Katie Monahan-Prudent shares her thoughts on a number of critical issues facing the sport of show jumping and hunter-jumpers in the U.S., and tells us about her responsibilities as coach to the U.S. show jumping and U.S. three day eventing team riders. Plus a review of the first week of competition of the Winter Equestrian festival from Mason Phelps. Take a listen right here.
Wellington, FL – January 20, 2011 – The second week of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), sponsored by Equine Couture/Tuff Rider, continued on Thursday afternoon with the $31,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 2. The second of 11 weekly WEF Challenge Cup grand prix, this afternoon’s class saw a victory for 18-year-old Catherine Pasmore (USA) and My Boy, owned by Pasmore Stables. The class was held in the International Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), which will host 12 consecutive weeks of competition for the 2011 FTI WEF running through April 3, 2011.
Showing over a course set by Luc Musette of Belgium, just eight of the original 45 Challenge Cup entries were able to jump clear in the first round of competition to advance to the jump-off. Catherine Pasmore, of Charlottesville, VA, was first to qualify for the jump-off in round one and also first to return for the shortened course with her 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding My Boy. The pair set the standard with a super fast, clean round in 35.02 seconds which would hold up for the win through seven more trips.
Eric Lamaze (CAN) earned second and third place honors for the day, riding Artisan Farms’ Sidoline Van De Cantaur to second place with a jump-off time of 35.66 seconds and Derly Chin De Muze, owned by Ashland Stables, to third place in 36.03 seconds.
Lausanne (SUI), 21 January 2011 – The new FEI Education System for Jumping Officials will be the key feature of an official FEI Refresher Course for Jumping Judges which will be held on 29 January 2011 in Zurich, venue of the ninth leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup. A record number of participants – 160 FEI Officials from 45 countries on five continents – have confirmed their attendance. The Course, directed by FEI Jumping Committee Chairman Sven Holmberg and International Show Jumping Officials Club (ISJC) President Stephan Ellenbruch, will also include updates on FEI legal and veterinary matters. A Seminar for Jumping Stewards and Course Designers will also be held in Zurich.
The general assembly of the ISJC will take place on the same day at the invitation of the Swiss Equestrian Federation and the organising committee of Mercedes-CSI Zurich.
The complete programme of the day is available on this link.
Wellington, FL – January 19, 2011 – The 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) started its second of 12 weeks of competition today. In the main International Arena, Charlie Jayne of Elgin, IL, rode Manneken du Coty for Pony Lane Farm to victory in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumper class.
The second week of the FTI WEF continues through Sunday, January 23. The 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of competition through April 3, 2011, and they will be awarding more than $6 million in prize money through the circuit. The highlight jumper class is Saturday night’s $40,000 Equine Couture/Tuff Rider Grand Prix, CSI 2* at 7 p.m.
This week’s course designer in the International Arena is Luc Musette of Belgium. Nineteen entries contested the Time First Round course, and six were able to find the path to a clear round. Going third in the order were Jayne and Manneken du Coty. They were clear in 58.858 seconds to take the lead, and couldn’t be caught through the rest of the class.
Wellington, FL and East Aurora, NY – January 18, 2011 – Charlotte Jacobs, of East Aurora, NY, was unstoppable in the equitation ring to kick off the first week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Jacobs and her mount for the equitation ring, Cortes 7, won the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Class, after winning the Jumper Phase and placing fourth in the Hunter Phase. Jacobs also won the USEF/Pessoa Medal and were awarded another blue ribbon for the excellent efforts in the prestigious ASPCA Maclay Class.
“Cortes was so amazing this week,” noted 15-year-old junior rider Charlotte Jacobs. “It was so cold earlier in the week and I was afraid he was going to be a bit fresh. He was absolutely perfect, and we both felt extremely prepared. I think in the past year he has really grown up and his performance this week really showed that. I am so proud of him and excited to continue to compete with him in the equitation for the rest of the season.”
Jacobs also competed aboard Karonda V. Schl’hof Ch and Promised Land, owned by Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables, in the High Junior Jumpers. Jacobs and Promised Land were third in the High Junior Jumper Classic after laying down a beautiful round against the field of several other horse and rider combinations.
January 17th, 2011 – Equus Events is very busy preparing for the 2011 show season. The 2011 Atlanta Spring Premiere and Atlanta Spring Challenge will take place May 11-15 and 18-22 at the beautiful Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. The Horse Park was home to the equestrian portion of the 1996 Olympic Games. It is one of the premiere facilities in the country offering excellent footing, stabling, ample room to ride and much more on over 1400 acres. This is the 7th year for the event and it will again offer exhibitors a “AA” USEF rating and also be a Jumper 3. In addition, the shows will offer over $180,000 in prize money through out the two week event.
New this year, the Atlanta Spring Premiere (week 1) has been selected as a World Championship Hunter Rider event and will also host a USHJA National Hunter Classic. The Atlanta Spring Challenge (week 2) will again host a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. An additional $5,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake has been added to the schedule for a total of two each week. Prize money has also been added to the Low Jr/Am Jumper division and non-showing fees have been removed. “Despite economic conditions these shows have continued to grow and I would like to thank all of our exhibitors and supporters for that,” said show manager J. P. Godard.
Wellington, FL – January 16, 2011 – The first week of competition at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival concluded on Sunday afternoon with an exciting $30,000 Speed Derby held in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The class was won by an extremely fast round from Irish rider Paul O’Shea and Daydream St. Ghyvan Z, owned by Paul Clarke and Michael Walsh. Both competing for the first time in the United States this winter, horse and rider had a fantastic class and were awarded the top prize.
Twenty-six entries started the $30,000 Speed Derby class, showing over a course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY. In a Table III, faults converted format, the challenging course saw many rails come down, but it was the horses and riders that jumped clear that finished in the top standings.
Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and HH Palouchin, owned by Double H Farm, set a blazing fast time right from the start going second in the order and finishing in 77.783 seconds. Although that time held through most of the class, the last few rounds were even faster and Pessoa finished the class in fourth place.
Wellington, FL – January 15, 2011 – Nick Skelton (GBR) continued his great week today with his second major win in the International Arena. He piloted Beverly Widdowson’s Unique to victory in the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Classic. Today’s classic is part of the Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series, which will track the best horse/rider combinations through week 11 for a bonus of $50,000.
The first week of the FTI WEF concludes tomorrow, January 16. The 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of competition through April 3, 2011, and they will be awarding almost $6 million in prize money through the circuit. The highlight jumper class is tomorrow’s $30,000 Speed Derby on Sunday at 2 p.m.
This week’s course designer in the International Arena is Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY. Although entries were light in today’s Time First Jump-off class at 12, it was great competition. Three found the route to the jump-off, with Skelton and Unique returning first. They put down the trip to best with no faults in 39.171 seconds.
Wellington, FL – January 15, 2011 – The first annual FTI Great Charity Challenge galloped out of the gates in 2010 with huge momentum, raising over $560,000 for 24 non-profit charities. The success of the inaugural event inspired Equestrian Sport Productions to set a fundraising goal of $1 million for the 2011 FTI Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments, which is a featured event of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival.
The Great Charity Challenge (GCC) is a relay style jumping competition that is scheduled to take place at 6:00 p.m. on February 19, 2011 in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Thirty relay teams will be formed, consisting of two junior/amateur riders and one professional rider. Each equestrian team is assigned a charity to represent, and the charity matched with the winning team will win over $100,000!
The event will also host the Equestrian Aid Foundation Carnival, where children can enjoy carnival games, a dunk tank, a moon bounce, and more. In the true spirit of giving, the EAF will contribute half of the proceeds received from the Carnival to the total prize money awarded to the 30 charities participating in the GCC. The other half of the proceeds will be contributed to the Equestrian Aid Foundation.