David Beisel Wins First and Fourth in $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala

David Beisel and YJC graduate Ammeretto (Numero Uno x Goodtimes) on their way to a $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Win. ESI photo

David Beisel and YJC graduate Ammeretto (Numero Uno x Goodtimes) on their way to a $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Win. ESI photo

 

Ocala, FL (March 18, 2017): Week IX at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit continued on Thursday with the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium at HITS Post Time Farm.

David Beisel has been quite successful in Grand Prix this season at HITS Ocala, including two wins so far $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, making this week’s victory his third of 2017. Beisel rode Ammeretto, owned by Equine Holdings LLC., to the win in a 12-horse jump-off, where seven would go clear in contingency for the blue.

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Karen Polle and YJC Graduate With Wings Reach New Heights to Win $380,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix CSI 5*

Wellington, FL – March 11, 2017 – Karen Polle (JPN) and With Wings made it two-for-two during week nine at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL, with a victory in Saturday night’s $380,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix CSI 5*, presented by The Bainbridge Companies, after also topping Thursday’s $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup (the grand prix qualifier). U.S. Olympian Margie Engle (USA) riding Royce, and Spanish Olympian Sergio Alvarez Moya aboard Charmeur, placed second and third respectively.
The ninth week of WEF concludes at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Sunday, March 12, featuring the $86,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic and $50,000 Grand Prix CSI 2*. Both events can be viewed live HERE. The 12-week WEF circuit continues through April 2, 2017, awarding over $9 million in prize money.
Alan Wade’s (IRL) course got the best of many on Saturday night, as only four out of 39 entries cleared the first round without fault. In the jump-off, Polle and her 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Larino x L. Ronald) were the only pair to complete a second clear track, racing through the timers in 42.42 seconds.
Engle and Gladewinds Partners’ Royce had one rail in the double combination and finished in 43.36 seconds. Moya and Charmeur dropped one rail at the final fence in the jump-off with a time of 43.81 seconds. Quentin Judge (USA) placed fourth, riding Double H Farm’s HH Conrad to 12 faults over the short course in 45.22 seconds.
Remarking on her win, 24-year-old Polle declared, “I feel disbelief first of all. It has not really sunk in yet. The week could not have gone any better. I won both my classes, and my horse jumped unbelievably all week, every jump. He really helped me out, and he felt great tonight, so I am really, really happy.”
Karen Polle and With Wings
Detailing her strategy for the jump-off, Polle stated, “My plan was just to go as fast as I could. There were only four, so I just wanted to go for it, because I was going to get a good ribbon either way. I just picked up a good gallop and tried to be as neat as I could.”
Saturday was Polle’s first time jumping clear, and her first time jumping off, in a Saturday Night Lights grand prix at WEF. She had the great confidence of a longtime partnership riding With Wings on her side.
“When I first got him, I did not know so much. I was still a junior, but I knew he was special,” Polle said of their seven-year partnership. “I really believed in him, and I did not ever feel like there was a jump that was too big for us, or a course that was too difficult for us. I am just really glad that we were able to win because I have always felt like he is a real winner.”
During their years together, Polle and With Wings have had the guidance of some of the biggest names in show jumping. Olympic team gold medalist and Rolex Grand Slam Champion Scott Brash (GBR), Olympian Mario Deslauriers (USA), ten-time Olympian Ian Millar (CAN), and Olympic silver and bronze medalist Paul Schockemöhle (GER) have all played a role in developing this young talent. On Saturday night, Polle was competing under the tutelage of Olympic Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil.
“I have been really lucky to work with quite a few top professionals,” Polle acknowledged. “All of them have really helped me and Wings get to where we are now. I used little things that I have learned from all of them tonight to do the course, and to do the jump-off.
“I hope to win a lot more classes like this,” she added. “It is an unbelievable feeling, and this is why we do this – why we work so hard at home to then come here and be able to win a class like this. I hope I can continue to have many more of these moments and many more Saturday night grand prix wins.”
Margie Engle and Royce
Engle was aboard her talented mount Royce for a second place finish on Saturday and was happy with her horse’s efforts.
“He has felt great all circuit,” Engle said of the 13-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Café au Lait x Grandilot). “Karen just was the one to beat this week. She was on fire. I was very happy with Royce. He has been riding very well. He jumped well on Thursday and then again tonight. I just jumped in a little big into the double (in the jump-off). He tried to get out of the way. I just needed to nip inside, but he felt great.”
Commenting on the evening’s course, Engle continued, “I thought it was tough enough. It was appropriate for a five-star event. There were a lot of technical questions. The course was long, and it was up and down. It was kind of nice to have only four in the jump-off. You knew that if you went clean, you were going to get a good piece of the prize money.”
Sergio Alvarez Moya and Charmeur
Moya was riding a less experienced mount for the night’s competition with his ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Charmeur (Numero Uno x Gelha’s VDL Emilion).
“I am very happy the way he jumped today. It is his first big grand prix,” Moya noted. “He is pretty sensitive, and I was doubting actually until last night if I was going to ride him in the grand prix or not, but he is normally very brave. I was very happy when I saw there were only four in the jump-off. I knew they were fast, but I had to be a little careful at the number three. In the first round my horse did a little bit of a funny jump, and I did not want to scare him in the jump-off. I think the rest was good. He tried hard. He was very careful, and I am just very happy with him.
“I have had him since he was six,” Moya continued. “Last year he did a few bigger classes, but not like this, and for sure not under the lights and a five-star grand prix. I always believed a lot in him. I think he is a pretty special horse. He is just very sensitive and sharp, so I took it very slow with him. I definitely think he is the one I have to replace Carlo, which is not an easy job.”
Representing Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Don Langdon remarked on the evening’s competition and praised the riders on a great night of sport.
“First of all, congratulations to the top three – Margie, Sergio, and Karen,” Langdon stated. “It is great for me, who does not ride, to participate for the last 30 years and to see the growth of what has happened in this community. Mark (Bellissimo) has built this brand far greater than any sights that we had ever imagined. Douglas Elliman is the fourth largest real estate company in the country. We are a private company, which is great. This plays right into our brand. We like to patronize the people that also patronize our company, and obviously the equestrians have been an amazing role in our success in the Wellington area. We appreciate that.”
Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo wrapped a great night with his comments. He stated, “There were people years ago who said that we would never fill the seats when we built them, and I think the reality is that we are coming consistently every Saturday with pretty much a full house. I think it is a testament to the athletes here. People here are developing a following. I think the sport is really taking hold in this community, and hopefully, that is something that can be replicated in other markets. I want to thank Rolex first and foremost. These five-stars are very important to attract the talent that we have here. Rolex is the brand that has stepped up and really transformed this facility with very heavy investment, and allowed us to get to the four five-star events.

“I am really proud of the riders,” Bellissimo continued. “To see Karen and that smile; it is great when you see someone win something for the first time. This was the first time that a Japanese rider has won a five-star grand prix here. I was very happy to see the excitement of Karen’s win, and hopefully it is the first of many.”

On the podium, Margie Engle, Karen Polle, and Sergio Alvarez Moya are joined by: Mark and Katherine Bellissimo of Equestrian Sport Productions; Elizabeth Grant, National Events Associate, Rolex Watch USA; Don Langdon, Managing Broker; Dottie Herman, President & CEO; Jay Parker, CEO Florida; and Gus Rubio, COO Florida, all of Douglas Elliman; Richard Schechter, Chairman and CEO, The Bainbridge Companies; and ringmaster Steve Rector.
As the grand prix winner, Polle was presented the Herman ‘Kappy’ Kaplan Perpetual Memorial Trophy. She was also given the Leading Lady Rider Award for week nine, presented by Martha Jolicoeur of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Also competing in the International Arena on Saturday, Giavanna Rinaldi and Haylie Rolfe’s Caretina III won the $10,000 SJHOF Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Sleepy P Ranch. The $15,000 SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Engel & Völkers, saw a win for Lacey Gilbertson and Seabrook LLC’s Baloppi. Kamille Marcussen and Bull Run’s Pistol Pete were also victorious in the $1,500 Martha Jolicoeur, Douglas Elliman Low Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class.
Final Results: $380,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix CSI 5*, presented by The Bainbridge Companies
Horses in bold are graduates of the Young Jumper Championships
1. WITH WINGS: 2003 KWPN gelding by Larino x L.Ronald
KAREN POLLE (JPN), Karen Polle: 0/0/42.42
2. ROYCE: 2004 Oldenburg stallion by Café au Lait x Grandilot
MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Gladewinds Partners LLC: 0/4/43.36
3. CHARMEUR: 2007 KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Gelha’s VDL Emilion
SERGIO ALVAREZ MOYA (ESP), Alvarez Moya Horse SL: 0/4/43.81
4. HH CONRAD: 2005 Holsteiner stallion by Con Air x Locato
QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm: 0/12/45.22
5. SUPER SOX: 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Salito x Silvio I
LILLIE KEENAN (USA), Chansonette Farm LLC: 4/81.98
6. HH AZUR: 2006 Belgian Sport Horse mare Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Sir Lui
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Double H Farm & Francois Mathy: 4/82.13
7. VALINSKI S: 2002 KWPN gelding by Nijinski x Julius
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Wyndmont: 4/82.38
8. DIXSON: 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Vigo d’Arsouilles x Olisco
IAN MILLAR (CAN), Ariel and Susan Grange: 4/83.14
9. CASALL: 2005 Holsteiner gelding by Casall ASK x Capitol I
ALI WOLFF (USA), Blacklick Bend Farm: 4/83.17
10. COACH: 2008 Holsteiner gelding by Con Air x Corofino I
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 4/83.31
11. FOR FREEDOM Z: 2005 Zangersheide gelding by For Pleasure x Baloubet du Rouet
KEEAN WHITE (CAN), Angelstone Partners: 4/83.41
12. CONFU: 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Contact Me x Cambridge
LAURA KRAUT (USA), St. Bride’s Farm: 4/83.77

Karen Polle and YJC Graduate With Wings Victorious in $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9

Karen Polle and ULC graduate With Wings (Larino x Ronald). Sportfot photo.

Karen Polle and YJC graduate With Wings (Larino x Ronald). Sportfot photo.

Wellington, FL – March 9, 2017 – Karen Polle (JPN) and veteran partner With Wings earned a big win in Thursday’s $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

Round 9 of the Challenge Cup series saw 51 starters over Alan Wade’s (IRL) first round course. Twelve entries advanced to the jump-off, and six completed double clear rounds. Polle and With Wings took the win in 36.71 seconds. Lillie Keenan (USA) and Chansonette Farm’s Skyhorse finished second in 38.14 seconds. Lauren Hough (USA) aboard Willow Grace Farm’s Cornet 39 placed third in 38.53 seconds, and Lucy Davis (USA) riding Old Oak Farm’s Cassis 54 finished fourth in 38.95 seconds.
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Peter Leone and YJC Graduate Wayfarer Top $50,000 Grand Prix CSI 2* at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival

Peter Leone and Lionshare Farm's homebred Wayfarer (Languster Prydsholm x Lancer II). Sportfot photo.

Peter Leone and Lionshare Farm’s homebred Wayfarer (Languster Prydsholm x Lancer II). Sportfot photo.

Wellington, FL – February 26, 2017 – Peter Leone (USA) and Wayfarer concluded week seven of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) with a win in the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI 2* on Sunday, February 26, in Wellington, FL. Also competing on Sunday, Samuel Parot (CHI) and Quick du Pottier topped the $86,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic.

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New Dates & Location in 2017 for Young Jumper Championships at Blenheim EquiSports

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February 20, 2017 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – Mark your calendars, this year four Championships and Finals have changed dates and locations. It’s certain to be a busy fall, and Blenheim looks forward to hosting some excellent events, so please note the changes below.
 
Showpark Summer Classic, August 16-20, 2017: The Sallie B. Wheeler US National Hunter Breeding Championships, West will be held at the Del Mar Horse Park one week earlier than previous years.

 

September 13-17, 2017: The Blenheim Fall Tournament,  located at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano, will now host the Interactive Mortgage Horses 10 & Under Futurity Final.

 

September 20-24, 2017: The International Jumping Festival, also in San Juan Capistrano, will proudly host the Young Jumper Championships Western League Final, for five, six and seven-year-olds, along with the IJF Four Year Old Regionals.

 

And to increase opportunities for competitors, the North American League (NAL) West Coast Finals for Children and Adult Hunter riders as well as Children, Adult and 1.30m Jr-A/O Jumper riders has moved from Las Vegas to San Juan Capistrano. The 2017 event, hosted by Blenheim EquiSports, will also be held during September’s International Jumping Festival.
 

 

 

 
Additional program schedules, details and more can be found in the 2017 Spring Prize List.
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Minikus and YJC Graduate Zephyr Return to the Winner’s Circle in Week Five at 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival

Todd Minikus and YJC graduate Zephyr (Landor S x Calvados). Sportfot photo.

Todd Minikus and YJC graduate Zephyr (Landor S x Calvados). Sportfot photo.

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.

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Michelle Parker Takes the Cake with YJC Graduate Cupilor in the $75,000 Go Rentals Grand Prix

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Michelle Parker and YJC graduate Cupilor (Lupicor x Edison) on their way to a $75,000 Go Rentals Grand Prix win. ESI photo.

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.

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Minikus and YJC Graduate Zephyr Take Second Win of Week Three at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival

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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.

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Ward and Vale Clear Seven Feet to Tie for Victory in $25,000 International Jumper Puissance, Presented by The Boeing Company

Aaron Vale and YJC graduate Finou 4 clear the Puissance wall at 7 feet. Shawn McMillen photo.

Aaron Vale and YJC graduate Finou 4 clear the Puissance wall at 7 feet. Shawn McMillen photo.

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.

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Peter Wylde and and YJC Graduate Paloma Speed to Victory in $35,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake CSI4* at American Gold Cup

Peter Wylde and YJC graduate Paloma (Canaletto S x Henzo de Brassiere) owned by Kathleen Kamine in the winner's circle at the American Gold Cup. Taylor Renner photo.

Peter Wylde and YJC graduate Paloma (Canaletto S x Henzo de Brassiere) owned by Kathleen Kamine in the winner’s circle at the American Gold Cup. Taylor Renner photo.

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.”

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