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Adequan Global Dressage Festival Brings Technology to the Forefront

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New Freestyle Scoring System for Competition and Spectator Judging App Available

Wellington, FL – January 19, 2017 – The 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) kicked off its season at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL last week and runs through March 25. Making its AGDF debut was the FEI’s new Degree of Difficulty (DoD) Freestyle Judging System, accompanied by a new spectator judging app.

AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur is excited to introduce these two new, innovative technologies during the circuit. “I think it’s a good step forward, to make the subjective freestyle a bit more objective,” he said. “We will continue through the season in the CDI-Ws with it, to get ready for Omaha and the FEI World Cup Final.”

The technology was first thought of with the help of FEI 5* judge Katrina Wüst of Germany and created by software developer and German national judge, Daniel Göhlen.

The FEI’s new Freestyle Scoring Suite asks riders to create and submit floor plans ahead of time with the Floorplan Creator. The Suite also has a second element, Judge Assistant, which displays the floor plans for the judges and allows them to score the freestyles.

The scoring is regulated through the FEI, and now riders compete and work to achieve high freestyle scores through challenging choreography. The software calculates the degree of difficulty executed, which will then be awarded to the over-all degree of difficulty mark that belongs to the individual freestyle.

“It can be compared to ice skating. The riders know beforehand what degree of difficulty score they might get. The degree of difficulty is highly dependent on the technical execution,” said Göhlen.

Floorplan Creator displays elements including combination, difficult transitions, particle, and “joker” (which allows the rider to repeat a particular movement if they are in need of a re-do).The software requires the judge to communicate with the scribe, asking the judge to accept or reject the degree of difficulty awarded to each movement.

To actively incorporate the audience into the world of dressage tests, Göhlen also developed the Spectator Judging app. The app allows spectators to actively participate by giving them three different live scoring options.

Göhlen noted his inspiration for the creation of the app, “I always looked at these performances and thought, ‘What would I give? What marks would I choose?’ I thought it would be fun to try it out, to try judging in that way.”

Each app user is able to give a score movement by movement, in a simplified manner, or create an overall score at the end of the ride. The spectators are then able to compare their scores directly to the scores given by the judges.

The system was launched successfully in the United States in 2016 at the International Omaha, and will be making its way back to Nebraska for the FEI World Cup Final in April.

For downloading and more information on the new Freestyle Scoring Suite and Spectator App, please visit www.fei.org and www.blackhorse88.com. For more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Todd Minikus and I Am Nala Capture $25,000 #1 Education Place Grand Prix

Todd Minikus and I Am Nala. Photo ©ManciniPhotos.

Wellington, FL – December 14, 2016 – Todd Minikus of Lake Worth, FL piloted I Am Nala to a top finish in the $25,000 #1 Education Place Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during the ESP Year End Awards Show after completing the jump-off track in 39.846 seconds. Nicole Shahinian-Simpson of Wellington, FL and Akuna Mattata finished in second place with a jump-off time of 40.102 seconds, while Deane Rogan of Ireland and Itile Horta rounded out the top three, finishing just behind Shahinian-Simpson and earning a time of 40.485 seconds.

Minikus and I Am Nala, owned by Two Swans Farm, bested the class 30 entries to take the victory, and outpaced a jump-off class of nine combinations. Minikus also guided Zephyr and Vita 24 to contest the short course and finished in fifth and sixth respectively. Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY was responsible for the course design in the International Ring throughout the week.

I Am Nala is a sure-footed talent in Minikus’ string and has proven herself throughout the 2016 competition year. While Quality Girl and Babalou 41 still hold the top honors in the barn, I Am Nala is quietly moving up the ranks in anticipation of a strong winter circuit at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

Minikus also captured the top title in the $10,000 #1 Education Place Stake aboard Vita 24. The pair dashed through the track in 32.992 seconds just ahead of barn mate, and fellow winner, I Am Nala, who took second place in the class after crossing through the timers in 33.132 seconds. Derek Braun of Lexington, KY and Lacarolus, owned by MRN Family Corp., rode to third place after completing the track in 34.862 seconds.

The class featured 33 entries and saw 12 combinations move forward to contest the jump-off track also set by D’Ambrosio. Minikus took over the ride on the mare, owned by Two Swans Farm, last spring, earning top finishes at several venues throughout the spring and fall seasons with victories at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) and Hampton Classic.

Jumper Highlights

Brittany Hildebrand of Houston, TX and Antonis, owned by Mindy H. Hildebrand, rode to victory in the $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic after finishing the jump-off in 42.819 seconds. Sofia Jaramillo of Sunny Isles, FL and her own Lambada secured second place with a time of 43.968 seconds, while Cathleen Driscoll of Wellington, FL and her own Blue Forever rounded out the top three after finishing with the fastest jump-off time of 38.353 seconds, but adding four faults to their score.

The $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic was championed by Alonso Valdez Prado and his own Crocky Van Overis, as the pair dashed through the short course track to finish with a time of 38.347 seconds. Ashley Fleishhacker of Wellington, FL and Jac’Potes, owned by Ashland Show Stables LLC, took second place with an efficient time of 38.924 seconds. Rogelio Pellerano of Wellington, FL and his own Solero MS collected third place in the class with a time of 40.181 seconds.

Asta Torokvei of Toronto, ON and her own Camara rode to victory in the $2,500 High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic after finishing the short course nearly three seconds faster than Catalina Peralta of Geneva, FL and Conti, owned by Wendy Peralta, who earned second place. Torokvei finished the track in 39.119 seconds, while Peralta secured a time of 42.709 seconds and dropped a rail for four faults. Annie Phillips of New Canaan, CT and her own Pele collected third place adding eight faults to their time of 40.949 seconds.

The $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Equine Couture & TuffRider saw John Angus of Ft. Lauderdale, FL ride to victory aboard Vertigo, owned by Gordon Munro, with a speedy jump-off time of 27.265 seconds. Angus also followed up his win with a second place finish aboard Cantus D, owned by Sarah Warden, with a time of 31.36 seconds. Jaiden Mackel of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and his own Nada Capulet added four faults to their time of 31.185 seconds for third place honors.

Hunter Highlights

Amy Momrow of Wellington, FL and Curb Appeal, owned by Monty Kelly, secured top honors in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Neue Schule after receiving a two round score of 179 from the judging panel for their efforts on course. Momrow also guided Belfast, owned by Monty Kelly, to second place with a two round score of 170. Olivia Parr of Houston, TX and Sunset Drive earned third place with a total score of 168. Momrow and Curb Appeal earned a class high 89 in the first round and another high score of 90 in the second round to best her second mount, Belfast, by nearly nine points.

Margaret Oberkircher of Collegeville, PA and Clever Conversation, owned by Southfields Farm, LLC, captured the champion title in the Amateur Owner hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Division ahead of Brittany Hildebrand of Houston, TX and Sagaro, owned by Mindy H. Hildebrand.

The Children’s Hunter Division presented by UHealth saw Isabella Sica of Ridgefield, CT and her own Choco Mousse take top honors for their performances throughout the weekend, while Esther Cusnir of Davie, FL and her own Code Black finished in reserve.

The Low Adult Hunter Division was championed by Sarah Kruel of Wellington, FL and her own Opulent, while Julia Holzberger of Fairfield, OH and her own Pure Bliss collected reserve.

The USHJA 2’6″ Hunter Division saw Kelly Mullen of Franklin, TN and Happy, owned by Warioto Farms, Inc., ride to the top of the division, while Mark Dean of Brookville, NS and Karley, owned by Fair Play Farm, took reserve champion honors.

Raleigh Hiler of Sudbury, MA and her own Chapman ET were victorious in the Junior Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Division presented by #1 Education Place after receiving top honors throughout the weekend. Giavanna Rinaldi of Wayne, IL and Pappy Van Winkle, owned by Double H Farm, captured reserve champion honors.

For more information on PBIEC and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

USPA and IPC Collaborate to Keep High-Goal Polo in Wellington

Spectators watch ride-off between Orchard Hill and Valiente on Field 1 during 2016 high-goal season at International Polo Club Palm Beach. ©Rob Bowman.

Wellington, FL – December 1, 2016 – The International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) and the United States Polo Association (USPA) have entered a collaborative effort to ensure that high-goal polo will remain long-term in Wellington, Florida. Representatives of the entities convened last week to develop a plan and expect to release details in early December.

“This wonderful partnership between our club and the USPA will preserve the health, growth and longevity of polo at IPC,” said Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Wellington Equestrian Partners, which purchased the club in April. “We are fully invested in the sport and are excited about working together with the USPA. High-goal polo is here to stay.”

USPA Chairman Joseph Meyer underscored the association’s commitment to furthering its longstanding relationship with IPC, current home to the annual United States Open Polo Championship® and other prestigious high-goal tournaments. “The USPA looks to work with IPC to make a mutually beneficial series of high-goal tournaments and to grow the sport,” said Meyer.

The USPA has a contract to hold the U.S. Open at IPC through 2018. Meyer confirmed that discussions are under way regarding an extension of the agreement.

Bellissimo stated that all seven fields, including the stadium venue at field 1, will remain in use solely for polo in 2017. “We are totally committed to providing the very best conditions for high-goal, not only in 2017 but for many years to come,” he said.

For more information on the International Polo Club, please visit www.internationalpoloclub.com and to learn more about the United States Polo Association, please visit www.uspolo.org.

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Marilyn Little and Clearwater Set Winning Pace in $35k 1.50m Qualifier CSI 4*

Marilyn Little and Clearwater. Photo Credit ©ManciniPhotos.

Wellington, FL – December 1, 2016 – Marilyn Little (USA) and Clearwater executed a perfect plan in the $35,000 TACKNRIDER 1.50m Qualifier CSI 4* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) to take the victory with a speedy jump-off time of 36.14 seconds. Little narrowly edged Jessica Springsteen (USA), who piloted Tiger Lily to second place after crossing through the finish in 36.42 seconds. Samuel Parot (CHI) guided Atlantis through the course to complete the track in 37.13 seconds for third.

Little, who is just returning to the international stage of show jumping after pursuing a career as an international eventer for the past few years, was incredibly pleased with the performance of Clearwater in the large class.

“He’s really still a green horse and I felt like over the past two days I’ve been able to take advantage of the opportunity to compete in this big arena and all that it offers,” she explained. “I knew exactly what I wanted to do in the lines and also got to go late in the jump-off so I could see how it was riding and fine tune my plan.”

With 62 entries contesting the Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) designed track, Little used the time she had to watch prior trips to her advantage, something that she values when preparing the 2007 Holsteiner gelding (Clearway x Come On) owned by Karen O’Connor. Little bested the 16-horse jump-off with an efficient and quick round, which she feels gave even more confidence and experience to the talented gelding.

“I’ve gotten to go really late in the order twice this week and that’s not really an advantage I typically have,” commented Little. “I don’t have a ton of ranking points right now because I’ve really just gotten back into the sport this past year and it’s always beneficial to watch how the course is riding before heading in.”

The pair has gained valuable experience together, furthering the career goals Little has for Clearwater looking towards the upcoming circuit. Coming off of their inaugural indoor circuit together Little felt their recent outings enhanced their partnership in the ring.

“He’s really developed and come on so strong in the last year. His stride is getting bigger and the footing is fast here. I haven’t ridden here in a while, since last spring at WEF, and it’s so much fun to do a jump-off in this atmosphere,” she continued. “There’s so much space and the horses really get to turn. He’s matured a lot and we’re just so pleased with his progress.”

At only nine, Clearwater has been the go-to mount for Little throughout the 2016 season and she feels that there is even more potential for him at the top levels of the sport. Little is careful to monitor Clearwater and his progress, ensuring that he is not over faced to build confidence and ultimately find success.

“I think we have a real player in this horse and sometimes I have to remind myself that he’s only nine and that means that Saturday night will be big for him. It’s an exciting place to be at the beginning of a long circuit and really excited for what’s coming in the next few months.”

Jessica Springsteen and Tiger Lily
Jessica Springsteen and Tiger Lily

The duo will return to the International Ring on Saturday evening to contest the $216,000 Palm Beach County Sports Commission Grand Prix CSI 4*, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Little is looking forward to the evening as it has a similar ambiance to those of the bigger “Saturday Night Light” classes that are the highlight each week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) season.

“He’s a smart horse and he’s very programmable. He wants to come out the same every day and is very easy to ride. It makes him a great competitor, especially on days like today. With 16 in the jump-off, you have to know that you have to take a shot and there’s going to be a small margin of error,” Little elaborated as she discussed her take on the pair’s rounds.

“It’s coming down to the hundredths or thousandths of a second. I know exactly what I can get done on him in the ring and that helps me make the best choices for him. His technical ability will always play to his advantage and I think he showed that today.”

For more information on Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), please visit www.pbiec.com.

Barrios Secures Second Grand Prix Victory during $25,000 Fall Finale Grand Prix aboard Antares

Pablo Barrios and Antares. Photos ©ManciniPhotos.

Emanuel Andrade Pilots Dipssy and Walter 61 to Top Two Finish in $10,000 Open Stake

Wellington, FL – November 9, 2016 – Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL and Antares rose to the top of the $25,000 Fall Finale Grand Prix presented by Pilates Rocks at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The duo dashed through the jump-off timers in 46.833 seconds to take the victory, while Ansgar Holtgers of Wellington, FL and Way of Life H captured second place completing the jump-off time of 51.2237 seconds. Darragh Kerins of Wellington, FL guided Rebeca LS to third with a time of 55.84 seconds.

Barrios and his longtime mount Antares bested a class of 28 entries in the International Ring at PBIEC, while five combinations moved forward to contest the short course designed by David Burton of Loxahatchee, FL. Barrios guided Antares to an incredibly efficient jump-off round, finishing nearly five seconds faster than Holtgers.

“In the first round the course was very fair. It was good enough and difficult enough for the field that we had,” said Barrios. “I have a horse with a lot of experience, but he needed to jump a little bit.”

Barrios and Antares represented the nation of Venezuela at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier this summer and this is one of the pair’s first competitions back in preparation for a strong winter season campaign.

“Antares is a fast horse so I let him gallop and he covered a lot of ground. He’s a big horse with a very big step,” he explained. “The jumps were very spread out and he can look slow, but he is very fast, especially in the jump-off if it suits him and this one was on those occasions.”

Basing in Wellington, FL for the remainder of the winter circuit, Barrios is creating a strategic plan for what he hopes will be an educational but successful season.

“We will stay in Wellington, my home base for the remainder of the winter,” commented Barrios. “I have to pick the right classes for Antares because WEF is very competitive and hosts a lot of horses of quality. The one thing Antares and I don’t need is experience together, so I will only show when I feel I can be competitive.”

This is the second grand prix win for Barrios at PBIEC during the 2016 ESP Fall Series and the first set of competitions back in the International Ring at PBIEC following the installation of new footing.

“The footing is different; we have more cushion and it is softer, but it is firm enough for the horses to take off. The warm-up ring is a great improvement. It felt good in the turns and overall is just is great footing,” he added.

Emanuel Andrade Pilots Dipssy and Walter 61 to Top Two Finish in $10,000 Open Stake

Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL finished a fantastic day at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) piloting two mounts to a top three finish in the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake at the ESP Fall Finale. Andrade and Dipssy took top honors after completing the jump-off in 39.111 seconds, while guiding Walter 61 to second place after crossing through the timers in 43.213 seconds. Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL and G&C Close Up earned third after dropping a single rail in the jump-off round and completing the course in 39.281 seconds.

Emanuel Andrade and Dipssy
Emanuel Andrade and Dipssy

The class saw 16 entries and a competitive jump-off featuring nine combinations. Only Andrade finished the day with two double clear efforts aboard both Dipssy and Walter 61. Andy Christiansen of Delray Beach, FL designed both tracks on the day.

Andrade, who also represented the nation of Venezuela at the 2016 Olympic Games alongside Pablo Barrios, winner of the $25,000 Fall Finale Grand Prix presented by Pilates Rocks, has had a strong fall campaign, displaying his dominance once again in the International Ring during the $10,000 Open Stakes.

Jumper Highlights

Carly Dvorkin of Parkland, FL and Sandora Z, owned by Pine Hollow Farm, rode to victory in the $1,500 NAL Low Child Adult Jumper Classic after the duo completed the short course in 46.847 seconds. Liana Gavidia of Jupiter, FL and her own Tino De La Mazure finished the first round track with a single time fault to take second place. Michelle Kamine of Oldwick, NJ and her own Loreana captured third place after accumulating two time faults on their initial trip around the course.

Javier Guerra of Key Biscayne, FL and his own Chiquey Tiem topped the leaderboard in the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic after completing their second trip in 42.286 seconds. Logan Renee Marksbury of Lexington, KY, guided her own Esquire to second place, narrowly missing first place after finishing in 42.352 seconds. Anna Beth Athey of Enid, OK and her own Landia 5 earned third place with a time of 52.557 seconds.

The $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Accuhorsemat was championed by Shai Tertner of Miami, FL and her own Shiraz Events Solero de Grasset who were the only pair to complete a double clear effort in the class, dashing through the timers in 43.241 seconds. Liana Gavidia of Jupiter, FL and her own Tino Da La Mazure took second place after dropping a rail in the jump-off and a finishing with a time of 42.206 seconds. Katie Sansone of Coconut Creek, FL guided Asdi Absolut, owned by Gustavo Prato, to a third place finish after collecting four faults and finishing with a time of 43.585 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and her own Spiderman collected champion honors in the Children’s Pony Hunter Division presented by The Wanderers Club, while Annie Soper of West Palm Beach, FL and Grey Goose, owned by First Blue LLC, took the reserve title in the class.

The Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ Division presented by #1 Education Place saw Siena Vasan of Boca Raton, FL and Baricello, owned by Phoebe Alwine, rise to the top of the division after a strong week of performances. Francis Kruel of Wellington, FL and her own State of Play rose to reserve.

Miranda Green of Palm Beach, FL and her own In Earnest captured the champion accolades in the Low Children’s Hunter Division ahead of Isabella Longo of Plantation, FL and her own Into the Grey who picked up reserve champion.

Eliza Eddy of Lighthouse Point, FL and Ever So, owned by Carriage Hill Farm, made a swift move to the top of the leaderboard in the Low Adult Hunter Division presented by Pilates Rocks to take championship honors for the weekend. Barry Carragher of Ft. Lauderdale and his own Roc Du Triomphe finished with the reserve champion rosette.

The Small Pony Hunter Division was championed by Kathryn Maguire of Wellington, FL and Matilda, owned by Charles Moorcroft, while Jared Hersh of Boynton Beach, FL and Clovermeade Semper Fi, owned by Wendy Brayman, were presented with reserve champion honors.

The $500 Pony Hunter Classic saw Christina Rogalny of Wellington, FL and Webster, owned by Little Brooks Farm Inc., take the victory with a two round score of 165.5. Mia Albelo of Coconut Grove, FL guided her own Child’s Play Hot Topic to second place after earning a 164, while Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and Jackpot, owned by Marigot Bay Farm, LLC captured third place with a two round score of 153.

For more information on the 2016 ESP Fall Series and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Luis Larrazabal Captures Win aboard G&C Close Up in $10,000 Open Stakes Class at ESP Fall II

Luis Larrazabal and G&C Close Up. Photo Credit ©ManciniPhotos.

Wellington, FL – October 26, 2016 – Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL and G&C Close Up, owned by San Francisco Stables, LLC, captured first place in the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during ESP Fall II after narrowly edging Gustavo Prato of Wellington, FL and Carna Z, owned by Equus Forte LLC, who finished in second. Larrazabal and G&C Close Up completed the jump-off track in 41.372 seconds, while Prato, hot on their heels, crossed the timers with a time of 41.483 seconds. Maria Brugal of Wellington, FL and her own Vasco earned third place after finishing in 42.272 seconds.

Nicole Lootchan of Hawthorn Woods, IL and her own Memory Lane rode to victory in the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic after besting a class of 13 entries with their jump-off time of 41.98 seconds. Paula Portocarrero of Wellington, FL and her own Happy QT finished in second place, stopping the jump-off timers in 43.796 seconds. Erika Jakobson of Boca Raton, FL and Nando KLT, owned by Barn Rat LLC, took home third place in the class with a second round time of 40.475 seconds and four faults.

Liana Gavidia of Jupiter, FL guided her own Quolibet D’Hem to the win in the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Equine Couture & Tuffrider. The duo finished atop the leaderboard with a time of 32.319 seconds. Madeline Hull of Wellington, FL and Quarterback, owned by Blair Kintz, took second place after securing a time of 32.932 seconds, while Ansgar Holtgers Jr. of Wellington, FL guided No Regrets VIII, owned by Gut Einhaus, LLC, to third with a time of 34.18 seconds.

The $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Accuhorsemat was championed by Margot Gilbert of Boca Raton, FL and Alejandro, owned by Blake Sporthorse LLC, as the duo finished the jump-off track with just a single time fault for a time of 36.665 seconds. Megan Boekhout of Hypoluxo, FL and her own Phantom O earned second place as the only other combination to complete the jump-off. Darice Hofstein of Coral Springs, FL and her own Zarousch captured third place after completing the first round track with eight faults.

The NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic was championed by Mateo Coles of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Wibrands, owned by Daniela Roy, as the pair took the class with a time of 51.18 seconds in the jump-off round, adding two time penalties to their score. Paige Myers of Plantation, FL and her own Enzo secured second place after dropping a single rail in the first round and finishing with a time of 75.681 seconds. Liana Gavidia of Jupiter, FL and her own Tino de la Mazure rounded out the top three after crossing through the timers in 76.709 seconds in the first round while adding four faults to their final score.

Julie Burton of Loxahatchee, FL and her own Uppercase championed the Children’s/Adult Hunter Division presented by UHealth Ear Institute. Emmanuelle Greenberg of Boca Raton, FL took reserve honors aboard her own Vermeer.

Riley McKesson of Loxahatchee, FL and Roaring Run Blue Rambler, owned by Montoga Inc., rode to the top of the class in the Children’s Pony Hunter Division presented by The Wanderer’s Club after a weekend of strong performances. Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL guided her own Clovermeade Bugs Bunny to reserve champion honors.

Allyson Blais of Boynton Beach, FL and her own Captain Darco Heldenlaan Z topped the Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Division, while Alexandra Howe of Holmes Beach, FL and her own Upcountry Jonas took the reserve title.

The Low Adult Hunter Division presented by Pilates Rocks saw Linda Clarke of Wellington, FL and Simply Put, owned by Jason Clukey, rise to the occasion in the division to take champion honors. Eliza Eddy of Lighthouse Point, FL guided Ever So, owned by Carriage Hill Farm, to divisional reserve honors.

Juliana Howe of Holmes Beach, FL and her own Cronkite rise to the top of the Large Pony Hunter Division, capturing the divisional championship title for the weekend. Mia Green of Delray Beach, FL guided Royal Tuscany, owned by Sara Murphy, to reserve champion.

Myca Harris of Wellington, FL and her own Sandro Reuben topped the Modified Hunter Division to receive the weekend’s divisional championship. Gabriella Curry of Plantation, FL and her own Chunky Monkey captured the reserve champion title.

For more information on PBIEC and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Gustavo Prato and Carna Z Take $7,000 Open Stakes during ESP Fall I at PBIEC

Gustavo Prato and Carna Z. Photo Credit ©ManciniPhotos.

Wellington, FL – October 19, 2016 – Gustavo Prato of Wellington, FL and Carna Z rose to the occasion in the $7,000 Open Stakes Class during ESP Fall I at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) to kick off the 2016 ESP Fall Series. The duo mastered the jump-off track in 51.844 seconds to capture the win in the class. Alvaro Lozada of South West Ranches, FL and Armageddon took second place with a time of 53.143 seconds, while Nicole Loochtan of Hawthorne Woods, IL and Quarterman secured third place honors with a time of 54.828 seconds. The ESP Fall Series will continue through Sunday, November 20, featuring hunter, equitation, and show jumping competition.

Nicole Loochtan of Hawthorne Woods, IL and her own Memory Lane rode to victory in the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, finishing the jump-off round with four faults and a time of 53.637 seconds. Francesca Damasceno of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and her own Watermill Time collected second place with a time of 57.758 seconds and four faults. Zachary Yariv of Wellington, FL and his own Guintero C were awarded with third place, after accumulating 12 faults in the jump-off and crossing through the timers in 58.75 seconds.

Sabischy Hassler of Wellington, FL and her own Nepturo HM edged out Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL and Dersey for first place in the $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Accuhorsemat with a time of 44.07 seconds. Warrick guided Dersey to second place just a tenth of a second behind the pace, crossing through the timers in 44.169 seconds. Kara Constantakos of Jupiter, FL and her own Bon Vivant took third place with a time of 44.341 seconds.

The $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Equine Couture & Tuff Rider saw Ansgar Holtgers Jr. of Wellington, FL and Ft. Lauderdale, owned by Daisy Talbert, move into first place in the competitive class after finishing with a time of 37.157 seconds in the jump-off round. Tinita Hughes of Wellington, FL and her own Proximo earned second place, crossing through the timers in 40.145 seconds. Ansley Wright of Manalapan, FL and Coriano van het Hermitage, owned by Julia Harrison-Lee, secured third with a time of 42.988 seconds.

Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL and her own Mufasa took top honors in the $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Tackeria after completing the track with just a single time fault in the first round. Hailey Berger of Parkland, FL piloted her own Shannondale Gino to second place with a time of 77.959 seconds and four faults. Warrick continued her success aboard Dersey, taking third place with nine faults and 86.386 seconds.

The $500 Pony NAL/M&S Child/Adult Hunter Classic was championed by Samantha Kramig of Lake Worth, FL and her own Little Printz, who rode to a score of 156.5. Cindy Harrington of Wellington, FL and Absolute Gold, owned by Piper Oren, following just behind Kramig with a two round score of 156. Mary Stavola of Ocala, FL and her own Fortunate captured third place with a score of 153.

Gabriella de Luca of Davie, FL guided her own Epiphany to champion recognition in the Children’s Hunter Division presented by UHealth Ear Institute, while Mary Stavola of Ocala, FL and her own Fortunate captured reserve honors.

The Low Adult Hunter Division presented by Pilates Rocks saw Linda Clarke of Wellington, FL and Simply Put, owned by Jason Clukey, take the tricolor rosette in the division, while Patricia Monaco of Wellington, FL and her own Daybreak captured reserve champion.

The Small Pony Hunter Division was championed by Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and her own Skye Blue, after the duo put together consistent trips in the division throughout the weekend. Olivia Sweetnam of Wellington, FL and Falling Moon Huckleberry, owned by Richard Cunkle, captured reserve champion.

Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and Spiderman, owned by Abigail Holloway, took top divisional honors in the Children’s Pony Hunter Division presented by The Wanderers Club. Trinity Beitler of Coconut Creek, FL and Boca’s Tommy Terrific, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables LLC, were awarded with reserve.

For more information on PBIEC and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Riders Find Success at 2016 Rita & Irish Flynn Memorial Hosted at PBIEC

Victoria Grauer and Avenir. Photo Credit ©ManciniPhotos.

Wellington, FL – October 5, 2016 – The 2016 Rita & Irish Flynn Memorial at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) showcased two days of hunter and jumper competition as the final competition of the 2016 ESP Summer Series.

John Angus of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Totally Naked, owned by Stephanie Angus, took first place in the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Tuffrider & Equine Couture after completing the jump-off in 26.101 seconds. Chase Wells of Miami Beach, FL and his own Wasabi collected second place with a jump-off time of 27.371 seconds. Angus also picked up third place aboard Seacrest’s Elsa, owned by Stephanie Angus, who rounded out the top three finishers, crossing through the timers in 28.694 seconds.

The M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Accuhorsemat was championed by Victoria Grauer of Greenwich, CT and Avenir, owned by Laura & Peter Grauer, as the duo earned a jump-off time of 44.138 seconds. Kara Constantakos of Jupiter, FL and her own Bon Vivant, rode to second place after crossing through the timers in 45.576 seconds. Isabel Sanchez of South West Ranches, FL piloted Chino, owned by Anabelle Mejia, taking third place with a quick time of 39.965 seconds, adding four faults to their final score.

Mina Robinson of Weston, FL piloted Vertigo, owned by Gordon Munro, to top divisional honors in the Puddle Jumpers Division, while Valentina Sublowski of Weston, FL and her own Etched in Stone captured the reserve champion title.

Caitlin Flynn of Loxahatchee, FL and her own Cool Colony took championship honors in the Low Adult Hunter Division presented by Pilates Rocks, while Brooke Place of Delray Beach, FL and her own Percival took reserve honors.

Leah Rodman of Miami, FL and Cartoon, owned by Anna Feldman, rose to the top of the class earning championship honors in the Child/Adult Hunter Division presented by UHealth Ear Institute. Nina Zollo of West Palm Beach, FL guided her own Likely V to reserve champion.

The Low Children’s Hunter Division saw Casey Mangini of Wellington, FL and her own Rushin’ take championship honors, while Gianna Garofalo of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Cruise, owned by Palm Beach Riding Academy, rode to reserve.

Jessica Nichols-Dever, Head Instructor at Palm Beach Riding Academy, was presented with the Rita & Irish Flynn Memorial Trophy in recognition and appreciation of her dedication to equestrian sport and her commitment to PBRA and its clients.

For more information on Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Denis Coakley and Sterling Un Prince Win $7,000 Open Stake at Florida State Fall Competition

Denis Coakley and Sterling Un Prince. Photo Credit: ©Lois Spatz.

Wellington, FL – September 28, 2016 – Denis Coakley of Lake Worth, FL piloted Sterling Un Prince, owned by Matt Garrigan, to the win in the $7,000 Open Stake at Florida State Fall competition hosted at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) from Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 26 as part of the 2016 ESP Summer Series.

Coakley and Sterling Un Prince finished the jump-off track in 32.644 seconds to outpace Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL and G&C Close Up, owned by San Francisco Stables LLC, who crossed the jump-off timers in 34.746 seconds. Manuel Fernandez Hache of Miami, FL and Al Calypso, owned by Aristides Fernandez Zucco, finished with a time of 34.552 seconds and an additional four faults for third place.

Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL rode to victory in the Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Accuhorsemat aboard her own Dersey, as the pair finished the track in 34.853 seconds. Hailey Berger of Parkland, FL and her own Shannondale Gino took second place adding nine faults to their time of 93.768 seconds in the first round. Maddy Fava of Sanford, FL rode Pherson of Tora, owned by Jennifer Cunningham, to third place with a time of 87.114 seconds and fifteen faults.

The $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Accuhorsemat saw Hailey Berger and her own Shannondale Gino collect top honors in the class after finishing the only double clear trip of the division. The duo crossed through the timers in 31.927 seconds for the win, while Isabel Sanchez of West Palm Beach, FL and Chino, owned by Anabelle Mejia, took second place after adding four faults to their time of 31.44 seconds. Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL and Dersey added another top three finish to their weekend, taking third place with a time of 31.657 seconds and four faults.

Taje Warrick continued her domination in the jumper ring, guiding her own Mufasa to the jump-off in the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by TuffRider & Equine Couture with a time of 28.018 seconds to take a strong win in the competitive class. Liana Gavidia of Jupiter, FL and her own Quolibet D’Hem collected second place with a jump-off time of 31.212 seconds, while Laura Sornette of Miami, FL and Hendrix, owned by Daniela Roy, took third place after stopping the jump-off timers in 31.849 seconds.

Alexia Thermiotis of Southwest Ranches, FL and her own Her Otono took first place in the Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic after finishing their jump-off round in 34.971 seconds. Nicole Loochtan of Hawthorn Woods, IL piloted her own Memory Lane to second place after completing the jump-off in 35.341 seconds. Alexandra Cenci of Davie, FL and Charisma, owned by Cenci Jumper, LLC, rode to third place after accumulating four faults in the jump-off and finishing their trip with a time of 36.677 seconds.

Emmanuelle Greenberg of Boca Raton, FL and Vermeer, owned by Pumpkin’s Patch Farm, LLC, took divisional champion honors in the Children’s Hunter Division presented by UHealth Ear Institute, while Haley Farber of Boca Raton, FL guided Let’s Dance, owned by Kelly Jones, to reserve.

The Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Division presented by #1 Education Place was championed by Ashley Briggs of Loxahatchee, FL and her own Teaticket, while Ava Hoffman of North Palm Beach, FL and Quigley, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, took reserve honors for their performances throughout the weekend.

Mia Albelo of Coconut Grove, FL and her own Childs Play Hot Topic collected the champion rosette in the Medium/Large Pony Hunter Division. Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and Jackpot, owned by Marigot Bay Farm, LLC, earned reserve champion honors.

The THIS Children’s Medal was won by Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL and Capital Gain, owned by Arion Legends LLC, as the duo finished the class with a score of 87. Brooke Giacin of Southwest Ranches, FL and her own Cassis placed in second with an overall score of 84, while Erika Luter of Palm Beach, FL and her own Lennon earned third place with a score of 83.

Competition at PBIEC continues with the 2016 Rita & Irish Flynn Memorial, which will begin on Saturday, October 1 and conclude on Sunday, October 2. To see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Team USA Olympians to Be Honored at Central Park Horse Show

The United States Show Jumping team of Lucy Davis, Kent Farrington, McLain Ward, and Beezie Madden won the Team Silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Photo copyright Shannon Brinkman.

New York, NY – September 18, 2016 – The Rolex Central Park Horse Show will hold a special ceremony on Friday evening, September 23, to honor the equestrian Olympians from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Rolex Central Park Horse Show is held September 21-25, 2016, at Wollman Rink in Manhattan.

The Rolex Central Park Horse Show congratulates the United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Equestrian Team on a successful Olympic Games.

The U.S. Show Jumping team will be recognized for their Team Silver medal. Team members McLain Ward and Kent Farrington will represent the team, which also included Beezie Madden, Lucy Davis, reserve rider Laura Kraut, and Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland.

The U.S. Dressage team, led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, won the Team Bronze medal with riders Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, Kasey Perry-Glass, and Allison Brock, along with reserve Shelly Francis.

From the U.S. Eventing team, Phillip Dutton rode Mighty Nice to the Individual Bronze medal in Rio. Also on the Eventing team were Lauren Kieffer, Boyd Martin, and Clark Montgomery, with Maya Black as the reserve rider and David O’Connor as Chef d’Equipe.

This Olympic ceremony is part of a special Friday night at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, which will feature the $216,000 FEI Grand Prix CSI 3*, presented by Rolex, a performance by Frederik the Great: The World’s Most Handsome Horse, and the Junior/Amateur 1.20m Jumper class.

The $216,000 FEI Grand Prix CSI 3*, presented by Rolex, and Friday night ceremonies will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, September 25, from 9-10:30 p.m. EST

Want to see high-flying jumpers, dancing dressage horses, stunning Arabians, and elegant hunters? Tickets are selling fast! To get yours, go to http://bit.ly/29LwkkD.

The official hotel is the JW Marriot Essex House and special rates are available for a limited time at http://bit.ly/1qV3FBt. In the “Please Select Guest Type” box, select “Attendee” when making a reservation.

About Rolex Central Park Horse Show
Launched in September 2014, Rolex Central Park Horse Show is the first-ever outdoor, multi-day equestrian sporting event in New York City, showcasing some of the best show jumpers and dressage riders in the world as they vie for top prizes against a backdrop of skyscrapers in one of the world’s most iconic venues. As the event founder, Mark Bellissimo is the CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions and International Equestrian Group LLC; Managing Partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEF), Tryon Equestrian Partners and Colorado Equestrian Partners; and Publisher of The Chronicle of The Horse magazine. The Rolex Central Park Horse Show will feature five days of multi-discipline equestrian sport and performances, ranging from Arabians and Dressage to Hunters and Show Jumping. The Rolex Central Park Horse Show will also host the second annual U.S. Open in the following categories: Jumpers; Dressage; Hunters; U25 Jumpers; and Arabians. For more information, visit www.centralparkhorseshow.com or Facebook at www.facebook.com/CPhorseshow and follow @cphorseshow on Twitter and Instagram.