Hello Beautiful People,
The season finale of WEF 18′, week 12, is upon us.
Sending my car back to Minnesota this weekend was a sad realization of how close we are to the end of another season in the sunshine. I also had to send Tori back to SCAD as her spring break came to an end. Woe is me.
In happier news, I was thrilled to win this fabulous “Horse” print from be. by dolan over the weekend. I received it after posting a photo in their lion t-shirt as apart of a photo submission contest to win!! As a leo, I naturally had to choose the lion as my first piece. The be. by dolan prints and tee’s are beautifully done and its a family owned company. 10% of their proceeds go to The Peeps Foundation, a rescue for miniature horses (and most recently a miniature cow named Cream Cheese). I’ll be sharing more on The Peeps Foundation soon! Check out the be. by dolan website, here. I’m looking forward to the great items that they will be launching for the summer!
Week 11 saw a multitude of great events in show jumping and beyond. On several occasions over the weekend I had to stop and think about just how much running around these top riders do in a weekend like that. They have things going on first thing on Saturday at WEF and then it’s over to ride in the Grand Prix held at the derby field mid morning, but that isn’t the full day, many also rode in the Saturday night 1.50 final and furthermore, some of them were then off to Ocala to ride in the HITS $1 Million dollar class on Sunday! The stamina is remarkable!
Thursday’s qualifier class, the $70,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 11, took place on the grass derby field at Equestrian Village (AGDF). 93 entries came to play for week 11. The results ranged from 7 retirements on course and an elimination, to 33 clear (in the first round) and everything in between. Of the 33 clear, 11 were double clear. 8 of the clear rounds chose not to jump off (my assumption in most of those cases is that they knew they had qualified and opted not to put the extra jumps in on their horses).
Winning the class, 19-year-old Emily Moffitt, on Tipsy Du Terral with a jump off time of 42.468. Emily trains with Ben Maher and has big goals to ride in the Olympics one day. She currently has 20 horses, 10 of which are at the Grand Prix level!! Professional rider, Winn Alden, was 2nd on Charlie owned by Southern Arches LLC in 43.048. McLain Ward was 3rd on HH Callas in 43.234. Petronella Andersson, one of the riders at Stephex Stables, was 4th on Eclatant in 43.425. 5th went to Daniel Bluman on Bacara D’Archonfos, owned by Over the Top Stables LLC (The Schwitzer Family) and Kim Douglas, in 43.693. Cormac Hanley, the young rider from Ireland, came in 6th on VDL Cartello in 43.746. Cormac comes from an equestrian immersed family, owners of Claremorris Equestrian in Claremorris Ireland. 7th place went to Swiss rider, Beat Mandli, on Simba in 44.026. 8th went to Ben Maher on Sarena, owned by Jane Clark, in 46.419. Finishing 9th, Luis Pedro Biraben on Colorado 210 in 46.76, 10th to Jonathon Millar and Daveau in 47.996, 11th to Alise Oken on Hitchcock VD Broekkant and 12th to Jordan Coyle and Eristov in 43.108.
Friday’s highlight class was the George Morris Excellence In Equitation Class. Top junior riders at WEF competed all season to qualify for the class that took place in the International Ring on Friday evening. In order to qualify, they needed to win a blue ribbon in a 3’6 equitation class during the 2018 circuit. The format of this class is designed for the riders to compete on their own without any help from their trainer. That included walking the course, warming up, and heading into the ring all on their own. They received numeric scores from 2 judges panels as well as a “schooling score” after both the first and second rounds of warm-up ranging from -2 to +2 points. The schooling score, which is based on time management, efficiency and any questionable practices or procedures from the riders, is added to the combined total of the two panel scores and divided by two to determine the round average.
The two panels of judges consisted of Chris Kappler and Ralph Caristo along with Sissy Wickes and Keri Kampsen. It was a challenging track with a lot of variety and need for adjustments throughout the course. The 13-fence course for the first phase included trotting directly from the in-gate through a set of cavaletti, a double combination, rollbacks, and a gymnastic set right by the in-gate going towards the International Club.
Some of the elements that presented the most challenge were the cavalettis at which many horses tried to jump or even stopped. There was also the gymnastic and a challenging set of lead changes required in a short span of ground. It was challenging and rough to watch at times. There were 34 entries that qualified and competed in the class.
The winner of this exclusive class was 17-year-old Coco Fath with a score of 179 after the 2 rounds. She received an 88.5 from the judges in the first round of the competition. Coco not only competes in equitation, but also rides both hunters and jumpers.
In the second round of competition, the top 15 returned. It was a similarly challenging track, in which the riders had to trot a vertical by the in-gate and demonstrate a simple change of lead in the middle of the line from Fence 4 to 5. Coco was 1 of 4 selected for further testing.
She received a score of 90.5 in the second round and was set to move on to the final test. The work-off called riders back in reverse order and required them to counter canter Fence 8, canter Fence 2, hand gallop Fence 5, canter the triple combination (vertical-vertical-oxer) going home, halt, and back up.
Coco was last to go. She rode the test beautifully to claim victory with a total of 179 points. Her mount, Class Action, was the recipient of the Best Equitation Horse award.
Ava Stearns, daughter of trainer Sarah Doyle and popular catch rider, was 2nd. Ava rides with Missy Clark and John Brennan of North Run in addition to riding with her Mom at their home base on Martha’s Vineyard.
Daisy Farish, a well known and successful junior rider at Heritage Farm, came in 3rd place.
Alexandra Worthington was 4th aboard her horse, Outshine. Alexandra and Coco are barnmates at Beacon Hill and train with Stacia Madden.
Kaitlyn Lovingfoss was 5th, Grace Boston was 6th, Rachel McMullen was 7th, Grady Lyman 8th, Emma Fletcher 10th, Annabel Revers, 11th, & Farah Rizvi 12th.
On Friday evening, we went to a party hosted by friends and fellow Minnesotans at their new farm. It was a great night and so fun to catch up with horse friends from home all here in Florida.
On Saturday morning, this weeks Grand Prix – the $205K Captive One Advisors Grand Prix CSI 4*, took place on the grass derby field. It was a beautiful day and it was a big and technical course. 5 pairs were clear in the first round and in an exciting jump off all 5 were double clear! As each rider jumped off, you didn’t think anyone could beat their time, but alas, one after another they all edged each other out down to the last ride! It was a win for Beezie Madden on Breitling LS in 47.199. She made it look effortless and you wouldn’t have imagined she would be the fastest based on the smoothness of the ride. Daniel Coyle and Cita were a close 2nd in 48.32. Richie Maloney who seemed to blaze around the j/o course came in 3rd with a time of 50.681. Juan Manuel Gallego and Fee Des Sequoias Z were 4th in 53.115. Alise Oken was the 5th and double clear in 53.84 on Hitchcock VD Broekkant. 6th – Luiz Francisco De Azevedo and Comic. 7th – Lauren Hough and Waterford. 8th – Emily Moffitt and Tipsy Du Terral. 9th – Emily Mason and Explosion W. 10th – Adrienne Sternlicht and Toulago. 11th – Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z (Week 4 winners on the derby field). 12th – Mario Deslauriers and Bandolina 2
Saturday Night Lights featured the $132,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic Final. 14 of 49 starters went clear in round 1. I always think it is fun from a spectator perspective to have a good-sized comeback for the jump off. The format of this particular class was set for a top 25% coming back as opposed to the usual 0 fault rounds coming back. This meant that some riders came back to jump off carrying a time fault. None of the 4 faulters made it into the jump off. We did see 3 riders with 1 time fault from the first round come in and move above some of the clear riders from round 1 who ended up with 4 faults in the jump off.
Young amateur, Lucas Porter, of the Sleepy P Ranch was victorious in the class of 49 on Diamonte Darco in 47.9. Amber Harte came in 2nd on Austria 2 in 49.3. Kelli Cruciotti, of Serenity Farm in Elizabeth Colorado, was 3rd on Chamonix H in 49.85.. Richie Maloney and Button Sitte were 4th in 51.16. Amanda Derbyshire and Cornwall BH were 5th in 52.21. Laura Chapot and ISHD Dual Star were 6th in 53.87. Jessica Springsteen and Monica McCourt’s RMF Zecilie were 7th in 55.54. Alberto Michan and Redmond were 8th in 58.51. Leslie Howard went toward the end and was on track, but had an unfortunate rail ultimately coming in 8th in 48.61 with the 4 faults. Yuri Mansur and Babylotte were 9th with 4 faults in the jump off in 48.67. Luiz Francisco De Azevedo and Collin were 10th with 4 faults in 48.7. Rounding out the top 12, Guillaume Batillat and Rouge Pierreville finished with 4 faults in 50.18.
Sunday was the $50,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series Final
In the field of 29, the win went to Ransome Rombauer and Emorkus RE. The pair was double clear in 47.733. Great “about me” from Ransome, here. Coco Fath, fresh off of her win of the George Morris class on Friday, came in 2nd on Huckleberry. They were double clear in 47.06. Daisy Farish and Great White were 3rd and double clear in 49.869. Eugenio Garza Perez and Bariano were 4th with 4 faults in the jump off in 42.882. Daniel Coyle and Farona were 5th with 4 faults in 43.254. Lacey Gilbertson was 6th on Baloppi with 4 faults in 43.772. Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB were 7th with 4 faults in 44.052. Sydney Shulman and Villamoura were 8th with 4 faults in 49.739. David Oberkircher and Upper were 9th with 8 faults in 44.79. Abigail McArdle and Cade were 10th with 8 faults in 45.621. Jennifer Gates was 11th on Alex with 8 faults in 47.839. 12th went to Jad Dana and Darosso VDL who were the only pair to have 1 time fault in the first round.
WEF riders joined up in the effort to unite all equestrians across the country in the mission to keep children safe in schools and remember the victims of school violence. Last month, 17 people were shot and killed, along with more than a dozen who were injured, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, less than an hour from Wellington.
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum set forth to rally the equestrian community to make a strong unified statement to protect children in schools. She, her husband Markus and her daughter will rode into the International Ring followed by a procession of top riders and competitors of all levels. This took place during the same day as the #MarchForOurLives rally in Washington, D.C.
“This is not about right or left, this is about protecting our children and standing up for them. We encourage the equestrian community to take a stand to show that we need to do something about gun violence in schools in the United States. We ride together today as a testament that it’s time to take action,” “We’re not standing for a specific rule change or a specific political party; this is a bipartisan effort to unite behind the fact that we don’t want our children killed in schools anymore.”
– Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.
Coming up in the final week, the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*.
PS – Beezie won the Great American $1 Million on Sunday with Coach!!! It was a great weekend for her! Her win aboard Coach for Abigail Wexner earned them $350K! Not a bad days work.
It is going to be full speed ahead and I fear how fast this week will go by. Trying to enjoy every minute!
Can you believe next Monday will be the 12th and final Monday Brief for WEF 2018?!
A little Sunday fun in Palm Beach with friends at Eau Palm Beach.