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.
The ninth week of competition at WEF runs March 7-11. Jumper highlights include the $132,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge CSI 5* on Thursday, March 8, the $384,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI 5* beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, and the $50,000 Rose Hill Farm Grand Prix CSI 2* on Sunday, March 11. Hunter highlights include the $5,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby on Friday, March 9, and the $10,000 USHJA National Derby on Saturday, March 10; both events will be held on the grass derby field at Equestrian Village (home of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival – 13500 South Shore Blvd.). WEF hosts hunter, jumper, and equitation competition until April 1 and offers more than $9 million in prize money.
Week 8 Jumper Wrap-Up
Rodrigo Lambre (BRA) and Mario Onate’s Chapilot were the only double clear round to win the $25,000 ProElite® Jumper Classic. Wednesday’s feature class for the national division had 62 entries, and eight of those advanced to the jump-off over a course designed by Ken Krome (USA). Riding out of the second spot in the jump-off order, Lambre and Chapilot, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Chacco Blue x Pilot, set down a winning time in 39.424 seconds and were the only clear.
First into the jump-off were Karen Polle (JPN) and Kinoshita Group’s Sari, who were very quick in 38.801 seconds, but with four faults. Their time would hold up for second place. Third went to Jose Roberto Reynoso (BRA), and Tanita de Galeste, owned by Franck Henouda, who had four faults in 39.132 seconds.
Highlighting the day’s competition on Thursday, March 1, during the eighth week of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Alex Granato (USA) and Carlchen W, owned by Page Tredennick, took the top spot in the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 8.
There were 67 entries in Thursday’s feature class, and the format was a speed course designed by Ken Krome (USA). Granato and Carlchen W, a ten-year-old Mecklenberg gelding by Chacco-Blue x Continue, sped over the obstacles and stopped the timers in 65.03 seconds.
They finished just ahead of Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden (USA) and Abigail Wexner’s Con Taggio, who finished in 65.81 seconds. Third place went to Richie Moloney (IRL) and Ypaja Yando, owned by Equinimity LLC, who had a time of 65.93 seconds.
Later in the day on Thursday, Cormac Hanley (IRL) riding his own Captain Caruso, was victorious in the $10,000 Hermès Under 25 Welcome. Second place went to Sydney Shulman (USA) and Villamoura, while Madison Goetzmann (USA) and Prestigious were third. Hanley was also awarded with the Champion Equine Insurance Jumper Style Award, presented by Laura Fetterman.
Twenty-four-year-old Lacey Gilbertson (USA) claimed a victory in the $35,000 Hermès Under 25 Semi-Final Grand Prix riding Baloppi under the lights in the International Arena on Friday, March 2.
In Friday night’s class, 47 starters jumped the first-round track set by Ken Krome (USA) with seven pairs advancing to the jump-off. The top three finishers all posted fault-free rounds, making foot speed the deciding factor for the final placings. Gilbertson and Baloppi, an 11-year-old Danish Warmblood mare owned by Seabrook LLC, crossed the timers in a blistering 40.21 seconds for the win.
Second-place finisher, Ailish Cuniffe (USA) returned first in the jump-off to lay down an early pace in 41.70 seconds aboard Baloucento 2, a 13-year-old Oldenburg mare (Baloubet du Rouet x Cento) owned by Whipstick Farm, Ltd. Third place went to Ransome Rombauer (USA) and her own Emorkus RE, a nine-year-old KWPN gelding (Quasimodo van de Molendreef x Haarlem).
Also held on Friday morning was the $35,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Classic with a win going to Great Britain and Amanda Derbyshire riding Lady Maria BH, owned by Gochman Sport Horses LLC. They finished the speed course clear in a time of 66.97 seconds for the win.
Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) rode Starlight Farms LLC’s Toulago to second place with a time of 68.07 seconds. Third place went to Andres Azcarraga (MEX) on Jaime Azcarraga’s Luminoso LS, who was also clear in 68.11 seconds.
A new combination in the ring went to the winner’s circle in the $50,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m National Grand Prix over 34 other competitors. Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Babalou 41, owned by Jack Snyder, were the only double clear in the class, winning on a time of 39.945 seconds.
Second place went to Rodrigo Lambre (BRA) and Mario Onate’s Chapilot, who had four faults in 38.513 seconds. Mario Deslauriers (CAN) and Bardolina 2, owned by Wishing Well Farm LLC, were third with four faults in 39.778 seconds.
Earlier on Saturday, Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) and Lady Maria BH, owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC, took their second speed win of the week in the $10,000 Griffis Residential Speed Stake. Their fast time of 62.88 seconds gave them victory over Danielle Goldstein (ISR) and Celebrity VDL, owned by The Golden Group and Danielle Goldstein, (63.22 seconds) and Winn Alden on Southern Arches LLC’s Stealing Home, who had a time of 64.03 seconds.
Lillie Keenan (USA) was presented with the Kate Nash Boone Style Award, presented by Michael Meller, friends, and family, given to the international equestrian who exemplifies best style of riding along with maintaining a sportsmanlike composure while competing in the CSIO at WEF. The Niall Grimes “Cheers” Perpetual Trophy was presented to Richie Moloney, which is presented each year to the top Irish rider during CSIO week. Beezie Madden was presented with the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award for WEF 8.
Week 8 Jumper Classic winners:
$15,000 SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, presented by U.S. Trust/Bank of America Merrill Lynch – David Oberkircher and Tyson de Verteveuille
$10,000 SJHOF High Junior Jumpers, presented by Sleepy P Ranch – Paige Matthies and Climbus
$10,000 Equitan Medium Junior Jumpers – Mimi Gochman and Avoloma BH
$10,000 Equiline Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Christina Antonucci and Zonneglans$10,000 Martha Jolicoeur, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Katherine Strauss and Famous$10,000 Maria Mendelsohn, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Low Junior Jumpers – Mimi Gochman and Ax-Cent$10,000 Rose Hill Farm Adult Jumpers 18-35 – Lindsey Tomeu and Gold Lux
$10,000 Equis Boutique Adult Jumpers 36 and Over – Rachel Boggus and Shalamar
$10,000 Horseware Ireland Don Little Masters – Louise Otten and Flippant
Week 8 Jumper Champions:
Equestrian Sotheby’s Children’s Jumper 14 & Under – Valentina Arenas and Belina
Children’s Jumper 15-17 – Rachel Rolfs and Seacrests Elsa
Griffis Residential Modified Children’s Jumpers – Robert Matz and Venturesome
FarmVet Adult Modified Jumpers – Joseph Comunale and Hector van Terwest
Karina Brez Jewelry Low Adult Jumper 18-35 – Molly Newsome and MTF Birmingham
Pegasus Builders Low Adult Jumper 36 & Over – Matthew Yeterian and Zanziboy
Carolina Arena Equipment Low Children’s Jumper – Erin and Elizabeth Ecclestone and Believe/Mia Green and Affier
ProElite Low Child/Adult Training Jumper – Karen Bailey and Baton Rouge
Spy Coast Farm 6 Year Old Developing Jumper Series Young Jumper – Patricia Griffith and S&L Motown
Spy Coast Farm 7 Year Old Developing Jumper Series Young Jumper – Molly Ashe and Berdien
Week Eight Hunter Wrap-Up
Peter Pletcher, aboard Kennedy, owned by Blanche Strunk, was crowned the Conformation Hunter champion on Thursday afternoon with a top scoring total of 39 points. The duo was fourth in the model, fourth in the under saddle, and first, first, and second over fences. Victoria Colvin claimed the reserve with 26 points and a third in the model, first in the under saddle, and a second, third, fourth, and fourth over fences.
Friday’s competition began in the DeNemethy Ring with Annabel Revers and Quax, owned by Beechwood Stables, LLC, claiming the blue in the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search 3* class. The pair aced the open water jump and challenging course of bending lines and returned as one of the top 12 competitors to impress the judges in the flat test. Ava Stearns was close behind with a second-place finish aboard her mount, Mac One III, owned by Lauren Hough, and Emma Kurtz took third aboard Carl, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker.
Cracker Jack, piloted and owned by 14-year-old Natalie Jayne, earned the champion title in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division to highlight hunter competition on Saturday. Jayne, of Elgin, IL, won the under saddle and jumped to two firsts and a second-place ribbon aboard Cracker Jack, an 11-year-old Warmblood gelding.
Reserve champion honors in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division were presented to Inquisitive, ridden by Hallie Grimes and owned by Can We Keep It? LLC.
Ryan Moloney of Georgetown, KY, rode Vogue to the Children’s Hunter Older division championship, sponsored by Palm Beach International Academy, after earning two first place finishes over fences and a win under saddle during week eight of the Winter Equestrian Festival.
The reserve champion was Worthington, ridden and owned by Isabella Watson. They were third in the under saddle and placed first, fifth, and sixth over fences.