Wellington, Florida, USA – March 12, 2020 – Kristen VanderVeen (USA) rode Bull Run’s Divine Fortune to the first CSI 5* victory of the week, coming away with the blue in the $10,000 Palm Beach Masters Warm-up CSI 5*.
VanderVeen and her longtime 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Padinus x Caruso) entered the ring with purpose and carried a strong pace throughout Alan Wade‘s (IRL) 1.40m track, which was contested in a two phases special format. They crossed the timers in an unbeatable 24.57 seconds—nearly two full seconds faster than the runners-up.
Second-place honors was claimed by Daniel Bluman (ISR) and Colestina H (Colestus x Cardenio 2), who led for much of the class on a final time of 26.41 seconds, while Cormac Hanley (IRL) and Cora (Cornet Obolensky x Ramirez) rounded out the top three (27.06 seconds).
“She does the best when you just keep going fast. It’s her little niche,” VanderVeen said. “My plan was to go fast from the beginning, and it seemed to work out.”
The victory marked Vanderveen‘s first ever at the Palm Beach Masters Series®, as she makes her Deeridge Farms debut this week.
“I love it! This is a great start, but everyone has been very accommodating, and the ground feels great,” VanderVeen said. “My grand prix horse this year [Bull Run’s Risen] is good on the grass, and I’m excited to give it a try!”
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Source: Press release by Catie Staszak / Catie Staszak Media for Palm Beach Masters Series
Photos: © Kathy Russell Photography