Wellington, Florida, USA – February 26, 2021 – As the final February Turf Tour wrapped up on Friday at Polo West, the battle of the speed agents entered a new chapter, with Ashlee Bond (ISR) delivering her second consecutive win in the $15,000 1.40M Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour Grand Prix. Bond and an international group of some of the world’s best show jumpers have been vying for supremacy in the series. Last week at Black Watch Farm, Bond and Semilly SF won the 1.40M, edging out Darragh Kenny (IRL) and ending his 3 week winning streak.
During Turf Tour 8, Dutch Olympian Harrie Smolders (NED), Egypt’s Nayel Nassar (EGY), Ireland’s Jordan Coyle (IRL), and the USA’s Kim Farlinger (USA) thew their hats into the arena, challenging Bond and Kenny and promising even more exciting competition on Wellington’s most unique show circuit. Turf Tour 9 will run March 3-5 at The Ridge at Wellington’s home farm (14415 Palm Beach Point Blvd), with .80M-1.40M classes running on both grass and sand, and equitation riders can gain points and experience at USEF Equitation Tuesdays, held each Tuesday through April 6.
A tight race in week 8’s Turf Tour Grand Prix saw less than a second separating the top three spots. Ashlee Bond (ISR) and her homebred mare, Contefina LVF (Contefino 2 x Southern Girl) delivered some serious girl power to Friday’s Grand Prix, blazing around the course in 32.421 seconds. Harry Smolders (NED) and Calina (CI CI Senjor Ask x Carmelicius) were less than a tenth of a second behind her, going double clear in 32.495. Jordan Coyle (IRL) and Centriko Volo galloped to third on 32.620 seconds. Nayel Nassar (EGY), Kim Farlinger (USA), and Darragh Kenny (IRL) rounded out the top 6, all with fast, double clear efforts over the course designed by Catsy Cruz (MEX).
Source: Press release by Holly Johnson / Equinium Sports Marketing for Ridge Show Jumping
Photos: © Equinium Equestrian Press & Marketing