Wellington, Florida, USA – March 27, 2018 – Utopian show jumping: on the grass, under the lights, and designed with the equine in mind. The Ridge at Wellington’s multifaceted show schedule offers all levels of competition during Florida’s winter show season, including national level Grand Prix classes, schooling shows, .80M-1.30M divisions on all natural surfaces including grass and sand, and Child/Adult and Open classes under the lights each week. With idyllic Florida spring weather setting in, plenty of sunshine, and a focus on delivering exceptional training opportunities to a wide variety of show jumping professionals and amateurs, The Ridge Palm Beach Series and Wellington Turf Tour’s final weeks promise more top notch competition, prize money, and the circuit’s trademark beautiful venues.
Wolfstone Stables’ fantastic turf course set a stunning back drop for March 23’s $15,000 1.40M Turf Tour Grand Prix, where a field consisting of both Turf Tour regulars and new comers piloted their horses to three double clear efforts. Riding for his own Raven Ridge Farm in Watertown, Minnesota, Andrew Barone and Carica 4 blazed across the grass in a powerful and precise first round and jump-off, finishing on a fault-free double clear and the winning jump-off time of 43.257 seconds. Barone’s round took the lead despite valiant efforts by Ireland’s Daniel Coyle, Chile’s Samuel Perot, and the USA’s Hunter Holloway. Gabriel Matos Machado and Ava De Caster’s Amaretas galloped to second with a jump off time of 45.843 seconds, while Adam Cramer and EquiSport King Clooney finished third with no faults and a jump off time of 46.786.
One of Friday’s Grand Prix competitors and Wednesday’s $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classic winner, Shoshana Altschuler of Wilmington, Delaware, had just a single first round rail aboard Oskar 253 in the pair’s first Grand Prix effort and Altschuler’s first time ever competing in the 1.40M. To make matters more impressive, Altschuler purchased Oskar only a month ago, and used Wolfstone’s wide open spaces and The Ridge’s laid back atmosphere to make sure the experience was a good one.
“Riding at The Ridge is a refreshing change, and the perfect place to do my first Grand Prix,” said Altschuler. “They let you trot around, look at the jumps, take your time. Its a breath of fresh air to be able to enjoy your show experience and also make important strides in your training. Oskar was a trooper on Wednesday and today in the Grand Prix; he helped me out if I’m a hair off here or there, he has the scope to get me through it. He’s also very careful, and I was just so happy to be able to get to know him and he is continuing to improve every time we show. I had never jumped him on the grass ever, and I absolutely loved showing on it this week.”
The Turf Tour continues March 28-30 at Polo West with two rings on the grass and all levels from .80M to the Grand Prix!
Source: Press Release by Equinium Sports Marketing
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