Wellington, FL – March 28, 2018 – The final week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) kicked off with a victory for Brazilian Olympian José Roberto Reynoso riding Magnolia Mystic Rose in the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m CSI5* on Wednesday, March 28.
After his first win, which came earlier in the day in the $1,000 Bainbridge 1.40m CSI5* aboard Zambia Mystic Rose, Reynoso topped the featured event of the day over a field of 63 starters riding Magnolia Mystic Rose, an eight-year-old Brazilian-bred mare. Fellow Brazilian and 2016 Rio Olympic Games course designer Guilherme Jorge set the 1.45m power and speed track, which Reynoso mastered fault-free with a time of 25.71 seconds over the speed portion for owner Haras Mystic Rose.
Just fractions behind Reynoso, Darragh Kenny of Ireland claimed second place riding Chakito for Vlock Show Stables, LLC in 25.94 seconds. The USA’s Georgina Bloomberg rounded out the top three with a time of 26.15 seconds in the irons of Paola 233, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, LLC.
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Wellington, FL (February 26, 2018) – Polo West once again set the stage for two days of utopian show jumping of all levels on exceptional grass footing February 23-25, as well as an exciting night of child/adult and open rides under the lights in the Polo West arena. From Olympians to pony riders, the Wellington Turf Tour and Palm Beach Series has divisions for all levels including the weekly $15,000 Turf Tour Grand Prix, $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Classic, Friday Night Lights for Child/Adult and Open riders, monthly M&S/SEMF/Colonial Classic qualifier Schooling Shows, USEF Equitation Tuesdays, and all the amenities and relaxed atmosphere The Ridge’s events are known for.
Olympian Jose Roberto Reynoso of Sao Paulo, Brazil piloted Tanita de Saleste to a double clear effort and a jump-off time of 39.012 seconds. The athletic 10-year-old bay KWPN mare is a ride owned by Franck Henouda and she and Reynoso recently rode to a top 3 placing in the 1.45m division before coming to the Turf Tour for a breath of fresh air and to jump on the grass in the Florida sunshine. Their effort bested a field consisting of an interesting mix of fellow Olympians, ambitious adult amateurs, and new partnerships testing their skills at the 1.40m level. Reynoso and Tanita, in fact, have only been a pair for about a month. Olympian Ramiro Quintana of Argentina and Cody Quintana’s Ceitasi put in an early double clear effort to lead the class on a jump-off time of 42.025 seconds, while Hardin Towell of Wellington, Florida rode Concept to third, with a jump-off time less than half a second off Quintana’s time at 42.662.
“On the Turf Tour, and at all of our events and shows, we try to present a very dynamic environment for riders and trainers to achieve their goals,” said US Olympian and co-founder of The Ridge, Nona Garson. “Whether you have a horse coming back after a rest, a student moving up to the next height, a new horse that needs miles, or just want to enjoy a new venue or turf footing, the inspiration behind the Turf Tour & Palm Beach Series is to fill these needs and drive the development of show jumping as a sport.”
Friday Night Lights Illuminates Child/Adult and Open Talent
From the beauty of the Turf Tour to the excitement of an under the lights class with an avid audience, The Ridge’s Friday Night Lights wrapped up the week’s competition at Polo West. With a variety of classes at the .90m and 1.10m level, generous prizes and the thrill of evening competition with an audience have made Friday Night Lights a popular option for juniors, adult amateurs, and professionals.
The evening’s headline class, the $1,500 M&S/NAL/WIHS 1.10m Child/Adult Jumper Classic, was topped for the second time this season by Lisa Butzer and Evan Coluccio’s hunter derby mare turned jumper, Burlesque. “She absolutely lit up when we came to compete tonight, and I really liked the course,” said Butzer of Boca Raton, Florida. “The turns were the most challenging aspect, as you had to be fast but also careful not to put your horse off balance. We plan to come back every week to get qualifying points and because of the excellent prizes!”
And the prizes don’t just go to the highs: the leading Low .90m Child/Adult Jumper Classic rider at the end of the season will receive a pair of custom riding boots from LA Mundial. This week’s Low Classic winner, Betta Wittbeck and Serendipity, an 11-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare, are in their first season of showing together and have their sights on the High Children’s. “This was our first time showing under the lights and we both really enjoyed the experience,” said Wittbeck, of Pittsford, New York. “I haven’t been riding her long but she’s a darling and really took to the course tonight.”
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 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.
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.
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.
Kerry McCahill and Charly Chaplin S Top Hollow Creek Farm Under 25 Grand Prix Series Semi-Final; Cassanto Wins Championship in Bruno Delgrange Large Junior Hunter 16-17
Wellington, FL – March 18, 2017 – Brazilian Olympian Jose Roberto Reynoso and Galip were the winners in Saturday night’s $130,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* during week ten at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL. The pair topped a six-horse jump-off over U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington and Creedance in second and young rider Eve Jobs (USA) riding Tiny Toon Semilly in third.
Course designer Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) saw 45 entries over his first round course for Saturday night action in the International Arena at PBIEC. Six combinations qualified for the jump-off, and four jumped double clear in the tiebreaker, where Reynoso and his 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Galip (Nonstop x Feo) crossed the timers in 35.57 seconds for the win.
Farrington was aboard his own and RCG Farm’s Creedance for the second place finish in 36.23 seconds. Jobs rode Tiny Toon Semilly to third place honors in 37.80 seconds. Colombia’s Roberto Teran, Jr. jumped the fourth place time of 38.25 second with Brilliant du Rouet.
“I am really, really happy. It is like a dream to be here, and to come from Brazil and win something like this grand prix,” said Reynoso, who is competing at WEF for the first time. “I knew that Kent is a really fast rider. I just tried to be faster.”
Reynoso continued, “I bought Galip six months ago. Since I bought him, he has just been doing better and better. Today he was just amazing.”
Reynoso grew up in an equestrian family. His father was a successful rider, and it was Reynoso’s dream to compete at the top level. He represented Brazil in the 2012 London Olympic Games and continues to develop top horses. Reynoso made the trip to Wellington for the first time to compete against the best in the world and further develop his career in the sport.
“I came because of a dream. I did everything in Brazil that I could do, and I just wanted to try something new,” Reynoso stated. “I would like to be here with a good owner and get more horses, because I like really it here.”
Second place finisher, Kent Farrington, took an unusual fall from Creedance in last week’s grand prix and was happy to complete two good rounds with the ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Lord Z x Notaris) on Saturday.
“This was a recovery,” Farrington stated. “I got thrown on my head last week, so that was not ideal. I thought he jumped great in the WEF (Challenge Cup) this week, and I thought he jumped great tonight. I thought my strategy was good for the jump-off, and unfortunately, we just got beat today. I think the jump-off suited a longer-strided horse. I had to add to the oxer across the middle before the double verticals, and I think that is where I lost a bit of time.”
Third place finisher, Eve Jobs (18) was competing in her first “Saturday Night Lights” grand prix at WEF and was thrilled with her top finish.
“I was just trying to go for a really nice double clear,” she said of her jump-off plan. “I tried to set the pace as best I could. I was not going to leave out in some risky places. Like down the first line, I still did the seven strides and tried to set up for the double verticals. I tried to go clear and have a good result, so I am very happy.”
“I bought this horse about a month and a half ago from Charlotte Mordasini,” Jobs said of the ten-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Diamant de Semilly x Kannan). “Right off the bat I clicked with him, and my trainer, Eddie Macken, has just kind of been putting me in the bigger classes. It has been going really well. This was the biggest we have jumped to date, and I could not be happier. He jumped amazing.”
In addition to the third place prize, Jobs was presented the Leading Lady Rider Award for week ten, presented by Martha Jolicoeur of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Kerry McCahill Wins $35,000 Hollow Creek Under 25 Grand Prix Series Semi-Final, sponsored by The McNerney Family
The $35,000 Hollow Creek Under 25 Grand Prix Series Semi-Final, sponsored by The McNerney Family, was held early Saturday afternoon at the Winter Equestrian Festival with a win for Kerry McCahill (20) riding Kerry Ann LLC’s Charly Chaplin S.
Thirty-seven entries started over Michel Vaillancourt’s (CAN) first round track, and 12 advanced to the jump-off. The short course yielded five double clear rounds, where McCahill and her ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Harley VDL x Burggraaf) clocked the fastest time of 39.35 seconds.
Alma Bjorklund (SWE) and Unex Captain Chaos 8 finished second in 40.53 seconds. Lucas Porter (USA) and Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s Diamonte Darco placed third in 40.80 seconds. Leah de Martini (USA) and Elm Rock LLC’s Firth of Lorne finished fourth in 42.84 seconds, and Emma Butchard (USA) rounded out the top five riding Brasil to a time of 43.54 seconds.
McCahill earned a third place finish in the under 25 grand prix during week two of the circuit riding Cadensky and explained that this win was a much different experience on a horse that she knows well.
“Unlike the last time I was in the top three here, that was with a very new horse I only just got in November,” McCahill stated. “In contrast, Charly Chaplin is one that I have a stronger relationship with. I have gotten some top three finishes with him in some big grand prix in Europe this year. It was our plan all along to use him for the semi-final and hopefully the final for this year, so I was really happy with the way he jumped. He is an amazing horse.”
McCahill continued, “Charly is sort of a giant. You have to give him a lot of room. He is very careful though, for such a big horse, and very sensitive. It was a bit surprising I passed the first round clear today, to be honest. Earlier in the week, he stopped twice at the water in the Welcome, so I was not quite sure what was going to happen. That was the main area that I was focusing on clearing today. He was super. I could not be happier with his performance today.”
Unex Captain Chaos 8 is a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Con Air x Landaris) that Bjorklund (23) recently began riding at the end of the summer in 2016.
“I have not had him for very long. It is just now that we have kind of gotten to know each other better,” Bjorklund noted. “He is truly amazing for me. He fits me really well and makes me feel safe. Obviously today he did an amazing job.
“This is my first bigger jump-off with him,” Bjorklund added, “so I was just kind of trying to go clear. Before I went in, my trainer Eddie [Macken] was telling me that I should try to go for it, so it was kind of in between. I started off a little slow, and then as I got more comfortable, I got a little faster. He was really great.”
Porter (19) has had several top three finishes in this year’s Under 25 Series and used the opportunity to gain more experience with his trusty mare Diamonte Darco, a 12-year-old Great Britain Sport Horse (by Unbelievable Darco).
“I have been really fortunate this season. Diamonte Darco has jumped really well,” Porter stated. “Pretty much every time that I have gone out, she is ready to roll and ready to jump a clear round. Whether I make a mistake or not is really what determines whether we get into the jump-off. I have been knocking on the door, just trying to get that first ‘W’. My trainer just keeps telling me to do what I’m doing because it is clearly working, and eventually it will fall my way.”
The Hollow Creek Farm Under 25 Grand Prix Series, presented by The Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte, was developed as a bridge to the international level of grand prix competition. The series gives athletes, both human and equine, an opportunity to compete under a myriad of conditions, including jumping on grass, under the lights at night, and in team competition, all important elements that competitors will face as their international careers progress. The series concludes with a $50,000 Hollow Creek Farm Under 25 Grand Prix Final, which the top 30 riders in the point standings will be invited to contest on Sunday, April 2.
Also competing in the International Arena on Saturday, Madison Goetzmann and Prestigious won the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Sleepy P Ranch. Teddy Vlock and Vlock Show Stables’ Chakito were victorious in the $15,000 SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Engle & Völkers.
Styslinger and Langmeier Pilot Cassanto to Championship of Bruno Delgrange Large Junior Hunter 16-17
Stella Styslinger of Birmingham, AL and Mckayla Langmeier of East Granby, CT rode Cassanto in the Bruno Delgrange Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division to earn the championship title. Styslinger rode the striking chestnut to a second place finish in the under saddle class, and on Friday, while Styslinger was away at school, Langmeier guided Cassanto to first and second place finishes over fences.
Styslinger leases the 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Canto from Float On Equestrian, LLC.
“I just started riding him,” Styslinger explained. “We saw him at [the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals] a few years ago. He was third overall that year, and we really liked him. We found out he was for lease this year, and it is a great situation because I’m going off to college in the fall. He is really easy-going, has a great personality, [is] super friendly, and is very forgiving.”
Langmeier, who had never ridden the gelding before showing him on Friday, praised his nature.
“He is really straightforward, super scopey, and he has a big stride,” Langmeier detailed. “I know he has amazing show results. My strategy was just to have smooth and consistent rounds, and he really did a super job.”
Emma Kurtz of Wellington, FL and Stellar settled for reserve honors just one point overall behind the leader. The duo won two over fences classes and placed fifth in another. Kurtz started riding the coming seven-year-old Hanoverian mare by Quintender at the beginning of the winter circuit and has found much success with her, earning the championship title in the division during weeks four and seven.
The tenth week of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival concludes on Sunday with the $35,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic in the International Arena. The Animo Medium Pony Hunter division will determine championship and reserve honors in Ring 12. For more information and full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.