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 5, sponsored by Fidelity Investments®, will feature CSI 5* competition from February 7-11 and the $384,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix as the “Saturday Night Lights” feature on Saturday, February 10.
Week 4 Jumper Wrap-Up
Action in week four of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) had a change of scenery, with almost 80 riders crossing the road to the grass derby field at Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival).
Newly-minted Israeli rider Alberto Michán — double Olympian for his home country of Mexico at Beijing and London — logged his first win for his new nation, riding Redmond in the $6,000 FEI Bainbridge 1.40m.
Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) and Gochman Sport Horses LLC’s Luibanta BH were victorious in the $70,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 4.
Sixty-four entries contested today’s WEF Challenge Cup, and 10 found the key to a clear round over Anderson Lima’s (BRA) course on the grass. It was Derbyshire and Luibanta BH, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare by Luidam x Abantos, who blazed around the jump-off to win in 47.50 seconds.
Kevin Babington (IRL) and Debra Wycoff’s Irish Sport Horse gelding Super Chilled finished second in 50.85 seconds, while Amber Harte (USA) and Cafino placed third with a time of 51.50 seconds.
For their victory, Derbyshire and Luibanta BH were presented with the Barry Louise Lane Perpetual Memorial Trophy, established in 2003 in the loving memory of Barry by her family and friends.
Over at the WEF International Arena, Jose Roberto Reynoso (BRA) had a banner day. He won the Douglas Elliman 1.45m Jumpers with Azrael W. In the Bainbridge 1.40m Speed Challenge, he piloted HSL Arisma, owned by Fabio Martin, to the win.
Sweden’s Petronella Andersson scored the Friday victory on the grass derby field at the Equestrian Village. Andersson and Eclatant, owned by Stephex Stables, took the top prize in the $70,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic.
Seemingly never lifting her foot off the gas pedal, Andersson picked up a fast pace from the start and sped through the jump-off in 44.959 seconds with the nine-year old KWPN gelding by Berlin x Heartbreaker.
Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Don’t Touch du Bois (owned by Sweet Oak Farm, Spy Coast Farm, and Paul Tracy) finished second with a time of 46.33 seconds, while Laura Kraut (USA) and Old Willow Farms LLC’s Curious George were third in 46.53 seconds.
The win in the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Sleepy P Ranch went to Samantha Cohen of New York, NY, and Carmen. Fourteen entries competed over a first round course set by Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil. Five were clear and moved on to the jump-off, where Cohen and Carmen, her 11-year-old KWPN mare by Whitesnake x Corland, were fastest with a time of 35.253 seconds. Charlise Casas and Rembrandt Blue were second in 35.338 seconds, and Madison Goetzmann rode Prestigious to third place in 36.038 seconds.
Week 4 Jumper Classic winners:
$15,000 SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Alma Björklund and Merida 8
$10,000 SJHOF High Junior Jumpers, presented by Sleepy P Ranch – Samantha Cohen and Carmen
$10,000 Equitan Medium Junior Jumpers – McKayla Langmeier and Valentine
$10,000 Equiline Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Lucas Porter and Phineas
$10,000 Martha Jolicoeur, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Jami Jensen and Al Capone
$10,000 Maria Mendelsohn, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Low Junior Jumpers – Catalina Peralta and Chopin Z
$10,000 Rose Hill Farm Adult Jumpers 18-35 – Olivia Minicucci and Arian P
$10,000 Equis Boutique Adult Jumpers 36 and Over – Enda Ivanoff and Clone Ricky Rocketz
$10,000 Horseware Ireland Don Little Masters – Jorge Gomez and Dallas de la Bonnett
Week 4 Jumper Champions:
Equestrian Sotheby’s Children’s Jumper 14 & Under – Kelly McInerney and Dinletto RK
Children’s Jumper 15-17 – Rachel Rolfs and Seacrests Elsa
Griffis Residential Modified Children’s Jumpers – Ava Ellis and HHS Flo
FarmVet Adult Modified Jumpers – Catherine Wu and Ren Round Number
Karina Brez Jewelry Low Adult Jumper 18-35 – Anna Lerch and Carany
Pegasus Builders Low Adult Jumper 36 & Over – Layla Law-Gisiko and Renomee de la Roque
Carolina Arena Equipment Low Children’s Jumper – Chloe Jhin and Liberty
ProElite Low Child/Adult Training Jumper – Skyler Lisitza and Velvet NZPH
Spy Coast Farm 6 Year Old Developing Jumper Series Young Jumper – David Arcand and Malle Babbe van’t Kieveld
Spy Coast Farm 7 Year Old Developing Jumper Series Young Jumper – Sarah Hubbard and Genius
Week 4 Hunter Wrap-Up
Victoria Colvin and new partner, Dragonstone, owned by Bryan Baldwin, claimed their second championship win in the Pre-Green Hunter 3 & 4 Year Olds division on Thursday morning of WEF 4. The pair were first, second, and third over fences and first in the under saddle.
Robert Crandall was reserve champion aboard Unicato, owned by Jan Seawell, with a first, first, and second over fences and a fourth under saddle.
Kelley Farmer and her mount, Shameless, owned by Autumn View Farm, bested a field of 35 exhibitors in Friday’s $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby “Hunt and Go” and prevailed with top scores from both judges of a 90 and an 86 and an impressive total of 184, including a point each for all four high option jumps. Farmer’s win concluded an exciting Friday of WEF 4 and marked the week as a success for the pair’s first show together.
Shameless, however, was not the only horse to head into the ring on Saturday with confidence. Elizabeth Boyd claimed the second-place ribbon aboard S & L Just A Cobbler, owned by S & L Farms, with a close total score of 182. The pair received two 87s from the judges and excelled over all four high options. Emma Kurtz and Dedication, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, took third place honors with an 88 and an 83 from the judges, three high option points, and a combined score of 177.
Grace Tuton, of Scottsdale, AZ, rode her mount, Sorbet, owned by Nicodemus Farms, to the top of the class on Saturday in the Lugano Diamonds Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” 18-35 division. Tuton and the 13-year-old grey mare secured the championship win with a first in the under saddle and a second, third, fourth, and sixth over fences.
The reserve champion title went to Kaitlin Porath and her ride, Breaux, with a second-place finish under saddle and a first and fifth over fences.
Jordan Allen, from West Bloomfield, MI, and her mount, High Society, owned by Mary Antonini, topped the Bruno Delgrange Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division and took home the championship title on Sunday. The pair finished up week 4 at the Winter Equestrian Festival with two blue-ribbon scores of 85 and 84, along with a second over fences with a sixth under saddle. High Society is a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Tolando and a brand-new partner for Allen.
Grace Boston was crowned reserve champion with her mount Stellar, owned by Streett Moore, with a first in the under saddle and a first, third, fourth, and eighth over fences.