Wellington, Florida, USA – March 5, 2021 – Scoring a morning win on Thursday, March 4, in the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 were Emily Moffitt (GBR) and Poden Farms’ Tipsy du Terral during CSIO4* week at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).
Over a course designed by Steve Stephens (USA) and Nick Granat (USA), 56 entries went for speed in a one-round format. There were 26 clear rounds, but the fastest of them all was Emily Moffitt (GBR) and Tipsy du Terral, who were able to conquer the 13 numbered obstacles on the track in 63.82 seconds.
Moffitt went 37th in the original order and beat the then-winning time of 64.34 seconds set by Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Devon MacNeil’s Vinci de Beaufour a 12-year-old Selle Français gelding (Diamant de Semilly x Heartbreaker), who would finish in second place.
“I watched Darragh go into the lead, and I said to my friend, ‘Wow that was spectacular. That’s how we gotta do it!’” said Moffitt. “And then I didn’t really think about it again. I had my plan, and you know [my trainer] Ben [Maher] always says we have our plan and if we win, we win, great, and if not, we gave it a good shot, so it paid off today.”
Third place went to Adam Prudent (USA) and Baloutinue, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Balou du Rouet x Landor S) owned by Plain Bay Farm. They were two seconds behind in 66.31 seconds.
Moffitt has been riding Tipsy du Terral for more than three years. “I have always had a very great connection with her,” said Moffitt of the 14-year-old Selle Français mare (Toulon x Quat’Sous). “I love when they’re strong and they pull, but she still allows you to really ride her so it’s the best of both for me. We have always since the beginning had a great partnership, and she tries her heart out for me every single time she goes in the ring.
“Another great quality that Tipsy has is she’s not one that you have to pull back together or have a training round after going fast,” described Moffitt, who will ride Tipsy du Terral in Sunday’s $214,000 Grand Prix CSIO 4*, presented by JTWG, Inc. “She actually gains more confidence from it, which is great to be able to go in and try to win every single class.”
WEF 8 sponsored by Premier Equestrian, continues through March 7 and features the $150,000 Nations Cup, presented by Premier Equestrian on Friday, March 5, the $50,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m National Grand Prix and $37,000 Hermès Under 25 Semi-Final Grand Prix under the lights on Saturday, March 6, and the $214,000 Grand Prix CSIO4*, presented by JTWG, Inc., on Sunday, February 7. All feature classes will be available live and on-demand on the livestream.
Final Results: $37,000 Adequan Challenge Cup Round 8
1) Emily Moffitt (GBR) & Tipsy du Terral – 0 / 0 – 63.82
2) Darragh Kenny (IRL) & Vinci de Beaufour – 0 / 0 – 64.34
3) Adam Prudent (USA) & Baloutinue – 0 / 0 – 66.31
Source: Press release by Kate Pettersen & Sabrina Bashares / Jennifer Wood Media Inc. for ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions / PBIEC – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
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