Wellington, FL – January 12, 2019 – The first week of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued on Saturday, January 12, with a win for Adrienne Sternlicht in the $25,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Classic at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida, USA.
WEF continues with 12 consecutive weeks of world-class competition through March 31, 2019. The first week of competition at WEF is sponsored by Wellington Regional Medical Center and concludes on Sunday with the $75,000 Rosenbaum PLLC Grand Prix at 2 p.m.
Out of a field of 29 entries, Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) stood at the top after a fast jump-off round in 37.178 seconds riding Just A Gamble. Eleven advanced to the jump-off over a course set by Eric Hasbrouck of the United States. Coming in second place was Mario Deslauriers (CAN) on Amsterdam 27 in 37.202 seconds, while Jonathan McCrea (USA) and Aristoteles V took third place with a time of 37.748 seconds.
This was the first week of competition for Sternlicht and her new horse, Just A Gamble, who arrived in Florida in December, and they have since spent time getting to know each other.
“[It] was really not doing too much flatwork because she’s super hot,” said Sternlicht of the 10-year-old BWP mare by Toulon x Corofino. “We’ve put her on what we call the ‘Rothchild Program’, which is a lot of walk/trot work, a lot of trail riding, trying to get her to settle a bit. It’s almost better if she’s more unfit than fit. Even with her build and technique, she’s a powerhouse behind, she has all the scope in the world. It’s about keeping her mentally calm.
Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Just A Gamble in their winning presentation with Laura Southard, Brand Ambassador for CaptiveOne Advisors, and ringmaster Steve Rector.
“She’s a really amazing mare and has a really great brain,” she continued. “I felt really comfortable on her. My plan for circuit is to still just take it week by week with her. She’s also green at the highest level. Our plans fell nicely into place because her rider didn’t veer off course.”
This was the pair’s first jump-off together, and they went third in the jump-off with plans to be neat and stick to the plan, which paid off with the victory.
“She’s probably the naturally quickest horse I’ve ever had; I just have to think ‘turn,’” said the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games team gold medalist. “She’s very quick across the ground; she doesn’t spend a ton of time in the air. I’d say I followed the plan for the most part. It’s my tendency to overcontrol or add as a rider, so it was nice to feel off the bat that comfort level of going with her. Around the turn to the third fence, I would have liked to be a bit smoother, but I think as I get to know her, we’ll get to iron out the kinks.”
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Source: Press release by Jennifer Wood & Summer Grace for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. for PBIEC – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center / ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions
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