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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