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Young Talent Scores $150,000 Nations Cup CSIO4* Victory for United States

Brian Moggre and Vivre le Reve. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 29, 2020 – The future of U.S. show jumping was shining bright as a team of up-and-coming athletes dominated the $150,000 Nations Cup CSIO4* in the International Arena during week eight on Saturday evening, February 29, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

The “Saturday Night Lights” Nations Cup consisted of two rounds over a course set by the USA’s Ken Krome. Teams of four represented the nations of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, and the United States.

The six teams that returned for the second round included the fault-free United States, Ireland on five faults, Brazil and Canada on a tally of 13 faults apiece, and Australia and Israel with 17 faults each.

Leading the way, the NetJets U.S. Jumping Team consisting of Andy Kocher aboard Squirt Gun, Brian Moggre on MTM Vivre le Reve, Lucas Porter with C Hunter, and Adrienne Sternlicht riding Just A Gamble carried the leading scores in both rounds and finished the night on just four penalties for the win. The U.S. riders were coached by Chef d’Équipe Robert Ridland.

Irish riders David Blake, Darragh Kenny, Paul O’Shea, and Billy Twomey took the silver-medal position on 13 faults, while Australia’s Amy Graham, Scott Keach, Hilary Scott, and Rowan Willis rounded out the podium.

Super Speedy Finish for Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Important de Muze

Darragh Kenny led a twelve-horse jump-off with a speedy finish in Saturday’s $50,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m National Grand Prix riding 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Important De Muze, owned by Kerry Anne LLC. The pair posted a time of 35.96 seconds to best an international field.

“My horse felt really good in the first round, and the course was straightforward as I walked it,” said Kenny of Ken Krome’s track. “Going into the jump-off, I felt confident with my horse because he is quite experienced and he has done a good number of these classes. I knew I could do one less stride than most of my competitors from one to two and then I had to stay on and hope it went well.”

Kenny has had the ride on Important de Muze for more than a year and developed a strong partnership with the mount.

“He has been a super horse for me,” said Kenny, who has been a familiar face at WEF for the last decade, and is having a memorable 2020 season with consistent top results. “This year has been great, and they have done a great job with the footing in the International Arena which has made a big difference.”

Becky Gochman Sweeps Equiline Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” 36 and Over Division

On Saturday afternoon, Becky Gochman was crowned both champion and reserve in the Equiline Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” 36 and Over division. Gochman received top honors with Last Man Darling after earning two firsts, a third, and a fourth place.

Gochman, of Wellington FL, has been paired with Last Man Darling, owned by Gochman Sport Horses LLC, for several years. Prior to Gochman taking over the reins, both of her daughters, Sophie and Mimi, showed Last Man Darling in the junior hunter divisions. The 14-year-old Mecklenburg mare has a beautiful expression going around the show ring and easily stands out to the judges.

“She lives up to her name; she is a total darling,” said Gochman. “She is a great mover, and has a terrific jump.”

Gochman also piloted her second mount in the division, Mythical, to reserve champion. Gochman rode Mythical, also owned by Gochman Sport Horses LLC, to first, third, and seventh-place finishes.

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

Sydney Shulman Unbeatable in Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series Semi-Final

Sydney Shulman and Azilis du Mesnil. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 28, 2020 – Sydney Shulman (ISR) held onto her spot at the top of the Hermès Under 25 leaderboard by winning the $37,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series Semi-Final CSIO4* aboard Azilis du Mesnil under the lights in the International Arena during week eight on Friday, February 28, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

Fifty-five horses challenged courses set by USA’s Ken Krome with less than a half a second separating the top four in a 12-horse jump-off. Israel’s Shulman and Azilis du Mesnil did just enough to top the standings in the end with a time of 31.59 seconds for owner Jill Shulman.

“I love this series because it’s a great steppingstone for horses and riders,” said Shulman, 25, who is making the most of her final year in the Under 25 ranks. “I did it for my first year when I was 16. You get to jump on the grass, under the lights, and as a team, so it’s a great system that they have set up.”

Shulman celebrated a reunion with Azilis du Mesnil after jumping the 10-year-old Selle Français mare (Tinka’s boy x Jarnac) in her first-ever night class in the same event just one year ago. “She has progressed nicely, so it’s nice to see her come back now and win,” said Shulman of the mare she calls “Ginger” in the barn. “She’s super game. She definitely has a mind of her own, but if you go with her and let her do her thing, she usually fights with you, not against you.”

Shulman’s good luck charm for the night was the Lebourgeois family, who bred Azilis du Mesnil and made the trip from France to watch their horse compete.

Brian Moggre Clinches Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Classic

It came down to a minute to win it in the $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Classic to highlight daytime competition in the International Arena on Friday. Well on his way to making his in-ring debut on the NetJets U.S. Jumping Team this weekend, Brian Moggre, 18, was the only rider to break the one-minute mark over the speed track.

Moggre, hailing from Flower Mound, TX, bested a field of 47 riders to win aboard new mount Nikita Jolie, the horse he owns together with Ken and Emily Smith of Ashland Farms. Their time of 58.61 seconds bumped Canada’s Sam Walker to second place in 60.37 seconds aboard Coralissa for owner Marbill Hill Farm.

Nikita Jolie, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare (Numero Uno x Ladalco) came to be with Moggre after a catch ride gone right during week six.

“I borrowed her for the ranking class that week, and quickly decided to purchase her together with Major Wager LLC and Ashland Farms,” said Moggre of how the mare came to join his string. “She went in there today really game, and it’s promising to have a new horse go in and be so successful from the start.”

Hannah Isop and Believe Are Victorious in $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Hunter competition began on Friday with more than 55 horse-and-rider combinations competing for the top spot in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. It was Hannah Isop aboard Believe who took top honors with high scores in both the classic and handy round of the class.

The class was held in the combination of Rings 11 and 12 on “Pony Island”. Hunter riders first competed in a classic hunter round and then the top-12 combinations returned for the handy round. Isop and Believe went into the lead in the first round after receiving a high score of 183 points. The pair was able to maintain their top spot in the handy round with another high score of 199, resulting in a total score of 382.

Isop, of Pawling, NY, and Believe have been partnered for several years. Believe, the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Stolzenberg x Lesley), was originally a jumper in Europe and began his hunter career when Isop took over the reins for owners, the Hart family. “Without the owners this wouldn’t all be possible, so I would like to thank the Hart Family. He’s got terrific people behind him. Also everyone at Harkaway Farm – it really does take a village,” Isop commented.

After receiving champion in the High Performance Hunters during week eight, Isop and Believe were confident going into round one.

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

Darragh Kenny Claims Win for Ireland in Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup CSIO4*

Darragh Kenny and Carthano. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 27, 2020 – Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Carthano cruised to victory in the $37,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 CSIO4* on Thursday, February 27, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

Thursday’s featured Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup was run as a one-round speed class, with 60 entries contesting the course set by the USA’s Ken Krome.

When Kenny entered the ring as one of the final five riders to compete, the time to beat had been set at 64.39 seconds by the USA’s Andrew Ramsay and Stranger 30. The pair had held the lead for three-quarters of the class, but Kenny and his new partner, Carthano, owned by Oakland Ventures LLC, overtook them with a time of 63.67 seconds, ultimately securing Kenny the victory. Ramsay and Stranger 30, owned by the Stranger Group, finished in second, while third place with a time of 64.62 seconds went to the USA’s Lucas Porter and Diamonte Darco, owned by Sleepy P Ranch LLC.

“I think I was running very fast – faster than I expected actually!” said Kenny of what helped him secure the win. “I don’t really know [Carthano] that well yet, and he has a much bigger stride than I thought.”

Melissa Feller Rides In Love to Performance Hunter 3’3” Championship

The Performance Hunter 3’3” division, sponsored by FarmVet, came to a close on Thursday with Melissa Feller and In Love earning the championship title. Feller piloted In Love to two firsts, two seconds, and an eighth place.

In Love is a seven-year-old Warmblood gelding that both Fellers and Jennifer Bauersachs share the ride on. He was purchased from Emil Spadone and is currently owned by Meritage Stables LLC. Feller enjoys riding In Love because he is very brave and “perfect to the jumps.”

“He’s really fun to jump,” said Fellers. “He has a great feel in the air. His canter is also something that is especially nice about him.”

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

Spencer Smith and Princeton Z Soar to First International Win

Spencer Smith and Princeton Z. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 23, 2020 – Spencer Smith (USA), 23, guided a new and promising mount in Princeton Z to a win in the $50,000 Dutta Corp/Guido Klatte Grand Prix CSI2* to close week seven of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL, on Sunday, February 23.

Course designer Santiago Varela (ESP) welcomed 44 horses to the final event of the week with 15 advancing to the tie-breaking jump-off. Smith and Princeton Z, a nine-year-old Zangersheide stallion (President x Indoctro) owned by Torrey Pines Stable, rose to the top while promising a bright future for the young horse and a blooming partnership.

Their time of 39.52 seconds bested Madison Goetzmann (USA) and her own Prestigious, who pocketed a time of 40.14 seconds to finish as the runner-up. Ireland’s David Blake and Don’t Touch du Bois, owned by Pine Hollow Farm, rounded out the top three in 41.04 seconds.

“Princeton came to us in the beginning of January, and I got along well with him right away,” said Smith, who has worked with Canadian Olympic champion Eric Lamaze at his Torrey Pines Stable for several years. “He jumped really well in the [Hermès] Under 25 team event earlier in the season, so we thought we’d step him up to this. He’s a nice horse. And I think he’ll do everything; he’ll jump all the big tracks.”

Plan Pays Off for Catherine Tyree and BEC Lorenzo in $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic

Saving the best for last in the seven-horse jump-off, including number-two ranked rider in the world, Martin Fuchs, Catherine Tyree and her 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding BEC Lorenzo (Livello x Guidam) blazed to the win in Sunday’s $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI5*. They finished double-clear over Varela’s track in 37.39 seconds over the short course for owner Mary Tyree.

“I was able to watch everyone go before me in the jump-off, and I had a plan,” said Tyree. “To be honest, the first three jumps didn’t go according to plan, so I knew I had to really gallop and stay on it to the last three jumps. My horse met the challenge and was great. The CaptiveOne 1.50m series is a very competitive class, and it’s fun to have the championship at the end.

“Santiago Varela has built great courses all week. They have been technical, challenging, and big enough,” continued Tyree, who trains with John Brennan and Missy Clark of North Run. “I was lucky; I had two horses, and I was able to go around one time and fix my mistakes and be there for Lorenzo to give him the best chance to jump a clear round.”

Tyree has had Lorenzo for two years, and the gelding only jumped his first 1.50m last year. “Every time you ask him big questions, he exceeds all expectations I have,” she said. “There was a point where I didn’t know where he would end up, but I always knew he would be very competitive.”

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

McLain Ward Pilots HH Azur Back to the Top in Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix CSI5*

McLain Ward and HH Azur. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 22, 2020 – Two-time U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward won his third CSI5* in two weeks by taking top call in the $401,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix CSI5*, riding his 2016 Olympic mount, HH Azur, during “Saturday Night Lights” on February 22, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

Santiago Varela (ESP), who has been tapped to set the tracks at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, was the course designer for the Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix, which welcomed six contenders from three different countries to a tie-breaking jump-off.

Continuing a banner month that included the birth of his second daughter, Madison, Ward is riding a wave of success and a little bit of luck.

“It’s been a pretty incredible few weeks. My team is doing an amazing job,” said Ward, who also won the Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI5* during WEF five riding Noche de Ronda. “I’m lucky to have phenomenal horses and owners, to be able to have multiple horses that can win at this level. If we’re really honest with ourselves, sometimes you can do nothing right, and sometimes you can do nothing wrong. We’re in one of those streaks, and we’re going to enjoy it and try to keep doing our best.”

Claire Stevenson Rides Prem’ Dollar Boy to Win Ariat National Adult Medal

The Ariat National Adult Medal took place on Saturday in Ring 7 with Claire Stevenson piloting Prem’ Dollar Boy to top honors. The pair received a 77 in the first round. The top four horses returned to the ring for a test, where Stevenson and Prem’ Dollar Boy were able to rise to the top of the class.

Stevenson, of Southampton, NY, and her horse Prem’ Dollar Boy have just begun their equitation career together. The 17-year-old Selle Français gelding (Dollars Boy x De Va Hurie) was originally a grand prix horse and only started competing in the equitation during week three of the 2020 WEF. Stevenson describes Prem’ Dollar Boy as her “forever horse” and also one of the sweetest horses she knows.

“We take care of him ourselves, so whether it’s doing the stall in the morning or night check, he’s like a lap dog,” Stevenson described. “He’s also so fun to ride; regardless of what I’m doing with him, I have a blast. To get to have some success as well is a lot of fun.”

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Bertram Allen Continues Winning Ways during WEF Seven

Bertram Allen and Lafayette van Overis. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 21, 2020 – Ireland’s Bertram Allen continued a successful debut season at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL with a victory in the $37,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.45m CSI5* riding Lafayette van Overis on Friday, February 21.

Friday’s one-round, featured event built by course designer Santiago Varela (ESP) saw 67 riders compete for the win, but none could best Allen and the foot speed of his nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Tauber van het Kapelhof), owned by Ballywalter Stables.

Stopping the clock at 63.61 seconds, Allen and Lafayette van Overis, a horse he got the ride on in August of 2019, handily won with almost two seconds to spare.

“He’s incredibly straight forward,” said Allen, who took over the ride on Lafayette van Overis from Great Britain’s Joe Clee. “I feel like he truly understands what we are trying to do out there. Ever since I got him, he has been impressing me. He wasn’t bought to be the best horse in the world or to jump 5* grand prix, but every question he’s asked he does it with ease and is very competitive.”

Schatt and Iwasaki Are Victorious in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

The $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby took place on Friday morning during week seven of the Winter Equestrian Festival. The derby was held on “Pony Island,” where Rings 11 and 12 were combined to create a larger field. The class had a junior/amateur section, as well as a professional division, and offered $10,000 in prize money to both. There were 38 junior/amateur riders and 34 professionals to complete the first round with 12 riders coming back for the handy round in each section.

Havens Schatt aboard Highlander captured the victory in the professional division, and Augusta Iwasaki rode Sambuca to the top spot in the junior/amateur section.

“Going into the handy, since he is a very big horse, I was curious to see if I could really do the inside turns,” Schatt explained. “Actually, going to the first jump, I was like ‘Am I going to turn inside or am I not?’ But when I decided to try it; he did that one so well and the others amazing.”

Taking top honors in the junior/amateur section was Augusta Iwasaki riding Sambuca.

“I thought it was a super fun course. I had a great time on both of my horses,” Iwasaki commented.

Iwasaki catch rode the 16-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Lambada Van Berkenbrobeck x Viola) for her friend Ava Peck. The pair got the highest handy round score in the junior/amateur section of the class.

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

Martin Fuchs Flies to Win in $137,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 7

Martin Fuchs and Stalando 2. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 20, 2020 – Swiss rider Martin Fuchs showed why he is ranked number two in the world with a win aboard Stalando 2 in Thursday’s $137,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 CSI5* at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

Fuchs and Stalando 2 were one of 49 entries to contest Thursday’s featured class, and the duo was one of 13 combinations to jump the first-round track without fault to qualify for Spain’s Santiago Varela-designed short course.

When Fuchs entered the ring as the penultimate rider, the time to beat had been set at 40.75 seconds by Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire and Luibanta BH, owned by Gochman Sport Horses LLC.

With his spot in the order on his side and with strides left out throughout the course aboard Stalando 2, Fuchs shot straight to the top of the leaderboard with a double-clear time of 40.69 seconds.

“I watched all the riders before me,” said Fuchs. “I planned to do a stride fewer from one to two, which I did, and then also through the double, I saw Daniel Bluman leave out a stride. I tried to do the same as he did. Everything worked out very well. To the last fence, I pulled once and it scared me a bit that I wouldn’t have the time! I’m very happy with this.”

John French Pilots Babylon to Top Honors in Pre-Green 3- and 4-Year-Old Hunters

The Rost Ring began on Thursday morning of week seven with the Pre-Green 3- and 4-Year-Old Hunter division. John French rode Babylon to the championship after winning three blue ribbons in the division.

Babylon arrived in the United States from Europe in December, and French began riding and working with the horse in January. The four-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Crumbie x Die Cera) is owned by Kent Farrington LLC. French, of San Juan Bautista, CA, has shown Babylon three times this year, and the duo has been champion every time.

“He has a great expression and is so careful up front. With all of his flash the judges are just drawn to him,” French commented. “I can just tell that one day he is going to be a famous junior or amateur-owner hunter.”

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

Carlos Hank Guerreiro Dominates the Field for Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Victory

Carlos Hank Guerreiro and H5 Quantador 3. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 16, 2020 – The sixth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) closed with victory for Mexico’s Carlos Hank Guerreiro in the $25,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival) on Sunday, February 16.

Fifty of the future stars of show jumping took to the grass Derby Field with nine jumping double-clear over a course designed by Ana Catalina “Catsy” Cruz Harris (MEX). It was 19-year-old Guerreiro who bested the competition with nearly two seconds to spare riding H5 Quantador 3, owned by H5 Stables.

“I love this field,” said Guerreiro, who trains with Brazilian Olympian Eduardo Menezes and has been competing in the Under 25 division for four years. “I find that it’s a bit of different feeling, but I grew up riding on a lot of grass arenas, so I really like big, open spaces. I love this week!”

Guerreiro has had the ride on H5 Quantador 3 since the 12-year-old Westphalian gelding’s seven-year-old season. “Paul Schockemöhle sent him to me to be sold, but in the end, they let me keep him,” recalled Guerreiro. “I always say, it’s the best deal I have ever had.”

Peter Lutz Saves Best for Last to Claim $25,000 CP Grand Prix Win

Peter Lutz (USA) kept the horse sport fans who lined the Derby Field banks guessing by posting the fastest jump-off time of the day as the last to compete from a field of 26 in the $25,000 CP Grand Prix to close out week six jumper competition.

Six horses advanced to the jump-off to vie for a piece of the top prize. Lutz and Quinta 106 cantered onto the field as the last to go and executed a clean, tight turn to the final line to secure the win in 36.908 seconds. The time bumped Jazz Johnson Merton (USA) into second place with a time of 37.698 seconds aboard her own Corona SB.

“Any opportunity I have to show on this field, I always take it,” said Lutz. “It’s a beautiful place to show with great footing and great environment. I think the horses do well here, but [Quinta 106] excelled today.”

Lutz has had the ride on the Swede Ventures’-owned Quinta 106, a 13-year-old Holsteiner mare (Quidam de Revel x Cento), for a year. “She’s a really competitive horse, very experienced, and scopey. I’m really happy to have the ride!”

Tracy Scheriff-Muser, Raina Swani, and Sterling Malnik Conclude WCHR Week with Wins

World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Week came to a close on Sunday, with Tracy Scheriff-Muser and Bode Well, Raina Swani and Knightly, and Sterling Malnik and Charlie claiming concluding-day victories in the $5,000 Peggy Cone Memorial WCHR Hunter Classic and the $5,000 WCHR Junior Hunter 3’3” Classic.

Eighty-eight horse-and-rider combinations were present to display their final efforts in the $5,000 Peggy Cone Memorial WCHR Adult Hunter Classic.

Heading into round two, Scheriff-Muser and Bode Well held the highpoint score of 90, and the pair replicated their performance in round two to earn an additional score of 90 for a 180 total.

“I started riding this horse this summer because I live in Florida all year long, so whatever I can find to ride to keep in shape during the off season, I will,” explained Scheriff-Muser of Melissa Burns’ nine-year-old Zweibrucker gelding (Apiro x Desprit).

The $5,000 WCHR Junior Hunter 3’3” Classic saw 59 competitors and was held in a California-split format. Ultimately, it was Raina Swani aboard Knightly who took home the victory for Section A. The pair received two scores of 88 for a total high score of 176.

“It just feels so special,” said Swani. “Going in last was definitely a bit nerve-wracking but Knightly was such a good girl. She has a great canter and great pace around the ring and a great expression. She’s a really fun horse!”

Taking the top spot in Section B was Sterling Malnik and Charlie with scores of 82 and 88 for a total score of 170.

“It’s a really big deal!” said Malnik of her successful day. “I actually won the [WCHR Large Pony Classic] today too. They were dreams of mine!”

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

Charleston Summer Classic Cancelled for 2020

The Charleston Summer Classic has been the flagship show of the Classic Company for the past twenty-seven years. “It is with great sadness that I am announcing that the Charleston Summer Classic will not be running in 2020. Due to a combination of challenges, we have decided to take a break this year, a vacation from the ‘show-cation’ if you will,” commented Classic Company President, Bob Bell. “The future of this Heritage Competition will be made in September,” added Bell.

The historic silver and crystal trophies will be moved to the Aiken Summer Classic in June. “We certainly hope that our cancellation of the 2020 show will not greatly inconvenience anyone,” he said.

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Victoria Colvin and Private Practice Win $100k WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

Victoria Colvin and Private Practice. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 15, 2020 – Young hunter professional Victoria Colvin once again proved unbeatable as she returned to pilot her talented 2019 $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular winner, Private Practice, to the victory in the premier class of WCHR week once again during “Saturday Night Lights” at the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

Saturday night’s Hunter Spectacular is the highlight of WEF’s WCHR Hunter Week, which emphasizes the hunter discipline and gives junior, amateur, and professional hunter riders the chance to introduce their horses to the International Arena.

A field of 37 successful horse-and-rider combinations, consisting of winners in the junior, amateur, and professional categories throughout the week, contested the round-one course designed by Patrick Rodes. Out of the original starting line-up, the 12 pairs with the highest scores were invited to return for the second phase of the two-round classic style competition.

“Private Practice is an amazing horse,” Colvin affirmed. “He’s one of my favorite horses, and this class is a blast because we are able to ride under the lights and in the International Arena. They don’t host many hunter classes in this arena anymore so to be able to go back in this ring is a lot of fun.”

Sweden’s Petronella Andersson and New Mount Davarusa Clinch the Win in the $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic

In Saturday’s 1.50m class held on the picturesque Derby Field at Equestrian Village, a talented group of 43 top horse-and-rider pairs took on the challenge with only six advancing to the jump-off. The length and scope of obstacles including a triple in the middle of the course, set by Ana Catalina “Catsy” Cruz Harris (MEX), proved to be a big test for many.

In the jump-off, Petronella Andersson of Sweden aboard 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Davarusa (Zavall VDL x Zavarusa H) clinched the win with a fault-free round and a time of 38.44 seconds for Stephex Stables. She edged out Ireland’s Paul O’Shea on Skara Glen’s 7 Pillars, who came in second with a time of 39.52 seconds.

“On the field, if your horse doesn’t have much experience, they can be spooky and they don’t know how to react out there,” said Andersson. “However, I’m happy with my horse. She did a great job and is a new horse for me; I have only ridden her in two shows before coming here. She has a great personality, is very straightforward and careful, and has a great mind.”

Hunter Competition Soaks Up the Spotlight during Day Four of WCHR Week

Junior and amateur hunter riders once again stepped into the International Arena to compete for the top honors in their divisions during WCHR Week. Competition started with Augusta Iwasaki and Eliza Kimball’s Seaside receiving the tri-color ribbon for the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under division.

Iwasaki, of Calabasas, CA, and the 14-year-old Warmblood gelding (Argentinus x Lindsay 10) won all three over-fences classes in the division to put them on top. “He is really sweet, but makes you work for it a little bit. It’s really rewarding to be able to do well with him because you have to earn his trust,” Iwasaki explained.

The E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring began on Saturday morning with Kelly Tropin and Chablis earning the championship in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 division, sponsored by Palm Beach Equine Clinic.

“I knew going into the last round that I had to win in order to be champion or reserve,” Tropin commented. “When you have really good riders, you can’t afford to make a mistake. I’ve done a Jedi mind trick on myself where I have convinced myself that I like the pressure of having to win.”

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