Kenny Kills It with Another Rising Star Win, Set to Go 4-for-4 in Turf Tour Grand Prix

Darragh Kenny and Cicomein VDL.

Wellington, FL (February 18, 2021) – With Black Watch Farm’s brilliant bougainvilleas in full bloom, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny once again proved himself a master in the $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Classic. Over a course designed by FEI and Olympic designer Leopoldo Palacios, Kenny’s effortless riding ascended him to the top of the class, beating out 67 horse and rider combinations. Usually scheduled for Wednesdays during Wellington’s winter equestrian season, February 17’s Rising Star was pushed to Thursday due to inclement weather, and the final day of Turf Tour 7 at Black Watch Farm will commence at 8am on Friday with classes from the .80-meters to a $3,000 1.30m Speed Stake to the highlight $15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix.

An early and fast double clear set by Lucy Matz and Bailey would lead the class most of the day, as the nearly 70 challengers raced through a number of tight rollbacks in the jump off in an attempt to beat their time of 38.468 seconds. The only rider to best them was Darragh Kenny aboard Cicomein VDL, gliding around both the first and second rounds to finish on 37.351 seconds in the jump-off. Olympian Peter Wylde and Royal Flush rounded out the top 3, jumping off in 38.352 seconds. Darragh remains poised to continue his domination of the Turf Tour 2021 circuit, having now put in back-to-back wins in the Rising Star Classic and with three consecutive wins in the Turf Tour Grand Prix going into Friday.

“The Turf Tour is a great place to bring the horses,” said Kenny. “Whether the horses are up and coming or one of my experienced older horses, it’s great for them to get out and see different rings. I think it’s a tremendous asset to have shows on the grass as the horses really like it and it freshens them up a bit seeing a different ring and the different weekly venues.”

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Hunter Professionals Shine on Day Two of WCHR Week at WEF

Scott Stewart and Catch Me © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 18, 2021 – The first hunter champions of the World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) competition were awarded on Thursday, February 18, at the sixth week of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). More than 20 championships were presented in the professional hunter divisions, with top finishers qualifying for Saturday night’s $50,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, the highlight hunter event of the season.

The High Performance Hunters, sponsored by Antarès Sellier France, came to an end in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring on Thursday morning. Scott Stewart, of Wellington, FL, piloted Gochman Sport Horses LLC’s Catch Me to the championship.

Stewart and Catch Me took home a blue ribbon in every over fences class and were third in the under saddle to earn the tricolor ribbon. The reserve champion title went to Jennifer Hannan, of Wakefield, RI, and her own Olympic Fire. The pair earned two seconds and two eighth place ribbons in the division.

Evan Coluccio, of Marshall, VA, claimed both champion and reserve in the High Performance Conformation Hunters. Coluccio rode The Lignelli Family’s Philadelphia Story, a nine-year-old Warmblood gelding, to top honors with two firsts, a second, and a third place ribbon. Balmoral’s Pritchard Hill earned reserve champion with a first, second, two thirds, and sixth place ribbons.

Ashlee Bond and Imagine Save the Best for Last in the $6,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers CSI3*

On the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village, Ashlee Bond (ISR) and Imagine, owned by Aurora Farms and Little Valley Farms, captured the Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers CSI3* to open FEI competition during Week 6 of WEF.

A total of 40 entries contested the two-phase track set by Catsy Cruz (MEX), which featured nine jumping efforts in the first phase, moving over to an additional six efforts in the second phase. With 15 passing the initial test, it was the best for last on the day as Bond and the eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by Emerald x Heartbreaker jumped double clear and posted the fastest time of 26.24 seconds.

“We got her when she was five,” said Bond. “It was a partnership horse for a while, but we bought them out at the beginning of last year because we really felt like she was something special and really suited me. I know her really well, and she’s just one of those horses that is so naturally careful. She doesn’t really know what she can or can’t do.”

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Host Cities for Major FEI Youth Championships in 2021/22 Announced

Host cities for the FEI Youth Jumping Competition* 2022 and this year’s FEI Dressage European Championship U25 have been finalised, with allocations agreed by the FEI Board.

These important Youth Championships will both be hosted in Germany, with the FEI Youth Jumping Competition 2022 allocated to Aachen, and the FEI Dressage European Championship U25 to Hagen, two venues with enviable track records for organising top level events.

Following the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to postpone the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) 2022 in Dakar (SEN) until 2026, the FEI sought IOC agreement for a replacement competition. The new FEI Youth Jumping Competition 2022 will mean that young Jumping athletes aged 14-18 will still have the opportunity to participate in a global competition based on the unique YOG format.

“We were delighted the IOC supported the FEI initiative for a replacement equestrian competition for the Youth Olympic Games in 2022 and that it will be hosted at the world-famous showgrounds in Aachen,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “The Youth are our future and we need to safeguard the development of youth engagement in equestrian sport and continue inspiring this new generation of athletes.

“Participation at the YOG is a significant motivating factor for athletes to stay in elite-level sport. Now we can offer the FEI Youth Jumping Competition 2022 as an alternative to the next YOG generation, which they would otherwise have lost with the postponement of Dakar 2022. And it allows us to promote the Olympic values with these young athletes in a truly global environment.”

The FEI Youth Jumping Competition (28 June to 3 July 2022) will follow the same format as the Equestrian Competition at the Youth Olympic Games, with 30 athletes from 30 nations across six continents participating in a continental team competition and an individual competition. As with YOG, all Athletes will compete on borrowed horses provided by the Organiser.

The FEI Dressage European Championship U25 in 2021, originally scheduled to run in Donaueschingen (GER), has been reallocated to Hagen (GER). Host of multiple championship-level events, Hagen was the venue used for the test event for the new Olympic formats in Jumping and Dressage in 2019.

The U25 Championship will run concurrently with the Senior FEI Dressage European Championships from 8-12 September 2021.

*The final naming of the FEI Youth Jumping Competition 2022 is still to be confirmed.

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Harsh Realities & Boundless Opportunities: EQUUS Foundation 2020 in Review

Without a doubt, we can all agree that 2020 was by far the most challenging year in our history. We are hopeful that you are staying heathy and that there will be a return to some normality this year. Despite event cancellations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are persevering and continuing to make a lasting difference in the lives of America’s at-risk and transitioning horses and in the lives of individuals who benefit from their magic and power.

During our fiscal year ending in August 2020, we were able to help provide care for nearly 5,000 horses at 160 charities nationwide. We’d like to double that number and provide a lifeline to 10,000 horses in 2021. We awarded over $500,000 in grants, including awards of new and gently used riding apparel, valued at $240,000, to 547 individuals through The Rider’s Closet program.

We believe that for horses to remain an important part of American life and have a viable future, we need to embrace a fundamental shift in our attitude towards horses – from the horse as a commodity to the horse as an athlete, companion, teacher, and healer.

We focus our efforts on raising awareness of the issues impacting the future of horses and inspiring horse lovers to be horse protectors. However, at the heart of our mission is our effort to empower and invest in the very best equine charities that are finding homes for at-risk horses and horses in transition, providing a safe haven for aged horses, and increasing opportunities for all people to engage and partner with horses in new and innovative ways. Informed giving has never been more important.

View our 2020 Annual Report here.

To learn more about the EQUUS Foundation and their mission, please visit www.equusfoundation.org.

Darragh Delivers Turf Tour Grand Prix Hat Trick

Darragh Kenny and Quatinka.

Wellington, FL (February 15, 2021) – Three weeks, three Grand Prix classes, three victories: Ireland’s Darragh Kenny delivered a 1.40m hat trick on Friday, February 12, by winning his 3rd consecutive $15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix during Turf Tour 6, held at To-Kalon Farm. The weekly show and Grand Prix series regularly attracts some of the world’s top riders as well as driven amateurs, but for the past 3 weeks Kenny has trounced every combination pitted against him. Headed into Turf Tour 6, to be held February 17-19 at the gorgeous Black Watch Farm, Kenny will defend his triple consecutive Grand Prix title as well as that of winner of the $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Classic, which he won on Wednesday.

Consistently fast and flawless, Kenny’s ride with SHL Farm’s Quatinka was fiercely contested by a number of top riders including Eve Jobs, Ryan Genn, and Heather Caristo-Williams, but to no avail. Kenny’s third to last effort aboard Quatinka answered Ryan Genn’s leading jump-off time of 35.515 with a time of 33.555, nearly a full 2 seconds quicker. Genn, aboard Shannon Reid’s Dieta, was bumped into second with former class leader Heather Caristo-Williams and Marie VD Vespel Z with a jump-off time of 36.286.

“This was my first time jumping here. I’ve brought clients in the past, and we achieved all of our training goals,” said Caristo-Williams of her performance with Marie, a mare owned by Holly Caristo. “She put in a really fast double clear effort, which was my ideal result. It’s really unique to be able to show when you want and to jump on the grass.” The gray mare, who was whinnying her excitement between her first round clear and the jump-off, also sported flashy bling in her braids.

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Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In Conclude AGDF 5 with Top Honors

Brittany Fraser and All In ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 14, 2021 – Week five of the 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) concluded on Sunday, February 14, with another victory for Canada’s Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Helgstrand Dressage.

Personal best scores for every big tour class winner in the FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special CDI 3* presented by CabanaCoast, and FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Helgstrand Dressage were recorded this week. Fraser-Beaulieu and Brittany Fraser and Marc-Andre Beaulieu’s 2005 KWPN gelding by Tango added to that tally, beating their personal best with a 79.330%, while earning two scores above 80% from judges at both M and B.

“I’m so happy,” began Fraser-Beaulieu. “This is like a dream come true, to be back here with a personal best. At the five star and the Nations Cup last year we had great rides, and after such a long break you hope that it’s going to be the same, but after 10 months I was a little nervous. You want to keep those scores and keep hitting personal bests, and All In has come out this season and really proven that he knows his job so well. He tries his heart out for me every time we go down centerline, and I just have to hang on for the ride. I’m ecstatic with him.”

Fraser-Beaulieu rode to a freestyle created by Joost Peters, with Celine Dion music beginning and concluding the ride. “Joost Peters made new music for me for the Nations Cup last year,” she explained, “so this is only the second time I’ve ridden to this new freestyle. I love Celine Dion. My husband is French, I live in Montreal now, and I love the song, so I asked him to incorporate it into the beginning and the end, and I think he did a great job.”

President of the Ground Jury, William Warren (USA), noted the quality of the day’s class and of the pair’s ride. “For me,” he said, “the entire class was a nice quality to judge. It challenged us judges to up our game and really get it right. Brittany hit a lot of strong technical points, and to really have a good freestyle, it has to be technically solid. Today everything was spot on. That really supports the artistic side of the freestyle, because if the ride has technical issues you have a problem. There was wonderful harmony between horse and rider.”

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Deusser Doubles Down with 2nd Win of the Week in $73k CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI5*

Daniel Deusser (GER) and Kiana Van Het Herdershof. © Sportfot.

February 14, 2021 – Wellington, FL – Daniel Deusser (GER) felt the need for speed once again aboard Kiana Van Het Herdershof, owned by Stephex Stables, picking up a win in the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic for his second victory of the week on Sunday, February 14, in the International Arena to close out week five at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

A total of 52 entries stepped into the ring over the 1.50m track set by Kelvin Bywater (GBR) with 12 qualifying for the jump-off. The pace was set by Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa and Carlito’s Way, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Casall x Lordanos owned by Lisa O’Sullivan. The pair were first to return and the first to post a double clear effort, finishing in 40.75 seconds.

Deusser was next to return with the same horse he captured the $37,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI5* with on Friday, and he was quick from start to finish once again. The dynamic duo crossed the finish line in an impressive 38.17 seconds, shaving more than two seconds off the leading time. And, his speedy time could not be beat, sending him right back onto the top of the podium.

Cian O’Connor and Careca LS Elite Capture the $50,000 Restylane Grand Prix CSI2*

It was the luck of the Irish on Sunday afternoon as Cian O’Connor piloted Careca LS Elite, owned by Ronnoco Jump Ltd, to a victory in the $50,000 Restylane Grand Prix CSI2*. The track set by Kelvin Bywater (GBR) narrowed the field from 44 to just seven combinations qualifying for the jump-off and the final class of WEF 5 proved to be another exciting one.

First to go in the starting order and first to return for the jump-off, O’Connor put forth a double clear effort aboard the 10-year-old SLS gelding by Carusso LS La Silla x Rebozo La Silla, to stop the clock in 45.65 seconds.

“He’s a very intelligent horse with a wonderful canter,” said O’Connor. “He has a super technique in front so you can really put him close to the jumps, and he has a great way of jumping. When he’s fresh he’s a little bit keen so he needs plenty of jumping, plenty of classes, and you can really feel there today in the jump-off he was really easy to ride. He can turn back short and he’s catty at the jumps, so it really makes my job easy to go fast on him.”

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Kellock Earns Back-to-Back Personal Bests during Week Five of AGDF

Lindsay Kellock and Sebastien ©SusanStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 13, 2021 – Canada’s Lindsay Kellock and Sebastien notched a victory today in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 3* Special, presented by CabanaCoast, topping a class of 13 competitive horse-and-rider combinations.

Kellock and the 2006 Rheinlander gelding by Sandro Hit, owned by Enterprise Farm Equestrian LLC and Lindsay Kellock, received a 73.319% from the judges, concluding a momentous weekend for the duo.

“I had more confidence going in today based on his performance in the Grand Prix on Thursday,” Kellock began. “He went in and really tried his heart out and gave me a good feeling, which then gave me confidence to ride him a bit more in the ring today. Normally I’m like, ‘Oh, can I do this? Maybe I can push this button?’ but today he just felt so great. I was able to really ride him, take a deep breath, and I think that showed a lot more with those higher scores.”

Though the pair didn’t enter an international competition arena for almost 10 months, they spent their time at home perfecting the basics and working on their overall performance together.

“[2020 was] a very unfortunate year in many ways,” Kellock explained, “but it was a positive for my horse because he was still green last year. I was really able to work through the training [last] summer and then getting back to work with Ashley [Holzer] in November, ramping up the training then, and having the time to work on weaknesses from last year has been huge for us. We’ve worked really hard at that all summer.”

The pair posted a personal best score in the Grand Prix on Thursday with a 72.326% and came back to earn yet another. “I can’t describe the feeling; it’s amazing,” Kellock admitted. “I couldn’t be happier, and I’m speechless. The horse is an incredible horse, and I’m glad that I’m finally able to bring that out in him.”

For more information and results, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Encore and Knight — a Timeless Love Story

“Wild Heart Song” by Deb Lee Carson.

Love is in the air! Everyone enjoys a great love story and when it comes to wild horse couples, Encore and Knight’s story is unbeatable.

Wild horse photographer Deb Lee Carson has immortalized this iconic pair – Cloud’s lookalike daughter Encore and her roan stallion, Knight. As a couple, they’ve been inseparable since 2015, living wild in the Pryor Mountains of Montana.

Thanks to Deb’s amazing generosity, The Cloud Foundation brings you a chance to win this one-of-a-kind, matted, and framed piece of photographic art. It could be yours for just the price of a single raffle ticket… only $25! All proceeds go directly to TCF’s work keeping wild horses WILD.

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Shane Sweetnam and Alejandro Speed to $401k Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI5* Victory

Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Alejandro © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 13, 2021 – The first five-star grand prix of the season was a treat for show-jumping fans as Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Alejandro, owned by Sweet Oak, Spy Coast, & Seabrook LLC, sped to the win in the $401,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI5* on Saturday, February 13, at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

There were 40 entries in the grand prix competing over a course designed by Kelvin Bywater (GBR). Nine punched their ticket to a clear round and advanced to the jump-off.

As the last in the ring for the jump-off, Sweetnam knew exactly what he had to do, and pushing Alejandro for speed as he crossed the starting timers, he didn’t let up through the long gallop to the final oxer on course. They landed clear in 37.03 seconds for victory.

Libbie Gordon Pilots High Society to Top Honors in the Small Junior Hunter 3’6” 16-17

Hunter competition finished in Ring 7 on Saturday with the naming of the Small Junior Hunter 3’6” 16-17 champion. Libbie Gordon and her own High Society took the title after they received three firsts, a third, and a seventh-place ribbon.

Gordon, of Statesville, NC, is currently showing in her last junior year and trains with Ashland Farms. The division had 12 competitive entries, but they were no match for Gordon and High Society.

“He is the sweetest horse and also probably the best horse I’ve ever ridden,” said Gordon of the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Diarado. “He tries his heart out every time I go into the ring.”

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

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