For Immediate Release
Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Wellington, FL – January 17, 2018 – The second week of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) began on Wednesday, January 17, with the opening class, the $8,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers. Repeating his first week win, Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward (USA) took the top spot, this time riding Bellefleur PS Z for Susan Heller and Lilly Ward. Week two of WEF continues through Sunday, January 21, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.
Week 2, sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance, features the $70,000 Marshall & Sterling Insurance Grand Prix CSI 2* on Saturday, January 20, at 7 p.m. The $25,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix and $35,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.45m Classic will be held on Sunday, January 21.
There were 15 entries in the 1.45m Jumper class, which was held in a speed format. The course designer for the International Arena this week is Oscar Soberon of Mexico.
Nine of the 15 entries were clear, but it was Ward and Bellefleur PS Z, an eight-year-old Zangersheide mare by Berlin x Quidam de Revel, who were fastest around the course in 60.497 seconds. Laura Chapot (USA) took the next two spots in the results with Chandon Blue, owned by Mary Chapot, close behind in 60.606 seconds, and Out of Ireland, owned by The Edge, in 60.925 seconds.
Ward has been developing Bellefleur PS Z since she was six years old, and owns the mare with his godmother, Susan Heller.
McLain Ward and Bellefleur PS Z. Photo © Sportfot.
“Well actually, Lilly owns her with [Susan],” he said. “The deal was Lilly had to be my owner so that I wouldn’t sell her. She’s a phenomenal mare. She’s super careful, brave, really game, and she’s stepping up the levels nicely.
“She’s kind of suited to everything,” continued Ward. “She’s naturally fast, and she’s very careful. It’ll be interesting to see how far she goes because she’s very game and everything we ask her to do, she seems to do really well.”
Ward plans to keep building up Bellefleur’s experience, with the goal of competing in the 1.50m classes.
“It was a nice galloping course which was nice for the opening day,” said Ward. “I thought she handled it really well. They had difficult double verticals at the end, which probably last season would have been a challenge for her, but she handled it beautifully today.”
The second week of competition at WEF continues on Thursday, January 18, with the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 and the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Green Hunter 3’9” in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Field.
EXHIBITOR ALERT: Due to the expected cold temperatures and wind chill of 34 degrees on Wednesday night into Thursday morning, the start time of all competition arenas, with the exception of the International Arena, on Thursday, January 18, will be 8:30 a.m. The International Arena will start at 9 a.m. with the $8,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers. The $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 will start at 12:30 p.m.
Final Results: $8,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers
1 BELLEFLEUR PS Z: 2009 Zangersheide mare by Berlin x Quidam de Revel
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Susan Heller and Lilly Ward: 0/60.497
2 CHANDON BLUE: 2005 Oldenburg gelding by Chacco Blue x Landcapitol
LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Mary Chapot: 0/60.606
3 OUT OF IRELAND: 2006 Anglo European mare by Lougherne Connaught x Amiro M
LAURA CHAPOT (USA), The Edge & Laura Chapot: 0/60.925
4 CHERI DE PAPIGNIES: 2008 Belgian Sport horse gelding by Copin van de Broy x Darco
PETER LUTZ (USA), QBS Equestrian LLC: 0/63.671
5 FINISTERRA: 2008 KWPN mare by Canturano x Cassini I
GUSTAVO PRATO (ARG), Santiago Lambre: 0/63.932
6 IMOGEN DE REGOR: 2008 BWP mare by Darco x Cento
CALLAN SOLEM (USA), Colin and Virginia McNeil: 0/64.820
7 C’EST DORIJKE: 2007 Dutch Warmblood mare
PEDRO MUYLAERT (BRA), Ricardo Facchini: 0/65.477
8 CYBEL II: 2008 Irish Sport Horse mare by Varo x Lancer
LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Mary Chapot: 0/67.209
9 GO EASY DE MUZE: 2006 BWP gelding by Vigo d’Arsouilles x For Pleasure
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Kerry Anne LLC: 0/69.593
10 IBABCO: 2008 BWP stallion by Nebab de Reve x Darco
SANTIAGO LAMBRE (MEX), Santiago Lambre: 4/63.926
11 JASPER VAN’T GESTELHOF: 2009 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Heartbreaker x Darco
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington and Tanma Corp.: 4/72.418
12 PREMIERE CARTHOES BZ: 2003 Zangersheide gelding by Carthago Z x Voltaire
FELIPE AMARAL (BRA), Roberta Ramalmo: 4/72.559
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.