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Shane Sweetnam and Cobolt capture Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup round 8

Friday, 03 March 2017
CSIO4* WEF Week 8 2017

Photo (c) Sportfot. Shane Sweetnam and Cobolt. Photo (c) Sportfot.

It was an Irish victory on day two of CSIO 4* competition at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), as Shane Sweetnam and Cobolt captured the win in round eight of the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. 

This week's edition of WEF Challenge Cup competition was held as a one-round speed class with 59 entries starting over Ken Krome's (USA) course with ten clear rounds. Sweetnam, aboard his own and The Blue Buckle Group's Cobolt, clocked the winning time of 69.13 seconds. The pair edged out Todd Minikus (USA) and Wyndmont's Valinski S, who settled for second place in 69.91 seconds. Reigning World Champions Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED) and SFN Zenith, owned by Springpaarden Fonds Nederland and W. van der Ham, placed third in 71.43 seconds. 

"He jumped great today," Sweetnam said of Cobolt. "Obviously these classes are never easy, so it was great to win it. I was thinking I would get caught because we went in the first half of the class. Normally the second half, towards the end of the class, can get really hot. Leslie (Howard) was pretty quick at the end there, but luckily she knocked a fence."

Describing his round, Sweetnam stated, "I think the course builder did a good job. There were a lot of numbers, and a couple of rollback turns that you could make up time. In the last line there was a leave-out, which I did take a chance there. That could really help you win or lose a class. I felt the course suited my horse beforehand, and then it did work out well."

Eleven-year-old Cobolt is a Swedish Warmblood gelding sired by Sweetnam's winning mount Cyklon 1083 (x Camaro M). Sweetnam admitted that although the gelding has many similarities to Cyklon, it took some time for the partnership to develop. "He is similar to Cyklon. He looks similar and they have the same sort of attitude," Sweetnam detailed. "He likes to go fast, and he is naturally quick. Cyklon is still going and I have a very special place for him. He has won everywhere, and I do not think there are many horses as good as Cyklon at what he does, so it is hard to compare them. We judge Cobolt as a different character.

"He is improving. He is getting better and better all the time," Sweetnam said of the horse that he has only been riding for a year. "Sometimes it is easier to get a younger horse and develop them through because you get to know their buttons earlier. When you get an older horse that has done a bit with another rider, it can be hard to get them into your program. It honestly took me six months to really click with him, but since the start of the summer he has won a lot. Between Kentucky, Toronto, Tryon, and now here, he has had a great year."

Final Results: $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8

1. COBOLT: 2006 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cyklon 1083 x Camaro M
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Shane Sweetnam & The Blue Buckle Group: 0/69.13

2. VALINSKI S: 2002 KWPN gelding by Nijinski x Julius
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Wyndmont: 0/69.91

3. SFN ZENITH: 2004 KWPN gelding by Rash x Fuego du Prelet
JEROEN DUBBELDAM (NED), Springpaarden Fonds Nederland & W. van der Ham: 0/71.43

4. ISHD DUAL STAR: 2002 Irish Sport Horse mare by Quick Star x Concorde
LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Mary Chapot: 0/71.87

5. LADRIANO Z: 2008 Zangersheide gelding by Lawito x Baloubet du Rouet
DANIEL BLUMAN (ISR), Blue Star Investments & Alexa Schwitzer: 0/72.01

6. IT'S REAL LOVE DV SMIS Z: 2008 Zangersheide mare by C Indoctro x Liberato I
BEN MAHER (GBR), Poden Farms: 0/72.08

7. BULL RUN'S TESTIFY: 2004 Selle Francais gelding by Dollar du Murier x Oberon du Moulin
KRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers Inc: 0/72.26

8. DAZZLE WHITE: 2008 KWPN gelding by Calvino Z x Narcos II
SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/72.70

9. CASSIS 54: 2005 Bayerischergelding by Candidatus x Landadel
LUCY DAVIS (USA), Old Oak Farm: 0/76.66

10. IL RUBACUORI: 2006 SI gelding by Nabab de Reve x Heartbreaker
ROBERTO TERAN JR (COL), Roberto Teran Jr: 0/76.78

11. QUIRIE 2: 2007 Bayerischer stallion by Quadrigus M x Quidam's Rubin
ALI WOLFF (USA), Ali Wolff: 1/77.20

12. G&C UNICSTAR DE L'AUMONE:2008 Selle Francaismare by Ninio de Rox x Timorrak des Isles
SERGIO ALVAREZ MOYA (ESP), Alvarez Moya Horse SL: 1/77.95


Source: Press release from Jennifer Wood Media Inc. / Photo (c) Sportfot. 

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