Week three of the FTI WEF runs January 23-27. The week will feature the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge (FTI GCC), presented by Fidelity Investments®, at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening. This year, the event will distribute $1.5 million to 34 lucky Palm Beach County charities in a pro-am team competition.
Other highlights will include the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 at 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon and the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The grass derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC will host the $50,000 CSI 2* Grand Prix, weather permitting, at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The 2013 FTI WEF circuit continues through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.
The course designer in the International Arena for week three competition is Uliano Vezzani of Italy. Vezzani set the track for twenty-nine entries in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class and saw 13 clear rounds. The fastest of those rounds belonged to Peter Wylde and Zidane in a time of 65.599 seconds.
Canada’s Ian Millar and Dixson, owned by Ariel and Susan Grange, finished second to Wylde and Zidane in 67.123 seconds. Karen Polle (USA) and With Wings placed third with their time of 67.779 seconds. From Great Britain, Ben Maher and Dolores, owned by Mrs. Wang, were fourth in 68.175 seconds and Tim Gredley finished fifth in 68.326 seconds with Unex Competition Yard’s Unex Omelli.
Wylde commented on his winning round, stating, “It was good for him; it was fast. He is very fast and he can turn well and the course was quite careful with delicate, narrow verticals and planks. It suited him. He can really cover the ground very easily. Some of the lines I might have been able to do one less stride, but he is actually fast enough everywhere that I was okay matching the same strides as everybody else. In general, when he is on, he is hard to beat.”
Wylde also looks forward to a great winter in Wellington.
“They offer so much here,” he stated. “There is a lot of prize money, the facility is fantastic, the classes on Saturday night are brilliant and I would say it is as hard as anywhere. They have fantastic competition here now and what has been created here is incredible. It is world-class. Why wouldn’t anybody want to come here and spend time here? There are other things to do, but this is really a significant stop on the tour, so I can see the reasons why people would want to do it; me as well.”
Also showing on Wednesday, Maria Schaub and Bonnie Smith’s Tuya had the fastest of 15 clear rounds out of 61 entries in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class for a win. In the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class, Ben Maher and Mrs. Phillips’ Quiet Easy 4 wrapped up the day with victory in a class of 68 entries with 17 jumping off and five double clear rounds.
Week three of FTI WEF will continue on Thursday with the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 at 1 p.m. in the International Arena. In the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring the Equine Tack & Nutritionals First Year Green Working Hunter division will award championship honors. For full results, please visitwww.showgroundslive.com.
Final Results: $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m
1. ZIDANE PETER WYLDE WINDWARD FARM & JESSICA SUIDA: 0/65.599
2. DIXSON IAN MILLAR ARIEL AND SUSAN GRANGE: 0/67.123
3. WITH WINGS KAREN POLLEKAREN POLLE: 0/67.779
4. DOLORES BEN MAHER MRS. WANG: 0/68.175
5. UNEX OMELLI TIM GREDLEYUNEX COMPETITION YARD: 0/68.326
6. TALOUBET PAULO SANTANA FILHO: 0/68.873
7. VINDICAT W LAURA KRAUT STONE HILL FARM: 0/69.729
8. TAM TAM HERO ROBERTO TERAN JR: 0/70.153
9. UNEX OMEGA STAR TIM GREDLEY UNEX COMPETITION YARD: 0/72.159
10. COLGATE PABLO BARRIOS PABLO BARRIOS: 0/72.591
11. CILANTROMEAGAN NUSZ AMALAYA INVESTMENTS: 0/72.617
Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.
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.
About FTI Consulting
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