Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 10, 2019 – The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued its 2* and 5* week on Sunday with the $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI5*. The esteemed classic was the sixth 5* event to be held during Week Five of WEF in the International Arena. Forty-eight competitors put forth their best efforts to claim the championship title over the 13-obstacle course. An accurate and tidy ride aboard Bull Run’s Prince of Peace led Kristen Vanderveen (USA) to the winner’s circle for the fourth time this week. Following the well-decorated athlete was Darragh Kenny (IRL) riding Important De Muze, owned by Kerry Anne LLC, to second place honors and Shane Sweetnam (IRL) riding Alejandro, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, Seabrook LLC and Spy Coast Farm, LLC, to third.
The healthy set 1.50m course, featuring a liverpool, two combinations and some tight rollback turns, challenged athletes with 80 seconds to complete it. The majority of rails down came from the triple combination as horses struggled to remain careful over all three fences. In addition to the triple combination, a number of athletes also had the last jump down. The wide-set liverpool oxer out of a four-stride line proved to be a weak spot for many as they galloped to the finish line.
In the jump-off, nine athletes were welcomed back to complete the shortened course in a time-allowed of 63 seconds. Eight obstacles stood between the athletes and their ribbons. First in the ring was Conor Swail (IRL) aboard Koss Van Heiste. The pair set the stage with a clear ride and a time of 43.243 seconds. Next in the ring was Kenny and Important De Muze, who also completed the jump-off with a faultless ride and in a time of 40.282 seconds. Martin Fuchs (SUI) took the ring next, producing an 8-fault ride in a time of 44.595 seconds.
Taking the top spot on the leaderboard as fourth in the order was Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace, setting a new record in 39.426 seconds with a clear ride. Following Vanderveen was Markus Beerbaum (GER), Lorenzo De Luca (ITA), Georgina Bloomberg (USA) and Daniel Bluman (ISR). The final jump-off athlete was Sweetnam, who promptly jumped into third place, right behind Kenny, in40.588 seconds with no rails down.
Vanderveen is no stranger to the winner’s circle after a great CSI5* week at WEF. The 30-year-old based out of Wellington, Florida, also had great success in the $36,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m CSI5* and the $1,000 Bainbridge 1.40m CSI5* on Wednesday as well as the $36,000 Bainbridge 1.45m CSI5* on Friday, walking away with the top position in every class. She currently ranks 73rd in the world on the Longines Rankings list and 16th in the East Coast division of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League. Vanderveen runs and operates her own farm, Bull Run Jumpers, where she rides and trains professionally.
Bull Run’s Prince of Peace (Cardenio–P-Comtesse, Contender) is a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding that is owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC. He was also Vanderveen’s partner in their first-place finish in the Bainbridge 1.40m CSI5* class on Wednesday. The gelding has been with Vanderveen for the past couple of years as she has developed him and brought him up through the ranks in hopes of being an alternate grand prix mount to her beloved “Frosty” (Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili).
Week six (Feb. 13–17) of the Winter Equestrian Festival will feature the highly anticipated World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week, where some of the top hunter horses and professionals will take center stage in the International Arena.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Kristen Vanderveen – $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI5* winner
On her winning streak:
“It is always a good feeling to win. I will take this any day and every day! I don’t think I have ever had a week like this before. I am trying to recall if I have ever won even two FEI classes in one week. All of my horses seem to have peaked this week, which is great. I feel really blessed with great results. It can always go either way, but I will take what I can get!”
On Bull Run’s Prince of Peace:
“He is actually a greener horse for me. He is one of the ones I have been talking about developing for the past couple of years. This is the biggest track I have done with him now. I was quite excited to get to show him over some bigger jumps and see how he handled it. After the first round, he felt so comfortable to me that I decided to give the jump-off a go. He is a naturally fast horse and is very careful. He has a huge stride — it’s very deceiving. He is very sharp, even a bit more careful than Frosty. With his rideability, I have high hopes that he will turn into one of my big-time horses.”
On her rounds:
“Today there were a lot of tight rollbacks to verticals. It was a quite careful jump-off while being fast. I figured I could push him a bit and see where we are at. I think I made up a lot of time in the turns. I was able to keep everything pretty tight. There weren’t a lot of places to leave out strides, so tightness through the turns really helped. He is brilliant about staying careful over the jumps so I can just keep kicking and he backs right off.”
On her plans for Bull Run’s Prince of Peace:
“I think I will continue to stick with these 1.50m [classes] and maybe show him in a WEF [Challenge] here and there, but we won’t jump into a big night class just yet. I want to be careful as I develop him.”
$72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI5*
Place / Athlete / Horse / Country / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time
1. Kristen Vanderveen / Full Run’s Prince of Peace / USA / 0 / 0 / 39.426
2. Darragh Kenny / Important De Muze / IRL / 0 / 0 / 40.282
3. Shane Sweetnam / Alejandro / IRL / 0 / 0 / 40.588
4. Lorenzo De Luca / SX Hidalgo VG / ITA / 0 / 0 / 40.842
5. Markus Beerbaum / Carlito’s Way 6 / GER / 0 / 0 / 42.112
6. Conor Swail / Koss Van Heiste / IRL / 0 / 0 / 43.243
7. Daniel Bluman / Colestina H / ISR / 0 / 0 / 51.07
8. Martin Fuchs / Cristo / SUI / 0 / 8 / 44.595
9. Georgina Bloomberg / Cessna 24 / 0 / 8 / 47.268
10. Luiz Francisco De Azevedo / So What HP Z / 1 / 80.28
11. Carlos hank Guerreiro / H5 Just The Music / 4 / 76.27
12. Petronella Andersson / Doryane HDH / 4 / 76.5