Sweetnam Sails to Victory with Kirschwasser SCF in the $50,000 Equiline Grand Prix in the ESP Holiday Finale at PBIEC

Shane Sweetnam and Kirschwasser SCF Photo: © Anne Gittins Photography
Shane Sweetnam and Kirschwasser SCF
Photo: © Anne Gittins Photography

Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 8, 2019 – Shane Sweetnam (IRL) jumped into first place in the $50,000 Equiline Grand Prix in the ESP Holiday Finale at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Sweetnam crossed through the timers in 40.154 seconds to secure the win with Kirschwasser SCF, a 2010 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Amaretto D’Arco x Nabab De Reve), owned by Spy Coast Farm, LLC. Sliding into second, Lauren Tisbo (USA) stopped the clock in 40.754 seconds aboard Coriandolo Di Ribano, a 2007 Sella Italiano stallion (Cassini II x Baldini), owned by Tequestrian Farms, LLC. Tomas Yofre (ARG) claimed third place with a time of 39.265 seconds riding Fantasy, a 2005 Hanoverian mare (For Pleasure x Acord II), owned by Oakland Ventures LLC.

Sweetnam stayed ahead of the 35 competitors in the course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA). “He [Kirschwasser SCF] jumped very, very well. It was a nice track and it was a great way to start the year,” commented Sweetnam.

Shane Sweetnam in his awards presentation ceremony with Kelly Molinari and Catie Staszak representing Equiline and Steven Rector, ringmaster. Photo: © Anne Gittins Photography
Shane Sweetnam in his awards presentation ceremony with Kelly Molinari and Catie Staszak representing Equiline and Steven Rector, ringmaster. Photo: © Anne Gittins Photography

“He felt great and he’s improving all the time. He’s one of Spy Coast Farm’s homebred, so it’s great that they’ve bred something that’s good and can win a grand prix already. He’s very scopey, and very careful, but he’s still learning, so I still think there’s still room for improvement,” he said.

On preparing for the upcoming season, Sweetnam stated, “We know the routine, so we’re preparing for a busy 12 weeks ahead and hopefully we will have some success.”

RESULTS

$50,000 Equiline Grand Prix
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. Kirschwasser SCF / Shane Sweetnam / 0 | 76.186 / 0 | 40.154
2. Coriandolo Di Ribano / Lauren Tisbo / 0 | 75.612 / 0 | 40.754
3. Fantasy / Tomas Yofre / 0 | 76.196 / 4 | 39.265
4. Luigi / Chris Pratt / 0 | 74.443 / 4 | 39.288
5. Shiver / Liza Finsness$3,000 0 | 75.303 / 4 | 40.432
6. Dynamo / Claire Schreder / 0 | 76.156 / 4 | 40.832
7. Baloucento 2 / Ailish Cunniffe / 0 | 75.57 / 4 | 41.102
8. I Dottori Vd Richter / Todd Minikus / 0 | 74.641 / 8 | 41.386
9. Bon Vivant / McKayla Langmeier / 0 | 77.679 / 12 | 41.622
10. Upsilon De La Liniere / Taylor St Jacques / 1 | 78.412
11. Lincourt Gino / Alejandro Karolyi / 1 | 78.618
12. Binja / Chris Ewanouski / 4 | 74.508

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Jumper Highlights

Shane Sweetnam in his awards presentation ceremony with Courtney Fanara and MacKenzie MacLean representing Equiline and Steven Rector, ringmaster. Photo: © Anne Gittins Photography
Shane Sweetnam in his awards presentation ceremony with Courtney Fanara and MacKenzie MacLean representing Equiline and Steven Rector, ringmaster. Photo: © Anne Gittins Photography

The $10,000 Equiline 1.40m Open Stake congratulated Shane Sweetnam (Wellington, FL) with top honors aboard Fergie, owned by Sweet Oak Farm. Sweetnam swept the course in 36.457 seconds. Theo Genn (Lebanon, OH) earned second place with Chaccomo II, owned by Bridlebourne Stables LLC with a time of 37.151 seconds. Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, NC, earned third place riding Fantom owned by Andrew Philbrick with a time of 38.717 seconds.

In the $5,000 Brazilian Court Hotel 1.35m Stake, Abigail McArdle (Barrington, IL) jumped into first place aboard Fanta Light B, owned by Plain Bay Stables. The pair stopped the timers in 34.335 seconds. David Blake (Wellington, FL) earned second place riding Emilia owned by Pine Hollow Farm securing a time of 34.612 seconds. Schuyler Riley (Wellington, FL) rode home with third aboard Robin De Ponthual, owned by Katherine Gallagher, with a time of 34.847 seconds.

Abigail McArdle in her awards presentation ceremony with Steven Rector, ringmaster. Photo: © Anne Gittins Photography
Abigail McArdle in her awards presentation ceremony with Steven Rector, ringmaster. Photo: © Anne Gittins Photography

Riley Newsome of Wellington FL, claimed first place in the $2,500 Equiline 1.40m High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake with mount Dakar VDL securing a time of 38.965 seconds. Tanner Korotkin (Wellington, FL) earned second place with Zephyr, owned by Wyndmont, LLC, securing a time of 33.546 seconds. Samantha Kasowitz of New York, NY, claimed third place with Charlie, owned by Fair Play Farm. The pair completed the course in 36.931 seconds.

In the $2,500 NAL 1.35m Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake sponsored by Equiline, Carolina Villanueva (New York City, NY) claimed first place with mount Una Du Keske Z with a time of 42.624 seconds. Jesse Smith (Wellington, FL) earned second place with mount Charles Pinckney Windsor Z with a time of 43.644 seconds. Mary Kate Olsen of New York, NY, claimed third place with Fatum, owned by CD LLC, completing the course in 45.667 seconds.

The $2,500 NAL 1.25m Low Amateur Owner Jumper Classic sponsored by Equiline awarded Laura Faulkner of South Salem, NY, with top honors with mount, Capriola 10. The duo dashed through the course in 31.026 seconds. Anna Dryden (New York, NY) claimed second place aboard HH Fyloe, owned by Double Meadows Farm, LLC, securing a time of 31.589 seconds. Deborah Perkins of Wellington, FL, took third place with mount, Emerald Grace, with a time of 32.415 seconds.

Sarah Rose Berg (Arlington, TX) rode home with blue in the $2,500 NAL 1.25m Low Junior Jumper Stake sponsored by Equiline with mount, Bolero D’Armanville securing a time of 35.092 seconds. Second place was awarded to Addison Piper (Wellington, FL) with All About Anjes owned by South Pine Farm LLC. Piper finished the course in 35.319 seconds. Tanner Korotkin (Wellington, FL) earned third place with Higher Heights owned by Roberto Gomez completing the course in 35.335 seconds.

The $1,500 1.0m Low Children’s Jumper Classic granted first place to Rachel Ross (Crystal River, FL) with Conway owned by Ross Hammock Ranch. Ross earned a time of 33.218 seconds, securing the win. Erika Thornell (Loveland, OH) earned second place with Toulouse, owned by Loveland Equine Investments, with a time of 34.547 seconds. Caitlin Kerr of Wellington, FL, claimed third place with Quinam Des Estisses owned by Moira Maclean. Kerr completed the course in 35.422 seconds.

In the $1,500 1.0m Low Adult Jumper Classic, Mathew Round (Indian Hill, OH) bounded to blue with Posh, owned by Watership Downs. Round jumped the course in 36.119 seconds. Stephanie Ann Cook (Franklin, TN) won second with Lord Arthur 1916, owned by Lionsway Farm, completing the course in 36.649 seconds. Marie-Claude Boucher (St. Hilaire, EQ) took third with mount, Obrigado with a time of 37.994 seconds.

Michelle Stacy (Marstons Mills, MA) claimed first place with I Watch, owned by R.J. Equestrian Group in the $1,500 M&S 1.15m Adult Amateur Jumper Classic sponsored by Dover Saddlery. Stacy dashed through the course in 42.168 seconds. Andrea Matesick (Caledonia, MS) earned second place with Corcovado BG owned by Blue Gate Farm LLC. The pair jumped the course in 44.07 seconds. Adam Edgar (Leesburg, VA) took third with Zathura owned by Tammy Wise securing a time of 37.127 seconds.

The $1,500 M&S 1.15m Children’s Jumper Classic sponsored by Dover Saddlery awarded Reese Madden of Deerfield Beach, FL, with first place. Madden secured a time of 43.474 seconds with mount, Moonface JX. Corinne Sweeney (Oyster Bay, NY) jumped into second place with Can Fly 7 owned by Sagamore Farms. Sweeney swept the course in 43.84 seconds. Annie “Daisy” Foregger (Waterbury Center, VT) took third place with Cordina owned by Carolyn Anderson. The pair completed the course in 45.007 seconds.

In the $1,500 NAL 1.15m Child Jumper Classic sponsored by Equiline awarded Corinne Sweeney with first and third place. For the first place win, Sweeney finished the course in 36.359 seconds with Can Fly 7, owned by Sagamore Farms. Second place was awarded to Erin Floyd (Austin, TX) with Russell, owned by Floyd Sport Horses LLC. Sweeney finished the course in 38.01 to secure the third place win riding Cerubin, owned by Sagamore Farms.

Hunter Highlights

Holly Shepherd in her awards presentation ceremony with ringmaster, Steven Rector. Photo: © Anne Gittins Photography
Holly Shepherd in her awards presentation ceremony with ringmaster, Steven Rector. Photo: © Anne Gittins Photography

The $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by The Wanderers Club awarded Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, AL, with top honors aboard Energia, owned by Amy Valiollahi, after testing the course set by Andy Christiansen (Wellington, FL). Shepherd earned a score of 182 to secure the win. Second place was awarded to Kate Conover (Pipersville, PA) with Small Statement, owned by Iwasaki & Reilly. Conover secured a score of 180. Jennifer Hannan (Wakefield, RI) earned third place aboard Uppercut, owned by Patricia Fulchino, with a score of 179.

In the $1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive 3’6″/3’9″, Victoria Colvin (Loxahatchee, FL) earned top honors with FVF Just Watch, owned by Missy Luczak-Smith with a score of 87. Kelley Farmer (Keswick, VA) earned reserve honors with Consent, owned by Kent Farrington LLC & DL Glefke. Farmer gained a score of 85. Holly Shepherd (Grand Bay, AL) claimed third place with Midas, owned by Margaret Camp.

Kate Conover (Pipersville, PA) earned first place in the $1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive 3/3’3″ aboard Small Request owned by Iwasaki & Reilly. Conover obtained a score of 86 to secure the win. Jenny Fischer (Montgomery, NY) claimed second place with Imari, owned by Kris Livengood. Fischer earned a score of 81. With a score of 75, Kim Barone (Watertown, MN) earned third place with Dialicious, owned by Cynthia Bulwicz.

Margot Peroni (Califon, NJ) claimed top honors in the $1,000 Amateur Owner 3’3″ Classic sponsored by Vita Flex® with mount, Orlin, securing a score of 172. Stephanie Mushin (Houston, TX) earned second place with Vivid, owned by DM Diamond Farm, LLC with a score of 171.5. Christina Plichta (Wellington, FL) earned third place with Kingsford, owned by Purple Lane Farm, LLC, with a score of 169.

The $1,000 #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’3″ Classic congratulated Kierstin Antoniadis of Middletown, NY, with first place aboard Paragon, owned by Sand Dollar Farm, LLC, with a score of 164. Second place was awarded to Jordan Allen (West Bloomfield, MI) with Airplay, owned by Thinks Like A Horse. Allen secured a score of 162. Miles Holman (Rehoboth, MA) claimed third place with Svante, owned by Jackie White, with a score of 161.

In the $1,000 Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6″ Classic, Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell (New York, NY) took top honors with mount, Early Winter earning a score of 168. Kaitlin Porath (Wellington, FL) jumped into second with mount, Breaux, completing the course with a score of 167. Jean Sheptoff (Littletown, MA) earned third place with mount, Heart Core. Sheptoff secured a score of 166.

Vivian Golden of Reading, PA, earned top honors in the $500 Score At The Top Small Pony Hunter Classic aboard Kid Rock, owned by Olivia Golden LLC. Golden obtained a score of 158 to secure the win. Ellie Sadrian (Summit, NJ) earned second place with Rico Suave, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables LLC, with a score of 153. Cady Ryan (New York City, NY) took third with Everyday Enzo, owned by Joe Currais with a score of 150.

The $500 Score At The Top Medium Pony Hunter Classic awarded Clara Propp of New York, NY, with top honors aboard Heart To Forget, owned by Aquitaine Equine. Propp secured a score of 161. Aundrea Hillyard (Lewisburg, PA) took second place with mount, Won Dance earning a score of 160. Tessa Downey (Houston, TX) won third with mount, Anisette, with a score of 158.

In the $500 Score At The Top Large Pony Hunter Classic, Kierstin Antoniadis (Middletown, NY) claimed first place with Oliver Twist, owned by Sophie Keoleian, with a score of 167. Lola Head (Houston, TX) earned second place with mount, Caleche, on a score of 164. Mae Mannis (Woodburg, CT) took third aboard Days Of Our Lives owned by Merrylegs South with a score of 163.

Samantha Takacs of Oldwick, NJ, took top honors in the $500 NAL/M&S Children’s Hunter Classic sponsored by JD Children’s Hospital. Takacs earned a score of 171 with Cruz, owned by Christopher Payne. Chloe Peebles of Coral Gables, FL, placed second with The Franchise, owned by First Blue LLC, with a score of 169. Alexa Elle Lignelli of New York, NY, claimed third with Pop Rocks, owned by Piccolino Farm LLC, with a score of 164.5.

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