2013 FTI WEF E-Newsletter for Week 12

Welcome to our 2013 FTI WEF E-Newsletter for week
twelve, the final week of the FTI WEF! In this weekly newsletter, you’ll find a variety of information, horse show updates, competition wrap-ups, sponsor offers, exhibitor alerts, and more!

The eleventh week of the FTI WEF was from March 20-24 and sponsored by Artisan Farms. Week twelve runs March 27-31 and is sponsored by FTI Consulting. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks from January 9-March 31, 2013, and will award almost $7 million in prize money through the circuit.

FTI WEF Upcoming Events Week 12

FTI WEF Week 12 Ride and Learn presented by Palm Beach Riding Academy

Louise Serio will conclude the 2013 FTI WEF Ride & Learn Series and be the clinician for FTI WEF Week 12, sponsored by Quest Plus Dewormer, on Tuesday, March 26, at 3:00 pm. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to ride with one of the finest hunter riders of the sport. If you are interested please contact Sean Jones at 561-784-4275.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival National 4 Show

The AGDF hosts their fourth national horse show of the season with a schedule full of classes for dressage horses on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26-27, 2013, at The Stadium at PBIEC. Visit http://www.globaldressagefestival.com for more information.

Have You Reserved Seating for FTI WEF Week 12?

If you haven’t already done so, reserve a seat for the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix, CSI 5* on Saturday, March 30, at the Special Events Pavilion. Seats will be sold for $200 per person or $1,000 for a table of six. There will be a Chef’s Table Buffet and a cash bar. Please contact Annette Goyette at 561-793-5867 if interested.

USEF Town Hall Meeting

On Wednesday, March 27, at 5:30 pm in The Wellington Club there will be a discussion about “Welfare of the Horse in the 21st Century.” The USEF Town Hall discussion topics will include USEF Leadership, the introductions of the American Association of Equine Practitioner’s Guidelines for Treating Performance Horses, overview of USEF and FEI medications, regulatory & enforcement issues, and much more. Hope to see you all there!

FTI WEF 12 Lunch & Learn presented by Copy and Print Depot® at Office Depot®

You won’t want to miss out on the last Lunch & Learn of the 2013 FTI WEF. Dr. Swerdlin and Dr. Wheeler will be coming to The Wellington Club on Thursday, March 28, at 11:30 pm to present: “Veterinary Advice for Maintaining a Healthy Sport Horse,” sponsored by Palm Beach Equine Clinic. Lunch will be served and a Q&A will follow the discussion. The Series Finale will feature the Grand Prize Drawing for the Copy and Print Depot at Office Depot package which includes a $1,500 gift card, Kindle Fire & Tech Accessories, and more! Riders, trainers, and owners are welcome. For more information, please contact Meg Krueger at 561-784-1111 or at megkrueger@equestriansport.com.

Tiki Hut Happy Hour

Come out and spectate the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Round 12 on Thursday, March 28, at 2:00 pm from the Tiki Hut located on the side of the beautiful International Arena. Bring your friends and have some lunch and refreshing cocktails.

Adequan® Young Jumper Classics

Support the young jumpers as they head into the International Arena in the final week of the 2013 FTI WEF. With $65,000 awarded in prize money to 5, 6, 7, and 8- Year-Olds, these classes will be exciting to watch. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch young talent in the most impressive ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Classes will be held Thursday, March 28, and Friday, March 29.

$500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix, CSI 5*

After eleven weeks of thrilling Saturday Night Lights events, the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix, CSI 5* will be the most exciting class yet. Forty top riders will take to the International Arena in hopes of taking home top money and prizes, and the $100,000 FTI Consulting Rider Challenge will be awarded to the top four riders of the FTI WEF circuit. Not only will the Bank of America Family Festival be open, but there will also be live music, fire throwers and so much more. Gates open at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you all there!

$50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Watch top hunters take to the prestigious E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Field on Saturday, March 30, for the first round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. However, on the last day of the 2013 FTI WEF, head out to the beautiful grass derby field at The Stadium to watch the second round of the derby, which starts at 1:00 pm.

FTI WEF Horse Show Wrap-Up Week 11

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina Steal the Show in $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix

Week eleven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Artisan Farms, concluded on Sunday, March 24, with a full day of jumper action on the derby field at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Solerina won the highlight $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix in a five-horse jump-off over Marie Hecart (FRA) and Myself de Breve and Kirsten Coe (USA) and Baronez.

Victoria Colvin and Waminka were victorious in the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix, while Chloe Reid took the series win. Olivia Fry Weeks and Woica won the $10,000 Horseware Don Little Masters Classic. Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England, set the courses on the derby field for all three classes.

In the $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix, 34 entries showed over Jeffery’s feature track with five clear rounds advancing to the jump-off. Two cleared the short course without fault, and Shane Sweetnam guided Sweet Oak and Spy Coast Farms’ Solerina to victory with the fastest clear round in 41.17 seconds.

Marie Hecart and Normandie Connections’ Myself de Breve cleared the jump-off course in 42.45 seconds to place second. In third, Kirsten Coe and Ilan Ferder’s Baronez had one time fault in 45.58 seconds. Kent Farrington (USA) and Robin Parksy’s Blue Angel had one rail down in 42.45 seconds to earn the fourth place honors, and Reed Kessler (USA) and Mika placed fifth with four faults in 43.87 seconds.

Sweetnam’s winning mount, Solerina, is a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad that he owns in collaboration with his sponsor, Spy Coast Farm. Believe it or not, Sunday’s win was Sweetnam’s first win in an international FEI grand prix as well as his horse’s first time ever showing in a grand prix at any level. The stars aligned for the pair on the field this weekend as they earned an exciting victory.

“It is a great result, especially for myself,” Sweetnam admitted after the class. “It is my first WEF Sunday win and it is great for Spy Coast as well who own half of her with me. I am very, very happy. It was unexpected. She is a really competitive horse and her results have been great all circuit, but this is the first grand prix that I have done her in. She really surpassed herself; she gave everything she had. She is very fast, so I knew that if I could get in the jump-off that I would have a chance.”

Sweetnam has had Solerina since last summer and the pair has done very well together at the 1.45m and 1.50m level. “She has won a few classes; she has been second a lot. She has a very good strike rate,” Sweetnam noted. “She has been placed nearly 70%. She has been very, very good.”

“She has a bit of character, chestnut mare stuff,” Sweetnam said of Solerina. “If she is not fighting you, she is fighting with you, so I prefer if she’s fighting with me. Actually she was very relaxed here, so I was happy.”

The “chestnut mare stuff” may not be all that bad, as Sweetnam pointed out that three chestnut mares were first, second, and third in Sunday’s class. Second place finisher Myself de Breve is a feisty red headed mare as well, but has also proven herself many times in the arena with French rider Marie Hecart. Hecart got the 13-year-old mare as a two-year-old and has had some great results with her.

“She is very small, but she has all the scope,” Hecart declared. “When she was younger she was crazy, she was totally wild, but she really started to be good two or three years ago. She has really settled down and started working with me really well.”

“She always jumps really well on a big field like that,” Hecart said following the class. “She gets a lot of scope and she was great. I didn’t start the season really early; I started about five weeks ago. I didn’t want to do too much with her, so I wasn’t really ready for the first grand prix and this week she really started jumping like she does. She is 13, so she has all the experience and she doesn’t need to jump that much. I just try to do the big classes and the most important ones and she was really good.”

Third place finisher, Baronez, has had some great results showing on the grass field with rider Kirsten Coe, including a win in week seven’s $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup. She seems to like the different atmosphere.

“She really likes it out here,” Coe stated. “She is brave as a lion, so she really excels in this environment. I didn’t start showing that early in the season either; I didn’t start showing until week six, so it really feels like things are starting to come together now. She was double clear both times this week, so she has had a nice result.”

For Shane Sweetnam, there is no doubt that this year’s FTI WEF and Sunday’s class, especially, will be one to remember for a long time. Sweetnam praised the show after a fantastic day.

“WEF has done a great job this year,” he acknowledged. “Even last night they had such a great crowd and the standard of jumping has been fantastic every week. Personally, I have had a great circuit as well; I have been in the top three or four in the grand prix four times now, which I am very happy with. Every year I think WEF gets bigger and better and the standard is very high.”

FTI WEF Horse Show Wrap-Up Week 11

McLain Ward and Zander Shine in $100,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Final

McLain Ward (USA) and his promising young mount Zander were the winners in Saturday night’s $100,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Final during week eleven. The pair led a high-speed jump-off over second place finishers Janne Friederike Meyer of Germany aboard Cellagon Lambrasco and third place duo Pablo Barrios of Venezuela riding Zara Leandra. Great Britain’s Ben Maher and Quiet Easy 4 topped the eleven-week series championship standings and were awarded the top bonus following the class.

Richard Jeffery set the course for 48 entries in Saturday night’s 1.50m final, held under the lights in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Only six were able to master the track to advance to the jump-off and four went double clear in an exciting race against the clock for the tie breaker. McLain Ward and Zander, a nine-year-old KWPN gelding by Cantos x Saygon, took the win with their pace of 43.86 seconds.

Finishing in second, Janne Friederike Meyer and Cellagon Lambrasco, owned by Meyer, Friedrich and Anne Sophie, stopped the clock in 45.12 seconds. Pablo Barrios and ZL Goup, Inc.’s Zara Leandra were close behind in 45.32 seconds, and Reed Kessler and Ligist had the fourth double clear round in 45.94 seconds. Brazil’s Carlos Ribas and Ronaldo, owned by Ribas and Roberto de la Real, actually had the fastest round of the jump-off in 43.53 seconds, but had the second to last fence down for fifth place.

In a class that is usually held during the day, it was a different environment for many of the horses on Saturday night, showing under the lights with a big crowd. Some of the horses had more experience than others, and even though it was his first night class ever, Zander seemed to flourish in the impressive atmosphere.

“He’s a horse I’m really excited about,” Ward said after the class. “We got him at the beginning of last year with high hopes and then I got hurt and lost almost four months. He was really good last year at Spruce Meadows and he won a nice grand prix at Valkenswaard in the summer. We’ve done him in a bunch of WEF (Challenge Cup) classes here and he won one and he had the fastest time in two others. We hoped he would develop through this Florida and it was just a really nice way for him to end. [It was] the first time under the lights, [and there was] the water under the lights, which he was a bit a green about as a young horse. I think he’s a really exciting horse and I’m lucky to have him.”

“He’s got a really big stride and he’s a very careful horse,” Ward detailed. “He’s such a flamboyant jumper, he loses his parts once in a while, but through this Florida he has kind of figured that out, where you can really gallop at a fence and he really has control of his body. I think that’s going to continue to get better. He’s been fast from the beginning. He can do some numbers that a lot of other horses have to struggle to do a little bit, so I think the future is bright for him. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

As the conclusion to the eleven-week Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series, Saturday night’s class served as the final allocation of points for the overall standings. $50,000 worth of bonus money was presented to the top three leading horse and rider combinations that accumulated the most points throughout the eleven weeks of competition. Awarding their consistency overall, Ben Maher took home the top bonus of $25,000 with Mrs. Phillips’ Quiet Easy 4, Alise Oken won $15,000 for second place with Hi Hopes Farm LLC’s Teirra, and Laura Kraut finished third and was awarded $10,000 for her performance with the Evita Group’s Nouvelle.

FTI WEF Horse Show Wrap-Up Week 11

Lillie Keenan Secures Another Major Equitation Victory with 6th Annual George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship

Fifteen-year-old Lillie Keenan rode to victory in the 6th Annual George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship, presented by Alessandro Albanese, during week eleven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Keenan, of New York City, piloted Heritage Farms’ Clearway to a score of 89 during round one before upping the ante in round two with an astounding 98.5. Keenan was in second with a total score of 187.5 going into the final four test, when she rode Megan MacPherson’s mount, Meridian Partners’ Great Expectations, to a blue ribbon finish.

MacPherson and Great Expectations were in first place going into the final four, with scores of 95.5 and 94 for a total score of 189.5. Gabrielle Bausano and San Remo VDL, owned by Elizabeth Benson, were third to Keenan after having a lower score from the tie-breaking panel of judges. Bausano earned scores of 92.5 and 95 for a total of 187.5. Michael Hughes rounded out the top four with scores of 92 and 94.5 for a total of 186.5 aboard Drumnacross Farm’s Zagreb.

MacPherson ultimately finished fourth after having a rail in the final test with Keenan’s mount, Clearway. Bausano finished third as she ran into trouble holding a counter canter aboard Hughes’ horse, Zagreb. Hughes piloted San Remo VDL to a second place finish. Keenan secured victory aboard Great Expectations, which was also recognized as the Best Equitation Horse and the Best Turned Out Horse for the evening.

Scores for the first two rounds were calculated by two panels of judges plus an additional schooling judge score for riders’ preparation. Olympian Reed Kessler presided over the schooling ring and scored riders from zero to six after each round of schooling. Kessler’s scores were based on timeliness, efficiency and any questionable practices or procedures by riders in the schooling arena. Riders were required to warm up and walk the course without the usual safety net of their trainers.

The 2013 judges panel was personally chosen by George Morris, who served on panel two alongside Jeffery Welles and Alex Jayne. Panel one comprised Cynthia Hankins, Anne Kursinski, and Jimmy Torano. Morris also consulted with course designer Richard Jeffery to put forth two challenging tracks for the field of twenty-nine young riders.

The original twenty-nine competitors were cut to twelve after the first round of competition. Riders were then asked to perform several tests within their second course, including a trot fence, counter cantering a fence and both flying and simple lead changes. The top four were then required to swap horses and repeat the second course and test for their final examination.

Morris described the swap as the “supreme test” of equitation and was pleased with Keenan’s performance, as well as all of the evening’s competitors. “She is a very finished rider. She’s a very beautiful rider. She has great poise. Those top four, even past that, they were all excellent,” Morris commented.

Keenan admitted to not taking many risks in her first round, but was fully aware that she needed to step up her riding to make an impression. “Going into the second round, I wasn’t leading and I wasn’t in the top four, so I really knew I was going to have to take some risks. I tried to be a little bit fancy and show the gallop where I could. I knew my horse was totally prepared because [trainer Andre Dignelli] rode him this morning,” Keenan explained.

Keenan was elated to take home another big equitation victory at the FTI WEF. Two weeks ago, she won the Sam Edelman Equitation Championship with another Heritage mount, Levistano 2. “It’s definitely exciting. I couldn’t have imagined this, coming to Florida, thinking I could win both. I had two great horses in both events. It just worked out,” Keenan described.

“Lillie has it all,” trainer Andre Dignelli commented. “Lillie has the ability; she’s got the family support. She’s got the brains for it, she has the work ethic. And she’s got the look. She will go as far as she would like to take this.”

FTI WEF Horse Show Wrap-Up Week 11

Jumper Results:
Wednesday through Sunday

Week eleven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Artisan Farms, featured the $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m speed class on Wednesday with a win for Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala. Earning points on the Longines FEI world ranking list, the pair beat Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Solerina, Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Wang Chung M2S, and McLain Ward (USA) and Zhum CW, all within nine one-hundredths of a second separating them.

Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England, was the course designer in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for week eleven. In Wednesday’s $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m, 37 entries contested Jeffery’s speed track with 14 clear rounds. Lauren Hough and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala were the winners in 61.88 seconds. Just behind, Shane Sweetnam and Sweet Oak and Spy Coast Farm’s Solerina finished second in 61.91 seconds. Eric Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S, owned by Morningside Stud and Torrey Pines Stable, finished third in 61.94 seconds. McLain Ward and Zhum CW, owned by Ilan Ferder and Missy Clark, were right there in fourth with their time of 61.97 seconds.

Also showing on Wednesday, Wilton Porter and Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s Radio City won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jump-off class. In the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off, Manuel Espinosa riding Luis Garcia’s Zippo CG and Laura Chapot aboard Mary Chapot’s Umberto were both winners in a split class.

Week eleven continued on Thursday with a one-two finish for Brazil in the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 11. Alvaro de Miranda was the winner riding Show Show with Rodrigo Pessoa and HH Let’s Fly in second. Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Cornet d’Amour finished third.

In Thursday’s WEF Challenge Cup class, Richard Jeffery saw 70 entries and 12 clear trips over the first round course. Eleven of those entries returned for the jump-off, and six of those jumped double clear. Alvaro de Miranda and RD Jumper Higher Ltda’s Show Show had the fastest round of 35.34 seconds for the victory. Rodrigo Pessoa and Double H Farm’s HH Let’s Fly finished in 37.58 seconds to place second. Third place honors went to Germany’s Daniel Deusser with his time of 37.80 seconds aboard Cornet d’Amour, owned by Stephex Stables and Pedro Veniss.

Also showing on Thursday, Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca and Zoe II won the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class.

Canada’s Eric Lamaze was in the winner’s circle on Friday with a win in the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class during week eleven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S, owned by Morningside Stud and Torrey Pines Stable, beat a field of top horses and riders in the day’s highlight Longines FEI world ranking event. Thirty entries showed over the one round speed track with ten clear efforts and a winning time of 61.39 seconds for Eric Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S.

Meagan Nusz (USA) and Amalaya Investments’ Vesuvius placed second in 62.38 seconds. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Cyklon 1083 were third in 63.24 seconds. Nusz also took fourth place honors with Amalaya Investments’ Willow in 64.88 seconds, and Quentin Judge (USA) and Double H Farm’s HH Dark de la Hart were fifth in 65.65 seconds.

Also showing on Friday, McLain Ward and Emma won the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class. In the Adequan 5-year-old Young Jumpers, Maarten Huuygens and Mary Chapot’s Robin’s Twist earned victory.

Also showing in the International Arena on Saturday, Peru’s Michelle Navarro-Grau rode Alfi to victory in the $15,000 RCG Farm SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Victoria Colvin and Waminka, owned by Rivers Edge, were victorious in the $10,000 Griffis Residential High Junior Jumper Classic. Colvin was later honored with a special award during the night class. She was presented with the Potcreek Meadow Farm Junior Sportmanship Trophy, in memory of Candida C. Fortsmann.

Starting off Sunday’s competition on the derby field, 15-year-old Victoria Colvin jumped to victory in the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix presented by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte. Thirty-one entries showed in the class with four clear rounds to advance to the jump-off. None of the competitors were able to clear the second round course without fault, and Colvin’s four-fault round was the best with a time of 43.21 seconds aboard Waminka, owned by Rivers Edge.

Dana Scott and Nod Hill Farm’s KM What Ever RV finished second with four faults in 43.65 seconds. Niclas Hofmann and Trelawny Farm LLC’s Babbe Van’t Roosakker placed third with four faults in 50.87 seconds. Fourth place honors went to Alexandra Thornton and Dunwalke Ltd.’s Blue Curacao with eight faults in 45.17 seconds.

Sunday’s class was the final event in the 2013 Artisan Farms Young Rider Series, presented by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte, which also awarded the top prizes on Sunday for its overall standings. Sixteen-year-old Chloe Reid was named the top rider under 21 and will get a spot on the USEF European Young Rider Tour this summer as her prize, with transportation provided by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte. Along with that, as the overall winner she takes home a Bruno delGrange saddle. Wilton Porter and Niclas Hofmann were second and third in the overall standings.

A full schedule of competition was also held at the main show grounds at PBIEC on Sunday in the International Arena. In the $10,000 Charles Owen Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Daisy Johnson and Atlanta 447 jumped to victory. In the $10,000 Maria Mendelsohn Low Junior Jumpers, Eugenio Garza and Marbella were victorious.

FTI WEF Horse Show Wrap-Up Week 11

Hunter and Equitation Results:
Thursday through Sunday

Third time was a charm for Marshall and Amanda Lyerly in the Gold Coast Baby Green Hunter division at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Week eleven marks the third time the pair has competed together and their first time earning championship honors for the division. Lyerly piloted Marshall to first place under saddle and consistently strong over fences rounds, jumping to third, first, and two second place ribbons.

Reserve championship honors went to Champagne, ridden by Ryan Roy and owned by Leigh Stewart. Champagne and Roy were third under saddle and won two of four over fences rounds, earning third place ribbons for their final two courses.

Competing on Friday, Rachel Boggus and Cassino Z finished first in the Ariat National Adult Medal class during week eleven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The pair was ranked fourth with a score of 79 going into the test but secured their victory with a final score of 88.

The top four called back for the test included week ten winner Sara Ballinger aboard Wanderprinz, who finished second with a final score of 87. Kelcie Brophy and Calmar finished third with a score of 85 and Kiva Iscol rounded out the top four with a score of 81 with Julius.

Tracy Scheriff-Muser and her eleven-year-old KWPN gelding, Absolut, brought home the championship title for the Bainbridge Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 division during week eleven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Scheriff-Musler and Absolut eked out the championship by a narrow margin of only one point with three second place finishes over fences in addition to a third in the handy round and a blue ribbon in the under saddle class.

Reserve honors went to Darwin, owned and ridden by Kelly Tropin. Tropin piloted Darwin to three first place ribbons over fences and a fifth place ribbon under saddle. Darwin and Tropin just barely fell short to Scheriff-Musler in a tightly contested division of twenty-one entries.

Grand All Over lived up to his name during week eleven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The fifteen-year-old Welsh Pony gelding owned by David Gochman was champion of the Visse Wedell Medium Pony Hunter divsion with Emma Kurtz. Kurtz, of Cleveland, OH, piloted Grand All Over to second place under saddle and finished first, third, and third over fences.

Reserve champion was Sassafras Creek, ridden by Daisy Farish and owned by Redfield Farm. Farish and Sassafras Creek were eighth under saddle and were first, second, sixth, and first over fences.

Owner-rider champion for the division was Roxbury and Yasmin Rizvi. Reserve owner-rider honors went to Francesca Dildabanian and her pony Laugh Out Loud.

For full results, please visit http://www.showgroundslive.com.

FTI WEF Horse Show Wrap-Up Week 11

Week 11 Classic winners:

$10,000 Animo USA Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers – Rogelio A Pellerano Heinsen and Precieuse Platiere

$10,000 Hollow Creek Farm Medium Junior Jumpers – Emanuel Andrade and Costa

$10,000 Martha Jolicoeur Adult Classic 36-49, Kristin C. Zimmerman and Quelanotte Rouge

$10,000 Engel & Völkers Adult Jumpers 18-35 – Alissa Kinsey and Grisset

Week 11 Champions:

Entrust Children’s Jumper 14 & Under – Elena Bernewitz and Truth or Dare

Entrust Children’s Jumper 15-17 – Sophia Bertot and 2 The Nines

FarmVet Adult Modified Jumpers – Sydney Vince and Echo

Children’s Modified Jumpers – (tie) Cloe Hymowitz and Calet; Adeline Audette and U2u; Cloe Hymowitz and Cowboy

Paddock Cakes Low Adult Jumper 18-35 – Bertolozzi and Houston

Paddock Cakes Low Adult Jumper 36 & Over -Lori Custer and Coraline

Paddock Cakes Low Children’s Jumper – Dakota Freeman and Neblina

Equestrian Sport Productions to Host FEI Caribbean Challenge at ESP Spring 2 Horse Show

Wellington, FL – March 23, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) is excited to announce that they will host the FEI Caribbean Challenge on April 10-11, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during the ESP Spring 2 Horse Show.

The FEI Caribbean Challenge will include participants from Group IV, the FEI designation for the geographical area of the United States, Canada, and Caribbean island nations. Similar to the friendship event held in Germany, the class is for riders aged 14-18. Each U.S. and Canadian rider brings two horses to the event, which are put into a draw where they ride one horse and a foreign (Caribbean) rider draws the other.

The event will be held at the 1.10m level and is meant to be fun, friendly, and encourage international sport with young riders. Twenty-two riders will be invited to the event, with 12 coming from the United States and Canada.

Included in the hosting committee and helping arrange social events for the participating riders are USEF President Chrystine Tauber and FEI Group IV Chairman Mark Samuels. Riders are invited to a Welcome Reception, an evening barbeque, a clinic, to view the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Nations Cup competition, and a farewell reception.

“We encourage American and Canadian riders to join this event,” said ESP President Michael Stone. “It’s a great opportunity to ride in a championship-style class, meet international riders, and gain new experiences. We thank the USEF and Equine Canada for their help in organizing the event, and we look forward to welcoming Caribbean riders to the PBIEC.”

Tentative Timetable for the Week

Wednesday, April 10: Morning – Vet inspection, Riders Meeting and Draw for horses

Afternoon – Training session

Evening – Welcome Reception

Thursday, April 11: Warm up competition speed class

Evening – BBQ

Friday, April 12: Morning – Flat work and training session

Afternoon – free (FEI Group IV Meeting at Noon)

Evening – Special outing/Clinic for riders

Saturday, April 13: Group IV Classic Competition jump-off format

Evening – Visit to AGDF CDIO and PBIEC Farewell reception

Sunday, April 14: Group IV Friendship Championship Competition jump-off format

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.