was great; the frame was great.”

 

Matute, Jr. also picked up a blue ribbon earlier in the morning with Dhannie Ymas in the FEI Junior Team Class. Matute, Jr., admitted that both horses enjoy taking in the sights of the winner circle.

 

“They like it. They like to win! They like the people clapping and the whole atmosphere of victory,” Matute, Jr., commented.

 

With the season in Wellington off to an exciting start, Matute, Jr. now looks forward to the FEI Nations Cup during the AGDF 7 CDIO, presented by Stillpoint Farm and Peacock Ridge.

 

“My goal is to do well in the small tour this season in Wellington, and my goal by the end of the year is to move up to the Under 25 [classes]. We’re going to do the Nations Cup, so that’s one of the biggest goals for the small tour this season,” Matute, Jr. outlined.

 

Matute, Jr. spent two months in Germany training with Oliver Oelrich before returning home to Wellington to resume training with his father, Juan Matute, Sr. Matute, Jr. enjoys having a trainer-student relationship that runs deeper than most.

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“I love it. I get to ask questions 24/7. My dad sometimes wants to kill me at the dinner table because I keep asking questions and asking questions,” Matute, Jr. laughed. “But I think it’s great because besides having that relationship as father and son, we keep that relationship in the ring.”

 

Competition for the AGDF 3 CDI W continues Saturday morning with the FEI Intermediare-I at 11:00 a.m. followed by the FEI Grand Prix Special at 3:20 p.m. For full results and more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by the US P.R.E. Assocation

Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%,

1 Lars Petersen, DEN, Mariett: 76.875%, 77.875%, 76.125%, 79.750%, 76.625%, 77.450%

2 Diane Creech, CAN, Devon L: 73.125%, 74.375%, 71.625%, 75.000%, 71.750%, 73.175%

3 Mikala Munter Gundersen, DEN, My Lady: 71.375%, 72.250%, 73.000%, 72.625%, 71.125%, 72.075%

4 Cesar Para, USA, Van the Man: 71.500%, 73.875%, 72.625%, 71.250%, 70.625%, 71.975%

5 Jill Irving, CAN, Pop Art: 71.125%, 68.625%, 71.375%, 71.625%, 72.000%, 70.950%

6 Jacqueline Brooks, CAN, D Niro: 72.750%, 69.750%, 69.875%, 71.875%, 70.500%, 70.950%

7 Megan Lane, CAN, Caravella: 70.625%, 72.250%, 69.500%, 71.250%, 68.875%, 70.500%

8 Anna Marek, USA, Unico G: 68.875%, 71.375%, 69.875%, 69.125%, 69.750%, 69.800%

Final Results: FEI Prix St. Georges, presented by Chesapeake Dressage Institute

Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total%

1 Juan Matute, Jr., ESP, Don Diego Ymas: 72.632%, 74.605%, 70.658%, 69.737%, 69.474%, 71.421%

2 Brittany Fraser, CAN, All In: 68.158%, 68.421%, 72.500%, 71.711%, 72.632%, 70.684%

3 Heather Mason, USA, Zar: 71.316%, 71.974%, 71.184%, 67.500%, 70.132%, 70.421%

4 Chris Von Martels, CAN, Zilverstar: 68.289%, 70.395%, 70.658%, 69.737%, 72.763%, 70.368%

5 Neve Myburgh, GER, Lexington Star: 69.342%, 68.684%, 69.868%, 67.500%, 69.605%, 69.000%

6 Tom Dvorak, CAN, Ribot: 6.7500%, 70.000%, 67.632%, 68.158%, 68.158%, 68.289%

7 Evi Strasser, CAN, Rigaudon Tyme: 67.632%, 67.105%, 66.579%, 68.289%, 70.395%, 68.00%

8 Maya Markowski, CAN, Lumiere: 67.105%, 69.342%, 66.447%, 65.526%, 66.842%, 67.503%

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

 

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About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring 8 FEI Dressage events, including a 5* and the only FEI Nations’ Cup Series CDIO in the Western Hemisphere. The AGDF offers more than $400,000 in prize money for the six international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world-class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

Please visit

www.globaldressagefestival.com

www.equestriansport.com

or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

 

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at

The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

 

Silvia Rizzo and New Partner Sal Ready to Take On Wellington

January 23, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 22, 2014 – Silvia Rizzo, the Italian dressage rider based in Germany, is back in South Florida for the second year of showing in the sun, this time with a brand new horse to ride.

Sal, a 15-year-old Lusitano stallion whom Rizzo calls “Salame,” will be Rizzo’s partner in Grand Prix competition at Wellington’s top shows this season. Sal is an Alter Real bred and revised Pure Sangue Lusitano (PSL) (Mississippe x Maia X Agareno II). Just like Donnerbube 2, Rizzo’s ride during the 2013 winter season, Salame loves bananas.

“I have another gorilla,” she laughed.

  Silvia Rizzo and Sal in their first competition together


Silvia Rizzo and Sal in their first competition together

Rizzo has been working with Sal for only three weeks, and part of that time was spent in transit as the pair traveled from Hof Marabunta, Rizzo’s farm in Germany, to their winter base in Wellington. Rizzo competed with Sal for the first time on Jan. 18 at the Gold Coast Opener national show, and she had plenty to smile her megawatt smile about after their first venture down centerline together.

Although she was happy with her ride, Rizzo said she drove her partner and trainer, Michele Betti, crazy with her “blonde moments” at her first competition with Sal.

“Michele had to be my psychologist,” she said of the former Italian Olympic eventing team coach. “I was killing him with my stupid questions. But he was so good and calmed me down.”

 Silvia Rizzo and Sal


Silvia Rizzo and Sal

“Even after he was my head doctor, my brain was full of questions when we went in the ring,” she continued. “After the first extended trot, the answer came to me: Sal is a wonderful horse! He’s very sensitive and listens to me. He is absolutely focused on me.”

 Silvia Rizzo and Ziggy


Silvia Rizzo and Ziggy

 

The warm-up for their test was the first time Rizzo had ridden Sal with other horses, and she was happy with the way he handled it.

“He has a really good brain,” she said. “It was windy. The warm-up was completely full of horses, of every level, of every color, of every size. . . and the other horses were around him, and he didn’t care at all. There was one horse that was rearing up next to him in the warm-up! And he didn’t mind – I could focus on my own work. I was so happy with him.”

 

Rizzo was also pleased with their score of 64.75 percent and is excited to keep improving as she and Sal get to know each other.

 

“What more could I ask in our first test together in our brand new partnership?” she asked. “I am so proud of him.”

 

Rizzo and Salame will surely attract a fan club during their time in Florida, just like she and Donnerbube 2 did last year. Rizzo said that the charter member of the Silvia and Salame fan club is her dachshund, Ziggy.

“Ziggy comes to every training session and every practice,” she said. “I think he knows the freestyle music better than I do!”

 

While Rizzo and Salame are new dance partners, they are both seasoned competitors on the world stage. Sal has earned top placings in CDIs in some of Europe’s best venues, while Rizzo has ridden in major competitions around the globe, including invitational events such as the World Dressage Masters CDI5* Palm Beach and the Chi Al Shaqab festival’s CDI4* in Doha, Qatar.

Rizzo and Sal will be back in action Jan. 23-24 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 3 CDI-W, where they will compete in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle. They will debut their freestyle pattern set to energetic popular tunes, and afterward, Ziggy is sure to offer his unbiased opinion.

 Silvia Rizzo and Sal


Silvia Rizzo and Sal

Todd Minikus Awarded $3,000 in SSG Gloves Promotion

January 23, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, Florida – Todd Minikus claimed a $3,000 bonus for wearing SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves on his way to victory in the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series Round III held Thursday, January 23, at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

Todd Minikus riding Quality Girl is presented with a $3,000 bonus from SSG Gloves promotion manager Jennifer Ward for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on his way to victory in the $34,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round III on January 23 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Photo by Sportfot

Todd Minikus riding Quality Girl is presented with a $3,000 bonus from SSG Gloves promotion manager Jennifer Ward for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on his way to victory in the $34,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round III on January 23 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
Photo by Sportfot

From a starting field of 92 entries, a total of 25 clear rounds were produced over the first-round track set by Guilherme Jorge of Brazil.  Making for an exciting jump-off, the lead changed hands several times before a time of 40.34 seconds was posted by Minikus riding Quality Girl.  Nine more would challenge, including Minikus on a second mount, Uraguay, but his time with Quality Girl held up for the win.

A huge fan of SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves, Minikus was rewarded for his loyalty with a bonus of $3,000 as part of the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” incentive promotion.

“I love these gloves, especially since the weather has been a little cool here the last couple of days!” said Minikus, who has been a frequent winner in the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion, most recently claiming a $3,000 bonus at the 2013 Alltech National Horse Show at the end of October.  “Everyone knows how I feel about the SSG Gloves incentive and wearing the gloves from last year and through indoors and on and on and on.  I just think it’s awesome!”

Minikus puts his SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves to work, and never competes without them.

“They get used!” insisted Minikus.  “They do everything from low schooling jumper to the grand prix, and mucking stalls at home and driving the tractor, too.  They do everything!”

SSG Gloves will continue to offer a $3,000 bonus in each of the weekly WEF Challenge Cup Series events, as well as a $1,000 bonus in the High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the High Junior Jumper Classic competitions.  If the winning rider in any of these three competitions is wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style gloves with the SSG horse head logo clearly visible, they will be presented with bonus money during the awards presentation.  A total of $60,000 in bonus money is on offer from SSG Gloves at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.

SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves are available for purchase at numerous Wellington locations, including Tackeria, as well as on-site at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds at various retailers including Running Fox, Jods, and Beval Saddlery.

Please refer to the 2014 FTI Consulting WEF Prize List for complete details.  For further information, contact promotion manager Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications Inc., at cell: 613 292-5439 or jward@startinggate.ca.