There were multiple winners at the Winter Equestrian Festival this year. Ben Maher the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and his mar won the CSI 5 World Cup qualifier. Forty-one riders entered the challenge opening but only three made it through the course to advance to the jump-off. Ben Maher’s win was his seventh major victory, and he also won the fastest jump-off of 46.03. Maher commented on Diva’s short amount of time to recover before the jump, and he claims though he won “it was probably not his best-ever round.” German rider Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum managed to finish in second place even with Fibonacci having a slight stumble in the beginning. Coming in third was Cedric the seventeen year old gelding who was unable to clear the vertical.
On Sunday Kent Farrington and Willow had two clear rounds and the fastest jump-off time of 34.87, which earned them the $85,000 Suncast 1.50 Championship Jumper Classic. Following in a close second was Lauren Hough and Adare with a jump-off time of 35.21. Another impressive winner was Andrew Ramsay who won the Spy Coast Farm 1.45-meter speed class. He beat out sixty-nine other riders in the competition within 62.71 seconds, and he also won the 1.45-meter jump-off class.
Tori Colvin of Loxahatchee and Ovation won the EnTrust Capital Small Junior Hunter 16-17 class. Paris Sellon won the 1.45-meter speed class with Jessica Springsteen following in a close second. Their times were a mere forty-seven milliseconds apart, but in close competition it is trivial to be the fastest out there. The biggest cash prize went to Hardin Towell and Lucifer V. They won the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup, which earned them a prize of $125,000. The pair beat out seventeen other jumpers with a clear round in 38.21 seconds.
Bringing in the most wins with multiple horses was Laura Chapot. She placed three times in the Spy Coast Farm 1.40-meter Speed Challenge, earning her $6000 for each spot won. Bradberry carried her to first place and she placed second and third with Zealous and Umberto. Total there will be $8.2 million given out to winners of each competition in its twelve week circuit. You can catch the events Wednesday through Sunday and will run through till March 29th.