I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Week 9 of the Winter Equestrian Festival is complete and we are going into the first of three weeks remaining this season!!!
Highlights of week 9 include the 5* WEF Challenge Cup on Thursday, won for a third time by McLain Ward. He has come out on top of each of the 5* Challenge Cups this season! Week 9’s win was aboard Evergate Stable LLC’s Hija Van Strokapelleken. 13 of 50 went to the jump off in what McLain said to be a very strong track – the biggest of the season. He won the class with this horse in week 7 and had won it with HH Azur week 5. His time of 39.37 was good for the win. Other top finishers were Shane Sweetnam, who seems to have picked up momentum in recent weeks, on Chaqui Z in 40.48. Dani Goldstein and Lizziemary were 3rd in 40.68. Devin Ryan was 4th on Eddie Blue in 40.96. Beezie Madden was 5th aboard Darry Lou in 41.79. This horse really stood out to me this week. He’s going on my favorites list.