Ellerstina defeated La Dolfina 14-13 in the 117th Argentine Open Final on Sunday 12th December 2010, and thereby completed the final leg of the coveted Triple Crown in Argentina. Ellerstina won the Final in dramatic style, which was delayed a day after just one chukka due to heavy rain with Ellerstina holding an overnight lead of 2-1. Ellerstina’s Juan Martin Nero was named MVP.
The Triple Crown, 2010
The Argentine Open is the third tournament of the Triple Crown in Argentina, which was concluded on Sunday 12 December 2010 in Palermo.
Tournament: Tortugas Open, Argentina
Club: Tortugas CC
Date: September 28 – October 16, 2010
Tournament: Hurlingham Open
Club: Hurlingham Club
Date: October 19 – November 6, 2010
Tournament: 117th Argentine Open, Argentina
Date: November 20 – December 11, 2010
New Orleans, LA – December 13, 2010 – At 7:30PM on Friday, December 10th, the interior doors of Holy Name of Jesus Church opened to reveal the greatest Holiday gift Sean Steffee had wished for, his beautiful bride Livia Eckhardt walking down the aisle.
Based in Kiln, MS, the couple began dating nearly four years ago after what Sean describes as an “amusingly sketchy” first encounter. “Liv was assisting a dear friend of mine, Fellers Drury, at a horse show in the Covington [LA] area and she was setting jumps for Fellers’ students – Fellers had some physical ailments that left him with a permanent limp. Well as I was leaving the schooling ring, typical of me I made a smart remark to Fellers along the lines of holding up the ring being so slow. He laughed, I laughed, but Liv’s head jerked round and she simply glared daggers at me!” Sean shared and Liv added, “I asked Fellers, who is that jack ass? He laughed and said oh honey that’s just my friend Sean. I gave an ugly look in Sean’s direction and said well that was just rude! So my first impression wasn’t the best,” Liv said with a now warm smile to her groom.
OCALA, FL (December 13, 2010) — HITS, Inc. is proud to announce that The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, one of the premier equine rehabilitation centers in the nation, will sponsor the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit for the third consecutive year.
The Sanctuary is an outstanding facility known for its world-class rehabilitation and conditioning services, and is conveniently located just minutes down the road from HITS Post Time Farm. In addition to being HITS Ocala’s Official Equine Sports Therapy Center, The Sanctuary will also sponsor a new weekly award, The Sanctuary Reserve, and will be the Official Host of the For the Love of Your Horse Event this upcoming show season!
The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit will begin Wednesday, January 19, for two consecutive weeks of unrated competition. The AA-rated, six-week circuit begins Tuesday, February 8, and will culminate on Sunday, March 20, highlighted by the $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group. High-Performance on the road to the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix will have 14 qualifiers to get on-board the Eligible Rider Rankings and five Devoucoux Hunter Prix qualifiers for the inaugural $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final, which will take place the same weekend as the Pfizer Million at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York, September 10-11.
Lausanne (SUI), 13 December 2010 – FEI President HRH Princess Haya has today named Chairman of Geographical Group VII Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa (BRN) and Chair of the Driving Committee Richard Nicoll (USA) as members of the FEI Executive Board.
Sheikh Khalid and Mr Nicoll will serve on the Executive Board alongside First Vice President John McEwen (GBR) and Second Vice President Pablo Mayorga (ARG), who were approved at the General Assembly.
Sheikh Khalid, whose carrier as a sports administrator began in 1987, is an international judge in Endurance. He has been Chair of Group VII since 2006. He has been the Vice President of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation and the Bahrain Olympic Committee since 2009. This year he became the Chief Executive Officer of the Bahrain Olympic Committee. In the past he has been involved at the senior level in international sports clubs and committees for motor sports, Jumping and Endurance.
13 December 2010 – For the third year running, Eric Lamaze and John Fleischhacker, joint-owners of the 14 year old bay stallion Hickstead, have been awarded the prestigious title of “Owner of the Year” by the Jumping Owners Club. Hickstead and Canadian rider Eric Lamaze continued their superb form to maintain their position as the most successful horse and rider combination in 2010.
Christian Baillet, Chairman of the Jumping Owners Club, and Jean-Noel Bioul of Rolex SA presented the award to Eric Lamaze. The ceremony took place during the 2010 Rolex FEI World Cup Qualifier at the Geneva Palexpo, Switzerland, on 11 December 2010.
Formed in 2005 and supported by Rolex, the Jumping Owners Club is an exclusive organisation of international owners which works towards growing the popularity of the sport around the world. It is the only body which represents the views and opinions of the owners, and works closely alongside the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) in building the profile and inclusiveness of Jumping.
Wellington, FL – December 13, 2010 – The Gay Polo League (GPL), the world’s only polo league for Gay, Lesbian Bisexual or Transgendered (GLBT) players, will return to Wellington in April of 2011 to host their second International Gay Polo Tournament. The event will be held on Saturday April 2, 2011 at the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, FL. This year, half of the money raised from general admission tickets sold will go to support the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.
The GPL is a United States Polo Association (USPA) official club and consists of all levels of polo players, from beginners to professionals. The USPA rates polo players based upon athletic abilities, playing skills, and tournament play time. Beginning at the lowest level “C”, players move up as they acquire knowledge and refine techniques, eventually getting to “B”, “A”, and then 0- 10, respectively. “A 10” is that coveted rating, and is only held by a few players in the world. Those players who established themselves as the best in the world are awarded with the “A 10” rating. Members of all different levels are seen throughout the GPL, as the only skill required for club members is to have a passion for the sport of polo.
After last year’s Gay Polo Tournament, The Village of Wellington (pop. 55,584) amended its Equal Employment Opportunity policy to prohibit discrimination based on both “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” in Village employment. The policy covers the Village’s 258 employees.
Wellington, FL (December 13, 2010) – Arthemise Baldwin and her 16.1 hand Hanoverian gelding Grundyman not only performed well in their Prix St. George class at the Gold Coast Dressage Association’s Fall Fling, but thanks to Grundyman’s shiny coat and excellent fitness level the duo rode away with the Arenus Performance and Conditioning Award. Sponsored by Arenus, a premier provider of innovative health and nutritional products for pets and horses, Baldwin and Grundyman were awarded a prize basket representing their products that they can chose from with their gift certificate.
Baldwin was pleased with her 14-year-old gelding’s fourth place finish as well as his performance in the Prix St. George class. “He was a little flat the first day so I asked more of him the second day and he really responded,” she said.
Baldwin said she works hard at keeping Grundyman fit and in good condition, and that massages are part of her gelding’s regime. “I do everything I can to support my horse from a muscular standpoint. You have to do proper warm-up and cool down and icing and massages, all of that really counts,” she said, adding that she also gives credit to her groom and trainer for Grundyman’s success.
STAUT AND SILVANA SCORCH TO VICTORY IN GENEVA by Louise Parkes
Geneva SUI, 12 December 2010 – Kevin Staut and Silvana de Hus scorched to victory today in the sixth leg of the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping series at Geneva in Switzerland. The 30 year old Frenchman, who continues to hold the No. 1 spot in the Rolex World Rankings and who was already leading the Western European League series going into today’s competition, produced a last-to-go run that squeezed Olympic champion Eric Lamaze from Canada out of the top spot while Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson finished third ahead of Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum in fourth.
It was a special afternoon for the German rider, as her three-time Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping winning partner Shutterfly – now 17 years old but looking as fresh and keen as ever – showed he is right back to his best. And for Staut, today’s victory was further confirmation of the quality and class of the 11 year old mare which helped him claim team silver at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky two months ago. “I have her one-and-a-half years now and this is the first big Grand Prix I have won with her – I have learned to know her a lot better over the last few months and she is a really top horse,” he pointed out.