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 week ten of competition on March 14-18 and CSI 3* competition sponsored by Horseware Ireland. It features the $132,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, March 17.
WEF 9 Jumper Wrap-Up
In the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Jumpers CSI 5* on Wednesday, Daniel Coyle, 23, and Tienna, a ten-year-old Canadian Sport Horse mare by For Pleasure x Polydox owned by Ariel Grange, were fastest for victory in 28.50 seconds. They just pipped Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Cyklon 1083, owned by Spy Coast Farm LLC, who had the previous leading time of 28.70 seconds. Close behind was Santiago Lambre (MEX), who rode his own Doloris to third place in 29.04 seconds and was fourth on Integrated Services Florida LLC’s D’Artagnan in 29.52 seconds.
Victory in the $8,000 Rose Hill Farm 1.40m CSI 2* went to Ibrahim Barazi of Jordan, who not only is the first rider from Jordan to win in the FEI division at the Winter Equestrian Festival, but also scored his first FEI victory in just his fourth FEI competition. He rode Omnia Incipit, a 10-year-old mare owned by IB Stable, to the win in a time of 37.15 seconds.
Second place went to Georgina Bloomberg (USA) on Paola 233, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, in 35.38 seconds. Willie Tynan (IRL) and Red Barn Farm LLC’s KEC City Limits were third in 36.43 seconds.
There have been three CSI 5* $132,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cups at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), and 2017 FEI World Cup Finals winner McLain Ward has led the victory gallop at each one. He repeated his WEF 7 win on Thursday, March 8, with Evergate Stable LLC’s Hija van Strokapelleken.
Second place went to the early leaders in the jump-off, Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Chaqui Z, who went first and stopped the timers in 40.48 seconds. The WEF 7 five-star grand prix winners, Danielle Goldstein (ISR) and Lizziemary, owned by The Golden Group and Danielle Goldstein, were third in 40.68 seconds.
Ward (USA) returned to the International Arena on Friday to take the win in the $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Jumpers CSI 5* aboard another gray mare, Bellefleur PS Z, a nine-year-old Zangersheide owned by Susan Heller and Ward’s daughter, Lilly Ward.
Brazil’s Yuri Mansur and Babylotte topped 82 additional entries to win the $35,000 Rose Hill Farm 1.45m Classic CSI2* on Friday, March 9.
On the final day of week nine at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa (BRA) and Sharapova Imperio Egipicio, owned by Daniel Aguiar Morelli, won the $50,000 Rose Hill Farm Grand Prix CSI 2*.
There were 45 entries in Sunday’s grand prix, and 12 were clear for the jump-off. It was Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa and Sharapova Imperio Egipicio who posted the fastest of eight double clear rounds for the win in 37.01 seconds.
The top four were all inside one second from each other; Abigail McArdle (USA) and David McArdle’s Cade finished second in 37.40 seconds, Karrie Rufer (USA) and Morning Star Sporthorses’ Georgie d’Auvray EC were third in 37.74 seconds, and Johan Sebastian Gulliksen (NOR) rode Stall Gullik’s David Guetta to fourth place with a time of 37.92 seconds.
Due to expected inclement weather, the format of the Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic was changed to a speed round on Sunday morning. Of the 41 entries in the class, eight were clear. The fastest of those was Tiffany Foster, who dominated the class in a time of 63.36 seconds for the win, almost five seconds faster than the rest of the field.
Second place went to Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) and Pembroke, owned by Starlight Farms LLC, who recorded a time of 68.24 seconds. Enrique Gonzalez (MEX) and Chacna finished third in 68.35 seconds.
Week 9 Jumper Classic winners:
$15,000 SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, presented by U.S. Trust/Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Lucy Deslauriers and Hester
$10,000 SJHOF High Junior Jumpers, presented by Sleepy P Ranch – Sophie Gochman and Bluf BH
$10,000 Equitan Medium Junior Jumpers – Sophie Gochman and Carola BH
$10,000 Equiline Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Katherine Strauss and Executive
$10,000 Martha Jolicoeur, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Blythe Masters and Callway Do Cabo
$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 – Lindsey Tomeu and Bonapart
$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 9 Jumper Champions:
Equestrian Sotheby’s Children’s Jumper 14 & Under – Claudia Citrin and Don Juan
Children’s Jumper 15-17 – Emerson Lane and Diddlina d’Ive Z
Griffis Residential Modified Children’s Jumpers – Grace Thames and Soprano
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 – Christy Moynihan and Rayani
Carolina Arena Equipment Low Children’s Jumper – Mia Green and Affier/Daniel Kerins and Sundance
ProElite Low Child/Adult Training Jumper – Virginia Doebler and Melody
Spy Coast Farm 6 Year Old Developing Jumper Series Young Jumper – Mattias Tromp and Manhattan
Spy Coast Farm 7 Year Old Developing Jumper Series Young Jumper – Beezie Madden and Garant
WEF 9 Hunter and Equitation Wrap-Up
Thursday’s competition featured an impressive championship win by Rob Carey, of Bolton, ON, Canada, and First Watch, owned by Barbara Mitchell, in the Perfect Products USHJA Hunter 3’ division. The pair mastered the course set in ring 11 and prevailed with three firsts and a third over fences, with a second in the under saddle.
Sarah Sturges took the reserve championship win aboard Drake, owned by Christopher Payne, with a first in the under saddle and a first, fourth, seventh, and seventh over fences.
Ten-year-old Riley McKesson of Wellington, FL, triumphed in the $5,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby riding Rollingwoods Stickler, owned by Annakate Long.
McKesson and Rollingwoods Stickler scored an 87 in the first round – the highest score of the class – and added an 82 in the second round to come away with a total score of 169 and the win. Kat Fuqua and her own Finesse RF scored 84 and 83 for a 167 total for second place. Third place went to Olivia Markman and her own Glynhafan Red Kestral, who had a 156.50 total.
Jennifer Bliss of Loxahatchee, FL, continued her derby field success by repeating her 2017 victory in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Open, presented by Equiline. Last year, she took the victory on Sugarman. This year, she led the victory gallop on Game Face, a nine-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Harris Hill Farm LLC. She also placed second on Poker Face, also owned by Harris Hill Farm LLC.
Game Face scored an 87 in the first round and 85 in the second round. They picked up four bonus points in each round by jumping the high options as well as their handy bonus and ended up with a winning total of 180.
On Poker Face, Bliss also received four bonus points in each round, and with scores of 88 and 81, she was second on a total of 177. Michael Desiderio rode Dru Cederberg’s Zero Tolerance to third place on double scores of 84 with four bonus points for a 176 total.
Meredith Lipke of Weston, MA, rode For Love to the win in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby for Junior/Amateurs, presented by Equiline.
Lipke and For Love scored 85 and 86, plus picked up four bonus points in each round, for a winning total of 179. Second place went to Kianna Luscher and Carissima W, owned by Northeast Equi-Wave Therapy, LLC. They received scores of 83 and 85, plus three and two bonus points in successive rounds, for a 173 total. Samantha Karp and her own Zentina B scored 81 and 82 with four bonus points in each round for third place on a score of 171.
Sunday’s equitation competition in ring nine began with a first-place finish by Farah Rizvi and her mount, Jarinka, an entry owned by Emma Callanan, in the ASPCA Maclay Section A presented by Solic Capital.
Rizvi has only been paired with the nine-year-old Warmblood mare for a few weeks, and today marked the duo’s first win together.
Maverick Helmer secured second place aboard his entry, Canterbury, and Sophia Pilla finished third aboard Poprocks, owned by Piccolino Farm LLC.