The Monday Brief: WEF Week IX

Equestrian, General

Good morning beautiful friends!

I hope you had a great weekend.

Top news in our household from the past week was the Golden Birthday we celebrated for Isla. We officially have a 6-year-old! Her day started with our annual tradition; breakfast with Roxy. Only this year, we actually had Roxy go into her room and wake her up. I LOVE this pony so much. The rest of her celebrations included school with friends, dinner at her restaurant of choice, Barbie cake, and presents. A weekday Birthday is a little tough to celebrate for a girl that has to get up for school – especially one that would prefer to stay up until midnight and sleep until 10 if given the option. Much to her delight, the celebrations continued into the weekend and ended with an evening with wonderful new friends, food, and swimming.

In other news, I finally got into the ring and showed! I was concerned that I would not have enough horse (energy) to do it after how quiet and lazy he has been both at home and on Tuesday at the show, but he certainly perked up when it came time for the first round on Thursday. Considering we haven’t jumped much at all and not shown since October, I was okay with how it went. I have this awesome gift for making a little mistake in every single round that is just enough to take me out of the ribbons, but overall I think it was pretty respectable. He got a ribbon in the under saddle, which I was not expecting due to this same “spark” he was demonstrating. I was just happy to know he is feeling good.

Sara was 2nd in a large under saddle (20+) and is starting to get her rhythm over fences since recovering from her accident/broken collar bone in November.

There were several feature classes at WEF during week 9. The Saturday Night Lights feature widely considered the main event of the week. Week 9 SNL featured the $391K Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI 5*, the highest level of competition at WEF.  Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z, owned by Over the Top Stables LLC were victorious in the end. It was a best for last scenario in the jump-off for Daniel with a clear round in a winning time of 34.71 seconds.

Daniel’s cousin Ilan started Ladriano Z in FEI competition during the 2016 WEF season, and he took over the ride the following year. The pair have had 10 top 5 finishes in FEI ranking classes, including their two major wins in 2018 and now adding this success to their list of accolades.

The major culprit of the night for many top combinations was the final stretch of the course, a tight triple combination 13 a,b,c (oxer, verticle, oxer) to a 6 stride to the final fence.

Out of 39 entries, just 5 advanced to the jump-off. First to go clear in the first round and first to return for the jump-off were Alex Granato and Carlchen W. They had the fastest time of the night in 37.09 seconds, but with a rail in the double combination, they finished just out of the top 3 and into the 4th spot. It has been an incredible season for Alex and Carlchen W.

Karen Polle and Sari took over the top briefly with a clear round in 37.58 seconds, and would ultimately end up in 2nd. Karen has been partnered with Sari, an 11-year-old Selle Francais mare, for just over a year and only at the Grand Prix level begging just this past September.

Beezie Madden and Breitling LS had a phenomenal round finishing in 37.76 seconds for third place.

$391,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate CSI 5*

1 LADRIANO Z: 2008 Zangersheide gelding by Lawito x Baloubet du Rouet
DANIEL BLUMAN (ISR), Over the Top Stables LLC: 0/0/37.41

2 SARI: 2008 Selle Francais mare by Ninio de Rox x Timorrak des Isles
KAREN POLLE (JPN), Kinoshita Group: 0/0/37.58

3 BREITLING LS: 2006 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Quintero x Accord II
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/0/37.76

4 CARLCHEN W: 2008 Mecklenberg gelding by Chacco-Blue x Continue
ALEX GRANATO (USA), Page Tredennick: 0/4/37.09

5 ENSOR DE LITRANGE LXII: 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Nabab de Reve x Mr. Blue
LORENZO DE LUCA (ITA), Stephex Stables: 0/4/37.41

6 VICTER FINN DH Z: 2008 BWP gelding by Va Vite x Stakkato
EUGENIO GARZA PEREZ (MEX), El Milagro: 1/82.61

7 ALEJANDRO: 2009 Rheinländer gelding by Acorado’s Ass x Contanga
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Seabrook, SpyCoast Farm and Sweet Oak Farm: 4/77.38

8 EMMERTON: 2009 KWPN gelding by Silvio I
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington: 4/78.75

9 LUCIFER V: 2006 Westphalian gelding by Lord Dezi x Grandeur
NAYEL NASSAR (EGY), Evergate Stables LLC: 4/78.89

10 HESTER: 2005 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Wandor Van De Mispelaere x Palestro
LUCY DESLAURIERS (USA), Lisa Deslauriers: 4/79.10

11 H5 QUINTOL: 2005 Oldenburg gelding by Quintender x Cento
EDUARDO MENEZES (BRA), Eduardo Menezes: 4/79.16

12 H5 SUNSHINE: 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Hardi
CARLOS HANK GUERREIRO (MEX), H5 Sport Horses, LLC: 4/79.20

Over at the grass derby field at Global, several derby classes were held over the weekend. Starting with the $5K pony hunter derby on Friday.

53 pony/rider combinations took to the Derby Field at Global presented by NickerDoodles. 18 entries consisted of large ponies, 22 were mediums, and another 13 were in the small pony category. of the original 53, just 12 would be asked to return for the handy round.

Cecelia Perry and Pokerface (large) brought home the victory after a 2 round score of 167 total points.

The following day it hosted the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, which was divided into 2 sections; professionals and junior/amateurs.

70 top combinations took the field for the  $10K Hunter Classic. Havens Schatt won the among the professionals and the junior/amateur win was accomplished by Sofia Roberts.

Sissy Wickes and Tucker Ericson were given the task of determining the outcome. When all trips were completed, a total of 24 entries made up of 12 junior/amateur combinations and 12 professional combinations were invited to return for the handy round.

Receiving a score of 89 points in both rounds, Sofia Roberts and Small Gesture bested the field of 31 junior/amateur combinations with a total of 178 overall points. Sofia and Small Gesture made their debut in Wellington this season after having never previously shown at WEF.

$5,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, presented by NickerDoodles

1 Pokerface, Cecelia Perry, Winter Teitjen
80.00, 87.00 | 167.00

2 Mind Your Step, Mae Mannis, Ashland Farm
77.75, 84.00 | 161.75

3 So Enchanted, Carolyn Colter, Ticket To Ride LLC
79.50, 78.00 |157.50

4 Kudos, Amira Kettaneh, Lakeview Inc
83.00, 71.00 | 154.00

5 Storyteller, Caroline Signorino, Temple Equestrian LLC
86.00, 67.00 | 153.00

6 Frosted, Georgia Jacob, Kathryn McCarthy
77.50, 72.00 |149.50

7 News Day, Clara Propp, Aquitaine Equine
84.00, 62.00 | 146.00

8 Sterling, Sterling Malnik, Sterling Malnik
78.50, 65.00 | 143.50

9 Hidden Springs Waltz, Vivian Golden, Renaud Farm LLC
87.00, 55.00 | 142.00

10 Brighton, Kat Fuqua, Kat Fuqua
79.00, 54.00 | 133.00

11 Benetton, Georgia Jacob, Pretty Penny Farm
77.00, 30.00 | 107.00

12 Casino De Luxe, Sterling Malnik, Sterling Malnik
78.00, 28.00 | 106.00

Jeff Gogul, one of Sofia Roberts’s trainers, captured the same score of 89 in each round of the professional division to end up in the third spot aboard Counselor.

Peter Pletcher took the 2nd place spot in the section aboard Entourage. With scores of 91 and 89 points for a total of 180.

Just edging out both Jeff and Peter, Havens Schatt and Happy Thought claimed the victory with scores of 89.5 and 91 finishing with a total of 180.5 points.

$10K USHJA National Hunter Derby

Junior/Amateur Section
1 Small Gesture, Sofia Roberts, Roberts Stables, LLC
89.00, 89.00 | 178.00

2 Game Face, Chloe White, Virginia Langloss
85.50, 91.00 | 176.50

3 For Love, Meredith Lipke, Meredith Lipke
84.00, 87.00 | 171.00

4 Privateer, Kelley Corrigan, Kelley Corrigan
83.00, 87.00 | 170.00

5 Golden Dream, Gigi Moynihan, Christy Johnson
78.00, 85.00 | 163.00

6 Aiden, John Yozell, John Yozell
77.00, 84.00 | 161.00

7 Cassius, Sandra Epstein, Sandra Epstein
75.00, 78.00 | 153.00

8 Conway, Michael Baum, DP Racing
85.00, 67.00 | 152.00

9 Eleventh Hour, Meredith Lipke, Meredith Lipke
76.00, 72.00 | 148.00

Professional Section
1 Happy Thought, Havens Schatt, Caroline Moran
89.50, 91.00 |180.50

2 Entourage, Peter Pletcher, Legado Farms, LLC
91.00, 89.00 |180.00

3 Counselor, Jeff Gogul, Roaring Brook LLC
89.00, 89.00 |178.00

4 Generous, David Oliynyk, Lori Gaudet
88.50, 88.50 | 177.00

5 Rockaway, Molly Sewell, Cynthia Chaconas
86.25, 90.00 |176.25

6 My December, Peter Pletcher, Legado Farms, LLC
88.25, 86.00 |174.25

7 No Doubt, Molly Sewell, Elizabeth Phillips
86.50, 86.00 | 172.50

8 Salt Creek, Havens Schatt, Havens Schatt
86.00, 85.00 | 171.00

9 Clockwork, Havens Schatt, Cece Williams
88.75, 81.00 |169.75

10 Maverick, Jeff Gogul, Roberts Stables, LLC
90.00, 77.00 | 167.00

11 Quickborn 7, Heather Caristo-Williams, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Caristo
88.00, 76.00 | 164.00

12 In Time, Rush Weeden, Glory Days Farm, LLC
87.00, 72.00 | 159.00

Check out for all of the show results, including Sundays big classes – $72K CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI 5* and the $50K Griffis Residential Grand Prix CSI 2*. 

Hard to believe there are just 3 weeks left of WEF for the 2019 season. I have met some really wonderful people here this season and I am looking forward to making the most of the rest of our time in Florida for this year both with my riding and connecting with friends and attending events. 

Many of you may have seen my Instagram post regarding why we all come together as a community of equestrians. The passion for horses and our sport should always be front and center. You hear things floating around the horse show world that give a bad representation of all of the amazing people there are here. We get bad apples, that is the case in any aspect of life. As I said there, I would just encourage anyone who is living life with horses to think about the simplicity of the bottom line. Why are you here? It’s because you love horses, right?! We are all different and have our own ideas and opinions on horse care, training, style, etc. That’s okay! Just remember that we have a common bond and in this the most humbling roller coaster ride of highs and lows. Stay positive, stay humble, be kind.

I hope you all have a fabulous week. Thank you for being here! It means so much to me. If you aren’t already signed up, you can join my email list to get notifications of new blog posts. No spam, I promise.




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