Wellington, FL – January 27, 2013 – Week three of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) concluded with an exciting $50,000 CSI 2* Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon held on the grass derby field at The Stadium at The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The class saw a win for U.S. rider Brianne Goutal and Remarkable Farms LP’s Onira in a four-horse jump-off. Todd Minikus (USA) and Macoemba finished second, Laura Kraut (USA) and A. Lebon’s Jubilee d’Ouilly were third, and Luis Larrazabal (VEN) aboard Anabel Simon’s G&C Sacramento placed fourth.
Click the link to watch Brianne Goutal talk about her win! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOqFgJj2F7Y
Jumping off, Laura Kraut and Jubilee d’Ouilly were the first pair to attempt the short course for the tie breaker and had that bogey fence down (although the top rail had been replaced with a straight pole) for four faults in 36.01 seconds and earned the third place honors. Luis Larrazabal and G&C Sacramento were up next and made it to the last fence on course before dropping a rail for four faults in 38.90 seconds, which placed the duo in fourth. Todd Minikus and Macoemba followed and went for the clear round in a slower pace of 40.60 seconds, which eventually finished second. Last to go, the pressure was on for Brianne Goutal and Onira to go clear and fast. They jumped without fault and galloped through the timers in 38.96 seconds for the win.
“The owner is really excited about her success so far and I think she is a great addition to my string,” Kraut said. “She is 16 years old, but she acts like a six-year-old. I just like her. She is a spicy mare. She is really brave and really experienced. Any one of the three of us sitting here would enjoy riding her. She is just so experienced; it is nice to walk on the field and know that she is not going to be green or strange about anything. She tries so hard.”
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus, Ltd: 0/0/40.60
3. JUBILEE D’OUILLY: 1997 Selle Francais mare by Palestro II x Graphit
LAURA KRAUT (USA), A. Le Bon and F.X. Le Bon: 0/4/ 36.01
LUIS LARRAZABAL (VEN), Anabel Simon: 0/4/38.90
5. AX CENT: 2003 KWPN gelding by Burggraaf
KENNETH BERKLEY (USA), Rivers Edge: 1/ 82.61
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Robin Parsky: 4/76.36
PAULO SANTANA (BRA), Paulo Santana: 4/76.87
KATIE PRUDENT (USA), Michael Smith: 4/77.83
9. VICOMTE D: 1998 BWP gelding by Flamenco Desemilly x Randell Z
BEN MAHER (GBR), Jane F. Clark: 4/78.55
CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 4/78.74
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel & Susan Grange: 4/78.83
12. USER ID: 2001 KWPN gelding by Namelus R x Goodwill
Lili Hymowitz Clinches Champion and Reserve Titles in Voltaire Design Large Pony Hunter Division
Lili Hymowitz dominated the Voltaire Design Large Pony Hunter division on the last day of competition for week three of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Hymowitz was champion of the division with Scott Stewart’s Westside, a ten-year-old Warmblood gelding. The pair won both over fences rounds on day one of competition for the division and placed second under saddle. On day two, Westside and Hymowitz placed first and third over fences.
Enjoy the Laughter is Westside’s greener counterpart, but Hymowitz is more than pleased with how his first year out of green divisions is going. Hymowitz described, “He’s grown up so much in the last year! He was a lot greener last year and a lot harder to ride, but now he’s so much easier.”
Westside and Hymowitz’s partnership has been much shorter than her career with Enjoy the Laughter. The pair won a majority of the classes of the division despite it only being their third show together. “He’s amazing and so much fun,” Hymowitz stated. “He jumps really well and is really easy to ride. You just point [him at the jump], and he doesn’t have any spooks or quirks.”
Hymowitz believes Westside’s enthusiasm in the show ring is what makes him a winner amongst the tough competition at the FTI WEF. “He’s really pretty to watch around the ring because he has a great facial expression. His ears are always forward so his expression is really good and he just tries his hardest,” Hymowitz explained.
The pair’s methodical approach to courses also makes them difficult for competitors to beat. “I like going slow and jumping up, and he likes to do the same. When he gets too fast he gets frazzled, so we think exactly the same,” Hymowitz stated.
The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival will continue with its fourth week of competition, sponsored by Fidelity Investments®, on January 30-February 3. The week will feature the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4 on Thursday afternoon, the $100,000 Fidelity Investments® CSI 2* Grand Prix on Saturday evening, and the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9-March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.
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