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A Change in Venue Works in Erynn Ballard’s Favor in $6k Bainbridge 1.40m at WEF

Erynn Ballard and Ceitasi. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL — March 20, 2019 — The penultimate week of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) got off to a wet start on the morning of Wednesday, March 20, when Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Ilan Ferder’s Ceitasi took the win in the $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m class. Out of an original field of over 100 horse-and-rider combinations, only 86 entries elected to contest Olaf Petersen Jr.’s (GER) course after significant weather issues forced the class to be moved to the Global International Ring at Equestrian Village.

The Wednesday class at WEF was held in a one-round speed format due to the large volume of entries and 17 of the 86 came home fault-free. Tiffany Foster of Canada took the early lead aboard Artisan Farms, LLC’s Galino when she put in the first clear round with a time of 71.23 seconds; she ultimately ended in 14th place at the class’s completion. Harrie Smolders (NED) also went early in the class and shaved nine seconds off of Foster’s time to end on 62.598 seconds with Copernicus Stables, LLC’s 11-year-old KWPN mare (Oklund x Orrada), Corrada. The performance held strong and the pair finished in third place overall. Only several trips after Smolders, Chris Pratt (CAN) laid down a time of 62.49 seconds with Caron Stucky’s 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Larino x Paguera), Luigi, which was good enough to earn the second place finish.

Ballard was the first to return after the drag break with her second mount of the day, the nine-year-old Westphalian mare (Caratello B x Ceitas), Ceitasi, and crossed the timers in 58.55 seconds. After shaving four seconds off of the previous top time, it was clear the new combination was unbeatable.

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Diego Perez Bilbao Victorious in $36,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI 3*

Diego Perez Bilbao and Helios. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – The tenth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) came to an end with a win for Spain’s Diego Perez Bilbao in the $36,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI 3* riding Helios.

Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) set the track for the $36,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI 3* and saw 13 horses advance to the jump-off from a starting field of 63. Bilbao took the win with a double-clear performance in 34.79 seconds, a full second faster than USA’s Katherine Dinan riding Tarioso Mancais for Grant Road Partners, LLC.

“He has all the talent in the world: super careful, so easy to ride, and really balanced. He could be a superstar,” said Perez Bilbao of Helios, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Couleur-Rubin x Grandeur) he owns in partnership with Adrienne Sternlicht’s Starlight Farms, LLC. “Sometimes his mind is not one of a fighter, but today after the second fence I knew he was fighting for me and we could take some risks.”

Alexa Elle Lignelli and Cassie Warren Split Children’s Hunter Younger Champion Title

On the final day of WEF Week 10, 31 young horse-and-rider combinations contested the course set in the FarmVet ring for the Children’s Hunter Younger division. Due to the high volume of entries, the division was divided into a California Split format, which allowed two young riders to be named champion and two more reserve. The first champion title was awarded to Cassie Warren and the second tricolor ribbon was given to Alexa Elle Lignelli.

Warren and Whipstick Farm, Ltd’s Capo Di Capi took top-three placings in four out of the five division classes to land on a total of 30 points for the section A champion ribbon.

Lignelli piloted the Piccolino Farm, LLC’s Pop Rocks to a first, a second, and two third places which secured them the second-highest total of 24 points.

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Derbyshire and Roulette BH Top All-Female Jump-Off in Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3*

Amanda Derbyshire and Roulette BH. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 16, 2019 – The highlight event for week 10 of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) was the $134,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, March 16, and coming away with the victory was Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) riding Roulette BH for Gochman Sport Horses LLC.

There were 45 entries in the grand prix, all competing over a course designed by Michel Vaillancourt of Canada. Of those entries, four found the path to a clear round and the jump-off.

In a fitting finish during Women’s History Month, four ladies were competing for the top spot in the grand prix.

Jordan Allen and Chevito Rock the Bruno Delgrange 16-17 Large Junior Hunter 3’6” Division

Some of the best junior hunter riders took to the Rost Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on March 16 to see who would be named champion of the Bruno Delgrange Large Junior Hunter 16-17 3’6” division during Week 10. Hot off the heels of her major success during WCHR Hunter Week, Jordan Allen of West Bloomfield, MI piloted Chevito to the champion title on a total of 28.00 points.

Allen and the Rock Ridge Farms’ nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Chepetto x Vita Vi) have only been paired since Week 7 of WEF, but the two have already hit their stride under the tutelage of Ashland Farms and Brady Mitchell.

“He’s always so reliable and well-behaved, so I’m very lucky to be able to ride him,” Allen commented.

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Santiago Lambre Speeds to $36,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI 3* Win at WEF

Santiago Lambre and Charatinus. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 15, 2019 – Santiago Lambre and Charatinus outpaced a field of 70 entries to win the $36,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI 3* on Friday, March 15, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

Speed was the name of the game for competitors contesting Michel Vaillancourt’s (CAN) course in Friday’s one-round $36,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI 3*. Brazil’s Rodrigo Lambre set a quick time to beat from the get-go, stopping the clock in a clear 60.64 seconds aboard Chapilot as the fourth entry in the class. It was not until 19 trips later that Rodrigo Lambre’s time was toppled by fellow Brazilian Fabio Leivas da Costa who set the new leading time at 59.35 seconds aboard Randon Pleasure.

Vivian Yowan and Ransom Take Champion in the Adult Amateur Hunter Younger (Sec. A)

After winning four out of the five classes making up the Adult Amateur Hunter Younger (Sec. A) division, Vivian Yowan and Ransom shot straight to the top of the leaderboard to win the tricolor ribbon with an impressive 40.00 points. The division spanned five classes over the course of Thursday and Friday during Week 10 of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival.

Reserve in the division went to First Blue LLC’s Blue Empire and Meghan Knapic who finished on a total of 18.00 points. She and the six-year-old Warmblood gelding (Quaprice Du Bois Margot x Evita) landed top-five placings in four of the five classes with one first, one third, and two fourths to take home the reserve champion ribbon.

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Laura Chapot and Chandon Blue Win $36k WEF Challenge Cup Round 10 CSI 3*

Laura Chapot and Chandon Blue. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 14, 2019 – Laura Chapot (USA) rode Chandon Blue to the win in the $36,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 10 CSI 3* on Thursday, March 14, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

Thursday’s featured Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup competition saw 85 entries contest the first-round track set by Canada’s Michel Vaillancourt before the field was narrowed to 19 horse and riders qualified to return for the jump-off. Of the 19 jump-off qualifiers, six elected to save their horses for another day, having already secured their places in Saturday’s $134,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* based on their clear first round results.

Greg Crolick and Corallo Z Swoop Antares High Performance Working Hunter

Three top High Performance Working Hunter combinations kicked off competition in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Field on Thursday during Week 10 of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival. Greg Crolick, Tiffany Hammack, and Chaz Harpman all returned with their mounts to contest for champion in the Antares High Performance Working Hunter division. Finishing on a win in four out of the five division classes, Greg Crolick of Clarkston, MI took home the tricolor ribbon aboard Renaud Farm’s Corallo Z.

Crolick and the 10-year-old Warmblood gelding put in impressive performances to win both the handy round with a score of 81 points and the stake class on 83 points.

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Daniel Coyle Wins $36,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m

Daniel Coyle and Tienna. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 13, 2019 – Daniel Coyle of Ireland christened Week 10 of the Winter Equestrian Festival with a victory in the $36,000 Douglas Elliman CSI 3* 1.45m on Wednesday, March 13.

On the opening day of the three-star week, Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) designed a two-round course for 53 starters. Coyle, 24, contested the track with only six to compete behind him. He stopped the timers at 27.98 seconds riding Tienna, an 11-year-old Canadian Sport Horse mare owned and bred by Ariel Grange’s Lothlorien Farm based in Cheltenham, Ontario. The time was good enough to bump Eduardo Menezes (BRA) to second aboard H5 Uchingo, owned by H5 Sport Horses, after they held the lead for the majority of the class on a time of 28.37 seconds.

“For me, Tienna has always been special; she’s probably the most talented horse I have ever ridden,” said Coyle. “It usually takes me the whole WEF circuit to get her built up, which may be frustrating to some people but in the end she could win the biggest class in the world, so taking the first eight weeks of the year to get her on my side is worth it.”

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Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z Win $391k Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI 5*

Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 9, 2019 – The highlight event of week 9 at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival, the $391,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI 5*, hosted the highest level of competition at the circuit, and it was Daniel Bluman (ISR) who rode to the win on Ladriano Z, owned by Over the Top Stables LLC.

Out of 39 entries in the opening round competing over a course designed by Alan Wade of Ireland, five found the key to a clear round and advanced to the jump-off.

Havens Schatt and Sofia Roberts Dominate the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Classic

The Derby Field at Equestrian Village once again hosted a variety of hunter fences on the morning of Saturday, March 9, during the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival. Seventy top hunter horse-and-rider combinations contested Andy Christiansen Jr.’s first course for the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Classic. Riders were split into the professional category, where Havens Schatt took the lead, and the junior/amateur category, won by Sofia Roberts.

Hunter veterans Sissy Wickes and Tucker Ericson made up the judges’ panel to determine which riders would have scores high enough to return for the handy portion. When all trips were completed, a total of 24 entries made up of 12 junior/amateur combinations and 12 professional combinations were asked to return for the second round.

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Cecelia Perry and Pokerface Lead in the $5,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby

Cecelia Perry and Pokerface. Photo © Sportfot.

Fifty-three young riders on perfectly-braided ponies ventured to the Derby Field at Equestrian Village on Friday, March 8, for the $5,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, presented by NickerDoodles. The class was part of several highlight national hunter events during Week 9 of the 2019 WEF. Of the 53 combinations, 18 entries consisted of large ponies, 22 were mediums, and another 13 were in the small pony category. When all rounds were completed, Cecelia Perry and Pokerface led the round of honor with the top score of 167.00 total points.

After a first-round cut-off score of 76.00 points, the top 14 ponies were combined from all three sections and invited to jog to determine who would return for round two.

Of the 14 to jog, 12 pairs were asked to learn Danny Moore’s handy course which consisted of a trot fence and several rollbacks where riders could display their ponies’ handiness.

Lambre and Chapilot Come Back for Five-Star Win

For the second day in a row, the Brazilian national anthem played and the flag was raised at WEF. While Eduardo Menezes captured Thursday’s five-star win, it was his countryman Rodrigo Lambre who sped to victory on Friday. Lambre and Chapilot, owned by Mario Onate, topped a field of 55 competitors in the speed format of the $36,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI 5*.

There were 15 clear rounds in the class, all competing over a course designed by Alan Wade of Ireland. The early leader, going third in the order, was Carlos Hank Guerreiro (MEX) riding H5 Stables’s H5 Market Irminka. They were quick in 60.90 seconds, which would hold up for 12 rounds until Lambre entered the ring and brought the winning time down to 60.34 seconds. Third place went to another early ride (sixth in the order), Daniel Bluman (ISR) riding Over the Top Stables LLC’s Entano, who stopped the timers in 62.42 seconds.

Laura Chapot and Chandon Blue Top $36,000 Griffis Residential 1.45m Classic CSI 2*

While Laura Chapot always has a shot at winning when it comes to speed, she had an even bigger advantage when she and Mary Chapot’s Chandon Blue returned as the final pair for the jump-off in the $36,000 Griffis Residential 1.45m Classic CSI 2*. They sped around the shortened course to take the win in a time of 35.37 seconds, two seconds faster than second place finishers Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Hillside Farm Inc.’s Farrero, who went first in the jump-off and almost had the wire-to-wire win.

“It’s always nice to be last in the jump-off,” said Chapot. “The main question in my mind was whether there were eight strides to the last jump and after a few went, it seemed like that was a possibility if you got the right fence in. I know my horse is naturally very fast, so I don’t want to get too caught up in the numbers around the turn and just try to ride it as smoothly as possible. I caught a really good one coming to that last line so the eight was even just nice and easy for him.”

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Eduardo Menezes and H5 Quintol Capture $134k Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 9

Eduardo Menezes and H5 Quintol. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 7, 2019 – Victory in the highlight class on Thursday, March 7, went to Eduardo Menezes (BRA) and H5 Quintol, owned by H5 Stables, in the $134,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

There were 52 entries in Thursday’s class, with seven going clear and advancing to the jump-off. First into the ring were Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Stone Hill Farm’s Fleur de l’Aube. They finished clear in 37.15 seconds for third place.

The time was lowered with the next rider in the ring, Kevin Babington (IRL), on Shorapur, owned by Shorapur LLC. They were just under Springsteen’s time in 37.10 seconds, which would hold up for second place.

Menezes and H5 Quintol were third into the jump-off and set the time to beat at 36.66 seconds, which would not be bested by the remaining four riders.

Jacob Pope and Bourbon Street Ride to Champion in the Equitan Performance Hunter 3’6” Division

Athletes taking part in the Equitan Performance Hunter 3’6” division returned to the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Field on Thursday, March 7, to determine the champion and reserve of Week 9. Jacob Pope of Columbia, MD bested a field of 28 horse-and-rider combinations to take the lead on Kathryn Brown’s Bourbon Street with a total of 28 points.

The two have been teammates for several years with trainer Heather Irvine who has had Bourbon Street under her tutelage since he was roughly five years old. While the nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding was not Pope’s only ride in the division, he says he is by far one of his favorites.

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McLain Ward and Tradition De La Roque Win $36k Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m

McLain Ward and Tradition De La Roque. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL — March 6, 2019 — The ninth week of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) started off competition in the International Arena on Wednesday, March 6, with the $36,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m class which saw victory for McLain Ward (USA) on Tradition de la Roque.

Week 9 of WEF will host a variety of two-star and five-star events all leading up to Saturday night’s $391,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI 5*.

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.