WEF 2017 Week Two Updates

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Isabella Russekoff, competing in the High Jr Jumpers, Photo Credit: Sportfot

Wellington Equestrian Realty is the Winter Equestrian Festival’s Featured Realtor During Week 2!

The season is now in serious swing, with Wellington Equestrian Realty being named as the Preferred Realtor of Week 2 at the Wellington Equestrian Festival.

Amateur, junior and professional equestrians are back in town, lighting up all 3 disciplines in the hunter, jumper, and dressage rings at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Below are some of the top results from week 2, compliments of Equestrian Sports Productions.

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Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum with Daisy, Photo Credit: Sportfot

International Talent and Familiar Names Light Up the Show Jumping Classes

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum stole the show on the final day of Week 2 of the Winter Equestrian Festival (January 18-22) by winning the $35,000 Suncast 1.5m Championship Jumper Classic aboard Artemis Equestrian Farm’s Daisy. Michaels-Beerbaum topped the 64-entry field, jumping clear over Ana Catalina Harris Cruz’s course with a time of 41.98 seconds. Having competed with Michaels-Beerbaum in Europe throughout 2016, Daisy, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, is still at the beginning of her career. “This was her first 1.5m jump-off class, and it was just amazing how well and how easily she jumped it,” said Michaels-Beerbaum, a 2016 German Olympic Team Medalist and the first rider to jump a double-clear round in the jump-off for this class.

“There were a lot of fast horses in the jump-off, and fast riders, so I think some riders were trying to win it before it was even over. I just tried to give her the best ride I could. She is a fast little horse so the time was good enough. She is kind of like a little motorcycle.”

Also celebrating a win on Sunday was young rider Lillie Keenan, who took home the blue in the second event of the Hollow Creek Farm Under 25 Grand Prix Series, which is presented by The Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte. The series is intended to serve as a bridge for younger riders to the international levels of competition and includes ten events that all test horse and rider’s abilities over different terrains and competition conditions. Keenan was riding Chansonette Farm LLC’s Be Gentle, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare. The pair had also proven victorious a day earlier in the $10,000 Welcome speed class. “I have a lot of confidence in my horse,” said Keenan after Sunday’s win in the $25,000 Grand Prix. “I have had her for over a year now and I have jumped her in some bigger classes, so we have experience together. She is lightning fast against the clock. I would say out of all my horses, she is the most straightforward and trustworthy.” Keenan won the ASPCA Maclay Finals in 2013 at the age of 16 and has recently been training and competing in Europe with Olympian Cian O’Connor of Ireland.

Martha Ingram and Lyons Creek Bellini, Photo Credit: Sportfot

Amateur Owners Descend on the 2017 WEF Hunter Circuit!

The hunter ring also saw some exciting action in Week Two. On Saturday, Lee Kellogg Sadrian (NY) won the Osphos Amateur-Owner 3’3” & Over division aboard her horse Sochi, with whom Sadrian has only been partnered for a short time. “In the ring …he’s all business,” said Sadrian, who is returning to WEF for the first time in five years. “It’s so fun because you can jump the first fence, any fence, every single fence, and he’s amazing. I’ve never had a horse that’s so amazing in the air. He’s just so much fun.”

Sharing this same spirit of fun and enjoyment in the amateur hunter ring was Martha Ingram of Nashville, TN who, on Sunday, rode John and Stephanie Ingram LLC’s Lyons Creek Bellini to the championship title and Ice Time to reserve in the Adequan Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 3’3” division. “He’s really fun and an incredibly handy horse,” said the 20-year-old Ingram of Lyons Creek Bellini. “He’s my favorite to compete in the handy classes on.” Ingram attends Furman University and rides for her parents, both of whom are actively involved with the horses. “It’s a family affair, and I wouldn’t want it any other way,” said Ingram.

 

Upcoming Action includes Musical Freestyle Dressage, Grand Prix Show Jumping the $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase!

With competition continuing up to the beginning of April, WEF still has many more weeks of exciting events and competitions forthcoming. On February 3-4, The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) will be hosting the $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase – always a big draw for horsemen and women within and beyond the eventing world. Look out for appearances by Boyd Martin, Sir Mark Todd, and William Fox-Pitt (Olympians all) along with 17 other stars of the eventing world from the US and abroad.

Competitors will be entering the dressage ring on Friday and galloping over Captain Mark Phillips’ cross-country track on Saturday, February 4. Coming up in Week 3 of competition is the continuation of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s “Friday Night Stars” series. On Friday, January 27, some of the best dressage riders in the world will be competing in the FEI World Cup qualifying grand prix musical freestyle held at The Stadium of the PBIEC. And on that Saturday, January 28, PBIEC will be hosting the $130,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI 3* competition, with some of the best show jumpers on the circuit contending over massive fences in the International Arena.

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2016 winner, Boyd Martin on Blackfoot Mystery, Photo Credit: Sue Stickle