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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