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.
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.
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.
Lexington, KY – August 13, 2015 – For grand prix rider Tracy Fenney, the 2015 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship was nerve-wracking, yet it did not keep the Texan from riding to the top of the hunter championship event on Thursday. Fenney ranked second after the first day of competition, and stayed consistent throughout the three-day event, topping the leader board with MTM Personalized and besting a field of the 30 top qualified horses from the original 160 entered.
“It really is a lot of pressure. I am so much better in the jumpers,” Fenney laughed. “This is so special. When he did well the first day, I got so nervous for the second day. I feel so privileged to ride against such prestigious hunter riders. You hear about them, you read about them, you see them and it is just amazing. What a great group of people to ride with.”
A fixture in the grand prix ring, Fenney and partner Michael McCormick operate MTM Farm out of Flower Mound, Texas, training and selling horses imported from Europe. MTM Personalized arrived at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show while Fenney was competing in the grand prix, and from the moment she saw him she knew that the 7-year-old grey gelding was going to be special.
Fenney noted that McCormick always looks for two things, conformation and size, saying, “Sexy is number one, because everyone wants a pretty horse, and big is number two.” MTM Personalized lives up to both of those eye-catching qualities.
As only the fourth horse in the order, Fenney utilized MTM Personalized’s big stride and elegant movement, opting for the outside route where many of the other riders took handier options with an inside strategy. Her plan caught the judges’ eyes, earning them the scores of 91, 92 and 90 points. Her score would prove untouchable, with Fenney and MTM Personalized leading the class from start to finish.
“You take it step by step; they are horses. You are dealing with a whole other emotion, not just your own. Aside from mine, which is nervous,” Fenney smiled. “It’s not like tennis where you only have to worry about your swing and your racket. That horse is just so elegant how he canters so slow; I think he stands out on his own. He carries himself so well that the more time he is in the ring the better; he just does it so well.”
Twenty-five rounds later professional hunter rider Sandy Ferrell rode Grand Luxe, owned by Rebecca Stepanoff, to the second place finish with scores of 89, 89.5 and 88.5 to fall six points shy of Fenney. This was Ferrell’s first time competing in the USHJA Pre-Green Hunter Incentive, with a bit of good luck on her side helping her gain the ride aboard the Mecklenburg gelding.
Grand Luxe has an interesting background, one rooted in an entirely different discipline – dressage. The 9-year-old gelding only began showing in the Baby Greens last year, and has continued to impress his owner and those fortunate enough to sit in his saddle.
“All I know is that he needs to be in this ring,” Ferrell said of the second place horse. “I think it is safe to say that his jump is incomparable to most horses out there. He just tries incredibly hard at all the jumps, which is his natural way of going. He is actually pretty small, so to be able to jump that high and have that much scope is an amazing feature. He taught me to be tight in the tack. He wasn’t going to lower [his jump] any time soon.”
The 2015 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship is the kick-off event for the annual USHJA Hunter Derby Championships, the capstone event of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. The Stonelea Arena was lined with spectators, providing a sense of camaraderie that Fenney appreciated and elaborated on its importance.
“It is such an incredible week, this whole week. Now we are headed up to the ring to ride the derby horses,” Ferrell said. “The quality of the horses is just incredible. They are presented so well, trained so well; it is just one nice horse after another. This event helped to level the playing field; it is different than the Derby Championships; they are all young and new at the game, and everyone was so supportive.”
It was up and coming rider Molly Sewell of Winter Park, Florida, who claimed the third place finish with Casparo, owned by White Hill Farm of Greenwich, Connecticut. Over the course of the competition, Casparo consistently placed high scores, building every day to rank with the best of them.
“He tries so hard,” Sewell described. “He gives 100 percent all the time, and he always rises to the occasion. He was so good; his scores just kept getting higher and higher. I am so proud of him.”
Sewell is not new to the hunter game, but she is thrilled to be moving up in the ranks, especially at her first Pre-Green Incentive Championship.
“This is my first year doing it, and I never imagined that I would be third place. I just wanted to make the top 30; even to begin to imagine where I got tonight is unbelievable,” Sewell grinned. “The quality of the program showcases the younger horses. I think it promotes owners to buy young horses and bring them along which is great for the sport.”
Riding over the final oxer of the course is a moment that Sewell will never forget, and when she saw her scores of 88, 89 and 88, she was nothing but smiles.
“He jumped amazing the whole trip and I galloped down to that last oxer and he just fired over it,” expressed Sewell. “It was so exciting and everyone was so supportive. I am the ‘little man’ in this group of people. It is fun to be in there and start making a name for myself. It feels like everything is coming together.”
Fenney echoed Sewell’s enthusiasm, saying, “This is what we do, and it is so fun. It is such a wonderful feeling, the pleasure of bringing them along, seeing how far they have come. To have that feeling of accomplishment that you made a horse into something that someone else wants.”
Hunter championship competition continues tomorrow with the Classic Round of the 2015 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship in the Rolex Stadium.
Emanuel Andrade and Shane Sweetnam Top Open Jumper Leader Board at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show
With Thursday marking the last day to prepare for the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic that will take place Friday night, riders took to the Rolex Stadium in the 1.40m Open Jumper class. Emanuel Andrade and his own Rufus De Violaines proved to be the best of the field, speeding to the fastest double clear ride over 42 other entries.
“This was the first 1.40m class for me, since I just got here yesterday, so I thought it was pretty big, but it went well,” Andrade said. “There were more than 40 horses and there were not a lot of clear rounds. The time was very tough. It’s never easy to win here, as there’s always tough competition, but I have been coming to the Kentucky horse shows for a very long time and I love it here.”
Andrade and his horse were one of fourteen pairs to advance to the jump-off, which eight navigated to another trip that left all the jumps in the cups. With a time of 30.640 seconds, and no other contender coming within a second of their mark, it appeared that Alejandro Karolyi and Arena Du Pachis would be crowned champions, until Andrade and his gelding took their turn as one of the final entries. Andrade and Rufus De Violaines trumped the standard set by Karolyi and his mount after tripping the timers in 30.059 seconds.
“He is a very nice horse. I got him less than a year ago. He is very competitive, and I am very happy with the result of all of our training,” Andrade said of his horse. The pair showed to considerable success in Wellington this past season, and after a stint apart while Andrade showed on the grass surfaces at Spruce Meadows, not Rufus’ favorite footing, the two were reunited and have been off to a good start in Lexington.
Andrade plans to vie for the lion’s share of the purse in Friday’s Grand Prix with multiple mounts, Rufus De Violaines being one of them. After hopefully earning more accolades in Kentucky, Andrade will head north to the Hampton Classic, followed by a trek across the pond for European competition.
Sharn Wordley in the irons aboard Crown Jewel, owned by Ashland Farms out of Wellington, Florida, clinched the reserve spot with a 30.470 second time, followed by Alejandro Karolyi and Arena Du Pachis, owned by Nicolas Mignon and Karolyi Showjumping, also out of Wellington, Florida, whose 30.640-second time was quick enough to land them in the third position.
Shane Sweetnam produced two strong rides in the morning’s Seven Year Old class, riding to both first and second places aboard Main Road, owned by Sweetnam’s Sweet Oak Farm, again out of Wellington, Florida, and USA D’Horset, of the same owner. Sweetnam had the final two entries of the class, and needed to surpass the 34.665 second standard set by another Andrade ride: HH Rochambeau. In his first of two attempts, Sweetnam cut time to the tune of 33.968 seconds, roughly half a second ahead of Andrade, with Main Road. He and USA D’Horset once again sped past the bar set by the previous leader, which landed them in second position after tripping the timers in 34.068 seconds.
“I think the course designer [Allen Rheinheimer] did a nice track today. I’m sure it will be tougher on the final day of the Seven Year Olds, but for the middle day, I think it was nice. There were a few lines where rideability was important,” Sweetnam said.
Sweetnam and Andrade were not the only ones to qualify for the jump-off. Of the 11 total entrants, nine navigated the 13-effort course without fault. Although seven of those nine laid down another clean and clear round around the short track, Sweetnam and Main Road outmaneuvered them all.
“I’ve only had him about two months. He is a very talented horse and we have big plans for him for the future. He’s very competitive, a very quick horse,” Sweetnam commented. “With his age he keeps improving every time he goes in the ring. The more he is doing, the better he is getting.”
Sweetnam is no stranger to the Bluegrass horse shows, with owners Spy Coast Farm, a recurring client, just a stone’s throw away from the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the conclusion of the Kentucky circuit, Sweetnam’s schedule stays busy, highlighted by the Hampton Classic, U.S. Gold Cup at Old Salem, and a showing in New York City.
Tomorrow the jumpers will return for the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix. The Bluegrass Festival Horse Show features five days of jumper competition; the highlight jumper events in the Rolex Stadium include the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Friday and the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix on Sunday.
Lexington, KY – May 14, 2015 – The flashy 12-year-old chestnut gelding Clouwni has seen the world. He helped Brazil place fifth at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Caen, France and jumped double-clear at the 2013 FEI Furrisyya Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona. Thursday night, Clouwni showcased his speed and scope during the $34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3* with rising talent and new owner Emanuel Andrade (VEN), as the pair raced to the win with an untouchable 37.690-second jump off time.
“We just got him in December of last year,” Andrade smiled. “Clouwni is a very good horse, very competitive. In the beginning, I didn’t know how to ride him; we needed to learn each other a little bit more. After a little time, I learned how to ride him and he’s incredible; I’m very happy and proud of him.”
Out of a start list of 61 horse and rider combinations, only 17 were able to master Bernardo Cabral’s opening track to take on the seven obstacles in the speed course. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Chaqui Z, owned by Spy Coast Farm, LLC of E Setauket, NY, were the first to break the 40-second pace set early by trailblazer Eugenio Garza and Bariano, owned by El Milagro of Hickory Creek, TX, stopping the clock in 39.870 seconds.
Fellow Irishman Kevin Babington challenged Sweetnam with Shorapur, owned by Shorapur LLC of Antioch, IL, slicing the turns and racing to the time of 38.540 seconds.
“The jump-off was very tough,” Andrade said. “I knew Kevin was fast, and honestly, I was thinking that it would be impossible; I can’t beat his time.”
That did not keep Andrade from trying. Andrade began the course with a speedy opening line where he left out a stride, doing six instead of seven to the oxer. He was on pace with Babington throughout the course until he landed from the vertical and saw the distance that would make the difference.
“I got a very good distance to number three, which helped carry us through the course,” Andrade said. “But, I think that I won time with a very nice distance to the last jump. It was a tough course, and I saw the last jump – it was huge and wide, so it was very difficult, but Clouwni jumped it great and gave me everything I asked for.”
Andrade landed from the signature Hagyard Lexington oxer in a much quicker 37.69 seconds, a time that the remaining five riders could not touch. Andres Rodriguez and Fifty Fifty 111, owned by ARAO Enterprises LLC of Wellington, FL, broke the beam in 38.860 seconds, but were still more than a second from catching Andrade’s time.
David Beisel was one of the last to challenge with the little 10-year-old stallion Amaretto, who set off down the first line, bucking and kicking out as they approached the first fence of the jump-off track.
“He got a little too playful to start,” Beisel laughed. “I was planning on doing six up the first line, which I think he could have gotten up there in six nice enough to do the rollback well and still do the six to the other in-and-out, but I couldn’t get rid of the playfulness.”
Although doing seven down the first line may have lost Beisel the time he wanted, his time was impressive enough to take over second place in front of Babington with 38.110 seconds. He may have been the smallest horse in the class, but at barely 16 hands, Ammeretto has proven himself to be a formidable competitor with Beisel in the saddle – what he lacks in height, he makes up in speed and agile turns.
“I got him as a 3-year-old,” Beisel said affectionately of the stallion. “I brought him along from the Baby Green Hunters. He did his first Grand Prix as a 7-year-old, and hasn’t looked back.”
Beisel continued, “I always really enjoy Bernardo’s courses. I’ve done super well with them. I was first and second this morning in the 7-year-old Jumper division, so I figured tonight might be pretty fun, too. I’m very, very appreciative of having FEI competitions right here in Kentucky. I couldn’t ask for a better place to have these kinds of events.”
Tonight’s victory will earn Andrade valuable points towards the Hagyard Challenge Series, with seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2015 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, a cash prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the rider accumulating the most points throughout the series, as well as a $10,000 prize for the reserve champion.
Andrade said, “This was my first Hagyard Challenge Series win, and I couldn’t be more excited. We love this show; it’s always so nice, and that is why we are such big supporters of the show, as well as sponsors. I plan on competing in all of the classes of the series, and I definitely have my eye on the bonus.”
The jumper action at the Kentucky Spring Classic will continue tomorrow with the $20,000 1.45m Bluegrass Classic in the Rolex Stadium. This week’s highlight events also include Saturday evening’s $127,000 Hollow Creek Farms Grand Prix CSI3*, and the $50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix CSI3* on Sunday.
Kentucky Horse Shows 2015 Horse Show Series Fast Facts
Events: 2015 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows
The Kentucky Horse Shows 2014 series includes two weeks of top hunter/jumper competitions during the month of May. The Kentucky Horse Show Series is the host of the Hagyard Challenge Series and Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series.
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™, home to the United States Equestrian Federation.
KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOW – May 6-10, 2015
$34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI2*
$85,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI2*
$25,000 Bluegrass Classic
$25,000 U25 Classic
$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
WCHR Recognized Hunter Competition
KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC – May 13-17, 2015
$34,000 Welcome Speed CSI3*
$34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*
$127,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3*
$50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix
$20,000 Bluegrass Classic
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Hollow Creek Farm, Audi of Lexington, Sleepy P Ranch, CWD, Farm Vet, Dietrich Insurance, Take2 Thoroughbred Program and the Official Hotel The Clarion.
8am – 5pm daily
Horse Show Exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $15.00. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.
The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located adjacent to the Stonelea Ring.
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Hermès is pleased to announce the 2015 Hermès Talented Young Rider Award recipient Emanuel Andrade.
The house of Hermès has always been committed to developing young potential in the riding world. The Hermès Talented Young Rider Award follows on this continued support and shares our passion to reach excellence. The award recognizes the best young riders through the WEF circuit and rewards the winner with an Hermes Mini Saddle Trophy and a gift of Hermes Equestrian product.
Hermès would also like to extend its congratulations to:
Rodrigo Pessoa: Brazil
Week 8: 5th in the $150,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix on Tinkabell
Nick Dello Joio: USA
Week 10: 1st in the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup on Contiki
Lillie Keenan: USA
Week 10: 3rd in the $34,000 Suncast 1.50m Classic on Super Sox
Alexandra Paillot: France
Week 8: 6th in the $100,000 Nation’s Cup on Polias
Ben Asselin: Canada
Week 11: 5th in the $85,000 Suncast 1.50m Classic on Doremi
Daniel Bluman: Colombia
Week 12: 2nd in the $500,000 Rolex 5* Grand Prix on Conconcreto Sancha LS
And all Hermès Partner Riders who participated in the 2015 WEF Competitions.
Please visit www.PBIEC.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.
Hardrock Z was one of several horses that Emanuel Andrade competed in the FEI divisions at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Photo by Starting Gate Communications.
Wellington, Florida – Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela was honoured with the Hermes Talented Young Rider Award at the close of the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
The Hermes Talented Young Rider Award 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. At 18 years of age, Andrade was a regular competitor in the FEI division, earning numerous top placings. Among the highlights were a sixth place finish in the $372,000 CSI5* Suncast Grand Prix riding Hardrock Z and, the following week, being a member of Venezuela’s fourth placed team in the $100,000 Kingsland Equestrian FEI Nations’ Cup riding Clouwni.
In a special ceremony held in the International Ring, Andrade was presented with a ‘Hermes Petite’ saddle, as well as a Hampton Presentation Rug by James Sardelli, Senior Equestrian Account Manager of Hermes, and Monique Connelly, Equestrian Specialist for the Madison Ave. Hermes Boutique.
“I am very excited to win this award,” said Andrade. “I am very proud of all my team and the people that are behind me helping me; it is impossible to have these kinds of results by myself. Thank you to Hermes for their support. I am very happy!”
Andrade was also named the Leading Jumper Owner of the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival with a total of 21 horses contributing points towards the title. He was also the runner-up in the standings for the Leading Jumping Rider, outpaced only by Laura Chapot.
There was no doubt that Andrade would claim the Circuit Champion title in the Animo USA Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper division. Andrade filled the top three placings in the final standings, earning the Circuit Championship with C. Jack Sparrow, the Reserve Circuit Championship with Oxford, and also placing third with Boy IV.
For good measure, Andrade finished out the final week of competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival by placing first and second in the $15,000 High Amateur-Owner with Natif des Roches and Rufus de Violaines respectively.
“We had a super good circuit,” said Andrade who earned a total of six championship and 17 reserve championship titles over the 12 weeks of competition. “All my horses gave me everything to have a good result, and even the horses that just jump in the mediums are good for me because I can practice a lot. The whole team, including the horses, helps to make these results happen.”
With the Winter Equestrian Festival coming to a close, Andrade will next compete at the Global Champions Tour in Miami. From there, it’s on to Lexington, KY before heading north to Canada for the Spruce Meadows Summer Series in Calgary, AB. Andrade then hopes to be named to the Venezuelan team for the 2015 Pan American Games with either Hardrock Z or Clouwni. Hosted in Toronto, ON, the Pan American Games are of particular importance as two countries will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio based on the results. While there has been individual representation in the past, Venezuela has never before qualified a full team in show jumping for the Olympic Games.
At only 17 years of age, Andrade made his major games debut at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, riding Hardrock Z, an 11-year-old bay Zangersheide stallion (Heartbreaker x Carthago Z). From there, Andrade rode in the Furusiyya Nations’ Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain, marking the first time that Venezuela had qualified for the annual event.
Emanuel Andrade and Wilco. Photos copyright Mancini Photos.
Wellington, FL – November 3, 2014 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP), management company of the world-renowned Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), hosted its Fall Finale Horse Show this weekend on October 31 – November 2, 2014, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The show hosted its $25,000 ESP Fall Finale Grand Prix on Sunday with a win for Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade and Wilco, Andrade also finishing second aboard Nokia de Brekka.
Thirty entries contested the first round course set by Hector Loyola, where 13 went clear to advance to the jump-off. Seven combinations jumped double clear over the short course, and Andrade completed the two fastest clear rounds. He and Wilco stopped the clock in 42.74 seconds for the win. With Nokia de Brekka, a brand new horse that he has only been showing for two weeks, Andrade took the second place prize in 44.59 seconds. Tom Foley and Sweet Oak Farm’s Petrushka III placed third in 44.79 seconds, and Catherine Pasmore and Pasmore Stables LLC’s Z Canta were fourth in 45.02 seconds.
Andrade represented Venezuela in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in France this summer and spent some time showing in Europe before returning to the states. He was excited to do so well with his horses on Sunday.
“It was a big day. I was in Europe for two months and then I come back and I am doing very good here, so I am very happy. I love this horse show,” the rider acknowledged. “The course was nice. It was technical. It was difficult, but I really liked it.”
He jumped first with Nokia de Brekka and then improved on that time with Wilco. The winning 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Nabab de Reve x Fedor) is usually Andrade’s 1.60m horse and the rider was surprised at how fast he went.
“The class was difficult, but the jump-off was very difficult,” Andrade stated. “I went fast with my first one and then faster with the second one. Nokia is fun. He is very small, but he is so fast. Wilco is a really good horse. He is a bit german. He is a big horse with big scope and a big stride. That was new for me because I have always been with smaller horses. You didn’t think he could go that fast, but he was really good and I am really happy with the results. He was amazing.”
In addition to his grand prix victory, Andrade also won the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake earlier in the week, repeating his victories from the Fall II and Fall III Welcome Stakes. This time the win came with Nokia de Brekka, a 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Quick Star SF x Apache d’Adriers). Nine out of 19 entries jumped clear to advance to the jump-off where the pair had the fastest double clear round for the win.
“He has a lot of scope and he likes to go forward to every jump, that is the way he likes to jump,” Andrade said of Nokia. “He is like a little toy that you can go really forward with and win the 1.45m class.”
The 2014 ESP Fall Circuit will continue with two more weeks of competition featuring $10,000 Welcome Stakes on Sunday, November 9, and Sunday November 16. The ESP November “Regional” and Jumper 3 horse show runs November 8-9 and counts for both PBCHA & ESP Circuits. The ESP “Regional” Pre-Charity and Jumper 3 competition runs November 15-16. To view the prize list and for more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.
Emanuel Andrade and Hardrock Z. Starting Gate Communications Inc. File Photo.
Arezzo, Italy — Show Jumping Team members Angel Karolyi and Emanuel Andrade helped Venezuela to secure a fifth place finish in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ held Friday, September 19, in Arezzo, Italy.
A total of 13 teams participated in Friday’s Nations’ Cup, which was a showdown to the very last rider. Following two intense rounds of competition, Venezuela finished with a two-round total of 25 faults for fifth place. In a tight race to the finish, the home squad of Italy took victory with a total of 16 faults while Sweden was second with 20. Proving what a tight race the Arezzo Nations’ Cup had become, Denmark and Ireland tied for third with 24 points, just one fault ahead of Venezuela.
Only 18 years of age, Andrade stepped into the arena riding his 2014 World Equestrian Games mount, Hardrock Z. With the 11-year-old Zangersheide stallion (Heartbreaker x Carthago), Andrade put in a solid first-round effort, incurring one rail and one time penalty for five faults.
The team then looked to Venezuelan veteran, Karolyi, who was riding Indiana 127, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Indoctro x Voltaire) owned by Hollow Creek Farm. The pair began the course with ease, but finished up with 12 jumping faults. Earlier this year, the pair enjoyed great success, winning the $210,000 Cenovus Derby during the CSI5* Spruce Meadows ‘North American’ tournament in Calgary, AB, in July.
Teammates Andres Rodriguez riding Darlon van Groenhove and Olympian Pablo Barrios riding Antares both did their part for the team. Rodriguez jumped clear in the first round while Barrios incurred a total of eight faults. Discarding Karolyi’s 12-fault effort, Venezuela was among the eight nations qualified for the second round, sitting in sixth position with a total of 13 faults.
As the lead-off rider for Venezuela, Rodriguez produced another fault-free effort, one of only three double-clear rounds on the day. Andrade rode second, faulting twice for a score of eight faults which would prove to be the discard score. Next up was Karolyi, who also posted an eight-fault round. When anchor rider Barrios produced a four-fault effort, Venezuela added 12 faults to their final tally and finished fifth overall in the final placings.
The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Series brings together countries from around the globe to compete as teams. The 2014 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Series Final takes place in Barcelona, Spain, from October 9 to 12.
Lexington, KY – May 16, 2014 – Rising talent took center stage in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Spring Classic, with Emanuel Andrade and Carboni 3 taking home a victory in the High Junior Jumpers. Victoria Colvin took home the second place award with Chanel B2, but earlier in the day she bested some of the best professionals in the business during a 1.45m Open Jumpers aboard Ruby.
For the High Junior Jumper class, course designer Michel Vaillancourt tested riders with a course similar to Thursday night’s Hagyard Lexington Classic. Only seven riders advanced to the tiebreaker, and only three riders produced a second clear effort.
The first to do so were Colvin and Chanel B2, owned by Karen Long Dwight of New Vernon, NJ. The pair jumped all the fences with ease and set the time to beat at 32.415 seconds. Sophie Simpson of Royal Palm Beach, FL, tried to catch her aboard Why Not, but a slower time of 34.175 seconds would only be good enough for third place.
The only rider that was able to best Colvin was Andrade with Carboni 3, owned by Hollow Creek Farm of Aiken, SC. The pair was quick and careful through the rollbacks and the double combination, taking over the lead with a time of 31.575 seconds. Andrade and Carboni 3 took home the blue ribbon, while Colvin settled for second.
Before he went in the ring, fellow Venezuelan rider Pablo Barrios bet Andrade $100 that he could not go clear, and it proved to be the perfect motivation. “It’s not that easy to jump clear with him,” admitted Andrade. “Sometimes he’s not very careful, but when he is he can really win. Today he was perfect, super careful and scopey.”
Andrade continued, “During the jump-off, I did a really short turn in the first rollback, and then to the combination I was very quick. The course was the same as the grand prix last night, so the lines were very technical. Carboni 3 jumped great, and I am really happy with him.”
Earlier in the day it was Colvin’s time to shine. Eight competitors had double clear efforts, creating a race for the win. Aaron Vale set the time to beat at a speedy 34.534 seconds aboard Spirit of Alena, owned by Campos and Miranda Investments of Ocala, FL. He would not hold on to the lead for long though. Colvin and Ruby, owned by Rose Hill Farm of Bridgehampton, NY, picked up a quick gallop to the first fence and never held back, crossing the finish line in 33.761 seconds, almost a full second ahead of Vale.
Towards the end of the class, Hayley Barnhill attempted to catch the leaders with Zephire, owned by Cara Cheska of Waukesha, WI, but the young rider fell just short of the top times with a clear round in 34.838 seconds. Barnhill took home the third place award, while Vale picked up second, and Colvin topped the leader board.
“I didn’t really watch any. I wasn’t planning on going very fast, but from one to two I was really tight,” explained Colvin. “It was just neat. We weren’t running, but we had some tight turns.”
Colvin added, “Ruby might be the one I show at [the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships], so we had to get the certificate in the 1.45m. She’s really easy. This is only my third time riding her. She’s very big, so she covers the ground really well and doesn’t make you feel like you are jumping high. It’s nice to be able to compete in the bigger classes.”
The High Amateur-Owner Jumpers wrapped up the day in the Rolex Stadium. Hayley Gassel of Lenoir City, TN, had all the answers with Quite Dark 2, taking a three second lead during the eight-horse jump-off with a clear time of 33.146 seconds for the victory. Jennifer O’Neil of Quebec, Canada, scored the second and third place ribbons with Zoltaire and Unex Valente, respectively, posting double clear efforts with both mounts.
Tomorrow morning, riders will return for the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic, and in the evening they will compete under the lights during $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington. The jumper action at the Kentucky Spring Classic concludes on Sunday with the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior and Amateur-Owner Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classics sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch & Audi of Lexington in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Wellington, FL – March 14, 2014 – At only 17 years old, Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade has amassed a string of highly sought after victories across the western globe. Today, he added another notch to his belt with his win in the 2014 Wellington Turf Tour 1.40m Grand Prix victory held at Valiente Polo Club in Wellington, FL. Andrade piloted Walter 61 to the blazing time of 35.986 seconds to vault to the top of the ranks and seal his victory as one of only six double clear efforts.
For Week 10 of the Wellington Turf Tour, Valiente Polo Club opened their gates for the first show jumping event to ever be held on their well-manicured fields. Valiente, the 2013 U.S. Open runner-up, is one of the top polo teams at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) this season, with an amazing roster of riders including 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, ranked No. 1 in the world; Santi Torres; and Sapo Caset. The polo team is owned by Denver businessman Robert Jornayvaz, and has shown nothing short of success in the realm of polo, recently winning the 26-goal C. V. Whitney Cup, and currently competing in the USPA Piaget Gold Cup at IPC. Valiente has become increasingly more involved with the community, not only opening their facility up for the 2014 Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour, but also hosting a polo tournament for kids that had well over 70 children in attendance.
The morning was alive with excitement as the top riders in the nation gathered on the stadium field at Valiente Polo Club. The course tested both horse and rider alike, seeing only 15 ride to the jump off round. Throughout the course of the day The Wellington Turf Tour saw 41 horse and rider combinations, but Eric Hasbrouck designed a technical track for the penultimate week of the series.
Emanuel Camilli, of Norfield Stables LLC, was the first rider of the day to traverse the track and move into the short course. He took a conservative approach with Rogue de la Rouche, riding to a clean effort in 46.899 seconds.
Young talent Chloe Fields was the first to jet around the jump off, clearing each obstacle in a timely pace of 38.173 seconds. She continued to hold the lead, with Sarah Segal and Tilghman slipping in just behind in 38.322 seconds.
Pablo Barrios was the first to blow Fields’ time out of the water, blazing through the course in 37.317 seconds. He kept a strong gallop from start to finish, shaving the seconds as he consumed the open distances with the 9-year-old gelding Ambosell.
“I did the 8-year-old career track with him, and he really came along very well,” Barrios explained. “I brought him here, because I had the feeling that he would be better with the grass than the sand footing. I basically haven’t jumped him the whole winter, but I am very excited about today because I am going to take him to Calgary. I know I am going to use him as my grass horse.”
Barrios continued, “I am going to keep doing this next week. This was my first time coming out for this show. I am very happy with this. The course was great, and the footing was nice. I like this course, and I think the horses like this better. You need to be able to show your horse at other venues during the winter so they are not seeing the same things over and over.”
Although it seemed that Barrios had the win, Emanuel Andrade soon added his name to the jump off roster. Guiding Walter 61, Andrade erupted into a gallop like a bat out of hell, taking aim at the top time. He had seen Barrios post his remarkable round, and followed a similar path, but at a much more accelerated pace. He made a dash for the cash in a time of 35.986 seconds, more than a second ahead of Barrios.
“I saw Pablo go, and he is a really fast rider – the fastest in the world. I think I went faster just because my horse is really fast,” Andrade smiled. “He is a nice horse, not a difficult ride. He can sometimes be a little hot, but he is a great horse. I am very happy with how he went today. The course was really difficult, but it was nice. It gave good distances, and it wasn’t too full of twists and turns, so I was able to make up time through the distances.”
Andrade continued, “I am definitely going to come back next week for the finale event. I think that this series is a very good chance for horses and riders to experience the turf. It offers more money, and it has difficult courses. I had never been here before, but I am really happy to be here and show him different jumps and a different scene.”
Andrade claimed the victory with no others able to touch his time. Barrios was awarded the second place, while Fields finished third. Segal captured the fourth place with Tilghman, while Oliver McCarthy navigated Ramses du Lavillon to the fifth place. Camilli rounded out the top six as the last of the double clear efforts.
The final week of the Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour will conclude at the prestigious Deeridge Farms. This event is one of the highlights of Wellington’s winter circuit with $4,000 up for grabs on Wednesday, March 19, in the 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers, and qualifying points at stake in the Young Jumper Championship (YJC) Division with three times as much prize money on the table. On Saturday, March 22, the $24,995 Wellington Turf Tour 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix Finale will take center stage with an unprecedented amount of money at stake for Level II Jumpers.
Jeffery Welles continues to sit on top of the Wellington Turf Tour Leading Rider Bonus standings with $17,705 earned throughout the series. Ireland’s David Blake sits in second place with $10,825. Although Welles has what appears to be an insurmountable lead, next week’s finale event will tell all. The winner of the finale event will walk away with $8,000, possibly also claiming the coveted Leading Rider Bonus.
The final week of competition is sure to be filled with top-tier competitors and horses, unparalleled hospitality and unrivaled footing. Beverley Bryant, of Bryant Portraits, will be on site for the finale event. Her artwork has been seen throughout the 11-week series, with magnificent portraits on display at the varying venues each week. The rider in second place for the series rankings will receive a one-of-a-kind horse head drawing by Bryant.
Meadowbrook Horse Transport will provide transportation to and from the horse show and other locations throughout Wellington for both the Wednesday and Saturday events. The transportation is a nominal fee of $50 per horse, and will be calculated into the final show fees. To make a reservation for one of the three pickup times, 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., please call Peter Tufano of Meadowbrook Horse Transport at (954) 415-7217, or call Nona Garson at (908) 500-0996.
The events will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Riders are encouraged to get their entries in as soon as possible for the approaching $24,995 Grand Prix Finale. Turning in entries early will ensure that they get the time that they desire.
Show Net is onsite for all Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour events, capturing footage and providing live results for each class. For full results and videos, please visit: www.shownet.biz.
The Ridge at Wellington Horse Show Series Fast Facts
The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour offers their popular 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix for its second year, with an open in gate format taking place once a week at beautiful venues throughout Wellington. The Ridge at Wellington Grand Prix Finale will take place March 22, 2014. The Turf Tour also will host 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers every Wednesday beginning January 8, 2014 and running until March 19, 2014.
Young Jumper Classes, Junior/Amateur-Owner, Child/Adult and Senior Jumper Classics will find their home intermittently throughout the Wellington Turf Tour.
The Ridge at Wellington offers rated Equitation Shows every Tuesday from January – March 2014. There will also be a series of schooling shows at the Ridge at Wellington for all experience levels.
Two USHJA International Hunter Derbies will take place February 7, 2014 and March 21, 2014.
The Ridge at Wellington series includes several weeks of competition throughout the Winter Season with USEF Rated Equitation Shows. This winter will also feature five two-day schooling shows. The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour will offer 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers, 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix, Young Jumpers, Children’s/Senior Classics, and two hunter derbies.
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