Wellington, Florida, USA – February 23, 2019 – Danielle Goldstein (ISR) and Lizziemary won the $391,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix CSI 5* last Saturday during the seventh week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).
A total of 40 combinations were set to challenge the course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) but only 37 entered the ring for another exciting grand prix. Goldstein was attempting to defend her title from last year.
Spencer Smith (USA) and Theodore Manciais got things started but unfortunately they were eliminated before completing the track.
Nayel Nasser (EGY) and Lucifer were the first ones to clear all the obstacles and cross the finish line without registering any penalties. Emil Hallundbaek (DEN) and Chalisco secured a jump-off before a full-house present to watch the week’s feature class.
Time was not a major issue throughout the class, however it did keep Georgina Bloomberg (USA), Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Karen Polle (JPN) from advancing to the tiebreaker. The combination obstacles 8a and 8b took a toll on several of the competitors, moreover the final line consisting of number 13 and 14 was also crucial in eliminating others from the decisive round.
Alex Granato (USA), Mario Deslauriers (CAN), Danielle Goldstein (Lizziemary) and Kent Farrington (USA) all managed to join the other two pairings in the jump-off.
Nayel Nassar (EGY) & Lucifer V
Nayel Nassar (EGY) and Lucifer V (Lord Dezi x Grandeur) got things started with a fast but clean performance in 39.917 seconds. Emil Hallundbaek (DEN) and Chalisco (Chacco-Blue x Quidam de Revel) tried to take over the temporary lead, being a bit slower in 40.029 seconds.
Alex Granato (USA) & Carlchen W
Alex Granato (USA) and Carlchen W (Chacco-Blue x Continue) took over the lead backed by another brilliant performance, timed in 39.512 seconds. Mario Deslauriers (CAN) and Bardolina 2 followed with yet another clear round, but still even slower than the latter three after a final time of 40.756 seconds.
The obstacles were spread out on the course, providing an interesting scenario for the two remaining horses, each with different characteristics. Danielle Goldstein‘s (ISR) Lizziemary is known in the circuit for her scope and long stride while Kent Farrington‘s (USA) Creedance has a much higher frequency in his strides. Besides being clean, which aspect would prevail?
Danielle Goldstein (ISR) & Lizziemary
Danielle guided the 13-year-old Anglo-European Sport Horse mare (Cabri d’Elle x Acord II) beautifully over ever single jump while using her horse’s long stride to cover the ground, setting what turned out to be the fastest time of 37.765 seconds.
It was up to one of the fastest combinations in the world to put in the final effort to overcome her mark. Kent Farrington (USA) and Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) seemed to be faster in the beginning but one rail down before the final line meant brakes on the pedal resulting in a final time of 39.652 seconds.
“It played to our advantage. My horse has a huge stride, it is abnormally large. For me, I walked the course and thought it would be a good jump-off. There were some good places I could run, and I thought I could do seven [strides] across the middle where a lot of people did eight [strides.] For Lizziemary, it worked out. The jumps were set in a good place, and I was able to get that first slice done, which I trusted her to do. I was able to leave strides out, and it worked out.”
“It’s amazing to win two years in a row. It was a hard feat to win one year, let alone two years in a row, so I’m shocked, amazed and happy. I was really thrilled. Going into the jump-off I knew I had Kent [Farrington] behind me and I had some friends looking out for me. I saw the guys [before me] go. I had walked inside of the wall and I knew it looked sort of dicey, but my horse is good about those weird angles. She didn’t quite see it today and I got a little bit lucky I thought, but I did see it when I walked it so I thought I had to go out there and try. If you don’t try to win, you never win so you might as well try.”
“She’s been an amazing horse since I got her. She started out amazing and she’s still amazing. If she just stays the same, I’m happy – she doesn’t need to get any better. I think last year might have been the last time I won a 5* with her, so it felt like a long time coming. I jumped the last couple big grand prix [classes] clear and I’ve had one down in the jump-off or I’ve had one unlucky fault and it felt like I was at the edge and we were really close. This is not ideal weather, but she managed to pull it all together. She just went in there and tried her heart out – it was amazing. I was impressed with her.”
“Lizziemary has the next week off, and then she is supposed to do the next CSI5* here in two weeks. Then we go back to Europe for the [Longines] Global Champions Tour. We have our Olympic qualifier for Israel, so that is a big thing for us, and then we also have the European Championships coming at the end of summer.”
“I’ve had this horse for a long time now. I got to bring him along from a 5-year-old and in the last year and a half he’s just really exceeded my expectations. He’s come very far and done a lot for me and with me now. He just feels really great. He’s on form. He had a great fall [season] and had a light period leading into the winter. Now he just jumps everything for me and I’m thrilled with how he’s doing.”
“I was happy with [Carlchen W] everywhere. I had walked the same turn that Danielle mentioned before the first round and I really didn’t think that it was there for my horse or me tonight. Even though I went around, I got a little hung up and I got one or two extra strides to the wall than I wanted. That was the only place I wasn’t thrilled with in the jump-off. Everywhere else I thought he was really on the pace and did exactly what I wanted and stuck to the plan. I was happy with how it ended. [Danielle] was the clear winner with the way she laid it on the table.”
Nayel Nassar – $391,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix CSI5* third place
“It’s always a tough spot to go first in the jump-off, but he is a fast horse. I didn’t think that inside turn was there for me today as he is a little funny with walls and I don’t quite know him well enough to do that. He feels so good. He jumped at Deeridge Farms and that was his first show of the year. It took him a round or two to get going, but now he has been in the top three of his last three big classes, so we are starting to find some consistency. He is really a great horse and is a ton of fun to ride. He is a little quirky in his own ways, but he really tries hard for you and once you get going to the first jump he is game for anything. I’m really proud of how he is going right now.”
“It means a ton. This is my first grand prix under lights in a long time here in Wellington. Lucifer is a bit of a newer ride to me, so I’m just really excited that it’s going so well at this level. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season, and I’m pleased with how he jumped today.”
Results – $391,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix CSI 5*
Place / Rider / Country / Horse – Round 1 penalties / Round 2 Penalties – Time
1. Danielle Goldstein (ISR) & Lizziemary – 0 / 0 – 37.765
2. Alex Granato (USA) & Carlchen W – 0 / 0 – 39.512
3. Nayel Nassar (EGY) & Lucifer V – 0 / 0 – 39.917
4. Emil Hallundbaek (DEN) & Chalisco – 0 / 0 – 40.029
5. Mario Deslauriers (CAN) & Bardolina 2 – 0 / 0 – 40.756
6. Kent Farrington (USA) & Creedance – 0 / 4 – 39.652
7. Georgina Bloomberg (USA) & Chameur 137 – 1 – 84.03
8. Jessica Springsteen (USA) & RMF Zecilie – 1 – 84.99
9. Karen Polle (JPN) & Sari – 1 – 85.20
10. Rowan Willis (AUS) & Blue Movie – 4 – 78.52
11. Martin Fuchs (SUI) & Clooney 51 – 4 – 80.06
12. Daniel Bluman (ISR) & Ladriano Z – 4 – 80.11
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Text: Lo-Ami Souza
Photos: © Jumper News / Nuno Coelho Vicente
Categories: Winter Equestrian Festival