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Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083 Win $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Speed at FTI WEF 3

January 23, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 22, 2014 – The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) began its third week of competition, sponsored by Fidelity Investments®, on Wednesday, January 22, with a win for Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Cyklon 1083 in the $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m FEI world ranking class.

 

Week three continues through Sunday, January 26. The week will feature the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 on Thursday, the $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m on Friday, the highlight $125,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday night, and the $34,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday. The FTI WEF, held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, features 12 weeks of world-class competition through March 30, awarding $8 million in prize money.

Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge is the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC for week three’s competition. Jorge set the course for 46 entries in Wednesday afternoon’s $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class and had 14 clear rounds. Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083 went early in the order and completed the course in 57.10 seconds to earn top honors.

Scott Brash (GBR) and Hello Annie, owned by Lord and Lady Harris and Lord and Lady Kirkham, finished second, exactly one second slower in 58.10 seconds. Third place honors went to Ian Millar (CAN) and Ariel and Susan Grange’s Dixson in 59.03 seconds. Quentin Judge (USA) and Double H Farm’s HH Dark de la Hart earned the fourth place prize in 59.67 seconds.

 Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083


Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083

Cyklon 1083, a 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus, had a great 2013 season under the guidance of rider Shane Sweetnam and looks to continue that success in 2014. The pair won a ranking class during week 12 of FTI WEF competition in March last year, topped a class in Göteborg, Sweden, in April, won in La Baule, France, in May, and earned another win at Spruce Meadows in July, among many other top finishes.

“Everywhere he goes, he is very competitive,” Sweetnam noted. “He had a great year. He placed at nearly every show. He has always been very competitive and he likes to go fast, so that is important.”

Commenting on Wednesday’s class, Sweetnam stated, “I thought Guilherme did a good job. It was a quick enough class and I was early to go, so I had my plan going in and I stuck to my plan. I thought it was a nice course, and it definitely suited my horse.”

“He is a good boy,” Sweetnam added. “He is not a difficult stallion. He enjoys attention, and he gets a lot of it. He is lovely to flat and then when he starts jumping he really wants to win, so he is a great horse.”

Cyklon will continue to be aimed at the FEI world ranking classes throughout the FTI WEF circuit, showing again this week in Friday’s $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m class.

 Shane Sweetnam (pictured aboard borrowed mount, Ashley Baker's HH Carotino) in his winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia


Shane Sweetnam (pictured aboard borrowed mount, Ashley Baker’s HH Carotino) in his winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia

Wednesday’s competition started in the International Arena in the morning with 123 entries jumping in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class. Only eleven combinations were able to clear the course without fault to jump-off, and seven double clear rounds were completed. With the large number of entries, the class was held as a “California Split” with two sets of prize money awarded.

Canada’s Eric Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S, owned by Morningside Stud and Torrey Pines Stable, had the fastest jump-off time of 31.977 seconds to earn top prize in Section A. Laura Chapot and Mary Chapot’s Zealous jumped off in 32.457 seconds to top Section B.

Week three of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival will continue on Thursday with the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 in the International Arena and the presentation of championship honors to the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Second Year Green Working Hunters in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring.For full results, go to www.showgroundslive.com.

Final Results: $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m

1. CYKLON 1083: 2001 Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm LLC: 0/57.10

2. HELLO ANNIE: 2004 Hanoverian mare by Contender x For Pleasure
SCOTT BRASH (GBR), Lord & Lady Harris/Lord & Lady Kirkham: 0/58.10
3. DIXSON: 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Vigo d’Arsouilles x Olisco
IAN MILLAR (CAN), Ariel and Susan Grange: 0/59.03

4. HH DARK DE LA HART: 2003 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Kashmir Van Schuttershof X Nonstop
QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm: 0/59.67

5. APARDI: 2005 KWPN stallion by Corland x Kannan
DANIEL BLUMAN (COL), Daniel Bluman: 0/59.98

6. ALPHA VDL: 2005 KWPN gelding by Corland x Emilion

DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Eva Castegren: 0/61.27

7. AD ARGOS: 2005 KWPN gelding by Padinus x Concorde
ALVARO DE MIRANDA (BRA), Victory Equestrian Sport BV & Alvaro de Miranda: 0/61.84

8. LA CENTA: 2002 Oldenburg mare by Cento x Silvio I

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/62.02

9. BROOKLYN BLUES: 2004 Oldenburg mare by Balou du Rouet x Fruhlingsball
YANN CANDELE (CAN), Carol Sollak: 0/62.22

10. MARK Q: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Obos Quality 004 x Positively
KEVIN BABINGTON (IRL), Kevin Babington: 0/62.75

11. FLECU: 2004 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Hip Hop x Flamingo
ALEXANDER ZETTERMAN (SWE), Alexander Zetterman: 0/63.16

12. Z CANTA: 2004 KWPN mare by Casantos x Abantos

CATHERINE PASMORE (USA), Pasmore Stables LLC: 0/63.19

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

 

About FTI Consulting, Inc.   

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

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

 


About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival    


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


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

Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam Tops $8,000 Danbury Porsche Audi 1.40m Open Jumper Aboard Solerina at 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

September 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

North Salem, NY – September 11, 2013 – The 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W returned to the picturesque Old Salem Farm today to kick-off the week-long international jumping competition featuring the world’s top athletes. Thanks to phenomenal reviews from 2012, a large number of entries created a section split for the day’s main event on the Grand Prix Field: the $8,000 Danbury Porsche Audi 1.40m Open Jumper class. During the first section, it was Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Solerina who bested Todd Minikus and Uraguay by three seconds at the end of the class with a quick and clear jump-off. Allison Robatille made a splash in Section B, competing in her first jump-off class since November with her veteran mount Cover Girl, who was just returning from injury, beating Meagan Nusz and Elias by a full second in the tiebreaker.

 

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina Photo by The Book LLC 2013

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina
Photo by The Book LLC 2013

 

Ireland’s Alan Wade designed two tracks for the day’s feature class, each winding throughout the large field and including multiple bending lines as well a vertical-oxer double combination, and an oxer-vertical double combination. With over 40 competitors in each class, it came down to speed and accuracy in the jump-off. Fifteen horses showed over the short course in the first section, which began at the far end of the field and used the oxer-vertical double combination, as well as multiple places to slice fences and finished over an oxer towards the gate.

Todd Minikus was only the fourth athlete to compete aboard Uraguay, owned by Legacy Stables of Princeton, NJ, but he set the target early in the class. After a faultless round, they managed to mimic the clear effort during the jump-off, making inside turns and breaking the beam at 32.773 seconds.

 

Todd Minikus and Uraguay Photo by The Book LLC 2013

Todd Minikus and Uraguay
Photo by The Book LLC 2013

 

Ten rounds later, Sarah Segal made a bid for the win with Ubris, owned by Chartwell of Flemington, NJ. Although they managed to leave all the fences in tact and leave a stride out to the last fence, their time of 34.273 fell just shy of the leader and they took home fourth place. Meagan Nusz of Houston, TX, was right on Segal’s heels, piloting Waomi to a clear time of 34.763 for the fifth place honors.

 

Roberto Teran missed Minikus’ time by just 2/10ths of a second riding Woklahoma for the Ark Partners of Wellington, FL. They also posted a clear round, but crossed the finish in line in 32.992 seconds for the third place award.

 

Shane Sweetnam was one of the final competitors to show in the first section, but his experienced mount Solerina was ready to win. They had a strong gallop to the first three fences, only steadying for the double combination before slicing the final vertical and leaving a stride out to the last oxer. The duo blazed across the finish line in 29.770 seconds, jumping straight to the top of the leader board and leading the victory gallop.

 

“I think I was quick enough from one, two and three and then I took a little time to the double,” explained Sweetnam. “Then I just let go and went across to the second to last and I knew if I got a good shot there, that I’d have a chance to do the one less to the last. She’s got quite a big stride and she doesn’t spend too much time in the air. In the second round I know she can be quick enough to be lucky enough to keep all the jumps up.”

 

Owned by Spy Coast Farm and Sweet Oak Farm, Solerina is a 14-year-old Irish Sporthorse mare by Cruising that Sweetnam began riding last year. After winning the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, Solerina used a month of working at home to come out fresh and ready for a victory.

 

“I think since I’ve had her she nearly picks up a win in every class, so her results are phenomenal,” smiled Sweetnam. “She’s got a little bit of character, but her results make up for it. She’ll do two of the four indoors next. Last year she had a good indoors and I know her better this year, so I think she’ll have a good one again this year.”

 

Sweetnam was happy to return to the 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W noting, “Michael Morrissey and the staff do a great job here. It gets better every year. It’s great money and the footing looks to be so much better this year. They’re trying to upgrade it and make it a really good four-star show. I appreciate it and all the other riders appreciate it.”

 

In the second section of the $8,000 Danbury Porsche Audi 1.40m Open Jumper, fourteen horses advanced to the short course. This time the jump-off was held opposite of the in-gate, beginning with a sharp rollback from a single vertical to a single oxer, and finishing with a double combination to a final wide-oxer.

 

Only five athletes posted double clear efforts, the first coming from Lauren Tisbo of Wellington, FL, and Darconscheefkasteel Z. The pair stopped the timers at 31.227, which would be good enough for fourth place. Judy Garaofalo Torres of Wellington, FL, and Quattro Queen were the slowest of the double clears for fifth place.

 

Megan Nusz scored another top placing for Amalaya Investments, this time piloting Elias to a clear round in 31.084 seconds, which captured the second place honors. Hillary Simpson was just a fraction away from Nusz’s time with Chinwies BZ, owned by Palmyra Partners LLC of Southern Pines, NC. Their faultless round clocked in at 31.149 seconds for third place.

 

Allison Robatille and Cover Girl produced the fast clear jump-off. Despite today’s class marking Cover Girl’s first jump-off after sustaining an injury in November, the mare proved that she was in top form. Utalizing her mare’s large stride, Robatille picked up a quick pace to first fence, slicing the rollback, and then quickly making it towards the next two fences.

 

Allison Robatille and Cover Girl Photo by Rebecca Walton

Allison Robatille and Cover Girl
Photo by Rebecca Walton

 

“Cover Girl is an amazing horse,” expressed Robatille. “She got injured last November after winning the Nations Cup in Buenos Aires. I’ve been slowly bringing her back. I showed her at Spruce Meadows and she did 1.10m and 1.20m, and did her first 1.45m class at the Hampton Classic. This was the first time I felt like she was ready to do two rounds in a row.”

 

Robatille continued, “Now that she is back jumping, I have needed to make myself put the injury behind us and just ride her like I normally would, so I am not being too cautious and too careful. I love her so much, so it’s hard.”

 

This is Robatille’s first return to Old Salem Farm since her days in the Junior Hunters, but after hearing rave reviews from last year’s event she was excited to show at the international jumping competition. “It’s beautiful,” she commented. “I heard great things last year and I am really impressed.”

 

In the $2,500 1.35m Open Jumpers held in the Jumper Ring, winning honors were presented to Roberto Teran and ADC Chef, owned by Richview Farm of Nobleton, Ontario. The duo completed a clear short course in 34.156 seconds, while Charlie Jayne and Speedy Chicolina, owned by Anna Murphy of De Pere, WI, clocked in at 35425 seconds for the second place award. Candice King and VDL Dogan picked up the third place honors, leaving all the fences intact and breaking the bream at 36,499 seconds for owner Bellissimo LLC of Wellington, FL.

 

Roberto Teran and ADC Chef Photo by The Book LLC 2013

Roberto Teran and ADC Chef Photo by The Book LLC 2013

The first class of the day was the $2,000 1.30m Open Jumpers with 69 entries. Kent Farrington came out on top, piloting Monopoly to the winning honors for Salamander Farms of The Plains, VA. The pair’s clear effort broke the beam at 32.439 seconds, while Guillermo Williams’ time of 33.322 seconds with Marbella, owned by El Milagro of Dallas, TX, was good enough for second. Paul Halpern and Royal Flush, owned by Kathleen Kamine of Oldwick, NJ, rounded out the top three, completing a spotless jump-off in 34.523 seconds.

 

Kent Farrington and Monopoly Photo by The Book LLC 2013

Kent Farrington and Monopoly
Photo by The Book LLC 2013

 

The 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W will continue tomorrow with the $33,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake, as well as the $3,000 High Junior/Amatur-Owner Jumpers, presented by Gotham North. Highlight throughout the week include Friday’s $100,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier, presented by Double H Farm & Windsor Show Stables, the $50,000 Hermès Classic and Region 2 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Regional Championships on Saturday, and Sunday’s $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W World Cup Qualifier, presented by Suncast.

 

For further information, visit: www.stadiumjumping.com and http://www.theamericangoldcup.com/

 

About the American Gold Cup

The American Gold Cup will feature world-class and Olympic athletes, such as current World Cup Show Jumping Champion Beezie Madden and Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward. Also confirmed to compete are show jumping mega-stars Kent Farrington, Margie Engle, Pan American Games Gold Medalist Christine McCrea and many more, all vying to secure their position at the 2014 FEI World Cup Finals in Lyon, France.

 

Highlights of the schedule include the $33,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake on Thursday, the $100,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier presented by Double H Farm and Windsor Show Stables on Friday and the $50,000 Hermes Classic on Saturday. The featured event, the coveted $200,000 American Gold Cup, Presented by Suncast, will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2013

and broadcast on NBC Sports Network the following Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. EST.

 

The American Gold Cup will also feature a full array of jumper classes, including sections for Children and Adult Jumpers, Low and High Junior/Amateur Jumpers, plus Young Jumpers and Open Jumpers. New this year, the Zone 2 ASPCA Maclay Regional Championships will be held on Saturday in the Old Salem Farm indoor arena.

 

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 quaint and picturesque competition venue settings. For the past two years, the Old Salem Farm competitions have been recognized by the North American Riders Group (NARG) on their NARG Top 25 List. For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its year-long competition schedule, prize lists, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, visit www.oldsalemfarm.net.

 

For further information, visit: www.stadiumjumping.com and http://www.theamericangoldcup.com/.

 

Results

 

Class 10 A $8,000 DANBURY PORSCHE AUDI 1.40

1 148 SOLERINA SHANE SWEETNAM 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 29.770

2 116 URAGUAY TODD MINIKUS 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 32.773

3 397 WOKLAHOMA ROBERTO TERAN 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 32.992

4 1 UBRIS SARAH SEGAL 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 34.273

5 323 WAOMI MEAGAN NUSZ 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 34.763

6 366 BRUGAL VDL JONATHAN MCCREA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 35.138

7 326 CAMBITO PAIGE JOHNSON 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.168

8 181 CORONA 93 LAUREN TISBO 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.690

9 681 WIN FOR LIFE 111 Z CHRISTINE MCCREA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 37.207

10 508 SCOUT DE LA CENSE MARIO DESLAURIERS 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 38.240

11 648 WILLOW KENT FARRINGTON 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 41.781

12 178 ROUNDTHORN MADIOS LAUREN TISBO 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 33.714

 

Class 105B, $8,000 DANBURY PORSCHE AUDI 1.40

1 473 COVER GIRL 27 ALISON ROBITAILLE 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 29.949

2 324 ELIAS MEAGAN NUSZ 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 31.084

3 101 CHINWIES BZ HILLARY SIMPSON 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 31.149

4 179 DARCONSCHEEFKASTEEL Z LAUREN TISBO 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 31.227

5 645 QUATTRO QUEEN JUDY GAROFALO TORRES 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 32.904

6 2 RAMSES SARAH SEGAL 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 29.730

7 96 CZARDAS 30 ILAN FERDER 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 30.358

8 443 TOP GUN IV DARRAGH KENNY 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 30.803

9 583 WAYFARER PETER LEONE 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 32.017

10 192 SPEEDY CHICOLINA CHARLIE JAYNE 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 33.601

11 44 UATA BRIANNE GOUTAL 0 0 0 0.000 8 0 8 29.722

12 79 HARLEY 86 BENJAMIN MEREDITH 0 0 0 0.000 8 0 8 32.175

 

Class 107, $2500 1.35 TIME FIRST JUMP-OFF 2(b)

1 399 ADC CHEF ROBERTO TERAN 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 34.156

2 192 SPEEDY CHICOLINA CHARLIE JAYNE 0 0 0 69.700 0 0 0 35.425

3 35 VDL DOGAN CANDICE KING 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.499

4 410 Z EMPRESS NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.722

5 153 BALDEV SHANE SWEETNAM 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 37.953

6 286 O’ VOL DE LA ROQUE SAMANTHA RAMSAY 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 40.710

7 281 FLAMINGO K RICHIE MOLONEY 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 34.841

8 114 ROMEO TODD MINIKUS 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 36.086

9 596 VANTINA HPF LINDA SHERIDAN 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 36.619

10 34 COMBINA CANDICE KING 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 38.318

11 638 CASALLO 4 QUENTIN JUDGE 0 0 0 72.000 8 22 30 63.400

12 293 LINCOURT GINO MOLLY ASHE-CAWLEY 0 0 0 65.000 Withdr

 

Class 109, $2000 1.30 TIME FIRST JUMP-OFF 2(b)

1 328 MONOPOLY KENT FARRINGTON 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 32.439

2 18 MARBELLA GUILLERMO WILLIAMS 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 33.322

3 73 ROYAL FLUSH PAUL HALPERN 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 34.523

4 190 CHELLANDO Z JENNIFER GRIFFITHS 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 34.546

5 586 ALIAS PETER LEONE 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 35.311

6 189 CAPACITY JENNIFER GRIFFITHS 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 35.448

7 410 Z EMPRESS NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 35.738

8 307 CLEARFOX AS WELL JEFFERY WELLES 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 35.913

9 624 WYSTERIA KYLE TIMM 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.159

10 514 ZUBANTOS BLAIR WILLMER 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.213

11 368 CLASS ACT LINDA LANGMEIER 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.283

12 32 VDL MALEKLOU CANDICE KING 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.556

 

43rd Annual American Gold Cup Fast Facts

 

What: The $200,000 American Gold Cup, Presented by Suncast, an FEI World Cup Qualifying Competition CSI4*-W

 

When: September 11-15, 2013

 

Where: Old Salem Farm, 190 June Road, North Salem, NY

 

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday with the ASPCA Regional Championships on Saturday afternoon

Sunday: Gates open at 11 a.m. with family activities with the The $200,000 American Gold Cup, Presented by Suncast, an FEI World Cup Qualifying Competition CSI4*-W at 2 p.m.

 

Facility: Old Salem Farm is New York State’s Westchester County’s premier equestrian facility, offering 26 annual competitions, boarding, top-level training and sales. It offers state-of-the-art facilities surrounded by 120 gorgeous acres.

 

Parking:

Available on the grounds

 

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 – before 9/6/13 (941) 744-5465, (800) 237-8924

During Show – (914) 669-5610 ext 201

Stable Office – (941) 744-5465

Prize List Advertising – (941) 744-5465

Trade Fair – Matt Morrissey (941) 915-3457

Website – http://www.theamericangoldcup.com/

 

Results:

Results are available at www.ShowNet.biz.

Coverage of American Gold Cup will be provided by ShowNet to the USEF Network at: http://usefnetwork.com/.

 

Televised Broadcast: The 2013 American Gold Cup, Presented by Suncast will be broadcast on NBC Sports Sunday, September 22 at 4:30 p.m. EST.

 

Tickets:

Weekdays: Admission is free to the public

Saturday and Sunday: Admission is $15 per person, $10 per child 4-12 years and seniors 65+, children 3 and under are free.

Gates open at:

Wednesday – Saturday: 8 a.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m.

Tickets are available at the gate and online at www.theamericangoldcup.com

 

Jockey Club

The Jockey Club offers full service gourmet cuisine and beverages for tables of six and eight. Click here to reserve your Jockey Club table. New this year, The American Gold Cup is adding luxury suites for parties of 10 or more on the second floor of the Jockey Club. For more information and to reserve your American Gold Cup luxury suite, contact Matt Morrissey at: matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com.

 

Charity Partners:

JustWorld International

http://www.justworldinternational.org/

 

ASPCA

http://www.aspca.org/

 

Sponsorship Opportunities:

April Wehle

561.459.9259

aprilw@stadiumjumping.com

 

Connie Sawyer

518.461.6288

sawyer.equestrianevents@gmail.com

 

Advertising Opportunities:

Mary Silcox 800-237-8924

mary.silcox@stadiumjumping.com

 

Ring dimensions and footing:

Grand Prix Field 350’x450′, footing bluegrass mix turf. Grand Prix Annex 200’x250′, Schooling 130’x170′. Jumper Annex 146’x307′, Schooling 155’x173′. Indoor 115’x195′, Schooling 74’x135′. Hunter 138’x243′, Schooling 108’x158′. Footing in all arenas is all- weather German-designed fiber and sand.

 

Hotels:

Official Hotel of the American Gold Cup

Danbury Crown Plaza

http://danburyplaza-px.trvlclick.com/

(877) 270 1393

Ridgefield, CT

West Lane Inn (203) 438-7323

Brewster, NY 5-10 min

Heidi’s Motel (845) 279-8011

Mt. Kisco, NY 5-10 min

Holiday Inn (914) 241-2600

Danbury, CT 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

 

Management:

Stadium Jumping, Inc

1301 Sixth Ave. West, Suite 406

Bradenton, FL 34205

Tel: (941) 744-5465 Fax: (941) 744-0874

 

Sponsors:

 

Suncast

http://storage.suncast.com/

 

Danbury Porsche

http://danbury.porschedealer.com

 

Danbury Audi

http://www.danburyaudi.com/

 

Hermes

http://usa.hermes.com/

 

Double H

http://www.doublehfarm.org/

 

Windsor Show Stables

http://www.windsorshowstables.com/

 

Mitchell Innes & Nash Fine Art

http://www.miandn.com/

 

Purina Animal Nutrition

http://horse.purinamills.com/

 

Don Little Memorial

 

Jeffrey Terreson Fine Art

http://www.jterreson.com/

 

Roberto Coin

http://us.robertocoin.com/

 

Ariat

http://www.ariat.com/

 

THIS

http://www.taylorharris.com/

 

Devoucoux

http://www.devoucoux.com/devoucoux_fr/contenu/us/index.php

 

Skiffingtons LLC

 

Dyer Equestrian

http://dyerequestrian.com/

 

Samshield

http://www.samshield.com/

 

Stronghold Equine

http://strongholdequineequipment.com/

 

Animo

http://theanimoexperience.com/

 

Der Dau

http://www.derdau.com/

 

Trelawney Farm

http://www.trelawnyfarm.com/

 

Aden Brook

http://www.adenbrook.com/hay/

 

The Dutta Corporation

http://timdutta.com/

 

Coca-Cola

http://us.coca-cola.com/

 

Farm Vet

http://www.farmvet.com/

 

Houlihan Lawrenece

http://www.houlihanlawrence.com/

 

ESI Footing

http://www.equestrianservicesinternational.com/esi/

 

DJ Johnson

http://www.johnsonhorsetransportation.com/

 

GiGi New York

http://www.giginewyork.com/

 

Media Sponsors:

Equestrian Quarterly

http://equestrianquarterly.com/

 

Morris Media Group

http://www.townvibe.com/

 

Horse & Style Magazine

http://horseandstylemag.com/

 

Media Contact:

Phelps Media Group, Inc.

12012 South Shore Boulevard, Suite 105 Wellington, FL 33414

Tel: 561.753.3389 Fax: 561.753.3386

pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com

www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam Storms to Victory with Solerina in $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix

August 04, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – August 3, 2013 – For the second week in a row, the Irish had all the luck, specifically Shane Sweetnam during the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington, at the Kentucky Summer Classic. This time he was aboard Solerina for the win, shaving valuable seconds off his jump-off time to beat fellow countryman Richie Moloney and Carrabis Z, who placed second. Sweetnam’s winning mount from last Saturday’s grand prix, Fineman, also cleared the short course, capturing the third place honors.

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina

Forty of the country’s top horse and rider combinations gathered at the Rolex Stadium under perfect skies to show over the first round track designed by Marina Azevedo of Brazil, which included an open water, a skinny jump to a triple bar, a vertical-vertical double combination and an oxer-vertical-oxer triple combination. Twelve entries completed the course without fault and 11 returned for the jump-off. The short track began over a single vertical to a new oxer and a sharp roll back over a new vertical before they had to gallop across the ring and angle another vertical. Then the competitors jumped the first two fences in the triple combination before galloping home over the last oxer.

Shane Sweetnam and Fineman

Shane Sweetnam and Fineman

 

The first double clear was posted by Venezuela’s Juan Ortiz riding Accordance, but in attempt to leave all of the  airy verticals in place they had a conservative pace and stopped the clock at 38.077 seconds for fourth place.

Richie Moloney attempted to catch Ortiz’s time with his first mount, Call Me Number One, owned by Equinimity LLC of Stonybrook, NY, and although the duo was faultless, they were a fraction to slow, finishing in 38.373 seconds for fifth place.

The winners of last week’s $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix, Shane Sweetnam and Sweet Oak Farm’s Fineman, were ready to lay on the gas when they took their turn over the track. As they wound their way through the course, they left each rail in place, breaking the beam at 36.211 seconds, which would hold up for third place.

“Fineman is very careful and very competitive, as he showed last week, but I didn’t go all out because I knew that the winning round wasn’t that fast at the time, and I wanted to be sure that I was clear,” said Sweetnam. “I think if he had been last he could have also been as quick as Solerina.”

Fellow countryman Richie Moloney was willing to fight for one of the top spots with his second mount, Equinimity LLC’s Carrabis Z. They were right on Sweetnam’s heels as they carefully cleared the track, dashing through the timers in 36.149 seconds, which would claim second place.

“Before the jump-off started, I planned not to go too quick and just have a nice round, but you didn’t have to gallop too much to win so it suited him,” said Moloney. “I could have done one less stride down the first line and been a little quicker to the middle vertical. I am very happy with second place though and happy the horse jumped well.  I think there are big things to come for him.”

Richie Moloney and Carrabis Z

Richie Moloney and Carrabis Z

 

Sweetnam and Solerina, owned by Sweet Oak Farm and Spy Coast Farm, were the last to show during the first round, the last to qualify for the jump-off and the last to have a chance at the win. They left nothing to chance, picking up a quick gallop and never slowing down as they sliced over each vertical and made quick turn-backs. The veteran mare never wasted a second in the air as she left each rail in its cups and blazed across the finish line in 34.056 seconds, two seconds ahead of Moloney to lead the victory gallop.

 Shane Sweetnam and Solerina

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina

“Solerina is a very quick horse, so when Richie was clear and quicker I went for it,” explained Sweetnam. “I was very fast at the turn backs to the two verticals. I had a really good angle to the second vertical, and you can really trust her with a bit of a gallop to a vertical. She’s naturally very quick.”

Moloney and Sweetnam have represented Ireland together on many occasions, and Sweetnam was pleased to see his friend do so well tonight. “Richie is a good friend of mine. I was hoping he would do well, but obviously I wanted to better,” he laughed.

Solerina is a 14-year-old Irish Sporthorse mare by Cruising, the father of the legendary Flexible. Sweetnam purchased her from Irish rider Conor O’Regan last year, and during the Winter Equestrian Festival they won the $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix.

“It took a bit of time for me to get her going and get used to her,” admitted Sweetnam. “She is very good at moving up and down in the height, and she is very fast. She is very versatile. She likes to pick up a rhythm and stay with it. If you get too much in her face she gets really annoyed and shows a bit of character. She jumps her best when you let her go in a rhythm.”

Sweetnam is the professional rider for Spy Coast Farm, located next door to the Kentucky Horse Park, and the Kentucky Horse Shows are always on their schedule. “We love the shows here,” he commented. “We’ve had a great two weeks here. The clients have done well, and the young horses get great experience. Hugh and the management do a great job.”

The Kentucky Summer Classic will conclude tomorrow with the NAL/WIHS Child and Adult Jumper Classics in the Rolex Stadium. Next week, Kentucky Horse Park will host the 2013 USEF Pony Finals, followed by the Bluegrass Classic Horse Show and the 2013 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals.

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Series please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

RESULTS: $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix
1    1313    SOLERINA     SHANE SWEETNAM     0    0    0    79.679    0    0    0    34.056
2    1333    CARRABIS Z     RICHIE MOLONEY     0    0    0    81.994    0    0    0    36.149
3    1020    FINEMAN     SHANE SWEETNAM     0    0    0    82.899    0    0    0    36.211
4    399    ACCORDANCE     JUAN ORTIZ     0    0    0    84.257    0    0    0    38.077
5    1334    CALL ME NUMBER ONE     RICHIE MOLONEY     0    0    0    82.208    0    0    0    38.373
6    57    ZARA LEANDRA     PABLO BARRIOS     0    0    0    84.058    4    0    4    34.641
7    216    RIVER OF DREAMS     CHRISTIAN HEINEKING     0    0    0    82.022    4    0    4    34.753
8    220    NKH SELENA     CHRISTIAN HEINEKING     0    0    0    83.646    4    0    4    36.085
9    79    CYRANEIKY     DEREK BRAUN     0    0    0    83.167    4    0    4    37.337
10    663    PALM SUNDAY     AARON VALE     0    0    0    79.321    8    0    8    33.879
11    1285    ROMEO     VICTOR SEGOVIA     0    0    0    84.211    8    0    8    47.409
12    501    DRYDEN     DEBBIE STEPHENS     0    0    0    84.632    2    0    Withdr    0.000

Pablo Barrios Continues to Lead Hagyard Challenge Series Standings

August 03, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – August 2, 2013 – With his second victory in two weeks during the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic this Thursday, Pablo Barrios has taken a strong hold at the top of the leader board for the 2013 Hagyard Challenge Series. Barrios and his talented mare Zara Leandra were the winners of the first class in May, the third class last week, and they bested last night’s four-horse jump-off for another victory.

Richie Moloney maintains the second place position in the standings after placing third aboard Alsvid and sixth with Carrabis Z during last night’s event, as well as multiple placings in the previous grand prixs. Kent Farrington is currently ranked third after winning the Series’ second event in May with Venus.

The Hagyard Challenge Series is a summer-long series of seven show jumping events at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The rider who accumulates the most points in the series will receive a $50,000 Leading Rider Award, presented during the Kentucky National Horse Show in September. The fifth event in the series will be held in two weeks on Thursday, August 15, during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park.
“I won the bonus three years ago, and I think it’s a nice opportunity for the riders to compete for more money,” said Barrios, who took home the title in 2010. “It’s a good incentive, and I am definitely trying to win this year. ”

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world. Founded in 1876, the institute offers a staff with qualifications unparalleled by any single non-university veterinary group in the equine industry, and Hagyard veterinarians have dedicated themselves to the health and wellbeing of the horse for more than 130 years.

The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, a high speed treadmill, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour emergency services, and Hyperbaric Medicine. The institute has practiced veterinary medicine for more than 133 years and is currently composed of over 60 experienced veterinarians, with 12 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology.

Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event happen. These gracious supporters include: title sponsor MWI Veterinary Supply, and presenting sponsor Zoetis, as well as Audi of Lexington, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, Hagyard Flex-tra HA, Johnson Horse Transport, Hallway Feeds, Kirk Horse Insurance LLC, Pike and Preston, and Stoll Keenon Ogden.

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Series please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

To learn more about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please go to www.hagyard.com.

Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra won Thursday's $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. Photo By: Rebecca Walton. Photo may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.

Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra won Thursday’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. Photo By: Rebecca Walton. Photo may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.

2013 HAGYARD CHALLENGE SERIES STANDINGS

PLACE               TOTAL            RIDER

1    810    PABLO BARRIOS

2    660    RICHIE MOLONEY
3    350    KENT FARRINGTON
4    240    AARON VALE
5    200    CHRISTIAN HEINEKING
6    170    ANDREW BOURNS
170    KAITLIN CAMPBELL
8    150    BLYTH MARANO
150    MARGIE ENGLE
10  140    SHANE SWEETNAM

Cameron Hanley and Antello Win $35,000 Sun Life Financial ‘Reach for the Sun’ 1.60m

July 05, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Madden, Sweetnam, and Swail Also Win on Opening Day of ‘North American’ Tournament

(SPRUCE MEADOWS, Calgary, AB): The ‘North American’ Tournament CSI 5* started today with four major competitions in the International Ring. The winner of the $35,000 Sun Life Financial ‘Reach for the Sun’ 1.60m was Cameron Hanley (IRL) on Antello. In the $33,000 AON Cup 1.50m, Beezie Madden (USA) and Coral Reef Via Volo were fastest in the jump-off. The $33,000 Suncast Cup 1.45m victory went to Shane Sweetnam (IRL) on Solerina, while Conor Swail (IRL) and Martha Louise were fastest in the $33,000 Friends of the Meadows 1.45m.

 

The ‘North American’ Tournament continues through Sunday, July 7, and features the $200,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday, July 6, and the $140,000 Cenovus Energy Classic Derby on Sunday, July 7.

 

The $35,000 Sun Life Financial ‘Reach for the Sun’ 1.60m competition had 21 entries. Four advanced to the jump-off and it was Cameron Hanley who was fastest for victory with Antello, a 10-year-old Warmblood gelding by Animo Z x Continue owned by Eleonore Paschoude and Yves Bouvier.

 

McLain Ward (USA) and Cadence set the time to beat with a clear round in 44.91 seconds, which would hold up for second place. Daniel Bluman (COL) and Sancha LS La Silla placed third with their time of 44.93 seconds. Lauren Tisbo (USA) placed fourth when she and Roundthorn Madios finished in 45.42 seconds.

 

Hanley and Antello went last and he opened the big horse’s stride up through the long gallops on course. That and a chance at the final oxer gave them victory when they stopped the timers in 42.97 seconds.

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Cameron Hanley and Antello. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

“He’s naturally a very quick horse, he covers the ground very quickly, and I just let him roll and everything came up quite nice, like the turn back to the second to last (fence). The great thing about him is he’s so careful that I can just ride him to that last fence and I don’t really have to worry about him knocking it down,” he explained. “He’s always going to try to jump it. As long as I get a reasonably good distance, he should jump it.”

 

Hanley said that this was probably only the second time that he has pressed for speed in a jump-off with Antello. “The first week here I was clear in the 1.60m and I started to go quick and had a fence down early, so I slowed down. I haven’t really galloped him so much. He’s not a horse I would really do every class very competitive with,” he explained. “But today, last to go, four in the jump-off, I knew they were all really fast riders so I knew I had to go as fast as I could. I wasn’t going to let this opportunity slip; I was going to take it if I could.”

 

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Cameron Hanley raises the trophy with Stuart Monteith, Sr. Vice President, Group Benefits at Sun Life Financial. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

 

Today’s win was another step in Hanley’s comeback from a devastating knee injury and resulting 17 surgeries due to infection and complications. It was a special win for him on this horse that he and his brother purchased as a seven-year-old. When Hanley was injured, Michael Whitaker purchased him and brought him along. When Hanley returned to the sport and got new sponsors, he knew the horse they should buy for the grand prix ring. Since they have been back together, they won the grand prix in Wiesbaden, were double clear to help Ireland win the Nations Cup during the ‘Continental’ Tournament, and have now won again.

 

 

 

Hanley expressed, “Once I got him and back in the saddle, it just felt so comfortable sitting on him again. He’s really special, and we fit each other really well. We suit each other’s personalities, I guess. I’m quite easygoing and he’s quite lively, so we cancel each other out.”

 

 

 

This is Hanley’s fourth time competing at Spruce Meadows, and he noted, “It’s an amazing show and I’m really delighted to go in and raise the trophy. All wins are special, but now especially I take nothing for granted. Something like today, it means a lot for me.”

 

 

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Cameron Hanley gives the thumbs up after winning. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

 

 

Final Results: $35,000 Sun Life Financial ‘Reach for the Sun’ 1.60m

 

1. ANTELLO: 2003 Warmblood gelding by Animo Z x Continue

 

CAMERON HANLEY (IRL), Eleonore Paschoude & Yves Bouvier: 0/0/42.97

 

 

 

2. CADENCE: 201 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento x Irco Marco

 

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Procedures, Inc.: 0/0/44.91

 

 

 

3. SANCHA LS LA SILLA: 2003 Warmblood mare by Chin Chin x Polydor

 

DANIEL BLUMAN (COL), Daniel Bluman: 0/0/44.93

 

 

 

4. ROUNDTHORN MADIOS: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill

 

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms LLC: 0/0/45.42

 

 

 

5. AVENSIS 4: 2001 Westphalian gelding by Arpeggio x Apart

 

ELIZABETH GINGRAS (CAN), B Gingras Equestrian Ltd: 1/83.08

 

 

 

6. POLINSKA DES ISLES: 2003 Selle Francais mare by Diamant de Semilly x Valespoir Malabry

 

FRANCOIS MATHY (BEL), Team Harmony & Francois Mathy: 4/80.36

 

 

 

7. IV EVER: 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Now or Never x Indoctro

 

JILL HENSELWOOD (CAN), Brian Gingras: 4/81.14

 

 

 

8. AGAMEMNON: 2001 Swedish Warmblood gelding

 

ALEC LAWLER (USA), Alec Lawler: 4/81.42

 

 

 

9. SOUTHWIND VDL: 1999 KWPN gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Ahorn
TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 5/83.61

10. SIMON: 1999 KWPN gelding by Mr. Blue x Polydox
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 5/84.30

 

 

 

Beezie Madden Rides to Victory

 

 

 

There were 46 entries in the $33,000 AON Cup 1.50m, and five of those found the path to a clear round and tackled the shortened course. From those, Beezie Madden was fastest to win on Coral Reef Via Volo, a 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare by Clinton x Heartbreaker owned by Coral Reef Ranch.

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Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

First into the jump-off was Nick Dello Joio (USA) on Carlos VHP Z owned by EM Horses. They put down a quick, clear round in 41.82 seconds, which would slot into fourth place. Next in was Antonio Maurer (MEX) on Charro owned by Salvador Onate. They had eight faults in 41.38 seconds for fifth place.

 

Pablo Barrios (VEN) and Zara Leandra, owned by ZL Group Inc., set the next time to beat at 39.69 seconds, but it would not be quite enough. They would finish in second place.

 

Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo then took the lead with a time of 39.36 seconds. Madden said of her jump-off ride, “I did the leave out, which was six (strides) up the first line. I think I actually got a little wide and not quite as fast to fence three. I tried to make up some time after that. I was quick to the double verticals and quick down the last line.”

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Beezie Madden smiles after her win. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

Shane Sweetnam (IRL) tried to make it two wins in a row, but he was just off the time in 39.81 seconds with Sweet Oak Farm’s Fineman. They placed third.

 

“We’ve been together for awhile now, so we have confidence in each other,” Madden said of her partnership with Coral Reef Via Volo. “Sometimes she’s difficult about one end of the ring or the corners of the ring, but she’s getting more and more used to this ring. (And) she’s getting more seasoned now and less things bother her.”

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Beezie Madden raises the trophy with Erin Magilton-Morneau, Sr. Vice President, Branch Manager at Aon. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

While Madden showed in Europe the past two weeks, Via Volo had two weeks rest from showing. “She felt good and fresh. I had to work her a little bit this morning! She felt great, which was good. I did this so I could qualify for the 1.50m on Saturday. She’ll do that and then the derby on Sunday,” Madden noted.

 

Final Results: $33,000 AON Cup 1.50m

1. CORAL REEF VIA VOLO:  1998 BWP mare by Clinton x Heartbreaker
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Coral Reef Ranch: 0/0/39.36

 

2. ZARA LEANDRA: 2004 KWPN mare by Metropole x Ahorn

PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), ZL Group, Inc: 0/0/39.69

 

3. FINEMAN: 2003 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Feliciano x Beach Boy

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Sweet Oak Farm: 0/0/39.81

 

4. CARLOS V.H.P Z: 2002 Zangersheide gelding by Chellano Z x Voltaire
NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO (USA), EM Horses: 0/0/41.82

 

5. CHARRO: 2000 Warmblood gelding by Skippy II x Pavarotti

ANTONIO MAURER (MEX), Salvador Onate: 0/8/41.38

 

6. LANSDOWNE: 2003 KWPN stallion by Guidam x Wolfgang
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel & Susan Grange: 1/78.04

 

7. POWERPLAY: 2004 Holsteiner gelding by Casall x Limbus

ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC: 1/78.71

 

8. DYNAMO: 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Skippy II x Lys de Darmen

MEAGAN NUSZ (USA), Amalaya Investments: 1/79.35

 

9. CLYDE: 2004 Holsteiner stallion by Clearway x Coronado

DANIEL BLUMAN (COL), Leonardo & Royi Aljure: 1/80.32

 

10. VICKY VAN HET GEINSTEINDE: 1998 Belgian Warmblood mare by Skippy II x Lurano

ALEJANDRO PLASCENCIA (MEX), Mario Onate: 1/80.91

 

Sweetnam and Solerina Keep Early Lead

 

Riding out of the fifth position in the order, Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Solerina were able to keep the lead through the entire competition. They set a very quick time of 64.70 seconds with no faults to win the $33,000 Suncast Cup 1.45m out of 48 total entries. The next fastest to finish in second place was another early in the order – Katie Dinan (USA) and Glory Days went second in the order and were clear in 66.36 seconds. Third place went to Francois Mathy (BEL) and Opus PSG, were finished in 70.16 seconds.

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Shane Sweetnam and Solerina. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

Sweetnam and Solerina, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad owned by Sweet Oak Farm, did not have to go all out to win, and Sweetnam said he was surprised that his time held up.

 

He acknowledged, “I thought I’d finish in the top three, especially with Kent and Brianne and plenty of people there that I thought would catch me.” He also said that while it was quick, he left some in the tank for Solerina. “There was more. I’m still trying to keep her relaxed in there. I did think I could have been faster, maybe two seconds faster, but I tried to keep close enough to my plan and keep her within her range. I didn’t want to run her too fast and get her upset about things.”

 

Keeping Solerina happy is something that Sweetnam works on, and it includes an unusual item in her stall – a television. Sweetnam described her as a typical chestnut mare, “more than anybody,” and that he tries to work with her personality.

 

“She’s a bit quirky. I was wondering how she would be up here because there is a lot to look at here in the rings. It’s not out of badness, it’s more nerves. If you can keep her in the same routine all the time, she’s fine,” he explained. “She’s afraid of the TV (screens), so we have one in her stall. She’s watching ‘The Top 100 Moments of Spruce Meadows’ right now!”

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Shane Sweetnam lifts the trophy with Paul Crawford, Suncast Sales Representative, Canadian Market at Suncast Corporation. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

Final Results: $33,000 Suncast Cup 1.45m

1. SOLERINA: 1999 Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Sweet Oak Farm: 0/64.70

 

2. GLORY DAYS: 2001 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Diamond Serpent

KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners, LLC: 0/66.36

 

3. OPUS PSG: 2000 Holsteiner gelding by Contender x Landego

FRANCOIS MATHY (BEL), Francois Mathy: 0/70.16

 

4. ZEMILION: 2004 KWPN gelding by Emilion x Voltaire

NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO (USA), Wembley Farms, Inc: 0/70.16

 

5. VALESKA: 2005 Belgian Warmblood mare by Vigo d’Arsouilles x Heartbreaker
CHARLIE JAYNE (USA), Pony Lane Farm: 0/71.03

 

6. WHITNEY: 2003 Dutch Warmblood mare by Oklund x Nirvana

TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC & Torrey Pines: 0/71.15

 

7. NEW IDOL Z: 2004 Zangersheide mare by Nelson Z x Concorde

JILL HENSELWOOD (CAN), Juniper Farms: 0/71.95

 

8. WOUTER: 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Numero Uno x Monaco

CLEMENTINE GOUTAL (USA), Cloverleaf Farms: 0/71.98

 

9. PEKIN ST DENIS: 2003 Selle Francais gelding by Eyken des Fontenis x Quatubet du Rouet

CLAUDIA LORENZA O FARRILL (MEX), Terranova Kohima SL: 0/74.12

 

10. PATER NOSTER: 2002 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Parco x Heartbreaker

JACLYN DUFF (CAN), Jaclyn Duff: 0/74.35

 

Swail and Martha Louise Are Fastest

 

The $33,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m was the first competition of the day in the International Ring. There were 47 combinations in the speed format, and it was Conor Swail of Ireland who was fastest with Martha Louise, a 9-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare by Maloubet de Pleville 1039 x Wolfgang owned by Susan and Ariel Grange. They sped around the course in 63.50 seconds.

 

Second place went to John Perez (COL) on Utopia in 64.72 seconds, while Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Wang Chung M2S were third in 65.44 seconds.

 

This was Martha Louise’s first win, although she has placed in eight out of nine competitions at the Spruce Meadows Summer Tournaments. Swail was happy to be back in the International Ring and noted, “She felt very good today. She was in here week one and then she has been a few weeks away (in other rings). When she went back in, I thought she felt more comfortable. She handled it very well. She jumped lovely.”

 

Despite losing his stirrup going into the double combination, Swail was able to ride through it and regain his stirrup before the next oxer. “It affected me. I think it’s nearly worse losing one because you have no balance. She didn’t jump the in and out particularly well I think because of me, where I was (with) my balance, but she was good to leave that double up,” Swail pointed out. “I was probably lucky that I have nice quality because she tries to do her best.”

 

While Swail got the win, he did not have to go all out today for victory. “Honestly, I think there was a bit left there today. It certainly wasn’t the fastest round that I’ve ever had with her. In that respect, it is nice to come out on top and not have them going crazy,” he said.


Swail originally purchased Martha Louise two years ago and she has been a consistent winner for him. She moved up to the higher levels this winter in Florida. “Since Sue (Grange) bought her, she has been absolutely amazing,” he commented. “She is just such a consistent horse. She is a really versatile mare; she can do many jobs. She did the grand prix last week, which was very big for her, but she handled it very well.”

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Conor Swail and Martha Louise. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

Martha Louise is leading the Horse Health Care Championship presented by Pfizer Equine Division and Moore Equine Veterinary Clinic, which is awarded on Friday, July 5, to the horse/rider combination who accumulates the most points throughout the 1.45m Derby Series. Swail hopes that she will able to take that top prize.

 

Swail said that Martha Louise is not your typical chestnut mare. “She’s not like a mare at all, she is just so nice. She is so laid back. I think her temperament is the best part of her because she is very willing to do anything and try anything. When she goes in, she is laid back, but at the same time very careful and I think that is a great quality,” he said.

 

Final Results: $33,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m

1. MARTHA LOUISE: 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare by Maloubet de Pleville 1039 x Wolfgang

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan & Ariel Grange: 0/63.50

 

2. UTOPIA: 2001 Dutch Warmblood mare by Ircolando x Notaris

JOHN PEREZ (COL), John Perez: 0/64.72

 

3. WANG CHUNG M2S: 2003 KWPN stallion by Royal Bravour x Ahorn
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Morningside Stud & Torrey Pines Stable: 0/65.44

 

4. FRIEDA: 2001 Warmblood mare by For Future x Graf Anhalt E

AINSLEY VINCE (CAN), KMA Group: 0/66.16

 

5. VIEANNE: 2002 Dutch Warmblood mare by Andiamo x Voltaire

FRANCES LAND (USA), Frances Land: 0/66.53

 

6. RONALDO DE LA POMME: 2005 Selle Francais stallion by Stakkato x Darco

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/67.85

 

7. TWISTHER: 2000 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Farmer

JONATHAN MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/67.92

 

8. APARDI: 2005 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Corland x Kannan

DANIEL BLUMAN (COL), Ricardo & Alberto Simhon: 0/70.42

 

9. AMBOSELLI: 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Silverstone x Lancelot

PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Pablo Barrios: 0/71.76

 

10. VODKA: 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Zortin x Lancelot

SUSAN HORN (CAN), Kingsfield Farm: 0/73.96

 

What Can You Do at Spruce Meadows?

 

Spruce Meadows includes affordable fun for the whole family.  With admission starting at only $5 per person, and children (12 & under) and seniors (65 & up) free, it is the perfect venue to unwind and enjoy a day of show jumping, activities, delicious food and shopping.  Limited Reserved Seating tickets are also available – for full details, please visit our website.

 

From Friday through Sunday, there will be a number of activities for the whole family (all included in your admission to Spruce Meadows) such as Pony Rides, presented by Kozy Shack, the Spruce Meadows Prairie Dogs, presented by RE/MAX, Wagon Rides, Face Painting, children’s games in the Garden Court Restaurant and more!  Delicious food is offered throughout the grounds, featuring a healthy menu at the Garden Court Restaurant, a wide range of options at the Time Faults Public House, and International Fare in the Plaza. 

 

Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7 will feature the Royal Occasion Brunch – all are welcome to join us at the royally inspired breakfast from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm in the Meadowgreen Building, adjacent to the Meadows on the Green Ring.  Fresh berries and cream, scones, pancakes, sausages and more will be complimentary to the first 3,000 guests. In light of the recent flood in Southern Alberta, Rush Seating for Saturday and Sunday will be complimentary. Reserved Seating and Club International tickets are available on our website in advance.

 

Looking to test your luck?  Spruce Meadows has several contest options for those wanting to win excellent prizes, including the CN/Sun Media Name the Foal contest featuring a chance to name future show jumping star and a trip to the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament, and the Win a Year contest, with a chance to win a year of access to all Spruce Meadows events.  If you are looking for some retail therapy, vendors in the Gallery on the Green and Vendor Village offer an excellent variety of gifts and services, both equine and non-equine in nature.

 

For full details, please visit our website or contact us at 403.974.4200 or information@sprucemeadows.com.

 

The ‘North American’ continues tomorrow with the $33,000 Horse Health Cup 1.45m, $35,000 Process Energy Cup 1.50m, and the $35,000 PwC Cup 1.60m. For more information and full results, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083 Capture $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m Speed Class

March 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 27, 2013- Week twelve of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by FTI Consulting, featured the $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m speed classon Wednesday with a win for Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083, owned by Spy Coast Farm. Earning points on the Longines FEI world ranking list, the pair beat Laura Kraut (USA) and Woodstock O in second and Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Everest de Muze in third.

 

The 2013 FTI WEF circuit will conclude with its twelfth week of competition, and the entire circuit, on March 27-31 featuring CSI 5* show jumping. Highlights of the week include the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m and $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12 on Thursday, the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Classic and $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, and the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sunday. The week will also feature the Adequan Young Jumper Championship Classics with the $10,000 5-Year-Old Classic on Thursday and the $15,000 6-Year-old and $20,000 7 and 8-Year-Old Classics on Friday.

 

Ireland’s Alan Wade is the course designer in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for the final week of FTI WEF competition. In Wednesday’s $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m class, 61 entries contested Wade’s speed track with 13 clear rounds. The winning time of 62.01 seconds belonged to Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083.

 

Laura Kraut and Joan Kalman/The Freedom Group’s Woodstock O finished second in 62.76 seconds. Darragh Kenny and Alexander LLC’s Everest de Muze stopped the clock in 64.01 seconds to place third. Fourth place honors went to Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Domingo, owned by Stephex Stables, with their time of 64.21 seconds.

 

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083. Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Shane Sweetnam continued his success on the 2013 winter circuit with another great win aboard Cyklon 1083, a twelve-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus. The pair has had a lot of top results over the last few months and earned a great win against some talented competitors in Wednesday’s class.

 

Sweetnam noted, “Cyklon is a very quick horse. We were third last Friday. We have been knocking on the door. We were quick the week before and had one down. He has had a good circuit. He goes to Europe with me, so I didn’t really do so much the first half. He did Spy Coast week and he won a 1.40m and he was second in a 1.40m and third in a 1.40m the first half of circuit. Today was a good win for him. He is always very competitive; he wants to win.”

 

Darragh Kenny and then Laura Kraut were both very fast before him, but Sweetnam went for the win. “I watched Darragh go and that looked very fast and actually I think Laura was watching at the same time,” he detailed. “Laura was two seconds quicker than Darragh, so I knew she must have been really going, so I basically didn’t try to pull anywhere. I just went for it.”

 

“The round went pretty much according to plan,” he continued. “I was a little lucky at the second to last jump. I ended up getting a little long in the six-stride, but he tried really hard and we got away with it and then the last fence he jumped really well. He was very quick, so I thought it was going to be hard to beat when we came out.”

 

“He is an unbelievable trier,” Sweetnam said of Cyklon. “He is so, so careful. He is allergic to the poles. Sometimes we get in trouble because he is so eager to do well, so sometimes he doesn’t listen to wait, but he is a very good horse. He has great results everywhere.”

 

Shane Sweetnam in his winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam in his winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Also showing on Wednesday, Wilton Porter and Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s Radio City won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jump-off class for the second week in a row. In the Adequan 7-Year-Old Young Jumpers, Sweetnam and Balavan, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, jumped to victory. In the Adequan 8-Year-Old Young Jumpers, the winner was Ireland’s Cian O’Connor riding Carlo 343, owned by Andreas Herskovitz.

 

Week twelve of the FTI WEF will continue on Thursday with the $10,000 Adequan 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Classic Final, the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class,and the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12 all featured in the International Arena. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Final Results: $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m

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

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm LLC: 0/62.01

 

2. WOODSTOCK O: 2003 KWPN gelding by Hors La Loi x Ferro

LAURA KRAUT (USA), Joan Kalman/Freedom Group: 0/62.76

 

3. EVEREST DE MUZE: 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve

DARRGH KENNY (IRL), Alexander LLC: 0/64.01

 

4. DOMINGO: 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Brownboy

DANIEL DEUSSER (GER), Stephex Stables: 0/64.21

 

5. WIESIELOTTIE: 2003 KWPN mare by Rash R x Burggraaf

PETER WYLDE (USA), Nybor Pferde GMBH & Co. KG: 0/70.84

 

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

CANDICE KING (USA), Bellissimo LLC: 0/70.88

 

7. GRACE 319: 2002 SATHU mare by Armitage x Beach Boy

JANNE FRIEDERIKE MEYER (GER), Juergen Fitschen & Janne-Friederike Meyer: 0/72.03

 

8. CAMPBELL VDL: 2004 Holsteiner stallion by Cassini I x Carpaccio

CANDICE KING (USA), Stateside Farm LLC: 0/74.40

 

9. NOPUS DU GUE JOUBERT: 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Oberon Du Moulin x Elf III

HILARY SIMPSON (USA), Quiet Hill Farm: 0/77.49

 

10. MYSELF DE BREVE: 2000 SFA mare by Quidam de Revel x Grand Veneur

MARIE HECART (FRA), Normandie Connection: 0/78.71

 

11. ROYCE: 2004 Oldenburg stallion by Café au lait x Grandilot

MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Elm Rock LLC: 0/79.39

 

12. ROMANTOVICH TAKE ONE: 2000 KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Karandasj

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/79.87

 

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

 

About 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 and Solerina Steal the Show in $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix

March 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 24, 2013 – Week eleven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Artisan Farms, concluded on Sunday, March 24, with a full day of jumper action on the derby field at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Solerina won the highlight $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix in a five-horse jump-off over Marie Hecart (FRA) and Myself de Breve and Kirsten Coe (USA) and Baronez.

 

Victoria Colvin and Waminka were victorious in the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix, while Chloe Reid took the series win. Olivia Fry Weeks and Woica won the $10,000 Horseware Don Little Masters Classic. RichardJeffery of Bournemouth, England, set the courses on the derby field for all three classes.

 

In the $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix, 34 entries showed over Jeffery’s feature track with five clear rounds advancing to the jump-off. Two cleared the short course without fault, and Shane Sweetnam guided Sweet Oak and Spy Coast Farms’ Solerina to victory with the fastest clear round in 41.17 seconds.

 

Watch an interview with winning rider
Shane Sweetnam!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-H1ylBq6Uc

 

Marie Hecart and Normandie Connections’ Myself de Breve cleared the jump-off course in 42.45 seconds to place second. In third, Kirsten Coe and Ilan Ferder’s Baronez had one time fault in 45.58 seconds. Kent Farrington (USA) and Robin Parksy’s Blue Angel had one rail down in 42.45 seconds to earn the fourth place honors, and Reed Kessler (USA) and Mika placed fifth with four faults in 43.87 seconds.

 

 

Sweetnam’s winning mount, Solerina, is a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad that he owns in collaboration with his sponsor, Spy Coast Farm. Believe it or not, Sunday’s win was Sweetnam’s first win in an international FEI grand prix as well as his horse’s first time ever showing in a grand prix at any level. The stars aligned for the pair on the field this weekend as they earned an exciting victory.

 

 

 

“It is a great result, especially for myself,” Sweetnam admitted after the class. “It is my first WEF Sunday win and it is great for Spy Coast as well who own half of her with me. I am very, very happy. It was unexpected. She is a really competitive horse and her results have been great all circuit, but this is the first grand prix that I have done her in. She really surpassed herself; she gave everything she had. She is very fast, so I knew that if I could get in the jump-off that I would have a chance.”

 

Sweetnam has had Solerina since last summer and the pair has done very well together at the 1.45m and 1.50m level. “She has won a few classes; she has been second a lot. She has a very good strike rate,” Sweetnam noted. “She has been placed nearly 70%. She has been very, very good.”

 

“She has a bit of character, chestnut mare stuff,” Sweetnam said of Solerina. “If she is not fighting you, she is fighting with you, so I prefer if she’s fighting with me. Actually she was very relaxed here, so I was happy.”

 

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina. Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina. Photo © Sportfot.

 

The “chestnut mare stuff” may not be all that bad, as Sweetnam pointed out that three chestnut mares were first, second, and third in Sunday’s class. Second place finisher Myself de Breve is a feisty red headed mare as well, but has also proven herself many times in the arena with French rider Marie Hecart. Hecart got the 13-year-old mare as a two-year-old and has had some great results with her.

 

“She is very small, but she has all the scope,” Hecart declared. “When she was younger she was crazy, she was totally wild, but she really started to be good two or three years ago. She has really settled down and started working with me really well.”

 

 

“She always jumps really well on a big field like that,” Hecart said following the class. “She gets a lot of scope and she was great. I didn’t start the season really early; I started about five weeks ago. I didn’t want to do too much with her, so I wasn’t really ready for the first grand prix and this week she really started jumping like she does. She is 13, so she has all the experience and she doesn’t need to jump that much. I just try to do the big classes and the most important ones and she was really good.”

 

Third place finisher, Baronez, has had some great results showing on the grass field with rider Kirsten Coe, including a win in week seven’s $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup. She seems to like the different atmosphere.

 

“She really likes it out here,” Coe stated. “She is brave as a lion, so she really excels in this environment. I didn’t start showing that early in the season either; I didn’t start showing until week six, so it really feels like things are starting to come together now. She was double clear both times this week, so she has had a nice result.”

 

For Shane Sweetnam, there is no doubt that this year’s FTI WEF and Sunday’s class, especially, will be one to remember for a long time. Sweetnam praised the show after a fantastic day.

 

“WEF has done a great job this year,” he acknowledged. “Even last night they had such a great crowd and the standard of jumping has been fantastic every week. Personally, I have had a great circuit as well; I have been in the top three or four in the grand prix four times now, which I am very happy with. Every year I think WEF gets bigger and better and the standard is very high.”

 

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina in their winning presentation with Equestrian Sport Productions' President Michael Stone and ringmaster Cliff Haines.  Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina in their winning presentation with Equestrian Sport Productions’ President Michael Stone and ringmaster Cliff Haines.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

Final Results: $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix

 

1. SOLERINA: 1999 Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Sweet Oak & Spy Coast Farms: 0/0/41.17

 

2. MYSELF DE BREVE: 2000 SFA mare by Quidam de Revel x Grand Veneur

MARIE HECART (FRA), Normandie Connection: 0/0/42.45

 

3. BARONEZ: 2001 Warmblood mare by Heartbreaker x Unknown

KIRSTEN COE (USA), Ilan Ferder: 1/45.58

 

4. BLUE ANGEL: 2002 AES mare by Luidam x Ascendant

KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Robin Parsky:0/4/42.45

 

5. MIKA: 2000 Selle Francais gelding by Nidor Platiere x Rubis Rouge

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/4/43.87

 

6. ROTHCHILD: 2001 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Artos x Elegant De L’Ile

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms: 4/84.66

 

7. OLYMPIC DE CHAMANT: 2002 Selle Francais gelding by Gentleman IV SF x Apache D’adriers

JOHNATHON CORRIGAN (IRL), Sagamore Farms: 4/85.25

 

8. ROMANTOVICH TAKE ONE: 2000 KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Karandasj

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 4/85.39

 

9. ROUNDTHORN MADIOS: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 4/85.66

 

 

10. AVENZIO 3: 1999 KWPN gelding by Animo x Erdball xx

TAIZO SUGITANI (JPN), Yvonne Young: 4/86.02

 

11. MARTHA LOUISE: 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare by Maloubet de Pleville 1039 x Wolfgang

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Chinook Valley, Inc: 4/87.00

 

12. CORTES ‘C’: 2002 BWP gelding by Randel Z x Darco

BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 4/88.15

 

 

Victoria Colvin and Waminka Win $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix; Chloe Reid Takes Series Victory

 

 

Starting off Sunday’s competition on the derby field,15-year-old Victoria Colvin jumped to victory in the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix presented by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte. Thirty-one entries showed in the class with four clear rounds to advance to the jump-off. None of the competitors were able to clear the second round course without fault, and Colvin’s four-fault round was the best with a time of 43.21 seconds aboard Waminka, owned by Rivers Edge.

 

 

Dana Scott and Nod Hill Farm’s KM What Ever RV finished second with four faults in 43.65 seconds. Niclas Hofmann and Trelawny Farm LLC’s Babbe Van’t Roosakker placed third with four faults in 50.87 seconds. Fourth place honors went to Alexandra Thornton and Dunwalke Ltd.’s Blue Curacao with eight faults in 45.17 seconds.

 

Victoria Colvin and Waminka. Photo © Sportfot.

Victoria Colvin and Waminka. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Sunday’s class was only Colvin’s second time competing in the young rider events in Wellington and she was happy that it went so well. She has had previous experience showing on the grass field in the equitation, hunter and junior jumper divisions, but was excited to compete against some of her top peers in the series.

 

“It went pretty well,” Colvin smiled after the class. “It is so nice to be out on the field and she just went amazing.”

 

Waminka is one of Colvin’s top mounts and the pair has had a lot of success recently, including winning yesterday’s $10,000 Griffis Residential High Junior Jumper Classic. Riding on the grass field was a little different, but the pair handled it perfectly.

 

“With her, I feel like she doesn’t have to get as quiet, so that she just has a nice gallop,” Colvin explained of the different preparation. “We pretty much just walked her this morning and then she was just ready to go.”

 

“She is pretty straightforward,” the rider added. “You have to hold her mouth a little bit, but she goes to the jumps and you don’t really need much leg. She is one of my favorites except for my own, of course, but she is a lot of fun.”

 

Commenting on the jump-off, Colvin continued, “I was trying to just have a nice, clear round, but I think I just felt the wind and ran to that oxer. I was gonna go slow and clean, but it didn’t really work that way. I think the wind makes it more fun. It feels like you are on a beach galloping.”

 

Sunday’s class was the final event in the 2013 Artisan Farms Young Rider Series, presented by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte, which also awarded the top prizes on Sunday for its overall standings. Sixteen-year-old Chloe Reid was named the top rider under 21 and will get a spot on the USEF European Young Rider Tour this summer as her prize, with transportation provided by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte. Along with that, as the overall winner she takes home a Bruno delGrange saddle. Wilton Porter and Niclas Hofmann were second and third in the overall standings.

 

Chloe Reid in her winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms, Bruno delGrange and Sandy Spicer of Bruno delGrange Saddles, Tim Dutta, and Guido Klatte.  Photo © Sportfot.

Chloe Reid in her winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms, Bruno delGrange and Sandy Spicer of Bruno delGrange Saddles, Tim Dutta, and Guido Klatte.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

“I am really excited. This was definitely one of my goals for the year,” Reid said of the honor. “Every year we sit down with my trainer (Kim Prince) and my parents and they say ‘Chloe, what would you like to have as your accomplishment for this year?’ Last year it was to make the European Tour and this year I said that I would love to finish in the top for this class and I was able to make that achievement.”

 

Watch an interview with Chloe Reid!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVcSWdbJ8Ek

 

Reid went on the European tour last year and enjoyed her time competing abroad. “That was an amazing experience last year,” she stated. “I have never really ridden on a team before and it is a completely different atmosphere over there. It is a great learning experience and I learned so much more than if I just stayed here. I was really happy with everything over there.”

 

Chloe Reid and Damascus. Photo © Sportfot.

Chloe Reid and Damascus. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Reid is developing a great partnership with her horse, Damascus, and felt that this year’s young rider series was very helpful to their development.

 

“This series is great with all of the different kinds of rounds they give us,” Reid acknowledged. “We had a night class, we had a Nations Cup theme, we had on the grass today and just all of the different experiences for helping you succeed. I have had Damascus since last spring and she has really learned to become my horse and I have learned our strengths and weaknesses together. Every round I am just getting to know her more and try to exceed even more.”

 

Artisan Farms Young Rider Series Leaders Chloe Reid (first), Wilton Porter (second), Kalvin Dobbs (fifth), and Niclas Hofmann (third) with Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler, Tim Dutta and Guido Klatte.  Photo © Sportfot.

Artisan Farms Young Rider Series Leaders Chloe Reid (first), Wilton Porter (second), Kalvin Dobbs (fifth), and Niclas Hofmann (third) with Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler, Tim Dutta and Guido Klatte.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

A full schedule of competition was also held at the main show grounds at PBIEC on Sunday in the International Arena. In the $10,000 Charles Owen Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Daisy Johnson and Atlanta 447 jumped to victory. In the $10,000 Maria Mendelsohn Low Junior Jumpers, Eugenio Garza and Marbella were victorious.

 

 

 

Grand All Over and Emma Kurtz Excel in Visse Wedell Medium Pony Hunters

 

 

 

Grand All Over lived up to his name during week eleven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The fifteen-year-old Welsh Pony gelding owned by David Gochman was champion of the Visse Wedell Medium Pony Hunter divsion with Emma Kurtz. Kurtz, of Cleveland, OH, piloted Grand All Over to second place under saddle and finished first, third, and third over fences.

 

 

 

Reserve champion was Sassafras Creek, ridden by Daisy Farish and owned by Redfield Farm. Farish and Sassafras Creek were eighth under saddle and were first, second, sixth, and first over fences.

 

 

 

Owner-rider champion for the division was Roxbury and Yasmin Rizvi. Reserve owner-rider honors went to Francesca Dildabanian and her pony Laugh Out Loud.

 

 

 

Grand All Over, known as “Toby” in the barn, is one of twelve-year-old Kurtz’s many successful pony mounts, but she will admit to him being her favorite by far. While Kurtz says his irresistible cuteness is what puts him at the top of her list, trainer Amanda Lyerly knows their bond is more than just skin-deep. “They really trust each other,” Lyerly commented. “He’s really brave and she’s confident on him. They’re such a good match.”

 

Grand All Over and Emma Kurtz. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Grand All Over and Emma Kurtz. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Lyerly does admit Toby’s looks certainly don’t hurt him in the ring. “He has an amazing look through the bridle and he has a great neck. He always goes with his ears pricked and he pretty much always jumps well no matter how you get to the jump. He just has a lot of presence,” Lyerly described.

 

 

 

Toby has been so successful with Kurtz that the pair is currently in second place in the FTI WEF circuit standings despite a relatively light show schedule. “Emma won the pony classic World Champion Hunter Rider week. She was champion another week and reserve one week. He really hasn’t done a lot since he already has so many points. He gets to have an easy circuit,” Lyerly explained.

 

 

 

Kurtz and her winning partner will continue to show together through the FTI WEF’s final week, after which the duo look forward to showing at the Devon Horse Show in May. Following Devon, their show career together is a little more uncertain. Kurtz has had Toby on lease from the Gochman family until their girls grow into him.

 

 

 

“He belongs to the Gochmans, and their kids were actually a little bit too small for him when they got him, so they’ve let Emma ride him for a little bit until they’re ready for him. It’s very, very generous of them to give her that opportunity,” Lyerly acknowledged.

 

 

 

Kurtz and Toby’s championship finish concluded hunter competition for week eleven of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Artisan Farms. The final week of the FTI WEF, presented by title sponsor FTI Consulting, will run March 27-21, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. 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, 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.

 

 

Shane Sweetnam Wins Back to Back in $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Jumpers

February 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 8, 2013 – Irish show jumper Shane Sweetnam is on a roll during week five of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) with a set of back to back wins in Friday’s $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed and jump-off classes to follow up a victory in Thursday’s $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic. All three wins were on Spy Coast Farm owned horses – the 1.45m aboard Everly Chin de la Pomme and Friday’s 1.40m speed aboard Cyklon 1083 and jump-off class riding Beluga.

 

Week five of the FTI WEF circuit, sponsored by Adequan®, runs February 6-10. The remainder of the week will feature the $82,000 Adequan® CSI 2* Grand Prix on Saturday evening and the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9-March 31, 2013, and awards almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083 were the winners in Friday’s $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge jumping a track set by Olympic course designer Bob Ellis. Fifty-six entries contested the class with 16 clear rounds and a win for the pair in 65.339 seconds. Sweetnam and Cyklon, a twelve-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus, won over Alexander Zetterman and Canora’s time of 66.844 seconds. Daniela Cordero and Don Chiqui placed third in 71.094 seconds.
Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083. Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Spy Coast Farm bought Cyklon as a new mount for Sweetnam last winter and the duo has formed a great partnership. Sweetnam detailed, “From the start it has been very successful with him. We got him around this time last year and we had some good results straight away. During the summer he placed in La Baule, Rome, won a class in St. Gallen, won a class in Spruce Meadows and won a class and was second and third in the Hamptons. He basically wins wherever he goes normally, with a bit of luck.”

 
“He is a little fighter,” Sweetnam noted. “He really wants to win and he can sometimes be a little bit hard to ride because he wants to win so much. He doesn’t listen all the time, but when we get it right, it seems to work out well.”

Commenting on his winning ride in the class, Sweetnam stated, “He had a good round. It felt very smooth and everything worked out. When I finished, I thought it would be hard to beat. There are a lot of good riders here, so you never know, but I was really happy with the way he jumped.”

Sweetnam went on to his second victory of the day in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Jump-Off class riding Beluga. Sixty-six entries showed in that class with 20 competitors qualifying for the jump-off, and ten completing double clear rounds. Sweetnam and Beluga had the fastest time of 31.949 seconds over second place finishers Ben Maher and Dolores, owned by Mrs. Wang, in 32.095 seconds.

Sweetnam has been riding for Spy Coast Farm for six years now and was pleased to win both Spy Coast sponsored classes for owners Robert and Lisa Lourie.

“It is always good to win the classes for Spy Coast, and Lisa Lourie was here to watch us, so she was very excited,” he acknowledged. “These were good classes to win.”

“We have had a lot of success with a lot of great horses,” Sweetnam added. “One of the first ones that we bought was Little Emir and we still have him and he is still going. Amaretto d’Arco as well was one of the early ones and we have had a lot of successes. It is always great to win for them.”

 

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

1. CYKLON 1083 SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM, LLC: 0/65.339

2. CANORA ALEXANDER ZETTERMAN ALEXANDER ZETTERMAN: 0/66.844

3. DON CHIQUI DANIELA CORDERO DANIELA CORDERO: 0/71.094

4. CANTUS D HILLARY SIMPSON QUIET HILL FARM: 0/71.466

5. BROOKLYN BLUESALEXANDRA PAILLOT CAROL SOLLACK: 0/72.150

6. KM WHAT EVER RV DANA SCOTT NOD HILL FARM: 0/73.750

7. SEVENTH FEE MICHAEL DORMAN WYNDMONT: 0/75.804

8. STING VAN DE WITHOEVE LAUREN TISBO TEQUESTRIAN FARMS, LLC: 0/76.178

9. CAMBITO PAIGE JOHNSON SALAMANDER FARM: 0/77.183

10. ALAZAN AMY MILLAR MILLAR BROOKE FARM: 0/78.929

11. ADOCTROSCHUYLER RILEY KATHERINE GALLAGHER: 0/80.574

12. ALRIGHT MICHAEL DORMAN MICHAEL DORMAN: 0/80.941

 

Lori Sawyer-Lyons Has a Blue Ribbon Finish Aboard Senna M in Ariat National Adult Medal

 

Lori Sawyer-Lyons edged out the competition to win the Ariat National Adult Medal class during week five of competition for the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Sawyer-Lyons, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, rode Jimmy Torano’s Senna M to first place. Sawyer-Lyons had a narrow margin of victory in a competitive class with the top three finishing only one tenth of a point apart.

 

Sawyer-Lyons and Senna M finished first with 77.2 points. Meredith Combs and Cassius, owned by Jennifer Combs, placed second with 77.1 points. Sally Gibbs and Castelano, owned by Linda Langmeier, scored 77 points for third place. The top four was rounded out by Julia McNerny and Norgan, Inc.’s Micenas, who finished with a score of 72.

 

Lori Sawyer-Lyons and Senna M.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Lori Sawyer-Lyons and Senna M.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Sawyer-Lyons is a veteran of the Ariat National Adult Medal class, but was particularly thrilled with today’s win aboard Senna, a fourteen-year-old warmblood gelding. “I’ve done the Ariat for a while now, but this is my first time winning with Senna, which is great. He’s a different ride from my horse, and I’m an amateur, so I’m having to figure it all out. I finally feel like I did today. Hopefully, I’ll win some more with him!” Sawyer-Lyons stated.

 

 

“Senna is an amazing equitation horse. He’s been awesome. I’ve had a harder time adjusting to him since he’s a little different than my horse, but the horse is fabulous and it’s great that it finally came together,” Sawyer-Lyons continued.

 

 

Sawyer-Lyons was highly complementary of the course laid out by Steve Stephens. “The course was great. It was really fun and I thought it was beautiful. I liked how it was a little more flowing then last week. It still had a little bit of everything,” Sawyer-Lyons described.

 

 

The top four riders were called back after completing their initial courses for another test to determine each rider’s final score. Competitors were asked to hand gallop a single diagonal fence, followed by trotting in to and cantering out of a line headed directly for the in-gate. Riders were expected to halt before exiting the arena on a relaxed rein.

 

 

“It was nice to have a hand gallop in the test, but it was challenging to go from a hand gallop right to the trot jump. Senna is so amenable, though, that he just came back to me and did his job perfectly,” Sawyer-Lyons stated.

 

 

Riders who have accumulated the most points in each of the USEF regions will be invited to compete at Ariat National Adult Medal Finals, which are held in conjunction with the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD, in early October.

 

 

Week five of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Adequan, will continue Saturday with the Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) National Children’s Medal 14 & Under class, hosted in the Equine Tack and Nutritionals Ring 6. The $82,000 Adequan® CSI 2* Grand Prix will be the feature “Saturday Night Lights” event at 7 p.m. in the International Arena. 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, 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.

 


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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.


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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.

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