Wellington, FL – February 7, 2013 – Week five of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) continued on Thursday with a victory for McLain Ward (USA) and Zander in the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 5. The duo won over Great Britain’s Ben Maher riding Quiet Easy 4 and Peter Wylde (USA) aboard Lewin 5.
“We started out here week one in the grand prix and had a very unlucky four faults,” Ward added. “He had a time fault in one grand prix. He has been very good and I think he is just putting the last few steps together. Grant Road Partners and I are very excited about his future.”
Commenting on the jump-off, Ward detailed, “Ben didn’t leave a lot in the jump-off. It is a fast horse, fast in the air, very careful. I didn’t really know where I could catch him. Kent and I were speaking out in the schooling area and thought maybe we could do six up the first line, which was a great piece of advice because I walked it. Zander has a huge stride, so I was maybe able to cover the ground a little faster, but it was a hair. It wasn’t much.”
In addition to the prize money for Thursday’s class, a $12,000 bonus for the SSG “Go Clean for the Green” contest was also up for grabs. A $3,000 bonus is available each week if the winning rider is wearing the SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves in all rounds of competition with the SSG logo clearly visible. The bonus has gone unclaimed for four weeks now, and the winning rider of week six will have the chance to win $15,000 just for wearing SSG gloves.
Also showing in the International Arena on Thursday, Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm’s Everly Chin de la Pomme won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic. Emanuel Andrade and Hollow Creek Farm’s Walter 61 also won in the Griffis Residential High Junior Jumpers.
1. ZANDER: 2004 KWPN gelding by Cantos x Saygon
PETER WYLDE (USA), Societe Civile de l’Ecurie Meautry: 0/0/37.72
4. BELMONT: 2001 Canadian Warmblood gelding by Ahorn OT x Landfriese II
6. URICO: 2001 KWPN gelding by Zandor Z x Fedor
BEN MAHER (GBR), Jane F. Clark: 0/0/39.75
8. ANTARES F: 2000 Württemberger gelding by Araconit x Cento
REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/4/40.98
10. KING KOLIBRI: 2002 Hanoverian stallion by Kolibri x Achill-Libero H
LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms LLC: 0/4/41.39
PAUL O’SHEA (IRL), Michael Hayden & Paul O’Shea: 0/4/45.59
SAMUEL PAROT (CHL), Samuel Parot: 0/16/43.40
Liza Boyd Clinches Champion and Reserve Titles with Fieona and Quatrain in Gold Coast High Performance Working Hunters
Liza Boyd of Camden, SC, started her season at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) with big wins in the Gold Coast High Performance Working Hunter Division. Boyd was champion with Jack Towell and Kelly Maloney’s Fieona and also took home reserve honors on Janet Peterson and Finally Farm’s Quatrain.
Boyd and Fieona, a nine-year-old Oldenberg mare, placed third under saddle and first in both over fences rounds on day one of competition and finished day two with third and second place ribbons over fences. Boyd piloted Quatrain, a nine-year-old Westphalian gelding, to two third places on day one, followed by two blue ribbon finishes over fences day two.
Boyd and Fieona look every bit the picture-perfect hunter pair, but the mare only began her hunter career in January. Fieona was Boyd’s brother’s Grand Prix horse for four years, competing last year at the FTI WEF in 1.50m classes.
“She had always been Hardin’s jumper and she was good at that. She was a little slow, though, so she wasn’t going to go on to do the 1.60m classes, so we decided to make her a hunter. She’s slow and high and round and she just loves it. I’m so pleased for our first week here, to have this kind of result,” Boyd said.
Fieona isn’t Boyd’s first successful jumper ring transformation. Her reserve champion mount Quatrain was also plucked from the jumper ring last year to start his new career in the High Performance divisions and to compete in hunter derbies alongside Fieona.
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About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.
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