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Hardin Towell and Lucifer V Win $40k US Open CSX FEI Speed Class at Central Park Horse Show

Photo: Hardin Towell and Lucifer V.

New York, NY – September 21, 2017 – The second day of the 2017 Rolex Central Park Horse Show (RCPHS) featured international and national show jumping competition, showcasing top equestrians from around the world on Thursday, September 21, in the heart of New York City’s Wollman Rink.

The evening was presented by CSX, highlighting the $40,000 U.S. Open CSX FEI Speed Class, which saw a win for Hardin Towell (USA) and Lucifer V, as they opened elite show jumping competition for the week. The evening’s competition also featured the U.S. Open $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Puissance, which saw Emanuel Andrade (VEN), Kama Godek (USA), and Todd Minikus (USA) split the victory three ways after each cleared the traditional brick wall at a height of 6’9″ inches. The $5,000 1.20m Junior/Amateur Jumper Speed Class was topped by Mimi Gochman of New York, NY aboard Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s entry, Avoloma BH.

Guilherme Jorge (BRA), course designer of the 2016 Rolex Central Park Horse Show and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, returns to Wollman Rink as the show jumping course designer for this week’s national and international competition. The U.S. Open $40,000 CSX FEI Speed Class saw 30 horse and rider combinations take to Wollman Rink for their first night of competition, including some of the world’s very best, highlighting rounds by Kent Farrington (USA), and McLain Ward (USA), alongside rising talent Lucy Deslauriers (USA), who finished in a competitive fifth place.

The winner of the U.S. Open $40,000 CSX FEI Speed Class, Hardin Towell (USA), guided Evergate Stables’ Lucifer V, a 2006 Westphalian gelding (Lord Pezi x Grandina), improving upon the pair’s third place finish last year and crossing through the timers in 53.53 seconds. Towell was the last entry on course and ultimately overtook Daniel Bluman (ISR) aboard Bacara D’Archonfosse, a 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare (Asca Z x Queen D’Archonfosse) owned by Kim Douglas and Alexa Schwitzer, who stopped the clocks in 55.75 seconds. Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, a 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Bijous Van De Vijfheide) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC, rounded out the competition in third place, finishing in 55.98, adding four faults to their converted time.

“I felt the course was nice. It had a twisty turning start, but it wasn’t so big and my horse has been jumping big classes all year,” he said. “Tonight was a very competitive class, but I had a lot of confidence in my horse, so I took some shots and it was fantastic. I felt he was pretty quick to the second to last jump, and I thought my turns were nice. Last week at Gold Cup I only got third, but I didn’t trust my horse or myself through the first line and in the second line I had the third jump down. I would’ve ended up third even if I’d gone clean, so today I decided to believe in my horse. I felt fast today and I knew it was quite good.”

Towell and Lucifer V have been partnered together for several year and amassed top finishes around the globe in international competition. The pair has excelled during the summer season and Towell felt that the size and structure of the ring helped the duo secure the win and spoke to the versatility of Lucifer V.

“He’s a very diverse horse. In big fields like Spruce Meadows, he’s also great. He doesn’t have the biggest stride, so in an arena like this it’s even better because he’s quicker in the turns, but this is quite a good ring. I’d also like to add that Daniel is one of my very close friends and we’re very competitive, so it’s always fun to win, but to beat one of your friends is even better,” laughed Towell. “I’m not going to lie, the reason I really tried was because Daniel was winning, and he’s won enough the past couple of weeks.”

Bluman is also coming off of a very successful European tour, like his friend Hardin Towell, and was pleased with Bacara D’Archonfosse and her performance, as they look towards the $216,000 Grand Prix CSI 3* presented by Rolex.

“The mare jumped really well again tonight. We’ve been jumping great the past few shows and winning some classes. I walked the course and like Hardin said it wasn’t too big,” he explained. “I got to see Kristen [Vanderveen] go after me and she had a beautiful round and was super-fast. At that point I figured Hardin would get me at the end. He’s a competitive guy. We work together and grew up together, and I knew he was going to try and he got me, so I’m happy for the second place, happy for him, and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Bluman explained that though the mare is a serious competitor in the competition arena, she’s extremely relaxed outside of the ring. He commented, “Hardin and I were joking in the warm-up that if she were a horse used for transportation two hundred years ago, it wouldn’t do. She doesn’t want to work because she’s so relaxed. It took her twice the amount of time to get from stabling to the ring than any other horse, but she goes in the ring and she knows what she has to do. She’s a competitor and she likes to win. She allows me to do my job. She’s really fantastic horse who always wants to jump clear.”

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili were incredibly close to stealing the win in Wollman Rink and used the tight course to their advantage, posting the third fastest time despite knocking the first rail at the one-stride combination.

“He is super-fast and the small ring here actually plays to his advantage because he’s really quick on the turns. I felt that we were very tight everywhere and he ended up catching me off guard by the end of the course. He was so ready for the turns that I cut him a little too aggressively at the combination and it caught up with me,” she explained. “But I was very pleased with him tonight. He’s so rideable for me. He’s listening all the time and asks where I want to go, and that really helps in a ring of this size, and with his size as well. He’s right where I want him.”

Emanuel Andrade, Kama Godek, and Todd Minikus Split Top Honors in U.S. Open $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Puissance

The evening’s competition concluded with the U.S. Open $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Puissance, which saw a three-way tie between Emanuel Andrade (VEN) aboard Clouwni, a 2003 Holsteiner gelding (Colman x Odessa XVII) owned by Andrade, Kama Godek (USA) and her own De Grande, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Verdi x Concorde), and Todd Minikus (USA) piloting VDL Excel, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Douglas and owned by Autumn View Farm.

The class boasted five entries that began the competition at a wall height of 5’3″. All five entries contested a height of 6’9″, before Andrew Kocher (USA), and Paul O’Shea (IRL) were eliminated in the fourth and final round of competition.

“I started to train last year and I had an equitation horse,” smiled Godek. “I got an email asking if anyone wanted to do the Puissance at Central Park and I mean say no more! I had another client riding this horse in the 3’6″ Equitation and I knew he jumped big. I practiced a couple of times last year and we came back to win this year!”

Emanuel Andrade and Clouwni

Emanuel Andrade, a notable name on both the national and international show jumping circuits, contested his first Puissance class under the lights aboard his own Clouwni, ultimately clearing the massive wall set at 6’9″.

“This was my first Puissance and it was very exciting. It was impressive the first time I jumped that wall, but after that I started getting confident and it got much better. It was huge! I’m very happy about it,” he said. “I’m very happy about the group of horses that went this year. They were all so good.”

Veteran of the group, Todd Minikus, guided a young talent in his string in the class, also clearing the impressive wall at its top height. At only eight-years-old, VDL Excel looks to be a strong contender for the future and Minikus commented on the experience for both horse and rider under the lights in Central Park, while thanking class sponsor Spy Coast Farm for the opportunity.

“I’d like to thank Spy Coast Farm for sponsoring this. We all really appreciate it and the crowd seems to really appreciate it,” said Minikus. “I rode a young horse tonight. We just started doing some smaller grand prix and this is great for giving the horses experience under the lights.”

The revival of the Puissance in New York City was sparked by the once popular National Horse Show hosted at Madison Square Garden for many years. Mark Bellissimo, CEO of International Equestrian Group (IEG), felt it was necessary to keep the tradition alive in Central Park, once again bringing the entertaining brick wall back to the iconic city.

“The National Horse Show used to be here and no one can replace that show, but we are hoping in time we can bring that type of energy with us to the Rolex Central Park Horse Show,” he commented. “This is the opportunity to do that, so last year we decided to add the Puissance class. It’s a great thing to have in this sport. It engages the crowd and gives people something to root for that they understand. It’s simple, if you leave the wall up, you move on to the next round.”

Spy Coast Farm, a sport horse breeding and training operation based in both Lexington, KY, and Wellington, FL, was a first year sponsor of the U.S. Open $50,000 Puissance class and Lisa Lourie of Spy Coast Farm was on hand to discuss their participation in the event this year and discuss her love for Puissance, which was sparked by watching the entertaining class at the Dublin Horse Show each summer.

“I was so happy that we got this group of riders this year and we were so thrilled that they all came out. That’s what the Puissance is all about. If you don’t have good riders and good horses, then the class falls flat. We had the right group tonight, and that’s what it comes down too,” she said. “I called Mark after watching the Puissance at the Dublin Horse Show and told him that I was in for Central Park because it’s such a fantastic class.”

Mimi Gochman and Avoloma BH Ride to Win in $5,000 1.20m Junior/Amateur Jumper Speed Class

The night commenced with the $5,000 1.20m Junior/Amateur Speed Class, which awarded a victory for New York City’s own Mimi Gochman, piloting her new mount, Avoloma BH, a 2005 Dutch Warmblood mare (Quasimodo Z x Voloma) owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC.

“I used to have parties in Wollman Rink for my birthday,” commented Gochman. “It’s amazing to see the transformation from an ice skating arena to an amazing show with a beautiful backdrop. It’s such a privilege to be able to show in the middle of New York City. Central Park has always been a fun place to hang out, but I never imagined I’d be riding in a horse show here.”

Of her round, Gochman said, “It was a nice course. It was a little complicated with the angles but our trainer really helped. She told us where to go and set us up for the best possible route, so that was very helpful. She’s a new mare for me, and we’ve had a lot of success so far. I’m really starting to figure out what she likes and doesn’t like. She’s game for anything and she always tries to jump her best. She’s just a really good mare.”

Gochman completed the track in 52.97 seconds, almost three full seconds ahead of the second position finisher, Alexandra Crown, also of New York, NY,  who rode her own Quentucky Jolly, a 2004 Selle Francais gelding (Nirvan V x Fabiola Depinette), to second place on 55.82 seconds.

“I got this horse in the middle of July,” said Crown, “We’ve only gone to about five shows together or so. He’s incredibly competitive and he’s very good at venues like this. He’s comfortable with the tight rings. This worked out in his favor, but we still couldn’t beat Mimi. That was fast! We gave it a go and he was fantastic, so I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

The class continued with an impressive New York native streak as Sophie Gochman took the third place slot aboard Wirina, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood mare (Harlem x Sarina) also owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC, after finishing the course in 55.87 seconds.

“I’ve been competing against Mimi for basically my entire life,” commented the eldest Gochman sister. “This doesn’t really change anything. I’m always rooting for her and she’s always routing for me. Tonight I was just taking one for the team. Whoever wins, it’s still good because go team Baxter Hill!”

For more information, visit www.centralparkhorseshow.com.

Emanuel Andrade and Bon Jovi Take $35,000 1.45m Tryon Challenge CSI 2*

Emanuel Andrade and Bon Jovi. Photo Creditit ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 16, 2017 – Emanuel Andrade (VEN) and Bon Jovi found success on the Grass Complex at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), overcoming a challenging short course in 38.465 seconds for the win. The pair finished ahead of Aaron Vale (USA) and Stakko, who took second place with 40.145 seconds, and Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) with Sibell BH in third with a four-fault jump-off time of 37.404 seconds.

The track, set by Martin Otto (GER), tested 34 entries on the Grass Complex at TIEC, and Andrade commented that while he likes riding on grass and footing equally, riding on the grass is a nice change. “The grass always rides differently. It didn’t look huge, but it was hard, because a lot of people were having rails [down] and there were only five clear. It wasn’t easy at all,” he said.

Bon Jovi, a 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Verdi x Corland) owned by Andrade, is a talented mount who was able to go clear around the short course and shave more than a second from his nearest competitor’s time.

“My horse is naturally quick and I think it was our day. I showed him last night and this morning I tried to change a couple things and it went great actually. I’m very happy with the results. Everything went correctly and we won,” explained Andrade.

He elaborated, “Sometimes you need luck. Bon Jovi is a winner. He always tries really hard and I really like him. I feel lucky to have a horse like that.”

Andrade and his horses will stay at TIEC for a while longer to contest a few more shows before heading to New York to close out his year at HITS Saugerties. With the win coming at the end of the competition, Andrade noted that the $35,000 1.45m Tryon Challenge CSI 2* was a great way to end the week.

“I’m very happy about it. It wasn’t a great weekend [for me], but I closed the week with a nicer result and I couldn’t have asked for a better day.”

For more information on TIEC, please visit www.tryon.com.

Farmer, Oliver, and Fuqua Highlight Hunter Derby Day

Kelley Farmer and Because (Photos courtesy of Equinium Sports Marketing)

Andrade Secures Second Consecutive Win in Grand Prix

West Palm Beach, FL (February 18, 2017) – The sixth week of The Ridge Palm Beach Series welcomed back the popular monthly hunter showcase, Hunter Derby Days, as well as the circuit’s standard $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix and full hunter and jumper divisions at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. With the winter equestrian season now in full swing, the Palm Beach Series full hunter and jumper divisions run each week from Wednesday to Sunday, with unique show offerings each week including USEF Equitation Tuesdays, the unique and spectacular venues of the Turf Tour, the elegance and performance of Hunter Derby Days, and, newly launched in 2017, Schooling Dressage Shows. Week 6, which ran from February 8-12, featured the February 10th Hunter Derby Day and Saturday’s $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix, presented by RV Sales of Broward.

Hunters Take Center Stage during February’s Hunter Derby Day

The second of The Ridge Palm Beach Series’ Hunter Derby Days commenced February 10th, featuring a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, and a $5,000 USHJA Pony Derby. Held under the spectacular covered arena at Jim Brandon, the three classes featured a challenging and beautifully designed course, as well as some of the top horse and rider combinations showcasing the athleticism of the performance hunter. Friday’s events kicked off with the USHJA National Derby, continued to the International Derby in the afternoon and concluded with the Pony Derby under the lights in the evening.

Julie Oliver and Bossa Nova Win $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Bossa Nova, piloted by Julie Oliver, danced over the beautiful hunter course set for the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, besting a class of 26 horses to finish on a score of 186. Kim Barone rode Easy Street HU to reserve honors, and her other mount, Dolce Vita, to third place. Dolce Vita, with Barone in the saddle, was the USHJA National Hunter Derby Champion at January’s Hunter Derby Day.

Kelly Farmer and Because Top $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

With the jumps and prize money raised, the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby began with Kelly Farmer and Scripted took an early lead with 182, but eventually was bested by her own effort with Because to secure victory. Scripted’s early effort was bumped to fifth by Amy Momrow and Aeroplane, Jennifer Hannan and Flamingo-K, and taking reserve honors, last month’s USHJA International Hunter Derby champions, Louise Serio and Rock Harbor.

The Dutch-bred gelding Because, who was purchased in Ocala barely a year ago with Jane Gaston, had only the highest accolades to his name from Farmer, who rode him to his first Derby victory, and from Gaston, who has ridden him to numerous championships and Horse of the Year Honors in the Amateur Owner divisions. “He is an extraordinary animal, with potential to be one of the best Derby horses I’ve ever ridden,” stated Farmer. “He usually pulls double duty with me and his owner, and has won in everything, now from the Derbies to the greens, 4-foot, and Amateurs.”

Owner Jane Gaston had equally rave reviews, stating, “He has huge range & scope, and is a total gentleman. Originally started as a jumper, he has made great progress with Kelley and I in the hunter ring, and we are thrilled with his first Derby win.”

As one of the top hunter riders in the world, Farmer is a regular on The Ridge at Wellington’s Hunter Derby Days series, taking top honors in the International Derbies in 2016 and now a win with Because in 2017. “Nona and George do a great job, they’re very accommodating, and this is a great venue and show for a young horse to learn what horse shows are without getting thrown into a very intense environment. This, for a derby horse, is a bit like starting a Grand Prix horse: they get to jump at a real horse show on nice footing, real jumps, nice course designers, and are still doing the real thing without the pressure. Nona and George have done a beautiful job creating the perfect conditions for effectively bringing along horses.”

Kat Fuqua and Somekindawonderful Sweep $5,000 USHJA Pony Derby

From the big leagues to the ponies, the covered arena transformed once again into a miniaturized version of the International Derby course and welcomed a group of talented ponies and riders. An exceptional round by Kat Fuqua and Somekindawonderful led the field for the evening’s $5,000 USHJA Pony Derby from beginning to end. Fuqua and her Captain America, who were the champions of January’s USHJA Pony derby, finished third, with Augusta Iwasaki and Small Suggestion taking reserve honors.
Consistently attracting top names in the sport, including Olympians, medal finalists, and international champions, the Hunter Derby Day competitions offer an exclusive way to gain national and international experience, as well as qualifying scores, in a utopian show atmosphere.

Emanuel Andrade and Belita

Emanuel Andrade and Belita Secure Second Consecutive Victory in Saturday’s $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix Presented by RV Sales of Broward

For the second week in a row, Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade and Belita ruled the Grand Prix, putting in impressive double clear rounds that proved to be uncatchable. The first double clear round went to Ilan Bluman and Eax Run Run LS, who finished on a final jump off time of 34.385. Soon after, Lauren Crooks and Columbeille de Reve stole the lead from Bluman, only to have it stolen almost immediately by Andrade and Benita. The athletic bay mare and the Venezuelan young rider put in a blazingly fast jump off round, taking a commanding lead over the rest of the field with a 29.431. A late effort by Kelly Cruciotti and My Flores bumped Crooks into third, but no horse & rider combinations were able to challenge Andrade’s lead, despite a field full of accomplished international Grand Prix competitors including Daniel Bluman, Darragh Kenny, Pablo Barrios, and Peter Jordan.

The Ridge at Wellington’s Palm Beach series continues with full hunter and jumper divisions each week, Wednesday – Sunday, as well as February 24th’s Turf Tour at Polo West, USEF Equitation Tuesdays, and each week a $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix on Friday and a $5,000 1.30m Open Stake on Saturday.

Visit www.TheRidgeFarm.com for full prizelists and schedules!

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Venezuela, Dominican Republic Reign Supreme in Palm Beach Series Turf Tour and 1.40 Grand Prix

Emanuel Andrade and Jenni’s Chance (Photos courtesy of Equinium Sports Marketing)

West Palm Beach, FL (February 13, 2017) – In a banner week for South America and the Caribbean, the Palm Beach Series’ unique hunter and jumper offerings during Week 5, which ran February 1-5, were headlined by the circuit’s trademark Turf Tour and accompanying $15,000 1.40 Grand Prix. Envisioned as a utopian compliment to Wellington’s booming winter equestrian season, the Palm Beach Series diverse show offerings draw a cross section of competitors from aspiring leadliners to international Grand Prix and Olympic champions. From its main base at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, just minutes down Forest Hill Boulevard from the city’s equestrian mecca, full divisions of hunters and jumpers run weekly in tandem with USEF Equitation Tuesdays, Palm Beach Series Schooling Dressage, Hunter Derby Days, and the Turf Tour.

Emanuel Andrade and Benita Surge to Victory in $15,000 RV Sales of Broward 1.40m Grand Prix

Displaying the brave riding style that seems to come standard in South America’s show jumpers, Pan Am, World Equestrian Games, and Rio 2016 Olympic rider Emanuel Andrade rode Benita and Jenni’s Chance to first and second placings in Friday’s $15,000 RV Sales of Broward 1.40 Grand Prix. Held Friday in the pristine all weather arena at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, Andrade and Jenni’s Chance had an early double clear finishing on 38.174 in the jump-off. But almost as soon as Andrade’s placing was announced, he was back in the arena to best his own time with Benita.

In a thrilling jump-off effort, Benita, under Andrade’s guidance, soared over the final vertical and through the timers to best Jenni’s Chance with a jump off time of 35.263. Despite a number of valiant efforts from the rest of the field, no one could catch Benita or Jenni’s times. Colombia’s Ilan Bluman rounded out the top three rankings with Eax Run Run LS.

Dominican Republic’s Manuel Fernandez Hache Rule the Turf Tour February 4th

The talented combination of Manuel Fernandez Hache and Al Calypso proved exceptional during Saturday’s Turf Tour 1.45m Grand Prix, putting the Caribbean nation at the top of the standings. Veterans of the 2015 Pan American Games, Hache and Al Calypso navigated Saturday’s Turf Tour course with the grace and poise of seasoned international competitors. One of the last combinations to stretch their legs on the grass field at The Ridge at Wellington’s home farm, their double clear effort and 41.533 jump-off time stole the lead from the US Olympian Laura Kraut and Cavalia.

Manuel Fernandez Hache and Al Calypso

“It was a very good ride, a very good course,” said Hache following his ride in the Turf Tour. “We have been riding at Spruce Meadows during the summer, so Al Calypso is used to being on the grass and enjoys the change from sand arenas. It can be dull riding in the same places over and over and this is a breath of fresh air to come out here and be able to jump on this level in an open environment. I love the tranquility of The Ridge’s shows, we have been showing in the Palm Beach Series’ Grand Prix for the past few weeks as a way to build up for the U25 Grand Prix and larger classes later in the season. It’s great that we can come out here and relax, jump, and train without stress. This course was particularly nice to sharpen up the horses, it was very straight forward. I galloped my horse straight and forward to the jumps, and made the most of riding on the grass.”

Palm Beach Series Schooling Dressage Welcomes Riders Every Other Tuesday through April

The second of the twice-monthly Palm Beach Series Schooling Dressage Shows commenced Tuesday, February 7th, with riders of all levels enjoying the serene environment, exceptional footing, and world-class judges. From young horses and riders at their debut dressage show, to seasoned Grand Prix and international competitors fine-tuning their Freestyles, last Tuesday’s judge, GP & BA certified German dressage expert Heiner Jeibmann, saw everything from Training and Third Level to the Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix.

The weekly schooling shows run every other Tuesday, with the next event being held February 21st and featuring FEI Judge Janet Foy. PBS Schooling Dressage is held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, a full service show grounds just minutes from Wellington’s center that includes multiple all-weather lighted arenas, an oversized covered arena, two large barns of permanent stabling, a lunging area, and ample parking for trucks, trailers and cars. Designed to put horses and riders in a new, unique atmosphere, the dressage classes begin at 4pm.

For more information and full prizelist, visit www.TheRidgeFarm.com.

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Equinium Sports Marketing, LLC
954 205 7992

Emanuel Andrade and Nokia De Brekka Win $30k UHealth Grand Prix at ESP New Year’s Show

Emanuel Andrade and Nokia De Brekka. Photos ©ManciniPhotos.

Wellington, FL – January 4, 2017 – Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and Nokia De Brekka finished atop the $30,000 UHealth Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), besting a class of 39 entries. Andrade and Nokia De Brekka finished the jump-off track in 42.673 seconds to take the win, while Jackson Brittan of Westlake, TX and Easy Contact Humlan rode to second place with a time of 45.562 seconds. Leslie Howard of Darien, CT piloted Up and Blue Chapelle to third after crossing through the timers in 45.816 seconds.

Andrade and his own Nokia De Brekka have had a phenomenal season at PBIEC during the 2016 Holiday Series, amassing several top finishes in numerous Welcome Stake classes, as well as in the grand prix competition offered weekly. Andrade bested a talented jump-off, which saw six riders advance from the first round. Only the top three finishers completed the day with a double clear effort around the track set by Hector Loyola of Wellington, FL.

Andrade rode three other mounts in the class including Dipssy, Cortina 186, and Bon Jovi, all proving to be highly competitive in grand prix competition. Continuing his preparation for the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Andrade has exemplified his skill and knack for speed during pre-season competition, which will be useful looking towards nearing circuit.

The ESP Holiday Series will conclude on Sunday, January 8, ahead of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) circuit, which will begin on Wednesday, January 11, and continue through Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Conor Swail and Flower

Jumper Highlights

Conor Swail of County Down, Ireland guided Flower, owned by FINCA Horses Inc., to top honors in the $10,000 UHealth Open Stake with a speedy jump-off time of 39.876 seconds. Shane Sweetnam of Wellington, FL and Cobolt, owned by The Blue Buckle Group, finished in second place after crossing through the timers in 40.121 seconds. Nicole Shahinian-Simpson of Wellington, FL and Akuna Mattata, owned by Silver Raven Farms, rounded out the top three with a jump-off time of 41.489 seconds. The class saw 32 entries contest the first major class of the week’s competition during the ESP New Year’s Show. Nine combinations moved forward to test the short course designed by Hector Loyola of Wellington, FL. Six pairs finished the class with a double clear effort in hand.

Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL and Champion for Volt, owned by Augusto Surico, rose to the top of the $5,000 1.35m Jumper Classic presented by The Brazilian Court Hotel after besting second place by nearly six seconds. Larrazabal stopped the timers in 42.957 seconds ahead of Carlos Quinones of Wellington, FL and Sato Yama, owned by Michelle Navarro-Grau, who claimed second place with a time of 48.703 seconds. Rodrigo Pessoa of Wellington, FL and Chaco 34, owned by Francesca Damasceno, took third place after finishing the track in 49.224 seconds.

The $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic presented by Equine Couture & Tuff Rider saw Ellen Mollerus of Larchmont, NY and Caretino, owned by Katherine Strauss LLC, take top honors after completing the short course in 34.237 seconds. Eva Harris of Wellington, FL and Showtime De Pleville, owned by RussellSportHorses LLC, took second place with a time of 37.51 seconds ahead of Dakota Champey of Far Hills, NJ and Unsomnie De La Roque, owned by Hampton Farms LLC, who took third place with a time of 39.248 seconds.

The $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic presented by Equine Couture & Tuff Rider saw Carson King of Bedminster, NJ and Middlemarch, owned by River Run Farm LLC, claim victory in the division as they completed the jump-off track in 36.98 seconds. Devon Degen of Watermill, NY and Coachella, owned by Degenmoor Farm Inc., rode to second place with a time of 38.053 seconds. Deborah Imperatore of Basking Ridge, NJ and Ben-Sky, owned by J&J Imperatore LLC, finished in third, after dropping a rail for four faults and crossing through the timers in 37.736 seconds.

Samantha Johnson of Skillman, NJ and her own Gallant rose to the top of the leaderboard in the $1,500 Children’s Jumper Classic with a time of 34.439 seconds. Sabrina Lefebvre of St. Marc Sur Richeliue, QC and Wedding Day finished in second place with a jump-off time of 35.69 seconds, while Ally Marrinan of Saunderstown, RI and Ruby, owned by Rose Hill Farm, rounded out the top three with a time of 36.157 seconds.

Stephanie King of St. Augustine, FL and her own Co-Starr captured victory in the $1,500 Adult Amateur Jumper Classic presented by Accuhorsemat after completing the track with an efficient time of 34.04 seconds. Laura Anderson of Ashland, VA and her own HHS Cheiro took second place as the only other combination to advance to the jump-off round. The duo added four faults to their time of 40.959 seconds. Devon Degen of Watermill, NY and Zippo, owned by Degenmoor Farm Inc., rounded out the top three after adding a single time fault in the first round to finish in 77.255 seconds.

The $2,500 High Amateur Owner Jumper Classic presented by Equiline saw McKayla Langmeier of East Granby, CT and Tahiti Island, owned by Blue Hill Farm, LLC, take top honors with a time of 43.26 seconds. Daisy Farish of Versailles, KY and Balance, owned by Chansonette Farm LLC, captured second place, completing the course just behind Langmeier with a time of 43.549 seconds. Michelle Navarro-Grau of Wellington, FL guided her own Yidam to an exciting finish in the class, collecting a time of 43.654 seconds for third.

The $2,500 NAL Low Amateur Owner Jumper Classic saw Lynsey Whitacre of St. Joseph, MO and her own Zorzuela Leuze Z ride to victory after finishing with a time of 41.179 seconds. Rileigh Tibbott of Ebensburg, PA and her own Cento per Cento CG captured second place with a time of 43.01 seconds ahead of Meghan Hurst of Baton Rouge, LA and her own Fidel Cavaro who earned third place with a time of 43.369 seconds.

Catalina Peralta of Geneva, FL and Chopin Z, owned by Grindstone Farm LLC, finished atop the $2,500 Low Junior Jumper Classic after completing the jump-off round in 41.016 seconds. Faith Davis of Gurley, AL and her own Da Vinci took second place, finishing just behind Peralta with a time of 41.303 seconds around the short course. Isabella Andreu of Wellington, FL and Grannit Du Petit Bois, owned by Ilsa Franzuis & Jorge Andreu, finished in third place with a time of 42.234 seconds.

Chloe Wilkenfeld of Bedford, NY and Urben, owned by Ashley McIlwain, rose to the top of the leaderboard in the $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic after completing the jump-off track in 38.471 seconds. Morgan Champey of Far Hills, NJ and Baronesse, owned by MDHT Equestrian, LLC, finished in second with a time of 39.739 seconds, while Samantha Karp of Wellington, FL and her own David rode to third place, stopping the timers in 40.955 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

Kim Barone of Watertown, MN and Easy Street HU, owned by Raven Ridge Farm, rode to the top of the class in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby after receiving a two round score of 173. Emma Weiss of New York, NY and her own Cheveaux took second, finishing just behind Barone with a score of 172.5. Ashton Alexander of Ocala, FL and Amazone De La Cense, owned by Plain Bay Farm, secured third, earning a 165. The derby featured 21 entries, while Barone championed the class with an 86 in the first round and an 87 in the handy. Weiss earned the high score of the day aboard Cheveaux after receiving an 89 for their first round effort.

Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL and For Ever, owned by Victoria Colvin, LLC, captured first place in the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program (PGIP) with a score of 81. Colin Syquia of Wellington, FL and Samba’s Secret, owned by Jennifer Smith, captured second place with a score of 78, while Maria Rasmussen of Oak Creek, WI and O. Edward, owned by Sydney Hamel, also finished with a  score of 78 for third.

The $1,000 3’6″ Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter Classic presented by Sweet Oak Farm saw Emma Weiss of New York, NY and Cheveaux take top honors with a two round score of 168, while Michael Williamson of Loomis, CA and Boris, owned by Vlock Show Stables LLC, took second place, finishing just a point behind Weiss to receive a 167. Krista Weisman of Brooklyn, NY and Reality, owned by Krista & Alexa Weisman, captured third place with a score of 162.

Ashley Vogel of Mequon, WI and her own Avignion rode to victory in the $1,000 3’3″ Junior Hunter Classic presented by Sweet Oak Farm after receiving a total score of 170 from the judging panel. Jaden Olson of Parker, CO and her own Conradical took second place after receiving a 161, while Samantha Braswell of Wellington, FL and Pinehurst, owned by Two Goals Farm LLC, rode to third place with a score of 150.

Martha Ingram of Nashville, TN and Ice Time, owned by John & Stephanie Ingram, LLC, rode to victory in the $1,000 3’3″ Amateur Owner Hunter Classic presented by Sweet Oak Farm after earning a two round total score of 167. Lindsay Maxwell of Beverly Hills, CA piloted her own Kingston to second with a score of 166.5, while Krista Weisman of Brooklyn, NY and Concept, owned by Krista & Alexa Weisman, took third with a 166.

The $500 Large Pony Hunter Classic presented by Moorcroft Inc. saw Ansley Wright of Manalapan, FL and Serenade in Blue, owned by Deborah Brown-Moon, take top honors with a score of 158. Caroline Ellis of Weston, MA piloted All about Blue, owned by Artillery Lane, LLC, to second place with a score of 156 ahead of Dakota Champey of Far Hills, NJ and Tantallon Co-Captain, owned by MDHT Equestrian, LLC, who earned a 148 for third place.

Samantha Takacs of Oldwick, NJ and IFlirt, owned by MDHT Equestrian, LLC, rode to victory in the $500 Small Pony Hunter Classic presented by Moorcroft Inc. after receiving a two round score of 162. Caia Watridge of St. Augustine, FL and her own Heavens to Betsy secured second place with a 160, while Allison Coleman of Wellington, FL and her own Training Wheels rounded out the top three with a score of 154.

The $500 Medium Pony Hunter Classic presented by Moorcroft Inc. was won by Sienna Pilla of Ridgefield, CT aboard Robin Hill’s Snapshot, owned by Piccolino Farm LLC, who topped the class with a score of 161. Alexandra Lynn Willner of Boca Raton, FL and Oakledge Fire and Rain, owned by Donald Stewart, finished with a 160 for second place. Campbell Hudkins of Farmington, CT and Swingtown, owned by Peacock Ridge, LLC, rounded out the top three finishers with a score of 154.

For more information on PBIEC and to view a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Emanuel Andrade Finishes Exceptional Week at ESP Holiday I

Andrade and Nokia De Brekka. Photo Credit ©ManciniPhotos.

Wellington, FL – December 17, 2016 – Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL concluded a tremendous week at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) after taking top honors in both the $25,000 TACKNRIDER Grand Prix and $10,000 TACKNRIDER Stake during ESP Holiday I competition. Andrade finished one, two, three in the $25,000 TACKNRIDER Grand Prix aboard Nokia De Brekka, Dipssy, and Bon Jovi, respectively. Guiding Nokia de Brekka to the win with a time of 44.716 seconds, Andrade also produced two clear rounds with Dipssy, finishing in 45.357 seconds and Bon Jovi completing the track in 45.794 seconds.

Andrade had four entries in the class and amassed an impressive finish with his top mounts following in consecutive order. The class featured 32 combinations and a large jump-off of 12 entries, while course designer Hector Loyola of Wellington, FL built the track. Andrade outmaneuvered the class, finding the quickest routes around the short course with each of his mounts who qualified for the jump-off. Andrade’s three mounts were the only to finish with a double clear effort on the day.

“As always, I came in to today wanting to do the best I could. The past couple of weeks have been very successful,” he said. “The grand prix today was more technical and a bit more difficult so I feel like it was a really good day.”

Andrade has excelled at PBIEC since his return to Wellington late fall and feels that his horses are in top shape and gaining strength in the ring that is essential to being competitive at the top levels.

“It was easier for me to feel comfortable with three horses in the jump-off because you have three opportunities. When you look at the class list for today there were a lot of riders with experience and great horses so I’m just really happy that we finished the way we did.”

“All three of my rides were the only double clear rounds today and it was a tough track. I’m very proud of my horses,” he added.

Andrade entered the ring on Bon Jovi knowing that he had already secured first and second place, which is an interesting but unusual position for riders contesting a competitive grand prix. Demonstrating his intense will to win, Andrade wanted to try and best his own winning time.

“When I went in on Bon Jovi I wanted to try and beat myself. That’s the best part of competing is having the chance to try and beat yourself in a class like this,” he continued.

The Venezuelan star has always been a tough and consistent competitor during the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), garnering top accolades in numerous divisions throughout the 12-week circuit. This year, the Under 25 classes is set to be the focus for Andrade, while an exciting new mount will take center stage on Saturday nights under the lights.

“I’m going to try and do my best. I jump a lot of the Under 25 classes and we just got a new horse that is going to be very good for the Saturday night classes so we will see. I’m very excited to see if we can continue to have good results at WEF.”

Andrade also took first place aboard Dipssy in the $10,000 TACKNRIDER Stake earlier in the week, as the pair navigated the jump-off track in 37.167 seconds ahead of Ian Millar of Perth, ON, who guided Vittorio 8 to second place with a time of 38.82 seconds. Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, OH and Bugatti rounded out the top three after completing the track in 39.029 seconds. The class saw six combinations qualify for the short course, while a total of 26 entries took to the initial track.

Jumper Highlights

The $2,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic was championed by Samantha Karp of Wellington, FL and her own David, who paced the class with a 35.07 in the jump-off round for the win. Stephanie Ann Cook of Franklin, TN and Fidele, owned by Lionsway Farm, captured second place after adding four faults to their time of 38.375 seconds. Deborah Perkins of Wellington, FL and Emerald Grace, owned by Jimmy & Danielle Torano, finished in third after dropping a rail for four faults and completing the track in 40.029 seconds.

Filip de Wandel and Innocent Nina, owned by Five Way Farm LLC, captured top honors in the $5,000 1.35m Jumper Classic after besting the jump-off round with a time of 46.55 seconds. Denis Coakley of Lake Worth, FL and Sterling Un Prince, owned by Matt Garrigan, finished in second place after completing the track in 46.748 seconds, while Conor O’Regan of Upperville, VA and Touche Windsor Z, owned by Windsor Farm Sales, rounded out the top three finishers after adding four faults to their time of 47.053 seconds.

The $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Equine Couture & Tuff Rider saw Star Schatten of Franklin, TN and Cayotee, owned by Lionsway Farm rise to the top of the competitive class. The pair finished the short course in 34.86 seconds ahead of Samantha Briggs of Lexington, KY and Leonardo, owned by Higgns’ Investments, who stopped the timers in 37.519 seconds. Zayna Rizvi of Greenwich, CT and Forget Me Knot, owned by Peacock Ridge, LLC, secured third place after completing the track in 39.702 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

Madeline Thatcher of Bluffdale, UT had a spectacular weekend in the Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6″ 18-35 Division, piloting Sterling, owned by Pony Lane Farm, and Summer Place, also owned by Pony Lane Farm, to champion and reserve champion, respectively.

Patricia Griffith of New York, NY guided Chicago, owned by Callie Seaman, to divisional honors in the Green Hunter 3’6″ Division, while Kelley Farmer of Keswick, VA and High Priority, owned by Zenfield Farm, captured reserve champion.

Griffith also continued with her win streak aboard Clearline Z, owned by McLain Ward, in the High Performance & Green Hunter 3’9″ Division ahead of Maggie Jayne of Elgin, IL and Like I Said, owned by Pony Lane Farm, who took home reserve champion.

The Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ Division saw Elizabeth Kirby of Wellington, FL and Reservation, owned by E. K. Equestrian LLC, ride to the top of the division and earn champion accolades. Hana Bieling of Wellington, FL and Waterfall, owned by Jennifer Combs, were presented with reserve.

Christina Rogalny of Wellington, FL and Redeemed, owned by Carol Ruth & Sumner Hill Farms, LLC, led the competition in the Junior Hunter 3’6″ Division presented by #1 Education Place to take home champion honors ahead of Alexa Schwitzer of Muttontown, KY and In Joy, owned by Over the Top Stables LLC, who finished in the reserve position.

The Large Pony Hunter Division was championed by Chase Finizio of Boca Raton, FL and California Dreamin’, owned by Millennium Farm, Inc. Sophia Calamari of New Milford, PA and Fox Creek’s Antony Quinn, owned by Dianna Orona, collected reserve champion.

Alexandra Lynn Willner of Boca Raton, FL and Anisette, owned by Hannah Hoch, were awarded with the divisional championship after a consistent week of riding. Willner also captured reserve champion honors in the division aboard Rosewood, owned by Hannah Egan.

Zayna Rizvi of Greenwich, CT and Canterbrook Prince Charming, owned by Ella Bikoff, found themselves atop the Small Pony Hunter Division, while Mia Green of Delray Beach, FL and Bieber, owned by Laura Barrett-Gurtis, took reserve.

The $500 Pony Hunter Classic presented by Moorcroft, Inc. saw Alexandra Lynn Willner of Boca Raton, FL secure first place in the class aboard Anisette, owned by Hannah Hoch. Zayna Rizvi of Greenwich, CT and Anderin’s Momento, owned by Ella Bikoff took second place, while Willner captured third place in the class aboard Rosewood, owned by Hannah Egan.

For more information on Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Emanuel Andrade and Wicked Race to Win in $10,000 Open Stake at PBIEC

Emanuel Andrade and Wicked. Photo Credit ©ManinciPhotos.

Wellington, FL – November 16, 2016 – Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and Wicked, owned by Hollow Creek Farm, took top honors in the $10,000 Open Stake at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during the ESP November competition. Andrade and Wicked completed the jump-off track in 46.848 seconds ahead of David Blake of Wellington, FL and Bella Donna, who crossed the jump-off timers in 47.172 seconds. Richard Neal of Malibu, CA and Ida Gold finished in third, dropping a rail in the jump-off and finishing in 45.151 seconds.

The class saw 25 entries test the track set by Hector Loyola of Wellington, FL, as nine combinations advanced to the jump-off round, while only two pairs delivered a double clear effort on the day. Andrade and Wicked, who is a relatively new mount for the talented rider from Venezuela, looked in fine form and have already established a strong partnership.

“It was a really good class. I just got back from a long summer of competition and I have a lot of horses that do well in these types of classes and helps to give them experience,” said Andrade.

Wicked, a 2007 Warmblood mare, is an exciting new addition in Andrade’s string of top horses and he is confident that the duo can be very competitive at the 1.50m level this winter season. Andrade also commented on the pair’s speedy jump-off time, noting that the mare took the International Ring with confidence.

“She’s a really good mare that I just got from Andrea King and is nine years old. She’s still green, but I’m very excited for her future. She’s a nice 1.50m horse for certain and that will be our goal this circuit,” he continued. “I think that the footing is very much improved and it felt great. She jumped fantastic on it and I think that they did a great job.”

Andrade represented his home nation of Venezuela at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is working towards continued success at the top levels of the sport. His return to Wellington was a welcome changed for Andrade and his team, who feel very at home at PBIEC.

“It was a really good year this year and I have a lot of horses that I am excited to compete this season,” he added. “It feels so good to be back in Wellington. My main house is here so I’m very happy and it feels like home.”

Jumper Highlights

Robyn Hannigan of Celebration, FL and her own Capacabana rose to the top of the leaderboard in the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic as the duo completed the jump-off course in 32.143 seconds. Tanner Korotkin of Wellington, FL and Corphin, owned by Alan Korotkin, finished in second place with a time of 35.664 seconds, while Andre Mershad of New Albany, OH and Zaza, owned by River Farm Sport Horses, rounded out the top three finishers after adding four faults to their time of 32.525 seconds.

The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic was championed by Isabel Sanchez of West Palm Beach, FL and Chino, owned by Anabella Mejia, after the pair dashed through the timers nearly five seconds faster than Mateo Coles of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Wibrands, owned by Daniela Roy, who earned second with a time of 44.332 seconds. Kara Constantakos of Jupiter, FL and her own Bon Vivant completed the class with five faults in the jump-off round and a time of 45.108 seconds for third.

Sabischy Hassler of Wellington, FL and her own Poseidon HM collected the blue rosette in the $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Accuhorsemat as the pair finished a quick and accurate trip in the jump-off round for first place. The pair rode to a time of 39.657 seconds, while Alexis Rappaport of Berwyn, PA and her own Valkenier earned second. Brielle Biggins of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Good Boy H M took third place honors after adding four faults on course and completing with a time of 35.714 seconds.

John Angus of Ft. Lauderdale, FL concluded a banner week in the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Classic presented by Equine Couture & TuffRider, earning first and second place aboard Vertigo, owned by Gordon Munro, and Seacrests Elsa, owned by Stephanie Angus, respectively. Jennifer Kazma of Boca Raton, FL and TH Vechta Cruise finished in third place in the competitive class.

Hunter Highlights

Casey Brottman of East Northport, NY and Touche, owned by Cheyenne Sickle & Angus Gordon, were presented with champion honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter Division, while Julie Burton of Loxahatchee, FL and her own Uppercase followed in reserve.

Leah Greenstein of Wellington, FL and her own Branson rose to the top of the Children’s Hunter Division presented by UHealth Ear Institute after solid performances throughout the weekend. Isabella Watson of Lake Worth, FL and Worthington, owned by Carol Tucker, rode to reserve champion.

The Children’s Pony Hunter Division presented by The Wanderers Club saw Hannah Glanzberg of West Palm Beach, FL and her own Silver Shine awarded with the divisional title for the competition. Sophie Hess of Boca Raton, FL and her own Sunday Morning Jazz finished with the reserve champion rosette.

Allyson Blais of Boynton Beach, FL guided her own Captain Darco Heldenlaan Z to top honors in the Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Division presented by #1 Education Place after a strong week of competition ahead of Siena Vasan of Boca Raton, FL and Skolar, owned by Carriage Hill Farm, who collected reserve champion.

The Low Adult Hunter Division presented by Pilates Rocks saw Lauren Zaremski of Jupiter, FL and Amorika, owned by Castlewood Farm & Alan Korotkin, split the divisional championship title with Lynn Blanchette of Jupiter, FL and her own All-Star. Eliza Eddy of Lighthouse Point, FL and Ever So, owned by Carriage Hill Farm, took home reserve champion.

Schuyler Gobin of Wellington, FL and her own Sharp Charmer were awarded with champion honors in the Open Hunter 3′ Division presented by Neue Schule ahead of Vinissa Blann of Delray Beach, FL and Namesake, owned by Chuck Mayer.

For more information on Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), please visit www.pbiec.com.

Emanuel Andrade Scores Two Circuit Championships at WEF

Emanuel Andrade with Walter 61 at the WEF. Photo by © 2016 Jack Mancini.

Wellington, Florida – Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade was named Circuit Champion in the High Amateur-Owner Jumper and the Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper divisions to close out the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival held from January 13 through April 3 in Wellington, FL.

Andrade’s success began during the opening week of competition when he won the $15,000 Maybach – Icons of Luxury High Amateur-Owner Classic riding Walter 61.  He went on to score two more High Amateur-Owner Classic victories in week four riding Belita, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Ukato x Voltaire), and again in week eight with Walter 61, a 14-year-old German-bred gelding (Werenfels x Donator).  Consistent results all winter with Walter 61 gave the pair the overall High Amateur-Owner Circuit Champion title, presented by Maybach – Icons of Luxury.

“We had an incredible season,” said Andrade, who was gifted a pair of leather riding gloves by Maybach – Icons of Luxury as his Circuit Championship prize.  “I have a really great team behind me, and all of my horses have tried so hard this winter.  Thank you to everyone for their hard work and for making this possible.”

In the Animo Medium Amateur-Owner division, Andrade claimed the circuit championship title with Rufus de Violaines, his 10-year-old bay selle francais gelding.  The pair won the $10,000 Medium Amateur-Owner Classic during weeks two and 11.  In addition, Andrade won the $10,000 Medium Amateur-Owner Classic during week eight with Sothis D Ouilly, a nine-year-old grey selle francais mare (Cheers Cassini x Narcos II).

With the 2016 winter season drawing to a close, Andrade will begin competing on the Longines Global Champions Tour.  The first stop is Miami, FL from April 7 to 10.  Andrade is a member of the Vienna Eagles team in the new Global Champions League, competing alongside teammates Danielle Goldstein, Lauren Hough, Rodrigo Pessoa, and Paris Sellon.

Andrade represented Venezuela at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France and was involved in a jump-off for the individual bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.  At the age of 19, he hopes to make his Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer.

Andrade is based at Hollow Creek Farm, proud sponsor of the Children’s, Junior and Young Rider Nations’ Cup events at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

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Emanuel Andrade and U Make a Comeback in $2,500 High A-O Jumper Power & Speed

Emanuel Andrade and U. Photos copyright Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 22, 2016 – Competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued on Friday with a win for Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade and his own U in the $2,500 MAYBACH – ICONS OF LUXURY High Amateur-Owner Jumper Power & Speed class. Andrade and U topped 35 entries in the first class of the day to take the win in their second class together after year-long break for the 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Competition was cancelled in the afternoon due to inclement weather and will continue as scheduled on www.pbiec.com for Saturday.

Week two of the Winter Equestrian Festival continues through Sunday, January 24, at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) and is sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance. The week will feature several major classes including the $86,000 Marshall & Sterling Insurance Grand Prix CSI 2* on Saturday, January 23, and the $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Equine Couture/TuffRider, on Sunday, January 24.

Andrade was one of 21 riders to best the power portion of the track set by Course Designer Catsy Cruz of Mexico. Of the 12 pairs also clear over the speed phase, he posted a time of 32.01 seconds with 13 to compete after him. His time stood for the win with Taylor Burns and her own Cordero Z taking second in 32.66 seconds. Whitney Sorensen and Wriomf stopped the clock in 32.67 seconds to take third for owner Chris Sorensen. Alex Matz piloted D. D. Matz’s Quinta to fourth in 33.44 seconds, while Tina di Landri capped the top five aboard Biallon VDL for Highpoint Farm, LLC in 33.90 seconds.

U came to Andrade from Brazil’s Doda de Miranda last year, and soon after the purchase, he suffered an injury that sidelined him for a year.

“We didn’t think he was ever going to jump again to be honest,” said Andrade. “But we did surgery and put him in the paddock for a year before we started again. We are very impressed with how well he is doing – he feels brand new.”

Andrade competed U in one pre-circuit competition in Wellington as their official debut, but is now pointing the horse toward bigger classes.

“I will do the 1.50m on Sunday, but we wanted to do one smaller class first,” he said. “He can really jump, and we are hopeful he can do the big Saturday night classes soon. He’s so much fun and he’s older, so he already knows everything there is know.”

Other winners in the International Arena on Friday included Emily Moffitt and For Sale 6 who jumped to victory in the $1,500 Sleepy P Ranch High Junior Jumper Power and Speed for Poden Farms. Darragh Kenny and Glamour van de Kakebeek took blue in the $6,000 Illustrated Properties 1.40m Speed Challenge for owner Tom Davidson.

Christy Powell and Savion Best a Field of 42 to Win Animal Medical Center Low Adult Hunter 2’6″ Section A Championship

The Animal Medical Center Low Adult Hunter 2’6″ Section A division concluded Friday morning with the tricolor honors awarded to Christy Powell and her own Savion. The field of 42 exhibitors was split into two sections, with Powell winning one of the Section A championships. Elizabeth Ott and her own Right In Time captured the first Section A reserve title. The pair placed first and seventh in two of the over fences classes, and earned a blue ribbon in the under saddle.

Christy Powell and Savion
Christy Powell and Savion

Powell, of Coral Gables, FL, and Savion shined on Friday. They placed first and second in the over fences classes, and earned a second-place and a third-place ribbon over jumps on Thursday. A sixth-place finish in the under saddle secured the overall championship for the longtime pair.

Despite the torrential downpours, Powell was happy about her success this week with Savion, who is an 18-year-old Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding. “The rain is not much fun,” Powell remarked about having to show in less than ideal conditions. Still, wet weather and the remarkably large field of 42 horses did make the pair’s championship win even more gratifying.

“He’s really matured into an easy ride for me,” Powell explained. “He’s cute,” she added fondly while describing her mount of 10 years.

Though the pair competed in the 3-foot divisions in the past, Powell decided to move the older gelding down to the 2’6″ height due to his age. “He’s much happier (there) and not as stressed as he was trying to jump the bigger jumps,” she explained.

The second Section A championship was awarded to Louisa Attenborough and Sundance. The 21-year-old Oldenburg gelding, who is owned by Kim McCormack, earned two first-place ribbons and a third-place ribbon on their way to the championship honors.

Stars Go Blue, ridden by Dr. Ana Lisa Carr and Chrystal Knight, took home the second Section A reserve honors. The 17-year-old Selle Francais gelding, owned by Marigot Bay Farm, LLC, earned first, third, and two fifth place ribbons over fences.

WEF 2 continues Saturday with the $10,000 Artisan Farms U25 Welcome highlighting daytime competition in the International Arena, and the $86,000 Marshall & Sterling Insurance Grand Prix CSI 2* during Saturday Night Lights. For hunters, champion of the Hunt, Ltd. Amateur-Owner Hunter 35 & Over division will be crowned. For more information and full results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

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Emanuel Andrade Opens Winter Equestrian Festival with a Win

Emanuel Andrade celebrated his win on opening week with trainer Nelson Pessoa at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © Starting Gate Communications.

Wellington, Florida – Emanuel Andrade, 19, of Venezuela opened the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL with a win in the $15,000 High Amateur-Owner Classic.

Andrade topped a 41-horse starting field to claim the first $15,000 High Amateur-Owner Classic of the season riding Walter 61, a 14-year-old German-bred gelding owned by Hollow Creek Farm.

A total of eight riders mastered the first round track set by U.S. course designer Eric Hasbrouck to advance to the jump-off. Andrade qualified two horses for the tie-breaker, Walter 61 and Sothis D Ouilly. As the first rider back, Andrade had the opportunity to set the pace with Walter 61, turning in a clear round in a time of 34.25 seconds. None of the seven challengers that followed even came close to catching the leading time, giving Andrade his first High Amateur-Owner Classic win of the season.

“It is great to start with a good result; there is less pressure now!” smiled Andrade following his victory on opening week.

Of being the first rider back for the jump-off, Andrade said, “You always have to go as fast as you can, and I think my time today was really quick.”

Andrade is training with show jumping legend Nelson ‘Neco’ Pessoa of Brazil and explained, “Neco is now here helping me with all the horses, flatting the horses every morning. It’s a big help. You learn something new every day.”

In memory of Andres Rodriguez, who tragically died following a car accident on January 4, Andrade competed wearing a black armband with the Venezuelan colors and Rodriguez’s nickname ‘Chepito’. Andrade plans to wear the armband all year, and dedicate every win to his friend and teammate.

One of the most successful young riders competing in the sport today, Andrade was honored with the Hermes Talented Young Rider Award at the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival, which is presented to the rider aged 16 to 25 who earns the most points in International Equestrian Federation (FEI) sanctioned competition during the 12-week show jumping circuit. For the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival, Andrade’s goal is to work hard towards qualifying for his first Olympic Games. Andrade represented Venezuela at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, and was involved in a jump-off for the individual bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. At the age of 19, he hopes to make his Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Andrade is based at Hollow Creek Farm, proud sponsor of the Children, Junior and Young Rider Nations’ Cup events scheduled for March 5 at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival.

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