Leslie Howard and her longtime mount Lennox Lewis 2 took home the first big win of the week at Equestrian Sport Production's (ESP) 2011 Holiday and Horses competition. The show kicked off on Wednesday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, highlighting the exciting $10,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Open Stake class in the International Arena. Wellington Equestrian Realty has been a great supporter of equestrian sport and will be an official sponsor of the upcoming FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.
Wednesday’s stake class saw 42 entries compete over a 1.40m course designed by Anthony D'Ambrosio. Sixteen were able to clear the course without fault and those entries jumped off immediately following their rounds. The lead changed hands several times throughout the class, but it was the fastest clear round of Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2, jumping 32nd in the order of go, that held on for the win. The pair stopped the clock in 33.452 seconds.
Leslie Howard has had a long and successful partnership with Lennox Lewis 2 and was happy with today's win as they move into the 2012 season. Lennox Lewis 2 is a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Laureatus. Howard purchased him as a six-year-old and has gotten to know her horse quite well over their nearly seven years together.
"We have had him forever," the rider joked. "We know each other inside and out. I know what days I get on and he is going to be good and I know what days he is going to be a rascal. We have had a nice, long partnership together." Howard describes Lennox Lewis 2's style in the ring as "very economical," explaining, "There is not a lot of glitz to it, but he knows where his legs are and he gets the job done." "He felt great today," she smiled. "He had his game face on and he was very generous; he was a good boy."
Finishing just behind Howard, Darragh Kerins rode Miranda Fischer's Hot Wheels into second place with a time of 33.821 seconds. Charlie Jayne and Pony Lane Farm's Chill R Z finished third in 35.994 seconds. Marie Hecart and Myself De Breve, owned by Haras De La Rogue, cleared the timers in 36.678 seconds for fourth place. Margie Engle and Pauly Du Breuil, owned by the Garbers, Engles and Lea Allen, finished fifth in 36.790 seconds.
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Source: Press release by Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
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