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Sternlicht experiments with CSI3* speed 1.55m win at CSI Greenwich

Saturday, 08 October 2022
CSI3* Greenwich 2022

Photo © Ashley Neuhof. "I just wanted to ride a smooth, consistent round, and I knew I could leave out strides pretty handily, because he is so careful, so competitive, and covers the ground really well," Adrienne Sternlicht said. Photo © Ashley Neuhof.

 

Press release from CSI3* Greenwich

 


 

Adrienne Sternlicht has been diligently planning Bennys Legacy's schedule, with her eye on giving the 14-year-old gelding the best opportunity to make an upcoming championship team.

With those goals in mind, she entered the expansive grass arena at the Greenwich Polo Club to perform an experiment—picking up the pace. She and the the scopey bay got the results they were looking for, jumping right to the top of the CSI3* Speed 1.55m at the second annual CSI Greenwich.

Sternlicht crossed the timers of Alan Wade's (IRL) track in 68.53 seconds—just one-hundredth of a second faster than Paul O'Shea (IRL ) and Imerald van't Voorhof (68.54 seconds). Alex Matz (USA) and Erdento van de Leeuwerk finished third (70.48).

Photo © Ashley Neuhof. Adrienne Sternlicht has been diligently planning Bennys Legacy's schedule, with her eye on giving the 14-year-old gelding the best opportunity to make an upcoming championship team. Photo © Ashley Neuhof.

"I didn't have a great gauge to how fast I was approximate to Paul. My horse spends a lot of time in the air and so I knew there were certain places I could dare him a little bit," Sternlicht said. "I just wanted to ride a smooth, consistent round, and I knew I could leave out strides pretty handily, because he is so careful, so competitive, and covers the ground really well." 

Sternlicht and Bennys Legacy have been paired for the last three years, winning on both coasts of the country as well as in Europe. The scopey bay has become a most reliable mount, and as the current leader of her string, is a contender for the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago (CHI).

"I don't normally go fast on the first day, but I wanted to experiment a bit, especially because next year is the Pan Ams, and that's something I'd like to aim him for," Sternlicht said. "But it's not until next [fall], so we have a ways to go. My plans with him and my other horses are to build a string again so I can be really competitive and consistent at the top level and do the best I can to serve [Bennys Legacy], because he's unbelievable."

Basing her Starlight Farms locally in Greenwich, Sternlicht enjoyed seeing the Greenwich Polo Club transform into an elite horse show facility.

"It's the most beautiful day here in Greenwich. My farm is less than 10 minutes from here," she said. "I think Greenwich is very equine-friendly and deserves to have a show of this caliber."

Coyle gets flying start with Ma Pomme de Tamerville in CSI2* winning round 1.45m

Photo © Ashley Neuhof. Christian Coyle (IRL) had full confidence in Ma Pomme de Tamerville in the CSI2* Winning Round 1.45m, despite only having ridden the chestnut mare for about two weeks. Photo © Ashley Neuhof.

Christian Coyle (IRL) had full confidence in Ma Pomme de Tamerville in the CSI2* Winning Round 1.45m, despite only having ridden the chestnut mare for about two weeks. That positive attitude was reaffirmed when he and the mare bested the opening class of CSI Greenwich 2022.

The top 10 combinations returned for a second round over Alan Wade's (IRL) 1.45m track, where they started fresh on zero scores. Coyle needed no such assistance. He and his mount were clear and fastest in both rounds of jumping, recording a comfortable win; the winning time was 34.19 seconds. Paul O'Shea (IRL) and Chancelloress finished second (34.36 seconds), with McLain Ward (USA) and Flight Lady third (34.92).

"I just got her about two and a half weeks ago. [The mare's former rider] Tim Wilks and his sister Anna Wilks probably deserve all the credit. I just steered her around today," Coyle said. "She was brilliant. I took her to [our] first show last week, and she was fantastic there as well."

Coyle has developed an affinity for Greenwich, having won the opening class at the venue in its inaugural year in 2021. 

"This is a fantastic show. I won this class on another horse last year, Dekato," he said. "Today is a bit more [prize] money, so it makes it more special for us. It's a fantastic facility, and [Organizing Committee President] Kent Farrington does a great job."



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