Category Archives: Hunter/Equitation

Olivier Philippaerts Records His First Wellington Win

Olivier Philippaerts and H&M Ikker. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL — February 15, 2018 — It was the 24-year-old Belgian rider Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) who triumphed over 53 fellow competitors to take the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 6 in week six of the 12-week 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

Aboard the 10-year-old gelding H&M Ikker — who is still owned by his breeder Roger Van Nuffelen — Philippaerts posted a blistering 37.61 seconds to take an unassailable lead. Second-placed Francisco Musa (BRA) and Catch Me Imperio Egipicio were almost two seconds adrift, with the only other clear in the jump-off coming from American rider Callan Solem (Davidson), who finished third. The course designer for CSI competition this week is Ana Catlina Harris of Mexico.

Philippaerts, who is 24 and competing at WEF for the first time, said: “I watched the first [jump-off] round, but decided to just go my own round and see where I ended up; luckily it was fast enough today. He turns very well in the jump-off, which is what makes him quite fast.”

Mitchell, Stewart, and Colvin Win Double Championships in WCHR Week

Brady Mitchell and King of Blue, a six-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Bravour, were second, third, and fourth over fences and second in the under saddle to also claim the championship in one section of the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Green Hunter 3’6″.

Mitchell and his mount, Seaside, owned by Eliza Kimball, won the Heathman Farm Performance Hunter 3’6” Section A championship after they placed first in the under saddle and first, second, and third over fences.

Mitchell has placed third, fourth, and fifth in the Hunter Spectacular at WEF, but is still searching for a win, saying, “I am dying to win it; it’s like the Aachen of hunters.”

Scott Stewart took home two championship wins today aboard Catch Me, owned by Gochman Sport Horses LLC, in the Antares Sellier France High Performance Working Hunter division, and aboard Lucador, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, in the High Performance Conformation Hunter division.

Catch Me, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding, was champion last week in the WEF 5 Amateur Owner Hunter Over 35 with Becky Gochman, and continued to impress the judges into week six as Stewart piloted the grey to first place in the High Performance Working Hunter under saddle. The pair was first, first, and second over fences.

Victoria Colvin was named champion in one section of week six’s Marshall & Sterling Insurance Performance Working Hunter 3’3” division. Colvin and her mount, For Ever, owned by Victoria Colvin LLC, were first, first, and second over fences.

Colvin, who has had the six-year-old gelding for a few years now, emerged from her championship presentation in ring seven and hopped on the young Holsteiner bareback with a big smile on her face.

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Paul O’Shea and Imerald van’t Voorhof Save Best for Last in $50k Equiline Grand Prix CSI 2*

Paul O’Shea and Imerald van’t Voorhof. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 11, 2018 – Wrapping up Sunday’s competition, Paul O’Shea (IRL) and Imerald van’t Voorhof won the $50,000 Equiline Grand Prix CSI 2*.

There were 43 entries in the $50,000 Equiline Grand Prix CSI 2*, and 11 of those went clear to the jump-off. The fastest in the second round was the last to go, Paul O’Shea (IRL) and Imerald van’t Voorhof, owned by Tequestrian Farms LLC. They left out strides across the course to finish in 36.84 seconds.

Second place went to fellow Irishman Conor Swail on GK Coco Chanel, owned by Vanessa Mannix, in 38.24 seconds. Rebecca Conway (USA) and Salitos 8, owned by HBC Sport Horses, were third in 38.55 seconds.

McLain Ward and Bellefleur PS Z Win Second Class of the Week

In their second victory of the week, McLain Ward and Bellefleur PS Z won the $70,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic CSI 5* over a field of 55 entries. There were 17 that advanced to the jump-off, and it was race for the nine double-clear rides. With the fastest time in the class of 35.93 seconds, Ward and Bellefleur PS Z graced the winner’s circle. The pair also won Friday’s $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic.

Second place went to Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa (BRA) on Catch Me Imperio Egipicio, owned by Daniel Aguiar Morelli, who stopped the timers in 37.09 seconds. Eve Jobs (USA) and her own Charleville were third in 38.19 seconds.

UHealth Junior Hunter 3’3” 16-17 Division Championship Goes to Erin Floyd aboard Cymplify

Week five came to a close on Sunday with a fantastic championship win by Erin Floyd from Austin, TX and Cymplify, owned by Don Stewart, in the UHealth Junior Hunter 3’3” 16-17 division. The duo, having only been paired together for a few short weeks, gathered enough points to best the class with a first, first, second, and third over fences.

“He basically feels like a rocking horse going around the ring,” said Floyd of the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding. “I have only been showing him in the [Junior Hunter] 3’3”s for the past couple weeks, so I’m still getting used to him. He has been great throughout it all, even without getting in a perfect work routine.”

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Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z Top the $384k Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI 5* at WEF

Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 10, 2018 – In the first five star grand prix of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) circuit, Daniel Bluman (ISR) and Ladriano Z, owned by Over The Top Stables LLC, rose to the top of the class in the $384,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix on Saturday, February 10, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

There were 40 entries in the grand prix, contesting a challenging course set by Kelvin Bywater of Great Britain in front of a jam-packed stadium of show jumping fans. Just two were clear to advance to the jump-off.

First into the ring for the second round was FEI World Cup Finals winner and Olympic silver medalist Beat Mändli of Switzerland riding Dsarie, a 10-year-old KWPN mare by Veron x Ahorn owned by Grand Road Partners GmbH. They laid the gauntlet with a clear round in a time of 40.47 seconds, with Dsarie giving her customary bucks after going through the timers.

Knowing what he had to beat, Bluman and Ladriano Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding by Lawito x Baloubet du Rouet, went for the win straight from the first fence. They shaved just enough time off to gallop home in a winning time of 39.43 seconds.

Emma Kurtz and A Million Reasons Capture Championship Tricolor Ribbon in Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Division

Emma Kurtz of Hudson, OH piloted her mount A Million Reasons, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, to the top of the class in week five’s Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division. The duo claimed three blue ribbons over fences and an additional blue in the under saddle.

Having been paired with the 13-year-old Holsteiner mare for the first time at the beginning of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) this year, Kurtz expressed her admiration for her new mount.

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McLain Ward and Bellefleur PS Z Are Best in $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI 5*

McLain Ward and Bellefleur PS Z. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 9, 2018 – Friday’s $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI 5* marked the second major win in as many days for U.S. Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward, who captured the Friday victory at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) aboard Bellefleur PS Z.

The $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic had 54 entries contesting the speed track set by course designer Kelvin Bywater of Great Britain. Seventeen of those entries completed the course without fault, but none were faster than Ward, who was fresh off a win in Thursday’s $132,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 aboard his 2017 FEI World Cup Final champion mount HH Azur. This time, Ward tripped the timers in 55.88 seconds riding Bellefleur PS Z, a nine-year-old Zangersheide mare owned by Ward’s godmother, Susan Heller, and Ward’s daughter, Lilly.

Andrew Kocher and Kahlua Victorious in $35,000 Equiline 1.45m Classic CSI 2*

In the $35,000 Equiline 1.45m Jumper Classic CSI 2*, Andrew Kocher (USA) was victorious riding Kahlua, owned by Top Line Sporthorse International LLC. They were fastest in an 18-horse jump-off from an original line-up of 83 entries with a time of 30.27 seconds.

Alonso Valdez Prado (PER) and his own Chichester 3 finished second with a time of 30.59 seconds. Third place went to Felipe Amaral (BRA) and Germanico T, owned by Roberta Romalho, who had a time of 31.05 seconds.

Baylee McKeever and Valor Win Washington International Horse Show Pony Equitation

Baylee McKeever and her mount, Valor, owned by Lee McKeever, claimed the blue in Friday’s Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Pony Equitation class. The pair set a high bar to beat in ring 11 as they finished with a high score of 84.

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McLain Ward and HH Azur Top $132,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 5

McLain Ward and HH Azur. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 8, 2018 – 2017 FEI World Cup Final winner McLain Ward (USA) piloted HH Azur to victory over nine fellow Olympians in the $132,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 on Thursday.

Ward and HH Azur, a 12-year-old Belgian Sport Horse mare by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve owned by Double H Farm and Francois Mathy, went second to last in the jump-off. HH Azur showed off her typical lofty jump, but was fast across the ground on a giant stride to set the winning time at 39.94 seconds.

Haylie Rolfe Claims Victory in Green Hunter 3’3” Division Aboard Queen Celeste

After taking home a WEF week 1 reserve championship in the Green Hunter 3’3” division, Haylie Rolfe and Queen Celeste, owned by Pony Lane Farm, returned for week 5 determined to capture another tri-color ribbon in the division. The pair prevailed as the Green Hunter 3’3” champion on Thursday with a third in the under saddle and a first, first, second, and second over fences.

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Samantha Cohen and Carmen Win $10k Sleepy P Ranch SJHOF High Junior Jumper Classic

Samantha Cohen and Carmen. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 4, 2018 – The fourth week of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) concluded on Sunday with competition for junior and amateur jumper riders in the International Arena. The win in the $10,000 Sleepy P Ranch SJHOF High Junior Jumper Classic went to Samantha Cohen of New York, NY and Carmen.

Jordan Allen and High Society Victorious in WEF 4 Bruno Delgrange Large Junior Hunter 16-17

Jordan Allen from West Bloomfield, MI and her mount, High Society, owned by Mary Antonini, topped the Bruno Delgrange Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division and took home the championship title on Sunday. The pair finished up week 4 at the Winter Equestrian Festival with two blue-ribbon scores of 85 and 84, along with a second over fences with a sixth under saddle.

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Daniel Bluman and Sancha LS Fly to $205,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI 4* Victory

Daniel Bluman and Sancha LS. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 3, 2018 – Victory on the grass derby field in Saturday’s $205,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI 4* went to Daniel Bluman (ISR) riding his veteran partner Sancha LS.

The biggest jumper class of the week was held on the beautiful grass derby field, and 44 entries went to post in the first round over a course designed by Anderson Lima of Brazil. Nine were clear and advanced to the jump-off.

Sixth to go in the jump-off and setting a new leading time was Margie Engle (USA) on the 18-year-old KWPN gelding by Indoctro x Dutchman, Indigo. Looking half his age, they flew around course in a time of 44.30 seconds, which would hold up for third place.

Immediately following in the jump-off was Beezie Madden (USA) on Con Taggio, a nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Contagio x Golliath Life owned by Abigail Wexner. It was the horse’s first ever grand prix, and he rose to the occasion. They recorded a new leading time of 43.48 seconds, and eventually finished second.

Taking the lead as the next horse in the ring, Bluman and Sancha LS, a 15-year-old La Silla-bred mare by Chin Chin x Polydor, brought the winning time down to 43.39 seconds.

Lugano Diamonds Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” 18-35 Victory Goes to Grace Tuton aboard Sorbet

Grace Tuton, of Scottsdale, AZ, rode her mount, Sorbet, owned by Nicodemus Farms, to the top of the class on Saturday in the Lugano Diamonds Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” 18-35 division. Tuton and the 13-year-old grey mare secured the championship win with a first in the under saddle and a second, third, fourth, and sixth over fences.

Saturday’s championship win was an exciting highlight for Tuton, as this is her first year competing as an amateur and exhibitor at the Winter Equestrian Festival. The young rider impressed throughout the morning and took ribbons on two other entries in the division, Bozeman and Gelato, both owned by Nicodemus Farms. However, Tuton stayed true to character on Sorbet, also known as Soba, and expressed her delight with the mare’s ride today in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter ring.

Celebrities of the Ninth Annual Great Charity Challenge

On Saturday night, Palm Beach County cheered as the Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC), distributed $1.5 million to local non-profit organizations at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The GCC has become a highlight of the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and has distributed over $12.2 million to more than 220 local organizations in nine years.

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Petronella Andersson and Eclatant Score Turf Win at 2018 WEF

Petronella Andersson and Eclatant. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 2, 2018 – Sweden’s Petronella Andersson scored the Friday victory on the grass derby field at the Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), home of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival. Andersson and Eclatant, owned by Stephex Stables, took the top prize in the $70,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic.

Team Ireland/Norway Rises to the Top in $25,000 Hermès Under 25 Team Event

It was a team made up of riders from Ireland and Norway (plus an American and a Swede) who rose to the top of the $25,000 Hermès Under 25 Team Event, held in the AGDF International Arena on Friday evening. The team consisting of Victoria Colvin (USA), Johan Sebastian Gulliksen (NOR), Viggo Björklund (SWE), and William Hickey (IRL) were victorious by finishing on just nine faults.

Kelley Farmer and Shameless Capture Victory in $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby “Hunt and Go”

Kelley Farmer and her mount, Shameless, owned by Autumn View Farm, bested a field of 35 exhibitors in Friday’s $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby “Hunt and Go” and prevailed with top scores from both judges of a 90 and an 86 and an impressive total of 184, including a point each for all four high option jumps. Farmer’s win concluded an exciting Friday of WEF 4 and marked the week as a success for the pair’s first show together.

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Child/Adult and Open Riders Dazzle during 3rd Friday Night Lights of 2018

Photo: Kelly McInerney and Dinletto RK.

Wellington, FL (February 3, 2018) – The winter equestrian capital of the world added a few more star riders to its ranks on Friday, February 2nd, as a group of competitive Child/Adult and Open jumpers took to the course at Polo West for the third edition of Friday Night Lights. Demonstrating the poise and professionalism of their FEI level counter parts, the horse and rider teams tackled the electric atmosphere and stadium feel of the weekly event, presented by The Ridge at Wellington, and competed over four courses set at 1.0m and 1.10m. An eager crowd of spectators gathered at the ringside Polo Bar and Grille to eat, drink, and enjoy Low and Medium Jumpers in a completely unique atmosphere.

With south Florida’s trademark technicolor sunset as the backdrop, Friday Night Lights kicked off with a 1.0m Jumper Speed class and a Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic, two courses that run simultaneously over the same set of jumps. Quintessential and Taylor Griffin took top honors in the Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic, while the Speed round was won by NLF Felix Das Pferd and international polo player Kerstie Allen. Allen recently made history as the first female rider to win the Pacific Coast Open as part of the ERG Polo Team. She bought Felix sight unseen, and has only had him working over fences since the beginning of January. Having never shown over fences herself before last week, Allen’s skill on the polo field seemed to transfer to the jumper ring.

“Felix and I got our start at our neighbor, Dream Believer Farm, just seeing what he was about and how he would do over fences,” said Allen. “I decided to go for it and enter him at The Ridge’s shows because they were super accessible and the staff were easy to work with. I felt I needed to start small, and not just jump into one of the larger shows. Having The Ridge’s Palm Beach Series and Turf Tour shows is priceless for riders like me who are just striking out in the show jumping world; it’s so inviting and if it wasn’t for Nona and George [The Ridge’s founders] I would never have been able to get into the show ring today.”

Despite her victory in the Low Speed Round and a wealth of equestrian experience, Allen noted that there was some culture shock coming from polo and the rodeo world to show jumping: “The warm-up was new for me, as we usually pass right to right and here they pass left to left. I’m so proud of Felix and grateful to have this option to get my feet wet. It’s just so easy at The Ridge’s events, between the open in gate schedule and how affordable it is to show. They make it easy to come out, train, ride, and enjoy the horses.”

A quick drag of the arena and raising of the jumps led into the second half of the evening, as the 1.10m riders took the field over a Speed round and a $1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic. Fidel Cavaro, ridden, trained, and owned by Kimberly Corts, delivered the speediest time to win the Speed, while Kelly McInerney and Dinletto RK topped the Classic. McInerney noted that a show with so much atmosphere and excitement was a unique way to gather points towards her Medal Maclay qualification: “I qualified for Marshall & Sterling, NAL, WIHS Medal Finals last year, and that was really important for me in choosing where to show this weekend,” McInerney stated. “Friday Night Lights has a cool environment; riding under the lights and at night was a welcome change from WEF, where we will be showing tomorrow and Sunday.”

McInerney, who is based out of Chester Riding Club in New Jersey, purchased the Dutch Warmblood gelding Dinletto from Ireland after only two rides. “We just clicked, and that was it,” she said. “Dinletto is such a fun horse, my favorite thing about him is his personality. We jumped under the lights once before in Atlanta, so I knew he’d enjoy coming here and changing things up.”

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Amanda Derbyshire and Luibanta BH Win $70k Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 4

Amanda Derbyshire and Luibanta BH. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 1, 2018 – The fourth week of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival hosts jumpers on the grass derby field at the Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), show grounds of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival. Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) and Gochman Sport Horses LLC’s Luibanta BH were victorious in the $70,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 4.

Sixty-four entries contested the WEF Challenge Cup, and 10 found the key to a clear round over Anderson Lima’s (BRA) course on the grass. It was Derbyshire and Luibanta BH, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare by Luidam x Abantos, who blazed around the jump-off to win in 47.50 seconds.

Victoria Colvin and Dragonstone Repeat Championship Performance in Pre-Green Hunter 3 & 4 Year Olds

Victoria Colvin and new partner, Dragonstone, owned by Bryan Baldwin, claimed their second championship win in the Pre-Green Hunter 3 & 4 Year Olds division on Thursday morning of WEF 4. The pair was first, second, and third over fences and first in the under saddle.

“This was my second time showing him,” said Colvin. “The first time I showed him he was champion as well. I have only been riding him for a bit, but he really is the sweetest and easiest horse.”

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