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Shane Sweetnam and Solerina Steal the Show in $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix

March 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 24, 2013 – Week eleven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Artisan Farms, concluded on Sunday, March 24, with a full day of jumper action on the derby field at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Solerina won the highlight $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix in a five-horse jump-off over Marie Hecart (FRA) and Myself de Breve and Kirsten Coe (USA) and Baronez.

 

Victoria Colvin and Waminka were victorious in the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix, while Chloe Reid took the series win. Olivia Fry Weeks and Woica won the $10,000 Horseware Don Little Masters Classic. RichardJeffery of Bournemouth, England, set the courses on the derby field for all three classes.

 

In the $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix, 34 entries showed over Jeffery’s feature track with five clear rounds advancing to the jump-off. Two cleared the short course without fault, and Shane Sweetnam guided Sweet Oak and Spy Coast Farms’ Solerina to victory with the fastest clear round in 41.17 seconds.

 

Watch an interview with winning rider
Shane Sweetnam!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-H1ylBq6Uc

 

Marie Hecart and Normandie Connections’ Myself de Breve cleared the jump-off course in 42.45 seconds to place second. In third, Kirsten Coe and Ilan Ferder’s Baronez had one time fault in 45.58 seconds. Kent Farrington (USA) and Robin Parksy’s Blue Angel had one rail down in 42.45 seconds to earn the fourth place honors, and Reed Kessler (USA) and Mika placed fifth with four faults in 43.87 seconds.

 

 

Sweetnam’s winning mount, Solerina, is a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad that he owns in collaboration with his sponsor, Spy Coast Farm. Believe it or not, Sunday’s win was Sweetnam’s first win in an international FEI grand prix as well as his horse’s first time ever showing in a grand prix at any level. The stars aligned for the pair on the field this weekend as they earned an exciting victory.

 

 

 

“It is a great result, especially for myself,” Sweetnam admitted after the class. “It is my first WEF Sunday win and it is great for Spy Coast as well who own half of her with me. I am very, very happy. It was unexpected. She is a really competitive horse and her results have been great all circuit, but this is the first grand prix that I have done her in. She really surpassed herself; she gave everything she had. She is very fast, so I knew that if I could get in the jump-off that I would have a chance.”

 

Sweetnam has had Solerina since last summer and the pair has done very well together at the 1.45m and 1.50m level. “She has won a few classes; she has been second a lot. She has a very good strike rate,” Sweetnam noted. “She has been placed nearly 70%. She has been very, very good.”

 

“She has a bit of character, chestnut mare stuff,” Sweetnam said of Solerina. “If she is not fighting you, she is fighting with you, so I prefer if she’s fighting with me. Actually she was very relaxed here, so I was happy.”

 

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina. Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina. Photo © Sportfot.

 

The “chestnut mare stuff” may not be all that bad, as Sweetnam pointed out that three chestnut mares were first, second, and third in Sunday’s class. Second place finisher Myself de Breve is a feisty red headed mare as well, but has also proven herself many times in the arena with French rider Marie Hecart. Hecart got the 13-year-old mare as a two-year-old and has had some great results with her.

 

“She is very small, but she has all the scope,” Hecart declared. “When she was younger she was crazy, she was totally wild, but she really started to be good two or three years ago. She has really settled down and started working with me really well.”

 

 

“She always jumps really well on a big field like that,” Hecart said following the class. “She gets a lot of scope and she was great. I didn’t start the season really early; I started about five weeks ago. I didn’t want to do too much with her, so I wasn’t really ready for the first grand prix and this week she really started jumping like she does. She is 13, so she has all the experience and she doesn’t need to jump that much. I just try to do the big classes and the most important ones and she was really good.”

 

Third place finisher, Baronez, has had some great results showing on the grass field with rider Kirsten Coe, including a win in week seven’s $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup. She seems to like the different atmosphere.

 

“She really likes it out here,” Coe stated. “She is brave as a lion, so she really excels in this environment. I didn’t start showing that early in the season either; I didn’t start showing until week six, so it really feels like things are starting to come together now. She was double clear both times this week, so she has had a nice result.”

 

For Shane Sweetnam, there is no doubt that this year’s FTI WEF and Sunday’s class, especially, will be one to remember for a long time. Sweetnam praised the show after a fantastic day.

 

“WEF has done a great job this year,” he acknowledged. “Even last night they had such a great crowd and the standard of jumping has been fantastic every week. Personally, I have had a great circuit as well; I have been in the top three or four in the grand prix four times now, which I am very happy with. Every year I think WEF gets bigger and better and the standard is very high.”

 

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina in their winning presentation with Equestrian Sport Productions' President Michael Stone and ringmaster Cliff Haines.  Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina in their winning presentation with Equestrian Sport Productions’ President Michael Stone and ringmaster Cliff Haines.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

Final Results: $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix

 

1. SOLERINA: 1999 Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Sweet Oak & Spy Coast Farms: 0/0/41.17

 

2. MYSELF DE BREVE: 2000 SFA mare by Quidam de Revel x Grand Veneur

MARIE HECART (FRA), Normandie Connection: 0/0/42.45

 

3. BARONEZ: 2001 Warmblood mare by Heartbreaker x Unknown

KIRSTEN COE (USA), Ilan Ferder: 1/45.58

 

4. BLUE ANGEL: 2002 AES mare by Luidam x Ascendant

KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Robin Parsky:0/4/42.45

 

5. MIKA: 2000 Selle Francais gelding by Nidor Platiere x Rubis Rouge

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/4/43.87

 

6. ROTHCHILD: 2001 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Artos x Elegant De L’Ile

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms: 4/84.66

 

7. OLYMPIC DE CHAMANT: 2002 Selle Francais gelding by Gentleman IV SF x Apache D’adriers

JOHNATHON CORRIGAN (IRL), Sagamore Farms: 4/85.25

 

8. ROMANTOVICH TAKE ONE: 2000 KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Karandasj

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 4/85.39

 

9. ROUNDTHORN MADIOS: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 4/85.66

 

 

10. AVENZIO 3: 1999 KWPN gelding by Animo x Erdball xx

TAIZO SUGITANI (JPN), Yvonne Young: 4/86.02

 

11. MARTHA LOUISE: 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare by Maloubet de Pleville 1039 x Wolfgang

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Chinook Valley, Inc: 4/87.00

 

12. CORTES ‘C’: 2002 BWP gelding by Randel Z x Darco

BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 4/88.15

 

 

Victoria Colvin and Waminka Win $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix; Chloe Reid Takes Series Victory

 

 

Starting off Sunday’s competition on the derby field,15-year-old Victoria Colvin jumped to victory in the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix presented by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte. Thirty-one entries showed in the class with four clear rounds to advance to the jump-off. None of the competitors were able to clear the second round course without fault, and Colvin’s four-fault round was the best with a time of 43.21 seconds aboard Waminka, owned by Rivers Edge.

 

 

Dana Scott and Nod Hill Farm’s KM What Ever RV finished second with four faults in 43.65 seconds. Niclas Hofmann and Trelawny Farm LLC’s Babbe Van’t Roosakker placed third with four faults in 50.87 seconds. Fourth place honors went to Alexandra Thornton and Dunwalke Ltd.’s Blue Curacao with eight faults in 45.17 seconds.

 

Victoria Colvin and Waminka. Photo © Sportfot.

Victoria Colvin and Waminka. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Sunday’s class was only Colvin’s second time competing in the young rider events in Wellington and she was happy that it went so well. She has had previous experience showing on the grass field in the equitation, hunter and junior jumper divisions, but was excited to compete against some of her top peers in the series.

 

“It went pretty well,” Colvin smiled after the class. “It is so nice to be out on the field and she just went amazing.”

 

Waminka is one of Colvin’s top mounts and the pair has had a lot of success recently, including winning yesterday’s $10,000 Griffis Residential High Junior Jumper Classic. Riding on the grass field was a little different, but the pair handled it perfectly.

 

“With her, I feel like she doesn’t have to get as quiet, so that she just has a nice gallop,” Colvin explained of the different preparation. “We pretty much just walked her this morning and then she was just ready to go.”

 

“She is pretty straightforward,” the rider added. “You have to hold her mouth a little bit, but she goes to the jumps and you don’t really need much leg. She is one of my favorites except for my own, of course, but she is a lot of fun.”

 

Commenting on the jump-off, Colvin continued, “I was trying to just have a nice, clear round, but I think I just felt the wind and ran to that oxer. I was gonna go slow and clean, but it didn’t really work that way. I think the wind makes it more fun. It feels like you are on a beach galloping.”

 

Sunday’s class was the final event in the 2013 Artisan Farms Young Rider Series, presented by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte, which also awarded the top prizes on Sunday for its overall standings. Sixteen-year-old Chloe Reid was named the top rider under 21 and will get a spot on the USEF European Young Rider Tour this summer as her prize, with transportation provided by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte. Along with that, as the overall winner she takes home a Bruno delGrange saddle. Wilton Porter and Niclas Hofmann were second and third in the overall standings.

 

Chloe Reid in her winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms, Bruno delGrange and Sandy Spicer of Bruno delGrange Saddles, Tim Dutta, and Guido Klatte.  Photo © Sportfot.

Chloe Reid in her winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms, Bruno delGrange and Sandy Spicer of Bruno delGrange Saddles, Tim Dutta, and Guido Klatte.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

“I am really excited. This was definitely one of my goals for the year,” Reid said of the honor. “Every year we sit down with my trainer (Kim Prince) and my parents and they say ‘Chloe, what would you like to have as your accomplishment for this year?’ Last year it was to make the European Tour and this year I said that I would love to finish in the top for this class and I was able to make that achievement.”

 

Watch an interview with Chloe Reid!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVcSWdbJ8Ek

 

Reid went on the European tour last year and enjoyed her time competing abroad. “That was an amazing experience last year,” she stated. “I have never really ridden on a team before and it is a completely different atmosphere over there. It is a great learning experience and I learned so much more than if I just stayed here. I was really happy with everything over there.”

 

Chloe Reid and Damascus. Photo © Sportfot.

Chloe Reid and Damascus. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Reid is developing a great partnership with her horse, Damascus, and felt that this year’s young rider series was very helpful to their development.

 

“This series is great with all of the different kinds of rounds they give us,” Reid acknowledged. “We had a night class, we had a Nations Cup theme, we had on the grass today and just all of the different experiences for helping you succeed. I have had Damascus since last spring and she has really learned to become my horse and I have learned our strengths and weaknesses together. Every round I am just getting to know her more and try to exceed even more.”

 

Artisan Farms Young Rider Series Leaders Chloe Reid (first), Wilton Porter (second), Kalvin Dobbs (fifth), and Niclas Hofmann (third) with Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler, Tim Dutta and Guido Klatte.  Photo © Sportfot.

Artisan Farms Young Rider Series Leaders Chloe Reid (first), Wilton Porter (second), Kalvin Dobbs (fifth), and Niclas Hofmann (third) with Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler, Tim Dutta and Guido Klatte.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

A full schedule of competition was also held at the main show grounds at PBIEC on Sunday in the International Arena. In the $10,000 Charles Owen Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Daisy Johnson and Atlanta 447 jumped to victory. In the $10,000 Maria Mendelsohn Low Junior Jumpers, Eugenio Garza and Marbella were victorious.

 

 

 

Grand All Over and Emma Kurtz Excel in Visse Wedell Medium Pony Hunters

 

 

 

Grand All Over lived up to his name during week eleven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The fifteen-year-old Welsh Pony gelding owned by David Gochman was champion of the Visse Wedell Medium Pony Hunter divsion with Emma Kurtz. Kurtz, of Cleveland, OH, piloted Grand All Over to second place under saddle and finished first, third, and third over fences.

 

 

 

Reserve champion was Sassafras Creek, ridden by Daisy Farish and owned by Redfield Farm. Farish and Sassafras Creek were eighth under saddle and were first, second, sixth, and first over fences.

 

 

 

Owner-rider champion for the division was Roxbury and Yasmin Rizvi. Reserve owner-rider honors went to Francesca Dildabanian and her pony Laugh Out Loud.

 

 

 

Grand All Over, known as “Toby” in the barn, is one of twelve-year-old Kurtz’s many successful pony mounts, but she will admit to him being her favorite by far. While Kurtz says his irresistible cuteness is what puts him at the top of her list, trainer Amanda Lyerly knows their bond is more than just skin-deep. “They really trust each other,” Lyerly commented. “He’s really brave and she’s confident on him. They’re such a good match.”

 

Grand All Over and Emma Kurtz. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Grand All Over and Emma Kurtz. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Lyerly does admit Toby’s looks certainly don’t hurt him in the ring. “He has an amazing look through the bridle and he has a great neck. He always goes with his ears pricked and he pretty much always jumps well no matter how you get to the jump. He just has a lot of presence,” Lyerly described.

 

 

 

Toby has been so successful with Kurtz that the pair is currently in second place in the FTI WEF circuit standings despite a relatively light show schedule. “Emma won the pony classic World Champion Hunter Rider week. She was champion another week and reserve one week. He really hasn’t done a lot since he already has so many points. He gets to have an easy circuit,” Lyerly explained.

 

 

 

Kurtz and her winning partner will continue to show together through the FTI WEF’s final week, after which the duo look forward to showing at the Devon Horse Show in May. Following Devon, their show career together is a little more uncertain. Kurtz has had Toby on lease from the Gochman family until their girls grow into him.

 

 

 

“He belongs to the Gochmans, and their kids were actually a little bit too small for him when they got him, so they’ve let Emma ride him for a little bit until they’re ready for him. It’s very, very generous of them to give her that opportunity,” Lyerly acknowledged.

 

 

 

Kurtz and Toby’s championship finish concluded hunter competition for week eleven of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Artisan Farms. The final week of the FTI WEF, presented by title sponsor FTI Consulting, will run March 27-21, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.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

 

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 3,800 employees located in 24 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 $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

 

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

 

 

Katie Dinan and Glory Days Win $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix

February 16, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 15, 2013 – Nineteen-year-old Katie Dinan and her brand new horse Glory Days were victorious in Friday night’s $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix, presented by Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte, during week six of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). In a nine-horse jump-off, Dinan and Glory Days won over Wilton Porter aboard Radio City and Adam Prudent riding Jack Daniels.

 

Week six, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm, will run February 13-17. The week will feature two more world ranking classes, including the highlight $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix, presented by Spy Coast Farm, on Saturday, February 16, and the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday, February 17.

 

Click the link to watch an interview with Katie Dinan!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjXkWFdsF-c

 

Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge set the course for Friday night’s young rider class. Forty-eight entries showed over the first round course and nine jumped clear to advance to the jump-off. With the fastest time of 29.474 seconds, Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partners, LLC’s Glory Days came out on top for an exciting victory under the lights.

 
Wilton Porter and Radio City, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, LLC, finished second with a clear round in 31.085 seconds. Adam Prudent and Plain Bay Sales’ Jack Daniels were third in 31.366 seconds, also without fault over the short course. The fastest four-fault jump-off round belonged to Chloe Reid and Damascus with one rail down in a time of 29.874 seconds to place fourth.

 

Katie Dinan and Glory Days. Photo © Sportfot.

Katie Dinan and Glory Days. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Glory Days is a twelve-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Diamond Serpent, home bred and ridden his whole life by Swedish rider Daniel Zetterman. The Dinan Family recently purchased ‘Glory’ as a new mount for Katie just a few weeks ago and she is now getting to know him. Friday’s class was a perfect opportunity for the pair to show in the impressive atmosphere of the International Arena at night, under the lights, and gain some valuable experience together.

 
“I think I still have a lot to learn, but it was really exciting to win here tonight,” Dinan stated. “I could not be happier with him. It is nice because his former rider, Daniel Zetterman, was here tonight and he has been a huge part of the team the last few weeks. He has been giving me pointers the whole time, so I really appreciate that. The horse has only had one rider his entire life, so obviously I want to learn as much as I can from him because he knows the horse inside and out.”
“Sometimes it takes longer with some horses to get to know them and other times it doesn’t take as long,” Dinan noted. “So far he has felt great. I have to just keep up and keep on learning about him and I am excited about our future together.”

 

Describing Glory Days’ style, Dinan detailed, “I really like riding him because he definitely carries his own engine, but he is also very adjustable. I can be just nice and soft. I like horses that have their own pace so I don’t have to create so much and I can just ride them smoothly and work on what I am doing. He jumps amazingly well. He is super careful and it is just a question of learning how to be as smooth as possible. He definitely has a little bit of an up and down canter, so I am still getting used to that.”
Dinan has shown in the Artisan Farms Young Rider Series since its inception and values the experience.
“I think it is a great series,” she acknowledged. “For me, with a new horse, it was a great thing for us to do. It definitely feels like a great event to go on Friday night with a huge class. Most of the people in here had great rounds tonight and it is nice to see how competitive this division is. I have done these classes all three years and obviously I have gotten more experience as a rider, but all three years they have been something great for me to do. It is also really nice because I have known the Ziegler family for a long time and to win a class that they sponsored and have Mrs. Ziegler present was really exciting for me.”
Dinan also had her whole family in town to watch her win and was excited for them to see her success with her new horse.

 

Glory Days is a twelve-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Diamond Serpent, home bred and ridden his whole life by Swedish rider Daniel Zetterman. The Dinan Family recently purchased 'Glory' as a new mount for Katie just a few weeks ago and she is now getting to know him. Friday's class was a perfect opportunity for the pair to show in the impressive atmosphere of the International Arena at night, under the lights, and gain some valuable experience together.  "I think I still have a lot to learn, but it was really exciting to win here tonight," Dinan stated. "I could not be happier with him. It is nice because his former rider, Daniel Zetterman, was here tonight and he has been a huge part of the team the last few weeks. He has been giving me pointers the whole time, so I really appreciate that. The horse has only had one rider his entire life, so obviously I want to learn as much as I can from him because he knows the horse inside and out." "Sometimes it takes longer with some horses to get to know them and other times it doesn't take as long," Dinan noted. "So far he has felt great. I have to just keep up and keep on learning about him and I am excited about our future together."   Describing Glory Days' style, Dinan detailed, "I really like riding him because he definitely carries his own engine, but he is also very adjustable. I can be just nice and soft. I like horses that have their own pace so I don't have to create so much and I can just ride them smoothly and work on what I am doing. He jumps amazingly well. He is super careful and it is just a question of learning how to be as smooth as possible. He definitely has a little bit of an up and down canter, so I am still getting used to that." Dinan has shown in the Artisan Farms Young Rider Series since its inception and values the experience. "I think it is a great series," she acknowledged. "For me, with a new horse, it was a great thing for us to do. It definitely feels like a great event to go on Friday night with a huge class. Most of the people in here had great rounds tonight and it is nice to see how competitive this division is. I have done these classes all three years and obviously I have gotten more experience as a rider, but all three years they have been something great for me to do. It is also really nice because I have known the Ziegler family for a long time and to win a class that they sponsored and have Mrs. Ziegler present was really exciting for me."  Dinan also had her whole family in town to watch her win and was excited for them to see her success with her new horse.

Katie Dinan and Glory Days in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Carlene Ziegler, Tim Dutta, and Guido Klatte. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Also showing in the International Arena on Friday, McLain Ward and Tequestrian Farms, LLC’s Coco 135 topped the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class and Darragh Kenny and Derbypie LLC’s Delilah won the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off. Meagan Nusz and Amalaya Investments’ Vesuvius were victorious in the RCG Farm High Amateur-Owner Jumpers and Lauren Tyree and Audi’s Top Secret, owned by Missy Clark, won in the Griffis Residential High Junior Jumpers, both competing in their power and speed classes.

 

Eugenio Garza of Mexico won the “Best Turnout Award” at the jog for this week’s Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix.

 

Finals Results: $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix

1. GLORY DAYS KATHERINE DINAN GRANT ROAD PARTNERS, LLC: 0/0/29.474

2. RADIO CITY WILTON PORTER GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES, LLC: 0/0/31.085

3. JACK DANIELS ADAM PRUDENT PLAIN BAY SALES: 0/0/31.366

4. DAMASCUS CHLOE REID CHLOE D. REID, LLC: 0/4/29.874

5. ARBITRAGE ALEXANDER ZETTERMAN ALEXANDER ZETTERMAN: 0/4/31.023

6. EARLY MORNING SAMANTHA SENFT SAMANTHA SENFT: 0/4/31.809

7. SHALIMAR DAVID BLAKE PINE HOLLOW FARM: 0/8/31.399

8. VOSQINUS MATTIAS TROMP BEYAERT FARM, INC: 0/12/35.186
9. BABBE VAN’T ROOSAKKER NICLAS HOFMANN TRELAWNY FARM, LLC: 0/30/57.106

10. WISH JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN STONE HILL FARM: 4/76.851

11. WINDE KALVIN DOBBS TREESDALE FARMS: 4 /77.040

12. LORD SPEZI SPENCER SMITH ASHLAND FARMS & STADIUM SPORTHORSE: 4/77.155

 

Condor Flies to Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Section A Championship with Tracey Mack-Gorin

 

It may only be his third show on American soil, but Condor is settling in nicely at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Tracey Mack-Gorin piloted Stepping Stone Farm’s five-year-old Warmblood gelding to championship honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Section A division during week six of the FTI WEF.

 

Condor has also competed in Pre-Green and Performance Hunter divisions with Christine Kear in the irons, but appears to be hitting his stride this week with Mack-Gorin as he clinched tricolor honors with a near-perfect performance in the Adult Amateur division. The pair finished first and fifth over fences during day one of competition for the division, followed by two more blue ribbon finishes over fences day two, and fifth place under saddle.

 

Reserve champion was Artie, ridden by Jean Sheptoff and owned by Patricia Moss. Sheptoff and Artie were first and second over fences day one and third in both over fences classes day two. The pair wrapped up day two with a third place ribbon under saddle.

 

Condor and Tracey Mack-Gorin.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Condor and Tracey Mack-Gorin.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Mack-Gorin has had little time to get to know Condor, who made his American showing debut during week one of the FTI WEF, but Mack-Gorin is already enamored with the gelding. “I just rode him for the first time last week and he’s just really fun,” Mack-Gorin smiled.

 

Condor’s exceptional temperament both under saddle and on the ground is what Mack-Gorin enjoys most about her mount. “He has a great temperament, so even if I make a mistake, he’s very tolerant of that. He’s also so comfortable and even [under saddle],” Mack-Gorin described. “[In the barn], he’s so friendly and snuggly. He loves to be cozy with you!”

 

Despite his young age and relative inexperience, Condor was not rattled by the monsoon-like weather conditions during day one of the division. “He was great! He didn’t like it much on his nose, but for his first time showing in the rain, he was really, really good,” Mack-Gorin described.

 

Mack-Gorin attributes Condor’s success to his picture-perfect, yet extremely rideable, jumping style. “He’s got a really easy jump, but he jumps very well at the same time. He’s very comfortable yet gives a really nice jump. I think he’ll be a really good horse,” she commented.

 

Mack-Gorin also complimented course designer Scott Starns’ well-planned layout. “The courses were great both days. I love being in the Rost Arena because you have a little bit more space than some of the smaller hunter arenas. It’s much easier to turn,” Mack-Gorin concluded.

 

Week six of the FTI WEF continues Saturday when the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division, also hosted in the Rost Arena, names its champion. The $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix, presented by Spy Coast Farm, will be featured in the International Arena at 7 p.m. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.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

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 3,800 employees located in 24 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 $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

 


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

 

Ben Maher Wins Again! Maher and Quiet Easy 4 Top $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic at FTI WEF 5

February 11, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 10, 2013 – Week five of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Adequan®, concluded on Sunday afternoon with a win for Olympic gold medalist Ben Maher of Great Britain aboard his young mount Quiet Easy 4 in the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. Maher has been a dominant force in Wellington over the last two weeks with back to back grand prix wins, including last night’s $82,000 Adequan CSI 2* Grand Prix. He can now add a 1.50m victory to his tally for the winter.

 

 

Olympic course designer from Great Britain, Bob Ellis, set the track for forty-two entries to show in Sunday’s 1.50m classic with just four entries advancing to the jump-off. Alongside Maher, U.S. Olympic gold medalists Beezie Madden and Laura Kraut joined the jump-off roster as well as Argentinean rider Max Amaya.

 
Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Mademoiselle were first to jump-off and had one rail down in a time of 49.775 seconds to finish third. Maher and Mrs. Phillips Quiet Easy 4 jumped next and set the unbeatable pace of 48.631 seconds with their clear round over the short course. Amaya and Avequest, LLC’s Cartier jumped a clear round in 52.893 seconds to finish second. Kraut and Evita Group’s Nouvelle were last to go and finished fourth with four faults in 51.185 seconds.

 

Ben Maher and Quiet Easy 4. Photo © Sportfot.

Ben Maher and Quiet Easy 4. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Maher has had several top placings with Quiet Easy since the start of the circuit, including a very close second place finish in this week’s $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 5. Quiet Easy had some time off in 2012 while his rider focused on the summer Olympic Games, so Maher is now bringing him back to top form and this was the pair’s first win of the winter season.

 

“This has been a great week; all of the horses jumped well,” Maher smiled on Sunday. “Quiet Easy was unlucky in the WEF on Thursday; we just got beat. It was a very fast jump-off, so to come back today and jump two good rounds after such a fast jump-off just shows his character. He is trying to always do the best he can for us. The jump-off was again quick today. He naturally turns very well and he is quick through the air. He almost didn’t jump today because he jumped so well on Thursday, but he seems to enjoy this ring here, so I think it was the right decision.”
Quiet Easy is a nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Quidams Rubin x Zapateado. Maher got him just before the FTI WEF circuit last year and started him in the 1.50m classes with a second place finish overall in the series last season. He hopes to continue that success this year.
“He had a pretty quiet summer because of other commitments and things, so I jumped a lot of national classes. I sort of gave him a bit of a break and aimed to bring him back here,” Maher noted. “It has really worked because he is jumping very well. He has been a pleasure to ride.”
Sunday’s class was a difficult one for a lot of the horses and riders entered. Maher credited fellow Brit Bob Ellis on his design.

 
“It was a big course,” Maher stated. “It was the first real class where we have had to jump the water. Both of my horses jumped it very big the first time in the season, but they have to see it at some point. The course progressively got bigger as it went on and I think the last line in particular got half of the class. It was a very long distance down from the Liverpool to the oxer and then a very short outside seven strides to a hard combination. I think most of the faults, from what I saw, came from there. Bob Ellis is a clever course builder. He knows what he’s doing and the slightest angle on something here and there can make all of the difference.”

 

Ben Maher and Quiet Easy 4 in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Suncast representative Lauren Tisbo. Photo © Sportfot.

Ben Maher and Quiet Easy 4 in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Suncast representative Lauren Tisbo. Photo © Sportfot.

 

 

Maher plans to show Quiet Easy again next week and will then give him a couple of weeks off while he heads to China to show in the Longines Hong Kong Masters with his top horse, Tripple X III.

Final Results: $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

1. QUIET EASY 4 BEN MAHER MRS. PHILLIPS: 0/0/48.631

2. CARTIER MAX AMAYA AVEQUEST, LLC: 0/0/52.893

3. MADEMOISELLE BEEZIE MADDEN ABIGAIL WEXNER: 0/4/49.775

4. NOUVELLE LAURA KRAUT EVITA GROUP: 0/4/51.185

5. VOLTARAL PALO BLANCO ALVARO TEJADA ARRIOLA ISABEL TEJADA: 4/72.045

6. BELMONT LAURA KRAUT BEVERLY WIDDOWSON: 4/74.206

7. ANY GIVEN SUNDAY DARRAGH KENNY HAYS INVESTMENT CORP: 4/74.383

8. DOLORES BEN MAHER MRS. WANG: 4/74.818

9. DIKTATOR VAN DE BOSLANDHOEVE SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM, LLC: 4/74.870

10. CASHA ABIGAIL MCARDLE OLD BARRRINGTON, LLC: 4/75.187

11. GAME READY CONOR SWAIL SUSAN GRANGE: 4/75.383

12. URBAN BLYTHE MARANO RIVERVIEW FARM, LLC: 4/75.930

 

 

Kalvin Dobbs and Winde Top $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Riders Grand Prix

Presented by Dutta Corporation in Association with Guido Klatte

Sunday’s competition began in the morning with a win for 17-year-old Kalvin Dobbs, of Carmel, IN, aboard Treesdale Farms’ Winde in the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix. The class, presented by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte, saw 39 entries jumping the course set by Bob Ellis. Nine went clear to advance to the jump-off, and Dobbs and Winde breezed through the short course in 41.928 seconds for the victory. Chloe Reid and Damascus placed second in 42.385 seconds. Lillie Keenan and Chansonette Farm, LLC’s Londinium were third in 43.015 seconds.

 

Click the link to watch an interview with Kalvin Dobbs!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hnsWcwhgbw

 

Kalvin Dobbs is trained by Abigail Blankenship as well as Olympian Laura Kraut, and purchased Winde from Kraut after she showed the mare two years ago. Winde is a ten-year-old KWPN mare by Numero Uno x No Limit. She is a very energetic, forward ride, and Dobbs explained that she has taken some getting used to.
“She is just so much fun,” he stated. “She has so much energy and she is by far the hottest mare that I have ridden, so it has definitely taken some time to figure her out and get used to that. I have had a lot of slow jumpers before her, but she knows what she is doing every step of the way, so when we are together it is so much fun. I love showing her and we have really gotten to know each other over the past two years.”
Kalvin Dobbs and Winde. Photo © Sportfot.

Kalvin Dobbs and Winde. Photo © Sportfot.

 

 

“Her ride has definitely been different for me,” Dobbs continued. “The number one thing that Laura has been trying to teach me is to let her do what she wants to do and you just concentrate on the next jump and what you are doing. That has been hard for me when she kicks back and cross canters and stuff like that. I have to try to keep my focus and I think it has made me a better rider because then with other horses, if there is anything going on, I am able to just ignore it and move on and make the best of the situation.”

 

 
It took a fast, accurate ride to win in the jump-off. Dobbs described his plan, stating, “The jump-off just seemed like a horse race to us. It was so many singles and that is her favorite thing to do, just gallop and get it right out of stride, so my plan was just to guide her, shave off those turns, get that time off and keep the gallop going. That is exactly what she did.”

 
This is Dobbs’ third year competing in the young rider grand prix series and he enjoys the opportunity to improve his riding. “I love it. I think it is awesome for us to be able to come down here and do these big competitions with lots of good riders,” he declared. “They have the team competition week nine and I just think that is an excellent opportunity. This is the first year that I have been able to stay down here and get more training, so I am just kind of soaking it up and getting as much as I can. I love that they offer this young rider series.”

 

Kalvin Dobbs and Winde in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines along with Artisan Farms representative Jennifer Ward and Dutta Corporation representative Tim Dutta, Jr. Photo © Sportfot.

Kalvin Dobbs and Winde in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines along with Artisan Farms representative Jennifer Ward and Dutta Corporation representative Tim Dutta, Jr. Photo © Sportfot.

 

 

A special award was also presented to young rider Katherine Strauss for Best Turnout at the jog for Sunday’s class. Strauss won a pair of ARIAT paddock boots for her efforts.

 

 

Final Results: $15,000 Artisan Farm Young Rider Grand Prix

1. WINDE KALVIN DOBBS TREESDALE FARMS: 0/0/41.928

2. DAMASCUS CHLOE REID CHLOE D REID, LLC: 0/0/42.385

3. LONDINIUM LILLIE KEENAN CHANSONETTE FARM, LLC: 0/0/43.015

4. KING OF HEARTS CHLOE REID CHLOE D REID, LLC: 0/4/43.373

5. VATRICIA NAVONA GALLEGOS BAR X RANCH, LLC: 0/4/44.682

6. LITTLE LADY D’ELLE SYDNEY SHULMAN BACK COUNTRY FARM: 0/8/40.154

7. PUMPED UP KICKS LILLIE KEENAN CHANSONETTE FARM, LLC: 0/8/40.748

8. CASALL IV ALI WOLFF BACKLICK BEND FARM: 0/8/44.833

9. UBICO H GABRIELLE BAUSANO GABRIELLE BAUSANO, INC: 0/EL

10. EVERYTHING KELSEY THATCHER PONY LANE FARM: 4/69.509

11. WETTER CATHERINE TYREE CATHERINE TYREE: 4/72.447

12. COSMA 20 ABIGAIL MCARDLE DAVID MCARDLE: 4/72.771

 
Blueberry Hill and Coco Fath Jump to Second Championship in Florida Community Bank Small Pony Hunters

 

Blueberry Hill took home championship honors with Coco Fath in the irons in the Florida Community Bank Small Pony Hunter for the second time this season at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Fath and Blueberry Hill, a 12-year-old Welsh Pony cross owned by Jordyn Rose Freedman, dominated the over fences portion of competition across both days. The pair won three out of four over fences rounds and placed fourth in day one’s under saddle class.

 

 

Reserve champions were Canterbook Prince Charming and Hana Bieling. Bieling and Canterbrook Prince Charming, owned by Joe Currais, were second under saddle and third over fences during day one of competition followed by a second place finish over fences day two.

 

Coco Fath and Blueberry Hill.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography

Coco Fath and Blueberry Hill.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography

 

 

Fath only began riding Blueberry Hill a few months ago, but from the first time she sat on her, she knew that Blueberry Hill would be her perfect partner. “When I first tried her, I knew we would be a good match. She has this feeling where you know she’s always going to go and she always wants to be in the ring. She’s never bucking around or misbehaving. She really wants to go in and win,” Fath described. “She’s worked out really well for me and I love her.”

 

 

Fath’s description of the duo’s performance thus far at the FTI WEF is a slight understatement, as the two also took home the tricolor title for the division during week two. Fath and Blueberry Hill are second in the circuit championship standings going into week five.

 

 

Fath attributes their success to Blueberry Hill’s willing demeanor and natural talent. “She does tight turns really easily and she’ll land on the right lead every time you ask her to. She has a jump that’s really smooth,” Fath stated.

 

 

Fath had a rocky start in day two of competition, but regrouped to come back with a victory in the handy round. “The first course was my fault,” Fath acknowledged. “In the handy, a lot of the tight turns were a little awkward, but she managed everything so well.”

 

2013 is Fath’s first season competing at the FTI WEF, an experience she has relished. “I like how there’s a new horse show every week here! You don’t have to wait a few weeks between shows. I also love having all my friends in Florida showing with me, it’s really fun. We all have sleepovers since we’re all only a couple minutes away from each other now,” Fath smiled.

 

 

Week five of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Adequan, concluded with Sunday’s competition. Week six, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm, gets underway on Wednesday, February 13, with another full line-up of exciting equestrian competition running through February 17.

 

 

The week will feature four FEI World Ranking classes, including the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m on Wednesday, February 13, the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Round 6 on Thursday, February 14, and the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday, February 17, as well as the highlight $125,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix, presented by Spy Coast Farm, on Saturday, February 16. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.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

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 3,800 employees located in 24 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 $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

 


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