Wellington, Fla. – March 17, 2019 – Luck was in the air Sunday as the tenth edition of the CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic took place in the International Arena at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) during Week Ten of competition. A large class of 59 entries contested the first round to try to advance to the jump-off. Ultimately, it was Diego Pérez Bilbao (ESP) and Helios who walked away as the winners, with Katie Dinan (USA) and Tarioso Manciais coming in second and Gabriela Reutter (CHI) rounding out the top three with her mount Atticus Diamant.
Michael Vaillancourt (CAN) set a 13 obstacle course, with a time allowed of 75 seconds. The time allowed did not give issues to many riders, but faults came primarily from the double combinations and the CaptiveOne Advisors oxer, as well as a vertical with a liverpool under it. A total of 17 combinations finished on four faults or fewer, while 13 jumped the first round fault-free to move on to the jump-off.
Riders that navigated round one with a zero score included Perez Bilbao, Dinan, Reutter, Markus Beerbaum (GER), Emil Hallundbaek (DEN) with both of his entries, Lorenzo De Luca (ITA), Adrienne Sternlicht (USA), Fabio Leivas Da Costa (BRA), Conor Swail (IRL), Olivia Chowdry (USA), Zoe Conter (BEL) and Adam Prudent (USA). The shortened course saw six combinations jump clear, and while three riders bested Perez Bilbao’s time of 34.80 seconds, Sternlicht, Leivas Da Costa, and Swail, each ended on four faults.
The win for Pérez Bilbao and Helios comes one year after their partnership started when he acquired the horse from Sternlicht. After owning the 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Couleur Rubin X Grandeur) in partnership with Sternlicht, the horse has recently come under the full ownership of Pérez Bilbao himself.
Dinan rode the Grand Road Partners GMBH entry Tarioso Manciais (Arioso Du Theillet X First Bride) to second place in a time of 35.78 seconds. Dinan has been riding the 12-year-old Selle Français gelding since 2016, and their strong partnership showed Sunday as they sped to second place.
Reutter rode the 10-year-old Atticus Diamant (Diamant De Semilly X Vas Y Donc Longane), owned by Juan Reutter, to third place after crossing the timers in 35.90 seconds. Reutter partnered with the gelding in February of 2018 and has had a successful WEF season so far, including a win in the FEI 1.40m Jumper Classic CSI3* during Week Six.
The 1.50m CaptiveOne Advisors Classic series comes to an end during Week Eleven of WEF, where riders will jump under the lights on Saturday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. Erynn Ballard (CAN) currently leads the standings and will be looking to cap off her consistent season in the final with an overall win.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Diego Pérez Bilbao – FEI $36,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI3* winner
“I have been riding him for a little more than a year, he came from Adrienne Sternlicht who I have a good relationship with and with McLain Ward as I was working for François Mathy who is a partner with McLain. A little while ago Adrienne told me about the possibility to ride the horse in Europe when I was riding for François, so she sent him to me and I have now been riding him for a little more than a year. We owned [Helios] together for the last couple of months, and now I own him by myself. I think he has all the talent, he is super careful and so easy to ride, he is very balanced. Sometimes his mind is not the fighter type, today he fought for me but it is not always easy to put him on your side. I think he will be a real superstar.”
On his plans for the year:
“I am working for Victoria Vargas so my plan is to stay here [in the US] for a couple of months and ride a little bit, maybe go to Old Salem and Lexington, and then we will go to Europe and I hope next year we will come back here again.”
On the jump-off:
“In the beginning, I wasn’t sure because he isn’t the fastest horse and this week I was planning to go a little faster in the other classes, but I had some unlucky faults in those classes. After I felt his fight at jump 3B I thought, ‘Okay, today we are going to try,’ and I got lucky that the others who were faster had faults. I asked Emil [Hallundbaek] who went before me if the six strides [from 2 to 3B] was possible and he said it was easy, and for me, it was not easy because my horse was a bit cold so I had to get after him a little for the six strides. After that, I felt like he was fighting for me and I thought maybe today was the day to take some risks.”
On this win:
“It is one of the ones that gives me more pleasure since nobody knows me here and I would like to have good results. I am happy with my horse.”
FEI CSI3* $36,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / Country / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. Helios / Diego Pérez Bilbao / Diego Perez Bilbao / ESP / 0 / 72.92 / 0 / 34.80
2. Tarioso Manciais / Katherine Dinan / Grant Road Partners GMBH / USA / 0 / 73.92 / 0 / 35.78
3. Atticus Diamant / Gabriela Reutter / Juan Reutter / CHI / 0 / 73.20 / 0 / 35.90
4. Daylight VDL / Markus Beerbaum / Daylight Group / GER / 0 / 72.64 / 0 / 36.28
5. Dazermie / Emil Hallundbaek / Emil Hallundbaek / DEN / 0 / 72.09 / 0 / 36.65
6. Cool Hand Luke 3 / Emil Hallundbaek / Emil Hallundbaek / DEN / 0 / 73.18 / 0 / 36.82
7. Fantast / Adrienne Sternlicht / Starlight Farms LLC / USA / 0 / 73.43 / 4 / 34.36
8. Randon Pleasure / Fabio Leivas Da Costa / Bonne Chance Farm / BRA / 0 / 72.88 / 4 / 34.55
9. Captain / Conor Swail / B Gingras Equestrian LTD / IRL / 0 / 73.62 / 4 / 34.59
10. Chuck Berry 8 / Olivia Chowdry / Atlas Equine Holdings LLC / USA / 0 / 69.97 / 4 / 35.27
11 .Dolitaire Chavannaise / Zoe Conter / Stephex Stables / BEL / 0 / 74.43 / 4 / 38.49
12. Kenwood / Adam Prudent / Plain Bay Sales / USA / 0 / 72.4 / 8 / 34.90