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Wellington Masters Wrap-Up: February 4-7, 2016

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2016-02-12

Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 12, 2016 – The inaugural CP Wellington Masters, presented by Sovaro™, produced a world-class event, where it was only fitting that the victory in the $200,000 Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Wellington went to leading U.S. athlete Kent Farrington with his veteran mount Uceko. 

Topping a 14-horse jump-off on Sunday, Feb. 7, Farrington captured his second victory in the new Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping East Coast League. The highlight event took place under sunny skies at the picturesque Deeridge Farms, owned by the Jacobs family. Closely in conjunction with leading horse show producers Stadium Jumping, the Jacobs family worked tirelessly to produce the first event of its kind at their home in Wellington. 

“I thought it was a beautiful, beautiful event here at Deeridge Farms,” expressed Farrington after his win. “I think this facility is amazing and really exciting for our sport and for show jumping here in Florida. For us to have this kind of competition and this caliber of competition is really exciting for all of us as riders.”

Forty combinations turned out to make a bid for the win over the Alan Wade designed course in the new all-weather arena. Only 14 of the athletes were able to master the opening track without error and advance to the final tiebreaker.

Paris Sellon was the pathfinder with Adare, setting the pace to beat at a clear 43.50 seconds. Callan Solem tried to best her with VDL Wizard, owned by Horseshoe Trail Farm, but she was just shy of the time in a faultless 43.80 seconds. Canada’s Ian Millar slipped just between them on Susan and Ariel Grange’s Dixson when they cleared the track in 43.54 seconds. 

Richard Spooner was the first to beat Sellon’s time on his new mount Big Red, owned by Gerardo and Alfonso Pasquel. Despite a risky distance to the last fence, the duo left all the fences intact and broke the beam at 42.89 seconds, wearing a target on their back.

Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partners’ Nougat Du Vallet had the next clear effort, but they were more conservative in a time of 48.64 seconds. Despite his solid round, Spooner had left the door open for an experienced pair, and Farrington knew he could make up time by shaving the turns and leaving strides out with 15-year-old Uceko. The pair never touched a rail and blazed across the finish line 40.30 seconds, almost three seconds faster than Spooner.

The last athlete in the class was Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum on the talented Fibonacci 17, owned by Artemis. The scopey 11-year-old was clear over all of the obstacles, but could not match Uceko’s speed taking over the second place spot in 42.83 seconds. Spooner was just six-hundreths of a second slower than Beerbaum for third place, while Farrington led the lap of honor.

The Jacobs family is a strong supporter of world-class athletes and world-class events, and the family was thrilled to have the opportunity to host the Wellington leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping East Coast League. 

“It’s a three-year commitment to host the World Cup Qualifier here,” noted President Louis Jacobs. “To have first the FEI and Longines grant us a World Cup Qualifier and then to have this group of sponsors - not just Longines, but Canadian Pacific and the folks from Sovaro - people that really demonstrated their faith in us early on, we're incredibly grateful for that.” 

Katie Jacobs Robinson added, “It’s exciting, and it’s an honor that Longines and the FEI have trusted us with this. It’s been a huge learning experience and something that I think we have all really enjoyed. We hope that Longines is happy as well as the FEI and all the competitors, and we look forward to doing it again.

Representing the family in the ring was Charlie Jacobs, who hopes to be traveling with the U.S. delegation to the prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden March 23-28. 

“The feedback from the riders has been nothing short of extraordinary,” he commented. “Even riders that didn't compete here were sharing that they wish to come and show next year if we offer more divisions, so by in large I'd say it's been exclusively great feedback from the horseman.” 

Javier Guerra and Chiquey Tiem Win $10,000 1.15m Jumpers

One of the additional events held during the inaugural CP Wellington Masters was the $10,000 1.15m Jumpers. The victory in the Sunday competition opener went to Javier Guerra of the USA on his own Chiquey Tiem. 

Guerra and the 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare were one of 15 pairs to advance to the immediate jump-off following the first round, and while they went early in the order they set a time to be beat that would never be toppled, finishing in 29.738 seconds. 

Finishing in a close second with a jump-off time of 30.014 seconds were Sima Morgello and Zopala, owned by Double S Farm LLC, while third place went to Lukene Arenas and Enrique Arenas’ Unique Star with a time of 30.876 seconds. 

Before the main event got underway on Sunday, a special presentation was made for the M. Michael Meller Style Award. During its inaugural year at the CP Wellington Masters, the award was presented to the late Andres Rodriguez of Venezuela. Rodriguez, fondly known as “Chepito,” passed away in a tragic car accident in January. The 2015 individual silver medalist from the Pan American Games was a true supporter of equestrian sport and embodied this award. He loved show jumping and all that knew him felt his enthusiasm. A team player, he was fun loving and always supportive with his competitors. 

Rodriguez’s wife, Clementine Goutal, and barn manager, Carmen Barrera, accepted the award from Meller on his behalf. The M. Michael Meller Style Award will continue to be presented each year in honor of Rodriguez to a rider that exemplifies his style and sportsmanship, so that “Chepito’s” memory can live on in the sport.  

Beezie Madden Brings Home Blue with Coach

Beezie Madden is bringing a new winner up the ranks, and on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Wellington Masters, he claimed his first major win in Wellington. Madden and Coach, owned by Abigail Wexner, earned the victory in the $20,000 1.40m Jumpers.

With Madden in the irons, Coach, an 8-year-old Holsteiner gelding, was one of 39 horses to compete over the Alan Wade designed track set and one of 15 to advance to the jump-off before taking an impressive win.  

Before Coach jumped to victory, eight combinations attempted the jump-off track, and while many of them finished on just four faults, it was not until the ninth to return that a double clear effort was successfully produced.

Jonathan McCrea and D Carolus, owned by Candy Tribble, were the first to cross the second round track without fault, setting the time to beat at 48.279 seconds.

From there it turned into a quick race against the clock with nearly every round going faster than the next. Chris Sorensen and his own Zellobee shaved the time to beat down to a clear 42.329 seconds. Then Tori Colvin and Take the High Road LLC’s Austria 2 blew that time out of the water, setting the lead at 38.884 seconds.

Daniel Bluman and his own Bocara D’Archongosse came next and saw one rail fall in 45.081 seconds, but then it was back to the quick race against the clock with Callan Solem and VDL Torlando giving it their all and leaving out a long stride to the final oxer, finishing on a time of 38.221 seconds to temporarily take over the lead.

It would not be for long though as Madden and Coach were the next to return and left it all on the line to finish in in 38.127 seconds.

With Madden in the lead, it came down to Juan Pablo Gnecco and Silius Brown, and when he finished in an easy 44.021 seconds, it clinched the victory for Madden and the second place spot for Solem.

“This event is super. I think we’ve been dying for an event like this down here just to have a little something different,” Madden said. “I don’t think it hurts the other venue at all. They have plenty of customers at both. I think the specialty event is fantastic to have here. I think people will really welcome it, and they will keep it top notch and not concentrate on volume. They concentrate on volume a lot over there, and they don’t need to here. There’s a place for both. They have done such a fantastic job. It’s like a super European show. It’s nice to have some different jumps, it’s fresh.”

McLain Ward and Carlos Z go Two-for-Two

McLain Ward showcased his winning style on two back-to-back days with HH Carlos Z, winning both the $50,000 Longines Qualifier CSI3* and the $35,000 Welcome Stake.

In the Thursday, Feb. 4 afternoon $35,000 Welcome Stake, 48 of the world’s top athletes competed for the top honors over the Alan Wade designed track.

Fortieth in the order was Mexico’s Alberto Michan riding Dutch Cinda Alba Z for Ilan Ferder, who was just one second behind Ward with a faultless effort in 61.13 seconds, which would be good enough for second place. 

Double H Farm had a great start to the show, with Quentin Judge rounding out the top three on HH Whisky Royale. The pair competed just a few rounds after Ward, breaking the beam at 61.95 seconds with all the rails intact.  

While a second CSI event was happening across the street, Ward was excited to have another option for HH Carlos Z to compete at. “This area has grown so much in the number of international horses here during the season,” he commented. “This area can support three international events per week. “

Ward continued, “The [USEF] is trying to modify a lot of the mileage rule. I'm a big believer in allowing a free market. You're going to go to what's the right event for you. I think in this area the constrictions can come off, and people can put on an event that they're proud of. The riders will be able to choose, and there will be different levels. It's good to have different levels. You know you're going to have your 5*, your 3* and even down to the National level. I think it's good; there's enough to support it, and I think it's healthier and more entertaining sport than watching 140 people do the same round.” 

In the $50,000 Longines Qualifier CSI3*, the Pan American gold medalist once again used going early in the order to his advantage, sticking to his plan with his quick mount and making the other riders try to catch him. The duo topped the 11-horse jump-off, beating Canada’s Ian Millar and young rider Maggie McAlary for their second victory gallop of the week. 

After rain early Friday morning, the highlight event was moved to the new sand arena at Deeridge Farms. Alan Wade built a technical course for the class, which was the qualifier for Sunday’s $200,000 Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Wellington. Fifty-six entries took their turn over the track, with only 11 managing to cross the finish line without fault and return for the jump-off. 

Ward was the pathfinder in the first round and returned with plenty of gas in the tank for the tiebreaker on HH Carlos Z, owned by Double H Farm. He easily galloped through the turns, leaving each obstacle intact and setting the pace to beat at 37.52 seconds. The generally stoic Ward left the ring with a big grin, knowing he had left it on the line. 

“I don't often think I've shut the door,” expressed Ward. “I know that there are people that can get you, like Mr. Millar, but I had a pretty good feeling that I had done at least a good job. [HH Carlos Z] is fast, and it was one of those rounds were everything just showed up out of stride. It just worked really well. I love to go earlier in the jump-off, especially with a fast horse. I kind of put what other people do out of my head, and I just really ride my round.”

Millar was the next rider to produce a clear round with Dixson, owned by Susan and Ariel Grange. Although they tried to catch Ward’s time, the pair was two seconds slower when they crossed the finish line in 39.72 seconds to earn the second place ribbon. 

Katie Dinan was double clear with her veteran mount Nougat Du Vallet, but their conservative time of 47.69 seconds would only be good enough for fourth place. For the second day in a row, the third place award went to a Double H Farm mount, and this time it was Maggie McAlary riding HH Ciske Van Overis. The pair broke the beam at 41.72 seconds leaving all the rails in their cups.

Cremer, Neal and Allen Top 1.30m and 1.10m Jumpers

Prior to the start of the $50,000 Longines Qualifier on Friday, Feb. 5, speed was the name of the game in the $15,000 1.30m Time First Round competition. With high interest and a large number of entries in the class, it was held as a California-split, offering double the prize money to the eventual winners.

Finishing with the fastest time of the morning to take the victory in the first section was Diego Gonzalez Cremer with El 24 Dafnina, owned by Claudia Licaosi. Cremer and the 9-year-old mare crossed the Alan Wade designed course without fault and tripped the timers in a speedy 50.871 seconds.  

The first place position in the second section of the class went to Richard Neal riding his own Ida Gold. The duo finished with a time nearly equal to Cremer’s, crossing the timers in 50.900 seconds.

On Thursday, the very first win of the inaugural Wellington Masters also went to the very first rider to enter the show ring at Deeridge Farms. Lea Allen, riding Komedie De Montsec, was the first of 38 entries to go in the $5,000 1.10m, presented by Attention Span Media, and she set the time to beat at an unstoppable 56.989 seconds.

For full results from the 2016 Wellington Masters, click here or visit LonginesTiming.com. For more information on the Wellington Masters, visit WellingtonMastersWorldCup.com

 

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