The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival Awards Circuit Championships

The overall L&L series winner, Alissa Kinsey, and Jack Mitich, Director of Equestrian Sales & Services for World Development Group, title sponsor of the Series in 2012. Photo credit: Anne Gittins Photography

Wellington, FL – April 9, 2012 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) is proud to congratulate all of the Circuit Champions for the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. The 2012 circuit spanned twelve weeks, running January 11 through April 1, 2012, and awarded more than $6 million in prize money.

The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival Circuit Champion Awards were presented to the top finishers in every division, based on prize money and points won.

The leading jumper winners from 2010 and 2011 once again continued their success in 2012. The Chapot family, of Neshanic Station, NJ, took home four circuit championships as well as two reserve championships. The Chapot’s horses Bradberry, Valentia, Star Quest, and Zealous all earned division championships with Laura Chapot in the irons, along with reserve wins for Umberto and Chado Farm’s Face Value. Mary Chapot was named the Oakcroft Overall Jumper Owner, Frank Chapot the Oakcroft Overall Jumper Trainer, and Laura Chapot the Oakcroft Overall Jumper Rider.

Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, was awarded the Pin Oak Farm Perpetual Trophy as the high score junior jumper rider. Colvin earned the Griffis Group High Junior Jumper circuit championship aboard Waminka, owned by Rivers Edge. She also dominated the Reist Industries Medium Junior Jumpers, earning the championship with Snappy, owned by Katherine Arliss, and the reserve honors with Clever and Smart 5, owned by Rivers Edge.

Murray Kessler, of Armonk, NY, was awarded the Howard A. Newman Perpetual Memorial Trophy for his fourth straight circuit championship in the Masters Jumper division. Kessler and his long time partner All That had another great season and earned multiple championship ribbons throughout the 12-week circuit.

Becky Gochman, of New York, NY was named the Oakcroft Overall Hunter Owner for the season. Gochman earned the circuit championship in the Elite Shavings Amateur-Owner 36 & Over division riding Sambalino and also took home the circuit championship in the Farm Vet Amateur-Owner 3’3′ 36 & Over division riding World Time. Scott Stewart rode Gochman’s horse Enjoy to the reserve championship in The Sanctuary First Year Green Working Hunters.

Stewart, of Flemington, NJ, was named the Oakcroft Overall Hunter Trainer for the circuit, coaching Gochman to her wins, training Adult Amateur 51 and Over circuit champion Glen Senk to wins aboard his horses Declaration and Blessed, and helping Victoria Colvin to her numerous hunter championships. Colvin earned the circuit championship in The Sanctuary Second Year Green Working Hunters aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s Listen, dominated the Marley Goodman Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under division with Parker’s Ovation and Stewart’s Passionate, and also topped the Antares Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under division with Parker’s Way Cool.

Kelley Farmer, of Keswick, VA, was the Oakcroft Overall Hunter Rider for the 2012 season with four circuit championships. Farmer rode Nancy Amling’s Taken to the Jay Matters Memorial Trophy as the circuit champion in the High Performance Working Hunter division. She won the championships in The Sanctuary First Year Green Working Hunter and Green Conformation Hunter divisions aboard Voice of Reason, owned by David Glefke & Mr/Mrs. Kenneth Garber. Farmer also rode Jane Gaston’s Clearly and Jessica Stitt’s Vox to championship and reserve honors in the Regular Conformation Hunters.

Young rider Daisy Farish of Versailles, KY, was the Oakcroft Overall Pony Hunter Rider for the season. Farish rode Cleverist to the reserve championship in the Visse Wedell Medium Pony Hunters and guided Soprano, owned by Kathy Kunsman, to the reserve championship in the Medium Green Pony Hunters.

The Christy Conard Perpetual Trophy for Equestrian Excellence went to Catherine Tyree, of Barrington Hills, IL.

Cristallo, owned by Show Jumping Syndications International and ridden by Richard Spooner, was awarded the Simba Run Perpetual Trophy, which is given to the owner of the open jumper who has earned the most prize money in classes of 1.45m or more. Cristallo’s groom, Antonio Camarena, was presented with the Oliver O’Toole Perpetual Trophy.

Alissa Kinsey was the overall Lunch & Learn Series winner. Kinsey was able to choose from a Saddle from Custom Saddlery or two European stall fronts from World Development Group. She was presented her award by Jack Mitich, Director of Equestrian Sales & Services for World Development Group, title sponsor of the Series in 2012.

The team at Equestrian Sport Productions would like to give a warm thank you to all who participated throughout the 2012 season, and look forward to seeing everyone again in 2013.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 11 through April 1. The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $6 million in prize money will be awarded.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 23 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.4 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2010. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

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