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Kevin Babington and Sarah Segal Soar to Wellington Turf Tour Success at International Polo Club

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: The Ridge Farm http://www.theridgefarm.com
Release Date: 2014-01-15

Wellington, FL – January 15, 2014 – Torrents of rain and claps of thunder welcomed riders to the fields of the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) early this morning. However menacing, the inclement weather did not deter the field of 30 riders from entering into a heated battle in today’s 1.30-1.35m Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour.

Kevin Babington and Shorapur returned to the second week of competition with their sights set on victory, tackling the track to set the pace as the day’s pathfinder and eventual frontrunners. Sarah Segal and Zelda were the winners of the second class, completing the course in a speedy 34.739 seconds, proving untouchable.

It seemed as though Babington would take the win during last week’s commencement of the Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour, but Kama Godek narrowly pushed them from the pinnacle of the ranks, leaving him with the second place. Today, he guided Shorapur, owned by Shorapur LLC, through the Eric Hasbrouck designed track, leaving all rails in place and moving into the jump off. They kept a smooth even rhythm throughout the course, covering the ground with ease. The timers stopped at 37.557 seconds, leaving the other contenders to chase their blazing time.

“I wanted to work on getting her to carry herself, and really work on carrying a good rhythm. I wasn’t trying to set an unbeatable pace, but the jumps kept coming up on every turn. It worked really well,” Babington said. “She was good last week, but she was even better this week. She needs to stay relaxed out there. She is very careful and brave. Sometimes she can get ahead of herself, but today she kept her balance, and I was quite happy with that. I can’t wait to see how she does this Friday.”

Although Schuyler Riley and Andretti, owned by South Beach Stables, gave a valiant effort, their time of 38.935 seconds wasn’t enough to catch the Irishman today, earning the pair a red ribbon. Riley also snatched up the third place award with Dobra De Porceyo for their double-clear effort completed in 41.925 seconds. Ansgar Holtgers and Cocomello rode to the fourth place, while Babington cleared the course aboard his second mount Baloucat for the fifth. Brian Walker and Chico’s Bandita rounded out the top six.

“I was pretty excited about the venue today; the footing was fantastic,” Babington expressed. “It was such a great setting there [IPC]. Considering all the rain we had last night, I thought the footing held up extremely well. I was very, very pleased with my horse.”

Young talent Sarah Segal dominated the second class of the day, and as no stranger to the Ridge at Wellington events, she rode to the top with effortlessness aboard Zelda, owned by Lowell and Robi Kabnick. Although Segal was one of the riders to take on the course later in the day, her strategy proved well worth the wait. Zelda’s large stride and accuracy over the fences took the duo into the lead with a double clear round in a mere 34.739 seconds. It proved to be a time no one could come within a second of.

“She is actually a more recent horse. We have had her for a little over six months, and she is 10 years old. She is in some ways very experienced, because she consistently showed in 1.10-1.15m classes. Until we got her she hadn’t jumped any bigger than that,” Segal explained. “We started playing with her, and the bigger the jumps get, the better she jumps. She just started doing the 1.35m and 1.40m, and she has been doing it very easily. She is really competitive, really careful and a really, really game horse in the ring. She is always looking for the next jump. She is a really exciting horse.”

Mattias Tromp, the last rider of the day, had onlookers on the edge of their seats as he prepared to challenge Segal’s time. Cassius Von Nymphenburg, owned by Bayaert Farm Inc., responded easily to Tromp’s commands as they sliced turns and shaved seconds. It was Segal who still arose as the victor, with Tromp’s time of 35.509 seconds unable to better the pair.

Segal continued, “She has a huge stride, and she is very scopey. She is just incredibly honest and tries really hard. You know that you can spin her back and turn her, and she is always going to be there for you. I thought the course was really, really nice over there, and I was amazed by the footing. It was perfectly dry. I showed in the classes last year, and it is so nice to be able to go to different venues.”

Segal also picked up the third place award with veteran partner Tilghman, owned by Horatio St. Ventures, while Sarah Wayda and Spargel finished fourth. Gemma Paternoster and Figarro D, owned by Julia Harrison Lee, took the fifth place, and Schuyler Riley and Q-7, owned by Wolfstone Stables & Sales, rode to the sixth place.

 

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 IPC. The $175,000 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix event will return to IPC this Friday for the $15,000 1.40m Ridge at Wellington Invitational Grand Prix. The 10-week series will culminate with the $24,750 Wellington Turf Tour Invitational Grand Prix Finale on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

 

“It seemed like such a great idea to open our field to show jumping. I felt that we have the land; we have the access, and we want to do anything to help the equestrian industry. We are a polo club, but we want to be able to support all of the disciplines,” IPC President of Club Operations John Wash described. “After seeing this, I would like to expand this, and hopefully help to grow this in the future.”

Show Net captured all of today’s action at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, while also providing live scoring for the Ridge Winter Tour II. All recorded rounds and results are available at: www.shownet.biz.

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, Junior/Amateur-Owner, Child/Adult and Senior Jumper Classics will find their home intermittently throughout the Wellington Turf Tour.

The Ridge at Wellington offers rated Equitation Shows every Tuesday 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:  

International Polo Club Palm Beach  

3667 120th Ave S, 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 - IPC

Saturday, February 8, 2014 – Wolfstone Farms

Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014 – Deeridge Farm

Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

FINALE - Saturday, March 22, 2014 – Deeridge Farm


1.30m-1.35m Jumpers:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - IPC

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – Wolfstone Farms

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 –Deeridge Farm

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 –Wolfstone Farms

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 – Deeridge Farm

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:
8:30am - 5pm daily

Directions:


From the Florida Turnpike: Take the exit for LakeWorth Road West. Continue on Lake Worth Road approximately 6 miles to South Shore Blvd. Make a left on South Shore Blvd. Continue to the stop sign at 50th Street. Make a Right on 50th Street. Continue to Stables Way and make a right. Continue to the end of Stables Way and make a right on Palm Beach Point Blvd. Driveway to farm is 50 feet on the left.

From Route 95: Take the exit for Forest Hill Blvd West. Continue on Forest Hill Blvd to South Shore Blvd. Make a left on South Shore Blvd. Once on South Shore Blvd, continue straight at light at Pierson Road and again straight through the intersection at Lake Worth Road, to the stop sign at 50th Street. Make a Right on 50th Street. Continue to Stables Way and make a right. Continue to the end of Stables Way and make a right on Palm Beach Point Blvd. Driveway to farm is 50 feet on the left.

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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