Olivier Philippaerts and H&M Ikker. Photo © Sportfot.
Wellington, FL — February 16, 2018 — With his second win in two days, Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) took home the top prize in the $132,000 Rushy Marsh Farm Grand Prix CSI 3* on Friday, February 16, at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
There were 43 entries in the Friday night grand prix, and seven of those were clear over the course designed by Ana Catalina Cruz-Harris of Mexico. As the second to last in the ring for the jump-off, Philippaerts and H&M Ikker, a ten-year-old BWP gelding by Ogano Sitte x Up To Date owned by Roger Van Nuffelen, put down a smooth and fast round in 38.85 seconds for the win.
Gustavo Prato of Argentina rode Carna Z, a 13-year-old Zangersheide mare by Crown Z x Grannus owned by Equus Forte LLC, to second place with a clear round in 40.38 seconds, while Canada’s Mario Deslauriers finished third on Bardolina 2, a nine-year-old Holsteiner mare by Clarimo x Landros owned by Wishing Well Farm LLC.
Danhakl, Bliss, Bostwick, Hall, Ingram, Peroni, Propp, and Ratigan Capture Friday Championships
The International Arena welcomed back Stella Propp, aboard Maraschino, and Kathryn Hall, aboard Cansas, for their championship presentations on Friday in the UHealth Junior Hunter 15 & Under 3’3” division.
As hunter competition continued into the early evening on Friday, Caroline Ratigan, aboard Trust, and Ella Bostwick, riding Ecko, prevailed as champions in the UHealth Junior Hunter 16-17 3’3” division.
Jennifer Bliss exited the International Arena aboard her mount, Google It, owned by James Lala & Virginia Confer, on Friday evening with a top score of 85 and claimed the championship win in the Young Hunter 3’6” 7 Year Olds division.
Fonteyn, owned by John & Stephanie Ingram and ridden by Martha Ingram of Nashville, TN, and Enough Said, owned and ridden by Stephanie Danhakl of Pacific Palisades, CA, were named champions of the Adequan Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 3’3” division after a California split in the International Ring on Friday.
Margot Peroni of Califon, NJ piloted her own Orlon to a championship in the Osphos Amateur-Owner 36 & Over 3’3” division. The eight-year-old German Sport Horse gelding by Olympic Fire carried her to top honors with two victories over fences.