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Wilhelm Genn & Van Gogh Paint the Rising Star

Wilhelm Genn and Van Gogh.

Wellington, FL (March 26, 2021) – Germany’s Wilhelm Genn closed out the 2021 $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Classic series with a win aboard the scopey Van Gogh. As his namesake once painted stars in the night sky, Van Gogh’s massive stride and brilliant bascule painted his course over the jumps and resulted in a blazingly fast second round clear to secure the pair their second win of the season in the class.

Genn and Van Gogh were the final combination to tackle the course designed by Leopoldo Palacios. The track, which began with a vertical rollback to an oxer, also featured a number of one and two strides, bending line oxer to verticals, and a triple combination oxer-vertical-vertical to close out the first round. Catherine Pasmore and Nestor were the first double clear, setting the standard at 34.282 seconds in the jump-off. Kim Farlinger was the next to top the leaderboard, piloting Ibalius SMH to a final time of 32.533. The Genns then swept in late in the afternoon to post numerous double clear efforts, with student Natalie Thornell aboard Snow White finishing in 34.210 seconds to end fourth. Ryan Genn and Coco Chanel m jumped to third in 32.842, and Wilhelm Genn and Van Gogh split the second close to its origin on 32.082, leaving Farlinger and Ibalius SMH in second.

“It was a good day. I didn’t fall off and the horse jumped really well,” said Wilhelm Genn. “The Turf Tour reminds me of showing in Europe when I was younger; it’s a great experience and so nice to get the horses out on the grass at different venues. Our barn and students really enjoy this event during our time in Wellington.”

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Smashing Start for Harrie Smolders in $37k Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45 Jumpers CSI5*

Harrie Smolders (NED) and Une De L’Othain © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 24, 2021 – The eleventh week of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) opened with Harrie Smolders (NED) and Une De L’Othain, owned by Evergate Stables, LLC, claiming victory in the $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45 Jumpers CSI5* on Wednesday, March 24, on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village.

Jumping a 1.45m course set by 2016 Olympic Games designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA), 59 entries competed over fences one through 13 in a two-phase format. The best of the day, Smolders and the 13-year-old Selle Français mare by Conterno Grande x Cento completed their fault-free round in a time of 29.70 seconds.

“This week the plan was to only do this class with her because she usually does the bigger classes,” said Smolders of his winning partner. “With that plan in mind, I thought, ‘Why don’t we give it a go today?’ She’s probably not a typical speed horse, but she went very smooth every turn and saw every distance fairly early so everything worked out according to plan. She’s good on all kinds of surfaces. She’s very scopey, very careful, and today I think it was my turn to win.”

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Shepherd and CHS Krooze Win the $25,000 Harrah’s Gulf Coast Grand Prix

The Week V installment of the No Entry Fee Grand Prix welcomed twenty-three horse and rider teams to the world-class grass grand prix field to compete for the win in the $25,000 Harrah’s Gulf Coast Grand Prix over a course designed by Paul Jewell of Windsor, New Jersey.

With the first round time allowed set at 83 seconds, only four horse and rider teams would advance to a jump off round.

Brian Murphy of Ocala, Florida in the irons of Light Speed Equestrian, LLC’s Hyperios HS was the first to tackle the jump off round with a time allowed of 50 seconds. The pair earned four jump faults and then opted to retire which would place them in fourth place overall.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama aboard Loretta Patterson’s CHS Krooze followed in the jump off order and turned in a fault free round in 38.466 seconds and set the new time to beat.

Shannon Hicks of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri and Helen Gilbert’s Emir D followed Shepherd and Krooze in the order of go, but four jump faults in a time of 42.140 seconds wouldn’t beat the class leader.

Murphy returned to the grand prix field, this time in the irons of Edith Rameika’s Semi-Automatic C. After earning eight jump faults, the pair opted to retire and earned a third place ribbon and insured a second place finish for Hicks and Emir D.

Laura Connaway of Little Rock, Arkansas rode her own Quite Funny to a fifth place finish after earning one time fault in their first round, which they finished in 83.308 seconds.

Kara Jones of Cornelius, North Carolina and her own End Game won sixth place for their two time faults first round of 84.801 seconds.

Elizabeth Schumann of Ocala, Florida and Light Speed Equestrian, LLC’s Princeton placed seventh overall as the fastest of the four-fault first rounds with their time of 77.205 seconds. Schumann also rode Edith Rameika’s Mimmo T.Z to an eleventh place finish.

Gianna Aycock of Argyle, Texas piloted her own La Belle Sauvage to an eighth place finish for their four-fault first round in a time of 77.316 seconds. Aycock also earned a twelfth place ribbon with her own Flex A Tia.

Hakini, owned by Ellen Walker and ridden by Adam Sklansky of Skillman, New Jersey, finished in ninth place after earning four jump faults in their first round with a time of 79.880 seconds. Collin Reynolds of Oxford, Pennsylvania rode his own Chicco W to a tenth place finish.

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Coyle Cousins Capture Turf Tour 11 Grand Prix

Wellington, FL (March 21, 2021) – Two Irish cousins made impressive work of Friday’s $15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix jump-off, executing a number of tight rollback turns and angled jumps in an attempt to get through the timers before the clock read 30 seconds. Jordan Coyle and Centriko Volo were the ultimate winners, delivering in 29.587 seconds. His cousin from the Emerald Isle, Daniel Coyle, was hot on his heels aboard Lisaniska Cool Quality, finishing on 30.315. As the final event of the year set on Black Watch’s beautiful grass field, Turf Tour 11’s St. Patrick’s week proved to be a fantastic event for show jumpers of all levels.

Black Watch’s Grand Prix course on Friday included a triple bar, blue arched wall, oxer to skinny combination, triple combination, and a few bending lines and rollbacks that encouraged riders to turn quick and shave off seconds at the risk of dropping rails. The jump-off was similar, with the triple bar to oxer line to start, followed by a roll back to the prestige vertical, long gallops to another few oxer vertical combinations, and a final roll back and gallop to the final vertical. The first double clear by Alex Granato and Disco Superfly ended at 32.986, Jordan Coyle’s 29.587 second jump-off was hotly contested, with his cousin Daniel, Ashlee Bond, Mark Reid, Chloe Reid, Kim Farlinger, and Wednesday’s Rising Star winner, Kayla Savard, all attempting to catch him. However, Jordan’s time prevailed, and as a long-time rider on the Turf Tour, he regularly brings multiple horses to show and train at The Ridge’s various beautiful weekly venues.

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Kayla Savard and Bogota Nantuel Luck Out in St. Patrick’s Day $5,000 1.30m Rising Star

Kayla Savard and Bogota Nantuel.

Wellington, FL (March 19, 2021) – What better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day than jumping on a field of green! Channeling the vibes of the Emerald Isle on Wednesday’s Turf Tour 11 competition at Black Watch Farm, all levels of show jumpers from .80m to 1.30m rode on the beautiful grass fields, and Kayla Savard channeled the luck of the Irish (although she’s American) to win the $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Classic on Bogota Nantuel against a field of 37 entries.

With nine double clears and a field of quick horses it turned into a race to get below 40 seconds in the jump-off. An early and rather quick double clear by Catherine Kubiak and Somerset set the tone at 44.682 seconds. But increasingly faster rounds whittled the time down with rides by Stephanie Gallucci, Filippo Pignatti, Natalie Thornell, and Alex Granato, who finished on 39.834. However, the day was won by Kayla Savard and Bogota Nantuel with a 38.095, with the second and third closely contesting: Victoria Gulliksen and Fergie finished on 38.376 for second, while Jordan Coyle and Centriko Volo galloped to third with 38.518. The course, designed by Mauricio Garcia, included a number of in-and-outs (double vertical, vertical-oxer, and oxer-verticals) to bending lines, long gallops to some of the larger oxers, and a jump off that tempted with the option for very tight turns and dramatic gallops between fences that made excellent use of Black Watch’s beautiful grass fields.

“This was my first time showing at The Ridge Turf Tour and I had a wonderful experience,” said Savard. “The staff was so welcoming and made everything so easy. The course was technical enough but very inviting for less experienced horses and riders. My mare Bogota was fantastic! The footing on the grass felt great; I felt comfortable to let her out and make the inside turns. She is naturally fast and careful, so I just try to stay out of her way. I’m very excited to go back on Friday to jump again.”

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Kenny and GK Casper Ghost the Turf Tour Competition

Darragh Kenny and GK Casper.

Wellington, FL (March 16, 2021) – Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and GK Casper “ghosted” the competition during Turf Tour 9 at Polo West, adding to his already impressive tally of 2021 wins on the circuit. Once again topping the weekly $15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix, Kenny and Casper topped a field of thirty over a course designed by Leopoldo Palacios.

Kenny and GK Casper once again closed out the class with an exceptionally quick double clear effort, opting to take a tight turn after the one stride instead of going around the triple combination. A master of the seemingly effortless yet ambitiously navigated jump-off, Kenny’s latest victorious ride logged a time of 35.943 seconds.

GK Casper’s stablemate, Billy Manjaro, galloped to second on 37.190 with Kevin Mealiff in the irons. With only a few tenths of second separation, third place went to Kent Farrington and Caprice with 37.363.

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Riley Mackillop and Ha’czelle JSF Top $3,000 1.30m Rising Star Classic

Riley Mackillop and Ha’czelle JSF.

Wellington, FL (March 12, 2021) – Australia’s Riley Mackillop rode a blazing double clear effort on Wednesday, piloting Ha’czelle JSF (Balta’czar x Melody Van Sint Marteen) to victory in The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour 10’s $3,000 1.30m Rising Star Classic. Mackillop and Hazel are known for their fleetness of hoof, having also won the $3,000 1.30m Speed Stake at the end of February.

Mackillop and the fleet Ha’czelle JSF owned by Glen Lake Farm put in a brilliant jump-off over the course designed by Leopoldo Palacios. Making excellent use of the beautiful grass fields, Mackillop guided Ha’czelle JSF through a number of tight turns and long gallops in the jump off to finish on 35.626, overtaking the current leader Ireland’s Jordan Coyle and Lisaniska Cool Quality (36.098). Coyle also rode Centriko Volo to third, finishing in 36.783.

“Hazel has been jumping really nicely and she has been really well suited to the courses [on the Turf Tour],” said Mackillop. “She loves jumping on the grass which makes the Turf Tour a great opportunity for us. Being able to come and jump around super courses on beautiful fields against top riders each week is really special.”

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McLain Ward and Catoki Conquer $37k Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m CSI5* at WEF 9

McLain Ward (USA) and Catoki © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 10, 2021 – On the opening day of week nine at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), McLain Ward (USA) and Catoki, owned by Marilla van Beuren, Bob Russell, and McLain Ward, galloped to the top spot in the $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m CSI5* on Wednesday, March 10, in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

Wednesday afternoon’s feature class had 56 combinations contest the 1.45m two-phase format designed by Alan Wade (IRL) which featured obstacles numbered one through 13. A total of 32 competitors produced double clear efforts, but as the 18th to go in the starting order, Ward did it quickest aboard the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Catoki x Cartello B, holding the lead to the end of the class to take the victory in 25.51 seconds.

“Alan Wade is my favorite course designer in the world so it’s always good to see him again,” said Ward. “The power and speed always sets up nicely for Catoki because he’s so quick. He’s got such good ground speed, which doesn’t allow for the bigger-strided horses to catch us over a longer course so it was a good track for us.”

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Jessica Springsteen Presented with M. Michael Meller Style Award

Jessica Springsteen and Don Juan Van De Donkhoeve after the CSIO4* $150,000 FEI Nations Cup.

Wellington, Fla. – Mar. 8, 2021 – Top athletes from around the world visit the Winter Equestrian Festival each year to represent their countries during the famed CSIO4* Nations Cup week. Jessica Springsteen, one of the United States’ top young athletes, was presented the M. Michael Meller Style Award in honor of Kate Nash Boone on Sunday, March 7 after her winning performance with the U.S. Show Jumping team during the $150,000 FEI Nations Cup CSIO4*.

The award is given to the international equestrian who exemplifies the best riding style and maintains a sportsmanlike composure while competing in the CSIO4* at WEF during Nations Cup week. Presented in memory of Kate Nash Boone, the award is a way to honor the memory of Boone’s support and love of ‘all things equestrian.’ This award was the first of the iconic M. Michael Meller Style Awards, and was created after Boone battled cancer so that Meller could continue to hear her voice each year. Meller, of MMM Horseman, awarded the trophy to Springsteen following Sunday’s grand prix competition.

Springsteen represented the United States during the Nations Cup competition and proved to be a strong anchor for the team after her clear effort during the second round. After being a dominant force in the equitation and jumper ring as a junior, Springsteen has risen through the international ranks to become one of the top athletes for the United States. She has represented her country in several Nations’ Cup finals and has become one of the most decorated riders in the sport.

“I am so honored to win this award. It means so much to me, and it has been such a great week competing here. This is just an end to a very great week, and I am so grateful. We had so much fun Friday night. It is always such an honor to represent your country, and I have never done the Nations Cup here before, so I was excited to be named to the team, and it was really just a great night.”

Meller commented, “I believe that Jessica is one of the world’s most talented young riders. She works incredibly hard and is extremely dedicated to the horses and the sport. Jessica takes the time to really develop a partnership with each of her horses. As the anchor of Friday night’s winning team, she helped lead an aspiring group of riders on their home turf. It’s an honor to present her with the award; she truly deserves it.”

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Murphy Pilots Denison Park Combat to the Win in $25k Beau Rivage Lucky 777s Grand Prix

Light Speed Equestrian’s Denison Park Combat and Brian Murphy of Berryville, Virginia had quite a Week III at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic and the exclamation point of the week was when they took home the win in the $25,000 Beau Rivage Lucky 777s Grand Prix!

Twenty-one horse and rider teams tackled the course designed by Jack Robson of Coronado, California on the world-class grass grand prix field and only six would return for the jump off round and the time allowed was set at 50 seconds.

“It was a great week for all of us from my barn,” commented Murphy. “We had four of the six horses to come back for the jump off round.”

When asked about the first round challenges, Murphy commented, “I thought it was a fair track because he [Robson] had too many clear in the Welcome so he had to make it a bit more difficult.

“The first round had the nicest line but you had to be careful. It was a five stride to the Fabbri jump but since it was only a 10’ rail, it was difficult and didn’t take much to bring it down,” said Murphy.

Murphy was the first to go in the jump off order in the irons of Light Speed Equestrian’s Hyperios HS. While their time of 39.880 seconds was well within the time allowed, a heartbreak rail at the last jump saw them with four faults. This was only the second Grand Prix for Murphy and Hyperios HS. Week II saw the pair second in the Week II $25,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, presented by Fazzio’s Home and Farm Center. “Hyperios really loves this field. I bought him as a six-year-old from my student Will Coleman and he was really an event horse before I got him. He’s now nine and although he had a late start as a show jumper, he’s doing great. I overthought that last jump in the jump off round and it cost me a rail which was totally my fault,” said Murphy.

Elizabeth Schumann of Ocala, Florida and Light Speed Equestrian’s Princeton were next in the order of go, but four jump faults in a time of 40.225 seconds, had them in second behind Murphy and Hyperios HS. “I’ve been coaching Lizzie [Schumann] for three years,” said Murphy. “She is an event rider and did her first Grand Prix here last year,” he said. “Princeton is the highest caliber of an event horse, but Lizzie has turned him into a show jumper,” he said.

Bree Garey of Houston, Texas and her own Carvelo Z followed in the jump off round, but a disobedience at the third fence and four time faults saw them finish in sixth overall in a time of 53.122 seconds.

Murphy returned to the jump off round, this time in the irons of Denison Park Combat. The pair turned in a fault-free round in a time of 36.820 seconds, setting the new time to beat and taking the lead.

“My plan was to do seven strides to the oxer, which was a double combination, but I chickened out and did it in eight,” Murphy said. “Robson used the whole field for the jump off round and you needed to run for the last jump and not make too many decisions. This time I didn’t overthink it,” he added.

Julie Cleveland Beam of Argyle, Texas and Anastasia Stewart’s Lancelot followed Murphy in the jump off order. The pair turned in a fault-free jump off round, but their time of 37.779 would not catch Murphy and Denison Park Combat.

Another student of Murphy’s, Collin Reynolds of Oxford, Pennsylvania and Chicco W, were the next team to return for the jump off round. Their fault-free round in a time of 43.083 seconds would see them finish in third overall, leaving Murphy and Denison Park Combat as victors and Beam and Lancelot in second. Reynolds has been training with Murphy for three years and actually bought Chicco W from him.

Murphy went on to win the fourth place ribbon with Hyperios HS and Schumann and Princeton placed fifth.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Loretta Patterson’s CHS Krooze were the fastest four fault round and took seventh place with their time of 76.368 seconds.

Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri and Helen Gilbert’s Emir D also earned four jump faults in their first round and their time of 77.315 seconds saw them finish in eighth overall. Hicks also picked up the tenth place ribbon with Helen Gilbert’s Clearwater 5 for their four fault first round in a time of 79.975 seconds.

Kaprio, owned by Highridge Farm, LLC and ridden by Danielle Grice of Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, also had four jump faults and their first round time of 78.160 seconds awarded them the ninth place ribbon.

Alexandra Ansteth of Spring, Texas earned both the eleventh and twelfth placings with August Pine Farm’s Mandras Van De Pannehoever and Zerro Leone, respectively.

“We’re taking a week off and then coming back again,” said Murphy. “I’m heading to Red Hills to coach event riders and then we’ll stop at our winter base in Ocala for a little bit,” he added. “We plan on coming back in a week.”

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