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U.S. Para-Driving Team Clinches Bronze at 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships

July 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Press Release by:United States Driving for the Disabled (USDFD) adapted by Lindsay Y. McCall for the USPEA

Photographs by: Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Sandringham, England- June 30, 2014- The 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships concluded on June 29 at The Royal Estate in Sandringham, England. Germany held on to their overnight lead to take Team Gold, The Netherlands captured Silver, and the USA clinched Bronze with a mere 3.29 penalties behind The Netherlands. Finally, Great Britain finished in fourth place. Individually, Veteran Robert Giles (USA) and Solo, owned by Koos and Marie de Ronde, won the Grade 2 Silver medal with Virginia (Boo) Fitch (USA) and her own Kiko earning the Grade 2 fourth place finish. Diane Kastama earned an 11th place in Grade I and Mary Gray earned a 10th place in Grade 2. Marie De Ronde served as Chef d’Equipe for the USA Team and Sara Schmitt served as coach.

Veteran Robert Giles with his Silver medal at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Veteran Robert Giles with his Silver medal at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

The U.S. Para-Driving Team for the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships occurred June 27-29, with the three U.S. team members including Diane Kastama with her own Rupert, Virginia Fitch with her own Kiko, and Vietnam Veteran Bob Giles driving Koos De Ronde’s Solo. The first day included driven dressage, followed by the marathon & obstacles course, and the final day concluded with cones and the awards presentation.

It was the first time that these championships were hosted in England. Para-equestrian drivers from eight nations competed in a fiercely fought contest for world supremacy. Four of the nations, including the USA, fielded a team of at least three competitors required for the team awards; the other countries were represented by individual competitors. Individual medals are awarded by “Grade” which is a classification by the FEI according to level of disability (with Grade I being more severely disabled than Grade II). Sixty percent of the competitors were Grade I.

USA Para-Driving Team (Left to Right) Virginia Fitch, Diane Kastama and Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

USA Para-Driving Team (Left to Right) Virginia Fitch, Diane Kastama and Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

United States Driving for the Disabled acknowledged, ” A heartfelt thanks go to Coach Sara Schmitt and Chef d’Equipe Marie de Ronde-United States Driving for the DisabledOudemans who each went above and beyond in their help to the team. We would also like to extend our utmost appreciation to all of the individuals and groups over the past many months who have given us their encouragement, backing and support. They have truly been the ones who have made this possible. Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful accomplishment.”

 USA Team, Individuals, Coaches and support staff at the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd


USA Team, Individuals, Coaches and support staff at the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Results from the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships:

1st Germany 227.07
2nd Netherlands 244.74
3rd USA 248.03
4th Great Britain 264.91

Grade I:
1st Jacques Poppen (Ned) 107.18
2nd Heiner Lehrter (Ger) 118.46
3rd Markus Beerhues (Ger) 124.25
4th Lucy Barclay (GBR) 131 73

Grade II:
1st Alexandra Roeder 111.61
2nd Robert Giles (USA) 125.21
3rd Mick Ward (GBR) 127.25
4th Virginia Fitch (USA) 131.82

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Team Members for the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships:
Diane Kastama Grade 1
Virginia (Boo) Fitch Grade 2
Vietnam Veteran Bob Giles Grade 2

Alternates
1st Alternate: Theresa (Ginny) Leal Grade 2
2nd Alternate: Mary Gray Grade 2

Representing the U.S. as an Individual at the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles:

Mary Gray (Brunswick, Maine) will drive Nick Hammond’s Leyeswick the Rooster. Leyeswick the Rooster is a 2006 Welsh gelding.

Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

For further detailed scores see:
http://www.hoefnet.nl/en/home/site/uitslagen/d8471a0aa505c1165003032658706598

Additional news is at:
http://www.britishcarriagedriving.co.uk/

Germany holds overnight lead to take Team Gold at the 2014 Para-Equestrian World Championships
http://www.hoefnet.nl/en/home/site/news/sandringham-germany-holds-overnight-lead-to-take-team-go

2012 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships in Breda, the Netherlands. Driver is Diane Kastama, Horse is Ruby KWPN , Groom is Jody Cutler Picture taken by Marie de Ronde.

2012 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships in Breda, the Netherlands. Driver is Diane Kastama, Horse is Ruby KWPN , Groom is Jody Cutler Picture taken by Marie de Ronde.

About Diane Kastama: Diane Kastama, Arroyo Grande, CA Grade I. In 1991 a car crash left Diane paralyzed from the waist down. Although a lifelong horse person and dressage enthusiast, riding without the use of her legs was not much fun and she soon turned to driven dressage and then the exciting sport of combined driving. Her relatives and friends thought she was crazy for taking on a sport that involves sitting atop a tall carriage, pulled by a horse going “hell-bent” for speed.

Diane started competing with her home bred Appaloosa’s but now Diane competes with a pair of Section D Welsh Cobs, Rupert and George. She drives them single, pair and tandem. She competes against able-bodied drivers all over the Western United States and occasionally on the East Coast at the Intermediate and Advanced level. Diane has also demonstrated her skills at Rolex, KY, Horse Expo in Sacramento, the “Night of the Horse” in Del Mar. The Equine Affair and various therapeutic horse programs throughout California. She has also participated in the closing ceremonies at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Diane is always willing to share her skills and knowledge and bring driving to the forefront of equine sports. Diane has been very succesful in international Para-Equestrian competition, coming home with an Individual Silver and Team Bronze driving a borrowed Welsh Cob Stallion in 2002 Greven, Germany. 2004 she place 5th with a borrowed Welsh cob in Endinburg, Scotland. In 2006 she came home with Individual Gold driving her own Welsh cob gelding Jasper. In 2008 Diane earned Individual Bronze and Team Silver driving Jasper once again. Kastama will drive Rupert at the Championships who is a 1996 Welsh Cob gelding.

Vietnam War Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Bob Giles. Photo courtesy of Brenda Giles
About Bob Giles: Bob Giles (Morriston, Fla.) is a well known driving horse trainer and clinician who has dedicated his life to the sport of driving. His selection to the USEF Para-Equestrian Driving Team is a dream come true for this accomplished competitor, Vietnam War veteran, and Purple Heart recipient.

Giles was in combat within the the Vietnam War resulting in the loss of 90% of his hearing, a fused elbow and only partial use of his right hand. As a combat-wounded Purple Heart recipient, Bob is dedicating his drive to the memory of the 58,000 + men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

Giles enthusiasm and determination for the thrilling sport of Combined Driving has driven him to the 2014 World Driving Championships in Sandringham, England, June 27-29, 2014. Giles will drive Koos De Ronde’s Solo and Olando.

About Virgina (Boo) Fitch: Virginia (Boo) Fitch is from Pennhook, Va. Fitch grew up fox hunting and showing hunters. She attended Lynchburg College and rode on their intercollegiate riding team as well as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Team. After graduating, she rode jumpers

Virginia (Boo) Fitch
for a prominent family in Quebec Canada. It was during this time that Fitch developed Rheumatoid Arthritis. It came on suddenly and strongly. Within two years she had a hip replacement at the age of 26. By the year 2000, she was having considerable problems with her feet and ankles and it just so happened that she owned a school horse that drove and had a good friend that competed in Combined Driving. Between the safe horse and her friend she started driving and loved it. After five surgeries and three joint replacements over the course of 10 years from 2000 to 2010, teaching children just became too difficult and she was finding herself competing in Combined driving more often. Fitch has become a prominent competitor in the para-equestrian driving world and she looks forward to her recent appointment as a member of the 2014 Team. Fitch will drive Kiko, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse Mare at the Championships.

For more information about United States Driving for the Disabled please go to www.USDFD.org.

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About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation members, and equestrian enthusiasts. The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages Para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the Para-Equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport. This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage Para-Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the Para-Equestrian discipline. From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved. From local horse shows to international Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed. The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF).

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.

To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

Darragh Kenny and Alpha VDL Win $33,500 McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.55m at Spruce Meadows

July 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Spooner Makes It Three in a Row

For Immediate Release
Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Calgary, AB, Canada – June 28, 2014 – The ‘Canada One’ Tournament at Spruce Meadows continued on Saturday featuring the $33,500 McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.55m with a win for Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Alpha VDL. The small margin of six one-thousandths of a second separated Kenny from second place finisher Kirsten Coe (USA) aboard Czardas 30.

The $8,000 Francis Family Cup 1.45m was also held in the Chinook Ring in the morning with another win for USA’s Richard Spooner, giving the rider three major wins with three different horses this week. The ‘Canada One’ Tournament concludes on Sunday, June 29, with the $125,000 Imperial Challenge 1.55m.

Cristina Larangeiro of Portugal was the course designer for the McDaniel & Associates Cup, which saw 17 first round entries, and seven advancing to the jump-off in the Meadows on the Green. Darragh Kenny and Eva Castegren’s Alpha VDL jumped the first clear round over the short course in 39.661 seconds for the win. Last to go, Kirsten Coe and Ilan Ferder’s Czardas 30 came incredibly close to taking over the lead, but finished just shy in 39.667 seconds. Ben Asselin (CAN) and Linda Southern-Heathcott’s Doremi completed the only other double clear round in 46.29 seconds to finish third.

Darragh Kenny of IRL riding Alpha VDL

Darragh Kenny of IRL riding Alpha VDL

Alpha VDL, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Corland x Emilion, has had great success with Kenny in the irons this year and continued his progression by jumping to victory over his first 1.55m track on Saturday. Kenny knew that his horse had the foot speed to win and went for a fast, clear round after the first three riders had rails.

“He is naturally a quick enough horse, and he has won some good classes already,” Kenny noted. “I knew there were places I could be quick. I left out a stride in one line. I did six where most people did seven. I wanted to just have a good round and see where I ended up with that.”

Commenting on Alpha VDL’s rise to the top, Kenny smiled, “His progression has been incredible. The horse has gone from jumping 1.40m classes at the start of Florida to winning grand prixs. He won a grand prix in Ocala, he won a grand prix in Saugerties, and now he won this 1.55m here. This is the biggest class he has ever had to jump, and he coped extremely well. It was great. His owner is here this week, so she got to see him, and it all worked out pretty well.”

Kenny explained that the course was good for Alpha VDL’s first track at that level, noting, “Although it was big, it was a little bit spread out. That was good for him because it gave him time between the jumps. He is a very good horse. He is only nine years old, and he has just been getting better and better. Every time we step him up he just seems to do really well.”

“He is quite conventional to ride,” Kenny added. “He is very careful, and he has a good style. Whatever way I ride him, he seems to like it, so it works good for both of us. He tries really hard to leave the jumps up and that is very important in this sport.”

Darragh Kenny in his winning presentation with Phil Welch, President & Managing Director, McDaniel & Associates Consultants

Darragh Kenny in his winning presentation with Phil Welch, President & Managing Director, McDaniel & Associates Consultants

Second place finisher Czardas 30 is also stepping up his game this summer, and rider Kirsten Coe was very happy with his finish.

“It felt really good,” Coe stated. “That horse has really been knocking on the door. He has been coming along really nicely and jumping a lot of clear rounds. He felt very confident tonight, and I took a chance. He has been progressively moving through the divisions since we have been here. We are just building him up, but we really think a lot of him.”

Coe took over the reins on Czardas 30 this winter after the 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Contendro x Grannus) showed briefly with McLain Ward. She explained that it has been a great match ever since, and her mount really stepped up in Saturday’s final round.

“The jump-off was quite fast. There was plenty of room to gallop,” Coe noted. “I didn’t see Darragh go, but obviously it was very close. It was nice to have a top finish.”

Spooner Scores a Hat Trick

Competition kicked off in the Chinook Ring Friday morning with the $8,000 Francis Family Cup 1.45m where Richard Spooner (USA) got his third win in a row this week. Held in a faults converted format, the competition saw 30 entries jumping a course set by Manuel Esparza of Mexico. About halfway through the order, Spooner and Tuxedo cleared the course in a time of 66.44 seconds that would hold on for the win. The 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Gentleman x Hamilcar) is another brand new mount for Spooner riding for Legacy Stables LLC.

Darragh Kenny (IRL) guided Hyperion Stud LLC’s Chin Quidam VDL to second place honors in a time of 68.71 seconds. Frances Land (USA) and Vieanne placed third in 69.04 seconds. Kenny also took the fourth place prize in 69.48 seconds with Oakland Ventures LLC’s Fantasy.

Richard Spooner of USA riding Tuxedo

Richard Spooner of USA riding Tuxedo

“I don’t know what I ate, I don’t know what I ran into, but something happened right and I just have to try to figure out what it was,” Spooner smiled, commenting on his three-day sweep. He also won Thursday’s $33,500 Cargill Cup 1.50m with Cristallo and topped Friday’s $33,500 Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m aboard Uraguay. Although winning with veteran mount Cristallo is nothing new for the rider, Legacy Stables’ Uraguay and Tuxedo are both brand new horses that he has quickly figured out.

“Tuxedo is a wonderful horse,” Spooner stated after his win. “He is a top, top speed horse. I just got the ride of course, so we are still going through a little bit of growing pains, but today we felt great.”

“I am just learning the things he likes and the things he doesn’t like. He lets me know, which is nice of him,” Spooner said. “I think once I figure out the things that he is fond of we should hopefully have some success because he is unbelievably fast and careful and powerful. He actually really gets into it. He is a fascinating horse because you can feel him almost take over and he gets it. He gets that the goal is not to knock anything down and go as fast as you can, and if you get a horse that gets it like that, then they will be getting a lot of top ribbons.”

Detailing his round with Tuxedo, Spooner explained, “It was quick. I wouldn’t describe it as hair on fire, going 100% for broke, but it was quick and tidy. The horse is quite catty and his brakes are great, so you are able to really hit the gas when you land and stay off the brakes for longer than you can on other horses. Then you can kind of tap the brakes just a stride or two in front of the jump, and he settles right back into position. That gives you about a two-tenths of a second advantage at a good five or six jumps out there, and those tenths add up over the length of the course.”

Tuxedo is finished showing this week after a great win and will rest up for next week’s ‘North American’ Tournament.

Richard Spooner and Tuxedo in their winning presentation with Adam Twa

Richard Spooner and Tuxedo in their winning presentation with Adam Twa

Competition at the ‘Canada One’ Tournament will conclude on Sunday with the $33,500 West Canadian Cup 1.50m in the morning followed by the highlight $125,000 Imperial Challenge 1.55m in the afternoon in the Meadows on the Green. For more information and full results, please visitwww.sprucemeadows.com.

Final Results: $33,500 McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.55m

1 ALPHA VDL: Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 Corland x Emilion
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Eva Castegren: 0/0/39.66

2 CZARDAS 30: Hanoverian / S / 11 Contendro x Grannus
KIRSTEN COE (USA), Ilan Ferder: 0/0/39.67

3 DOREMI: Belgian Warmblood / S / 11 Quidam de Revel x Cento
BEN ASSELIN (CAN), Linda Southern-Heathcott: 0/0/46.29

4 ZEUS DU BUISON Z: Zangersheide / G / 10 Zandor Z x Kodarco
SANTIAGO LAMBRE (MEX), Santiago Lambre: 0/4/38.24

5 CRISTALLO: Holstein / G / 16 Caretino x Cicero
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Show Jumping Syndication Intl: 0/4/42.77

6 ANTARES: Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 Manhattan x Cavalier
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Stal Thijssen: 0/4/43.60

7 EXACTO LS: Warmblood / G / 9 Carthago Z x Accord II
DANIEL BLUMAN (COL), Blue Star Investments: 0/8/41.50

8 CARTIER: Oldenburg / G / 9 Cartoon x Sheyenne de Baugy
SALVADOR ONATE (MEX), Mario Onate: 1/86.76

9 BOBBY: Dutch Warmblood / G / 12 Concorde x Joost
CHRISTIAN SORENSEN (CAN), Christian Sorensen: 4/78.24

10 PROF DE LA ROQUE: Selle Francais / G / 11 Kannan x Damiro
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Postage Stamp Farm LLC: 4/79.11

11 SASKIA: Oldenburg / M / 11 Kannan x Silviaire Silvio
NICOLAS PIZARRO SUAREZ (MEX), Monica Burrillo Eguia: 4/82.45

12 TIC TAC: Belgian Sport Horse / S / 11 Clinton x Darco
LESLIE HOWARD (USA), Jane Clark: 8/77.56

Final Results: $8,000 Francis Family Cup 1.45m (Faults Converted)

1 TUXEDO: Dutch Warmblood / G / 13 Gentleman x Hamilcar
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Legacy Stables LLC: 66.44

2 CHIN QUIDAM VDL: Dutch Warmblood / S / 8 Chin Chin x Quidam de Revel
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Hyperion Stud LLC: 68.71

3 VIEANNE: Dutch Warmblood / M / 12 Andiamo x Voltaire
FRANCES LAND (USA), Frances Land: 69.04

4 FANTASY: Hanoverian / M / 9 For Pleasure x Acorado
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Oakland Ventures LLC: 69.48

5 COMETA: Oldenburg / G / 9 Contender x For Pleasure
NICOLAS PIZARRO SUAREZ (MEX), Veronica Portugal M: 71.06

6 ZAPRILIA M: Dutch Warmblood / S / 10 Chin Chin x Silvio I
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Maxine and Robert Jack: 72.44

7 GELEDIMAR: Zangersheide / M / 11 Grosso Z x Lord Z
WILL SIMPSON (USA), Monarch International: 74.10

8 NLF BILLY ON SHOW: Warmblood / G / 12 Cevin Z x On Show
EIRIN BRUHEIM (NOR), Nordic Lights Farm: 75.68

9 TAM TAM HERO: Belgian Warmblood / S / 11 Ogano Sitte x Kebah
ROBERTO TERAN (COL), ARK Partners LLC: 75.99

10 MIMOSA: Swedish Warmblood / M / 10 Cardento x Easy San
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm, LLC: 76.40

11 WRIOMF: Dutch Warmblood / M / 11 Tangelo van de Zwthoen x Julius
CHRISTIAN SORENSEN (CAN), Christian Sorensen: 76.44

12 LADYS QUEEN: Selle Francais / M / 10 For Pleasure x Iris Landai
SAMEH EL DAHAN (EGY), Dhr W vd Ham: 76.90

Based in Calgary, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the brainchild of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade. Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and offers an incredible experience for riders and fans alike. Spruce Meadows focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes in a manner that reflects basic family values in a clean, green and welcoming environment that celebrates the horse and encourages the breeding and training of quality sport horses and the teaching and development of athletes. For more information on Spruce Meadows, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services. They may only be used in relation to this press release and with photo credit.

EQUUS Foundation & USEF Congratulate Devon’s Best Performers

June 13, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

WESTPORT, CT – June 3, 2014 – Just qualifying for horse shows like the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair is an accomplishment in itself, but over 120 exhibitors went the extra difference by participating in the Best Performance Competition, the new joint effort of the EQUUS Foundation that rewards competitive excellence and also supports horse welfare.

2014 Devon Best Performers Photo by Brenda Carpenter courtesy of the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair.

2014 Devon Best Performers
Photo by Brenda Carpenter courtesy of the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair.

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Devon’s Best Performance Competition Winners
Class Action owned by Meridian Partners LLC & ridden by Megan MacPherson
Patrick owned by Dr. Betsee Parker & ridden by Victoria Colvin
Clearway owned by Heritage Farm, Inc., & ridden by Caitlin Boyle
Spellbound owned & ridden by Bernadette Chungunco*
Way Cool owned by Dr. Betsee Parker & ridden by Victoria Colvin*
Truman owned by Maypine Farm & ridden by Christopher Payne
Mindful owned by Glefke & Kensel, LLC & ridden by Kelley Farmer*
Russian Gold owned & ridden by Kimberly Maloomian*
Humor Me owned by Stephanie Danhakl & ridden by Scott Stewart
Empire owned by David Gochman & ridden by Becky Gochman
Coming Soon – A National Standing of Best Performance Competition Winners!
*Two-time winner.

Next Up with 33 Chances to Win!
Skidmore College Saratoga Classic

Week I: June 10-15, 2014
Week II: June 18-22, 2014
Contact or visit the horse show office to enter the Best Performance Competition, or purchase your armband(s) directly from the EQUUS Foundation by clicking Here!
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Competitions
(In Chronological Order)
Skidmore College Saratoga Classic I
June 10-15, 2014
Ox Ridge June Horse Show
June 15, 2014
Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show
June 17-21, 2014
Atlanta Summer Classic II
June 18-22, 2014
Skidmore College Saratoga Classic II
June 18-22, 2014
Brandywine Valley Summer Series I
June 24-29, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Summer I
June 25-29, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Summer II
July 2-6, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Summer III
July 9-13, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping August
August 20-24, 2014
Buffalo International
September 10-14, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping September I
September 17-21, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping September II
September 24-28, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Classic
October 1-5, 2014
Washington International Horse Show
October 21-26, 2014
National Horse Show
October 28, 2014 – November 2, 2014
Ox Ridge December Horse Show
December 6-7, 2014
2015
Gulf Coast Winter Classic V
March 2015
Herring Brook Farm Horse Show
March 2015 & April 2015
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Week I
March 2015
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Week II
March 2015
Princeton Show Jumping April Jumper & April Classic
April 2015
Texas Shoot Out
April 2015
Saratoga Springs Horse Show
April-May 2015
Devon Horse Show & Country Fair
May-June 2015
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Best Performance

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About EQUUS Foundation: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, enabling the therapeutic use of horses for those in need, fostering the horse-human bond, and educating the public about the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: equus@equusfoundation.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.

About USEF: Established in 1917, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), www.usef.org, is dedicated to uniting the equestrian community, honoring achievement, and serving as guardians of equestrian sport. The USEF promotes the safety and welfare of horses and riders while encouraging interest, participation and excellence at every competitive level and for all breed and discipline affiliates within the Federation family equally. The USEF is the only national organization dedicated to the promotion of the equestrian sport, fair competition and equine welfare regardless of breed or discipline.

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

April 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

   Lauren Hough and Ohlala


Lauren Hough and Ohlala

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

   Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo


Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

   Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Atlanta


Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Atlanta

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

2014 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational Results

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

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

3 11 OHLALA LAUREN HOUGH USA 0.00 81.50 4.00 34.44

4 23 ROYCE MARGIE ENGLE USA 0.00 83.24 4.00 36.00

5 17 CITIZENGUARD CADJANINE RODRIGO PESSOA BRA 0.00 82.43 8.00 35.85

6 2 EREGAST VAN KIZELHOFF SHANE SWEETNAM IRL 4.00 85.07

7 9 JUVINA GEORGINA BLOOMBERG USA 4.00 85.08

8 24 ROTHCHILD MCLAIN WARD USA 4.00 85.17

9 10 DYNAMO MEGAN NUSZ USA 4.00 87.08

10 7 LEAP OF JOY CHARLIE JACOBS USA 4.00 87.14

11 6 TITUS 2:11 JARED PETERSON USA 5.00 89.66

12 8 QUALITY GIRL TODD MINIKUS USA 8.00 83.57

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

April 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

Scholarship Award Recipients with Olympian, Peter Wylde

Scholarship Award Recipients with Olympian, Peter Wylde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival Awards Circuit Championships

April 03, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

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

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

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

Circuit Awards

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Emma Kurtz was the Overall Pony Hunter Rider

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










About FTI Consulting, Inc.     

 

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

 

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

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival    


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


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

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

April 03, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Tina Konyot and Calecto V

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Mikala Gundersen and My Lady

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

 

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

 

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

Lars Petersen and Mariett

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Megan Lane and Caravella

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Chris Hickey and Ronaldo

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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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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The Flexi vest offers the latest innovations in safety, comfort and fashion for riders. The vest meets the highest European safety standard – Level 3 EN 13158- 2009 and for US ASTM F1937-04, SEI approved. The ASTM Certification is a special production and only available in the USA. It has been proven and tested that wearing a body protector that is made of flexible parts, instead of one rigid form, gives the rider a wide range of motion and agility. The Flexi vest fits the rider like a second skin and does not hinder the rider or their performance in any way. The “USG Flexi” is ergonomically cut, fits every body shape and is very light. The cover material is stain–resistant and to clean the vest, simply wipe with a damp clean cloth. The hook and loop fasteners at the waist and shoulder allow for a perfect fit every time. A fashionable and functional cover with bow is included. “USG Flexi” is available in black for kids M – XL and adults in sizes S – XL. It is light and comfortable to wear providing much needed protection.”

MSRP is $238 (Adult) & ($219) Children
Contact KL Select info@klselect.com or 860 437 7232 (9 to 5 EST)

2014 Live Oak International Driving and CSI2*W Showjumping Continues to Raise the Bar

March 08, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Ocala, FL (March 7, 2014) – Never has an international-level equestrian competition in the Sunshine State offered so much for so many. The Live Oak International CAI/CSI-W 2*, March 19-23, at Live Oak Plantation, will provide spectators the chance to watch some of the sport’s most celebrated equestrian athletes. Top athletes entered to compete include 2012 British Olympic Team Gold Medalist Ben Maher, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Cian O’Connor, Olympian McLain Ward, and 10-time National Four-in-Hand Champion Chester Weber. And if all that is not enough horse power, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be on display as well.

Chester Weber and his team during the 2013 Live Oak International. (Photo courtesy of PicsofYou.com)

Chester Weber and his team during the 2013 Live Oak International. (Photo courtesy of PicsofYou.com)

Live Oak International was selected by United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to host Ocala’s only Showjumping World Cup qualifier of the year. New in 2014, Live Oak International and sponsor Brook Ledge Horse Transportation are promising to deliver first class treatment for competitors; equine athletes with busy schedules don’t have to miss a stride or class as Live Oak International and Brook Ledge will be providing complementary transportion for the horses between Ocala, Wellington and Miami throughout the event.

The Monday following Live Oak International, Ocala horse country will also host a $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Post Time Farm. Ensuring that riders can compete in both competitions was paramont to the planning committee at Live Oak International. That consideration for competitors was certainly among the factors that prompted the North American Riders Group (NARG) to name Live Oak International as one of its Top Four specialty events of 2013.

The producers and hosts of Live Oak International, 10-time US National Four-in-Hand Driving Champion and USEF Board Member, Chester Weber, and his sister, Juliet W. Reid, who also serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Washington International Horse Show, are committed to the growth of top international horse sport in Ocala.  “We want to encourage participation and make it as easy as possible for Florida’s horse industry to benefit from the world class horses and riders that are so much a part of our community and way of life,” Weber, explained.

“Being selected as Ocala’s only World Cup qualifier is also an enormous honor,” Reid added. Showjumping was added to the event’s traditional combined driving program in 2012, and last March Live Oak International hosted a $50,000 CSI2* Grand Prix, won by Todd Minikus and Quality Girl.

Todd Minkus and Quality Girl on their way to the win in the $50,000 CSI2* Grand Prix during the 2013 Live Oak International. (Photo courtesy of Mark Astrom)

Todd Minkus and Quality Girl on their way to the win in the $50,000 CSI2* Grand Prix during the 2013 Live Oak International. (Photo courtesy of Mark Astrom)

With over 40 entries representing 12 countries, this year’s Live Oak International CSI-W 2* is also a qualifying event for the American Invitational on April 5, being held for the first time in Miami. Two-time Olympic show jumping course designer Leopoldo Palacios will again design the course for Live Oak International’s John Deere grand prix grass field.  In addition to the CSI-W 2*, the Live Oak International will also host a number of other jumping classes, including the $5,000 1.30m Joan Pletcher Realtor Power & Speed class, the $10,000 Waldron Wealth Management Welcome Stake, and the $34,000 CSI 2* Hollow Creek Winning Round.

Should the grass rumble beneath your feet on Thursday, March 20th or Saturday March 22nd, it’s not a Florida thunderstorm but the thunder of America’s favorite driving team: the Budweiser Clysdesdales, who will make two special appearances during Live Oak International. Spectators can get up close and personal with their favorite Superbowl commericial TV stars!

True to its roots, Live Oak International was the first to bring world-class show jumping together with world-class combined driving at one venue at one time and driving fans can still count on the most precise, most beautifully turned-out, and most bold pony and horse teams competing here.  Classes include the Yellowframe Farm Driven Dressage and Driving Obstacles, and competitors will be vying for position on the Florida Triple Crown Driving rankings.

Among the event’s leading whips last year was Florida horsewoman Misdee Wrigley-Miller, who won her first USEF National Pairs Championship title at Live Oak International.  Now, the Lakewood Ranch driver will return to Ocala to challenge 10-time National Champion Chester Weber in in the Four-in-Hand division.

Elegant marathon tailgating, trend-setting boutiques at the Vendor Village, a Kids Zone featuring a bounce house, and the Charles Owen Competitors Club assure that every Live Oak International guest – outside and inside the competition arena – finds an event and experience sure to please.

“As the Live Oak International is a family-owned and family-managed tournament on our own property, we have the ability to tailor our event to meet the needs of our competitors, spectators and sponsors. Chester and I both play several roles within the equestrian community, and we try to use our experiences in the sport to ensure that every detail is scrutinized to make the Live Oak International an event Ocala and the horse world can be proud of,” added Reid.  That’s Florida hospitality – Live Oak International style.

Admission is $10 per person, $5 for children under 12, with proceeds benefiting the Marion County Therapeutic Riding Association. For more information on the Live Oak International, including VIP Hospitality seating and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.liveoakinternational.com.  For tailgating spaces call 352-207-3615.