It was Margie Engle and Indigo that took a home win in the FEI World Cup™ Qualifier Grand Prix in Wellington Saturday night. Under the lights in front of a crowd of 5,200 spectators at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Engle and her lovely twelve year old Indoctro-gelding proved to be the fastest combination.
Guilherme Jorge’s world cup course got 11 clear rounds out of the original 45 starters and concluded the night with an exciting jump-off track that left Engle and her wonderful Indoctro-gelding on top with the time 45.61 as one of only two double clears. Irish rider Darragh Kerins secured second place with Lisona as the other double clear at the time 48.42. The jump-off included great names such as Eric Lamaze, Rodrigo Pessoa, Ben Maher, Laura Kraut, Meredtih Maichaels-Beerbaum and Mario Deslauriers, but they all had one fence down. This also included Pablo Barrios and G&C Quick Star 11, but with the fastest time of the day at 38.31, they were good enough for third place. Kent Farrington and Uceko finished fourth as they had the last fence and a time of 38.91 seconds. Fifth place went to Richard Spooner and Cristallo at four faults and 39.20 seconds.
Margie Engle is currently leading the North American East Coast League World Cup Qualifying Rankings. She and Indigo have won many classes this season, including the $50,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix during Equestrian Sport Production's Holiday and Horses competition in December. Indigo has had some time off since then and this was his first big class back.
Engle explained that she did a 1.40m class on Wednesday and the gelding felt nice and fresh. In tonight's class, she noted, "He jumped super the first round, almost a little too fresh. He was kind of kicking out over the top of the jumps, but he was really trying hard. I kind of lucked into it. As the jump-off went there were a lot of rails in different places. It was a pretty careful jump-off. I just kind of went medium. Where I went in the order was kind of lucky and I just tried to go clean."
Engle has had Indigo for almost two years now. She praised the horse's scope and attitude. "I just like that he's such an energetic horse and he loves what he's doing," she smiled. "He makes my job really easy because he's very enthusiastic. I don't have to do much; I just kind of steer him to the jumps and he takes you all the time. He's got a lot of blood and really enjoys jumping. He's very, very smart and a real trier. He's getting a lot of seasoning under his belt and he seems to be getting better and better."
Engle commented on tonight's course, noting, "I thought Gui did an excellent job. He had almost a perfect course. Only two clean in the jump-off. It was an appropriate course, big and difficult for a World Cup class.
Second place finisher Darragh Kerins was also pleased with his horse's efforts over the course tonight. Kerins' mount, Lisona, is an 11-year-old Irish Sporthorse mare by OBOS Quality 004 x Porsch. Kerins started riding her two years ago in Wellington, but explained that she has been off for the last year and a half and started back just three weeks ago.
Commenting on the jump-off tonight, Karins acknowledged, "This class was coming a bit quick. Normally I wouldn't have jumped that fast, but the Nation's Cup is coming up in a couple weeks and I figured I had to get her going to warrant a place on the team. It worked out great; she's great. She doesn't have much mileage; this is probably the biggest class she's ever jumped."
Third place finisher Pablo Barrios and G&C Quick Star 11 went early in the order and took a chance going fast. "I had to go fast. I was fourth in the order and I always have the fast Margie behind me," Barrios laughed. "This is the first time I've seen her go slow. I really tried to go fast. She's very fast on her own. Unfortunately we had a rail down, but we had the time."
Week five of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm, will conclude Sunday. Spy Coast Farm’s owners Robert and Lisa Lourie were present at the competition lSaturday night and stated that "Obviously we're very proud to be able to support a World Cup and to have such an elite group of riders in it. "It's great to be able to promote breeding in America and have the young horse show. Every one of these folks has young horses in their backyard and we're trying to get them out and start a new market here in Wellington at the Winter Equestrian Festival. It's a great opportunity and WEF has worked very closely with us to make it happen and we're going to continue with it."
Final Results: $125,000 Spy Coast Farm CSI 3*- World Cup™ Grand Prix
1. INDIGO: 2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Indoctro x Unknown
MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Griese, Garber, Hidden Creek & Gladewinds: 0/0/45.61
2. LISONA: 2001 Irish Sporthorse mare OBOS Quality 004 x Porsch
DARRAGH KERINS (IRL), Kevin Babington: 0/0/48.42
3. G&C QUICK STAR 11: 2000 KWPN mare by Quick Star x Grannus
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Gustavo Mirabal: 0/4/38.31
4. UCEKO: 2001 KWPN gelding by Celano x Koriander
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), R.C.G. Farm: 0/4/38.91
5. CRISTALLO: 1998 Holsteiner gelding by Caretino x Cicero
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Show Jumping Syndications International: 0/4/39.20
6. URICO: 2001 KWPN gelding by Zandor Z x Fedor
MARIO DESLAURIERS (USA), Jane F. Clark: 0/4/40.47
7. HH LET'S FLY: 1999 Hanoverian gelding by Lordanos x Forrest
RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Double H Farm: 0/4/41.84
8. DERLY CHIN DE MUZE: 2003 BWP mare by For Pleasure x Nebab de Reve
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Torrey Pines & Ashland Stables: 0/4/42.87
9. TACKERAY: 2000 KWPN stallion by Quick Star x Sandro
BEN MAHER (GBR), Emma Phillips: 0/4/43.40
10. BELLA DONNA 66: 2003 Holsteiner mare by Baldini II x Calido I
MEREDITH MICHAELS-BEERBAUM (GER), EOS Sport: 0/4/48.50
11. OSIRIS: 1996 KWPN gelding by Polydox x Lucky Boy
GEMMA PATERNOSTER (GBR), Gemma Paternoster & Julia Harrison Lee: 0/15/60.13
12. TEIRRA: 2000 KWPN mare by Tolano Van Het Riethof x Aldatus
LAURA KRAUT (USA), Stars & Stripes: 4/70.09
Source: Jennifer Wood Media Inc
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