ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015)—Fresh off his most prestigious career win and in search of his fifth consecutive victory, trainer Blaine Wright’s Alert Bay heads a field of 12 older horses bred or sired in California in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
Villa Del Lago Enigma
Jim Zenni A Jerome Wirth 1
Agustin Obregon 5 Jeff Hall 7
Polito Pieres 9 Matias MacDonough 7
Julian de Lusarreta 6 Carlucho Arellano 5
Even legendary sports oddsmaker Jimmy the Greek couldn’t have predicted this one. Enigma owned the field from the get-go all the way until the fifth chukker, smacking in one goal after another and foiling its opponent at nearly every turn. Patron Jerome Wirth and his posse seemed unstoppable, charging ahead of Villa del Lago and keeping them on the run for the first two-thirds of the game – not an easy thing to do to a team powered by 9-goaler Polito Pieres.
Pieres made the first goal of the day but then seem off his stride for a while. In the first half some of his shots on goal went uncharacteristically wide, and he was repeatedly ridden off the ball by the Enigma machine. Jeff Hall, Matias MacDonough and Carlucho Arellano each scored a goal from the field in quick succession, with the first chukker ending 3-1 for Enigma.
Pieres popped in a couple of penalty shots in the second chukker, as did MacDonough and Arellano. A MacDonough-Pieres sword fight spiced things up for a while, and then
(Jerome Wirth. Photo: Liz Lamont/Phelps Media Group.)
MacDonough ran off with the ball. It ended up ping-ponging between Pieres and Hall as they thundered down the field. Pieres swiped it and headed downfield, where he made one of his trademark neckshots, but it went wide of goal. Villa del Lago’s patron, Jim Zenni, scored from the field, tightening Engima’s lead to one point.
The third chukker began 5-4 for Enigma, which promptly reasserted itself, putting two more points on the scoreboard courtesy of MacDonough and Arellano. Enigma displayed some quick and crafty moves, almost toying with Villa del Lago – which remained scoreless in the chukker – like a cat with a mouse. Villa del Lago managed to rally in the fourth chukker, with Pieres and Agustin Obregon each scoring. But Enigma puts its foot down pronto with goals from the field by Hall, MacDonough and Arellano. Going into the fifth chukker, Enigma held a commanding four-point lead (10-6).
Just when it looked like the final scene had been written, the plot changed as fast as in a Fellini movie. Inexplicably (to anyone other than himself), Pieres suddenly sprang into life and stopped Enigma in its tracks. Before the end of the chukker, Pieres and company had scored five goals – five. Enigma, no doubt as stunned as the crowd of spectators, was scoreless.
The fifth chukker ended with Villa del Lago in the driver’s seat, 11-10. And that’s how the game ended, with neither team scoring in the last chukker.
Pieres conceded that Ville del Lago’s game was sub-par for the first half. “At the beginning we played really bad. The worst three chukkers we played,” he said.
|Matias MacDonough. Photo: Liz Lamont/Phelps Media Group.|
How did they turn things around? “We kept on playing, and we said, ‘We’re going to win; we’re going to win.’ We trusted ourselves. I think we made a hell of a comeback in the fifth chukker. And we’re happy that we won playing bad.”
The Joe Barry Cup semifinals resume Thursday, with Orchard Hill playing Lucchese at IPC at 11 a.m. The Bobby Barry Semifinals take place in the afternoon, with Tonkawa playing Lechuza Caracas at 1 p.m. at Everglades Polo Club and FlexJet opposing Audi at 3 p.m. at IPC.
(photo: Julian de Lusarreta and Jeff Hall. Photo: Liz Lamont/Phelps Media Group.)
Members and guests enjoy panoramic views of the action from field side box seats or lawn and terrace seating. Sponsors and fans convene at The Winners Circle to congratulate the players during the awards presentation following the games.
Gourmet brunches, après polo celebrations and the prerequisite charitable events will take place in The Pavilion. Designed to accommodate large parties, corporate clients, as well as family and friends.
Herbie Pennell Cup – 20 Goal
Jan. 1 – 4, 2015
Joe Barry Memorial Cup – 20 Goal
Jan. 4 – 25, 2015
Ylvisaker Cup – 20 Goal
Jan. 28 – February 22, 2015
Iglehart Cup – 20 Goal
Feb. 28 – March 8, 2015
USPA C.V. Whitney Cup – 26 Goal
Feb. 15 – March 1, 2015
Piaget USPA Gold Cup® – 26 Goal
March 4 – March 22, 2015
111th U.S. Open Polo Championship® – 26 Goal
March 25 – April 19, 2015
Kelli Cruciotti Claims Victory in Equine Couture/TuffRider Sponsored $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix
Wellington, FL – January 20, 2015 – The Equine Couture and TuffRider brands are known for their fashion forward, high-performance products ideal for young riders, so when the opportunity to sponsor Sunday morning’s $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix was presented it came as the perfect fit.
(photo below:Kelli Cruciotti accepts the time honor and prize money, as well as a $500 Equine Couture and TuffRider gift certificate)
Equine Couture and TuffRider have previously sponsored the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), and brand owners Timmy and Laurie Sharma knew that they wanted to return in support of the circuit and the sport’s up-and-coming talent in 2015.
Riding away with the winning honor in Sunday’s class, as well as a $500 Equine Couture and TuffRider gift certificate to be redeemed at Tack N Rider, was 17-year-old Kelli Cruciotti. She bested a 68-horse field and an 18-horse jump off before clinching the victory aboard Serenity Equestrian Venture’s Chamonix H.
(photo below: Kelli Cruciotti leads the victory gallop)
Second place finisher Nicole Bellissimo echoed Cruciotti’s sentiments. “It’s a fantastic series,” she said. “Thank you to Artisan Farms and to TuffRider and Equine Couture for doing it because it’s really fantastic.”
Bellissimo claimed her second place spot aboard Bellissimo LLC’s VDL Bellefleur, while third place went to Sydney Shulman and her brand new mount Venice.
(photo below: Lucy Deslauriers and Hester clear the Equine Couture/TuffRider fence set in the center of the course)
All three young riders exemplify the incredible pool of young talent currently competing at WEF and the bright future of the equestrian sport – a future that the Sharmas and Equine Couture and TuffRider feel strongly about supporting.
In addition to the support of Sunday’s class, Equine Couture and TuffRider will be extending brand ambassadorship positions to some of the series top performing young riders.
(photo below: Laurie and Timmy Sharma of Equine Couture and TuffRider with the top three finishers, Nicole Bellissimo, Kelli Cruciotti and Sydney Shulman)
“We’ll be selecting from the winners of the series,” Timmy said. “We look forward to getting product input and ideas from the young riders on how we can improve our products, and
some of new things that we need to be doing.”
Click here for complete results from the $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Equine Couture and TuffRider. For more information on the brands and to browse all products, visit www.breeches.com.
Wellington, FL – January 19, 2015 -The Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour is travelling to The Ridge for its third week of competition. This week’s events will take place on Wednesday, January 21 and Friday, January 23. This event will consist of two very exciting days of competition, with highlights including several Young Jumper Championship qualifying classes offered on Wednesday and a $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix on Friday.
Young horses will have the opportunity to compete this week at the Ridge at Wellington on the large Grand Prix field. In addition, The Ridge will be hosting a Young Jumper Symposium tomorrow from 4-6 p.m. that will talk about the training and proper course building for young horses. The Ridge at Wellington is proud to announce that Michel Ismalun, a member of the course design team from WEG 2014, will be presenting this clinic as well as designing this week’s young jumper courses.
Wednesday will have just under $5000 in prize money up for grabs in the 1.30-1.35m jumpers and an additional $3000 available in the Young Jumper division. There will be $15,000 in prize money offered in Friday’s 1.40m Grand Prix.
This Wednesday and Friday, The Ridge will welcome attendees to the third week of the Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour, a unique series designed to provide a change of venue for all riders, and develop young talent in both horses and riders. The series allows for a fresh experience outside of WEF and excels at a relaxed atmosphere with unrivaled hospitality.
On Wednesday, the sand ring will see horses and riders competing in 1.30-1.35m jumpers with an open card running from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. The grand prix field will see low schooling and 5-year-old jumpers from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Medium schooling and 6 year-old jumpers will run from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. 7 & 8 year-old jumpers will run in the afternoon from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Each division has two classes running concurrently with open cards.
The Young Jumper Division will have one class run as optimum time and a second class that will be a qualifier for Young Jumper Championships. The 5 & 6-year-old qualifying classes have $500 in prize money and the 7 & 8-year-old class offers $2000.
(Ben Maher and Diva captured the victory during the 2014 Wellington Turf held at The Ridge at Wellington on their grand prix turf field.)
Friday’s events promise to be exciting, with the $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix running in the Grand Prix field from 8 a.m. through 4:30 pm. The sand arena will see low and medium schooling jumpers with two classes running concurrently offered at each height. These schooling jumper classes will continue to be offered on Friday throughout the remainder of the Turf Tour.
The event is approaching quickly, so riders should get their entries in to avoid post-entry fees. Week three of the Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour will take place at The Ridge. The physical address is14415 Palm Beach Pt. Blvd Wellington.
Meadowbrook Horse Transport will provide transportation to and from the horse show and other locations throughout Wellington for both the Wednesday and Friday events. The transportation is a nominal fee of $50 per horse, and will be calculated into the final show fees. To make a reservation for one of the three pickup times: 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. please call Peter Tufano of Meadowbrook Horse Transport at (954) 415-7217, or call Nona Garson at (908) 500-0996.
For more information about the Ridge at Wellington please go to www.theridgefarm.com. For up-to-date information please follow the Ridge at Wellington on Facebook.
The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour offers their popular 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix for its third year, with an open in gate format taking place once a week at beautiful venues throughout Wellington. The Ridge at Wellington Grand Prix Finale will take place March 27, 2015.
The Turf Tour also will host 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers every Wednesday beginning January 7, 2015 and running until March 18, 2015.
Young Jumper Classes and both Children’s/Senior Jumper Classics will find their home intermittently throughout the Wellington Turf Tour, running concurrently with the 1.30-1.35m and 1.40m Jumpers.
The Ridge at Wellington offers Equitation Shows every Tuesday of the month from January 6 – March 23, 2015. There will also be a series of schooling shows at the Ridge at Wellington for all experience levels.
Two USHJA International Hunter Derbies will take place February 6, 2015 and March 20, 2015.
The Ridge at Wellington series includes several weeks of competition throughout the Winter Season with USEF Rated Equitation Shows. This winter will also feature five two-day schooling shows. The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour will offer 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers, 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix, Young Jumpers, Children’s/Adult Classics, Masters Jumpers, Junior/Amateur Classics, two hunter derbies and the Pre-Green Incentive Stake.
Barn & Show Phone 561-791-1471 | Barn Fax 561-791-1543
The Ridge at Wellington
14415 Palm Beach Pt. Blvd
Wellington, FL, 33414
2015 Winter Schedule
Wellington Turf Tour:
1.40 Ridge at Wellington Invitational Grand Prix
Low Junior/Amateur, Masters, & Child/Adult Jumper Classics:
USHJA International & National Hunter Derbies/Pre-Green Incentive Stake:
PALM BEACH SERIES – Held at The Ridge at Wellington
December 13-14, January 10-11, February 14-15 and March 13-14
Suitable Hunter Horse or Pony
Low Child/Adult Equitation
Low Child/Adult Hunter
M&S Bit O Straw Classic
Children’s Pony Equitation
Children’s Hunter Horse/Pony
Adequan Open Hunter
$500 M&S Child Adult Classic
Itty Bitty Jumpers
Low Schooling Jumper
Medium Schooling Jumper
Children’s /Adult Jumper
High Schooling Jumper
2015 USEF RATED EQUITATION HORSE SHOWS
January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24
Equisport Insurance USEF Pony Medal
WIHS Pony Equitation
USEF Adult Equitation
Ariat Adult Equitation
Farnam (M&S) Adult Medal
T.H.I.S. National Children’s Medal
Smartpak (M&S) Children’s Medal
Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search
M&S Junior Medal
Pessoa USEF Hunter Seat Medal
ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class
Phelps Media Group Junior Medal
Cedar Street Advisors Adult Medal
Before Show – (561) 791-1471, Email: RidgeShows@aol.com
Text: (908) 500-0996
Lexington, Ky. – On a night dedicated to the horse, two special athletes were recognized for their excellence in 2014 during the USEF’s Year End Awards Gala. In a year that witnessed equestrian athletes excel, Cortes ‘C’ and Ellis GV reached the pinnacle of their sports and for their achievements were named International and National Horse of the Year, respectively. Voting was open to the public through January and both horses, already fan favorites, were rewarded for their tremendous results throughout 2014 with support from voters.