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2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival Awards Circuit Championships

April 03, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

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

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

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

Circuit Awards

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Emma Kurtz was the Overall Pony Hunter Rider

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










About FTI Consulting, Inc.     

 

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

 

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

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival    


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


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

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)

Team Canada Wins $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Presented by G&C Farm

March 01, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Alexander Zetterman and Canora Fly to Victory in
$10,000 G&C Farm Speed Stake; Ali Tritschler Tops Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search

 

For Immediate Release

Lauren Fisher and Laura Cardon for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Wellington, FL – February 28, 2014 – The Canadian team of Yann Candele, Tiffany Foster, Eric Lamaze, and Ian Millar earned victory in Friday night’s $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ presented by G&C Farm, at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in Wellington, FL. Teams representing 12 different countries participated in the evening’s competition with a win for Team Canada over Great Britain in second and USA in third.
FTI WEF week eight, sponsored by G&C Farm, runs through March 2, 2014, featuring CSIO 4* show jumping and a full schedule of ‘AA’ hunter and equitation events. Saturday’s competition will feature the Hollow Creek Farm Children’s, Junior and Young Riders FEI Nations’ Cup team events as well as a $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m and a $25,000 Nutrena Jumper Classic. The week will conclude on Sunday with a $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic and the $150,000 CSIO 4* Grand Prix, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty.

Team Canada’s winning presentation with Equestrian Sport Productions’ CEO Mark Bellissimo, and Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal of G&C Farm

Friday night’s Nations Cup competition consisted of two rounds shown over a demanding course set by USA’s Steve Stephens. Teams of four represented the nations of Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, USA, and Venezuela. Chile, Israel, and New Zealand were also represented with three riders each.
In the second round, the top eight teams returned in order of highest to lowest total faults. The winner was determined by the lowest total of each team’s top three riders from each round.
The winning Canadian team consisted of Yann Candele and the Watermark Group’s Showgirl, Tiffany Foster and Artisan Farms LLC and Torrey Pines’ Victor, Ian Millar aboard Ariel and Susan Grange’s Dixson, and Eric Lamaze riding Artisan Farms LLC’s Powerplay, led by Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin.

In round one, Candele, Millar and Lamaze all jumped clear rounds, dropping Foster’s score of four to head into round two on zero. In the second round, Candele jumped another clear round and Millar and Foster each had four faults. The team had secured the victory, finishing on eight faults total, and Lamaze did not have to return for a second round.

Yann Candele and Showgirl

Following their victory, Canadian Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin was very happy with the evening’s result and praised his horses and riders.

“In Canada, it’s always a good team feeling!” Laskin stated. “We have a great group; we always have. Somehow they always come together to get the job done. Canada has been on a bit of a roll. First it was curling, and then women’s bobsled, then it was hockey, and now it’s show jumping!”

“I want to welcome Yann Candele back to our team. I am really happy to have him, especially tonight,” Laskin added. “I think that’s a key for Canada right now. We have four fantastic riders with four fantastic horses, and they did an incredible job tonight.”

Showgirl, a 14-year-old Selle Francais mare by Gold De Becourt x Elf III, is a new mount for Candele and he spoke about how teammate Eric Lamaze helped him get the ride.
“For me, it’s just a new group that Eric put together. We were in Barcelona for the final last year, and Eric was thinking already about WEG (World Equestrian Games). He looked at that mare and approached the owner to be able to acquire it for me because Eric is not selfish and he’s all about the team,” Candele noted. “He put a group together of Canadian and American owners to be able to have that mare compete for Canada under me. I think all the success of today is all about Eric and his team spirit as well as Captain (Millar) and Tiffany. We are solid as it can be. That is the end result we had today, and we are going to try to keep going for bigger and bigger events.”

Ian Millar and Dixson
“Captain Canada” Ian Millar is forming a great partnership with his mount Dixson, an eleven-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Vigo d’Arsouilles x Olisco, and was happy with his horse’s performance.

“I’ve had him for a year, and he is coming along extremely well,” Millar stated. “I am looking to include him in the next cycle for the World Equestrian Games, Pan American Games and Olympics, so it is a very long term plan for him.”

“I was very pleased with him today,” Millar continued. “His progress is great. He just gets better and better. He is the right age; he’s a young horse and he has his whole life and his whole future ahead of him, and I’m very proud to have him.”

Tiffany Foster and Victor
Foster commented on the evening with Victor, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding by Elmshorn x Grandeur, and that she has had great success with this year. “I’m really excited about winning this tonight,” Foster said. “I thought my horse jumped really well. The first round he was a little bit unsettled. He got a little bit rushed in a few places, but the second round he came back really well and I was very happy with him.”

Powerplay, a ten-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Casall x Limbus, jumped a great first round with Lamaze and was rewarded with the team’s success by not having to return for a second trip. Lamaze spoke about his night as well.

“For us it is a fantastic evening,” Lamaze expressed. “My horse jumped very well, and I had the pleasure to ride with many great riders on the Canadian team. No one but this young man next to me (Millar) has ridden so much for our nation. We take it very seriously, and we pull together with results like tonight.”

Eric Lamaze and Powerplay
The team from Great Britain finished second on Friday with rides from Ben Maher and Tatiana Korsakova’s Diva II, Tim Gredley and Unex Competition Yard’s Unex Chamberlain Z, Gemma Paternoster and her own and Julia Harrison Lee’s Osiris, and Scott Brash aboard Lord and Lady Harris/Lord and Lady Kirkham’s Hello Annie, headed by Chef d’Equipe Rob Hoekstra.

Maher and Diva II had four faults in each round, Gredley and Unex Chamberlain Z jumped double clear rounds, Gemma Paternoster and Osiris had one time fault in round one and nine faults in round two, and Scott Brash and Hello Annie finished with nine faults in round one and jumped clear in the second round. The team finished on nine faults total.

Team USA finished third with 12 faults overall with their team made up of McLain Ward and Sagamore Farms’ Rothchild, Brianne Goutal and Remarkable Farms LP’s Nice de Prissey, Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm Inc.’s Cedric, and Beezie Madden riding Abigail Wexner’s Simon, all under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland.

Ward and Kraut both jumped clear in round one while Goutal and Madden each had four faults. In round two, Ward finished on eight, Goutal and Kraut each incurred four faults, and Madden returned with a clear round.

Beezie Madden and Simon
Ridland spoke to the result of his team Friday night, stating, “For us, last year was probably more fun, but it is a long-standing, competitive relationship between our two countries (U.S. and Canada). I seem to remember a jump-off for a gold and silver in a pretty recent Olympics. For tonight, we had some of those Olympians with us, all of whom jumped clean rounds. We felt that we were in it until the very end. It was just a rail here and a rub there. Brianne of course was our young rider. She got a tremendous amount of experience tonight under big pressure.”

“This to me is now maturing into a real Nations Cup,” Ridland acknowledged. “You are seeing real pressure out here. This is a Nations Cup we can be very proud of in this country, and it is only going to get better. That was a tough competition, 12 countries, and it has matured.”

Beezie Madden also spoke about the evening and her rounds with Simon, stating, “I was happy with my horse today. I wish I had been clear the first round because he went beautifully, but he came back and went even better in the second round. Hats off to the Canadians. They did a great job. It was fantastic sport today, and thank you to G&C Farm, Furusiyya, and Equestrian Sport Productions. You all did a great job today.”

The other top teams included Brazil and Ireland tied for fourth, Venezuela in sixth, Colombia in seventh, and Germany in eighth. The teams from Mexico, New Zealand, Chile and Israel did not return for the second round. Mexico finished ninth, New Zealand tenth, Chile eleventh, and Israel twelfth.
In addition to Yann Candele and Showgirl for Canada, the competition saw double clear rounds from Brazil’s Alvaro de Miranda and AD Uutje as well as Great Britain’s Tim Gredley and Unex Chamberlain Z.

Tim Gredley and Unex Chamberlain Z
The 2013 season brought the introduction of a new formula for the FEI Nations Cup™. Following a new sponsorship deal with the Saudi Equestrian Fund, this historic series is now known as the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™. Under the new rules, the world has been divided into six regions for the purpose of qualifying teams for a World Final. The six regions are Europe 1 and 2, North America, South America, Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Representing the FEI, John Madden congratulated the Canadian team on their win and praised the competition as a whole. “We saw fantastic sport here today,” Madden stated. “The Nations Cup is truly a very important part of our sport. It is very important to our Olympic endeavor. It takes a lot of people to put that together, and I’d like to thank Gustavo Mirabal and G&C Farm for presenting this, and of course we have to thank Furusiyya for their wisdom and support for this Nations Cup Series throughout the world. Thank you very much to Mark Bellissimo and all of your people and staff that put on a truly excellent night.”

“I think the United States can be very proud to host part of this series,” Madden said. “On behalf of the FEI, thank you to HH Prince Faisal Al Shalan of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Furusiyya, G&C Farm, and the state of Florida. Wellington is really a welcoming place and this is a really excellent venue.”

Nations Cup Team Photo

Final Results: $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ presented by G&C Farm

Alexander Zetterman and Canora Fly to Victory in $10,000 G&C Farm Speed Stake

G&C Farm’s $10,000 Speed Stake was held on Friday with a win for Sweden’s Alexander Zetterman and Canora. Steve Stephens set a difficult track for Friday’s competitors that yielded four clear rounds out of 22 entries. Zetterman was the first entry to clear the course with Canora in a time of 67.11 seconds that would hold on for the win. Last to go, Ian Millar (CAN) and The Baranus Group’s Baranus finished second in 68.90 seconds.

Chile’s Carlos Milthaler finished third in 71.11 seconds aboard Santana Stables LLC’s Calvano v/h Harteveld Z. Irleand’s Paul O’Shea and Gotham Enterprizes LLC’s River Dance Semilly placed fourth in 72.43 seconds.

Alexander Zetterman and Canora

Zetterman has had Canora, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblod mare (Baloubet du Rouet x Renville), since September of 2011. He explained that the fiery chestnut is always fast and in it to win.

“She’s a superstar,” he declared. “She has the exact right mentality. She always knows what she needs to do when she is in the ring. She is not always the best one to ride at home, but she knows exactly when she needs to be clear. She is a very fast mover; not the biggest stride, but very fast. You can go kind of normal fast and still have a very good time, so that is very good to have.”

“She doesn’t like to be patted all that much,” Zetterman described. “She likes sweets, but she doesn’t like patting and a lot of attention. She likes to do her own thing, and nobody is allowed to touch her really. When she has a bad round she is angry, so she knows exactly what it’s about. She is very much a competitor.”

Commenting on the day’s class, Zetterman noted, “I thought the course was tricky. It was not like you could go crazy galloping. You had to be careful a little bit everywhere, and if you took one risk at one place, then you kind of got it in another place in the course. I kind of figured that out when I walked the course already. Luckily I have a horse who moves really quick, so even if I stay on a steady stride, I am traveling quite a bit. It was good for me because I could do all of the technical stuff in peace and quiet, and she still covered the ground. We made a couple of turns, and then I just try not to pull too much, and she always has a very good time.”

Alexander Zetterman and Canora in their winning presentation

“She is getting better and better for every year,” Zetterman added. “She is getting stronger and every now and then, I try to to do 1.45m speed classes with her. She wins most money like that and I think she is going to stay sound and healthy for a longer time if I keep her at this level where she is comfortable and try not to push her too hard. She is a good mare and she is hopefully going to be going for many years more.”
Also showing in the International Arena on Friday, Laura Chapot and Bradberry earned a victory in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge.

Final Results: $10,000 G&C Farm Speed Stake CSIO

1. CANORA: 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare by Baloubet du Rouet x Renville
ALEXANDER ZETTERMAN (SWE), Alexander Zetterman: 0/67.11

2. BARANUS: 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Balou du Rouet x Centauer Z
IAN MILLAR (CAN), The Baranus Group: 0/68.90  

3. CALVANO VH HARTEVELD Z: 2005 Zangersheide stallion by Calvaro Z x Nabab de Reve

CARLOS MILTHALER (CHI), Santana Stables LLC: 0/71.11

4. RIVER DANCE SEMILLY: 2005 Selle Francais stallion by Kalaska de Semilly x Ulior des Isles

PAUL O’SHEA (IRL), Gotham Enterprizes, LLC: 0/72.43

5. SI BELLA: 2006 Selle Francais mare by Diamant de Semilly x Digne Espoir

ADAM PRUDENT (FRA), Henri Prudent: 4/68.43

6. APPLE: 2004 BWP mare by Diamant de Semilly x Carnutte

JUAN ORTIZ (VEN), Sarah Bagworth: 4/68.52

7. CON CHILLI: 2005 Holsteiner mare by Con Air x Heraldik xx

DAVID WILL (GER), Sevil Sabanci: 4/71.25

8. AHAVEROS: 2005 KWPN by Hemmingway x Pierrot

HENRIK GUNDERSEN (DEN), Henrik Gundersen: 4/71.73

9. ECKHAM VAN HET STEENTJE: 2004 BWP gelding by Berlin x Kannan

MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Elm Rock LLC: 4/73.45

10. TIZIMIN LA SILLA: 2006 La Silla gelding by Tlaloc La Silla x Polydor
SANTIAGO DIAZ (COL), Santiago Diaz: 4/73.51

11. BARRON: 2004 Swedish Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve

LUCY DAVIS (USA), Old Oak Farm: 4/88.01

12. DIAMONTE DARCO: 2005 Great Britain Sport Horse mare by Unbelievable Darco x Unknown

WILTON PORTER (USA), Sleepy P Ranch LLC: 6/80.81

Ali Tritschler Tops Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search at FTI WEF

Sixteen-year-old Ali Tritschler of Southport, CT, and her own Helio Rouge bested a field of 42 riders in the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search on Friday morning at the FTI WEF. Tritschler and Helio Rouge were called back on top of the order to test on the flat before ultimately winning the class. Victoria Colvin and Stallone VDL were second and Megan MacPherson rounded out the top three with Class Action.

Tritschler acquired Helio Rouge, known as “Ranger” in the barn, last November and the pair have quickly formed a solid relationship.

Ali Tritschler and Helio Rouge

“He’s a lot different than my other horse. He’s pretty straight-forward and he’s very trusting, so it wasn’t too hard [to get used to him],” Tritschler explained. “They both have a really big stride, but [Ranger’s] is slow and big, and he also carries himself really well. With my other horse, you have to create yourself a little bit more. [Ranger also] jumps really well, but he doesn’t jump hard.”

Tritschler was thrilled to win in such good company, beating out many of the country’s top equitation riders on her way to the blue ribbon finish.

“It’s exciting. I needed my win in this class to qualify, so that was exciting. It’s really cool to show against [riders] like Victoria Colvin, Megan MacPherson, and Kelli Cruciotti. They’re all really good, so it’s exciting when you win. It makes you feel like you’re doing something right!” Tritschler smiled.

Ali Tritschler and Helio Rouge in their winning presentation

Tritschler described her round Friday with Ranger as one of the best trips they’ve had after suffering from minor mistakes in several of her previous rounds. She looks forward to making a go at year-end finals for the Platinum Performance USEF Talent Search, especially with a veteran mount like Ranger.

“I qualified last year, but I didn’t end up going because I was qualified in all the other finals. We didn’t end up going because we figured this one was the lowest priority since you can show in it for so much longer and it’s just so hard. We saved my horse,” Tritschler detailed.

She continued, “I really, really, want to go this year. I was going to show my jumper in it last year, but we didn’t want to stress her out. I’m excited to go because Ranger has done it the past two years. It’s fun for him; he loves it.”

Tritschler enjoys the equitation because of its focus on each individual rider’s ability, and also welcomes the extra challenge uniquely presented by the Talent Search.

“Not only are the courses harder and the jumps are spookier, but you also have the open water. For a lot of people that’s hard and a lot of horses don’t like it, but Ranger doesn’t care. It’s kind of nice to have a horse that really doesn’t care [about the more difficult jumps], so then I can relax. It’s definitely one of the smaller classes [because it’s so much more difficult],” she commented.

Tritschler, who trains with Norfield Farms’ Molly Ashe-Cawley, Chris Cawley, and Timmy Kees, is grateful to have the opportunity to learn from quality horsemen, particularly Ashe-Cawley.

“[I look up to] Molly. She’s always so positive. It’s never the horse’s fault, and she always puts the horse first. She’s very good at never being a bad sport, and she’s a really good rider,” Tritschler concluded.

Hunter competition continues on Saturday morning with the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunter 3’3″ division in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. For full results, please visitwww.showgroundslive.com.
Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 About FTI Consulting, Inc.   

  

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

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

 


About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival    


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


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

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

February 24, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083


Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  Shane Sweetnam in his winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia


Shane Sweetnam in his winning presentation
with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

4. UATA: 2001 KWPN mare by Heartbreaker x Zuidhorn

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

8. WILLIAM WALLACE: 2004 KWPN stallion by Unknown

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

 

9. TWAN: 2000 KWPN gelding by Lux x Jasper

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

About FTI Consulting, Inc.

 

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

 

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

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

 

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

 

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

Speak Up for Kids Wins Fifth Annual FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge Presented by Fidelity Investments® : Melissa Groher and Logan Best the Ariat National Adult Medal at FTI WEF

February 06, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 1, 2014 – Canada’s Ian Millar, Kelly Soleau and Emily Kinch were the winning team in the fifth annual FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (FTI GCC) on behalf of their charity, Speak Up for Kids, on Saturday evening at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Sponsored by Lothlorien and corporate sponsors Bass, Bolfo, Newlands and Rowland, the three riders made up the top team of the night out of 35 pro-am combinations paired with Palm Beach County charities.

 

A signature event of the twelve-week FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, this year’s FTI GCC will distribute approximately $2 million to the lucky Palm Beach County charities that were chosen at random to be represented in the pro-am team relay competition. Each team was made up of junior and amateur riders competing side by side with top professionals.

 

In addition to the FTI GCC competition, the evening featured a concert by four-time Grammy Nominee Hunter Hayes. The fans flooded the stadium to enjoy the family fun event and amazing entertainment as part of the “Saturday Night Lights” series at the FTI WEF.

 

 The main stage where Hunter Hayes performed as part of the FTI GCC


The main stage where Hunter Hayes performed as part of the FTI GCC

The winning charity, Speak Up for Kids, raises needed funds to support the efforts of the Palm Beach County Guardian ad Litem Program to recruit and train GAL volunteers, train volunteers and staff, and provide needed program and family support, so that all abused, abandoned, and neglected children will have a voice in court – someone who will speak for them, stand up for them, and follow through on the case until it is permanently resolved.

 

Gregg Weiss, treasurer and founding member of Speak Up For Kids, spoke about the exciting win for his charity on Saturday night, a win that will double the organization’s fundraising efforts this year.

 

“We are very, very pleased that we had the opportunity to participate in this event, and we are very pleased that our team came in first place,” Weiss remarked to his winning team of riders. “Speak Up for Kids supports a guardian ad litem program. In Palm Beach County we support over 1,700 children, and we raise money to make sure every child has a voice, and every child is heard. For the work that you all did tonight, it is going to make a big difference in their lives. It is life changing for so many people, so thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you to Kristin Solomon and Diana Reese for all of their hard work for Speak Up for Kids. It was a team effort from not only your team, but from ours.”

 

Kristin Solomon detailed the Speak Up for Kids program, explaining, “The guardian ad litem program is a state agency that represents abused, abandoned and neglected children that are in an open court case, and we are appointed by a judge to help their best interests throughout the whole process. This is a volunteer organization. In Palm Beach County alone there are over 500 volunteer child advocates that give children a voice in the court system. I only have 30 employees, the rest are all volunteers that do all of the work. Statewide we have almost 10,000 volunteer child advocates, so this money goes directly to support the volunteers right in this community.”

 

  The winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia, riders Ian Millar, Emily Kinch and Kelly Soleau, Greg Weiss, Kristin Solomon and Diana Reese for Speak Up for Kids, and Equestrian Sport Productions' CEO Mark Bellissimo


The winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia,
riders Ian Millar, Emily Kinch and Kelly Soleau,
Greg Weiss, Kristin Solomon and Diana Reese for Speak Up for Kids,
and Equestrian Sport Productions’ CEO Mark Bellissimo

Ten-time Olympian, Ian Millar, captained the winning team with riders Kelly Soleau and Emily Kinch. All three riders jumped clear over their courses and had the fastest combined time of the night in 93.107 seconds to win the top prize of $150,000 for their charity. There is a sliding scale for the balance of the proceeds down to 35th place, which wins $15,000, ensuring that everyone is a winner.

 

Coming in second place was the team for Wellington PTO/PTA/PTSA, sponsored by EnTrust Capital and Rose Hill Farm as well as corporate sponsor Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC. The team consisted of Ken Berkley, Cloe Hymowitz, and Lilli Hymowitz, who all cleared the course with a combined time of 95.056 seconds to earn $125,000 for their charity.

 

 Presentation to the second place team of Cloe Hymowitz, Ken Berkley and Lilli Hymowitz for Wellington PTO/PTA/PTSA


Presentation to the second place team of Cloe Hymowitz, Ken Berkley and Lilli Hymowitz for Wellington PTO/PTA/PTSA

Hunter Hayes’s charity, Musicares, finished third and won $112,500. The team was made up of Alvaro ‘Doda’ de Miranda, Paige Bellissimo and Alex Crown, sponsored by Dressage Team and the Rizvi Family and corporate sponsors Carol Cohen, Diamante Farms, Michael Collins, Mike Davis, Rose Peslar (Everglades Dressage), Tim Dutta, Tuny Paige, and the Van Kampen Foundation. All three riders cleared the course without fault and finished with a time of 96.117 seconds overall.

 

 The third place presentation with Hunter Hayes and riders Alex Crown, Paige Bellissimo and Alvaro de Miranda for Musicares


The third place presentation with Hunter Hayes and riders Alex Crown, Paige Bellissimo and Alvaro de Miranda for Musicares

Ian Millar was aboard his mount Baranus this evening, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding. This was Millar’s first time competing in the FTI GCC and he was proud to represent team sponsor Lothlorien for his owners, Susan and Ariel Grange. Millar was also very happy to ride for such a great cause.

 

“It was a great pleasure to do it, and when we finished our round, I can’t tell you the pleasure I had,” Millar smiled. “It is a very enjoyable and rewarding class just because of the situation. I mean, winning Grand Prix is great, but this is different. This is special. To do this for a group like Speak Up for Kids, where they look after 1700 children in Palm Beach County and to hear that this doubles their annual revenue, it’s a big deal. This will be life changing for this charity. It is really a very nice thing to be able to help this charity, and we are very proud to do it.”

 

“I believe this is the biggest charity competition in this sport,” Millar added. “This is the premier winter equestrian sport in the world right now, this is the best jumping anywhere in the world. They’re jumping all over the United States, they’re jumping in Italy, in Spain, they’re jumping everywhere, and this is the best in the world, and to do a competition like this is just such a great credit to them.”

 

Ian Millar and Baranus

Ian Millar and Baranus

Soleau rode a horse named Hoolie Hoo, and was very happy with her round aboard the speedy mare. “She was actually a borrowed horse for this event,” Soleau stated. “A lovely family that owns the horse very kindly let me borrow her. I’ve only shown her a handful of times, and she was just fantastic. To ride for this charity was such an honor. I’m just beyond thrilled for everybody.”

 

Soleau has competed in the FTI GCC before and was excited to be back in the competition this year and to win for her charity.

 

“It’s just fantastic,” she smiled. “I was in it a few years ago. I believe I was involved in one of the first ones they did, and I get excited every year. It is just fantastic for all of these charities. It was really an honor to be able to ride and compete and win tonight.”

 

 Kelly Soleau and Hoolie Hoo


Kelly Soleau and Hoolie Hoo

Twenty-year-old Emily Kinch led things off for her team this evening and set a very fast pace aboard her horse, New Boy de Logerie. Kinch, originally from Barbados, trains with the Millar family and now resides in Canada.

 

“I was on my new horse that I got over Christmas holidays, and he was pretty spectacular tonight,” Kinch praised. “Every question I asked, he did it. He was perfect.”

 

Kinch rode in last year’s FTI GCC riding a mare named Victoria and “had a ball.” She was happy to return to the competition this year and get a win for Speak Up for Kids.

 

“It meant a lot because when I think of a charity, the first thing that comes to mind is helping children,” Kinch stated. “To have Speak Up for Kids as our charity tonight, that was first thing in my mind.”

  Emily Kinch and New Boy de Logerie


Emily Kinch and New Boy de Logerie

Everyone was thrilled with this year’s fantastic event, including presenting sponsor, Fidelity Investments®.

 

“Fidelity Investments is pleased to be a part of the Great Charity Challenge, and to bring much needed support to so many worthy Palm Beach County charities,” said Bill Marazzi, VP and Branch Manager of the Fidelity Investments investor center in Palm Beach.

 

Equestrian Sport Productions’ CEO Mark Bellissimo congratulated everyone on an exciting event.

 

“I just want to thank this team and the dedication of everyone for giving their time and energy,” Bellissimo stated. “This is a big gesture. The owner doesn’t get the money and the rider doesn’t get the money; the charity gets the money, and it will touch 1700 lives. It is rare that you get that opportunity. I think if you add up the impact of all of the charities and you look at all of the lives we touched tonight, we are going to touch 10,000, maybe 12,000 lives based on the selflessness of some riders and I am so excited about that. This event was created to find heroes in the community, and I think we found some here. I can’t think of a better group to pull it off, and I am thrilled with what happened here tonight. It is very exciting for us.”

 

 Charities cheer on their teams during Saturday night's event


Charities cheer on their teams during Saturday night’s event

More information on the competition and winning charities of the 2014 FTI GCC will be available soon. For more information on the FTI GCC, visit www.ftigreatcharitychallenge.com.

 

 

Rank CHARITY SPONSOR CORPORATE SPONSOR PROFESSIONAL 1m20 1m10 Time

1 Speak Up for Kids Lothlorien Bass, Bolfo, Newlands and Rowland Ian Millar Kelly Soleau Emily Kinch 93.107

2 Wellington PTO/PTA/PTSA EnTrust (Rose Hill Farm) Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC Ken Berkley Cloe Hymowitz Lilli Hymowitz 95.056

3 Musicares – Hunter Hayes Dressage Team and Rizvi Family Carol Cohen, Diamante Farms, Michael Collins, Mike Davis, Rose Peslar (Everglades Dressage), Tim Dutta Tuny Paige and the Van Kampen Foundation Doda de Miranda Paige Bellissimo Alex Crown 96.117

4 Lighthouse for the Blind Double “C” Farm (Creel Family) Fumero Law Group Haylie Rolfe David Oberkircher Megan McDonald 96.267

5 Seagull Industries for the Disabled Trelawny Farm Gold Coast Feed & Supply Samantha Ramsay Katherine Straus Elizabeth CravenElizabeth CravenElizabeth Craven 96.484

6 Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc. Bellissimo Family Sexton Engineering Tim Gredley Nicole Bellissimo Yasmin Rizvi 96.867

7 Connor Moran Children’s Cancer Foundation Newstead Farm (Firestone) Marcum LLP Connor O’Regan Christina Firestone Noel Fauntleroy 97.862

8 HomeSafe Postage Stamp Farm The Bainbridge Companies Alejandro Karolyi Kalvin Dobbs Emma Heise 97.937

9 The Alliance for Eating Disorders Green River (Roger and Jennifer Smith) Equine Tack and Nutritionals Colin Syquia Sarah Kerins Sophie Simpson 98.125

10 Foster and Adoptive Parent Association of Palm Beach County G&C Farm (Mirabal Family) Rolex Luis Larrazabal Emanuel Andrade Gustavo Mirabal 98.128

11 Wellington Cares Double H Farm Trump International Maggie Jayne Giavanna Rinaldi Ailish Cunniffe 98.422

12 The Children’s Foundation Equine Assisted Therapy Starwyn Farm (Goldstein Family) Gary Czajkowski Danielle Goldstein Kara Chad Chloe Reid 98.578

13 Equestrian Aid Foundation Pasmore Stables Wellington Equestrian Realty Catherine Pasmore Pippa Allen Kelly Arani 98.799

14 Wounded Warriors Crown Family Jamaica Tent Britni Raflowitz Lillie Keenan Alex Crown 99.585

15 Women’s Circle Ashland Stables (Fleishhacker Family) Engel & Völkers Sandra Dalman Javan Dalman Victoria Arute 99.786

16 Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County Monika and John Preston and Spy Coast Farm Enterprise Rental Cars Shane Sweetnam Tom Foley Lindsey Tomeu 99.906

17 Blooming with Autism Boyer/Van Kampen Foundation Bank of America Kristen Vanderveen Bryn Sadler Chelsea Babcock 100.327

18 Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches, Inc. Kadley Farm (Gierkink Family) Wrenwood Farm Julie Welles Addison Gierkink Kendra Gierkink 100.571

19 Wayside House, Inc. Pine Hollow Farm (Dvorkin Family) ESI David Blake Nicole Berman Jennifer Pennebaker 100.824

20 Restoration Bridge International Smith and Bloomberg Families Palm Beach Illustrated Ramiro Quintana Tori Smith Sheer Levitin 101.483

21 Take Stock in Children Bruce Duchossois Salamander Farm Todd Minikus Tori Corts Jennifer Frank 101.494

22 Danny and Ron’s Rescue Tequestrian Farms (Tisbo Family) Pegasus Builders Lauren Tisbo Lauren Ward Oliver McCarthy 103.909

23 The Children Healing Institute JKG Farm Fidelity Investments® Hardin Towell Jennifer Gates Sara Nordstrom 104.788

24 New Urban Community Development Corporation Burrows, Kalman and Pin Oak W Development Laura Kraut Paris Sellon Bobby Kraut 104.846

25 Palm Beach School for Autism Goshen Hill Ingram & Raynes Alexandra Paillot Emmanuelle Mille Caroline Moran 105.355

26 Spirit of Giving Network Fair Play Farm (Kasowitz Family) FTI Consulting James North Myrto Illiadis Sammy Kasowitz 106.442

27 Big Dog Ranch Brushwood Stables Palm Beach Equine Clinic Sandra Dalman Kenya Greenberg Ericka Baran 106.676

28 Boca Raton’s Promise- the Alliance for Youth Cynthia Sulzberger and Steven Green Dever Golf Cars Mario Deslauriers Lucy Deslauriers Lily Barnard 107.817

29 Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County Patten Family Chronicle of the Horse Amy Momrow Hannah Patten Francesca Eremeeva 108.107

30 Healing Horse Therapy Center Further Lane Farm Jones Awnings and Canvas, Inc. Mary Manfredi Sophie Michaels Brooke Bidwell 112.728

31 The Unicorn Children’s Foundation Louisburg Farm and AAA Equestrian Neil Hirsch Lauren Hough Nina Ulenberg Ahmed Alali 115.286

32 Urban Youth Impact Mershad Team 2 Suncast® Maggie Mcalary Gabriela Mershad Paige Bellissimo 118.960

33 Pediatric Oncology Support Team (POST) Stateside Farm (Goddard Family) Galle Law Group Jenn Goddard Devon Degen Isabella Russekoff 138.978

34 The Arc of the Glades Equinimity Intrepid Electric Richie Moloney Jeremy Sweetnam Dylann Ephriamson 151.855

35 Polo Players Support Group Mershad Team 1 Hollow Creek Farm Stephen Moore Andre Mershad Alex King EL

 

 

Melissa Groher and Logan Best the Ariat National Adult Medal at FTI WEF

 

Melissa Groher of South Glastonbury, CT, may have only been at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) for the weekend, but she certainly made it count. Groher finished first in the Ariat National Adult Medal on Saturday afternoon during the fourth week of competition at the FTI WEF.

 

The top four riders were called back into the ring for the test. Groher and Logan, a six-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, had a first round high score of 86 before riding to the top of the class. Second place went to Rachel Boggus, who qualified with a first round score of 81.5 aboard Papillon 134. Elizabeth Kirby and Validation finished third after scoring 83 in the first round and Groher’s sister, Amanda Groher, was fourth with Castelano and a score of 82.

 

The test called for riders to approach a trot jump directly from the in-gate and canter a single oxer before coming back to the skinny vertical that plagued many first round riders thanks to a short approach in the original course. From there, riders cantered to the judge’s stand, where they were asked to halt and back four steps before exiting the ring at the sitting trot.

 Logan and Melissa Groher


Logan and Melissa Groher

Groher wasn’t nervous going into the ring with Logan, despite never contesting the Ariat National Adult Medal at a show of the FTI WEF’s caliber.

 

“We’re just here to have fun and Logan’s awesome, so I knew it would be fun going in there,” she smiled.

 

Logan may be young at only six years of age, but 24-year-old Groher has been thrilled with her borrowed mount.

 

“Logan is my trainer, Kyla [Makhloghi’s] horse. He’s so much fun. He’s always right under my leg and there for me, so he’s a good boy. For a six-year-old, he’s amazing. He does all the hard stuff easily,” Groher explained.

 

When asked what made Logan particularly apt for the equitation ring, Groher continued, “He’s so adjustable. He turns on a dime and he’s really in tune to my leg, so it’s really easy to just look where I’m going and he can feel it out himself.”

 

Groher saved up her vacation days and took the week off from her job as an advertising sales assistant at House Beautiful Magazine in New York City to compete at the FTI WEF with her sister. The two made the most of their trip to Wellington and were happy to have the opportunity to fly south to the Florida sunshine.

 

“My sister and I ride together, and now that we’re adults we don’t have our own horses. Linda Langmeier is amazing and lets us have really great opportunities [by giving us horses to ride] when we don’t have a horse, so it’s really fun and exciting to come down here for a weekend,” Groher remarked.

 

Of sharing riding with her sister, Groher detailed, “It’s amazing. We’ve both been riding since we were babies. My mom grew up riding, so she taught us in the beginning. It’s a passion we share, and we both get along so well. We work hard together, and it’s really awesome that we can do it together.”

 

Hunter competition for Week 4 concludes on Sunday with the Antares Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring.Jumper competition concludes with the $50,000 Ariat® Grand Prix CSI 2*, which will be held at 2 p.m. on the grass derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

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

 

 

About FTI Consulting, Inc.

 

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

 

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

 

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

 

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

 

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

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

January 31, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 25, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Laura Kraut and Wish Triumph in $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Jump-Off : Nairobi Nights and Laura Lee Montross Top Camping World Adult Amateur Hunter 51 & Over Section A

January 17, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 10, 2014 – U.S. Olympic Team Gold Medalist Laura Kraut earned victory on day three of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) competing with Stone Hill Farm’s Wish in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class on Friday, January 10. Alexander Zetterman (SWE) and Canora also got their second win of the circuit in the day’s $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge.
Week one of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club, runs through Sunday, January 12. The week’s highlights include the $75,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes on Saturday, January 11, as well as the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix, which will be held on Sunday, January 12. The FTI WEF, held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, features 12 weeks of world-class competition through March 30, awarding close to $8 million in prize money.

In Friday’s $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class, course designer Eric Hasbrouck saw 61 competitors with 26 advancing to the immediate jump-off in the International Arena at PBIEC. Fourteen entries were also clear over the short course, and Laura Kraut and Wish completed the fastest clear jump-off round in 38.669 seconds for the win.

Kraut narrowly edged out fellow U.S. Olympic Team Gold Medalist McLain Ward, who finished second aboard Ramses du Lavillion in 38.885 seconds. Nicholas Dello Joio (USA) placed third aboard Nathalie de Gunzburg’s Fiego van de Zoneweide in 39.510 seconds. Emanuel Andrade (VEN) finished fourth with his time of 40.326 seconds riding Hollow Creek Farm’s Crossfire 10.

 Laura Kraut and Wish


Laura Kraut and Wish

Wish, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by Numero Uno x Calvados, has been a top horse for young rider Jessica Springsteen, who trains with Kraut. Kraut is keeping Wish in top form through the beginning of the FTI WEF circuit and will continue to ride the mare until Springsteen arrives from school to compete during week three.

Kraut explained, “She is a great mare that we bought for Jessie a couple of years ago, and Jessie has done a ton of winning with her. We found her in Belgium. She was jumping in the 2* in Antwerp, and Nick (Skelton) and I were sitting and watching the class, and Nick leapt out of his chair and ran down to the in-gate. We got there ahead of about three other people that were running to the gate at the same time, and we were fortunate enough to be able to buy her.”

“She is a tiny horse, but her heart is huge,” Kraut described. “She is a trier and she is really easy to ride. She is so brave. She does everything. To me she is a perfect second horse because you can run her and run her and run her, and every day she comes out and she stays careful. She is just a really nice horse.”

Commenting on Friday’s class, Kraut noted, “I didn’t actually expect that I would win. I actually added a stride in the jump-off down one line. I went quick, but I didn’t really push her and she is just very fast.”

“I really liked Eric’s course today,” she added. “I liked them last year too. I thought he did a great job last year, and so far he has done a very good job. Today’s course was different because it was a lot of long gallops, which you don’t often see. I think that was good because you had to really open them up and gallop across the ring. It’s nice. He’s doing a really good job.”

Kraut has an exciting circuit lined up for this year’s FTI WEF with some of her returning top mounts as well as a few new horses. She finished tenth in Friday’s class aboard her newest mount, Andretti S, who she described as ‘a really interesting horse,’ and has high hopes for. Nouvelle will return to the ring for the first time since an injury in June. Kraut also looks forward to competing with her veteran partners Cedric and Jubilee d’Ouilly, who continue to excel at the top of the sport at 16 and 17 years of age.

Kraut has a thriving business with a lot of great students and developing young horses as well this year, and she is excited for the season to come.
“For me, this season is great for bringing along young horses and seeing what you have and developing them,” she acknowledged. “I always love doing that anyway and it is really nice down here because you can have a plan and aim them for whatever goal you have for them. It is also nice that I am not on an airplane every week going to a new show, to a new place, to a new venue, so the horses get relaxed. I am very lucky because I have the best of both worlds. I spend five months here in one spot and then I get to go to Europe and go to a whole lot of interesting, very cool shows and do unique things, but we are always ready to get back here and not get on an airplane again for a while.”

“So far it has been very busy, but it’s good,” she smiled. “We have about 50 horses that we are in charge of here. I have such great riding students, which is really nice. They all ride well. It is a good group, and it makes my job really easy.”

A $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge was also held on Friday with 41 entries and a win for Alexander Zetterman (SWE) aboard Canora. The pair also won the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class on Wednesday to kick off a great week of competition. They had the fastest of five clear rounds on Friday with a time of 68.352 seconds. Brittni Raflowitz (USA) and ESI Show Jumpers’ Elios placed second in 68.807 seconds. Leslie Howard (USA) and Jane Clark’s Whistler finished third in 70.544 seconds.

 

Final Results: $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m

1. WISH LAURA KRAUT STONE HILL FARM: 0/0/38.669

2. RAMSES DU LAVILLON MCLAIN WARD MCLAIN WARD: 0/0/38.885

3. FIEGO VAN DE ZONEWEIDE NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO NATHALIE DE GUNZBURG: 0/0/39.510

4. CROSSFIRE 10 EMANUEL ANDRADE HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 0/0/40.326

5. AISHA DAVID BLAKE PINE HOLLOW FARM: 0/0/40.654

6. BLUE SKY VAN DE OLMENHOEVE JIMMY TORANO TURTLE LANE FARM INC: 0/0/40.937

7. RENDEZVOUS 22 NICK NOVAK NANCY WHITEHEAD: 0/0/41.184

8. RAMSES SARAH SEGAL ROBERT SEGAL: 0/0/42.713

9. ZOJASPER RODRIGO PESSOA ILAN FERDER LOVSTA & TAL MILSTEIN: 0/0/43.136

10. ANDRETTI S LAURA KRAUT MH SPORTHORSE: 0/0/43.474

11. IV EVE MICHAEL DORMAN WYNDMONT: 0/0/43.744

12. CHAPEL Z LISA JACQUIN FLINTWOODE FARMS LLC: 0/0/44.170

Nairobi Nights and Laura Lee Montross Top Camping World Adult Amateur Hunter 51 & Over Section A

Hunter competition for FTI WEF week one continued on Friday morning with the presentation of championship honors in the Camping World Adult Amateur Hunter 51 & Over Section A. Laura Lee Montross and Palm Meadow Farm LLC’s Nairobi Nights earned the division championship after placing first and second over fences on Thursday and earning second and third place awards over fences on Friday.

Gina Day and Premier finished in reserve. The pair earned a third place ribbon over fences on Thursday and won the under saddle as well as one class over fences on Friday to conclude the division.

 Laura Lee Montross and Nairobi Nights


Laura Lee Montross and Nairobi Nights

Champion mount, Nairobi Nights, is a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Nairobi. Laura Lee Montross has owned the gelding for seven years and has seen him develop and mature greatly over their years together. Montross trains with Jimmy Torano, who has helped her with Nairobi Nights since the beginning of their partnership.

“Now that he is all grown up, he is just a delightful horse to ride,” Montross noted. “He is very quiet. He jumps a nice jump. He is just a gentleman. He is easy in the barn and fun to be with. I trail ride him a lot, and he loves that.”

“He is just a really nice horse, but he wasn’t always like that,” Montross admitted. “He was a little naughty when he was a baby, but he has matured a lot. He is a good boy.”

Commenting on her rounds over the two days of competition this week, Montross recalled, “Yesterday he walked right in and was just a joy, very soft and calm and easy to the jumps, and the second round also. Then I was also surprised that he was so good in the mud today. He came right out and did it again, so he was great.”

Montross, of Beford, NY, has been competing at the FTI WEF for ten years and owns a farm in Wellington where her horses live for the winter.

“I love it here,” she stated. “I have a farm here and I live at my farm, and I can just walk to the show. I hack over with my horse and it is just really relaxing. I love the grand hunter ring, and I love not having to move the horses all around and just be here the whole winter season.”

 

FTI WEF week one, sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club, will continue on Saturday with the presentation of championship honors in the EnTrust Capital Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. The International Arena will host the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic in the afternoon. The $75,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes will be the feature “Saturday Night Lights” event at 7:00 p.m. For full results, please www.showgroundslive.com.

 

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

 

 

About 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 4,000 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.58 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 more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded. 


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

The Women Can’t Be Beat in $75,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes at FTI WEF

January 12, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Lauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio Win $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic; Ashton Alexander and Lordano Top Field in Small Junior Hunter 16-17 presented by EnTrust Capital

For Immediate Release

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Wellington, FL – January 10, 2014 – The crowds were out in full force at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Saturday night to watch the women’s team earn their sixth consecutive victory in the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival’s (FTI WEF) $75,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes. PBIEC also hosted a full schedule of competition during the day, with a win for Lauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio in the afternoon’s $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic.

 

Week one of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club, concludes on Sunday, January 12, with the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix. The FTI WEF, held at the PBIEC in Wellington, FL, features 12 weeks of world-class competition through March 30, awarding close to $8 million in prize money.

The winning women's team with Michelle McFaul, Vice President, Community Affairs & Special Events for Nespresso, ringmaster Gustavo Murcia, and Paige, Mark and Katherine Bellissimo

The winning women’s team with Michelle McFaul, Vice President, Community Affairs & Special Events for Nespresso, ringmaster Gustavo Murcia, and Paige, Mark and Katherine Bellissimo

Eric Hasbrouck is the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC for week one competition and set the tracks for Saturday’s classes. In the highlight $75,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes,the three-phase contest included speed rounds, match races, and a six-bar competition.

 

The women’s team was captained by Candice King and also included riders Pippa Allen, Nicole Bellissimo, Danielle Goldstein, Brianne Goutal, Lauren Hough, Maggie Jayne, Laura Kraut, Catherine Pasmore, and Debbie Stephens.

   Brianne Goutal and Mon Gamin had the fastest speed rounds  in Phases 1 and 2.


Brianne Goutal and Mon Gamin had the fastest speed rounds
in Phases 1 and 2.

Charlie Jayne led the men’s team, which included riders Stefano Barcho, Mark Bluman, Lorenzo de Luca, Todd Minikus, Richie Moloney, Samuel Parot, Nick Skelton, Shane Sweetnam, and Hardin Towell.

 Charlie Jayne and Handel's Classic gallop to the final fence in Phase 1.


Charlie Jayne and Handel’s Classic gallop to the final fence in Phase 1.

The first round of competition was the speed round, with a 6 to 4 win for the men. The match races followed, with the men and women competing side by side over identical courses. The men and women tied in that round, each winning five races, to bring the total up to 11 points for the men and nine for the women.

 

The final six-bar competition was the deciding factor of the evening with the men leading by two points going in. Four men and four women returned from each team with the opportunity to earn two points per clear round. The competition started at 1.60m (5’3″) in height and moved up to 1.70m (5’7″) through two rounds.

 

Todd Minikus was the only man to jump a clear six-bar round and earned two points for the men, bringing their total up to 13 points, but he then had a rail down in the second round. Maggie Jayne and Catherine Pasmore each cleared round one to bring the girl’s total up to 13 as well and tie the teams. The girls moved on to round two, but Jayne had rails down in her second attempt. It was all left to Catherine Pasmore, and she and Bibi Sijgje were the only pair to clear the six-bar in round two to clinch the win for the women.

  Catherine Pasmore and Bibi Sijgje also won the award for most clear rounds in Phase 3.


Catherine Pasmore and Bibi Sijgje also won the award for
most clear rounds in Phase 3.

Pasmore has ridden in the Battle of the Sexes for four years and was very proud to earn the final two points that put the women on top.

 

“It was so exciting,” Pasmore remarked. “I was a little worried that I wasn’t going to be able to pull it off, but I am really happy that I did. It is just such a great atmosphere. Everybody comes out and cheers us on. I think it is a really great class because even if somebody comes out to watch it who doesn’t know horses, it is really easy to follow along and everybody gets really into it. It is a lot of fun.”

 

Pasmore has had Bibi Sijgje for one year. The mare just turned eight, and Pasmore was very proud of her performance on Saturday night.

 

“Normally I jump her in her age division, so I have never jumped a six-bar on her and I have definitely never jumped her that big, but she has such a huge heart and she will just try anything,” the rider acknowledged. “I wasn’t sure what was going to happen, but I knew she would try and she just surprised me. She jumped it amazing.”

 

Speaking about the team camaraderie, Pasmore added, “It was amazing. She didn’t actually jump so well in the speed rounds, and I was thinking that I shouldn’t go in the six-bar. I said to Laura Kraut, ‘Do you think I should forfeit? I don’t want to scare her or do anything that I shouldn’t do. I don’t want to let the women down,’ and she said, ‘Don’t be ridiculous, of course you’re going!’ I am really happy that I did, and everybody in the schooling area was helping and giving advice, so it was great.”

 Candice King and Nina VDL


Candice King and Nina VDL

Candice King was very excited to captain the winning team this year. She has been on the women’s Nespresso Battle of the Sexes team every year since the class began, and loves the camaraderie between the riders as well. She also thanked Nespresso for their support of the event.

 

“I had a lot of pressure on me tonight because we have yet to not win, and I am just glad we pulled it off and thank God for Catherine at the end,” King stated after the competition. “It is a team effort and everybody contributes. It is just a lot of fun.”

 

“It is a great event and the crowd loves it,” King added. “The boys against the girls is great because we don’t usually have that. It is fun because it is an individual sport, so we don’t get to do a lot of team competition. It is fun to just get all together and support one another.”

 

Michelle McFaul, Vice President of Community Affairs & Special Events for Nespresso USA, Inc. was happy with another exciting Nespresso Battle of the Sexes. She praised the riders for the great effort they put into it, noting that in addition to the winners, the men’s team would receive Nespresso machines as well.

 

Final Results: $75,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes

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Lauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio Win $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

 

The $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic was held on Saturday afternoon with 13 entries and a six-horse jump-off that yielded four double clear rounds. Canada’s Eric Lamaze qualified two horses for the jump-off and was first to go over the short course with Artisan Farms LLC’s Quelmec du Gery. The pair had the fastest jump-off time of 30.398 seconds, but finished the course with eight faults to earn sixth place honors. Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Oakland Ventures LLC’s New Look de Mescam posted the first clear round in 33.233 seconds to eventually earn the third place prize.

 

Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Diktator van de Boslandhoeve jumped next and had a rail down at the final fence with a time of 34.583 seconds to place fifth. Gemma Paternoster (GBR) had a clear round in 44.314 seconds aboard her own and Julia Harrison Lee’s Osiris to place fourth. Up next, Lauren Hough (USA) and Karina Rotenberg’s Böckmanns Lazio cleared the course in 31.643 seconds to take the lead. Eric Lamaze was last to go with his second mount, Artisan Farms LLC’s Zigali P S, but finished just shy of the time to beat in 31.654 seconds to earn the second place prize.

 

 Lauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio


Lauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio

Böckmanns Lazio is a 14-year-old Westphalian stallion by Lancer II x Cor de la Bryere. Lauren Hough just started riding the horse this fall and explained that he has experience showing under several international riders, most recently Cassio Rivetti of Ukraine and Gilles de Baranda of France. Her first show with the stallion was in the beginning of October at the Horse of the Year show in Birmingham, England. Then he flew to America, was in quarantine, and then jumped in Equestrian Sport Productions’ New Year’s Grand Prix with an unlucky rail.Yesterday they had one time faults in the $25,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 1 as the first to go.

 

“He has had a lot of mileage, and I am lucky enough to have the ride now,” Hough stated after her win. “He does everything so easy, and he is a super competitive horse. He is obviously a beautiful horse. He is a perfect model.”

 

“He is very laid back at home; you can hardly make him go,” Hough described. “He doesn’t act much like a stallion. Then he is quite aggressive in the ring. He says, ‘Okay, it’s my job,’ and he really takes you to the jump in a nice way and he just suits me perfectly. I am very grateful to the owners for allowing me to ride him.”

 

Hough went in the jump-off knowing that she had the always fast Eric Lamaze still to follow, but managed to keep the winning edge. “I knew he was quite fast with his first horse,” she noted. “I think I did one too many strides to the second to last jump because I was going to do one less to the last. I thought I left the door open a little bit, but I think that is also a new mount to him. I think I just got lucky. Even though there were only 13 in the class, it was quite competitive and I was happy to be a part of it.”

 

 Lauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio in their winning presentation with Lauren Tisbo of Suncast®, ringmaster Gustavo Murcia, and owner Karina Rotenberg


Lauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio in their winning presentation with Lauren Tisbo of Suncast®, ringmaster Gustavo Murcia, and owner Karina Rotenberg

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

1. BÖCKMANNS LAZIO LAUREN HOUGH KARINA ROTENBERG: 0/0/31.643

2. ZIGALI P S ERIC LAMAZE ARTISAN FARMS LLC: 0/0/31.654

3. NEW LOOK DE MESCAM DARRAGH KENNY OAKLAND VENTURES LLC: 0/0/33.233

4. OSIRIS GEMMA PATERNOSTER GEMMA PATERNOSTER & JULIA HARRISON LEE: 0/0/44.314

5. DIKTATOR VAN DE BOSLANDHOEVE SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM LLC: 0/4/34.583

6. QUELMEC DU GERY ERIC LAMAZE ARTISAN FARMS LLC: 0/8/30.398

7. CONTINO 14 JONATHON MILLAR MILLAR BROOKE FARM: 4/77.361

8. UNEX OMEGA STAR TIM GREDLEY UNEX COMPETITION YARD: 4/78.184

9. AD AMIGO B ALVARO DE MIRANDA VICTORY EQUESTRIAN & ALVERO DE MIRANDA: 8/75.331

10. FEROX B LORENZO DE LUCA MIKE COLLINS: 8/76.703

11. ROSANA DU PARK CARLY ANTHONY ARTISAN FARMS LLC: 8/79.171

12. AZIBANTOS GEOFFREY CASE GROUP C LLC: 12/81.066

 

Ashton Alexander and Lordano Top Field in Small Junior Hunter 16-17 presented by EnTrust Capital

 

Championship presentations continued in the Eugene R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring on Saturday morning, where Ashton Alexander and her 10-year-old mount Lordano, owned by Lynn Seithel, took home the championship ribbon in the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division, presented by EnTrust Capital.

  Ashton Alexander and Lordano


Ashton Alexander and Lordano

While the FTI WEF is nothing new for Alexander, it’s a new experience being here with the big bay warmblood. “We just got him a couple months ago. This is the first time showing him in a while, so I’m glad he went well!” Alexander said.

 

Two firsts and two second places over fences along with a third place under saddle for Alexander topped the field, with Cloe Hymowitz and Rose Hill Farm’s Enjoy, who were first, second, third, and sixth over fences and won the under saddle, in the one reserve champion spot.

 

Going into the show ring with Lordano was easy for Alexander, knowing that a simple ride is what he wants most from his rider. “Just sit there and enjoy the ride I think, let him do it,” she said. “He knows what he’s doing, so stay out of the way. I think he loves that the best.”

 

Alexander has high hopes for the gelding after this week’s success. “I’m hoping for him to stay good, and hopefully we can go for Devon and go from there! That’s our plan,” she noted.

  Ashton Alexander and Lordano in their winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia and owner Lynn Seithel


Ashton Alexander and Lordano in their winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia and owner Lynn Seithel

FTI WEF week one, sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club, will conclude on Sunday with the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix in the International Arena and the presentation of championship honors to the Greenspoon Marder Law Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under in the Rost Arena. For full results, please www.showgroundslive.com.

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

 

About 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 4,000 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.58 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2012. For more information, visit www.fticonsulting.com, and connect with us on Twitter (@FTI Consulting), Facebook, and Linked In.

 

 

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 more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

 

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

Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB Win First Class of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

January 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 8, 2014 – Equestrian Sport Productions hosted the first day of competition for the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) on Wednesday with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The day kicked off with a win in the International Arena for 20-year-old Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) of Greenwich, CT, riding Quidam MB in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m. Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Lamaze also got a win on the first day of competition in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class with Zigali P S. Alexander Zetterman (SWE) won the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed round aboard Canora.

 

Week one of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club, runs through Sunday, January 12. The week’s highlights include the $75,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes on Saturday, January 11, as well as the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix, which will be held on Sunday, January 12. The FTI WEF features 12 weeks of world-class competition through March 30, 2014, awarding close to $8 million in prize money.

 

Eric Hasbrouck is the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC for week one competition. Hasbrouck saw 20 competitors over his $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed track in the morning with seven clear rounds. Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB secured the win with their time of 66.192 seconds. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Baldev finished second with their time of 67.670 seconds. Lauren Hough (USA) and Reconnaissance, owned by Laura and Meredith Mateo, went first in the class and set the pace with their time of 68.575 seconds and eventually finished third. Jimmy Torano (USA) and Ben Maher’s Dolores MB had the fourth place time of 69.997 seconds.

  Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB


Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB

Adrienne Sternlicht has owned Quidam MB, a nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Quidam’s Rubin x Argentinus, for two years now. The pair started in the Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers and then moved up to the High division last year. They have now taken the next step, and started off the 2014 FTI WEF circuit with an exciting 1.45m win. They also topped the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at last week’s Holiday Finale horse show.

 

“I got down here last week and he showed Saturday in the Highs and won that class and then today he was fantastic,” Sternlicht noted. “It is really exciting (to win the first class). I was hurt last season, so we are really starting out on a good note. I didn’t ride that much in high school, but now I get to practice a lot. Now it is really about setting the right pace for me, so it is a great start.”

 

Sternlicht trains with Linda Langmeier as well as U.S. Olympic Team Gold Medalist Laura Kraut. She was very excited to win Wednesday’s class over many top international riders, including Kraut.

 

“It is fantastic,” Sternlicht smiled. “I am definitely an amateur rider. I am just starting to move up and be competitive at this level, and I have started to get a bit of experience at the grand prix level. I sit and watch everything, even when I’m not here. I can learn a lot from watching the riders in the schooling area as well.”

 

Sternlicht had the advantage of watching the top rounds before her on Wednesday and was able to plan her ride a little bit. She took note of what Shane Sweetnam had done, as he was leading the class before her round.

 

“I really just tried to think about the right pace from jump one to two so that he didn’t get too hung up at two, and then just carrying a fluid pace throughout the round,” Sternlicht explained. “I wasn’t necessarily focused on winning, but he went in and was so good at the start, so I just kind of kept going. We were wondering whether to do six or seven strides in the last line and he has such a big stride and tends to drift right, but the six really just kind of honed in on itself. That is really what I took from watching Shane’s ride.”

  Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB in their winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia and G&C Farm representative Manuel Machillanda


Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB in their winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia and G&C Farm representative
Manuel Machillanda

Speaking more about Quidam MB, Sternlicht stated, “He just turned nine, and we are finally starting to call on him, so I’m really excited. He is a really special horse. He is very careful and has a huge stride, so I tend to worry about less things on him and just kind of let him do his job.”

 

Sternlicht hopes to move up to some bigger classes with Quidam MB during this year’s FTI WEF circuit. She will also compete with some of her more seasoned horses, such as S&L Slingback. She will compete during the first few weeks of FTI WEF and then commute back and forth between school (she is a Sophomore at Brown University). Sternlicht began showing in Wellington at a young age and has seen the show grow a lot. She looks forward to a great season.

 

“I did a lot of ponies and then took a break in high school, but I have been coming here for probably about ten years and the facility keeps getting better,” the rider acknowledged. “It is really remarkable, and my horses are all really happy, so we are very happy to be here.”

 

Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Lamaze rode to a one-two finish in Wednesday’s $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class out of 64 competitors. Twenty-three entries advanced to the jump-off and there were 17 double clear rounds. Lamaze won the class aboard Artisan Farms LLC’s Zigali P S in a time of 33.628 seconds. He earned second place honors with Artisan Farms LLC’s Quelmec du Gery in 34.065 seconds. Laura Kraut and Stone Hill Farm’s Wish placed third in 34.268 seconds.

 

The $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed was the final class of the day with a win for Sweden’s Alexander Zetterman aboard Canora. The class featured 37 horse and rider combinations with seven clear rounds. Zetterman and Canora finished in 60.181 seconds, well ahead of second place finishers Larua Chapot and Bradberry in 65.012 seconds. Hayley Barnhill and Cara Cheska’s Zephire placed third in 73.34 seconds.

 

FTI WEF week one, sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club, will continue on Thursday with the $25,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 1. The first hunter champions of the circuit will also be named. For full results, please www.showgroundslive.com.

Final Results: $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m

1. QUIDAM MB ADRIENNE STERNLICHT ADRIENNE STERNLICHT: 0/66.192

2. BALDEV SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM LLC: 0/67.670

3. RECONNAISSANCE LAUREN HOUGH LAURA & MEREDITH MATEO: 0/68.575

4. DOLORES MB JIMMY TORANO BEN MAHER: 0/69.997

5. CARNEYHAUGH MANX CHRISTINE MCCREA KATHERINE GALLAGHER: 0/72.116

6. VALINSKI S MICHAEL DORMAN WYNDMONT: 0/73.972

7. G&C FLASH LUIS LARRAZABAL GUSTAVO MIRABAL: 0/74.064

8. EREGAST VAN’T KIEZELHOF SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM LLC: 1/79.937

9. OLYMPIC DE CHAMANT JOHNATHON CORRIGAN SAGAMORE FARMS: 4/61.292

10. WINGS MCLAIN WARD MCLAIN WARD: 4/64.124

11. EXACTO LA SILLA DANIEL BLUMAN DANIEL BLUMAN: 4/68.557

12. HANDEL’S CLASSIC CHARLIE JAYNE CHARLIE JAYNE: 4/69.182

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

 

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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 more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

 

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