Wellington, Florida, Sunday – February 9, 2020 – Competition during week five of the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) came to a close under perfect conditions for Canada’s Tiffany Foster (CAN), who claimed victory in the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m CSI 5* on Sunday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida, USA.
It was a busy and successful day in the saddle for Canadian Tiffany Foster who rode one of her two mounts to the winner’s circle and placed sixth with her second horse in the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI 5*.
“I went pretty early on my first horse Brighton, and it helped that he is naturally super-fast, and I don’t usually worry about the time allowed,” Foster shared. Time did become a factor with many horse and rider combinations having time faults. “He’s a real veteran. I’ve had him since he was seven and he is now 14, and we know each other really well.” Foster added, “I was also thrilled with my second horse, Galino, in his first 1.50m.”
From a field of 53, only seven advanced to the jump-off as they commanded a tricky first round course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio and Andy Christiansen (ECU). “The trickiest part of the course was the triple and then you rode six strides with a roll back that was off a short turn away from the gate that led to a very long three – you had to ride the three, no pulling – and then you continued along to the triple bar,” Foster said. “The course tested your horse’s rideability and luckily my horses both come back very well.” Foster and Brighton had a blazing time in the jump-off, stopping the timers at 34.59 seconds.
In second place was Ireland’s Bertram Allen (IRL) aboard Lafayette Van Overis in a time of 34.90 seconds, followed by Lucas Porter (USA) on Hope Street in 35.134 seconds. Fourth place went to Shane Sweetnam (IRL) on Deleyn in 35.20 seconds, and fifth was Alexandra Thornton (GBR) riding Charielle to a jump-off time of 36.77 seconds.
Tiffany Foster (CAN) & Brighton in their winning presentation with Vice President of Development Tim Luby of CaptiveOne Advisors and ringmaster Steve Rector.
“These horses are owned by Artisan Farms, who I feel are the most incredible supporters and sponsors and they really let you develop the horses at their own speed,” said Foster. “Which in turn, allows you to get to know them and gives you the ability to take risks because you know they are ready for it and that is a testament to the owners.”
Foster is no stranger to winning the CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m after also winning the class two weeks ago on nine-year-old, Northern Light. “I think it is great to have a series that we follow along, this is a wonderful class and I’m very thankful to CaptiveOne Advisors for making possible.”
Foster is a fourteen-year veteran of showing at WEF, noting, “My first year I showed in the hunters. I think they are doing a great job – the stands are packed especially on Saturday nights and the change in the footing has been a big improvement, so all those things are working towards making it one of the best shows to be at in the winter.”
WEF continues through March 29 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida, with 12 consecutive weeks of world-class competition and $13 million dollars on offer. The sixth week of competition runs February 12-16, is sponsored by the World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) program, and recognized as a CSI 3* by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). The week will feature the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular in the International Arena during “Saturday Night Lights”, as well as the $137,000 Grand Prix CSI 3* and $25,000 CP Grand Prix, on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village (home of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival).
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Source: Press release by Lindsay Brock, Juliana Chapman, and Sabrina Brashares / Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. for ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions
Photos: © Sportfot
Categories: CSI 5*