Wellington, FL – January 13, 2013 – The second week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club, concluded on Sunday afternoon with a win for Charlie Jacobs (USA) and CMJ Sporthorse LLC’s Flaming Star in the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix.
Week one of FTI WEF was sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club. FTI WEF 2 runs January 16-20 and is sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty. The 2013 FTI WEF runs through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.
Final Results: $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix
1. FLAMING STAR CHARLES JACOBS CMJ SPORTHORSE, LLC: 0/0/37.163
2. SHOW SHOW ALVARO DE MIRANDA RD JUMPING HIGHER, LTDA: 0/0/37.413
3. LIGIST REED KESSLER REED KESSLER: 0/0/37.708
4. USER ID DARRAGH KENNY ATLANTA EQUESTRIAN CENTER: 0/0/38.280
5. QUICK DU POTIER ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO: 0/0/38.661
6. SANDOR DE LA POMME PETER WYLDE THE WANNAHAVE GROUP: 0/0/39.062
7. UATA BRIANNE GOUTAL CLOVERLEAF FARM: 0/0/39.495
8. VANCOUVER D.M.L. CONOR SWAIL CLOVERLEAF FARM: 0/0/40.722
9. ORMSBY HILL LIZA FINSNESS LIZA FINSNESS: 0/0/42.791
10. UNEX DAMORA Z TIM GREDLEY UNEX COMPETITION YARD: 0/0/44.621
11. ZERLY CHRISTINE MCCREA CANDY TRIBBLE: 0/4/ 37.976
12. BELMONTLAURA KRAUT BEVERLY WIDDOWSON: 0/4/38.954
Jessica Stitt Clinches Champion and Reserve Titles with On the Hour and Taken
Jessica Stitt took home both champion and reserve champion prizes with her geldings On the Hour and Taken in the FarmVet Amateur/Owner 3’3″ 18-35 division at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Competition for the division wrapped up on the last day of week one of the FTI WEF in the Equine Tack and Nutritionals Ring 6.
On day one of competition for the division, Stitt and On the Hour placed first and seventh over fences and third under saddle. The pair secured the championship title on day two, jumping to seventh and first places.
Stitt purchased On the Hour, a twelve-year-old dark bay Warmblood, last year and has already had a successful show career with him. The duo was Reserve Circuit Champion at the FTI WEF 2012 in the Horseware Ireland Adult Hunter 3’3″ division. Holly Orlando also rode On the Hour to the Second Year Green Championship earlier in week one of the FTI WEF 2013.
“He’s an amazing little horse and I’m so lucky to have him,” Stitt expressed. “He’s a dream, to be honest,” she continued. “He gives you such a good feeling in the air and from the moment he goes in the ring, he’s on it. No matter how big or little the jumps, he’s always game and he always wants to win. He just gives you the best feeling and he’s a blast to ride.”
Stitt also had nothing but praise for her other mount, ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood Taken. “He can go from anywhere and jump any height, but he’s very similar [to On the Hour] in the way he goes. They’re both amazing animals and I’m just so lucky to have both of them,” Stitt stated.
Stitt, a Chicago native, has been competing at the FTI WEF for four seasons and looks forward to flying south each winter to compete. “It’s a beautiful showground and it’s very well run. It’s just gorgeous! It’s great to be here all winter long,” Stitt described.
On the Hour and Taken will both return with Stitt and trainer David Glefke for week two of the FTI WEF. Stitt may move her winning pair up a level after their impressive performances that wrapped up week one of hunter competition at the FTI WEF.
About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.
About FTI Consulting
Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.