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Wednesday, May 25, 2022


McLain Ward on HH Azur wins Old Salem Grand Prix

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Five-time Olympian McLain Ward on his Olympic and World Cup Finals partner HH Azur successfully defended his title in the $200,000 Empire State Grand Prix.

McLain Ward on HH Azur Old Salem Randolph PRMcLain Ward on HH Azur (Photo by Randolph PR)Only four of the 31 entries representing nine countries made it to the jump-off, where Ward and “Annie” had the fastest jump-off time of 37.290 seconds.

Alan Wade set a winding 1.55m-1.60m course with 16 jumping efforts and a tight time allowed of 75 seconds for the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows finale.

Devin Ryan on Eddie Blue took the early lead with what seemed to be the only clear score in the initial phase, but Ireland’s Paul O’Shea and fellow Americans Katie Dinan and McLain Ward quickly addedclear rounds as the class went on.

“I think Alan Wade did a really good job over the two weeks of competition here with the new surface,” said Ward, who is also the Spring Horse Shows Co-Chair. “It was really phenomenal and got better and better as the show went on. I think we saw that in the results this week with more clear rounds, even though the level was higher. Today, he built a very challenging 4 Star. We had a pretty strong group of horses with several Olympic and World Championship horses, but the courses had been built up to that challenge in a good way. The horses were all prepared to jump.”

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Ward wins again on Faro at Old Salem

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Following his Friday wins in the $25,000 National 1.40-1.45m Jumper Classic and the $65,000 Welcome Stake of North Salem, five-time Olympian McLain Ward rode Faro to his third consecutive victory in Saturday’s $37,000 FEI 1.45m Jump-off at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.

McLain Ward on Faro521 Randolph PRMcLain Ward on Faro (Photo by Randolph PR)Ward stopped the clock at 35.790 seconds to beat 37 competitors from 10 countries, 12 of which made the jump-off.

Six were clean in the jump-off, with Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa on Chili placing second in a time of 36.500 seconds.

“It’s been a good week for both of us,” Ward said of his friend and rival Pessoa. “We’re both local here. I’m a lifelong resident of this area, and I’m very proud of the changes taking place here at the Old Salem Farm. Rodrigo and his wife are new residents of the area and are also very excited. I think it’s very motivating to see what’s happening here and have the sport living up to that as well. For me, this is one of the most beautiful parts of the world. It has a major horse area, a great community, and we’re very close to New York City. I think we can build off our new arena and create some of the best sport in the world.

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McLain Ward on Faro won the Welcome Stake at Old Salem

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Five-time Olympian McLain Ward won the $65,000 Welcome Stake of North Salem on Faro on May 13, following his win in Thursday’s $37,000 FEI CSI3* Two-Phase.

McLain Wardon Faro Randolph PRMcLain Ward on Faro (Photo by Randolph PR)Ward had two victories 0n Friday, his first being the $25,000 National 1.40-1.45m Jumper Classic.

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows are one of the premier stops on the nation’s hunter-jumper horse show circuit, offering a full schedule of world-class competition May 10-15 and May 17-22 that features the nation’s best in equestrian sport.

Ireland’s Alan Wade set a winding 16-effort, 1.50m course for the 39 entries representing eight countries in the $65,000 Welcome Stake, 14 of which qualified for the jump-off.

Ward was the first rider to go clean in a time of 40.460 seconds.

“It’s been a great day,” Ward said. “Faro is a bit of a new horse for Susie Heller, his owner, and myself. We actually sold him about a year and a half ago, but he wasn’t a great match for his rider, so we bought him back. I’m really excited about competing him. He’s a very careful, very competitive horse, and he can do some really great things. In the first round, my strategy was to not make any mistakes. He jumped great last week and was third in the Grand Prix Qualifier, so I knew he was comfortable in the ring. This class had a big jump-off with quite a few clear initially, and I planned to go as fast as I thought I could to put a little pressure on everyone else.”

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Tamra Smith ninth at Badminton

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE, England--Tamra Smith on Mai Baum finished ninth at the Badminton Horse Trials, May 5-8, the highest placing of an American at Badminton since 2008, and she was one of only two riders who were not home country Brits to finish in the top 10.

Tamie Smith on Mai aum RedB ayStockTamie Smith on Mai Baum (File photo from 2021by Red Bay Stock)Ariel Grald of Vass, N.C., on Leamore Master Plan finished 15th with Phillip Dutton of West Grove,Pa., 24th on Z, Will Faudree of Hoffman, N.C., on Mama's Magic Way was 31st, and Dom Schramm and Emily Hamel, both riding out of Dutton's True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pa. were 49th and 52nd respectively on Bolytrair B and Black Flag Option.

Smith of Temecula, Calif., scored 25.3 in dressage to put her in fifth place but added 11.2 time faults cross country to drop her to 15th and then was double clear show jumping to finish ninth on 36.5, a placing that should greatly help her win a spot on the U.S. team for the World Championships this summer.

Grald scored 35.4 in dressage, added just eight time faults cross country and .4 time faults show jumping to finish 15th on 43.8, and Dutton scored 33.2 in dressage and added 10.8 time cross country plus two fences down in show jumping to finish on 52 in 26th place,


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Julianna Empie of Penn State wins the Cacchione Cup Championship over Arielle LoGuidice from Centenary

HARRISBURG, Pa.--The Cacchione Cup competition culminated with the Penn State University junior Julianna Empie of Chester Springs, Pa., winning the coveted championship title.

Julianna Empie PennState Cacchione ChampJulianna Empie of Penn State, Cacchione ChampionEmpie is the first Penn State Equestrian team member to be crowned the USEF/Cacchione Cup Champion in 44 years when Luanne Richards rode to the championship in 1978.

Empie rode spectacularly all week.

She was a one-half point behind the top score of 88 from Lilly French of Cleveland, Ohio, from Miami University of Ohio.

Empie impressed the judges in the flat phase aboard Maverick and scored a 93 to move her into the top slot going into the work-off round.

Judges Todd Karn and Tom Brennan brought back the top six riders for a challenging over-fences test.

The test, like the over-fences phase, included options for riders to best showcase their skills but required some thought about their mounts.

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Penn State riders win at IHSA National Championship H.S.

HARRISBURG, Pa.--The National Championship Horse Show of the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex began Thursday, May 5 with riders from the Delaware Valley winning championships.

IHSA CHJuliana Empie from Penn State Equestrian Team was Champion in the Individual Open Equitation Over Fences aboard Big Shot from Centenary University. Pictured here with Houdini, Penn State head coach Kristin Gretok and Bob Cacchione. (Photo by EQ Media)The first class of the day was Individual Open Equitation Over Fences.

The 17-rider division rode over a flowing course of eight jumps with options at fences two and three.

As the first rider on course, Airelle Logiudice of Morganville, N.J., from Centenary University set the pace and score to beat of an 85, and the rest of the field took notice.

Julianna Empie, a junior on the Penn State Equestrian Team, won the national championship with a first-round score of 85.5 on Big Shot, a 17.1-hand chestnut gelding provided by Centenary University.

“Going into the first round, I had a couple of questions,” Empie said. "Seeing Ariel, the first ride in the ring did a very tight inside turn to the last jump. I drew Big Shot, who's a fairly large horse, I was kind of on the fence as to whether I wanted to do that. I just decided I wanted to hug the turn, go a little wider and not do that inside turn to the last jump to stay fairly neat. I think it worked out pretty well, and I was happy with my round.”

Earning the reserve champion title with an impressive first-round high score of 88, was Carly Alder Germantown, Tenn,, a senior at Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Jung wins Kentucky five star, but six Americans finish in top 10

LEXINGTON, Ky.--Michael Jung on fischerChipmunk won the Kentucky Three Day five star competition, the only rider to finish on his dressage score of 20.1

Michael Jung by Jen EmigMichael Jung on fischerChipmunk (Photo by Jen Emig forMacMillanPhotography)But one hopeful sign going into the World Championships later this summer is that six of the top 10 competitors in the five star were Americans, a better showing than last year, when only three were in the top10 and Boyd Martin in fourth was the highest placed American and Phillip Dutton in eighth was second highest placed.

"Look at the top10," said Bobby Costello, the current chef d'equipe, who will serve through the World Championships. "We have a lot of Americans in the top 10, and that's a good thing. There probably will be even more Europeans coming over to compete here. It's an easy trip, and there's good money here."

Martin on Tsetserleg TSF had been standing second going into stadium jumping, but with two rails down and time faults he dropped to fourth on a score of 38.5, moving Great Britain's Yasmin Ingham to second on a score of 31.7.

Doug Payne on Quantum Leap, clean in jumping, was third and, as the highest placed American, won the CCI5*-L National Championship on a score of38.4, with Buck Davidson fifth on Carlevo on 38.6.

Will Coleman on Dondante was seventh on 41.4, followed by Sydney Elliot on QC Diamantaire in eighth on 44.0 and Dutton 10th on Sea of Clouds, 46.8.

Hopefully, this will mean better results at the upcoming World Championships than we achieved at last year's Olympics.

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Conor Swail won the $225,000 Grand Prix in Kentucky

LEXINTON, Ky.--Ireland’s Conor Swail and Vital Chance won the $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix at the Kentucky Horse Park Saturday night.

Conor Swail on Vital Chance Michelle DunnConor Swail on Vital Chance (Photo by Michelle Dunn)In a format that saw the top 10 return for the second round, Swail on Vital Chance produced two clear rounds over the course set by 2016 Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge.

He posted the fastest clear in the second round with a time of 43.170.

“There were seven or eight riders in front of me and all of the four faulters were going as quickly as they could, so I was able to see from quite early on the pace I needed to deliver a good round,” Swail said. “I knew we had to be around 43 or 44 seconds. We knew the plan. It worked out really well. Everything came up nicely and the horse went with me the whole way. He’s a fast horse so thankfully tonight I came out on top.”

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Germany's Michael Jung has a big lead going into stadium jumping at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky.--Germany's Michael Jung of fischerChipmunk has two fences in hand with a lead of 9 points going into stadium jumping following the cross country on Saturday, April 30.

Michael Jung Fisherchipmunk by Allen MacMillan DSC 6645Michael Jung on fisherChipmunk (Photo by Allen MacMillan)Jung, who has won the Kentucky 5* for the  past three years, was one of only three riders to finish the cross country with no time faults to finish on his dressage score of 20.1.

The only other two riders to complete the cross country without a time fault were Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa.,on Tsetserleg TSF, who stands second with 29.3, and Phillip Dutton of West Grove, Pa., on Sea of Clouds, who shot up from 31st to stand seventh on 38.8.

Yasmin Ingham of Great Britain is third on Banzai du Loir with a score of 30.9, while Buck Davidson of Unionville, Pa., on Carlevo is fourth with 37.4, followed by Doug Payne on Quantum Leap, 38.4

“I’m just very proud of my horse,” Jung said. “I’m absolutely happy, he is a great horse, he has a lot of talent, super quality. Today in cross county he was so powerful, fast running on the flat, great jumping and his brain was always with me. It was a great feeling just to enjoy the 11 minutes.”

“My guy was great,” Martin said. “We’ve got a great partnership and it was smooth sailing for ‘Thomas’ today, and I couldn’t have been happier with him. He’s in a place in his career where he really knows his job, so it’s a just matter of guiding him. I’m very pleased with how he went today.”

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Michael Jung leads Kentucky after dressage, with Buck Davidson the highest American in third

LEXINGTON, Ky.--Germany’s Michael Jung on fischerChipmunk leads the CCI5*-L at the conclusion of the dressage phase at the Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Michael Jung on fischer Chipmunk Micelle DunnMichael Jung on fischerChipmunk (Photo by Michelle Dunn)Jung has already won this competition three times, in addition to collecting many Olympic and world championship medals, so it wasn't a surprise when he and fischerChipmunk FRH put in a characteristically near-perfect test to lead on a score of 20.1. He has a healthy, but not insurmountable, lead over Great Britain’s Sarah Bullimore on Corouet, who scored 25.7 to be second and Buck Davidson on Carlevo, with 27.4 in third.

“I’m very happy to be back here in Kentucky, it’s a beautiful place. I really enjoy it and my horses enjoy it,” Jung said. “It’s horse country, the stabling is nice, and it’s just super conditions for the horses to warm up and prepare them after their flight.”

 “With fischerChipmunk I have real superstar, and I just enjoy riding him,” he said. “He was really powerful but also really relaxed and in a very good balance. I’m very happy to have him, very thankful to the fischer crew for this amazing horse and very happy to be here with him for his first CCI5*-L.”

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Tamra Smith, Colleen Rutledge and Doug Payne are first, second and third after first day of dressage in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky.--Californian Tamra Smith on Fleeceworks Royal took the early leader in the CCI5*-L competition at the Kentucky Three-Day Event after the first day of dressage on April 28.

Tamra Smith on Fleecheworks Allen MacmillanTamra Smith on Fleeceworks Royal (Photo by Allen Macmillan)Smith leads with a score of 32.9, but she’s less than a point in front of second-placed Colleen Rutledge on Covert Rights who scored 33.8, and Doug Payne on his 2020 Tokyo Olympic mount Vandiver is a close third with 34.9, and all three are riding American-bred horses.

“I was really happy with her. She was with me the whole way and I was thrilled with her, she was awesome,” Smith said.

Fleeceworks Royal is a full sister of a previous Kentucky competitor, Kristi Nunnink’s R-Star.

“I’ve had her since she was 3, so it’s kind of crazy," said Smith. "Every time I’m going out of the start box at Advanced, I’m like ‘but you’re 3.’ It’s special to be sitting on one you’ve produced from scratch, and you think of all the times and the many people she’s bucked off.”

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Centenary University equestrian team places first at ANRC National Equitation Championships

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J.--Centenary University’s ANRC team won its third national title at the 43rd ANRC National Equitation Championships, which were held April 14-16 at the Centenary University Equestrian Center in Washington Township.

Centenary 1Centenary won best overall team with 159.97 points, edging the Savannah College of Art & Design by a little more than a point.

The University’s Benjamin Hoban, Morgan Munz, and Haylie Kerstetter all placed in the top 10 in the individual standings, with Hoban and Munz in second and third.

The University also took first in the National Written Phase of the competition, with Kerstetter and Munz placing first and second; first in National Derby Phase with Hoban placing second; first in National Medal Phase with Munz placing second; and second in National Program Ride.

The national collegiate team, which represents the University’s highest level of riders, is coached by Tara Clausen and Michael Dowling.

In addition, Centenary’s two Novice Collegiate Teams placed second and third at the national competition.

The University’s Gold Team of Caroline Mancini and Rachel Stockslager was Reserve Champion in the novice division, while the Centenary Blue Team of Sophia Strain and Dana Webster was third.

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Kentucky Three-Day Event to be live streamed on

LEXINGTON.Ky.--The Kentucky Three-Day Event offers both four star and five star competition from Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30, with riders from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand and the U.S., competing in the five star.

Ky.3 daySome of the top riders competing include Olympian veterans Boyd Martin with Tsetserleg TSF, Phillip Dutton with Sea of Clouds and Doug Payne with Vandiver and Quantum Leap from the U.S., previous winner Michael Jung on Fischerchipmunk FIV from Germany, Pippa Funnell with Maybach and Majas Hope and Leslie Law on Voltaire de Tre from Great Britain and Jonelle Price on McClaren from New Zealand.

Other top riders from Pennsylvania include Buck Davidson with Sorocaima, Erroll Gobey and Carlevo and Jenny Brannigan on FE Lifestyle.

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Chapots dominate jumper riders and trainers again at WEF while Jimmy Torano and Scott Stewart also are circuit champions

WELLINGTON, Fla.--The Chapots have won circuit end championships for many years, for so long that neither can remember how many years, and their skein of victories continued his year with Laura winning the Overall Jumper Rider title and Mary taking the Overall Jumper Trainer title.

Laura Chapot on Chandon Blue SportfotLaura Chapot on Chandon winning the Saturday Nites Grand Prix (Photo by Blue Sportfot)Other circuit champions from the Delaware Valley included Jimmy Torano and Scott Stewart, while Lucy Matz was high in circuit awards, Alex Matz won top ribbons in grand prix and Andrew Philbrick's and Laura Chapot's students did exceptionally well in individual classes.

Gideon and Shooting Star, trained by Mary and ridden by Laura, were champion and reserve champion  in 1.35m, Calafornia was champion and Thornhill Kate was sixth in 1.40m, Tyson Fury was champion 5-Year-Old Developing Jumper and Chandon Blue was Overall Jumper Style winner and also won two grand prix.

"We got Gideon from Cian O'Connor," said Mary. "He was a little bit of a spook, so we started him in the 1.35m until he got used to the fences, and then we moved him up. At first, he was very diligent about checking out every fence to make sure it wouldn't hurt him. He's only 10, so we're hopeful for the future with him."

"Shooting Star is the old man of the ship," said Mary. "He's 21. He dropped down from doing the 1.40 last year, so he was very comfortable doing the 1.35m this year."

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Coaching will again be featured at Devon

DEVON, Pa.--The competitive sport of coaching, a time-honored Devon Horse Show and Country Fair tradition, allows spectators a unique glimpse into 19th century life.

Devon CoachingAs one of the few venues where competitive coaching can be seen, Devon's coaching division is open to entries driven to authentic road coach or park drag, and is held in honor of Robert A. Weaver and John M. Seabrook.

The coaching division reminds us to reflect on the beauty and versatility of our horses.

On Sunday, May 29, spectators can enjoy the grand Carriage Pleasure Drive down neighborhood streets, a parade of vintage vehicles on their way from St. David's Church to the famed Dixon Oval.

Terry Picket from Metamora, Mich., will judge the horse division, while Jessica Axelsson from Cape May, N.J., will judge the ponies.

"The Carriage Pleasure Drive is always a fan-favorite event for the local community. It makes it special when they all rally together to watch the horse division, then the pony, light commercial and farmers divisions, go along their route," said Wayne W. Grafton, Chairman of the Board for the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. "I am sure this year will be no exception in the energy the community brings to this unique event!"

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McLain Ward finished seventh in the World Cup after Contagious stumbled and had a rail

LEIPZIG, Germany--McLain Ward, leading going into the final class of the World Cup, had a rail down when Cotsgious stumbled in the combination and had a rail down, and then another rail later in the course plus a time fault to finish seventh with 13 faults.

McLain Wardon Contagious WC US EquestrianMcLain Ward on Contagious (Photo by US Equestrian)All the U.S. riders made it to the final 30 and the last day, and three finished in the top 20.

Along with Ward in seventh, Hunter Holloway of Topeka, Kan., on Pepita Con Spita was16th with 25 faults, and Aaron Vale of Williston, Fla., on Elusive was 20th with 38 faults accumulated through the three days of competition..

Ward of Brewster, N.Y., on Contagious was leading going into the final round of competition on Sunday with just a rail in hand, but he finished the first round of Frank Rothenberg’s course with one rail down, putting him on a score of four heading into the final round, still holding the lead, but by only one fault.

In the second round, Martin Fuchs of Switzerland on Chaplin was clean, adding nothing to his score of five , which eventually gave him the win.

Harrie Smolders of The Netherlands was second on eight faults in 61.99 seconds, and Jens Fredrickson of Sweden was third with eight faults in 62.35.

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McLain Ward leads in the World Cup going into Sunday's final round

LEIPZIG, Germany--McLain Ward on Contagious moved to the top of the overall standings of the World Cup Final after the second round on April 8, so he leads going into the final round of competition on Sunday, April 10.

mcLain Ward on Contagious World Cup US EquestrianMcLain Ward on Contagious (Photo by US Equestrian)Ward of Brewster, N.Y., went late in the order following his fifth-place finish in Thursday’s speed round, capitalizing on his opportunity to move up the standings.

All eight U.S. riders will move on to compete in the Final on Sunday.

Ward was clean in the first round Friday in 68.07 seconds, over the challenging course designed by Frank Rothenberger of Germany, which was harder than Thursday’s opening class.

Ward went last in the order in the seven horse jump-off, which was moderately paced, and Ward made quick, efficient work of his round without burning too much energy ahead of Sunday’s Final.

“Our game plan was to try to do just enough to not take too much out of the horse for Sunday, but also not risk having a fence down," said Ward. "He’s a quick horse naturally, so one to two was quick, and I tried to slow in the middle, and I wanted to stay smooth to the last fence, so I was surprised with the time difference, but he’s just a really quick horse.”

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McLain Ward fifth after the first day of the World Cup

LEIPZIG, Germany--McLain Ward and Contagious lead the U.S. contingent of eight riders following the first day of competition at the FEI Jumping World Cup Final in Leipzig, Germany.

MCLAIN WARD ON CONTAGIOUS WORLD CUPMcLain Ward on ContagiousWard will move forward to Friday’s competition in fifth place overall following a faults-converted score of 67.94, while Hunter Holloway and Pepita Con Spita also sit in the top10 following a strong performance in their championship debut.

The speed track, designed by Frank Rothenberger (of Germany, proved challenging, but fair, in the narrow arena in the Leipzig Messe.

Ward, coming off his team silver medal with Contagious at the Tokyo Olympic Games, is looking for a strong podium finish in his 19th FEI Jumping World Cup Final appearance.

Ward of Brewster, N.Y., was the fastest of the day, but a single rail in the faults converted format had him at 67.94 seconds, to place fifth behind Martin Fuchsof Switzerland, Max Kühnerof Austria, Conor Swail of Ireland, and David Will of Germany.

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Kelli Vanderveen won the final international jumper class at WEF

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Kelli Cruciotti Vanderveen won the last international class of the Winter Equestrian Festival as, riding Forever SFN, she won the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI2* on the Derby Field on April 3.

Kelli Cruciotti Vanderveen and Forever SFN SportfotKelli Cruciotti Vanderveen and Forever SFN (Photo by Sportfot)Guilherme Jorge's final course was for 45 two-star competitors in the class, from which 11 were clean.

Crucioitti Vanderveen was the second to return in the jump-off and had the first clear round on Forever SFN in a time of 38.18 seconds.

Five other horses went clean, but none would come close to the leader’s blazing time.

“I don’t know this horse very well as this is only our fifth class together,” said Cruciotti Vanderveen. “When I walked the course, I thought it was quite technical, and I knew the time allowed would be tight based on Friday’s qualifier. I thought the first round actually rode quite well, and then I just stuck to the plan I had made for the jump-off. I think where we ended up having the better time was our approach down to the final fence. I’m not sure how many strides I ended up doing but it felt quite fast.”

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The Global Dressage Festival concluded with three days of national competition

WELLINGTON, Fla.--The CDI competition at the Global Dressage Festival ended on March 27, but national competition continued April 1-3, with Ellesse Gundersen of the Philippines on Quintessential winning the FEI Prix St. Georges and Kevin Kohmann on Five Star winning the FEI Intermediate II test on Friday, April 1.

Ellesse Gundersenpn Quintessential Susan StickleEllesse Gundersen on Quintessential (Photo by Susan Stickle)That was Quintessential’s first blue ribbon, and his 69.264% in the Prix St. Georges class was enough to win over the 13 horse field.

“We spent a few weeks at the beginning of the circuit just coming to school, and he started off pretty nervous and sharp," said Gunderson. "Over time, that tension became less and less, and he became more and more relaxed and comfortable. It’s one of the many, many great things about this circuit, that we are able to come back to the same show every week. It’s a big atmosphere, but it’s a really great opportunity for the horses to learn how to be a show horse and feel really confident in the show life and going to do that job.”

“Once we did start showing, it showed in the scores and results how quickly he was progressing," she said. "We didn’t expect it to happen this fast, but he’s really coming out of his shell.”

Quintessential is a homebred by Quaterback that was born from Gundersen’s mare, Corlette, that she competed in Young Riders with while training in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Ashlee Bond wins the $500,000 Grand Prx 5* in an upset victory

Wellington, Fla.--In a surprising finish, a pair of Americans who ride for Israel, Ashlee Bond and Daniel Bluman, finished first and second in the $500,000 Grand Prix CSA5*, the featured event of the 13 week long Winter Equestrian Festival that was competed on Saturday, April 2.

Ashlee Bond on Karoline of BallmoreAshlee Bond on Karoline of Ballmore (Photo by Sportfot)Riding Karoline of Ballmore, Bond was the fastest of three clear rounds in the five horse jump-off, finishing in 44.09, with Bluman on Ladriano Z second in 44.29 seconds.

Chloe Reid on Sou[er Shuttle was third in 47.63, with Ireland's Daniel Coyle on Legacy fourth with four faults in 43.88, and Spencer Smith on Quibelle, who wasn't even in the Grand Prix until Margie Engle dropped out, was fifth, with four faults in 45.68.

Among those who didn't make the jump-off were many top riders who had been winning consistently throughout the circuit, including McLain Ward, Kent Farrington, Britain's Olympic gold medalist Ben Mayer, Switzerland's Beat Manfl and Ireland's Daniel Coyle and Darragh Kenny.

"It's a long circuit," said past Olympian and present Canadian chef d'equipe Eric Lamaze." ""It's whoever has a fresh horse."

"The course demands a lot of rideability from the horse,"said Canadian Tiffany Foster, who placed ninth with four faults in the first round.

"The course is asking all the questions," said Meredith Beerbaum, a multiple medalist for Germany. "It takes very exact, very precise riding."

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Grace Debney won her first ever five star class, the 1.45m at WEF

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Grace Debney of Great Britain won her first-ever five-star class in the $37,000, 1.45m CSI5* speed class on the grass Derby Field during the final weekend at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Grace Debney on Zaria de Vidau SportfotGrace Debney on Zaria de Vidau SportfotDebney, riding Zarina De Vidau, a horse she has had since acquiring her to do the junior jumpers, became the only one to lower the time on the scoreboard below 55 seconds.

By leaving several strides out across the course, Debney was clean with a final time of 54.97 seconds.

“When we originally walked the course, there were three or four lines that I had planned to do one more stride than I ended up doing,” said Debney. “As the class progressed though, I knew I had to leave out as many strides as I could to have a shot. She has a normal stride, so I was able to gallop down there and get the leave-out numbers without slowing down.”

“This has been a dream of mine for the longest time, and I never actually thought it would come true but the fact that it is with her is unbelievably special,” said the 18-year-old. “She has been my rock for so long, and somehow she has stepped up even more for me this year. Never in a million years would I have thought I would win a five-star competition during Rolex week with this horse.”

“Every time we went to leave a stride out today, I would have a split-second thought of pulling to fit in one more,” she said. “Then I would remember it was Zarina, and I would know that she had my back. We have so much trust in one another, and she truly enjoys her job, which makes it better for all of us.”

Ireland's Daniel Coyle was second in 55.23, while fellow countryman Darragh Kenny wast hird on Cicomein VDL in 56.40 seconds.

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Ireland's Bertram Allen won the WEF Challenge Cup

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Bertram Allen on Pacino Amiro Cruise won the $140,000 WEF Challenge Cup CSI5*, the qualifier for the $500,000 Grand Prix to be held Saturday at 11 a.m.

Beertram Allen on Pacino Amiro SportfotBertram Allen on Pacino Amiro (Photo by Sportfot)On Thursday, March 31 in the Challenge Cup, 14 of the original 54-horse starting field were clean over Brazilian Guilherme Jorge’s  challenging track.

With Jorge being one of the world’s best designers, the qualifying track for the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* was sure to be a challenge, and included three double combinations, a liverpool element, and a tall wall.

Four of those 14 entries withdrew from the jump-off, Margie Goldstein-Engle), Rowan Willis of Australia, Beat Mändli of Switzerland and Kent Farrington, leaving only 10.

Third to go in the jump-off, Allen was clean in 42.88 seconds, a time that held up for the win..

“I started him off out here on the grass during his first week because I knew the next three five-stars were on the sand,” said Allen. “I think the reason we were so successful in today’s jump-off was because I didn’t lose my pace anywhere. Every time I turned, something nice came up and I didn’t have to do anything crazy or wild.”

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Dressage and Jumping riders for the World Cup

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has announced the riders who will represent the U.S. in dressage and jumping at the 2022 FEI World Cup Finals.

World Cup drsgThe Finals will be held in Leipzig, Germany, April 6-10, 2022.

U.S. Dressage

The following riders/horse combinations will represent U.S. Dressage and are listed in alphabetical order:

• Anna Buffini of San Diego, Calif., and FRH Davinia la Douce, her own 2007 Hanoverian mare

• Ashley Holzer of Wellington, Fla., and Havanna 145, a 2007 Hanoverian mare owned by Diane Fellows

U.S. Jumping

The following riders will represent U.S. Jumping and are listed in alphabetical order:

World Cup jmp• Misti Cassar of Canyon Country, Calif., and Mylord Cornet, her own 2010 Oldenburg gelding

• Katie Dinan of Wellington, Fla., and Brego R’N B, a 2006 KWPN gelding owned by Grand Road Partners LLC

• Margie Engle of Wellington, Fla., and Dicas, a 2009 Rhinelander gelding owned by Gladewinds Partners, LLC; Selma Garber; Storm Ridge Capital, LLC; and Show Horse Inc.

• Hunter Holloway of Topeka, Kan., and Pepita Con Spita, a 2011 Westphalian mare owned by Hays Investment Corp.

• Schuyler Riley of Wellington, Fla.,  and Robin De Ponthual, a 2005 Selle Français gelding owned by Katherine Gallagher

• Aaron Vale of Williston, Fla., and Elusive, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Thinks Like a Horse

• Kristen Vanderveen of Wellington, Fla., and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace, a 2009 Holsteiner gelding owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC

• Alessandra Volpi of Woodside, Calif., and Berlinda, her own 2008 Warmblood mare

• McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., Contagious, a 2009 Deutches Sportpferd gelding owned by Beechwood Stables LLC

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Jennifer Williams was the Young Horse Series Champion on Joppe K

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Jennifer Williams on Joppe K won the championship of the Future Challenge Young Horse Grand Prix Series, which Joppe K won with 70.052% at Global Dressage on March 27.

Jennifer Williams on Joppe K. SusanStickleJennifer Williams on Joppe K (Photo by Susan Stickle)Joppe K previously had won both the six- and seven-year-old young horse finals at Wellington in 2020 and 2021.

These classes aim to identify and nurture talented, up-and-coming young FEI horses, giving them exposure to benefit their development with the biggest of world stages in mind.

Williams and the 8-year-old KWPN gelding by Harmony’s Rousseau had only qualified a week earlier for the final.,

Australian Olympian Kelly Layne on Fernando, who qualified with a win in week 3, placed second with 68.815%, and Alice Tarjan was third on her own8-year-old mare Jane, by Desperado NOP.

Jane and Joppe K were the youngest horses in the class.

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Darragh Kenny won the $216,000 Grand Prix at WEF

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Darragh Kenny of Ireland on Volnay Du Boisdeville won the $216,000 Grand Prix CSI4* on Sunday, March 27 at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Darragh Kenny on Volnay Du BoisdevilleDarragh Kenny on Volnay Du Boisdeville (Photo by Sportfot0Forty-four had qualified for the Grand Prix, and nine went clean over Olaf Petersen's course.

Sweden’s Petronella Andersson was the first in the jump-off and was clean in 40.66 seconds, which would end up fourth.

Kenny was second into the arena, and he shaved a second off of Andersson’s time, to go into the lead with a time of 39.43 seconds which held up for the win.

“He is just naturally very fast even though he doesn’t have the biggest stride,” said Kenny. “I even did nine strides to the last fence where most people did eight, but it was still fast enough because he doesn’t waste time in the air and gets across the ground fast.”

It was Kenny’s second win on the Selle Francais stallion, having won the $75,000 1.50m Classic CSI4* the week before.

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Paul O'Shea, Laura Chapot and Jimmy Torano win at WEF

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Paul O’Shea of Ireland on Chancelloress won the $140,000,1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Final during “Saturday Night Lights” on March 26 at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Paul OShea on Channcelloress SportfotPaul O'Shea on Channcelloress (Photo by Sportfot)During the day, Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., won the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI2*, while on the grass Derby Field Jimmy Torano won the $50,000 USHJA International Derby.

During “Saturday Night Lights” it was announced that the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the venue of the Winter Equestrian Festival as well as nearly 30 weeks of horse shows, will now be called “Wellington International.” 

The new owners at the Global Equestrian Group promise many improvements to be made to the show grounds in the near future.

in the Jumper Classic Final, only five went clean from 48 starters in the first round over the course designed by Olaf Petersen Jr.

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Germany's Christoph Koschel just beats Susan Dutta in the Grand Prix Special

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Christoph Koschel of Germany on Dünensee won the Grand Prix Special CDI4* on a score of 69.957% to just beat Susan Dutta on Don Design, who scored 69.255 on March 26 at the Global Dressage Festival.

Christoph Koschel on Dunensee Susan StickleChristoph Koschel on Dunensee (Photo by Susan Stickle)Naïma Moreira Laliberté of Canada was third on a score of 68.915% on Statesman,

“I had a super nice feeling today, and he was really light in my hand,” said Koschel of Dünensee. “There was one mistake on the centerline in the ones that was maybe a little bit my fault; I was a little too forward, and it’s always a little bit of a risk if you want to do it too nice. We’re at the end of the season and maybe you don’t have the same energy like the first CDI, but I was super happy because he was really fighting for me in there still.”

Koschel has been riding Dünensee for less than four months and he is for sale, so his competitive future remains undecided.

“He was pretty consistent today, maybe a little lighter in everything compared to the Grand Prix,” said Koschel. “He really lets me ride now, and then we grow more and more together. It’s now our second special and maybe fifth or sixth test together.”

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Jimmy Torano won the International Hunter Derby on Laskano

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Jimmy Torano of Mohrsville, Pa., on Laskano won the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Hunt & Go competed on the grass Derby Field on March 25 at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Jimmy Torano Laskano SportfotJimmy Torano on Laskano (Photo by Sportfot)Thirty-two riders competed over a course of 13 obstacles designed by Ken Krome in a “Hunt & Go” format, with the first seven fences as their classic round, and the last six fences judged as their handy round.

This “Hunt & Go” format also allowed for a possible extra two points awarded per section for high options taken and handy round bonus points awarded up to a maximum of 10 per judging panel.

“He’s already won three Derbys,” said Torano. “He won one back in December, he won the two others he’s done during WEF, and now today so, the only four he’s been in, he won all four.”

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Adrienne Lyle won again, this time in the Freestyle, with the highest score ever at Global Dressage

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Olympic silver medalist Adrienne Lyle on Salvino scored a new career high of 85.58% to win the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI4* on the final “Friday Night Stars” of the Global Dressage Festival.

Adrienne Lyle on Salvino Sportfor3 25 22Adrienne Lyle on Salvino (Photo by Sportfot)It was the highest score ever recorded in the history of the Festival, with the previous highest of 84.975% having been set by Laura Graves on Verdades in March 2018.

This score came just a day after Lyle and Salvino posted the highest Grand Prix score by any American combination since last year’s Olympic Games.

In second place was another stallion and another personal best: Sarah Tubman rode First Apple to score 78.205%, and Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In, who represented Canada in Tokyo, was third with 77.01%.

“It was hands down the best feeling I’ve ever had in the ring in my life," said Lyle. "Salvino just feels unbelievable. This is such a fun place to show. The crowd’s amazing and enthusiastic. The competition was super tonight; it was a magical evening.”

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Egypt's Nayel Nasser on El Conde won the 1.45m class at WEF

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Nayel Nasser of Egypt on El Conde won the $37,000, 1.45m CSI4* on March 24 at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Nayal Nasse on El Conde SportforNayel Nasser on El Conde (Photo by Sportfor)From 51 starters, 19 were clean over the course designed by Olaf Petersen Jr.

Nassar on El Conde went into the lead roughly halfway through the class, clean inn under 57.84 seconds, which held up for the win.

“I have to say, this is a bit of an unexpected win,” said Nassar. “We were using this as prep for the rest of the week, but he has such a good engine. As long as you turn him on and leave him there, he generally doesn’t waste much time. Our goal today was just to set a pace and keep it, but he’s such a cool guy he really locks on to the jumps and as soon as you think of a direction, he’s going there.”

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  1. Adrienne Lyle on Salvino won the Grand Prix CDI4* at Global Dressage
  2. Isabella Russekoff on Balou’s Fly High won the 1.45m at WEF
  3. The U.S. doesn't qualify for the Barcelona Nations Cup Final
  4. Father and son Jan and Benjamin Ebeling win at Global Dressage
  5. Germany's Richard Vogel won the Under 25 Series Grand Prix Final
  6. Laura Kraut won the $216,000 Grand Prix on Confu
  7. Beat Mändli, Charlotte Jacobs and Kevin Gallagher won in Developing Jumpers at WEF
  8. Germany won the Nations Cup over the U.S. at Global Dressage
  9. Canada won the Under 25 Nations Cup, while Germany leads in the Nations Cup
  10. Nick Dello Joio wins the WEF Challenge Cup
  11. Germany's Richard Vogel won the 1.40m at WEF
  12. Karl Cook won the $75,000, 1.50m at WEF
  13. Abdel Said wins over Kent Farrington in $406,000 WEF Grand Prix
  14. McLain Ward wins again on Catoki in 1.45m at WEF
  15. Kent Farrington on Orafina won the WEF Challenge Cup
  16. Ireland's Darragh Kenny on Chic Chic won the 1.45m at WEF
  17. Mclain Ward brought out HH Azur to win the $216,000 4* Grand Prix
  18. Sarah Tubman and Alice Tarjan qualified their mounts for the Future Challenge series
  19. Chester Weber and Bertram Allen won in driving and jumping at Live Oak
  20. Young U.S. team placed third, missed second by 1 second in Nations Cup
  21. Alice Tarjan on Serendade MF won the Grand Prix Special at Global Dressage
  22. Chester Weber and Daniel Coyle win at Live Oak International
  23. Caroline Mawhinney and Grace Debney win at WEF
  24. Jan Ebeling won a Grand Prix at Global Dressage
  25. Belgium's Jos Verlooy won the WEF Challenge Cup
  26. Chester Weber won the four-in-hand dressage at Live Oak International
  27. Columbia's Roberto Teran Tafur won the $5,000 Speed class at WEF
  28. Young team to represent the U.S. in the Nations Cup in Wellinton
  29. Show jumping’s heart on display at the Babington Benefit Grand Prix
  30. Silva Martin won the Intermediate Freestyle at Global Dressage
  31. Daniel Deusser wins again, this time in the $75,000 Classic
  32. Carrie Schopf made it two for two, winning the Grand Prix Special
  33. Bertram Allen won the $406,000 Grand Prix at WEF for the second year in a row
  34. Morrissey, Propp and Caliccio win 3 sections of the Hunter Derby
  35. Frederic Wandres and Adrienne Lyle win in Freestyle and Grand Prix Special
  36. Kathrine Bateson-Chandler and Armenian Carrie Schopf won Grand Prix at Global Dressage
  37. Germany's Daniel Deusser won the $75,000 WEF Challenge Cup 5*
  38. McLain Ward on Catoki won the 1.45m at WEF
  39. Chris Hickey won the Prix St. George at Global Dressage
  40. Ireland's Bertram Allen won the three-star $140,000 Grand Prix at WEF
  41. Geoffrey Hesslink won the Hunter Spectacular at WEF
  42. Ali Wolff and Karl Cook win two sections of the WEF Challenge Cup
  43. Grace Debney wins the 1.45m while Scott Stewart wins three Hunter championships
  44. Scott Stewart wins both 3'9" hunters classes with Nottingham on first hunter day at WEF
  45. Top riders begin to gear up for the show jumping World Championships
  46. Kent Farrington on Easy Girl wins the 1.50m at WEF
  47. Californian Genay Vaughn qualified for the Young Horse Grand Prix
  48. German Philipp Weishaupt won the $406,000 5* Grand Prix at WEF
  49. Belgian Laurence Vanommeslaghe won the 4* Grand Prix Freestyle and Charlotte Jorst won the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle
  50. Canadian Erynn Ballard won the 1.45m at WEF

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