On the final day of week nine at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Francisco José Mesquita Musa (BRA) and Sharapova Imperio Egípcio, owned by Daniel Aguiar Morelli, won the $50,000 Rose Hill Farm Grand Prix CSI 2*. Tiffany Foster (CAN) captured the win in the $70,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic with Artisan Farms’ Brighton at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida.
WEF continues with week ten of competition on March 14-18 and CSI 3* competition sponsored by Horseware Ireland. It features the $132,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, March 17. WEF hosts hunter, jumper, and equitation competition until April 1 and offers more than $9 million in prize money.
Due to expected inclement weather, the format of the Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic was changed to a speed round on Sunday morning. Of the 41 entries in the class, eight were clear. The fastest of those was Tiffany Foster, who dominated the class in a time of 63.36 seconds for the win, almost five seconds faster than the rest of the field.
Second place went to Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) and Pembroke, owned by Starlight Farms LLC, who recorded a time of 68.24 seconds. Enrique Gonzalez (MEX) and Chacna finished third in 68.35 seconds.
Tiffany Foster (CAN) & Brighton in their awards presentation ceremony with ringmaster Steve Rector.
“He’s a super competitive horse,” said Foster of the 12-year-old KWPN gelding by Contendro II x Quick Star. “He’s really fast on his own. He covers the ground very fast and spends very minimal time in the air. So if I can get a good track, I know I can get within a winning time with him.
“All of those long lines were heading toward the left, and he has a really big stride to the left and a big left drift,” she said of the course. “If I let him head left, and I let him go fast, I can usually cover the distance pretty well. Sometimes you have those days where everything just sort of shows up really well, and you end up not having to pull on the reins. If you have one of those rounds with Brighton, you usually win.”
Foster described Brighton as “very self-confident” and a horse that has been the same from the start of their relationship five years ago.
“I think the more that I can let him think he’s the king, the better it is,” said Foster. “He’s won more classes for me than I think any horse I’ve ever had. He’s probably one of the most consistent horses that I’ve ever ridden. He’s just been an incredible horse.”
Full Results here.
Source: Press Release by Jennifer Wood Media by Jennifer Inc. for ESP/ WEF
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Categories: CSI 5*