Polo West once again set the stage for two days of utopian show jumping of all levels on exceptional grass footing February 23-25, as well as an exciting night of child/adult and open rides under the lights in the Polo West arena. From Olympians to pony riders, the Wellington Turf Tour and Palm Beach Series has divisions for all levels including the weekly $15,000 Turf Tour Grand Prix, $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classic, Friday Night Lights for Child/Adult and Open riders, monthly M&S/SEMF/Colonial Classic qualifier Schooling Shows, USEF Equitation Tuesdays, and all the amenities and relaxed atmosphere The Ridge’s events are known for.
José Roberto Reynoso Fernandez Filho (BRA) & Tanita de Galeste
Olympian José Roberto Reynoso Fernandez Filho (BRA) of São Paulo, Brazil piloted Tanita de Galeste to a double clear effort and a jump-off time of 39.012 seconds. The athletic 11-year-old bay Selle Français mare is a ride owned by Franck Henouda and she and Reynoso recently rode to a top 3 placing in the 1.45M division before coming to the Turf Tour for a breath of fresh air and to jump on the grass in the Florida sunshine. Their effort bested a field consisting of an interesting mix of fellow Olympians, ambitious adult amateurs, and new partnerships testing their skills at the 1.40M level. Reynoso and Tanita, in fact, have only been a pair for about a month. Olympian Ramiro Quintana of Argentina and Cody Quintana’s Ceitasi (Caretello B x Cavalier) put in a early double clear effort to lead the class on a jump-off time of 42.025 seconds, while Hardin Towell (USA) of Wellington, Florida rode Concept (Cassini II x Quidam de Revel) to third, with a jump-off time less than half a second off Quintana’s time at 42.662.
“On the Turf Tour, and at all of our events and shows, we try to present a very dynamic environment for riders and trainers to achieve their goals,” said US Olympian and co-founder of The Ridge, Nona Garson. “Whether you have a horse coming back after a rest, a student moving up to the next height, a new horse that needs miles, or just want to enjoy a new venue or turf footing, the inspiration behind the Turf Tour & Palm Beach Series is to fill these needs and drive the development of show jumping as a sport.”
Source: Press Release by Holly Johnson Equinium Sports Marketing for Palm Beach Series / The Ridge at Wellington
Photos: © Equinium / The Ridge at Wellington