Wellington, FL – February 3, 2013 – Week four of the2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Fidelity Investments®, concluded on Sunday afternoon with a win for 21-year-old Alise Oken and Hi Hopes Farm, LLC’s Teirra in the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic.
Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela set the courses for week four jumper competition in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). In Sunday’s concluding class, 46 entries competed and six advanced to the jump-off. The top three riders jumped double clear rounds, and the fastest time belonged to Alise Oken and Teirra in 31.928 seconds, first to go in the jump-off.
Already, Oken and Teirra have won an $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jump-off class during week one, topped week three’s High Amateur-Owner Jumper Power and Speed, and placed fifth in week one’s $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. Sunday’s win was a big development for the pair and an exciting acheivement for Oken.
“She is a little bit hot,” Oken added. “In the barn she is fine, she’s so sweet, but when you are hand walking her and she is out, she is a little high strung. Her head is up and she just wants to look at everything, but she is a really sweet horse.”
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Larkspur and Francesca Dildabanian Take Home the Tricolors in Coldwell Banker Children’s Hunter 14 and Under Division
The fourth week of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) concluded Sunday with the Coldwell Banker Children’s Hunter 14 and Under division, hosted in the Equine Tack and Nutritionals Ring 6. Champion honors were awarded to Ashley Whitner’s Larkspur, ridden by Francesca Dildabanian. The pair placed first and third over fences during day one of competition and finished up day two with another blue ribbon finish over fences.
Halterman trains alongside Dildabanian with Richard Cunkle. The girls remain close friends and enjoy having a sweep of the division. “We keep a pretty friendly competition. It’s really nice. We feel like we won the division together,” Halterman described.
“Lili is my really good friend. I’m so excited for her since she just got a new horse. I like being able to show with her. It stays very friendly between the two of us,” Dildabanian added, echoing Halterman’s sentiment.
Dildabanian has also had a short history with her mount. She began riding Larkspur, a twelve-year-old Oldenberg gelding, only a month before coming to the FTI WEF. “I just started riding him in December. He’s so much fun! He has a lot of scope so it’s really fun to ride him. I’m so lucky to be able to show him,” Dildabanian stated.
Dildabanian is especially thankful to be able to count on Larkspur’s experience, especially in a highly competitive division of 40 riders. “He usually jumps higher than this, so if I make a mistake or don’t have a perfect distance, I can always rely on him. He’ll never do anything bad, he’s just really sweet,” Dildabanian explained.
Dildabanian eagerly makes the pilgrimage south to the FTI WEF every winter from New York City. “This is my third year coming to WEF. I love the warm weather, of course, but I really like how the show grounds are so big and there’s always something to do,” Dildabanian concluded.
Sunday’s competition concluded week four of FTI WEF competition. Week five, sponsored by Adequan®, will run February 6-10. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.
Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.
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.
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