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Tiffany Foster and Daniel Deusser Share Victory in $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m at FTI WEF

Tiffany Foster and Melody des Hayettes Z. Photos © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 26, 2014 – The final week of competition at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) kicked off on Wednesday with a dual victory for Canada’s Tiffany Foster and Germany’s Daniel Deusser in the $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m speed class. Due the large number of entries, the class was held in a ‘California Split’, and awarded two sets of placings with $34,000 for each section. Foster and Artisan Farms LLC’s Melody des Hayettes Z topped Section A and Deusser and Stephex Stables’ Domingo were the winners of Section B.

FTI WEF week twelve, sponsored by FTI Consulting, runs March 26-30, 2014. Thursday’s competition will feature the $10,000 Gut Einhaus 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Classic, the $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m, and the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12. Friday will host the $15,000 Adequan 6-Year-Old and $20,000 Adequan 7- and 8-Year-Old Young Jumper Classics. The $100,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Final and $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* will be held on Saturday along with round one of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, which concludes on the derby field on Sunday.

Live streaming is available for two events this week. Watch them at the following links.

Thursday, March 27, 2:30 p.m. EST: $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12: http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/2014-wef-challenge-cup-round-12-live.

Saturday, March 29, 6:30 p.m. EST: $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5*. Live streaming will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the $100,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Final Jump-off: http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/2014-fti-finale-grand-prix-live.

Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) is the course designer in the International Arena for week twelve. In Wednesday’s $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m, D’Ambrosio saw 97 entries over his speed track with 31 clear rounds. Tiffany Foster completed the fastest clear round in 61.01 seconds overall for the win in Section A of the class riding Melody des Hayettes Z. Daniel Deusser finished in 61.41 seconds with Domingo for the win in Section B.

With the split class, the top three finishers in Section A were Foster and Melody des Hayettes Z, followed by Reed Kessler (USA) and Kessler Show Stables’ Soraya de l’Obstination in 63.23 seconds, and Darragh Kenny (IRL) with Eva Castegren’s Alpha VDL in 63.52 seconds.

In Section B, Deusser and Domingo led the way over David Will (GER) and Eveline Kraus’s Black Jack 163 in 63.25 seconds, followed by Eiken Sato (JPN) with Stephex Stables’ Q Royal Palm Z in 63.55 seconds.

Foster has had Melody des Hayettes Z since July of last summer and explained that she has had a great partnership with the mare this winter. “She is really good, and she has been really consistent here,” Foster stated. “She has had a lot of really good placings and top three finishes, but she hasn’t won a class yet, so I was really happy that she won today because she deserves it.”

Before her round, Foster made a good plan with trainer Eric Lamaze and executed everything perfectly. “Eric gave me some really good advice before going in,” she noted. “He said that the most important thing was to go really fast from jumps one to two and to go really fast to the last fence. I kind of started on a really open stride, and I didn’t pull the whole time. Everything showed up really well, so it was really easy to go fast today. Everything showed up coming really forward, so it was fast from the beginning to the end.”

Foster plans to show Melody again in the $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m on Thursday and then the $100,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Final. “She is really amazing,” the rider praised. “She is actually pretty straight-forward and she is a really cool horse because she is able to go in these speed classes and go full speed, and then she has been clear in every 1.50m class I have jumped her in so far this circuit. That has been after running in the 1.45m classes, so she is really versatile. She never gets hot, never gets flat, she just keeps jumping up. She is a really high quality horse, and I am very lucky to have her. I am really grateful to have Artisan Farms as owners to have such amazing horses. I have had such a fun circuit with them.”

Daniel Deusser and Domingo
Daniel Deusser and Domingo

With the win in Section B, Daniel Deusser has added to his experience in the winners’ circle with his mount, Domingo, but until Wednesday, a win had eluded that pair in Wellington.

“He has jumped now three shows here, and this is the first class that he has won here,” Deusser pointed out. “He has won a lot of classes. The 1.45m speed classes are definitely his level, but I have to say, I tried already a few times here and I was not fast enough compared to a lot of these horses and riders. There are a lot of riders here and a lot of people who tried. So far I was a little bit unlucky, but not today. He tried again, and it was just good enough.”

Where Foster explained that she got her speed from fence one to two, Deusser noted that that was probably where he lost it. “In that course, there were a lot of long ways between the jumps, so you had to count a lot from the beginning,” he explained. “I think to really be the fastest at the end, I missed it a little bit from number one to number two. I did one stride more than a few other ones that I saw. For the rest, I thought I had a pretty good round and he had the same ideas as me, so I was quite happy with my course.”

“He is a little special,” Deusser described of Domingo. “He has been going to the shows every few weeks since I have been here for two years now, and still every time he goes in the ring, he is a little bit spooky. Especially in the first few weeks here, around the fences on the wings and the flowers on the ground, he was quite spooky, but to be honest, today was the first time that he didn’t give me that impression. He really concentrated on the jumps and tried to do a good job.”

Domingo shows again in Thursday’s 1.45m and then he is done for the winter in Florida. Deusser then looks forward to Saturday night’s $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* with Cornet d’Amour, who jumped a clear warm-up round with time faults in Wednesday’s class.

“He has jumped a few big classes good already,” Deusser noted. “Three weeks ago he was second in the WEF (Challenge Cup) and fifth in the grand prix. I just rode him in the 1.45m and he gave me a good impression, so I hope we are ready for Saturday night.”

Also showing in the International Arena on Wednesday, Ben Maher (GBR) guided Amy Carr’s Charmeur to victory in the $1,500 Adequan 7-Year-Old Young Jumper speed class. Laura Chapot (USA) won the $1,500 8-Year-Old Young Jumper speed round with Out of Ireland, owned by The Edge. Chapot was also second in the 7-Year-Old class with Mary Chapot’s Cast a Dream. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

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About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 8 through March 30. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

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Deusser and Cornet d’Amour Turn On the Magic at Mechelen

Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Cornet d’Amour won today’s sixth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2013/2014 Western European League series at Mechelen, Belgium. Photo: FEI/Hippo Foto, Dirk Caremans.

Mechelen (BEL), 30 December 2013 – Germany’s Daniel Deusser produced a fabulous performance from Cornet d’Amour to win the sixth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2013/2014 Western European League series at Mechelen, Belgium today.  From a starting field of 40, only four horse-and-rider combinations found the key to Lucien Somers’ tough first-round track. But the 32-year-old rider and his graceful grey gelding were smooth as silk when earning their spot in the jump-off, and they went on to clinch victory in the finest style with a thrilling run against the clock.

Runner-up was Sweden’s Jens Fredricson with his veteran partner, Lunatic, while Spain’s Pilar Cordon finished third with Nuage Bleu.  Last to go against the clock, 2000 Olympic champion Jeroen Dubbeldam from The Netherlands retired after lowering a fence with Zenith, but this nine-year-old gelding is clearly one for the future.  Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander did well to play the percentage game with Ego van Orti whose single first-round time penalty was good enough for fifth place ahead of the fastest of the four-faulters – Great Britain’s Joe Clee and Diablesse de Muze.

Today’s competition was one in which every inch of the arena had to be ridden to perfection in order to be successful.  “I expected more clears, but it was a long, tough course and the time was tight.  It was the kind of course where you had to totally concentrate from the first fence to the very last,” said the winning rider this evening.

Particular challenge

The arena at the Nekkerhalle in Mechelen is long and narrow, thus presenting a particular challenge to both course designers and horse-and-rider combinations alike.

Starting out over an oxer, several horses had already lost their concentration by the time they took the bending line to the vertical at fence two, while even more lowered the oxer at fence three after the turn-back there.  Another vertical at four followed by an oxer at five and then a right-handed turn to the vertical at six led to the influential line from the oxer at seven to the double – vertical to oxer – at fence eight.  Every fence took its toll, and the following oxer at nine was followed by the triple combination before another right-handed swing to the last three fences.

The triple-bar at eleven put many horses on the forehand, so riders often had a handful of horse coming down to the penultimate oxer along the ringside. And with five short strides to the final planks, control of pace and balance was critical at the very end.

Great cheer

It took quite a while for the first clear to be recorded by Fredricson and his 15-year-old gelding whose success, when eleventh to go, was greeted by a great cheer from the big crowd. And then, as so often happens, another followed just two horses later when Spain’s Pilar Cordon and Nuage Bleu also got it all just right.  However there was a long wait for the final two to join them on the jump-off start-list, Deusser and Cornet d’Amour looking in a class of their own with their foot-perfect round when fourth-last into the ring, and Dubbeldam most impressively steering Zenith home without incident when second-last to go.

The 72-seconds time-allowed was all that denied Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander and Ego van Orti the opportunity to contest for maximum points, but her fifth place finish has boosted her points tally to 47 and she is now comfortably qualified for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final next April.  She lies third on the Western European League table after today’s result, four points behind Olympic champion Steve Guerdat from Switzerland in runner-up spot and just five points behind Longines No. 1 rider Britain’s Scott Brash who remains at the head of affairs going into the next leg in Leipzig, Germany in three weeks’ time.

Against the clock

Fredricson led the way against the clock today and really threw down the gauntlet when galloping through the finish clear in 36.43 seconds.  Cordon also left the new seven-fence course intact to slot temporarily into runner-up spot when just over a second slower, and Deusser admitted afterwards that he wasn’t sure he could better the target set by the super-competitive Swedish partnership.

“When you have only four clear you think, well that’s not so bad. I had a good feeling about just four, but Jens was very fast and clear.  I saw him on the screen and my alarm button was already on. I thought, Oh no! Now it’s going to be really hard work to beat that! But I know my horse and he can do fantastic things.  I was lucky on the double vertical and I knew my horse could jump the combination very fast. There was a long run to the double of verticals and I knew he could do one stride less to that, so I think that’s where we picked up the time,” he later explained.

Shaving more than a second off that posted by the Swedish pair he crossed the line in 35.66 seconds.  And when Dubbeldam’s up-and-coming prospect left one on the floor, the Dutch rider sensibly retired to finish fourth.

Coming into his prime

The German winner talked about his eye-catching gelding son of the great Cornet Obolensky who, at 10 years of age, is still only coming into his prime. “I’ve been riding Cornet d’Amour since June 2012. I took a couple of months to get to know him before we went to our first big show together in Calgary (CAN) where he jumped double-clear in the Nations Cup. But then he got an injury in November so we had to stop for two months, and in the end the break was maybe good for him because he came back out in February to win the Grand Prix at Wellington in Florida.  We’ve had a great year in 2013 including finishing fourth in the Grand Prix of Aachen!” the rider happily pointed out.  The elegant pair also claimed the German Championship title at Balve this year before taking team silver and fifth place individually at the PSI FEI European Jumping Championships in Herning, Denmark in August.

Describing Cornet d’Amour, Deusser said, “He likes to present himself in front of the crowd.  In the warm-up he is totally relaxed, but he loves to know that people are watching him and when he comes into the arena he always grows a little – he likes to show off!”  He was particularly pleased about today’s win because it was on home ground. He lives in Mechelen with his girlfriend Caroline Wauters who is part of the organising team for the Belgian fixture and a daughter of the late Belgian jumping star Eric Wauters in whose memory the hugely popular annual fixture is staged.

Deusser recognised today’s victory as an important watershed in his career and said it has influenced his plans for 2014. “At the beginning it was not my goal to go to every World Cup show and try to qualify for the Final, but my other horse has grown so well in the last few months and this horse is in great form. So now I must consider whether I should try to get to the Final.  I’m planning to go to the US in February – this has always been part of my plan.  We went last year and it worked out really well,” he explained.

And he commented on how lucky he is to have the horse with which he won today. “Cornet d’Amour is jointly owned by Stephan Conter of Stephex Stables and Hunter Harrison from America.  Stephex Stables is a very big sales centre for horses so it is great that, thanks to these two people, I now have two great horses for myself to ride so I can really make a plan and get to the good shows.  It costs a lot to have horses on the road, and grooms and show expenses so, once in a while, it is great to get to keep some good ones!” he said appreciatively.

Today’s result has moved Deusser into ninth place on the Western European League leaderboard from which the top 18 will qualify for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2013/2014 in April.  The next leg of the series takes place in Leipzig, Germany on January 19.

For more information on the sixth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Western European League 2013/2014 series at Mechelen, Belgium, go to www.jumping-mechelen.com or contact Press Officer Edith de Reys, Email edith.dereys@skynet.be Tel +32 475 659 281.

The next leg takes place in Leipzig, Germany on Sunday 19 January 2014.  For all information on the Germany fixture, go to website www.partner-pferd.de/de or contact Press Officer Andreas Kerstan, Email andreas.kerstan@comtainment.de, Tel +49 177 7532 624.

Full result here.

Full standings here.

Facts and Figures:

Mechelen in Belgium presented round 6 of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2013/2014 Western European League series.

From a starting field of 40, just four horse-and-rider combinations jumped clear in the first round.

Course designer was Belgium’s Lucien Somers assisted by Eddy Geysemans.

Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander finished fourth with Ego van Orti when collecting just a single time fault in the opening round.

A total of 10 horse-and-rider combinations had a single fence down in round one.

5 riders opted to retire in the first round.

Norway’s Victoria Gulliksen was eliminated in the first round when riding a circle following a refusal at the second element of the double at fence 8.

The annual Mechelen fixture is dedicated to the memory of the late Belgian jumping star, Eric Wauters.

Today’s winning rider, Germany’s Daniel Deusser, is based at Mechelen with his girlfriend Caroline Wauters who is a daughter of the late Eric Wauters and a key member of the Mechelen Organising Committee.

Just four more qualifying rounds will take place in the Western European League over the coming months – at Leipzig (GER) Sunday 19 January, Zurich (SUI) Sunday 26 January, Bordeaux (FRA) Saturday 8 February and Gothenburg (SWE) Sunday 2 March.

The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2013/2014 Final will take place in Lyon, France from 17-21 April.

Quotes:

Winning rider Daniel Deusser (GER): “My girlfriend, Caroline Wauters, is part of the organisation here, and we live together in Mechelen so this is my home show!”

Pilar Cordon (ESP): I tried to do better than Jens, but it was difficult.  I was really happy with my horse.  I tried, but in the end it was difficult.”

Peter Bollen, Mechelen Show Director: “We are very happy with the show this year.  The riders are the ones that create a fantastic show and I would like to thank them all very much. It was last year, during the show, that we heard Longines would be the new sponsors of the FEI World Cup Jumping series. The teams onsite are very professional.  Most importantly, the value of the Finals this year will be higher and more riders will want to participate with the prizemoney involved.  They have increased it significantly – well done to them for taking that step.  The Longines FEI World Cup product now is extremely strong, and I want to thank Longines for their fantastic support.”

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Daniel Deusser Wins Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in Stockholm

Riding Evita van de Veldbalie, Daniel Deusser (GER) won the two-round event featuring the world’s Top 10 riders as based on the FEI Rankings, ahead of 2nd placed Patrice Delaveau (FRA) riding Lacrimoso HDC and 3rd placed Ben Maher (GBR) riding Tripple X III.

The 2013 Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final did not disappoint the packed crowds in the Globe Arena in Stockholm with some thrilling riding by the world’s top 10 riders. It was Daniel Deusser who gave everything he had riding his bay mare Evita van de Veldbalie with a double clear and a winning time just faster than French rider Patrice Delaveau.

It was a last minute entry by Deusser into the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, following the late withdrawal by British rider Scott Brash, and the young German rider did not miss his chance. “My mare has helped me a lot in the second round. She was fantastic; she gave everything and I owe this win to my amazing horse!” said Deusser.

Delaveau was just two tenths of a second behind Deusser, with the only other double clear of the evening.  Ben Maher was the fastest rider of the night, but his four faults in the first round cost him dearly and moved him to third place.  The experienced and ever popular Ludger Beerbaum (GER) was roared on by the crowd to a very fast clear in the final round, but he had to settle for fourth place after his four faults in the first round. Rolex Testimonees Steve Guerdat and Kevin Staut could not make the podium on this occasion, but will be sure to be competing for the title again in 2014.

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The results of the 13th Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final:

1st Daniel Deusser (GER), riding Evita van de Veldbalie
2nd Patrice Delaveau (FRA), riding Lacrimoso HDC
3rd Ben Maher (GBR), riding Tripple X III
4th Ludger Beerbaum (GER), riding Chaman
5th Roger Yves-Bost (FRA), riding Nippon d’Elle
6th Marcus Ehning (GER), riding Copin Van De Broy
7th Kevin Staut (FRA), riding Quismy des Vaux HDC
8th Christian Ahlmann (GER), riding ASCA Z
9th Steve Guerdat (SUI), riding Nasa
10th Gerco Schroder (NED), riding Castelino van de Helle

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Daniel Deusser and Cornet d’Amour Capture $300,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix CSI 5*

Daniel Deusser and Cornet d’Amour. Photo © Sportfot.

Lillie Keenan Tops Sam Edelman Equitation Championship Riding Levistano 2; Lauren Henry Triumphs in Equitation 15-17 Division aboard Esteban La Paz

Wellington, FL, March 9, 2013 – Saturday night’s $300,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix CSI 5*, presented by The Bainbridge Companies, was an incredible display of world-class talent as Germany’s Daniel Deusser, Brazil’s Alvaro de Miranda, and Great Britain’s Ben Maher and Nick Skelton topped an all-star cast during the highlight event for week nine of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF).

Forty-five entries showed in the prestigious World Cup qualifier jumping a course set by Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL. Representatives from 14 different countries competed, including an impressive 20 riders that have appeared in Olympic Games for their home nations. In a thrilling race against the clock, eight of the world’s best made it to the jump-off and four jumped double clear.

Ben Maher and Jane Clark’s Cella were the first pair to clear the jump-off course and set the leading time at a lightning fast 40.12 seconds. Nick Skelton was up next with his great mount Big Star, owned by Beverly Widdowson. They cleared the course in 41.01 seconds. Alvaro de Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno, owned by Miranda and Victory Equestrian BV, went next and stopped the clock in 40.46 seconds. Their round was followed by a stellar performance from Daniel Deusser and Cornet d’Amour, owned by Stephex Stables and Pedro Veniss. They flew through the course in 38.94 seconds to earn top prize. Maher and Cella finished second, de Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno were third, and Skelton and Big Star placed fourth.

Watch an interview with winning rider, Daniel Deusser
Watch an interview with winning rider, Daniel Deusser

Daniel Deusser has ridden Cornet d’Amour, a ten-year-old Westphalian gelding by Cornet Obolensky x Damiani, for ten months since he began riding for Stephex Stables in Belgium last May. After a couple of months off and a 1.40m class at a national show in Germany, the pair traveled to Wellington this winter and jumped right in with week eight’s Nations Cup.

“I was doubting that it was maybe a little too quick to start with the Nations Cup last week, but he came in that ring and he felt fantastic,” Deusser stated. “He jumped double clear in the Nations Cup and was third in the class Thursday and he wins now, so I think he did a really good job.”

Commenting on the class, Deusser noted, “The beginning of the class we didn’t have too many clear rounds, but at the end we had very good riders and very good horses. The quality of the horses and riders in the jump-off was really good and they started very fast. For me there was no choice; I had to try it and we were a little bit lucky and it worked out today.”

“I saw that the jump-off was really fast,” Deusser detailed. “I saw Nick just before I went in and he did eight strides to the last fence. I thought that it was really long, but at the beginning I already had a really good turn from one to two and really kept the triple bar on the inside. Then also to the double vertical I had a really good turn. I had already a really long distance to the second to last fence and I thought ‘Okay, I’m going to do the eight.’ It was risky and my horse helped me a lot; I think that was the reason I was actually faster.”

The packed house of over 6,000 spectators at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) went wild when Deusser galloped through the timers, but he was very focused.

“When I went to the last fence I was actually a little bit scared that I couldn’t make it, so I didn’t actually listen to the crowd, but it was a nice feeling afterwards,” Deusser laughed. “It’s one of the best competitions I’ve won so far. It was very good money and in the moment; it is one of my best results.”

Along with prize money, Deusser was also awarded the Herman ‘Kappy’ Kaplan Perpetual Memorial Trophy, established for Kappy with fondness by the Farriers of the 1995 WEF.

Finishing second, Ben Maher did everything he could in his round and was pleased with the results. He spoke about the quality of the class and the excitement of the competition.

“Every week the jump-offs get faster and faster,” Maher noted. “It looked for a long time like there wouldn’t be many clear rounds tonight and then there were a lot at the end of the class. I think probably some of the fastest horses there are anywhere right now are all here in the same jump-off. For me, I was third in the jump-off, so I had to do everything possible to make the others chase us, which is what we did. We held on for as long as we could and in the end one managed to catch us. All the horses jumped great and it was an exciting round.”

“The jump-off was not too many options, again. It always tends to be a little like that in Florida,” Maher remarked. “There’s a lot of galloping. I don’t know where I could have gone any faster unless I left a jump out. Daniel was amazing. He was in a great position and he had nothing to lose. There were three or four of us all within the same second, so if he didn’t do what he did, he was only going to be fifth anyway. Congratulations to him; he pulled off an amazing jump-off tonight.”

Alvaro de Miranda had his best result of the circuit this evening and was happy with his horse as well.

“I was very happy to be in the jump-off,” he acknowledged. “We have been trying every week and I’ve had one down and down and down and finally today I was really happy because I think I had a good round and my horse was jumping super. We had the fastest horses in the jump-off and when I came out and I saw that I was quicker than Big Star but slower than Ben, I was happy.”

Lillie Keenan Tops Sam Edelman Equitation Championship Riding Levistano 2

Lillie Keenan and Levistano 2. Photo © Sportfot
Lillie Keenan and Levistano 2. Photo © Sportfot

The Sam Edelman Equitation Championship was held over two rounds on the grass derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC earlier on Saturday. Twenty-eight entries showed over the first round course set by Skip Bailey of Wellington, FL. The top 15 then returned for a second round. Performances were judged by Tucker Ericson and Ken Smith.

Top young rider Lillie Keenan of New York, NY, rode Heritage Farm Inc.’s Levistano 2, an eleven-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Levisto x Lord, to the Sam Edelman victory. The pair topped both rounds of competition with back to back scores of 89 for an unbeatable 178 point total.

Keenan has been showing ‘Levi’ since the beginning of the FTI WEF circuit and has had several wins with him in the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, ASPCA Maclay and Pessoa USEF Hunt Seat Medal classes. Keenan explained that they have meshed well from the beginning and that although she had never ridden him on the grass until Saturday’s class, she was never worried.

“He had been schooled on the grass before with one of the trainers at Heritage, so I knew that he had already done it,” Keenan noted. “He doesn’t care about natural obstacles and really is brave so that is very helpful going into that ring, knowing your horse wants to go around.”

“I really like those classes,” Keenan added. “I like the galloping and I think that is a really fun type of class for the equitation because it still is testing your ability with the adjustments and it is kind of a stepping stone towards the jumpers, but it is in a really big ring, galloping around a field.”

Keenan and Levi won well over second place finishers Allison Toffolon and Class Action’s total of 170 from an 84 in round one and an 86 in round two. Third place went to Sydney Shulman and Back Country Farm’s Eli, who scored 85 and 83 for a 168 point total. Anna Cardelfe and Ulrich, owned by Gray Horse Farm Hamptons LLC, finished fourth on 167.5 with scores of 83 and 84.5.

Heritage Farm’s head trainer Andre Dignelli coached the top two finishers, Keenan and Toffolon. For the win, he was presented with a special $10,000 Trainer’s Award. Keenan credited Dignelli and the rest of the team at Heritage for the parts they played in her victory.

“Andre rode my horse this morning, so he gets all the credit for the preparation,” she smiled. “I could not ask for a better team. There is Andre and it is also everyone else at Heritage. Without them I would not have won. Going in there and knowing that everything has been done to make sure that you have the opportunity to win and now it is just your job to pull it through, it puts on the pressure, but also it is a really good feeling. I give all the credit to Andre and everyone at Heritage – and the horse.”

Lauren Henry Triumphs in Equitation 15-17 Division aboard Esteban La Paz

Lauren Henry, of North Kingstown, RI, rode her own Esteban La Paz to championship honors in the Equitation 15-17 during week nine of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Henry and Esteban La Paz, a fourteen-year-old Hanoverian gelding, were third under saddle and jumped to first and fourth place over fences. Reserve honors went to Maggie Savoie and her own Ksenyio. The pair won the under saddle class before placing third and seventh over fences.

Lauren Henry and Esteban La Paz. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography
Lauren Henry and Esteban La Paz. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography

Esteban La Paz stepped up to the plate for Henry last year when she was in search of a horse she could compete in 3’6″ equitation classes. The gelding was already Henry’s trusted mount for hunters and happily adjusted to the equitation ring.

“The first time we rode him, we just clicked,” Henry described. “Last year, I was doing hunters with him but when we changed him to equitation, he just loved it.”

“He can still do the hunters, too, but he’s too slow for the jumper ring,” Henry smiled. “He’s better at equitation because he likes to get in a frame more and he’s easier to ride that way as well.”

Henry credits her equitation success to Esteban La Paz’s striking markings and exceptional show ring attitude. “He’s got a big spot on his belly, which helps us stand out!” Henry smiled. “He jumps really well and when he’s on, he’s on! He and I just get along so well and he’s so much fun to ride.”

Henry was more than pleased with her gelding’s performance on Saturday and enjoyed the challenge of the courses laid out before her. “I thought both courses rode very well. Our first round went perfectly. The second round, he took a peek at the scoreboard which hurt our score, but he was still great. The bending line at the end of round two was a little challenging. We probably could have gotten five instead of six,” Henry commented.

2013 will mark Henry’s fifth year making the journey south for the FTI WEF, which she eagerly attends in search of high-caliber competition and, like many other competitors from the North, the Florida sunshine.

Hunter competition during week nine of the FTI WEF, sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies, will conclude Sunday with the Pine Hollow Low Children’s Hunter 2’6″ division hosted in Ring 8 of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The $82,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic will be featured in the International Arena. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

Lauren Fisher and Laura Cardon for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

Daniel Deusser and Mouse Top $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m at FTI WEF 9

Daniel Deusser and Mouse. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL, March 6, 2013 – Week nine of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), featuring CSIW-5* competition sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies, began on Wednesday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a win for Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Mouse in the highlight $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m, a Longines FEI world ranking class.

Week nine of FTI WEF competition, sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies, runs March 6-10, 2013. The week will feature the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 and $20,000 Artisan Farms Young Riders Grand Prix Team Event on Thursday, the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m on Friday, the $300,000 FEI World Cup CSIW-5* presented by The Bainbridge Companies on Saturday evening, and the $82,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday afternoon.

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9 – March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL, is the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC for week nine. In Wednesday’s $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m, 59 entries competed in a one round speed class with 15 clear rounds. The winning track belonged to Daniel Deusser and Mouse in a time of 55.69 seconds.

Mouse, a fifteen-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Limbus x Grundyman, is owned by Stephex Stables. Commenting on the ride, Deusser noted, “Mouse is already fifteen years old. He has a lot of experience with a lot of riders and I took over last year when I came to Stephex. There is not too much to tell really. Mouse is a speed horse. He knows what to do in the ring, so I just have to steer and show him the fences and then normally he tries to do everything right.”

Detailing his plan for the course, Deusser explained, “I know the horse is really quick over the fence, in the turns, everywhere, so I didn’t really go full speed. I tried to get a good turn from one to two; I think there I was already faster than most of the other ones. Also the rollback turn after the double to the Liverpool, I had a really good turn there. For the rest I think I did the same strides as everyone else. My advantage is that the horse is really quick naturally, so even if I have the same distance as all the other ones I am normally a little bit faster.”

Behind Deusser and Mouse, Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Solerina, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, cleared the course in 56.63 seconds. Coming in third, Brianne Goutal (USA) and Remarkable Farms’ Onira stopped the clock in 58.07 seconds. Germany’s Johannes Ehning and Cayenne 162, owned by Winley Farm LLC, finished in 58.25 seconds to place fourth. Beezie Madden (USA) and Abigail Wexner’s Simon were fifth with their time of 58.60 seconds.

Earlier in the day, Deusser also won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jump-off class riding Stephex Stables’ Domingo. The pair also won last week’s $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class.

Deusser is enjoying his time in Wellington and will continue to show through week nine. He then plans to go home for a week off and return for the end of the circuit.

“Of course I am enjoying it here,” he smiled. “It is totally different from Europe this time of year. You cannot ride outside there; it’s impossible. The ring is really big here and everything is really nice for the horses. I expected it a little bit warmer to be honest, it is quite cold now, but overall I have had a really good experience so far. The horses feel really good. They are fresh and they have jumped well. I think it is also really good preparation for the outdoor season for our horses.”

Also showing on Wednesday, Laura Kraut (USA) and the Evita Group’s Nouvelle were the best out of 120 competitors in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class.

Week nine of the FTI WEF will continue on Thursday with the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 at 11 a.m. and the $20,000 Artisan Farms Young Riders Grand Prix Team Event at 3 p.m. featured in the International Arena. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

FTI WEF CSIO Week 8 Begins with a Win for Daniel Deusser and Domingo

Daniel Deusser and Domingo. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 27, 2013 – Week eight of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by G&C Farm, kicked off on Wednesday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a win for German rider Daniel Deusser and Stephex Stables’ Domingo in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class. Also showing on Wednesday, Hollow Creek Farm-sponsored Children’s, Junior and Young Rider Welcome Stake classes were held with wins for Venezuela’s Constanza Romer and American brothers Lucas and Wilton Porter.

Week eight CSIO competition runs February 27 – March 3, 2013. The week will highlight the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm on Friday, March 1. The Hollow Creek Farm FEI Children’s, Junior, and Young Rider Nations Cups will be held on Saturday, March 2. The $150,000 CSIO 4* Grand Prix, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will be held on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9 – March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, is the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC. On Wednesday, D’Ambrosio set the speed track for 39 competitors in the G&C Farm sponsored 1.45m class. Fourteen entries cleared the course without fault and the times were blazing as a roster of top international competitors fought for top honors.

German rider Daniel Deusser got a win right off the bat in his first class of the week upon arriving in Wellington. Deusser and Stephex Stables’ Domingo had the fastest clear round in 66.038 seconds early on in the class to hold on for the win. Irish competitor Andrew Bourns finished second aboard Double H Farm’s Ace High Mike in 67.617 seconds. Colombia’s Manuel Espinosa finished third in 68.507 second riding Luis Garcia’s Zippo CG. Andrew Bourns also took fourth place honors riding Tequestrian Farms’ Carmina through the finish in 69.491 seconds.

Class winner, Domingo, is a ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Brownboy, owned by Stephex Stables. Deusser began riding for Stephex last year in May and got the ride on Domingo there from the beginning. Over the last ten months, Deusser and Domingo have formed a great partnership.

“He used to jump two-star grand prix in Belgium and the area with a national rider and he has developed quite well since I have had him,” Deusser noted. “He won a 1.50m and has placed a few times in a few good 1.50m classes, for example in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago. He is a really competitive horse on that level.”

Commenting on his winning round in Wednesday’s class, Deusser detailed, “I didn’t really know how to start the class; it was my first class here. When I walked the course I tried not to go too crazy. I had a good rhythm and I took all of the inside (turns to the) jumps. We had an option to the last double to go in six or in seven strides and I decided to do the six strides. I must say, in the beginning I thought that it was not enough to win, but I got a bit lucky at the end.”

Deusser has not been to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center since competing in Wellington at the Global Champions Tour event in 2007. Six years later, he sees significant changes to the facility. On the decision to return, Deusser explained, “My boss did a lot of business here the last couple of years, so it was his idea to come over and I liked it here already six years ago. In Belgium it is snowing at the moment and here the sun is shining, so it is a nice difference.”

Deusser plans to represent Germany in Friday night’s Nations Cup class with his top horse, Cornet d’Amour. The pair was a part of the winning team at Spruce Meadows this summer and he hopes to further their success.

“He is a really nice horse, so I think we have quite a good chance on the team,” Deusser stated. “The last Nations Cup I did was in Calgary last year and we won that one, so I hope we can continue that. Last year Germany won it here also with a really young group, so let’s hope we can do the same this year.”

Also showing on Wednesday, some of the best children, junior and young riders from around the world began their week with Welcome Stake classes in preparation for Saturday’s Hollow Creek Farm FEI Nations Cup competition. Brothers Wilton and Lucas Porter represented the United States well with wins in each of their divisions.

In the Hollow Creek Farm Young Rider Welcome Stake, Wilton Porter (USA) and Sleepy P Ranch, LLC’s Radio City topped the class with Gabriela Mershad (USA) and Mershad Stables, LLC’s Caprilli HSF finishing second and Manuel Fernandez (DOM) and Aristides Fernandez Zucco’s Maribel H placing third.

The Hollow Creek Farm Junior Welcome Stake followed with a win for younger brother Lucas Porter (USA) riding Sleepy P Ranch, LLC’s Mill’s Georgia. Felipe Feuntes (ARG) and Raso de los Morales’ Zalina VD Laarseheide Z placed second. Katherine Strauss (USA) and Chellando Z finished third.

The day concluded with the Hollow Creek Farm Children’s Welcome Stake and a sweep for the Venezuelan riders in all top four positions. Constanza Romer and Frederick Romer’s SF Hechicero won the class. Clarissa Chumaceiro and Patricia Cifuentes’ Medium Platiere finished second. Carlos Bechara and Adriana Romer’s Armelle’s Boy placed third, and Mariana Sade and Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc.’s Ikarus were fourth.

Week eight of the FTI WEF, sponsored by G&C Farm, will continue on Thursday with a full schedule of hunter and jumper competition. Due to a cancellation of the CSIO Welcome Stake Class on Wednesday, the prize money for the Challenge Cup class has been increased. The $43,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 is scheduled to start at 4 pm (pending test results). In consultation with the ground jury and agreement with all seven international Chefs d’Equipe, the class has been changed from 1.50m jump-off to 1.50m speed format (238.2.1). The prize money has increased by $10,000 to $43,000 from Wednesday’s cancelled Welcome Classes. The First Year Green Working Hunters will be featured in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com