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Shane Sweetnam and Alejandro Speed to $401k Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI5* Victory

Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Alejandro © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 13, 2021 – The first five-star grand prix of the season was a treat for show-jumping fans as Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Alejandro, owned by Sweet Oak, Spy Coast, & Seabrook LLC, sped to the win in the $401,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI5* on Saturday, February 13, at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

There were 40 entries in the grand prix competing over a course designed by Kelvin Bywater (GBR). Nine punched their ticket to a clear round and advanced to the jump-off.

As the last in the ring for the jump-off, Sweetnam knew exactly what he had to do, and pushing Alejandro for speed as he crossed the starting timers, he didn’t let up through the long gallop to the final oxer on course. They landed clear in 37.03 seconds for victory.

Libbie Gordon Pilots High Society to Top Honors in the Small Junior Hunter 3’6” 16-17

Hunter competition finished in Ring 7 on Saturday with the naming of the Small Junior Hunter 3’6” 16-17 champion. Libbie Gordon and her own High Society took the title after they received three firsts, a third, and a seventh-place ribbon.

Gordon, of Statesville, NC, is currently showing in her last junior year and trains with Ashland Farms. The division had 12 competitive entries, but they were no match for Gordon and High Society.

“He is the sweetest horse and also probably the best horse I’ve ever ridden,” said Gordon of the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Diarado. “He tries his heart out every time I go into the ring.”

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Deusser Does It Again in the $37k Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI5*

Daniel Deusser (GER) and Kiana Van Het Herdershof © Sportfot.

February 12, 2021 – Wellington, FL – Hot off his grand prix win on Sunday during the fourth week of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Daniel Deusser (GER) jumped back into the winner’s circle in WEF 5, this time aboard Kiana Van Het Herdershof, owned by Stephex Stables, in the $37,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI5* on Friday, February 12, in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

The speed track on Friday set by Kelvin Bywater (GBR) challenged a total of 49 combinations and featured 14 jumping efforts. Deusser and the 11-year-old BWP mare by Toulon x Starlight VD Hemelseschoot gave it a good run, finishing with the fastest time of the day in 59.54 seconds.

“I had two horses and with the first one, the goal was to get a good ribbon,” said Deusser. “Kiana Van Het Herdershof is naturally very fast and a little bit crazy. She’s already won a few classes like this one, so with her, it was our plan to try to win the class.”

Jim Ifko and Un Diamant Des Forets Fly High in the $37,000 Restylane 1.45m Qualifier CSI2*

On Friday afternoon, Jim Ifko (CAN) piloted Un Diamant Des Forets, owned by Eventyre Farms, to a fast and fault free jump-off round to capture the $37,000 Restylane 1.45m Qualifier CSI2*. Ifko and the 13-year-old Selle Français stallion by Diamant De Semilly x Grace Des Forets, flew across the finish line in 34.74 seconds.

“When you have that many [10] in the jump-off in a class like this, you know that you have to be fast if you want to have a chance,” said Ifko. “He’s so fantastic for the jump-off, especially when it comes to making shorter turns and being able to jump something on an angle. He’s so competitive that you can come in on an incredibly sharp angle, and he has no problem. He never doubts it or questions what you’re doing. The bigger the challenge, the better it is for him. We had a good plan and fortunately we were able to execute it and it turned out great.”

Ifko has been fortunate enough to have the ride on the stallion for seven years and knows him quite well.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Lucy Deslauriers and Hester Capture Adequan WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 CSI5*

Lucy Deslauriers (USA) and Hester © Sportfot,

February 11, 2021 – Wellington, FL – Lucy Deslauriers (USA) and Hester, owned by Lisa Deslauriers, were in fine form on Thursday, February 11, as they flew to the top of the leaderboard in the International Arena for a victory in the $73,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 CSI5* at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

Over a track set by Kelvin Bywater (GBR), 18 combinations from a starting field of 56 qualified to return for the jump-off, with 15 electing to challenge the second round. Deslauriers and her partner of eight years answered all the questions to fly into first with a time of 31.97 seconds.

“There weren’t too many places to change the strides in between the jumps so I knew I just had to be super prompt everywhere,” said Deslauriers. “He was really right with me today; I felt like I was just looking, and he knew what I was going to do before I did it.”

Olivia Chowdry Rides to Second Win in Two Weeks

Fresh off an opening day victory in the CSI2* during WEF 4 with Chuck Berry 8, Olivia Chowdry (USA) repeated her performance, this time in the $6,000 Restylane 1.45m CSI2* with Balkana du Tillard, owned by Atlas Equine Holdings LLC. Chowdry was fastest out of 21 entries and 14 clear rounds to take the win in 50.80 seconds.

Chowdry felt that she won the class by leaving out a stride between the first and second jumps on course.

Second place went to Gabriela Reutter (CHI) and Atticus Diamant, owned by Lumiere Horses Inc. in 51.21 seconds. Zoe Conter (BEL) and Stephex Stables’ Soory de l’Hallali were third in 51.79 seconds.

Chowdry has been riding Balkana du Tillard for a year and a half after an initial lease period in Europe through Axel Verlooy. The 10-year-old Selle Francais mare by Kannan x Landgold has exceeded expectations for Chowdry and her trainers, Katie and Henri Prudent.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

WEF Season Success for OMA Students

Taylor Landstrom and Inferno (Photo courtesy of Jen Wood Media)

Wellington, FL (February 10, 2021) – Open Minds Academy is a popular winter season academic hub for ambitious young riders, and with the Winter Equestrian Festival well underway, OMA is celebrating excellence not only in the show ring, but also in the classroom! Their individualized tutoring makes it easy for equestrians and equestrian families to execute a seamless transition from the barn to the classroom, or even to bring the classroom to the barn. OMA’s custom learning programs include virtual options, in-person 3-1 groups at their COVID-protocol optimized Wellington center, weekly status updates, extracurricular classes, and monitoring for seasonal students to ensure they keep up with their home school. Wellington’s seasonal equestrians are one of the main groups utilizing OMA to excel both in school and the show ring.

Sophia Ercolano finished WEF 3 with numerous top placings in the Low Children’s Hunters. As a 12-year-old student currently in the 6th grade, Sophia attends OMA’s virtual schooling sessions, maximizing her time with their certified teachers and time for training at the farm. She is based out of Flemington, New Jersey most of the year where she trains with Linda Sheridan and returns each season to Wellington for the winter horse show.

Taylor Landstrom is another OMA student with blue ribbons in hand for 2021. She and Inferno were the top rider in the EMO Insurance Group USHJA 3’3″ Jumper Seat Medal Section A during WEF 4. Taylor’s schedule at OMA is centered around her morning training, meaning she spends the afternoon as an in-person student at OMA’s Wellington learning center, which is located behind the Kick Back Tavern (formerly Backstreets). She enjoys the learning environment and seeing her seasonal friends each year at OMA, where Language Arts is her favorite subject.

“During season many of our equestrian clients are thrilled with the flexible scheduling and full service offered by Open Minds Academy,” said co-founder Sara Frost. “Whether they’re children of equestrians here to show or showing themselves, we work to make sure they can focus on learning and making the most of their schedule. If there’s a big show week 6, we adjust the curriculum to be lighter that week and distribute the work over less busy weeks to make sure they stay on course in school and at the horse show.”

Open Minds Academy was founded by Tyler Shernoff and Sara Frost in 2014 to meet the growing demand for individualized tutoring and teaching. Their student list has grown to include many seasonal equestrians and Wellington residents as well as students from across south Florida. Their full range of tutoring, personalized teaching, and virtual learning includes classes ranging from Pre-K through the 12th grade, while the equestrian programs generally focus on Pre-K through the 8th grade. From the beginning, their deliberately small class sizes have ensured optimal learning, and now they are the most ideally situated for COVID friendly teaching protocols as well as virtual schooling. Open Minds Academy is a one stop resource for parents and students to achieve their academic goals, boost enrichment activities, and maximize their Wellington learning program.

For additional information on Open Minds Academy, visit www.OpenMindsAcademy.org.

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Deusser and Killer Queen VDM Win $214k Marshall & Sterling/Great American Insurance Group CSI4*

Daniel Deusser (GER) and Killer Queen VDM. © Sportfot.

February 7, 2021 – Wellington, FL – Daniel Deusser (GER) and Killer Queen VDM, owned by Stephex Stables, flew to the top spot in the $214,000 Marshall & Sterling/Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix CSI4* on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village on Sunday, February 7, to close out the Marshall & Sterling/Great American Insurance Group CSI4* week at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

The test set by Anderson Lima (BRA) featured 16 jumping efforts with a shortened jump-off course boasting seven obstacles and included an exciting gallop home to the Marshall & Sterling/Great American Insurance Group oxer. Eight nations were represented in the dozen qualified to return for the featured class jump-off.

Deusser and Killer Queen VDM, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare by Eldorado Vd Zeshoek x Derly Chin De Muze, galloped swiftly across the track, leaving all the jumps in their cups. The pair stopped the clock in 39.98 seconds making them the only combination of the day to crack the 40-second mark.

“I’m very happy with Killer Queen today,” said Deusser. “She arrived two weeks ago. I took her to other places to work with her on the grass, and she took it very well this weekend. At the end she is just an unbelievable horse. She has all of the things that a good show jumper needs; she’s very scopey, she’s careful, she has a huge stride, and she can be fast easily.”

Karen Polle and Jet Run Fly High in the $50,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic 1.45m Grand Prix CSI2*

Kicking off the day in fine form, Karen Polle (JPN) and her own 11-year-old gelding Jet Run captured the $50,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic 1.45m Grand Prix CSI2* with a stellar double clear effort.

Anderson Lima’s (BRA) artistry was put to the test once again with 16 jumping efforts featured in the first round of competition. There were 45 combinations in the starting field with a total of 15 qualifying to jump off over a shortened track that offered opportunities for tight turns and spots for a big gallop across the stunning grass field. The fastest of the day was Polle riding Jet Run (Chacco-Blue x Peisha), finishing in 37.52 seconds.

“I thought the course was pretty challenging, and it was a fair test,” she said of the1.45m track. “I was a little bit surprised there were so many clear actually and a lot of fast riders in the jump-off, so I was definitely a bit nervous. My horse has a lot of ability, and he’s very experienced so even though we’re still a relatively new combination, I have a lot of faith in him, so I felt good going in. I stuck to my plan in the jump-off, but the last line ended up a lot shorter for me than I expected so I was lucky my horse was good there.”

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Jessica Springsteen and Volage Du Val Henry Win $37k CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic

Jessica Springsteen and Volage Du Val Henry. © Sportfot.

February 6, 2021 – Wellington, FL – Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Volage Du Val Henry, owned by Stone Hill Farm, flew to the top of the podium in the $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic on Saturday, February 6, held on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village, as international show jumping continues at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

Anderson Lima (BRA) set a technical track for the field of 63 entries which featured 16 jumping efforts, narrowing the field down to 15 who qualified for the second round. Of the 14 electing to jump off, five nations were represented but once again, the host country prevailed. Springsteen and the 12-year-old Selle Français mare by Quidam de Revel x Cassini I, executed the shortened track without fault, finishing nearly a second ahead of the pack in 40.97 seconds.

“She’s such a naturally fast horse,” said Springsteen. “If I can just stay on that gallop that she likes, normally she’s just naturally quicker than some of the other horses. I tried to keep it neat and she was so ‘game,’ so I was really happy with her. I’ve had her since she was eight years old, and she’s just such a fighter. I can always call on her, and she always tries her hardest. She really fights for you, especially in these jump-offs. I think she enjoys it so I knew I could give it a go today.”

Tina Allen and Galaxy Take Home the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” 36 and Over Championship

The Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” 36 and Over division had 18 riders competing for the tricolor ribbon in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. After two days of competition, it was Tina Allen and her own Galaxy who earned the championship honors with three second place ribbons and one third.

After taking a break from the show ring due to COVID-19, Allen, of New Canaan, CT, and Galaxy are making a strong comeback. The pair, trained by Brooke Baldwin-De Grazia, was also reserve champion during WEF Premiere Week.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Bliss Heers and Antidote De Mars Soar to Success in $50k Adequan WEF Challenge Cup Round 4

Bliss Heers and Antidote De Mars. © Sportfot.

February 5, 2021 – Wellington, FL – Bliss Heers (USA) and Antidote De Mars, owned by Bridgeside Farm, LLC, found their way to the top of the podium in the $50,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 4 on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village on Friday, February 5, as part of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

A field of 68 contested the Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 4, looking to punch their ticket into Sunday afternoon’s $214,000 Marshall & Sterling/Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix CSI4*. With 16 jumping efforts in the first round, a total of 15 entries mastered the track set by Anderson Lima (BRA) to qualify for the jump-off, with two combinations opting not to return. In the subsequent round, Heers and the 11-year-old Selle Français stallion by Diamant de Semilly x Jarnac emerged victorious in a time of 38.98 seconds.

Wilton Porter and Diamonte Darco Dominate in the $37,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic 1.45m Qualifier CSI2*

Wilton Porter (USA) and Diamonte Darco, owned by Sleepy P Ranch, LLC, opened Friday’s schedule with a win in the $37,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic 1.45m Qualifier CSI2* on the Derby Field at Equestrian Village. A total of 74 entries came forward to challenge the work of Anderson Lima (BRA) which featured 13 obstacles in the first round and 8 efforts in the shortened jump-off track. Of the seven countries represented in the second round, it was the host nation United States that came out on top.

“I thought the course designer did a great job today,” said Porter. “I think he had just the right number of clear with 13, and I thought it was a difficult course. My horse ‘Bridget’ is really experienced. She’s 16 years old this year and she’s been in our family for a long time, so she handled it well.”

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Henrik von Eckermann and Glamour Girl Win $6,000 CSI4* Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumpers

Henrik von Eckermann and Glamour Girl © Sportfot.

February 4, 2021 – Wellington, FL – As FEI competition opened for the Marshall & Sterling/Great American Insurance Group CSI4* week at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann rode Glamour Girl, owned by Portfolio Horses, LLC, to victory in the $6,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.45m Jumpers CSI4* on the Derby Field at Equestrian Village on Thursday, February 4.

In the second class of the day, Henrik von Eckermann and Glamour Girl posted the fastest time for the win. A field of 32 horse and rider combinations set out over the course designed by Anderson Lima (BRA) consisting of nine efforts in the first phase and five obstacles in the second phase. Von Eckermann piloted the talented 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by Vdl Zirocco Blue x Moonlight II, to a double-clear effort in 26.56 seconds.

Olivia Chowdry and Chuck Berry 8 Fly to First in the $6,000 CSI2* Palm Beach Equine Clinic 1.40m Jumpers

Olivia Chowdry (USA) and Chuck Berry 8, owned by Atlas Equine Holdings, LLC, began the day with a win in the $6,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic 1.40m CSI2*. A field of 73 challenged the two-phase class, and there was no catching Chowdry and the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Chacco Blue x Watzmann, as they distanced themselves from the field by over a second, finishing in a time of 27.33 seconds.

“I’ve been training with Katie Prudent for almost five years, and I thought we were planning to go in the ring and set up for tomorrow’s qualifier,” she said with a laugh. “I should probably know by now that if you’re with Katie, you’re in it to win it. My horse was really, really good. I’ve had him for three years now. He’s naturally quite a quick horse. Usually where I suffer the next day is the rideability, but I think this seems to be a great time for him. We spent a lot of time working on the flat, got him nice and relaxed to get him ready, and he feels fantastic. I’m really excited for the rest of the week.”

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Darragh Kenny and Cazador Ls Top Turf Tour Grand Prix at Polo West

Darragh Kenny and Cazador Ls.

Wellington, FL (February 2, 2021) – The fourth week of Turf Tour competition crowned Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Cazador Ls as the winners of Friday’s $15,000 Turf Tour Grand Prix at Polo West, while riders of all levels enjoyed a weekend of Hunter Derbies held at The Ridge’s home farm.

Darragh Kenny, who is a decorated Turf Tour and international competitor, rode Cazador Ls, a stallion owned by Shl Farms, to the win in Friday’s $15,000 Turf Tour Grand Prix over a course designed by Oscar Soberon and set on the beautiful grass fields of Polo West. Kenny and Cazador Ls successfully navigated a number of challenges, including a triple bar to a skinny, roll backs, long gallops, a closed-faced liverpool, and tight turn options to dominate the class, which had a total of seven first round clears. The pair finished their jump-off in 36.323, beating out the second place ride by Hyde Moffitt and Grafton by less than one second (37.084). The third place finisher, Kevin Mealiff and Tupac Van De Vrombautshoeve Z, flew through the timers just tenths of second after Moffitt, in 37.775 seconds.

Hunter Derby Days have long been an exciting addition to the Turf Tour circuit, and in 2021 The Ridge expanded their Derby offerings to include a 2′ Mini Derby with options to 2’3″, a $2,500 Low Hunter Derby with options to 2’9″, a $5000 3′ Hunter Derby with options to 3’5″, and a $5,000 3’6″ Open Hunter Derby. Sunday’s competition, and the two higher Derbies, were held on The Ridge’s gorgeous grass Grand Prix field, making for a gorgeous and unique show experience for hunter riders. The 2021 Hunter Derby Days are sponsored by Jeremy Greene of the Corcoran Group, HorseFlight, and Tribute Equine Nutrition.

The Mini Derby was won by The Ridge’s own Landego 35 and Courtney Tom, and the $2,500 Low Hunter Derby was won by Candy Crush and Dyanne Rucco. Jennifer Bliss won both the 3′ Hunter Derby and the Open Derby aboard Sugar Man and Poker Face. Many of the riders used the Hunter Derby Days classes to prepare for bigger classes this season, including MDM Equestrian Group’s Kilkenny, who placed 3rd in the Open Hunter Derby with Keri Kampsen in the irons. Hunter Derby Days marked Kilkenny’s first Hunter Derby and his first class in the US, as he perfects his technique for future International Hunter Derby competition.

“Nona Garson and I and all of our staff at The Ridge at Wellington would like to thank all of the exhibitors that found time in their day to come and enjoy our Hunter Derbies hosted on our grass field this past weekend,” said George D’Ambrosio, co-founder of the Turf Tour and The Ridge at Wellington. “We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed hosting it for you. Looking forward to the rest of the Turf Tour season and March’s Hunter Derby Days!”

For full results, visit www.HorseShowing.com.

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Twice Is Nice for Kent Farrington and Austria 2 at $137k NetJets Grand Prix CSI3*

Kent Farrington (USA) and Austria 2. © Sportfot.

January 31, 2021 – Wellington, FL – Coming off a win in the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 on Friday, Kent Farrington and Austria 2, owned by Take The High Road, LLC, put on yet another display of speed and precision to capture the $137,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI3* on Sunday, January 31, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

A total of 45 combinations challenged the track set by Peter Grant (CAN) and Joey Rycroft (CAN) with 12 qualifying to return for the jump-off. Farrington and the 13-year-old Holsteiner mare by Casall x Corrado took off at a full gallop and didn’t stop, crossing the timers in 39.13 seconds. The pair elected to do 12 strides to the second jump on course, while most of their competitors two or three less [strides], which gave Farrington and Austria 2 the opportunity to angle the Lugano Diamonds oxer for a more direct route to the third jump on course.

Aundrea Hillyard and Chiccobello Win Large Pony Hunters

The Large Pony Hunter division came to an end on Sunday in Ring 11 on Pony Island with the crowning of the champion. Aundrea Hillyard and Agatha Lignelli’s Chiccobello were unstoppable and won every class in the division to take home the tricolor ribbon.

Hillyard, of Lewisburg, PA, is a working student for Hidden Ridge Inc., which is how she got the catch ride on Chiccobello. Trainer Evan Coluccio was thrilled with the outcome and also to give the “amazing and hardworking” rider the opportunity.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.