Cian O’Connor and Everything Capture First G&C Farm 1.45m Jumper Victory
Wellington, FL – January 11, 2012 – The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) kicked off competition today with hunter/jumper classes in 10 rings. In the International Arena, Olympian Cian O’Connor (IRL) scored the first win of the season with Everything, owned by Abdulla Humaid Al Muhairi, in the G&C Farm 1.45m Jumpers.
The first week of the FTI WEF runs through Sunday, January 15, and is sponsored by Surpass. The 2012 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of competition that conclude on April 1, 2012, and they will be awarding more than $6 million in prize money through the circuit. The highlight jumper class in week one is the $30,000 Surpass Grand Prix on Saturday, January 14, at 7 p.m.
This week’s course designer in the International Arena is Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL. The G&C Farm 1.45m class was a time first round format and welcomed 19 entries. O’Connor and his first mount, Blue Loyd owned by Ashkirk Ltd and O’Connor, were neat around the course to finish in sixth place.
Wellington, FL – January 10, 2012 – The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) hosted its opening press conference on Tuesday afternoon at the White Horse Tavern in Wellington, FL. A large crowd of local, national, and international media were in attendance to hear the latest news on the 12-week competition, which begins tomorrow. The FTI WEF will host thousands of the world’s best horses and riders on January 11 – April 1 at the beautiful Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in what has become the world’s largest and longest running horse show.
This afternoon’s press conference was hosted by Equestrian Sport Productions’ (ESP) CEO Mark Bellissimo and President Michael Stone, with additional commentary from top hunter rider and trainer Louise Serio, Pan American Games Show Jumping Individual and U.S. Team Gold Medalist Christine McCrea, Wellington Equestrian Partner Hunter Harrison, and Olympic Show Jumping Gold Medalist Rodrigo Pessoa.
Wellington, FL – December 30, 2011 – With philanthropist and equestrian Paige Johnson as event chairperson, the 2nd annual Jump for HomeSafe event will be an entertaining evening for the hundreds of spectators in attendance on Saturday, January 28, 2012 during the $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).
Proceeds from the event will support HomeSafe, a non-profit organization helping victims of domestic violence and child abuse. Each year HomeSafe serves more than fifteen thousand infants, children and families in Palm Beach County and South Florida.
Jump for HomeSafe is a fun and energetic cocktail party that will take place inside the newly expanded Wellington Club at PBIEC. Attendees will enjoy a three-hour cocktail party including hors d’oeuvres, open bar, silent auction, entertainment, special guests, reserved outdoor seating to watch the Nespresso Battle of the Sexes, and horseless jumping competitions (with awards) for children.
Wellington, FL – January 2, 2012 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) announces that the USEF Young Rider Forum will be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Friday, January 6 at 5 p.m. The USEF Young Rider Forum is held in conjunction with the 2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session presented by USHJA and Adequan, which will be held at the PBIEC on January 3-7. The USEF Young Rider Forum is open to all junior and young riders (under 25), their trainers, and families.
The USEF Young Rider Forum will discuss topics and facilitate information regarding the Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series during the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival and the 2012 USEF Show Jumping European Young Rider Tour.
The Forum will include information on the changes to this year’s Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series, such as the new FEI rules that the classes will run under, and the details regarding selection for the team for the 2012 USEF Show Jumping European Young Rider Tour.
Wellington, FL – December 22, 2011 – The College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) will be a feature event on January 13-15 during the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The second annual CPI Horse Show will be larger, allowing more riders to compete, and will include dressage classes and more educational opportunities for participants. Equestrian Sport Productions is proud to be a sponsor of the College Preparatory Invitational and looks forward to welcoming new and returning riders to this year’s event.
In addition to increasing the number of riders accepted at the CPI, organizers are also pleased to announce that the number of scholarships for the 2012 horse show has increased. A total of five scholarships will be awarded this year, rewarding the young riders on their social conduct and academic success, as well as competitive success. In total, there will be five scholarships awarded to eligible CPI participants, including: CPI Horsemanship Test Award, CPI High Point Hunt Seat Equitation Rider, CPI Essay Contest, CPI Champion of Service Award, and CPI High Point Dressage Rider.
Wellington, FL – December 14, 2011 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) in cooperation with The North American Studbook and Spy Coast Farm LLC hosted the finals for the 2011 Spy Coast Farm Young Horse Show Series this weekend at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The exciting 2011 Young Horse Show Series (YHS) Year-End Championships awarded $10,000 in total prize money and was held on December 8th and 9th, 2011.
The competition began on Thursday, December 8th, featuring the first round of competition for classes in the Suitability for Sport In-Hand and Jump Chute divisions. Jos Sevriens and Jana Olof Wannius served as judges, with B. Nicho Meredith announcing. Handlers included Klaus Schengber, Phil Silva, and Brandon Curtis.
On Friday, December 9th, the finals were held for the Suitability for Sport Under Saddle, Style Jumping Under Saddle, and Schooling Dressage divisions.
Wellington, FL – December 9, 2011 – The horses are coming to the waterfront! The City of West Palm Beach and Equestrian Sport Productions are teaming up to create an afternoon of equestrian excitement at the Meyer Amphitheater in downtown West Palm Beach. The festivities will take place on Sunday, December 11, from 1 to 5 in the afternoon.
Holiday HorseFest at the Meyer will be a great afternoon out for the entire family to enjoy, and will be sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Activities throughout the day will include a carnival, live music, pony rides, face painting, and skydivers, all in conjunction with exciting equestrian competitions featuring various disciplines of equestrian sport. Even Santa Claus will partake in the excitement, so don’t forget to bring your camera for pictures on Santa’s lap.
The City of West Palm Beach and Equestrian Sport Productions are making the event free to the public, and entertainment for all ages will be offered. Food and beverage options will be available for purchase at the event.
The Finals for the 2011 Spy Coast Farm Young Horse Show Series will be held this Friday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m. It will be an exciting evening where young horses will show what they are made of through a series of two classes. In addition to the finals classes, a Stallion Show will run on Friday night as well in the International Arena.
The first finals class will be Suitability for Sport in Hand for horses 1 through 5 years old. Here, horses are presented in-hand and judged on conformation, followed by an at-liberty phase where they will demonstrate all three gates.
The second finals class is the always-exciting Jump Chute. Horses will free jump an age appropriate chute of up to three jumps. As they compete through the chute they will be judged on a series of criteria including scope and technique.
Tables of eight are available for reservation during the event at a cost of $25 per person. Open table seating is also available at the door for the same price. All table seating will include a light buffet and a glass of Moet Hennessey Champagne compliments of White Horse Tavern. A cash bar will also be available for all table patrons.
Free seating options will also be available at the International Arena to watch the event.
Wellington, FL – December 3, 2011 – The $50,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix was the highlight class of the week at the Holiday and Horses Show, hosted by Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, and Indigo were able to secure the victory in the FEI World Cup qualifier, and Engle also finished second with Lord Spezi. The show concludes on Sunday, December 4.
Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, set the course for 42 entries and six were able to find the path to a clear round. “I thought it was a good course,” Engle said. “The oxer to oxer one stride you don’t see very often. You need to have that for World Cup courses. It’s a real scope test and you need a legitimate horse to do it. There were a lot of rails in different places. If you’re going to do World Cup Finals, you need that. He tested everything; he tested carefulness, he tested scope, the verticals were quite tall. I thought he did a great job.”
Wellington, FL – December 2, 2011 – Irish rider Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Little Emir galloped to victory in the $31,000 G&C Farm 1.45m FEI ranking class on Friday at Equestrian Sport Production’s Holiday and Horses event. The pair stopped the clock in 42.90 seconds to edge out Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partner’s Nougat Du Vallet, who were the only other combination to make it to the jump-off. Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet finished second with their time of 45.10 seconds.
Anthony D’Ambrosio set a challenging course for the 33 entries in today’s class and just the two riders were able to jump clear. An oxer to vertical double-liverpool combination caused problems for many, and a tight time allowed caught several others. Sweetnam and Dinan finished first and second, followed by three riders with time faults.
Emilie Martinsen of Denmark finished the course with one time fault in 84.76 seconds to place third on Carisma. Margie Engle and Pauly Du Breuil, owned by the Garbers, Engles and Lea Allen, had one time fault in 84.93 seconds to finish fourth. Jessica Springsteen and Stone Hill Farm’s Vornado Van Den Hoendrik had three time faults in 86.22 seconds to place fifth. Columbia’s Daniel Bluman and Fatalis Fatum had the fastest four fault round in 77.50 seconds to take home sixth place honors.