Wellington, Florida – February 3, 2018 – Deeridge Farms once again played host to world-class show jumping competition on Saturday at the CP Palm Beach Masters CSI3*-W, Presented by Sovaro® (PBM). The feature in the Grand Prix ring was the $25,000 Upperville Colt and Horse Show 1.40m, which was split into two sections due to the significant number of entries. Two-time Olympic Team Gold medalist McLain Ward won Section A, his third victory in as many days at the PBM, and USEF veteran Molly Ashe-Cawley captured the victory in Section B.
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In Section A, ten horses out of the 47 starters made it to the immediate jump-off, with five going double clear. Taylor Land captured the early lead in the speed round on Liroy 30, owned by Jay and Kim Land, in a time of 37.049 seconds. Two-time Swiss Olympian, Beat Mandli, took over the top spot going double clear in 36.817 on Dibatsja, owned by Grant Road Partners, LLC. Ward, who rode near the end of the lineup, cleared the Alan Wade-designed course more than two seconds faster than Mandli to seize the lead on Cerise in a time of 34.703 seconds.
“We had a plan, but I didn’t have the chance to walk or see many go because I was riding another horse. I’m an over preparer by nature, so I felt a little disorganized, but sometimes that’s better. You just trust your instincts and go with it. I didn’t see the slow options, so we just took all the fast options and she performed beautifully,” said Ward. “This was a new mount for me from Sagamore Farm. I’ve only been riding her for two weeks. She’s a very careful mare. She tries very hard and she’s very genuine in her character. It’s a pleasure to ride her.”
In Section B, nine horse-and-rider combinations jumped the speed round with seven going double clear in the field of 51 entries. Molly Ashe-Cawley took the early lead on Picobello Choppin PC, owned by Louisburg Farm, in a clear jump-off time of 35.487 seconds and challenged the remainder of the field to catch them.
Many tried and failed, however Georgina Bloomberg came very close on Paola 233, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, LLC, going double clear in 35.848 seconds for the runner-up spot. Ilan Bluman and Eliana finished third with their double clear in 37.920 seconds.
Other CP PBM Results
In Winter Classic action in the Deeridge Jumper ring, Francesca Bolfo and Cadermie bested a 20-horse jump-off to take top honors in the $5,000 Hampton Classic 1.25m class. The pair stopped the clock in 32.998 seconds, nearly two seconds ahead of Daniel Coyle of Ireland, who finished in a time of 34.444, on Madison. Andrea Correa and Une Perle Du Joret were third with a double clear time of 34.890 seconds.
In the $2,999 1.10m class, Sabrina Andreu and Rapsody De Lou Kassan claimed the victory in a massive 23-horse jump-off with a winning time of 33.474 seconds. Robert Matz and Venturesome were second with a double clear time of 34.267 and Lisbeth M. Hazoury was third on Valmack Des Abbayes going double clear in 35.058 seconds.
Sunday’s Grand Finale
The CP PBM culminates on Sunday with the $220,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington. The marquee event is one of the final two East Coast qualifiers in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League to qualify for the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Paris, France in April.
In order to qualify for Sunday, competitors took part in the $35,000 Sovaro® Palm Beach Masters Qualifier to determine the top 40 horse-and-rider combinations that moved forward and the list reads like a “who’s who” of the show jumping elite. Three-time Olympic veteran Ben Maher of Great Britain, who won a team Gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, captured the Sovaro® PBM Qualifier riding Tic Tac, owned by Jane Forbes Clark.
Lauren Tisbo (USA) finished second in Friday's Qualifer on Coriandolo di Ribano and Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) was third on Cristalline.
The reigning Longines FEI World Cup™ champion McLain Ward (USA)qualified on HH Callas, along with four-time Olympian and Ward's two-time Gold Medal teammate, Beezie Madden (USA) and her mount Coach. Madden is also a Longines FEI World Cup™ champion, having won in 2013. The 2007 FEI World Cup™ champion Beat Mandli (SUI) and Dsarie round out just a few of the champions who will be competing at Deeridge Farms on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m. Those unable to attend can watch the competition live, free of charge, on the event's website at palmbeachmasters.com or horsenetwork.com
About the Palm Beach Masters Series and Deeridge Farms
The CP Palm Beach Masters CSI3*-W Presented by Sovaro® is part of thePalm Beach Masters Series which is hosted at Deeridge Farms, situated in the heart of North American equestrian sport in Wellington, Florida. Award-winning landscaping surrounds the custom-built show grounds and the facilities that host the Palm Beach Masters Series. There is perhaps no location more intimate or stunning to host the highest levels of equestrian competition.
In addition to the CP Palm Beach Masters CSI3*-W Presented by Sovaro®, the Palm Beach Masters Series also includes the Deeridge Derby, a USEF nationally-rated show where the nation’s most elegant hunter horses and ponies take center stage by invitation to compete in prestigious classes including the $5,000 USHJA National Open Hunter Derby, $5,000 USHJA Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby, $2,500 USHJA Pony Derby and the highly competitive $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. General Admission tickets ($20 per ticket) are now available through Eventbrite for the Deeridge Derby at www.palmbeachmasters.com/event/deeridge-derby/.
The Series also includes the new Palm Beach Open, March 22-25.
General Admission tickets ($20 per ticket) are now available through Eventbrite for the Palm Beach Masters athttps://palmbeachmasters.com/event/palm-beach-masters/ and for the Deeridge Derby at https://palmbeachmasters.com/event/deeridge-derby/.
Further information on the Palm Beach Masters Series is available on line atwww.palmbeachmasters.com.
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