The winning team from Great Britain, including Ben Maher, Emily Mason, Emily Moffitt, Chef d’Equipe Di Lampard, and Amanda Derbyshire. Photo © Sportfot.
Wellington, FL – March 3, 2018 – Finishing on a final score of zero, the team from Great Britain consisting of Amanda Derbyshire, Ben Maher, Emily Mason, Emily Moffitt, and Chef d’Equipe Di Lampard won the $150,000 Nations Cup CSIO4*, presented by U.S. Trust & Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Saturday, March 3, during week eight of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
Saturday’s Nations Cup consisted of two rounds shown over a course set by Ken Krome (USA). Teams of four represented the nations of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, United States, and Venezuela. The six teams that returned for the second round in order from most faults to least were Chile, Venezuela, Ireland, Brazil, Mexico, and Great Britain.
The winning nation was represented by Derbyshire on Luibanta BH, owned by Gochman Sport Horses LLC, Maher on Jane Forbes Clark’s Tic Tac, Mason riding Explosion W for Poden Farms, and Moffitt on another Poden Farms-owned mount, Hilfiger van de Olmenhoeve.
Ireland finished second with five faults after double clear rounds from Shane Sweetnam and Paul O’Shea, and a second round clear from Denis Lynch. Their three clear performances in round two led to anchor Cian O’Connor not having to return.
Third place went to Mexico on ten faults for team members Eugenio Garza, Mario Onate, Andres Azcarraga, and Nicolas Pizarro.
Natalie Jayne and Cracker Jack Claim Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under Championship
Cracker Jack, piloted and owned by 14-year-old Natalie Jayne, earned the champion title in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division to highlight hunter competition on Saturday.
Jayne, of Elgin, IL, won the under saddle and jumped to two firsts and a second-place ribbon aboard Cracker Jack, an 11-year-old Warmblood gelding. She has had the ride since June of 2017 and the pair recently competed under lights in the International Arena at WEF for the first time in the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular two weeks ago.