WEEK TWO E-NEWSLETTER                                                   JANUARY 19, 2016

Welcome to your 2016 WEF Newsletter for week two. In this weekly newsletter, you'll find a variety of information, horse show updates, competition wrap-ups, sponsor offers, and more!

The second week of WEF sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance, is from January 20-24. Week three, sponsored by Adequan®, runs January 27-31. The 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that conclude on April 3, and awards more than $9 million in prize money through the circuit. 

Sponsor Feature:
Marshall & Sterling Insurance

Week 2 Preferred Realtor:
Maria Mendelsohn





See them again at WEF before the grand prix for a performance at
Saturday Night Lights and a Meet & Greet on January 23!

EXHIBITOR ALERT
 
TRAFFIC RULES: Equestrian Sport Productions would like to inform everyone entering the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that traffic laws will be enforced on the property. This includes fines or expulsions for texting while driving, speeding, unsafe driving, and disobeying traffic rules. This applies to anyone in a car, golf cart, or on a motorized vehicle, staff or exhibitors. At night, your golf cart must have headlights. We remind you to please be aware and take precautions to keep the people and animals here safe!
    
JUMPER ATTIRE RULES: While judges were lenient in week 1 to let exhibitors be reminded of the Jumper Attire Rules, they will be enforcing them starting at WEF 2. This is the second year of the new rules, which are stated by the USEF. All of the rules are clearly outlined in the WEF Prize List on page 158 and are posted on all of the Jumper Course Boards at the rings. Management and judges will be striving for consistency in enforcing the rules across all rings.
 
Please be aware of the "Formal Jumper Attire" for any Grand Prix or special class offering at least $25,000 in prize money. There are also classes that require "Proper Jumper Attire," and those include any classes in the International Arena where Formal attire is not required and also any Classic. All other classes will require "Standard Attire." Competitors are responsible for knowing the rules and for their own attire. A wardrobe malfunction is not an excuse for improper attire. We thank the competitors for their attention to this matter.

PBIEC Week Two Upcoming Events

American Equestrians Got Talent
The American Equestrians Got Talent Auditions continue on Wednesday, January 20, at 7:30 pm at the White Horse Fashion Cuisine. The event is open to the public. Each week's audition and the Finale will be live streamed on The Chronicle of the Horse , which is brought to you by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC. Every week the winner is chosen by audience applause and receives $1,000 prize money. Didn't win? Come back the following week and try again! For auditions, please email rdover2@aol.com to sign up. For table reservations at White Horse Fashion Cuisine, please call 561-847-4549. The AEGT Finale is on March 20 with a $10,000 grand prize!
 
Lunch & Learn Series
On Thursday, January 21, the Lunch & Learn Series will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Wellington Club. This informational and educational series has a variety of subjects for horsemen and women to learn more for their horses. Admission is free for riders, trainers, and owners, while all others are $25. Register at the door for a chance to win exciting prizes. The season finale door prize includes a custom trunk provided by Clever Jumps & Trunks and TheraPlate. The subject for WEF 2 is "Sport Nutrition for the Equine Athlete" with Russell K. Mueller M.S. PAS, sponsored by Nutrena and Progressive Nutrition Supplements. Contact Laura Bostwick at 561-784-1130 or laura@equestriansport.com for more information.
 
Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CPEDI 3*
Head over to The Stadium at PBIEC on Friday-Sunday, January 22-24, to see the top Para-Equestrian athletes compete in their international competition. Riders from the United States, Canada, and Mexico will be vying for top scores to help them qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
 
The Suites - Available Saturday Night!
Located in the Special Events Pavilion, The Suites are first available on Saturday, January 16, and then on nine other Saturday nights during WEF. Prime viewing, a full buffet, and premium bar options in a semi-private suite catered by White Horse Catering, this is the place to host friends and family or even a corporate get-together. Each suite accommodates up to 22 people. The Suites are available for $150 for WEF 1 - January 16, WEF 2 - January 23, WEF 3 - January 30, WEF 8 - March 5, WEF 10 - March 19, WEF 11- March 26, and for $200 per person during the CSI 5* weeks: WEF 5 - February 13, WEF 7 - February 27, WEF 9 - March 12, and WEF 12 - April 2. Availability is on first-come, first-served basis, so book now before they all fill up! Contact Patti Miele at 561-784-1125 or pmiele@whitehorsetavernflorida.com today.
 
"Saturday Night Lights" - $86,000 Marshall & Sterling Insurance Grand Prix CSI 2*
The grand prix competition continues at WEF 2 on Saturday, January 23, with gates opening at 6 p.m. The best show jumpers of the circuit qualify during the week to compete under the lights of the International Arena. This always-exciting competition features the biggest jumps with daring jump-off rides for the best prize money.
 
Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Series
The popular Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Series, presented by The Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte, returns to the Winter Equestrian Festival at WEF 2 with the $10,000 Welcome on Saturday, January 23, in the International Arena. The $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Equine Couture/TuffRider is in the International Arena at 8 am on Sunday, January 24. Watch some of the best young talent in the world compete in this seven-event series for $170,000 in prize money and experience in FEI international competition. An informational meeting for riders and trainers will be held Thursday, January 21, at 3 pm in The Wellington Club.

Ride & Learn with Candice King
PLAN AHEAD FOR WEEK 4! T
he Ride & Learn Series will take place each Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. during WEF. Each week will feature a mounted riding clinic instructed by highly esteemed industry professionals and will be held in various venues and arenas at PBIEC. Week 4 features top show jumper Candice King at PBIEC Ring 7 on Tuesday, February 2. Participation to ride in the clinic is $100 per horse/rider per clinic, with a maximum of 12 horses, so sign up today! Auditing is Free. For more information or to sign up for a clinic, please contact Jessica Nichols at 561-784-4275 or jnichols@equestriansport.com.

First Grand Prix Win of the Circuit Goes to Laura Chapot
 
The first week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with the highlight class of the week, the $75,000 Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC Grand Prix. A large starting field of 52 entries contested the first round course, and 17 of those advanced to the jump-off. It was the always speedy Laura Chapot (USA) who came out on top of the results with Quointreau un Prince, owned by Chapot and McLain Ward. Abdel Said (EGY) and AS Sport Horses' Hope van Scherpen Donder were second, while Molly Ashe (USA) rode Balous Day Date for Louisburg Farm to third place.
 
The riders were competing over a course designed by Eric Hasbrouck (USA). With the large jump-off field, Chapot said, "It kind of throws any kind of strategy out the window." She added, "You just have to go the best you can. There were no playing games; everyone was giving it a go. The leader at the time was already very fast."
 
Chapot and Quointreau lowered the winning time to 26.265 seconds in the jump-off for victory. Said and Hope van Scherpen Donder were second in 27.082 seconds, while Molly Ashe and Balous Day Date were just behind in 27.694 seconds. Fourth place went to Filip de Wandel (BEL) on Gentley in 28.156 seconds, while Andrew Kocher (USA) rounded out the top five in 28.509 seconds on Ora Del Te Di La San Giorgio.
 
Chapot and Quointreau won a 1.40m class earlier in the week, giving her a fantastic start to the circuit. "I'm just thrilled my horse started out the circuit so well. It's better than you could ever imagine, to anticipate that you're going to win the grand prix on the first week," she expressed.
 
For Abdel Said, competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival is a brand-new experience. The rider, who is based in Belgium, first came to WEF last year to watch and decided he had to compete in 2016.
 
"I have a lot of friends and business partners over here. It's a very famous tour actually," he related. "We always follow it. Even when I was in Europe at the Sunshine Tour, I always watched the classes live on the Internet if the time difference would allow it, or I would follow the results. It's very interesting, with a lot of good riders and horses. Last year I just came to visit for five days to watch my friend Cian (O'Connor's) horse Good Luck. I had so much fun over here, and I said, 'Wow. Why are we freezing in the cold in Belgium while this exists?'"
 
He added, "Everybody is so nice, and I feel very welcome here. I have a business back home and I've sold a lot of horses to here. It's very interesting to come see the horses and follow up. I'm really enjoying it."
 
Ashe compared Balous Day Date, an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare by Balou du Rouet x Linda-Dolores, to Said's horse, and it turns out they are related through Balou du Rouet. She noted that their heart, speed, and energy helps them in the show ring. She has been paired with Balous Day Date for one year.
 
"We've gotten to know each other quite well," Ashe said. "Once she gets aimed at the first jump, she's point and shoot. I'm very lucky and happy to have the chance to ride her. I'm grateful to Beth (Johnson) and Louisburg Farm and Paul (Butterfield) for giving me the chance."
 
Sponsor Dan Rosenbaum of Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC spoke to their involvement at the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. 
 
"We represent the Wellington Equestrian Partners. In late 2005, Mark Bellissimo walked into my law office. We have had the pleasure of not only being a sponsor, but also being the attorneys to help build the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. When you see a jump-off in a grand prix like we had today, with tremendous sportsmanship, tremendous talent, and excellent riding abilities and the horses, it makes you really proud. What it's like to be a sponsor in my situation is really unique, but it's the tenth year now that I've had involvement, and I hope to be here ten years from now with the same type of wonderful people that I'm sitting with here today."

Jumper Highlights: Wednesday through Sunday

Top honors in the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 1 were presented to Brazil's Doda de Miranda and AD Nouvelle Europe Z. AD Nouvelle Europe Z, a 12-year-old Zangersheide mare owned by Victory Equestrian Sport BV & A.A de Mrianda Neto, carried de Miranda to the win to best a field of 48 horses. Course designer Eric Hasbrouck (USA) set the track, which produced 12 clear trips in the first round. Laura Kraut (USA) returned first over the jump-off course aboard Andretti S for owner Stars and Stripes. She stopped the clock clear in 36.07 seconds before de Miranda bumped her to second in a speedy 35.26 seconds.
 
Kraut held on for second place after another four double-clear efforts, while Filip de Wandel (BEL) and his own Gentley jumped to third in 36.22 seconds. Kraut also earned fourth place with Cherry Knoll Farm's Constable in 37.81 seconds, and Denise Wilson (USA) rounded out the top five for Blue Gate Farm, LLC in the irons of Galous in 37.94 seconds. 
 
De Miranda has had the ride on AD Nouvelle Europe Z since 2014 and is pleased with her success at the grand prix level. She last jumped at Doha in November before arriving in Wellington in early December to rest up for the WEF season.
 
Other highlights in the International Arena on Thursday included Cian O'Connor riding to first and second in the $8,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Jumpers, winning aboard Crespo PKZ and taking second with Sam Du Challois. Also on Thursday, Cristina Heurtematte won the $2,500 MAYBACH - ICONS OF LUXURY High Amateur-Owner Jumper class in the irons of Holala Z.
 
Laura Chapot and Shooting Star raced to a win in the $6,000 Illustrated Properties 1.40m Speed Challenge as the first week continued on Friday. Chapot and Shooting Star, owned by Mary Chapot, broke the timer beam in 71.21 seconds early in Friday's one-round speed class and kept the lead to top a starting field of 36 over a track set by course designer Eric Hasbrouck (USA). 
 
Andrew Kocher (USA) challenged Chapot with Prof de la Roque, but his time of 72.34 seconds came up shy and settled him in second for Postage Stamp Farm, LLC. Chapot answered back to take third aboard Out of Ireland in 73.15 seconds, while Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) jumped into fourth in 74.25 seconds in the irons of Coriandolo Di Ribani for owner Miguel Madero. Amanda Starbuck (USA) piloted Carte Blanche to a time of 74.29 seconds to round out the top five for Starbuck Equestrian.
 
Shooting Star, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Phin Phin x Pion), has been under Chapot's guidance for four years and, according to her, has found his niche in the 1.40m speed classes at WEF. 
 
Friday competition got under way in the International Arena in the morning with a win for Tina Di Landri and Juanita in the $2,500 MAYBACH - ICONS OF LUXURY High Amateur-Owner Jumper class. Sophie Michaels and MCB Maya took the top spot in the $1,500 Sleepy P Ranch High Junior Jumper class while Laura Kraut rode Gipsy King to a win in the $6,000 Illustrated Properties 1.40m. 
 
After only ten days in the irons of 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Warrant, Mexico's Alberto Michan topped 19 pairs to win the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Classic Saturday afternoon. Michan recently took over the reins for owner Ilan Ferder Stables and will pilot Warrant throughout WEF. 
 
Seven horses advanced to the second round where five produced double-clear efforts. Heather Caristo-Williams (USA) and Qui Vive Des Songes Z posted an immediate clear in 38.72 seconds. Two trips later, Michan beat her by nearly three seconds and put down the unbeatable time in 35.86 seconds. Paris Sellon (USA) returned sixth and did her best to catch Michan, but was fractions too slow for second place aboard her own Adare in 35.93 seconds. Caristo-Williams settled for third for Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Caristo. 
 
Abdel Said (BEL) and Luron S Z Abdel jumped to fourth for AS Sport Horses & Philippe De Balanda BVBA, while Doda De Miranda (BRA) capped the top five on AD Cornetto K for A.A. De Miranda Neto & Victory Equestrian Sport BV. 
 
Winners in the International Arena on Saturday also included amateur-owner and junior riders on Saturday. Emanuel Andrade and Walter 61 topped 41 contenders to win the $15,000 SJHOF MAYBACH - ICONS OF LUXURY High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Emma Heise and Quentucky Jolly took first in the $1,500 Sleepy P Ranch High Junior Jumper class, and Eve Jobs aboard Quickley 3 were victorious in the $1,500 Hollow Creek Farm Medium Junior Jumper class.

Hunter Highlights: Thursday through Sunday
 
Havens Schatt of Georgetown, KY, rode Shaw Johnson Price's entry, Custom Made, to the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Second Year Green Working Hunter championship on Thursday. Over the two days of competition, the pair earned first, second and third place ribbons over fences. 
 
Courtney Carey's gelding, Overjoyed, ridden by Jennifer Bauersachs, proved to be strong competition for Schatt. Though they tied for points over jumps, Schatt's second place finish in the under saddle secured her spot in the winner's circle.
 
Bauersachs and Overjoyed settled for reserve champion after second and third place ribbons over fences and a win in the stake. 
 
Danielle Baran of Toronto, Canada, topped an over fences class this week and was third in two others on her way to winning the Triple Crown Blankets Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 championship. Riding her own gelding Vizcaya, the duo is no stranger to the winner's circle and also took a victory under saddle. While training under Canada's Chris Sorenson and Darcy Hayes (USA), Baran and her mount have won two consecutive WEF circuit championships in the Adult Hunter division. 
 
Bridget Hallman and Lulu earned the Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 reserve championship after claiming three second-place ribbons and one third-place ribbon over fences. 
 
The EnTrust Capital Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division finished today, and a new combination took the championship. Sixteen-year-old Stella Styslinger of Birmingham, AL, and O'Ryan won the top tricolor after winning two over fences classes, adding fourth and fifth place ribbons, and placing second in the under saddle. The reserve champion was Bugsy Malone, ridden by Giavanna Rinaldi for Alex Jayne. They won two over fences classes and placed third in the remaining jumping classes.
 
It was a close battle in the amateur ring on Sunday at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Losing one over fences class due to inclement weather, many hunter divisions concluded with only three jumping classes. Earning 16 points over the two days of competition, Jessica Cherry took home the tricolor honors aboard longtime mount, Blue Note. Nancy Hooker, earning 15 points on Castlewalk, settled for the reserve honors in the Karina Brez Jewelry Amateur Owner Hunter 3'3" Over 35 division.

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