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Nayel Nassar Makes It Two With Double Dutch

April 11, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

Nayel Nassar and Nakich Double Dutch (Photo by McCool Photography)

Nayel Nassar and Nakich Double Dutch (Photo by McCool Photography)

April 9, 2015 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The $25,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix kicked off the first of multiple showcase events during the third and final week of the Blenheim EquiSports Spring Classic series. With 66 entries in the class, veteran course designer Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) had the complex task of designing a track that would adequately challenge the huge field while being appropriate for the varying levels of competitor experience.

With sixteen efforts consisting of a difficult triple combination, multiple rollbacks, and an accurate track connecting nearly every fence, the course kept competitors on their toes. However, the tight time allowed of 81 seconds was the standout challenge, causing faults for the vast majority of the class and keeping several entries with an otherwise clear round out of the jump-off.

Palacios, who has designed courses in nearly forty countries and world-class events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, and the Central American Games, demonstrated his designing dexterity once more. He hit the target on his ideal of 11 entries clean as a handful of top riders and up-and-coming stars prepared to prove themselves in the jump-off.

Seven elements in a time allowed of 48 seconds made up the twisting course, with three new fences on course, a double combination, and multiple rollbacks that ended in a daring gallop over the final oxer.

Enrique Gonzalez and his own Quilebo du Tillard were first to return. Gonzalez, who represented Mexico at the 2008 Olympics and competed at the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games, set a sizzling time to beat, going clear in 35.45 seconds.

Second to return, Nayel Nassar on Nakich Double Dutch (Madeleine Wilson, owner) executed the skills that earned him the top prize in the 2013 HITS Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix. The 23-year-old Stanford graduate, who represented Egypt in the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games as well as the FEI World Cup™ Finals, calculated a slick track.  Riding clean in 35.25 seconds, he narrowly beat Gonzalez.

Several rounds later, Brazilian Eduardo Menezes and Ilan Ferder’s Clear Me turned in the third double-clear in 35.36 seconds to sneak into second place. Partners in business, Gonzalez and Menezes are clearly fierce competitors in the ring.  While developing a solid string of horses, Menezes has set his sights towards competing in his home country at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Eduardo Menezes and Clear Me (Photo by McCool Photography)

Eduardo Menezes and Clear Me (Photo by McCool Photography)

Tanya Levorchick and Zanzibar (Megan Camaisa, owner) were also double clear in a solid 37.55 seconds. Levorchick, a trainer at Logan Hill in San Diego, campaigned Zanzibar successfully throughout the 2014 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix series and placed 8th in the Final during the Las Vegas National Horse Show.

Irish rider Jennifer Crooks and Olivia Cox-Fill’s S.F. Uryadi were second-to-last to come back and laid down the final double-clear round in 39.19.  This pair has a strong history representing Ireland at top-level events such as the 2012 BMO Financial Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows.

Last to return, Allyssa Hecht and Calvatos Z (Neaulani Farms, owner) had the fastest time in the jump-off, zipping through the timers in 35.07 seconds, but an unfortunate rail kept them out of the top spot. Hecht recently earned a second place finish on Calero in last week’s $40,000 Spring Classic II Grand Prix, presented by Orange County Register.

Setting the time to beat early on, Nassar and Nakich Double Dutch clinched the win.
“She’s a 13-year-old Dutch-bred mare whose owner lives in Boston. She was here and competed on the mare last week, so I actually haven’t shown this mare in a couple of months.  This is our first class together, so I’m really happy with her,” Nassar explained. “She’s very careful and really fast.  The key is to get her to take a breath when she can and we managed to do that today.”

With two Markel Insurance Grand Prix wins already under his belt, Nassar is thinking seriously about November’s Final at the Las Vegas National. “We are usually on the West Coast then; if plans stay that way I’ll definitely be targeting the class in Vegas.”

Nassar has spent the last three weeks competing at the Blenheim EquiSports Spring Series with plans to go for the win in Saturday’s $50,000 Spring Classic III Grand Prix on Andrew Ramsay’s Bologna. “It’s been great to be here for three weeks. This is a beautiful facility, with good prizes and footing that has been holding up very well.”

Nayel Nassar and Madeleine Wilson's Nakich Double Dutch, with Brandon Seger of Markel Insurance and Melissa Brandes and Robert Ridland of Blenheim EquiSports. (Photo by McCool Photography)

Nayel Nassar and Madeleine Wilson’s Nakich Double Dutch, with Brandon Seger of Markel Insurance and Melissa Brandes and Robert Ridland of Blenheim EquiSports.
(Photo by McCool Photography)

The host of showcase events continue tomorrow in the Grand Prix field, as the hunters take the stage in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, honoring Arthur Hawkins. On Saturday the show jumping excitement returns in the $50,000 Spring Classic III Grand Prix, presented by EquiFit, inc. at 3:30pm.

RESULTS
$25,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix

 Place – Number – Horse – Rider – Owner – Faults/Time

1. 454 – Nakich Double Dutch – Nayel Nassar – Madeleine Wilson – 0/0/35.253
2. 870 – Clear Me – Eduardo Menezes – Ilan Ferder – 0/0/35.365
3. 874 – Quilebo du Tillard – Enrique Gonzalez – Enrique Gonzalez – 0/0/35.451
4. 442 – Zanzibar – Tanya Levorchick – Megan Camaisa – 0/0/37.553
5. 112 – S.F. Uryadi – Jennifer Crooks – Olivia Cox-Fill – 0/0/39.194
6. 432 – Calvatos Z – Allyssa Hecht- Neaulani Farms – 0/4/35.071
7. 791 – Cantori – Andrew Kocher – Aleece Jarman – 0/4/35.210
8. 561 – Baldira – Ray Texel – Mirador Equestrian + Paul Schockemöhle – 0/8/35.191
9. 212 – Santa Catarina LS La Silla – Bretton Chad – Stone Ridge Farms, LLC – 0/8/36.025
10. 232 – San Diego – Danielle Korsh – Danielle Korsh – 0/8/38.840
11. 582 – Paloma – Keri Potter – Melanie Brooks – 0/EL
12. 459 – Unlimited – Josephina Nor Lantzman – Josephina Nor Stables, LLC – 1/81.129

Blenheim EquiSports, an equestrian event management company based in San Juan Capistrano, CA, produces events in three locations: San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar and Las Vegas, NV. The events include USEF “A” and “AA” rated hunter-jumper shows featuring a Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League qualifying grand prix, USHJA International Hunter Derbies, Pony Finals, Medal Finals and more.

Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric Win $150,000 Ocala Grand Prix in Nail Biting Jump Off

February 16, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

Winners of the $150,000 Ocala Grand Prix, Laura Kraut and Cedric, with owner Margaret Duprey. (Photo Credit: Rebecca Walton)

Winners of the $150,000 Ocala Grand Prix, Laura Kraut and Cedric, with owner Margaret Duprey. (Photo Credit: Rebecca Walton)

Ocala, FL – February 16, 2015 – On Sunday, Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric proved why they are veterans at the top of the sport. The Olympic duo raced to the top of Sunday’s $150,000 Ocala Grand Prix, besting Kevin Babington and Andre Thieme to lead the victory gallop, and prove why they are two of the best in the world.

Kraut tackled the short track with an unparalleled dexterity, piloting the speedy Cedric through the course and to the win by leaving out a stride in the first line. They were able to just nick Babington’s time, crossing through the timers in 36.04 seconds, just 4/10ths of a second faster to take the lead, and ultimately the win.

“Seven strides from 1 to 2 was so forward – I felt like I was flat out,” admitted Kraut after her victory. “I cringed when he left the ground because I thought for sure he was going to hook it behind. I only beat him [Babington] by a few tenths of a second, and that’s a blink.”

Laura Kraut and Cedric (Photo Credit: Rebecca Walton)

Laura Kraut and Cedric (Photo Credit: Rebecca Walton)

Kraut continued, “Cedric is a veteran. My partner Nick [Skelton] said, ‘That horse sure knows how to get out of jail.’ He’s always a trier. Unfortunately, I have had a whole career of this kind of thing with him. He’s either on top of the world or I’m laying in the middle of the ring, so I’m used to it. When you go through the gate, your mind is just on getting the job done.”

Cedric certainly got the job done and wrapped up the final day of the Nations Cup Week at HITS Ocala in perfect fashion. This is Cedric’s third grand prix win in three months, and Kraut is going to continue aiming him at the events he knows he can win.

Laura Kraut and Cedric celebrate their winning ride during the HITS Ocala Grand Prix. (Photo Credit: Rebecca Walton)

Laura Kraut and Cedric celebrate their winning ride during the HITS Ocala Grand Prix. (Photo Credit: Rebecca Walton)

Kraut also successfully showed Constable, owned by Cherry Knoll Farm, to the seventh place finish during the $34,000 HITS Jumper Classic on Saturday morning. The young gelding has continued to develop into a consistent partner for Kraut as she moves him up through the pipeline to international competitions.

Owner Margaret Duprey was ringside for the entire Nations Cup week, rooting on Constable and Cedric. “It was very exciting to see Constable in his first FEI show, moving up to the 1.50m classes and doing so well. He got a ribbon in both classes.”

Duprey concluded, “Even though the Nations Cup day was not Cedric’s best, he certainly knows how to make a comeback in style. I was very excited about both of my horses doing so well. I also want to give a big thanks to Laura for her commitment as a trainer and rider.”

For more information on Cherry Knoll Farm, please visit www.cherryknollfarm.com.

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

July 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Spooner Makes It Three in a Row

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

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

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

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

Darragh Kenny of IRL riding Alpha VDL

Darragh Kenny of IRL riding Alpha VDL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spooner Scores a Hat Trick

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

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

Richard Spooner of USA riding Tuxedo

Richard Spooner of USA riding Tuxedo

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Spooner and Tuxedo in their winning presentation with Adam Twa

Richard Spooner and Tuxedo in their winning presentation with Adam Twa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Richard Spooner and Uraguay Victorious in $33,500 Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m at Spruce Meadows

July 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Eric Lamaze Takes One-Two Finish in $33,500 Westjet Cup 1.45m

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

Calgary, AB, Canada – June 27, 2014 – It has been two days and two major victories for Richard Spooner (USA) at the Spruce Meadows ‘Canada One’ Tournament in Calgary, AB, Canada. Following a win with Cristallo on Thursday, Spooner jumped to top honors with brand new mount Uraguay in Friday’s $33,500 Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m. Eric Lamaze (CAN) also got a win on Friday with new horse Fine Lady 5 as well as taking second place honors aboard Check Picobello Z in the $33,500 Westjet Cup 1.45m. The ‘Canada One’ Tournament runs through Sunday, June 29, concluding with the $125,000 Imperial Challenge 1.55m.

Richard Spooner and Uraguay

Richard Spooner and Uraguay

Cristina Larangeiro of Portugal set the course for 28 entries in the Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m with six starters advancing to the jump-off and five double clear rounds. Richard Spooner and Legacy Stables LLC’s Uraguay blazed through the short course in 33.45 seconds for the win.

Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Postage Stamp Farm LLC’s Prof de la Roque finished second in 34.05 seconds. Egypt’s Nayel Nassar and Lordan placed third in 35.75 seconds, and USA’s Quentin Judge and Double H Farm’s HH Donnatella finished fourth in 36.31 seconds. Paige Johnson (USA) and Salamander Farm’s Cambito completed the fifth double clear round in 39.67 seconds.

Uraguay, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Nairobi x Colino), is a brand new ride for Spooner, but the duo proved a promising partnership with a bold jump-off round and a huge effort to the final jump on course this evening.

“It was pretty exciting actually because Sandy and Bob Mockoviak were here, and it was the first time that they had ever seen me ride one of their horses and they just flew in,” Spooner noted. “That was pretty exciting to go clear, and then to really risk everything in the jump-off and risk again going to the last jump because that was crazy long, and he did it. I don’t know how he jumped from that far away. The wall and that corner were coming up pretty quick, but I was so happy with him.”

Richard Spooner in his winning presentation with Mariel Hamou, General Manager, Duncan Ross Associates

Richard Spooner in his winning presentation with Mariel Hamou, General Manager, Duncan Ross Associates

Spooner first rode Uraguay in Florida just before the start of the Spruce Meadows Summer Series in June and has only shown the horse two weeks before this competition.

“I don’t know much about him,” he admitted. “He is super careful; he is fantastically careful. He is very fast, and he is a real trier. He is also just beautiful to ride. He is lovely, and he has a fantastic mouth. Todd Minikus rode him before me and Mario Deslauriers before that and Albert Zoer before that, so I am lucky getting to follow up some pretty top riders. I am happy that I can do him justice.”

After a fantastic evening, Spooner has chosen to compete Uraguay in this week’s feature class on Sunday, and looks forward to seeing what they can do at the next level.

Lamaze Finishes Top Two in $33,500 Westjet Cup 1.45m

Larangeiro set the track for Friday’s Westjet Cup with a very tight time allowed that caught many of its 93 competitors in the Meadows on the Green. In the end, nine entries finished with one time fault and three more had two faults on the clock. Only seven advanced to the jump-off, where Canada’s Eric Lamaze finished first and second with the only double clear rounds. Lamaze completed the fastest round in 31.84 seconds to earn victory aboard Artisan Farms LLC’s Fine Lady 5. He took second place honors with Artisan Farms’ Check Picobello Z in 35.91 seconds. Ireland’s Richie Moloney guided Equinimity LLC’s Freestyle de Muze to a third place finish with two time faults over the short course in 37.04 seconds.

Fine Lady 5, an 11-year-old Hanoverian mare (Forsyth x Hauptstutbuch), is a brand new mount for Lamaze. “We just got her a little bit before coming to Spruce Meadows,” the rider explained. “My first show with her was Rome. The horse has been winning her entire career, so I knew she was a winner, but you still have to get along with the horse and I was really impressed. I was happy.”

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5

“I really click with that horse. The moment I tried it, I knew that she was my type of horse,” Lamaze stated. “I had a gap to be filled in the 1.50m speed competition in Europe and things like that, so that’s how she came around, and then so quickly we made a good team.”

Lamaze plans to show Fine Lady 5 again in Sunday’s 1.50m competition as well as next week and will go from there. He had high praise for the mare and looks forward to continuing their partnership.

“She is modern,” he described. “She is light, careful, she has blood. Everything you want in a modern show jumper, she has. She is very simple. To go fast, she is a little complicated. She is so fast. She is actually one of the fastest horses I have ever sat on, so you have to just not think so fast.”

A technical course with a tight time allowed kept a lot of the riders out of the jump-off, and Lamaze knew it was not going to be easy when he walked the course, but he expertly qualified both of his mounts for the jump-off.

Heading into the short course early with Fine Lady 5, Lamaze completed what would turn out to be the winning round. He then guided Check Picobello Z into second at the end.

“I went second in the jump-off with her and there were fast riders behind me, so I just played my game with her,” he stated. “Then my next horse was easier because I was the only double clear, so I just wanted to make sure I didn’t have a time fault, which I was close.”

“[Check Picobello Z] is an 8-year-old, and I think a lot of him,” Lamaze declared. “I think it is a horse for the future, so I have been taking my time. I think the world of this horse. I think you will see a lot of him in the future.”

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 in their winning presentation with Mike McNaney, Vice President, Regulatory & Fuel, WestJet; and his daughter Maria

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 in their winning presentation with Mike McNaney, Vice President, Regulatory & Fuel, WestJet; and his daughter Maria

Competition at the Spruce Meadows ‘Canada One’ Tournament will continue on Saturday featuring the $33,500 McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.55m in the Meadows on the Green. The $8,000 Francis Family Cup 1.45m will be held in the Chinook Ring in the morning. For more information and full results, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

Final Results: $33,500 Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m

1 URAGUAY: Dutch Warmblood / G / 13 Nairobi x Colino
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Legacy Stables LLC: 0/0/33.45

2 PROF DE LA ROQUE: Selle Francais / G / 11 Kannan x Damiro
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Postage Stamp Farm LLC: 0/0/34.05

3 LORDAN: Warmblood / G / 10 Lordanos x Landor S
NAYEL NASSAR (EGY), Nayel Nassar: 0/0/35.75

4 HH DONNATELLA: Belgian Warmblood / M / 11 Toulon x Mr. Blue
QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm: 0/0/36.31

5 CAMBITO: Holstein / G / 10 Caretino x Contender
PAIGE JOHNSON (USA), Salamander Farm: 0/0/39.67

6 SUMAS ZORRO: Irish Sport Horse / M / 10 Ard Vdl Douglas x Unknown
SAMEH EL DAHAN (EGY), Joanne Sloan-Allen & Sameh El Dahan: 0/4/35.33

7 HEROS DE PAPIGNIES Z: Zangersheide / S / 10 Heartbreaker x Ahorn Z
KIRSTEN COE (USA), Paillot Equine Consulting: 1/75.35

8 CALVIN KLEIN: Swedish Warmblood / G / 10 Cardento x Feliciano
JONATHON MILLAR (CAN), Millar Brooke Farm: 1/75.42

9 ARISTOTELES V: Dutch Warmblood / S / 9 Padinus x Lux
JONATHAN MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 1/75.62

10 ZARA LEANDRA: Dutch Warmblood / M / 10 Metropole x Ahorn
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), ZL Group Inc: 4/70.01

11 PICCOBELLO DU VAL DE GEER: Belgian Warmblood / M / 15 Kannan x Skippy II
JORDAN MACPHERSON (CAN), JEM Stables: 4/71.01

12 TRIPPLE X III: AES / S / 12 Namelus R x Cantango
TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Torrey Pines Stable: 4/71.54

Final Results: $33,500 Westjet Cup 1.45m

1 FINE LADY 5:Hanoverian / M / 11 Forsyth x Hauptstutbuch
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/0/31.84

2 CHECK PICOBELLO Z: Zangersheide / G / 8 Cardento x Orlando
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/0/35.91

3 FREESTYLE DE MUZE: Belgian Warmblood / G / 9 Lord Z x Cento
RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/2/37.04

4 GELEDIMAR: Zangersheide / M / 11 Grosso Z x Lord Z
WILL SIMPSON (USA), Monarch International: 0/4/33.91

5 CYKLON 1083: Swedish Warmblood / S / 13 Cardento x Cortus
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm, LLC: 0/8/32.11

6 PICOLO: Warmblood / G / 11 Diamant De Semilly x Alme
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Oakland Ventures LLC: 0/8/34.47

7 RAGING BULL VANGELIS S: Belgian Warmblood / S / 16 Nonstop x Indocrtro
NAYEL NASSAR (EGY), Nayel Nassar: 0/26/53.01

8 MAKAVOY: Dutch Warmblood / G / 11 Hors La Loi II x Ahorn
BEN ASSELIN (CAN), Attache Stables: 1/69.24

9 POLASKO: Oldenburg / G / 11 Polytraum x Grannus
NICOLAS PIZARRO SUAREZ (MEX), Nicolas Pizarro Suarez: 1/69.27

10 CONTINO 14: Holstein / G / 17 Contender x Calypso I
JONATHON MILLAR (CAN), Millar Brooke Farm: 1/69.48

11 ZANDOR: Warmblood / S / 10 Oklund x Ulster
LUIS ALEJANDRO PLACENSIA (MEX), Luis Gerardo Plascencia: 1/69.68

12 ROSANA DU PARK: Dutch Warmblood / M / 9 Kannan x Ukase
CARLY ANTHONY (USA), Artisan Farms LLC & Torrey Pines: 1/69.73

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

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Top-notch Competition Set to Begin at 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp

June 12, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Gladstone, N.J. – The focus of the dressage world will turn to Gladstone, N.J., this week for the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp, as it runs June 12-15, in the Dick and Jane Brown Arena at the USET Foundation Headquarters. The annual championship will host the best dressage combinations in the United States across six divisions of competition, including Grand Prix, Intermediaire I, Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup,’ Young Rider, Junior, and Pony Rider competition. Grand Prix competition will be doubly important as it will serve as a Selection Trial for the U.S. Dressage Team Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The Dutta Corp/USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship

Arlene "Tuny" Page and Alina (SusanJStickle.com)

Arlene “Tuny” Page and Alina (SusanJStickle.com)

A field of 16 lines up in the Grand Prix Championship/Selection Trial, which gets underway on Thursday, as combinations will earn the first 45% of their championships score in the FEI Grand Prix Test. They return to the Dick and Jane Brown Arena on Saturday to contest the FEI Grand Prix Special, earning a further 40%. Grand Prix competition comes to a close on Sunday with the Freestyles, as competitors earn the remaining 15% of their overall scores. All four riders that represented the U.S. at the London Olympic Games have traveled to Gladstone to stake their claims on a National Title and look to represent the United States at the World Championships in Normandy, France. Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) will look to secure his third consecutive National Championship with Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92. Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, Calif.), Tina Konyot (Palm City, Fla.), and Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) will all ride their Olympic partners, Beth Meyer, Ann Romney, and Amy Roberts Ebeling’s Rafalca, Konyot’s Calecto V, and Peggy Thomas’ Wizard, respectively. Arlene Page (Wellington, Fla.) brings her own Alina to Gladstone after having spent part of the 2014 season competing in Europe on a USEF Dressage High Performance Pre-Games Training and Competition Grant.

The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship

The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship will host 17 talented combinations in Small Tour competition. Like their Big Tour counterparts, they will perform three tests this week. On Thursday all competitors will earn 40% of their totals for the FEI Prix St. Georges Test, and return the following day to ride the FEI Intermediaire I Test for 45% of their championships scores. The final 15% of the Intermediaire Championship scores will be earned Sunday in the Freestyle. The 2013 champions have come to the historic USET Foundation Headquarters looking to retain their title. Kim Herslow (Stockton, N.J.) and Kiroli Enterprises Inc.’s Rosmarin will look to display the form that led them to a sweep of Small Tour competition at 2013’s Dressage at Devon.

Christopher Hickey

Christopher Hickey and Ronaldo (SusanJStickle.com)

Christopher Hickey (Colora, Md.) brings Cecelia Stewart’s rising star, Ronaldo, to Gladstone this week in hopes of earning the fourth National Title of his career.

USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship

presented by Dressage Today

A small but mighty field of five lines up for USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship presented by Dressage Today competition. The future Grand Prix stars of American dressage earn the first half of their championship scores on Thursday as they perform the USEF Young Adult “Brentina Cup” Test and earn the remaining 50% of their totals on Saturday in the FEI Young Adult U-25 Grand Prix Test. The Reserve Champions from 2013, Rachel Chowanec (Columbia, Conn.) and Lendon Gray’s Embrujado XI, will head down centerline in the Dick and Jane Brown Arena looking to top the standings this week.

AGCO/USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship

In the AGCO/USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship, a talented field of 10 riders, all under the age of 21, have traveled to Gladstone to stake their claims on one of the most prestigious honors a young rider can garner. On Friday they begin performing the FEI Young Rider Team Test and return the following day to ride the FEI Young Rider Individual Test. Both tests will count for 50% of the championship average. Anna Buffini has traveled to New Jersey from her home base in Escondido, Calif., with her own Sundayboy, who competed in Small Tour competition with Olympian Guenter Seidel, to showcase the talent that has seen them rise to the top of the 2014 AGCO/USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship Ranking List.

AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship

Twelve of the top junior riders from across the United States will line up to earn bragging rights in the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship by contesting the FEI Junior Team Test for 50% of their score on Friday. Competition comes to a close on Saturday as they return to the Dick and Jane Brown Arena to ride the Individual Test for the remaining half of their score. The 2013 Champion Bebe Davis (Bedminster, N.J.) returns to the Festival of Champions with her partner at last year’s championship, Michael Davis’ Rotano, as well as a new mount this year, Michael Davis’ Feivel Mousekewitz, both of whom she has found great success with in the competition arena. Allison Cyprus (Magnolia, Texas) hopes to find success once more in Gladstone after winning the 2011 National Pony Rider Dressage Championship at the famous venue. In her first year competing at the FEI Junior level, she and her mother Kristin Cyprus’ Madoc Gareth have found great success.

USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship

A field of 11 will compete in the USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship. On Friday the riders will perform the FEI Pony Team Test for the first 50% of their overall championship score, while the remaining 50% from the FEI Pony Individual Test will determine the winner. Emma Patterson (Houston, Texas), winner of the 2012 13-and-Under USEF Dressage Seat Medal Final, will ride her own Wynshire’s Valiant and hope to find success in another USEF National Championship.

Watch the championship divisions unfold on Saturday and Sunday on the USEF Network.

Go to http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2014usdfoc/.

Find out more information about the event at http://www.usefconnect.com/festival/.

Atlanta Spring Challenge Wrap Up

June 09, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Tuesday, May  20th– The 2014 Atlanta Spring Challenge Horse show came to a close this past Sunday.  The event in its 11th year had its biggest turnout to date.  The show again took place at the famed Georgia International Horse Park May 14th-18th home of the equestrian portion of the 1996 Olympic Games.  JP Godard and his Equus Events team handled the managing duties.

Gold sponsors of this year’s event included Fenwick Equestrian, Dietrich and Company Equine Insurance, The Tack Room, Reflections Farm, and DFG Stables.  The Tack Room of Camden, SC presented this year’s daily continental breakfast throughout the event.  Hospitality has always been a key element at the Atlanta Spring Challenge and this year was no exception.  Exhibitors, trainers, and spectators alike were treated to daily ring hospitality, an ice cream party, as well as an exhibitor’s dinner Friday evening sponsored by the 2014 Hospitality Sponsors.  This year’s sponsors were;  Booth Parker, Black Ankle Farms, The Atlanta Hunt Club, DFG Stables, Finally Farm, Liz Tarumianz, The Meadow Hill Stables, Proof of the Pudding, Reflections Farm, The Tack Room, and The Marketplace.  DFG Stables presented this year’s annual Preakness Party on Saturday evening and The Meadow Hill Farm and the Porath Family sponsored a farewell pizza party Sunday afternoon.

Feature events at this year’s show included the popular $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Friday evening which was sponsored by Reflections Farm.  The class took place under the lights in the International Arena along with Exhibitors dinner under the tent.   Hunt Tosh and Betsee Parker’s Lone Star took top call in the class topping an impressive field of 23 competitors.  The pair is no stranger to the spotlight winning the inaugural USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals in 2010; they also were awarded Horse of the Year honors in 2011.  Second place honors in the derby went to Meredith Mateo’s Salto and rider Caroline Willard and the third place rosette went to DSJ Stable, LLC’s Checklist and rider Daniel Geitner.  Complete results are as follows:

 Lone Star and Hunt Tosh

Lone Star and Hunt Tosh

$10,000 USHJA INTERNATIONAL HUNTER DERBY OVERALL

Place Horse Owner Rider Trainer USEF Sect. EC Class
1 LONE STAR PARKER, BETSEE TOSH, HUNT TOSH, HUNT 3030
2 SALTO MATEO, MEREDITH WILLARD, CAROLINE WILLARD, FRANK 3030
3 CHECKLIST DSJ STABLES, LLC GEITNER, DANIEL GEITNER, DANIEL 3030
4 LABRINTH DON STEWART AND APEX EQ ALEXANDER, ASHTON HILL, BIBBY 3030
5 SIGNAL HILL VISCONSI, THOMAS GEITNER, DANIEL GEITNER, DANIEL 3030
6 JULIAN FOARD, AMANDA ALEXANDER, ASHTON HILL, BIBBY 3030
7 CLEAR SAILING REDFIELD FARM, JONES, JENNIFER SPADONE, EMIL 3030
8 CARAMO RUSSELL HOWE, CAROLINE CHOPPING, HAROLD CHOPPING, HAROLD 3030
9 SPECIAL NOLEN, MISSY MADDRIX, TIMOTHY BLACK, ALLISON 3030
10 CHOSEN REFLECTIONS FARM KELLEY, KAREN KELLEY, KAREN 3030
11 BETHEL’S PERI HOWARD, GRACE HOWARD, GRACE TOWELL, JACK 3030
12 SISTER ACT CDS STABLES GEITNER, DANIEL GEITNER, DANIEL 3030

 

Jumpers took center stage Saturday evening in the $30,000 Fenwick Equestrian Grand Prix.  24 horse rider combinations tried their luck against a tricky route designed by course designer Phil Devita.  Spectators were treated to the show’s annual Preakness Party presented by DFG Stables and Daniel and Cathy Geitner.  The crowd cheered Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome to victory while enjoying a Mexican dinner catered by Proof of the Pudding.  Finca Horse’s entry of Notaris and rider Nina Fagerstrom came home the victor’s in the class with a time of 53.728 and 1 time fault topping Happy Z and Wilhelm Genn’s fast time of 46.557 with 4 faults, and Lazaro and Jordan Coyne with 8 faults and a time of 46.804.  Complete results are as follows:

 Notaris and Nina Fagerstrom

Notaris and Nina Fagerstrom

$30,000 ATLANTA SPRING CHALLENGE GRAND PRIX

Place Horse Owner Rider Trainer USEF Sect. EC Class
1 NOTARIS FINCA HORSES FAGERSTROM, NINA ROHLING, ALEXANDER 3700
2 HAPPY Z GENN, WILHELM & PATTY GENN, WILHELM GENN, WILHELM 3700
3 LAZARO COYNE, JORDAN COYNE, JORDAN PETERSEN, DEREK 3700
4 COOKIE MONSTER GENN, WILHELM GENN, RYAN GENN, WILHELM 3700
5 FLOWER FINCA HORSES FAGERSTROM, NINA ROHLING, ALEXANDER 3700
6 CATCHAFIRE PETERSEN, DEREK PETERSEN, DEREK PETERSEN, DEREK 3700
7 BASJE BULLINGTON, KENDRA CHOPPING, HAROLD CHOPPING, HAROLD 3700
8 ADLANTEUR GUNDERSEN, HENRIK GUNDERSEN, HENRIK GUNDERSEN, HENRIK 3700
9 KT CHER STYSLINGER, CLAUDIA MADDRIX, TIMOTHY BLACK, ALLISON 3700
10 BUGATTI LEON, EDUARDO GENN, WILHELM GENN, WILHELM 3700
11 PARADOX BRUINSMA, THOMAS GENN, THEO GENN, WILHELM 3700
12 NO DOUBT WATERS, M/M CHUCK WATERS, HAYLEY WATERS, CHUCK 3700

 

Equus Event’s continues its 2014 show season with the Tryon Summer Premiere May 22-25 at FENCE in Tryon, NC.  For complete horse show results and 2014 show schedule please log on to www.equusevents.com or call 803-643-5698.

2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival Awards Circuit Championships

April 03, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

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

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

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

Circuit Awards

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Emma Kurtz was the Overall Pony Hunter Rider

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










About FTI Consulting, Inc.     

 

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

 

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

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival    


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


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

American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm a Special Event for Miami’s Own Margie Goldstein-Engle

April 03, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

4 – Born and raised in Miami, Florida, America’s winningest grand prix rider, Margie Goldstein-Engle, is especially excited that the $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm, has found a new home at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. After all, Engle attended South Miami High School and graduated from Florida International University with a degree in Business. Despite the business degree, her love since the third grade has always been horses.

Tickets for this year’s $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm, are on sale now as well! Order tickets early for the best seating as one of the world’s most exciting and challenging show jumping classic comes to Miami, Florida, for the first time. You can avoid online ticket fees by calling the stadium box office now at (305) 943-6311.

Engle, whose family had little money to pay for her riding lessons, cleaned stalls in exchange for instruction at an early age and parlayed that experience into a career that has her ticketed for the Show Jumping Hall of Fame as one America’s most successful riders of all time. She is the only rider to win more than 200 grand prix classes and over the years Engle has amassed over $5 million dollars in prize money. She competed for the United States at the Olympic Games in Sidney, Australia, won the Team Gold medal at the Pan American Games and the Team Silver medal at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.

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Margie Engle, flying the Dolphins colors aboard the Griese’s horse Indigo.

Engle, who has competed in the American Invitational more times than any other rider, would love to post her first win in Miami. “It would be a thrill for me to win such a great class anytime,” she noted. “The American Invitational is one of the premiere events anywhere in the world. I think all of the riders really look forward to this event. But for me to win the inaugural event here in Miami would be just a super bonus for me.”

The Invitational, for forty plus years was held in Tampa, first at the old Tampa Stadium and more recently at Raymond James, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, with the class moving to Miami Dolphins country and its new home at Sun Life Stadium, it’s the perfect fit for Engle and especially for her owners, Bob and Shay Griese. Bob Greise is the legendary, Hall of Fame quarterback of the Miami Dolphins and a long time supporter of Engle. “I’m excited for the people of South Florida to have this event come to Sun Life Stadium.” said Griese. “If you’ve never seen this before, it’s really amazing.  I look forward to going to these shows and watching all these horses jump and compete. These horses are the finest horses in the world.  Fast, quick and very graceful.  They are powerful and athletic as they go over these jumps.”

“It’s really special for me. I grew up in Miami. I remember coming to the stadium with my family as a little kid to watch the Dolphins play football,” Engle recalled. “It’s really neat to be able to come back here and compete. I’m so grateful for the support of Bob and Shay Griese, they have been with me a long time and they’ve been great supporters over the years.”

“He’s very excited about being involved in Show Jumping coming to Sun Life Stadium,” Engle reported.  He’s just a down to earth, super nice guy, you’d never know what he’s accomplished by the way he acts. He studies the horses. He really looks at them from a different angle. He considers them athletes and really admires them for what they do as athletes. And he knows the difference between a good horse and a not so good horse. He’s gotten into counting the strides between jumps. He’s very intellectual and analytical, just the way you’d expect a hall of fame quarterback to be, but he studies them and knows what makes them jump better and go faster and be more competitive. He’s more knowledgeable than most owners,” she smiled.

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Margie Engle and Dolphins Hall of Famer Bob Griese, right, with Jimmy Torano and Olympic Gold medalist Beezie Madden at Sun Life Stadium.

Speaking of the American Invitational, America’s most prestigious event, Engle said, “It’s fantastic the way it’s grown. As I kid, even when I was grooming, I always wanted to go watch the American Invitational. Even if I had to hitch a ride and work all week for free, I always made sure I got to watch the American Invitational. It was always more exciting being in a football stadium. You know, it’s funny, I always thought, when we were competing over in Tampa, I thought, ‘this really has to go to the Dolphins Stadium.’ It’s such a great horse area and so good for equestrian sport. But, I always thought that was just a dream that it would ever come down here,” she said. “And now, here it is. I remember once we did an event at American Airlines Arena and that was a huge success. So I think this event, given a year or two to build an audience will be just as successful if not more. It’s great for the industry for this event to come to South Florida.”

Tickets for the American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm are on sale now. Also, special up close tables in the Wells Fargo Private Bank Club, ringside at Sun Life Stadium, are on sale as well. The club offers the perfect location to watch America’s most challenging and exciting show jumping event. In addition to the great location, the club will feature sensational catering, your favorite beverages and first class service. The Wells Fargo Private Bank Club will be available for use during both the Hollow Creek $25,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Amateur Classic, as well as the main event, the $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm.

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The all new Miami Dolphins jump will be used in the American Invitational on April 5th.

To assure yourself of the best seats available, buy your tickets now. You can avoid online ticket fee by calling the stadium box office at (305) 943-6311.

Visit the official charity for the American Invitational, Just World International at:
www.justworldinternational.org

The prize list for the American Invitational can be found here.
http://www.stadiumjumping.com/#!athlete-information/cr6r

Ringside VIP tables available at Sun Life Stadium.  Please email: Matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com for more information

For Sponsorship information please contact:

Connie Sawyer 518-461-6288 or sawyer.equestrianevents.@gmail.com
April Wehle 561-459-9259 or aprilw@stadiumjumping.com

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.
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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 $8 million in prize money will be awarded. 


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