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‘Dream of a Speed Horse’ Scoops Blistering Derby Field Win in Week 11

Daniel Bluman and Esmee. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL — March 21, 2018 — Daniel Bluman believes he is riding “one of the fastest horses in the world” and he proved that he could just be right by chalking up the fastest time of the 117 starters in the $6,000 FEI Bainbridge 1.40m class on the opening day of week 11 on Wednesday, March 21, at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

Show jumpers once again crossed the road to Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival) to jump on the immaculate grass derby field.

Riding Sam Wight’s Esmee, a nine-year-old Berlin x Voltaire mare who is new to his team, Bluman flew around course designer Olaf Petersen Jr.’s track clear to break the beam in 63.45 seconds — nearly 1.5 seconds faster than any of the chasing pack.

Due to the number of starters, the class was subject to a California split, meaning that despite Leslie Howard (USA) and Donna Speciale only clocking the second fastest time, she too was the recipient of a blue sash and ribbon.

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Laura Chapot and Chandon Blue Conclude Week Ten with Win at 2018 WEF

Laura Chapot and Chandon Blue. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 18, 2018 – The tenth week of competition at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) concluded with a win for Laura Chapot (USA) and Chandon Blue in the $35,000 Hollow Creek 1.50m Classic CSI 3* on Sunday, March 18, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

The $35,000 Hollow Creek 1.50m Classic saw 53 entries contest the track set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), with 14 advancing to the shortened jump-off track. Over the short course, it was Chapot aboard Chandon Blue, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Chacco Blue x Landcapitol) owned by Mary Chapot, who turned in the winning time of 36.145 seconds.

Second place went to Hunter Holloway (USA) and VDL Bravo S, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding (Ephepe For Ever x Chellano Z) owned by Hays Investment Corp, with a time of 36.565 seconds. With American ladies taking all three of the top spots, it was Lillie Keenan who finished in third with a time of 38.647 seconds riding Concho, a ten-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Cassaro 5 x Acord II) owned by Chansonette Farm LLC.

Chapot acquired her winning mount, Chandon Blue, from Irish rider Cian O’Connor in December of 2017, and she has used the 2018 WEF season to get to know the gelding.

“We’ve just kind of been figuring out which buttons to press, and I think today we got them all together,” said Chapot. “He’s a really fast and careful horse. He goes in there and tries his heart out and wants to win. I like his energy.”

Emma Vandenhouten and Spiderman Top Rosenbaum PLLC Large Pony Hunters

The last day of week ten at the Winter Equestrian Festival featured an exciting win for Emma Vandenhouten and her own entry, Spiderman, who earned the championship in the Rosenbaum PLLC Large Pony Hunter division. The pair secured the title with a sixth on the flat and a first, first, and seventh over fences.

“This win means a lot to me,” said Vandenhouten. “I thank my family for always being so supportive.”

The junior rider first began her journey to the top with Spiderman in the Large Children’s Pony Hunter division over a year ago, and the duo has continued to progress.

When asked about her history with the 11-year-old Welsh Pony Cross, Vandenhouten said, “When we moved up to the [Large Pony Hunter division], it definitely took us a little bit to get going, but we have done well. I have been mainly focusing on keeping him straight in the lines and in-and-outs and not letting him swap. He jumps his heart out, and he loves his food!”

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Spencer Smith Is Only Clear to Win $132,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3*

Spencer Smith and Theodore Manciais. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 17, 2018 – As the only clear round of the night, 21-year-old Spencer Smith of Wellington, FL and Theodore Manciais, owned by Ashland Farms, won the $132,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, March 17. It was the highlight event of week 10 during the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

There were 44 entries in the feature event of the week, but only one of them was able to find the key to a clear round over the track by Pan American Games course designer Michel Vaillancourt of Canada.

Smith and Theodore Manciais, an 11-year-old Selle Français gelding by Kashmir van Schuttershof, went sixth in the order. They finished clear in 75.09 seconds, and Smith, who trains with Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze of Canada, watched as rail after rail fell for the following 38 riders.

With an early rail on course, Canadian legend and Olympic team silver medalist Ian Millar picked up the pace on course with Ariel Grange’s Dixson to finish second with four faults in 72.23 seconds.

Georgina Bloomberg (USA) and Manodie II H, owned by Gotham Enterprizes LLC, were also quick in 73.53 seconds with four faults to finish third. With their additional third place in Thursday’s Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup, Bloomberg was named the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider (in memory of Dale Lawler).

Taylor Harris Insurance Services Children’s Medal 14 & Under Goes to Kyla Sullivan and Ella Davison

Kyla Sullivan and Cleopatra, owned by Maggie McAlary, kicked off Saturday’s competition in ring six with a first round score of 85, the highest scoring first round of both sections of the Taylor Harris Insurance Services Children’s Medal 14 & Under. The class underwent a California split, and all 39 entries were run and tested together. Sullivan shared the blue with Ella Davison aboard California, owned by Meghan McDonald, who captured first place in section B with a first round score of 83.

Both returned to the ring for their second round as two of eight total competitors – the top four from each section – to test for the blue ribbon, and prevailed.

Second place in section A went to Gigi Moynihan and Golden Dream, an entry of Christy Moynihan, and third went to Alexandra Kozel aboard Stallone.

Section B’s red ribbon went to Zayna Rizvi and Azlan, owned by Peacock Ridge, LLC, and Vincent Desiderio took third aboard Memphis, owned by Tranquility Farm.

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Eric Lamaze Captures WEF Challenge Cup Round 10 Win with Chesney

Eric Lamaze and Chesney. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 15, 2018 – Canadian Olympic champion Eric Lamaze claimed his third WEF Challenge Cup win of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) season on Thursday, March 15, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The now 28-time winner of the class earned victory in the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 10 with Chesney, owned by Artisan Farms LLC.

From a field of 85 entries in the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 10, nine advanced to jump off over the track set by 2015 Pan American Games course designer Michel Vaillancourt (CAN). Lamaze and Chesney, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding by Indoctro x Kannan, tripped the jump-off timers in an unbeatable 36.59 seconds to take the win.

Second place with a time of 37.07 seconds was the USA’s Amber Harte riding Austria 2, owned by Take the High Road LLC. Rounding out the top three was Georgina Bloomberg (USA) aboard Manodie II H, owned by Gotham Enterprizes LLC, who finished on a time of 37.50 seconds.

Tim Goguen Pilots Publisher to Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’ Championship

Tim Goguen got his week underway aboard Publisher, owned by Paula Polk Lillard, with a championship win in the Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’ division. The pair rose to the top with an 84, two 85s, and an outstanding 90 from the judges, which resulted in three firsts and a second over fences. The duo additionally took fourth place on the flat.

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Musa and Sharapova Imperio Egipicio Score a Two-Star Win

Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa and Sharapova Imperio Egipicio. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 10, 2018 – On the final day of week nine at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa (BRA) and Sharapova Imperio Egipicio, owned by Daniel Aguiar Morelli, won the $50,000 Rose Hill Farm Grand Prix CSI 2* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

There were 45 entries in Sunday’s grand prix, and 12 were clear for the jump-off. It was Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa and Sharapova Imperio Egipicio who posted the fastest of eight double clear rounds for the win in 37.01 seconds.

The top four were all inside one second from each other; Abigail McArdle (USA) and David McArdle’s Cade finished second in 37.40 seconds, Karrie Rufer (USA) and Morning Star Sporthorses’ Georgie d’Auvray EC were third in 37.74 seconds, and Johan Sebastian Gulliksen (NOR) rode Stall Gullik’s David Guetta to fourth place with a time of 37.92 seconds.

Tiffany Foster and Brighton Are Fastest in the $70,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic

Due to expected inclement weather, the format of the Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic was changed to a speed round on Sunday morning. Of the 41 entries in the class, eight were clear. The fastest of those was Tiffany Foster, who dominated the class in a time of 63.36 seconds for the win, almost five seconds faster than the rest of the field.

Second place went to Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) and Pembroke, owned by Starlight Farms LLC, who recorded a time of 68.24 seconds. Enrique Gonzalez (MEX) and Chacna finished third in 68.35 seconds.

Farah Rizvi and Jarinka Capture ASPCA Maclay Section A

Sunday’s equitation competition in ring nine began with a first-place finish by Farah Rizvi and her mount, Jarinka, an entry owned by Emma Callanan, in the ASPCA Maclay Section A presented by Solic Capital.

Maverick Helmer secured second place aboard his entry, Canterbury, and Sophia Pilla finished third aboard Poprocks, owned by Piccolino Farm LLC.

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Daniel Coyle and Cita Win $384k Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI 5* at WEF

Daniel Coyle and Cita. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 10, 2018 – Riding through a downpour, it was Daniel Coyle of Ireland riding Cita, owned by Ariel Grange & Lothlorien, who came out victorious in the $384,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, March 10, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

As the only double clear in the class, Daniel Coyle and Cita, a 12-year-old Holsteiner mare by Casall x Pik Ramiro, secured the victory in a time of 42.51 seconds.

Second place went to Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) on Chaganus, owned by Pessoa Stables. They had a rail in the double combination and finished in a time of 39.59 seconds.

Riding Mario Onate’s Coleman, Rodrigo Lambre (BRA) finished third with four faults on a time of 41.62 seconds.

Jennifer Bliss Goes One-Two in Open Hunter Derby

Jennifer Bliss of Loxahatchee, FL continued her derby field success by repeating her 2017 victory in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Open, presented by Equiline. Last year, she took the victory on Sugarman. This year, she led the victory gallop on Game Face, a nine-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Harris Hill Farm LLC. She also placed second on Poker Face, also owned by Harris Hill Farm LLC.

Meredith Lipke and For Love Win Junior/Amateur Derby

Meredith Lipke of Weston, MA rode For Love to the win in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby for Junior/Amateurs, presented by Equiline.

Lipke and For Love scored 85 and 86, plus picked up four bonus points in each round, for a winning total of 179. Second place went to Kianna Luscher and Carissima W, owned by Northeast Equi-Wave Therapy, LLC. They received scores of 83 and 85, plus three and two bonus points in successive rounds, for a 173 total. Samantha Karp and her own Zentina B scored 81 and 82 with four bonus points in each round for third place on a score of 171.

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McLain Ward and Bellefleur Are Best Again in $35k Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI5*

McLain Ward and Bellefleur PS Z. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 9, 2018 – McLain Ward and Bellefleur PS Z topped the $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI 5* on Friday, March 9, during week nine of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), marking the reigning FEI World Cup champion’s second CSI5* victory in as many days at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

Fresh off a win in Thursday’s $132,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge CSI5* aboard Hija van Strokapelleken, owned by Evergate Stables LLC, Ward (USA) returned to the International Arena at PBIEC to take the win aboard another gray mare, Bellefleur PS Z, a nine-year-old Zangersheide owned by Susan Heller and Ward’s daughter, Lilly Ward.

When Ward entered the ring in the 54-entry speed class, Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and her mount Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili, owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five, had set a quick time to beat of 56.19 seconds over the Alan Wade-designed course.

“I didn’t think Kristen was actually beatable to be honest. She has a much bigger stride on that horse than I have on mine,” said Ward, who was ultimately able to shave more than a second off of Vanderveen’s time, finishing on 54.80 seconds.

Yuri Mansur and Babylotte Win $35,000 Rose Hill Farm 1.45m Classic CSI 2*

Brazil’s Yuri Mansur and Babylotte topped 82 additional entries to win the $35,000 Rose Hill Farm 1.45m Classic CSI2* on Friday, March 9.

Mansur and the 12-year-old KWPN mare owned by Mansur and Euro Stables tripped the jump-off timers in 35.11 seconds to take the victory over fellow Brazilian Pedro Muylaert who finished in 36.05 seconds riding C’est Dorijke, owned by Ricardo Facchini. Third place with a time of 36.33 seconds went to the USA’s Hunter Holloway riding Eastern Jam for owner Hays Investment Corp.

Riley McKesson Captures $5,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Victory

Ten-year-old Riley McKesson of Wellington, FL triumphed in the $5,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby riding Rollingwoods Stickler, owned by Annakate Long.

McKesson and Rollingwoods Stickler scored an 87 in the first round – the highest score of the class – and added an 82 in the second round to come away with a total score of 169 and the win. Kat Fuqua and her own Finesse RF scored 84 and 83 for a 167 total for second place. Third place went to Olivia Markman and her own Glynhafan Red Kestral, who had a 156.50 total.

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McLain Ward Goes Three for Three in Five-Star Equinimity WEF Challenge Cups

McLain Ward and Hija van Strokapelleken. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 8, 2018 – There have been three CSI 5* $132,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cups at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), and 2017 FEI World Cup Finals winner McLain Ward has led the victory gallop at each one. He repeated his WEF 7 win on Thursday, March 8, with Evergate Stable LLC’s Hija van Strokapelleken at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

Going second to last in the jump-off, Ward and Hija van Strokapelleken, an 11-year-old BWP mare by Calido I x Azur de Paulstra, sped through the track using the mare’s giant stride. Ward planned to do seven strides down the last line, but he had to make a last-minute adjustment to the final fence. They were still able to record the fastest time in the class with a clear round in 39.37 seconds. This was the pair’s second WEF Challenge Cup win this season; Ward also won the class during WEF 5 with HH Azur.

Second place went to the early leaders in the jump-off, Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Chaqui Z, who went first and stopped the timers in 40.48 seconds. The WEF 7 five-star grand prix winners, Danielle Goldstein (ISR) and Lizziemary, owned by The Golden Group and Danielle Goldstein, were third in 40.68 seconds.

Rob Carey Pilots First Watch to Perfect Products USHJA Hunter 3’ Championship

Thursday’s competition featured an impressive championship win by Rob Carey, of Bolton, ON, Canada, and First Watch, owned by Barbara Mitchell, in the Perfect Products USHJA Hunter 3’ division. The pair mastered the course set in ring 11 and prevailed with three firsts and a third over fences, with a second in the under saddle.

“He is the nicest hunter I have ever ridden,” said Carey. “Everything about him is absolutely fantastic.”

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Daniel Coyle Scores a Victory at 2018 WEF

Daniel Coyle and Tienna. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 7, 2018 – The ninth week of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) began on Wednesday, March 7, with an FEI ranking class victory for Daniel Coyle of Ireland.

In the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Jumpers CSI 5*, Daniel Coyle, 23, and Tienna, a ten-year-old Canadian Sport Horse mare by For Pleasure x Polydox owned by Ariel Grange, were fastest for victory. They completed the power and speed format course, designed by Ireland’s Alan Wade, who will also course design for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon this September.

Coyle and Tienna finished the second half of the course in 28.50 seconds for victory. They just pipped Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Cyklon 1083, owned by Spy Coast Farm LLC, who had the previous leading time of 28.70 seconds. Close behind was Santiago Lambre (MEX), who rode his own Doloris to third place in 29.04 seconds and was fourth on Integrated Services Florida LLC’s D’Artagnan in 29.52 seconds.

Barazi Wins for Jordan

Victory in the $8,000 Rose Hill Farm 1.40m CSI 2* went to Ibrahim Barazi of Jordan, who not only is the first rider from Jordan to win in the FEI division at the Winter Equestrian Festival, but also scored his first FEI victory in just his fourth FEI competition. He rode Omnia Incipit, a 10-year-old mare owned by IB Stable, to the win in a time of 37.15 seconds.

Second place went to Georgina Bloomberg (USA) on Paola 233, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, in 35.38 seconds. Willie Tynan (IRL) and Red Barn Farm LLC’s KEC City Limits were third in 36.43 seconds.

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Beezie Madden and Breitling LS Shine Brightest in $205,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix

Beezie Madden and Breitling LS. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 4, 2018 – Closing out the CSIO4* week of competition on Sunday, March 4, at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) was the $205,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix, presented by Lugano Diamonds, with a win for Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden and Breitling LS, owned by Abigail Wexner, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

Out of 45 entries in the grand prix and 11 who advanced to the jump-off, it was fan favorite Madden who rose to the top of the $205,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix, presented by Lugano Diamonds. Madden rode Breitling LS, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion by Quintero x Accord II, in a brilliant jump-off ride to win with a time of 40.49 seconds.

Second place went to Richie Moloney (IRL) and Carrabis Z, owned by Equinimity LLC, in a time of 43.16 seconds. They went last in the jump-off and Moloney had seen Madden’s round before him.

Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) and Cristalline, riding out of the unenviable first position in the class, rode a solid clear round in 43.86 seconds for third place. Fourth place went to the only other double clear, Lisa Carlsen (CAN) and her own Parette.

Ryan Moloney Wins Children’s Hunter Older Championship

Ryan Moloney of Georgetown, KY rode Vogue to the Children’s Hunter Older division championship, sponsored by Palm Beach International Academy, after earning two first place finishes over fences and a win under saddle during week eight of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

“She’s one of the most incredible horses that I’ve ever ridden,” said Moloney, 16, of Vogue, the ten-year-old grey Swedish Warmblood mare owned by his mother, Karen Bailey. “She is just a rockstar. She has a big personality, and she loves to let you know that she’s there. I love her so much, and you can feel that it’s such a good partnership. She just really helps you out.”

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