Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Wellington, FL – February 8, 2017 – USA’s Jessica Springsteen and Tiger Lily opened week five of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) with victory in the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m speed class on Wednesday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.
WEF 5, sponsored by Fidelity Investments®, features CSI 5* competition through Sunday, February 12, 2017. Highlights include the $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 on Thursday, the $380,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, as well as the $86,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic and the $50,000 Equo Grand Prix CSI 2* on Sunday. Live streaming for the week is available HERE. The 12-week WEF circuit continues through April 2, 2017, awarding over $9 million in prize money.
“I saw a lot of rounds before I went today,” Springsteen said of her winning track. “I knew what I had to do, which is always a nice advantage of going last. I actually added strides in places where other people left out, but she is just so fast on her own. I don’t even have to kick; I just loosen the reins and she goes.”
“She is very feisty,” Springsteen described. “She always wants to go, so I have to do my best to keep her stride short and together. She is jumping again tomorrow, so I was not sure if I should go forward today, but she has so much energy that it was a good course for her. She felt great.”
While previously training with Edwina Tops-Alexander and Jan Tops in Europe, Springsteen found Tiger Lily showing under Massimo Grossato of Italy.
“I actually was not even supposed to try her,” Springsteen detailed. “When Edwina and Jan were going to see her, I just decided last minute to go with them. I immediately loved her.”
Also competing in the International Arena on Wednesday, Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) and Gochman Sport Horses’ Sibell BH won the $8,000 Douglas Elliman CSI 2* 1.40m speed.
Final Results: $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m
1. TIGER LILY: 2007 Oldenburg mare by Balou du Rouet x Domino
JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN (USA), Stone Hill Farm: 0/57.57
2. DONNA SPECIALE: 2008 KWPN mare by Cavalier x Concorde
LESLIE HOWARD (USA), Laure Sudreau: 0/58.36
3. COLLIN: 2007 KWPN gelding by Colandro x Amethist
LUIZ FRANCISCO DE AZEVEDO (BRA), Luiz Francisco de Azevedo: 0/59.42
4. COBOLT: 2006 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cyklon 1083 x Camaro M
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Shane Sweetnam & The Blue Buckle Group: 0/59.65
5. DOUBLE O SEVEN 7: 2008 KWPN gelding by Mr. Blue x Celano
KEVIN BABINGTON (IRL), Kevin Babington & Katznelson Jumpers LLC: 0/60.06
6. CAVAROLA: 2007 KWPN mare by Corland x Wellington
CHRIS SURBEY (CAN), Spruce Meadows: 0/60.16
7. CULA LOU V: 2006 Westphalian mare by Chacco-Blue x Sandro
YURI MANSUR (BRA), Louise Weber: 0/60.35
8. TARIOSO MANCIAIS: 2007 Selle Francais gelding by Arioso du Theillet x First Bride
KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/61.35
KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/62.49
10. LUMINA: 2008 Westphalian mare by Lordanos x Pilot
ALEXANDRA PAILLOT (FRA), Paillot Equine Consulting Inc: 0/64.03
11. CALISTA: 2006 Westphalian mare by Cornet Obolensky x Pontifex
GEORGINA BLOOMBERG (USA), Gotham Enterprizes LLC: 0/64.95
12. CLIMBUS: 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Cartani x Limbus
NICK NOVAK (USA), Nick Novak: 0/65.17
Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, Official Photographer of the Winter Equestrian Festival. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.