The 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, a circuit with hunter, jumper, and equitation competition, continues through April 1, 2018, and offers more than $9 million in prize money.
Week 11 of the Winter Equestrian Festival is sponsored by CaptiveOne Advisors and runs March 21-25. Highlights of the week include the Developing Jumper Classics, as well as the George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation class (5 p.m. first horse) on Friday, March 23, the $205,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix CSI 4* at Equestrian Village grass derby field (13500 South Shore Blvd.) on Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m., the $132,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic Final on Saturday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m., and the $50,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series Final on Sunday, March 25, at 12 p.m. on the grass derby field at Equestrian Village.
WEF 10 Jumper Wrap-Up
On Wednesday, 68 entries contested the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Classic CSI 3* power and speed format class, but none could catch Darragh Kenny (IRL). He and Chakito, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Vlock Show Stables LLC, stopped the clock in a winning time of 36.799 seconds.
Kenny’s second mount in the class, Horst van de Mispeleare, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Hammond Horsepower Ltd., finished in a close second with a time of 37.018 seconds, and Karen Polle (JPN) took third in 37.647 seconds riding her own Little Lord 90.
From a field of 85 entries in the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 10, nine advanced to jump off over the track set by 2015 Pan American Games course designer Michel Vaillancourt (CAN). Canadian Olympic champion Eric Lamaze and Chesney, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding by Indoctro x Kannan, tripped the jump-off timers in an unbeatable 36.59 seconds to take the win, Lamaze’s 28th in the history of the class.
Second place with a time of 37.07 seconds was the USA’s Amber Harte riding Austria 2, owned by Take the High Road LLC. Rounding out the top three was Georgina Bloomberg (USA) aboard Manodie II H, owned by Gotham Enterprizes LLC, who finished on a time of 37.50 seconds.
There were 70 entries in the $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Jumper class, but not one of them could catch the time of Santiago Lambre (MEX) and D’Artagnan, who went first in the class and set the unbeatable time of 58.79 seconds over the speed course designed by Michel Vaillancourt of Canada.
Molly Ashe (USA) and Picobello Choppin Z, owned by Louisburg Farm, came closest in 60.02 seconds for second place. Third place went to Karen Polle (JPN) and her own Little Lord 90, who had a time of 60.33 seconds.
The $35,000 Hollow Creek 1.50m Classic saw 53 entries contest the track set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), with 14 advancing to the shortened jump-off track. Over the short course, it was Laura Chapot (USA) aboard Chandon Blue, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Chacco Blue x Landcapitol) owned by Mary Chapot, who turned in the winning time of 36.145 seconds.
Second place went to Hunter Holloway (USA) and VDL Bravo S, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding (Ephepe For Ever x Chellano Z) owned by Hays Investment Corp, with a time of 36.565 seconds. With American ladies taking all three of the top spots, it was Lillie Keenan who finished in third with a time of 38.647 seconds riding Concho, a ten-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Cassaro 5 x Acord II) owned by Chansonette Farm LLC.
Week 10 Jumper Classic winners:
$15,000 SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, presented by U.S. Trust/Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Spencer Brittan and USA Today
$10,000 SJHOF High Junior Jumpers, presented by Sleepy P Ranch – Paige Matthies and Dirkie Z
$10,000 Equitan Medium Junior Jumpers – Annabella Sanchez and Zanta Fee Van’t Hofterrijckel
$10,000 Equiline Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Kelly Tropin and Adorose
$10,000 Martha Jolicoeur, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Olivia Chowdry and Cosma 20
$10,000 Maria Mendelsohn, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Low Junior Jumpers – Daisy Farish and Conpardie Z
$10,000 Rose Hill Farm Adult Jumpers 18-35 – Avery-Anna Hogan and Eurocommerce Tampa
$10,000 Equis Boutique Adult Jumpers 36 and Over – Tracy Harris and Une Etoile de L’Eclypse
$10,000 Horseware Ireland Don Little Masters – Juan Gamboa and Classic Z
Week 10 Jumper Champions:
Equestrian Sotheby’s Children’s Jumper 14 & Under – Lauren McCaulley and Umano de la Ruche
Children’s Jumper 15-17 – Anna Richardson and Figaro D
Griffis Residential Modified Children’s Jumpers – Mia Campbell and Joli van het Reigershof
FarmVet Adult Modified Jumpers – Joseph Comunale and Hector van Terwest
Karina Brez Jewelry Low Adult Jumper 18-35 – Katie Curran and Role Model
Pegasus Builders Low Adult Jumper 36 & Over – Layla Law-Gisiko and Renomee de la Roque
Carolina Arena Equipment Low Children’s Jumper – Maria Emilia Peixoto Ferreira and Cipriano/Chloe Jhin and Liberty
ProElite Low Child/Adult Training Jumper – Karen Bailey and Baton Rouge
Spy Coast Farm 6 Year Old Developing Jumper Series Young Jumper – Daniel Coyle and Khaleesi
Spy Coast Farm 7 Year Old Developing Jumper Series Young Jumper – James Chawke and Zinedine LS
Hunter and Equitation Wrap-up
Tim Goguen got his week underway aboard Publisher, owned by Paula Polk Lillard, with a championship win in the Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’ division. The pair rose to the top with an 84, two 85s, and an outstanding 90 from the judges, which resulted in three firsts and a second over fences. The duo additionally took fourth place on the flat.
Moore Park captured reserve honors, with Christopher Payne in the irons, after taking a second place ribbon in the under saddle and a first, second, second, and third over fences.
Lissa Bachner and her entry, Meridian, overcame the odds and captured the championship title in week ten’s Triple Crown Blankets Adult Amateur Hunter Middle Section A division. Despite being legally blind, Bachman piloted her mount to a first, first, first, and second over fences in addition to a third in the under saddle.
The 44-year-old rider of Wellington, FL, has a condition called uveitis that caused her to lose her left eye when she was 25, and her vision entirely after surgeries on her right eye in 2001. In total, Bachner has had over 100 surgical procedures, but the Wellington rider hasn’t let any of this stop her. After six months of complete blindness following her initial procedures, a new medication available only in Italy allowed Bachner to gain back limited vision, and to finally be able to return to the hunter ring.
Mimi Moulton and Trip To Paris, owned by Privet Farm, LLC, took reserve honors with a first in the under saddle, along with three seconds and a third over fences.
Kyla Sullivan and Cleopatra, owned by Maggie McAlary, kicked off Saturday’s competition in ring six with a first round score of 85, the highest scoring first round of both sections of the Taylor Harris Insurance Services Children’s Medal 14 & Under. The class underwent a California split, and all 39 entries were run and tested together. Sullivan shared the blue with Ella Davison aboard California, owned by Meghan McDonald, who captured first place in section B with a first round score of 83.
Second place in section A went to Gigi Moynihan and Golden Dream, an entry of Christy Moynihan, and third went to Alexandra Kozel aboard Stallone.
Section B’s red ribbon went to Zayna Rizvi and Azlan, owned by Peacock Ridge, LLC, and Vincent Desiderio took third aboard Memphis, owned by Tranquillity Farm.
The last day of week ten at the Winter Equestrian Festival featured an exciting win for Emma Vandenhouten and her own entry, Spiderman, who earned the championship in the Rosenbaum PLLC Large Pony Hunter division. The pair secured the title with a sixth on the flat and a first, first, and seventh over fences.
The nine-year-old from Plantation, FL, aspires to continue on to win at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Pony Finals this year, where she won the Buttons N’ Bows Sportsmanship Trophy in 2017.
Caroline Signorino and Riveting, owned by Signorino Family Farm, LLC, took reserve honors with an eighth-place finish in the under saddle and a first, second, fourth, and seventh over fences.
WEF 10 Equitation Winners
Equitation 11 & Under: Lucas Mejia Fanjul and Giovanni
Equitation 12-14: Emma Callanan and Illusion
Alessandro Albanese Equitation 15-17 Champions: Madison Goetzmann and Love Dreamer 2
Omega Alpha Adult Equitation Champion: Paris McCaw and Big Star
Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search 2*: Cooper Dean and Avalanche
WIHS Equitation Hunter and Jumper Phases: Ellie Ferrigno and RF Remarkable/Daisy Farish and Capital Hamilton
Dover Saddlery USEF Hunter Seat Medal Section A: Daisy Farish and Kori d’Oro
Dover Saddlery USEF Hunter Seat Medal Section B: Alexandra Worthington and Outshine
Solic Capital ASPCA Maclay Section A: Grace Boston and Startin’ Monday
Solic Capital ASPCA Maclay Section B: Alexandra Worthington and Outshine
Ariat National Adult Medal: Amy White and Marshall
Dover Saddlery Palm Beach Adult Medal: Allyson Blais and Aribo
Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3” Medal: Kyla Sullivan and Cleopatra
THIS Children’s Medal 14 & Under: Kyla Sullivan and Cleopatra/Ella Davison and California
THIS Children’s Medal 15-17: Sophia Ahearn and K.T. Four Seasons
USEF Pony Medal: Emma Hechtman and Sir Dragon
WIHS Pony Equitation: Ella Duffy and Good Reason