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Hey Beautiful Friends,
This week, I come to you with a Monday evening brief – because a giant headache took me out for a good majority of the weekend and I’m only one person! Thanks to the absolutely FABULOUS Ra’Shell Chappell of Especially Therapy in Royal Palm Beach, an amazing massage brought me back to life this morning. If you are in the Wellington area you simply MUST go and see her!!! I’ll include her contact information below. Tell her I sent you and new customers receive 15% off. There is honestly nobody better in my opinion.
Alright then, how about week 5! It came and it went and now it is the annual Hunter Week. Not only is it Hunter Week, but it is also Nations Cup week taking place at the picturesque Deeridge Farms.
Week 5 was both a 2* and a 5* Show Jumping week at WEF. For those of you who might want to understand better what the * ratings mean, all international competitions are run by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). They use codes to signify the level of international shows. The code to designate an international showjumping competition is ‘CSI’. The highest level international show is a CSI 5* down to the lowest, which is a CSI 1*. The top level shows are referred to as ‘CSI five stars’. The level of prize money generally dictates the star ratings of the show, but maximum and minimum heights apply at each level. In general, the highest height jumped at a 5* would be 1.60m, which is the height all top-level Nations Cups are jumped at. If a Nations Cup is taking place at a show, then the show will have the letter ‘O’ i.e. ‘CSIO’.
The $391K 5* Grand Prix this past weekend was sponsored by Fidelity Investments and saw 40 entries. I did “limp” over to watch the class with the fam despite the headache. Uncharacteristically, there were 18 that made it through the first round and on to the jump off! That is a very high percentage compared to what we normally see. It certainly made for an exciting jump off!!! Wilton Porter started the jump-off with a clear round in 34.97 seconds. There were others that were fast and clear, but Martin Fuchs would use the advantage of his horse’s enormous stride to go ahead and leave out a stride to earn the top spot on the podium in 33.13 seconds. The horse, Clooney 51, a 13-year-old Westphalian gelding is an experienced horse and his top mount. So what does first place get you? $129,030. Kent Farrington and the always speedy Gazelle were a close 2nd with a time of 33.57 in the jump off. You can find all of the results on the PBIEC website, here.
Other feature events for the jumpers in week 5 included the weekly CapitalOne Advisors 1.50 Classic and the Rushy Marsh $50K 2* Grand Prix.
Winning the 1.50 this week was Kristin Vanderveen, another one, like Alex Granato that my Zone 6 readers will remember from Grand Prix’s at Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center. She rode beautifully to finish at the top with a jump-off time of 39.426.
Top call in the 2* Grand Prix was Catherine Tyree and BEC Lorenzo.
Week 6 is another action-packed week in which many people will be between 3 places, 1. WEF 2. The Stadium at Global Dressage 3. Deeridge Farm for the Longines FEI CSIO 5* Nations Cup. Seeing that it is Hunter Week and the International Ring at WEF will be primarily dedicated to hunters, the bigger jumper classes move over to Global Dressage. Saturday Night Lights will feature the $100K WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular.
The launch of ROBERT-SQUARED, a vegan tack and apparel line created by Robert Dover and Robert Ross takes place tomorrow, February 12th. Everything they bring to the table will be eco and animal-friendly! Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers, and ponies are all included in the product line. I can’t wait to check it out!
But that’s not all!!! We’ve got Valentines Day coming up on Thursday! 💕
I know I ask you all this on the regular, but I truly would appreciate your feedback and comments about what you would like to see here on the blog. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE! 🙏🏼