Happy Monday fabulous friends!
I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I know my Minnesota people were hit with another significant snowfall…or maybe even two. It is hard to imagine as I was melting in the Florida sunshine. I am not complaining nor am I intending to rub it in, by the way, but how crazy is that?!
Week 7 of 12 at the Winter Equestrian Festival is a wrap. And the marathon continues!
Over at Global Dressage, FEI Grand Prix Freestyle took place under the lights on Friday night.
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz took the top spot on her 14 year old Dutch Warmblood in the 3* event. She had room to spare – her score of 73.319% was followed by 70.298% and a 2nd place finish for Arlene Page and Woodstock.
3rd – Yvonne Losos De Muniz DOM Aquamarijn 68.745%
4th – Jill Irving CAN Degas 12 68.468%
5th – Megan Lane CAN San D’or 68.043%
6th – Christoph Koschel GER Ballentines 10 67.447%
7th – Diane Creech CAN Diana C 67.383%
8th – Chase Hickok USA Sagacious HF 66.894%
9th – Julio Cesar Mendoza Loor ECU Chardonnay 65.766%
10th – Joanne Vaughan GEO Elmegardens Marquis 63.787%
11th – Jessica Jo Tate USA Cayman V 63.723%
12th – Nicole Harrington USA Wizard Of Oz 61.894%
Another Friday Night Light’s featuring freestyle dressage is coming up next weekend.
Back over at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Saturday nights FEI 5* $384K Rolex Grand Prix had 39 entries after a late scratch in the lineup.
It was another really challenging class that lived up to it’s 5* rating, the second of the season. 6 of the 39 went clear in the first round. In the jump off, they all came out looking for the win! Liubov Kachetova, partnered with the 10 year old Oldenburg gelding Veneno, went clear in the jump off early on – she would end up 2nd and the only double clear with exception of the winner. Her time of 45.722 was quite a bit slower than any of the others by about 5 seconds! McLain Ward and HH Azur were blazing around the jump off course and looked like they were on track to take over, but ultimately ended up 3rd with 4 faults. The crowd let out a collective vocalization of defeat as the final Rolex oxer came down. He had seen the winner do the final line in 8 strides – he had walked 9. He thought he’d go for the 8, but in the end did the 9 and took down the last rail in 36.606 seconds. Winning the class in a jump off time of 35.922, it was Danielle Goldstein (this season you can easily recognize her with her big pony tail of feathers under her helmet) and Lizziemary. These two look so in sync out there and I really enjoy watching them. Danielle has been riding this 12 year old mare since September of 2016 where they partnered up in Vilamoura (Portugul). She has been a solid contender in big classes ever since. When a chestnut mare is good, they’re good!! Danielle’s win earned her $126,720. Danielle was born in the US, but acquired her Israeli citizenship in 2010 and began competing to represent Israeli. Her goal is to become the first female Israeli show jumper to compete at the Olympic Games. The riders representing Israel, including Danielle, Daniel Bluman, and Ilan Ferder have been really strong.
Eric Lamaze and Chacco Kid came in 4th with 4 faults in the jump off, Yuri Mansur (yellow coat guy) and Babylotte were 5th – also with 4 in the jump off. There is actually something behind that can’t miss it coat you guys, custom made for him by Cavalleria Toscana. Check out Yuri’s site here for the scoop. 6th after the jump off with 8 faults was Jessica Springsteen on the McCourt’s RMF Swinny Du Parc. 7th went to Daniel Bluman and Sancha LS, 8th to Rowan Willis (Won a 5* in Ocala in February) on Blue Movie, 9th to Daniel Coyle and Cita, 10th to Coriandolo Di Ribano and Lauren Tisbo, 11th to Cristalline and Adrienne Sternlicht, and 12th to Karen Polle and With Wings.
HH Azur between rounds
And Rolex gave everyone in the International Club a shiny new watch!
Taking a look back at Thursday’s qualifier for the Saturday night class, FEI 5* $132K WEF Challenge Cup Round VII, McLain had taken the win on Hija Van Strokapelleken. Jessica Springsteen was 3rd on RMF Swinny Du Parc, Danielle Goldstein was 5th on another ride, Caspar 213. Those riders all kept fairly consistent at the top of the class while Rowan Willis, who was 8th on Saturday had been 46th with 16 faults on the same horse in the qualifier. It just goes to show the nature of this sport. It is quite a ride, literally. Another I noted was second place finisher from Saturday, Liubov. She was 41st in the qualifier on the same horse with 9 faults. Interesting fact: The riders who enter into the WEF Challenge Cup do not have to ride the same horse if they do in fact qualify for the Grand Prix.
PS – Just kidding.
Sunday’s events in the International ring included the $70K 5* Hollow Creek 1.50 Classic. 9 went clear. 8 of which ended up double clear after the jump off. Santiago Lambre went full speed in the jump off and it worked out! He won the class in a time of 69.34 earning $23, 100 on Sunday Funday. Ben Maher had a great ride as well on Carlson 86 and was second in 71.67. Catherine Tyree was 3rd on Catungee, Georgina Bloomberg was 4th on Manodie II H, Eve Jobs was 5th on Charleville, Petronella Andersson 6th with Eclatant, Erynn Ballard 7th, Tiffany Foster 8th, Diego Vivero 9th, Adrienne Sterlicht 10th, Marilyn Little 11th, and Kristen Vanderveen rounding out the top 12.
The next big class on Sunday afternoon was the $50K 2* Dutta Corporation Grand Prix. 45 combinations came out to jump in the heat of the day. 12 of them went clear in round 1 and 3 clear in the jump off. The winner, Rodrigo Pessoa, was fault free in a time of 36.114 earning $16,500. Wilhelm Genn and Dieta were second in 37.287, Wilton Porter and Delinquint JX were third in 39.336, Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa and Shrapova Imperio Egipicio (Phew that is a lot of name) were 4th, Emily Mason and Explosion W were 5th, Nick Dello Joio and Columbcille De Reve were 6th, Lauren Fischer and Freddie Vasquez tied for 7th, Winn Alden was 9th, and Alise Oken 10th.
The ASPCA Maclay also went on Sunday. Section A was won by Nina Columbia and Checkland. Section B was won by Emma Kurtz and At Last. Both sections had 39 competitors. So many young riders coming up through the equitation ranks. Some big eq graduates that you watch today in the big Grand Prix’s, like Lillie Kennan, Brianne Goutal, Erynn Ballard, Hunter Holloway, Jessica Springsteen, Victoria Colvin, etc, definitely stand apart in their presence out there on course.
Sara showed both of her horses in the heat of the afternoon this weekend and she did a great job. She and Guilder got some good ribbons in what was a large class of Adult Amateurs.
Sara and Davante
I also have to give a shoutout to fellow Minnesotan and friend, Marcy, on her winning round in the 36 and over section of the 3’3 Amateur Owners.
Back over at Dressage, another FEI Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center took place on Sunday. It resulted in a win for Diane Creech on Robbie W, Louise Leatherdale’s 15yo Oldenburg gelding with a 72.925%. Louise Leatherdale/Leatherdale Farms is located just a few miles from us in Minnesota. They are highly regarded in the Dressage and Sport Horse breeding worlds. Melissa Taylor on Ansgar, Nicole Polaski’s 13yo KWPN gelding was 2nd with a 72.275%. Jennifer Baumert on Handsome, Elizabeth Juliano’s 13yo Hanoverian gelding was 3rd with a 72.125%. Jodie Kelly-Baxley on Caymus, Beth Godwin’s 11yo KWPN gelding were 4th with a 71.975%. Nora Batchelder on Faro SQF, her own 10yo Hanoverian gelding was 5th with a 71.375%. Eliane Cordia van Reesema on Codiak, her own 9yo Rheinlander gelding was 6th with a 69.925%. Heather Blitz on Praestemarkens Quatero, her own Danish warmblood gelding was 7th with a 69.75%. Hannah Hewitt on Fidens, Tammy Pearson’s 8yo Danish warmblood was 8th with a 69.15%.
WEF 8 is coming up next, the CSIO4* AA Premiere aka Nations Cup Week. I’m hoping to enjoy a day at the beach this week in addition to all things equestrian.
Hopefully you all saw my post earlier this week about all the new fun from Exceptional Equestrian. If not, check out the post here.
Lilly Pulitzer dress from Saturday night.