hunter/jumper « $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup winners, Rodrigo Pessoa and Let’s Fly.
Kicks Off First Week with Success The 2013 FTI ConsulTIng WInTer equestrian Festival (WeF) hosted its opening day of competition on January 9, at the beautiful Palm Beach International equestrian Center in Wellington, Fl, with big wins for Ireland’s shane sweetnam. sweetnam kicked things off with back-to-back victories in the first two classes of the circuit—the $8,000 g&C Farm 1.45m speed class and the $6,000 spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class— aboard sweet oak Farm’s solerina and spy Coast Farm, llC’s eregast Van’t Kiezelhof, respectively. Brazil’s rodrigo Pessoa and Double
h Farm’s hh let’s Fly galloped to victory in the $30,000 ruby et Violette Winter equestrian Festival Challenge Cup round 1. Course designer, eric hasbrouck, set the track. out of 38 entries, nine jumped clear in the first round to advance to the jump-off. A tight time kept five others without jumping faults out of the tie-breaker. seven of the nine jump-off entries cleared the second round course without fault, but it was Pessoa and hh let’s Fly that set the pace and held on to the end. The duo galloped through the timers in 35.940 seconds as the first to go in the jump-off. nobody else
(Left) $25,000 Suncast® Championship Jumper Classic winners, McLain Ward and Zhum CW. (Right) $30,000 Mar-aLago Club Grand Prix winners, Charlie Jacobs and Flaming Star.
| March 2013
Photos: Jilluann valliere
Winter equestrian Festival
would come close. Peter Wylde and The Wannahave group’s sandor De la Pomme finished second with their time of 36.392 seconds. Third went to sweetnam, aboard spy Coast Farm, llC’s siri with a time of 36.591 seconds. During the $55,000 nespresso Battle of the sexes, 3,500 fans packed the stands to see the women beat the men for the fifth year in a row. It was the closest race yet in the three-phase competition, which included speed rounds, match races, and a six-bar competition. But, the ladies team— comprised of georgina Bloomberg, laura Kraut, Margie engle, Marilyn little, Maggie Bracco, nicole Bellissimo, Debbie stephens, Brianne goutal, Candice King, and schuyler riley— pulled out another victory in the end. In the $25,000 suncast® Championship Jumper Classic, Mclain Ward took the win, riding Ilan Ferder and Missy Clark’s Zhum CW. out of 18 entries, nine finished the first round course without fault to jump-off, and Ward and Zhum CW completed the fastest double-clear round in 38.663 seconds. Finishing in second, Wylde and lewin 5, owned by societe Civile De l’ecurie Meutry, jumped clear in 39.118 seconds. sweetnam and sweet oak Farm’s solerina were third in 39.146 seconds. The Mar-a-lago Club-sponsored $30,000 grand Prix wrapped up the first week of competition on January 13, with a win for Charlie Jacobs and CMJ sporthorse llC’s Flaming star. out of 46 horse-and-rider combinations, 13 entries advanced to the jump-off, and 10 went double-clear. The fastest of those clear jump-off rounds belonged to Jacobs and Flaming star in a time of 37.163 seconds. Alvaro de Miranda and rD Jumping higher, ltda.’s show show finished second, stopping the clock in 37.413 seconds. reed Kessler and ligist were third with a time of 37.708 seconds.
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