The fourth week of competition at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival continued on Friday with a victory for Donald Cheska and Ericka Baran's Ad Fundum in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge. Forty-four entries showed over the course set by Great Britain's Richard Jeffery and seven were able to jump clear. Cheska and Ad Fundum's time of 70.834 seconds took the lead with just a few left to go and held on for the win.
Cheska and Ad Fundum just edged out Cypriano ridden by Julie Welles, who finished in 71.907 seconds. Jonathan McCrea and Victor VDL were also fast and clear with a time of 75.473 seconds to earn the third place honors. Ben Maher and Quainton Quirifino Z stopped the clock in 76.581 seconds to finish in fourth.
Cheska bought Ad Fundum, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Clinton, as a five-year-old and sold him to amateur rider Ericka Baran two years ago. Baran shows Ad Fundum in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers and Cheska now only shows him occasionally.
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Source: Press release form equestriansport.com by Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
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