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Catherine Tyree and BEC Lorenzo Find Success in $214k Holiday & Horses Grand Prix CSI4*

Catherine Tyree and BEC Lorenzo. ©Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – Dec. 4, 2021 – The highly-anticipated feature event of the Holiday & Horses CSI4* and the ESP Holiday Series as a whole took place on Saturday evening in front of the biggest crowd the facility has seen since the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival was stopped in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) now open to general spectators, the 39 elite contenders in the $214,000 Holiday & Horses Grand Prix CSI4*, presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, gave the crowd a perfect welcome back to the horse show, enhanced thanks to the masterful course designs of Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA). Galloping to the top of the leaderboard as the night’s big winners, Catherine Tyree (USA) and her own BEC Lorenzo edged out the competition to conclude the evening with the coveted first prize and the lion’s share of the prize money.

Following the conclusion of the class, the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award was presented to Tyree and Lorenzo, who claimed the title thanks to their victory in the grand prix, combined with an eighth-place finish in the $50,000 Premier Equestrian Grand Prix Qualifier CSI4* on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Leslie Howard (USA) and Donna Speciale, owned by Peter Howard and Laure Sudreau, topped a field of 36 exhibitors in the $5,000 CabanaCoast 1.35m Jumper Stake. The duo galloped to a double-clear jump-off time of 34.67 seconds, the quickest of a large group of ten double-clear pairs.

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

Hubside Jumping Winter Tour: Belgium at the End of the Day

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The major event of the CSI 4* of the HUBSIDE JUMPING Winter Tour at Haras des Grillons de Ratières in the Drôme region returns to the Belgian Jérôme Guery, in the saddle on his eight-year-old gelding, Napoli vh Nederassenthof.

After a jump-off with eleven qualified, the bronze medalist with the Red Devils this summer at the Tokyo Olympics is ahead of the Frenchman François-Xavier Boudant, decidedly very fit, associated with Ciento. Third place goes to the Italian Giulia Martinengo Marquet, also particularly successful, on the aptly named Quick and Easy 3.

Full results here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

Luis Pedro Biraben and Chacco Bumpy Win $50k Spy Coast & Sweet Oak Farm Grand Prix

Luis Pedro Biraben and Chacco Bumpy ©Anne Gittins Photography.

Wellington, FL – Nov. 28, 2021 – The feature event of the 2021 71st Annual SFHJA Charity Horse Show took place under the lights on Saturday evening as 34 talented teams competed for the win in the $50,000 Spy Coast & Sweet Oak Farm Grand Prix at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Course designer Oscar Soberon (USA) created a 16-effort track for the class, which saw seven duos advance to the jump-off. Less than one second separated the top three finishers at the conclusion of the contest, led by Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) and his own Chacco Bumpy.

Wednesday’s $15,000 Southern Arches 1.40m Welcome Stake saw Jennifer Waxman (USA) best a field of 25 entries with HDB Quality, owned by Sweet Oak and Spy Coast Farm. The winning pair placed two foot-perfect rounds, clearing the jump-off in 37.40 seconds to win the class.

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

Hubside Jumping Winter Tour: Two Riders from the Rhône-Alpes in the Two Grands Prix

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Twenty-nine riders at the start, four who manage to qualify for the jump-off, and as often when it comes to going fast, the Rhônalpin Jean-Luc Mourier responded at Haras des Grillons de Ratières, in Drôme (France). At the helm of Kielekoo Van T Et L, he won the first 3 * Grand Prix of the very young HUBSIDE JUMPING Winter Tour.

Earlier in the day, another rider from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Mégane Moissonnier, won the CSI 2 * Grand Prix, at the helm of Galileo.

Full results here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

Meet the Next Gen with Edouard Schmitz

Edouard Schmitz and Balenciana K (photo: Om.Photographe / Jump Mag)

What are you goals for the rest of this year, and what are your plans, dreams, and ambitions for 2022?

This year, I was selected to jump in a few World Cups for the first time, which has been an amazing experience. I am competing in the World Cups in Madrid, London, and Mechelen, and having a good result in one would be a great way to end 2021. I am going to CHI Geneva, and as it is my home show, I want to perform really well there. I have been on an upward curve the second part of this year and my goal is to continue this and keep it going. I want to get higher in the rankings – hopefully in the top 50 – that would be a big achievement for me and enable me to jump in some bigger classes. I dream of competing in a Nations Cup. As a proud Swiss and patriot, to wear the red jacket is always something special for me and to have that chance next year would be great.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

My proudest moment happened a few years ago when I was 16 years old; from the outside you may not think that this is the best moment in my career but for me it is. I was at an international U25 show in Chevenez, and as I was 16 my trainer wanted me to jump in the junior Grand Prix; however, I really wanted to jump in the U25 Grand Prix, as I had a wild card to jump in it, and it meant I could also win a wild card to jump at CHI Geneva. All week I was fighting to jump in the bigger class, and my trainer kept on saying it was a bad idea and I should not jump in it, but I fought so hard to jump in the class that eventually he let me enter into it – and I won it and got the wildcard to CHI Geneva! I was riding Cortino 46, and I think it was one of the proudest moments of my career because I felt like I had proved everyone wrong.

You were (are!) an accomplished junior skier; why did you decide to focus on show jumping?

I don’t really know why I chose one over the other, as I was really passionate about both sports. But I guess in the end I did have a preference for show jumping, and I have never once regretted choosing it over skiing.

Read more here.

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Hubside Jumping Winter Tour: A European Champion at the Rendezvous

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The young Swiss Bryan Balsiger, European team champion, has just won in the major jump-off event, counting for the Longines world ranking, of the CSI 3* of the HUBSIDE JUMPING WINTER TOUR.

Associated with Don Juan 111 Z, the prodigy is ahead of the Dutchman Jur Vrieling, in the saddle on Chabada de l’Esques, who has been very fit since the start of the competition, and the Portuguese Rodrigo Giesteira Almeida, third at the helm of Echos Son Z.

The best French rider, Benoît Cernin, saddled with haddock stallion Deuxcatsix, is fourth. Associated with Uitlanders du Ter, the 2019 French champion finished first in the second round of the CSI 3*, over 1.45-1.50m.

Full results here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

Hubside Jumping Winter Tour: Nicolas Delmotte Takes Control of CSI 3*

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Second day of competition under the large arena of Haras des Grillons de Ratières, in Drôme (France), on the occasion of this first edition of the HUBSIDE JUMPING WINTER TOUR. It is a flagship rider of the French team who takes the major event of the day, counting in the Longines FEI world ranking: Nicolas Delmotte and Ilex VP win over 1.50m, at the outcome of a barrage of seventeen qualified.

The Northerner and his thirteen-year-old gelding are ahead of the Belgian Wilm Vermeir with Joyride S. The third place goes to the Argentinian José María Larocca on Finn Lente.

Full results here.

Daniel Koroloff – E-mail: daniel@blizko-communication.com

David O’Brien and El Balou OLD Finish on Top of $37k Assets Risk Management 1.50m CSI3*

David O’Brien and El Balou OLD ©Sportfot®.

Wellington, FL – Nov. 19, 2021 – A wet second day of the ESP Pre-Charity CSI3* couldn’t dampen the competition that was seen in the $37,000 Assets Risk Management 1.50m CSI3* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Course designer Héctor Loyola (PUR) set an apt challenge for the class, with six of the 23 entries advancing to the jump-off, which trimmed the number of double-clear pairs down to only three. Jumping to the top of the leaderboard by just six-hundredths of a second, David O’Brien (IRL) and Chansonette Farm LLC’s El Balou OLD wrapped the contest as the class victors, a promising win ahead of Sunday’s $137,000 NoltrexVet® Grand Prix CSI3* and a super result for O’Brien’s newly-founded stables.

Earlier in the day, the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Stake showcased the efforts of 35 horse-and-rider partnerships. Of the initial field of entries, 12 duos advanced to the jump-off to vie for the top prize, whittled down further to just five double-clear pairs by the end of the class. Midway through the jump-off, Ali Wolff (USA) and her own Footloose HX set a quick standard without faults in 41.56 seconds, which no other pairs were able to surpass, to solidify the early frontrunners as the class victors.

Kelly Soleau-Millar and Abel Crawford Dominate the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Hunters were in the spotlight on Friday during the ESP Pre-Charity CSI3* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Held in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring, the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby saw contenders compete over two rounds of riding, with one duo standing out as the clear victors. With two scores that hit the 90-point benchmark, Kelly Soleau-Millar of Wellington, FL and Millar Equine Sales’ Abel Crawford ran away with the win to clinch the lead spot in the lap of honor.

The classic round of the class concluded with Soleau-Millar and Abel Crawford in the lead with a score of 90, giving them a small safety net over the pair that was sitting in the next-best spot, Molly Sewell of Wellington, FL and MTM Farm’s Konig Der Loewen, who had earned 87 points. Back in the ring as the final challengers, Soleau-Millar and Abel Crawford needed a handy score of 84 to clinch the win, and they far surpassed that with their exemplary round, earning a base score of 90 plus four handy points to add 94 points to their initial tally.

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

Uma O’Neill and Quintago VA Claim First FEI Win of the Week at Las Vegas National CSI4*-W

Uma O’Neill and Quintago VA. Andrew Ryback Photography.

Las Vegas, NV – The first Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) victory of the 2021 Las Vegas National CSI4*-W went to Uma O’Neill on Tuesday, November 16, at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. The Olympic veteran earned the win in the $5,000 1.35m Blenheim EquiSports Welcome Two-Phase Stake, presented by Horseware Ireland, aboard Quintago VA.

As host to the $150,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Las Vegas, presented by Walter Oil & Gas Corporation, this year’s Las Vegas National CSI4*-W welcomes international competitors from 11 different countries, including O’Neill’s own home country of New Zealand.

“I’ve come to the Las Vegas National Horse Show for many years now, and it’s always a staple on our show calendar every year,” said O’Neill, who currently operates O’Neill Show Jumping out of Santa Cruz, CA. “We love to come. It’s just something so different from what we usually get to do, and it’s a great experience for the horses.”

O’Neill and Quintago VA were one of 40 entries to contest Tuesday’s featured two-phase track set by internationally renowned Olympic and World Cup course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil. A time of 28.20 seconds over the second portion of the course would secure them the victory, while second place with a time of 28.67 seconds went to the USA’s Maison Mcintyre riding her own Hold It Against Me. Finishing in both third and fourth place was fellow U.S. rider Hunter Holloway, who stopped the clock in 29.16 seconds aboard Darknight de Maluga and in 29.43 seconds aboard Dana de Kerglenn.

“It was a great first day track,” said O’Neill, who is competing four horses at this week’s show. “There were some technical pieces, but I think it gave a good opportunity for whatever your plan was – whether it was to be competitive or to just let the horses have a nice canter around today. It was a great start to my week.

“I wanted to do the 1.35m division with [Quintago] and come out and be competitive and have fun and use him for that, and I’m so glad that it paid off,” said O’Neill of the 14-year-old Holsteiner stallion owned by O’Neill Showjumping LLC. “I’ve owned him for nearly four years. I have not ridden him for that entire time period, but he’s been in our barn. I took over the ride again in September, and I’m just having a great time on him!”

Prior to O’Neill’s victory, it was Michelle Parker who took a turn in the winners’ circle. Parker rode Lutalo, owned by Dana B. Nemeth, to the top of the leaderboard in the $1,000 1.40m Open Jumper Speed, presented by JB Horse Standards, with a time of 59.62 seconds. Second place went to Bruno Diniz das Neves who finished in a time of 61.46 seconds aboard Adele XIII, owned by BDN Horse Investments. Rounding out the top three with four faults in a time of 59.40 seconds were Stephen Foran and Billy Manjaro, owned by Leane Audrey Helfer.

For a full schedule and event details, visit www.TheLasVegasNational.com.

Glenn Hartigan and Picadero 16 Rise to First Place to Conclude the Tryon Fall Series

Glenn Hartigan and Picadero 16 ©Natalie Suto/TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – November 14, 2021 – The 2021 Tryon International Equestrian Center Hunter/Jumper competition calendar concluded with Glenn Hartigan (CAN) and Picadero 16 landing first place in the Tryon Fall Finale $25,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix with a score of 38.332, rising from second place in the same class last week during Tryon Fall 7. Gianna Aycock (USA) and her own Flex a Tia, the 2009 Warmblood mare (Flexible x Sequoyah Utopia), earned second place with a time of 40.401. In third place with a time of 38.413 was Beth Franco (USA) aboard Havanna, the 2012 Dutch Warmblood mare (Zirocco Blue VDL x Cereedom VDL) owned by Steven Goodwin.

Formerly an opponent, Hartigan was thrilled to get his chance to show with his new partner, the 2009 Rhineland gelding (Prinz Wilhelm x Sabina) owned by Nicola Dickinson.

“He’s brand new to us. I used to compete against him in Germany, actually. I always liked him. When he came up for sale I said, ‘Daniel, I’d like to have your horse!’ I brought him over here in July, and this is my second show with him. He’s been above and beyond my expectations!” shared Hartigan.

For more info and results, visit www.Tryon.com.