Wellington, FL – February 10, 2017 – Todd Minikus (USA) and Wyndmont’s Zephyr continued their winning form on Friday, February 10, at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL, with a top finish in the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m speed class following back-to-back victories in week three.
WEF 5, sponsored by Fidelity Investments®, features CSI 5* competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) through Sunday, February 12, 2017. Highlights include the $380,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, as well as the $86,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic and the $50,000 Equo Grand Prix CSI 2* on Sunday. Live streaming for the week is available HERE. The 12-week WEF circuit continues through April 2, 2017, awarding over $9 million in prize money.
Thermal, CA (January 30, 2017): The HITS Coachella Desert Circuit is in full swing and riders and horses from near and far turned out for the grand finale of Week II, the $75,000 Go Rentals Grand Prix.
The course was set and the crowd was ready to cheer on their favorite competitors to victory. Course designer Florencio Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico, designed a captivating course for the 34 competitors. Seven would succeed to the jump-off where three would go clear for a shot at the victory.
The team to emerge victorious was Michelle Parker and Cupilor, owned by Cross Creek Farms, Inc. They stole away the win as the second to last trip over the abbreviated course, stopping the clock in a fault-free 44.163-seconds to top the leaderboard.
Wellington, FL – January 27, 2017 – Todd Minikus (USA) and Wyndmont’s Zephyr jumped to their second win during week three of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on Friday, topping the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m speed class at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.
WEF three, sponsored by Adequan®, features CSI 3* competition through Sunday, January 29. Highlights include Saturday’s $130,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 3*, and Sunday’s 35,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. Both classes can be seen on the live stream HERE. The 12-week WEF circuit continues through April 2, 2017, awarding over $9 million in prize money.
Reaching Great Heights in the Puissance
The Puissance began with the wall set at 1.72m (5’8”) in height and moved all the way up to 2.13m (7’) through five rounds of competition. All six horse and rider combinations cleared the first round at 5’8”. Danielle Torano (USA) jumped the Puissance for the first time riding her own and Jimmy Torano’s Cash and faulted in round two to finish sixth. Kama Godek (USA) and her own De Grande, and Andrew Kocher (USA) riding Eagle Valley Partners’ C’Havinia, each cleared 1.85m (6’1”) and knocked the wall down in round three to finish in a tie for fourth place. Lauren Tisbo (USA) and Tequestrian Farms’ Mr. Visto cleared three rounds up to 1.97m (6’6”) and dropped a block in round four to place third.
North Salem, N.Y. – Sept. 15, 2016 – The American Gold Cup welcomed 80 athletes to the Grand Prix Field on Thursday to compete and honor legendary horseman Donald V. Little in the $35,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake CSI4*. In the end, it was Peter Wylde (USA) who sped to the top over the large field of international horses and athletes aboard Kathleen Kamine’s Paloma.
“This horse is really coming into her own,” said Wylde of the 10-year-old Holsteiner mare. “She was second in the opening class at the Hampton Classic two weeks ago. She’s incredibly fast. She and I have been working together for almost a year now and it’s really starting to come together. Consistently, show after show, she’s getting a great result. I am excited for her because I think she has a lot in her, more than just the opening class. I think she can do the grand prix eventually. She’s a fighter, a trier and very hot, but she wants to be good so it’s nice — when a mare comes on your side. She did everything today.”
Saugerties, NY (September 8, 2016): The most prestigious week of the season at HITS-on-the-Hudson, The HITS Championship, commenced on Wednesday with the $34,600 FEI Saugerties Jumper Classic. Riders and horses from half a dozen nations descended on the Grand Prix Ring at HITS Saugerties to contend for the first big victory of the jam-packed week.
Many talented names filled the order of go, including 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, Beezie Madden, but the team to beat would prove to be 26-year-old Ali Wolff of New Albany, Ohio, aboard Caya, owned by John Wolff.
“I’m glad that Caya has finally gotten the recognition that she deserves. I’ve had her for about four years now and she’s always had the heart to win,” said Wolff. “She is a very special horse, and this is her first CSI – 5* victory, so we’re very happy about that.”
September 4, 2016 – Del Mar, CA – Supporting up-and-coming talent is essential for the sport to continue to thrive and grow, which is why Blenheim EquiSports is pleased to host the Young Jumper Championships Western League Finals year after year. By offering fourteen shows with qualifying classes throughout the season, with no entry fees and discounted stall fees, Blenheim supports the development of these young jumpers. With a higher number of entries this year, after a round on Thursday, one on Friday and the last one today, plus jump-offs in each division, three Young Jumper champions, ages five, six and seven years old, took a victory gallop with a tricolor ribbon, a brand new cooler and a prize money check.
Bjorn Ikast and YJC Graduate, Supernatural, Win the $20,000 Interactive Mortgage Horses 10 & Under Futurity Final
September 3, 2016 – Del Mar, CA – Saturday afternoon highlights at the Del Mar Horse Park included the $50,000 Showpark All Seasons Grand Prix and the $20,000 Interactive Mortgage Horses 10 & Under Futurity Final. Catsy Cruz of Mexico set the tracks, with her educated eye on encouraging the young horses and challenging the 1.50m show jumpers. Will Simpson and The Dude (Nicole Walker, owner) illustrated their dynamic partnership once again by leading the grand prix victory gallop, and Bjorn Ikast rode his nine-year-old, Supernatural, to the win in the futurity finals.
Bridgehampton, NY – August 31, 2016 –Jimmy Torano of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Levland, owned by The Levland Group, captured the prestigious High Performance Hunter Championship in the Anne Aspinall Ring at the 41st annual Hampton Classic. Scott Stewart and Cameo, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, won the reserve championship.
“When you talk about the High Performance division, it takes a special horse and Levland is that horse. He has so much ability. He is very scopey, he’s got a big stride and he’s careful with very good technique, which is what you want in a horse,” said Torano. “It’s nice to win. The only time I have ever been champion at the Classic was twenty plus years ago, so to be champion in the High Performance is a big deal.”