CSI 4*

Leslie Howard & Donna Speciale win California Split Class CSI 4* at Winter Equestrian Festival

2018.03.22.99.99 WEF CSI 4 Sec B Bainbridge Leslie Howard & Donna Speciale Sportfot

Show jumpers once again crossed the road to Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival) to jump on the immaculate grass derby field yesterday to kick off the eleventh week of competition during the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida.

Due to the number of starters, the class was subject to a California split, meaning that despite Leslie Howard (USA) and Donna Speciale (Cavalier x Concorde) only clocking the second fastest time, she too was the recipient of a blue sash and ribbon in the FEI Bainbridge 1.40m speed class CSI 4*.

The American and the 10-year-old grey Dutch Warmblood mare earned the victory backed by a fault-free performance in 64.97 seconds.

Alejandro Karolyi (VEN) & Lincourt Gino (Gino III x Graf Magna) were not much behind, taking the runnes-up position with no penalties in 66.76 seconds.

Anne Phillips (USA) & Pele clinched bronze honors with no penalties in 68.36 seconds.

Highlights of the upcoming week 11, sponsored by CaptiveOne Advisors on March 21-25, include the $205,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix CSI 4* at 11 a.m. on the grass derby field at Equestrian Village (13500 South Shore Blvd.) and the $132,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic Final at 6:30 p.m. in the WEF International Arena on Saturday, March 24, as well as the George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation on Friday, March 23, at 5 p.m. in the WEF International Arena and the $50,000 Hermés Under 25 Grand Prix Series Final at 12 p.m. at the grass derby field on Sunday, March 25. WEF hosts hunter, jumper, and equitation competition until April 1 and offers more than $9 million in prize money.

Howard is another to traverse the globe in her competition quest, spending winters in Wellington and the rest of the year split between Connecticut and Calgary.

2018.03.22.99.99 WEF CSI 4 Sec B Bainbridge Cel Leslie Howard & Donna Speciale Sportfot

Leslie Howard (USA) in the awards presentation ceremony with ringmaster Steve Rector and Richard Schechter, Chairman and CEO of The Bainbridge Companies.

Of her winning ride, Laure Sudreau’s Cavalier x Concorde mare Donna Speciale, she said: “This is my third year with her and she’s always been a winner. This year she’s moving up to 1.60m and I’m very fortunate to have her.”

Action at Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival), in week 11 continues today, Thursday, with the $70,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 11. Back on the main grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the winner will be pinned in the USEF Talent Search 2* class.

Full Results here.

Source: Press Release by Jennifer Wood Media Inc. for ESP / WEF

Photos: © Sportfot

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