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Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili Win $36k Bainbridge 1.45m Classic

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 8, 2019 – The fifth week at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) features CSI 5* competition, and on Friday, February 8, the highlight class was the $36,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic. Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili took the top prize in the speed class.

In the $36,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI 5*, there were 55 entries competing over a speed format course designed by Kelvin Bywater (GBR). There were 17 clear rounds, and the fastest of them all was Vanderveen on her partner of four years, Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili, owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC. They made short work of the course, coming home in a time of 57.73 seconds.

USHJA Jumping Seat Medal Goes to Samantha Weinerman

Weekend equitation competition debuted in the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Ring 6 on Friday morning as 46 juniors displayed their best form and skill in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal, presented by Griffis Residential. With a solid plan of action and confidence in her new mount, Samantha Weinerman of Chester, NJ piloted Charmeur to a returning spot for the test where she would ride to the win.

North Run Inc.’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Veron x Tavanta SHB) has only been paired with Weinerman for two weeks but is no stranger to the equitation ring. He has competed at various equitation finals with top junior riders such as Sam Walker and Maggie Hill.

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

Erynn Ballard Best in $134,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 CSI 5*

Erynn Ballard and Darko’s Promise. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 7, 2019 – Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Darko’s Promise topped the $134,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 CSI 5* on Thursday, February 7, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

On her way to the win in Thursday’s Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 5, Ballard was one of seven entries from a 50-horse starting field to advance to jump-off over the Kelvin Bywater (GBR) designed short course. As the final rider to return, Ballard’s time to beat had been set at 39.40 seconds by Eduardo Menezes (BRA) and H5 Chaganus, but she and Darko’s Promise would prove to be just a touch faster, tripping the timers in a winning 39.28 seconds.

Victoria Colvin and Cake Walk Breeze to Champion in the 3- & 4-Year-Old Pre-Green Hunters

The 3- & 4-Year-Old Pre-Green Hunters returned to the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Ring 6 in an effort to take home the tricolor ribbon for Week 5 of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival. Seven horse-and-rider combinations entered the ring for the division’s under saddle and final over fences class. Returning in top standing, Wellington native Victoria Colvin piloted Melissa Burns’ Cake Walk to the champion title with a total of 31 points across the division.

The win was a “cake walk” for the four-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding (Hero’s Tribute x Inka W) and Colvin as the pair captured the win in two of three over fences classes. They placed fifth in the remaining jumping class and also won the under saddle. With all classes completed, the duo took the top spot by more than 10 points above the reserve champion. Steve Gregorio and the Bill Schaub/Aster Hill-owned four-year-old Warmblood gelding, Dominik, received the reserve champion title after rounding out the division with two seconds and a third over fences and second under saddle.

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

Kristen Vanderveen Wins Two in a Row to Kick Off CSI 5* Week at WEF

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Almighty. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 6, 2019 – Kristen Vanderveen (USA) christened CSI 5* week at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) with a win in the featured $36,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m after also earning a victory in the Bainbridge 1.40m earlier in the day on Wednesday, February 6.

Sixty-three horse-and-rider combinations contested Kelvin Bywater’s (GBR) two-round course. Vanderveen rose to the top riding Bull Run’s Almighty, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Caspar x Quidam de Revel) owned by Bull Run Jumpers LLC. She and the mount she imported two years ago stopped the timers at 26.43 seconds to best Irish rider Darragh Kenny aboard Extra van Essene for owner Victoria Vargas D’Agostino. Their final time was just fractions slower at 27.05 seconds.

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

Granato and Carlchen W Outrace the Field for First Longines Victory in Wellington

Alex Granato and Carlchen W. (FEI/Kathy Russell Photography)

In 2018, Alex Granato (USA) and Carlchen W made their Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ debut in Wellington. A year later, they earned their first World Cup victory at the same venue.

Granato and ‘Carl’ topped a competitive nine-horse jump-off to claim the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington under picturesque conditions at the Jacobs family’s Deeridge Farms. Using footspeed to their advantage, they tore around Alan Wade (IRL)’s shortened track in 42.70 seconds, nearly a second ahead of Mario Deslauriers (CAN) and Bardolina (43.48 seconds). Beat Mändli (SUI) and Dsarie were third, finishing with a time of 44.16 seconds.

“It’s all very surreal. It’s been an amazing week. It’s a privilege to ride at a venue like this, against riders like this that I’ve looked up to for a long time.” — Alex Granato (USA)

Granato has had Carl, an 11-year-old Mecklenberg gelding, for five years. Originally meant to be a sales prospect, he put together a partnership with owner Paige Tredennick to develop the horse for top sport.

“He’s a naturally fast horse, so I got to play that to my advantage and let him run at his pace and stay focused on my track and turns,” Granato said. “We got a bit lucky with a rub in the jump-off, but my horse is very fresh, and we were gearing him toward this week. He came out fresh, strong and ready for it.”

World Cup Race Tightens

Reigning Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final Champion Beezie Madden took over the lead in the east coast sub league standings of the North American League with her fifth-place finish but is already pre-qualified based on her 2018 Finals victory in Paris (FRA). She currently has 58 points, three ahead of Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) with 55.

Just five points separate the following three placings — Germany’s Wilhelm Genn (47), the USA’s McLain Ward (45), and American teammate Laura Kraut (42) — with one east coast event remaining at Live Oak (USA).

Richard Spooner (USA) leads the west coast sub league standings with 49 points. Granato sits ninth with 24 points.

“Coming into the season, World Cup Finals was a big goal, but after jumping at Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona, I missed many of the early qualifiers,” Granato said. “I’ll take a look at my points, and if I’m in contention, I’ll go to Live Oak.”

The North American League continues next on the west coast. The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Leon (MEX) gets underway 09 February 2019.

By Catie Staszak

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Yasmin Rizvi and Lumiere Win $10,000 SJHOF High Junior Jumper Classic at Week 4 of WEF

Yasmin Rizvi and Lumiere. Photo © Sportfot

Wellington, FL – February 3, 2019 – The fourth week of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) concluded on Sunday, February 3, with a win for 18-year-old Yasmin Rizvi of Wellington, FL and Lumiere in the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Griffis Residential.

Rizvi and Lumiere, a 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Clay x Feodora) owned by Peacock Ridge, LLC, jumped clear in the first round with a time of 69.008 seconds, and clinched their win with a clear trip in the jump-off with a time of 40.333 seconds. “I loved doing the jump-off. I love my horse and I feel comfortable with him so it’s always fun,” commented Rizvi about the class.

Catherine Kramer Wraps Up Week 4 with Champion Title in Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 & Under Division

Week 4 of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) came to a close on Sunday with one final day of top hunter, jumper, and equitation competition. The Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 & Under competitors returned to the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Field to contest in an under saddle and two over fences rounds to determine who the week’s division champion would be. After a brief “hack-off” between her and a fellow competitor tied for champion points, Catherine Kramer of Carmel, IN ultimately took the lead with her own Casares.

Following the jog, Kramer and Sienna Pilla closed out the final rounds of competition on the same amount of points and the two riders were asked to re-mount their horses for a short “hack-off”. The two pairs would once again display the three under-saddle gaits to the judge in order to determine which horse appeared to be the more correct mover. After several laps in each direction, both riders were directed to turn back to the line-up where Kramer and the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Casares, were named champion. The pair earned placings of first, two thirds, and eleventh over fences as well as first in the “hack-off”.

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

Veterans Rule the Day in $209k Marshall & Sterling/Great American Grand Prix CSI 4*

Beezie Madden and Darry Lou. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 2, 2019 – In a day full of top competition at both venues of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, fans of equestrian sport were treated to a thrilling jump-off in the $209,000 Marshall & Sterling/Great American Grand Prix CSI 4* on Saturday, February 2. Olympic team gold medalist Beezie Madden (USA) rode Darry Lou to the top spot in the grand prix.

Competing over a course set by Brazil’s Anderson Lima on the stunning grass derby field at Equestrian Village, 45 entries completed the first round, with 13 clear to advance to the jump-off. Of those 13, it was a mix of show jumping veterans and up-and-coming rookies, but it was the veterans who would take the podium places on the day.

Olympian Amy Millar of Canada and her 2016 Olympic mount Heros, owned by Ammo Investments, set the early time to beat with a clear round in 41 seconds flat, which would hold up for seventh place. The leading time was dropped to 38.87 seconds by 21-year-old Lucas Porter (USA) riding Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s Diamonte Darco. They would finish in fourth place. Olympian Margie Engle (USA) and Royce galloped through the timers in 40.19 seconds for sixth place, and they were bumped by Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) on Roulette BH, owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC, who finished in 39.10 seconds for fifth place.

It came down to a highly anticipated jump-off finale with three American riders in the top 4 in the country deciding the final placings.

Tenth Annual Great Charity Challenge Crowns Holy Ground Shelter for the Homeless as Winner

The “Saturday Night Lights” of the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) beamed on Palm Beach County Charities during the 10th Annual Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC), on Saturday, February 2. Holy Ground Shelter for the Homeless took home $150,000 as the lion’s share of the $1.3 million in prize money on offer after their team of riders David Blake, Carly Dvorkin, and Madelyn Ruskin, along with team sponsor Pine Hollow and corporate sponsor Havensafe Farm, took the victory.

“We Are the World” was the theme of the night with riders, charities, local families, and horse sport fans coming dressed in support of their favorite nation. In total, the evening’s contributions brought the overall Great Charity Challenge tally to $13.5 million distributed to more than 230 well-deserving Palm Beach County charities over the last 10 years.

Small Request and Augusta Iwasaki Dominate the Small Junior Hunter 3’6” 15 & Under Division

Saturday competition in the Rost Arena at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) saw 15 horse-and-rider teams return for an early morning start in the Small Junior Hunter 3’6” 15 & Under division. Augusta Iwasaki of Calabasas, CA returned to the ring with three separate mounts but would ultimately take the tricolor ribbon aboard her newest mount, Small Request.

Iwasaki and the seven-year-old Westphalian gelding (Quaid x For Bella) held the lead for the duration of the division as the duo picked up three firsts and a second across the classes. Small Request is a recently imported gelding owned by Elizabeth Reilly and Augusta/Chris Iwasaki.

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

Kevin Babington and Mark Q Win $72,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 4

Kevin Babington and Mark Q. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 31, 2019 – Irish Olympian Kevin Babington rode Mark Q to the win in the $72,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 4 CSI 4* on the grass derby field of the Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Thursday, January 31, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

Sixty-five entries contested Thursday’s WEF Challenge Cup track set by Anderson Lima (BRA), with six horses qualifying to come back for the jump-off. When Babington and Mark Q entered the ring as the penultimate entry to return, Carly Anthony (USA) and Clochard, owned by Neil Jones Equestrian Inc., had set the time to beat at 44.13 seconds. However, Babington and his longtime partner, a 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, would make short work of that time, shaving off more than four seconds to ultimately clinch the win with a time of 40.03 seconds.

Jeff Gogul and Quintessa Stand Out in Equine Tack & Nutritionals Green Hunter 3’6”

The E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Field kicked off competition Thursday at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) with a field of 20 horse-and-rider competitions contesting for the championship in the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Green Hunter 3’6” division. Ultimately, Jeff Gogul of Wilmington, Ohio won the top title with a total of 30 points to just narrowly overcome Kelley Farmer.

Gogul was aboard the nine-year-old warmblood mare Quintessa, who is owned by Roberts Stables, LLC. The pair earned first place in three of the five classes comprising the division which was enough to push them several points ahead of Farmer.

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

Sergio Marins Captures First WEF FEI Victory in $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Jumper CSI 4*

Sergio Marins and Elvis Santa Monica. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL — January 30, 2019 — A field of almost 90 horse-and-rider combinations kicked off the fourth week of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) with a change of scenery as the $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m class took to the Derby Field. Brazil held both top positions in the class as newcomer Sergio Marins executed a flawless and lightning-fast round to take the win.

Week 4 is sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance/Great American and features a fan favorite, the Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments®, during “Saturday Night Lights” on February 2 at 7 p.m. in the International Arena. The week will also host a variety of top hunter and jumper competition, including Saturday’s $209,000 Marshall & Sterling Insurance/Great American Grand Prix. Jumper riders will have the opportunity to enjoy new surroundings as each day will feature competition on the Derby Field at Equestrian Village as well as in the typical Palm Beach International Equestrian Center setting.

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

Sensational Victory for von Eckermann in Amsterdam

Henrik von Eckermann with Toveks Mary Lou. (FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst)

Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann (37) worked the Dutch crowd into a frenzy and booked his ticket to the series Final with a sensational victory partnering the brilliant mare, Toveks Mary Lou, at the twelfth leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2018/2019 Western European League in Amsterdam (NED).

Last to go in a breathtaking eight-way jump-off, the rider ranked No. 8 in the world did what seemed all but impossible when pinning Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer (56) into runner-up spot by more than half a second, and pushing Germany’s Daniel Deusser (37) down to third.

“I knew it was all or nothing! When you’re last into the ring you have to believe you can do it – if you have any doubt in your mind then it will never work!” — Henrik von Eckermann (SWE)

This marked the most perfect return for the FEI Jumping World Cup™ series to the Dutch capital city after several years of a break. And amongst those celebrating the Diamond (60th) anniversary of Jumping Amsterdam was The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander who, like all the spectators packed into the RAI arena, was treated to an unforgettable afternoon of superb sport.

Only one of the eight Dutch contenders made it into the jump-off which began with a superb second clear for the exciting Portuguese pair, Rodrigo Giesteria Almeida and GC Chopins Bushi. That sole Dutchman, Eric van der Vleuten, was more than a half-second slower with Wunschkind when next into the ring but, as expected, Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels and the ever-ready Gancia de Muze roared into the lead in 35.09 seconds when third to go.

Two rides later, however, Frenchman Kevin Staut and For Joy van’t Zorgvliet HDC out-paced them, only to be immediately overtaken by Germany’s Daniel Deusser with his Madrid winner Tobago Z, who broke the beam in 34.67 seconds. Dutch course designer, Louis Konickx, had set them a superb final test, and both Staut and Deusser risked super-tight roll-backs to the vertical three from home.

But penultimate competitor and former world no. 1, Schwizer, who has been rocketing back up the rankings in recent months, found an even tighter line with his 10-year-old gelding Cortney Cox, and galloped through the timers in 33.34 seconds which looked to have surely settled the matter.

However, when it comes to the will to win, there’s no man quite like von Eckermann. Setting his jaw, he started out like his tail was on fire, and the great 13-year-old mare who has carried him to the third step of the podium at the last two Longines Finals gave him her all. Konickx had ensured that courage on the long run to the final fence would be rewarded, and with the Dutch spectators screaming them on, the Swedish pair threw everything they had at it to break the beam in the astonishing winning time of 33.01.

“I could hear the crowd coming down to the last, so I had to tell myself to stay calm! Mary Lou was lacking a bit of power at that stage so I needed to hold her and not go too much, but she is amazing!” he said.

“She has made me in this sport – I’ve had many good ones along the way, including Gotha, but she is the one that has won the most for me and I’m so very grateful to her owner, Mr Tovek, who has given me the opportunities by keeping a horse like her!” — Henrik von Eckermann (SWE)

With Mary Lou he also helped secure team silver for Sweden at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 last September.

As competition began, von Eckermann was lying 19th on the Western European League table, but he has now rocketed up to seventh ahead of the last qualifier in Bordeaux (FRA) in two weeks’ time. He’s missed out on the glorious Longines title by the smallest of margins over the last two seasons, and he’s hungry to try for it again when the 2019 Final kicks off in Gothenburg on 3 April.

“The way to the Final this year has been very stoney, but getting there was my biggest goal for the year. I’ve had two great Finals with Mary Lou before, and I’m so happy to be coming home to my own country to fight for it once again!” the Swedish star said.

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By Louise Parkes

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Onate and Big Red Break Through in Guadalajara for First Longines Victory

Salvador Onate and Big Red. (FEI/Anwar Esquivel)

Salvador Onate (MEX) had a few anxious moments, but luck was on his side when he rode Big Red to victory in the $1,900,000 (~$100,000 U.S.) Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Guadalajara (MEX) on Saturday.

Onate, the first to keep all of the jumps up over Guilherme Jorge’s (BRA) challenging first round track, originally picked up a single time fault, crossing the timers in 79.60 seconds — six-tenths of a second over the original 79-second time allowed. However, the time was eventually adjusted to 81 seconds, securing Onate’s place in the jump-off.

Jumping first over the shortened track, Onate picked up a rail, but his 42.66-second time held again. With no double-clear performances, he came away with the win over Spain’s Paola Amilibia and VIP (4/46.49 seconds). Simon Nizri (ISR) and D Amour from Second Life Z finished third (4/47.71), with Andres Torres Hernandez (MEX) and Chabacon (8/51.89) taking fourth as the only other pair to qualify for the jump-off.

“Big Red is super smart…. He’s been ridden by many of the best, but it’s funny – this was the first time he’s ever won a grand prix!” — Salvador Onate (MEX)

“I knew there weren’t going to be many clear rounds, and when I had the time fault, I felt very bad for myself — because it’s a rider’s fault, not the horse,” Onate said. “Then, they switched the time, and I got into the jump-off. I was lucky today, all the way.”

The victory marked Onate and Big Red’s first in World Cup competition. The rider credited his quick reaction to pick up the pace in the jump-off as his key to victory.

“It’s kind of a disadvantage to be the first one to go in [in the jump-off],” he said. “I just wanted to go as fast as I could. I knew there were fast riders. As soon as I had one rail, I knew that I had to go very fast. That’s what I did, and it worked.”

By Catie Staszak

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