It was a very busy weekend here in Wellington! After all of the fabulous equestrian events and the Super Bowl this evening, I am worn out!!! I have taken a lot of photos over the past few days, so I’ll be doing a lot of my sharing that way for this recap. On Friday afternoon Isla and I went to the International Hunter Derby at WEF. It was a two phase class in which they go right from the first round directly on to the handy. In the midwest we call this class, “Poise & Brilliance”. Those sitting around me didn’t appear to embrace the format change. It is definitely less exciting than the traditional top 12 coming back for a second/handy round. I enjoyed watching nonetheless- seeing the hunters jumping big is fun and the jumps are gorgeous.
1st – Shameless – Kelly Farmer
2nd – S & L Just a Cobbler – Elizabeth Boyd
3rd – Dedication – Emma Kurtz
4th – Olympic Fire – Jennifer Hannan
5th – Aeroplane – Amy Momrow
6th – Governor – Giavanna Rinaldi
7th – Any Given Sunday – Hunter Holloway
8th – Cadoretto – Geoffrey Hesslink
9th – Vanderpump – Augusta D. Iwasaki
10th – Poker Face – Jennifer Bliss
11th – Corice Z – Jennifer Hannan
12th – Take Two – Keri Kampsen
Saturday’s $205K NetJets FEI 4* Grand Prix was not a traditional night class. It was held on the grass derby field over at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival early in the day. This venue makes me so happy! It’s beautiful. It was a great way to start my day and it was a great class. 9 of the 44 starters went clear through the first round and on to the jump off. The riders that made it to the short course were exciting to watch. Coming out on top with a double clear round and a j/o time of 43.394 was Daniel Bluman on Sancha LS. In 2nd, Beezie Madden on Con Taggio, 3rd to Margie Engle on Indigo, 4th to Lucas Porter on Diamonte Darco, 5th to Brianne Goutal on Nice De Prissey, 6th to Richie Maloney on Freestyle De Muze, 7th to Paul O’ Shea on Skara Glen’s Presence, 8th to Scott Keach on Fedor, 9th to Roberto Teran Jr. on Brilliant Du Rouet, 10th to Lauren Hough on Ohlala, 11th to Jordan Coyle and Eristov, and 12th to Amanda Derbyshire on Luibanta BH. The top 6 all went double clear. Richie (the 6th place finisher and “slowest” to go double clear had a time of 47.2. It is amazing how much 4 seconds means in this sport. $67,650 versus $9,225! Amazing to think about that. Also pretty amazing to be 18 years old and winning at this level! Here is a link to a biography on Daniel Bluman.
Saturday Night Lights was reserved for a really special class this week: The Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments. $1.5 MILLION went to local non profit organizations. There were several grants and donations given highlighting a grand total of 57 locally based nonprofit organizations.
The theme “A Night When Everyones a Star” brought forth a wide variety of exciting costumes, which is a big part of the fun with the event. From Toy Story to Avatar and many in between. Team Grease took the win accompanied by anchor rider Shane Sweetnam. Shane, Lindsey Tomeu, and Chloe White brought home $150K for the Education Foundation. There were 29 pro/am teams of 3. With the winning team securing $150K the rest of the money was distributed on a sliding scale down to 29th place still securing $15K for their charity. Pretty great stuff people!!! Carly Dvorkin, Daisy Farish, and David Blake, took 2nd earning $125,000 for their charity, Quantum House.
Gia Rinaldi, Kennedy McCaulley, and Haylie Rolfe finished 3rd for Stem HQ dba TechGarage receiving $112,500.
PC: Kelly McCaulley
And then it was Sunday!!! Wow, the whole week went by so fast! We ventured out to the beautiful Deer Ridge Farm for the $220K Longines World Cup class Sunday afternoon. Another spectacular class to see. Danielle Goldstein was clear early on and then there was a wait to see more clear rounds. In the end, 5 horses of 40 went clear and on to the jump off. They were all GOING for it!!! Daniel Coyle came out on top aboard Cita with a jump off time of 34.790. Right behind him was Laura Kraut on Confue in a time of 35.140. The very popular, Royce, was ridden to third by Margie Engle, 4th to Danielle Goldstein on Lizziemary with 4 faults, and 5th to Mclain Ward on HH Callas in 36.850 with 4 faults.
I was really happy to see one of my favorite horses out on the course, Fibbonaci 17, the former mount of Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and now owned and ridden by Lillie Keenan. Major horse envy toward Lillie from me!
If you’d like to see a full list of results from this class, click here.
I am looking forward to the upcoming week. I have friends flying in to visit and I can’t wait for them to be here enjoying Florida with me for a week.
I hope you enjoyed the recap!