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FEI Board Approves Jumping Calendar Task Force Resolutions

The FEI Board has approved a number of resolutions proposed by the Jumping Calendar Task Force aimed at minimising the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the FEI Calendar and the equestrian community.

In a specially expedited approvals process, the FEI Board agreed the resolutions in an extraordinary FEI Board teleconference convened specifically for the purpose. These new provisions will remain in place for the rest of 2020, with the possibility of being revisited for next year if required.

The FEI Board confirmed the following existing Rules for CSI 5*, CSI 4*, and CSIOs, and temporary amendments to the Rules for CSI 3*, CSIP, and CSI 2*:

CSI 5*/CSI 4*/CSIO – the current Rules apply, applications for date changes must reach the FEI 12 weeks prior to the Event, invitation rules remain in place, etc.

CSI 3* – exempted from the Date Clash Rules, and date applications or modifications will only be considered by the FEI if provided to the FEI by National Federations at least eight (8) weeks prior to the Event (instead of 12 weeks). All other Rules, including the CSI Invitation Rules, remain in place.

CSIP – exempted from the Date Clash Rules, and date applications or modifications will only be considered by the FEI if provided to the FEI by National Federations at least four (4) weeks prior to the Event (instead of 12 weeks). Invitation Rules are not applicable. All other Rules remain in place.

For CSI 2*, the CSI Invitation Rules are temporarily suspended. All other Rules remain in place.

The Board also agreed to a number of other resolutions that will now require further discussion by the Jumping Calendar Task Force.

CSIOs – the Board agreed to prioritise all CSIOs when date clashes are being considered, regardless of whether they are standalone Events or part of a Series, to allow for team preparation in the build-up to the Olympic Games next year. The Board has asked the Jumping Calendar Task Force to review date clashes on a case-by-case basis once applications and/or modifications are received from National Federations.

Switching dates from one Event to another by the same Organiser – as this has been allowed previously, the Board has asked the Jumping Calendar Task Force to review and allow, on a case-by-case basis, for a change of venues by the same Organiser.

The Board has also tasked the Jumping Calendar Task Force to look into the impact of the requested date changes on the existing Events in the Calendar and to provide proposed solutions to the FEI Secretary General and the Board.

In addition to the above, the Board discussed FEI Championships in 2020 and 2021, potential initiatives to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Event Organisers, and FEI Series, notably the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ 2020 and Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2021. These points will be further discussed by the Jumping Committee during its teleconference this week and the Committee will then make its recommendations to the FEI Board.

The FEI Board additionally requested that the Executive Board looks into the financial consequences of Covid-19 and the economic impact of potentially granting some waivers on fees for Event Organisers.

The key principles approved by the FEI Board will now be shared with the other seven Task Forces put in place to evaluate the impact of the virus on the FEI Calendar for Dressage, Para Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, and Reining. Each of these Task Forces, whose meetings will be scheduled in the coming days, consists of the core group plus the Chair of the relevant Technical Committee, a representative of the Athletes, and the FEI Sports Director of the specific discipline.

The FEI President is to be kept fully updated on the work of each of the Task Forces and, where required, will assist in finalising proposals for solutions to be put forward to the FEI Board for approval.

FEI media contacts:

Grania Willis
Director Communications
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Olga Nikolaou
Media Relations Officer
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FEI President Welcomes Speedy Decision on Rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Dates

The FEI President has welcomed the announcement of the new dates for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will run from 23 July to 8 August, and for the Paralympic Games from 24 August until 5 September 2021.

“While it was of course demoralising for everyone that the Games had to be postponed from their original dates in 2020, the decision was absolutely right in the current terrible global pandemic, but it is really good to have the new dates agreed so soon,” Ingmar De Vos said.

“The decision was taken in full consultation with all the International Federations, including the FEI, and we all had the opportunity to voice our opinions. Now, once the Covid-19 crisis is over, our athletes across both Games can get their training back on track with confidence, knowing exactly when they and their horses need to be at their peaks.

“We are conscious of the fact that this has been a very complex decision for the IOC to make, with multiple factors to be taken into consideration. The athletes’ health and well-being across both Games not just for equestrian sport has to be the top priority, and we have all the protocols in place to protect our athletes – both human and equine – and help them to optimise their performance in the challenging climate we can expect in Tokyo.

“Of course, there will be an impact on the international Calendar across all sports, and from an FEI perspective this includes four major European Championships, but we are already looking at ways we can minimise that impact. The remit for our discipline-specific task forces that are evaluating the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 Calendar has now been expanded to cover 2021 and now we have confirmed dates for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We need to explore possible alternatives for a number of major FEI Events, notably the European Championships in Jumping, Dressage, and Para Dressage in Budapest and the European Eventing Championships in Haras du Pin, France. This process will be started immediately.”

The five-discipline European Championships in Budapest (HUN), which also include Driving and Vaulting, are currently due to run from 23-30 August 2021 and the Eventing Championships in Haras du Pin (FRA) from 11-15 August.

“We need to also look at deadlines for obtaining minimum eligibility requirements and extending the deadline for registration of ownership for Olympic horses and will announce those as soon as possible, but we have had confirmation from both the IOC and IPC that National Olympic and Paralympic Committees which have been allocated Olympic or Paralympic quota places will retain them despite the postponement of the Games to next year.”

FEI media contacts:

Grania Willis
Director Communications
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+41 787 506 142

Olga Nikolaou
Media Relations Officer
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+41 78 750 61 56

WIHS Temporarily Suspends Equitation and Championship Qualifying Classes

Washington, D.C. – Following the guidance of USEF, effective March 16, 2020, the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) will suspend the sanctioning of WIHS Equitation and Championship qualifying classes (WIHS Equitation East and West, WIHS Pony Equitation, WIHS Children’s Hunter, WIHS Children’s Jumper, WIHS Adult Hunter, and WIHS Adult Jumper) for 30 days.

We request any competitions held during this time period not offer or hold any WIHS Equitation and Championship qualifying classes. Members are advised that points will not be awarded to riders competing in any WIHS Equitation and Championship qualifying classes offered at horse shows held during this time period.

This is a challenging time for us all and we are optimistic that safe competition will return. In the meantime, we will keep you informed and communicate any policy updates.

From the USEF press release dated March 13, 2020:

“Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all USEF owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities will be suspended for the next 30 days. Additionally, USEF strongly recommends that competition organizers suspend all USEF licensed competitions across the country for the next 30 days. For those competitions that do run, there will be no accumulation of points, scores, money won, qualifications, or rankings toward any USEF awards programs, USEF owned event, or selection to a US team during this 30-day time period. This includes USEF National Championships.”

For Coronavirvus Disease Resources, please visit the USEF Resource Center page.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact info@wihs.org.

For more information, please visit www.wihs.org.

Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit 2020 Crowns the Champs

Pictured: Chello, owned by Kara Jones.

The 2020 Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit wrapped up two weeks early with Week V.

“The Gulf Coast Winter Classic was fantastic and we, along with everyone else, are disappointed it had to end early. We stand with the USEF’s decision to cancel horse shows and put the safety of our competitors and horse show families as our top priority,” said Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Classic Company. “Our No Entry Fee Grand Prix was a huge success and we appreciate everyone who showed with us here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We hope to see everyone at the ring at our Aiken Summer Classic,” he said.

Congratulations to the Gulf Coast Winter Classic Champions!

Sportsmanship Award: Mary and Larry Antonini and Loretta Patterson

Baby Green Hunter Circuit Champion: Asterix, owned by Mary Collier Childress

Children’s Hunter 14 & Under Circuit Champion: High Regard, owned by Erica Van Dyken

Children’s Hunter 15-17 Circuit Champion: Chancellor’s Reign, owned by BAM Sporthorses

Children’s Hunter 2’6” Circuit Champion: Carasco, owned by Gabriella Deflece

Children’s Hunter Pony Circuit Champion: Cherrybrook Dark Secret, owned by Annalise Gabert

Confirmation Hunter Circuit Champion: True Enough, owned by Kelly Sims

Green Hunter 3’6” Circuit Champion: Chancellor’s Reign, owed by BAM Sporthorses

Green Hunter 3’9” Circuit Champion: MTM Amour owned by Jeanne Pitre

Green Pony Hunter Circuit Champion: Cherrybrook Blue Jersey, owned by William Grace, LLC

Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 & Under Circuit Champion: Coco owned by Olivia Hershey

Junior Hunter 3’3” 16-17 Circuit Champion: Rocketeer, owned by Riley King

Opportunity Circuit Champion: Mr. Monk, owned by IAL Equine Racing & Sales, LLC

Performance Circuit Champion: Nina, owned by BAM Sporthorses

Pony Large Hunter Circuit Champion: Marvel Comic, owned by Kaylin Sculthorpe

Pony Medium Hunter Circuit Champion: Charmer owned by Honor Hill Farm, LLC

Pony Small Hunter Circuit Champion: Captain Jack Sparrow, owned by Honor Hill Farm

Short Long Stirrup Hunter Circuit Champion: Hampton, owned by Valerie Thibaut

Sidelines Green Hunter 3’ Circuit Champion: Secrets Out, owned by DLJ Performance

Sidelines Green Hunter 3’3” Circuit Champion: High Regard, owned by Equine LLC and Erica Van Dyken

1.20 m Junior/Amateur Owner Circuit Champion: P. Diddy, owned by Donald Stewart

1.30 m Junior/Amateur Owner Circuit Champion: Cumlaude, owned by Abigail Bergin

Child Adult Jumper 1.0 m Circuit Champion: Chicobello, owned by Riley Townsley

Child Adult Jumper 1.10 m Circuit Champion: Bubka D’Armanville, owned by Katelyn North

Child Adult Jumper 1.15 m Circuit Champion: Consistency, owned by Mclain Ward

Open Jumper Circuit Champion: Rocabella, owned by Royal Crown Stables

Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6” 18-35 Circuit Champion: Chello, owned by Kara Jones

Adult Amateur 18-35 Circuit Champion: Cancara, owned by Pamela Hersey

Adult Amateur 36-49 Circuit Champion: Marble Arch, owned by Lindsay Stephenson

Adult Amateur 50 & Over Circuit Champion: Sunkist, owned by Holly Sims

Adult Amateur 2’6” Circuit Champion: Nina, owned by BAM Sporthorses

Amateur Owner 3’3” 18-35 Circuit Champion: Gidget, owned by Sarah Morris

Amateur Owner 3’6” 36 & Over Circuit Champion: Remington, owned by Mary Antonini

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Abigail McArdle Soars to Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 10 Win

Abigail McArdle and Victorio 5. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 12, 2020 – Abigail McArdle (USA) won the $37,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 10 riding Victorio 5 on Thursday, March 12, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) set courses for 82 horses with 18 jumping clear over the opening track. After eight riders elected not to return, the stage was set for a 10-horse jump-off. With only fractions of a second to spare, McArdle stole the win with a blistering jump-off time of 41.40 seconds.

“For sure this is the best season I’ve ever had in my life – and maybe will ever have,” said McArdle of her consistency throughout the WEF season. “I’m just so happy, and I’m so lucky to be riding such a nice horse.”

McArdle has been competing Victorio 5, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Uccello x Graf Top), since the end of 2018 with their success culminating this year. “Obviously, it doesn’t happen right away,” she said. “He’s always been a good horse. He’s always jumped clean rounds, but getting to the point where I feel like I can walk in and win a big track like this has taken time. I’d say it’s taken that long just to mesh with him. Now we’re thinking the same, and it’s a good feeling.”

Hunter Kay and Lucca Earn Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter Championship

The Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter division came to a close on Thursday with Hunter Kay riding Lucca to the top honors in Ring 11. Kay and the 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding by Fit to Fight earned two firsts, a second, and a third-place ribbon.

Kay and Lucca, owned by Pauline Lampshire, have a longtime partnership of six years. The pair first began showing together in the Adult Hunter divisions when Kay was still an amateur. Now that Kay is a professional, the duo dominates the Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter division and won the finals last year at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“It’s so nice that they still have this division to help promote and support the thoroughbreds,” Kay said of the Thoroughbred Hunter division.

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

AGDF Hosts Eighth Annual Florida International Youth Dressage Championships

The riders for the 2020 Florida International Youth Dressage Championships. © SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – February 26, 2020 – The 2020 Florida International Youth Dressage Championships (FIYDC), presented by Sarah Davis Kessler, Terri Kane, USEF Dressage Owners Task Force, Hampton Green Farm, and Dressage4kids, takes place during week eight at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) on February 26 – March 1 at Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

“We are excited to welcome back all of the competitors for this year’s Florida International Youth Dressage Championships,” said Kim Van Kampen of Hampton Green Farm. “This is a special event for us every year, and we can’t wait to see all of the new and returning riders.”

The week features competition for riders in the under-25, young rider, junior, children, and pony divisions, offering them a chance to compete on a larger scale, with events throughout the week to increase camaraderie and sportsmanship. Young riders wishing to compete internationally are provided with an opportunity to showcase their talent at one of the largest dressage shows in the world.

Entry numbers continue to impress each year, and as the sport expands, the number of competing youth riders also increases. This year will be the eighth year that the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships will be hosted by AGDF, and the competition is organized by Equestrian Sport Productions. Promotion of the youth riders has stepped up and will include photography, videos, and information available on all of the competitors and shown on the jumbotron screen at AGDF, plus extended information and highlights on the FIYDC Facebook and Instagram pages.

At the FIYDC, there will be one rider in the FEI Pony Rider division, two riders in the FEI Children’s division, seven entries in the FEI Junior Rider division, 12 entries in the FEI Young Rider division, and 13 horse and rider pairs in the FEI U-25 division. There are riders from four different countries, including the United States, Canada, Colombia, Germany, and Spain.

Riders will compete in three tests through the Championships, including a team test that counts for 40%, an individual test for 40%, and a freestyle test for 20%. Along with championships in each division, an overall winner with the highest scores at the event will be crowned.

“It is very encouraging to see the growth in the FIYDC over the years,” said Lendon Gray of Dressage4Kids. “Our goals are to support and encourage young riders in dressage, and the FIYDC offers a fun, competitive, educational atmosphere for them to advance in the sport.”

This year, the FIYDC are once again working in partnership with JustWorld International, and winners will choose JustWorld Programs to receive a percentage of added prize money. Week eight of AGDF also plays host to an FEI CDI 4* senior competition.

Events throughout the week boost camaraderie and sportsmanship as well as foster friendships and learning. This includes “Tacos for a Cause” welcome party on Tuesday, February 26, in support of JustWorld International and hosted by Sarah Davis Kessler. Games, a taco bar, and drinks will be served at Belle Herbe Farm and welcome all FIYDC competitors and interested parents.

Riders continue with a meet and greet session with top international dressage riders and officials and group photos on Wednesday. This year, youth riders will receive advice, tips, and words of wisdom from Naima Moreira Laliberte of Canada, who previously competed in the FIYDC and is now aiming for a spot in the Tokyo Olympic Games; Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA), who was an international dressage groom for 16 years and is now a top grand prix rider who has competed at the FEI World Equestrian Games; and international FEI four-star judge Cesar Torrente of Colombia.

On Friday evening before the start of the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 4*, presented by Havensafe Farm, at AGDF, youth riders will gather for their parade of nations prior to the singing of the national anthem. Colors from a variety of flags will be waving as laughter, camaraderie, and excitement continues for the riders. There will be flag bearers for each country competing in the FIYDC and they will be honored in front of the Friday night crowd. Immediately following the parade, Discover Dressage will host a FIYDC exhibitor party in the Special Events tent during “Friday Night Stars.”

“It is gratifying to see the youth riders of dressage honored at AGDF,” said Sarah Davis Kessler. “This is the future of our sport and we are so happy to see this program flourish each year as we aim to help them gain experience and learn from their time here this week.”

For more information on the AGDF and the 2020 Florida International Youth Dressage Championships, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Kent Farrington and Austria 2 Win $137k Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 CSI5*

Kent Farrington and Austria 2. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 6, 2020 – Riding out of the 12th spot in a jump-off field of 19, Kent Farrington (USA) sped through the timers to win the $137,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 CSI5* riding Austria 2, owned by Take the High Road LLC, on Thursday, February 6, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

The first round of the WEF Challenge Cup had 52 entries, and with 19 clear over the course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio and Andy Christiansen Jr., speed was all-important. The early lead was set by Capt. Brian Cournane (IRL) and Penelope Cruz, owned by Cournane and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stiller, at 43.15 seconds, which would hold up for fifth place. The leading time dropped down to 41.56 seconds when Olympic individual gold medalist Eric Lamaze (CAN) piloted The Chacco Kid Group’s Chacco Kid around the short course. They would end on a podium finish in third place.

But it was Farrington and Austria 2 as the next pair into the ring that would set a blazing time of 40.68 seconds that would remain untouched for the remaining seven trips.

“I don’t really feel a limit on her; she’s got an unbelievable mentality,” said Farrington of the 12-year-old Holsteiner mare (Casall x Corrado I). “That goes a long way, and a horse that really wants to fight for you is a huge part of the battle of doing high level sport.”

Jennifer Bauersachs and Another Love Capture High Performance Conformation Hunter Championship

Hunter competition during Week 5 of WEF continued on Thursday with Jennifer Bauersachs and Another Love claiming champion in the High Performance Conformation Hunter division. The duo won the model and the under saddle, and also received two firsts, a second, and a fourth in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring.

Bauersachs has been partnered with Another Love, who is owned by Meritage Stables LLC, for two years. Last year, Bauersachs, of Frenchtown, NJ, competed the mare successfully in the second year green hunter division. “She’s really brave and reliable,” Bauersachs described of Another Love. “It’s fun because I can count on her and now I feel like I have a real partnership with her.”

Aside from winning both the model and under saddle, Bauersachs and Another Love also scored a pair of 88s to win both over fences classes on the second day of the division. “I ended up in a rubber snaffle with her and she loved it. I think the softness of being able to ride her in that bit definitely stood out,” Bauersachs commented. “I love that she’s a mare! I get along with them well and when they partner with you, they really partner with you.”

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Strzegom Recruits Volunteers for Eventing Nations Cup and Pony European Championships

Photo by Kamila Tworkowska.

Strzegom, Poland, February 3: Do you enjoy new challenges? Are you looking for inspiration and interesting experiences? Do you want to be a part of the adventure that is the organization of international equestrian events, and to see the backstage of it all? If so, join our organizing team in Strzegom and submit your application for the volunteer programme. The recruitment starts now!

In 2020, the hippodrome in Morawa will host five international equestrian events, including the most important ones: Nations Cup in eventing and Pony European Championships. A professional organization of equestrian competitions requires not only the involvement of licensed judges. Everyone can be a part of the team and help the event run smoothly.

“Everyone over the age of 18 can become a volunteer. We invite teenagers, adults, and seniors. You don’t need to have professional knowledge about equestrian sports; we will teach you everything you need to know! During the show we have a variety of jobs to do, where we’ll need many skills – everyone is welcome to come,” explains Marta Wójcik, the coordinator of the volunteer programme of Strzegom Horse Trials.

We will need help in the show office and press office, at information desks and maintenance, with technical support, during dressage, cross country, and showjumping tests, with poster hanging and handing around leaflets, with airport transportation, and many more tasks.

All you need to do to apply is to fill out a form available on our website. The organizers provide accommodation in tents at a campsite as well as meals for the volunteers.

“The volunteer programme is becoming more and more popular. Being a part of our team is a chance for development and gaining new experiences, worth mentioning in a CV. Moreover, it’s an opportunity to meet new friends, experience a great adventure, and have fun!” says Marta Wójcik.

The recruitment for Pony European Championships and Strzegom Horse Trials starts on the 3rd of February and will be open until the 15th of June.

The regulations, timetables, and application forms can be found at the official websites of the events: www.StrzegomHorseTrials.pl, www.StrzegomPonies.pl, www.Stragona.pl.

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Tiffany Foster Scores a Win in CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic

Tiffany Foster and Northern Light. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 26, 2020 – Canadian Olympian Tiffany Foster guided new mount Northern Light to a win in the $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic to close out week three of the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on Sunday, January 26.

From a starting field of 66, 10 horses advanced to course designer Kelvin Bywater’s (GBR) jump-off track. Returning second, Foster put the foot speed of Northern Light, a nine-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Plot Blue x Contender) to good use and stopped the clock clear in 42.47 seconds over runner-up Catherine Tyree (USA) and BEC Lorenzo, owned by Mary Tyree.

Foster got the ride on Northern Light from owners Andy and Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms at the end of September. The mare is the former mount of Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) and was a match with Foster from the very beginning.

“When I rode her for the first time, I had a very good feeling,” said Foster. “You get the feeling that she’s a really intelligent horse. She knows where the jumps are and she is the same every time you get on her.”

Sterling Malnik Rides Rockette to the Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 and Under Championship

Week 3 of WEF came to a close with Sterling Malnik of Palm Beach, FL and Rockette claiming the Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 and Under championship in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. The pair earned two firsts, a second, and a fifth-place ribbon.

Malnik, trained by Bill Schaub, has only had Rockette for about one month. She recently purchased the 10-year-old mare from Ramble On Farm. Malnik is thrilled to have such a kind and talented new mount for this season. “She just blows my mind and always jumps incredible!” described Malnik.

Rockette and Malnik just started competing in the Junior Hunter 3’3” division this circuit and are already off to a great start. “She’s a proper lady; if you respect her, she’ll respect you,” said Malnik of Rockette.

The pair had consistent rounds throughout the two days of competition and also won the under saddle. Malnik believes that it was Rockette’s jump and their combined “cuteness factor” that made them stand out to the judges. “She is amazing and I think she jumps better than any other horse out there,” the rider commented.

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Erin Davis-Heineking Swoops In for $137k Adequan Grand Prix CSI3* Victory

Erin Davis-Heineking and Leonie. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 25, 2020 – Erin Davis-Heineking (USA) is making the most of her two-week visit to the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) with a win in the $137,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI3* during “Saturday Night Lights” of week three at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL on Saturday, January 25.

Davis-Heineking rode Leonie to thrill Saturday night’s crowd by leading the grand prix from start to finish after posting the first clear round over Kelvin Bywater’s (GBR) opening track. She again returned first over the short course and set the pace fault free in a quick 45.51 seconds. At the conclusion of a six-horse jump-off, Davis-Heineking still stood atop the podium, barely inching out Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Karlin van’t Vennehof. They were just fractions off the win in 45.67 seconds.

“I was a little bit in disbelief that I had left a couple of jumps up out there,” said Davis-Heineking of her jump-off ride. “It didn’t quite go as I planned; I had an idea in my mind of the numbers that I wanted to do, and then right before I went in, my trainer/husband [Christian Heineking] basically said to leave one out from all of those. So, I took a shot at the last line and tried to do the six. I chipped in a seven, and she left it up. I was really proud of her.”

Gabrielle Sokolow and Kindred Claim Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under Championship

Saturday morning in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring began with Gabrielle Sokolow and Kindred earning champion in the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under division. Sokolow and Kindred won the under saddle and received an additional first and second place ribbon to claim the championship title.

Kindred is a new ride for Sokolow, who has had the horse for less than a week. Sokolow went to Ocala last week to try the horse as a prospect for the junior hunter division. It was clear that the pair was right for each other when they won all three classes and were champion in their first show together earlier this season. “We instantly knew that it was the right match!” commented Sokolow.

The eight-year-old gelding was then brought to Wellington, where he showed earlier in the week with Kate Conover. Sokolow, of Westlake Village, CA, then took over the ride on Kindred again and the pair was able to continue their winning streak. “He has such a great personality and the way he goes around the ring is just so pretty,” said Sokolow of her new mount.

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.