Wellington, Fla. — Feb. 23, 2018 — Friday in the International Ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) saw the second 1.45m Classic of the week, this time sponsored by Bainbridge, as part of the Winter Equestrian Festival’s (WEF) Week 7 CSI5* rated competition. Held as the last class of the day to take place in the facility’s main arena, the CSI5* $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic kicked off just shy of 3p.m. and again hosted close to 70 entries. Representatives of over 14 different countries would vie for the win, but in the end it was American show jumping pro Kristen Vanderveen who could not be caught by any of the other 67 combinations.
USA’s Quentin Judge had taken the early lead in the class which saw at least five competitors clear the rails only to be beaten by the clock. Formatted the same as Wednesday’s 1.45m Classic, the power and speed course had a tight time allowed and made victim of a number of horse and rider combinations. Overall an impressive 12 athletes navigated the trip fault free while another five fell victim to as little as one time penalty. All 12 riders that maintained a flawless round worked hard to keep their horses moving at a forward pace and those that fell behind at all were caught by the clock.
Andy Kocher (USA) laid down an impressive round of 64.48 seconds, which overtook the previous leader, Eduardo Menezes of Brazil, by a little more than two seconds. Menezes and the E2 Stables owned Caruschka 2 had previously bested Shane Sweetnam by a little less than a second and still managed to secure third place in a time of 67.67. Kocher and his Top Line Sporthorse International LLC. owned 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Kahlua are no strangers to the winners circle in this season’s 1.45m Classics as Wednesday’s $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Classic saw them collect the same ribbon as today.
Kocher held onto the lead for only several horses until entered Kristen Vanderveen of Bull Run Jumpers and her partner, Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, more affectionately known as Frosty. The 13-year-old grey Belgian Warmblood stallion has had multiple successes with Vanderveen over the summer and fall most recently of which was their victory in the $216,000 Holiday and Horses CSI4* Grand Prix at the end of the 2017 ESP circuit. The Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC owned stallion is a known force in the speed classes and has had success with other classes of this format. In an effortless display of athleticism Vanderveen and Frosty managed to cut almost a full second from Kocher’s previous blazing time and landed from the last fence in an unbeatable 63.88 seconds.
Saturday Night Lights will be the main event at WEF tomorrow featuring the $384,000 Grand Prix CSI5* Grand Prix sponsored by Rolex.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Kristen Vanderveen — $35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic Winner
On her win:
“ My horse helped me a lot today, Frosty was amazing. I tried to go as fast as I could because it’s a long gallop to these verticals and with him the more you challenge him, the harder he tries. So I let him kind of run all the way down the line but he looked back at it and got very careful. He has a big stride which is unique in a speed horse so he was able to leave out a lot of strides in the last few lines. Where people were doing eight or nine I did seven and did a five in a six as well. Then I think what surprised everyone a little including maybe myself was I did three strides in the 4 stride because that was just the canter we had and it felt right at the time. He’s really good at things like that.”
On Frosty’s affinity for speed classes:
“ He doesn’t fight with me, he’s really game on, he’s always looking for the next jump and it keeps it new and interesting and exciting for him.”
On Frosty’s training program:
“This is his third week showing so right now we just keep it pretty simple and straightforward at home. We try to give him easy days with lots of flatwork and he loves trail riding. We just try not to press too many buttons and leave everything for the ring. Next week he’ll have a little break because this is his third week in a row showing and then he’ll probably come and do the next 5*. We’ll just see how he’s feeling after that because with him I try to play it a little bit week by week. He needs to be feeling good to perform well.”
$35,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / R1 Faults | Time
1.Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili / Kristen Vanderveen / USA / 0 | 63.88
2.Kahlua / Andrew Kocher / USA / 0 | 64.48
3.Caruschka 2 / Eduardo Menezes / BRA / 0 | 66.88
4.Cyklon 1083 / Shane Sweetnam / IRL / 0 | 67.67
5.Rye Val De Mai / Sharn Wordley / NZL / 0 | 69.41
6.Redmond / Alberto Michan / ISR / 0 | 69.43
7.Chandon Blue / Laura Chapot / USA / 0 | 70.97
8.Quirie 2 / Ali Wolff / USA / 0 | 71.44
9.Burburry R / Petronella Andersson / SWE / 0 | 72.5
10.HH Venice Beach / Quentin Judge / USA / 0 | 72.97
11.Kirschwasser SCF / Shane Sweetnam / IRL / 0 | 74.31
12.Merqusio / Richie Moloney / IRL / 0 | 74.55
For a full list of results, click here.