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Equestrian Aid Foundation Hosts Benefit to Raise Funds for Horsemen in Need

February 26, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

EAF President Stephanie Riggio Bulger, EAF Board Member Georgina Bloomberg and Sirota Public Relations CEO Ali Sirota. (Photo Credit: Julie Unger)

EAF President Stephanie Riggio Bulger, EAF Board Member Georgina Bloomberg and Sirota Public Relations CEO Ali Sirota. (Photo Credit: Julie Unger)


Wellington, Florida. February 22, 2015 – 
The equestrian community and Palm Beach residents gathered together on Sunday, February 22, 2015 for the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s “A Night of Legends.” An evening of cocktails, dinner and unique entertainment, the event was held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and raised money to support horsemen and equine-related professionals suffering from illness or catastrophic injury.

White Horse Catering provided a delicious buffet with Mediterranean cuisine, assorted cheeses and dips, crab cakes and more available for VIP members, and local food trucks showcased their best offerings for purchase.

Coti Collins and Ted Brightwell brought smiles and joy to guests when they took the stage as Judy Garland, Reba McEntire, and Barbara Streisand for the surprise musical performance. They opened with a magnificent spotlight on the songs of Judy Garland by Collins that included a duet with Brightwell as Barbara Streisand. Then Brightwell dazzled during a Funny Girl blend of “I’m the Greatest Star” and “My Man.”

During intermission, EAF President Stephanie Riggio Bulger bestowed the 2015 Luminary Award upon Mark Bellissimo for all his positive efforts to enhance and enlighten the equestrian community, becoming the sixth person honored since 2012.

A live auction allowed patrons to bid on an exclusive list of packages, which included an African safari, a trip to a movie premiere, an all-inclusive yacht excursion for six, and more. One lucky Diamond Drop raffle ticket purchaser went home with a diamond donated by Jose Aman at Diamante Atelier.

Following the break, Collins and Brightwell returned to the stage for the second set, delighting the audience with some modern Barbara Streisand melodies and culminating with a Reba McEntire mix by Collins that brought down the house.

“For this year’s annual benefit during the Winter Equestrian Festival, we decided to focus on fun and allow our guests to relax in a rewarding, concert atmosphere,” said EAF President Stephanie Riggio Bulger. “The organization is incredibly grateful to Mark for the remarkable opportunities that he creates within the horse world, making it efficient and welcoming. Shining a light on his success and how he helps with the Equestrian Aid Foundation was our way of thanking him.”

Kimberly Van Kampen Boyer hosted the event along with co-chairs Robert Ross, Stephanie Riggio Bulger, Monique Huntington Ketiz and Missy Luczak Smith.

Guests headed to The Grill after the conclusion of the event for a private after party with a percentage of profits benefiting the Equestrian Aid Foundation.

About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: The mission of the Equestrian Aid Foundation is to provide grand-based assistance to horsemen and equine-related professionals suffering from illness or catastrophic injuries. The EAF is dedicated to helping people of all ages and from all backgrounds and disciplines, offering funding for medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses. The goal is to empower recipients and provide necessary tools to overcome adversity. Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation.orgwww.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.

Der Dau Custom Riding Boots Announces Partnership with Georgina Bloomberg’s “The Rider’s Closet”

November 14, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Trade in Existing Boots For a Credit Towards a Custom Pair of Der Dau Dream Boots and Make Someone Else’s Dreams Come True!

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Georgina Bloomberg and Juvina
Photo: Stefano Grasso

New York, NY – November 13, 2014 – Two of New York’s iconic equestrian figures, Georgina Bloomberg and Joseph Der, Jr., have combined efforts to provide high quality riding boots to equestrians in need. Der Dau Custom Riding Boots has initiated a program to accept trade-ins of existing riding boots in exchange for a credit applied towards a future order of the company’s exclusive Dream Boots. Each used pair will then be refurbished as needed by Der Dau’s expert craftsman and donated to The Rider’s Closet.

Georgina Bloomberg explains, “I started the Rider’s Closet 8 years ago to be able to help riders afford the proper equipment and clothing for this sport. I have hopefully made a difference in many rider’s lives and made it easier for them to pursue their riding, whether they do it for pleasure or have the opportunity to compete. I have known Joseph Der for years now and always respected his work and his involvement in the horse show community. I am thrilled to be able to work with him and his company as well as humbled and overwhelmed by his generosity towards my program.”

 

Der Dau accepts all brands of boots that are in acceptable working condition. To determine the value of your trade-in, bring your boots in to one of Der Dau’s booths/showrooms, excluding third party dealers, at equestrian events across the U.S. and Europe.

 

Bloomberg, one of the nation’s finest young equestrian stars, just recently won the inaugural Central Park Grand Prix in her hometown of New York City and has since had top finishes in the LA Masters, Washington and the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky. She also competed successfully this summer at the Global Champions Tour (photo left at Paris GCT, by Stefano Grasso) and with the United States Equestrian Team.

 

About Der Dau Inc.
Established over 50 years ago in New York, Der Dau is passionately dedicated to its legacy of producing the finest riding boots. This pinnacle of quality is achieved by building each boot by expert craftsman and hand selecting only the finest quality materials. Culminating on their rich foundation of traditional artisanship, Der Dau has incorporated sophisticated innovation to create boots that consistently meet the functional and design needs of modern equestrians. Each Der Dau boot remains handmade in the United States and is custom built to the exact standards specified by each customer. The company’s overriding commitment for excellence has made its boots the choice for the most discriminating riders- from dedicated equestrian enthusiasts to Olympic medal winners. For more information, visit www.derdau.com or call 1.718.336.4513

 

About the Rider’s Closet
The Rider’s Closet is a program started by Georgina Bloomberg in August 2006. The program aims to make riding clothes more accessible to therapeutic riding programs, pony clubs, intercollegiate riding programs and individual riders who are in need. The Rider’s Closet accepts all lightly used riding gear then donates them to anyone who requests the items (U.S. only).

 

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Trump Invitational Highlights Include Top Equestrian Sport and Musical Performance By Four-Time Grammy Nominated Artist Hunter Hayes

January 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, Fla. (January 3, 2014) – The second annual Trump Invitational Grand Prix, presented by Rolex, will be held on Sunday, January 5, at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla. Bringing together the best in the equestrian sport of show jumping for a day of fantastic competition and charity fundraising, guests will also enjoy a performance by multi-platinum recording artist and four-time Grammy nominee, Hunter Hayes.

 

Georgina Bloomberg, Ivanka Trump and Paige Bellissimo are chairwomen of this year’s star-studded affair, which will include a poolside cocktail reception, silent auction and ringside seating to an exciting equestrian show jumping event. The one-of-a-kind social and sporting event will feature 36 of the world’s leading riders going head-to-head in a Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) world ranking competition. The lineup of the World’s top ranked riders includes Ben Maher, Beezie Madden and Kent Farrington, as well as up and comers Jessica Springsteen and Katie Dinan.

 

Four-time GRAMMY nominated artist Hunter Hayes is a multi-talented performer, musician, producer, and writer.  His critically acclaimed Atlantic Records self-titled album has already garnered three consecutive No. 1 singles, selling over eight million singles to date while the album itself was recently certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. His most recent hit, “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me” featuring Jason Mraz, is off his critically acclaimed album, Hunter Hayes (Encore). Hunter has played over 500 dates since 2011. He has headlined sold out venues across the US and Canada including his most recent sold out CMT On Tour: Hunter Hayes’ Let’s Be Crazy tour with 25 dates in 21 cities.

 

Net proceeds from the Trump Invitational benefit the 2014 FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (FTI GCC), which has raised and distributed more than $4.2 million to nearly 100 nonprofits in Palm Beach County over the last four years. The event also serves as the jump start to the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, the 12-week circuit at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington from January 8 to March 30.

 

The FTI GCC was founded in 2010 by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo of Equestrian Sport Productions and their daughter, Paige. This year, more than 400 local charities applied for a chance to be one of the 34 lucky participants to be in the running for the top prize of $150,000 to the $15,000 amount that every participating charity will win. This year’s event on Feb. 1 is expected to raise $1.75 million with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the participating charities. The first 24 charities were drawn in November and eight more will be randomly selected on Jan. 5 at the Trump Invitational.

 

Individual event tickets are available for $1,750. Table sponsorships are from $10,000 to $35,000. For more information, please contact Anne Caroline Valtin at (561)-784.1133 or annecaroline@equestriansport.com. There is no general admission for this event.

 

For more information on Equestrian Sport Productions or the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867.

 

For more information on Hunter Hayes, please visit HunterHayes.com.

Hunter Hayes Media Contact: Tree Paine at Warner Music Nashville

615.214.1500/ Tree.Paine@wmg.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 4,000 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 Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $4.5 trillion, including managed assets of $1.9 trillion, as of October 31, 2013. Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit www.fidelity.com.


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 $8 million in prize money will be awarded. For more information, visitwww.equestriansport.com

ASPCA Offers Animals For Adoption At Hampton Classic

August 27, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Rescued horses, dogs, cats and more made available for new owners.

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Bridgehampton, NY-Aug. 26, 2013-Two donkeys named Rose and Violet and a former racehorse named Nate were the most popular animals during ASPCA Adoption Day at the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. All three equines were adopted by the Project Sage Horse Rescue, which brought them to the Hampton Classic to be part of the day’s activities.

The Project Sage Horse Rescue, based in Northport, N.Y., was founded I 2010 by Brittany Rostron and her cousin Steven Katz.

Hayley Barnhill, who on Sunday won a Local Professional Hunter Rider championship ribbon, rode Nate around the Anne Aspinall Hunter Ring for about 10 minutes, at all three gaits, to demonstrate his demeanor and his training. Barnhill had never ridden Nate, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, before.

“He was great and easy to ride. I had a lot of fun on him,” Barnhill said.

The Project Sage team also brought a yearling hinni (a cross between a donkey and a miniature horse) and a gray draft horse-cross for adoption.

Grand prix rider Georgina Bloomberg, who is an ASPCA ambassador, implored the more than 100 people in attendance, “This is you’re chance to learn some of the issues facing animals and to make a difference. It’s your chance to be a voice for animals.”

Hayley Barnhill (left) and Georgina Bloomberg urged people to take an animal home during ASPCA Adoption Day at the Hampton Classic.

Hayley Barnhill (left) and Georgina Bloomberg urged people to take an animal home during ASPCA Adoption Day at the Hampton Classic. 

Bloomberg has rescued five dogs, two donkeys and a pig.

Jill Rappaport, NBC-TV’s animal advocate, hosted the ASPCA Adoption Day activities. Looking at the horses available for adoption, Rappaport said, “They have the same heart and soul as the horses competing here at the Hampton Classic. And I believe that they know when they’ve been saved-and they’ll thank you every day for it.”

The 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 1 and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions.  The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages.  A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.
The Classic features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days – the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier Presented by Longines on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday.  The world-class field of riders will also be looking to win the new Longines Rider Challenge that awards $30,000 to the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division.
The FTI Grand Prix is part of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show.  McLain Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Rothchild in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Rothchild to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.
For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These telecasts can also be seen online at www.WVVH.com.

Free live webcasts of all  Grand Prix Ring competition will be available, courtesy  of ShowNet, at www.HamptonClassic.com. Competition in other rings will be available on a pay-per-view basis at www.shownet.biz.

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177.  Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

Women Earn Fifth Consecutive Victory in $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes

January 13, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 12, 2013 – Over 3,500 fans packed the stands at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on the opening Saturday night to watch the women beat the men for the fifth year in a row in the $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in Wellington. It was the closest race yet in the three-phase competition between the male and female teams, but the ladies pulled out another victory in the end.

 
Week one of FTI WEF runs January 9-13, sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club. The week will conclude on Sunday with the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix in the International Arena at PBIEC. The 2013 FTI WEF runs through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.

 

 

Eric Hasbrouck is the course designer in the International Arena this week and set the tracks for Saturday’s classes. In the highlight $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes, the three-phase contest included speed rounds, match races, and six-bar competition.

 

 

The women’s team was captained by Georgina Bloomberg and also included riders Laura Kraut, Margie Engle, Marilyn Little, Maggie Bracco, Nicole Bellissimo, Debbie Stephens, Brianne Goutal, Candice King, and Schuyler Riley.

 
Charlie Jayne led the men’s team, which included riders Shane Sweetnam, Richie Moloney, Daniel Bluman, Luis Larrazabal, Ramiro Quintana, Steve Schaefer, Darragh Kenny, Alex Granato, and Nick Skelton.

 

Charlie Jayne and Aclette Z. Photo © Sportfot.

 

The first round of competition in tonight’s Nespresso Battle of the Sexes 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 women were the winners of that round with six points over the men’s four, bringing the total team points to a ten-ten tie.

 
The final six-bar competition would be the deciding factor of the evening. 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 1.80m (5’11”) through three rounds.

 
Following the first six-bar round, only three riders continued from each team after Maggie Bracco and Shane Sweetnam each had rails. In round two, Charlie Jayne, Laura Kraut, and Daniel Bluman all had rails. Nick Skelton was the only member of the men’s team to advance to the third round competing against Candice King and Georgina Bloomberg. The six jumps were taken down to four with the larger height, and with the men on 18 points and the women on 20, all three riders jumped clear. The final tally was 24 to 20 – a victory for the women.

 

 

Captain of the winning team, Georgina Bloomberg, was thrilled to be a part of the women’s fifth consecutive victory in the event. Bloomberg was last to jump in the final round aboard her horse Highrise and gave the women the solid four-point lead.

 

The winning women’s team. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Commenting on her last round, Bloomberg stated, “I have a lot of confidence in my horse, but I have never done him in this kind of class and I have actually never done him in a night situation, so my only worry was getting to the first jump. I didn’t know how he was going to react to the crowd and stuff, but I have all the confidence in the world in his scope and he is careful. I just had to be able to fit in each two stride and not mess it up for him.”

 
“I had faith in us,” Bloomberg said of her team. “We seem to do a little bit better under pressure. It made me a little nervous in the end because Nick is obviously so good at this. I knew we needed a little bit of luck on our side, but I never lost faith.”

 

Team Captain Georgina Bloomberg watches her team. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Speaking about her fellow teammates, Bloomberg smiled, “Everyone was amazing. We really form a team because we all work together every day. We know each other so well. It is nice to do a team competition and not be riding against each other and to really be rooting for each other. We always seem to come together well and be there for each other and I think that is what gives us the edge, that we are really just a great team.”

 
Bloomberg enjoyed the atmosphere of the Saturday night class and the enthusiastic crowd cheering everyone on.

 

The men’s and women’s teams in their presentation.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

“It is great to look up and see the stands full and hear the music playing,” she acknowledged. “It means a lot to us to have people come and watch us and support us, especially with this kind of event, so it was a great night.”

 

Men’s Team Captain Charlie Jayne echoed the sentiments. “All the way around the ring was packed, which was really exciting,” he said. “The crowd was really behind you. And it came down to the end, which was better than last year. This year we had some fast riders and I think that showed. We started off winning the first two with Shane and rRchie and that was nice momentum. We really stuck with it the whole time. Unfortunately the cups rolled out not in our favor for the six bar.”

 
In addition to the winning prize money, a few special awards were presented this evening. Darragh Kenny won a gift certificate from The Brazilian Court Hotel and Beach Club for the overall best time in both the speed and match race rounds aboard his mount Vanotrouska.

 

Darragh Kenny and Vanotrouska. Photo © Sportfot.

 

This was Kenny’s first time competing in the Battle of the Sexes and he was excited to win the special award for his speed in the two rounds. Kenny remarked, “It is really cool. I did a mare that belongs to a client of mine, Megan Bifano. She is a really super mare; she was fantastic tonight. She tried so hard and she is really, really fast and really competitive. This is a lovely, lovely prize. She is a junior jumper, so she is used to going fast, but nothing like this.”

 
“I have never done this,” Kenny added. “It was my first year, so to win the speed award was quite nice. It was a fun class and I would love to do it again for sure. Hopefully I will have a six-bar horse next year too.”

 

 

A $1,000 prize was also to be awarded to the rider that had the most clear rounds in the six-bar competition. When Skelton, Bloomberg, and King all cleared the final round and decided not to continue any further, the money was split between all three riders.

 

Nick Skelton and Calcourt Falkland. Photo © Sportfot.

McLain Ward and Zhum CW Top $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

 

 

The $25,000 Suncast® Championship Jumper Classic was held in the International Arena in the afternoon with a win for McLain Ward riding Ilan Ferder and Missy Clark’s Zhum CW. In a class of 18 entries, nine jumped the first round course without fault to jump off, and Ward and Zhum CW completed the fastest double clear round in 38.663 seconds.

 
Finishing in second, Peter Wylde and Lewin 5, owned by Societe Civile De L’ecurie Meutry, jumped clear in 39.118 seconds. Shane Sweetnam and Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina were third in 39.146 seconds.

 

McLain Ward and Zhum CW. Photo © Sportfot.

 

McLain Ward first rode Zhum CW in November and immediately won the $10,000 Holiday & Horses Welcome Stake one day later in the pair’s debut in the show ring. Ward has now shown the nine-year-old KWPN gelding by Querlybet Hero x Cambridge a few more times and is getting a better feel for the ride.

 
“I think I have ridden him three more times, so that’s good,” Ward smiled. “He was great the other day; I think he ended up second in the 1.40m and then we did the 1.45m and he was very good. He kind of went well all week and he was excellent today. Our turns were a little rough, we have to work on those a bit, but he is super careful and he has a big step. It was a good start to the circuit and a good finish to the week.”

 
In the jump-off, Ward was going for speed. “I like to try to win always and this is a good series, this Suncast series,” he stated. “I knew the turns were a little bit difficult in the jump-off and again that is not his greatest strength at this point in time, so I tried to make it up with a little bit of foot speed. We had a little bit of a funny angle on the Suncast fence, but the horse really gave a great effort and it worked out.”

 
Zhum CW lives at Ilan Ferder’s farm and works in their program. Ward described, “I go ride him once in a while, but Ilan and Kirsten (Coe) prepare him nicely and they do a great job, so it is a good team effort.”

 
Emphasizing Zhum CW’s careful jumping style, Ward further detailed, “He is a little bit his own way, but he is always in the hunt with you. He is in the fight with you and he delivers a lot of clear rounds, so we will just kind of keep moving up the ranks and hopefully it keeps going his way.”

 

McLain Ward and Zhum CW in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Suncast representative Lauren Tisbo. Photo © Sportfot.

 

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

1. ZHUM CW MCLAIN WARD ILAN FERDER & MISSY CLARK: 0/0/38.663

2. LEWIN 5 PETER WYLDE SOCIETE CIVILE DE L’ECURIE MEUTRY: 0/0/39.118

3. SOLERINA SHANE SWEETNAM SWEET OAK FARM: 0/0/39.146

4. CAPALL ZIDANE RONAN MCGUIGAN RONAN MCGUIGAN: 0/0/39.816

5. TEIRRA ALISE OKEN HI HOPES FARM LLC: 0/0/40.091

6. QUICK DU POTIER ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO: 0/0/41.453

7. NOUVELLE LAURA KRAUT EVITA GROUP: 0/4/41.001

8. S& L SLINGBACK ADRIENNE STERNLICHT ADRIENNE STERNLICHT: 0/8/45.174

9. CROSSFIRE 10 EMANUEL ANDRADE HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 0/8/46.412

10. VICTOR E CHRISTINE MCCREA CANDY TRIBBLE: 1/88.728

11. HH CABALLERO QUENTIN JUDGE DOUBLE H FARM: 3/90.954

12. ZINNIA ANDREW WELLES ANDREW WELLES: 4/85.999

 

Parkland and Lillie Keenan Victorious in Small Junior 16-17 Hunter Division

 

Parkland and Lillie Keenan received championship honors in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters during the first weekend of competition at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, owned by Jennifer Gates and trained by Gerardo Escalara, placed first and second over fences on day one of competition. Keenan rode Parkland to first and second over fences during day two, tying with Lyle and Taylor Sutton going into the under saddle. Parkland and Keenan placed second under saddle, earning them the division championship.

 

 

Lyle and Sutton placed fourth under saddle to pick up the reserve championship prize for the division. The pair was edged out by Parkland and Keenan after strong jumping performances earned them first and second place ribbons during day two. The pair was also first and second in day one’s over fences classes, jockeying for first place with Keenan and her mount.

 

 

Owner/Rider championship honors were also awarded at the end of the division. The award is designed to promote junior riders owning and riding their own horses. Genuine and Cloe Hymowitz took home the prize after solid jumping rounds and finishing third under saddle.

 

Lillie Keenan and Parkland.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Keenan described Parkland’s fluid jumping style as the gelding’s biggest advantage in the ring, “He’s really pretty across the ground, so in between fences is really smooth and he puts in some really nice jumps. Riding him and watching him, he’s very seamless and I think that’s what makes him appealing.”

 
The pair kicked off their show career this January at Wellington after starting the winter at home in New York. They’re yet another freshly matched team off to a great start at the FTI WEF. Parkland was Small Junior Hunter 16-17 champion at the A-T Children’s Benefit Horse Show on January 3-6 before securing the title again the opening week of the FTI WEF.

 
Parkland and Keenan have already developed a close bond, made clear by Keenan’s gutsy turns in the handy round. “It’s fun to do these classes on a horse that you know is going to do whatever you want him to do. When I did the handy round, there were some extra tight turns that I could do on him that some of the horses weren’t able to,” Keenan stated.

 

 

Keenan will go home to New York City at the end of the weekend, but will be back in Wellington for week two of the FTI WEF. “I wish I got to stay down here, but I have to go to school so we fly back and forth. It’s so nice to be in the good weather to be in a facility like this,” Keenan explained.

 

 

Parkland and Keenan will return to the hunter ring during week two, hoping to keep their championship momentum rolling in the Small Junior Hunters 16-17.
Week one of hunter competition for the FTI WEF wraps up tomorrow when the FarmVet Amateur-Owner 3’3″ 18-35 Hunter division names its champion in the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Ring 6. The $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix will be featured in the International Arena at 2 p.m. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

 

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

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

About FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

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

 

Georgina Bloomberg and South Street Secure Victory in Adequan 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Qualifier

January 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 11, 2013 – The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) continued with its first week of competition on Friday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a win for New York’s Georgina Bloomberg and South Street in the $1,500 Adequan 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Qualifier and a championship win for Lansing and Jeanine Cash in the Adult Amateur Hunter 36-50 division.

 

Week one of FTI WEF runs January 9-13, sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club. The week will feature a full schedule of exciting hunter/jumper competition, including the $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes exhibition class as the start of the “Saturday Night Lights” series and fun events like the Jump for HomeSafe fundraiser. Highlights of week one include the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50M Championship Jumper Classic on Saturday afternoon and the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix on Sunday in the International Arena at PBIEC. The 2013 FTI WEF runs through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.

 

Eric Hasbrouck is the course designer in the International Arena this week and set the tracks for Friday’s jumper classes. In the $1,500 Adequan 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Qualifier, Georgina Bloomberg and South Street, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, LLC, earned victory in a class of 35 competitors. Out of those 35, ten entries went clear to jump-off, and Bloomberg and South Street had the fastest of eight double clear rounds in a time of 31.818 seconds.
Laura Chapot finished second aboard Mary Chapot’s Castellana with a jump-off time of 32.829 seconds. Marilyn Little and Raylyn Farms, Inc.’s Nightfire 25 were third in 33.224 seconds.

Georgina Bloomberg and South Street. Photo © Sportfot.

 

“She is actually our first homebred,” the rider stated after today’s win. “I rode her mother, Mila, in the grand prixs. She was actually my first grand prix horse and I did my first Nation’s Cup with her and everything. She had an injury a few years ago, so we decided to give her a little time off and let her have a baby and that baby was South Street.”
Nona Garson’s champion stallion, Languster, is South Street’s sire.
“It has been really fun to see not only my first baby grow up, but to also have her be so fun and good to ride,” Bloomberg smiled. “She is so careful and she is really brave. She reminds me a lot of her mother, so it is fun to bring things that I used to remember with Mila into South Street.”
“We actually named her Shrimp even before she was born and she came out like a nice sized pony,” Bloomberg laughed.
Commenting on her round in today’s jump-off, Bloomberg detailed, “I didn’t try to go too crazy. It is early in the circuit, so I didn’t want to run her off her feet, but she is really good at turning, so I wanted to make sure that I took advantage of that. I didn’t have to gallop across the ground, but was able to turn back and cut off time there.”
If South Street continues to do well, Bloomberg hopes to develop her further throughout the circuit. She noted, “This is obviously our first year doing the seven-year-olds and I have done a lot of speed classes with her, but really I think that she has more scope than it looks like, so we will probably do this for the first half of the circuit and then you never know, maybe step up a little bit.”
Bloomberg’s other plans for the season include bringing along her current string of horses. “I have lots of really nice young horses,” she stated. “I don’t really have a Saturday night horse for any of the big grand prixs, but I have a really nice chain of young horses. I took a year off and have kind of newer, younger ones now that I just need to work with and rebuild the chain, which I like doing. I like working with the young ones and aiming towards that, so it is a very busy circuit in some ways and a slow circuit for me for the big classes. It will take me a year or two to get back there, but I would rather do it this way and really gain a full relationship with these horses.”
Bloomberg is also looking forward to Saturday Night’s $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes, for which she will be the captain of the ladies’ team. The women have won the contest four years in a row and are hoping to keep that streak alive.
“I am really looking forward to Battle of the Sexes; that is my favorite class,” Bloomberg remarked. “It is a really fun class; I think it is really easy for the crowd to follow. Anybody can sit there and figure out what’s going on and who’s winning, so I think it is fun to have something different like that.”
“The men are going to try to win, but they never do,” she grinned.
Other highlight classes in the International Arena on Friday included the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off and speed classes. The jump-off class was won by Laura Kraut and Wish, owned by Stone Hill Farm. The speed class saw a win for Darragh Kenny aboard Cavallo Farms, LLC’s Gucci.

Final Results: $1500 Adequan 7 Year Old YJC II.2.b

1. SOUTH STREET     GEORGINA BLOOMBERG       GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES, LLC: 0/0/31.818

2. CASTELLANA     LAURA CHAPOTMARY CHAPOT: 0/0/32.849

3. NIGHTFIRE 25   MARILYN LITTLERAYLYN FARMS, INC: 0/0/33.224

4. ROLE MODEL     TAYLOR FLURY  ALIBOO FARM: 0/0/34.276

5. G&C ATLANTA       RODRIGO PESSOA     GUSTAVO MIRABAL: 0/0/34.812

6. BIALDA      RAMIRO QUINTANA   ST. BRIDES FARM: 0/0/34.892

7. GRETEL         HEATHER CARISTO WILLAMS      MR. & MRS. RALPH CARISTO: 0/0/35.476

8. BIBI SIJGJE     CATHERINE PASMORE     PASMORE STABLES, LLC: 0/0/36.725

9. FARINA         ROBERTO TERAN  ARK PARTNERS, LLC: 0/4/35.627

10. CALISTA         LAURENZ BUHL   GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES, LLC: 0/4/38.857

11. MARQUIS         PAUL HALPERN  KATHLEEN KAMINE: 1/80.528

12. DOBRA DE PORCEYO    SCHUYLER RILEY  WOLFSTONE STABLES & SALES, INC: 1/80.646
Lansing and Jeanine Cash Sweep Adult Amateur 36-50 Division

 

Lansing and Jeanine Cash had a clean sweep of the Adult Amateur 36-50 division during week one of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The ten-year-old Holsteiner gelding, owned by Richard Schechter and trained by Gary Duffy, was unbeatable both days of competition, taking home the blue for every over fences class as well as the under saddle.

 

 

Joe Maskrey’s Winter Rose, ridden by Lynn Seithel, earned reserve honors after delivering solid over fences trips during the first and second days of the division. Winter Rose and Seithel placed second and third over fences and sixth under saddle on day one of competition. Then, the pair jumped to reserve champion with fifth and third ribbons.

 

Jeanine Cash and Lansing.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Lansing is no stranger to winning at the FTI WEF. He earned the circuit champion title in the Adult Amateurs at the FTI WEF 2012, but today’s victory was special for long-time owner Schechter.

 

 

“He’s never done this before. Neither one of us [Schechter or trainer Duffy], in either one of our long time showing or owning horses here, have swept a division. Not at WEF,” Schechter excitedly stated.

 

 

Cash attributed Lansing’s performance to his remarkable disposition. “It’s a combination of his natural ability and willingness to do exactly what we ask of him. He’s just a dream, he really is,” Cash described.

 

 

Cash further praised the gelding’s effortless jumping style. She continued, “He’s one of the smoothest horses I’ve ever sat on, very comfortable and just very easy. The jumps just come right up.”

 

 

The fact that Cash, of Winthrop, Mass., has never ridden Lansing before this week only reinforces her praise for the gelding. “Yesterday was just getting to know each other a little,” Cash explained, “but he really just does what I ask him and everything just came together.”

 

 

Schechter, who purchased Lansing as a three-year-old, is also CEO of The Bainbridge Companies, which is the title sponsor for week nine of the FTI WEF. The Bainbridge Companies is a leading owner, developer, and manager of luxury multifamily apartment communities in the United States with its headquarters here in Wellington.

 

 

The first week of competition at the FTI WEF continues tomorrow with the Small Junior Hunters 16-17 in the E.R Mische Hunter Arena. The last two over fences classes of the division include a stake round plus the under saddle before announcing championship and reserve titles.

 

 

In the International Arena, the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50M Championship Jumper Classic will be held in the afternoon, and the $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes exhibition class will kick off the start of the “Saturday Night Lights” series in the evening. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

 

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

 

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

 

About FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

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

 

Equestrian Sport Productions’ Holiday Festival II Show Wrap-Up: December 20-22, 2012

December 24, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – December 23, 2012 – Equestrian Sport Productions held its Holiday Festival II competition this weekend on December 20-22, 2012, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington FL. The competition featured a $25,000 Grand Prix, $10,000 Welcome Stake, and a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.

Jorge Verswyvel and Victoria Win $25,000 ESP Holiday II Grand Prix

In the highlight event of the week on Saturday, 33 entries showed in the $25,000 ESP Holiday II Grand Prix jumping a course set by Catsy Cruz of Mexico. Mexico’s Jorge Verswyvel was the only rider to clear the course without fault riding Loisse Garcia’s Victoria to win with a time of 75.344 seconds. Molly Ashe and Olivia Jack’s Executive Privilege 3E were clear over the jumps but incurred one time fault in 79.479 seconds to finish second. Maggie Jayne had the fastest four-fault round aboard Alex Jayne’s Thomas Edison to place third in 69.857 seconds.

Jorge Verswyvel and Victoria
Photo by Jack Mancini

Other top finishers included Capall Zidane and Ronan McGuigan in fourth, Kesley Thatcher and Pony Lane Farm’s Dulf Van Den Bisschop in fifth, Gemma Paternoster and Sabine Ohly’s Indochine in sixth, Gemma Paternoster and Zonneglans in seventh, and Ramiro Quintana and St. Bride’s Farm’s Whitney in eighth.

In the $10,000 Welcome Stake on Thursday, Georgina Bloomberg jumped to victory aboard Radio City, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, LLC. Seven out of 29 entries advanced to the jump-off and Bloomberg and Radio City completed the fastest of four double clear rounds in 32.986 seconds for the win.

Ramiro Quintana earned both the second and third place prizes. Quintana jumped Alice, owned by Maverick Ventures LLC, to second place with a time of 34.596 seconds. He piloted Whitney to third in 36.347 seconds. Fourth place went to Heather Caristo Williams riding Evening Star, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo, in 37.518 seconds.

Georgina Bloomberg and Radio City

On Friday, Cynthia Screnci jumped to victory in the $1,500 Tackeria Child/Adult Jumper Classic riding Kasimir. Andrea Dowd finished second riding Lillian Dowd’s Mademoiselle Zoe. Third place honors went to John Tredennick riding Wood Run Farms’ Trueman’s Affair.

Saturday’s $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic saw a win for La Fleur 43 and Leo Paoli. Carl Loui TSP and Alison Slott finished second with Ultimo Van Ter Moude and Tori Corts in third.

The High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic was won by Nerval De La Batia and Margaret Bopp. L.B. Stanislaus and Filip Amram placed second with Hollow Creek Farm’s La Fe Forli and Emanuel Andrade in third.

In the $1,500 Low Child Jumper Classic, Joanne Janson’s Sunshine and Francesca Dildabanian earned victory. Kelly Davato’s Joyride and Rylie Alewine finished second. CMJ Sporthorse LLC’s Elphaba and Charles Jacobs were third.

The $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic was won by Waldina and Maria Alejandra Andrade. Fabio Mazzarella rode Laurie Berry’s Don Argentino to second place. Andrea Jackson and Sandhya finished third.

The weekend’s jumper classes concluded with the $2,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic with a win for Amanda Harris and Brijant. Andrea Dowd and Mademoiselle Zoe finished second and Elizabeth Craven and Silverado were third.

Final Results: $25,000 ESP Holiday II Grand Prix

1. VICTORIA        JORGE VERSWYVEL   LOISSE GARCIA: 0/75.344

2. EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE 3E    MOLLY ASHE        OLIVIA JACK: 1/79.479
3. THOMAS EDISON   MAGGIE JAYNE      ALEX JAYNE: 4/69.857
4. CAPALL ZIDANE   RONAN MC GUIGAN   RONAN MC GUIGAN: 4/72.683

5. DULF VAN DEN BISSCHOP    KELSEY THATCHER   PONY LANE FARM: 4/75.403

6. INDOCHINE       GEMMA PATERNOSTER    SABINE OHLY: 4/75.839

7. ZONNEGLANS      GEMMA PATERNOSTER    GEMMA PATERNOSTER: 4/76.446

8. WHITNEY         RAMIRO QUINTANA   ST. BRIDE’S FARM: 4/76.500
9. EVENING STAR    HEATHER CARISTO WILLIAMS    MR. & MRS. RALPH CARISTO: 4/76.547

10. OSIRIS          GEMMA PATERNOSTER    GEMMA PATERNOSTER & JULIA HARRISON LEE: 4/77.039

11. CROSSFIRE 10    EMANUEL ANDRADE   HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 4/77.671
12. WINCHESTER      THEO GENN    BRIDLEBOURNE STABLES LLC: 4/77.861

Final Results: $10,000 Welcome Stake

1. RADIO CITY    GEORGINA BLOOMBERG    GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES, LLC: 0/0/32.986

2. ALICE    RAMIRO QUINTANA    MAVERICK VENTURES LLC: 0/0/34.596

3. WHITNEY    RAMIRO QUINTANA    ST. BRIDE’S FARM: 0/0/36.347

4. EVENING STAR    HEATHER CARISTO WILLIAMS    MR. & MRS. RALPH CARISTO: 0/0/37.518

5. WALTER 61    EMANUEL ANDRADE    HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 0/4/35.473

6. VICTORIA    JORGE VERSWYVEL    LOISSE GARCIA: 0/4/36.122

7. FLY AWAY    HAYLIE JAYNE    ALEX JAYNE: 0/8/34.128

8. CAPALL ZIDANE    RONAN MC GUIGAN    RONAN MC GUIGAN: 4/60.659

9. PALIM PALIM    WILHELM GENN    NANCY GOODING: 4/63.211
10. NERVAL DE LA BATIA    MARGARET BOPP    MARGARET BOPP LLC: 4/65.443

Hunter and Equitation Highlights

In the hunter divisions, Laurie Stevens and Iceman earned the championship in the Adult Amateur Hunters over Jenna Weiner and Ferragamo’s Feature.      In the Green Conformation Hunters, Erynn Ballard and Syndey Taylor’s Aoki were champion with Tina Allen’s Galaxy and Brooke Baldwin-De Grazia in reserve. In the Working Hunters, Jennifer Bliss rode Poker Face to the championship win with Erynn Ballard and Aoki in reserve.

The Performance Hunter 3’3″ & 3’6″ championship went to Lainie Wimberly and Postage Stamp Farm LLC’s Supernova with Angela Covert and Eastwood Equine Inc.’s Valentin in reserve.

The Arenus Low Working Hunter champion was Heiress owned and ridden by Andrea Holland. Ashley Shobert’s Striptease and Josee Stedding finished in reserve.

Sophie Michaels dominated the Large Junior Hunter championship for the week, earning the championship aboard Further Lane Farm’s Stellar and finishing in reserve aboard Further Lane Farm’s Mahalo.

In the pony divisions, Francesca Dildabanian rode Laugh Out Loud to the Medium Pony Hunter Championship with Emma Kurtz and Erika Luter’s Butterfly Kisses in reserve. The Large Pony Hunter champions were Ali Tritschler and Linda Evans’ Dreamland. Emma Kurtz and Scott Stewart’s All My Love earned the reserve championship.

In the equitation classes, Sydney Shulman and Back Country Farm’s Eli won the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal, presented by Randolph College, as well as the ASPCA Maclay class.

For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

Photo Credit: Photos © ManciniPhotos, www.manciniphotos.com. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.

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Princeton Show Jumping – Week 3 Wrap Up

October 09, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Georgina Bloomberg and Radio City win the $10,000 Welcome Stake over 38 Entries

October 05, 2012 By: janwest Category: General