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HITS Ocala Holiday Premiere Recap

Aaron Vale aboard CASSEVEL. ESI Photography.

The 2017/2018 edition of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit got underway last week with the Ocala Holiday Premiere, the first show of the two-week HITS Ocala Holiday Series.  The weather was just about perfect and a great group of horses and riders turned out, all with an eye on the blue ribbon.

The jumpers kicked off on Friday with the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix where Aaron Vale aboard STAKKO took home the blue ribbon. Vale also took home fourth place aboard CASSEVEL. In second place were Kirk Webby and BRANDO DU ROUET, followed by Jared Peterson and CATANO 29 in third place. Hayley Waters and GALOUS would round out the top five in the class.

On Saturday the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Classic took place, with Charlie Jayne taking home both the first and second place honors aboard AMICE Z and EVER BLUE, respectively. Third place was won by Vale aboard EXCLUSIVE, followed by Nicole Bellissimo and her partner HARLEY DAVID in fourth, and Kyle Dewar aboard CLEVER VAN DE HELLE in fifth place.

Vale returned to the ring for the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix on Sunday and wrapped up the week with another win, as well as the second and fourth place awards, riding CASSEVEL, BONZINI S and STAKKO to their respective placings. Third place was Derek Petersen aboard DIAMANT’S LEGACY, and rounding out the top five was Hayley Waters aboard her partner GALOUS.

In the Hunter rings, the $2,500 Devoucoux Hunter Prix took place on Saturday where Shachine Belle and FUERST APOLLO LL took home the blue ribbon. In second place were Helen Goddard and MY WAY, followed by Melissa Deryn Foster aboard CARRILOU in third. This was the first qualifying class of the season for the Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Finals which take place at the HITS Championships, September 5-9, 2018, and riders were eager to get a leg up on qualifying for the prestigious Final.

For more information or to submit your entries electronically, visit HitsShows.com.

Top International Line-Up Announced for Olympia, the London International Horse Show

A stellar line-up of the world’s best Dressage and Driving competitors has been announced for Olympia, The London International Horse Show, taking place from 12-18 December 2017.

Adding to this year’s spectacular Show will be a world-class selection of riders contesting the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Grand Prix and Freestyle to Music, supported by Horse & Hound, taking place on the Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 December, respectively.

Contending for the title and making a welcomed first appearance at the Show, Swedish Olympian and current leader of the FEI World Cup Western League, Patrik Kittel, a long-standing Grand Prix rider with an equally long list of achievements to his name. Kittel will be competing aboard Delaunay Old, who together took team bronze at the 2017 European Championships in Gothenburg.

The 2016 Irish Rider of the Year and holder of Ireland’s highest ever Grand Prix score, Judy Reynolds, (Vancouver K) is another who will be gunning for glory. Certain to give Reynolds a run for her money is renowned Dutch rider, Edward Gal, triple gold medallist at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games™, the first rider to claim all three available medals. Gal will be pulling out all the stops aboard the young stallion Glock’s Zonik.

Making her Olympia debut will be Madeleine Witte-Vrees riding the Dutch-bred stallion Cennin, who together represented the Dutch team for the 2017 Europeans in Gothenburg and were selected as reserves for the 2016 Olympic team. The pair has also claimed several Grand Prix Freestyle victories, including in Roosendaal, Rotterdam and Mallorca. Adding to the Dutch challenge and returning to Olympia for the third time will be Katja Gevers with Thriller, a combination that are into their seventh season of Grand Prix.

Flying the flag for the home-side will be 2017 British Dressage National Champion Hayley Watson-Greaves (Rubin’s Nite), Emile Faurie (Delatio) Team GB representative at a staggering six European Championships, three World Equestrian Games™ and two Olympic Games, former British team medallist Gareth Hughes (Don Carissimo) returning after a five-year absence from the Show, and Lara Butler (Rubin Al Asad), reserve for the 2016 Olympic team.

The strong home contingent also includes four-time British Olympian Richard Davison, who has been at the forefront of international dressage for over three decades. Fresh from victory in the Grand Prix at CDI Roosendaal at the end of November with the homebred Bubblingh, Davison will be in confident spirits as he comes up against some of the best horse and rider combinations in the world. The British quintet has much opposition, however, and the Grand Prix promises to be a close and exciting competition.

The UK’s largest indoor horse show is also set to welcome top international four-in-hand drivers for the FEI World Cup™ Driving leg, presented by Dodson & Horrell. Their first encounter will be on Thursday afternoon during Olympia’s Extreme Driving competition, familiarising them with the arena and its highly-charged atmosphere. The first round of the FEI competition follows on Friday with the final starting in Saturday evening’s packed performance.

Reigning World Champion, both indoors and out, Boyd Exell, returns to compete with a wild card. With seven FEI World Cup™ titles to his name, including the 2016 and 2017 seasons, he is a regular contender and winner at the prestigious Show. Challenging Exell, and representing the home team, will be the notorious Dan Naprous, who will be wowing crowds with his supreme pace and agility.

Joining Naprous will be Ijsbrand Chardon, the most experienced, and multi-medalled of all the drivers in the starting line-up, having been at the top of the sport since the 1980s. Chardon is making a welcome return to Olympia Horse Show, after his absence in 2016. Fellow countryman, Koos de Ronde, who has shared the World and European Championship team gold medal winning rostrums with Chardon on eight separate occasions, will be giving Chardon a run for his money, having competed at the Show each year since the competition began.

This is a line-up not to be missed. To find out more about Olympia, the London International Horse Show, and how to get tickets, visit www.olympiahorseshow.com.

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Fabio Da Costa and Tosca De L’Esques Jump to First Place in $25k Omega Alpha Grand Prix

Fabio Da Costa and Tosca De L’Esques. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – December 3, 2017 – The ESP Holiday & Horses CSI 4* week concluded at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with the $25,000 Omega Alpha Grand Prix on Sunday, December 3, ending in victory for Brazil’s Fabio Da Costa and Tosca De L’Esques.

Guilherme Jorge (BRA) set the final track for the week, which welcomed back six of the original 40 entries in the jump-off. Emanuel Andrade (VEN) and his own Ricore Courcelle, a 2005 Selle Francais stallion (Quaprice Bois Margot x Alme), took home second place honors after contesting the jump-off and crossing through the timers in 45.833 seconds. Samuel Parot (CHI) rode to third place aboard his own Dazzle White, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Calvino Z x Narcos II), after completing the short track in 42.236 seconds and adding four faults.

“Tosca De L’Esques was originally purchased as a ride for one of our clients last year,” commented Da Costa. “When we brought her from Europe she was already jumping the 1.40m classes and the client did really well with her. Shortly after, my own Grand Prix horse got hurt, so we decided to try the bigger classes with her.”

Da Costa and the mare, a 2007 Selle Francais mare (Cardento x Apache D’Adriers) owned by Bonne Chance Farm, returned to the jump-off sitting in second place and put in a fast round ending in 39.737 seconds. He continued, “She has done great at the higher levels, as she is doing more than expected of her right now. She’s such a fighter and she’s such a winner. She’s won over six classes in the past few months, so we have larger hopes for her looking into the future. We are planning to ride her this winter under the lights at WEF and if she goes well we will take it all step by step.”

Da Costa also piloted Fox Trot VD Padenborre, a 2005 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Chin Chin x Fleuri Du Manoir) owned by Bonne Chance Farm, to the fourth-place finish in the class. A long-term mount for the rider, the horse has returned from an injury and Da Costa hopes to ride him in the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. He explained, “This horse was in the last trial for the Olympic games and was very successful in Europe. Unfortunately, when he got hurt we had to back off and it has taken a while to get him back to the higher levels of competition. It feels like he is finally ready to be back out here, so let’s see how it goes. If he is up for it, he is the horse that I would like to take to the WEG.”

Jumper Highlights

The $1,500 Accuhorsemat Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper Classic saw Sarah Warden of Sherborn, MA and KT Bolo, owned by Michael Kirby, finish atop the class after crossing through the jump-off timers in 35.269 seconds. Alliah Kassem of Fayetteville, GA and Dulrike Utica, owned by Taylor Land, collected second place with a time of 38.195 seconds. Francesca Damasceno of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and her own Chaco 34 finished in third place after securing a finish in 41.752 seconds.

Mandy Robert of Canada rode to victory aboard Ninja, owned by Ecuries La Montee, in the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic after stopping the jump-off timers in 46.675 seconds. Karyn Armstead of Chicago, IL and her own Cincinnati took second place with a time of 40.92 seconds and adding four faults. Anika Lozano of Guatemala and Roberto Daza’s Varcotique AC earned third place after an original course time of 67.746 seconds.

The $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s Jumper Classic saw Bruna Silva of Windermere, FL and her own Lorenzo Jmen take first place with a jump-off time of 35.283 seconds and collected four faults, while Christina Rogalny of Wellington, FL and Sweet Oak Farm’s Esquire finished in second place with a time of 41.81 seconds and four added faults. Lillie Parr of Marshall, TX and Pinecone Farm LLC’s Beckham rounded out the top three with four faults and a time of 44.677 seconds.

The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw Lindsay Tomeu of Wellington, FL and DBHC, Inc.’s Bonapart ride to top honors in the class after finishing their jump-off track in 28.946 seconds. Tomeu and Gold Lux, owned by Siboney Ranch, took second place after stopping the clock in 29.434 seconds. Bruna Silva of Windermere, FL and her own Lorenzo Jmen secured third place with a time of 32.164 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

The $500 NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Hunter Classic saw Tracy Scheriff-Muser of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and her own Shoreline, finish atop the class with a two round score of 170. Kira Telford of Chicago, IL and CR Moet, owned by Telford, collected second place after completing their rounds with a score of 158. Isabel Beltran of Jupiter, FL and Alleala finished in third place, earning a score of 155.

The $1,000 Amateur Owner Hunter Classic boasted a win for Kaitlin Porath of Charlotte, NC aboard her own Breaux, as the pair rode to a final score of 175. Hillary Jean of Castle Rock, CO piloted D’Amour to second place honors after earning a 168. Third place honors were captured by Laura Sexton of Greenwich, CT aboard her own Set to Music after receiving a 167.

Libbie Gordon of Statesville, NC and Unexpected, owned by Derby Lane, LLC, rode to first place in the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic. Madison Arani of Lexington, KY and Humor Me, owned by Marigot Bay Farm, LLC, took second place ahead of Devin Seek of Ocala, FL and Don Stewart’s Canal Street, who ultimately finished in third.

Caroline Passarelli of High Falls, NY and Stella Wasserman’s Spellbound finished atop the $500 Medium/Large Pony Hunter Classic. Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and her own Spiderman captured second place. Third place honors were presented to Alexandra Sica of Ridgefield, CT aboard her own Greystone’s Star Bright.

The $500 Small Pony Hunter Classic saw Alexa Elle Lignelli of New York, NY and iParty take top honors. Lignelli also took second place with Rollingwood’s Knee Deep, owned by Lignelli. Third place was won by Allison Coleman of Wellington, FL riding her own Training Wheels.

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Alberto Michan and Inouk P Capture $35,000 Dever Golf Cars, Inc. 1.45m Classic CSI 4*

Alberto Michan and Inouk P. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Jennifer Bliss and Poker Face Sweep $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Wellington, FL – December 1, 2017 – Mexico’s Alberto Michan and Inouk P took the win in the $35,000 Dever Golf Cars, Inc. 1.45m Classic CSI 4* during the first week of the ESP Holiday Series at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

Course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) set the day’s track for 39 entries in the International Ring, which saw nine clear rounds vie for top honors in the speed competition. Michan and the 2008 Belgian Warmblood mare (Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve x Darco), owned by Ilan Ferder, jumped their winning round in 60.59 seconds. Molly Ashe (USA) and Louisburg Farm’s Picobello Choppin PC, a 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Motzart Des Semilly x Diamant De Semilly), finished second after stopping the timers in 60.69 seconds. Margie Engle (USA) and Dicas, a 2009 Rheinlander gelding (Diarado x Cassini I) owned by Storm Ridge Capital LLC and Gladewinds, Inc., placed third, crossing through the finish in 60.72 seconds.

“I think that it was a big enough course for a speed class,” Michan described. “We saw Brianne Goutal go out early on and ride very, very fast, so I think that she set the bar high for the rest of us today and made us all take a serious shot at it. Because of that, we had to take strides out at almost every line and if you wanted to be in the top three you really needed to push it.”

The mare, most recently piloted by Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts, is a new sale horse for Michan. Of his round, Michan explained, “We really considered whether or not we should push it and go really fast with her or not, but she is a very quick mare and has done very well with Nicola. We knew she was very experienced and has done it many times. We just went out there and went for it and she jumped unbelievably.”

Michan’s goal is to find someone who enjoys the mare as much as her previous riders have. Until then, he plans to continue taking her out at the Grand Prix level in the coming months. “We have a very nice group of horses here this winter and I have three or four horses to jump in the Grand Prix classes this coming season. Hopefully, because of them, we will have a successful year,” he concluded.

Jennifer Bliss and Poker Face Sweep $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Later in the afternoon, Jennifer Bliss of Wellington, FL rode Poker Face, owned by Harris Hill Farm, to top honors in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Second place went to Brent Balisky of Langley, BC and Easy Street, owned by Thunderbird Show Stables, completing their rounds with a final score of 175. Third place was awarded to Kris Killam of Naples, FL with Barbara Fishman’s Mr. Big, earning a 173 to finish their afternoon.

The combination mastered the track designed by Robbie McGregor of Wellington, FL and received an overall score of 176. Of her win, Bliss exclaimed, “I’m so excited. This horse is my long-time partner. I’ve had him for about six or seven years and I just love him to death. He’s been happy to get back in the ring and I’m happy to get back in the ring with him because I just love this horse so much.”

The pair was the first to achieve victory in the new “Hunt and Go” format, in which competitors complete a classic hunter round and then immediately begin their handy round. “I thought it was fun,” said Bliss in regard to the new format. “I think that it will certainly take a little bit of getting used to, but I did like trying it out. It really keeps things flowing.”

Kelly Mullen of Franklin, TN rode to the top of the leaderboard in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, aboard Fortuny, owned by Warioto Farms Inc. The pair rode to a first round score of 88 and returned for the handy, where they earned a total score of 175.5 and first place honors. Second place went to Jennifer Bliss and Sugarman, owned by Harris Hill Farm, LLC, after the duo completed their rounds with an overall score of 174. Third place was captured by Devin Seek of Ocala, FL aboard Emo Stables’ Attila with a two round score of 169.

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Team Europe Edges Past Team USA in Inaugural Riders Masters Cup

Laura Kraut & Viper Vrombautshoeve Z. Photo Credit: Laurent Vu for EEM.

Paris Event Sets the Stage for the Second and Final Showdown of the Riders Masters Cup

PARIS – Dec. 2, 2017 – A brand new type of equestrian competition premiered at the Longines Masters of Paris, pitting the United States and Europe against each other in an exhilarating head-to-head matchup. Presented by EEM, in collaboration with the European Equestrian Federation (EEF), and with Longines as a founding partner, the initial stage of the two-round Riders Masters Cup captivated the Paris audience at the international Longines Masters Series. The heart-pounding competition will culminate with the second and final showdown taking place on April 28, 2018, during the inaugural Longines Masters of New York.

EEM CEO Christophe Ameeuw stated, “When we decided to move our American Leg of the Longines Masters to New York, we were living a dream to jump on the grandest stage. Our show has become known for combining glamour, lifestyle, and gastronomy with the best in show jumping; a true 6* experience! We are thrilled we have the opportunity to bring an exciting new competition along with it. The Riders Masters Cup brings the best of equestrian sport together with exhilarating team competition and is a showcase for the exhilarating event in the world’s biggest media market.”

A new annual equestrian competition, the Riders Masters Cup bridges the first and third leg of EEM’s Longines Masters Series, which presents one of the most prestigious show jumping events in the world spanning three continents: Europe, Asia, and North America. Season III of the Longines Masters Series kicked off in Paris, travels to Hong Kong in February, and premieres in New York in April.

The passion and intensity from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games continued into the Riders Masters Cup, which featured multiple Olympic show jumpers for both sides. Team USA is led by 1976 Olympian and 2016 USA Olympic Coach Robert Ridland, who brought home the silver medal last summer, while Team Europe’s Chef d’Equipe is led by two-time Swiss Olympian Philippe Guerdat, keeper of the Gold medal from the 2016 Rio Games with the French team. Six of the 10 riders from the two teams are also previous Olympians, including: the youngest competitor in show jumping history to compete in the Olympic Games, 2012 Olympian Reed Kessler of the USA; two-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic Team Gold Medalist Laura Kraut (USA); a member of the 2016 French gold medal-winning Olympic Team and current World #3, Kevin Staut, and more.

Drawn by Racing 92 rugby player Dimitri Szarzewski, the five duels of the Riders Masters Cup comprised:

  • Team USA Devin Ryan vs. Team Europe Kevin Staut* from France
  • Team USA Chloe Reid vs. Team Europe Maikel van der Vleuten* from The Netherlands
  • Team USA Laura Kraut* vs. Team Europe Grégory Wathelet* from Belgium
  • Team USA Reed Kessler* vs. Team Europe Jos Verlooy from Belgium
  • Team USA Lauren Hough* vs. Team Europe Lorenzo de Luca from Italy

* Denotes Olympian

The fans were enraptured showing their team spirit as the first two riders took to the ring to kick off the highly-anticipated Riders Masters Cup. Competing on a course designed by 2017 Longines FEI European Championship designer Louis Konickx, Team USA’s Devin Ryan and Cooper faced the daunting competition of current world #3 ranked show jumper in the world Kevin Staut and Ayade de Septon et HDC. Staut showed an incredible clear round with a time of 59.05, but unfortunately Ryan suffered a tack malfunction forcing elimination.

The powerhouse of female show jumpers then took the reins for Team USA, starting with the second duel of the evening, in which the formidable 21-year-old Chloe Reid and Sally 643 competed against world-ranked #5 Maikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue from Team Europe. The Team USA rising star evened the score as she raced around the course in a clear round with a time of 64.08 leaving van der Vleuten in the dust after he dropped rails at the first and last jumps.

Laura Kraut and Viper Vrombautshoeve Z took the lead for Team USA with another clear round and a time of 63.01 to beat Team Europe’s world-ranked #10 Grégory Wathelet and MJT Nevados S who had four faults after a refusal at the last jump finishing with a time of 65.85.

Then, Team Europe’s Jos Verlooy and Igor evened the score for Team Europe with a time of 59.84 just edging out Team USA’s Reed Kessler’s and KS Stakki’s time of 60.71.

Every fan in the arena was on their feet, anxiously awaiting the final duel of the first round of the Riders Masters Cup as Team USA’s Lauren Hough and Waterford entered the ring against Team Europe’s No. 4 world-ranked Lorenzo de Luca and Jeunesse Van’t Paradijs. De Luca dominated the course with a time of 60.07 and fans eagerly awaited the appearance of Olympian Lauren Hough. Unfortunately, two refusals forced Hough out of the ring and Team USA fell to Team Europe in the first round by a score of 3-2.

With a close first round and an electric crowd, the second round had riders and horses return to compete over a Table C faults converted course, where three penalties were added for every rail that fell and riders scored two points for each winning ride.

In the first match-up, Devin Ryan of Team USA redeemed himself with a clear round, adding no penalties to his time of 60.16 seconds riding Cooper and scored the first two points for his team after Kevin Staut and Ayade de Septon et HDC had a rail at the final jump and finished with a final time of 62.79 seconds after three penalty seconds were added.

Maikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue dropped the top plank of the Masters Riders Cup fence, adding three seconds to their time and finishing with a total of 63.12 seconds. Chloe Reid and Sally 643 also had a rail down for a time of 65.09 seconds and gave Team Europe two more points.

“I was lucky this time!” said van der Vleuten.

Laura Kraut and Viper Vrombautshoeve Z had one rail down and missed an inside turn to record a time of 64.84 seconds. Gregory Wathelet and MJT Nevados S came away with the win after they recorded a time of 61.97 seconds despite pulling rails at the final jump.

Reed Kessler scored another two points for Team USA when she and KS Stakki finished clear in 65.38 seconds, besting Jos Verlooy and Igor.

Lauren Hough and Qantas struggled again in the second round, dropping a rail and with a refusal, while Lorenzo de Luca, came back into the ring with the same gusto and took the round once again with a clear round and a time of 68.09.

De Luca’s triumphant win sealed the deal earning Team Europe the win with a final score of 9-6.

Team USA now turns its eyes on New York with renewed intensity and Ridland was extremely proud of his team, which included four female riders and faced a dominant all-male team on their home turf. “There was a little bit of the unexpected and a couple instances of bad luck. It’s probably a faster paced action event than we’re used to,” said Ridland.

When asked what he would do differently, Ridland smiled and seemed confident that his team would change the tides when they crossed the Atlantic and head to New York in April. He said, “I would leave a couple more jumps up!! For New York, I think we came in with a pretty good strategy and a very good team. The home field advantage will be for us and in our favor in New York. The spectators, riders, and the sport in general will realize what it’s about after seeing this and I really look forward to that. We’ll give them a run for their money.”

The first edition of the historic Riders Masters Cup will culminate on U.S. soil on April 28, 2018, at the Longines Masters of New York at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Until then, each team will continue training and strategizing in anticipation of their return to the ring next spring with a renewed fervor and the goal of either revenge or continued domination.

Fans can stay updated on the news from each team at www.RidersMastersCup.com and show their support on social media with the hashtag #WaveYourFlag.

Press Contact: Jennifer Wood/Jump Media, jwood@jumpmediallc.com.

Jessica Springsteen and RMF Swinny Du Parc Top $35k Ultima Fitness 1.50m Qualifier CSI 4*

Jessica Springsteen and RMF Swinny Du Parc. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – November 30, 2017 – Competition continued with the ESP Holiday & Horses CSI 4* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) and awarded a win to Jessica Springsteen (USA) and RMF Swinny Du Parc in the $35,000 Ultima Fitness 1.50m Qualifier CSI 4*.

Second place honors in the class were awarded to Margie Engle (USA) and Royce, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion (Cafe Au Lait x Grandilot) owned by Gladewinds Partners LLC, after completing the jump-off in 40.721 seconds. Third place was captured by Ali Wolff (USA) and Blacklick Bend Farm’s Casall, a 2005 Holsteiner gelding (Casall x Capitol I), completing the short track in 40.755 seconds.

Springsteen and the 2006 Selle Francais mare (Berlin x Laudanum), owned by Rushy Marsh Farm, were one of nine returning to the jump-off, stopping timers in 39.173 speedy seconds, a full second ahead of Engle and Wolff. Of the course designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA), Springsteen said, “It was a good course today. I thought the ending was a little tricky with the triple-bar and triple combination. I think that that really caught a lot of people. She [RMF Swinny Du Parc] really kept it together and she jumped it amazingly. It was really good effort on her part!”

Springsteen recently picked up the ride on the mare, competing her for the first time this past fall at Tryon International Equestrian Center. The duo earned several top 12 finishes at TIEC, before moving on to compete in Kentucky.

Springsteen explained, “I showed her in Tryon and that was my first time showing her. We just clicked right away. She’s my kind of ride. She’s a big girl but it doesn’t feel like it when you’re riding her. She’s also very competitive. I took her to Kentucky and showed her there, and then she had a little time off after arriving here in Florida. This was her first time back out today and I couldn’t have asked for her to be any better.”

Looking ahead, Springsteen plans to compete the mare either in Saturday night’s $216,000 Holiday & Horses Grand Prix CSI 4* presented by Palm Beach County Sports Commission, or in Sunday’s $25,000 Grand Prix presented by Omega Alpha.

“Moving forward after that I think that we are going to start a little slow this winter because it is such a long season. We are definitely looking forward to competing in the future SNL Grand Prix classes,” she said. “It’s nice to have these pre-Winter Equestrian Festival shows to get the horses seasoned and comfortable with their surroundings once again.”

Complimenting her mount on a job well done once again, Springsteen concluded, “I’m just so thankful to have been given the ride on this mare. She’s so much fun and I’m very excited for the future with her.”

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67th Annual South Florida Hunter Jumper Association Charity Horse Show Concludes

Eduardo Menezes and Dimitri. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – November 28, 2017 – Competition commenced on Wednesday, November 21, with the 67th Annual South Florida Hunter Jumper Association Charity Horse Show at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The highlight class of the week, Saturday’s $35,000 Spy Coast/Sweet Oak Farms Grand Prix, saw a top finish to Eduardo Menezes of Carlsbad, CA and Dimitri, owned by E2 Stables. The pair earned the victory after contesting the course designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA) and completed the short track in 40.226 seconds.

Luis Biraben of Wellington, FL and Polytelle, owned by Miguel Madero and Florencia Cacabelos, trailed just behind Menezes and finished the class with a jump-off time of 41.136 seconds ultimately clinching second place. Closing out the top-three was Jessica Springsteen of Colts Neck, NJ piloting Stone Hill Farm’s Volage Du Henry through the jump-off track in 41.355 seconds. The class, which featured 39 entries, saw six combinations move forward to contest the short course. The top three finishers were the only pairs to secure a double clear effort in the highlight class of the week.

Jumper Highlights

The $10,000 Paul Tracy Open Welcome Stake presented by Paul Tracy Farrier Service saw Alejandro Karolyi of Wellington, FL and Lincourt Gino, owned by Monica Carrera, finish atop the class, after crossing through the jump-off timers in 38.598 seconds. Kim Farlinger of Orangeville, Ontario and Stanley Stone, owned by Sher Al Farm, collected second place with a time of 39.361 seconds. Jimmy Torano of Wellington, FL and Dutch Lady, owned by Jennifer Gates, finished in third place after securing a finish in 42.467 seconds.

The $10,000 NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by John and Monkia Preston saw Petra Sobotova of Coral Gables, FL and Jabab De Reve, owned by Sobotova, finish atop the class as the fastest clear round combination contesting the jump-off with a time of 28.458 seconds. Lindsey Tomeu of Wellington, FL and Bonapart, owned by DBHC, LLC, collected second place after completing the short course in 28.92 seconds. Lauren McCaulley of St. Charles, IL and Umano De La Ruche finished in third place after stopping the timers in 29.271 seconds.

Juliet Johansson of Coconut Grove, FL rode to victory aboard Viva’s Roxanna W in the $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic presented by JET Show Stables after stopping the jump-own off timers in 44.314 seconds. Stephanie Ann Cook of Franklin, TN and Lionsway Farm’s Fidele took second place with a time of 47.376 seconds, while Olivia Notman of Boca Raton, FL and Santa earned third place, stopping the timers in 49.604 seconds.

The $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic presented by Summerfields Farm saw Daniel Kerins of Celebration, FL and his own Sundance take first place with a jump-off time of 38.899 seconds, while Sydney Gorall of Wellington, FL and her own Askano finished in second place with a time of 45.332 seconds. Vincent Desiderio of Chester, NJ and Tranquility Farm’s Landini rounded out the top three with a time of 45.62 seconds.

The $10,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic saw Kaely Tomeu of West Palm Beach, FL and Siboney Ranch’s Gentille ride to top honors in the class after finishing their jump-off track in 28.116 seconds. Spencer Brittan of Westlake, TX and USA Today captured second place in the jump-off after stopping the timers in 28.414 seconds. Danielle Torano of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Jimmy Torano’s Diamant Des Biez were presented with third place honors for their jump-off time of 29.002 seconds.

The $10,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic presented by Hollow Creek Farm saw Kelly Arani of Dover, MA and Marigot Bay Farm LLC’s Kentucky Bourbon SCF ride to top honors in the class after finishing their jump-off track in 27.984 seconds. Danielle Stacy of Ipswich, MA and Hot Topic, owned by Stacy, concluded the class in second place after stopping the clock in 28.47 seconds. Alexandra Welles of Wellington, FL and her own XM secured third place with a time of 28.846 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

The $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by PJP Farm & Spring Gathering boasted a win for Jennifer Bliss of Loxahatchee, FL aboard Poker Face, owned by Harris Hill Farm, LLC, as the pair rode to a final score of 184. Bliss also rode Final Destination, owned by James Lala, to second place honors after earning a 181.5. Third place honors were captured by Lainie Wimberly of Ridgefield, CT and Brilliant, owned by ALR Farm LLC, earning a 178.

Sienna Pilla of Ridgefield, CT and Robin Hill’s Snapshot, owned by Piccolino Farm LLC, rode to first place in the $5,000 Pony Hunter Classic presented by Sweet Oak Farm. Caroline Passarelli of High Falls, NY and Spellbound, owned by Stella Wasserman, earned second place, ahead of Alexa Elle Lignelli of New York, NY and her own iParty, who ultimately finished in third.

Miranda Green of Wellington, FL and her own Insightful finished atop the $500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic presented by Aster Hill. Isabella Longo of Plantation, FL and her own Into the Grey captured second place. Third place honors were also presented to Longo, this time aboard Carriage Hill Farm’s Love Actually.

The $250 Low Children’s Hunter Classic presented by Dr. Annette Friend saw Chapin Cheska of Waukesha, WI and Rio-Fined, owned by Cara Cheska, take top honors ahead of Mia Green of Wellington, FL and CR VIP, owned by Nina Sohn, who secured second. Third place was won by Sara Hardin of Royal Palm Beach, FL riding her own Cowboy Up.

Samantha Kramig of West Palm Beach, FL and her own Disclosure took top honors in the $2,000 Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ Classic presented by Marigot Bay Farm after completing their courses with a two round score of 168. Kelly Arani of Dover, MA and Leonetti, owned by Marigot Bay Farm, LLC, took second place honors with a score of 165, while Kaitlin Porath of Charlotte, NC and her own Breaux rounded out the top three with a total score of 165.

Grady Lyman of Rancho Santa Fe, CA and Camille Leblond’s Cayambe topped the $2,000 Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6″ Classic presented by RC Stables with a score of 170, while Tanner Korotkin of Wellington, FL and Aribo, owned by Sandalwood Farms, earned a 168 for second place. Kelsey Donahoe of Ocala, FL and her own Ausone earned third after receiving a 162.

Lindsey Tomeu of Wellington, FL and Popish Farm, LLC’s Statement took top honors in the $500 NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic presented by Aster Hill after earning a total score of 148. Emily Ablin of Palm Beach, FL and her own Well Versed secured second place honors with a score of 143, while Mollie Roth of West Palm Beach, FL and Palm Ponies LLC’s Cherche rounded out the top three with a score of 138.

The $250 Low Adult Hunter Classic presented by Dr. Annette Friend saw a victory for Lisa Berger of Parkland, FL and East Wind Farms, LLC’s Chloe after completing the day with a score of 163. Second place saw a win for Caitlin Flynn of Loxahatchee, FL and Cool ColoNY for their overall score of 147. Third place went to Jill Brewer of Marshall, TX and Pinecone Farm LLC’s Livin’ the Dream for their total score of 138.

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Samuel Parot and VDL Aberlino Ride to Blue in ESP Pre-Charity $25,000 Grand Prix

Samuel Parot and VDL Aberlino. Photo Credit PBIEC and ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – November 20, 2017 – The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) hosted another successful weekend of competition during the 2017 ESP Pre-Charity Show, from November 17 through November 19 at The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Samuel Parot of Wellington, FL and his own VDL Aberlino took top honors in the $25,000 Pre-Charity Grand Prix, after the duo finished their jump-off time in 37.56 seconds.

Theo Genn of Lebanon, OH guided Dirocco Blue, owned by Eduardo Leon, to second place in the $25,000 Pre-Charity Grand Prix, after contesting the course designed by Jasen Shelly of Wellington, FL and returning for the jump-off, finishing in 39.231 seconds. Genn also took third place aboard Van Gogh, owned by Wilhelm and Patty Genn, completing the jump-off track in 37.443 seconds, adding four faults to their final score.

Earlier in the week, the $10,000 TackNRider Stakes Class was championed by Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL and Zara Leandra, owned by Barrios, who topped the class with a short-track time of 38.32 seconds. Cian McDermott of Wellington, FL and Newcastle, owned by Therese Bentley, collected second place with a jump-off time of 38.586 seconds. Third place honors went to Alejandro Karolyi of Wellington, FL aboard Willow, owned by Amalaya Investments, stopping timers in 39.912 seconds.

The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw Kelsey Donahoe of Ocala, FL and her own Dutch ride to victory as they finished their jump-off time in 43.328 seconds. Doris Neyra of Miami Beach, FL and Vodka Cruiser, owned by Castlewood Farm and Alan Korotkin, finished in second place with a time of 43.722, ahead of Drew Quagliano piloting Carlos 455, owned by Rosiano Farm, stopping jump-off timers in 44.839 seconds.

Tanner Korotkin of Wellington, FL won the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic aboard Castlewood Farm Inc.’s Boris III, after stopping the jump-off timers at 33.744 seconds. Second place was earned by Caroline Donnally of Wellington, FL aboard her own Reve Du Razzy, finishing with a jump-off time of 31.67 seconds and four faults. Siena Vasan of Boca Raton, FL took third place with Arvid, owned by Palm Ponies LLC, on a jump-off time of 36.558 seconds, and also adding eight faults to their score.

The $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic awarded first place to Abigail Princz of Weston, FL and her own Florentina HF, after completing the jump-off in 40.943 seconds. Olivia Otto of Delray Beach, FL rode her own Lorenzo to second place with a jump-off time of 41.792 seconds. Third place was captured by Charlotte Morse of New York, NY and Grant Road Partners LLC’s Zaza Harvey, finishing the jump-off in 46.448 seconds.

The $1,500 Accuhorsemat Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic was won by Madeline Lezotte of Wellington, FL aboard Lennox 324, owned by Samantha Senft, with a jump-off time of 44.925 seconds. Second place saw Julia Strawbridge of West Grove, PA riding her own C’est La Vie complete the jump-off in 48.391 seconds to finish in the top two. Third place went to Isabel Ernst of Vero Beach, FL aboard Belle Nuit, after a jump-off round that stopped the timers in 41.458 seconds and after four faults.

Tricia Barr of Wellington, FL and Big Girls Don’t Cry, owned by Rodney Bross, captured top honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter Division, while Chelsea Maida of Citra, FL and Idol, owned by Kelsey Donahoe, were presented with the division’s reserve championship honors.

The Equitation Adult Amateur Division saw Alexandra Davidson of New York, NY and Tyruso victorious in the division, taking champion honors ahead of Misty Pleiness of Ada, MI and Valor Z, who earned reserve champion honors.

The Low Adult Hunter Division saw Barry Carragher of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Roc Du Triomphe take the divisional championship ahead of Lisa Berger of Parkland, FL piloting Chloe, owned by East Wind Farms, LLC, who finished in reserve.

The Short Stirrup Hunter Division saw Rilee Strelec of Jupiter, FL and Hidden Springs Lucky Charm, owned by Strelec, take top honors after their consistent performances.

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Jumper News from Week II of the Atlanta Fall Classics

Michael Tokaruk and Ilan [Alison Hartwell Photography]

The $5,000 Horseflight Open Welcome kicked off the high stakes jumper action and awarded Michael Tokaruk of Germantown, Tennessee and Maarten Huygens’ Ilan the blue ribbon after turning in double clear rounds.

The first round time allowed was 84 seconds and saw twelve advance to a second round opportunity.  Tokaruk was the first to turn in a clear in the irons of Klee Hellerman’s Cupid Shuffle. Although their second round time of 40.255 was well within the time allowed of 62 seconds, four jump faults would have them finish in tenth place. Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina and Seth Vallhonrat’s Conbalou followed Tokaruk with a clear first round and also went clear in their second round in a time of 40.255 seconds and set the new time to beat. Pelham Bay, owned and ridden by Lee Hughes of Redwood City, Georgia, followed with the next set of double clear rounds, but their second round time of 42.369 seconds would find them finishing in seventh place overall.

Tokaruk followed with the next clear first round on his second ride, Ilan, posting a clear second round in a time of 39.364 and took the lead.

Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, South Carolina and Stela Styslinger’s Cassiana followed with double clear rounds, but their second round in a time of 41.609 would find them finishing in sixth place overall. Thomas John Russell of Columbus, North Carolina and Vick Russell’s Ragnar followed with the next set of double clear rounds but their second round time in 42.396 seconds would find them finishing in seventh place overall.

Meredith Bryans of Newborn, Georgia and her own Guidam Sid followed in the order with double clear rounds, but their second round time of 51.616 seconds saw them finish in ninth place overall.

Taylor Land of Atlanta, Georgia and Pinetree Farms, Inc.’s Falco V turned in the next double clear rounds, but their second round time in 41.500 would see them finish in fifth place.

Tokaruk returned for his third ride, this time in the irons of Mattie Hatcher’s Cristiano with double clear rounds and a second round time of 40.889 which secured fourth place.

Last to go was Tokaruk with Cassie Kime’s Tenacious D, turning in double clear rounds with their second round time of 40.884 locking in third place.

Geitner and Kenwood Victorious in $25,000 Sidelines Grand Prix

The $25,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by EMO, took place Saturday night and awarded Daniel Geitner and the Kenwood Syndicate’s Kenwood the blue ribbon.

The first round was set at 88 seconds time allowed and Taylor Land of Atlanta, Georgia and Pinetree Farms, Inc.’s Falco V were the first to go clear. David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee and Deerfield Farm, LLC’s Tyson Uno followed in the order and insured a jump off with their clear first round.

Eight more horse and rider teams would qualify for the jump off round including Geitner with Kenwood and Conbalou, Tokaruk with Cupid Shuffle and Ilan, Glenn Hartigan of Alpharetta, Georgia and his own Z Coco Cabana, Lee Hughes of Redwood City, Georgia and Pelham Bay, and Thomas John Russell and Vick Russell’s Shining de Reve.

Of the nineteen horse and rider teams entered, ten advanced to the jump off with a jump off round time allowed of sixty seconds.  Jennings and Tyson Uno were the first to turn in a clear round in a time of 44.528 seconds, setting the new time to beat. Geitner and Kenwood followed with their own clear jump off round in a time of 41.607 seconds, taking the lead. Hughes and Pelham Bay followed with the next clear round in the jump off, but their time of 46.006 would find them finishing in third place overall. Russell and Shining de Reve followed with the last clear jump off round with their own 47.639 seconds and finished in fourth place, leaving Geitner and Kenwood as victors and Jennings and Tyson Uno in second place.

Geitner also picked up a fifth place ribbon with Conbalou for their four fault jump off round in a time of 42.403 seconds and sixth was awarded to Taylor Land and Falco V for their four fault jump off round in a time of 42.754 seconds.

Z Coco Cabana and Glenn Hartigan earned a seventh place finish and Quite Dark 2, ridden by Haley Gassel and owned by Westwind Equine Training Center placed eighth. Ninth and tenth places went to Tokaruk with Cupid Shuffle and Ilan, respectively, and Mattie Hatcher and her own Cristiano placed eleventh. Chasen Boggio and his own Co Pilot wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner Jumper Classics

The $3,500 Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner Jumpers 1.30 m welcomed ten horse and rider teams to the arena and only three advanced to a second round opportunity.

First to go Chasen Boggio and his own Co Pilot turned in double clear rounds and their second round time of 41.029 seconds beat the time allowed of 57 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Erin McGuire of Cornelius, North Carolina and her own Kasarr followed in the order and also turned in double clear rounds. Their second round in a time of 38.610 seconds pushed Boggio out and she would eventually win the class with that time.

Haley Gassel and Westwind Equine Training Center’s Werner 61 were the last horse and rider team to turn in double clear rounds. Their second round time in 40.003 seconds would finish them in second place and move Boggio and Co Pilot to a third place ribbon.

Emma Willsky of Aspen, Colorado and her own Donegue placed fourth with their first round in a time of 87.786 seconds, which earned them two time faults. The fastest of the four faulters, Boggio and his own Conway, earned a fifth place ribbon for their first round in a time of 82.398 seconds and Bryan Dietz of Little Rock, Arkansas in the irons of his own Poppin Tags placed sixth for their four-fault first round in a time of 88.854 seconds.

Seventh was awarded to Shanna Beyer of Collierville, Tennessee and her own Invictus and eighth was awarded to Thomas Beazley and his own TKO Quincy for their eight-fault first round in a time of 84.194 seconds. Ninth was awarded to Nancy McFadden of Germantown, Tennessee and her own Catori.

The $2,500 Arenus Jr/Amateur Owner Jumpers 1.20 m saw big numbers with seventeen horse and rider teams competing for the blue.

Only six riders advanced to a second round opportunity over a course with the time allowed of 57 seconds. Madison Akins of Bogart, Georgia and her own Chasm Z rode home with the blue ribbon with their clear second round in a time of 38.373 seconds. Second place was awarded to Christina Cooper and her own Cora for their clear second round in a time of 40.288 seconds. Lily Bennett of Atlanta, Georgia and her own Zimba placed third for their 40.559 clear second round. Fourth was awarded to Kathleen Feely and her own Albrecht and fifth went to Accomplice owned and ridden by Grace Asbury of Atlanta, Georgia.

Kiersten Sudlow of Germantown, Tennessee and her won Athena Du Rouet placed sixth and Kaitlyn Smith of Carmel, Indiana and her own S’Envoler earned a seventh place ribbon.  Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indiana and her own Firebird placed eighth, and ninth was awarded to Carson Ruff of Jackson, Missouri and Sabina Holtzman’s Magnus Quequen Mail. Julia Tait of Marietta, Georgia and Falcon Ridge Stables’ Limited Edition earned a tenth place finish.

$5,000 Elite Equine Sport Horse Medicine and Lameness Child Adult Jumper

The $5,000 Elite Equine Sport Horse Medicine and Lameness Child Adult Jumper 1.20 Classic saw seventeen horse and rider teams tackle the course in the Olympic arena and it was Cathy Reed of and her own Emporio who took home the blue ribbon. Audrey Muscari in the irons of her own Ricardo placed second and Grayson Fallon rode Hope Rousseau’s Bad & Boujee to a third place ribbon.

Fourth was awarded to Nelson Long and his own Merlerault and fifth went to My Wing Man, owned and ridden by Deborah Knowles. Sixth went to Kaitlyn Smith and her own VDL Casanova, and seventh was awarded to Alayna Myers of Maryville, Tennessee and Amanda Melton-Finger’s Reprieve. Smithwick, owned and ridden by Madison Massey of Pelham, Alabama, earned an eighth place finish, and Lynn Seithel of Johns Island, South Carolina and her own Jumping Jil Z placed ninth. Meredith Darst, LLC’s Quester De Virton ridden by Heather Hooker placed tenth, and EWSZ Quinetta, owned and ridden by Macie Atwood earned an eleventh place finish. Abigail Beaty of Indian Springs, Alabama and her own Via Dolorosa wrapped up the class with a twelfth place finish.

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Richard Spooner and Chatinus Claim Longines Victory

Photo: Richard Spooner and Chatinus (FEI/Amy McCool)

The old adage claims that “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” but it will be hard to keep secret the talent of Richard Spooner’s (USA) new equine star, Chatinus. Spooner piloted the 10-year-old Hanoverian to the gelding’s first World Cup qualifier victory in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas (USA).

“I’m just very optimistic for the future with this horse. It’s just absolutely blowing my mind!” — Richard Spooner (USA)

Spooner defeated Alison Robitaille (USA) and Serise du Bidou to claim the top check, outpacing that duo’s time by nearly three seconds. First to go in a select jump-off field of three, Robitaille and her mount crossed the timers in 40.20 seconds; Spooner and Chatinus finished in 37.30 seconds. Karrie Rufer (USA) and Georgie d’Auvray EC, the only other combination to advance to the shortened track, finished in the third position. Last to go and Spooner to catch, Rufer elected to retire after her mount pulled a rail, but it was still a career-best finish for the amateur rider, who was competing in just the second World Cup qualifying competition of her career.

The course designed by Oscar Soberón (MEX) made for great show jumping, as the crowd on hand was on the edge of their seats waiting for a clear round. They did not get one until 21 horse and rider pairs had competed, but they did not have to wait much longer for a second: The west coast audience showed their appreciation when fan favorite Spooner, 24th to go, guaranteed a jump-off. A total of 29 competitors jumped in Round 1.

“I stuck with my plan. I walked the course and just did what my original plan was, and it worked out!” — Richard Spooner (USA)

Spooner now sits atop the standings of the west coast sub league of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League with 58 points. Robitaille leads the east coast sub league standings; she has 52 points.

“For me, it’s unfamiliar ground to have a horse that just kind of goes in the ring and is just like an ATM machine at this point!” Spooner said of Chatinus, whom he has only had since the summer. Chatinus also posted top five finishes in World Cup qualifiers at Sacramento (USA) and Del Mar (USA) this season.

The next event on the North American League will take place in Guadalajara (MEX) on Saturday, 27 January 2018.

By Catie Staszak

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