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Hesslink Continues Winning Ways; Stovel Takes USHJA National Hunter Derby

Photo: Geoffrey Hesslink and Cadoretto.

West Palm Beach, FL (January 30, 2018) – It was a day for the chromey chestnuts during the second week of Hunter Derbies on the Palm Beach Series, as Geoffrey Hesslink and Cadoretto once again topped The Ridge’s $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, and Patricia Stovel and Pancaspe rode to victory in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. With both classes held on Friday, January 26 at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, a healthy group of spectators and trainers gathered to watch both the afternoon National class and evening International class, while full divisions of hunters, jumpers, and equitation classes ran from Wednesday – Sunday at Jim Brandon.

Hesslink continued to build on his already impressive hunter resume with a second win in The Ridge’s International Hunter Derby. Under the guidance of trainer Andre Dignelli of Heritage farm, he and Cadoretto, known around the barn as Cad, topped both rounds of the night class, successfully tackling all of the questions asked by course designer Archer Bailey. “He is just so honest,” said Hesslink. “Anything I ask of him, he does it; any mistake I make, he covers for me. Going into the handy I began to doubt my plan, which was to take an ambitious line to one of the larger options. But that is his better lead and as usual he did it without hesitation and was absolutely perfect. Surprisingly, I think he was even better this time than the last time [at The Ridge].”

As for the next steps, Hesslink says he has no intention of stopping now. “We will probably do the Derby next week in the International arena at WEF, and the one at Deerridge as well,” he stated. “I really love The Ridge and their shows because of the facility and the quality of the courses and atmosphere. It feels really special to show under the lights, and I think Cad definitely enjoys and jumps better in this atmosphere. Of course, we will plan to come back for the last of The Ridge’s Hunter Derbies in mid-March.”

Earlier in the day, a mare that could be Cadoretto’s stunt double worked the $5,000 USHJA National Derby, coming out on top with Patty Stovel in the irons. The 10-year-old American-bred Hanoverian is fresh off her first shows with Stovel in the 3’3″ Pre Green Hunters in November, where she also won a Derby in Ohio and was champion in Ocala. Owned by Virginia Bartholomew, Pancaspe’s somewhat green status didn’t slow her down a bit over the National course.

“She hasn’t done too many horse shows,” said Stovel of the chestnut mare, “but she has always been just so straightforward and easy, even as a pre green horse. After our good results in Ohio and Ocala, we decided to venture down to Wellington for a few shows and these are a perfect match, both for her and so her owner could be on hand to see her progress. I didn’t want to be super handy with her, as she is still pre green, but we just focused on turning and always looking towards the next jump.”

As a veteran of the hunter jumper ring, Stovel’s history with The Ridge stretches back to founder Nona Garson’s days with Olympic mount Rhythmical, and she also frequents their spring, summer, and fall shows in New Jersey. “I’ve been coming to The Ridge for years, and they’re always so friendly and great to work with,” Stovel said. “The course was beautiful, and the warm ups and covered were lovely to ride in. I couldn’t be happier with our choice to come or Pancaspe’s performance, and we are looking forward to attending more of The Ridge’s shows!”

For a full schedule of events hosted by The Ridge at Wellington, visit www.TheRidgeFarm.com.

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Daniel Coyle and Fortis Fortuna Victorious in 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix

Daniel Coyle and Fortis Fortuna (Photo by Equinium Sports Marketing)

Wellington, FL (April 7, 2017) – Fate smiled upon Ireland’s Daniel Coyle in the final Turf Tour Grand Prix of the 2017 season. Aboard Susan Grange’s Fortis Fortuna (Quidam de Revel x Carthago), Coyle channeled the luck of the Irish to deliver a blazingly fast double clear effort that could not be touched, despite the efforts of 45 of the industry’s top show jumping combinations. Over two arenas set on the springy, all-natural grass footing at Polo West, a diverse range of riders took to the courses to conclude The Ridge Palm Beach Series’ Turf Tour Finale on April 1st. In addition to the $24,999 1.40m Grand Prix clinched by Coyle, the Finale featured Low, Medium, and High Schooling jumpers running tandem to the morning’s 1.25m-1.30m divisions and the afternoon’s Grand Prix, as well as the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere that have become a trademark of all The Ridge’s events.

With residents of Polo West watching poolside from their backyards and the expansive warm-up busting with riders and trainers, the last Turf Tour Grand Prix of the year commenced in the Florida sunshine. Sandra Dalman and A-Frieda-o delivered the first double clear of the Finale, piloting the elegant grey to a faultless jump-off on a time of 38.214. With the standard set and a time to chase, some of the sport’s best known horses and riders tried their hand over the course, including Brazilian Olympian Rodrigo Pessoa aboard Chloe and the British Olympic duo of Ben Maher and Tic Tac. But it was Venezuela’s Emmanuel Andrade and Nokia De Brekka (Quick Star x Apache D’Adriers) who ultimately stole the lead from Dalman, stopping the timers at 34.016 in the jump-off. Immediately following Andrade and Nokia’s ride, American Andrew Ramsay and Jadalco slid neatly into second with a 34.635.

As the class continued, Coyle, riding for Susan Grange, guided a number of horses to double clear efforts, including his winning ride on Fortis Fortuna. He also piloted the scopey Ridley (Ustinov x Adlantus AS) to 3rd, jumping-off in 34.544 to bump Ramsey and Jadalco out of the top three. Fortis Fortuna, who has been a solid competitor for Coyle both in Wellington and at Spruce Meadows, is back competing following some time off and Coyle said it was great to be able to show her on the grass just before they journey north to the prestigious Canadian circuit.

“We come down to Wellington every year, and ironically she doesn’t much prefer to jump on the grass,” said Coyle of the 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare. “As we are aiming for Spruce Meadows in the summer we didn’t want to stress her by jumping on the sand all the time. But she’s a fantastic mare, and it was great for her to win today as we continue to build her strength for the summer. The Ridge’s Turf Tour dates are a great opportunity to get off the farm and in a new environment, and especially to be able to jump on something other than sand. Not every horse likes to go on sand, and the grass is a nice change to keep them fresh.”

Intended to act as a catalyst for the growth and development of horses and riders in the sport, The Ridge Palm Beach Series, which includes the Turf Tour, features courses and classes that reflect the need for solid basics provides the opportunity for horses and riders at a variety of levels to experience and compete in different venues and atmospheres. “Our goal is giving competitors the chance to experience everything, from riding on the turf polo fields to showing under the lights in an indoor arena,” said George D’Ambrosio, co-organizer of the Turf Tour with US Olympian Nona Garson.

“It’s a really unique way to do things,” said Garson. “Riders can sharpen their skills riding against Olympians on exceptional footing and over expertly designed courses, but all at their own pace and in a beautiful setting. Our open in-gate allows flexibility with other events and schedules, and we are really looking to offer a way for developing horses and riders to hone their skills without a major expense or the stress and atmosphere of a large show grounds. In 2017 we launched full jumper divisions at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, as well as Hunter Derbies, equitation events, and dressage, which all follow in the vision of the Turf Tour. As we wrap up another season of showing in Wellington we want to thank all of our riders, trainers, spectators and staff for another fantastic season and we are already looking forward to 2018!”

Join us for a full series of exciting schooling and rated events beginning in April at The Ridge at Riverview, 4 Wolverton Road in Asbury, New Jersey. All of the amazing amenities of The Ridge at Wellington without the summer heat! Check The Ridge’s website, www.TheRidgeFarm.com, for future postings of the prize lists and entry forms.

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Goldman and Sovereign Reign in $15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix

Lisa Goldman and Sovereign (Photos courtesy of Equinium Sports Marketing)

Larrazabal and Champion for Volt Blaze to Victory in 1.30m Open Stake

Wellington, Florida (March 28, 2017) – The second to last week of competition on the 2017 Palm Beach Series invited riders to the beautiful grass field and sand arena at Schuyler Riley’s Wolfstone Stables, as well as the pristine all-weather arenas of Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, where divisions from Teeny Tiny and Low Schooling Jumpers to the Grand Prix offered exhibitors the chance to show in a relaxed, utopian atmosphere. Organized by Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio, the Ridge Palm Beach Series combines their vision of a laid-back, exhibitor focused event with the flair of the old world European tours where Garson’s career as an international and Olympic show jumper flourished. An expansion of their popular Turf Tour dates, which feature show jumping for all levels on springy turf courses at spectacular venues around Wellington, 2017’s line-up included 3 Hunter Derby Day events, weekly USEF Equitation Tuesdays, full jumper divisions running Wednesday-Sunday, and Palm Beach Series Schooling Dressage, which incorporates the same principles for developing dressage horses and riders.

Lisa Goldman and Sovereign Reign in $15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix

The highlight of each weekly competition on the Palm Beach Series is the Turf Tour Grand Prix, which was hosted most recently on March 24 at Schuyler Riley’s Wolfstone Stables. The elegant turf field, lined by active polo matches and Wolfstone’s sand arena, which doubled as Jumper Ring 2, took on the designs of Pierre Jolicoeur for the 1.25m-1.30m divisions in the morning and the 1.40m Grand Prix in the afternoon.

Ireland’s Darragh Kenny set an early standard in the Grand Prix that held through the majority of the day. Jumping off immediately after his first round clear with Oakland Ventures’ Billie Onslow, they were the first double clear on 38.644. Despite impressive efforts from some of the sport’s top names, including Kenny’s countryman Daniel Coyle, England’s Peter Jordan, Canada’s Kevin Crosby, and USA’s Molly Ashe, Kenny maintained his lead until the very end of the class. Late in the day entries from Lisa Goldman of Red Coat Farm in Chicago, Illinois were the final horses to go, and a fast and clear effort from Goldman and Sovereign, owned by Barbara Disko, stopped the timers at 36.614 to put them at the top of the class. Canada’s Kevin Crosby and Concelo, owned by Sher-Al Farm, rounded out the top three with the third fastest double clear effort, finishing on 38.768 seconds.

Goldman, who has numerous Grand Prix victories to her name including a 2016 Turf Tour Grand Prix with her other mount, Morocco, commented on her ride, saying, “This was Sovereign’s first time ever showing on the grass, and it obviously was too his liking. I started him off pretty slow but he placed well in the 1.40m FEI class this year and now won here on the Turf Tour, so he’s definitely an up and comer of mine. There was at least one tricky line, and I chose to leave out a stride to one of the oxers and was trying to be very quick after which paid off. I love showing on the Turf Tour; it’s something different to do and a great environment for the horses. Nona and George make it super easy and convenient to come and jump, and make it easy to fit into our winter schedule. This farm was just stunning, as all of their venues are, and I’m really happy we decided to make a last minute choice to come show!”

Kenny, who was victorious with Diamond D a few weeks ago on the Turf Tour, stated, “I really like the show and the concept, especially for horses getting going again. It’s not a huge pressure situation for them and a nice, different environment especially for younger horses that are being developed for the bigger, more intense classes. It’s also a nice change to show on the grass. Their [the organizers’] idea is super and it’s a great concept for the horses and riders.” Following in the same vein, Crosby, who has topped The Ridge Palm Beach Series $5,000 1.30 Open Stake and utilizes the Turf Tour’s atmosphere to continue to develop his horses, also reflected on the importance of a relaxed environment and change of scenery for his mounts: “I’ve become more and more familiar with The Ridge and its organizers, and they do a great job creating a relaxing environment and providing an opportunity to develop horses.”

Luis Fernando Larrazabal and Champion for Volt

Venezuela’s Luis Fernando Larrazabal and Champion for Volt Victorious in 1.30m Open Stake

The aptly named Champion for Volt, with Luis Fernando Larrazabal in the irons, blazed around Saturday’s 1.30m course to emerge victorious, securing the win following a double clear effort and jump off time of 31.233. Larrazabal knew he needed to shave as many seconds off his time as possible to best Audrey Robison and her scope chestnut Gorky, who had jumped clean and fast to lead the class with a 32.508.

“We did one less stride to the second oxer, and then I kept him in that forward rhythm in the tight turn to the last jump, which I think is what gave me the best time,” said Larrazabal, who early in the season won the Palm Beach Series’ 1.40m Grand Prix with Altodetto and the week after placed second in the same class with G&C Close Up. Owned by Augusto Surico, Champion for Volt began his career with Larrazabal at the end of 2016 and the pair has been doing the 1.30m and 1.40m classes as they develop their partnership. “He is super easy to ride, very careful, and has an excellent technique,” Larrazabal continued. “I love to bring my horses here [to the Palm Beach Series]. It’s great for horses that are moving up, to give them a quiet place to build their confidence while still presenting a challenge to allow them to develop. The Turf Tour is fantastic; it’s great for all of the horses to get a change of scenery, of footing, and environment as showing the same place over and over can be very tiring.”

Third place in the Open Stake went to Casey Larruso and Cool Runnings, who also delivered a quick, clean double clear effort and jump off in 33.299.

Full prize lists and schedules available at www.TheRidgeFarm.com.

Laura Kraut and Deauville S Capture $15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix

Laura Kraut and Deauville S (Photo courtesy of Brooke Giacin/Equinium Sports Marketing)

Wellington, Florida (March 22, 2017) – In another outstanding week of competition on The Ridge Palm Beach Series, US Olympic Team Gold Medalist Laura Kraut bested a large field of Grand Prix competitors to capture victory in the $15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix, held on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2017. Celebrating the greenest holiday of the year with a day of show jumping on the verdant grass field at Carben Farm in Wellington, Florida, Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio welcomed Low, Medium, and High Schooling Jumpers, 1.25-1.30m divisions, and the 1.40m Grand Prix as part of their centerpiece series, the Turf Tour. Envisioned as utopian throwback to old world show jumping on the grass, the Turf Tour is the highlight event of the Palm Beach Series, which hosts 13 weeks of competition from January through April 1. Full divisions of hunter and jumper classes run at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in tandem with the Turf Tour, Hunter Derby Days, and USEF Equitation Tuesdays events each week, Wednesday to Sunday, to create the entire Palm Beach Series experience. During this, the second to last week of full competition, some of the best riders in the industry as well as juniors, young riders, amateurs, pony riders, and aspiring professionals, trotted through The Ridge’s ingate to test their skill over courses in a variety of levels and divisions.

Friday’s Turf Tour saw non-stop show jumping action. Following a morning 1.25-1.30m class topped by Andrew Bourns and Charming Girl, Todd Minikus and Maharaja Del Juncal, owned by Two Swans Farm, set the pace in the afternoon’s 1.40m Grand Prix, going double clear with a jump off time of 39.419.

The technical yet versatile course set by FEI ‘O’ course designer Leopoldo Palacios yielded a total of 9 first round clears and four double clears. Ireland’s Daniel Coyle aboard Susan Grange’s Farona and Canada’s Jaclyn Duff with her own Pater Noster went double clear to finish second and third, but no one could catch Laura Kraut and Deauville S, owned by Old Willow Farm, who streaked around the course to capture the win on a jump off time of 35.014.

For more information on the 2017 Palm Beach Series, including full schedules, prizelists, and entry blanks, visit www.TheRidgeFarm.com.

James Chawke and GK Coco Chanel Lead Wire to Wire in 1.40m Grand Prix

James Chawke and GK Coco Chanel. Photos courtesy of Equinium Sports Marketing, LLC.

March 10 Hunter Derby Day Crowns Schatt and Buttenweiser

Wellington, Florida (March 15, 2017) – Wrapping up its tenth week of competition, the 2017 Palm Beach Series has become a haven for developing horses and riders to hone their skills and synergy in the competition arena. In the third and final Hunter Derby Day of the 2017 winter season, an exceptional course welcomed riders for a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby and $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, where gorgeous jumps in shade of the covered arena set the stage for a utopian derby showcase on Friday, March 10th. Full jumper divisions hosted riders Wednesday and Thursday, with Saturday’s competition including the week’s headline class, a $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix designed to offer a technical but obtainable challenge for emerging Grand Prix mounts and riders.

James Chawke and GK Coco Chanel Lead from Wire to Wire in Palm Beach Series X 1.40m Grand Prix

World class jumps, course designs, and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere drew riders to the in-gate of Jumper Rings 1 & 2 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center during Week 10’s competition, and Saturday’s 1.40m Grand Prix presented an interesting combination of challenges for the field of competitors. The headline class, which featured a course by FEI designer Mark McGowan, granted a number of double clears but no one could best James Chawke and GK Coco Chanel’s effort, which secured them victory.

As one of the first riders to go, Chawke’s early jump-off time of 40.612 couldn’t be touched throughout the class. As all of the Palm Beach Series’ jumper classes feature an open in-gate policy, allowing riders to arrive, school, and show at their own pace and as per their own schedule, the majority of the field was still chomping at the bit following Chawke’s early double clear, but in the end none would best the elegant bay mare’s athletic display of speed and power.

Giving chase to Chawke and Coco, Stephen Moore piloted to Istafan Issi to reserve honors with a jump off time of 44.553. Peter Jordan and P&F Cordillo Z rounded out the top three efforts in the Grand Prix, less than a second behind Moore with a 45.148.

The spectacular Grand Prix course, which asked a number of questions of its horses and riders, offered the option of a straightforward ride with a few bending lines and combinations to keep things interesting, as well as the choice to test agility, scope, and stamina. Acting as a catalyst for the development of young or green horses as well as developing riders, the Palm Beach Series weekly Grand Prix classes, Hunter Derby Day events, and other jumper divisions serve as a stepping stone to the larger jumper classes without the pressure and stress of intense competitions and atmospheres.

Schatt & Buttenweiser Crowned in March 10 Hunter Derby Day

March 10 was an incredible season finale for The Ridge Palm Beach Series’ hunter derby competitions, and a celebration of the grace, athleticism, and pageantry that have come to embody the performance hunter and highlight The Ridge Palm Beach Series’ Hunter Derby Days. The spectacular jumps gave character and substance to the Derby courses, which were designed by Skip Bailey to test and reward some of the best hunter horse and rider combinations in the world. Including stacked hay bales, brick and picket verticals and oxers, stone walls, and lushly decorated fences, the final Hunter Derby Day of the 2017 winter season began with the $5,000 USHJA National Derby in the morning and the $15,000 USHJA International Derby in the afternoon.

Hallie Buttenweiser and Wanderlust jumped with the presence and precision that are the hallmarks of an exceptional derby ride, earning them the championship title in the $5,000 USHJA International Derby. Wanderlust, who is known around the barn as Turkey, made a particularly strong statement in the handy round to earn himself and Buttenweiser the win in the horse’s first outing of the show season.

“He is so handy, and so very brave,” said Buttenweiser. “This was his first show this season, and he proves himself to be so adaptable and it was nice to get him out and showing without pressure. I could tell he really enjoyed jumping this course; it was beautiful and impressive enough without being spooky. These classes are a great step up for horses just starting to do the derbies and I felt confident going to all of the higher options. Turkey is great at turning, and he corrected for a mistake I made at the trot fence.”

Buttenweiser, who has also shown this year on The Palm Beach Series Turf Tour and jumper circuit, also stated her appreciation for the series’ relaxed atmosphere and nurturing environment for developing horses: “I love showing here and have really enjoyed the laid-back environment on the Turf Tour. It’s a great option to bring horses who are kind of in the middle and need to build confidence, plus the amenities and spacious warm-ups are a major plus.”

Havens Schatt and Continental

With the arena freshly drug and the course reset for the $15,000 USHJA International Derby, it was decorated hunter rider Havens Schatt and Continental’s turn to shine. The athletic bay, under the guidance of Schatt, epitomized the talent and poise required to top one of the discipline’s most prestigious classes. After beginning his career as a 1.35m jumper, Continental has grown under Schatt’s guidance into a successful Derby horse as well as an exceptional amateur hunter.

“Skip built a great course today for this class,” said Schatt. “His handies really make you think, and give you some options for what best suits your horse and yet still keep the ride very handy, as well as some options for young or greener horses. I thought it rode very well and the course itself was beautiful. For us its really nice to show here and it’s a great thing they [The Ridge] offer. I brought another horse who I knew may make some mistakes but its great experience for him and I’ve even brought some young horses just to school and get them off the farm.”

For more information on the 2017 Palm Beach Series, including full schedules, prizelists, and entry blanks, visit www.TheRidgeFarm.com.

Kenny and Crosby Prevail in Palm Beach Series $15k 1.40m Turf Tour and $5k 1.30m Open Stake

Darragh Kenny and Diamond D. Photos courtesy of Equinium Sports Marketing.

Wellington, Florida (March 11, 2017) – Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Canada’s Kevin Crosby leapt to victory during the ninth week of competition at The Ridge Palm Beach Series, where five days of competition over varied surfaces and venues continued The Ridge’s tradition of elite horse shows in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. From leadline and Pony Jumpers to the Grand Prix with top ranked FEI competitors, the Palm Beach Series offers a unique show experience designed to act as a catalyst for developing horses and riders.

Darragh Kenny and Diamond D Shine in $15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix at The Ridge at Wellington

Crossing the utopian flair of old world horse shows with the competition and excitement of modern showjumping, The Ridge at Wellington’s grass jumping field welcomed a cross section of riders for its 1.30m division and $15,000 Turf Tour 1.40m Grand Prix on Saturday, March 4th. Low, Medium, and High Schooling Jumpers worked in tandem with the main ring’s flow of competitors, which included some of the top names in the sport.

The USA’s Kent Farrington, who as of late February 2017 is #2 in the Longines FEI World Rankings, brought a group of young, up and coming horses to the Turf Tour, and quickly set the standard with the elegant Baltic Star 2. Despite a casual ride, the pair topped the class early with a jump-off time of 49.972.

“He’s a new horse for me, and a bit green but he shows terrific potential,” said Farrington of the 8-year-old Baltic Star 2. “Today we were just cruising around; it’s great to bring the horses someplace new and he showed a lot of bravery on the grass. I like the atmosphere for young horses [at The Ridge] and it’s a less expensive, less hectic alternative to bring highly strung or green horses and to ride in a low key environment.”

Farrington’s laid back round with Baltic Star wouldn’t last as the rest of the class took the field. Week 8’s Turf Tour champions, Taylor Land and Nepal, made easy work of the Chris Jones course putting in a double clear effort to finish on 44.630 seconds. Land, who rides her family’s veteran Grand Prix horse Nepal under the guidance of her father, Jay Land, refers to the gelding as a family heirloom.

“Nepal loves grass and jumped very well today,” said Land. “It was a big, long course and I think I was a slightly more conservative just because of how he felt today. The Ridge is a great break for both me and the horses and jumping on grass is such a nice change, especially for Nepal as he prefers it to sand.”

Kevin Crosby and Stanley Stone

An impressive effort by Canada’s Kevin Crosby and Casino put them into third behind Land and Nepal. The relatively new partnership took to the grass, and Crosby chose the Turf Tour and Palm Beach Series’ laid back atmospheres to show a number of horses in the past few weeks. “I’ve been riding Casino for about a month and half, and this was a great experience for both of us for a change of scenery,” said Crosby. “He’s an experienced horse but seemed to enjoy jumping on the grass. I’ve become more and more familiar with The Ridge and its organizers, and they do a great job creating a relaxing environment and providing an opportunity to develop horses.”

With Land and Nepal leading, Emmanuel Andrade and Gaverdi Z edged out Crosby and Casino for third, and Ireland’s Darragh Kenny ultimately claimed the top prize with Diamond D, with a late in the day effort finishing on 42.984 to win the class. The decorated Irish rider brought a number of horses to capitalize on the pristine turf course.

“He [Diamond D] is a new horse for me, he arrived last week and I was impressed with him today,” said Kenny of the 10-year-old gelding. “We jumped Wednesday and Thursday in the 1.30 divisions [on the Palm Beach Series] at Jim Brandon, and he felt really good and jumped brilliant today on the grass. I really like the show and the concept especially for horses getting going again. It’s not a huge pressure situation for them and a nice, different environment especially for younger horses that are being developed for the bigger, more intense classes. It’s also a nice change to show on the grass. Their [the organizers’] idea is super and it’s a great concept for the horses and riders.”

The Turf Tour continues March 17 at Carben Farms and March 24 at Wolfstone Stables with Low, Medium and High Jumpers, 1.30m division and the $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix, and concludes April 1st at Polo West.

For full schedules, prize lists, and entry blanks for all of the Palm Beach Series events, visit www.TheRidgeFarm.com.

Taylor Land and Nepal Top Lively Turf Tour

Taylor Land and Nepal (Photos courtesy of Equinium Sports Marketing)

German Camargo and Centurio Take 1.30m Open Stake

West Palm Beach, FL (March 3, 2017) – During the final week of February spring and sport were in the air at The Ridge, where the eighth consecutive week of the 2017 Palm Beach Series showcased a bustling 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix, challenging 1.30m Open Stake, and full jumper divisions at Polo West and Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Luring a diverse spectrum of riders from leadline to Laura Kraut, Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio’s vision of a laid-back, utopian show atmosphere was highlighted by the Polo West Turf Tour, which featured two rings of show jumping on the spectacular green fields lined by palms, ponds, and tropical Florida estates. With the goal of acting as a catalyst for developing young horses and advancing riders, The Ridge Palm Beach Series offers a unique atmosphere and world-class competition at welcoming and beautiful venues around Wellington.

$15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix Topped by Taylor Land and Nepal

In a day that exemplified the ideal south Florida horse show, Friday, February 24th’s Turf Tour at Polo West delivered exciting competition, breathtaking scenery, and the old world flair of the traditional jumper circuit. Staged on the springy, natural turf surface, nearly 100 entries tested their skill over two arenas, one featuring Low, Medium, and High Schooling jumpers, while the other hosted a morning 1.30m division followed by the day’s headline class, a $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix.

With nearly 60 entries in the Prix, which began around noon, it was a constant stream of horses and riders as the sun sank behind the Polo West Club House. Designed by Chris Jones, the Grand Prix and 1.30m courses allowed riders the option of challenging their horses or riding a clean and straightforward course to build stamina, confidence, and scope. In the end, a very ambitious ride and jump-off for Taylor Land of Atlanta, Georgia and Nepal, a 2002 Argentine gelding by G.S. Raimundo, secured them the top spot with a jump-off time of 42.195 seconds. Land, who is the daughter of US Grand Prix rider Jay Land and has referred to Nepal as a ‘family heirloom,’ proved the gelding’s clout in the Grand Prix ring against a field of successful U25, international Grand Prix Riders, and Olympians. The UK’s Amanda Derbyshire and Cornwall BH put in an tactical round and jump-off to slide into second with 42.473, with US Olympian Laura Kraut and Deanuville less than a second behind her in third on 42.974.

Amanda Derbyshire and Cornwall BH

Earlier in the morning, Peter Jordan with Eurhythmic and Erynn Ballard with Extra B put in winning rounds in the 1.25m-1.30m divisions over a scaled down version of the Grand Prix course. In the adjacent field, the Lows, Mediums, and Highs saw Emma Pell and her mounts Ari 55 and Amelie victorious in the 1.00m Jumpers, while the 1.10m’s were topped by Diana Walters with The Hustler and Kevin Apicella and Darius. Rounding out Ring 2, Samantha Johnson and Gallant swept both classes in the 1.20m Jumper division.

German Camargo and Centurio Take Week 8’s $5,000 1.30 Open Stake

In a late in the day effort against a number of eager competitors, Colombian native German Camargo and Centurio jumped to victory in the Palm Beach Series’ $5,000 1.30m Open Stake, a newly implemented addition to The Ridge’s offerings. Presented in the all-weather sand arenas at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, the Open Stake and majority of the Palm Beach Series classes take place at this spacious, equine friendly show grounds just ten minutes from Wellington’s equestrian mecca.

Camargo was experimenting with new bits for Centurio, which prompted him to choose a few smaller classes in a more relaxed atmosphere. “I purchased Centurio when he was 5, and he is a very talented horse with a lot of scope,” said Camargo of the 12-year-old Oldenburg. “We have won a lot together and showed in a number of Grand Prix classes. Over the years I’ve discovered he can become slightly strong in the ring, and I wanted to try him in a few different bits. This was a great venue to test out our new equipment.”

The new bit seems to be to Centurio’s liking, as the pair jumped double clear and in a final jump-off time of 44.605 to win the class. With regard to the course, series, and his horse’s performance, Camargo commented, “It was a technical course, but I was able to have a smooth round. Even though the jumps were not that big the track was challenging. The jump-off had a few interesting options to go faster. Centurio jumped very well, and seemed to be happy in the new bit. I am happy with the way he performed. I think the Palm Beach Series is a great option, with a much more relaxed atmosphere where you can focus on the horses.” Tim Hooker and Cassini’s Valentine finished second in the Stake on 47.400 seconds and Adrienne Sternlicht with Oreade Des Dames rounded out the top three with a four faults in the jump-off and a time of 36.134.

Speaking to the vision behind the inception of the Palm Beach Series, George D’Ambrosio, who founded and co-operates The Ridge with US Olympian Nona Garson, stated, “Our goal was to offer riders opportunities to develop their horses further in the competitive arena, and particularly our $5,000 1.30m Open Stake gives the option of stepping up or changing a strategy without the stress of a higher class and the chance to win great prize money at lower heights. The Turf Tour runs in the same vein, giving horses and riders a break from the mental and physical rigors of the standard horse show and providing a beautiful venue with all natural footing and a relaxed atmosphere. It’s also a great chance to for riders to prepare for the upcoming grass season in the summer and early fall.”

Palm Beach Series IX continues the first week of March, with Saturday’s Turf Tour at The Ridge at Wellington (14415 Palm Beach Point Blvd) and full jumper divisions running through April 1st at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center (7500 Forest Hill Blvd).

For more information on the 2017 Palm Beach Series, including full schedules, prizelists, and entry blanks, visit www.TheRidgeFarm.com.

Valdez Prado and Whitacre Win Grand Prix and $5k 1.30 Open Stake during Palm Beach Series

Alanso Valdez Prado and Chichester 3 (Photos courtesy of Equinium Sports Marketing)

West Palm Beach, FL (February 23, 2017) – Week 7 of the Palm Beach Series once again featured some of the best in the business trying their hand over the spectacular course designs and pristine footing of the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. The 13-week series opens each Wednesday with full jumper divisions, as well as USEF Equitation Tuesdays, Hunter Derby Days, the spectacular venues of the Turf Tour, and Palm Beach Series Schooling Dressage. With FEI ‘O’ course designer Leopoldo Palacios setting the stage in the jumper rings, The Ridge Palm Beach Series highlighted its traditional $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix and debuted a new addition to 2017’s roster, a weekly $5,000 1.30m Open Stake. Tuesday, February 21 also saw the third of the Palm Beach Series Schooling Dressage shows, this time with USEF S and FEI 4* Judge, Janet Foy. With a focus on bringing a utopian, nurturing atmosphere to elite horse shows, The Ridge brings a unique compliment to Wellington’s winter show circuit as well as a series of events throughout the spring, summer, and fall in New Jersey.

Peru’s Alanso Valdez Prado and Chichester 3 Deliver Sole Double Clear Effort in 1.40m Grand Prix presented by RV Sales of Broward

Fresh off a clear effort at the 2017 Longines Palm Beach Masters the week before, Alanso Valdez Prado and Chichester 3 tackled a challenging course offered by Palacios, mastering the variety of distances and jumps to put in the class’s only double clear effort, finishing with a jump off time of 41.922 seconds. Despite setting the pace early and with a slew of accomplished Grand Prix competitors chomping at the bit to best his time, only Alexa Wiseman and Tyrol D’anto were able to clinch a first round clear with faults in the jump-off for second place, followed by Linda Seridin and Vantina Hpf.

As a World Equestrian Games and Olympic competitor for Peru, Valdez Prado and the scopey 2008 Holsteiner gelding (Casall x Cosimo) proved their proficiency over Palacios’ course. The Venezuelan born designer has provided courses for multiple Olympic Games, the World Cup Finals, and Spruce Meadows Masters as well as for the 2016 Turf Tour, and joined the Palm Beach Series during Week 7 to provide his trademark blend of diversity and development through jump designs.

“I love to design here [at the Palm Beach Series],” said Palacios. “The footing is excellent, which gives me the confidence to design the way I love and the horses jump better on great footing. Most important for me is maintaining the soundness of the horses, and this all-natural, sand footing is an excellent medium for them to work with. For the Grand Prix I wanted to design something that was not too big, but that would easily produce faults. A clear round is a reward for an excellent ride, and I try to test everything, long distances, short distances, a variety of combinations and jump types, so that all horses have an equal opportunity, not just those that are talented with either a fast or slow course. Every course needs to be a challenge, not dangerous, and a way to build horses and riders towards bigger and better classes.”

Lynsey Whitacre and Zorzuela Leuze Z Crowned in Debut $5,000 1.30m Open Stake

Following Friday’s Grand Prix, a group of top 1.30m competitors ventured out to test their hand in The Ridge Palm Beach Series inaugural $5,000 1.30m Open Stake, which now serves as the anchor class for the series 1.30m division, which includes daily $1,000 and $2,500 1.30 jumper classes. Designed as an enticing option for 1.30m horses and riders to build their skills as well as take a shot at elevated prize money, Saturday’s $5,000 1.30 Open Stake drew a determined line-up and thrilling competition at Jim Brandon.

Lynsey Whitacre and Zorzuela Lueve Z

Lynsey Whitacre and her own Zorzuela Leuze Z emerged victorious following their double clear effort and jump off time of 40.224. Their round overtook the pace setting time of Brooke Gunther and Casual Pleasure, who made the course look like a casual pleasure with the first double clear and a time of 40.643. A late effort by Olympian Marie Antonette Leviste of the Philippines and her mount Loribri rounded out the top 3 in the Open Stake.

The course, which was also of Palacios’ design, followed his standard of including a Liverpool, skinny, plank, and triple bar, as well as a variety of combinations. While Friday’s Grand Prix featured 2 triple combinations, Palacios developed 3 double combinations for the 1.30m Open Stake, including a unique triple bar to vertical in the Animo combination.

“I purchased Zarzuela, a 15-year-old Zangersheide mare, from Andy Kocher about a one and half years ago,” said Whitacre. “She is affectionately known in our barn as ‘Fat Amy’ due to her eccentricity and passion for food. This was my first time showing her at The Ridge, and I think she really liked it! She jumped incredible up off the footing and felt really confident and comfortable there. The course Leopoldo set asked some tricky questions, but I liked the challenge and uniqueness of it. The Palm Beach Series is a real breath of fresh air. We will definitely be back.”

FEI 4* Judge Janet Foy Critiques Developing Riders at Palm Beach Series Schooling Dressage

The elegance of dressage temporarily replaced the power of show jumping on Tuesday, February 21 at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, as Janet Foy brought her international experience to the lineup of riders showing in everything from Training Level to the FEI. Organized by Katja Eilers in tandem with The Ridge at Wellington, the Palm Beach Series Schooling Dressage expands the show’s brand into the Olympic discipline, offering riders a chance to ride under USEF & USDF certified judges in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Beginning at 4pm every other Tuesday, Jim Brandon’s spacious warm ups, exceptional footing, and relaxed environment combined with The Ridge’s world class show offerings are growing in popularity with dressage riders as well as jumpers and hunters. From green horses and riders in need of show experience, to CDI competitors looking to fine-tune their freestyles under Jim Brandon’s stadium lights, the Palm Beach Series Schooling Dressage welcomes riders back March 7th.

“It’s great that they are featuring USEF and USDF judges, and this is a great place to introduce the horses or work through any growing pains moving up the levels,” said Foy of the Palm Beach Series. “It’s a lovely venue with excellent footing, perfect for riders to take advantage and further develop their horses. They get the feel of a big show without the pressure.”

For more information on the 2017 Palm Beach Series, including full schedules, prizelists, and entry blanks, visit www.TheRidgeFarm.com.

Farmer, Oliver, and Fuqua Highlight Hunter Derby Day

Kelley Farmer and Because (Photos courtesy of Equinium Sports Marketing)

Andrade Secures Second Consecutive Win in Grand Prix

West Palm Beach, FL (February 18, 2017) – The sixth week of The Ridge Palm Beach Series welcomed back the popular monthly hunter showcase, Hunter Derby Days, as well as the circuit’s standard $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix and full hunter and jumper divisions at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. With the winter equestrian season now in full swing, the Palm Beach Series full hunter and jumper divisions run each week from Wednesday to Sunday, with unique show offerings each week including USEF Equitation Tuesdays, the unique and spectacular venues of the Turf Tour, the elegance and performance of Hunter Derby Days, and, newly launched in 2017, Schooling Dressage Shows. Week 6, which ran from February 8-12, featured the February 10th Hunter Derby Day and Saturday’s $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix, presented by RV Sales of Broward.

Hunters Take Center Stage during February’s Hunter Derby Day

The second of The Ridge Palm Beach Series’ Hunter Derby Days commenced February 10th, featuring a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, and a $5,000 USHJA Pony Derby. Held under the spectacular covered arena at Jim Brandon, the three classes featured a challenging and beautifully designed course, as well as some of the top horse and rider combinations showcasing the athleticism of the performance hunter. Friday’s events kicked off with the USHJA National Derby, continued to the International Derby in the afternoon and concluded with the Pony Derby under the lights in the evening.

Julie Oliver and Bossa Nova Win $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Bossa Nova, piloted by Julie Oliver, danced over the beautiful hunter course set for the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, besting a class of 26 horses to finish on a score of 186. Kim Barone rode Easy Street HU to reserve honors, and her other mount, Dolce Vita, to third place. Dolce Vita, with Barone in the saddle, was the USHJA National Hunter Derby Champion at January’s Hunter Derby Day.

Kelly Farmer and Because Top $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

With the jumps and prize money raised, the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby began with Kelly Farmer and Scripted took an early lead with 182, but eventually was bested by her own effort with Because to secure victory. Scripted’s early effort was bumped to fifth by Amy Momrow and Aeroplane, Jennifer Hannan and Flamingo-K, and taking reserve honors, last month’s USHJA International Hunter Derby champions, Louise Serio and Rock Harbor.

The Dutch-bred gelding Because, who was purchased in Ocala barely a year ago with Jane Gaston, had only the highest accolades to his name from Farmer, who rode him to his first Derby victory, and from Gaston, who has ridden him to numerous championships and Horse of the Year Honors in the Amateur Owner divisions. “He is an extraordinary animal, with potential to be one of the best Derby horses I’ve ever ridden,” stated Farmer. “He usually pulls double duty with me and his owner, and has won in everything, now from the Derbies to the greens, 4-foot, and Amateurs.”

Owner Jane Gaston had equally rave reviews, stating, “He has huge range & scope, and is a total gentleman. Originally started as a jumper, he has made great progress with Kelley and I in the hunter ring, and we are thrilled with his first Derby win.”

As one of the top hunter riders in the world, Farmer is a regular on The Ridge at Wellington’s Hunter Derby Days series, taking top honors in the International Derbies in 2016 and now a win with Because in 2017. “Nona and George do a great job, they’re very accommodating, and this is a great venue and show for a young horse to learn what horse shows are without getting thrown into a very intense environment. This, for a derby horse, is a bit like starting a Grand Prix horse: they get to jump at a real horse show on nice footing, real jumps, nice course designers, and are still doing the real thing without the pressure. Nona and George have done a beautiful job creating the perfect conditions for effectively bringing along horses.”

Kat Fuqua and Somekindawonderful Sweep $5,000 USHJA Pony Derby

From the big leagues to the ponies, the covered arena transformed once again into a miniaturized version of the International Derby course and welcomed a group of talented ponies and riders. An exceptional round by Kat Fuqua and Somekindawonderful led the field for the evening’s $5,000 USHJA Pony Derby from beginning to end. Fuqua and her Captain America, who were the champions of January’s USHJA Pony derby, finished third, with Augusta Iwasaki and Small Suggestion taking reserve honors.
Consistently attracting top names in the sport, including Olympians, medal finalists, and international champions, the Hunter Derby Day competitions offer an exclusive way to gain national and international experience, as well as qualifying scores, in a utopian show atmosphere.

Emanuel Andrade and Belita

Emanuel Andrade and Belita Secure Second Consecutive Victory in Saturday’s $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix Presented by RV Sales of Broward

For the second week in a row, Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade and Belita ruled the Grand Prix, putting in impressive double clear rounds that proved to be uncatchable. The first double clear round went to Ilan Bluman and Eax Run Run LS, who finished on a final jump off time of 34.385. Soon after, Lauren Crooks and Columbeille de Reve stole the lead from Bluman, only to have it stolen almost immediately by Andrade and Benita. The athletic bay mare and the Venezuelan young rider put in a blazingly fast jump off round, taking a commanding lead over the rest of the field with a 29.431. A late effort by Kelly Cruciotti and My Flores bumped Crooks into third, but no horse & rider combinations were able to challenge Andrade’s lead, despite a field full of accomplished international Grand Prix competitors including Daniel Bluman, Darragh Kenny, Pablo Barrios, and Peter Jordan.

The Ridge at Wellington’s Palm Beach series continues with full hunter and jumper divisions each week, Wednesday – Sunday, as well as February 24th’s Turf Tour at Polo West, USEF Equitation Tuesdays, and each week a $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix on Friday and a $5,000 1.30m Open Stake on Saturday.

Visit www.TheRidgeFarm.com for full prizelists and schedules!

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Venezuela, Dominican Republic Reign Supreme in Palm Beach Series Turf Tour and 1.40 Grand Prix

Emanuel Andrade and Jenni’s Chance (Photos courtesy of Equinium Sports Marketing)

West Palm Beach, FL (February 13, 2017) – In a banner week for South America and the Caribbean, the Palm Beach Series’ unique hunter and jumper offerings during Week 5, which ran February 1-5, were headlined by the circuit’s trademark Turf Tour and accompanying $15,000 1.40 Grand Prix. Envisioned as a utopian compliment to Wellington’s booming winter equestrian season, the Palm Beach Series diverse show offerings draw a cross section of competitors from aspiring leadliners to international Grand Prix and Olympic champions. From its main base at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, just minutes down Forest Hill Boulevard from the city’s equestrian mecca, full divisions of hunters and jumpers run weekly in tandem with USEF Equitation Tuesdays, Palm Beach Series Schooling Dressage, Hunter Derby Days, and the Turf Tour.

Emanuel Andrade and Benita Surge to Victory in $15,000 RV Sales of Broward 1.40m Grand Prix

Displaying the brave riding style that seems to come standard in South America’s show jumpers, Pan Am, World Equestrian Games, and Rio 2016 Olympic rider Emanuel Andrade rode Benita and Jenni’s Chance to first and second placings in Friday’s $15,000 RV Sales of Broward 1.40 Grand Prix. Held Friday in the pristine all weather arena at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, Andrade and Jenni’s Chance had an early double clear finishing on 38.174 in the jump-off. But almost as soon as Andrade’s placing was announced, he was back in the arena to best his own time with Benita.

In a thrilling jump-off effort, Benita, under Andrade’s guidance, soared over the final vertical and through the timers to best Jenni’s Chance with a jump off time of 35.263. Despite a number of valiant efforts from the rest of the field, no one could catch Benita or Jenni’s times. Colombia’s Ilan Bluman rounded out the top three rankings with Eax Run Run LS.

Dominican Republic’s Manuel Fernandez Hache Rule the Turf Tour February 4th

The talented combination of Manuel Fernandez Hache and Al Calypso proved exceptional during Saturday’s Turf Tour 1.45m Grand Prix, putting the Caribbean nation at the top of the standings. Veterans of the 2015 Pan American Games, Hache and Al Calypso navigated Saturday’s Turf Tour course with the grace and poise of seasoned international competitors. One of the last combinations to stretch their legs on the grass field at The Ridge at Wellington’s home farm, their double clear effort and 41.533 jump-off time stole the lead from the US Olympian Laura Kraut and Cavalia.

Manuel Fernandez Hache and Al Calypso

“It was a very good ride, a very good course,” said Hache following his ride in the Turf Tour. “We have been riding at Spruce Meadows during the summer, so Al Calypso is used to being on the grass and enjoys the change from sand arenas. It can be dull riding in the same places over and over and this is a breath of fresh air to come out here and be able to jump on this level in an open environment. I love the tranquility of The Ridge’s shows, we have been showing in the Palm Beach Series’ Grand Prix for the past few weeks as a way to build up for the U25 Grand Prix and larger classes later in the season. It’s great that we can come out here and relax, jump, and train without stress. This course was particularly nice to sharpen up the horses, it was very straight forward. I galloped my horse straight and forward to the jumps, and made the most of riding on the grass.”

Palm Beach Series Schooling Dressage Welcomes Riders Every Other Tuesday through April

The second of the twice-monthly Palm Beach Series Schooling Dressage Shows commenced Tuesday, February 7th, with riders of all levels enjoying the serene environment, exceptional footing, and world-class judges. From young horses and riders at their debut dressage show, to seasoned Grand Prix and international competitors fine-tuning their Freestyles, last Tuesday’s judge, GP & BA certified German dressage expert Heiner Jeibmann, saw everything from Training and Third Level to the Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix.

The weekly schooling shows run every other Tuesday, with the next event being held February 21st and featuring FEI Judge Janet Foy. PBS Schooling Dressage is held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, a full service show grounds just minutes from Wellington’s center that includes multiple all-weather lighted arenas, an oversized covered arena, two large barns of permanent stabling, a lunging area, and ample parking for trucks, trailers and cars. Designed to put horses and riders in a new, unique atmosphere, the dressage classes begin at 4pm.

For more information and full prizelist, visit www.TheRidgeFarm.com.

Media Contact:
Holly Johnson
Equinium Sports Marketing, LLC
954 205 7992