Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 26, 2018 – Week Three of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued Saturday, January 26 with the $134,0000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI3*. The class saw 45 competitors take to the International Arena to compete under the lights for the lionshare of the prize money. Despite inclement weather and a challenging course, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Ann Thompson’s Classic Dream rose to the occasion to take home first place honors.
Only 10 competitors cleared Peter Grant’s (CAN) 14-jump course to advance to the jump-off. Among them was Colombia’s Juan Pablo Betancourt, the pathfinder for jump-off. Managing tight turns and difficult combinations, Betancourt rode Dreamer Des Bergeries to a clear round and set the pace at 51.78 seconds.
Kenny and the 9-year-old German Sporthorse gelding were the fifth horse-and-rider pair to tackle the jump-off, shaving nearly 10 seconds off of Betancourt’s time. Kenny and Classic Dream moved into first, setting a new pace to beat of 42.42 seconds. Beezie Madden (USA) immediately followed Kenny’s round riding Chic Hin D Hyrencourt, owned by Abigail Wexner. Madden attempted to catch Kenny’s quick time but narrowly missed the mark, finishing in 44.20 seconds to move into second place.
Madden would hold her second place position until Kent Farrington (USA) entered as the second-to-last rider to compete. Farrington returned to WEF this year after recovering from an injury in 2018 and entered Saturday evening’s jump-off strong aboard Baltic Star 2, owned by Farrington & Tanma Corp. Farrington rode a quick and efficient jump-off to overtake Madden, finishing in 43.23 seconds. Farrington’s time was just shy of first, however, lending Kenny to receive top honors.
Kenny already has a few early wins under his belt for the 2019 WEF circuit, including the $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Speed Challenge during WEF Week One, as well as back-to-back wins in the Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumper classes. Kenny’s win Saturday evening marks the second year in a row that he has won the Adequan® CSI3* Grand Prix at WEF.
Ultimately finishing in second place was Farrington and Baltic Star 2, with Madden and Chic Hin D Hyrencourt rounding out the top three. To cap off the evening of awards, Madden would also receive the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider award.
Show jumping competition continues during Week Four of WEF with the highlight event, the Great Charity Challenge sponsored by Fidelity Investments, set to take place Saturday, February 2.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Darragh Kenny – $134,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI3*winner
On Classic Dream:
“This is a really amazing result for us because myself and my owner, Ann Thompson, bought the horse when he was six. We’ve produced him the whole way along really slowly and really taken our time to produce him to this level and hopefully further level. I think we’re both very excited about the horse and I think today he showed he has a lot of quality and a lot of ability.”
On the jump-off:
“I kind of just went. He wasn’t done so many jump-off [round]s and he’s never jumped a grand prix like this before in his life. But he really wants to do a good job. I think I was lucky I got a really good turn back to the Rolex [fence] and a good turn back to the wall and he just tries to miss the jumps so for me it’s easy to not screw it up.”
On the triple combination:
“That was my idea [to change my approach], but it didn’t really work out that way. I wanted to be on the outside track, but he jumped a little bit right and went a bit on the inside track but I’m very lucky that he really has a lot of quality so he managed to figure it out.”
Kent Farrington – $134,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI3* second place
On Baltic Star 2:
“Similar to Darragh [Kenny] this is a horse that I’ve had for a few years. I got him when he was young horse turning seven and I have produced him along the way. He’s 10 this year, but I missed most of last year with him from my injury so he jumped the 2* grand prix here last year and took until September off. I think a lot of the horse and I think he’s going to win a lot of things, we just have to get our steering a little bit better than it was tonight but we still gave it a try anyway.”
Beezie Madden – $134,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI3* third place
On Chic Hin D Hyrencourt:
“I got him at the end of last summer so I still feel like in those situations there’s always something new. Last week I showed him under the lights and he was a bit impressed and kind of a victim of a not very good ride on my part, but tonight he came back and was fantastic and I was really happy with the way he reacted to coming back under the lights. I thought he was good enough in the first round to take a shot in the jump-off. When I saw Darragh’s tracks to the Rolex jump I thought ‘I’m not sure I can go that tight,’ but he’s getting there and we’re just forming a partnership and we’re really happy. I think he has a lot of quality, he’s quite a careful horse, he’s big and scopey but sensitive at the same time so again it’s going to be all about getting a partnership together with him, but I think he has all the qualities I hope for a championship type horse.”
$134,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI3*
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time
1. Classic Dream / Darragh Kenny / IRL / 0 | 81.58 / 0 | 42.422
2. Baltic Star 2 / Kent Farrington / USA / 0 | 82.68 / 0 | 43.238
3. Chic Hin D Hyrencourt / Beezie Madden / USA / 0 | 81.47 / 0 | 44.202
4. Toulago / Adrienne Sternlicht / USA / 0 | 83.93 / 0 | 44.606
5. Galan S / Beat Mandli / SUI / 0 | 81.63 / 0 | 45.364
6. Catungee / Catherine Tyree / USA / 0 | 82.58 / 0 | 45.38
7. Dreamer Des Bergeries / Juan Pablo Betancourt / COL / 0 | 81.21 / 0 | 51.787
8. H5 Chaganus / Eduardo Menezes / BRA / 0 | 81.26 / 4 | 43.512
9. Count Me In / Beth Underhill / CAN / 0 | 80.62 / 4 | 47.246
10. Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu / Paul O’Shea / IRL / 0 | 82.56 / 7 | 58.458
11. Uncle Blue / Spencer Brittan / USA / 1 | 85.62
12. Don’t Touch Du Bois / David Blake / IRL / 4 | 80.89