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Patience Pays Off for Adam Prudent in $214k Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix CSI4*

Adam Prudent (USA) and Baloutinue © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – April 3, 2021 – As the final week of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continues, Saturday’s feature class led to an exciting finish for Adam Prudent (USA) and Baloutinue, owned by Plain Bay Farm, as they raced to a victory in the $214,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix CSI4* on Saturday, April 3, in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

A starting field of 42 horse-and-rider combinations set out over the 1.60m track designed by Olaf Petersen Jr. (GER) with eight pairs, representing four different nations, qualifying for the jump-off round.

First to return, Ioli Mytilineou (GRE) and Levis De Muze set the tone for the day with an impressive double-clear round making 40.20 seconds the time to beat. Multiple changes atop the leaderboard would continue from there as Canada’s Jim Ifko entered next guiding Un Diamant Des Forets, owned by Eventyre Farms Ltd, to a double-clear finish, besting the leading time in 36.54 seconds.

The next rider found a way to get the job done even faster as Prudent and the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Balou du Rouet x Landor S, produced a double-clear round in a blazing 35.28 seconds.

Greg Crolick and Chappy Stay on Top to Win $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Hunter riders entered the Derby Field at Equestrian Village one last time for the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Saturday of WEF 12. Twenty-seven of the top hunter horse-and-rider combinations entered the two-round class with the hopes of winning the top prize. In the end, Greg Crolick and Carole Chase’s Chappy produced two flawless rounds to earn a total score of 374.5 and take home the blue ribbon.

Havens Schatt, of Georgetown, KY, and Ken and Amy Wexler LLC’s Cascartini finished with a second place ribbon in the class and a total score of 371.5. Third place was awarded to Elizabeth Towell Boyd, of Camden, SC, and Rebekah Warren’s Cassico with an overall score of 370.

Riders were asked to navigate a classic round course, designed by Ken Krome, consisting of 13 fences and offering four high options. After completing the first round, the top 12 combinations returned for the handy course to impress the judges one last time. The 10-fence handy round included a trot jump to a two-stride line and four high option fences.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Splendid Finish for Shane Sweetnam in $73k CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic Series Final

Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Indra Van De Oude Heihoef © Sportfot.

Kenny Wins Overall Title

Wellington, FL – April 2, 2021 – A busy Friday afternoon at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) was highlighted by a victory for Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Indra Van De Oude Heihoef owned by The Blue Buckle Group, in the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic Series Final on Friday, April 2, in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

The series final began over a 1.50m opening round track set by Olaf Petersen Jr. (GER) featuring 16 jumping efforts for the 33 competitors who qualified for Friday’s competition. From there, 13 horse-and-rider combinations representing five different nations put forth clear efforts to punch their ticket into the jump-off.

First to return for the second round, Erynn Ballard (CAN) piloted Gakhir, owned by Ilan Ferder and Esperanza Imports, LLC, to a clear effort in 40.60 seconds, setting the pace for the remainder of the field. Next to go, Tiffany Foster (CAN) and Brighton, owned by Artisan Farms, LLC, had an unlucky rail at the final fence on course. With the following combination, there was a change atop the leaderboard as Jessica Springsteen (USA) and RMF Zecilie, owned by Rushy Marsh Farm, jumped a clear round in 39.04 seconds.

The overall CaptiveOne Advisors Jumper Series leader was caught by the final jump as Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Scarlett Du Sart Z, owned by Vlock Show Stables, LLC, landed on four faults in a time of 35.58 seconds.

Elizabeth Towell Boyd and Carento Can’t Be Caught in the $15,000 USHJA International Derby “Hunt and Go”

Hunter competition once again took the spotlight on the Derby Field at Equestrian Village on Friday. Thirty-four of the top hunter horse-and-rider combinations entered the $15,000 USHJA International Derby “Hunt and Go” for their chance to win the top prize. With impressive performances in both the classic round and handy portion, Elizabeth Towell Boyd and Sherri Crawford’s Carento earned the victory in the class with an overall score of 351.

The class was held in a “Hunt and Go” format, with the first eight fences counting towards the classic round and then the final six jumps being the handy phase. Ken Krome designed a technical course including four high option fences, a trot jump, and a “bounce” element. Riders were also asked to walk a circle in between the classic and handy phases.

First in the order of go, Boyd, of Camden, SC, and Carento set the pace with a classic round score of 173 and a handy round score of 178. The duo held onto the top spot throughout the remainder of the competitive class. Boyd is no stranger to this hunter derby and also earned a first place finish in 2019 aboard Tradition.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Brian Moggre Scores April Fool’s Day Win in $50k Adequan WEF Challenge Cup Round 12

Brian Moggre (USA) and MTM Vivre Le Reve © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – April 1, 2021 – As the final week of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continues, Brian Moggre (USA) put forth a stellar double-clear effort aboard MTM Vivre Le Reve, owned by Major Wager, LLC, to capture the $50,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 12 on Thursday, April 1, at the Palm Beach Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

In the final grand prix qualifier of the winter circuit, a total of 63 entries challenged the first-round course set by Olaf Petersen Jr. (GER) with just eight punching their ticket into the jump-off. The seventh-ranked rider in the world, Kent Farrington (USA), elected to save his horse for the weekend leaving a total of seven combinations to contend over a shortened track.

First to return for the jump-off, Nayel Nassar (EGY) paved the way for the rest of pack as he and Lucifer V, a 15-year-old Westphalian gelding by Lord Dezi x Grandeur, put forth a clear effort. Nassar and the Evergate Stables, LLC-owned entry stopped the clock at 40.32 seconds.

Kelley Farmer and Prodigy Claim the Antarès High Performance Hunter Championship

The High Performance Hunter division, sponsored by Antarès Sellier France, wrapped up on Thursday morning in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. Kelley Farmer, of Wellington, FL, piloted Prodigy, owned by Glefke and Oakmont Stables, to the tricolor ribbon after two days of competition. The pair earned two firsts, a second, and two third place ribbons.

Although new to the hunter ring, Prodigy is already making a name for himself with Farmer in the irons. The 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Vleut began his hunter career this year and has already proven to be a top competitor. Farmer piloted Prodigy to a fourth place finish in the gelding’s first hunter derby during Premiere Week of WEF in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

“We got him beginning of circuit,” explained Farmer. “He was doing some jumpers and Darragh [Kenny] thought maybe he could make a hunter. I started him early in the circuit, and we have shown him a little bit sporadically on and off in the First Year [Green Hunter] and the High Performance [Hunter]. He is a blast to ride because he is careful, has a great canter, and a light mouth. He always tries hard, and I think he really likes this hunter life. He always gives 110% all the time. I love riding him because you don’t have to pick up the reins.”

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Kristen Vanderveen Wins $10k Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers CSI4* at WEF

Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 31, 2021 – On the opening day of the final week of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five, LLC, flew to a winning finish in the $10,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers CSI4* on Wednesday, March 31, in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

In the concluding class on Wednesday, 50 horse-and-rider combinations attempted the 1.45m two-phase course set by Olaf Petersen Jr. (GER), a qualifier for Friday’s $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic Series Final. The track featured fences numbered one through seven in the first phase, with eight through 12 representing the jump-off.

Just ninth in the starting order, Vanderveen and the 16-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion by Berlin x Darco, flew around the second phase, leaving all the jumps up in a time of 21.92 seconds, fast enough to hold the lead until the end.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Darragh Kenny Extends Series Lead after Winning $50k CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Grand Prix

Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Vertige De Galarzacs © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 28, 2021 – On the final day of week eleven of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Vertige De Galarzacs, owned by Morning Star Sporthorses, LLC, rose to the occasion, putting forth an impressive double-clear effort to capture the $50,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Grand Prix on Sunday, March 21, in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

A total of 43 horse-and-rider combinations contested the opening round over a course set by Olaf Petersen Jr. (GER), with just six pairs qualifying for the jump-off. The first to return was Canada’s Nicole Walker aboard Excellent B, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Berlin x Heartbreaker, executing the shortened track with ease to set the pace for the remainder of the field. Walker and the NW Stables LP entry finished fault-free in a time of 37.81 seconds, which would hold up for second place.

Next to challenge, David Oberkircher (USA) and Upper, owned by Southfields Farm, LLC, gave it their best effort but stopped the clock just off the mark as he and the 13-year-old Selle Français gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Nadir de San Patrignano crossed the finish line in 38.59 seconds for third place.

Stephen Moore and Team De Coquerie Top $50,000 CabanaCoast Grand Prix CSI2*

Forty-five combinations took their final turn around the Global International Arena at Equestrian Village of the season on Sunday morning as they contested the $50,000 CabanaCoast Grand Prix CSI2*. Last to go in the jump-off, it was Ireland’s Stephen Moore aboard Vlock Show Stables’ Team De Coquerie that took the lead in a time of 40.81 seconds over a course designed by Mauricio Garcia (PUR).

“We’ve been building up for a few weeks for this class,” explained Moore. “This is his second two-star grand prix of the season; we started slowly. He jumped good in the qualifier and had one down that kept us out of the jump-off. In the first round today, we got lucky in a few spots and had a few rubs, but he’s always so fast. In the jump-off we were last to go, and I knew the ones that were ahead of me were quite quick, but he’s so fast and turns well so I just had to let him do his thing and hope that his food speed would be fast enough.”

The 2007 Selle Français gelding by Heartbreaker x Girl De Coquerie has been a part of the Vlock Show Stables’ program for about four years, and Moore has had the ride on and off throughout that period of time.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Deusser Is Divine with Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z in $500k Rolex Grand Prix CSI5*

Daniel Deusser (GER) and Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 26, 2021 – Extending an astonishing winning streak at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival, World Number Three rider Daniel Deusser (GER) showed once again why he’s one of the best, riding to the top of the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* with Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z, owned by Stephex Stables and Scuderia 1918.

Forty of the best riders in the world took to the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village on a picture-perfect day for the feature class of the circuit. Eight pairs were clear in the first round to continue to the jump-off.

The first double clear in the jump-off came from Harrie Smolders (NED) and Bingo du Parc, owned by Copernicus Stables LLC. They set the time to beat at 36.74 seconds, which would hold up for third place.

Coming in just two-tenths of a second faster, Daniel Bluman (ISR) lowered the leading time to 36.54 seconds riding Gemma W, owned by Blue Star Investments and Over the Top Stables. Their fault-free performance would land them in second place.

With the fastest time of the jump-off in 34.94 seconds, two-time Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward (USA) was by far the speediest with the Beechwood Stables, LLC-owned entry Contagious, but a costly rail in the ‘b’ element of the Rolex double combination dropped him to fourth place.

As the last to go in the jump-off, Deusser had the advantage of knowing the time to beat and used it to his advantage, coming in just under the winning time in 36.40 seconds.

Reutter Returns for Victory in $6,000 CabanaCoast 1.40m CSI2*

The day commenced with yet another two-star victory in the Global International Arena at Equestrian Village for Gabriela Reutter (CHI) and Atticus Diamant, this time in the $6,000 CabanaCoast 1.40m Jumpers CSI2*. Reutter was victorious in Thursday’s opening CSI2* speed class.

Reutter and the 2009 Selle Français gelding by Diamant De Semilly x Vas Y Donc Longane owned by Lumiere Horses Inc. bested a 10-horse-and-rider line-up to produce the fastest of five double-clear rounds. Clearing the jump-off timers in 26.75 seconds, Reutter explained that her plan was to approach the entire class as if it was a speed round.

“We worked on our pace in the warm-up,” she explained, “which is what we did last time as well. We didn’t jump as much because he knows his job. When we went in there, I tried to teach the entire track as a speed course, just because that seems to keep him thinking and on his toes, and I think he likes that, to be tested. I wanted to keep that momentum and the element of surprise, and it keeps me in the moment and really thinking about what our next move is.”

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Equine Fatality at 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival

Wellington, FL – March 28, 2021 – It is with deepest regret that Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) management announces an equine fatality at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival. On Sunday, March 28, at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET, there was an incident in the High Junior Jumper Classic in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

Lord Pizarro, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding ridden by Ansgar Holtgers Jr. and owned by Gut Einhaus LLC and Dietmar Gugler, fell while attempting a jump. The equine ambulance, veterinarians from WEF Official Veterinarian Palm Beach Equine Clinic, and EMTs were on the scene immediately. Everything was done to ensure the comfort and safety of horse and rider.

The horse’s injury was assessed on-site and determined to be irreparable. The horse was euthanized on-site to avoid any further pain and distress for the animal. Holtgers Jr. was examined by medics and was not injured.

ESP management expresses their sincere condolences to the owners, Holtgers, and everyone connected to Lord Pizarro.

For more information, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Natalie Jayne and Charisma Shine in the WEF Equitation Championship

Natalie Jayne and Charisma © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 26, 2021 – Equitation riders took their turn in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Friday, March 26, in the WEF Equitation Championship during the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). After three technical rounds of competition, Natalie Jayne and Heritage Farm, Inc.’s Charisma took home the blue ribbon.

Zayna Rizvi and Jordyn Rose Freedman’s Finnick earned second place. Third place honors went to Dominic Gibbs aboard Mountain King Ranch LLC’s Cent 15, and fourth place went to Alexander Alston riding Waldo, owned by Missy Clark and North Run.

Shane Sweetnam and Indra van de Oude Heihoef Are Swift in $37,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.45m Classic CSI5*

Galloping swiftly across the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village, Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Indra van de Oude Heihoef, owned by The Blue Buckle Group, won the $37,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.45m Classic CSI5* on Friday.

Out of 46 entries in the class, 19 were clear over the speed course designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA). Starting the class off with a bang, Olympic individual gold medalist Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Chacco Kid, a 15-year-old Oldenburg by Chacco Blue x Come On owned by Chacco Kid Group, raced to set the leading time of 62.24 seconds, which would hold up for second place after the remaining 45 entries.

Riding early in the class as well in the fifth spot in the order, Sweetnam and Indra van de Oude Heihoef shaved almost a full second off the winning time, taking it down to 61.26 seconds.

No one else was able to catch Sweetnam’s time, but Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Hungry Heart, a nine-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Baltimore 1178 x Loucaibo owned by Stone Hill Farm, came closest in 63.10 seconds for third place.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Ashlee Bond Blazes to the Top in $137k Adequan WEF Challenge Cup Round 11 CSI5*

Ashlee Bond (ISR) and Donatello 141 © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – March 25, 2021 – An impressive group of international competitors took center stage on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village as Ashlee Bond (ISR) and Donatello 141, owned by Little Valley Farms, flew to the top of the $137,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 11 on Thursday, March 25, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

A total of 56 combinations were represented in the starting order over a 1.55m course set by 2016 Olympic Games designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) featuring 16 jumping efforts. With 22 pairs qualifying to return for the jump-off, the competition was fierce as 14 elected to return and battle for top spot in the grand prix qualifying class.

First to return in the subsequent round, Chloe Reid (USA) and Souper Shuttle set the pace for the remaining competitors as she piloted the 10-year-old Hanoverian mare by Stakkato x Luise Marie, owned by Live Oak Plantation, LLC, to a clear effort in a time of 41.66 seconds. Just two horses later, the lead changed as Ireland’s Cian O’Connor (IRL) and his mount Kilkenny, owned by Ronnoco Jump Ltd, produced an even quicker clear round in 41.12 seconds.

Scott Stewart and Nottingham Secure the Green Hunter 3’6” Tricolor

The Green Hunter 3’6” division, sponsored by Equine Tack and Nutritionals, wrapped up on Thursday in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. Leading the class with 38 points, Scott Stewart piloted Rivers Edge’s Nottingham to the championship.

Nottingham is a very new ride for well-known hunter professional Stewart. The coming nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Verdi was recently purchased from the European Select Auction and began his already impressive hunter career last week.

“Last week was his first time showing, and he was champion,” said Stewart. “And now he was champion again. He has just been great. He is usually so easygoing and looks through the bridle very well. You can just let go of the reins and gallop around.”

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

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.”

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.