The Monday Brief: WEF Week 10

Equestrian, General

Hello fabulous people!

Happy Monday to you all – I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

Mine was insanely busy with friends, fun, sun, and horses! What could be better?

Friday night freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival kicked off a busy weekend for dressage competition. Saturday had a packed schedule of 11 international classes, including pony, junior and young rider divisions as part of the sixth annual Florida International Youth Dressage Championships. This was in addition to the young horse and amateur classes. This past weeks show was the biggest dressage show ever held outside Western Europe.

The Friday night FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI4*, presented by Havensafe Farm results were as follows:

1st – Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir, 14yo Danish warmblood gelding Score: 76.6%

2nd – Arlene Page (USA) on Woodstock, 15yo Danish warmblood gelding Score: 75%.

3rd – Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) on Don Diego Ymas, 15yo Hanoverian gelding Score: 73.525%.

4th – Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA) on Alcazar, 13yo KWPN gelding Score: 72.525%.

5th – Jessica Jo Tate (USA) on Faberge 15yo Westfalian gelding Score: 70.675%

6th – Jacqueline Brooks (CAN) on D Niro, 19yo Swedish warmblood gelding Score: 70.6%.

7th – Devon Kane (USA) on Sir Galanto, 13yo Hanoverian stallion  Score: 67.95%.

8th – Ellesse Tzinberg (PHI) on Triviant 2, 18yo KWPN gelding Score: 67.775%.

Final scores calculated on an average score from the panel of judges that included E, Christoph Hess (GER); H, Lee Tubman (CAN); C Janet Foy (USA); M Kurt Christensen (DEN); M, Gabriel Armando (ARG)

A much anticipated reunion with our “other child”, Tori, finally came and she rolled in around midnight on Friday/Saturday. Tori is one of our riders who recently claimed adult status! She is in her first year of college at SCAD in Savannah Georgia. Tori has spent a lot of time with our family to the point that she became apart of it. In Wellington, you see a lot of junior riders that make their way down for the winter and find alternatives to traditional classroom education. She has been coming down to Wellington with us for the past few years, during which she was still in high school. She worked with “The Horse Show Tutor”, Gina Mondel to correspond with her school. This winter was different now that she’s a college student. Her horse came down with us, but Tori finally made her appearance this weekend during her schools spring break. I’m excited to have a  week to spend with her! While Tori made it, her suitcase did not. She barely made her connection, eek. It was onto the airport in the morning to pick up the lagging bag. Then, horse show time! We met up with our other friends that were in from Minnesota for the weekend. After spending some time over at the show we went home briefly and then it was back for Saturday Night Lights and the $132K Horseware 3* Grand Prix.

There were 44 entries. Let me just tell you, it was an absolute blood bath!!! Just 1 entry went clear in the first round, which of course meant there was no 2nd round/jump off! This is not the typical goal or expectation of a class. I’ve been told that the course designers like to see about 15% of the class go clear. This was clearly not the outcome we saw from Pan American Games course designer Michel Vaillancourt of Canada. In a post class interview, Ian Millar did praise the course designer for the challenging track.

As the only clear round of the night, 21-year-old Spencer Smith of Wellington, FL, and Theodore Manciais, owned by Ashland Farms, won the class with a clear first round. He had gone fairly early in the class before it got very dark. With the time change, the class started half an hour later, but it was still fairly light out at the beginning. Spencer is the son of Ken and Emily Smith (Ashland Farms), though he trains with Canadian olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze. Unbelievably, this was Spencer’s first International prix win as well as a first in an FEI ranking class. In an interview he gave afterwards, he credited Eric Lamaze for changing not only his riding, but his life forever. Pretty amazing stuff, right?!

The Peeps Foundation representatives made an appearance on Saturday Night.

1st – THEODORE MANCIAIS: 2007 Selle Français gelding ridden by
SPENCER SMITH (USA), for Ashland Farms with 0 faults in 75.09 seconds.

2nd –  DIXSON: 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding ridden by
IAN MILLAR (CAN), for Ariel Grange with 4 faults in 72.23 seconds.

3rd –  MANODIE II H: 2005 Oldenburg mare ridden by
GEORGINA BLOOMBERG (USA)for Gotham Enterprizes LLC with 4 faults in 73.53 seconds.

4th – CARNA Z: 2005 Zangersheide mare ridden by
GUSTAVO PRATO (ARG)for Equus Forte LLC with 4 faults in 73.92 seconds.

5th – ILIONA: 2008 BWP mare ridden by
DAVID RAPOSA (USA) for David Raposa with 4 faults in 74.24.

6th – CHAMONIX H: 2001 Swedish Warmblood mare ridden by
KELLI CRUCIOTTI (USA) for Serenity Farm with 4 faults in 74.59 seconds.

7th – CLEARWATER: 2007 Holsteiner gelding ridden by
MARILYN LITTLE (USA) for Karen O’Connor with 4 faults in 74.77 seconds.

8th – SHIVER: 2005 Hanoverian gelding ridden by
LIZA FINSNESS (USA) for Lisa Finsness with 4 faults in 75.96 seconds.

9th – CHANCE STE HERMELLE: 2008 mare ridden by
MICHAEL MORRISSEY (USA) for QBS Equestrian LLC with 4 faults  in 76.11 seconds.

10th – ISHD DUAL STAR: 2002 Irish Sport Horse mare ridden by
LAURA CHAPOT (USA) for Mary Chapot with 4 faults in 76.14 seconds.

11th –  CONCETTO SON: 2004 Oldenburg gelding ridden by
LAURA JANE TIDBALL (CAN) for Thunderbird Showpark with 4 faults in 76.15 seconds.

12th –  HOMER VAN DE BARLEBUIS: 2007 gelding ridden by
VICTOR LUMINATTI (BRA) for Dulcinei Mariano Luminatti with 4 faults in 76.91 seconds.

It was quite a night and with rails down round after round, it was kind of hard to watch!

From there, we were off to a late dinner at The Patio at Polo. It is such a great little spot and I would highly recommend it. Upon “closing it down” there, we moved on to, The Grille, a popular spot in Wellington. Our friend, Melissa, was in search of a place to have some fun and dance dance dance. And that we did!!! Until 2 am!

After a short nights rest, we were up and off to the show to watch the $35K Hollow Creek 1.50 Classic held on Sundays throughout the circuit. Week 10 saw 53 entries and of those 14 that ended up being clear and went on to the jump off.

1st – CHANDON BLUE: 2005 Oldenburg gelding ridden byLAURA CHAPOT (USA) for Mary Chapot with 0 faults in 36.14 seconds.

2nd – VDL BRAVO S: 2006 KWPN gelding ridden by HUNTER HOLLOWAY (USA) for Hays Investment Corp. with no faults in 36.56 seconds.

3rd – CONCHO: 2008 Holsteiner gelding ridden by LILLIE KEENAN (USA) for Chansonette Farm LLC with no faults in 38.64 seconds.

4th – PRINCE ROYAL Z MFS: 2007 Zangersheide stallion ridden by
PEDRO MUYLAERT (BRA) for Stenio da Silva with no faults in 39.01.

5th – SERPICO: 2008 Irish Sport Horse gelding ridden by ANDREW WELLES (USA) for Itasca Group LLC with no faults in 41.18.

6th – HHS HERCULES: 2009 Irish Sport Horse gelding ridden byBEEZIE MADDEN (USA) for Abigail Wexner: with 4 faults in 34.63 seconds.

7th – FOR FREEDOM Z: 2005 Zangersheide gelding ridden by
KEEAN WHITE (CAN) for Angelstone Partners with 4 faults in 34.63.

8th – DIEGO: 2008 KWPN gelding ridden by ANDREW BOURNS (IRL), for Jürgen Klussman with 4 faults in 37.328.

9th – DIVINE DE LA ROQUE: 2008 KWPN mare ridden by MARIE HECART (FRA), for Normandie Connection with 4 faults in 39.113.

10th – CASSANDRA: 2007 KWPN mare ridden by JENN SEREK (CAN), for The Cassandra Group with 4 faults in 41.784 seconds.

11th – CHAKITO: 2006 Oldenburg ridden by
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), for Vlock Show Stables LLC with 4 faults in 44.593.

12th – PRESTIGIOUS: 2007 Westphalian gelding ridden by MADISON GOETZMANN (USA) with 8 faults in 35.459.

But that’s not all!!! After that, we were off to watch polo! We headed to the International Polo Club, 5 of us ladies plus Isla. We  watched this match from The Pavilion for their Champagne Brunch. The food was fabulous and it was a fun atmosphere with a sidelines view of the polo match. We enjoyed the experience! Although I must admit, in this setting, I was probably more busy socializing and eating than really watching the game. The last time we went when Ireen was here, we had sat in the stadium seating. From there you are really up close to the action and can truly watch the match. Two completely different experiences, but really happy to have done both and enjoyed them for the experience they provided.

At the conclusion of the match, the fun didn’t stop. There was an afterparty, which we stayed for only briefly. Then we crossed the field and Sara took us as guests to enjoy poolside patio seating at the club in which she and Randy are members. There was music… There was a place to dance….So you better believe Melissa was out there as well as the rest of our group in it’s entirety at one point or another. Some more than others…It was a really fabulous time and a fabulous day! Isla got to do some swimming, which was thrilling for her!

And here we are closing out week 10 and going into the 11th of 12 weeks of WEF. My husband made a great analogy – this circuit is like the gas tank in your car, the first half goes moves along, but the 2nd half just seems to drop to empty in an instant.

WEF 11 is another action packed week featuring CSI 4 * competition sponsored by CaptiveOne Advisors. Coming up this week is the $205K CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix CSI 4* at 11 am on the grass derby field at Equestrian Village, the $132K Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic Final at 6:30 pm in the WEF International Ring on Saturday, as well as the George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation on Friday at 5 p.m. in the WEF International Ring and the $50K Hermés Under 25 Grand Prix Series Final at noon on the grass derby field on Sunday.

Ready, set, go!!!




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