Wellington, Florida, USA – January 22, 2022 – The $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic started an action-packed day of competition on the Derby Field at Equestrian Village with 50 horse-and-rider combinations contesting Oscar Soberon’s (USA) educated first track. More than 13 nations were represented in the class and seven of those countries were represented in the returning jump-off field which consisted of 18 fault-free competitors.
Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam (IRL) held the leading time for a majority of the shortened track until FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 U.S. team gold medalist Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) found an even faster pace. The young professional proved ready for an impressive season as she captured the first win of the day aboard Lafayette Van Overis.
Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and the Triple S Group’s 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Nabab De Reve x Diva) Holliewood maintained their runner-up position with the final time of 45.40 seconds.
Great Britain’s young rider Grace Debney (GBR) slid into third late in the order with Temple Equestrian LLC’s 11-year-old Spanish Sport Horse mare Zarina de Vidau (Diamant De Semilly x Carina XXXVII CH) a little less than a second behind Sweetnam on 46.17 seconds.
Sternlicht laid it all on the line with the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Houdini Van Overis) with a variety of long gallops and tight turns to shave an entire three seconds off of Sweetnam’s time and blaze through the timers in 42.51 seconds.
“My plan was to have another good class as my horse went really nicely in Thursday’s ranking class,” Sternlicht explained. “I felt really confident out there, and he absolutely loves the field. He is quite quick across the ground so I just figured we might as well go for it.”
Sternlicht has been partnered with the Starlight Farms 1 LLC’s gelding for roughly a year and a half and has taken her time to develop a strong partnership with the sometimes-quirky mount.
“We have gotten to the point where he really trusts me, and he knows I will always give him the best ride possible,” she detailed. “He thrives off a confident ride and has a lot of blood, so the key is to find a happy medium while allowing him to do things a bit his own way because he is so competitive. This is my first year on my own and so, for me, this time is about developing myself as a professional and establishing my way.”
Final Results – $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Championship Jumper Classic CSI 3*
1) Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Lafayette Van Overis – 0 / 0 – 42.51
2) Shane Sweetnam (IRL) & Holliewood – 0 / 0 – 45.4
3) Grace Debney (GBR) & Zarina De Vidau – 0 / 0 – 46.17
Source: Press Release from Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. for ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions
Photos: © Sportfot