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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.

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

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard Achieve Personal Best in AGDF 12 FEI Grand Prix CDI 5* : Ashley Holzer Guides Tiva Nana to First CDI Win in 3* Grand Prix

March 28, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 27, 2014 – Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Wizard capped off the first day of competition for the final week of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) with a win in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 5* presented by Diamante Farms. The pair earned a personal best score for the grand prix with a 74.160%. Ashley Holzer (CAN) and Tiva Nana scored a blue ribbon finish earlier in the day, winning the FEI Grand Prix CDI 3* presented by Diamante Farms on a score of 70.000%. AGDF 12 is sponsored by Diamante Farms and Wellington Equestrian Realty. 

Friday, March 28, will see the return of “Friday Night Stars” to The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The featured class, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5*, will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening. Young rider Bebe Davis will perform her own freestyle exhibition as part of the night’s festivities, and a vocal quartet accompanied by piano from the Frost School of Music at University of Miami will perform throughout the night.

 Watch Adrienne Lyle and Wizard's winning test in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 5*!
Watch Adrienne Lyle and Wizard’s winning test 
in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 5*!

Adrienne Lyle was also presented with the Champion Equine Insurance Dressage Style Award and a crystal horse from Swarovski for her win in the FEI Grand Prix 5*. The American rider topped the class with Wizard, a 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Peggy Thomas. Second place went to fellow American Tina Konyot and Calecto V for their score of 72.720%, while Danish rider Mikala Gundersen rounded out the top three with My Lady and a score of 72.520%.

 

Lyle was thrilled to post her all-time grand prix high score with Wizard in the on Thursday evening. A triumphant return to the ring was the best she could have asked for after having to withdraw Wizard from the AGDF 10 CDI W.

 

“I was thrilled with him. He felt fresh and happy and really amazing for being the end of a long season,” Lyle grinned. “That’s my best grand prix score I’ve had on him in our career, and I think the most rideable; the best combination of him having energy, and he was listening to me.”

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard

She continued, “It was a little nerve-wracking. We were entered for the [CDI] W [during AGDF 10] but he got himself cast in his stall. He came out with banged up legs the day before the jog. We made the decision to scratch and not try to get him through it since he wasn’t a hundred percent. It was hard to go home and sit out a couple of weeks. Everyone is wondering what’s wrong, and of course they always think it’s the worst and you’re never going to come back. So it was nice to come back and do really well.”

 

Lyle admitted to having a good feeling about their test, but insisted a rider can never really know when they’re going to have the “test of tests” before it’s over. Her main focus, and possibly the difference in their score, was the extended trot.

 

“I think he’s got a great, amazing, trot extension, but I think we lose a little balance. He gets a little tight, and we’ve done some skip steps a couple times. So we came in around the outside of the arena, and I really made him gallop around a couple times and got going. I felt like I was able to ride it, not to not have a mistake, but to have more power and really go for it and not feel like I was being conservative,” Lyle described.

 

Lyle will forgo the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 5* on Friday, opting instead to contest the FEI Grand Prix Special 5* in preparation for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) selection trials.

 

“I love doing the freestyle with him, but he just had a couple weeks off and he hasn’t been working that much before the show, I thought it would be smarter to put him in the special. He doesn’t need to get himself all hyped up again. I’ve done the freestyle the last two shows. I think I need to get back to focusing on the special a little for the trials,” Lyle explained.

 

Second place finisher Konyot is known for her jubilant expressions after a test with Calecto, but explained that her serious look on Thursday evening was not a reflection of the overall test.

 

“I was happy, actually. I’ve been trying to get a little bit cleaner grand prix. I’ve had several shows with so many mistakes in my grand prix, so I was much, much, happier with my grand prix,” Konyot said. “Until the end. He really cheated me at the end, he stopped very early and thought it was over. He did his final halt-salute and there was no budging. He just caught me a little bit by surprise because he can do a little bit further than that.”

 

Konyot pointed out her canter tour as the highlight of the test for her, along with a trot tour she thought was well done. With the FEI World Cup Dressage Finals next on her calendar, she was pleased to have achieved her main goal for the class.

 

“I felt great because I had a better grand prix. I often have quite a good freestyle, and since I am leading North America and going to the World Cup, I was happy that I could have a better grand prix. That was something that I was looking towards,” Konyot said.

 

Gundersen and My Lady have a different championship competition looming; their sights are set on the Danish Championships, an event Gundersen described as one with the most pressure of the season. The show plays a large role in choosing the Danish team for the WEG this fall.

 

Gundersen has been more than satisfied with how My Lady has progressed throughout the season in Wellington, describing her test on Friday evening as very rideable and supple.

 

“I could have had a little more energy from behind, but I had a lot of really good movements. There were some things that I worked very hard on, to get better, and they were. I look at my scores and see that they got better, and then I lost a bit on other things,” Gundersen shared.

 

“That’s how it is,” she continued. “You go to shows and you feel like ‘Oh I need to improve this,’ and then you go home and work on that. Maybe you lose something else a little bit on the way. I think in the end, we’ll get it all together. For me, it’s most important when I get to the Danish championships in the summer that it should all be there.”

 

On behalf of all the riders, Gundersen expressed her gratitude for the AGDF hosting a 5* event and thanked the sponsors of the show for their generosity.

 

“It’s amazing. I think this season, we’ve always had something to ride towards. Either World Cup points or the five star,” Gundersen pointed out. “It’s amazing to have all of this. For one, all the money that’s being sponsored in this class. And then, for us, we’re always thinking about world ranking points, and [a five star] counts a little extra there. So it’s a big deal.”

 

In only her second outing at the CDI level, Tiva Nana enjoyed a victory with Ashley Holzer earlier in the day during the FEI Grand Prix 3*. Holzer finished at the top of the class with a score of 70.000%, while American Laura Graves took second with Verdades on a score of 69.140%. Third place went to Megan Lane (CAN) and Caravella, who earned a score of 69.120%.

Ashley Holzer and Tiva Nana

Tiva Nana, a 14-year-old KWPN mare, has been owned by Marissa Mastranardi for the past five and a half years. When Mastranardi asked trainer Holzer to ride the mare in September, she handed the reins over to her full-time.

 

“Ashley started riding her in September, just her riding her, and it was going so well that I was like, ‘Take her! See what happens,'” Mastranardi recounted. “Obviously, having Ashley on her is the best thing for the horse and for her education. I’m more than thrilled with how it’s been going.”

 

Tiva Nana, known as “Nina” in the barn, has continued to step up to the plate as she has progressed up the levels. Thursday was only the horse’s second CDI and fourth time completing a grand prix test.

 

“She’s getting better and better every time. It’s really cool to watch,” Mastranardi smiled. “It wouldn’t happen without a rider like Ashley. If I was in there, I’d be like, ‘Oh, I know it’s scary!’ Ashley knows how to make adjustments and give her confidence in the ring.”

 

For Holzer, Thursday’s test, and subsequent win, was a pleasant surprise. “I thought that it was far more in control than the last week! I think that the harmony was much better. I thought her accuracy and her harmony were just really top-notch today. Her focus was better. As a horse, I felt like I had a partner that was really tuned into me.”

 

Holzer admitted she would have to rethink her plan after what the mare showed her in the ring. “I have to sit down and really rethink that after today. She really showed me something in this main ring. We thought she would take a much longer time to settle in this big ring,” Holzer acknowledged.

 

She continued, “She really has very little experience so this is quite a shocker. When they said to me in the barn today, ‘Ok so try to give a 70?’ and I was like ‘Pfft! Yeah right! Give me a break, I was pretty amazed with 68 last week.’ But she went in and was just a joy to ride. She’s so much fun. She’s a very nice horse to ride.”

 

Second place finisher Graves was thrilled with Verdades’ rideability throughout the test, noting that the pair have enjoyed great improvement over the last three months at the AGDF. She’s worked with Olympian Debbie MacDonald since the beginning of the circuit on various aspects of Verdades’ training.

 

“It’s gotten so much better since our first CDI. It’s a little sad that the season is over for us, because we’re kind of hungry for more and hitting our stride,” Graves explained.

 

Graves has her sights set on the Festival of Champions in Gladstone, NJ, which also serve as the selection trials for the American team to go to the WEG.

 

“We’ll spend the next two months really training hard, and hopefully, depending on how everything shakes out on the West Coast and who decides to go to Gladstone [New Jersey, for the Festival of Champions], we’re crossing our fingers that this might give us a ticket.”

 

Of her test today, Graves pointed out the biggest turning point for the test was the piaffe, which she admitted she had been going down centerline and “praying” to go well in each previous test.

 

“There’s nothing more terrifying than having to do something on a centerline and just having to go in there and praying. That’s pretty much all we’ve been doing, because he wouldn’t let me touch him,” Graves explained.

 

She continued, “He’s so worked up and he tries so hard, and you touch him with your legs or your hand, and he would just get all out of sorts. To be able to put my leg on a little, or actually ride a half-halt in the piaffe is kind of cool. Hopefully one day it will actually be a highlight for everyone to watch, so that’s where we’re going.”

 

Lane has also focused on progress at each competition with Caravella. The pair won the FEI Grand Prix Special during AGDF 1, and both rider and horse have benefitted from the experience of six CDIs over the course of the season.

 

“I think both her and I are relatively inexperienced, so the more we get out there, the better. Coming to Wellington, you can only get it here,” Lane pointed out.

 

She continued, “Progress is always in my mind, so with every show I look for progress in some area. Today, the piaffe-passage tour was definitely the highlight. Normally, that’s a little bit tricky.”

 

With Caravella, it’s just a matter of channeling her nervous energy into precise focus in the show ring. “Although she’s extremely talented, she gets a little nervous in the piaffe, which affects our transition to passage. Today, that was excellent. I was really happy with her,” Lane smiled.

 

Junior and Young Rider competition kicked off the first day of the AGDF 12 CDI 3*/5*. Paula Matute (ESP) earned top call in the FEI Junior Team aboard Firmamento Ymas with a score of 70.946%. In the Young Rider Team Prix St. Georges test, it was Laurence Tetreault (CAN) and Lowelas who emerged victorious. The pair earned a score of 68.860% for the first place prize.

 

In a special award of the night, Lars Petersen (DEN) was presented with the FEI Grand Prix Circuit Championship for his scores with Mariett. They had the highest cumulative of average scores competing at a minimum of four CDI competitions at the AGDF.

ESP’s Cora Causemann with Lars Petersen

Competition for the AGDF 12 CDI 3*/5*, presented by Diamante Farms and Wellington Equestrian Realty, will continue on Friday at 8:00 a.m. with the FEI Prix St. Georges. The FEI Grand Prix Special 5* will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. and the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 3* will follow at approximately 4:45 p.m. The featured class of the week, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5*, will begin at 7:00 p.m. For more information and complete results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

 

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

Rider, Country, Horse, Breeding, Age: Judge E%, Judge 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: 72.300%, 76.200%, 74.200%, 71.900%, 76.200%, 74.160%

 

2 Tina Konyot, USA, Calecto V, 16-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion owned by rider, Bahera x Come Back II: 72.200%, 72.900%, 73.800%, 70.400%, 74.300%, 73.720%

 

3 Mikala Gundersen, DEN, My Lady, 14-year-old Danish Warmblood mare owned by Janne Rumbough, Marion x Michellino: 72.400%, 71.900%, 72.700%, 71.600%, 74.000%, 72.520%

 

4 Shelley Francis, USA, Doktor, 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Patricia Stempel, Gurena x Diamond Hit: 72.700%, 72.800%, 74.800%, 71.800%, 70.500%, 72.520%

 

5 Belinda Trussell, CAN, Anton, 14-year-old Sachsen gelding owned by Robyn Eames, Shirley x Anteaus: 71.000%, 74.700%, 73.100%, 71.500%, 70.000%, 72.060%

 

6 Cesar Parra, USA, Van the Man, 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Michael Davis, Lady x Obelisk: 70.700%, 69.000%, 72.300%, 70.100%, 72.500%, 70.920%

 

7 Lars Petersen, USA, Mariett, 16-year-old Danish Warmblood mare owned by Marcia M. Pepper, Zendi x Comeback II: 70.800%, 68.500%, 71.300%, 68.000%, 71.500%, 70.020%

 

8 David Marcus, CAN, Chrevi’s Capital, 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic, Indira Gandhi x Obelisk: 69.300%, 70.500%, 71.700%, 69.000%, 69.000%, 69.900%

 

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

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

1 Ashley Holzer, CAN, Tiva Nana, 14-year-old KWPN mare owned by Marissa Mastranardi, Nana Linda x De Kennedy Stoeterij: 71.000%, 69.200%, 69.200%, 70.500%, 70.100%, 70.000%

 

2 Laura Graves, USA, Verdades, 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by rider, Liwilarda x Florrett As: 69.900%, 70.600%, 64.300%, 71.300%, 69.600%, 69.140%

 

3 Megan Lane, CAN, Caravella, 13-year-old KWPN Mare owned by rider, P. Riviera x Contango: 68.800%, 69.400%, 66.700%, 71.100%, 69.600%, 69.120%

 

4 Christilot Boylen, CAN, Hudson 18, 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Jean & Gary van der Ploeg, Pretty Lady x Donnerhall: 68.300%, 67.000%, 67.400%, 69.000%, 69.000%, 68.140%

 

5 Kasey Perry, USA, Trøstplund’s Scarlet, 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare owned by Diane Perry, Ramona x Blue Hors Don Shufro: 68.500%, 68.900%, 66.500%, 70.200%, 66.600%, 68.140%

 

6 Devon Kane, USA, Destiny, 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Diamante Farms, Rubenstein I x Diamond Hit: 67.000%, 67.800%, 67.400%, 69.500%, 68.800%, 68.100%

 

7 Lars Petersen, DEN, Willano, 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by rider, Aleksina x Willemoes: 67.300%, 67.300%, 65.100%, 66.600%, 68.900%, 67.040%

 

8 Jill Irving, CAN, Degas 12, 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by rider, Rosana M x De Niro: 66.600%, 66.400%, 64.500%, 65.600%, 65.700%, 65.760%

 

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

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

USG FlexiVest

March 19, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

KL Select’s mandate is to feature ‘only the best’, and in line with that philosophy, they now offer the Flexi Protective Vest, nicknamed the “bodyguard”, one of the newest developments from USG (United Sportsproducts Germany). Dorothea Carters, Managing Partner at KL Select, remarked that when researching body protectors, “We were appalled that many of the safety vests on the market today are not ASTM approved or tested, and to avoid that costly testing are marketed as ‘vests’ – which is misleading to the American rider”. As trend setters, we here at KL Select recognize that it is only a matter of time before ASTM-approved Body Protectors are mandatory in certain competitions.

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USHJA Zone 4 and Gulf Coast Winter Classics Liverpool Clinic Makes a Splash With Devin Ryan

March 07, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Gulfport, MS – March 6, 2014 – After riding with clinician Devin Ryan on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, the participants in the USHJA Zone 4 and Gulf Coast Winter Classics clinic may well be hoping a liverpool fence makes an appearance on their next course.  The junior, amateur and professional riders alike worked with Ryan on site at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics to master a straightforward approach to introducing and tackling the liverpool.

 

Throughout the free clinic, made possible by USHJA Zone 4 and the Gulf Coast Winter Classics, Ryan focused on the fundamentals. Ryan, of Long Valley, NJ, explained to riders and auditors that as long as the horse is in front of your leg and well schooled to your aid, any jump including a liverpool, should pose no issue. With that in mind, Ryan first worked riders on the flat to help maximize each horse’s responsiveness to its rider’s aids.

 

Ryan then worked riders through gymnastic exercises, having each participant jump through the gymnastic and halt in a straight line well before the liverpool. After repeating this exercise several times, each of the horses were anticipating the halt and landing softly and slowly.

Devin Ryan clearing a liverpool aboard Chantilly. Photo by MH Hamm.

Ryan then had the riders jump the same gymnastic, but this time they continued at a canter to the liverpool. Since each of the horses would anticipate going to the halt, this enabled riders to add a lot of leg down the six stride line to really encourage the horses to jump well over the liverpool. With the horses all well schooled to their riders aids, the addition of the liverpool was a non-issue.

 

The final component of Ryan’s approach to the liverpool focused on course work teaching riders to prepare themselves for any jump on course.  Ryan encouraged riders to know how their lines ride and to establish the proper pace for each line well before the turn to face the jump.

 

“Establish your pace early and avoid making big changes in front of the jump.  This allows the horse to focus on jumping the jump,” Ryan explained to the riders and auditors.

 

Throughout the course work phase of the clinic, Ryan reminded all the riders to remember to focus on the basics including keeping their horse in front of their leg and listening.

 

Ryan’s valuable instruction at no cost to riders would not have been possible without the generous support of USHJA Zone 4. The clinics put on by USHJA Zone 4 provide riders and auditors with the opportunity to learn from the best riders and trainers in the country. Visit the USHJA Zone 4 homepagehere.

 

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What:

Gulf Coast Winter Classics USEF AA-Rated/Jumper Levels Four and Five

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Where:

Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center
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Gulfport, MS 39503

 

When:

February 5 – March 16, 2014

 

Highlights Include: 
Weekly USHJA National Hunter Derby & Classics, Week 5 International Hunter Derby
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Susan Dutta and Currency DC Are Best in FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3* at AGDF Alix Szepesi and Majco Thunder’s Hattrick Triumph in FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle CDI 3*

February 27, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

For Immediate ReleaseLaura Cardon for Jennifer Wood Media

 

Wellington, FL – February 23, 2014 – CDI 3* competition wrapped up on Sunday afternoon at the seventh week of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). After a full week of CDIO and CDI 3* competition, the FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle, presented by Peacock Ridge, crowned its winner Sunday morning. Competition concluded for the week with the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Stillpoint Farm.

 

Competition for AGDF 8 will resume on February 28 for the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W. The feature event of the week, the FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix Freestyle, will be highlighted on the evening of Saturday, March 1.

 

The FEI Grand Prix Freestyle was a truly international class, seeing riders from Canada, the United States, Germany, Georgia, Brazil, and Italy. American Susan Dutta and her own Currency DC, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding, emerged victorious from the class with a score of 71.950%. Canadian Jacqueline Brooks rode to second place with D Niro on a score of 71.275%. Maria Kaldewei (GER) rounded out the top three with a score of 68.625% aboard Die Suesse.

Susan Dutta and Currency DC

Dutta was very pleased with the improvements she saw in her test after making some adjustments to her choreography. “I’ve done this choreography a few times this year, and I kept having mistakes in the changes. We were finally like, ‘Let’s change the lines to make it so that we can have some success of a clean trip.’ And it was good. It worked. So that was a nice feeling,” Dutta explained.

 

She continued, “I’m just right now trying to get clean, technical tricks. That’s a huge success for me. I’ve never been a fancy choreography rider. I always have great music, but I like to be a safe rider.”

 

Dutta’s “Slumdog Millionaire”-themed music was a natural choice, given her husband Tim’s Indian heritage. She was particularly drawn to the lyrics, “jai ho,” that repeat through her routine; they mean “blessings” in Hindi.

Of her choreography, Dutta commented, “I love the pirouettes on the short end [of the ring] because you can really ride into them. For me, it fixes the habit that I love to over prepare, and I just don’t have the time, so they’re always good. I love the ending, that fan in the piaffe. I could do those all day long.”

 

She continued, “I don’t do anything too crazy tricky because the horse is pretty flamboyant in those movements, so you want [the judges and audience] to just be able to watch and enjoy him and not be too radical in the movements.”

 

Second place finisher Brooks tried out a new freestyle with D Niro, which she felt went quite well. Her biggest victory was reaching a breakthrough in the gelding’s self-carriage. “He’s just mature now. He knows his job now. I finally feel like the fitness and the strength and understanding are all at the same level,” Brooks remarked.

 

She elaborated, “This season, it’s all about his strength and his self-carriage. That’s a scary thing when you start saying to them in the ring, ‘Now you go ahead and try to do this on your own,’ and you try to give them a little bit less help so you can push them uphill. That I was extremely pleased with today.”

 

A unique challenge of the AGDF for Brooks is tweaking the timing of her choreography to make up for the fact her horse moves differently on the footing of The Stadium. “On this amazing footing, it’s different timing than in a normal sand ring. They stay on the surface a bit more here, they gain a bit more ground. You see people will usually finish a bit ahead of their music on this footing,” Brooks described.

 

Brooks actually sees the difference in timing as an advantage with her new choreography, not a hindrance. “I’m really happy with where I’m using up that music. I can make it a bit more difficult. I can take my half passes really to the walls and back, which increased the degree of difficulty,” Brooks expressed.

 

Alix Szepesi (USA) and Majco Thunder’s Hattrick topped the FEI Intermediaire Freestyle-1 earlier on Sunday with a score of 68.542%. Second place went to fellow American Bent Jensen and Saracen, who earned a 67.833%. Sonia Zugel of Ireland rounded out the top three with Ungaro with a 67.083%.

 

Szepesi was quite pleased to see “Hattrick,” a 13-year-old Knabstrupper gelding co-owned by Szepesi and Michelle Doucette, coming along nicely during his first year the CDI level.

 

“He came in, he had good energy. He was on the aids. I think we were right on the music. It was a lot of fun. I got a little over eager in one of the canter pirouettes. We were going into our first canter pirouette and I was thinking ‘This is great!’ and I didn’t keep him connected enough, so he kind of had a little fumble coming out of it,” Szepesi explained.

 

She continued, “Our first line of two tempis was really good, I think the three [tempis] were right on. I think I hit the music like right on. We had a little bobble in our second line of two tempis, but he felt great and it just flowed with the music.”

 

Hattrick enjoys his freestyle music so much, he’s memorized all of the markers in the music to transition between movements. Szepesi enjoys feeling him light up in anticipation of the next element of choreography.

Alix Szepesi and Majco Thunder’s Hattrick

Szepesi described that managing Hattrick in a CDI environment outside of the ring has been a big adjustment for the gelding, with the biggest test being how Hattrick would react to staying in FEI stabling instead of going home each day to several hours of turn-out after a National show.

 

“I really believe in turn-out and he’s used to getting turn-out like four or six hours a day, even down here in Wellington. We found a place that has enough turn-out for the horses to go out and have grass and just be normal. What we’d done in the past, [for National shows], we just put him the trailer, did the class, and went home,” Szepesi described.

 

Szepesi credited groom Emily LaGrave for making the smooth transition into CDI possible. “I have a wonderful groom, Emily LaGrave. She stays with him all day. She walks him, and she grazes him, so he’s not just standing in the stall. It makes a huge difference,” Szepesi expressed.

 

She continued, “She’s been doing an incredible job with keeping him sparkling white. That is all Emily! She gets a lot of compliments on that.”

 

Hattrick’s gleaming white coat and spotted skin tends to turn heads amongst the sea of bay and chestnut horses often seen ringside. Szepesi admitted she didn’t even know the Knabstrupper breed existed before watching a video of Hattrick, and the gelding simply happened to fall in her lap.

 

“A Danish dealer that we had worked with before just sent videos. I think he must have just had a video of this horse and he sent to everyone he knew, so we just got this video at the barn one day. We looked at the video and pretty much everybody in the beginning said, ‘No, he’s got spots,'” Szepesi described.

 

But a few weeks later, now co-owner Doucette came back to Szepesi to ask about the horse with the spots. The video had struck a chord with her and despite hearing he had already been sold, Doucette urged Szepesi to reach out to the dealer.

 

“We called the dealer and he said, ‘As a matter of fact, the guy’s sponsorship fell through and I have the horse back in the barn now.’ It’s one of those things that was kind of meant to be,” Szepesi recalled.

 

The only trait that stands out more than his looks is Hattrick’s remarkably laid-back attitude on the showgrounds. He stood calmly while being adorned with his blue ribbon and winner’s cooler before quietly walking into the ring for the awards presentation. He’s so quiet Szepesi doesn’t even worry about putting protective wraps or boots on him for the victory lap.

 

“He’s always been like that! The woman that bred him [Ingrid Mikkelsen] actually did some Monty Roberts [natural horsemanship] stuff,” Szepesi commented. “She sent us some foal pictures and there were ones of him with the big ball and walking under tarps.”

 

Szepesi will continue to compete Hattrick in the remaining CDI competitions of the AGDF. By the end of the season, she hopes to ride him in an Intermediaire A class to continue to move towards an FEI Grand Prix debut.

 

Tanya Strasser-Shostak added another blue ribbon to her already impressive haul from AGDF 7 after winning the FEI Young Rider Freestyle, presented by Engel & Völkers. Strasser-Shostak and Action Tyme topped the class with a 70.292%.

 

Competition for the AGDF resumes Friday, March 28, for the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W presented by Martha W. Jolicoeur and Maria Mendelsohn of Illustrated Properties.

 

Full Results for FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle, presented by Peacock Ridge

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

1 Alix Szepesi, USA, Majco Thunder’s Hattrick, 13-year-old Knapstrupper gelding owned by rider, Jasmin x Thunder Boy: 66.375%, 72.375%, 66.875%, 68.542%

 

2 Bent Jensen, USA, Saracen, 12-year-old Oldenburg stallion owned by Michael Bitely, Damoiselle x Sciitar: 66.625%, 66.750%, 70.125%, 67.833%

 

3 Sonia Zugel, IRL, Ungaro, 17-year-old Belgium Warmblood gelding owned by rider, M. Lady One x Weltmeyer II: 67.250%, 66.500%, 67.500%, 67.083%

 

4 Samira Mayumi Uemura, BRA, Tamarindo XI, 10-year-old P.R.E. stallion owned by rider, Kiv x Maglco VI: 65.625%, 62.875%, 66.625%, 65.042%

 

Full Results for FEI Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Stillpoint Farm

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

 

1 Susan Dutta, USA, Currency DC, 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by rider, Cinderella x Clintino: 70.125%, 76.375%, 69.875%, 69.625%, 73.750%, 71.950%

 

2 Jacqueline Brooks, CAN, D Niro, 15-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Brookhaven Dressage Inc., Alitalia x D Day: 71.875%, 74.125%, 70.000%, 70.750%, 69.625%, 71.275%

 

3 Maria Kaldewei, GER, Die Suesse, 12-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by rider, Wanda x Diamond Hit: 69.375%, 67.500%, 68.250%, 70.375%, 67.625%, 68.625%

 

4 Silvia Rizzo, ITA, Sal, 15-year-old Lusitano stallion owned by Silvia Rizo & Hof Marabunta, Maia x Mississipe: 64.750%, 67.250%, 66.125%, 66.750%, 67.760%, 66.125%

 

5 Joanne Vaughan, GEO, Prego, 17-year-old KWPN stallion owned by rider, Evelien x Zazou: 67.675%, 64.875%, 65.000%, 62.500%, 65.125%, 64.975%

 

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

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

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083 Speed to Victory in $34,000 Spy Coast Farm

February 24, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 19, 2014 – The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) began its seventh week of competition on Wednesday with a win for Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Cyklon 1083 in the $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

 

Sponsored by Adequan®, FTI WEF week seven runs February 19-23, 2014. The week will feature the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 on Thursday, the $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m on Friday, the $280,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 4* on Saturday, and the $84,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday. The FTI WEF features 12 weeks of world-class competition through March 30, awarding $8 million in prize money.

 

Take in “Saturday Night Lights” from some of the best seats in the house! Tables and individual seats are available for sale in The Wellington Club, which offers a fantastic view of the International Arena for Saturday night’s grand prix. Enjoy a full buffet courtesy of White Horse Catering while watching thrilling competition from a spectacular vantage point on Saturday, February 22. Tables are going fast, so reserve yours today! Email vip@equestriansport.com for complete information.

 

Week seven kicked off its competition on Wednesday with the $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m as the highlight class of the day in the International Arena at PBIEC. Fredric Cottier of France is the international course designer this week and set the speed track for 85 competitors in the class with 29 clear rounds. Fifth to go, Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Cyklon 1083 set the unbeatable pace of 59.10 seconds.

  Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083


Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083

Germany’s David Will and Black Jack 163, owned by Eveline Kraus, finished second in

59.49 seconds. Lauren Hough (USA) and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala were third in 59.84 seconds. Brianne Goutal (USA) and Cloverleaf Farm’s Uata placed fourth in 61.19 seconds.

 

Wednesday was the third trip to the winner’s circle for Sweetnam and Cyklon at this year’s FTI WEF after also winning the $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed classes during weeks three and five. The 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion (Cardento x Cortus) has been a consistent top horse for Sweetnam and continues to excel.

 

“He is very consistent, and he has improved each year since I have gotten to know him better,” Sweetnam stated. “I know his little quirks and things now. He was very good last circuit here as well and obviously he is having a great run at the moment.”

 

“He felt great today,” Sweetnam said. “The last class I did with him he won two weeks ago, and he had last week off, so he felt fresh. I was early to go and I wasn’t really sure if my time would hold the whole way because you know when you go early in this class, there are a lot of good riders and good horses, so I was very happy today at the end to still be on top.”

 

Sweetnam explained that although he would prefer to go later in the order to be able to watch more rounds, his round would not have been much different today.

 

“It’s nice to watch to know what you have to do,” he noted. “The last class that I won I was later to go, so I knew exactly what I had to do, where this one I am really taking chances and risks and sometimes they don’t come off. You can be a little bit more careful if you are later in the class, but my plan didn’t really change. I would have probably still had to do the same as what I did to win the class.”

  Shane Sweetnam in his winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia


Shane Sweetnam in his winning presentation
with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia

Sweetnam and Cyklon have been a winning partnership for two years now with top finishes around the world, and the rider recalled that the last time Cyklon jumped one of Fredric Cottier’s courses last year in La Baule, he won.

 

“He is a very good course designer, and the course was good today,” Sweetnam acknowledged. “The top 10 or 12 were all within a few seconds of each other, so the rollbacks had to be tight and then if you were to leave out a stride in places, that was going to play an advantage. I think that is what worked for me. I left out a stride from jump two to three and then from four to the in-and-out, and then even the last line. Not everyone did five strides there and I did five. I think if you were leaving out strides, it was going to help you win today.”

 

A $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class was also held on Wednesday with a California Split for the placings due to the large number of entries. Pedro Muylaert (BRA) and Wessel, owned by Henrique Tielas, had the fastest clear round to earn top honors in Section A of the class. Daniel Zetterman (SWE) and Springfield Showjumpers’ Jolly Joker were the winners in Section B. A $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class concluded the day with a win for Joao Victor Castro (BRA) aboard Wamira.

 

Week seven of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival will continue on Thursday with the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 in the International Arena. For full results, go to www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Final Results: $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m

 

1. CYKLON 1083: 2001 Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm LLC: 0/59.10

 

2. BLACK JACK 163: 2004 Hanoverian gelding by Escudo I x Drosselklang II

DAVID WILL (GER), Eveline Kraus: 0/59.49

 

3. OHLALA: 2003 Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento

LAUREN HOUGH (USA), The Ohlala Group: 0/59.84

 

4. UATA: 2001 KWPN mare by Heartbreaker x Zuidhorn

BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Cloverleaf Farm: 0/61.19

 

5. ELKY VAN HET INDIHOF: 2004 Belgian Warmblood mare by Toulon x Thunder van de Zuuthoeve

LORENZO DE LUCA (ITA), T & L NV: 0/61.31

 

6. UNEX OMEGA STAR: 2002 Irish Sport Horse stallion by Quick Star x Quatoubet du Rouet

TIM GREDLEY (GBR), Unex Competition Yard: 0/61.76

 

7. APHRODITE: 2005 KWPN mare by No Limit x Cavalier

ALEXANDRA PAILLOT (FRA), Paillot Equine Consulting Inc: 0/62.39

 

8. WILLIAM WALLACE: 2004 KWPN stallion by Unknown

SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/63.05

 

9. TWAN: 2000 KWPN gelding by Lux x Jasper

EIKEN SATO (JPN), Stephex Stables: 0/63.11

 

10. OKAY DE KENS: 2002 Selle Francais gelding by Hockey Bleus x Quandy du Mayne

ALEXANDRA PAILLOT (FRA), Alexandra Paillot: 0/63.47

 

11. WHAT EVER: 1999 BWP mare by Darco x Lauriston

KAREN POLLE (USA), Karen Polle: 0/63.95

 

12. HH FLEUR: 2005 Belgian Warmblood mare by Darco x Bon Ami

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Double H Farm: 0/63.96

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com. This photo may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

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.

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

January 31, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 25, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Silvia Rizzo and New Partner Sal Ready to Take On Wellington

January 23, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

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

“I have another gorilla,” she laughed.

  Silvia Rizzo and Sal in their first competition together


Silvia Rizzo and Sal in their first competition together

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

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

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

 Silvia Rizzo and Sal


Silvia Rizzo and Sal

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

 Silvia Rizzo and Ziggy


Silvia Rizzo and Ziggy

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 Silvia Rizzo and Sal


Silvia Rizzo and Sal