Wellington, FL – January 24, 2013 – Renowned show jumper Katie Monahan-Prudent guided Michael Smith’s V to victory in Thursday’s $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 during the third week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Competing in the International Arena at the beautiful Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), the seasoned veteran topped young U.S. competitors Kristen Vanderveen (23) aboard Bull Run’s Eternal and Lauren Tibso aboard Tequestrian Farms’ Roundthorn Madios (28) who finished second and third respectively.
Week three of the FTI WEF runs January 23-27. The week will feature the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge (FTI GCC), presented by Fidelity Investments®, at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening. This year, the event will distribute $1.5 million to 34 lucky Palm Beach County charities in a pro-am team competition.
Other highlights will include the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The grass derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC will host the $50,000 CSI 2* Grand Prix, weather permitting, at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The 2013 FTI WEF circuit continues through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.
The course designer in the International Arena for week three competition is Uliano Vezzani of Italy. In Thursday’s $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 3, Vezzani saw 58 competitors with 13 advancing to the jump-off. Over the short course, only five riders were able to clear the track without fault. Katie Monahan-Prudent and V, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding by Landstreicher x Lennard, raced through the course in 34.99 seconds for the win.
“We are both very competitive and I know she wants the best for me and I want the best for her,” Monahan-Prudent stated. “If she had been leading I would try to beat her in the same. With me leading she tries to beat me, but we are for each other as well.”
Along with the prize money for Thursday’s class, a $6,000 rider bonus for the SSG “Go Clean for the Green” contest was also up for grabs as last week’s winners did not have SSG ‘Digital’ gloves, but Monahan-Prudent was unfortunately missing one of her gloves for today’s class. The bonus has not been won in two weeks now, so $9,000 in bonus money will be offered next week in the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4. The bonus goes to the winning rider if they are wearing the SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves in all rounds of competition with the SSG logo clearly visible.
KRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers One LLC: 0/0/35.36
3. ROUNDTHORN MADIOS: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill
LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/0/35.86
TIM GREDLEY (GBR), Unex Competition Yard: 0/0/35.87
5. QUINCY CAR: 2004 Oldenburg stallion by Galiani Car x Amour Parfait
FERNANDO CARDENAS (USA), Fernando Cardenas: 0/0/36.01
6. SANDOR DE LA POMME: 2002 SBS gelding by Vigo D’arsouilles x Darco
PETER WYLDE (USA), The Wannahave Group: 0/4/33.32
7. JUBILEE D’OUILLY: 1997 Selle Francais mare by Palestro II x Graphit
LAURA KRAUT (USA), A. Le Bon and F.X. Le Bon: 0/4/33.45
10. UNEX DAMORA Z: 2004 Zangersheide mare by Dutch Capitol x Chellano Z
MARK BLUMAN (COL), Gustavo Mirabal: 0/4/36.45
Havens Schatt Wins Third Equine Tack & Nutritionals First Year Green Hunter Championship, This Time with Sons Souci
Sons Souci and Havens Schatt earned championship honors in the Equine Tack & Nutritionals First Year Green Hunter division during week three of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). This will be the third week one of Schatt’s mounts has collected championship titles. Caroline Moran’s Bacardi, ridden and trained by Schatt, has been division champion weeks one and two at the FTI WEF. Schatt and Sons Souci, a ten-year-old Warmblood mare owned by CH Farm LLC, earned high scores over two days of competition both over fences and under saddle. The pair was second and seventh over fences and second under saddle on day one, followed by first and third places over fences on day two of competition for the division.
The FTI WEF marks Sons Souci’s first season competing in the First Year Green division, but Schatt feels she is settling in nicely. “I did [First Years] week one [of the FTI WEF] and she was jumping the top of the standards! So we went home and did a little practicing. Yesterday, in the Green Conformation I did for practice, she was still a little leery of what was going on. And then she was second and seventh, but seventh with an 85, yesterday and today [scored] 88 and 89 right from the beginning. She was super,” Schatt stated.
“She’s such a good horse. She goes in the ring and she tries every time to do what’s right. Sometimes she over-tries, but she always tries to do what’s right,” Schatt continued.
Although geldings are usually favored for having a more even-keeled temperament than their female counterparts, Schatt has nothing but praise for her sweet mare’s disposition. “My program is we take our time with horses. For me, I deal with her just like I would deal with a gelding. She’s not mean to the other horses, she’s just really sweet,” Schatt stated.
“I think some people would call her more sensitive, but she’s not really. You get on, and she gives you that feeling like ‘I can’t move, I can’t do anything.’ But if you take her mouth and put your legs on, in two minutes she’ll do whatever you want. She rides amazing and she’s really well broke,” Schatt continued.
Schatt also loves the sensitivity that Sons Souci’s has and the extra blood that helps make her a better jumper. “A lot of people might think [she’s got] a little too much blood for a hunter, but I really like it. She jumps like these jumps are nothing and she’s got so much scope,” Schatt stated.
In the upcoming weeks of FTI WEF, Schatt will be back with both of her champion mounts, Sons Souci and Bacardi. “I have to try to not show them against each other,” Schatt stated. “I’ve been waiting for six years to have a good horse for First Years, and now I have two! I didn’t ever think I’d have that problem, but I guess it’s a good problem to have!”
Week three of hunter competition at the FTI WEF continues Friday with the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunters in the Rost Arena. The RCG High Amateur-Owner Jumpers will be featured in the International Arena. For full results, please visitwww.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.
About FTI Consulting
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