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Andrew Welles scores $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.45m Classic victory at WEF

Monday, 20 January 2020
CSI2* Winter Equestrian Festival 2020

Photo © Sportfot Andrew Welles and Brindis Bogibo. Photo © Sportfot.


Press release from Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. written by Lindsay Brock, Juliana Chapman, and Sabrina Brashares 



Andrew Welles rode Brindis Bogibo (Grand Pilot I x Pacific), a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, to best a field of 67 and win the $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.45m Classic CSI2* to close out the day in the International Arena at WEF.

Speed and strategy were in tall order as Welles guided his mount through a 13-horse jump-off to stop the timers at 36.58 seconds for owner Itasca Group LLC.

“This was my horse’s first week competing this year, and I wanted to make it a point to improve on jump-offs coming into the season,” said Welles. “My plan was to give it our best shot. He was really in tune with the course today and I give him a lot of credit, he felt great out there. Especially in the jump-off, he was fully engaged going from jumps two to three where I left out a stride and his focus continued throughout the rest of the course.

“He is actually a horse that has been in our lives for four and a half years,” continued Welles. “But he was recently sold and then, thanks to the Razbeck and Hogan families, we were able to buy him back for me to ride. It’s been really special to have him back in our lives.”

With a string of six mainly younger horses Welles feels having Brindis Bogibo as a top grand prix horse takes the pressure off the young horses and keeps the whole team relevant at the higher levels.

In regards to the newly improved footing, Welles congratulated the whole WEF team for making it happen and stepping up to the plate for the horse and riders. “The footing feels great, and the horses are jumping really well.”

Ireland’s Capt. Brian Cournane finished the runner-up riding Penelope Cruz (Ustinov x Peter Pan) to a double-clear performance in 37.71 seconds. Tomas Yofre (ARG) took third aboard Dasino (Casino x Gladstone) in 37.95 seconds for owner Peacock Ridge LLC, and Bliss Heers (USA) finishing fourth on Cayani SN (Cayado 3 x Voltaire) in 38.04 seconds for owner Team Philippaerts. Schuyler Riley (USA) capped the top five riding Iceman de Muze (Erco van’t Roosakker x For Pleasure), owned by E2 Show Jumpers, in 38.76 seconds.

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