Kristy McCormack and Temptation

McCormack had plenty of ground to make up for after finishing seventh in the first round of competition, but knew the grass field would give Temptation the chance to shine. “He loves pace. He loves getting out there and galloping. He’s never as strong in the first round, when I’m going a bit slower and taking my time. Once we get out in the field, all we do is gallop,” McCormack explained.

Kristy McCormack and Temptation.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

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Victoria Colvin and Inclusive

Despite not having a comparable course at home, Colvin had no doubt Inclusive would handle the demands of the derby field like a professional. “We just got a field [at home], but it’s not anything like this. I was confident he would be fine. I think he’s actually better out in the field than in a ring,” Colvin described.

Victoria Colvin and Inclusive.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

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Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy in their victory gallop

“She doesn’t have to practice,” Alfano continued. “She was here last year and did this and was great out here [on the derby field]. You don’t have to worry about anything on her. When you’re looking between her ears, you can aim at anything.”

Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy in their victory gallop. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

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Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines

Despite being the lesser known of Alfano’s derby mounts, she acknowledged the mare was actually the more dependable of the two. “You can always count on Lucy to give 110%. She’s actually a little more reliable than Jersey Boy. You never wonder [with her]. With him, he has his moments, as everybody knows. She’s one of those horses that just tries to do everything right all the time,” Alfano, of Buffalo, NY, commented.

Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

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Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy

Temptation and Kristy McCormack rounded out the top three finishers with an overall score of 380. Temptation, owned by Autumn Janesky, earned a first round score of 166 before finishing with a second round high score of 203.

Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

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Boggus Wins FTI WEF 12 Beval Palm Beach Adult Medal

Wellington, FL – March 31, 2013 – Jennifer Alfano rode Miss Lucy, an eleven-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Helen Lenahan, to the top of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on the final day of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The final round of competition was held on the grass derby field at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. Alfano and Miss Lucy were fourth going into the second round of competition for the derby with a first round score of 186. The pair galloped into first place with a round two score of 198.5 for an overall score of 348.5. Read all »

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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.
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The winners included Lauren Tyree

“The highlight for me was watching him actually step up to the plate and not freeze. With all the stuff going on, he could ride and be an effective rider. I was a little nervous that he would be star struck and get into this beautiful ring and kind of forget or tense up. I’m so proud of him. He has done so well,” she beamed. Read all »

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McLain Ward and Jack Lube. Photo by Elena Lusenti.

Meg Krueger, Vice President of Sales & Sponsorship for Equestrian Sport Productions, was equally thankful to have helped provide Jack with a life-changing experience.

 

“It was wonderful to see how Jack’s confidence built as the weekend progressed. I hope he will be inspired by these great memories and experiences to continue building his riding career,” Krueger stated. “I am also so very thankful for our sponsors for making this such a once in a lifetime opportunity for him to shine.” Read all »
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Jack and DaVinci competing. Photo by Christina Jones.

Jack’s trainer for the weekend, Sean Jones, remarked, “Working with Jack this weekend was an absolute pleasure,” Jones continued. “He is a talented young man and has a tremendous natural feel for a horse. But, more importantly, he has a sincere hunger for knowledge and a true desire to excel in this sport.”

Jack and DaVinci competing. Photo by Christina Jones.

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Brice Goguet of Voltaire Design presents Jack

Suffice it to say, many tears were shed throughout the weekend and through it all Jack remained humble and thankful – a true testament to his attitude that helped him win the contest in the first place.

Brice Goguet of Voltaire Design presents Jack with his new saddle. Photo courtesy Sidelines Magazine.

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Sidelines WEF Contest Winner Jack Lube Gets Experience of a Lifetime

Wellington, FL – April 2, 2013 – Jack Lube, a 14-year-old rider from Orlando, Florida, won the Sidelines Magazine 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival Exclusive Showing Vacation contest and experienced a dream weekend during the 11th week of the world-class circuit. Jack had never competed at a rated horse show before. With a commitment to provide opportunities for all levels of riders, Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) was excited to help make one young rider’s dream come true and help create such a special experience for him.

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Tentative Timetable for the Week

Wednesday, April 10: Morning – Vet inspection, Riders Meeting and Draw for horses

Afternoon – Training session

Evening – Welcome Reception

Thursday, April 11: Warm up competition speed class

Evening BBQ

Friday, April 12: Morning – Flat work and training session

Afternoon – free (FEI Group IV Meeting at Noon)

Evening – Special outing/Clinic for riders

Saturday, April 13: Group IV Classic Competition jump-off format

Evening – Visit to AGDF CDIO and PBIEC Farewell reception

Sunday, April 14: Group IV Friendship Championship Competition jump-off format

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Horses Needed for FEI Caribbean Challenge at ESP Spring 2 Horse Show

Wellington, FL – April 4, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) is looking for horses to participate in the FEI Caribbean Challenge on April 10-11, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during the ESP Spring 2 Horse Show.

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Nations Go Head to Head in CDIO Competition

Competition continues at full throttle the following week as the Wellington Nations Cup, presented by Stillpoint Farm, kicks off another thrilling week of CDIO 3* and CDI 3* competition. Ten teams representing various countries compete on behalf of their nations in the highlight competition of the AGDF.

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