Hello to my Beautiful Friends!
There are just 2 weeks left of the Winter Equestrian Festival for 2019. We’ve just concluded week 10, WEEK 10!!!?
Winter up North is lasting too long after an extremely snowy few months, while here in Florida I imagine many would like to extend their time. Well, maybe not everyone – I did hear plenty of people around the horse show stabling talking about being “over it”. Depending on your role and your schedule, this can be an exhausting 12 + weeks. I can venture to guess that it would feel much longer for people who are on the show grounds 100% of the time versus having a home base nearby.
When we are gone, I miss home in Minnesota and all of my family and friends (whom I will be so happy to see! Love you all). At the same time, I’ll also be very sad about leaving Florida. I’ve made some really wonderful friends this winter whom I will miss dearly. I feel really fortunate about that. Each year I feel more and more connected to seasonal life here. I will miss many things when it is time to head back up north. The surroundings and experiences here are incomparable.
We have friends visiting us this week, so it will be busy here during our remaining time.
This past weeks highlight classes kicked off with the WEF Challenge Cup. 85 competitors set out to earn a spot in the lineup for Saturday night.
Of the 43 that ultimately competed under the lights on Saturday (a few of them in the brief downpour ), just 4 went clear in the first round. It was a very challenging course and many seemed to fatigue towards the end. It seems like a lot of the horses were backed off and/or behind the leg. Riders and horses were working hard. The ladies were in it to the end in an all-female jump off. Vanessa Mannix ended up in 4th with 8 faults in the jump-off in 45.476. Laura Chapot and Chandon Blue were 3rd with 4 faults in 43.071. Amy Millar and Truman were double clear for 2nd in 45.659. The win went to Amanda Derbyshire aboard Roulette BH in 44.12.
On Sunday, the sun was shining brightly for the $36K CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI 3*. 13 horses of 63 went on to jump-off after the first round. 32-year-old Wellington first timer Diego Perez Bilbao took the win with a double-clear in 34.79 seconds aboard Helios.
Meanwhile, at the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit, The AIG Great American Million Grand Prix took place on Sunday. With a $3500 entry fee, the top prize was $350K. 57 combinations challenged the course after qualifying based on the Great American Million Standings.
Congratulations to Beezie Madden on the win with Abigail Wexner’s Darry Lou!!! Beezie was 4th in the order of go and then came back to best the class with a beautifully smooth and fast time.
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Coming up in week 11, some of the competition moves over to the stadium derby field. The $209K CSI4* Grand Prix for the week, Sponsored by Wellington Agricultural Services will be held on the field on Saturday morning at 11 am. Saturday Night Lights feature is the FEI $143K CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50 Classic. On Sunday the FEI U25 Grand Prix riders will have their $50K Series Final.
I’m really looking forward to attending the Equine Tech Collab Masterclass Innovation Series Event this week. I will definitely share all the great takeaways I get from it.
I hope you all have a fabulous week!
Let me know if there is anything you would like to see or learn about from Wellington in the next couple of weeks!
Did you see the blog post this past week featuring, The Mixed Bag, in Wellington? If not, be sure to check it out here!