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Pollard and Mensa G Early Leaders At Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover

April 25, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, Ky., April 24, 2014 – Michael Pollard grabbed the early lead on the first day of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, scoring 49.5 penalties on Mensa G.

 

That score just eclipsed the score of 49.8 penalties earned by Will Faudree on Pawlow. Doug Payne scored 51.2 on Crown Talisman to claim third place.

 

The dressage judges at this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event are Sandy Phillips of Great Britain, Gillian Rolton of Australia and Christina Klingspor of Sweden.

 

“I like to say that, on dressage day, you can’t win the event, but you certainly can lose it. I’m probably not going to keep the lead tomorrow, but this is a good start,” said Pollard, 33, of Dalton, Ga. “I just tried not to panic before I went in the ring.”

 

Mensa G is a 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding by Colonial Affair-Fire The Secretary, Stop The Music, bred by Rutledge Farm in Middleburg, Va. Colonial Affair won the 1993 Belmont Stakes. Pollard, wife Nathalie Pollard and father-in-law Carl Bouckaert have owned him for two years.

Faudree ,32, of Southern Pines, N.C., said he thought that he “threw points away” with mistakes at the counter-canter and medium trot. But “all in all he stayed very rideable throughout the test, and overall I was happy.”

 

Faudree added, “It’s a disadvantage to go on Thursday morning [when the crowd is the smallest] with a horse who benefits from atmosphere. The more atmosphere there is around the ring, the less I have to kick and the more I can show off what he can do.”

 

Pawlow, 15, is an Irish-bred Thoroughbred gelding by Marcuzzi who finished sixth at the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event with Faudree aboard.

 

But Payne, who celebrated his marriage just a few weeks ago, thought that going on the quieter Thursday was an advantage for him. “Crown Talisman is a little more excitable, so it was good for him to get this experience,” he said.

 

Unlike the other leaders, Payne will not be starting on Saturday’s cross-country course, though. He’s received a Land Rover travel grant to compete Crown Talisman at the Saumur CCI4* in France later this year. Still, he had high praise for the cross-country course Derek di Grazia has created for this year’s event. Di Grazia has been designing the Rolex Kentucky course since 2011.

 

“It’s a hell of a lot easier to comment on a course that you don’t have to ride,” he said with a smile. “But I think that Derek often doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves. The great thing with his course is that if you jump into the first element right, it generally works out. The horses really read his questions well and jump them well. I don’t think he penalizes the horses.”

 

Said Pollard, the father of four young children, “This course always looks big to me. I have yet to walk a four-star where it seems easy. It may be a little bit stiffer this year, because it’s a World Championship selection trial, but it’s always hard.”

 

The official Thursday event attendance was 7,004.

 

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, April 24-27 at the Kentucky Horse Park, is one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian competitions and features the world’s best horses and riders vying for their share of $250,000 in prize money, as well as a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which is awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley four-star Events in succession.

 

The 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is a selection trial for the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games and will crown the 17th Rolex/USEF National CCI4* Champion. The only four-star event in the Western Hemisphere, Rolex Kentucky draws an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 spectators and is seen by millions more on worldwide telecasts.

 

This year, for the first time ever, Rolex Kentucky includes a team challenge. The Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge will award $20,000 in prize money, while helping national teams prepare for the team competition at the World Equestrian Games this summer. The winning nation will be the nation with the fewest penalties after adding together the final scores of the three highest-placed individuals from that nation.

 

Rolex Kentucky is a fun time for all in attendance. Aside from the competition, the event features exquisite shopping in the Sponsor Village; an International Trade Fair with almost 200 booths and tents displaying designer clothing, artwork, gifts, sport clothing, horse-related items, and event souvenir items; and the brand-new “Kentucky Uncovered,” which highlights products unique to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Rolex Kentucky also features a variety of other entertaining attractions. General admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, America’s only theme park dedicated to horses, is included with each Rolex Kentucky ticket.

 

Coverage of America’s only Four Star Event includes an NBC broadcast – the Rolex Equestrian Championships presented by Land Rover – which will air on Sunday, May 4. All four days of the competition is being streamed online LIVE on USEFNetwork.com, presented by SmartPak, beginning on Thursday, April 24.

 

For equestrian fans throughout the rest of the world, FEI TV is airing LIVE coverage of Saturday’s cross-country and Sunday’s show jumping competitions. To sign up for FEI TV, visit www.feitv.org.

 

The broadcast schedule is listed below, and is also available on the USEF Network coverage page,www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2014Rolex/.  All broadcast times are subject to change.

*              April 24: LIVE Dressage on USEFNetwork.com, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT

*              April 25: LIVE Dressage on USEFNetwork.com, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT

*              April 26: LIVE Cross-Country on USEFNetwork.com, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT

*              April 27: LIVE Show Jumping on USEFNetwork.com, 1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT

Awards Ceremony on USEFNetwork.com, 3:00 p.m. EDT

*              May 4: Rolex Equestrian Championships on NBC, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

 

Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI) is a non-profit charitable Kentucky corporation that was established initially to produce the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the success of those championships, EEI established an annual event which quickly evolved into what is today the only Four Star three-day event in the Western Hemisphere, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The Kentucky Reining cup was incorporated as part of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event schedule in 2011.

 

For complete information, please visit www.RK3DE.org.

 

Stay up to date with Rolex Kentucky!

 

 

 

Michael Pollard and Mensa G are the early leaders of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, scoring 49.5. (Ben Radvani photo

Michael Pollard and Mensa G are the early leaders of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, scoring 49.5.
(Ben Radvani photo

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  Will Faudree and Pawlow stand second at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, scoring 49.8. (Ben Radvani photo)


Will Faudree and Pawlow stand second at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, scoring 49.8.
(Ben Radvani photo)

 

Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo Capture First Victory for $200,000 American Invitational, Presented by G & C Farm, at Sun Life Stadium Miami

April 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Miami, FL – April 5, 2014 – Tonight, history was made as the 42nd Gene Mische $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm, found its new home at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL. The class has become a landmark of the showjumping world, and tonight was no exception as 29 horse and rider combinations gathered on the field to compete in a battle of the best. It was an electrifying night as spectators looked on to the stadium turf, but it was with swiftness and accuracy that Beezie Madden was able to emerge as the victor tonight. Aboard Coral Reef Via Volo, Madden rode to her third American Invitational victory, a feat few can claim.

 

Madden navigated Coral Reef Via Volo to a double-clear effort during a five-horse jump off. They tripped the timers in 35.91 seconds after completing a clear short course, while Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Atlanta rode to the second place for the only other double clear effort. Lauren Hough and Ohlala were the third place finishers, taking the honors as the fastest of the four faulters after lowering the height of obstacle 17, an oxer set near the in gate.

 

Designer of the 2008 Olympic courses, Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL, designed tonight’s toilsome track. The 13 numbered obstacles featured a triple bar-oxer double combination, a scopey vertical leading into the oxer-liverpool combination, a unique, suspended American Invitational wall, a skinny, a blue, square oxer and a daunting G&C Farms final oxer. The most difficult obstacle proved to be the double combination coming off of the Miami Dolphins oxer, resulting in numerous rails on the ground.

 

Hough and Ohlala were the first to traverse the opening track, showing the way as the eleventh to take on the course. The crowd erupted into a resounding applause as she showed that it could be done. Madden guaranteed a jump-off only two rounds later, crossing the finish line without fault. Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa and Citizenguard Cadjanine also rode to a clear effort, while Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum rode Atlanta to the fourth slot of the short course. It was Miami’s own Margie Engle, aboard Royce, who filled the fifth position, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats.

 

   Lauren Hough and Ohlala


Lauren Hough and Ohlala

With a jump off eminent, the stakes were high as riders entered into the seven-obstacle track. Their eyes were set on the prize, but Stephens’ course left much to be determined on the turf.

 

Hough was the first to return, and although she was very quick early on, her approach to the final oxer sealed her fate as a four-faulter with Ohlala. They competed the course in 34.44 seconds.

 

“I am so privileged to get to ride a horse like Ohlala. She is such a trier,” Hough said. “I have to say, I think she’s proven to really be a top international horse. She’s very small, but she doesn’t know she’s small. I think I just needed to take a little bit more pull to the last, because she’s so quick everywhere else. But I’m just thrilled with the results tonight. I’m happy to be sitting up her with the ladies.”

 

Reining Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Champion, Beezie Madden, took her turn with Coral Reef Via Volo. She posted a more conservative effort than her counterparts, but her intent was clear-accuracy over speed. Using Coral Reef Via Volo’s stride to her advantage, and knowing her mount’s weaknesses, she followed her plan for the jump off and broke the beam without fault in 35.91 seconds.

 

   Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo


Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo

“I was really thrilled for my horse. She’s had a great circuit,” Madden explained. “She’s done a lot of big classes for me down here. I was thrilled to end this way. I have to say, I always kind of miss Authentic when we come here. He loved this class, but she was a good stand in tonight.”

 

Madden secured the victory on Authentic in both 2005 and 2007, but since his retirement, Madden’s talented string of mounts has stepped up to shine.

 

“I was really happy with my first round. I think that was one of our best rounds yet down here,” Madden described. “I thought her rideability was great. I don’t think she touched a fence, so I was really happy with that. Last year I went to Raymond James, and she was a bit star struck in there. I was glad that she reacted well tonight.”

 

Madden continued, “In the jump off, I saw Lauren [Hough] go. She was very fast. I was a bit relieved that she knocked the last fence down [laughed]. Honestly, but then I thought just try to be smooth; try to be very efficient, and give the others something to catch.”

 

Although Pessoa attempted to catch Madden, four faults at the opening oxer of the double and a fault at the penultimate obstacle would earn him the fifth place position tonight. It wasn’t until Michaels-Beerbaum returned to the field that defeat seemed possible.

 

The German rider was aboard a more recent mount, Atlanta, and although this was only their second time competing under the lights and their first time in a jump off, they proved that with time they could become unstoppable. They cleared the course in 38.02 seconds without touching a rail.

 

   Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Atlanta


Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Atlanta

“This was the first jump off I have ever done with Atlanta. I thought I was really good one to two to three, four and the combination. I have to say, I couldn’t believe I was going as fast with her as I was because I never, ever went fast with her,” Michaels-Beerbaum said. “So then I got all nervous and started pulling on the reins and thinking, ‘I better slow down now to make sure I go clean.’ I kind of planted her under the last two fences, but she still jumped them. It was a bit messy to be honest. I was just really pleased because the horse never gave up.”

 

She continued, “She has no experience going fast what so ever. In fact, most of this circuit I had time faults with her. She jumped clear in some of the 1.50m events, but going fast is something that we definitely have to work on. I never really wanted to push her on time. I am just really pleased.”

 

Margie Engle was the final rider to go against the clock, but her choice to do eight strides to the second fence cost her the clean round she was hoping for. She ended on four faults in 36 seconds, finishing in the fourth place position. Pessoa would pick up fifth, while Shane Sweetnam and Eregast Van Kizelhoff rounded out the top six as the fastest of the four-faulters from the first round.

 

Madden is the fourth rider to ever take home three victories from the American Invitational. Although Madden has quite the string of horses, tonight was Coral Reef Via Volo’s time to shine under the lights, and she stepped up for the challenge.

 

“It’s exiting to be here in Miami,” Madden smiled. “Wellington is kind of the heart of the horse world here in Florida, and this is very close and yet special to come down here and be in a stadium like this. We were in Tampa for over four decades, it took some time to get everything figured out-what we need for horses is a little different than football. This event will only grow in prestige, and I think it is going to be fantastic.”

 

For more information about the 2014 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.

 

     Photo Credit: Beezie Madden produced a quick and tidy double-clear effort with Coral Reef Via Volo to win the 2014 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational. Pictured here with G & C Farm for the presentation. All Photos By: V.Valenti/The Book LLC. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


Photo Credit: Beezie Madden produced a quick and tidy double-clear effort with Coral Reef Via Volo to win the 2014 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational. Pictured here with G & C Farm for the presentation. All Photos By: V.Valenti/The Book LLC. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

2014 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational Results

1 13 CORAL REEF VIA VOLO BEEZIE MADDEN USA 0.00 87.69 0.00 35.91

2 22 ATLANTA MEREDITH MICHAELS-BEERBAUM GER 0.00 86.23 0.00 38.02

3 11 OHLALA LAUREN HOUGH USA 0.00 81.50 4.00 34.44

4 23 ROYCE MARGIE ENGLE USA 0.00 83.24 4.00 36.00

5 17 CITIZENGUARD CADJANINE RODRIGO PESSOA BRA 0.00 82.43 8.00 35.85

6 2 EREGAST VAN KIZELHOFF SHANE SWEETNAM IRL 4.00 85.07

7 9 JUVINA GEORGINA BLOOMBERG USA 4.00 85.08

8 24 ROTHCHILD MCLAIN WARD USA 4.00 85.17

9 10 DYNAMO MEGAN NUSZ USA 4.00 87.08

10 7 LEAP OF JOY CHARLIE JACOBS USA 4.00 87.14

11 6 TITUS 2:11 JARED PETERSON USA 5.00 89.66

12 8 QUALITY GIRL TODD MINIKUS USA 8.00 83.57

Victoria Colvin and Don Juan Strike Gold in $25,000 Hollow Creek Farm Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at American Invitational

April 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Miami, FL – April 5, 2014 – A field of the nation’s top 20 riders gathered at Sun Life Stadium for the inaugural $25,000 Hollow Creek Farm Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic-earmarking a page in history as they set the stage for the 42nd American Invitational, presented by G&C Farms. Victoria Colvin was the only rider to lay down a double-clear effort, taking home the victory with Don Juan. Nicole Bellissimo and VDL Dogan rode to the second place, while Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade was awarded third place.

 

Steve Stevens and Leopaldo Palacios designed a course that challenged both horse and rider alike, utilizing many of the very same fences that would challenge the horse and rider combinations for tonight’s 42nd American Invitational. Although 10 riders navigated the first round course, the “winning round” rules dictated only six would proceed into the jump-off. The times were tight, and boiled down to quickest of the clears.

 

Eventual winner Victoria Colvin stated, “Don Juan is usually a fast horse, so I thought if I just went around nice I would be good to go, but then I went around and they kept getting faster, and I thought ‘I’m not going to get in the jump-off.'”

 

First to return for the speed round was Nicole Bellissimo and VDL Dogan. They posted a speedy effort in 29.917 seconds, but a rail at fence two would cost them the win. They finished on a score of four faults, and looked on as the remaining five riders took their turn at the track.

 

“I was the slowest of the six to come back so as everyone was going around, I was getting a little nervous, but I ended up with a little bit of luck on my side,” Bellissimo said. “I had to go first, so I definitely knew I had a lot of fast riders coming behind me. My horse is extremely fast, so I went for it. I made a little mistake, but he was fantastic.”

 

“It was a really great event,” Bellissimo continued. “Thank you to Hollow Creek for putting on the event. For us to come out and go before the American Invitational is a fantastic opportunity. To go under that pressure before we hopefully have the opportunity to come back in the coming years to do compete in the Invitational was so important. Getting a taste of that pressure is fantastic.”

 

Colvin and Don Juan were the third to take on the track. Although they had a mishap after the second fence, which caused the most problems for the riders with four of the six lowering its height, they cleared the obstacles and took a risky turn to the penultimate obstacle, the opening oxer. from the second to first fence she sliced the turn and shaved the seconds to race to the final vertical and take over the lead in 31.657 seconds.

 

 

 Victoria Colvin and Don Juan


Victoria Colvin and Don Juan

 

“I try to get a lot of confidence with Don Juan, so I was going to go nice and smooth and survive, and he was actually amazing out there. I think he likes the grass. I slipped a couple of times in the jump off, so I was a little bit afraid he was going to go down. He jumped fence two and we had a slight mishap, he sort of jumped out of it at a stand still. So that was a little funky, but I think we really made up time with a slice to the oxer at the end.”

 

Emanuel Andrade attempted to catch her pace aboard Hollow Creek’s Natif Des Roches. They had the time, breaking the beam in 30.040 seconds, but a rail at the fateful fence two would keep him from the blue ribbon today.

 

“The class was very competitive, I was thought that during the first round I was super fast, but then I was not so sure,” Andrade laughed. “I ran like a speed class in the jump off, it was really fast. I saw Tori first, and she was really fast. I knew I had to go for it. I was trying to have the time and I had a rail.”

 

This was Colvin’s first time atop the podium, and as she looked on to the stands, she admitted that she felt a bit awestruck. The 16-year-old talent turned to face the American flag for the National Anthem, smiled as she accepted her medal and then lifted her roses.

 

“It was amazing being able to ride at Sun Life Stadium. I never thought I’d be able to ride on a football field. It’s pretty cool,” Colvin said. “Don Juan felt confident out there. His old owner did a lot of grass shows everywhere. He got around. So I was pretty confident going into the class. I haven’t stood on the podium. I didn’t think I was going to have to stand on a podium, but it was fun.”

 

To watch the webcast visit our two sponsor sites, www.PhelpsSports.com, www.StadiumJumping.com or the host site for the live streaming at www.ShowNet.biz

 

For more information about the 2014 $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.

 

Nicole Bellissimo, Victoria Colvin and Emanuel Andrade

Nicole Bellissimo, Victoria Colvin and Emanuel Andrade

 

2014 Summer in the Rockies Designated a World Champion Hunter Rider Event

April 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Parker, CO – March 28, 2014 – Colorado Horse Park’s six-week premiere AA-rated Summer in the Rockies show circuit is the place to be for outstanding show jumping sport in the most picturesque of settings that offers something for everyone in the family. Plus, Colorado Horse Park has increased the Summer in the Rockies cash and prizes to over $1 million for 2014.

Nicole Lyvere and All In. Lyvere was 2013 WCHR Central Mount Regional Winner in the A/O 3’6″ Division Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge

The series, named by exhibitors as a United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Member’s Choice award-winning competition has been chosen as a distinguished World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) host event during Summer in the Rockies Weeks III and V.

 

Only a handful of horse shows are chosen each year by USHJA for the distinction of being named a WCHR event host. Events are selected on an annual basis based on the evaluation of a submitted application, votes from WCHR members and selection criteria including exhibitor hospitality, event scheduling, awards presentations and the quality of the footing, courses, stabling, staff and more.

Caitin Burns and On the Money. Burns was 2013 WCHR Central Mount Regional Winner in the A/O 3’3″ Division 
Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge

The USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program was founded in 1995 to recognize and celebrate the hunter rider. Since the inaugural WCHR Professional Finals in 1995, the WCHR program has expanded to include coveted year-end awards for professionals, developing professionals, amateur-owners, adult amateurs, juniors, and children and pony riders. WCHR program members qualify for national and regional awards by earning points at member events held across the country throughout the qualifying year.

 

In addition, during Summer in the Rockies the Colorado Horse Park will offer a $5,000 National Hunter Derby and the $15,000 International Hunter Derby, sponsored by Winsome Farm during Week III and a $10,000 National Hunter Derby and the $40,000 International Hunter Derby, sponsored by Serenity Farms during Week V.

 

“We are proud to be honored with the designation of a WCHR event,” said Helen Krieble, CEO/President of the Colorado Horse Park.  “We are very pleased that USHJA selected Colorado Horse Park’s Summer in the Rockies as a venue for this fantastic program!”

 

For more information about the WCHR program click here.

 

Haylie Jayne and Summer Place / Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge

The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts 

 

What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series

Event Dates: 

 

June 4-8 Summer in the Rockies I

June 11-15 Summer in the Rockies II

June 18-22 Summer in the Rockies III*

July 2-6 Summer in the Rockies IV

July 9-13 Summer in the Rockies V*

July 16-20 Summer in the Rockies VI

*WCHR Member Events

 

Hunter Highlights:

$5,000 National Hunter Derby – Week III

$15,000 International Hunter Derby Sponsored by Winsome Farm – Week III

$10,000 National Hunter Derby – Week V

$40,000 International Hunter Derby Sponsored by Serenity Farm – Week V

 

Jumper Highlights

$25,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix sponsored by Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix – Week I

$25,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix sponsored by Littleton Equine Medical and Platinum Performance – Week II

$30,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix Sponsored by McElvain Energy – Week III

$30,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix Sponsored by Griffis Residential – Week IV

$50,000 Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix – Week V

$50,000 Parker Adventist Hospital Grand Prix – Week VI

$10,000 High Junior /Amateur Owner Classic Sponsored by The Kathy and Brad Coors Family

$20,000 High Junior /Amateur Owner Classic Sponsored by The Kathy and Brad Coors Family

 

Plus: 

$10,000 July Grand Prix Rider Bonus for the Leading Grand Prix Rider Sponsored by The Kathy and Brad Coors Family – Weeks IV – VI

 

Prize List:  Click here for an online version of the prize list.

For a hard copy of the prize list, please e-mail prizelist@cohorsepark.com with your name, address and phone number and specify which prize list you would like (spring/fall or summer).

 

Entries:  Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Entries close 30 days before each show.

 

Contact Information:  Pat Boyle, Show Manager                             (847) 274-6834
Brian Curry, Show Manager                           (303) 918-2908
Colorado Horse Park Main Office                   (303) 841-5550
Colorado Horse Park Main Office Fax            (303) 841-7879
Show Office                                                     (303) 841-7461
Show Office Fax (during show only)               (303) 841-1419

 

Show Grounds Address: 7375 E Bayou Gulch Rd, Parker, CO 80134

From North: I-25S exit Ridgegate Parkway – go east under the freeway.  Ridgegate Parkway to S. Chambers Road, approx 3 miles (Traffic light) – turn right/south onto Chambers Road. At end of Chambers Road turn left/east onto Hess Road.  Hess Road to Parker Road/Hwy 83 – turn right/south onto Hwy 83 approx 4 miles to Bayou Gulch Road. (Traffic light). Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

From South: I-25N, exit Founder’s Parkway.  Founder’s Parkway to Highway 86, approx 4 miles (traffic light). Turn east/left onto Hwy. 86 to Franktown/Hwy 83. At Franktown go north on 83 approx. 7 mi. to Bayou Gulch Rd. (Traffic light), turn right/east onto Bayou Gulch Rd. Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

 

About the Colorado Horse Park  Celebrating its 21th 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 35,000 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 is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

 

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

 

2014 Colorado Horse Park Schedule:

 

About the Colorado Horse Park

Celebrating its 21th 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 35,000 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. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity to house more than 1,000

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 is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

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

To access the schedule: http://coloradohorsepark.com/events

 

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COLLEGE PREPARATORY INVITATIONAL (CPI) MARKS FOURTH YEAR WITH TREMENDOUS SUCCESS AND HIGH MARKS AT THE JIM BRANDON EQUESTRIAN CENTER IN PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

April 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Over $7,000 in scholarships & awarded thanks to
Charles Owen & Co., FootingFirst, LLC, and the CPI Junior Ambassadors — 

Scholarship Award Recipients with Olympian, Peter Wylde

Scholarship Award Recipients with Olympian, Peter Wylde

WELLINGTON, FL – March 31, 2014 – The nation’s premiere equestrian college recruiting event, the 2014 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI), concluded yesterday, Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Palm Beach, Florida.

The 2014 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) marked its fourth year with 150 student riders and nearly 30 participating colleges/universities from all over the nation.  More than 30 states, including Hawaii, were represented by the diverse roster of participants who attended the three-day event designed to provide scholarships and educate student riders about the different formats of college equestrian competitions while providing riders with resources to help them create their own individualized college equestrian experience.

CPI High Point Equitation Champion & Scholarship Winner, Kristin Konopnicki with Roy Burek, Managing Director, Charles Owen

CPI High Point Equitation Champion & Scholarship Winner, Kristin Konopnicki
with Roy Burek, Managing Director, Charles Owen

At the conclusion of all competition and speaker presentations, the CPI recognized its top performing student riders in various categories and awarded 11 scholarships awards.

Each of the following student riders received a $500 scholarship award from Karen Leeming, Partner of FootingFirst, LLC:
•  CPI Advanced Equitation Division High Point Rider:
   Elizabeth Ekberg (Graduation Year: 2017), Washington, D.C.
•  CPI Open Equitation Division High Point Rider:
   Caroline Kornegay (Graduation Year:  2016), Raleigh, NC
•  CPI Limit Equitation Division High Point Rider:
Nathalie Fargo (Graduation Year:  2015), Whitestone, NY
•  CPI Intermediate Equitation Division High Point Rider:
   Olivia Moriarty (Graduation Year:  2017), Long Beach, NY
•  CPI Novice Equitation Division High Point Rider:
   Kirsten Konopnicki (Graduation Year:  2015), Arlington, VA

Additionally, several special scholarships and awards partially subsidized by the CPI Junior Ambassadors were presented by Roy Burek, President of Charles Owen & Co.:
•  CPI Written Horsemanship Test Award ($500 scholarship/$500 Der Dau boot gift certificate):  Haleigh Townsend (Graduation Year:  2015), Chandler, AZ
•  CPI Champion of Service Award ($1,000 scholarship):
   Cassie Crotty (Graduation Year:  2015), Coral Gables, FL
•  CPI Service Award Rnner-Up ($300 scholarship)
   Caitlyn Scagliarini (Graduation Year 2015), Milford, CT
•  CPI  Essay Contest Award ($1,000 scholarship):
   Isabel Pickett (Graduation Year:  2015), Hoover, AL
•  CPI Essay Contest Runner-up Award ($300):
   Cassie Crotty (Graduation Year:  2015), Holly Springs, NC

One (1) of two (2) student riders to receive double scholarship awards, Kirsten Konopnicki, of Arlington, VA, concluded the ceremony by picking up the Highest Point Hunt Seat Equitation Division Award, sponsored by FootingFirst, LLC for accumulating the highest score of the five (5) divisions, Kirsten received an additional $500 scholarship.

“It has been an honor to devote my entire family’s enthusiasm, dedication and relentless effort to our mutual ‘quest’ to provide support to young riders in their mission to continue riding at the collegiate level,”  stated Jeanne Rouco Conesa, President, 2014 CPI. “As a highlight to this year’s widely successful event, we were extremely fortunate to capture the attention of Gold Medal Olympian and world-class show jumping rider, Peter Wylde. At our awards ceremony yesterday, in his keynote address, Peter shared insights into his roadmap in equestrian sports – from a young boy, to an ASPCA Maclay winner at 16 years of age, to a young horse professional, and finally to an Olympic Gold Medalist.”

“But what resonated most with the young student riders, was Peter’s advice to those — who envision a future life with horses in some capacity — to pursue a higher level education, and couple that education with a college/university that offers an equestrian program.  With both prerequisites met, Peter’s message was: you can succeed,” summarized Ms. Rouco-Conesa.

“And, most importantly, thanks and accolades to our 2014 ‘marquis’ sponsors, that without their generous support, the CPI would not be possible,” continued Rouco Conesa.  “The CPI has earned the prestigious support of so many nationally recognized brands and  educational institutions in the form of sponsorship.  Our thanks and appreciation are extended to Charles Owen & Co., FootingFirst, LLC, Purina, Dover Saddlery,Practical Horseman magazine, Randolph College, Mississippi College, The Clothes Horse , MGE Architects and USHJA Foundation.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The 2015 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) dates were announced at yesterday’s Awards Ceremony:
•       Dates: January 9-11, 2015
 •       Location: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, Palm Beach, FL. 7500 Forest Hill Boulevard, Palm Beach, Florida.

About the College Preparatory Invitational
The mission of the CPI is to prepare and educate student riders in grades 9 – 12 about the format of college equestrian competition, encourage academics and horsemanship, and to provide the riders with resources to create their desired college equestrian experience.

The show is specifically geared to promote college recruitment of equestrians by providing the opportunity for coaches and potential students to meet. The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is rooted in the belief that equestrian talent, not finances, should dictate a rider’s opportunity to be a part of a collegiate team. Given the fact that the CPI provides all the horses and necessary tack for the show, riders do not incur the expense of transporting horses to the show.

The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is based on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) hunt seat equitation classification, where horses are assigned by a random draw on the day of competition.
Along with the competition, the CPI offers seminars and question & answer sessions during the show.  Riders and their families hear about the college equestrian experience and familiarize themselves with the different associations that govern collegiate riding.  There is also a College Expo where Colleges and Universities are present at the CPI to distribute literature and introduce the academic and equestrian opportunities, including scholarships offered at their institution.

The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show Scholarship Fund is designed to reward riders that exhibit excellence in social conduct, academics, and competitive success. This in turn acknowledges and fosters the growth of college bound riders which will formulate the body of future leaders of the equestrian business and sport.

The CPI offers various types of scholarships to the student riders. Please visit the CPI website’s Scholarship Page for detailed information regarding the CPI Scholarships.

More news and announcements will follow in the coming months as the 2015 CPI draws closer. For more information, please visit www.collegeprepinvitational.com or visit the CPI Facebook page.

2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival Awards Circuit Championships

April 03, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – April 3, 2014 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) is proud to congratulate all of the Circuit Champions for the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The 2014 circuit was a huge success featuring twelve weeks of world-class competition January 8 through March 30 at the beautiful Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The circuit awarded more than $8 million in prize money along with many other special awards. The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival Circuit Champion Awards were presented to the top finishers in every division, based on prize money and points won.

Emanuel Andrade was the Draper Overall Jumper Rider,
Andrea King was the Draper Overall Jumper Trainer,
and Hollow Creek Farm was the Draper Overall Jumper Owner

Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade (17) had another very successful circuit showing in the Junior Jumper divisions as well as moving to up to compete at the grand prix level this year and was rewarded for his efforts with the Draper Overall Jumper Rider Award for the second year in a row. Andrade’s barn, Hollow Creek Farm, was also named Draper Overall Jumper Owner and his trainer, Andrea King, was the Draper Overall Jumper Trainer. Andrade also earned the Pin Oak Farm Perpetual Trophy, which is presented to the junior jumper rider who earned the most prize money throughout the circuit.

The Chapot family continued their years of success with many of the top horses in the circuit. Laura Chapot was circuit champion aboard Bradberry and reserve champion with Zealous in the Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Jumpers. She dominated the Derby Gold Shavings 1.35m Jumpers, earning the championship with Umberto and the reserve championship with Castellana. She was also reserve champion in the Adequan 7-Year-Old Young Jumpers with Cast a Dream and champion in the Adequan 8-Year-Old Young Jumpers with Out of Ireland.

Circuit Awards

Scott Stewart was named the Draper Overall Hunter Trainer for the fifth year in a row in Wellington. In addition to his own riding success, Stewart coached many horses and riders to top wins throughout the circuit.

 

Stewart was circuit champion in the Perfect Products High Performance Working Hunters and was presented with the Jay Matter Perpetual Trophy for his success withStephanie Danhakl’s Golden Rule. He was also circuit champion of the Equine Tack & Nutritionals First Year Green Working Hunters with Danhakl’s Quest as well as circuit champion of the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Second Year Green Working Hunters with Fashion Farm’s Loyalty. Stewart also took the circuit championship in the Shapley’s Grooming Products Green Conformation division with Dr. Betsee Parker’s Lucador.

 

Stewart coached Stephanie Danhakl to the circuit championship with Enough Said and the reserve championship with Quest in the Farmvet Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3″ 18-35 division. Enough Said earned the Wendy W. Newby Memorial Trophy as the High Score Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3″. Quest received the Champion Equine Insurance Overall Hunter Style award from Laura Fetterman.
Stewart’s student Lilli Hymowitz was champion in the Greenspoon Marder Law Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under with Rose Hill Farm’s Tiffani and reserve champion in the Equestrian Sotheby’s International Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under with Rose Hill Farm’s Enjoy. Stewart’s students dominated the Antarès Large Junior Hunter 16-17 as well, with Victoria Colvin and Dr. Betsee Parker’s Dedication taking the championship and Cloe Hymowitz and Rose Hill Farm’s Perfectionist finishing in reserve.

Victoria Colvin earned the circuit championship in the Antarès Large Junior Hunter 16-17 with Dr. Betsee Parker’s Dedication

Along with her hunter success, Colvin had many wins throughout the circuit in the junior jumper and equitation ranks as well. She was awarded The Christy Conard Perpetual Trophy for Equestrian Excellence for the second year in a row. The award is presented to the young equestrian who accumulates the most points in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal, USEF Show Jumping Talent search, ASPCA Maclay, and WIHS overall classes.
Kelley Farmer was the Draper Overall Hunter Rider for the third season in a row and her owners, Glefke & Kensell LLC, were the Draper WEF Overall Hunter Owners.

 

For Glefke & Kensell, Farmer and Connotation were the Pre-Green Level 2 circuit champions. Farmer was reserve champion in the Shapley’s Grooming Products Green Conformation with Scripted and dominated the Shapley’s Grooming Products Regular Conformation division, earning the championship with Quotable and taking home reserve honors with Tia Schurecht’s Back Story.

Kelley Farmer was the Draper Overall Hunter Rider,
pictured with Becky Shipps of Draper Therapies

For the second year in a row, Emma Kurtz was named the Overall Pony Hunter Rider for the circuit. Kurtz rode Cyprus Taraporevala’s Blackout to the Engel & Völkers Medium Pony Hunter championship. She was reserve champion in the Large Pony Hunters with Linda Evans’ Dreamland. She was also champion in the Small Green Pony Hunters withJamie Barge’s Likewise and topped the Medium Green Pony Hunter division with Joe White’s True Colors. True Colors also earned the James ‘Jim’ Brundage Memorial Trophy as the High Score Green Pony Hunter.

Emma Kurtz was the Overall Pony Hunter Rider

Equestrian Sport Productions congratulates everyone on a fantastic 2014 circuit. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.










About FTI Consulting, Inc.     

 

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 4,100 employees located in 25 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.58 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2012.   

 

For more information, visit www.fticonsulting.com and connect with us on Twitter (@FTIConsulting), Facebook, and LinkedIn.  

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival    


The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 8 through March 30. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and $8 million in prize money will be awarded. 


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

Tina Konyot and Calecto V Clinch American Victory in FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5* During AGDF 12 Canada’s Megan Lane and Caravella Earn Top Call in FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3*; Adrienne Lyle and Wizard Ace FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 5*; Chris Hickey and Ronaldo Win FEI Prix St. Georges

April 03, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 28, 2014 – Competition for the AGDF 12 CDI 5* continued on Friday at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) with four major classes. Starting out the day, American Chris Hickey topped the FEI Prix St. Georges, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, with Cecelia Stewart’s Ronaldo earlier in the day on Friday. Fellow American Adrienne Lyle finished first with Peggy Thomas’ Wizard in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 5*, presented by Diamante Farms, which sponsored all of the large tour classes for the week. Megan Lane (CAN) and Caravella clinched the first place prize in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3* and Tina Konyot (USA) and Calecto V took top prize in Friday’s feature class, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5*. 

The FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5* was the finale event of the “Friday Night Stars” series at the 2014 AGDF, and ended it in great fashion with a packed house of spectators.

 

Devon Kane of Diamante Farms was thrilled with Friday evening’s class after watching the AGDF develop from its infancy to the world-class dressage competition it has turned into.

 

“We’re just thrilled to be a part of this whole adventure,” Kane beamed. “These guys were amazing tonight; it’s spectacular to watch. You can see the crowd was so excited, and everybody’s just thrilled to have not only these people here that are blowing us all away but [riders of all levels].”

 Watch the CDI 5* Freestyle winning ride from Tina Konyot and Calecto V!
Watch the CDI 5* Freestyle winning ride from Tina Konyot and Calecto V!

Of sponsoring the season’s only five-star event, Kane commented, “We take great pride in that. It’s amazing to have a five star here in Wellington, and to be able to provide the upper echelon with that opportunity, we definitely take that seriously. We’re thrilled to be a part of the team and all the founding sponsors here.”

 

President of Equestrian Sport Productions Mark Bellissimo reflected on a hugely successful season for the AGDF, “We thought it would take four or five years for this to take hold, and I think we thought this is where we would be two years from now,” Bellissimo acknowledged. “We have a tremendous amount of interest, with people visiting and talking about coming next year, so it’s going to continue to grow. I want to thank Diamante Farms and all the other sponsors in this, because I think this is going to be one of the great places in the world for dressage. To be a part of it is an honor, and I think it will endure the test of time.”

 

Allyn Mann of Adequan shared his thoughts on the AGDF circuit as it reaches the half-way point of its final week of competition, reflecting on the 2014 circuit and the incredible growth the show has experienced since its inception three years ago.

Tina Konyot and Calecto V with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia, judge Anne Gribbons, Terri Kane of Diamante Farms, Allyn Mann of Adequan, and Katherine and Mark Bellissimo of Equestrian Sport Productions

“As I sit here and I reflect on this journey these last three months, the blessings have abounded big time. I think because of what we have, and what we have seen over these past few weeks, and where the future is going thanks to Mark and what your vision has been, [AGDF has turned into a world-class competition]. It’ll only get better, so we are honored to be in this wonderful position, to support a wonderful sport. It’s a blessing, and we’re very grateful to be a part of it,” Mann expressed.

 

Of the evening’s competition, judge Anne Gribbons added, “I’ve seen also now some horses that were struggling in the beginning of the season, and tonight came around and looked beautiful. Some of our up-and-coming horses had a fantastic effort tonight. It was a very tough class to judge. It’s been a fantastic venue and a really wonderful finale.”

 

Konyot (USA) received a crystal horse from the Esperanza Collection of Swarovski for her winning ride with Calecto V, her 16-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion out of Bahera by Come Back II. The pair earned an impressive 79.250% to pick up the top prize for the class, while second place finisher Mikala Gundersen scored a 76.775% with My Lady. Third place went to fellow Dane Lars Petersen and Mariett. The pair scored a 76.625% for their performance. Petersen was also awarded the Mary Ann McPhail Award for maintaining the highest international ranking of any rider throughout the twelve weeks of the AGDF.

 

“Calecto is like a fine wine,” Konyot grinned. “He just keeps getting better. I had a wonderful ride, just a great way to end the season. I had a wonderful experience; a great ride, a great feeling, great energy.”

Tina Konyot and Calecto V

Konyot was happy that Calecto seems to be peaking as he heads into the FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in April and was also especially pleased to earn their highest score yet in the grand prix freestyle.

 

“I’ve always been up in the 70s, but this has been my highest score so far. It’s a very good feeling, especially going into the World Cup, where [the freestyle] is an important score for me, so I’m very happy about that,” Konyot shared.

 

For the weeks leading up to the World Cup, Konyot will continue the same routine with Calecto, always striving to put her partner’s needs first to ensure his happiness and health. “He’s 16 years old, he’s done a WEG, an Olympics. This is not new for him, it’s not new for myself either, so we just want to have a great frame of mind, keep ourselves fresh, happy and healthy,” Konyot remarked.

 

Second place finisher Gundersen also enjoyed a personal best on Friday evening after a season of working on the mare’s fitness. “I have the vet check her after each show just to make sure everything is great, and he says, ‘It’s just amazing- this horse gets better and better every time I see her,'” Gundersen smiled.

Mikala Gundersen and My Lady

She continued, “I’m very happy with tonight. I had more collection in the canter today. I had been missing that a little bit in my prior tests, and that’s getting much better. I had some really good things in there today. For sure it’s our best test so far.”

 

Gundersen sang the praises of the AGDF for giving her the opportunity to develop her horse over the course of six CDI competitions. “I think she’s also gotten better in the season,” Gundrsen commented. “She’s not a young horse, but she’s still quite young in the grand prix, so having all these shows one after another has been very good for her. She’s matured enormously this season. She was so calm and so wonderful to ride tonight.”

 

Petersen also felt that Mariett was at the top of her game tonight. Of his ride, he commented, “I think tonight she was the best to ride that she has been, actually. I have a little thing at the moment with my piaffes, I have to keep them a little forward. And that’s a little bit expensive, but I’m very happy with her tonight.”

Lars Petersen and Mariett

Petersen has used his trademark circus-themed music for his freestyle for the past two years, but tweaked the choreography at the end of the season. He edited the one and two tempi changes, originally performed on a 20 meter circle in the middle of the arena before another line of two tempis.

 

“I’m getting too old to be riding that many tempis on a 20 meter circle!” Petersen joked. “That’s very difficult to do, and it’s such a big risk. You get one mistake in 31 tempis [and it can be costly], so that’s why I took it out. It’s too risky.”

 

Megan Lane and Caravella Earn Top Call in FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3*

 

Young professionals ruled in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 3*, with Canada’s Megan Lane (22) winning the class with Caravella. The pair score a 71.600% for the blue ribbon, while 26-year-old Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades took second with a 70.250%. Third place went to Gary Vander Ploeg (CAN) and Degas for their score of 68.350%.

 Watch Megan Lane and Caravella in their winning Freestyle test!
Watch Megan Lane and Caravella in their winning Freestyle test!

 

“I love riding my freestyle because of the amazing atmosphere that it creates for my horse,” Lane beamed. “She goes exceptionally well, so it’s always exciting to ride it. This is actually a new freestyle for me; it’s only my second time riding it. It’s done by Jos Peters, compliments of Deeridge Equestrian, who I ride for.”

 

Of her Spanish-themed music, Lane continued, “It’s so much fun to ride to. The Spanish theme I acquired because I had ridden it in the Young Riders, and I think it suits her personality. I really enjoy riding to that style of music.”

 

Lane listed several elements of her choreography as points that raise her degree of difficulty, including piaffe and double pirouettes, one and two tempis on a circle, and an extended trot on a loop.

Megan Lane and Caravella

“There was a little mistake in the one tempis, but because of the degree of difficulty in that, something always happens! Our piaffe-passage was definitely a highlight this time, too. I’m really happy with that,” Lane explained.

 

Lane has her eyes on making the team for Canada in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) later this fall, and appreciated all of the experience she has gained over the last three months at the AGDF. “The experience is priceless. The more experience we get, the more comfortable both of us are. I’m so lucky to be able to come down here and have the chance to ride multiple grand prix,” Lane said.

 

Second place finisher Graves agreed, noting that she and Verdades have developed immensely as a team. “I really feel like our partnership has grown. We’re having a much more adult conversation these days. He plays in the field and we play in the stall and he’s a very goofy horse to be around, but getting in the arena and right away getting to work [has noticeably improved],” Graves explained.

 

Graves admitted that Verdades has always been a challenge, but her hard work and patience have paid off. When she realized their recent scores could qualify her for the WEG selection trials in Gladstone, NJ, she quickly threw together a freestyle for Verdades.

 

“When I realized I might have the scores to get to Gladstone, obviously one of the requirements is to do a freestyle. So I threw this together, and it obviously needs a lot of tweaking, a lot of rewriting of the choreography,” Graves acknowledged.

 

Of her test on Friday evening, she added, “He went right into the canter pirouettes. He’s riding a lot more like a trained horse, which is nice. I can ride him right up to it and then half-halt and turn him, and he was pretty honest. Also, because I don’t really know where I’m going in there, he has to stay with me and just kind of trust that we’re going to end up where we need to be.”

 

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard Ace FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 5*

 

Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Wizard capped off an incredible AGDF season with another victory lap after winning the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 5*. The pair earned a top score of 75.588% to earn the class by a substantial margin. Second place went to fellow American Michael Barisone, who rode Ellegria to a 69.392%. Cesar Parra completed an All-American top three with Van the Man. The pair earned a score of 69.078% for third place.

 Watch the winning ride for Adrienne Lyle and Wizard!
Watch the winning ride for Adrienne Lyle and Wizard!

Friday afternoon’s score was another personal best for the pair; Lyle described their performance as the perfect ending to a stellar season.

 

“It’s been a big changing season for him because he’s been up and down and kind of all over the place [in previous years],” Lyle said. “To have the chance to come to a facility like this and show on a regular basis, and not have it be a huge ordeal [is fanastic]. You’re not putting them through a ton of transport. The footing is great, the stabling is great, so I felt comfortable showing more than I maybe have in the past. I think that’s starting to make it more workman-like and more routine.”

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard

Lyle admitted she would have loved to ride the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5*, but was committed to making her long-term goals a priority. The pair needed to put in some practice in the Special leading up to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) selection trials in Gladstone, NJ.

 

“I felt less rusty than last time. I chose to do the Special because it is so important for Gladstone and for the WEG qualification. As much as I would have really loved the freestyle tonight, I had to keep our long-term goals in mind, and I’m really glad I did. To have a Special that solid under our belt is really helpful for both of our confidences,” Lyle shared.

Barisone was equally thrilled with Ellegria’s performance, remarking that he never have imagined he would have the success he’s experienced with her. “She’s a wonderful horse. She’s honest as the day is long. She’s very simple to ride all the time. I just never thought we would be around 70%,” Barisone expressed.

 

He continued, “I watch my tape [of their rides] and I say there’s at least five more percent there, at least. This is a dead green, eight grand prix under her belt horse, and I’m getting second to [Adrienne], who’s been to the Olympics with her horse. I’m happy and proud to be in there, and I think she’s got a really long way to go.”

 

After his two top grand prix mounts were sidelined with injuries right before the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Barisone admitted to getting a bit disheartened, but Ellegria has pulled him out of his funk.

 

“She’s saving me,” Barisone smiled. “It is so easy, the disappointment when they get injured. All your hope is gone and you’re like ‘Why am I doing this?’ I had the two best I’ve ever had in my life, and the two best got hurt the same week. It was awful. This thing pops up in my life, and she’s putting the faith back in me.”

 

Barisone added that the AGDF has brought the first truly international dressage competition to North America, which he believes will put Americans on the fast-track to catching up with the Europeans.

 

“It takes a village to get this done. The Europeans just have a really big, organized village. I think that it takes the owners, and the riders, and everybody. It takes this kind of effort and this facility. It’s an incredible circuit. This [show] is going to be one of the things that propels us to being competitive with the Europeans. This is the village, right here,” Barisone concluded.

 

American Chris Hickey and Ronaldo Enjoy Top Finish in FEI Prix St. Georges

 

Chris Hickey (USA) and Ronaldo finished first in the FEI Prix St. Georges presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty on a score of 71.842%, followed by second place finishers Denielle Gallageher-Legrif (CAN) and Argo Conti Tyme with a score of 69.781%. Third place went to Shannon Dueck (CAN), who scored 69.561% aboard Cantaris.

 

Besides a few bobbles in the canter zig-zag and trot, Hickey was thrilled to see the eight-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding continue to flourish as the AGDF circuit comes to a close.

Chris Hickey and Ronaldo

“Ronaldo felt great. His tests are getting more and more solid,” Hickey said. “He’s a very big-moving, elastic horse, so it’s hard to keep everything together sometimes. He’s very immature for an eight-year-old, but I was very pleased with the test.”

 

Hickey was especially happy that Ronaldo’s owner, Cecelia Stewart, was able to attend the show, and even happier that she was able to see Ronaldo do so well. On top of that, the pair bested a field of 36 riders, making the win especially meaningful for Hickey.

 

“I think it’s great for the sport. At the end of the season, for the last CDI to be the biggest, is just wonderful,” Hickey commented. “I was really super happy with the results and how my horse went today.”

 

Ronaldo has been schooling all of the grand prix movements, but Hickey described him as far from ready to be competing at that level. He’ll continue at the small tour with Ronaldo to gain strength and confidence to develop the young horse’s talent. Hickey pointed out that Ronaldo shares a Don Schufro connection on his mother’s side with Paragon, Heather Blitz’s grand prix mount, and Hickey has noticed similarities between the two.

 

“He’s a big, gangly, young horse still in his body. He’s not a short, smaller, really well-muscled horse. He is also [related to] Don Schufro, which is what Paragon is. If you look at him as a young horse, he was always skinny looking. Ronaldo has a long way to get strong and develop at the grand prix before he can get out and do it,” Hickey explained.

 

Pedigree is important to Hickey, but he believes choosing a favorable bloodline is not based on talent alone. Ronaldo has also inherited his sire, Blu Hors Romanov, and dam sire Don Schufro’s remarkable temperament.

 

“For an FEI horse, being a fancy mover as a young horse is not what I want. I want a horse that is going to take the work and develop and get stronger and have the gaits become more expressive and flamboyant as the horse is trained. This horse has a super temperament and a super character and a willingness to work. He goes to work and does his job every day. To me, that’s also a huge piece of what the breeding is,” Hickey explained.

 

Hickey is excited to see what the future holds for Ronaldo, who he believes possesses all the features of a great FEI competitor. The pair will contest the FEI Intemediaire-1 and the FEI Intermediaire Freestyle of the AGDF 12 CDI 3*.

 

“Even though he’s expressive and flamboyant, his hind legs still do the right thing. He piaffes and passages at home unbelievably. You can fire him up and he’s amazing, and then you can fire him up and give him a long rein and he walks on the buckle, totally relaxed again,” Hickey concluded.

 

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

 

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

 

Full Results for FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5*, presented by Diamante Farms

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

1 Tina Konyot, USA, Calecto V, 16-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion owned by rider, Bahera x Come Back II: 79.000%, 80.500%, 76.750%, 80.750%, 79.250%, 79.250%

 

2 Mikala Gundersen, DEN, My Lady, 14-year-old Danish Warmblood mare owned by Janne Rumbough, Marion x Michellino: 77.500%, 79.125%, 73.875%, 75.625%, 77.750% ,76.775%

 

3 Lars Petersen, DEN, Mariett, 16-year-old Danish Warmblood mare owned by Marcia M. Pepper, Zendi x Comeback II: 76.500%, 78.625%, 75.750%, 75.250%, 77.000%, 76.625%

 

4 Shelly Francis, USA, Doktor, 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Patricia Stempel, Gurena x Diamond Hit: 75.250%, 76.250%, 75.125%, 75.250%, 78.625%, 76.100%

 

5 Belinda Trussell, CAN, Anton, 14-year-old Sachsen gelding owned by Robyn Eames, Shirley x Anteaus: 74.740%, 76.500%, 72.625%, 74.875%, 76.000%, 74.950%

 

6 Catherine Haddad-Staller, USA, Mane Stream Hotmail, 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by rider, Rederna x Michellino: 71.625%, 74.500%, 74.500%, 76.125%, 75.250%, 74.400%

 

7 Carolina Roffman, USA, Her Highness O, 11-year-old Hanoverian mare owned by rider, Wild Lady O x Hohenstein: 73.125%, 74.375%, 73.750%, 74.125%, 73.625%, 73.800%

 

8 David Marcus, CAN, Chrevi’s Capital, 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic, Indira Gandhi x Obelisk: 74.375%, 74.250%, 70.625%, 73.500%, 71.750%, 72.900%.

 

Full Results for FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3*, presented by Diamante Farms

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

1 Megan Lane, CAN, Caravella, 13-year-old KWPN Mare owned by rider, P. Riviera x Contango: 71.750%, 71.500%, 69.875%, 73.250%, 71.625%, 71.600%

 

2 Laura Graves, USA, Verdades, 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by rider, Liwilarda x Florrett As: 67.125%, 70.750%, 71.500%, 70.250%, 71.625%, 70.250%

 

3 Gary Vaner Ploeg, CAN, Degas, 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Jean & Gary Vander Ploeg, Pretty Lady x Donnerhall: 68.750%, 68.750%, 66.375%, 69.000%, 68.875%, 68.350%

 

4 David Marcus, CAN, Don Kontes, 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding own by Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic, Knotessa x Don Schufro: 64.520%, 68.375%, 67.625%, 68.500%, 69.375%, 67.625%

 

5 Silvia Rizzo, ITA, Sal, 15-year-old Lusitano stallion owned by Silvia Rizo & Hof Marabunta, Maia x Mississipe: 62.250%, 67.250%, 66.250%, 64.875%, 65.000% 65.125%

 

6 Joanne Vaughan, GEO, Prego, 17-year-old KWPN stallion owned by rider, Evelien x Zazou: 62.250%, 66.250%, 62.625%, 58.625%, 65.750%, 63.100%

 

7 Jose Luis Padilla Moreno, MEX, Donnersberg, 17-year-old Rheinlander gelding owned by rider, Cinderella x Don Primero: 64.375% 62.750%, 59.000%, 57.625%, 60.750%, 60.900%

 

Full Results for FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 5*, presented by Diamante Farms

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

1 Adrienne Lyle, USA, Wizard, 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Peggy Thomas, Pica x Weltmeyer: 74.510%, 78.333%, 73.922%, 74.510%, 76.667%, 75.588%

 

2 Michael Barisone, USA, Ellegria, 13-year-old Westphalian mare owned by Lauren Sprieser, Patrizia x Ehrentanz I: 67.451%, 70.784%, 68.529%, 69.706%, 70.490%, 69.392%

 

3 Cesar Parra, USA, Van the Man, 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Michael Davis, Lady x Obelisk: 68.333%, 67.745%, 69.902%, 70.196%, 69.216%, 69.078%

 

4 Susan Dutta, USA, Currency DC, 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by rider, Cinderella x Clintino: 67.941%, 69.902%, 68.725%, 67.647%, 67.745%, 68.392%

 

5 Tom Dvorak, CAN, Viva’s Salieri W, 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Augustin Walse, Salinja x Viva Voltaire: 63.922% 65.490%, 68.333%, 66.863%, 66.863%, 66.294%

 

 

Full Results for the FEI Prix St. Georges, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty

Rider, Country, Horse, Breeding, Age: Judge E%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Total%

1 Christopher Hickey, USA, Ronaldo, 8-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Cecelia Stewart, Trøstplund’s Scarlet x Blue Hors Romanov: 74.737%, 71.316%, 69.474%, 71.842%

 

2 Denielle Gallageher-Legrif, CAN, Argo Conti Tyme, 12-year-old Oldenburg Springfrede gelding owned by rider, Alina x Argentius: 69.605%, 68.158%, 71.579%, 69.781%

 

3 Shannon Dueck, CAN, Cantaris, 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Elizabeth Ferber, Egida x Complement: 68.684%, 70.132%, 69.868%, 69.561%

 

4 Christilot Boylen, CAN, Drentano, 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by rider, Brenda Lee x De Niro: 69.737%, 67.895%, 69.211%, 68.947%

 

5 Kasey Perry, USA, Goerklintgaards Dublet, 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Diane Perry, La Costa x Diamond Hit: 68.289%, 67.763%, 70.263%, 68.772%

 

6 Chris Von Martels CAN, Zilverstar, 10-year-old KWPN gelding owned by rider, Hutricia x Rosseau: 68.684%, 68.947%, 67.895%, 68.509%

 

7 Christlot Boylen, CAN, Florencia 22, eight-year-old Hanoverian mare owned by Jill Irving, Walencia x Florencio I: 69.079%, 68.684%, 66.316%, 68.026%

 

8 Sara Spofford, USA, Lagrima, 12-year-old Wurttemberger mare by Lantnano owned by Doris Newcomb: 68.158%, 68.816%, 66.974%, 67.982%

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

American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm a Special Event for Miami’s Own Margie Goldstein-Engle

April 03, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

4 – Born and raised in Miami, Florida, America’s winningest grand prix rider, Margie Goldstein-Engle, is especially excited that the $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm, has found a new home at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. After all, Engle attended South Miami High School and graduated from Florida International University with a degree in Business. Despite the business degree, her love since the third grade has always been horses.

Tickets for this year’s $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm, are on sale now as well! Order tickets early for the best seating as one of the world’s most exciting and challenging show jumping classic comes to Miami, Florida, for the first time. You can avoid online ticket fees by calling the stadium box office now at (305) 943-6311.

Engle, whose family had little money to pay for her riding lessons, cleaned stalls in exchange for instruction at an early age and parlayed that experience into a career that has her ticketed for the Show Jumping Hall of Fame as one America’s most successful riders of all time. She is the only rider to win more than 200 grand prix classes and over the years Engle has amassed over $5 million dollars in prize money. She competed for the United States at the Olympic Games in Sidney, Australia, won the Team Gold medal at the Pan American Games and the Team Silver medal at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.

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Margie Engle, flying the Dolphins colors aboard the Griese’s horse Indigo.

Engle, who has competed in the American Invitational more times than any other rider, would love to post her first win in Miami. “It would be a thrill for me to win such a great class anytime,” she noted. “The American Invitational is one of the premiere events anywhere in the world. I think all of the riders really look forward to this event. But for me to win the inaugural event here in Miami would be just a super bonus for me.”

The Invitational, for forty plus years was held in Tampa, first at the old Tampa Stadium and more recently at Raymond James, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, with the class moving to Miami Dolphins country and its new home at Sun Life Stadium, it’s the perfect fit for Engle and especially for her owners, Bob and Shay Griese. Bob Greise is the legendary, Hall of Fame quarterback of the Miami Dolphins and a long time supporter of Engle. “I’m excited for the people of South Florida to have this event come to Sun Life Stadium.” said Griese. “If you’ve never seen this before, it’s really amazing.  I look forward to going to these shows and watching all these horses jump and compete. These horses are the finest horses in the world.  Fast, quick and very graceful.  They are powerful and athletic as they go over these jumps.”

“It’s really special for me. I grew up in Miami. I remember coming to the stadium with my family as a little kid to watch the Dolphins play football,” Engle recalled. “It’s really neat to be able to come back here and compete. I’m so grateful for the support of Bob and Shay Griese, they have been with me a long time and they’ve been great supporters over the years.”

“He’s very excited about being involved in Show Jumping coming to Sun Life Stadium,” Engle reported.  He’s just a down to earth, super nice guy, you’d never know what he’s accomplished by the way he acts. He studies the horses. He really looks at them from a different angle. He considers them athletes and really admires them for what they do as athletes. And he knows the difference between a good horse and a not so good horse. He’s gotten into counting the strides between jumps. He’s very intellectual and analytical, just the way you’d expect a hall of fame quarterback to be, but he studies them and knows what makes them jump better and go faster and be more competitive. He’s more knowledgeable than most owners,” she smiled.

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Margie Engle and Dolphins Hall of Famer Bob Griese, right, with Jimmy Torano and Olympic Gold medalist Beezie Madden at Sun Life Stadium.

Speaking of the American Invitational, America’s most prestigious event, Engle said, “It’s fantastic the way it’s grown. As I kid, even when I was grooming, I always wanted to go watch the American Invitational. Even if I had to hitch a ride and work all week for free, I always made sure I got to watch the American Invitational. It was always more exciting being in a football stadium. You know, it’s funny, I always thought, when we were competing over in Tampa, I thought, ‘this really has to go to the Dolphins Stadium.’ It’s such a great horse area and so good for equestrian sport. But, I always thought that was just a dream that it would ever come down here,” she said. “And now, here it is. I remember once we did an event at American Airlines Arena and that was a huge success. So I think this event, given a year or two to build an audience will be just as successful if not more. It’s great for the industry for this event to come to South Florida.”

Tickets for the American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm are on sale now. Also, special up close tables in the Wells Fargo Private Bank Club, ringside at Sun Life Stadium, are on sale as well. The club offers the perfect location to watch America’s most challenging and exciting show jumping event. In addition to the great location, the club will feature sensational catering, your favorite beverages and first class service. The Wells Fargo Private Bank Club will be available for use during both the Hollow Creek $25,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Amateur Classic, as well as the main event, the $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm.

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The all new Miami Dolphins jump will be used in the American Invitational on April 5th.

To assure yourself of the best seats available, buy your tickets now. You can avoid online ticket fee by calling the stadium box office at (305) 943-6311.

Visit the official charity for the American Invitational, Just World International at:
www.justworldinternational.org

The prize list for the American Invitational can be found here.
http://www.stadiumjumping.com/#!athlete-information/cr6r

Ringside VIP tables available at Sun Life Stadium.  Please email: Matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com for more information

For Sponsorship information please contact:

Connie Sawyer 518-461-6288 or sawyer.equestrianevents.@gmail.com
April Wehle 561-459-9259 or aprilw@stadiumjumping.com