Wellington, FL – January 11, 2013 – The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) continued with its first week of competition on Friday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a win for New York’s Georgina Bloomberg and South Street in the $1,500 Adequan 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Qualifier and a championship win for Lansing and Jeanine Cash in the Adult Amateur Hunter 36-50 division.
Week one of FTI WEF runs January 9-13, sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club. The week will feature a full schedule of exciting hunter/jumper competition, including the $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes exhibition class as the start of the “Saturday Night Lights” series and fun events like the Jump for HomeSafe fundraiser. Highlights of week one include the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50M Championship Jumper Classic on Saturday afternoon and the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix on Sunday in the International Arena at PBIEC. The 2013 FTI WEF runs through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.
Final Results: $1500 Adequan 7 Year Old YJC II.2.b
1. SOUTH STREET GEORGINA BLOOMBERG GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES, LLC: 0/0/31.818
2. CASTELLANA LAURA CHAPOTMARY CHAPOT: 0/0/32.849
3. NIGHTFIRE 25 MARILYN LITTLERAYLYN FARMS, INC: 0/0/33.224
4. ROLE MODEL TAYLOR FLURY ALIBOO FARM: 0/0/34.276
5. G&C ATLANTA RODRIGO PESSOA GUSTAVO MIRABAL: 0/0/34.812
6. BIALDA RAMIRO QUINTANA ST. BRIDES FARM: 0/0/34.892
7. GRETEL HEATHER CARISTO WILLAMS MR. & MRS. RALPH CARISTO: 0/0/35.476
8. BIBI SIJGJE CATHERINE PASMORE PASMORE STABLES, LLC: 0/0/36.725
9. FARINA ROBERTO TERAN ARK PARTNERS, LLC: 0/4/35.627
10. CALISTA LAURENZ BUHL GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES, LLC: 0/4/38.857
11. MARQUIS PAUL HALPERN KATHLEEN KAMINE: 1/80.528
Lansing and Jeanine Cash had a clean sweep of the Adult Amateur 36-50 division during week one of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The ten-year-old Holsteiner gelding, owned by Richard Schechter and trained by Gary Duffy, was unbeatable both days of competition, taking home the blue for every over fences class as well as the under saddle.
Joe Maskrey’s Winter Rose, ridden by Lynn Seithel, earned reserve honors after delivering solid over fences trips during the first and second days of the division. Winter Rose and Seithel placed second and third over fences and sixth under saddle on day one of competition. Then, the pair jumped to reserve champion with fifth and third ribbons.
Lansing is no stranger to winning at the FTI WEF. He earned the circuit champion title in the Adult Amateurs at the FTI WEF 2012, but today’s victory was special for long-time owner Schechter.
“He’s never done this before. Neither one of us [Schechter or trainer Duffy], in either one of our long time showing or owning horses here, have swept a division. Not at WEF,” Schechter excitedly stated.
Cash attributed Lansing’s performance to his remarkable disposition. “It’s a combination of his natural ability and willingness to do exactly what we ask of him. He’s just a dream, he really is,” Cash described.
Cash further praised the gelding’s effortless jumping style. She continued, “He’s one of the smoothest horses I’ve ever sat on, very comfortable and just very easy. The jumps just come right up.”
The fact that Cash, of Winthrop, Mass., has never ridden Lansing before this week only reinforces her praise for the gelding. “Yesterday was just getting to know each other a little,” Cash explained, “but he really just does what I ask him and everything just came together.”
Schechter, who purchased Lansing as a three-year-old, is also CEO of The Bainbridge Companies, which is the title sponsor for week nine of the FTI WEF. The Bainbridge Companies is a leading owner, developer, and manager of luxury multifamily apartment communities in the United States with its headquarters here in Wellington.
The first week of competition at the FTI WEF continues tomorrow with the Small Junior Hunters 16-17 in the E.R Mische Hunter Arena. The last two over fences classes of the division include a stake round plus the under saddle before announcing championship and reserve titles.
In the International Arena, the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50M Championship Jumper Classic will be held in the afternoon, and the $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes exhibition class will kick off the start of the “Saturday Night Lights” series in the evening. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.
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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
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