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$215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York Airs Monday Night on NBC Sports Network

September 12, 2015 By: Editor Category: General

North Salem, NY – Sept. 12, 2015 – Those who won’t experience the American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm first hand and see the world’s most accomplished equestrians compete during the $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York, they will have as second chance to see the exciting event. On Monday, Sept.14 on NBC Sports Network will air the event at 7 p.m. EDT. Fans of show jumping will enjoy this rare U.S. prime time 90-minute broadcast.
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The coveted event is the first of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League and boasts a minimum of $2.4 million prize money across the series featuring the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world.

All the high flying action will be captured in its entirety for broadcast on NBC Sports Network for the third consecutive year. Set your DVR or tune in Monday at 7 p.m. EST for the full 90-minute expanded broadcast.

Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Kraut and Andretti S.

Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Kraut and Andretti S.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children over 12 years of age. Tickets for seniors are $15.

Wednesday through Friday the American Gold Cup competition is free to the public.

Tickets may be purchased online up to the day before the event, for tickets and for more information please visit www.theamericangoldcup.com or www.stadiumjumping.com

About the American Gold Cup
Held over five days, the American Gold Cup brings together a diverse crowd of elite equestrian athletes, discerning horse owners, excited fans and young hopefuls waiting to catch a glimpse of their idols set amongst a fanfare of family-friendly activities, competitions, shopping, entertainment and celebrity sightings.

In addition to the competition ring, the international show jumping event features high-end shopping located along Old Salem Farm’s boutique row. From top-notch equestrian tack and equipment to fashion, jewelry, antiques, art and much more, the scenic outdoor boutiques offer show-goers the perfect opportunity to get some shopping in while taking a break from the competition action.
Old Salem Farm, located an hour north of New York City, boasts a state-of-the-art stabling facility, an historic pristine grass Grand Prix field and outstanding competition and schooling arenas, all of which are surrounded by one of the world’s most charming and picturesque competition venue settings. For the past four years, the North American Riders Group (NARG) has recognized the Old Salem Farm competitions on their NARG Top 25 List. For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its yearlong competition schedule, prize lists, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, visit www.oldsalemfarm.net.

45th Annual American Gold Cup Fast Facts: 

What:
Featuring the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York

When:
Sept. 9-13, 2015Where:
Old Salem Farm, 190 June Road, North Salem, New York

Highlights:
Thursday, Sept. 10
$35,000 Welcome Class CSI 4* Table A against the clock
Friday, Sept. 11
$85,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York Qualifier Table A with a jump-off
(40 best riders qualify for Sunday’s Grand Prix)
Saturday, Sept. 12
$35,000 Hermès Sellier Speed Derby CSI 4* Article 239 C
$85,000 Fidelity Investments® Classic CSI 4*  Table A with a jump-off
Region 2 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship
Sunday, Sept. 13
$215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York
Hours:
Wednesday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Friday
Saturday and Sunday Family Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. including pony rides, face painting and shopping on Boutique Row featuring Hermès, Danbury Porsche. Other shops feature custom riding apparel, antiques, jewelry, pet clothing, pet accessories, portrait artists, clothing and home accents.
Tickets:
Weekdays: Admission is free to the public
Saturday and Sunday: Admission is $20 per person, $15 per child 4-12 years and seniors 65+, children 3 and under are free.
Jockey Club VIP Tables:
High-top tables of four or six or tables of eight.
For reservations call
(941) 744-5465 or email info@stadiumjumping.com
Parking:
Available on the grounds and overflow parking with shuttles.Directions:
From Interstate 84 or Interstate 287: Take interstate 684 to exit 8 (Hardscrabble Road), turn right. Old Salem Farm is on the right.

Information:
Before Show – (800) 237-8924
During Show – (914) 669-5610 ext 201
Stable office – (941) 744-5465
Prize List Advertising – (941) 744-5465
Vendor Boutique – Matt Morrissey (941) 915-3457
Website: http://www.theamericangoldcup.com/

Charity Partners:
JustWorld International
http://www.justworldinternational.org/ASPCA
http://www.aspca.org/

Hotels:
Official Hotel of the American Gold Cup
Danbury Crown Plaza
http://www.cpdanbury.com/
(877) 270-1393
Ridgefield, Connecticut
West Lane Inn (203) 438-7323
Brewster, New York 5-10 min
Heidi’s Motel (845) 279-8011
Mount Kisco, New York 5-10 min
Holiday Inn (914) 241-2600
Danbury, Connecticut 10-20 min from grounds
Hilton Gardens (203) 205-2000
Comfort Inn (203) 205-0800
Danbury Plaza (203) 795-0600
Ethan Allen (203) 774-1776
Spring Hill Suites (203) 744-7333
Residence Inn (203) 797-1256

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.

Star-Studded Lineup of International Show Jumpers Announced For 2014 Washington International Horse Show

October 07, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Washington, D.C. – October 7, 2014 – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is thrilled to announce an all-star lineup of international show jumpers scheduled to ride in this year’s competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. One of the year’s most esteemed equestrian competitions with an FEI four-star rating and World Cup qualifier, WIHS draws many of the biggest names in the sport, including Olympians and rising young talents. The 56th annual event runs October 21-26, 2014.

Click here to watch the fantastic promotional video for this year’s Washington International Horse Show!

Following team and individual bronze medal performances in this summer’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in France, U.S. superstar Beezie Madden is back on home turf and set to compete at WIHS along with teammates McLain Ward and Kent Farrington. Madden and Ward are each two-time Olympic gold medalists, and Farrington is currently the number four ranked rider in the world (as of September 30, 2014). U.S. WEG traveling team alternate Charlie Jayne will also show along with original alternate Margie Engle, who has one of the most illustrious careers in the sport.

Coral Reef Via Volo & Beezie Madden

Coral Reef Via Volo & Beezie Madden

Adding to the challenge, U.S. Olympic team gold medalist Laura Kraut is slated to compete as well as coach her protégé, Jessica Springsteen, throughout the competition. Springsteen is hot off of a win in the American Gold Cup CSI 4*-W and looks to continue her success at WIHS. 2012 President’s Cup winner Reed Kessler joins the list of top riders as she returns stateside with Olympic mount, Cylana. Other young U.S. stars such as Katie Dinan, Quentin Judge, Brianne Goutal, Lillie Keenan, Meagan Nusz, and Catherine Pasmore will compete as well.

Woodstock O & Laura Kraut

Woodstock O & Laura Kraut

U.S. show jumping star Todd Minikus is always one to watch at WIHS as he continues a fantastic season that includes a win in the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, NY, in September. Georgina Bloomberg is also having a phenomenal season with a big win in the inaugural Central Park Grand Prix, presented by Rolex, in New York City.

Along with top riders for the United States, international stars Francois Mathy, Nicola Philippaerts and Olivier Philippaerts are all traveling from Belgium to jump at the prestigious WIHS competition. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam will be on board as well after recently winning the New Albany Classic Grand Prix, as will countryman Kevin Babington, who secured a major win in this summer’s Hampton Classic Grand Prix. Colombia’s Daniel Bluman and Roberto Teran as well as Brazil’s Paulo Santana round out the list of top international riders.

Wings & McLain Ward

Wings & McLain Ward

With a star studded lineup of riders and many of their best horses, the schedule of international show jumping competition at this year’s WIHS features many exciting classes. Competition begins with a $10,000 International Jumper speed class on Wednesday evening, October 22.

Thursday, October 23, highlights a $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake in the afternoon followed by the always popular Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery. Barn Night draws one of the show’s largest crowds as local horse lovers watch the entertaining $20,000 International Jumper Gambler’s Choice Costume Class, participate in group contests, and have the opportunity to attend autograph signings with top riders.

Uraya & Charlie Jayne

Uraya & Charlie Jayne jumping last year’s Puissance wall

Show jumping continues on Friday, October 24, as WIHS salutes the nation’s armed forces during its fourth annual Military Night. Classes include a $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final as well as the $25,000 International Jumper Puissance presented by The Boeing Company, which is an exhilarating high jump competition.

International jumping concludes on Saturday, October 25, with the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, CSI 4*-W presented by Events DC, a Longines FEI World Cup qualifier.

Blue Angel & Kent Farrington won the President’s Cup in 2013

Blue Angel & Kent Farrington won the President’s Cup in 2013

The complete list of international competitors for the 2014 WIHS includes:

Kent Farrington (USA)
McLain Ward (USA)
Beezie Madden (USA)
Laura Kraut (USA)
Charlie Jayne (USA)
Katie Dinan (USA)
Jessica Springsteen (USA)
Reed Kessler (USA)
Leslie Howard (USA)
Quentin Judge (USA)
Todd Minikus (USA)
Brianne Goutal (USA)
Margie Engle (USA)
Georgina Bloomberg (USA)
Meagan Nusz (USA)
Catherine Pasmore (USA)
Candice King (USA)
Kirsten Coe (USA)
David Beisel (USA)
Molly Ashe-Cawley (USA)
Nicola Philippaerts (BEL)
Olivier Philippaerts (BEL)
Shane Sweetnam (IRL)
Daniel Bluman (COL)
Francois Mathy (BEL)
Kevin Babington (IRL)
Roberto Teran (COL)
Paulo Santana (BRA)
Callan Solem (USA)
Lillie Keenan (USA)

The Washington International Horse Show looks forward to hosting this group of talented riders and top horses in another year of world-class competition at Verizon Center. For more information, please visit www.wihs.org, join us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

About the Washington International Horse Show, wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show attracts more than 26,000 spectators to the six-day show, which includes Olympic-level competition along with community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders come to D.C. from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money. In 2014, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), theinternational governing body for all Olympic equestrian disciplines,raised the show’s rating to CSI4*-W to reflect the increase in prize money for international show jumping. Event highlights include the Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday), the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup qualifier (Saturday night) and Kids’ Day (Saturday), a free, fun and educational community event. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition and is recognized as a Top 25 Horse Show by the North American Riders Group.

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

Team USA Wins $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™

March 02, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 1, 2013 – The powerhouse U.S. show jumping team of Kent Farrington, Reed Kessler, Laura Kraut and Beezie Madden earned victory in Friday night’s $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ presented by G&C Farm, at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Teams representing seven different countries participated in the evening’s competition with a win for Team USA over Canada in second and Germany in third.

 

Week eight CSIO competition runs February 27-March 3, 2013. The Hollow Creek Farm FEI Children’s, Junior, and Young Rider Nations Cups will be featured on Saturday, March 2. The $150,000 CSIO 4* Grand Prix, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will be held on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9-March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

 

Friday’s nights Nations Cup competition consisted of two rounds shown over a challenging course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY. Teams of four represented the countries of Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, USA, Colombia and Venezuela.

After the first round, each team dropped their highest score. In the second round, all seven 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 team from the United States was represented by Kent Farrington and RCG Farm’s Uceko, Reed Kessler and her Cylana, Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc.’s Cedric, and Beezie Madden riding Abigail Wexner’s Simon under the guidance of new Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland.

Watch an interview with U.S. Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrMh8C9Ittc&feature=youtu.be

In round one, Farrington had four faults aboard Uceko and Kessler, Kraut and Madden all jumped clear rounds to lead the way into the second phase of competition. In round two, Farrington and Kessler each jumped clear rounds, Kraut and Cedric had four faults, and when it was determined that the USA could not be beat, the team decided that Madden and Simon did not have to jump. They finished on a two round total of four faults for the victory.

Beezie Madden had a little trouble at the water in round one but still jumped clear for her team. She noted, “I probably had the most interesting round. Other than the water jump, he felt great. He was fantastic. I looked at the scoreboard afterwards; I thought he was clear of it. I knew he hit the box, but that was probably putting it mildly. I was just happy he recovered from that and he finished off with a clear.”
Beezie Madden and Simon.  Photo © Sportfot.

Beezie Madden and Simon.
Photo © Sportfot.

Eighteen-year-old Reed Kessler had her first win as well as her first double clear in a Nations Cup class and was very excited.
“To ride on the home team in front of the home crowd is a really big honor so I’m thrilled that it went the way it did,” Kessler smiled. “Cylana was awesome. She has shown pretty lightly all of circuit to prepare for this. It’s my favorite thing when I ride her to hear the crowd scream and she gets so animated and so wild. When she heads to the first jump, she has total focus. She could not have done better.”

 

Reed Kessler and Cylana. Photo © Sportfot.

Reed Kessler and Cylana. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Kent Farrington had a rail in round one but came back strong for the second round. He commented, “I’ve known that horse a little while and our first ride wasn’t our best. Towards the end of the round he just got too strong and he took over at the last oxer. I was actually pleased with how he came back in the second round. He performed more like himself and was more relaxed.”

 

Kent Farrington and Uceko. Photo © Sportfot.

Kent Farrington and Uceko. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Laura Kraut had a great night with Cedric and enjoyed winning on home turf.

“I was thrilled with Cedric tonight,” Kraut smiled. “Both rounds he was fantastic. The second round I was maybe a little overly cautious down the last line and he had such a light rub. I think he thinks he was double clear. I think he’s pleased right now. As Reed said, it was very comforting to ride tonight. Normally, I would be very tense about riding in front of the home crowd, but when you have three horse/rider combinations going with you, I felt pretty comfortable that if I did something really stupid they’d be there to back me up. I’m thrilled that we won and I’m really happy for Robert because he was really nervous. He just sort of listened to what we thought we wanted to do and supported us. We’re all getting to know each other and our new system. But I think it worked quite well.”
Laura Kraut and Cedric.  Photo © Sportfot.

Laura Kraut and Cedric.
Photo © Sportfot.

Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland was very happy with him team and admits to being a little nervous.

 

“I was told I was pacing a lot,” Ridland laughed. “What do you do? For me, this has been a long journey and great to get here. It was about a year ago that I was named coach and we went through the Olympic trials and all that. At the same time, Furusiyya and the FEI changed the Nations Cup and there are a lot of us that feel this is one of the best things that will have happened to the sport in a long time. It will revive the Nations Cup. We knew this was going to be a really big deal coming in being a qualifier for the Final and we made it a huge priority before the beginning of the year, not only to try to win this, but to be in a good position for the Final.”

 

Friday night’s Canadian team consisted of Eric Lamaze and Morningside Stud & Torrey Pines Stables’ Wang Chung M2S, Tiffany Foster and Artisan Farm LLC’s Victor, Mac Cone and Chadburn Holdings, Inc.’s Amor van de Rostal as well as Ian Millar and Ariel and Susan Grange’s Dixson with Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin

 

In round one, Lamaze had five faults for a rail and one time fault, Foster and Millar jumped clear, and Mac Cone was eliminated for the drop score. All four riders continued on into round two where Lamaze, Foster and Millar all jumped clear. Mac Cone’s score was once again dropped to leave the team on five faults total for their second place finish.

 

Third place finisher, Team Germany, included Janne Friederike Meyer aboard Meyer, Friedrich and Anne Sophie’s Cellagon Lambrasco, Johannes Ehning and Nybor Pferde GMBH & Co. KG’s Salvador V, Andre Thieme and his Contanga 3, and Daniel Deusser aboard Stephex Stables & Pedro Veniss’s Cornet d’Amour headed by Chef d’Equipe Dietmar Gugler.

 

In round one, Germany dropped Ehning’s score of eight and kept Meyer’s four fault score and Theime’s one time fault with a clear round from Daniel Deusser. In round two, Deusser once again jumped clear, Meyer was clear, and Ehning and Theime each had four faults, one of which was dropped. The team finished on five faults from round one and four faults from round two for a nine point total.

 

The fourth place team from Ireland finished with eleven faults. Other teams included Colombia, who finished on a score of 41 to place fifth, Venezuela, who had a two round total of 48 to finish sixth, and Mexico, who finished on a score of 59 to place seventh.

 

All in all, there were five double clear rounds for the night, including Reed Kessler, Tiffany Foster, Ian Millar, Daniel Deusser and Cian O’Connor on Splendor. Foster was especially enthusiastic about her performance aboard Victor.

 

The 2013 season has seen the introduction of a new formula for the FEI Nations Cup™. Following a new sponsorship deal with the Saudi Equestrian Fund, this historic series will now be 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.
On behalf of Furusiyya, HH Prince Faisal Al Shalan was present for the class and commented on the evening. “First of all we are very happy for the American team for their win today,” he stated. “They were amazing and they had really good horses coming in. The other teams also performed really well and it was very close.”
“To start off, Furusiyya is a single Arabic word and it is based on embracing the idea of horsemanship, chivalry and equestrian knowledge in general,” he added. “The term is a derivation of ‘faris,’ the horseman and the horse, so it’s a combination of both. In time, Furusiyya will become the brand name under which Saudi Arabian equestrian products will be licensed and marketed. To date, there is a perfume called Furusiyya which is a product for sale in Saudi Arabia. It is our duty in Saudi equestrian to sponsor Saudi equestrian activities for the nobility. Not only in the narrow sense of their history and heritage, but rather in the cultural and behavioral aspects that surround the sport in celebration of the horse. It has instilled chivalry, honor, value and virtue. This is the essence of our mission in the Saudi Equestrian Fund-the connection between horse and rider is universal and we are fortunate that the horse is so noble that they allow us to share their strength and passion.”

 

The winning U.S. team: Kent Farrington, Beezie Madden, Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland, Reed Kessler, and Laura Kraut with Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal and their daughters Maria Emilia, Andrea Carolina and Victoria Elena, Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, John Madden, HH Prince Faisal Al Shalan, and ringmaster Cliff Haines.  Photo © Sportfot.

The winning U.S. team: Kent Farrington, Beezie Madden, Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, Reed Kessler, and Laura Kraut with Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal and their daughters Maria Emilia, Andrea Carolina and Victoria Elena, Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, John Madden, HH Prince Faisal Al Shalan, and ringmaster Cliff Haines.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

Class and weekly sponsor Gustavo Mirabal of G&C Farm also spoke about the evening. “I am very proud to again be the Nations Cup sponsor as well as many FEI classes,” Mirabal stated. “I think we have to do this in America-more FEI classes and more FEI points so we can have more riders in the top of the world. I recognize all of the American riders as amazing riders and people, and I am proud to be the sponsor.”

 

Also commenting on the class, John Madden, representing the FEI, noted, “I think we witnessed a little bit of history tonight. This is the first Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup here in North America. Last week we witnessed it in Abu Dhabi and we think it’s a really bright future for our sport.”
“I would like to, on behalf of the FEI, thank the USEF as our host federation and ESP, Michael (Stone) and everybody for a great job this evening,” Madden acknowledged. “I think we really have to thank Gustavo and G&C. They really bring the hemisphere together. They bring the Americas together like a family and we really have to thank His Highness Prince Faisal and Furusiyya. Thank you, on behalf of the FEI for bringing the world together.”
Equestrian Sport Productions’ CEO Mark Bellissimo added, “I’d also like to thank the sponsors and His Highness. This is an amazing start of a tradition in the United States and it is great that the U.S. team was able to prevail here. Canada and Germany also did very well and I think we’re just pleased to have top sport in Wellington.”
“I’d like to thank my friend Gustavo Mirabal, who stepped up very early in our ownership of this and has just been an amazing sponsor and supporter through all dimensions of the sport,” Bellissimo said. “It takes great sponsors to elevate the sport in the United States and we hope this is a relationship for many years to come. Again, we thank the FEI and USEF for creating the platform for this great demonstration.”

 

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

Team USA Standings

Darragh Kenny and Delilah Dash to Victory in $10,000 G&C Farm Speed Stake

 

G&C Farm’s $10,000 Speed Stake was also held on Friday with a win for Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Delilah, owned by Derbypie, LLC. In a field of 35 international starters, Kenny and Delilah completed the fastest of 9 clear rounds in 59.07 seconds. Germany’s Johannes Ehning and Cayenne 162, owned by Winley Farm LLC, finished second in 59.63 seconds. USA’s Reed Kessler and Ligist were third with a time of 61.54 seconds.
Darragh Kenny and Delilah. Photo © Sportfot.

Darragh Kenny and Delilah. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Delilah is a 13-year-old KWPN mare by Lancelot x Gracio owned by young American rider Hasbrouck Donovan, who has shown successfully in the junior jumpers. Kenny explained that he has been keeping the mare fit for her rider over the winter and asked if he could use her as a speed horse this week.

“It is a super horse,” Kenny stated. “She is so easy and brave and uncomplicated and careful. She has a huge stride and you can really gallop with her. She wants to win, so it makes my life really easy.”

 

Commenting on Friday’s class, Kenny noted, “It was a really nice result. I thought it was a really good course for a speed class. There were enough questions and tight turns, but also a lot of galloping. It was really interesting because in a really good speed class you have to be careful about leaving the jumps up too and a good few people at the start had faults. You just had to be a little bit careful and then you had to go pretty quick.”

Kenny is frequently one of the fastest riders in any class and explained that confidence in his horses is key. “I am lucky, I just know how to go fast,” he smiled. “At this stage I have had a lot of practice. It is a simple thing. If you can trust your horses to jump the jumps clear, then speed comes a lot easier. Delilah is so careful and she tries so hard that when I turn back to anything, even if I am not at the perfect distance or even if I am going too fast, I know she is going to try. That makes it easier; it gives you more room to go faster.”
Darragh Kenny and Delilah in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

Darragh Kenny and Delilah in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

Also showing in the International Arena on Friday, McLain Ward and Tequestrian Farm’s Coco 135 earned a victory in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge. Johannes Ehning and Appearance 2, owned by Nybor Pferde GMBH & Co. KG, triumphed in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class.

 

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

1. DELILAH: 2000 KWPN mare by Lancelot x Gracio

DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Derbypie, LLC: 0/59.07

2. CAYENNE 162: 2003 Westphalian mare by Cornet Obolensky x Gonfaron

JOHANNES EHNING (GER), Winley Farm LLC: 0/59.63

3. LIGIST: 2000 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Levantos II x Robin Z

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/61.54

4. VDL DOGAN: 2003 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Chin Chin x Darco

CANDICE KING (USA), Bellissimo, LLC: 0/66.69

5. CATWALK 19: 2003 Holsteiner stallion by Contender x Caretino

ERYNN BALLARD (CAN), South Shore Farm: 0/67.69

 

6. VANILLA: 2002 Danish Warmblood mare by Nabab De Reve x Clinton

BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/70.16

7. AD BABOUCHE: 2000 gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Aldato

ATHINA ONASSIS DE MIRANDA (GRE), Athina Onassis de Miranda & Victory Equestrian: 0/70.59

8. COLASKO: 2005 Oldenburg stallion by Coleman x Granus

NICOLAS PIZARRO (MEX), Genaro Larrea Mota Velazco: 0/71.81

9. VANDAVID: 2002 KWPN stallion by Madison x Voltaire

CATHERINE PASMORE (USA), Pasmore Stables: 0/76.15

10. LA FLEUR 43: 2001 Westphalian mare by Lamoureux I x Polydor
LEOPOLDO PAOLI (VEN), Leopoldo Paoli: 1/80.41
11. LITTLE TINKA: 1998 AES gelding by Tinka’s Boy x Fiorello
HOLGER HETZEL (GER), Holger Hetzel: 2/82.11
12. CANTANDO LYNGRIIS: 2001 Holsteiner stallion by Cassini I x Zarewitsch XX

DANIEL BLUMAN (COL), Ilan Ferder: 4/60.70

 

LDM Dramatik and Amy Smith Secure Championship Title in Low Adult 2’6″ Hunters Section A

 

Amy Smith and her newly acquired mount, LDM Dramatik, topped the Low Adult 2’6″ Hunter Section A division during week eight of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Smith and her fourteen-year-old Westphalian mare were fifth and fourth over fences on day one of competition for the division. The pair was second, fourth and first over fences on day two.

 

Reserve championship honors went to Elizabeth Reed and her own Serenade. Reed and Serenade were third over fences day one and earned a blue ribbon over fences on day two.

 

Smith bought LDM Dramatik from Lynn Berg only two weeks ago, who was competing the mare in Adult Amateur divisions at the FTI WEF. While their relationship may be new, the pair is clearly a winning match.

 

“She’s been awesome. Last week, [during World Championship Hunter Rider Week], we were fifth in the classic out of 73 and ninth and eleventh out of 73 in the other two over fences classes,” Smith recalled.
LDM Dramatik and Amy Smith. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

LDM Dramatik and Amy Smith. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Smith has enjoyed getting to know her new mount as the two continue their success at the FTI WEF. “My horse that I had for six years was totally different from her-it’s like night and day. She stays consistent, while he would change at every jump. If you saw a long one on him, he might go for it or you might chip. I’m adjusting to her well. She makes it easy,” Smith described.

 

“She’s such a good girl, she’s really right there for you,” Smith continued. “She helps you out and she never changes unless she needs to.”

 

Smith also praised LDM Dramatik’s way of going for making her so competitive at a high-caliber competition like the FTI WEF. “A lot of it is the way she goes across the ground. She’s just so smooth and she jumps the same style from any distance. She doesn’t stay in the air too long over jumps and she’s got just the right amount of arc. She can cover up your mistakes, also. If you get a little too deep to a fence, she’ll still jump it very well,” Smith explained.

 

Smith has been competing at the FTI WEF since 1990. She looks forward to her annual trip south from Nashville for more than just the Florida sunshine. “The facilities are beautiful, first of all. The competition is the toughest in the country which makes me ride better. It makes me more competitive,” Smith commented.

 

“And of course, who couldn’t love being in Palm Beach in the winter?” Smith added with a smile.

 

Week eight of the FTI WEF, sponsored by G&C Farm, will continue Saturday, March 2, 2013, with the THIS National Children’s Medal 15-17 class in Ring 8 of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The Hollow Creek Farm FEI Children’s, Junior, and Young Rider Nations Cups will be held in the International Arena. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

To view the CSIO Wellington Media Guide for the U.S. Teams, click here.

 

A section dedicated to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping is now available on the FEI website here. News from the series are being posted on a regular basis on the FEI’s social media platforms Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/the.fei), Twitter (https://twitter.com/myfei_home) using the hashtag #Furusiyya, and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/feichannel/videos?view=0).

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.com. These photos 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.

McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness Triumph in $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Jumpers

January 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 18, 2013 – Week two of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) continued on Friday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a win for McLain Ward and Grant Road Partners’ Super Trooper de Ness in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class. Laura Chapot and Bradberry won the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class and Laurie Stevens and Iceman took home their second championship of the circuit in the Camping World Adult Amateur Hunter 51 & Over division.      

  

The second week of FTI WEF competition, sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will run January 16-20. Highlight events include the $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty CSI2* Grand Prix on Saturday evening and the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI WEF circuit runs through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.  

 

Luc Musette of Belgium is the course designer in the International Arena for week two. Eighty-one entries showed in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class with 27 qualifying for the second round. Seventeen entries jumped the short course without fault and the fastest of those jump-off rounds belonged to McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness with a time of 39.287 seconds.

Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm, LLC’s Beluga finished second in 40.551 seconds. Laura Kraut and Equinvest’s Maranon LS stopped the clock in 40.763 seconds to place third. 

 

McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness.
Photo © Sportfot.

Class winner Super Trooper de Ness is an eleven-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion byVigo d’Arsouilles x Polydor. Grant Road Partners originally purchased the horse two years ago and he showed briefly with young rider Katie Dinan, but will now become a full-time mount for McLain Ward on the road to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France. Super Trooper is sired by the 2010 World Champion, Vigod’Arsouilles, and Ward thinks that he has all of the potential to reach that level. Following the pair’s win on Friday, Ward detailed his plans. 

 

“I am going to be riding him for the next two seasons,” he stated. “We bought him two years ago with great hopes and unfortunately he had a couple of health problems, but he is fully recovered now. The Dinans were kind enough to give me the opportunity to try and bring him up to the level that we believe that he is and aim him towards the World Equestrian Games next year, so we are trying to build the relationship.”


Prior to his purchase by the Dinan family, Super Trooper de Ness had begun to jump the big grand prix classes in England and competed on the Sunshine Tour in Spain with great success. Ward saw the stallion and recognized his ability immediately. 

 

“He is an incredible horse,” the rider declared. “We believed that when we bought him two years ago and unfortunately he just hit a few bumps in the road early on. He is unbelievably talented. I think he may be the most careful horse I have ever ridden; he just needs to get back up to the top level. I think he is really confident right now and when he gets there, I think he is going to be a really tough horse to beat.”


The pair was certainly tough to beat in Friday’s class as they won over more than 80 competitors. Commenting on their rounds in the class, Ward noted, “He felt really good. We have been kind of experimenting with different spurs and different things with the bit, just trying to figure out what works the best and making mild changes. In the first round today it felt like we had it really together and he is so careful that in the jump-off he just makes it very easy to do the difficult turns and what not.”


Ward plans to jump Super Trooper again in the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday and then hopes to gradually work him up towards the bigger classes throughout the circuit, building toward the ultimate goal of the WEG next year. He will have next week off to relax and then continue on during week four.


Also showing on Friday, the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge was held in the International Arena with a win for Laura Chapot and the ever-speedy Bradberry. Nicholas Dello Joio and Pamela Postal’s Triumph finished second with Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm, LLC’s Cyklon 1083 in third.

 

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

1. SUPER TROOPER DE NESS          MCLAIN WARD         GRANT ROAD PARTNERS LLC: 0/0/39.287

2. BELUGA     SHANE SWEETNAM    SPY COAST FARM LLC: 0/0/40.551

3. MARANON LS       LAURA KRAUTEQUINVEST: 0/0/40.763

4. UMBERTO   LAURA CHAPOT         MARY CHAPOT: 0/0/40.812

5. PJOTTER VAN DE ZONNEHOEVE   MCLAIN WARD         LOUISBURG FARM: 0/0/41.122

6. KING KOLIBRI   LAUREN TISBO  TEQUESTRIAN FARMS LLC: 0/0/41.178

7. C’EST CI BON 4    LAUREN CROOKS      GLENN YOUELL & CROOKS SHOW JUMPING: 0/0/42.666

8. ONIRA       BRIANNE GOUTAL     REMARKABLE FARMS LP: 0/0/42.687

9. ZIEDENTO  RAMIRO QUINTANA   ST. BRIDE’S FARM: 0/0/42.828

10. DOLORESBEN MAHER    MRS. WANG: 0/0/42.890

11. VICOMTE D       BEN MAHER     JANE F. CLARK: 0/0/42.956

12. BROOKLYN BLUES   ALEXANDRA PAILLOTCAROL SOLLAK: 0/0/43.011   

Iceman and Laurie Stevens Take Home Camping World Adult Amateur Hunter 51 & Older Championship for Second Consecutive Week

 

Iceman and Laurie Stevens were triumphant for the second week in a row at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The duo received championship honors in the Camping World Adult Amateur Hunter 51 & Older (Section A) division during week one before taking home the championship again in week two. Stevens, of Boca Raton, FL, and her eleven-year-old Westphalian gelding placed first and eighth over fences on day one, followed by second and first places over fences and second place under saddle on day two.

 

LDM Dramatik, owned and ridden by Lynn Berg, was reserve champion of the division. Berg and Dramatik finished in third and eighth places over fences day one and rode to fifth place over fences and eighth place under saddle on day two.

Stevens bought Iceman two years ago after his owner passed away from a brain tumor. “He had gotten [Iceman] as a four-year-old and he was his pride and joy. Some of his last words were, ‘Make sure my horse has a good home.’ And I feel like Bryan is always watching down on me, like an angel on my shoulder when I’m riding Iceman,” Stevens stated.

 

Iceman and Stevens’ close relationship began at the FTI WEF 2012. “Iceman’s just a good guy. He always goes in the ring, he’s got a smile on his face, (and) he’s just happy to do it,” Stevens stated. “I trust him. My trainer [Lainie Wimberly] goes up toNew York six months a year and I keep him here by myself. I don’t need someone always putting him together for me. He’s just this good old guy.”

 

 

Laurie Stevens and Iceman. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Laurie Stevens and Iceman.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

 Stevens felt confident going into the ring with her trusted companion, especially after winning a class day one and being named division champion the week prior. “When I walk in the ring on him, I just tell myself to relax. He’ll relax and pick up this pace and never change,” Stevens described.

Stevens, an eleven-year veteran of the FTI WEF, recently moved permanently toFlorida, allowing her more time with her family while still enabling her to compete at a high level. “When we moved down here, it made it a lot easier. Now, instead of leaving my kids and flying, I drop them off at morning care and I get to come and show,” Stevens explained.

 

The friendly yet competitive atmosphere at the FTI WEF is what keeps Stevens coming back year after year. “I love all the friends I’ve made here. I love competing with all of them. We’re all rooting for each other and it’s very good camaraderie. And, [the FTI WEF] is a high level competition that challenges me. The bar is set so high,” she related.

 

Week two of competition at the FTI WEF, sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty, continues on Saturday in the Rost Arena with the Antarés Large Junior 16-17 Hunters. In the evening, the $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty CSI2* Grand Prix will be featured. For full results, go to 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 BeachInternational 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 atwww.fticonsulting.com.


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

Laura Kraut and Jubilee d’Ouilly Top $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 2

January 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 17, 2013 – Laura Kraut and Jubilee d’Ouilly jumped to victory in the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 on Thursday afternoon at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in an exciting jump-off of top competitors. Last to go in a 24-horse tie breaker with McLain Ward holding the first and second positions, Kraut and Jubilee shaved fractions off of the leading time to win in a dramatic finish.

The second week of FTI WEF competition, sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will run January 16-20. Highlight events include the $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty CSI2* Grand Prix on Saturday evening and the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI WEF runs through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.

Luc Musette of Belgium is the course designer in the International Arena for week two. In Thursday’s $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 2, Musette saw 57 entries in the first round of competition with 24 advancing to the jump-off. Only nine competitors were able to clear the short course without fault as they raced against the clock, and Laura Kraut and Jubilee d’Ouilly’s time of 35.57 seconds took top honors.

Laura Kraut and Jubilee d’Ouilly. Photo © Sportfot.

 

McLain Ward finished second and third with his mounts Rothchild and Zhum CW. Ward and Sagamore Farm’s Rothchild stopped the clock in 35.70 seconds to place second. Ward guided Zhum CW, owned by Ilan Ferder and Missy Clark, to third place in 36.22 seconds.

Jubilee d’Ouilly is a 16-year-old Selle Francais mare by Palestro II x Graphit, owned by A. Le Bon and F.X. Le Bon. The mare has had a very successful career in Europe and just made her first trip to the United States this winter as a new mount for Kraut. The rider detailed, “I got her at the end of November. She is now 16 years old. She has had an illustrious career with Penolope Leprovost and Trevor Coyle, so I have big shoes to fill.”

“Trevor unfortunately got hurt, so they called me and asked if I would take over the ride, which was an unexpected and pleasant surprise,” Kraut smiled. “I have jumped her twice. I jumped in Paris and then London. In London she was very unlucky; she had one down in the grand prix, but she should have been clear, she jumped a really good round.”

Jubilee just got out of quarantine in Wellington on Monday and is off to a great start for the winter. Kraut is not sure how long she will have the ride, but plans to enjoy her time with the talented horse.

“Trevor doesn’t know how long his injury is going to last, so he is not sure when he can come back,” Kraut explained. “I think they both agreed that she is not getting any younger. She needs to kind of go on if she is going to go, being 16, so I don’t know. I am just happy to have the ride on her for now.”

Last to go in the jump-off, Kraut was able to watch McLain Ward go on his first mount and figure out a plan with Jubilee. Their times were extremely close.

“I stayed specifically to watch McLain go on Rothchild,” she noted. “I didn’t see him go on his second, but he did six strides from jump one to jump two, which I knew I couldn’t do. She doesn’t have that kind of stride, but she is a very quick horse, so I just thought I could outturn him to the orange jump. That would be the only place I made up that time because he was galloping.”

Ward was not sure if his time would hold up with some of the good horses and riders that followed him. He stated, “I actually thought all four at the end of the jump-off had a chance; they are all great riders and fast horses. That mare with Laura is a very experienced, older horse who has always been super fast, just naturally fast. Rothchild did kick out pretty hard rolling back, which I think slowed him up a little and I checked to the last jump. Smooth is always faster and that wasn’t so smooth, so there were a couple of little mistakes on my part, but I was thrilled with both of my horses. The horse of Ilan and Missy’s is new. I went as fast as I really wanted to go today and it wasn’t quite fast enough. A great rider and a very experienced horse beat you and that is going to happen sometimes.”

Kraut looks forward to the rest of the circuit now having Jubilee as well her Olympic partner Cedric to show in the big classes. She stated, “The owner is obviously aware that I have Cedric and so I think that she is looking forward to me being able to jump Jubilee alongside with him. With her being 16 years old and Cedric being 15 years old, neither one of them can go, go, go all the time, so I think it is really nice that I will have two sort of premier horses and just be able to flip-flop between them.”

Laura Kraut and Jubilee d’Ouilly in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines.
Photo © Sportfot.

Also showing in the International Arena on Thursday, Katie Monahan-Prudent earned victory in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumper Classic aboard Michael Smith’s V. Out of 41 competitors and seven entries that made it to the jump-off, the pair had the fastest of six double clear rounds in 37.220 seconds. Andres Rodriguez and Arao Enterprises, LLC’s Aberdeen 33 finished second in 37.508 seconds.

Final Results: $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 2

1. JUBILEE D’OUILLY: 1997 Selle Francais mare by Palestro II x Graphit

LAURA KRAUT (USA), A. Le Bon and F.X. Le Bon: 0/0/35.57

2. ROTHCHILD: 2001 SBS gelding by Artos x Elegant De L’Ile
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms: 0/0/35.70

3. ZHUM CW: 2004 KWPN gelding by Querlybet Hero x Cambridge

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Ilan Ferder & Missy Clark: 0/0/36.22

4. ZAFIRA: 2004 KWPN mare Nassau x Cappucino van Berkenbroek
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Haity McNerney: 0/0/37.33

5. QUOINTREAU UN PRINCE: 2004 Selle Francais gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Rosire
LAURA CHAPOT (USA), LAURA CHAPOT & MCLAIN WARD: 0/0/38.19

6. WANNICK WH: 2003 KWPN stallion by Heartbreaker x Joost
CHRISTINE MCCREA  (USA), Candy Tribble/Windsor Show Stables: 0/0/38.43

7. G&C FLASH: 2002 Hanoverian gelding by Forrester x Grannus

LUIS LARRAZABAL (VEN), Gustavo Mirabal: 0/0/38.72

8. ULTIMO: 2001 KWPN gelding by Marlon x Laroche
HECTOR FLORENTINO (DOM), Stransky’s Mission Farm: 0/0/39.18

9. UTAN: 2001 KWPN gelding by Burggraaf x Concorde
ANGELA COVERT (CAN), Eastwood Group: 0/0/39.99

10. CARLOTTA SINGULAR: 2002 Hanoverian mare by Chasseur x Singular Joter
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan Grange: 0/4/36.38

11. ROCKY W: 1998 KWPN gelding by Libero H x Corofino
KAITLIN CAMPBELL (USA), Kaitlin Campbell: 0/4/36.49

12. HH LET’S FLY: 1999 Hanoverian gelding by Lordanos x Forrest

RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Double H Farm: 0/4/36.76

Ivory Coast and Peter Pletcher Triumph in Second Year Green
Working Hunter Division

Ivory Coast and Peter Pletcher were named champions of the Second Year Green Working Hunter division after two days of competition at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Ivory Coast, owned by Eva Bisso, and Pletcher led the division after day one of competition when they placed third and sixth over fences before winning the under saddle. Ivory Coast and Pletcher picked up another blue ribbon, this time over fences, and placed sixth in the stake round on day two.

Pletcher was also in the irons for the division’s reserve champion, Westbrooke, owned by Laurie Lewis. The eleven-year-old Warmblood gelding placed first and second over fences and fifth under saddle on day one, followed by fifth and fourth places over fences on day two.

“As a duo, they’re night and day, but they’re both very game horses. I don’t ever worry about them spooking. It doesn’t matter what ring, when it is, they always give it their all,” Scott described of the winning pair.

Pletcher found Ivory Coast last summer for owner Bisso, who was looking for a horse to compete with in Adult Hunter divisions. The eleven-year-old Trakehner won them over with his superior quality of movement and sweet personality.

Peter Pletcher and Ivory Coast.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

“We thought we’d buy a horse that could do bigger jumps and maybe the derbies also. So we looked around and found him. He’s beautiful and a really good mover, and also super sweet,” Pletcher described. “Eva has shown him a few times in lower adult classes and he’s got a super brain.”

Pletcher went on to describe Ivory Coast’s fluid movement as the gelding’s greatest strength in the ring. “He’s really smooth. He has a beautiful topline, and has such a beautiful way of going that if maybe he jumps one jump a little funnier, his topline is so pretty that it makes the jump look better,” Pletcher stated.

Fortunately, Pletcher didn’t have to worry about any mistakes over fences during this division. Ivory Coast was undaunted by the course laid out by Philip J. Devita. “The course was really, really good. There were a lot of oxers in the class. There’s a lot of different stuff that some of the other horses might have spooked or been a little funny at, but he didn’t really care at all,” Pletcher stated.

Week two of competition at the FTI WEF, sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty, continues Friday with the Camping World Adult Amateur Hunter 51 & Over (Section A), hosted in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Arena and the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class in the International Arena. For full results, go towww.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 atwww.fticonsulting.com.


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

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.

 

Shane Sweetnam Wins First Two Classes of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

January 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 9, 2013 – The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) hosted its opening day of competition on Wednesday, January 9, at the beautiful Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, with big wins for Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam. Sweetnam kicked things off with a bang in back to back victories in the first two classes of the circuit in the International Arena.

 

Sweetnam won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class aboard Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina and then went on to take top honors in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class aboard Spy Coast Farm, LLC’s Eregast Van’t Kiezelhof. Laura Chapot also had a win on day one riding Mary Chapot’s Zealous in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge.

 

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 $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 1 on Thursday, the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50M Championship Jumper Classic on Saturday afternoon, and the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix on Sunday. The 2013 FTI WEF runs through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina. Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam’s mounts Solerina and Eregast have both proven themselves in the show ring this year. In fact, Sweetnam had a one-two finish with the two horses showing in the $10,000 Welcome Stake at the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association Charity Horse Show this November. Sweetnam is now off to a great start for the FTI WEF circuit with double wins on day one.

 

“It is a great way to start WEF,” Sweetnam smiled this afternoon. “Last year I started off a little bit slow and then in the second half I had a lot of seconds, so it is nice to get a couple of wins early.”

 

The $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class was the first class of the day with 13 entries and 5 clear rounds in a race against the clock over Eric Hasbrouck’s course. Sweetnam and Solerina, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad, were last to go and completed the fastest round in 63.452 seconds for the win.

 

Peter Wylde and The Wannahave Group’s Wannahave finished second in 67.756 seconds. Luis Larrazabal and Anabel Simon’s G&C Sacramento placed third in 69.905 seconds. Last to go in the class, Sweetnam knew what he had to do, and galloped through the course over four seconds faster than the leading pair.
Sweetnam stated, “Solerina is a very quick horse. I didn’t have to go too silly, but she was still a couple of seconds quicker. She is naturally very quick and covers the ground. She is a very, very competitive horse.”

 

Sweetnam owns Solerina in partnership with Spy Coast Farm and has only had her since the middle of this summer, but the pair has already had great success together.

 

“She doesn’t spend too much time in the air,” he noted. “She is very, very careful. She is a little bit of a character, as in chestnut mare character, but she has a fighting spirit. She always has since I’ve had her. She has had a lot of good results already.”

 

Commenting on the course, Sweetnam added, “The course was nice, especially for the first day of circuit. I wouldn’t say it was too big or too difficult. It was a nice opening class for WEF.”

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina Presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Gustavo Mirabal. Photo © Sportfot.

For Solerina, the FTI WEF circuit will consist of competing in the 1.45m and 1.50m classes. Sweetnam plans to do the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50M Championship Jumper Classic this week on Saturday and then hopes to pick up some of the Rolex/FEI World Ranking Classes throughout the circuit.

Sweetnam’s second win of the day came with Eregast Van’t Kiezelhof, a nine-year-old Belgian Warmlood gelding by Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve x Latano. In the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class, 55 entries showed and 25 advanced to the short course. Of those 25, 12 were double clear and Sweetnam and Eregast completed the fastest jump-off round in 36.836 seconds for the win.
Sweetnam just edged out McLain Ward, who finished a very close second riding Ilan Ferder and Missy Clark’s Zhum CW through the timers in 36.872 seconds. Christine McCrea and Candy Tribble’s Avenir placed third in 37.980 seconds.

 

Talking about his second winning mount, Sweetnam described, “I have had Eregast for a year and he has just really started to blossom recently. He has an awful lot of talent. He just seems to be maturing now at the right time. He is just coming nine. The year that I have had him, he needed that time to get mileage.”

 
“He had two good, nice rounds today,” Sweetnam stated. “The first round went well. In the second round, I knew McLain was winning. I was second to last to go with Eregast, so I sort of had an idea of what I needed to do with him as well. He has a very big stride and he can really gallop, so it seemed to work out in our favor and I think we just beat McLain.”

 
On his plans for the circuit with Eregast, Sweetnam detailed, “I want to develop him. He is going to do the 1.45m tomorrow and then hopefully in the next couple of weeks he will do the 1.50m. I have high hopes for him at some stage, but he just needs to get the experience.”

 
Sweetnam looks forward to a fantastic circuit with his great group of horses this year. He stated, “There are so many good classes coming up. I have a very good team of horses thanks to Spy Coast Farm, so I am hoping to have a very successful year this year.”

 
The $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class was also held this afternoon with a win for Laura Chapot riding Mary Chapot’s Zealous. The pair had the fastest of nine clear rounds out of 43 entries with a time of 58.302 seconds. Emanuel Andrade finished second and third. Andrade guided Hollow Creek Farm’s Wilkina Lithya to second place honors with a time of 63.092 seconds. He rode Hollow Creek Farm’s Costa to third place in 63.542 seconds.

 

Day two of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival will continue in the International Arena tomorrow with the feature $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 1. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Final Results: $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Table II Sec 1

1. SOLERINA SHANE SWEETNAM SWEET OAK FARM: 0/63.452

2. WANNAHAVE PETER WYLDETHE WANNAHAVE GROUP: 0/67.756

3. G & C SACRAMENTO LUIS LARRAZABAL ANABEL SIMON: 0/69.905

4. NOUVELLE LAURA KRAUTEVITA GROUP: 0/73.443

5. TEIRRA ALISE OKEN HI HOPES FARM LLC: 0/75.706

6. VENUS MARILYN LITTLE RAYLYN FARMS, INC: 4/65.031

7. LITTLE EMIR SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM, LLC: 4/65.210

8. HOT WHEELS DARRAGH KERINS SARAH KERINS: 4/65.985

9. ZANDER MCLAIN WARD MCLAIN WARD: 4/68.624

10. ZILOX T MARILYN LITTLE RAYLYN FARMS, INC: 4/69.916

 

Final Results: $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Table II Sec 2(b)

1. EREGAST VAN’T KIEZELHOF SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM, LLC: 0/0/36.836
2. ZHUM CW MCLAIN WARD ILAN FARDER & MISSY CLARK: 0/0/36.872

3. AVENIR CHRISTINE MCCREA CANDY TRIBBLE: 0/0/37.980

4. WOTSAMILLION LAURA KRAUTSTONE HILL FARM: 0/0/38.201

5. WHITNEY RAMIRO QUINTANA ST. BRIDES FARM: 0/0/38.639

6. LILLI GEORGINA BLOOMBERG GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES, LLC: 0/0/40.672

7. VICTOR TIFFANY FOSTER ARTISAN FARMS, LLC: 0/0/42.457

PICCOBELLO DU VAL DE GEER JORDAN MACPHERSON JEM STABLES, INC: 0/0/42.600
9. IMOTHEP NICOLE SHAHINIAN-SIMPSON HYPERION STUD, LLC: 0/0/43.307

10. CARISMA EMILIE MARTINSEN EMILIE MARTINSEN: 0/0/46.365

 

 

2013 FTI WEF Opening Press Conference

The 2013 FTI WEF hosted its opening press conference on Tuesday afternoon and a large crowd of local, national, and international media were in attendance to kick off the 12-week competition. The FTI WEF circuit will host thousands of the world’s best horses and riders competing in the hunter, jumper and equitation disciplines starting January 9 and running through March 31.

 

Press Conference Panel Laura Kraut, Dennis Shaughnessy, Mark Bellissimo and Nick Skelton. Photo © ManciniPhotos.

 

The press conference panel included Equestrian Sport Productions’ (ESP) CEO Mark Bellissimo and FTI Consulting, Inc.’s Executive Chairman of the Board, Dennis J. Shaughnessy, as well as top show jumpers and Olympic Gold Medalists Laura Kraut (USA) and Nick Skelton (GBR).

 

 

As the FTI WEF moves into another year, everyone looks forward to the continued growth and development of the event. On Tuesday, Mark Bellissimo welcomed members of the press and spoke about the great changes that he continues to see.

 
“This is the 34th year of the Winter Equestrian Festival and it should be an outstanding year for us,” Bellissimo declared. “I first want to thank FTI Consulting and Dennis Shaughnessy for once again being our title sponsor. Through their investment in our vision and our facility and our event I think that we have really been able to distinguish this event throughout the world.”

 
“This year we will see a record crowd,” Bellissimo stated. “We are sold out of every major component of our business from International Club tables to box seats. I believe that we will have a record international audience this year with the likes of Nick Skelton leading that pack as the gold medal winner in the 2012 Olympic Games. We are attracting very high caliber competitors in the jumper world, the hunter world and dressage. We are very excited about this year and I think this will be a breakout year for us.”

 
Spectatorship at the FTI WEF has had tremendous growth through a combination of alliances with the schools and communications throughout Palm Beach County in conjunction with the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge.
In addition to the growth of spectatorship, the Wellington community itself is growing rapidly. Bellissimo noted that there are currently 47 new construction projects going on right now with new houses and barns being built, creating an even stronger community. As more people call Wellington ‘home’, the shows that ESP hosts throughout the rest of the year are also booming.

 
The show also made a large investment in improving infrastructure. As Bellissimo detailed, “We want to make sure that the increase in spectatorship is matched with accessibility, enhancements and better spectator pavilions. We have spent a lot on the International Club to make that more permanent. We added a new pavilion that will be called Central Park that sits between The Gallery and the Wellington Club. Each year we have added a new pavilion. I think it gives another opportunity for people to come and have a different experience for a different age group. We have tried to enhance the public access areas in a way that makes some sense. People will also see some noticeable improvements to the front entrance, including a Venetian carousel. We are trying to hone the facility to be a much more elegant, safe, spectator-friendly venue.”

 

 

The fantastic competition in Wellington is something that riders are taking notice of around the world, especially since three of the four team members from this year’s gold medal winning team from Great Britain showed here last year in preparation for the Olympic Games in London. Nick Skelton was a member of that team with his great horse Big Star and was one of the most successful riders on the circuit here last year prior to that win. Nick explained how the level of competition in Wellington helped him prepare for that monumental victory.

 
Skelton stated, “Coming here for the three months definitely contributed towards him in London. You can teach them a lot of things here. You can go in the different rings and it is invaluable to give them the experience that they need, especially as a young horse. As the weeks go on the prize money gets better. There are fantastic shows here with really good prize money. I’ve been very lucky the last few years here and taken quite a bit away. It is a great facility. There are a lot more foreign riders coming over and they all think the same thing. The weather is good here and I think the horses do better in the sunshine. They come on better for the weather and when they go back in the spring they are ready to go, like Big Star was.”

 
FTI Chairman Dennis Shaughnessy has seen the reach that sponsoring at this competition has had for his company. “FTI obviously is a global company, but our largest office is in London,” Shaughnessy said. “There is a great magazine called Horse and Hound there and last year I started getting calls from clients in London. They Picked up Horse and Hound and on the cover is FTI WEF and there were some kind words from Nick and his fellow teammates about the entire operation. It was a pleasant surprise for us as a sponsor because I am getting great impressions sitting in London of something that we are sponsoring here. For those of you native to Palm Beach County and this area, the outreach is unbelievable. You have one of the classiest magazines in London featuring beautiful color photography of the facility here. Most of the British Olympic team were unbelievably complimentary about not only the facility itself, but the experience. They talked about the uniformity and the quality of the rings. As a sponsor I wanted to thank Nick for the kind words because it resonated with our employees as well as our clients over there.”

 
“This is a tremendous asset,” Shaughnessy added. “I’m not sure everyone understands that between December and April you have a collection of people here that can do an awful lot of good for Palm Beach County. You have a Collection of CEOs, fund managers, investment bankers. It’s probably rare to get them all together in one spot. The impressions they are getting from Palm Beach and Wellington are priceless. You could not pay to have that kind of marketing. Mark and the staff deserve a lot of credit for being great promoters of the sport and putting an awful lot of investment into making this the premier facility in the world.”

 

Dennis Shaughnessy, Laura Kraut, Mark Bellissimo.
Photo © ManciniPhotos.

 

Olympic gold medalist Laura Kraut has been showing in Wellington for 33 of the show’s 34 years, beginning on ponies and moving up the ranks. Kraut is now a top competitor and trainer, with several young students making their mark on the sport. She has also been very helpful to the horse show in sharing her opinions and suggestions for improvement.

 
Bellissimo detailed, “Laura has been a phenomenal force in terms of providing the eyes and ears on the ground. It is tough when you are running a show likes this to please everyone, but she has been spectacular and has really tried to push the quality of our product over the years.”

 
“I have always found them incredibly receptive to almost anything that I have suggested or critiqued. They always are willing to listen,” Kraut said. “You can see by looking around you it has just gotten better and better. This is a great business opportunity for all of us in this sport, a great competitive opportunity, and it is becoming more of a sport for the show jumping end of it.”

 
Other notable improvements to this year’s schedule include another CSI 5*-rated week during FTI WEF 9 as well as the addition of a Nations Cup series for young riders, sponsored by Hollow Creek Farm. Three new FEI Nations Cup competitions will be held for Children 12 to 14 years old, for Juniors 14 to 18 years old and for Young Riders 16 to 21 years old during Week 8 of the FTI WEF alongside the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm. As well as a team competition, there will also be an individual class for the three levels, all of which will run under full FEI rules giving the riders an early experience of top level international competition.

 
Wellington Equestrian Partner Katherine Bellissimo added that there are many more factors to the added competition for young riders as well as young horses.

 
“We are not just about running the biggest and best horse show in the world, we are trying to develop young horses and riders, which is also why we are doing the Nations Cup series, she stated. “It doesn’t just start when the team is selected; it starts when they are young. It starts with having classes here where they can compete on an international basis and get that team experience as well as the individual experience. It is also about developing horses here in the United States instead of going to Europe to get them. We are doing the young horse shows, a lot of education, some breeding shows, and we are working with young riders to help us grow the sport.”

 

 

A further expansion includes even more competition on the grass derby field at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. During FTI WEF 7, the hunters are the focus in the International Arena and the jumpers will have all of their classes for the week at The Stadium. The hunters will then have a whole week of competition there themselves during FTI WEF 9 and will of course have their feature $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby there as the finale hunter event during FTI WEF 12.

 

Equestrian Sport Productions looks forward to a fantastic season as the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival kicks off on Wednesday, January 9. For more information and for a full schedule of events, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival,www.us.sportfot.com and ManciniPhotos, www.manciniphotos.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.

 

 

 

 

Shane Sweetnam’s mounts Solerina and Eregast have both proven themselves in the show ring this year. In fact, Sweetnam had a one-two finish with the two horses showing in the $10,000 Welcome Stake at the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association Charity Horse Show this November. Sweetnam is now off to a great start for the FTI WEF circuit with double wins on day one.
“It is a great way to start WEF,” Sweetnam smiled this afternoon. “Last year I started off a little bit slow and then in the second half I had a lot of seconds, so it is nice to get a couple of wins early.”
The $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class was the first class of the day with 13 entries and 5 clear rounds in a race against the clock over Eric Hasbrouck’s course. Sweetnam and Solerina, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad, were last to go and completed the fastest round in 63.452 seconds for the win.
Peter Wylde and The Wannahave Group’s Wannahave finished second in 67.756 seconds. Luis Larrazabal and Anabel Simon’s G&C Sacramento placed third in 69.905 seconds. Last to go in the class, Sweetnam knew what he had to do, and galloped through the course over four seconds faster than the leading pair.
Sweetnam stated, “Solerina is a very quick horse. I didn’t have to go too silly, but she was still a couple of seconds quicker. She is naturally very quick and covers the ground. She is a very, very competitive horse.”
Sweetnam owns Solerina in partnership with Spy Coast Farm and has only had her since the middle of this summer, but the pair has already had great success together.
“She doesn’t spend too much time in the air,” he noted. “She is very, very careful. She is a little bit of a character, as in chestnut mare character, but she has a fighting spirit. She always has since I’ve had her. She has had a lot of good results already.”
Commenting on the course, Sweetnam added, “The course was nice, especially for the first day of circuit. I wouldn’t say it was too big or too difficult. It was a nice opening class for WEF.” 

 

 

2012 Washington International Horse Show Wrap Up – October 23-28, 2012

October 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Washington, D.C. –October 29, 2012 – The 2012 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) concluded on Sunday after a great week of competition at Verizon Center in Washington D.C. With exciting competition, amazing exhibitions, fun with Barn Night and Kids’ Day, and wrapping up safely before the storms, the show was an fantastic success in 2012.

All six days of competition at WIHS were streamed live online at www.wihs.org. While numbers were impressive last year, they were unprecedented in 2012, with more than 180,000 views of the live stream.

WIHS would like to thank their sponsors, exhibitors, spectators, volunteers and staff for a wonderful 2012 show.

 

Reed Kessler and Cylana Capture Victory in
$100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, CSI 3*-W, Presented by Events DC

Eighteen-year-old U.S. Olympian Reed Kessler added yet another accolade to her impressive year with a win in the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, presented by Events DC, at the 54th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS). A FEI World Cup Qualifier, Kessler topped an impressive list of international competitors aboard her phenomenal mare Cylana to win in her first time competing in the class. Brazil’s Paulo Santana and Taloubet finished second, while Australia’s Matt Williams and Watch Me VD Mangelaar were third.

Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY, set the course for the week’s show jumping competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. D’Ambrosio set a great course for the Saturday night grand prix, which featured 28 international horses and riders. Nine entries were able to clear the first-round course without fault to advance to the jump-off, and only four of those were faultless through the short course.

Margie Engle (USA) and Indigo, owned by Griese, Garber, Hidden Creek and Gladwinds, cleared the jump-off course in 36.42 seconds to eventually finish fourth. Matt Williams (AUS) and Samantha Tuerk’s Watch Me VD Mangelaar improved on that time in 36.15 seconds to secure the third place honors. Brazil’s Paulo Santana and Taloubet were a full two seconds faster than Williams in 34.15 seconds to take the lead, but would have to settle for second. USA’s young show jumping sensation Reed Kessler was last to go in the jump-off and shaved another two seconds off of Santana’s time aboard Cylana to win the class in 32.62 seconds.

For their victory, Kessler and Cylana were presented with the President of the United States Perpetual Cup. As Leading Jumper Rider, an award sponsored by Robin Parsky, Kessler was also presented with the Margaret Chovnick Memorial Trophy and awarded a Rolex luxury timepiece from Tiny Jewel Box. Kessler’s parents, Teri and Murray Kessler, received a special award as the Leading Jumper Owner, sponsored by The Reid Family. Paulo Santana was named the Leading International Rider.

Reed Kessler has had an incredible year, competing as the youngest member in history for the U.S. Show Jumping Team at this summer’s Olympic Games in London. She can now add one of the nation’s most prestigious grand prix honors to her resume. Kessler was elated with the win, and praised Cylana on another great effort. The ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (by Skippy II x Darco) has become a superstar in her own right this year.

“This is one of the most historical classes in our country and it is my first year being old enough to do the grand prix,” Kessler noted. “Last year I was actually leading rider going into it and I wasn’t old enough to do it, so I really wanted to come back this year and seal the deal. I am thrilled; I brought the red coat for it and everything.”

Kessler has been competing at WIHS since she was a child on ponies and has had many wins throughout the years. “I can’t even count (how many years I’ve been coming to WIHS),” she laughed. “I think I was champion here in the small ponies when I was little, I did the equitation final, then junior jumpers for a bunch of years and then to be all the way to the President’s Cup now. It is one of my favorite shows. I have been coming here my whole life and I love being in the middle of the city.”

“There is a great interaction with the audience here,” Kessler said further. “Everyone gets really into it. Barn night is genius; they always get a huge turnout. There was quite literally a mile-long line of children asking for autographs after the Gambler’s Choice. It is a great show and the crowd gets really into it. I think it is probably one of the biggest turnouts at a show jumping event in America.”

Second place finisher Paulo Santana had great results with Taloubet this week and spoke about his round and the pressure of having Kessler, a known speedster, following him in the order. “I had to play a little with the risk. I was afraid to try and then have a rail really early,” he said. “I had to chase my points one by one and do a safe course, but that doesn’t mean that I would beat her. To win by two seconds in an indoor competition is a lot.”

Santana was very excited to qualify for WIHS this year and have the opportunity to compete for World Cup points. He praised the show as well. “For me it is one of the best, if not the best show in the United States,” he declared. “The best restaurants, hotels, the crowd, the footing; it makes everybody feel good.”

“I was on the waiting list, like lighting candles to get in,” Santana laughed. “Brazilian black magic! I hope next year I don’t have to do that. I found out that I got in between three and four weeks ago. It was really kind of the organizers, who called right away; we were first on the waiting list.”

Santana also acknowledged the great crew at WIHS. “We have to always appreciate what the crew does here; they work literally 24 hours,” he added. “We show up here at 3 o’clock in the morning and somebody is already dragging the arena. We know that probably this horse show costs much more than what it gets to be done, so we really appreciate the effort that the organizers put to keep doing this tradition in the capital, inside of the city. It makes a better display for our sport. It is very nice and I hope they never quit doing this show because it would be a very big loss for the sport here in the United States.”

Third place finisher, Matt Williams, added, “This show is amazing. You are so close to everything; you walk outside and the restaurants are right there. It is well-publicized, so people are coming in who know nothing about horses and learning about the sport. They have other things happening other than jumping to keep people entertained, which is nice for the riders as well, to watch some of the events that are happening here. It is nice to see something different. If you can cope with the warm-up ring, it is such a fantastic place to be in the center of the city. The arena is great, the grounds are great, the courses have been super all week and it is a privilege to be here.”

“I thought the class developed beautifully; I was not surprised to see riders on fast horses figure out a way to be a bit faster than the horse before them,” said course designer Anthony d’Ambrosio. “It’s what they do and they take calculated risks, but certainly know what they have to do to win. Having a good animal that can make the adjustments necessary to be faster, they often times come through. I think it just unfolded in a very nice way this evening where it had a chance to develop to be very nice for the crowd. You didn’t have to have ever seen horses jump before to appreciate a competition like that I think, and those who know show jumping could also appreciate it very much.”

Highlights – Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship was the opening class of the evening session on Tuesday with 29 entries competing. J.P. Godard, of Aiken, SC, set the course and the top 12 entries from round one returned for a second round over fences.

Coming out on top, Madison Goetzmann, of Skaneateles, NY, earned scores of 76 and 82 for a combined total of 158 aboard Sirius Black, owned by Christina Gellos. For the win, the pair was awarded the H. Fenwick Kollock Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Friends of Fen.

Catherine Rodda guided her horse Weekend Affair to second place honors with scores of 82 and 73 for a 155 total. Third place was awarded to Emma Fass and Son of a Sailor with a 154 point score (83 and 71.5).

The $10,000 WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Championship concluded day one at the 2012 WIHS with 31 entries showing over the first round course. The top twelve were brought back and Amy Zettler, of Aldie, VA, rode her horse Glad Rags to the championship with scores of 79 and 82 for a 161 point total.

Kathryn Clapp was awarded the second place prize aboard The Barracks’ Donnerkind with scores of 77 and 75 for a two-round total of 152. Laurie Barna and Laguna led the first round with a score of 81 and then earned a 70.5 in round two to finish third with a 151.5 point total.

Earlier on Tuesday, the professional hunter divisions completed their first day of competition at Verizon Center. The Robotyping Challenge Trophy was presented to Tom Brennan and Gramercy Park, owned by Lynn Ellen Rice, for the best Green Working Hunter round of the day. Brennan and Gramercy Park scored an 86 to win the trophy as the overall winner of classes 22 and 32 as a First Year Green Working Hunter.

The Fairfax Hunt Race Association Challenge Trophy was awarded to Scott Stewart and Enjoy, owned by Rose Hill Farm, for the best Green Working Hunter handy round. The pair had a high score of 87 as the overall winner of classes 23 and 33, also a First Year horse.

Highlights – Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Day two of the 2012 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) featured the presentation of championship honors in the professional and amateur-owner hunter divisions at Verizon Center in downtown Washington D.C. This year’s professional World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Scott Stewart continued his winning season with multiple division tricolors, the overall Grand Hunter Championship aboard Rose Hill Farm’s Enjoy, and the award for Leading Hunter Rider among his many accolades in the first two days of competition.

Wesley Newlands and Daryl Portela earned the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championships. The $10,000 Children’s and Adult Jumper Championships and the first $10,000 Open Jumper speed class were featured during the evening session with Nina Montross, Ericka Caslin, and Aaron Vale coming away with wins.

Scott Stewart kicked off the day by winning the High Performance Working Hunter championship aboard Alexandra Crown’s Garfield. Stewart and Garfield earned two blue ribbons over fences and placed third under saddle to be awarded The “NOT ALWAYS” Challenge Trophy, donated by Miss Peggy Steinman.

The High Performance reserve championship was presented to Dr. Betsee Parker’s Rosalynn with Hunt Tosh in the irons. The pair won the under saddle and earned two second place ribbons over fences. Rosalynn was also awarded the special Protocol Trophy as the overall High Point High Performance Working Hunter from the Devon Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and Washington International Horse Show.

Stewart continued to win throughout the day, also taking home the Green Conformation Hunter championship aboard Fashion Farm’s Beholden with first and second place ribbons over fences and wins in both the under saddle and the model. The duo was awarded The Valiant Hark Memorial Challenge Trophy, donated by Mrs. Stephen J. Clark.

Gramercy Park, owned by Lynn Ellen Rice and ridden by Tom Brennan, placed first, second and sixth over fences and fourth under saddle to finish in reserve.

Brennan and Gramercy Park were also reserve champions in the First Year Green Working Hunters with two first place ribbons over fences and a fifth place under saddle. With two reserve championships in a row, Gramercy Park’s owner Lynn Ellen Rice was presented with the show’s Leading Hunter Owner Award, sponsored by The Reid Family.

As the day went on, the First Year Green Working Hunter championship went to Stewart and Rose Hill Farm’s Enjoy, who placed first, second and second over fences and also earned the second place ribbon under saddle. In addition to the division win, Enjoy was presented The Claire Lang Miller Challenge Trophy as the show’s Grand Green Working Hunter Champion, as well as The Rave Review Challenge Trophy, donated by Stoney Hill, as the overall Grand Hunter Champion.
Stewart was then honored with the Leading Hunter Rider Award, sponsored by The Gochman Family.

For the win, Stewart was presented with The Robert Coluccio Leading Hunter Rider Perpetual Trophy as well as a beautiful Rolex Luxury Timepiece, courtesy of Tiny Jewel Box, which he also took home last year. This was Stewart’s seventh time earning the leading rider title at WIHS in his illustrious professional career.

In addition to the championship wins, Stewart was reserve champion in the Regular Conformation Hunter and Second Year Green Working Hunter divisions with horses Showman and Dedication respectively. Stewart was beat out in both of those divisions by fellow top hunter rider Peter Pletcher.

In the Regular Conformation Hunters, Pletcher guided Becky Gochman’s Sambalino to the championship honors and was presented with The Mary Farren Perpetual Trophy. Sambalino placed first and fourth over fences and won both the under saddle and the model. Stewart and Krista and Alexa Weisman’s Showman finished in reserve, placing first and second over fences and second in both the under saddle and model.

In the Second Year Green Working Hunter championship, Pletcher and Becky Gochman’s Empire were the winners with Stewart and Fashion Farm’s Dedication in reserve. Empire won two classes over fences and Dedication won one class over fences and topped the under saddle. Although both horses finished with the same number of points overall, Empire’s points over fences took top honors.

In addition to the reserve award, Stewart and Dedication were presented with The Windy Acres Challenge Trophy earlier in the morning. The trophy, donated by Mr. James O. Pease, is awarded to the overall winner of classes 24 and 34 for the best Green Working Hunter stake round. Stewart and Dedication’s high score of 90 in the Second Year Green Working Hunter Stake was the best of the day.

The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions concluded their second day of competition on Wednesday and awarded championship honors as well. The Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” championship, sponsored by The Davis Family, was awarded to Wesley Newlands, of Toronto, ON, aboard Pure Abundance. The pair earned the Frank Counselman Memorial Perpetual Trophy donated by Friends of Frank Counselman. Newlands was also awarded the Leading Amateur-Owner Hunter Rider Award for the 3’6” level.

They were the champions of the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” 18-35 division after placing first, second and fourth over fences and winning the under saddle. Jazz Johnson Merton and James Johnson’s Kingston finished in reserve with two blue ribbons over fences and a sixth place under saddle.

Newlands has owned Pure Abundance, an eleven-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Acord II, for five years. The pair has shown at WIHS three times and this was their first championship win as well as her first leading rider title.

In the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” Over 35, Katie Robinson and Rock Steady, owned by KJ Robinson LLC, earned the division championship. The pair placed first and fourth over fences and first under saddle. Becky Gochman and Sambalino earned two blue ribbons over fences and finished fifth under saddle to earn the reserve championship. Gochman and Sambalino were also awarded The Shari Hollis Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the Late Col. J.B. Hollis and Ms. Jeannie Hollis, which is presented to the overall winner of classes 54 and 64 in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” stake rounds for their high score of 87.

As the day continued, it was a clean sweep for Daryl Portela and James B. Pirtle Ent., Inc.’s Winner in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Over 35 division. The pair won all three jumping classes and the under saddle, were awarded the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Championship, sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Earnest M. Oare, and Portela was named the Leading Amateur-Owner Hunter Rider for the 3’3” division overall. The pair also earned the Best Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Stake Round presented to the overall winner of class 74 and 84 with a high score of 86.

The Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Over 35 reserve champion was Castlekeep, owned by Richard Prant and ridden by Nancy Hooker. Castlekeep and Hooker placed second, third and fourth over fences.

In the Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3’3” 18-35 championship, Amanda Hone and Instantaneous were the victors with Chelsea Ireland and Surely in reserve. Hone and Instantaneous finished first in two classes over fences and third under saddle. Ireland and Surely won the under saddle and one class over fences.

The jumpers took to the arena for the first time on Wednesday with children’s, adult and open jumper classes. Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY, is the course designer for the week.

The $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship was the first jumper class to be held with an exciting win for 14-year-old Nina Montross, of Bedford, NY, aboard Caprifol. two entries showed in the first round of the children’s championship, and eleven jumped clear to advance to the jump-off. Montross and Caprifol, owned by Palm Meadow Farm LLC, completed the only double clear round to earn the victory in 26.456 seconds, which was also the fastest round. For the win, the pair was presented with The H. Fenwick Kollock Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Friends of Fen.
Second place went to Devon Monroe aboard Shinkansen with four faults in 27.430 seconds in the jump-off. The third place prize was awarded to Michael Mahoney and Remonta Haron with four faults in 27.970 seconds.

The $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship was held next in the evening session and the win went to Ericka Caslin, of Parkville, MD, riding Rioletto last in the jump-off. Twenty-seven entries jumped in the first round and nine went clear to jump-off. Only four were able to jump double clear through the short course, and Caslin and Rioletto had the fastest time of 30.945 seconds to win The Dorothy Foote “Goodie” Taylor Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ashton Hill and Miss Linden Joan Hill.

Second place went to Haley Schaufeld and Ana Sia with a clear jump-off round in 31.572 seconds. Third place went to Hannah Murrin and Valentina, jumping clear in 33.758 seconds. Chiara Parlagreco and Belle Grey Farm LLC’s Chacca Blue completed the other clear jump-off round in 36.232 seconds to finish fourth.

The day’s competition concluded with a $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m speed class and a win for Aaron Vale (USA) and Palm Sunday, owned by Amen Corner Farm. The pair had the fastest of 11 clear rounds in 49.29 seconds out of 39 competitors. Tim Gredley (GBR) and Unex Competition Yard Ltd.’s Unex Valvente stopped the clock in 49.70 seconds to finish second. Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Stone Hill Farm’s Temmie earned the third place prize with their time of 49.91 seconds.
Highlights – Thursday, October 25, 2012

2012 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) continued on Thursday with the first day of classes for the Junior Hunters and several International Open Jumper and Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper classes at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The course designer for the jumpers at WIHS this year is Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY. The International Open Jumpers had two classes on Thursday, and Brianne Goutal, of New York, NY, rode Remarkable Farms LP’s Onira to victory in the $32,000 International Open Jumper jump-off class. Reed Kessler jumped Ligist to the high score in the $20,000 International Open Jumper Gambler’s Choice Costume class. Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers competed as well with a win for Michael Hughes and Red Hot in the Low division and Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius in the High division.
Thursday was also the always popular “Barn Night,” presented by Dover Saddlery and media partner The Equiery.

There were 28 entries in the $32,000 International Open Jumper time first jump-off class, sponsored by AAA Equestrian LLC. Nine entries were able to navigate a clear first round and advanced to the jump-off. Five jumped the short course without fault and the win went to Brianne Goutal and Onira, last to go, with a time of 29.06 seconds.
For the win, Goutal and Onira were presented with The Ben O’Meara Memorial Challenge Trophy.

Paulo Santana (BRA) and Taloubet completed the first clear jump-off round in 32.08 seconds to finish in fourth place. Christine McCrea (USA) went clear in 29.83 seconds aboard Candy Tribble & Windsor Show Stables’ Wannick WH to place third. Reed Kessler (USA) upped the pace to 29.63 seconds aboard Cylana to eventually finish second. Tim Gredley (GBR) and Unex Competition Yard Ltd.’s Unex Timo IV also jumped clear, and their time of 34.94 seconds placed fifth. The final entry, Brianne Goutal completed the fastest clear round with Onira for the win. Laura Kraut (USA) actually had the fastest time of the jump-off in 28.33 seconds aboard Hi Hopes Farm LLC’s Teirra, but a tough rail at the last jump placed the pair in sixth.

The $20,000 International Open Jumper Gambler’s Choice Costume Class, sponsored by Hollow Creek Farm, is always an exciting event at WIHS, especially with Barn Night and thousands of young fans cheering on the riders. In Thursday night’s class, 18-year-old Reed Kessler, of Lexington, KY, jumped to victory aboard Ligist. The duo earned 860 points over the course and jumped clean over the Joker fence for an additional 200 points. Their 1060 total was the winning score.

Kessler was presented with the Crown Royal Trophy, donated by Crown Royal, as the winning rider, while Ligist, a 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Levantos II x Robin Z, won The Sue Ann Geisler Memorial Trophy, donated by the Washington International Horse Show, as the winning horse.

Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts rode Stal De Kalvarie’s Deibrich De Kalvarie to second place with 980 points dressed as Luigi from the Super Mario Bros. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam scored 940 points aboard Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina dressed as a hot dog and finished third.

Sixteen-year-old Michael Hughes, of Allendale, NJ, claimed the win in Thursday’s $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper jump-off class, sponsored by North Star. Twenty-three entries showed in the class, with nine advancing to the jump-off. Hughes and Drumnacross Farm Ltd.’s Red Hot had the fastest of six double clear rounds in 30.543 seconds for the win and were presented with the Beagle Brook Farm Perpetual Trophy.

Anna Cardelfe and Sorensen Stables’ Wenda AK finished in second place after setting the pace in the jump-off at 31.160 seconds. Nicole Lakin and Theodoor finished third in 31.246 seconds.

The $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper jump-off class, sponsored by Oasis Petroleum, was held during the evening session with a repeat victory for Meagan Nusz, of The Woodlands, TX. Last year, Nusz won the class riding Banana D’Ive Z, and this year she piloted Amalaya Investments’ Vesuvius to victory.

Twenty-three horse and rider combinations contested the class with five entries making it to the jump-off. Chloe Reid and Damascus were first to jump off and went clear in 31.900 seconds over the short course to eventually finish second. Charlotte Jacobs and Deeridge Farms’ Kachina also cleared the course and stopped the clock in 31.971 seconds to earn fourth place. Victoria Colvin and Monsieur Du Reverdy were faster, but had a rail in 30.920 seconds to finish fifth. Gabrielle Bausano went next and cleared the course in 31.957 seconds aboard Ubico H to place third. Last to go, Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius stole the lead, racing through the course in 29.509 seconds for the win.

Nusz is 25 years old and trains with show jumper Kent Farrington. Her horse, Vesuvius, is a ten-year-old KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Expert. The pair was awarded The “Footloose” Perpetual Trophy in remembrance of Ruth Ellen Wilmot, donated by The Curtin Family, for their win tonight.

Highlights – Friday, October 26, 2012

The 54th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) continued on Friday, October 26, with a full day of hunter, jumper and equitation competition at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The $25,000 Open Jumper Puissance was the highlight class of the evening with a win for 19-year-old Belgian rider Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneind.

Nick Dello Joio and Lauren Hough each had wins in the Open Jumpers, Emanuel Andrade and Charlotte Jacobs triumphed in the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, and Michael Hughes took the early lead in the WIHS Equitation Classic Hunter Phase. Good Times and Ailish Cunniffe earned the Grand Junior Hunter Championship and Hasbrouck Donovan was Best Child Rider on a Horse for 2012.

Anthony D’Ambrosio set the wall for the evening’s $25,000 Puissance at 5’9” (1.75m) in height for the first round and continued through four rounds up to seven feet (2.13m). The Armed Forces Cup, sponsored by The Boeing Company, was awarded to Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneind for clearing the seven-foot wall in the final round. Olivier also accepted The Congressman’s Challenge Trophy, donated by the Late Honorable Rogers C.B. Morton and the Late Honorable F. Robert Watkins, on behalf of his father, Ludo Philippaerts, as the owner of the winning horse.

Six entries began the class, all clearing the wall at 5’9” (1.75m) and continuing on to attempt 6’3” (1.90m) in height. Benjamin Meredith (AUS) brought the blocks down in round two riding Kaskade, owned by Haley Schaufeld, to finish in sixth place. The remaining five riders all continued on to a third round where the wall was built up to 6’9” (2.01m). In round three, Charlie Jayne (USA) and Pony Lane Farm’s Balougris SL Z, Laura Kraut (USA) and Beverly Widdowson’s Belmont, and Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Stone Hill Farm’s Temmie were all unable to clear the height and finished in a tie for third place.

Philippaerts and Chicago, and Aaron Vale (USA) aboard Wodka L, owned by Thinks like a Horse, continued on to the fourth round to jump the wall at seven feet (2.13m). Chicago was the only horse to clear the imposing obstacle.

Chicago VH Moleneind is a ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Kashmir Van Schutterhof x Darco. After his win, Philippaerts explained that this was the first time that either horse or rider has jumped in a Puissance class, and 2.13m was their biggest height.

Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala were the winners in the $32,000 International Open Jumper 1.50m faults converted class, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch, as part of the evening competition on Friday. Nineteen entries jumped the course, and Hough and Ohlala cleared the obstacles in a blazing fast time of 46.82 seconds for the win.

Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) and Stal de Kalvarie’s Diebrich de Kalvarie cleared the course just a fraction behind in 46.88 seconds to place second. Kent Farrington (USA) and Haity McNerney’s Zafira jumped clear in 46.90 seconds for the third place prize.

Nick Dello Joio (USA) rode Wembley Farms, Inc.’s Zemilion to victory in the $10,000 International Open Jumper 1.40m faults converted class, sponsored by Louisburg Farm, earlier in the day. Last to go out of 14 entries, Dello Joio and Zemilion jumped fast and clear to finish on 52.06 seconds. For the win, they were presented the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the late Arthur J. Morris.

Aaron Vale (USA) and Wodka L, owned by Thinks Like a Horse, finished clear with a time of 52.23 seconds to place second. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina cleared the course in 52.33 seconds to earn the third place prize.

Charlotte Jacobs, of East Aurora, NY, piloted Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables’ Promised Land to victory in Friday’s High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by Oasis Petroleum. Twenty-three entries showed, with six jumping the course without fault while racing against the clock. Jacobs and Promised Land had the fastest clear round in 52.358 seconds for the win and earned The Cover Story Perpetual Trophy, donated by Rolling Acres Farm.

Thursday’s winners, Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius, owned by Amalaya Investments, finished second in 53.092 seconds. Jacobs also took home the third place prize riding Deeridge Farms’ Kachina. They were through the timers in 53.505 seconds.

The Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by North Star, was the first jumper class of the day with a win for Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela and Hollow Creek Farm’s Casanova Junior. Twenty-three entries showed and six cleared the course without fault. Andrade’s time of 57.527 seconds earned top prize along with The Eleanor White O’Leary Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ashton Hill and Miss Linden Joan Hill. Aleesha Melwani jumped a clear round with Thunder-Ball, owned by Mountain Home Stables, in 60.500 seconds to place second. Wednesday’s jump-off winners, Michael Hughes and Drumnacross Farm Ltd.’s Red Hot, were third in 60.610 seconds.

The Junior Hunter divisions concluded their second day of competition on Friday morning with the presentation of championship awards at WIHS. Fifteen-year-old Ailish Cunniffe, of South Salem, NY, and Whipstick Farm Ltd.’s Good Times were awarded the Grand Junior Hunter Championship, sponsored by Roseknoll Sporthorse and Victoria Holstein-Childress. Cunniffe and Good Times were presented The Ides of March Perpetual Trophy, donated by Linda Lee and Lee Reynolds.

The pair earned the championship and the grand prize in the Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under division after placing first, first and second over fences and second under saddle. Victoria Colvin was reserve champion in the division aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s Ovation, placing first and second over fences and winning under saddle.

Cunniffe trains with her mom and dad, Bonnie and Frank Cunniffe, as well as Missy Clark and John Brennan in the equitation. She has owned Good Times, a ten-year-old Warmblood gelding, for two years.

Continuing the morning’s competition, the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division awarded championship and reserve honors to Hasbrouck Donovan, of Gainesville, FL. Donovan was champion with Stephanie Keen’s Lyle, placing , first and third over fences. Donovan rode Don Stewart’s Confidential to the reserve championship after winning the under saddle and placing second and third over fences.

Along with the division tricolors, Hasbrouck Donovan earned the prestigious DiVecchia Perpetual Trophy as Best Child Rider on a Horse. The award was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Crown; the trophy donated by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick DiVecchia. This was Donovan’s second time winning the award, also taking the title in 2009.

The Large Junior Hunter 16-17, sponsored by Chansonette Farm, awarded championship honors to Mahala Rummell’s Charade and Ashley Foster, of Brookeville, MD. The pair was awarded The Chance Step Perpetual Trophy, donated by Brooke Carmichael McMurray- Fowler and Pam Carmichael Keenan, after placing first, second and second over fences. Hasbrouck Donovan guided Wagner to the reserve tricolor with first and fourth place ribbons over fences and second under saddle.

Dr. Betsee Parker’s Inclusive and Victoria Colvin, of Loxahatchee, FL, earned the championship in the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under division with a clean sweep of blue ribbons over fences. Happenstance and Bergen Sanderford, of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, earned the reserve honors after winning the under saddle and placing second and third over fences.

Inclusive and Colvin were also presented with The Lyrik Challenge Trophy, donated by Ashley and Courtney Kennedy, for the best Junior Hunter Stake Round with a high score of 88.Sanderford earned the Georgetown Trophy as the high-score junior hunter owner-rider with a score of 87 in the first class over fences.

In addition to Junior Hunter championships, WIHS hosted the hunter phase of the WIHS Equitation Classic on Friday morning with an early lead for Michael Hughes, of Morriston, FL. Hughes rode Oban, owned by Missy Clark and North Run, to the high score of 89.83 out of 40 competitors. Elizabeth Benson, of Whitehouse Station, NJ, sits close in second with an 89.33 riding San Remo VDL. Jacob Pope, of Owings Mills, MD, is in the third position with a score of 88 aboard Madeline Turner’s Uno. Rounding out the top ten hunter scores are Meg O’Mara, Hasbrouck Donovan, Kristen Lutz, Victoria Colvin, Shawn Casady, Megan MacPherson, and Gabrielle Bausano.
Highlights – Saturday, October 27, 2012

The
2012 WIHS Equitation Finals concluded on Saturday evening with an exciting win for 18-year-old Elizabeth Benson of Whitehouse Station, NJ. Benson rode San Remo VDL, a twelve-year-old Latvian Warmblood gelding by Sudanas, through the first two phases of competition, finishing with a score of 89.33 in the hunter phase and a 91.17 point total in the jumper phase.

Returning for the final work-off sitting in first place overall, Benson’s ride aboard Catherine Tyree’s mount Patrick scored a 90.33, giving her a three round total of 270.832 for the win. The judges for the class were Todd Karn, of Fayetteville, NY, Jimmy Clapperton, of Savannah, GA, Alison Robitaille, of Upperville, VA, Ralph Caristo, of Saugerties, NY, Lauren Hough of Wellington, FL, and Scott Williamson of Wellington, FL.

Benson earned the victory over Hasbrouck Donovan, of Gainesville, FL, who totaled 267.833 with scores of 87.33, 89.50, and 91.00. Donovan rode Don Stewart and Derbypie LLC’s Drake in the hunter/jumper rounds and then piloted Benson’s mount San Remo VDL in the final work-off.

Third place went to Jacob Pope, of Owings Mills, MD, with a three round total of 263.082. Pope rode Madeline Turner’s Uno to scores of 88 and 84.42 in the first two rounds. His ride in the final work-off aboard Sarah Milliren’s mount Alando, owned by Devney Hoft, scored a 90.67.

This was Elizabeth Benson’s second time competing in the WIHS Equitation Finals after placing third in the competition last year. This year she stepped up to the plate to secure the title.

Benson was presented The WIHS Equitation Classic Trophy donated by Mr. and Mrs. G. Ralph Ours, III and a pair of custom chaps provided by Journeymen Saddlers, Ltd. San Remo VDL was awarded The Lugano Memorial Trophy donated by Stoney Hill as the winning horse of the night.  Championship coolers were sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Hamilton Duprey.

The $10,000 Ambassador’s Cup High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Oasis Petroleum, saw a win for 13-year-old Katherine Strauss, of Southampton, NY, riding Chellando Z.

Twenty entries showed in the class with seven advancing to the jump-off. Three entries completed the short course without fault, and Katherine Strauss and Chellando Z set the pace at 33.344 seconds to win the Ambassador’s Cup Perpetual Trophy, donated by Ambassador and Mrs. Marion H. Smoak.

Gabrielle Bausano and Ubico H finished in 33.573 seconds to place second. Ashley Foster and RAF LLC’s Indy placed third in 33.586 seconds.

The High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper champion, sponsored by Oasis Petroleum, was Amalaya Investments’ Vesuvius and Meagan Nusz. They were awarded the Greenberg Challenge Trophy donated by Mr. and Mrs. Hermen Greenberg. Strauss and Chellando Z were reserve champions. The Shalanno Style of Riding Award was given to Charlotte Jacobs, of East Aurora, NY.

In the $5,000 Senator’s Cup Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, sponsored by North Star, sixteen-year-old Michael Hughes, of Allendale, NJ, had a repeat victory from last year riding Drumnacross Farm Ltd.’s Red Hot.

Twenty-two entries showed in the class, with nine advancing to the jump-off. Hughes and Red Hot had the fastest of five double clear rounds through the short course in 30.658 seconds. For their win, the pair was presented with the Swan Lake Perpetual Trophy donated by Beagle Brook Farm in honor of the 1992 winner Swan Lake, ridden by Jennifer F. Miller.

Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade finished second in 31.072 seconds aboard Hollow Creek Farm’s Casanova Junior.  Reed Patton had two horses in the jump-off and finished third aboard Tissem in 32.745 seconds and fourth aboard Von Dutch in 35.204 seconds. Lillie Keenan also had two rides in the jump-off and took a fall from her first mount, but returned to earn the fifth place honors aboard Abigail Wexner’s Zycarla Z with a clear jump-off round in 35.204 seconds.

The Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship, sponsored by North Star, went to Hughes and Red Hot. They won the Foxbrook Perpetual Trophy in honor of Space Citation, donated by Joy Slater. Andrade and Casanova Junior were the reserve champions.

Highlights – Sunday, October 28, 2012

The 54th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) concluded competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington D.C. on Sunday, October 28, with the presentation of championship awards in the pony hunter divisions. Twelve-year-old Daisy Farish, of Versailles, KY, earned the coveted Grand Pony Hunter Championship aboard Bibby Hill’s Sassafras Creek after topping the Medium Pony hunter division. Twelve-year-old Emma Kurtz, of Hudson, OH, was named Best Child Rider on a Pony after winning the Small Pony Hunter division with Bill Schaub’s Hillcrest Blue Halo.

The WIHS Pony Equitation Finals were also held in the afternoon with a win for Lucy Deslauriers. The WIHS Regional Finals concluded the day with a win and champfor Devin Vega and Chelsea Director.

Daisy Farish rode Sassafras Creek, a 13-year-old Welsh Pony Cross mare, to championship honors in the Medium Pony Hunters to receive The Shenandoah Sundowner Perpetual Trophy, donated by Evan Coluccio and Ashmont Farms, Ltd.
and Sassafras Creek won all three classes over fences. Francesca Dildabanian and Laugh Out Loud earned the reserve honors with second and third place ribbons over fences and fourth place under saddle.

Farish and ‘Sassy’ were then presented with The Miles River Moonglow Perpetual Trophy, donated by Scott Novick and Rustic Woods, for the Grand Pony Hunter Championship. They were also awarded a special prize for their high score of 86 in the stake class.

Emma Kurtz rode Hillcrest Blue Halo to championship honors in the Small Pony Hunter division to be awarded The Stombock Saddlery Challenge Trophy, donated by Stombock Saddlery, in memory of E.P. (Bud) Stombock. Kurtz and Hillcrest Blue Halo won two classes over fences. Sophie Gochman rode David Gochman’s Weebiscuit to reserve with first, second and sixth place ribbons over fences. Gochman also earned the Potomac Trophy High Score Junior Hunter Rider on a Pony award for her 87 point round in the small pony handy class.

Kurtz was presented with the award for Best Child Rider on a Pony, sponsored by The Chungunco Family, and presented with The Captain V.S. Littauer Perpetual Trophy donated by Hugh J.B. Cassidy III, Mrs. William Dillon and Miss Marion Lee.Kurtz does not have a pony of her own, but catch rode three ponies this weekend. Her top mount, Hillcrest Blue Halo, is a pony that Kurtz had never ridden before. She is a nine-year-old Welsh pony mare by From Me to You.

The final championship of the morning was in the Large Pony Hunter division, sponsored by Rose Hill Farm. Bergen Sanderford, of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, rode Katie Dinan LLC’s Keep Dreamin’ to top honors and The Pegasus Stable Perpetual Trophy, donated by Ms. Fenwick Kollock.  The pair placed first in two classes over fences. Ali Tritschler and Dreamland, owned by Linda Evans, finished in reserve after placing first and second over fences and fifth under saddle.

Later in the afternoon, young riders competed in the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals with a win for 13-year-old Lucy Deslauriers, of New York, NY, aboard GC Ponies’ Center Field. Deslauriers was presented The Jane Marshall Dillon Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the friend and students of Mrs. Jane Marshall Dillon. She scored an 87 over fences and came out on top after the work-off under saddle. Charlise Casas finished second with a score of 81, Ericka Koscinski was third with a 77, and Daisy Farish placed fourth with a score of 75.

Concluding the week of competition at the 2012 WIHS were the regional hunter championships. The WIHS Regional Pony Hunter champion and Finals winner was 12-year-old Devin Vega, of Middletown, DE, riding Kimi Hochstein’s Loafers Lodge Darling Edwin. Vega and ‘Edwin’ received The Liseter Clever Star Perpetual Trophy, donated by Dr. Betsee Parker, who was also the sponsor of the division. The reserve champion was Pret-a-Porter and Brooke Van Nortwick.

In their final class today, Vega and Edwin earned the winning score of 85 to take the championship. Second place in the final went to Linda Foster’s Swizzlestick and Emma Hess, who scored an 84. Third place went to Dr. Betsee Parker’s Liseter Clever Star, ridden by Lydia Davidson.

The WIHS Regional Hunter Horse Finals immediately followed with a championship win for 14-year-old Mary Elizabeth Cordia, of Alexandria, VA, and Welcome. Cordia was awarded The Black, Starr and Frost Perpetual Trophy donated by Black, Starr and Frost. Reserve went to Be Eme Diablo, owned by Streett Moore and ridden by Alexis Ancel.

Urban and Chelsea Director, of Potomac, MD, won Sunday’s final class with a high score of 83. Be Eme Diablo and Alexis Ancel scored an 81 for second place, and Mary Elizabeth Cordia finished in third with a score of 77 aboard Welcome.

The Regional Hunter and Pony Equitation champions were awarded a pair of custom chaps by Journeymen Saddlers, Ltd.

For full results and more information, please visit www.wihs.org.

About The Washington International Horse Show (www.wihs.org):

 

An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s leading metropolitan indoor horse show and the pinnacle of the equestrian year with leading riders, including Olympic medalists, and fabulous horses. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show. Highlights include the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, the Puissance high-jump competition; and WIHS Equitation Classic Finals featuring the country’s top junior riders. Special exhibitions, boutique shopping and community activities will round out this family-friendly event.

Since its debut, the Washington International has been a Washington, DC, institution attended by presidents, first ladies, celebrities, business and military leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Photo copyright Lauren Fisher/Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

 

© 2012 Jennifer Wood Media Inc.
Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.: Writing. Photography. Equestrian Public Relations and Marketing.

Olympians Highlight Star-Studded International Line-up of Open Jumpers at Alltech National Horse Show

October 23, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

McLain Ward, pictured above on Antares F at the London Olympic Games, will be competing at this year’s Alltech National Horse Show. Photo by Sue Stickle

 

Now just around the corner, the Alltech National Horse Show, scheduled for the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky on October 30 – November 4, 2012, will feature a world-class field of top national and international open jumpers, competing for some of the biggest purses on the fall indoor tour.

The $475,000 Open Jumper division is highlighted by the $50,000 Triumph Project Welcome Stake Sponsored by The Davis McCullough Foundation, the $75,000 Double H Farms Jump-Off class, the $60,000 Chartis Insurance Company Speed class, the Alltech Puissance and of course, the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, an FEI World Cup qualifying event.

Topping the star-studded roster are United States Olympians, McLain Ward, Beezie Madden, Laura Kraut, Reed Kessler, Charlie Jayne, Lauren Hough and Margie Engle. Joining the Olympians at this year’s show is Pan American Games Individual Gold medalist, Christine McCrea.

Ward, Kessler and Jayne will be competing with their 2012 London Olympic partners in Kentucky. Ward will pilot Antares F, Kessler has entered Cylana and Jayne will be riding Chill R Z. McLain Ward and Beezie Madden, both two-time Olympic Team Gold medalists, are two of our most decorated Olympic athletes. Madden will have both Simon and Amadora in Lexington.

Laura Kraut, a member of the Hong Kong Gold medal United States Olympic team has entered Woodstock O and Teirra. Meanwhile, Lauren Hough, who competed for the U.S. in the Games at Sydney, Australia, brings Quick Study and Ohlala. Engle, also a member of the Sydney Olympic squad, will ride Royce and Indigo at the Alltech National Horse Show.

Returning to Lexington is Kent Farrington, who guided Up Chiqui to an exciting speed win last year. This year, he’s reloaded with his two rising stars, Uceko and Venus.

Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui winning the Speed Stake at last year’s Alltech National Horse Show. Photo by Shawn McMillen

Other top national riders confirmed for this year’s Alltech National Horse Show include Candice King, Aaron Vale, Katie Prudent, Cara Raether, Kirtsen Coe and Molly Ashe-Cawley.

The best young guns, America’s future Olympic stars, dot the 2012 roster as well, including Jessica Springsteen, Nicholas Dello Joio, Katie Dinan, Andrew Welles, Kaitlin Campbell and Catherine Pasmore.

The international spotlight will shine on Daniel Bluman of Colombia, Tim Gredley of Great Britain, Russia’s Lubov Kotchetova, Richard Maloney of Ireland, Brazil’s Paulo Santana,

Shane Sweetnam of Ireland, Emilie Martinsen of Denmark and twin brothers Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium.

The Alltech National Horse Show will also feature two highly competitive jumper sections highlighting the top Junior Jumpers riders and the best Amateur Jumpers competitors in the nation, sponsored by Deeridge Farm and Chansonette Farm, respectively. The best of both of those divisions will battle head to head in Pasmore Stables $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame JR/AO Championship on Saturday afternoon.

The Alltech National Horse Show will be held at the beautiful, new Alltech Indoor Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.

For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, Limited, please visit  www.nhs.org.

ABOUT ALLTECH:

Founded by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech is a global animal health and nutrition company with 32 years’ experience in developing natural products that are scientifically proven to enhance animal health and performance. With 2800 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. For further information, visit www.alltech.com . For media assets, visit www.alltech.com/press 

2012 Alltech National Horse Show Fast Facts

What:
The Alltech National Horse Show is a weeklong championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 30 through November 4, 2012, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™.

Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
Carolyn Vincent
National Horse Show
PO Box 386
Greenvale, NY 11548

Telephone:
Phone: (516) 484-1865
Fax: (516) 484-1982

Email:    NationalHS@aol.com

Website:   www.AlltechNationalHorseShow.com 
Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

Additional Contacts:
Vendors  – Matt Morrissey at  Mmorri4398@aol.com or 941 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Kiki Umla at  KIKIUMLA@aol.com or 904-607-5541
Advertising – Steve Williams at  steve@inturnent.com or 310 403-2110

Cynthia Keating at  aikenhorses@aol.com or 803 640-2339

Sponsorship – Mason Phelps at  mpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389 or Susie Webb at  webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162

Hotels:  HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles

CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

 

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit:

www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.com

Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email:  hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com 

 

Horse Show Secretary:

Cindy Bozan

859-233-0492

Email: secretary.nhs@aol.com 

ALLTECH MEDIA CONTACT:  Susanna Elliott
Corporate PR
Alltech Corporate Headquarters
3031 Catnip Hill Pike
Nicholasville, Kentucky
Mobile: (859) 473-2696

Email:  suelliott@Alltech.com
Web site : www.alltech.com

 

ALLTECH NATIONAL HORSE SHOW MEDIA CONTACT:

Re: News and Information:

Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)  pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com    www.phelpsmediagroup.com
Re: Media Credentialing:

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