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Kama Godek and Air Force One claimed the first Wellington Turf Tour 1.30-1.35m Jumper Victory for 2014.

Kevin Babington and Shorapur

Kevin Babington and Baloucat

Schuyler Riley and Navalo De Poheton

Liz Mahoney and Carpe Diem

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Kama Godek Blazes the Trail and Pilots Air Force One to the 1.30-1.35m Victory at Wolfstone Stables

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: The Ridge Farm http://www.theridgefarm.com
Release Date: 2014-01-09

Wellington, FL – January 9, 2014 – Kama Godek and Air Force One soared through the jump off in the first event of the Wellington Turf Tour on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Their finesse through the short track allowed them to surpass 17 contenders in a solid 36 seconds. Their time proved untouchable as each consecutive rider attempted to catch their pace, but Godek’s strong turns and quick pace made it an impossible feat.

Godek is no stranger to The Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour. Although this is only the second year that Godek has traveled to Wellington for the winter circuit, she has made the Ridge events a permanent fixture on her show schedule. Last year, Godek navigated Air Force One to several top placings in the event, and she returned to take charge for the 2014 series.

“Air Force One is my grand prix horse. I have done some World Cup Qualifiers with him, and he was the horse of the year in Virginia,” Godek said of her mount. “I gave him the last two months as holiday to go galloping down the canals and relax. I like to keep him interested and keep his job fun. Going every single week to the same ring can get really boring.”

Godek continued, “I wasn’t planning on doing a big class with him this week, so I decided to do him in the classes today and then bring him back on Friday to jump in the 1.40m class. Right now, I am playing around with him, having fun and enjoying the change of scenery. It keeps them more interested in their job when they can see different venues. I have a lot of horses for sale, and being able to put them on the trailer and bring them over to jump around without pouring a lot of money into them is ideal.”

Air Force One proved to be in peak condition as Godek navigated the grey gelding through Pierre Jolicouer’s course. Godek had seen Kevin Babington take the lead only minutes before aboard Shorapur, owned by Shorapur LLC, but Air Force One covered the ground with a quick pace and was right there for Godek as they sliced the turns and beat Babington’s time by a narrow margin of a little over a tenth of a second.

“I didn’t even realize how fast I was going,” Godek smiled. “He is always so fast across the ground that I don’t even have to think about it. As long as I make decent turns, he is always there.”

Babington secured the second place aboard Shorapur, while also snatching the third place with the 10-year-old mare Baloucat.

“It is really nice that they have added more venues. One of the downsides of jumping at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) is that you are jumping in the same ring week in and week out. The horses get a little bored. I think this breaks it up for them,” Babington explained. “The two I brought today—one is an up and coming grand prix horse that I plan on jumping on Friday in the 1.40m Grand Prix, and the other is a sale horse I wanted to get to know.”

The Ridge events are nostalgic for Babington since he rode Shorapur for the first time during the first event of the Wellington Invitational Series in 2013.

“I have really high hopes for Shorapur,” Babington expressed. “I got her at this time last year and moved her up to the grand prix at the end of her 8-year-old year. She is just turning 9 years old now. This year it is time to see what she really is.”

Such positive reviews were heard from other top riders throughout the course of the day, including Chris Kappler, who brought two of his students to compete in the two classes.

“The Ridge’s Wellington Turf Tour has grown to encompass the type of variety riders want here – to be able to get to different venues with young horses, and even older horses. Most of these venues have beautiful grass footing, and you don’t really get that anymore,” Kappler stated. “We are so thankful to these owners for hosting these events. With the way it is being run it works with the horse show and, at the same time, gives you an outlet for doing some different things. I think it is great for the circuit, it helps to break things up and make it so things don’t get too monotonous for everybody, and provides and exceptional experience.”

It was Shuyler Riley, the host of this week’s event, who rode to the victory in the second class of the day. She entered into a three-horse jump off to ride away with the win aboard Navalo De Poheton, owned by Wolfstone Stables & Sales. She jumped to a double clear effort in 33.150 seconds. Godek secured the second place aboard Air Force One with another clean jump off in 33.274 seconds. Liz Mahoney and Carpe Diem rode to the third place with a four-fault jump off round in 48.975 seconds.

Not only was the competition fierce for the opening day of the Wellington Turf Tour, but the hospitality was unparalleled. The Ridge at Wellington hosted a beautiful spread for breakfast and lunch, allowing riders, owners and trainers to take a moment to relax in the tranquil atmosphere.

The course opened at 8 a.m. and remained open until 4:30 p.m., allowing competitors ample time to come at their convenience to ride and enjoy the ambiance of Wolfstone Stables. The $175,000 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix event will return to Wolfstone Stables tomorrow for the first week of competition. The 10-week series will culminate with the $24,750 Wellington Turf Tour Invitational Grand Prix Finale on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Riders have the opportunity to ride over straight from the show grounds, or trailer their horses over while enjoying unparalleled hospitality and quality competition. The Ridge series is the perfect training opportunity to help riders and horses prepare for the classes held at the Winter Equestrian Festival, helping to end the daily grind and prevent complacency throughout the circuit.

Meadowbrook Horse Transport will provide transportation to and from the horse show and other locations throughout Wellington for both the Wednesday and Friday events. The transportation is a nominal fee of $50 per horse, and will be calculated into the final show fees. To make a reservation for one of the three pickup times: 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. please call Peter Tufano of Meadowbrook Horse Transport at (954) 415-7217, or call Nona Garson at (908) 500-0996.

For more information about the Ridge at Wellington please go to www.theridgefarm.com. For up-to-date information please follow the Ridge at Wellington on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ridge-at-Wellington/219358376264.

THE RIDGE AT WELLINGTON HORSE SHOW SERIES FAST FACTS

Events:

The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour offers their popular 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix for its second year, with an open in gate format taking place once a week at beautiful venues throughout Wellington. The Ridge at Wellington Grand Prix Finale will take place March 22, 2014.

The Turf Tour also will host 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers every Wednesday beginning January 8, 2014 and running until March 19, 2014.

Young Jumper Classes and both Children’s/Senior Jumper Classics will find their home intermittently throughout the Wellington Turf Tour.

The Ridge at Wellington offers Equitation Shows every Tuesday of the month from January – March 2013. There will also be a series of schooling shows at the Ridge at Wellington for all experience levels.

Two USHJA International Hunter Derbies will take place February 7, 2014 and March 21, 2014.

What:
The Ridge at Wellington series includes several weeks of competition throughout the Winter Season with USEF Rated Equitation Shows. This winter will also feature five two-day schooling shows. The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour will offer 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers, 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix, Young Jumpers, Children’s/Senior Classics, and two hunter derbies.

Where:
Wolfstone Stables

13250 Southfields Road
Wellington, FL 33414

Barn & Show Phone 561-791-1471 | Barn Fax 561-791-1543

When:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 – 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 10, 2014 – 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

2014 Winter Schedule

Wellington Turf Tour:

1.40 Ridge at Wellington Invitational Grand Prix

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

FINALE – Saturday, March 22, 2014

1.30m-1.35m Jumpers:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Young Jumpers:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Young Jumper Championship – Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic & Senior Jumper Classic

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – Senior Classic

Friday, March 28, 2014 – Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic & Children’s/Adult Classic

 

PALM BEACH SERIES – January 4-5, 2014

SATURDAY

Beginner Equitation

Beginner Hunter

Suitable Hunter Horse or Pony

Low Child/Adult Equitation

Low Child/Adult Hunter

M&S Bit O Straw Classic

Children’s/Adult Equitation

Children’s Pony Equitation

Children’s Hunter Horse/Pony

Adult Hunter

Adequan Open Hunter

SUNDAY

$1,500 M&S Child Adult Jump

Itty Bitty Jumpers

Low Schooling Jumper

Medium Schooling Jumper

Children’s /Adult Jumper

High Schooling Jumper

Open Jumper
 

2013 USEF RATED EQUITATION HORSE SHOWS – January 7, January 14, January 21, January 28

Equisport Insurance USEF Pony Medal

WIHS Pony Equitation

USEF Adult Equitation

Ariat Adult Equitation

Farnam (M&S) Adult Medal

T.H.I.S. National Children’s Medal

Smartpak (M&S) Children’s Medal

WIHS Equitation

Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search

M&S Junior Medal

Pessoa USEF Hunter Seat Medal

ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class

Phelps Media Group Junior Medal

Cedar Street Advisors Adult Medal

 

PALM BEACH SERIES – February 1-2, 2014

 

SATURDAY

Low/High Hunter Derby

Beginner Equitation

Beginner Hunter

Suitable Hunter Horse or Pony

Low Child/Adult Equitation

Low Child/Adult Hunter

M&S Bit O Straw Classic

Children’s/Adult Equitation

Children’s Pony Equitation

Children’s Hunter Horse/Pony

Adult Hunter

Adequan Open Hunter

 

SUNDAY

$1,500 M&S Child Adult Jump

Itty Bitty Jumpers

Low Schooling Jumper

Medium Schooling Jumper

Children’s /Adult Jumper

High Schooling Jumper

Open Jumper

 

2013 USEF RATED EQUITATION HORSE SHOWS – February 4, 11, 18, 25

Equisport Insurance USEF Pony Medal

WIHS Pony Equitation

USEF Adult Equitation

Ariat Adult Equitation

Farnam (M&S) Adult Medal

T.H.I.S. National Children’s Medal

Smartpak (M&S) Children’s Medal

WIHS Equitation

Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search

M&S Junior Medal

Pessoa USEF Hunter Seat Medal

ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class

Phelps Media Group Junior Medal

Cedar Street Advisors Adult Medal

 

PALM BEACH SERIES – March 1-2, 2014

 

SATURDAY

Low/High Hunter Derby

Beginner Equitation

Beginner Hunter

Suitable Hunter Horse or Pony

Low Child/Adult Equitation

Low Child/Adult Hunter

M&S Bit O Straw Classic

Children’s/Adult Equitation

Children’s Pony Equitation

Children’s Hunter Horse/Pony

Adult Hunter

Adequan Open Hunter

 

SUNDAY

$1,500 M&S Child Adult Jump

Itty Bitty Jumpers

Low Schooling Jumper

Medium Schooling Jumper

Children’s /Adult Jumper

High Schooling Jumper

Open Jumper

 

2013 USEF RATED EQUITATION HORSE SHOWS – March 4, 11, 18, 25

Equisport Insurance USEF Pony Medal

WIHS Pony Equitation

USEF Adult Equitation

Ariat Adult Equitation

Farnam (M&S) Adult Medal

T.H.I.S. National Children’s Medal

Smartpak (M&S) Children’s Medal

WIHS Equitation

Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search

M&S Junior Medal

Pessoa USEF Hunter Seat Medal

ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class

Phelps Media Group Junior Medal

Cedar Street Advisors Adult Medal

 

PALM BEACH SERIES – April 5-6, 2014

DOUBLE POINT SERIES FINALE AND AWARD PRESENTATION

SATURDAY

Beginner Equitation

Beginner Hunter

Suitable Hunter Horse or Pony

Low Child/Adult Equitation

Low Child/Adult Hunter

M&S Bit O Straw Classic

Children’s/Adult Equitation

Children’s Pony Equitation

Children’s Hunter Horse/Pony

Adult Hunter

Adequan Open Hunter

 

SUNDAY

$1,500 M&S Child Adult Jump

Itty Bitty Jumpers

Low Schooling Jumper

Medium Schooling Jumper

Children’s /Adult Jumper

High Schooling Jumper

Open Jumper

Hours:
8:00am – 4:30 pm

Information:
Before Show - (561) 791-1471, Email: RidgeShows@aol.com
During Show - Telephone: (561) 791-1471, Fax: (561) 791-1543

Text: (908) 500-0996

Website: www.TheRidgeFarm.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ridge-at-Wellington/219358376264?ref=ts&fref=ts.

Management:
Nona Garson
14415 Palm Beach Point Blvd. East

Wellington, FL, 33414

(561) 791-1471 (show office)

(908) 839-3859 (show cell)

(561) 791-1543 (show fax)

Email: RidgeShows@aol.com

Website: TheRidgeFarm.com

Media Contact:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd.
Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

 

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