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Watch an Action-Packed Behind-the-scenes So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Video on Youtube

January 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

The third annual So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event in the “Heart of the Carolinas” takes place May 2-5 in Chesterfield, SC. Now’s your chance to see what this event is all about by reliving all the action thanks to a creative video produced by nFocus Pictures and visible on Southern 8ths’ YouTube channel.

 

Noted course designer Tremaine Cooper aboard Arnold, owned by Southern 8ths Farm owner, Brad Turley.  Photo by Diana De Rosa

Noted course designer Tremaine Cooper aboard Arnold, owned by Southern 8ths Farm owner, Brad Turley. Photo by Diana De Rosa

 

This video showcases Long Format Eventing at the amateur level but with the aplomb of a professional level event.  If you are a horse lover, have a passion for Eventing or are simply curious to peek behind-the-scenes at the 2012 So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event then settle into your seats and fasten your seatbelts for  an amazing 4-minute ride by going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUBHfKnVc_E.

 

You’ll get a chance to watch not just the competition but see who is teaching the educational clinics and how up close and personal the competitors are with the clinicians. These clinics are taught by some of the top horsemen in the Eventing community. Well-known riders and trainers Charlie Plumb, Will Faudree, Holly Hudspeth, Rebecca Howard and Susan Beebee are joined by “R” Dressage judge Sue Simpson and FEI course designer Tremaine Cooper educating the competitors on all aspects of the Long Format. FEI veterinarian Dr. Debbie Williamson and local vet Dr. Marsha Severt ensure the horses are fit to compete. Groom Natalie Varcoe Cox covers caring for the horses. Marc Donovan walks his show jumping course with the competitors.

 

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There’s also a gala Saturday night barbeque, Nikon hat and photo contest, Kentucky Derby screening and much more. Combine that all in one video photographed on the amazing Southern 8ths Farm facilities and this will be an action-packed ride you don’t want to miss. And it just might inspire you to compete, volunteer or even become a sponsor; all supporting the amateur level riders who are truly the bulk of the sport.

 

Tremaine Cooper, Susie Beebee, Will Faudree, Charlie Plumb and Natalie Varcoe Cox. Photo by Diana De Rosa

Tremaine Cooper, Susie Beebee, Will Faudree, Charlie Plumb and Natalie Varcoe Cox. Photo by Diana De Rosa

 

Southern 8ths Farm is a premier Long Format equestrian training center. It is a horse lover’s playground with a steeplechase track, multiple cross-country and show jumping venues, regulation size dressage rings, a derby course and miles of groomed trails.  These facilities in addition to a modern guest barn and large covered arena provide all the amenities a rider needs to hone their Long Format equestrian skills. You’ll get to see all of this and more in this YouTube video. While this video is simply an overview set to music future videos will focus on educating viewers about various aspects of the event.

 

2012 Novice 3D winner Elliott Blackmon on Tully Cross Prescott with course designer Tremanie Cooper.  Photo by Diana De Rosa

2012 Novice 3D winner Elliott Blackmon on Tully Cross Prescott with course designer Tremanie Cooper. Photo by Diana De Rosa

 

The So8ths/Nikon Three-Day is a USEA recognized Long Format event. Southern 8ths Farm is also available for equestrian get away weekends where small groups can experience a “tailored training” approach.  The Farm also allows other organizations to host their events at this venue. For more information about attending the event, using the facilities, competing, or becoming a volunteer or sponsor, visit www.So8ths.com, call (843) 623-5005 or email diana@so8ths.com.

Wellington Classic Dressage Wants to Know “Who Reins Supreme?”

January 30, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL-January 29, 2013-Wellington Classic Dressage is proud to be the presenting sponsor of “Who Reins Supreme?,” a February 1 charity event at Palm Beach County Jim Brandon Equestrian Center benefiting the Equestrian Aid Foundation.

 

“Who Reins Supreme?” fields teams of world-class equestrians from dressage, show jumping, hunter and polo, who will tackle a custom reining test of speedy spins and sliding stops. The teams win bragging rights as to “Who Reins Supreme?” across multiple equestrian disciplines. The 6 p.m. event also features special guest Tom McCutcheon, World Equestrian Games’ reining double gold medalist, as well as a Taste of Charity showcase, auction items and live music. There will also be a presentation of the Equestrian Aid Foundation Luminary Award honoring R. Bruce Duchossois. The evening begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by the competition and Taste of Charity at 7:30 p.m., with music starting at 9 p.m.

 

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Wellington Classic Dressage (WCD) is contributing the expensive infrastructure already in place at Jim Brandon for the World Dressage Masters CDI5* Palm Beach for the event. WCD Managing Partner, John Flanagan, is a staunch supporter of the Equestrian Aid Foundation and said he is glad to help.

 

“We are a community organization and we want to support the community,” he said.

 

Event Planner Sean O’Keefe emphasized that the WCD support is vital to the evening. “We could not have done this without the generous support of John Flanagan,” O’Keefe said. “I cannot emphasize how much his help means to the event and to the Equestrian Aid Foundation. ”

 

The Equestrian Aid Foundation is a national non-profit that provides financial assistance for those in the horse community suffering from catastrophic illness or injury throughout their time of need. EAF grant recipients receive funding for medical, healthcare, rehabilitation and essential expenses, such as food and housing.

 

Other sponsors include Sidelines Magazine and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, sponsor of the Taste of Charity.

 

For tickets, go to equestrianaidfoundation.org. Like them on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope. Follow them on Twitter at: Twitter.com/ride4hope.

 

KWPN Stallion Show Begins this Week

January 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

KWPN Stallion Show Powered by Massey Ferguson Begins this Week

 

The KWPN Stallion Show powered by Massey Ferguson, the world’s largest event of its kind, will take place from January 30 – February 4, 2013 in the Brabanthallen at ’s-Hertogenbosch. Approximately 25,000 visitors from around the globe are expected to attend this celebration of performance horse breeding, sport, and entertainment. The 2013 KWPN Stallion Show features a showcase of future international sport horses.

Jumpers

January 30-31 (Wednesday and Thursday) are dedicated entirely to jumpers. The day program includes the second round viewing of three-year-old jumper stallions, which successfully completed the first round viewing. The Stallion Selection Committee will judge these stallions on conformation, movement, and jumping talent. On Wednesday evening, the KWPN will debut the Offspring Team Competition, in which teams of three offspring by the same sire will compete against one another over a course of obstacles. Sires represented include Cardento, Cartano, Whitesnake, Ukato, Oklund, Rascin, Untouchable, Ustinov, Up to Date, and Vittorio.

 

On Thursday evening, jumper stallions will face off in four different finals. Three of these are open to stallions of specific ages and are part of the GMB KNHS/KWPN Stallion Competition; the fourth is open to older stallions which regularly compete in national and international show jumping. The stallions will contend for the VHO Trophy, a prestigious award sponsored by the Association of Dutch Stallion Owners.

 

For the first time in the history of the KWPN Stallion Show, jumping evening will include a 1.50m Grand Prix. The class is open to all KWPN-approved and KWPN-recognized stallions qualified to compete at this level. Entries in the Grand Prix include the KWPN’s flagship jumper VDL Groep VerdiTN (s.Quidam de Revel) with Maikel van der Vleuten.

 

 

Dressage

 

Friday, February 1, is dedicated to dressage. The day program features the second round viewing of three-year-old dressage stallions. The evening program is packed with a number of exciting events, including several spectacular demonstrations as well as the traditional the GMB KNHS/KWPN Stallion Competition finals and the VHO Trophy competition. 

 
Dressage evening will also include several interesting and educational clinics, such as the presentation of Olympic sires, with commentary by Wim Ernes. The stallion Glock’s Ziësto and Hans Peter Minderhoud are among the combinations participating in the presentation. For the Rabo Talent Team clinic, no one other than Anky van Grunsven will be on hand to coach the young talents, including a new combination: Diederik van Silfhout with the KWPN stallion Uphill (s.Oscar). In addition, Adelinde Cornelissen will talk about her training method, with help from her demonstration mount Jerich Parzival, the KWPN Horse of the Year.

 

Before the evening is over, we will introduce several “rising stars.” Facilitated by Gert van den Hoorn, we will present several horses which competed in the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Dressage Horses in the past three years. These future top horses include Duval’s Capri Sonne (s.Rhodium) with Dinja van Liere, Borencio (s.Florencio) with Emmelie Scholtens, Boston STH (s.Johnson) with Denise Nekeman, President’s Avanti (s.United) with Anne Meulendijks, TC Athene (s.United) with Gerdine Maree, and Zamora (s. Krack C) with Lynne Maas.

 
Saturday, February 2, promises to be an exciting conclusion to the 2013 KWPN Stallion Show powered by Massey Ferguson. The day’s program features the third round viewing of jumper-, dressage- and Gelder stallions, the best of which will compete in the Championship. In addition, the 2012 KWPN Horse of the Year will be revealed. Also scheduled is the Oregon Trophy competition for the best harness horse stallions. As in previous years, the program will conclude with the KWPN Select Sale, the elite auction of three-year-old jumper- and dressage stallions for sport and breeding.
 

Live Information Service

Especially for our foreign visitors, the KWPN will launch a new live information service at the 2013 KWPN Stallion Show powered by Massey Ferguson. Unlike in past years, this year’s English language service will include extensive background information and commentary throughout the four-day program. Experts in horse breeding and equestrian sport – KWPN inspectors, former and current top riders, and breeders – will share their knowledge of the KWPN and its horses. Commentators include Bart Henstra, Willy Arts, Peter Strijbosch, Pieter Kersten, Eric Naberink, Jeanet van Dellen, Toine Hoefs, Bas van der Vlis, Karin Retera, Natascha Halbertsma, Jan Pen, Danielle Arts, Ine van Deurzen, and Henk Dirksen.

The live English language service is provided via a headset, which may be rented for €25.00 per day. Headsets may be ordered through the ticket shop, along with tickets for the KWPN Stallion Show and the Guided Tour. A refundable deposit of €50.00 is required upon receipt of the headset.

 

 

Seminar with Wim Ernes

On Thursday, January 31, Wim Ernes will present an interesting and educational seminar in English at the KWPN Stallion Show powered by Massey Ferguson. He will discuss two main topics: the selection process of dressage stallions and their athletic development over time; and the strengths and weaknesses of the horses which competed in the London Olympics. Wim is an O-judge and the chairman of the KWPN stallion selection committee for dressage horses. In addition, he is the official coach of the Netherlands’ national dressage team.

 

After the seminar, guests are invited to stay for a reception hosted by the Holland National Horse Foundation (www.hnhf.org). The seminar begins at 15:00 hours in the Carrouselbar, and admission is free. English>Russian translation service is available! Seating is limited, so please e-mail salespromotion@kwpn.nl to reserve your place.

 

 

Guided Tour

Following the conclusion of the 2013 KWPN Stallion Show powered by Massey Ferguson, the Guided Tour will take place on Sunday, February 3. This year’s tour, which will visit Laarakkers Dressage Stables and VDL Stud, is a unique opportunity to gain insight into Dutch horse breeding and see many famous stallions in person. The tour is a must-do experience for those visiting the Netherlands! The tour includes bus transportation, lunch, and beverages. Admission is €50 per person. If you would like to join the Guided Tour, please e-mail salespromotion@kwpn.nl.

 

For more information, please visit www.kwpn.org.

 

(KWPN press release, may be republished without citing source.)

 

The KWPN (Studbook of the Royal Dutch Sport Horse) is the breeding organization of the Netherlands for jumpers, dressage horses, harness horses, and Gelder horses. The KWPN boasts about 26,000 members in the Netherlands and an average of 10,000 foals born each year. Performance, durability, and attractive conformation are the most important factors on which the international success of the Dutch horse is based. For years, the KWPN has topped the studbook rank list of the international breeding umbrella organization, the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH).


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Who Reins Supreme? Teams Selected. Top Equestrians from Hunters, Show Jumping, Polo, and Dressage to Compete Against One Another

January 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, Fla. (January. xx, 2013) – Nic Roldan, Brandon Phillips, Louise Serio, Peter Pletcher, Chris Hickey,David Marcus, Kent Farrington, and Georgina Bloomberg have been selected to represent their disciplines, showing off their newfound skills in the reining ring at the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF) fundraiser, Who Reins Supreme?. Held on Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the evening will raise funds for EAF programs that financially assist equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses and injuries, throughout their time of need.

 

Unlike previous years with the Tetrathlon, Who Reins Supreme? will solely focus on reining. Two world-class riders from each discipline –  dressage, show jumping, hunters, and polo – will ride a custom-designed reining pattern created by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon and Sarah Willeman Richter.

 

Third generation polo player Nic Roldan is one the top professionals in the country competing around the world. Brandon Phillips carries a 5-goal handicap and has won some of the sports’ most coveted trophies.

 

“Polo is completely different from reining, and I hope to do the discipline justice in this year’s competition,” said Nic Roldan. “It is exhilarating to step out of my comfort zone and try something new to benefit a great cause.”

 

Louise Serio is one of the top hunter trainers and professionals. She has piloted some of the most talented mounts to receive champion honors at top “AA” horse shows nationally. As the current winner of the World Champion Hunter Rider Professional Challenge, Peter Pletcher, has spent the past 30 years garnering many of the sports’ top honors.

 

“The support that EAF provides is unparalleled,” said Louise Serio. “I am honored to have been asked to represent hunters in the reining competition at Who Reins Supreme? and look forward to seeing what the other riders bring to the ring.”

 

Winner of both Individual and Team Gold Medals representing the United States at the Pan American Games, Chris Hickey is an elite competitor in dressage. Along with competing, he is also the Director of Training at Hilltop Farm. Fellow dressage rider David Marcus has represented both the United States and Canada in International competitions. He is a rider, competitor, trainer and coach.

 

Georgina Bloomberg, Equestrian Aid Foundation board member, had her first riding lesson at the age of four and began competing professionally on the Grand Prix circuit in 2003. She has found vast success in the ring, recently served as captain of the women’s team that won the 2013 $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes. Her teammate Kent Farrington began riding when he was nine. Originally from Chicago, he now runs a successful teaching and training business in Wellington, Florida, and is one of the top United States show jumpers competing internationally.

 

“Each of our competitors is at the top of his or her sport and we’re looking forward to seeing them take their riding talents to reining,” explained R. Scot Evans, President of EAF. “We are so grateful to have the riders’ support for the Equestrian Aid Foundation and Who Reins Supreme?. In addition to the regular competition, guests can expect lots of fun and surprises throughout the night.”

 

Who Reins Supreme? provides an opportunity for people to donate through ticket and table sales and allows them a unique, fun experience. Tables, tickets and sponsorships for the evening may be purchased at www.EquestrianAidFoundation.org or by phone at 800.792.6068.

Rich Fellers & Flexible Top 2013 USEF Year-End Awards Banquet

January 22, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Rich Fellers Named 2012 USEF Equestrian of the Year
RELEASE: January 19, 2013
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: USEF Communications Department

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Rich Fellers, 2012 USEF Equestrian of the Year (Susan J. Stickle/PhelpsSports.com)
Louisville, KY – He was the first American in 25 years to win the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final, highest placing U.S. Equestrian at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and winner of all four observation classes he entered. Now you can call Rich Fellers 2012 USEF Equestrian of the Year as well.

Eight equestrians were nominated for the award and Fellers was revealed as the winner Saturday night at the USEF Pegasus Awards in Louisville, KY.

Fellers’ successes in 2012 made for a season few fans of show jumping will soon forget. With Harry and Mollie Chapman’s small but spectacular mount Flexible (who was named USEF International Horse of the Year on Friday), Fellers was unbeatable for a good portion of the year. Their memorable stretch began in s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands where they bested eventual Olympic Gold medalists Steve Guerdat and Nino de Buissonnets by .64s in a jump-off for the Rolex/FEI World Cup Finals Championship. After returning to the U.S. Rich and Flexible, already on the long list for London, entered four Observation Event classes and won them all. Included in those victories were such prestigious classes as the $100,000 Hermes Grand Prix of Del Mar and the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows.

The strength of all those wins earned Fellers his first trip to the Olympic Games where he led the team. With a total of five faults, and an immaculate clear effort in Round B of the individual final, he earned an eighth place finish, and the distinction of being the highest placing American equestrian at the Olympic Games.

After London, Fellers and Flexible added another big money Grand Prix to their list of accomplishments by winning the $100,000 Canacord Genuity World Cup at Thunderbird Equestrian Park.

Rich Fellers lives in Sherwood, Oregon and trains privately for Harry and Mollie Chapman. He is one of the West Coast’s most decorated riders and was nominated for USEF Equestrian of the Year by virtue of winning the William C. Steinkraus trophy, presented every year to “an equestrian competing in the Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing, or show jumping.”

A bio of Rich Fellers is available here.

Rich Fellers flight was delayed due to weather in Portland and he was not able to attend. Harry and Mollie Chapman accepted the award of his behalf.

Flexible, Jersey Boy Named 2012 USEF Horses of the Year
RELEASE: January 18, 2013
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: USEF Communications Department
Louisville, KY – At the USEF Annual Meeting on Friday horses Flexible and Jersey Boy were named 2012 USEF International Horse of the Year and USEF National Horse of the year respectively. These two winners, determined by a vote that was open to the public, were superstars of their disciplines in 2012 and earned the admiration of voters with big wins and sustained successes.

Flexible (Cruising x Flex)
1996 Irish Sport Horse Stallion
Owners: Harry and Mollie Chapman
Discipline – Show Jumping

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Flexible & Rich Fellers (Shannon Brinkman/USEF)
He’s a little horse that wins big and in 2012 he won the hearts of fans all over the U.S. Flexible’s victories at U.S. Olympic Team observation events in Del Mar (the $50,000 Surfside Grand Prix and the $100,000 Hermes Grand Prix of Del Mar) and at Spruce Meadows (the $35,000 Husky Energy Cup and $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix) never seemed in doubt and earned him a ticket to London where he and rider Rich Fellers led the U.S. Team. Their 8th place finish in the Olympic Individual Jumping competition made them the highest placing American pair, but it was a performance earlier in the year against Olympic Gold medalists Steve Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets at the Rolex/FEI World Cup Jumping Finals that was the highlight of their 2012 campaign.

In an absolutely thrilling jump-off, Flexible bested Nino Des Buissonnets by .64 seconds. It was the first time in 25 years that an American pair won the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final, and with that win Flexible jumped into both record books, and the race for 2012 Horse of the Year.

Adding to the impressive nature of his accomplishments is Flexible’s history of overcoming adversity. He is a small horse (15.3h), in a sport usually dominated by big ones, with an unorthodox style. Twice he has suffered from career threatening injuries, but managed to rise again, with the excellent guidance of Rich Fellers, to prominence in the sport of show jumping.

“This little chestnut horse turns up at the farm one day…I thought he was a pony” joked Harry Chapman about his first time seeing Flexible, before going on to say, “the first few miles on the road to success were a little bumpy…but once the road smoothed out, I have to say it was a hell of a ride and I sure hope it’s not over.

Video: 2012 International Horse of the Year

Flexible’s resiliency and talent are undeniable. For anyone that’s seen him in action, his accomplishments in 2012 were no surprise. But it is worth noting that his crowing as 2012 USEF Horse of the Year was never a guarantee until Horse of the Year voting closed in January. This year’s voting was the closest in the history of the award, with the top two horses being separated by less than 100 votes. It was through the passion of his fans and dedicated supporters that Flexible’s exhilarating and triumphant year ended with recognition as the 2012 USEF International Horse of the Year.

Jersey Boy (White Star x Unknown Dam)
2002 Hanoverian Gelding
Owner: SBS Farm
Discipline – Hunter

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Jersey Boy & Jennifer Alfano (Shawn McMillen)
Jersey Boy dominates. Describing why he is the 2012 USEF National Horse of the Year is as easy as that. If you’re unfamiliar with SBS farm’s impressive 11 year-old gelding, his accomplishments in the hunter ring are unparalleled.

For the four years that the USHJA International Hunter Derby has been in existence Jersey Boy has ruled it. He is the leader on the International Hunter Derby lifetime earnings list with a total of $196,640. He has won a total of 20 Hunter Derby classes, and has three series titles to his name. He’s been described as the “quintessential Derby horse” and his record proves it. But 2012 was different.

Though Jersey Boy was as good as ever, he came into the year still striving for one major title: USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals winner.

The field at the finals was the best it’s ever been and, with longtime rider Jennifer Alfano, Jersey Boy was sitting in third place after the Classic Hunter round. So, with ground to make up, in front of a packed house at Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park, Jersey Boy had to be at his best during the Handy Hunter round. He was. On the strength of that superb round Jersey Boy ended up with a 588.25 score, clinched the USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Dietrich Equine Insurance win, and put the exclamation point on his bid for 2012 USEF National Horse of the Year honors.

Following the Hunter Derby Finals Jersey Boy strengthened his case with major wins that included the $10,000 International Hunter Derby at the State College Classic, the $15,000 International Hunter Derby at Skidmore College Saratoga Classic, and the Chicago Hunter Derby.

Video: USEF National Horse of the Year

“You know, Jersey Boy is an exceptional Horse, probably the best hunter to have gone through the SBS stables” said Mason Phelps, accepting the award on behalf of SBS Farms, “I’m honored that they asked me to accept this award on their behalf.”

Even with a Hunter Derby Finals win in hand, and a USEF National Horse of the Year title, Jersey Boy shows no signs of slowing down heading into the 2013 season.

The other four USEF Horses of Honor were:

Germ (Ulbert X Tjalda Fan Lutke Peinjum)
2002 Friesian Gelding
Owner: Koreen Greenberg

Germ (pronounced Harem) continued to make a name for himself with his perfect performance record in 2012. In 2012 the majestic Friesian gelding added eight additional World titles to his impeccable show record at the IFSHA World and Grand Nationals bringing his career total to 21 World and National titles.

CHCourageous Lord (Roseridge Heir x Lord Have Mercy)
2001 American Saddlebred Gelding
Owner: Fox Grape Farms, Inc.

CHCourageous Lord made a remarkable transition in 2012. The big moving gelding had spent much of his career competing in the Open Five-Gaited division, three times winning the Five Gaited World’s Grand Championship at the Kentucky State Fair with Merrill Murray. In 2012 CHCourageous Lord made the bold move into the Five Gaited Amateur division with his new rider Dr. Owen Weaver, and continued his winning ways.

NTEC Richter Scale (Unknown Breeding)
1994 Shire Cross Gelding
Owner: Kai Handt

It takes a special kind of horse, one with immense heart and kindness, to compete in para-equestrian dressage and be a champion. In 2012, NTEC Richter Scale demonstrated all those attributes. With rider Jonathan Wentz, the 17.2h draft cross claimed the USEF National Para-Equestrian Reserve Championship and earned a place on the U.S. team at the 2012 Paralympic Games. In London, Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale led the U.S. team to their most successful Championship finish in recent years. The pair twice came devastatingly close to standing on the Individual medal podium, finishing fourth in the Grade 1b Individual Test and fifth in the Grade 1b Freestyle Test.

Manoir de Carneville (Gaub x Carneville)
2000 Selle Francais Gelding
Owner: Carraig LLC

In 2012, Manoir de Carneville and rider Sinead Halpin assumed their place as one of the top eventing combinations. The pair spent the spring fine tuning their skills by winning an Intermediate section at Southern Pines and then picking up second place in the Advanced at The Fork Horse Trials. In May, they placed second in the CIC3* at Jersey Fresh before traveling to England as a member of the U.S. Eventing Short List for the 2012 Olympic Games. The pair remained in England and trained throughout the summer in preparation for what would be their largest success to date.

Don’t Miss the FTI WEF 2 Ride & Learn Clinic with Candice King!

January 22, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

THE EFFICIENT JUMPER RIDER
Clinic with Candice King
sponsored by Neue Schule Bits
For more information, please contact (561) 784-4275 or sean@equestriansport.com.
Participation is $100.00 per horse/rider per clinic, maximum 12 riders.

Successfully emerging onto the Grand Prix show jumping circuit at the young age of 19, Candice King has remained a successful international competitor for two decades, representing the United States in 13 Nation’s Cup competitions around the world.  Amongst numerous notable accomplishments, King was the top-placed U.S. rider at the 2001 FEI Show jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was the first American rider since 1968 to win the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Cup at the Royal International Horse Show in England.
Candice King competing at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo (c) Sportfot.

Candice King competing at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo (c) Sportfot.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call  561-793-5867 for more information on the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.

 

Audi Comeback Defeats La Herradura, Advances To Joe Barry Memorial Cup Semifinals

January 21, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, FL – January 19, 2013– Trailing by five goals early in the fourth chukker, Audi came back to defeat previously unbeaten La Herradura, 10-9, Saturday in the Joe Barry Memorial Cup Tournament in front of a large crowd at rain-soaked Isla Carroll West Field.
Audi’s Nic Roldan scored eight goals including the tying and winning goals to enable Audi to advance into Wednesday’s semifinals.

“It was just a matter of more patience and trying to stay cool,” Roldan said. “We couldn’t have been playing any worse in the beginning. Nothing was going our way.

“Slowly, but surely we started clawing back,” Roldan said. “It’s a huge win, a great win for us.

 

Team victory photo from left to right, Nic Roldan, Nico Pieres, Grant Ganzi, a top junior polo player and son of player-sponsor Marc Ganzi next to him and Carlitos Gracida. Photo Credit Alex Pacheco.

 

Roldan, ranked at eight goals, had six goals in the second half, four on penalty shots.

Audi and La Herradura tied at 2-1 in win-loss bracket play. Audi’s head-to-head win over La Herradura clinched the No. 1 position. The other semifinalists will be determined in Sunday games.

La Herradura, appearing in its final tournament at IPC this season, advances to Thursday’s Bobby Barry subsidiary semifinals.

In other Saturday games, Coca-Cola defeated Orchard Hill, 14-13 in overtime and Crab Orchard routed Goose Creek, 12-6.

After a less-than-stellar first half, Audi was a different team in the second half, chipping away at La Herradura’s 8-3 lead early in the fourth chukker and wearing them down with their aggressive style of play.

La Herradura was one of only four remaining undefeated teams going into the much-anticipated contest.

It was Audi’s biggest win of the tournament against two of the game’s legends, Memo and Carlos Gracida, both former 10-goalers.

“We honestly didn’t really feel like we were down five goals from inside the field,” said Audi player-sponsor Marc Ganzi. “We felt like we had a lot of opportunities that we had missed. At halftime, we talked about winning each chukker individually.”

Audi did just that outscoring La Herradura in the final three chukkers, 2-1, 2-1 and 3-0.

Marc Ganzi of Audi chasing after the ball. Photo Credit Alex Pacheco

Marc Ganzi of Audi chasing after the ball. Photo Credit Alex Pacheco

“It was not going to be anything easy today, everything had to be earned,” Ganzi said. “The field was slow, it was wet and they are legends. We had to beat two legends that come to the field very prepared with a good game plan and a ton of field intelligence.

“In the first half they were faster than us and in the second half we were a little faster,” Ganzi said. “We just felt that eventually we would wear them down and we did. It’s a great win. This is a tournament that eluded us last year.”

It was also the biggest game for Audi’s young sensation Carlitos Gracida, who played against his father Carlos and uncle Memo, for the first time in International Polo Club Palm Beach history. He scored two goals and came up with some key defensive plays in the second half.

It was Carlitos’ play despite his father closely defending in the sixth chukker that helped turn Audi’s fortunes around.

“This is the most important win of my year for sure, I needed it,” Carlitos Gracida said. “We started off kind of bad. Memo and my dad were really on and well-mounted. Their horses were fast and fresh and they turned faster. They went past me and I had to chase them. They are family so there was no elbowing, we just played polo.”

Said Ganzi, “This is a tremendous victory for Carlitos. To beat his uncle and his dad this has to be the ultimate. Look at what he did at the end of the game. He makes a huge play and we clear the ball out of danger and we win the game. He had to make the big play with his dad on his hip. How much pressure is that? I am really proud of Carlitos and the team.”

Carlos Gracida was also proud of his son’s performance.

“It’s a hard one to lose, but it’s fun to know that your son is going to be in the semifinals,” said Carlos Gracida, who finished with a team-high eight goals. Memo Gracida scored one goal. “This is an opportunity we have been working for. The only advice I gave him in the whole game was to keep his cool.”

“We have always played against each other with pride and honor and Carlitos wants to do well,” Memo Gracida said. “He played hard and clean and the best team won. Carlitos made a big difference today.”

Led by Carlos Gracida’s six first-half goals, including four on penalty shots, and Memo Gracida, the field general controlling the ball, La Herradura took early control of the game.

Nic Roldan of Audi with the nearside neck shot to keep the ball in play. Photo credit Alex Pacheco.

“They came out with a bunch of powerful horses and played well,” Roldan said. “We came out a little slow and we got in the rhythm of their game and we were soft. At halftime we talked and knew we could get a lot closer if we played our game and were patient.

“Memo and Carlos are world-class players,” Roldan said. “Since I was little I always looked up to them. It’s amazing how well they still play polo. It had to be very tough for Carlitos but we said it’s something you have to forget about. I think we all started off slow in the beginning and in the end he played amazing.”

There were a few anxious moments in the opening of the sixth chukker. Audi’s Nico Pieres was riding hard chasing the ball when he toppled off his horse and rolled on his neck and right arm. He was examined by Audi trainer Jeremy Fedoruk and returned to the game.

After a season-opening loss to Orchard Hill, Roldan and his Audi teammates have found the winning chemistry.

“You win some, you lose some but I felt confident,” Roldan said. “I knew if we just stuck to our system that we would do well. We are getting better and better. Now we’re in the semifinals.”

Grand Champions Polo Club’s other elite polo team, Piaget, will play Lucchese on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Jan Pamela South Field in the first of four games scheduled.

Other Sunday games are Valiente vs. Zacara on Field 4 at 10 a.m.; Faraway vs. Lechuza Caracas on Field 3 at noon and ERG vs. Villa del Lago at 3 p.m. in the stadium game.

IPC, polo’s winter capital of the world, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with four 20-goal tournaments and three 26-goal tournaments including the 109th annual Maserati U.S. Open. Audi and Piaget will compete in every tournament.

Among other season highlights are the Feb. 15 Polo Hall of Fame Inductions at the National Museum of Polo in Lake Worth and Outback 40-Goal Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. to benefit the Polo Players Support Group, Inc.

Marc Ganzi of Audi defends and bumps Carlos Gracida of La Herradura out of a scoring play. Photo credit Alex Pacheco.

2013 SCHEDULES

Audi/Piaget Games

January 20, Sunday: Piaget vs. Lucchese, 10 a.m.; January 23, Wednesday, 1 and 3 p.m., Joe Barry Cup Semifinals; January 24, Thursday, 1 and 3 p.m., Bobby Barry Cup Subsidiary Semifinals; January 27, Sunday: Bobby Barry Cup Final, noon; Joe Barry Cup Final, 3 p.m.

TOURNAMENT LINEUP

Jan. 8-27, Joe Barry Memorial Cup

Jan. 29-Feb. 24, Ylvisaker Cup

Feb. 20-March 3, Iglehart Cup

Feb. 20-March 3, CV Whitney Cup

March 5-March 24, USPA Piaget Gold Cup

March 26-April 21, 109th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship

INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB PALM BEACH

3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington, 33414

Phone:             561-204-5687

Polo Hotline:             561-282-5290       (For field assignments and scores)

Ticket Office:             561-282-5334

TICKET PRICES

January-April

$10 General Admission Bleacher Seating

$20 North and South Stadium Lawn Seating

$30 Center Stadium Lawn Seating

$120 Boxed seats

 

Gold Coast Opener Grand Prix CDI-W Provides Preview of World Dressage Masters Competitors

January 21, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – January 18, 2013 – Today’s Gold Coast Opener Grand Prix CDI-W showcased horses and riders preparing for next weekend’s World Dressage Masters (WDM) CDI5* Palm Beach, and the WDM competitors certainly displayed their dominance. WDM entrants swept all six ribbons in the Grand Prix, with all but one riding the horses they will compete next weekend.

 

 

And if the results from today are a predictor, it seems that Sweden will be a force to be reckoned with. Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic posted 72.723% to steal the win at the last moment from fellow Swedish Olympic teammate Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven aboard Divertimento, whose 71.170% was the leading score until the final ride. At WDM, Kittel will try to duplicate today’s success on Watermill Scandic, while Vilhelmson-Silfven will switch to her Olympic mount, Don Auriello.

 

Swedish Olympic teammates Patrik Kittel on Watermill Scandic and Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfven on Divertimento return for the presentation.

Swedish Olympic teammates Patrik Kittel on Watermill Scandic and Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfven on Divertimento return for the presentation.

 

The chilly weather at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Wellington, site of both the Gold Coast Opener and WDM, had a few horses on edge in the warm-up, including Watermill Scandic. But most held it together once they entered the ring. Kittel was full of praise for the venue. “The whole place is lovely!” he exclaimed, adding that he would happily show there every weekend if it were “just a bit closer” to his home in Sweden.

 

Although they triumphed today, the Swedes are preparing for tough challenges from other WDM entrants who finished close at their heels today. Adrienne Lyle, the top-placed American, finished third, scoring 70.830% with her Olympic partner Wizard. “Overall I was very pleased with him today,” she said of Wizard. “It was his first time back since London. I just want to make sure he’s ready, getting back in the groove before next weekend.”

 

Canadian David Marcus was happy with the performance of Chrevi’s Capital, his WDM mount, who completed a smooth test to finish fourth. “He was very good,” Marcus said. “This was his first show of the season, and he really listened to me and behaved himself.” Marcus also placed just out of the ribbons with Don Kontes.

 

Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfven and Divertimento

Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfven and Divertimento

 

Denmark’s Lars Petersen, riding Mariett, scored 69.277% to take fifth, while Canada’s Jacqueline Brooks and the striking gray D-Niro put up a mark of 66.213% to claim sixth.

 

Dr. Cesar Parra praises Van The Man

Dr. Cesar Parra praises Van The Man

 

While the World Dressage Masters riders turned the competition into a showcase of their ability, other riders also found the class useful in tuning up their horses for the season. Dr. Cesar Parra was thrilled with Van The Man, who finished just a tenth of a percentage point behind sixth-placed pair Brooks and D-Niro. “I really love this horse!” said Parra, beaming. “His development is really coming along. It’s like good cooking. It takes a little while.”

 

Several competitors commented that they rode conservatively, preferring a steady performance over a flashy one in what was the first show of the season for many of them. “We were a little bit conservative, but that was our plan coming in,” said Lyle. “Since we’re showing next weekend at the Masters, we just wanted to see where we’re at, make sure everything’s still working. And then we can turn up the heat a little bit for next weekend.”

 

Kittel also used his test as a trial run for WDM. While Watermill Scandic was “a bit too hot” today, Kittel felt that this outing helped the horse settle into the new environment. “He just needs to have a couple of rounds in his body and relax a bit and see the atmosphere,” Kittel explained. Their preparation for the class was limited by the horse’s quarantine after his arrival from Sweden, which allowed them only two days of practice beforehand. But though he noticed “small things here and there which have to be much better,” Kittel was satisfied with his victory, saying, “You cannot do better than win, and of course it’s fun.”

 

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard

 

Many of today’s top finishers will return to the Gold Coast Opener tomorrow to contest the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W. The Freestyle will provide a second chance for spectators to catch a glimpse of the accomplished WDM entrants as they tune up for the big event.

Tickets are still available to see the spectacular line-up in store for the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach January 24-26, 2013.

 

For more Wellington Classic Dressage/World Dressage Masters show information, log on to:

www.wellingtonclassicdressage.com

 

For more Gold Coast Dressage Show information, log on to:

http://www.gcdafl.org/shows-reslts.htm

 

World Dressage Masters Palm Beach CDI5* Fast Facts

What: North America’s only World Dressage Masters event, part of the richest dressage series in the world. Up to 20 of the world’s top dressage stars will compete for €100,000 EUR (about $130,000 USD) in prize money at the WDM Palm Beach.

When:

January 23-27, 2013

 

Where:

Palm Beach County Jim Brandon Equestrian Center

Okeeheelee Park South

7500 Forest Hill Blvd,
West Palm Beach, FL 33413

www.pbcgov.com/parks/equestrian/jimbrandon/
Official Show Organizer:

Wellington Classic Dressage

www.wellingtonclassicdressage.com

Noreen O’Sullivan  561-227-1570  or John Flanagan   561-714-9058

 

Social media links:

Websitewww.worlddressagemasters.com andwww.wellingtonclassicdressage.com/world_dressage_masters.htm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/worlddressagemasterspalmbeach

Twitter:  twitter.com/WldDrsgMstrPB

Ticket sales and information:

www.internationalpoloclub.com

Maria Feola: 561-282-5334  and 561-282-5301

mfeola@internationalpoloclub.com or  Debbie@internationalpoloclub.com

http://wcd.ticketleap.com/2013/

 

Competition schedule: 

*Gates open at 11:00 a.m. each day for WDM Palm Beach ticket holders only. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the gate. Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive for Saturday evening’s Grand Prix Freestyle at 5:30 p.m.

 

* Friday, Jan. 26:
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – WDM Nürnberger Grand Prix

* Saturday, Jan. 27:
2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.- WDM Grand Prix Special
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – WDM Grand Prix Freestyle

 

WDM Presenting Partner:

Axel Johnson Group

WDM Official partners:

Team EXQUIS, Nürnberger Versicherungsgruppe

WDM Official supplier:

Jerich International

WDM Global Media Partner:

Eurosport

Media inquiries:

Phelps Media Group International

12012 South Shore Blvd., Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414

 

Mason Phelps or Sue Weakley

561-753-3389 (phone)

561-753-3386 (fax)
skw@phelpsmediagroup.com

 

Media Credentials:

Phelps Media Group International
12012 South Shore Blvd., Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414

 

Carrie Wirth

508-698-6810 (phone)
508-698-6811 (fax)
cw@phelpsmediagroup.com

 

Past WDM results, as well as complete WDM Rider Rankings can be found on the WDM website:www.WorldDressageMasters.com

 

For more information about Wellington Classic Dressage, log on to

www.wellingtonclassicdressage.com or check out the Facebook page at

www.facebook.com/pages/Wellington-Classic-Dressage.

 

To learn more about World Dressage Masters, log onto www.worlddressagemasters.com.

 

A Primer on Attending a USEF Convention – by Kim MacMillan

January 20, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

A Primer on Attending a USEF Convention
By Kim MacMillan
I’d lay odds that almost none of us have ever contemplated the matrix of organization, planning and administration it takes to provide a centerline for us to trot down or a course to jump at our favorite shows and events. The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF, our national governing body for equestrian sport in the U.S.A.) just takes our dues, records our show points and e-mails us a magazine every so often, right? Well, actually, there’s a whole lot more to running the horse show world in our country.
I am attending my third USEF Annual Convention this week, held this year in Louisville, KY. There is a bit of a learning curve to navigating the intricate, five-day schedule of meetings, social events and awards ceremonies that make up the convention. I’ll try to explain….
First, you have to interpret the myriad of acronyms that designate committees and groups such as HP Working Group (high performance athletes from the eight FEI disciplines that meet in one group), LOC (licensed officials committee – judges, technical delegates, stewards, course designers, etc.) or D & M (drugs and medications committee – the group that manages the ever growing list of prohibited and restricted medications and supplements that may or may not be given to a competition horse) – just to name a few that you encounter when you scan the convention schedule.
Once you determine what each group or committee does, you have to pick and choose which of their meetings to sit in on as some of the times overlap. The meeting rooms are a beehive of activity as the committee members, some attending in person and others calling in on a conference call apparatus that looks like it should be on the bridge of the Star Ship Enterprise. They hash out proposed rule changes, discuss projects and upcoming national or international competitions. To the uninitiated it may sound kind of boring, but actually discussions can be quite passionate at times and it is an eye-opening experience to learn about the time and effort these volunteer committee members put into their jobs.
After each committee discusses the proposed bylaw changes they pass them back to the huge USEF Board of Directors with the committee’s suggested action and any comments or proposed adjustments. This goes on for a few days until the Board of Directors acts on the proposed rule changes by either voting to adopt the changes, voting them down or agreeing to table the various proposals for further discussion at a later date. Using this “filter” system the Board actually works its way through an amazingly long agenda in a fairly short time. Another surprising fact is that the USEF Board of Directors meetings are open to the public and although there are a few “closed” committee meetings, most are open to the public at least part of the time.
Then there are the social events and awards ceremonies, such as the last night’s Welcome Reception held at the local micro brewery, the Silver Stirrup Awards held tonight, the Horse-of-the-Year Awards tomorrow night and finally the black-tie Pegasus Awards (which recognize the people instrumental to the U.S. horse show industry in various ways) to wind up the convention on Saturday evening.
There is always a mix of interesting people attending these events. They come from the FEI disciplines (dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, para, reining, show jumping and show jumping), from the hunter world and western riding arenas, and the affiliate breeds such as Arabians, Andalusians/Lusitanos, Friesians, Hackneys, National Show Horses, Saddlebreds, Shetland Ponies and Welsh Ponies. The things that this diverse group of horse people have in common are a passion for horses and a desire to give back to the horse industry by lending their time and talents to the USEF. I’ve learned to respect and appreciate the contributions of people from disciplines and breeds once foreign to me – there really are more similarities than differences once they get down to the business of running the USEF.
At tonight’s Silver Stirrup Awards I met a wide variety of folks ranging from a young lady named Melissa Recknor from Lexington, KY, who rescued a Thoroughbred mare named Fly Lite to win the Reserve Champion Beginner Novice Eventing Award, to television personality Carson Kressley (perhaps best known for his “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” series) who is a former Saddlebred World Champion rider. Everywhere you looked there were people wielding ribbons, flashing cameras and visiting with old friends or meeting new ones.
But, I think the person having the best time at tonight’s awards ceremony was the outgoing USEF President David O’Connor who just a few hours before had handed over the reins of the USEF to incoming President Christine Tauber after nine years of leading the  association. He hasn’t really retired from center stage, as he is the new Chef d’equipe of the U.S. Eventing Team, but he seemed happy to take off his presidential hat after the long haul.
In my opinion the USEF and U.S. equestrian sports are better off after his time in office. He has a clear sense of purpose and a great way of sizing up a situation and dealing with it head on without being threatening to those with opposing viewpoints. The same qualities that allowed him to guide Custom Made to an Olympic gold medal served him well during his presidency. Many thanks David and good luck in your new assignment.
 For news of the various USEF Awards winners from this convention watch the Sidelines web site for further postings or go to www.usefnetwork.com to watch the 2013 Pegasus awards this Saturday, January 19th.

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Adolfo Cambiaso, Valiente Top Piaget In Joe Barry Memorial Cup At IPC

January 20, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, FL – January 18, 2013 – After a halftime adjustment, Piaget looked like a different team for two chukkers of the Joe Barry Memorial Cup Tournament.

Despite holding Valiente scoreless in the fourth chukker and coming within one goal in the fifth chukker (10-9), Piaget was unable to shut down 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso and Alfredo Cappella Barabucci.

As a result, Piaget dropped a 16-10 decision to undefeated Valiente Thursday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.

Cambiaso, arguably the best player in the world, and Barabucci combined for 14 goals, each scoring seven.

Dominated by five of Cambiaso’s seven goals, Piaget trailed 10-6 at the half and regrouped at the break.

“We wanted to go after Cappella more and changed up what we were doing on our knock-ins,” said Piaget coach Joey Casey. “The team executed everything we talked about at halftime in the fourth chukker. We scored two and they didn’t score any. They came back in the fifth chukker and we had some issues.

Piaget player-sponsor Melissa Ganzi on a fast break to score a goal in the second chukker. Photo Credit: Alex Pacheco

Piaget player-sponsor Melissa Ganzi on a fast break to score a goal in the second chukker. Photo Credit: Alex Pacheco

“The sixth chukker was all Cambiaso,” Casey said. “What are you going to do? The guy is amazing. The best thing to do is I would invite him over for dinner and give him some bad food the night before the game, maybe bad fish.”

Ten-goaler Miguel Astrada led Piaget with eight goals, seven of them on penalty shots. The Argentine has been amazing at the penalty line in Piaget’s first two games of the season. In Piaget’s season-opening 14-10 loss to Zacara , Astrada scored five of his six goals on penalty shots.

Piaget’s 18-year-old 4-goaler Joaquin Panelo, still adjusting to competing at the 20-goal level in the U.S. after growing up in the sport in Argentina, was undaunted by Cambiaso and Barabucci, fearlessly defending both throughout the game.

“Joaquin played very well today, he improved a lot since our first game,” Casey said. “He did a great job. Juan Bollini and Melissa did, too. Everyone played good today.”

Piaget, one of the top teams in the 20- and 26-goal tournaments this season, and 2012 Ylvisaker Cup champion, is winless (0-2) in the Joe Barry Memorial Cup.

 

Player-sponsor Melissa Ganzi, who scored a goal in the second chukker and played well defensively, remained optimistic about the team’s play. It was only the second time the new 19-goal team has competed together in tournament play.

“We did turn it around in the second half,” Ganzi said. “We just lost our momentum. When you are playing against a team that’s so strong you have to do everything perfectly and it’s really hard to do that all the time. We came out and had a plan in the fourth and fifth but it’s hard to keep up that intensity for so long.

“We have some young talent on our team and we are trying to develop Joaquin as a player,” Ganzi said.

Added 5-goaler Juan Bollini, “Joaquin is developing, he is getting there. The team just had some bad momentum. At one point we almost caught them by one goal and then we just lost. I have to look at the tape and see what happened.

Piaget player-sponsor Melissa Ganzi during halftime while team regroups after trailing at the half.Photo Credit: Alex Pacheco

Piaget player-sponsor Melissa Ganzi during halftime while team regroups after trailing at the half.Photo Credit: Alex Pacheco

“We made a few stupid fouls and against Cambiaso you cannot make a mistake,” Bollini said. “Any mistake you make is one goal against you. You are watching Cambiaso who is Michael Jordan in polo and then Barabucci comes up with a goal. We did expect that from Barabucci. He is seven goals in Argentina and only six here, only God knows why.”

Grand Champions Polo Club’s other elite polo team, Audi, will next face La Herradura on Saturday at 3 p.m. La Herradura leads their bracket at 2-0 and Audi is 1-1 in the same bracket, making for one of the best games of the tournament. Audi’s young sensation Carlitos Gracida will play against his father Memo and uncle Carlos, both former 10-goalers.

On Sunday, Piaget will return to the field against Lucchese at 10 a.m. Call the IPC’s polo hotline for field assignments at             561-282-5290      .

IPC, polo’s winter capital of the world, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with four 20-goal tournaments and three 26-goal tournaments including the 109th annual Maserati U.S. Open. Audi and Piaget will compete in every tournament.

Among other season highlights are the Feb. 15 Polo Hall of Fame Inductions at the National Museum of Polo in Lake Worth and Outback 40-Goal Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. to benefit the Polo Players Support Group, Inc.

Piaget 10-goaler Miguel Astrada sets up to hit the ball with teammate Juan Bollini defending.Photo Credit: Alex Pacheco

Piaget 10-goaler Miguel Astrada sets up to hit the ball with teammate Juan Bollini defending.
Photo Credit: Alex Pacheco

2013 SCHEDULES

Audi/Piaget Games

January 19, Saturday: Audi vs. La Herradura, 3 p.m.; January 20, Sunday: Piaget vs. Lucchese, 10 a.m.; January 23, Wednesday, 1 and 3 p.m., Joe Barry Cup Semifinals; January 24, Thursday, 1 and 3 p.m., Bobby Barry Cup Subsidiary Semifinals; January 27, Sunday: Bobby Barry Cup Final, noon; Joe Barry Cup Final, 3 p.m.

 

TOURNAMENT LINEUP

Jan. 8-27, Joe Barry Memorial Cup

Jan. 29-Feb. 24, Ylvisaker Cup

Feb. 20-March 3, Iglehart Cup

Feb. 20-March 3, CV Whitney Cup

March 5-March 24, USPA Piaget Gold Cup

March 26-April 21, 109th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship

 

INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB PALM BEACH

3667 129th Avenue South, Wellington

Phone: 561-204-5687

Polo Hotline:  561-282-5290 (For field assignments and scores)

Ticket Office:  561-282-5334

 

TICKET PRICES

January-April

$10 General Admission Bleacher Seating

$20 North and South Stadium Lawn Seating

$30 Center Stadium Lawn Seating

$120 Boxed seats