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.
WEF continues with its eighth week of competition on February 28-March 4 with CSIO 4* competition sponsored by U.S. Trust & Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Highlights include the $35,000 Hermès Under 25 Semi-Final Grand Prix on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m., the $150,000 Nations Cup, presented by U.S. Trust & Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m., and the $205,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix, presented by Lugano Diamonds on Sunday, March 4, at 1 p.m. WEF hosts hunter, jumper, and equitation competition until April 1 and offers more than $9 million in prize money.
The seventh week of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) began on Wednesday, February 21, and opening up competition with a win was Diego Vivero of Ecuador on Bijoux in the $35,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers CSI 5*.
Second place went to Andy Kocher (USA) and Kahlua, owned by Top Line Sporthorse International LLC, who were just behind in 30.74 seconds, while McLain Ward (USA) and Cerise, owned by Sagamore Farms, were third in 30.92 seconds.
Earlier in the day, Alexandra Paillot (FRA) and Lumina, owned by Paillot Equine Consulting Inc., were victorious in the $1,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Jumpers CSI 5*, while Captain Caruso, ridden and owned by Cormac Hanley (IRL), won the $1,000 The Dutta Corp. 1.40m Jumpers CSI 2*.
The 2017 FEI World Cup Finals champion McLain Ward notched another big win during the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on Thursday, February 22, by riding Hija van Strokapelleken to victory in the $132,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 7.
Coming in second place was Cita, a 12-year-old Holsteiner mare by Casall x Pik Ramiro ridden by Daniel Coyle (IRL) and owned by Ariel Grange and Lothlorien. They stopped the timers in 36.01 seconds. Jessica Springsteen and RMF Swinny du Park, a 12-year-old Selle Francais mare by Berlin x Laudanum owned by Rushy Marsh Farm, were third in 36.11 seconds.
Two FEI ranking classes were held on Friday, February 23, during the seventh week of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili were the winners of the $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Jumpers CSI 5*, while Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa (BRA) and Sharapova Imperio Egipicio won the $35,000 The Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte 1.45m Jumpers CSI 2*.
In the $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Jumpers CSI 5*, second place went to fellow American rider Andrew Kocher and Kahlua, owned by Top Line Sporthorse International LLC. They stopped the clock in 64.48 seconds. Finishing in 66.88 seconds, Eduardo Menezes (BRA) and Caruschka 2 placed third.
Second place finishers in the 2* 1.45m Jumpers were Luis Fernando Larrazabal (VEN) and G&C Close Up. Third place went to Chaganus and Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) in 34.98 seconds.
The seventh week of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, concluded on Sunday, February 25, with wins for Rodrigo Pessoa and Santiago Lambre. Pessoa (BRA) rode Chaganus to the win in the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI 2*, presented by The Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte, while Lambre (MEX) and Doloris were victorious in the $70,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic CSI 5*.
Wilhelm Genn (GER) and Dieta, Taylor Reid’s ten-year-old KWPN mare by Ukato x Indorado, placed second in the 2* grand prix with a time of 37.28 seconds. Wilton Porter (USA) and Delinquent JX, an 11-year-old SHBGB gelding by Darco x I Need You owned by Sleepy P Ranch LLC, finished third with a time of 39.33 seconds.
There were 37 entries in the $70,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic CSI 5*, and nine advanced to the jump-off. The fastest clear round came from the final ride, Santiago Lambre (MEX) with his own Doloris. By leaving strides out in the first and last lines, he stopped the timers in 36.72 seconds for the win.
Just slightly behind the time in second place was Ben Maher (GBR) on Poden Farms’ Carlson 86 in 36.81 seconds. Catherine Tyree (USA) and Mary Tyree’s Catungee were third in 37 seconds flat.
Week 7 Jumper Classic winners:
$15,000 SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, presented by U.S. Trust/Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Alma Björklund and Flecu
$10,000 SJHOF High Junior Jumpers, presented by Sleepy P Ranch – Alexandra Pielet and Helene VE
$10,000 Equitan Medium Junior Jumpers – Coco Fath and Kalimero van het Kruisblokhof
$10,000 Equiline Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Maria Costa and Terceira
$10,000 Martha Jolicoeur, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Kelsey Thatcher and Everything
$10,000 Maria Mendelsohn, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Low Junior Jumpers – Luciana Gonzalez Guerra and Zidane
$10,000 Rose Hill Farm Adult Jumpers 18-35 – Angela Swanson and Dilona Blue
$10,000 Equis Boutique Adult Jumpers 36 and Over – Tracy Harris and Une Etoile de L’Eclypse
$10,000 Horseware Ireland Don Little Masters – Guy Hodgson and Lord Nicholas 1916
Week 7 Jumper Champions:
Equestrian Sotheby’s Children’s Jumper 14 & Under – Trinity Beitler and Salsa Rosa
Children’s Jumper 15-17 – Mateo Coles and Benjamin
Griffis Residential Modified Children’s Jumpers – Augusta Iwasaki and Askarielle P
FarmVet Adult Modified Jumpers – Elizabeth Porath and Tequila Girl
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 – Corryn Schenkel and Bam Bam/Chloe Jhin and Elmo V.D. Bremdhoeve
ProElite Low Child/Adult Training Jumper – Virginia Doebler and Melody
Spy Coast Farm 6 Year Old Developing Jumper Series Young Jumper – Tiffany Foster and Calina
Spy Coast Farm 7 Year Old Developing Jumper Series Young Jumper – Bruno Passaro and Chaccala
Peter Pletcher and River, owned by Shaw Johnson Price, kicked off week seven at the Winter Equestrian Festival in style with a championship win in the Green Hunter 3’3” division. The pair won a first in the under saddle and a first, second, and third over fences. Havens Schatt was awarded the reserve championship aboard Tyrion, owned by J T Farm, with a first, first, and fourth over fences and a fifth in the under saddle.
The Animal Medical Center of NY Low Adult Hunter 2’6” Section A division championship was awarded to Tracey Gorin-Byrne and Lalique on Friday morning, February 23.
After acquiring the ride for week seven of WEF, Gorin-Byrne and the nine-year-old grey Oldenburg mare, owned by Elite Equines LLC, claimed a second and third over fences, as well as seventh in both the under saddle and an over fences, to take the division’s top honor.
The Lugano Diamonds Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 3’6” division had 18 competitors in the Rost Arena on Saturday morning before the championship presentation. Jef Lauwers secured the tricolor ribbon aboard his mount, Screenshot, and dominated the division with a first, first, first, and fourth over fences with a sixth in the under saddle.
The reserve award went to Madeline Thatcher and Standing Ovation, owned by Pony Lane Farm, with a first-place finish over fences.
The final day of week seven at the Winter Equestrian Festival began with Samantha Weinerman claiming top honors aboard Bahnoe, owned by Stonehenge Stables, in the Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) Children’s Medal 15-17. The duo was one of the top four to return for the second round of testing in ring seven and were the only pair to ace all elements presented by the judges.
Siena Vasan and Calvin Klein, owned by Palm Ponies LLC, were sitting in first place with a score of 86, but fit a single canter step in before the trot jump in the test, which moved them to third. Grace Klein finished in second aboard Avedon, owned by Elizabeth Klein, with a score of 79 and a successful testing round.
Baylee McKeever, of Brewster, NY, had a success-filled week seven finish aboard her mount, Sterling, owned by Madeline Schaefer. The pair took home the Animo Medium Pony Hunter division championship win on Sunday with a first, second, fourth, and eighth over fences.
Reserve honors went to Georgia Jacob and Frosted, owned by Kathryn Mccarthy, with a first, fourth, and sixth over fences.