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Honorable Mention 3 (2)

Elaine Deutsch of Brandamoe, Pa., took this photo of Boyd Martin of West Grove, P., riding On Cue, checking his watch between fences at Fair Hill CCI **

CONTEST ACTION Boyd watch 2 Deutsch

 

 

 

 

Laura Graves debuts new Freestyle music and wows the crowd (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Laura Graves on Verdades debuted her new freestyle music to wow the crowd and win “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W with an 83.220 percent on Friday, Jan. 11, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington.

Laura Graves freestyleLaura Graves and Verdades“I wasn’t what sure which music I was going to do tonight," said Graves. "In the end, I’m very, very glad I chose to do my new music. I don’t know what else I would have been saving it for. I’m just glad that the timing worked out; I haven’t ridden to it yet. It’s supposed to be about the same as my last one, so I just crossed my fingers and hoped that it worked out and it did. I’m so lucky that Terri Gallo just takes whatever idea that I have.”

“I had a big mistake in my final pirouette," Graves said. "I came at him a bit strong in the spur. And then in the piaffe fan, which we haven’t touched since Aachen last year, I was a bit greedy and selfish in the warm-up. He let me know that he knows his job. He gives such a good feeling when he does go well that any little bump in my hand or my leg is shocking to me.”

Shelly Francis on Danilo was second with a score of 79.280%.

“I made little changes in some of the music," said Francis. "Just little ones, but I left the choreography mostly the same. A couple of years past he would get nervous and kind of get a bit dumb. Now he just gets a little bit of extra energy into it and I need an extra half halt instead of going, ‘It’s okay.’ He is really maturing, but he took me awhile.”

“He’s just a horse you need to take your time and don’t rush him,” she said of her 2018 FEI World Cup Finals partner. “He’s just really understanding the job and puts up with more. Sometimes in the grand prix I’m afraid to ask for a little bit more, and be kind of steady, but he lets me ask for more now. I just have to get braver. He’s getting much more honest and consistent.”

Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven of Sweden was third on Don Auriello with a score of 77.710 percent. 

I “really had a great feeling tonight," said Silfven. "He just loves this atmosphere. He needs that. He’s used to competitions now and he really loves the atmosphere that comes in the evening with the music. So I had a great feeling.”

“It’s wonderful to be back, and judge," said Hans Christian Matthiesen, the judge at C . "An atmosphere like this, it’s really, really special. And then it’s just nice to be back and see some of these combinations that I’ve seen before, judged before, and then see them strive in this sometime difficult atmosphere when it gets so intense with all the spectators. It’s very special. I must say that I think they did really, really good. We had top performances today.”

 

Honorable Mention 4 (2)

Jodie Clineschmidt took this photo of Ryan Wood of West Grove, Pa., at the Kentucky 3-Day Event last spring.

Clineschmidt, a member of the Upper Marion Club for photographers, won first prize with her photo of Boyd Martin at the Kentucky 3-Day Event, and this is the photo that she said had won a ribbon at the Wilmington International Competition.

She said that she will enter the photo of Martin at the Wilmington competition this year.

CONTEST ACTION Ryan Wood Clineschmidt Baymares

Switzerland's Beat Mändli and Simba win $75,000 WEF Grand Prix (2)

Beat MandlBeat Mändli and Simba. Photo © Sportfot.

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Beat Mändli of Switzerland and Simba, owned by Grant Road Partners LLC, flew to the win of the first grand prix of the 12 week WEF season, the $75,000 Grand Prix at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

There were 37 entries in the Sunday afternoon grand prix, competing over a course set by Eric Hasbrouck, but only six found the key to a clear round and returned for a jump-off.

First in was Mändli on Simba, and, as one of three clear rounds, they set an unbeatable time of 37.539 seconds to secure victory.

“I think he’s naturally a fast horse, he’s a really blood horse, he wants to go,” Mändli said of his quick second round. “I don’t need to force him to go forward; it’s basically just braking. He did the two turns very well to the wall and everything came together.”

This is the pair’s third season together. After a full schedule of European competition last summer, Simba rested for three months leading into the winter circuit.

“That’s his first coming out, and he actually surprised me a little bit because he was really honest and he really wanted to do it today,” said Mändli of the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding. “He made my job real easy for today, and it wasn’t the goal to win today. I just tried to have a good round, or two good rounds, and it turned out like this which makes me very happy. It’s a good start for the season.”

Daniel Coyle of Ireland and Ariel Grange’s Farrel were the only ones to come close to Mändli’s time, finishing clear in 37.769 seconds for second place.

Coyle, who has been riding Farrel for three years, was pleased with the 9-year-old KWPN gelding’s move up to a higher level.

“He’s really proven to me and everyone else that he deserves to be jumping this level because he can," said Coyle. "I think after today there’s good things to come,” he said.

Taking it slower and counting on a clear round were Tiffany Foster of Canada on Donjo, another Ariel Grange-owned entry.

They stopped the timers in 44.64 seconds for third place.

“After I watched Beat’s round I knew I had no chance, so I decided at that point I knew there had been a few people with a pole down, and I knew Daniel was coming behind me on a super-fast horse and is a super-fast rider, so I thought I would kind of hedge my bets and be double clear,” said Foster. “My horse is very, very careful so it’s usually a pretty good gamble to try and go that way.

“I could use his stride in a few places, but I was only seven seconds slower than these guys, so pretty close,” she joked.

For her consistent success at WEF 1, Foster was presented with the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Award, presented in memory of Dale Lawler.

Slotting into fourth place with four faults in a time of 39.122 seconds was Adrienne Sternlicht on Quidam MB, owned by Starlight Farms LLC.

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili were fifth with 14 faults in 52.012 seconds, and Kevin Babington, who competes for Ireland but lives and trains in Gwynedd Valley, Pa., placed sixth with 15 faults in 49.803 seconds.

 

Honorable Mention 5 (2)

Elaine Deutsch of Brandamore, Pa., took this photo of Buck Davidson of Unionville, Pa., riding Erroll Gobey competing at the Fair Hill CCI***

CONTEST ACTION Buck Fair Hill 2 Deutsch

Ryan Keefe awarded $5,000 training grant for Eventing

GLADSTONE, N.J.--The United States Equestrian Team Foundation awarded the 2019 Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant to up-and-coming eventing rider Ryan Keefe of Sandy Spring, Md.

Ryan KeefeRyan Keefe on Flintstar (Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography)"It's a really big honor to be chosen for the Grant because I know that a lot of other great riders before me have received it," said Keefe. "It definitely feels good to have the support of the USET Foundation and other people behind the grant who believe in me."

The Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant is awarded through the USET Foundation Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund.

Keefe, this year's winner, has demonstrated her talent at many of the nation's top CCI1* and CCI2* events.

At just 18 years old and a freshman at the University of Kentucky, Keefe has piloted her top mount, Flintstar, to a number of impressive finishes, including winning the Virginia Horse Trials CCI1* in 2017 and finishing 11th overall at their first CCI2* at Fair Hill International in 2018.

Keefe credits much of her success to her veteran partner Flintstar, who she acquired in 2016.

The 9-year-old thoroughbred gelding was previously ridden by New Zealand's Jonelle Price up through the 4* level and even contributed towards New Zealand's team bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

In July 2018, the pair competed for the first time on the Area II CICOY2* squad at the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships, which took place in Kalispell, Mont., in conjunction with The Event at Rebecca Farm, where they won team gold and placed fourth individually.

Most recently, Keefe was selected to the Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 program by the US Equestrian Eventing Sport Committee in December 2018.

The program will host its winter training session with USEF eventing emerging athlete coach Leslie Law in Ocala, Florida, from Jan. 14-17.

The Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund was established by Pirie's family in her memory with the purpose of helping to provide financial assistance to an eventing rider who has been identified as an athlete with great talent and ability to represent the United States in the future.

As the recipient of the grant, Keefe, who trains with her mom, Rumsey, and Sharon White of Last Frontier Eventing, will receive up to $5,000 to help offset expenses associated with her training over the next year.

"The grant will help me a lot with our winter training in Ocala," said Keefe. "Since Flintstar is getting older, I would like to get some Advanced Level experience out of him this year. He has been such a good teacher so far for me. A big thanks again to the people behind the grant for all of their support!"

Thanks to the Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant, Keefe can focus on continuing her training and preparing for competitions as she aims towards one day representing the United States on the international stage.

Honorable Mention 6 (2)

Ellie Glaccum of Unionville, Pa., took this photo of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds' Huntsman Ivan Dowling and hounds jumping on to Apple Grove Road during the  Children's hunt on Nov. 23, 2018

CONTEST ACTION DOWLING JUMP GLACCUM

 

Lauren Hough wins $36,000 WEF Challenge Cup (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Lauren Hough rode Valinski S to win in the $36,000 WEF Challenge Cup CSI 2* on Thursday, January 17, at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Lauren Hough and Valinski S pres 401 4281 SportfotLauren Hough on Valinski (Photo by Sportfot)A starting field of 100 entries faced off in the Challenge Cup, with 15 advancing to jump off over the Oscar Soberon designed short course.

As the sixth pair to return for the jump-off, Hough and Valinski S tripped the timers in an unbeatable clear round time of 38.812 seconds.

In clinching the win, Hough edged out fellow U.S. Olympic veteran McLain Ward, who finished in second place with a time of 39.449 seconds aboard Queen Jane, owned by Walstib Stables LLC.

Rounding out the top three with a time of 39.550 seconds were Alex Granato and Carlchen W, owned by Page Tredennick.

Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, Pa., was fourth on Super Chilled, owned by Debra Wycoff, in 39.926.

While Valinski S, a 17-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Wyndmont, is a WEF veteran, having most recently been shown at the venue by Todd Minikus and Shawn Casady, the partnership with Hough is new.

“I rode him many years ago for just a couple months, but this is just my second week showing him,” said Hough. “Ronnie Beard and Michael Dorman, the owners, are very good friends, and they asked me back in the fall if I had time to ride some horses for them. I knew Valinski, and I’ve always loved him. He’s a veteran, and he knows his job. I was thrilled to be able to have the ride.”

“He’s a small horse, but I like small horses,” said Hough, who has ridden to great success aboard other notable small mounts including the 15.2-hand Ohlala. “He’s very careful and very fast. It makes my job quite easy.”

While Hough elected to forego an inside turn in the jump-off, Valinski S’s natural speed more than made up for it and secured them the win over the course that Hough cited as an “unbelievable job” from Mexican course designer Soberon.

“This is one of the most difficult weeks in my opinion because there’s a maximum height that the course designer can build but very, very good riders,” said Hough. “To end up with 15 clear is pretty much a perfect course. The time was a bit of a factor. I think for the first week FEI here, it was really a nice welcome for the young horses, for the older horses, for new riders.”

Also earning a jumper win in the main International Arena on Thursday was the USA’s Peter Wylde, who topped the $8,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Open Jumpers riding Canamera 2 for owner Kathleen Kamine.

 

Honorable Mention 7 (2)

Elaine Deutsch of Brandamore, Pa. took this photo of Boyd Martin of West Grove, Pa., riding Ray Price going a little wide at the corner at Fair Hill CCI ***.

CONTEST ACTION Boyd cornr jumpe Deutsch

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