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Farrington Fantastic in Turf Tour 2021 Finale

Kent Farrington and Kaprice.

Wellington, FL (March 3, 2021) – USA’s Kent Farrington proved once again that he is the cream of the crop, besting a field of top horses and riders to win the final $15,000 Turf Tour Grand Prix of 2021. A modern master of the jump-off, Farrington and the sporty 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare Kaprice (Echo Van T Spieveld x Electra Van T Roosakker) blazed across the green grass of Polo West to beat out rounds by USA’s Ashlee Bond, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny, Germany’s Wilhelm Genn, and other international Grand Prix riders to win the day on the Turf Tour.

Farrington and Kaprice were regular winners on the 2021 Turf Tour, taking blues in the weekly $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Classics and $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix multiple times. The exceptionally speedy Kaprice made quick work of the first round, and then flew around the jump-off late in the class to finish on 37.298 seconds, edging out the previous leaders, Darragh Kenny and GK Casper, by almost 2 seconds. Kenny and Casper, who have won the most Turf Tour classes of any combination this season, jumped off in 38.909 seconds. Third place went to the final ride of the day, Ryan Genn and VDL Genius T, in 40.424 seconds.

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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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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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Wilhelm Genn Jumps on Home Field Advantage to Win $3,000 1.30m Rising Star Classic

Wilhelm Genn and Van Gogh.

Wellington, FL (March 5, 2021) – World Cup Champion Wilhelm Genn of Germany jumped to victory on Wednesday aboard Van Gogh, capitalizing on a home field advantage to top The Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour 9 $3,000 1.30m Grand Prix. The storied Deutsch rider, along with his two sons and barn full of clients, are stabling for the 2021 Florida winter season at The Ridge’s home farm and the site of the 9th week of Turf Tour competition (March 3-5).

It was a Genn family affair in the Rising Star as Wilhelm’s son Ryan finishing second aboard VDL Gerinus T. Genn Sr. and Van Gogh jumped off in 45.773, while Genn Jr. finished on 46.752. England’s Jaime Marsh and My Jewel Magic Touch rounded out the top 3 with a time of 47.896.

A Letter from The Ridge Regarding Recent EHV-1 Cases in Florida

Dear Riders, Trainers, & Exhibitors,

We have seen the recent press release issued from World Equestrian Center regarding cases of Equine Herpes Virus in Europe and Ocala, and their Bio Security changes. Please note, while likely unintentional, they list The Ridge shows, which have nothing to do with WEC. That being said, The Ridge has had NO cases of EHV, and if anyone inferred that from the WEC press release, we hope this clarifies those points. In response to recent events, The Ridge has upped our bio-security measures, and is strictly enforcing “Safe Social Distancing” for both horses and humans, and will do everything in our power to keep our competitors safe.

Thank you for your support!

Nona Garson
Horse Show Manager
The Ridge at Wellington

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Ashlee Bond & Contefina LVF Begin New Turf Tour Grand Prix Winning Streak

Ashlee Bond and Contefina LVF.

Wellington, FL (March 1, 2021) – As the final February Turf Tour wrapped up on Friday at Polo West, the battle of the speed agents entered a new chapter, with California’s Ashlee Bond delivering her second consecutive win in the $15,000 1.40m Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour Grand Prix. Bond and an international group of some of the world’s best show jumpers have been vying for supremacy in the series. Last week at Black Watch Farm, Bond and Semilly SF won the 1.40m, edging out Darragh Kenny and ending his 3-week winning streak. During Turf Tour 8, Dutch Olympian Harrie Smolders, Egypt’s Nayel Nassar, Ireland’s Jordan Coyle, and the USA’s Kim Farlinger thew their hats into the arena, challenging Bond and Kenny and promising even more exciting competition on Wellington’s most unique show circuit.

A tight race in week 8’s Turf Tour Grand Prix saw less than a second separating the top three spots. Ashlee Bond and her homebred mare, Contefina LVF (Contefino 2 x Southern Girl) delivered some serious girl power to Friday’s Grand Prix, blazing around the course in 32.421 seconds. Harrie Smolders and Calina (CI CI Senjor Ask x Carmelicius) were less than a tenth of a second behind her, going double clear in 32.495. Jordan Coyle and Centriko Volo galloped to third on 32.620 seconds. Nayel Nassar, Kim Farlinger, and Darragh Kenny rounded out the top 6, all with fast, double clear efforts over the course designed by Catsy Cruz.

Friday morning’s $3,000 1.30m Speed Stake was won by another international show jumper, Australia’s Riley Mackillop and Ha’czelle JSF (a.k.a. Hazel). Another great option for riders on the Turf Tour, the Speed Stake hones valuable “against the clock” skills and offers a great way to win extra prize money each week. “Hazel has been jumping really nicely and she was really well suited to the course today [in the 1.30m Speed Stake],” 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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Kenny Rallies Back, Secures 2nd Consecutive $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Win

Darragh Kenny and GK Casper.

Wellington, FL (February 25, 2021) – Ireland’s Darragh Kenny once again delivered a winning performance during Wednesday’s The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour. Set this week on the expansive fields of Polo West, the Turf Tour has been a favorite of Kenny’s, where until last week he had a 3-for-3 winning streak in the Grand Prix. However, California’s Ashlee Bond snapped a 4th Grand Prix win from him last week at Black Watch Farm, but wasn’t fast enough on Wednesday to keep him from a 2nd $5,000 1.30m Rising Star victory. A new challenger and first time Turf Tour competitor, Dutch Olympian Harrie Smolders, also jumped to a decisive finish that foreshadows his ability to steal victory from Kenny and Bond.

A first double clear effort in the $5,000 1.30m Rising Star by Hartog-Jan and rider Vincent A. Bailleul set the time to beat at 45.679 seconds. That was eventually eclipsed by Jaqueline Colborne, who jumped Lotus Sobral da Costa to the lead in 40.890 seconds. Olympian Harrie Smolders and Calina then threw down the gauntlet, blazing around the 1.30m course in 39.363 seconds. Darragh and GK Casper followed, once again proving how quick and accurate they can be, jumping off in an impressive 38.026 seconds. Last week’s Grand Prix champion, Ashlee Bond, was intent on taking the title from Kenny once again. She had the time, 36.669, but a fateful rail at the final jump, a liverpool oxer, cost her and Contefina LVF the class. Kim Farlinger and Ibalius SMH breezed around the course in 40.555 seconds.

“It is really exciting to have some of the top riders in the sport vying for victory over our jumps at our show,” said Olympian Nona Garson, who co-founded The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour with George D’Ambrosio. “And what is really cool is while this battle of the titans plays out in ring one, we have amateurs, green horses, and juniors warming up over the same jumps and competing adjacent to them in Ring 2. This was our dream with the Turf Tour, to create a show for everyone that offers everything from FEI level Grand Prix action to a training ground for green horses and riders.”

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Bond Breaks Kenny’s Grand Prix Win Streak

Ashlee Bond and Semilly F (Norah McCutcheon Photography/Jaqueline Porcaro Photo Group)

Wellington, FL (February 21, 2021) – Ashlee Bond’s super speedy and scopey Semilly F (a.k.a. Squishy) ended a nearly four week long winning streak by Ireland’s Darragh Kenny on Friday at Black Watch Farm. Bond broke Kenny’s 3 consecutive Turf Tour Grand Prix winning streak, while the Irish rider took second and third place in the $15,000 1.40 class. Kenny has also won the past two $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Classics, and Bond is no stranger to victory on the Turf Tour herself, although this was her first win with the CDE (Copyright C x Brisa de Ibio) mare. Turf Tour 7’s competition wrapped up on Friday with nearly 53 entries in the day’s highlight Grand Prix, set on the stunning polo field at Black Watch Farm.

Brief showers punctuated brilliant sunshine and 80-degree temperatures. The spectacular footing and beautiful bougainvillea blooms were highlights of Black Watch’s spacious polo field, which was divided into two rings for the week’s competition. Bond and Semilly F put in a late in the day ride to overcome Kenny’s two top standings with Cicomein VDL and GK Casper. Semilly F raced around the course designed by Leopoldo Palacios to deliver a 33.008 jump-off time, nearly 2 seconds faster than Kenny’s time set earlier in the day. Kenny first jumped GK Casper (Canto 16 x Uleika) in the rain to a time of 37.034 seconds, only to be quickly overtaken by his Wednesday Rising Star Classic champion, Cicomein VDL (Chacco Blue x Pomein) on 35.226.

“I love how you can go to a show at a different location weekly, and compete in different arenas,” said Bond of her Turf Tour experience. “The beautiful and relaxed environment and multiple venue options is really important and beneficial to both horses and riders. It’s great for the horses’ minds, to ride with less pressure and in various locations. A training environment is not something you see often in a show, like you do in Europe, and it’s great to have such a series here in Wellington.”

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Kenny Kills It with Another Rising Star Win, Set to Go 4-for-4 in Turf Tour Grand Prix

Darragh Kenny and Cicomein VDL.

Wellington, FL (February 18, 2021) – With Black Watch Farm’s brilliant bougainvilleas in full bloom, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny once again proved himself a master in the $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Classic. Over a course designed by FEI and Olympic designer Leopoldo Palacios, Kenny’s effortless riding ascended him to the top of the class, beating out 67 horse and rider combinations. Usually scheduled for Wednesdays during Wellington’s winter equestrian season, February 17’s Rising Star was pushed to Thursday due to inclement weather, and the final day of Turf Tour 7 at Black Watch Farm will commence at 8am on Friday with classes from the .80-meters to a $3,000 1.30m Speed Stake to the highlight $15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix.

An early and fast double clear set by Lucy Matz and Bailey would lead the class most of the day, as the nearly 70 challengers raced through a number of tight rollbacks in the jump off in an attempt to beat their time of 38.468 seconds. The only rider to best them was Darragh Kenny aboard Cicomein VDL, gliding around both the first and second rounds to finish on 37.351 seconds in the jump-off. Olympian Peter Wylde and Royal Flush rounded out the top 3, jumping off in 38.352 seconds. Darragh remains poised to continue his domination of the Turf Tour 2021 circuit, having now put in back-to-back wins in the Rising Star Classic and with three consecutive wins in the Turf Tour Grand Prix going into Friday.

“The Turf Tour is a great place to bring the horses,” said Kenny. “Whether the horses are up and coming or one of my experienced older horses, it’s great for them to get out and see different rings. I think it’s a tremendous asset to have shows on the grass as the horses really like it and it freshens them up a bit seeing a different ring and the different weekly venues.”

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