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Live Oak Plantation
2215 SW 110th Ave. Ocala, Florida, 34481
Live Oak International Returns with Driving and Show Jumping
2014 Live Oak International Driving and CSI2*W Showjumping Continues to Raise the Bar
Ocala, FL - Never has an international-level equestrian competition in the Sunshine State offered so much for so many. The Live Oak International CAI/CSI-W 2*, March 19-23, at Live Oak Plantation, will bring spectators the chance to watch some of the most celebrated equestrian athletes of today including 2012 British Olympic team Gold medalist Ben Maher, currently ranked number 2 FEI showjumping rankings; Georgina Bloomberg, Olympian McLain Ward, ten time national Four-in-Hand Champion Chester Weber, and performances by the beloved world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.
CANTERBURY CINCO DE MAYO DRESSAGE
May 3-4, 2014
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When Pete Kyle of Kyle Ranch in Whitesboro, Texas, starts planning his competition year, like any good trainer, he considers multiple variables – his amateur riders’ goals, the horses’ current levels of training, conditioning time and show scheduling. While all of those are important, there’s another consideration – keeping his show string healthy throughout the entire show season.
“You can control a lot of things – choosing which shows to attend, which level of competition the horse is ready for, even how quickly to try to move a horse along,” says Pete, an AQHA Professional Horseman, world champion, five-time U.S. Equestrian Federation gold medal winner and AQHA director.
Wellington, Fla. - The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) concluded its seventh week of competition on Sunday with a fantastic line-up of international show jumping and back-to-back wins for 21-year-old Audrey Coulter (USA) of San Francisco, CA.
The day kicked off with the $280,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 4* with a win for Coulter and Acorte. The pair beat out the world's number one and two ranked riders, Scott Brash and Ben Maher of Great Britain, who finished second and third respectively with their mounts Ursula XII and Cella. Coulter then went on to another big win in the afternoon's $84,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic with her mount Victory DA. It was a day the young rider will surely never forget.
Thermal, Calif. - Quigley may not have many grand prix miles behind him, but his rider Kyle King of Ocala, Florida is looking forward to the 10-year-old gelding stepping up to the level with a bang. He is certainly on the right track after winning Sunday’s $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal.
“He’s the horse of my dreams,” said King. “Who knows where we go from here, but he’s the best horse I’ve ever had.”
Quigley is owned by Paul Politeski who broke the gelding and rode him up until last year when he moved into the grand pix ring with King. Politeski and King took Quigley to HITS Tucson last week in preparation for the HITS Desert Circuit and he jumped perfectly, according to King. “We got him [Quigley] fired up a little bit in Arizona. He was a little spooky in the Level 6 earlier this week, but jumped around great today,” said King.
Ocala, Fla. - Nothing could dampen the spirits of David Beisel on Sunday. The rider hails from Goshen, Ohio and jumped a crowd favorite nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Ammeretto for owners Equine Holdings, LLC to a win in the $50,000 Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Ocala.
“Ammeretto is very aware of the spectators - he loves people,” said Beisel of the stallion he has been partnered with for the last six years. “When people move in the stands, he watches them like he didn’t want them to go and I have to get his attention back on the business of jumping.”
Wellington, Fla.- The Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm, held in conjunction with the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, came to a conclusion on Friday evening in front of a packed house with riders vying for Individual medals in Freestyle competition. Small Tour and Big Tour combinations went head-to-head, with the Ground Jury of Anne Gribbons, Gabriel Armando, Cesar Torrente, Lorraine MacDonald, and Bo Jena judging all competitors to determine Individual honors. The U.S. had strong representation in the Grand Prix with four of the six entries flying the American flag, while in the Small Tour two up-and-coming combinations represented the United States.
For the third consecutive day Adrienne Lyle and Wizard could not be beaten as they posted a score of 75.8% in the Grand Prix Freestyle to earn the Gold medal. The competition for the top spots on Friday were incredibly close with the top three all finishing within one point of each other. Lyle’s teammate from the winning USA I Nations Cup team, Tina Konyot, joined her on the podium, finishing in third place. Splitting the American podium finishes was Juan Matute Jr. of Spain with Don Diego Ymas in the Intermediaire I Freestyle Test on a score of 75.325%.
Wellington, Fla. - Out of 50 contenders, Chris Ewanouski rode Carlos 455 to Wellington Turf Tour 1.40m Grand Prix victory at Deeridge Farms today. It came down to a difference of 2/10ths of a second, but Ewanouski set the standard high with his time of 33.367 seconds in an 18-horse jump off. Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa snatched second place aboard HH Let's Fly, while Jeffery Welles rode to the third place with Antaris S.
Jeffery Welles and Bilion set the pace early this morning as only the second to take on Eric Hasbrouck's course. They rode to a clear first round, and moved into the jump off where they tripped the timers at a speedy pace of 34.662 seconds. With another mount left in the class, and seeing a chance for possible defeat, Welles tried to catch his own time aboard Antaris S.
Thermal, Calif. - When the Canadian National Anthem played at the conclusion of Saturday’s $50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition CSI-W2* Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal it was playing for more than just the winner, Elizabeth Gingras of Alberta. Gingras and the up-and-coming Bretton Chad, also of Alberta, went one-two for Canada in a three-horse jump-off and celebrated together for their home nation.
“We have been riding together in Alberta for many years,” said Gingras of her history with Chad. “Obviously you always want to win, but it was awesome to see two Canadians at the top. If the roles had been reversed, I would have been a very proud second.”
Wellington, Fla. - CDI 3* competition wrapped up on Sunday afternoon at the seventh week of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). After a full week of CDIO and CDI 3* competition, the FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle, presented by Peacock Ridge, crowned its winner Sunday morning. Competition concluded for the week with the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Stillpoint Farm.
Competition for AGDF 8 will resume on February 28 for the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W. The feature event of the week, the FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix Freestyle, will be highlighted on the evening of Saturday, March 1.
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