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

Another win for Ward in Wellington…

Mclain Ward in London

Mclain Ward in London

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 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.

McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness Sportfot

McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness Sportfot

Week three of the FTI WEF runs Wednesday, January 23, through Sunday, January 27. The week will feature the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge (FTI GCC), presented by Fidelity Investments®, at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening. The event raises and distributes over one million dollars annually to 32 lucky Palm Beach County charities in a pro-am team competition.

Other highlights in the International Arena will include the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 at 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon and 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.

Concluding week two, forty-one entries showed in the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday jumping a course set by Luc Musette of Belgium. Eight were clear to advance to the jump-off and five went double clear. McLain Ward and Grant Road Partners’ Super Trooper de Ness blazed through the short course in 41.853 seconds for the win.

Super Trooper is an eleven-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion by Vigo d’Arsouilles x Polydor. He is a horse that Ward is aiming toward the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. The pair won a class earlier in the week in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class and a great partnership is forming.

Commenting on his win, Ward stated, “He is a really, really fast and very, very careful horse. We have been trying to build over the last few classes and today was a step up and I thought he handled it very well. I know he is capable of going fast like that, so I figured I would take a nice chance, not doing anything crazy, but take a chance, and he really responded well. It was a nice win and a nice way to start off the circuit with him.”

McLain and Super Trooper Suncast Pres Sportfot

McLain and Super Trooper Suncast Pres Sportfot

Four other riders cleared the short course and finished in the top of the ribbons. Ben Maher and Cella completed the course in 42.390 seconds to place second. Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra finished in 43.441 seconds for third place honors. Paige Johnson (USA) and Salamander Farm’s Chiron S were fourth in 43.893 seconds. Fifth place went to Christine McCrea aboard Candy Tribble’s Victor E with a time of 45.317 seconds.

Ward is excited about his new partnership with Super Trooper de Ness and looks forward to building their relationship this season. Speaking about the ride, he detailed, “He is very sensitive and very careful, so you have to be quite disciplined in the ride, but the trade off is that he leaves the jumps up. I think you just try to ride him as well as you can. He is just very competitive. I think he is a wonderful horse, so I am very excited about him.”

Ward also spoke about the course and how it suited his horse, as well as his confidence in his mount in the jump-off.

“It was big enough for a 1.50m class,” he remarked. “The triple was quite big. I think he is capable of answering any test, but it is a little bit of a progression because we are just kind of getting going.”

“From fence one to two I left out a stride,” Ward said of his winning time. “I knew how careful he was that he would handle that skinny really well and then I just tried to stay on it. We had a nice turn back on both verticals and it was nine strides in the last line for all the top ones that went fast, so it was kind of a set distance. You know when you are galloping the fence that he is going to do a lot to get out of the way, so that certainly gives you confidence in going fast.”

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. Dana Scott and Nod Hill Farm’s KM What Ever RV finished second and Chloe Reid and Damascus placed third.

The $10,000 Hollow Creek Farm Medium Junior Jumper Classic saw a win for Michael Hughes aboard Christina Fried’s Zammetje. Second place went to Eugenio Garza aboard El Milagro’s Zarenko. Madeline Thatcher and Pony Lane Farm’s Lancelot 266 finished third.

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

Mclain Ward & Super Trooper

Mclain Ward & Super Trooper

Finals Results: $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

1. SUPER TROOPER DE NESS          MCLAIN WARD         GRANT ROAD PARTNERS, LLC: 0/0/41.853
2. CELLA        BEN MAHER    JANE CLARK: 0/0/42.390
3. ZARA LEANDRA     PABLO BARRIOS       ZL GROUP, INC: 0/0/43.441
4 . CHIRON S       PAIGE JOHNSONSALAMANDER FARM: 0/0/43.893
5. VICTOR E       CHRISTINE MCCREA       CANDY TRIBBLE: 0/0/45.317
6. ROUNDTHORN MADIOS    LAUREN TISBO         TEQUESTRIAN FARMS, LLC: 0/4/46.028
7. ONISHA     REED KESSLER         REED KESSLER: 0/5/50.136
8. LILLI         GEORGINA BLOOMBERG       DIETMAR GUGLER & GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES: 0/8/47.451
9. E-MUSE YEK         DARRAGH KERINS     DARRAGH KERINS & MAARTEN HUYGENS: 1/80.809
10. ZHUM CWMCLAIN WARD         ILAND FARDER & MISSY CLARK: 4/73.638
11. QUIET EASY 4     BEN MAHER    MRS/ PHILLIPS: 4/75.606
12. UATA       BRIANNE GOUTAL     CLOVERLEAF FARM: 4/75.668

Miss Kessler wins $50,000 Wellington Grand Prix…

Reed and Ligist at Spruce Meadows Masters

Reed and Ligist at Spruce Meadows Masters

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 Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (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.

The second week of FTI WEF competition, sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will conclude with the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI WEF circuit runs through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.

Reed and Ligist Credit: Sportfor

Reed and Ligist Credit: Sportfor

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. Goutal stated, “I thought it was amazing. I thought this course was beautifully built and spot on with the number of clears. It didn’t kill anyone, it was hard, it was fast, it was exciting. It is the best course I have jumped in a long time, I thought it was wonderful.”

Kessler agreed, “I thought the course was outstanding. I love really natural-feeling courses and I thought the whole thing felt so natural and smooth. There were options for your horses and I thought it was fantastic. He actually reminded me that this was the second grand prix I have won that he designed. He designed the 2* in Paris that I won when I was 16 and I love his courses.”

Fifty-four entries started the class in round one and nine advanced to the jump-off with four jumping double clear.

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.

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 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.

“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.”

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

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

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

Final Results: $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 2*

1. LIGIST: 2000 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Levantos II x Robin Z
REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/0/37.81

2. NOUGAT DU VALLET: 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D’elle
KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/0/38.19

3. NICE DE PRISSEY: 2001 Selle Francais stallion by Rosire x Amarpour
BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Cloverleaf Farm: 0/0/38.53

4. AX CENT: 2003 KWPN gelding by Burggraaf
KENNETH BERKLEY (USA), Rivers Edge: 0/0/39.12

5. ZAFIRA: 2004 KWPN mare Nassau x Cappucino van Berkenbroek
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Haity McNerney: 0/4/37.62

6. ROTHCHILD: 2001 SBS gelding by Artos x Elegant De L’Ile
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms: 0/4/37.71

7. INDIGO: 2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Indoctro
MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Griese, Garber, Hidden Creek & Gladewinds: 0/4/38.42

8. HH LET’S FLY: 1999 Hanoverian gelding by Lordanos x Forrest
RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Double H Farm: 0/4/39.52

9. SS BOBBY: 2002 KWPN gelding by Concorde x Joost
CHRIS SORENSEN (CAN), Britland Hughes: 0/8/44.16

10. SHOW SHOW: 2002 BWP gelding by Darco x Royal Fleu
ALVARO DE MIRANDA (BRA), RD Jumping Higher Ltda: 4/67.99

11. QUALITY GIRL: 2003 Oldenburg mare by Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus, Ltd:4/69.83

12. ROCKY W: 1998 KWPN gelding by Libero H x Corofino
KAITLIN CAMPBELL (USA), Kaitlin Campbell: 4/70.20

McLain Ward wins again for second week of WEF…

Mclain in Palm Beach

Mclain in Palm Beach

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

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

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

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

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

Super Trooper and McLain Ward

Super Trooper and McLain Ward

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. SUPER TROOPER DE NESS          MCLAIN WARD         GRANT ROAD PARTNERS LLC: 0/0/39.287
2. BELUGA     SHANE SWEETNAM    SPY COAST FARM LLC: 0/0/40.551
3. MARANON LS       LAURA KRAUTEQUINVEST: 0/0/40.763
4. UMBERTO   LAURA CHAPOT         MARY CHAPOT: 0/0/40.812
5. PJOTTER VAN DE ZONNEHOEVE   MCLAIN WARD         LOUISBURG FARM: 0/0/41.122
6. KING KOLIBRI   LAUREN TISBO  TEQUESTRIAN FARMS LLC: 0/0/41.178
7. C’EST CI BON 4    LAUREN CROOKS      GLENN YOUELL & CROOKS SHOW JUMPING: 0/0/42.666
8. ONIRA       BRIANNE GOUTAL     REMARKABLE FARMS LP: 0/0/42.687
9. ZIEDENTO  RAMIRO QUINTANA   ST. BRIDE’S FARM: 0/0/42.828
10. DOLORESBEN MAHER    MRS. WANG: 0/0/42.890
11. VICOMTE D       BEN MAHER     JANE F. CLARK: 0/0/42.956
12. BROOKLYN BLUES   ALEXANDRA PAILLOTCAROL SOLLAK: 0/0/43.011

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

Annual JustWorld Gala held in Palm Beach tomorrow…

JustWorld Technical Ambassador Phil Rozon with last year's hostess Maria Newman of Belle Herbe Farm.

JustWorld Technical Ambassador Phil Rozon with hostess Maria Newman of Belle Herbe Farm last year

Executive Director Jessica Newman

Executive Director Jessica Newman

Many of you will know Justworld International for it’s top-ranked ambassadors and its wonderful mission to drive for positive change in the developing world.

Justworld has engulfed the equestrian world with passion for change and it has a star-studded list of ambassadors who believe in its cause. Gold medalist Eric Lamaze, France’s leading rider Kevin Staut as well as Olivier Guillon and Philippe Rozier, not to mention US Team Gold medalist Laura Kraut are amongst a long list of riders who promote Jessica Newman’s vision.

Justworld International work with local partner organizations to provide basic education, nutrition, health, hygiene, and vocational programs for children in impoverished communities in Honduras, Cambodia, Guatemala, and Brazil.

JustWorld International works through the international equestrian community and its extensive networks to fund and sustain programs that provide basic needs to children with little opportunity to receive support from other sources.

For the second year in a row, FTI Consulting, Inc. will be the presenting sponsor of JustWorld International’s Annual Gala.  Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s event takes place on Friday, January 18, 2013, in Wellington, Florida.

“Through our sponsorship, our firm is able to help bring positive change to developing countries and contribute to the success of this important fundraising effort,” said Dennis Shaughnessy, Chairman of FTI Consulting.  “We are delighted to once again be a part of this fantastic event.”

Lauren and Mclain Ward last year

Lauren and Mclain Ward last year

Held at Maria Newman’s stunning Belle Herbe Farm in Grand Prix Village, guests will delight in the 18th century Venetian masquerade theme.  Guessing the identities of the many masked attendees, which will include the who’s who of the Wellington equestrian and social scene, will be part of the evening’s fun.  A special prize will be offered for the best disguised guest.

The masquerade theme will be reflected through food, drinks and specialty entertainment created for the evening by renowned event planners, Dazzle Creative Events, with the help of fellow event sponsors Whole Foods and Regency Party Rental & Productions.  The evening is sure to be memorable as JustWorld International celebrates a historic 10 years, highlighting its past successes and fundraising for future accomplishments.

In addition to an impressive list of highly sought-after items featured in the silent and live auctions, guests will be treated to a showcase of the new line of JustWorld Casco co-branded helmets and JustWorld Pilla Sport co-branded performance eyewear.  Pilla Sport also joins FTI Consulting in supporting the 10th Annual Gala as its bar sponsor.

Tomorrow night will have a star-string of attendee's. Here Alejandro Karoyli, Gilbert de Roock and Delfine Roustan

Tomorrow night will have a star-string of notable attendee’s. Shown here, Alejandro Karoyli, Gilbert de Roock and Delfine Roustan last year

“What really excites me about the partnership is that Pilla Sport and CASCO have made a conscious decision to partner with an organization that is exemplary in its quest to provide demonstrable change to better someone’s life,” said Philip Pilla, CEO of Pilla.  “The entire revenue structure of our organization is supporting Just World’s mission.  We are not pledging a fixed contribution, but are creating an organization that can provide JustWorld with on-going contributions as the entire Pilla Sport family of equestrian products will help drive opportunities to provide support.  We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with JustWorld International and to be an integral part of the engine to provide necessary funds to accomplish its goals.”

A sell-out every year since its inception 10 years ago, the JustWorld International Annual Gala supports JustWorld’s project sites in Brazil, Cambodia, Guatemala, and Honduras. This year’s event would not be possible without the hard work of the JustWorld Gala Committee comprised of Maria Newman (Chair), Aly Beaumont, Kristen Carollo, Carole Clarkson, Heidi Greene, Hilary Oswald, Kathryn Quirk, Arlette Rigby, Jennifer Santana, Liz Schroeder, Cathy Zicherman and Carlene Ziegler.  Honorary committee members include Joan Kalman, Teri Kessler and Caryl Philips.

Founded in 2003 by Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization which funds life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene, education, and leadership and cultural development programs for impoverished children in Cambodia, Honduras, Guatemala, and Brazil.  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 $5.4 million to date.  For more information on JustWorld International, or how to support the ‘Adopt a Project’ campaign, please visit their website.

Conor Swail starts off WEF Week 2 with a win for Ireland…

Conor Swail, shown here last year at WEF, finished sixth in the Final Grand Prix of the 12 week circuit

Conor Swail, shown here last year at WEF, finished sixth in the Final Grand Prix of the 12 week circuit in 2012

The second week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) 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 second week of FTI WEF competition, sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will run January 16-20. Highlight events include the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 on Thursday afternoon, 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 jumper competition. In the first class of the week, 24 entries showed in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class. Only six entries were able to clear the course without fault, and the fastest clear round belonged to Ireland’s Conor Swail and his mount Carlotta Singular, owned by Susan Grange. The pair was first to go in the class and set an unbeatable pace at 61.578 seconds.

Conor Swail and Carlotta Singular

Conor Swail and Carlotta Singular

Ramiro Quintana finished second in 63.718 seconds riding Largo, owned by Maverick Ventures, LLC. Darragh Kenny placed third in 65.161 seconds riding Delilah, owned by Derbypie. Conor Swail also took fourth place honors with his time of 65.683 seconds aboard Cloverleaf Farm’s Vancouver D.M.L.

Carlotta Singular, an eleven-year-old Hanoverian mare by Chasseur x Singular Joter, is a brand new ride for Swail. The mare showed successfully under Canadian rider Yann Candele for several years and now seems to be off to a good start with her new partner.

Swail stated, “I just started riding her ten days ago. She is a very nice jumper with a lot of experience. She is fun to ride.”

Commenting on his round today, Swail noted, “Today was good. I was first to go and her own natural way is quick. She likes running along and being fast anyway, so just doing the turns and floating along, it suits her actually. It was a nice round; I was very pleased with how she jumped.”

Going first, Swail’s plan was just to be neat and tidy around the course. “I wanted to get a nice result. There was still a good bit left, but like I said, she is naturally fast, so it makes it a lot easier just to be neat and tidy. The course was good. It was big enough I thought. It was flowing and he gave you a few options. It was nice.”

Swail will ride Carlotta for the rest of the circuit. He plans to show the mare in the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 tomorrow afternoon and will then show in the $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty CSI2* Grand Prix on Saturday evening.

Conor Swail with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Luis Miguel Martinez of G and C Farm

Conor Swail with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Luis Miguel Martinez of G and C Farm

“My plan is for her to do the bigger classes,” Swail stated. “I am just getting used to her a little bit now and trying to figure her out and see what she does well.”

Swail has several nice mounts for this year’s circuit and looks forward to having more success as the weeks continue.

“I have started to ride Sue Grange’s horses now and she has a lot of nice horses,” he detailed. “It is a nice opportunity for me to have a good season here. Carlotta will be the main one and also Landsdowne; he is a nice stallion. Those too I will do mainly for the big classes. There are also a few other very nice ones to do the other classes.”

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 a class of 94 competitors, 22 entries made it to the jump-off round and 12 jumped double clear. Sweetnam and Amaretto D’Arco won it in a time of 31.438 seconds. Pablo Barrios and ZL Group’s Zara Leandra were just fractions behind in 31.502 seconds to finish in second.

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. Matt Williams and North Star’s Cyrina Z finished second in 68.330 seconds.

Week two will continue on Thursday with the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 as the highlight class in the International Arena at 1 p.m. For full results, please visit http://www.showgroundslive.com.

Source: Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Final Results: $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m

1. CARLOTTA SINGULAR      CONOR SWAIL          SUSAN GRANGE: 0/61.578
2. LARGO           RAMIRO QUINTANA        MAVERICK VENTURES, LLC: 0/63.718
3. DELILAH     DARRAGH KENNY      DERBYPIE: 0/65.161
4. VANCOUVER D.M.L.         CONOR SWAIL          CLOVERLEAF FARM: 0/65.683
5. WOTSAMILLION    LAURA KRAUTSTONE HILL FARM: 0/69.268
6. NOUVELLE       LAURA KRAUT    EVITA GROUP: 0/70.977
7. MERLIN         JEFFERY WELLES  NOEL GROSS: 4/63.616
8. JUBILEE D’OUILLY  LAURA KRAUTA. LEBON: 4/64.749
9. COLGATE         PABLO BARRIOS  PABLO BARRIOS: 4/65.435
10. DIXSON         IAN MILLAR       ARIEL AND SUSAN GRANGE: 4/66.882
11. AMOR VAN DE ROSTAL   MAC CONE     CHADBURN HOLDINGS, INC: 4/69.288
12. SEVENTH FEE     MICHAEL DORMAN     WYNDMONT: 4/71.044

FTI Week 1 Wrap up…

Mclain Ward (USA)

Mclain Ward (USA)

FTI WEF Week 1…

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

Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa and HH Let’s Fly galloped to victory in the $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 1.

Peter Wylde (USA) and The Wannahave Group’s Sandor De La Pomme finished second with their time of 36.392 seconds. Third went to Shane Sweetnam (IRL) aboard Spy Coast Farm, LLC’s Siri with a time of 36.591 seconds. Luis Larrazabal (VEN) and Anabel Simon’s G&C Sacramento placed fourth with their time of 36.664 seconds.

Week one continued on Friday with a win for New York’s Georgina Bloomberg and South Street in the $1,500 Adequan 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship. Out of 35 competitors, ten entries went clear to jump-off, and Bloomberg and South Street had the fastest of eight double clear rounds in a time of 31.818 seconds. Laura Chapot finished second aboard Mary Chapot’s Castellana with a jump-off time of 32.829 seconds. Marilyn Little and Raylyn Farms, Inc.’s Nightfire 25 were third in 33.224 seconds.

Other highlight classes in the International Arena on Friday included the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off and speed classes. The jump-off class was won by Laura Kraut and Wish, owned by Stone Hill Farm. The speed class saw a win for Darragh Kenny aboard Cavallo Farms, LLC’s Gucci.

Over 3,500 fans packed the stands at the PBIEC on the opening Saturday night to watch the women beat the men for the fifth year in a row in the $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes. It was the closest race yet in the three-phase competition between the male and female teams, but the ladies pulled out another victory in the end with a final score of 24-20.

Georgina Bloomberg and Nick Skelton

Georgina Bloomberg and Nick Skelton

The women’s team was captained by Georgina Bloomberg and also included riders Laura Kraut, Margie Engle, Marilyn Little, Maggie Bracco, Nicole Bellissimo, Debbie Stephens, Brianne Goutal, Candice King, and Schuyler Riley.

Charlie Jayne led the men’s team, which included riders Shane Sweetnam, Richie Moloney, Daniel Bluman, Luis Larrazabal, Ramiro Quintana, Steve Schaefer, Darragh Kenny, Alex Granato, and Nick Skelton.

In addition to the winning prize money, a few special awards were presented this evening. Darragh Kenny won a gift certificate from The Brazilian Court Hotel and Beach Club for the overall best time in both the speed and match race rounds aboard his mount Vanotrouska.

Charlie Jacobs in Buenes Aires for Nations Cup

Charlie Jacobs in Buenes Aires for Nations Cup

A $1,000 prize was also to be awarded to the rider that had the most clear rounds in the six-bar competition. When Skelton, Bloomberg, and King all cleared the final round and decided not to continue any further, the money was split between all three riders.

The $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic was held in the International Arena in the afternoon with a win for McLain Ward riding Ilan Ferder and Missy Clark’s Zhum CW. In a class of 18 entries, nine jumped the first round course without fault to jump off, and Ward and Zhum CW completed the fastest double clear round in 38.663 seconds.

In the International Arena on Sunday, Michael Hughes and Christina Fried’s MacArthur won the morning’s $10,000 Griffis Group SJHOF High Junior Jumper Classic. The $10,000 Animo USA Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic saw a win for Santiago Diaz and Quel Pacha.

The second week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club, concluded on Sunday afternoon with a win for Charlie Jacobs (USA) and CMJ Sporthorse LLC’s Flaming Star in the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix.

Jumping a course set by Eric Hasbrouck, 46 horse and rider combinations contested Sunday’s class. Thirteen entries jumped clear to advance to the jump-off, and 10 went double clear. The fastest of those clear jump-off rounds belonged to Charlie Jacobs and Flaming Star in a time of 37.163 seconds.

Alvaro de Miranda (BRA) and RD Jumping Higher, Ltda.’s Show Show finished second stopping the clock in 37.413 seconds. Reed Kessler (USA) and Ligist were third with a time of 37.708 seconds.

Source: Equestrian Sport Productions

Mclain Ward wins Suncast Classic in Wellington…

Mclain Ward WEF 1

The $25,000 Suncast Championship Jumper Classic was held in the International Arena in the afternoon with a win for McLain Ward riding Ilan Ferder and Missy Clark’s Zhum CW. In a class of 18 entries, nine jumped the first round course without fault to jump off, and Ward and Zhum CW completed the fastest double clear round in 38.663 seconds.

Finishing in second, Peter Wylde and Lewin 5, owned by Societe Civile De L’ecurie Meutry, jumped clear in 39.118 seconds. Shane Sweetnam and Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina were third in 39.146 seconds.

McLain Ward first rode Zhum CW in November and immediately won the $10,000 Holiday & Horses Welcome Stake one day later in the pair’s debut in the show ring. Ward has now shown the nine-year-old KWPN gelding by Querlybet Hero x Cambridge a few more times and is getting a better feel for the ride.

“I think I have ridden him three more times, so that’s good,” Ward smiled. “He was great the other day; I think he ended up second in the 1.40m and then we did the 1.45m and he was very good. He kind of went well all week and he was excellent today. Our turns were a little rough, we have to work on those a bit, but he is super careful and he has a big step. It was a good start to the circuit and a good finish to the week.”

In the jump-off, Ward was going for speed. “I like to try to win always and this is a good series, this Suncast series,” he stated. “I knew the turns were a little bit difficult in the jump-off and again that is not his greatest strength at this point in time, so I tried to make it up with a little bit of foot speed. We had a little bit of a funny angle on the Suncast fence, but the horse really gave a great effort and it worked out.”

Zhum CW lives at Ilan Ferder’s farm and works in their program. Ward described, “I go ride him once in a while, but Ilan and Kirsten (Coe) prepare him nicely and they do a great job, so it is a good team effort.”

Emphasizing Zhum CW’s careful jumping style, Ward further detailed, “He is a little bit his own way, but he is always in the hunt with you. He is in the fight with you and he delivers a lot of clear rounds, so we will just kind of keep moving up the ranks and hopefully it keeps going his way.”

 

Final Results: $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

1. ZHUM CW & MCLAIN WARD    (ILAN FERDER & MISSY CLARK) : 0/0/38.663
2. LEWIN 5 & PETER WYLDE     (SOCIETE CIVILE DE L’ECURIE MEUTRY) : 0/0/39.118
3. SOLERINA & SHANE SWEETNAM    (SWEET OAK FARM) : 0/0/39.146
4. CAPALL ZIDANE & RONAN MCGUIGAN    (RONAN MCGUIGAN): 0/0/39.816
5. TEIRRA & ALISE OKEN    (HI HOPES FARM LLC) : 0/0/40.091
6. QUICK DU POTIER & ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO    (ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO) : 0/0/41.453
7. NOUVELLE & LAURA KRAUT     (EVITA GROUP) : 0/4/41.001
8. S& L SLINGBACK & ADRIENNE STERNLICHT    (ADRIENNE STERNLICHT) : 0/8/45.174
9. CROSSFIRE 10 & EMANUEL ANDRADE    (HOLLOW CREEK FARM) : 0/8/46.412
10. VICTOR E & CHRISTINE MCCREA    (CANDY TRIBBLE) : 1/88.728
11. HH CABALLERO & QUENTIN JUDGE    (DOUBLE H FARM) : 3/90.954
12. ZINNIA & ANDREW WELLES    (ANDREW WELLES) : 4/85.999