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O’Brien and Vale Ride Away with Jumper Wins in Classic Champions Developing Jumper Tours

David O’Brien and Merly Chin SCF.

Lexington, Ky. – July 31, 2019 – The Classic Champions Developing Jumper Tour kicked off its fifth show of the eight-part tour Wednesday at the Kentucky Summer Classic with a talented collection of up-and-coming young horses tackling the 5, 6 and 7-year-old divisions. While Aaron Vale and Gray’s Inn topped the leaderboard in the 5-year-old class held in the Walnut Ring, the Rolex Stadium saw David O’Brien emerging victorious with the fastest double-clear round in the 7-Year-Old Jumpers. The 6-Year-Old division followed, where Vale topped the leaderboard once again, this time competing three horses in the class before riding away with a one-two finish with Vander Esch and Carina, respectively.

Gogul and Torano Tie for Grand Hunter Champion

Professional hunters wrapped up Wednesday. The Grand Hunter Championship, presented by Visse Wedell, is awarded to the competitors with the most points accumulated in the Green 3’6″ Hunter, Green 3’9″ Hunter, Green Conformation Hunter, High Performance Conformation Hunter, and the High Performance Working Hunter divisions. Similar to last week, there was a tie for Grand Hunter Championship title. Jeff Gogul with Roberts Stables LLC’s Maverick alongside Jimmy Torano aboard Amethyst Equestrian Consulting LLC’s California both earned 44 points in their respective divisions to tie for the prestigious prize.

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Uxanna Tops $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers with Jimmy Torano

Jimmy Torano and Uxanna.

Lexington, Ky. – July 26, 2019 – The Kentucky Summer Horse Show opened Friday morning competition in the Rolex Stadium with the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers, where 14 horse-and-rider combinations contested the 14-effort track designed by Marina Azevedo. As a power and speed class, the contenders jumped the first seven jumps clear before moving onto the second speed phase. While riders raced to beat the clock, none could catch Jimmy Torano who rode the quickest clean round for the top spot on Uxanna, while Lorcan Gallagher on Colada and Pablo Barrios on Fursina VDM placed second and third, respectively.

Sophia Mitchell Rides to THIS National Medal Win

Equitation was on display Friday morning at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park starting with the THIS National Children’s Medal in the Claiborne Ring. Seventeen horse and rider combinations tackled the 3′ course, and it was Sophia Mitchell aboard her horse Callahan that rode away with the win after a four-horse test consisting of a roll-backs, trot fence, a halt and two changes of lead in front of the judge. Mitchell kept her lead from the first round after a stellar test earn the top prize.

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Jimmy Torano and Chanel One Win $25k Marshall & Sterling Insurance Grand Prix at TIEC

Jimmy Torano and Chanel One ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – May 18, 2019 – Jimmy Torano and Chanel One raced around the jump-off track in a time of 35.484 seconds to secure the $25,000 Marshal & Sterling Insurance Grand Prix win at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), taking top honors to represent Wellington, FL. Taylor Land (Atlanta, GA) and Liroy 30, a 2009 Dutch Sport Horse gelding (Levistano x King Kolibri) owned by Jay Land, Taylor Land, and Pinetree Farms Inc., cleared the short course in 36.714 seconds to earn second, while Nicky Galligan (Keswick, VA) and his own Javas Miss Jordan, a 2009 Irish Sport Horse mare (Luidam x Obos Quality 004), rounded out the podium in third after their 38.052-second jump-off performance.

Fifteen horse-and-rider pairs tested the Oscar Soberon-designed course, with five combinations qualifying for the Dallas, TX designer’s second-round track. Torano and the 2010 Holsteiner stallion (Catoki x F-Cover Girl) owned by The New Group LLC were able to best a blazing performance from Land that Torano wasn’t sure he could beat, he revealed.

“Taylor really put the pressure on and was blazing fast – to be honest, when she went, I thought it was over, and she couldn’t be caught. So when I went in, I wasn’t riding for second or third, but all or nothing. I wasn’t going to try to back in to the podium. And Chanel One did everything I asked.”

Most importantly, Torano noted, was that it was the stallion’s first competition under the lights to date, adding even more pressure to a competitive class.

“This is his first time ever showing at night. His heart was pounding, his eyes were bugging out of his head a little bit – he was definitely nervous going in, and I felt like I had to hold his hand the first round. When I came back for the jump-off, he was all business, and right there with me,” Torano said of the ride he’s been saving in lower-level classes.

“Chanel One is a fairly new ride for me. I’ve only ridden the horse a handful of times, and I’ve been doing him in lower classes, but decided to step him up this week. He won the 1.40m class this week, jumped a nice round in the Welcome Stake on Thursday, and tonight he was spot on,” Torano emphasized. “I had a little bit of bad luck on my other two horses, and I think I really called on Chanel One tonight. I needed a clear round, and he really came through.”

Complimentary of the venue’s atmosphere, Torano mentioned that TIEC’s signature “Saturday Night Lights” event is an incomparable experience for competitors and fans alike, saying, “It doesn’t really get any better than this. The crowds come out Saturday night as good as anywhere, and they’re into it. You really feel like they’re pulling for you,” he continued. “It’s great to have these big classes and it’s a great atmosphere to have.”

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

Jimmy Torano Sprints to Win in $50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix

Photo: Jimmy Torano and Glasgow De Muze.

Lexington, Ky. – July 28, 2018 – The crowds came to cheer on top athletes at the Kentucky Horse Park and were not disappointed by the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix on Saturday. After a field of 35 horse and rider combinations entered the ring, only five returned for a competitive jump-off. Veteran professional, Jimmy Torano, piloted Ilan Feder’s gelding, Glasgow De Muze, to the win in a time of 40.203 seconds, narrowly beating another favorite, Aaron Vale, on his mount Major who crossed the timers with a speedy 41.557. Torano took home the prestigious grand prix win as well as the Envisian Leading Rider Award.

The Rolex Stadium was filled to the brim with spectators who came to the venue to participate in Hats Off Day, which celebrates the impact the horse has had on the state of Kentucky. The crowd was vibrant and cheered excitedly when Sydney Shulman and the first of her two rides, Villamoura, produced the first clear round.  Vale, who entered the ring after Shulman, wasted no time in producing his own clear round and guaranteeing the crowd a jump-off. The challenging course, designed by Bobby Murphy, did not allow for another clear round until Torano, followed by Katy Abrahamson, and later Sharn Wordley.

Torano, who has been a prominent equestrian and equestrian sports commentator, only took over the ride on Glasgow De Muze a few months ago, when fellow professional, Ilan Feder, called to let him know that the gelding was on his way to his farm. The 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood is no stranger to the winner’s circle, just recently taking home the blue ribbon in the Open Jumper division at the Lake Placid Horse Show as well as top finishes at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Returning for the jump-off Shulman set a blistering pace only to have an unfortunate rail at the last fence. Vale, who is known to be almost unbeatable in the Rolex Arena, laid down a fierce ride, besting Shulman and forcing Torano to leave it all on the line. Torano, who has represented the United States in multiple FEI World Cup Finals and was a member on several Nations Cup teams, masterfully navigated the short course to produce a time that proved unbeatable by Abrahamson or Wordley.

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Torano Triumphs at Tryon Spring III with Two Impressive Wins

Jimmy Torano and Glasgow de Muze. Photo Credit ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – May 22, 2018 – Jimmy Torano of Wellington, FL and Glasgow de Muze stole the show in the $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix on Saturday, May 19, dashing through the short-course timers in 37.968 seconds to claim top honors, besting a field of eighteen entries. Sarah Bagworth of Toronto, ON and her own Malou took second place, navigating the jump-off track in 42.655 seconds, while Torano once again rounded out the podium aboard his own Day Dream, finishing their second round in 36.878 seconds with an added four faults.

The course, set by Catalina Cruz (MEX), saw only five of eighteen pairs return to test the jump-off track. Torano had three mounts entered, and noted that piloting multiple rides had its advantages in the jump-off.

“I knew that there were only five in it and I had a couple behind me. Celso [Ariani] is very fast and I knew I had another ride last in the jump-off, so I thought I’d really take a shot with my first horse [Day Dream]. I got into a little trouble turning back on the double.”

“When Sarah went she played it smart. She went for a slow clear, but forced me to jump clear and be faster than her. I kind of stuck with my original plan. I went for the win and went fast. I figured that in the worst case, I would have one down and come in second, and best case I wanted to make sure that if I went fast enough I’d win the class.”

Of the course and his plan for the three mounts, Torano explained, “I went second in the order and I stuck to my plan. After the double oxers on the far end of the ring, the seven strides got very steady with a few people ending up going six strides. I stuck to my plan with all three horses and it worked out; I was first and third so I can’t complain. It really worked out well for my horses.

“The course rode nicely tonight. I thought the designer did a very nice job for the field she had here. There were only five clear out of 18, and I’m sure it was tough to build when she didn’t really know the group of people she was going to get. I thought she did a really good job,” concluded Torano.

Earlier in the week, Torano also galloped away with both first and second place in the $25,000 Welcome Grand Prix on Thursday, guiding Day Dream to first with a jump-off time of 36.202 seconds and Ilan Ferder’s Glasgow De Muze to second place after finishing the short track in 36.245 seconds. Nicole Bellissimo rode Bellissimo LLC’s Jersey V.D. Hunters to third place honors after crossing the timers in 38.169 seconds, with 17 entries testing the course in total.

Torano has been piloting Day Dream since the horse turned seven, but has only had the ride on Glasgow for a few weeks. Tryon Spring III was the pair’s first time in the competition ring together. He explained, “Oddly enough, that’s a horse [Glasgow] that I do not know at all. The Grand Prix was only the second class I’ve ever ridden him in. He belongs to a very close friend of mine, Ilan Ferder, who called me last week and said, ‘I’m going to send you a horse to ride.’ I owe him a lot, and a huge thank you to Ilan for believing in me and trusting me with that horse. So far, we’ve had great success with him. A good start.”

As Torano rounded out his third successful week at the venue, his original plans have shifted. “My plans were to leave after the conclusion of this week,” he said. “I changed all of my plans and I’m actually staying here for three more weeks. That’s how much we like it and how much our customers like it. I think that’s really the root of it. I love this horse show. I love the facility and the footing. There really is nothing to not like about all of it. I think that’s where success starts, when you’re happy to be in a place.”

Jumper Highlights

Elizabeth Eaton of Bernville, PA and her own Herault championed the NAL/WIHS Adult Amateur Jumper Classic after completing their jump-off round in 35.951 seconds to beat the class. Diana Harris of Creedmoor, NC and her own Flair WS collected second place with a time of 40.438 seconds. Lily Bachofen of Raleigh, NC achieved third place aboard her own Seaside Riviera, rounding out the top three with a time of 40.764 seconds.

The $3,000 NAL 1.20m Low Junior Jumper Classic awarded the win to John Angus of Fort Lauderdale, FL and the Stephanie Angus owned Seacrest’s Calvin, with a jump-off time of 37.497 seconds. Jamie Buis of Wellington, FL and Bull Run’s Revelation, owned by Bull Run Jumpers Inc., were presented with second place after completing the track in 38.212 seconds. Faith Davis of Gurley, AL placed third with her own Dekadenz after riding through the fast track timers in 38.994 seconds.

Sarah Meyer of San Antonio, TX rode to victory aboard Cardentos J.W.B., owned by Don Meyer, in the $3,000 NAL 1.20m Low Amateur Jumper Classic after stopping the jump-off timers in 39.249 seconds. Arianna Tucker of Kannapolis, NC and her own Cludy took second place with a time of 40.591 seconds. Courtney Osborne of Marietta, GA and her own TY Boy earned third place after a jump-off round ending in 43.587 seconds.

The $5,000 NAL/WIHS 1.30m Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic was won by Manuel Fernandez Hache of Wellington, FL and Aristides Fernandez Zucco’s Kanisso, after crossing through jump-off timers in 37.742 seconds. Faith Davis of Gurley, AL and her own Cardiff CR earned second place with a time of 38.657 seconds. Judy Sutton of Maggie Valley, NC finished in third place with Win A Date after contesting the course in 40.384 seconds and with eight added faults.

The $10,000 1.40m High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic saw Grace Boston of Owings Mills, MD and Orpen Horses’ Campanula take first place, stopping the jump-off timers in a quick 44.076 seconds. Manuel Fernandez Hache of Wellington, FL also took home second place aboard Aristides Fernandez Zucco’s Al Calypso after finishing the track in 39.523 seconds, but with four added faults. Maria Gabriela Brugal of Santo Dominigo, FL scooped up third place aboard her own Southern Comfort, finishing with a first round time of 78.953 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

The $10,000 USHJA International Derby saw Liza Boyd of Camden, SC guide the Finally Farm Inc.’s Clemens through two rounds in Tryon Stadium at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) Friday night, scoring 383 to take the lead ahead of 20 additional entries chasing behind. Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, AL took second place honors aboard Triompf, owned by Loretta Patterson, with a score of 373, while Boyd also took third, riding Leonardo Aljure’s Easter to a score of 366. The highlight class of the World Champion Hunter Rider week showcased top hunter talent under the lights in the iconic Tryon Stadium, with a course designed by Andres Christiansen.

With 35 entries presented on the Derby Field at TIEC for the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, Sara Taylor of Sherborn, MA piloted Eight Oaks’ So Fun, to victory on a two-round score of 184, scoring 90 and 94. Wakefield, RI native Jennifer Hannan rode Cynthia Sulzberger’s Coeur de Leon to second place on a score of 180.5, and Mary Antonini of New Orleans, LA secured third place aboard her own MTM Making Waves, their two round score totaling 178.5.

Liza Boyd of Camden, SC aboard Cassanto, owned by Maggie Hill, secured champion honors in the Performance Hunter 3’6″, ahead of Jennifer Bliss of Wellington, FL aboard Poker Face, owned by Harris Hill Farm, LLC.

Emma Terry of Cartersville, GA and Jackie Sawyer’s Blue Eyed Bandit were champions of the Short Stirrup 2′ Hunter Division. Reserve champion was awarded to Anna Scott Ault of Kennesaw, GA riding Jackie Sawyer’s Dapple Me Grey.

Jennifer Hannan of Wakefield, RI and Jennifer Smith’s Ocean Mist finished atop the division in the USHJA Hunter 3′ Division. Hannan collected reserve champion with Namaste, owned by Cynthia Sulzberger.

The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Small Junior Hunter 3’6″ Division champion was awarded to Elly Ficca of Charlotte, NC riding her own Cleopatra’s Smile. Reserve champion was awarded to Maggie Hill of Jackson, WY and her own O’Ryan.

Ashley Conkle of Wellford, SC was awarded champion of the USHJA Hunter 2’6″ Division with winning mount Pillow Talk, owned by Chris Brown. Reserve champion was presented to Caroline Foto of Waxhaw, NC and Huckleberry Finn, owned by Sarah Hattaway.

Sadie Parker of Waxhaw, NC and Jump Forest Jump, owned by Parker, finished atop the USHJA Hunter 2’3″ Division ahead of Grace Mangrum of Milton, GA, who collected reserve champion with her own Josiahs Elegant Comet.

The Large Junior Hunter 3’6″ Division was won by Grace Boston of Owings Mills, MD and Major Key, owned by Orpen Horses. Devin Seek of Ocala, FL and Don Stewart’s Addison captured reserve champion honors.

For more information, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Jimmy Torano and Betagravin Victorious in $35,000 1.45m Tryon Challenge CSI 2*

Jimmy Torano and Betagravin. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – May 4, 2017 – Jimmy Torano (USA) and Betagravin stole the show in the FEI competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), riding to an impressive win in the $35,000 1.45m Tryon Challenge CSI 2* on the second day of international competition in the George H. Morris Arena. The pair made quick work of the jump-off track to stop the timers in 34.931 seconds. Leslie Howard (USA) and Gentille van Spieveld finished in second place with a time of 36.998 seconds, while Kyle Timm (CAN) and Georgie B earned third place with a time of 37.01 seconds.

Torano piloted both of his mounts, Betagravin, a 2006 Dutch Warmblood mare (Quasimodo Z x Grandeville) owned by North Run & Missy Clark, and Chiara Blue Diamond, owned by Yves Houtackers Spingstal & Missy Clark, into the top ten of the competitive class. Eight entries advanced to the jump-off round, while 46 entries contested the original track set by Richard Jeffery (GBR).

“I thought the course today was very nice. It wasn’t too big, but tough enough for a qualifying class,” said Torano. “I was lucky enough to have two in the jump-off and was fast on my first horse in, but had a rail down. I went last on Betagravin and knew that Leslie went very quick. This horse is just fast. The object for us was to win today.”

The pair has only been partnered together since the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) season, when Missy Clark and John Brennan asked Torano to try the mare out in a few classes. Torano elaborated, “She belongs to John and Missy with North Run. One day they asked me to ride her and we just clicked. I won the first class I did with her in Florida and she’s just a winner. She has a huge heart and is just super careful. She’s a real fighter.”

With Torano’s breadth of experience and Betagravin’s will to win, the pair has been formidable in international competition together. While Torano noted that Betagravin had jumped quality classes with previous riders, he feels the mare has truly come into form this year.

“She’s a horse that you can count on every time in the ring. It’s a good horse to have and she tries to win every class we put her in,” he explained. “She had jumped a few 1.50m classes and had some good experience at nice shows before this season. This winter she really got solid and consistent at this height and has been a rock star ever since.”

This week is Torano’s first trip to TIEC to compete and the veteran U.S. rider and renowned trainer has been impressed with not only the performance of his horses, but the experience his team has had so far.

“I love it here. I’m the biggest fan. I’m still trying to find something that I don’t like. We’re in a three-bedroom cabin with Missy and John and it’s just been fantastic,” laughed Torano. “What’s not to like here? There are restaurants and a General Store. It’s all just pretty spectacular. We loved it the first day and winning today’s class always makes the week that much sweeter. This is as good as it gets. It’s the best facility I’ve ever seen and we will absolutely be back in the fall.”

For more information on Tryon International Equestrian Center, please visit www.tryon.com.

Jose Roberto Reynoso and Azrael W Win $35,000 Nutrena Grand Prix at ESP Spring I

Jose Roberto Reynoso and Azrael W. Photos ©Sportfot.

Laura Kraut and Deauville S Top $25,000 Progressive Nutrition Grand Prix; Jimmy Torano and Day Dream Secure Victory in $10,000 Nutrena® Open Stake

Wellington, FL – April 11, 2017 – Jose Roberto Reynoso of Wellington, FL and Azrael W took top honors in the $35,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix at ESP Spring I, hosted at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) to kick off the post Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) season circuit. The duo completed the jump-off track in 35.263 seconds to take first place ahead of Margie Engle of Wellington, FL and Dicas, who crossed the timers in 36.579 seconds. Ailish Cunniffe of South Salem, NY and Baloucento 2 rode to third place, finishing just behind Engle with a time of 36.838 seconds.

Reynoso and Azrael W, a 2005 Dutch Warmblood (Chin Chin x Voltaire) owned by Reynoso, rose to the top of the leaderboard after besting a nine-horse jump-off. Five pairs finished the day securing a double clear effort around both tracks. The pair finished a banner week of competition, after finishing in second place in the $25,000 Progressive Nutrition Grand Prix on Friday, just behind Laura Kraut and Deauville S, before their grand prix win.

“I thought the course was good. He was just amazing, like always. I really like this horse so much. I’ve had him since he was four and we have a very good partnership together,” said Reynoso.

The pair was the last to head into the International Ring during the jump-off for the class and Reynoso understood the challenge ahead. While several other riders had rails, he wanted to keep Azrael W careful, but also quick to ensure that the pair finished with the fastest time.

“I was the last one in the jump-off and I knew that there were both four fault rounds and rounds with zero faults. I wanted to be careful not to have a rail and make sure that he stayed quick so that we could finish well,” he added.

The duo will contest the ESP Spring II classes before heading back to Brazil for their summer and fall seasons, with hopes of returning to Wellington for the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival and ESP Spring Series. He concluded, “We’re going to jump Spring II and then we’ll go back to Brazil, but are already planning on coming back for the 2018 season in November.”

Laura Kraut and Deauville S

Laura Kraut and Deauville S Top $25,000 Progressive Nutrition Grand Prix

U.S. veteran rider Laura Kraut of Wellington, FL and Deauville S, a 2006 Holsteiner gelding (Diamant de Semilly x Lux Z) owned by Old Willow Farms LLC, rose to the top of a competitive first grand prix class during ESP Spring I. The pair dashed through the jump-off track in 38.626 seconds to secure the win. Jose Roberto Reynoso of Wellington, FL and Azrael W finished just behind Kraut with a time of 39.298 seconds for second place. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and Boy IV captured third place with a jump-off time of 39.298 seconds.

Kraut and Deauville S bested the 33-horse class, which featured a small but fast jump-off of five horse and rider combinations. The seasoned pair of Kraut and Deauville S have competed around the globe and finished with one of their top placings this season in the grand prix.

Jimmy Torano and Day Dream Secure Victory in $10,000 Nutrena® Open Stake

Jimmy Torano of Wellington, FL and Day Dream, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Zento x Heartbreaker) owned by Jimmy & Danielle Torano, rode to victory in the $10,000 Nutrena® Open Stake to start off major prize money classes at ESP Spring I. The duo narrowly edged Sharn Wordley of Citra, FL and Caiman Des Sequoias, who stopped the timers in 37.69 seconds, while Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL piloted Boy IV to third place, finishing just a tenth of a second behind Wordley in 37.773 seconds.

A total of 41 combinations contested the track, while seven combinations advanced to the jump-off round, including another two of Andrade’s mounts, Belita and Walter 61. Wordley also guided Rye Val de Mai to the jump-off as his second mount to contest the short course.

Jumper Highlights

The $5,000 Omega Alpha 1.35m Stake was championed by Luiz Francisco de Azevedo of Belgium and his own Axel P, rode to an efficient trip around the short course, finishing in 36.29 seconds. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and his own Tupac Van De captured second place with a jump-off time of 36.362 seconds. Andrade also picked up third place in the class, piloting his own Jenni’s Chance to a top three finish with a time of 36.599 seconds.

Kelly Bauernschmidt of Bratenahl, OH and her own Belle Blue S rode to victory in the $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic after completing their jump-off trip in 37.376 seconds ahead of Nyah Chernoff of Dewinton, Alberta and Pater Noster, owned by Windemere Stables LTD., who took second with a time of 40.87 seconds. Serena Marron of New York, NY and Abnormaal, owned by Kevin Babington, earned third place after adding four faults to their jump-off time of 41.727 seconds.

Kendra Gierkink of Harpswell, ME and Freestyler, owned by Kadley Holdings LLC, captured first place honors in the $2,500 Gold Coast Feed Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, finishing the class as the only pair to secure a double clear effort. Phoebe Alwine of Delray Beach, FL and Zenith Dance, owned by In The Clover Equestrian, earned second place after dropping a single rail, adding four faults to their time of 40.854 seconds. Michelle Navarro-Grau of Wellington, FL and her own Tibetano finished in third place, after accumulating four faults and crossing through the short course timers in 45.39 seconds.

The $2,500 Equiline High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic saw Kira Kerkorian of Sagaponack, NY and Cassi, owned by Lisa Kerkorian, take first place, stopping the jump-off timers in 40.318 seconds. Kendra Gierkink of Harpswell, ME and Conisha van de Helle, owned by Kadley Holdings LLC, took home second place after finishing the track in 41.04 seconds. Michelle Naarro-Grau of Wellington, FL and her own Yidam finished in third place with a time of 42.02 seconds.

Heather Kuhl of Miami, FL and her own Wasserman rose to the top of the class in the $1,500 Equine Couture/TuffRider Low Children’s Adult Classic after besting the four horse jump-off with the fastest four fault time. The pair finished in 38.665 seconds ahead of Matti Fisher of Westport, CT and Paloma, owned by Lionshare Farm, who lowered a single rail and finished in 42.042 seconds. Sydney Gorall of Wellington, FL and her own Askano, took home third place after completing the jump-off track in 44.851 seconds.

Michelle Stacy of Marstons Mills, MA and her own Enqrique VHV took top honors in the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper Classic after completing the short course in 35.237 seconds. Adrian Jay of Knoxville, TN and Bibi Sijgje, owned by Halle Fogel, placed in second after finishing the jump-off in 33.664 seconds and adding four faults to their score. Lia Screnci of Boca Raton, FL and Vichy, owned by Volado Farms, took third after dropping a single rail in the first round and finishing with a time of 72.494 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL and Gabriel, owned by J T Farm, took top honors in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby during ESP Spring I with a total two round score of 177. Ericka Koscinski of Center Moriches, NY and Emerson Hill, owned by Libby Mewbourne, rode to second place with a final score of 172. Zayna Rizvi of Greenwich, CT and Verdana, owned by Laura Wasserman, finished in third place, only a point behind Koscinski, completing two rounds with a total of 171.

Colvin and Gabriel received an 88 from the panel in round one before securing an 89 in the handy to take the win. The duo’s scores were the highest in both rounds, as they outpaced a class of 14 entries.

Sienna Pilla of Ridgefield, CT and Robin Hill’s Snapshot, owned by Piccolino Farm LLC, championed the $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby with a two round score of 167. Hana Bieling of Wellington, FL guided Headlines, owned by Tanna Seltzer, to second place with a total score of 161, ahead of Christina Rogalny of Wellington, FL and More Like It, owned by Megan McCarthy, who took home third place with a score of 160 from the panel.

The Neue Schule Bits USHJA Hunter 3′ Division saw Richard Fancher of Crestwood, KY and Von Dutch, owed by Cara Cheska, take the division championship ahead of Deborah Perkins of Wellington, FL and her own Rise and Shine, who secured reserve champion honors.

Jennifer Hannan of Wakefield, RI and Canada, owned by Jennifer Smith, championed the Gold Coast Feed Performance Hunter 3’3″ & 3’6″ Combined Division ahead of Katherine Newman of Wellington, FL, who guided Forever Autumn, owned by Christine Richards, to reserve.

Coco Fath of Fairfield, CT and Akinda, owned by Hillside Farm, LLC, secured the divisional championship in the #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’6″ Division, while Taylor St Jacques of Glen Allen, VA and her own Di Samorano were awarded with reserve champion.

For more information on PBIEC and to see a full list of results from ESP Spring I, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Darragh Kenny and Billy Onslow Win $86k Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12

Darragh Kenny and Billy Onslow. Photos © Sportfot.

Parot Wins Douglas Elliman 1.45m; Jimmy Torano and Pure Imagination Triumph in Marshall & Sterling Insurance Performance Hunter 3’3″

Wellington, FL – March 30, 2017 – Ireland’s Darragh Kenny triumphed in the $86,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12 on Thursday, March 30, riding brand new mount Billy Onslow at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

Olaf Petersen, Jr. (GER) set the course for 70 entries in Thursday’s Challenge Cup and yielded 21 clear rounds. With two entries opting out of the jump-off, 19 continued on, and nine were able to clear the short course without fault. Second to go in the jump-off, Darragh Kenny went full speed with Billy Onslow to put the pressure on the remaining competitors. His time of 33.33 seconds held up for the win.

Margie Engle (USA) and Gladewinds Farm’s Royce finished second in 34.22 seconds. Nicole Walker (CAN) and Falco van Spieveld placed third in 36.23 seconds.

“He is such a cool horse,” Kenny said of the 11-year-old Anglo European gelding (Billy Congo x Iroko) that he purchased from Great Britain’s William Funnell. I just got him three weeks ago when I was in Europe. He did a 1.40m class yesterday, and then this today. Obviously, I do not really know him so well, but he tries so hard and he is super easy to ride.”

Remarking on his jump-off, Kenny stated, “I know he is really brave, really careful, and really scopey, so I just went as fast as I could go. There were 17 people after me, so I knew that if I left the door open at all I would have no chance. He has a massive stride. I did eight strides to the second to last fence and I did eight strides to the last, which nobody else did. I also did an inside turn to the double, which in hindsight probably was not the smartest thing.

“I did the first line, and I knew he had a big stride, but I did not realize just how big,” Kenny detailed. “I did the seven strides really slow and I thought I must have miscounted and done eight, so then I panicked and I thought I had to do something really special to try to win. He was just amazing. He was brilliant. He should not have jumped the double from where I turned back at all. He is so brave and careful. You turn back and you don’t even have to worry. You know he is going to do his best to leave the jumps up.”

Parot Notches Another WEF Win

Beginning competition in the International Arena at PBIEC on Thursday, Chile’s Samuel Parot jumped to victory in the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m speed class riding his 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding Quick du Pottier (Hurlevent De Breka x Cuba).

Fifty-two entries started over Olaf Petersen, Jr.’s first-round course and 15 cleared the track without fault. Parot and Quick du Pottier went fifth in the order, setting an uncatchable time of 59.14 seconds for the win.

Lisa Goldman (USA) and Barbara Disko’s Sovereign finished second in 62.60 seconds. Conor Swail (IRL) crossed the timers in 62.82 seconds to place third riding Vanessa Mannix’s Rubens LS La Silla. Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Everlong LLC’s Diamond D took fourth place in 63.64 seconds.

Samuel Parot and Quick du Pottier

Speaking of his winning round, Parot stated, “Yesterday I went really fast and I had one down, so today I did not want to go as fast because the course was very careful. I went in the first five, and I thought I went fast, but not that fast. I thought somebody would catch me, but the course was very careful and it caught people.

“This horse is very fast,” Parot continued. “I thought I would maybe be in the top three with this time, but I was lucky that I ended up winning it.”

Parot has had great success throughout the 2017 circuit, winning week four’s $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m riding Dazzle White, topping the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup in week six with Atlantis, winning week seven’s $86,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic aboard Quick du Pottier, and also taking week eleven’s $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m riding Couscous van Orti.

Remarking on his winter, Parot smiled, “It has been a really fantastic season. I think this is the best circuit I have had here. I had a really good summer and then the horses came in to the winter really good. They have stayed really sound and they are all in great shape. This horse is done for the circuit. He was really good all winter and it is nice for him to go out with a win. He and the others will all have a nice vacation until we go to Tryon in May.”

Also competing in the International Arena on Thursday, the Spy Coast Farm Six-Year-Old Developing Jumpers completed their Power and Speed class with a win for Andres Soto (COL) and Julia Tedesco’s X-Lady.

Jimmy Torano and Pure Imagination Triumph in Marshall & Sterling Insurance Performance Hunter 3’3″

Jimmy Torano of Wellington, FL and Pure Imagination, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables, LLC, topped a competitive field of 37 horse and rider combinations in the Marshall & Sterling Insurance Performance Hunter 3’3″ division on Thursday. The pair only showed in two classes, but after winning an over fences round and placing third in the stake, they earned the championship ribbon.

Torano, who had never ridden the coming nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding by Ars Vivendi before, showed him as a favor to friend Joey Currais, trainer of Hunters Landing.

“We just got Pure Imagination to do the Junior Hunters with one of my clients, Isha Swani,” explained Currais. “Honestly, I have had him for four days. I wanted to put Jimmy on him to get a feel of the horse because the horse is going to do the 3’6″ this weekend. I’m beyond words, the trips were beautiful and having somebody of that caliber like Jimmy Torano, it was just a beautiful picture.”

While Currais has only had Pure Imagination in his barn for a short time, he speaks highly of the gifted gelding.

“This is a horse I picked for my client because of his personality, he is kind and forgiving, he has a great record, and a beautiful and quality jump,” continued Currais. “Working with a talented animal like Pure Imagination is a pure privilege.”

Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, SC and Hide Away, an entry owned by Looking Back Farm, captured the reserve honors, only two points overall behind Torano. Boyd and Hide Away won the handy trip and placed fourth in the stake round.

Competition continues on Friday featuring the $10,000 Gut Einhaus Five-Year-Old Developing Jumper Classic, the $15,000 Spy Coast Farm Six-Year-Old Developing Jumper Classic, and the $20,000 Spy Coast Farm Seven-Year-Old Developing Jumper Classic in the International Arena. The $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby will determine a winner in the Derby Field at the Equestrian Village (AGDF show grounds). For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Karen Polle and With Wings Win $130k Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9

Karen Polle and With Wings. Photos © Sportfot.

Jimmy Torano Forms New Partnership to Win Pre-Green Three & Four-Year-Old Hunters

Wellington, FL – March 9, 2017 – Karen Polle (JPN) and veteran partner With Wings earned a big win in Thursday’s $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

Round 9 of the Challenge Cup series saw 51 starters over Alan Wade’s (IRL) first round course. Twelve entries advanced to the jump-off, and six completed double clear rounds. Polle and With Wings took the win in 36.71 seconds. Lillie Keenan (USA) and Chansonette Farm’s Skyhorse finished second in 38.14 seconds. Lauren Hough (USA) aboard Willow Grace Farm’s Cornet 39 placed third in 38.53 seconds, and Lucy Davis (USA) riding Old Oak Farm’s Cassis 54 finished fourth in 38.95 seconds.

“I thought the first round was actually pretty tricky. At the beginning we didn’t see so many clears,” Polle said after her win. “The jump-off was really fun. For Wings, it really suited him well because you could get a gallop and try to cruise through, and just watch the verticals. There were two places where I was able to leave out strides, which I think really helped me.

“I was a little long at the last fence, but I went for it,” Polle continued. “Wings has so much range that he can do that. That is where I have to be a little quicker sometimes because he has a big stride, but he is not a quick, quick horse, so to make up that time I need to do the leave outs.”

Polle began training with Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa in October, but also had her longtime experience riding With Wings to her advantage.

“Last month was seven years that I have had him,” Polle noted. “I think that is one of the most special things, to have a horse that you start really young. I started in the Low Junior Jumpers with him, and then we worked our way up to the five-star level. I think that makes our partnership even more special because we have known each other for so long. We trust each other a lot because we have been through everything together. It is very rare, so I am really lucky.”

Eduardo Menezes (BRA) and Quintol finished fifth in 39.30 seconds, and Pablo Barrios (VEN) riding A S D Farfala placed sixth in 39.54. Kent Farrington (USA) completed the fastest time in 35.54 seconds with his own and Robin Parksy’s Gazelle, but had a rail at the final fence to place seventh.

Also competing in the International Arena on Thursday, Jonathan McCrea and Candy Tribble’s Special Lux won the $8,000 Douglas Elliman CSI 2* 1.45m speed class. Alexandra Pielet and Helene VE topped the $1,500 Sleepy P Ranch High Junior Jumper speed class.

Jimmy Torano Forms New Partnership to Win Pre-Green Three & Four-Year-Old Hunters

Jimmy Torano of Wellington, FL rode More Than Words, owned by Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Caristo, for the first time at WEF 9 to win the Pre-Green Three & Four-Year-Old Hunter division championship. The pair won the under saddle, an over fences round, and placed third in another over fences class to secure the title.

Jimmy Torano and More Than Words

“He went great,” said Torano. “He is owned in a partnership with Ralph Caristo, Emil Spadone, and me. We bought him at an auction back in the fall. We were all at the same auction together and we all really liked the horse, so we decided to form a group and buy him.”

More Than Words is a 2012 Holsteiner gelding by Cancara. Earlier in the winter circuit, Heather Caristo-Williams showed the gelding in the USHJA Hunter 2’6″ division, sponsored by Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, LLP.

“I think he’s going to be a really fancy horse,” Torano continued. “He’s just four years old, but this is the first time I’ve ridden him and he went great. He’s really straightforward, a beautiful horse, and a beautiful jumper.”

Heather Hayes of Cumming, GA and Mind’s Eye, an entry owned by River Run Farm, LLC, settled for reserve honors. The pair earned second place ribbons in the under saddle and two over fences classes, as well as placing sixth in another over fences class. Mind’s Eye is a four-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Spartacus.

Competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival continues on Friday featuring the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m CSI 5* in the International Arena. On the grass derby field at Equestrian Village (AGDF show grounds), the $5,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby and $1,000 Small Pony Hunter Classic, sponsored by Visse Wedell & Douglas Elliman, will decide winners. For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Jimmy Torano and Betagravin Win at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival

Jimmy Torano and Betagravin. Photos © Sportfot.

Consistency Key for Julie Holzberger and Pure Giving

Wellington, FL – January 20, 2017 – Jimmy Torano (USA) rode Missy Clark and North Run’s Betagravin to victory in the $6,000 Illustrated Properties 1.40m FEI speed class on Friday, January 20, at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

Ana Catalina Harris Cruz (MEX) set the track for Friday’s speed round in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), with 42 starters in the 1.40m competition and 11 clear rounds. Torano and Betagravin finished their course in 55.60 seconds. Lauren Hough (USA) and Willow Grace Farm’s Canasta Z placed second in 56.89 seconds, and Laura Chapot (USA) rode her own and Mary Chapot’s Thornhill Kate through the timers in 59.49 seconds to finish third.

Torano just began riding Betagravin, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Quasimodo Z x Grandeville), a few weeks ago for Missy Clark.

“She has been great. I have ridden her in five classes so far, and she has won two and been third in another,” Torano detailed. “She is very fast, very careful, and seems like a really competitive horse.”

Commenting on his round, Torano stated, “Originally today, the plan was just to go smooth and set her up for Sunday’s 1.50m, but right as I was walking in the ring Missy said, ‘What the heck, let’s try to win it.’

“When I walked the course, I only walked half of it because that is all I was going to do for some training,” Torano continued. “I had to change my whole plan before I walked into the ring, but we did it. Her stride is so big that I can save a lot of time. I left strides out everywhere.”

Betagravin will jump her first big class on Sunday, and Torano sees more for her future.

“She’s probably more horse than they think they originally bought, but I think they can attempt some bigger classes with her because she seems to be doing everything we have asked of her,” he noted. “She is nice. She is in your hand. The biggest thing is dealing with her big stride, but you just have to know how to contain that.”

Also competing in the International Arena on Friday, Sarah Bagworth and Goldfinger vd Hengstenpoel won the $2,500 Engel & Völkers High Amateur-Owner Jumper Power and Speed. Claire Schreder and Ceahorse LLC’s Luca Toni 18 topped the $1,500 Sleepy P Ranch High Junior Jumper Power and Speed. The final $6,000 1.40m Illustrated Properties 1.40m speed class saw a win for Laura Chapot (USA) aboard Mary Chapot’s Shooting Star.

Consistency Key for Julie Holzberger and Pure Giving

Julie Holzberger, of Fairfield, OH, and long-time partner Pure Giving triumphed in the Camping World Adult Amateur Hunter 50 & Older Sec. A. The pair finished first, third, third, and fourth over fences and second under saddle to secure the championship title. Lynn Rogers, of Baypoint, NY, and Blue Point settled for the reserve championship honors with a pair of sixth place ribbons and a pair of first place ribbons, all over fences.

Julie Holzberger and Pure Giving

Pure Giving is a 2002 Swedish Warmblood gelding that Holzberger has owned for six years. She credits much of her success to her trainers of 14 years, David Belford and Christopher Payne, and her focus on consistency.

“He’s so sweet and I adore him,” gushed Holzberger, who had a highlight win with Pure Giving at the 2014 Capital Challenge Horse Show. “He knows me like I know him. We’re in sync together. He loves to go out for grass and I love to graze him.”

Holzberger primarily competes at WEF in the winter and Kentucky in the summer. She balances her veteran mount with a younger horse, Pure Bliss that she shows in the 2’6″ division.

“My goal is just to ride consistently. At the end of the day, that’s the most important thing. For me, I want to ride consistently, whatever the outcome is. I’ve had a really great first two weeks here and I love the experience and the environment,” she said.

The first week of WEF continues on Saturday with the second “Saturday Night Lights” event of the season, the $86,000 Marshall & Sterling Insurance Grand Prix CSI 2*. The Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owner Over 35 division will award championship honors for week two in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.