4th Annual Great Charity Challenge in West Palm Beach…

Presentation of the top three teams. Photo © Sportfot.

Presentation of the top three teams. Photo © Sportfot.

Riders Darragh Kenny, Catherine Pasmore, and Meg O’Mara were the winning team of the fourth annual FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments (FTI GCC) on behalf of their charity JDRF (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) on Saturday evening at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Sponsored by Jessie Pasmore and Martha Jolicoeur and corporate sponsor Stone Hill Farm, the three riders made up the top team of the night over 33 other pro-am teams representing Palm Beach County charities.

A signature event of the twelve-week FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, this year’s FTI GCC will distribute approximately $1.5 million to the 34 lucky Palm Beach County charities that were chosen at random to be represented in the pro-am team relay competition. Each team was made up of junior and amateur riders competing side by side with top professionals.

GCC Darragh Kenny Sportfot

GCC Darragh Kenny Sportfot

A crowd of over 5,000 spectators came out to enjoy the family fun event as part of the “Saturday Night Lights” series. The JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) was the winning team of the night with riders Meg O’Mara, Catherine Pasmore, and Darragh Kenny. O’Mara did have one rail down, but the trio’s speedy trips made up for it and their time of 92.361 seconds won the top prize of $150,000 for their charity.

Coming in second was College for Kids – Take Stock in Children, sponsored by the Mirabal Family and G&C Farm as well as corporate sponsor Palm Beach Illustrated. The team consisted of three Venezuelan riders from G&C Farm, including youngest rider Maria Emilia Chapellin Mirabal, Carolina Chapellin Mirabal and professional Luis Fernando Larrazabal with a combined time of 93.248 seconds to earn $125,000.

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GCC Catherine Pasmore Sportfot lo

The first of three wild card charities drawn at the during the night, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches finished third and won $100,000. The team, made up of Perla Boord, Lillie Keenan, and David Blake, was sponsored by Pine Hollow Farm and corporate sponsor Gut Einhaus. They finished with a time of 93.998 seconds overall.

As the professional representative for the JDRF team, Irish rider Darragh Kenny (who turns 25 on Thursday) was thrilled to be competing in the event for the first time. Kenny is known for his speed, and rode the same horse Vanotrouska, owned by Megan Bifano, that he showed in week one’s $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes.

Commenting on the night, Kenny smiled, “It was fantastic. It is a great atmosphere. I think it is a really good thing that they have here and it is for a great cause. I have never ridden for charity before but I think it is great to have the chance to do that. It is enjoyable for everybody and it is nice that we are giving back to something as well. I would for sure do this again in the future.”

GCC Meg O'Mara Sportfot

GCC Meg O’Mara Sportfot

When asked what advice he gave his teammates for the night, Kenny stated simply, “I just told them to win. There was no plan, just go as fast as you can and leave the jumps up.”

Catherine Pasmore (20) was riding her veteran mount My Boy and was even more excited to ride for her randomly matched charity due to a personal connection to the JDRF. Pasmore’s uncle was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and passed away at a young age. The connection gave Pasmore extra inspiration.

“It is personal to me,” she stated. “Obviously all charities are a great cause, but riding for something that hits so close to home was very exciting. It gave me the extra drive to really go for it.”

Pasmore also enjoyed the camaraderie of the evening. “It is just a really fun class,” she declared. “We get to come out and work as a team and I think we all definitely pulled our weight; it was exciting.”

Winning team presentation. Photo © Sportfot.

Winning team presentation. Photo © Sportfot.

Eighteen-year-old Meg O’Mara echoed her teammates’ sentiments and explained that this was her first time even seeing the class let alone competing in it.

“I definitely was lucky to be able to watch all 24 teams before me because I didn’t really know how it went,” O’Mara noted. “I had a really fast horse, so I was happy about that.”

O’Mara showed Mavis Spencer’s Valencia in the class. She noted, “It was really fun. I would definitely do it every other year. This was my first type of team experience.”

Lora Hazelwood, Executive Director for JDRF, the greater Palm Beach County Chapter, was on hand to accept the $150,000 check for her great cause and cheer on the team. Hazelwood explained that this was the JDRF’s fourth year trying to get in to the FTI GCC.

“The first year we were too late when we applied,” Hazelwood admitted. “The first and second year that we did get in for the lottery we (weren’t chosen from the random draw). This year was our third year (being eligible) and we thought that three times would be the charm, but we had no expectation. We would have been thrilled with just $10,000. We are just completely overwhelmed.”

“It means a tremendous amount to win,” Hazelwood added. “This is a lot of money for any non-profit organization, especially coming off of a recession. This is the most exciting thing that has happened to us in a number of years. We were really pleased to learn that our team sponsor, Jessie Pasmore, has a personal connection to type-1 diabetes and we were not even aware of that. The teams are just randomly assigned, so we think there was some serendipity; there is no such thing as coincidence. We thought that was amazing.”

Source: Equestrian Sport Productions

Katie Monahan-Prudent and V win the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3…

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Renowned show jumper Katie Monahan-Prudent guided Michael Smith’s V to victory in Thursday’s $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 during the third week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF).

Competing in the International Arena at the beautiful Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), the seasoned veteran topped young U.S. competitors Kristen Vanderveen (23) aboard Bull Run’s Eternal and Lauren Tibso aboard Tequestrian Farms’ Roundthorn Madios (28) who finished second and third respectively.

Week three of the FTI WEF runs January 23-27. The week will feature the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge (FTI GCC), presented by Fidelity Investments®, at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening. This year, the event will distribute $1.5 million to 34 lucky Palm Beach County charities in a pro-am team competition.

Other highlights will include the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The grass derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC will host the $50,000 CSI 2* Grand Prix, weather permitting, at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The 2013 FTI WEF circuit continues through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.

Katie Prudent and V

Katie Prudent and V

The course designer in the International Arena for week three competition is Uliano Vezzani of Italy. In Thursday’s $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3, Vezzani saw 58 competitors with 13 advancing to the jump-off. Over the short course, only five riders were able to clear the track without fault. Katie Monahan-Prudent and V, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding by Landstreicher x Lennard, raced through the course in 34.99 seconds for the win.

Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Eternal finished in 35.36 seconds for the second place prize. Lauren Tisbo (USA) and Roundthorn Madios stopped the clock in 35.86 seconds to place third. Great Britain’s Tim Gredley and Unex Omega Star, owned by Unex Competition Yard, were fourth in 35.87 seconds, and Fernando Cardenas (USA) and Quincy Car placed fifth in 36.01 seconds. Peter Wylde (USA) and The Wannahave Group’s Sandor de la Pomme had the fastest round of the day in 33.32 seconds, but a rail at the last fence put them into sixth place.

Monahan-Prudent has had V for a year and a half and has formed a great partnership with the gelding. The pair also won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jump-off class during week two of the FTI WEF and will continue on this week in the $50,000 CSI 2* Grand Prix on Sunday.

“He is a very brave, aggressive horse,” the rider said of her mount. “He was a little hard for me to control in the beginning and I have worked hard with him. He is starting to relax and listen better and trust me. I think this is going to be a good year for him. He has been very consistent.”

Speaking about her rounds in the class, Monahan-Prudent emphasized, “He is really listening better. There were some tests in there that were hard for him. Like the vertical-oxer-five strides-oxer-vertical. I had to chase him a little and sometimes that makes him very excited and I can’t control him after that, but I thought he jumped that line beautifully and he came right back and rode beautifully the rest of the way. I was proud of him. He did everything I asked him, he didn’t fight me at all and he is a very careful horse and a very capable horse if he is in the right mind set.”

Detailing where she made the best time in the jump-off, the rider added, “He doesn’t have the biggest stride in the world, so from fence one to two the leave out was seven strides and most people just cantered it – I galloped it. I also made a special effort when I landed from the second fence to fly into that turn and then everything else I think was about the same as everybody else’s. I think one to two to three in the jump-off is where I was faster.”

Monahan-Prudent has a busy schedule teaching many top riders such as young Olympian Reed Kessler. She has had a lot of wins in her career and now focuses a lot on her students, but admits that is always nice to get a win for herself.

“It is always nice to win and it has definitely been awhile since I won one of these classes,” she stated. “It’s been about 12 or 13 years since I’ve had a really good horse and it feels great to win. We are always plugging away. You never say die; you keep trying.”

Katie Monahan-Prudent and V in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines


Katie Monahan-Prudent and V in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines

It will be a busy circuit for the next nine weeks in Wellington and then on to the rest of the season. As far as plans for showing this year, Monahan-Prudent goes where her students go.

“For me now, I set my plan based on my students and with Reed being my top student and Abby McArdle also coming along, I make a plan after Florida and I just want to keep up with my students,” she noted. “If we go to Calgary I want to be there showing and if we go to Europe I want to be there showing, so that’s my plan.”

Kessler was also in the jump-off with her horse Onisha in Thursday’s class and although they like to compete, the student and her teacher always cheer each other on.

“We are both very competitive and I know she wants the best for me and I want the best for her,” Monahan-Prudent stated. “If she had been leading I would try to beat her in the same. With me leading she tries to beat me, but we are for each other as well.”

Along with the prize money for Thursday’s class, a $6,000 rider bonus for the SSG “Go Clean for the Green” contest was also up for grabs as last week’s winners did not have SSG ‘Digital’ gloves, but Monahan-Prudent was unfortunately missing one of her gloves for today’s class. The bonus has not been won in two weeks now, so $9,000 in bonus money will be offered next week in the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4. The bonus goes to the winning rider if they are wearing the SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves in all rounds of competition with the SSG logo clearly visible.

Source: Lauren Fisher and Laura Cardon for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Final Results: $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3…

1.V: 2002 KWPN gelding by Landstreicher x Lennard
KATIE PRUDENT (USA), Michael Smith: 0/0/34.99

2. BULL RUN’S ETERNAL: 2004 BWP gelding by Toulon x Mellinor
KRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers One LLC: 0/0/35.36

3. ROUNDTHORN MADIOS: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill
LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/0/35.86

4. UNEX OMEGA STAR: 2002 Irish Sport Horse stallion by Quick Star x Quatoubet du Rouet
TIM GREDLEY (GBR), Unex Competition Yard: 0/0/35.87

5. QUINCY CAR: 2004 Oldenburg stallion by Galiani Car x Amour Parfait
FERNANDO CARDENAS (USA), Fernando Cardenas: 0/0/36.01

6. SANDOR DE LA POMME: 2002 SBS gelding by Vigo D’arsouilles x Darco
PETER WYLDE (USA), The Wannahave Group: 0/4/33.32

7. JUBILEE D’OUILLY: 1997 Selle Francais mare by Palestro II x Graphit
LAURA KRAUT (USA), A. Le Bon and F.X. Le Bon: 0/4/33.45

8. DYNAMO: 2003 BWP gelding by Skippy II x Lys de Darmen
MEAGAN NUSZ (USA), Amalaya Investments: 0/4/34.65

9. LANSDOWNE: 2003 KWPN stallion by Guidam x Wolfgang
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel & Susan Grange: 0/4/35.49

10. UNEX DAMORA Z: 2004 Zangersheide mare by Dutch Capitol x Chellano Z
TIM GREDLEY (GBR), Unex Competition Yard: 0/4/36.38

11. G & C BLUE: 2003 Selle Francais gelding by Mr. Blue x Bigtime
MARK BLUMAN (COL), Gustavo Mirabal: 0/4/36.45

12. ONISHA: 1999 Holsteiner mare by Caretino x Athlet Z
REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/4/37.94

The 10th Annual JustWorld International Gala raises record funds…

Tenth Annual JustWorld International Gala Proves to be a Night of Enchantment Raising Record Funds…

By: Kendall Bierer

Jeanette Sasson, Nic Roldan, Jessica Newman, Mary Ann Simmonds, Brandon Phillips, Dee and Raul Roldan

Jeanette Sasson, Nic Roldan, Jessica Newman, Mary Ann Simmonds, Brandon Phillips, Dee and Raul Roldan

The night of the 10th Annual JustWorld International Gala was alive with mystery as the national and international equestrian communities came together for a brilliant masquerade at Belle Herbe Farm in Wellington, FL. The ambiance of the evening was that of a Renaissance European painting, and the event itself is one for the history books. With over $420,000 raised for the nonprofit organization, the masquerade marks a momentous stride in JustWorld’s history, not only as their most successful gala to date, but also the commemoration of 10 years. The celebratory evening included heartwarming presentations, an elegant dinner with gourmet food stations, a silent auction, and a live auction.

Belle Herbe Farm was transformed into the Venetian destination of dreams. With the help of Regency Party Rentals & Production, a massive tent was erected in the grass field, and a red carpet welcomed the mysterious guests of the evening to the 10th Annual JustWorld International Gala. The night would not have been a possibility without the generosity of presenting sponsors FTI Consulting, Inc., as well as Caryl Philips and Frank Zeiss. Whole Foods Market of Wellington sponsored the food for the evening, donating hors d’oeuvres, main entrées and dessert for the party of over 650 guests. Liquor and wine was generously provided by The Grille Fashion Cuisine, Oli’s Fashion Cuisine, and The Seahorse Fashion Cuisine group of restaurants.

Maria Newman

Maria Newman

Following the opening remarks, Rocco Mangel, owner of the local Rocco’s Tacos, stepped up to emcee the event. He introduced the event with MBPtv’s beautifully documented video describing JustWorld and the work they do across the globe. He then introduced the JustWorld Ambassador driven initiative Team Challenge, donating $1,000 himself to the teams. Guests in turn raised their hands left and right to donate to their favorite team, benefiting impoverished children in the localities within Honduras, Cambodia and Guatemala. It was Christie’s Professional Auctioneer George McNeely who stepped up to the podium next. With his assistance and charisma, the live auction was a huge success.

It was the Artisan Farms Package that proved to be the highlight of the auction for two bidders. Pre-registered from Sweden, one woman stayed on the phone throughout the duration of the bidding to win a day at Artisan Farms and take a private riding lesson with the Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Lamaze. Although she was outbid by John Edwards and Matt Varney, Lamaze stepped forward and offered a private riding lesson for the second highest amount, going to the pre-registered international bidder–a dream come true for the Swede. Anabelle Garrett became part of the heated bidding to capture  the Polo Package with Nic Roldan, Brandon Phillips and Chris Kampsen. Garrett and three friends will have the opportunity to take five private polo lessons with the professional players. She will also be able to bring a group of friends to Rocco’s Tacos for a tequila tasting and dinner with the three polo players. As a highlight of the silent auction, Nick Skelton donated his helmet from the 2012 London Olympic Games, a piece of history that had the bidders scribbling furiously for the chance to take home.

The 10th Annual JustWorld International Gala was the highlight of the social season, welcoming over 650 guests to the beautiful masquerade, which commemorated 10 years of striving for a just world. The organization thanks all sponsors, supporters and newcomers to the event and organization, gracious for their passion to see JustWorld accomplish its mission.

Founded in 2003 by Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, which funds life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene, education, as well as leadership and cultural development programs for impoverished children in Cambodia, Honduras and Guatemala.  There are currently more than 500 Rider and Technical Official Ambassadors representing 40 different countries, whose efforts to support JustWorld’s projects have raised in excess of $6 million to date.  For more information on JustWorld check us out online

Sponsors and Event Partners…

Co-Presenting Sponsors: FTI Consulting, Inc. and Caryl Philips and Frank Zeiss

FTI Consulting, Inc. 

Caryl Philips and Frank Zeiss

Whole Foods Market 

Regency Party Rental & Production 

Liquor and wine generously provided by The Grille Fashion Cuisine, Oli’s Fashion Cuisine, and The Seahorse Fashion Cuisine group of restaurants

SportFot 

Wellington Golf Cars

MBPtv

Belle Herbe Farm

FTI Week 2 Wrap Up…

Reed and Ligist at Spruce Meadows Masters

Reed and Ligist at Spruce Meadows Masters

Week Two Wrap-Up…

Reed Kessler and Ligist Win $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix, CSI 2*

The youngest rider in Saturday night’s $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix was the winner as eighteen-year-old Reed Kessler and Ligist jumped to victory during the highlight event of week two at the 2013 FTI WEF. With riders representing fourteen different countries competing in the class, the USA took the top seven placings and the young women were one, two and three. Kessler and Ligist topped Katie Dinan (19) and Nougat du Vallet and Brianne Goutal (24) aboard Nice de Prissey.

Luc Musette of Belgium set the course for Saturday night’s $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix. The riders were all complimentary of Musette’s course for the evening. Fifty-four entries started the class in round one and nine advanced to the jump-off with four jumping double clear.

Katie Dinan, Reed Kessler, and Brianne Goutal. Photo © Kenneth Kraus.

Katie Dinan, Reed Kessler, and Brianne Goutal.
Photo © Kenneth Kraus.

Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partners’ Nougat du Vallet were the first pair to clear the short course and set the time to beat at 38.19 seconds in the jump-off, eventually finishing second. Ken Berkley and Ax-Cent, owned by Rivers Edge, also cleared the jump-off course and stopped the clock in 39.12 seconds to place fourth. Reed Kessler and Ligist were next to go and blazed through the course in 37.81 seconds to take the lead. Last on course, Brianne Goutal and Cloverleaf Farm’s Nice de Prissey cleared the short course in 38.53 seconds to secure fourth place honors.

Reed Kessler was thrilled with the effort of her horse Ligist in the evening’s class. Kessler and the 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (Levantos II x Robin Z) recently jumped up to 2.10m in a six-bar class in Geneva and the rider feels that the class really “raised his sights.”

“I think that is the best Goose has ever jumped; he jumped incredibly,” Kessler smiled after her win. “I just tried to keep a nice, tight track and take a shot and he was fantastic. I did see Katie a little bit on the screen. I’m not sure where I made up the time. He is a really fast horse; I use him as my speed horse mostly.”

Second place finisher Katie Dinan was also very pleased with her mount Nougat du Vallet. Dinan, who is currently in college at Harvard University, is off from school for the month and making the most of her time in Wellington.

“I thought that my horse ‘Nugget’ jumped good tonight, I was really happy with him,” Dinan stated. “We did the Mar-a-lago show two weeks ago and we were aiming for this grand prix. I am down here and I am trying to make the most of that, so it was really nice to have a top three placing in this grand prix. I didn’t get a chance to see Reed go, I was walking out my horse, but I thought my jump-off was pretty fast. My horse takes a little bit more time in the air, so I think maybe if I had started out with a little bit more pace I could have helped that, but I can’t complain; he was fantastic.”

Brianne Goutal went last with her mount Nice de Prissey and had the opportunity to see both riders go in the jump-off, but had to take into account her horse’s large stride.

Reed Kessler and Ligist in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Matt Varney and Rob and Chris Desino of Wellington Equestrian Realty. Photo © Sportfot.

Reed Kessler and Ligist in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Matt Varney and Rob and Chris Desino of Wellington Equestrian Realty. Photo © Sportfot.

“I was lucky enough to watch both of them from the schooling area on the jumbotron,” Goutal noted. “My horse jumped amazing; I was thrilled with the way he went. He is a much bigger horse than theirs; he has a big stride and he takes a longer time to cover the ground. I was able to leave out a stride from one to two and I think I was quite fast back to three, but he is quite difficult to turn. I had to take a little time back to the in and out and again back to the last line, but I was thrilled with the results. I was thrilled with the way he jumped and both of their rounds were blazing fast, so I am very happy.”

Seeing three of the best young female riders from the United States take the top spots in an international class is encouraging for all of three competitors. Goutal commented, “I think that is nice. We have all grown up together. I have known them since they were on ponies and I think they saw me do ponies. It is nice to have everybody together. It is great to have all of the girls and it is nice for the sport. We need more of that here I think.”

Wednesday through Sunday…

The second week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival kicked off on Wednesday, January 16, with a win for Conor Swail (IRL) and Carlotta Singular in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumpers at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off and speed classes were also held in the International Arena on Wednesday with two more wins for the Irish. In the jump-off class, Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm, LLC’s Amaretto D’Arco were victorious. In the speed class, Darragh Kenny guided Cavallo Farms’ Gucci to victory with the fastest clear round out of 54 competitors in 64.462 seconds.

Laura Kraut and Jubilee d'Ouilly West Palm Beach, Florida

Laura Kraut and Jubilee d’Ouilly West Palm Beach, Florida

Laura Kraut and Jubilee d’Ouilly jumped to victory in the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 on Thursday afternoon at the FTI WEF in an exciting jump-off of top competitors. Last to go in a 24-horse tie breaker with McLain Ward holding the first and second positions, Kraut and Jubilee shaved fractions off of the leading time to win in a dramatic finish. Also showing in the International Arena on Thursday, Katie Monahan-Prudent earned victory in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumper Classic aboard Michael Smith’s V.

Week two of FTI WEF continued on Friday at the 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 out of 81 entries. 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.

The second week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty, concluded on Sunday with a win again for McLain Ward (USA) and Super Trooper de Ness in the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. Competing on a beautiful afternoon at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), the pair earned their second victory of the week, winning over Ben Maher (GBR) aboard Jane Clark’s Cella and Pablo Barrios (VEN) and ZL Group, Inc.’s Zara Leandra.

The Junior Jumpers also showed in the International Arena on Sunday competing in their classics for week two. In the $10,000 Griffis Group High Junior Jumper Classic, Lillie Keenan and Chansonette Farm, LLC’s Londinium were the winners. The $10,000 Hollow Creek Farm Medium Junior Jumper Classic saw a win for Michael Hughes aboard Christina Fried’s Zammetje.

FTI WEF  Horse Show Wrap-Up Week 2…

Week 1 Classic winners…

$10,000 Westwind Realty Adult Jumpers 18-35 – Michelle Kamine and Loreana
$10,000 Martha Jolicoeur Adult 36-49 Jumpers – Good Carma and Heather Crespo
$10,000 Charles Owen Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Kate Morrison and Vaillant
$10,000 Maria Mendelsohn Low Junior Jumpers – E-Bay and Brittni Raflowitz
$10,000 Horseware Don Little Masters – All That and Murray Kessler
$10,000 Animo USA Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Athena and Kelsey Thatcher

Week 1 Champions…

EnTrust Children’s Jumper 14 & Under – Swag and Jordyn Rose Freedman
FarmVet Adult Modified Jumpers – Tigger and Isabel Sanchez
EnTrust Children’s Jumper 15-17 – Wenda AK and Jacqueline Shilen
Children’s Modified Jumpers – Peper Gold and Autumn Janesky
Paddock Cake Low Adult Jumper 18-35 – Galatee du Roset and Cathleen Mathers
Paddock Cakes Low Adult Jumper 36 & Over – Zazu and Patricia Hurter
Paddock Cakes Low Children’s Jumper – Cha Cha Cha and Heather Vaxer

Laura Kraut wins with her new mount Jubilee d’Ouily…

Laura started with Jubilee in Novemeber. The experienced mare was ridden by Trevor Coyle (IRL) for many years

Laura started with Jubilee in Novemeber. The experienced mare was ridden by Trevor Coyle (IRL) for many years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laura Kraut and Jubilee d'Ouilly West Palm Beach, Florida

Laura Kraut and Jubilee d’Ouilly West Palm Beach, Florida

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Lauren Fisher and Laura Cardon for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

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

1. JUBILEE D’OUILLY: 1997 Selle Francais mare by Palestro II x Graphit
LAURA KRAUT (USA), A. Le Bon and F.X. Le Bon: 0/0/35.57

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

3. ZHUM CW: 2004 KWPN gelding by Querlybet Hero x Cambridge
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Ilan Ferder & Missy Clark: 0/0/36.22

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

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

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

7. G&C FLASH: 2002 Hanoverian gelding by Forrester x Grannus
LUIS LARRAZABAL (VEN), Gustavo Mirabal: 0/0/38.72

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

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

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

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

12. HH LET’S FLY: 1999 Hanoverian gelding by Lordanos x Forrest
RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Double H Farm: 0/4/36.76