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Kristen VanderVeen scores second five-star win in ninth week of 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival

Saturday, 07 March 2020
CSI5* Winter Equestrian Festival 2020

Photo © Sportfot. Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili. Photo © Sportfot.


Press release from Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. written by Summer Grace and Sabrina Brashares


The ninth week of the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued on Friday, March 6, with a second win for Kristen VanderVeen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili. They sped to the top of the $37,000 Bainbridge 1.45m CSI5*. 

WEF continues at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) through March 29, 2020, with 12 consecutive weeks of world-class competition and $13 million dollars on offer. The ninth week of competition, sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, runs through March 8 and is recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) as both a CSI5* and a CSI2*. Highlights of the week include the $401,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI5* on Saturday and the $50,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix CSI2* on Sunday.

VanderVeen and her veteran campaigner were the fastest of 18 clear rounds out of 43 entries in the 1.45m over a course set by Alan Wade of Ireland. They took over the lead from Lucas Porter (USA) and Hope Street (Casall x Quick Nick I), who had set the time to beat at 59.66 seconds. They would finish in third place. Riding out of the 24th spot in the order, VanderVeen and “Frosty” brought the winning time down to 56.54 seconds.

Photo © Sportfot. Kristen VanderVeen with Ringmaster Steve Rector and Richard Schechter, Chairman and CEO of Bainbridge Companies. Photo © Sportfot.

“I didn’t see anybody go before me that was really trying to win the class,” said VanderVeen. “There were some more careful components, so I was actually a little more conservative than I planned on being! Thankfully it still worked out. He just covers the ground so well and is still quick in the air.”

Coming close but just off the pace for second place were Cian O’Connor (IRL) and Baronescha (Verdi TN x Concorde), owned by Reitsportanlage Dagobertshausen GMbH & Co. KG, who finished in 56.65 seconds. Ashlee Bond (ISR) and Little Valley Farms’ Boheme de Fleyres (Vargas De Ste Hermelle x Traviata Des Fleiyres) were fourth with a time of 60.25 seconds, while Daniel Coyle (IRL) rode Donjo (Zirocco Blue VDL x Rutricia), owned by Ariel Grange, to fifth place in 60.28 seconds.

This is VanderVeen’s sixth winter season competing Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili, and he has been one of her most successful horses. VanderVeen has kept the 15-year-old BWP stallion by Berlin x Darco fresh for the show ring this year by switching the venues where he competes.

“This is his first week jumping in this ring for this season,” confirmed VanderVeen. “He jumped Holiday and Horses [horse show in December] and won both the ranking classes, then he did a couple weeks in Ocala. He’s been changing venues, and I think it keeps him interested in the sport.”

Along with a change in scenery, a little “me-time” plays a part. She noted, “I took last week off, so he had five days of turnout. He’s in great shape, so taking a few days off is nice and clears his head. Then he’s ready to play ball."

“He still really loves the sport, and it’s such a blessing that he’s so talented,” she continued. “He can do these little speed classes, which is a little easier on the horses, and I feel he still currently has all the freshness and will to do the big classes. It’s nice that I can do both, but that he can do 1.45m and be competitive.”



Final Results: $37,000 Bainbridge 1.45m

1 BULL RUN’S FAUSTINO DE TILI: 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Berlin x Darco
KRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC: 0/56.54

2 BARONESCHA: 2006 KWPN mare by Verdi TN x Concorde
CIAN O’CONNOR(IRL), Reitsportanlage Dagobertshausen GMbH & Co. KG: 0/56.65

3 HOPE STREET: 2009 Holsteiner mare by Casall x Quick Nick I
LUCAS PORTER(USA),SPR Fund One: 0/59.66

4 BOHEME DE FLEYRES: 2011 Selle Francais mare by Vargas De Ste Hermelle x Traviata Des Fleiyres
ASHLEE BOND(ISR), Little Valley Farms: 0/60.25

5 DONJO: 2008 KWPN gelding by Zirocco Blue VDL x Rutricia
DANIEL COYLE(IRL), Ariel Grange: 0/60.28

6 OAKS REDWOOD: 2005 Warmblood gelding by ASB Conquistador x Verdi
NAYEL NASSAR(EGY), Evergate Stable LLC: 0/60.49

7 LA LUCIOLE: 2011 Selle Français mare by Pardis Latin x Diamant de Semilly
ANDREW KOCHER(USA), Eye Candy Jumpers: 0/60.79

8 INDRA VAN DE OUDE HEIHOEF: 2008 Belgian Warmblood mare by Casantos x Action-Breaker
SHANE SWEETNAM(IRL) , The Blue Buckle Group: 0/60.81

9 EASY GIRL: 2011 Oldenburg mare by Conthargos x Nanina
RODRIGO LAMBRE(MEX), Mario Onate: 0/61.13

10 B ONCE Z: 2004 Zangersheide mare by Baloubet du Rouet x Lavaletto
LUCAS PORTER(USA), Sleepy P Ranch: 0/62.10

11 GEORGIE D’AUVRAY EC: 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Vancouver d’Auvray x Nabab de Reve
KARRIE RUFER(USA), Morning Star Sporthorses: 0/63.53

12 GERKO II VAN DE ZEILHOEK: 2011 KWPN Gelding by Arko III x Squalls Estate Gucci
LAURA KRAUT(USA), Lindsay Maxwell: 0/64.71

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