The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) kicked off its sixth week of competition on Wednesday with a $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class held in the International Ring at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a win for Venezuela's Emanuel Andrade and Reve du Paradis.
Great Britain's Richard Jeffery is the course designer at The Stadium at PBIEC for week six competition. Jeffery saw 32 competitors in Wednesday morning's $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m with nine clear rounds through the course. Seventeen-year-old Emanuel Andrade, of Caracas, Venezuela, was the winner aboard Hollow Creek Farm's Reve du Paradis. Andrade and the nine-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Crown Z x Adelfos) cleared the course in 73.22 seconds.
Second place honors went to Luis Felipe de Azevedo Filho (BRA) with a clear round in 78.56 seconds aboard Paulo Stewarts' Quoste Zavaan Texas. Emily George (CAN) and Mira VIII placed third in 80.20 seconds. Jorge Matte (CHI) finished fourth in 81.31 seconds with Carla TM, and Jennifer Goddard (USA) placed fifth with Stateside Farm LLC's Lucky Lord 20 in 83.60 seconds.
Andrade has had Reve du Paradis for a year and half and has been competing the gray gelding in the Eight-Year-Old Young Jumper and Junior Jumper divisions until this year. Wednesday's class was the pair's first time moving up to the 1.40m level this year, and Andrade was very happy with his round, explaining that Reve du Paradis is constantly improving.
"He was eight last year, so he was a baby," Andrade noted. "He jumped great last year, but this year he is jumping so well. He is jumping much, much better."
"He doesn't know what he has to do, he is a green horse, but he tries hard to jump clear," Andrade said. "He is a little bit tricky. He is a hard horse, he is difficult. He was a stallion in Europe and he is a gelding now, but he still thinks he's a stallion and that can sometimes be difficult."
Andrade explained that the plan for this class was to have a nice, smooth course. "My trainer told me not to try to win, but just to go smooth," he described. "I went really smooth and no one else jumped that smooth. The others had some trouble with the course and my horse jumped great, so I am happy."
"He feels amazing," the rider added. "The course for me was difficult because the ring is so tiny and I have never been in that ring before, but I am so excited and I am so proud of myself because we did a great job."
Andrade enjoyed competing in the different venue at The Stadium and explained that the horses also enjoy the change of scenery. "I love that ring and I love that place," Andrade stated. "I think it is great for the horse show to have the competition over there because sometimes the horses need different rings. They jump better because they don't like all of the weeks in the same ring, so I really liked jumping there."
Another $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class was held in the Denemethy Ring at the main showgrounds of PBIEC on Wednesday with a win for Laura Chapot and Bradberry. Chapot also topped the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class with Mary Chapot's Umberto. An $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m class was held in the morning as well with a win for Peter Wylde and Apple 3Z, owned by Aram Ampagoumian.
Week six competition will continue on Thursday with the first championships of WCHR week presented in the International Arena at PBIEC. The International Ring at The Stadium will host the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 6 at 1 p.m. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.
Final Results: $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed
1. REVE DU PARADIS EMANUEL ANDRADE HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 0/73.223
2. QUOSTE ZAVAAN TEXAS LUIZ FELIPE DE AZEVEDO FILHO PAULO STEWART: 0/78.569
3. MIRA VIII EMILY GEORGE EMILY GEORGE: 0/80.203
4. CARLA TM JORGE MATTE JORGE MATTE: 0/81.318
5. LUCKY LORD 20 JENNIFER GODDARD STATESIDE FARM LLC: 0/83.606
6. AZIBANTOS GEOFFREY CASE GROUP C LLC: 0/84.083
7. BOTTOM LINE KAREN POLLE KAREN POLLE: 0/84.576
8. BASCO KENT FARRINGTON HAITY MCNERNEY & AMALAYA INVESTMENTS: 0/85.991
9. BARBOU DE RUET LUIZ FRANCISCO DE AZEVEDO LUIS FRANCISCO DE AZEVEDO: 0/86.411
10. UNEX ANNIKA B TIM GREDLEY UNEX COMPETITION YARD: 2/91.867
11. APPY CARA KENT FARRINGTON ANGELSTONE FARMS: 3/92.039
12. TIZIMIN LA SILLA SANTIAGO DIAZ SANTIAGO DIAZ: 4/73.659
Source: Press release from Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
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