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McLain Ward Scores Brilliant Victory in Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI5*

McLain Ward and Noche de Ronda. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 8, 2020 – Two-time U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward charged to a win in the $401,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI5* in front of a packed International Arena riding Noche de Ronda during “Saturday Night Lights” at the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival on February 8 in Wellington, FL.

Forty of the world’s best crossed the start timers to Anthony D’Ambrosio’s and Andy Christiansen’s (USA) first-round track with 12 posting perfect rounds to advance to a jump-off. U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington and Gazelle sat in the leading position on a time of 39.51 seconds when Ward entered the ring. To the roar of a home-country crowd, Ward and Noche de Ronda broke the timers double-clear and the ones to beat in 37.47 seconds.

“That’s about all Ronda and I had to give,” said Ward. “I think for any of us, at that level, when you get to go after the one that sets the time, you have a bit of an advantage. Normally, you come out by winning or crashing, one or the other. It all came off very nice and the horse really performed spectacular.”

Sterling Malnik and Charlie Are Victorious in the THIS Children’s Medal 14 and Under

Equitation competition began Saturday morning at the South Ring with Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL riding to the win in the THIS Children’s Medal for riders 14 and Under. Malnik rode her mount, Charlie, to a score of an 84 in the jumping phase and then rose to the top in the test.

Charlie is a fairly new ride for Malnik, who has been working with the horse for three weeks. The pair, trained by Bill Schaub, have only shown in the THIS Medal twice and are already proving to be ones to watch.

Going into the test, Malnik knew that she could count on her 12-year-old gelding. “I was really nervous because I’ve never tested inside the ring before,” Malnik explained. “Thankfully I didn’t have to go first! Charlie is also very experienced and knows what he has to do, so he helped me out.”

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Bertram Allen Flies to Victory in $37,000 Bainbridge 1.45m CSI5*

Bertram Allen and Lafayette van Overis. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 7, 2020 – Irish rider Bertram Allen showcased the foot speed of his mount Lafayette van Overis on their way to a win in the $37,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.45m CSI5* on Friday, February 7, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

Twenty-one horses jumped clear over Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) and Andy Christiansen Jr.’s (USA) speed track from a starting field of 53. Allen and the nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Tauber van het Kapelhof) posted a time of 59.91 seconds that bested Mexico’s Santiago Lambre aboard his own Doloris by less than a second for the top spot. Lambre settled for the runner-up spot in 60.71 seconds.

Allen got the ride on Lafayette van Overis in August of 2019 and made quick work of riding the horse to the top with two five-star wins at Tryon International Equestrian Center.

“He has a fantastic brain and truly understands the sport,” continued Allen with a smile. “He’s very competitive, brave, and wants to do it, so I think he’ll end up jumping a few bigger classes in the future.”

Cara McFadden Wins Her First WEF Blue in the EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal

Friday morning began with Cara McFadden riding Contigo 37 to the win in the EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal in the Equine Tack and Nutritionals Ring 6. The pair rose to the top in the jumping phase with a score of 84 and were also first in the flat phase of the class.

Contigo 37 is a new ride for McFadden, who has only shown the horse twice. McFadden, of Long Valley, NJ, began leasing Contigo 37 from Beechwood Stables, LLC only last week. The gelding had previously shown in the equitation with both Annabel Revers and Olivia Broder.

Although the weather conditions added an extra level of difficulty, McFadden, who trains with Beacon Hill Show Stables, stuck to her plan, saying, “I think with the jumping phase a lot of people had trouble getting up the lines, but Contigo listened to everything I told him and took care of me,” McFadden explained.

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Kent Farrington and Austria 2 Win $137k Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 CSI5*

Kent Farrington and Austria 2. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 6, 2020 – Riding out of the 12th spot in a jump-off field of 19, Kent Farrington (USA) sped through the timers to win the $137,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 CSI5* riding Austria 2, owned by Take the High Road LLC, on Thursday, February 6, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

The first round of the WEF Challenge Cup had 52 entries, and with 19 clear over the course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio and Andy Christiansen Jr., speed was all-important. The early lead was set by Capt. Brian Cournane (IRL) and Penelope Cruz, owned by Cournane and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stiller, at 43.15 seconds, which would hold up for fifth place. The leading time dropped down to 41.56 seconds when Olympic individual gold medalist Eric Lamaze (CAN) piloted The Chacco Kid Group’s Chacco Kid around the short course. They would end on a podium finish in third place.

But it was Farrington and Austria 2 as the next pair into the ring that would set a blazing time of 40.68 seconds that would remain untouched for the remaining seven trips.

“I don’t really feel a limit on her; she’s got an unbelievable mentality,” said Farrington of the 12-year-old Holsteiner mare (Casall x Corrado I). “That goes a long way, and a horse that really wants to fight for you is a huge part of the battle of doing high level sport.”

Jennifer Bauersachs and Another Love Capture High Performance Conformation Hunter Championship

Hunter competition during Week 5 of WEF continued on Thursday with Jennifer Bauersachs and Another Love claiming champion in the High Performance Conformation Hunter division. The duo won the model and the under saddle, and also received two firsts, a second, and a fourth in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring.

Bauersachs has been partnered with Another Love, who is owned by Meritage Stables LLC, for two years. Last year, Bauersachs, of Frenchtown, NJ, competed the mare successfully in the second year green hunter division. “She’s really brave and reliable,” Bauersachs described of Another Love. “It’s fun because I can count on her and now I feel like I have a real partnership with her.”

Aside from winning both the model and under saddle, Bauersachs and Another Love also scored a pair of 88s to win both over fences classes on the second day of the division. “I ended up in a rubber snaffle with her and she loved it. I think the softness of being able to ride her in that bit definitely stood out,” Bauersachs commented. “I love that she’s a mare! I get along with them well and when they partner with you, they really partner with you.”

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Hailey Royce Tops $10k SJHOF High Junior Jumper Classic to Close Out WEF Week 4

Hailey Royce and Goldbreaker. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 2, 2020 – It was a blue-ribbon breakfast for 15-year-old Hailey Royce (USA) riding Goldbreaker in the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Griffis Residential, on Sunday, February 2, to close out Week 4 of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

Hailey Royce and Goldbreaker, a horse she calls Charlie around the barn, were the only pair of the 16 horse-and-rider field to advance to an immediate jump-off. Posting the only double-clear of the day in 39.722 seconds, Royce noted, “My goal was to go double-clean and it feels great to have the only double-clear since I’ve worked so hard to create a partnership with Charlie. We’ve been together almost a year, starting with showing in the lows last year at WEF and it’s very gratifying to receive this.

“For the first round, I had to focus him when we went over the skinny jump near the in-gate; he does get funny near the in-gate so I had to give him more of a gap,” added Royce about the 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Heartbreaker) owned by Castlewood Farm. “It was a hard course today and he was jumping out of his skin.”

Martha Ingram Crowned Champion and Reserve in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” 18-35

Hunter competition for Week 4 of WEF came to a close on Sunday with Martha Ingram piloting Fonteyn to champion in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” 18-35, presented by Adequan. Ingram, who had two rides in the division, claimed both champion and reserve titles. Ingram and Fonteyn received two firsts, two seconds, and a seventh in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring.

Fonteyn, owned by John and Stephanie Ingram, LLC, has been part of the Ingram family for six years. Ingram took over the ride from her father, John Ingram, a couple years ago to show in the amateur hunter divisions. After being out of the show ring for two years, Fonteyn returned to competition at Capital Challenge in 2019 with Ingram to claim the Grand Champion title in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” 18-35. “When it’s game time, she’s always there. She wants to win!” Ingram said of her mount.

Ingram, of Nashville, TN, and Fonteyn impressed the judges and received a high score of 88 on the second day of the division. “She has a presence about her,” Ingram described. “She’s also extremely smart and I love her personality.”

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Over $1 Million Distributed to Local Non-Profit Organizations at Great Charity Challenge

Jessica Mendoza and Flashback VDS. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 1, 2020 – Palm Beach County cheered as equestrians and their mounts, representing local non-profit organizations, competed for a share of more than $1 million in prize money at the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) on Saturday, February 1. Held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), the GCC has become a highlight of the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and has distributed over $15.8 million to 256 local organizations in 11 years.

The winning team of riders, Jessica Mendoza riding Flashback VDS, Caroline Mewhinney aboard Ballerine de Revel, and first time GCC participant Ana Sofia Rodriguez on Carolina du Toultia Z, sponsored by team sponsor Van Kampen Foundation and corporate sponsor CGM Farms, came in the ring to the music of the Broadway musical “Chicago” and finished with a time of 94.912 seconds. Their strategy and teamwork paid off for Spirit of Giving Network, a local non-profit organization that creates alliances with nonprofit organizations by sharing resources and providing education to strengthen local communities through a variety of causes. They earned the top prize of $150,000. The sliding scale for the balance of the proceeds, down to 24th place, won a minimum of $15,000, ensuring that everyone was a winner.

“The Spirit of Giving is a collaborative non-profit, and we have 72 other non-profit members underneath us that benefit families and children, but we have a lot of variety too,” said Executive Director Lindy Harvey. “So, not only is this helping us, it’s helping 72 other members and thousands of local children. It’s a very big win for us.”

Kent Farrington and Creedance Soar to Stunning Victory in Marshall & Sterling/Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix

U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington and Creedance did what they do best by galloping full tilt to win the $214,000 Marshall & Sterling / Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix CSI4* in the Global Ring at Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival) on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

From a starting field of 39 horses, 11 advanced to the tie-breaking jump-off set by Brazilian course designer Anderson Lima. After pocketing a grand prix win earlier in the season, Mexico’s Santiago Lambre was poised for a repeat before Farrington and Creedance charged into the ring. Farrington utilized the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding’s exceptional speed to steal the lead by just under half of a second.

“Creedance is an exceptional horse; he’s naturally so fast and such a winner,” said Farrington of his mount (Lord Z x Notaris). “He’s unbelievably careful and at the same time very brave. He delivered like he usually does, and I was very proud of him today.

“I try to show him where he likes and not overuse him in places where I don’t think he needs to jump,” continued Farrington on how he manages Creedance’s schedule together with co-owner R.C.G. Farm. “I try every winter when I’m here to pick a few weeks where he comes out. The caliber of horses here is very high, and that’s why I think you saw such a strong result from a lot of people today.”

Augusta Iwasaki Sweeps Champion and Reserve in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under Division

The Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division came to a close on Saturday in the Rost Ring with Augusta Iwasaki riding Heaven’s Dream to the championship. Iwasaki catch rode two horses in the division, but Heaven’s Dream came out on top.

Iwasaki and Heaven’s Dream won two classes on the second day of the division, and also received a second in the under saddle along with fifth and sixth places to rise to the top.

“He’s always game and does whatever is asked of him,” Iwasaki said of Heaven’s Dream, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Arko III.

Iwasaki rode Heaven’s Dream, or “Dreamy”, for owner Isabella Griffin of Hampton Cove, AL. Dreamy was recently imported during the indoors season, so he is still fairly new to showing in the United States. “He’s really beginning to put everything together in the ring,” Iwasaki described. “He is just a cool horse and also really nice to ride.”

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Martin Fuchs Records a 1-2 on the Derby Field in Week Four of WEF

Martin Fuchs and Silver Shine. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 31, 2020 – The Derby field at Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival) wrapped up its third day of action in week four with the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI4*. It was Swiss rider Martin Fuchs – ranked number-one in the world and the 2019 victor of the same class – who commanded both first and second place in the class. He claimed the winner’s rug riding Willow Grace Farm’s eye-catching gray 11-year-old Califax gelding Silver Shine and took second on the 12-year-old Stakkatol gelding Stalando 2, picking up prize-money of more than $38,000 in the process.

Ten of the 40 starters qualified for the jump-off, with four of those also going clear in the second round over Brazilian course designer Anderson Lima’s track on the immaculate palm tree-lined grass Derby field. Fuchs and Silver Shine’s time of 46.74 seconds proved unassailable, while he clocked 47.06 seconds on Stalando.

Fuchs, who is at WEF for the whole season before returning to his base near Zurich in Switzerland, said, “I had a good plan for this week. My grand prix horse Silver Shine only did the first day, then I didn’t do the WEF qualifier yesterday on him, and I did this class today so that he gets two more rounds before the grand prix [on Saturday]. He jumped fantastically in both rounds today, and Stalando did too.”

Ashland Team #2 Victorious in $25,000 Hermès Under 25 Team Event

Ashland Team #2 jumped to the top of the podium in the $25,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series Team Event, which took center stage in the Global International Arena at Equestrian Village on Friday evening. The team made up of Helen Graves (USA), Austin Krawitt (CAN), Klas Kudlinski (GER), and Ty Simpson (USA), finished on the only eight-fault score of the night after two rounds of competition.

Kudlinski, 24, posted the only clear performance under the time allowed for his team before the second round was cut short by weather after only two rider rotations competed from the six teams that returned.

“This is the first time that I’m bringing my horses over to America, so it’s the first time that I’m doing the Under 25,” said Kudlinski, who pulled a single rail and picked up a time fault in the first round. “I had one down in the first round, but my horse jumped really, really well. It was obviously a rider mistake. The second round I was more on it, and you’re not riding just for yourself, so you also have the pressure to take care of the other riders on your team. When you miss something, the whole team misses something, but it’s a good experience.”

Jennifer Hannan and Mindful Win the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby for Second Year in a Row

Jennifer Hannan piloted Mindful to the top spot in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Hunt & Go, presented by CCTV Agent, out of a field of 61 competitors. The pair scored a total of 360.5 points to win the class for the second consecutive year.

Hannan has been riding Mindful, a 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Graf Grannus and owned by Kensel, LLC, for three years. This was the pair’s first week back showing after a ten-month break. “He’s a winner. He goes in every time to win,” Hannan said.

The class was a hunt and go format, with the first eight jumps of the course being the classic round and the last six jumps being the handy round. The course included one trot fence and offered four high options.

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Bertram Allen’s Sparkling Form Continues in Week Four of WEF

Bertram Allen and GK Casper. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 30, 2020 – Action in week four of the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival) for the second day, with the $73,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 4 CSI4* on Thursday, January 30. Irish rider Bertram Allen continued his winning streak, leading the class of 54 on Ballywalter Stables’ GK Casper and making it two wins from two starts in two days on the turf.

Eight combinations made it through to the jump-off over course designer Anderson Lima’s (BRA) testing track. All eight jumped clear in the second round, so it all came down to speed to determine the finishing order. Allen, who had the benefit of being last to go, broke the beam in 39.00 seconds, with home rider Natalie Dean and Marigold Sporthorses LLC’s Jewel De Kwakenbeek nipping at their heels in a time of 39.02 seconds. Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire rode Gochman Sport Horses LLC’s Luibanta BH into third in 39.28 seconds.

“It’s a good start and long may it continue,” said Allen, 24. “I’m chuffed; he’s a good horse this one and very, very careful so you can really ride him at the jumps and normally he doesn’t have too many down.”

Kelley Farmer Pilots Undaunted to the Green Hunter Conformation Championship

The Green Hunter Conformation division came to a close on Thursday in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring with Kelley Farmer and Undaunted earning champion. The pair received two firsts, three seconds, and one third-place ribbon.

Undaunted, owned by Rock Ridge Farms, has just recently started his hunter career in the United States. He was purchased in Europe and came to the U.S. in the Fall of 2019. Farmer began showing Undaunted during the ESP Holiday Series at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. “He’s such a good horse and has been champion every time out except once,” Farmer explained.

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Tiffany Foster Scores a Win in CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic

Tiffany Foster and Northern Light. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 26, 2020 – Canadian Olympian Tiffany Foster guided new mount Northern Light to a win in the $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic to close out week three of the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on Sunday, January 26.

From a starting field of 66, 10 horses advanced to course designer Kelvin Bywater’s (GBR) jump-off track. Returning second, Foster put the foot speed of Northern Light, a nine-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Plot Blue x Contender) to good use and stopped the clock clear in 42.47 seconds over runner-up Catherine Tyree (USA) and BEC Lorenzo, owned by Mary Tyree.

Foster got the ride on Northern Light from owners Andy and Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms at the end of September. The mare is the former mount of Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) and was a match with Foster from the very beginning.

“When I rode her for the first time, I had a very good feeling,” said Foster. “You get the feeling that she’s a really intelligent horse. She knows where the jumps are and she is the same every time you get on her.”

Sterling Malnik Rides Rockette to the Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 and Under Championship

Week 3 of WEF came to a close with Sterling Malnik of Palm Beach, FL and Rockette claiming the Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 and Under championship in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. The pair earned two firsts, a second, and a fifth-place ribbon.

Malnik, trained by Bill Schaub, has only had Rockette for about one month. She recently purchased the 10-year-old mare from Ramble On Farm. Malnik is thrilled to have such a kind and talented new mount for this season. “She just blows my mind and always jumps incredible!” described Malnik.

Rockette and Malnik just started competing in the Junior Hunter 3’3” division this circuit and are already off to a great start. “She’s a proper lady; if you respect her, she’ll respect you,” said Malnik of Rockette.

The pair had consistent rounds throughout the two days of competition and also won the under saddle. Malnik believes that it was Rockette’s jump and their combined “cuteness factor” that made them stand out to the judges. “She is amazing and I think she jumps better than any other horse out there,” the rider commented.

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Erin Davis-Heineking Swoops In for $137k Adequan Grand Prix CSI3* Victory

Erin Davis-Heineking and Leonie. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 25, 2020 – Erin Davis-Heineking (USA) is making the most of her two-week visit to the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) with a win in the $137,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI3* during “Saturday Night Lights” of week three at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL on Saturday, January 25.

Davis-Heineking rode Leonie to thrill Saturday night’s crowd by leading the grand prix from start to finish after posting the first clear round over Kelvin Bywater’s (GBR) opening track. She again returned first over the short course and set the pace fault free in a quick 45.51 seconds. At the conclusion of a six-horse jump-off, Davis-Heineking still stood atop the podium, barely inching out Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Karlin van’t Vennehof. They were just fractions off the win in 45.67 seconds.

“I was a little bit in disbelief that I had left a couple of jumps up out there,” said Davis-Heineking of her jump-off ride. “It didn’t quite go as I planned; I had an idea in my mind of the numbers that I wanted to do, and then right before I went in, my trainer/husband [Christian Heineking] basically said to leave one out from all of those. So, I took a shot at the last line and tried to do the six. I chipped in a seven, and she left it up. I was really proud of her.”

Gabrielle Sokolow and Kindred Claim Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under Championship

Saturday morning in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring began with Gabrielle Sokolow and Kindred earning champion in the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under division. Sokolow and Kindred won the under saddle and received an additional first and second place ribbon to claim the championship title.

Kindred is a new ride for Sokolow, who has had the horse for less than a week. Sokolow went to Ocala last week to try the horse as a prospect for the junior hunter division. It was clear that the pair was right for each other when they won all three classes and were champion in their first show together earlier this season. “We instantly knew that it was the right match!” commented Sokolow.

The eight-year-old gelding was then brought to Wellington, where he showed earlier in the week with Kate Conover. Sokolow, of Westlake Village, CA, then took over the ride on Kindred again and the pair was able to continue their winning streak. “He has such a great personality and the way he goes around the ring is just so pretty,” said Sokolow of her new mount.

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

McLain Ward and Catoki Are Two-for-Two at WEF

McLain Ward and Catoki. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 24, 2020 – U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward claimed his second win during week three of the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in the $37,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.45m CSI3* aboard Catoki at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL on Friday, January 24.

Ward and the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Catoki x Cartello B) are a new partnership, but they have wasted no time getting to the winner’s circle. The duo topped a field of 59 over Kelvin Bywater’s (GBR) speed track by a nearly two-second margin over Mexico’s Santiago Lambre and his own Doloris. Ward stopped the clock in 57.54 seconds, while Lambre settled for second in 59.12 seconds.

“He’s naturally an incredibly fast horse, so in the speed classes you have a little bit of an advantage,” said Ward of the horse he owns with Marilla van Beuren and Bob Russell. “Santiago is a very fast rider, but this horse is, I think, the fastest horse I’ve ever ridden. I knew turning for home we were very fast, and if things come up basically as you want, he’s just naturally faster than most horses, so you don’t have to do anything extraordinary.”

Krista Weisman and Concept Claim Adult Amateur Hunter Young (Section A) Championship

Hunter competition in the Rost Ring continued on Friday with the crowning of Krista Weisman and Concept as the Adult Amateur Hunter Younger (Section A) champions. Weisman rode Concept to two first and two second-place finishes in the division.

Weisman, of Brooklyn, NY, was excited to get back into the show ring with Concept after recently having a baby. “We like to joke that he was on paternity leave over the summer and now this is his second show back in a year,” Weisman explained.

The pair had a successful return to the show ring and definitely stood out to the judges. “He has the most comfortable canter and feels like he is just floating along,” Weisman said.

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.