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Ben Maher tops the $100,000 FTI Consulting Rider Challenge

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top_fourThe top four riders – Scott Brash (4th), Kent Farrington (3rd), Ben Maher (1st) and Beezie Madden (2nd). Photo by Sportfot. The $100,000 FTI Consulting Rider Challenge concluded on Sunday after 12 weeks of jumper competition at the 2014 FTI WEF. Ben Maher led the standings and earned a $50,000 cut of the bonus money for his record-breaking number of grand prix wins and top finishes throughout the circuit. Beezie Madden finished in second place to earn $25,000, Kent Farrington was third and received a $15,000 check, and Scott Brash finished fourth for a $10,000 bonus.

 

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Todd Minikus and Babalou 41 top Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Final

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toddminiskusTodd Minikus and Babalou 41. Photo by Sportfot. The $100,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Final concluded on Sunday with a win for Todd Minikus (USA) and Babalou 41, a nine-year-old Oldenburg mare by Balou du Rouet x Silvio I.

 

The competition saw 84 entries in the first round on Saturday and the top 25% returned to compete in round two on Sunday, where their cumulative scores from both rounds were combined to determine the winner. Three riders chose not to return for the second round, leaving 18 entries to show on Sunday.

Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos steal the show in FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix

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scott-sanctosScott Brash and Hello Sanctos. Photo by Sportfot. The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival concluded on Sunday with an exciting line-up of world-class show jumping and the presentation of special awards to round out a very successful winter circuit at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Although inclement weather caused Saturday night's classes to be postponed, the final afternoon of FTI WEF competition was blessed with beautiful clear skies and sunshine for Sunday's feature events.

Nick Dello Joio, Sloane Coles and Darragh Kenny top Adequan® Young Jumper Classics

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dakotaDarragh Kenny and Dakota VDL. Photo by Sportfot. The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) hosted classics for the young jumpers on Friday during its twelfth and final week of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. In the Adequan® 8-Year-Old Young Jumper Classic, Nick Dello Joio (USA) and Boomerang were the winners. Sloane Coles (USA) and WEC l'Ami Noir topped the the Adequan® 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Classic, and Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Dakota VDL won the Adequan® 6-Year-Old Young Jumper Classic.

Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ take Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12

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beezie-cortesBeezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’. Photo by Sportfot. The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) continued with its twelfth week of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Thursday with a full schedule of jumper action in the International Arena. The Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series hosted its final leg of the twelve-week series with a win for Beezie Madden (USA) and Cortes 'C'.

Darragh Kenny and Prof de la Roque dash to victory in G&C Farm 1,45m

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kenny-pdDarragh Kenny and Prof de la Roque. Photo by Sportfot. A $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class was held on Thursday with a win for Ireland's Darragh Kenny and Postage Stamp Farm LLC's Prof de la Roque. Seventy-six entries showed in the one round competition with 14 clear rounds. Kenny and the eleven-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Kannan x Damiro B) completed the fastest round in 59.54 seconds for the win.

 

They were over a full second faster than second place finishers, McLain Ward (USA) and Zander, who stopped the clock in 60.57 seconds. Ronan McGuigan (IRL) and Capall Zidane finished third in 61.49 seconds, and Daniel Dessuer (GER) and Stephex Stables' Domingo placed fourth in 61.54 seconds.

Tiffany Foster and Daniel Deusser share victory in Spy Coast Farm 1.45m at FTI WEF

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fosterTiffany Foster and Melody des Hayettes Z. Photo by Sportfot. The final week of competition at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) kicked off on Wednesday with a dual victory for Canada's Tiffany Foster and Germany's Daniel Deusser in the $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m speed class. Due the large number of entries, the class was held in a 'California Split', and awarded two sets of placings with $34,000 for each section. Foster and Artisan Farms LLC's Melody des Hayettes Z topped Section A and Deusser and Stephex Stables' Domingo were the winners of Section B.

Ben Maher and Diva II top Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

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ben_maherBen Maher with Diva. Photo by Sportfot. Ben Maher has been unstoppable lately and added another victory to his tally with a win in Sunday afternoon's $84,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic at the FTI WEF. The class was held on the grass derby field at The Stadium at the PBIEC with 53 entries over the Olaf Petersen, Jr. (GER) designed course. Petersen saw ten clear rounds to advance to the jump-off with six double clear rounds. Maher was once again the winner, this time with a new mount in Tatiana Korsakova's Diva II. The pair jumped the fastest track without fault in 43.20 seconds for the win.

Alexander Zetterman wins Young Rider Grand Prix Final; Victoria Colvin takes overall victory

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alex-flecuAlexander Zetterman and Flecu. Photo by Sportfot.Week eleven of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Artisan Farms LLC, concluded on Sunday with jumper action on the grass derby field at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Sweden's Alexander Zetterman and Flecu topped the $50,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series Final. Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, was the winner of the series overall. Great Britain's Ben Maher won the $84,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic with Diva II. The ASPCA Maclay sponsored by Sidelines Magazine was held in two sections at the main showgrounds, with wins for Rachael Barnes and Tye Donaldson.

Lauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio lead the way in Engel & Völkers Grand Prix

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lazio-houghLauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio. Photo by Sportfot. Lauren Hough led the victory gallop in an exciting top four finish for the women of USA in Saturday night's $100,000 Engel & Völkers Grand Prix CSI 4* at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Hough and Böckmanns Lazio topped a six-horse jump-off over Laura Kraut and Nouvelle (2nd), Lucy Davis and Barron (3rd), Lillie Keenan and Pumped Up Kicks (4th), Ben Maher and Urico (5th), and Kent Farrington and Blue Angel (6th).

David Will and Black Jack 163 beat the odds in G&C Farm speed class

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willDavid Will and Black Jack 163. Photo by Sportfot. Germany's David Will got the win in Friday's $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class with Eveline Kraus's 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Black Jack 163 (Escudo I x Drosselklang II). Will had the fastest time to beat out three Olympic gold medalists for the win, with Beezie Madden (USA) in second, Eric Lamaze (CAN) in third, and Laura Kraut (USA) fourth.

Eric Lamaze and Zigali P S win Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 11

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ericEric Lamaze and Zigali P S. Photo by Sportfot. Week eleven of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) continued in Wellington, FL, on Thursday with a win for Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Lamaze with new mount Zigali P S in the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 11. Lamaze beat out Italy's Lorenzo de Luca and Elky van het Indihof and USA's Beezie Madden and Simon to take the top spot in a fifteen-horse jump-off.

Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083 can't be beat in $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m

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sweetnamShane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083. Photo by Sportfot.The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) kicked off its eleventh week of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Wednesday with a win for Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Cyklon 1083 in the $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m speed class, marking Sweetnam's fifth world ranking class win of the circuit.

 

FTI WEF week eleven, sponsored by Artisan Farms LLC, runs March 19-23, 2014. The week will feature the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 11 on Thursday afternoon. The $34,000 G&C Farm 1.45m will be held during the day on Friday and the George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship, presented by Alessandro Albanese, will be held Friday starting at 4:30 pm. The $100,000 Engel & Völkers Grand Prix CSI 4* will be the feature event on Saturday night at 8 pm. The grass derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC will host the $50,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series Final (8 am) and the $84,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic (2 pm) on Sunday.

Maher reigns supreme in $125,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix

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ben-uricoBen Maher and Urico. Photo by Sportfot. British superstar Ben Maher added an unprecedented fifth grand prix win to his tally at this year's FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) with a win in Saturday night's $125,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* aboard Jane Clark's Urico. Competing in the tenth week of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, Maher topped Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala, and Daniel Deusser (GER) riding Fyloe v/h Claeyssenhof, who finished second and third in a six-horse jump-off.

Lorenzo de Luca and Elky van het Indihof race to victory in Spy Coast Farm 1.45m

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lorenzoLorenzo de Luca and Elky van het Indihof. Photo by Sportfot. Italy's Lorenzo de Luca and Elky van het Indihof sped their way to an exciting win in Friday's $34,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m on a beautiful afternoon at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. De Luca and Elky van het Indihof have had several top finishes at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) recently and finally got their victory with a fantastic round to beat out USA's Caitlin Ziegler and Christine.

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