Wellington, Florida, USA – February 9, 2023 – Emilie Conter (BEL) and her quick-footed stallion, Clochard, raced against the clock on Thursday morning during WEF 5 in the International Arena to win the CHF$6,000 Griffis Residential Speed Challenge CSI 2* 1.45m. An exciting speed round designed by Frank Rothenberger (GER) proved to be difficult and left only seven pairs penalty free from a field of twenty-six horses and riders.
While Jad Dana (LBN) had two horses jump clear and fast early on to set the pace, Conter could not be caught with Clochard, a 2008 Belgian Sport Horse Stallion (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Cascadeur) stallion owned by Stephex Stables, clocking in at 58.78 seconds.
Coming in second was Victoria Heurtematte (PAN) aboard Scarlett du Sart Z with a time of 61.50 seconds, and third went to Amy Millar (CAN) with GCS Athena finishing in a time of 62.08 seconds.
Conter was thrilled with her small stallion’s massive effort, stating, “from the beginning I tried to start with his rhythm; because he’s my speed horse he knows what to do and when to go. I just tried to keep one speed all along. In one line, I did one less stride which was not my plan, but he’s such a good boy and he tries so hard. I thought he was really good today.”
Conter’s winning round surely didn’t look like it was all luck, but rather years of dedication and a strong relationship built over a long period of time.
“I have had him for four years now, so quite a long time,” she explained. “It’s actually a funny story, I had him when he was seven and then we sent him here to be sold and Carly Anthony rode him for a long time. Then I showed him here and since then we have been a great team together. We decided he couldn’t be sold, instead he was going to be with me.”
Final Results – CHF$6,000 Griffis Residential CSI 2*
1) Emilie Conter (BEL) & Clochard – 0 – 58.78
2) Victoria Heurtematte (PAN) & Scarlett du Sart Z – 0 – 61.50
3) Amy Millar (CAN) & GCS Athena – 0 – 62.08
Source: Press Release from Equestrian Sports Productions
Photos: © Wellington International / Sportfot