Wellington, Fla. – January 10, 2020 – The first day of the Platinum Performance / USEF Show Jumping Talent Search saw a field of 17 riders Friday, January 10, bringing top equitation competition to Wellington to kick-off WEF Week One. The course consisted of 11 obstacles with a time allowed of 81 seconds, including a triple combination and an open water jump. Natalie Jayne and Stal Hendrix’s mount Eretto came out on top as she walked away with a blue ribbon. Second and third place went to Mimi Gochman and Austin Krawitt respectively.
Riders were challenged over fences by several bending lines, especially the last line from the open water to a vertical going home. Twelve riders returned for the flat phase where they were asked to demonstrate the extended trot, extended canter, and counter canter on both leads. In the line up, Jayne was picked out of the crowd and ultimately crowned the winner.
Jayne, trained by Andre Dignelli, stood out to judges in both the over fences and the flat phase of the class under gloomy skies. This is only the second show for the horse-and-rider duo, but Jayne’s precision over fences and elegance on the flat was enough to earn the blue. Jayne is excited for the season with her new mount Eretto, a 10-year-old Warmblood gelding, as they tackle the equitation for the next 11 weeks.
Gochman and Gochman Sport Horses LLC’s Heroy Von De Hei took second place under the tutelage of Beacon Hill Show Stables. The 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding has been partnered with Gochman since 2017. Rounding out the top three was Krawitt and AES Equestrian’s Scirocco 91, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding.
Equitation competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) will continue on Saturday, January 10 at 8:00 a.m. with the Ariat National Adult Medal and the SFHJA Adult Medal in the South Ring.
FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Natalie Jayne – Platinum Performance / USEF Show Jumping Talent Search winner
On the course:
“I thought it was a good course. There were a lot of bending lines which are challenging when it is a long bending line. Overall it was a challenging course but I liked it.
“He was really good. I haven’t had him very long. I showed him last week, but this is my first major show on him. I was really happy with him.”
On her plans for the 2020 WEF season:
“I’m looking forward to showing Eretto more, that is going to be really exciting. I’m qualified for the [WEF Equitation Championship] now, so that will be exciting too. I’m looking forward to it. It is going to be a fun circuit.”