Wellington, FL – February 13, 2013 – The sixth week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) began on Wednesday, February 13, with a full schedule of world-class jumper competition in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). In the highlight class of the day, an impressive roster of top riders vied for Longines FEI world ranking points in the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumper Classic with a win for Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, and Quality Girl.
Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge set the speed track for 48 entries in Wednesday’s 1.45m class. Ten entries completed successful rounds without fault in the race against the clock, and Minikus and Quality Girl came out on top with their time of 54.51 seconds.
Shane Sweetnam and Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina finished second in 56.05 seconds. Peter Wylde and Zidane, owned by Windward Farm and Jessica Suida, were third in 56.68 seconds. Conor Swail and Landsdowne, owned by Ariel and Susan Grange, placed fourth in 57.58 seconds.
“She is a very careful horse,” Minikus added. “She is what I would call a modern day show jumper. She has a lot of blood and she is very aware of her surroundings. She has been great. Right before circuit I showed her in the Level 6 and she won that, then I showed her in the Level 7 and she won that. I showed her in the Level 8, she won that. Some horses are winners, some horses are losers – let’s face it – and she just seems to be one of those that has a knack for winning.”
Also showing on Wednesday, the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class was split into two with its booming list of entries. In section A of the class, Wilton Porter and Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s Paloubet were the winners. In section B, Laura Kraut and Joan Kalman/Freedom Group’s Woodstock O came out on top. The day continued with the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm speed class and a win for Jeffery Welles aboard Merlin, owned by Noel Love Gross.
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus, Ltd: 0/54.51
2. SOLERINA: 1999 Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad
3. ZIDANE: 2004 KWPN gelding by Sam R x Sable Rose
PETER WYLDE (USA), Windward Farm & Jessica Suida: 0/56.68
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel & Susan Grange:0/57.58
TIM GREDLEY (GBR), Unex Competition Yard: 0/58.17
6. ROUNDTHORN MADIOS: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill
LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/59.04
KATIE PRUDENT (USA), Michael Smith: 0/59.20
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Samantha Tuerk: 0/67.62
DARRAGH KERINS (IRL), Marten Hugens & Darragh Kerins: 0/69.37
ANDREW BOURNS (IRL), Tequestrian Farms, LLC:0/69.80
MAC CONE (CAN), Chadburn Holdings Inc: 1/72.31
LORENZO DE LUCA (ITA), Michael Collins: 1/73.91
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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.
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