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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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First Win for Olympian Alberto Michán Since Switching Nationalities in Week Four

Alberto Michán and Redmond. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 31, 2018 – Action in week four of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) had a change of scenery, with almost 80 riders crossing the road to the grass derby field at Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival).

Newly-minted Israeli rider Alberto Michán — double Olympian for his home country of Mexico at Beijing and London — logged his first win for his new nation, riding Redmond in the $6,000 FEI Bainbridge 1.40m.

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Friday Night Lights Fuses Child/Adult and Open Classes with a Spectacular Atmosphere

Photo: Owen McWilliams and Secret Alloy.

Wellington, FL (January 31, 2018) – Get the Grand Prix vibe this Friday, February 2nd. Take advantage of welcoming courses, fantastic Child/Adult prizes, a variety of classes, and the under the lights atmosphere at Friday Night Lights, presented by The Ridge at Wellington. Running every Friday through April (with the exception of March 16) choose from 1.0-1.10m Speed and Classic rounds for Open and Child/Adult riders, while spectators can enjoy dining and drinking as they watch the jumping at the Polo Bar and Grill beginning at 5:30pm. New this Friday, February 2nd, Friday Night Lights has added a Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic in addition to the $1,000 Child/Adult M&S Qualifier Classic and 1.0-1.10m Jumper Speed Classes.

A variety of classes ranging from 1.0-1.10m, Open/Child/Adult, Speed Rounds, and Classics ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy on varying weeks.

Thanks to The Ridge’s generous sponsors, Child/Adult riders have even more of a reason queue up at the in gate for Friday Night Lights: Prestige Italia, a longtime sponsor of The Ridge’s co-founder and US Olympian Nona Garson, will award a Prestige jumping saddle to the high point rider of the Friday Night Lights series. Similarly, River Run Farm will offer a cash bonus to the top placing Friday Night Lights Child/Adult riders at the end of the season.

The previous Friday Night Lights, held January 19, saw Austin, Texas’s own Owen McWilliams and Bickford Hill Show Stables’ Secret Alloy top the 1.10m Child/Adult M&S Classic Qualifier. “I come down every weekend for the winter shows with Don Stewart, and Friday Night Lights was a last-minute decision for us to practice for showing on Saturday,” said McWilliams. “I got on Secret Alloy for the first time last week and we clicked instantly. This was our first time riding under the lights, and he marched right out like he owned the place. It was a really fun round.”

January’s 1.10m Child/Adult Jumper Speed round went to Canada’s Joseph Aman and his own Echo, a ten-year-old Irish bred gelding. ” I loved the atmosphere, and it was very different having to show under the lights,” said Aman. “Echo definitely was a bit excited with the spectators and the lights, and the lively atmosphere was really fun.” While originally being open to only Child/Adult competitors, The Ridge has recently added an Open Welcome Class so that riders and horses of all levels can experience the unique stadium atmosphere.

Entries are limited and will be taken on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to get your entries in as the classes are sure to fill fast.

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Hesslink Continues Winning Ways; Stovel Takes USHJA National Hunter Derby

Photo: Geoffrey Hesslink and Cadoretto.

West Palm Beach, FL (January 30, 2018) – It was a day for the chromey chestnuts during the second week of Hunter Derbies on the Palm Beach Series, as Geoffrey Hesslink and Cadoretto once again topped The Ridge’s $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, and Patricia Stovel and Pancaspe rode to victory in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. With both classes held on Friday, January 26 at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, a healthy group of spectators and trainers gathered to watch both the afternoon National class and evening International class, while full divisions of hunters, jumpers, and equitation classes ran from Wednesday – Sunday at Jim Brandon.

Hesslink continued to build on his already impressive hunter resume with a second win in The Ridge’s International Hunter Derby. Under the guidance of trainer Andre Dignelli of Heritage farm, he and Cadoretto, known around the barn as Cad, topped both rounds of the night class, successfully tackling all of the questions asked by course designer Archer Bailey. “He is just so honest,” said Hesslink. “Anything I ask of him, he does it; any mistake I make, he covers for me. Going into the handy I began to doubt my plan, which was to take an ambitious line to one of the larger options. But that is his better lead and as usual he did it without hesitation and was absolutely perfect. Surprisingly, I think he was even better this time than the last time [at The Ridge].”

As for the next steps, Hesslink says he has no intention of stopping now. “We will probably do the Derby next week in the International arena at WEF, and the one at Deerridge as well,” he stated. “I really love The Ridge and their shows because of the facility and the quality of the courses and atmosphere. It feels really special to show under the lights, and I think Cad definitely enjoys and jumps better in this atmosphere. Of course, we will plan to come back for the last of The Ridge’s Hunter Derbies in mid-March.”

Earlier in the day, a mare that could be Cadoretto’s stunt double worked the $5,000 USHJA National Derby, coming out on top with Patty Stovel in the irons. The 10-year-old American-bred Hanoverian is fresh off her first shows with Stovel in the 3’3″ Pre Green Hunters in November, where she also won a Derby in Ohio and was champion in Ocala. Owned by Virginia Bartholomew, Pancaspe’s somewhat green status didn’t slow her down a bit over the National course.

“She hasn’t done too many horse shows,” said Stovel of the chestnut mare, “but she has always been just so straightforward and easy, even as a pre green horse. After our good results in Ohio and Ocala, we decided to venture down to Wellington for a few shows and these are a perfect match, both for her and so her owner could be on hand to see her progress. I didn’t want to be super handy with her, as she is still pre green, but we just focused on turning and always looking towards the next jump.”

As a veteran of the hunter jumper ring, Stovel’s history with The Ridge stretches back to founder Nona Garson’s days with Olympic mount Rhythmical, and she also frequents their spring, summer, and fall shows in New Jersey. “I’ve been coming to The Ridge for years, and they’re always so friendly and great to work with,” Stovel said. “The course was beautiful, and the warm ups and covered were lovely to ride in. I couldn’t be happier with our choice to come or Pancaspe’s performance, and we are looking forward to attending more of The Ridge’s shows!”

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Ben Maher and Don Vito Top $35,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic

Ben Maher and Don Vito. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 28, 2018 – The third week of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) ended with a victory for Olympic team gold medalist Ben Maher (GBR) riding Don Vito in the $35,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic on Sunday to conclude Adequan® CSI3*.

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Luis Alejandro Plascencia O Leads Longines Podium Sweep for Mexico in Guadalajara

Photo: Luis Alejandro Plascencia O and Da Vinci. (FEI/ Peter Llewellyn)

Heading into the jump-off of his World Cup qualifier debut, 26-year-old Luis Alejandro Plascencia O (MEX) was confident despite the pressure and channeled that to a victory in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Guadalajara (MEX).

“There was only one clear round, and I knew my horse was naturally faster – I was confident I could catch [the leader] without going crazy!” — Luis Alejandro Plascencia O (MEX)

Plascencia, the penultimate competitor in a seven-horse jump-off set by 2016 Rio Olympic Games Course Designer Guillerme Jorge (BRA), guided home the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Da Vinci to victory in just his second four-star grand prix, crossing the timers in 40.66 seconds. Gustavo Ramos (MEX) and his longtime partner Izzy Miaki, the only other combination to produce a double-clear effort on the day, held on to the runner-up position with a time of 42.50 seconds, while defending champions Francisco Pasquel (MEX) and Naranjo finished third, capping a sweep of the top three placings for the host nation.

“I’ve had my horse for a little more than a year and half now, and he jumped amazing today,” Plascencia said. “He’s very consistent, and today, the track was very, very nice. [Jorge] is my favorite designer. Everything was technical, there were no tricks, there was not a specific hard [area on course where all the rails fell], and well, I loved it!”

Last to go in the jump-off, Sarah Scheiring (USA) and Dontez knocked a rail at the final fence, earning them a fifth-place finish and the designation of being the highest-placing American pair. The points accumulated from the effort moved Scheiring from 11th to fifth in the east coast sub league standings of the North American League. The top seven U.S. riders from the east coast will qualify for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Paris (FRA) in April. Jamie Barge (USA) and Luebbo finished 13th and sit fifth in the west coast sub league standings, just a point away from Jenni McAllister (USA), the current cutoff for that sub league.

There are three stops remaining on the 2017-2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League calendar. Competition resumes on the east coast in Wellington (USA) on Sunday, 4 February 2018. The west coast sub league concludes in Thermal (USA) on Saturday, 10 February 2018.

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Darragh Kenny Beats the Field in $132,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI 3*

Darragh Kenny and Cassini Z. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 27, 2018 – The highlight class of the third week at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) was the $132,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 3*. Victory in the “Saturday Night Lights” event went to Ireland’s Darragh Kenny on Cassini Z, owned by Bowers Cone, LLC.

Saturday night’s grand prix had 45 entries over a course designed by Peter Grant of Canada. There were 16 clears, making for a very competitive and fast jump-off. The best of the bunch was Kenny on Cassini Z, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Cassini II x Capone. They went 12th in the jump-off and were chasing a time of 39.36 seconds set by Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) and Cristalline.

Kenny and Cassini Z were fast from the start and never let up to finish with a winning time of 38.21 seconds. Sternlicht and Cristalline finished in third. Slipping into second place just 2/100ths of a second slower than Kenny was Jessica Springsteen (USA) on RMF Swinny du Parc, owned by Rushy Marsh Farm LLC, in 38.23 seconds.

Lindsay Maxwell Pilots Belgravia to Championship Win in Adequan® Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 3’3” Division

Lindsay Maxwell made a smooth comeback on Saturday afternoon in the Rost Arena with her mount of almost a year, Belgravia, in the Adequan® Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 3’3” division. The duo, who were seventh in Friday’s under saddle, did not place in the division’s first two jumping classes. However, they returned on Saturday in full force to take both remaining blue ribbons over fences.

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Eugenio Garza and Bariano Win $35,000 Bainbridge FEI 1.45m Classic at WEF

Eugenio Garza and Bariano. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 26, 2018 – The third week of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued Friday with the $35,000 Bainbridge FEI 1.45m Classic as the main feature in the International Arena. Eugenio Garza (MEX) and his mount of six years, Bariano, captured the win in the FEI ranking class.

The $35,000 Bainbridge FEI 1.45m Classic had 61 entries competing over a speed course designed by Peter Grant of Canada. Eighteen of those were clear, and the fastest in the class was Garza with Bariano, a 17-year-old BWP gelding by Jetset-D x Skippy owned by El Milagro, with a time of 63.57 seconds.

Tina Allen and French Kiss Claim Championship Title in Triple Crown Blankets Adult Amateur Hunter Middle Sec. A

Tina Allen, of New Canaan, CT, continued her winning streak from week one of the Winter Equestrian Festival into week three with an impressive championship win aboard her mount, French Kiss, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding, in the Triple Crown Blankets Adult Amateur Hunter Middle Sec. A. The pair dominated the division with three blue ribbons and a second over fences, with a third-place finish in the under saddle.

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Lamaze Notches 25th WEF Challenge Cup Victory in Week Three of 2018 WEF

Eric Lamaze and Chacco Kid. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 25, 2018 – Canadian Olympic champion Eric Lamaze added another accolade to his list of accomplishments on Thursday of the third week of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). He notched his 25th WEF Challenge Cup victory, this time in the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 with Chacco Kid at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

The $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 had 85 entries, and there were 27 clears over the course designed by Peter Grant of Canada. Seventeen of those returned for the jump-off, and it was once again Lamaze and Chacco Kid who were fastest to lead the victory gallop. They crossed the timers in a speedy 40.02 seconds, the fastest time of the day and also a clear round. Lamaze now ties Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward (USA) for 25 WEF Challenge Cup victories, the most in the history of the class. Lamaze and Chacco Kid won this class just last week as well.

Jennifer Hannan and Mindful Crowned Champions in Antares Sellier France High Performance Working Hunters

Jennifer Hannan and her mount, Mindful, owned by Kensel, LLC, took to the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter ring on Thursday and captured the championship title with three firsts and a fifth over fences and a second in the under saddle in the Antares Sellier France High Performance Working Hunters.

“He is a really good horse, and he knows his job,” said Hannan of the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding. “He’s a blast to ride and has all the stride and scope you could ask for.”

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