Wellington, FL – March 9, 2019 – The highlight event of week 9 at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival, the $391,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI 5*, hosted the highest level of competition at the circuit, and it was Daniel Bluman (ISR) who rode to the win on Ladriano Z, owned by Over the Top Stables LLC. Over at the grass derby field of Equestrian Village, the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby had two winners in Havens Schatt on Happy Thought for the professional division and Sofia Roberts riding Small Gesture in the junior/amateur division.
Week 9 of WEF concludes on Sunday, March 10, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center with the $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI 5* and the $50,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix CSI 2*. WEF continues for three more weeks through March 31.
Out of 39 entries in the opening round competing over a course designed by Alan Wade of Ireland, five found the key to a clear round and advanced to the jump-off. First into the jump-off was Alex Granato (USA) and Page Tredennick’s Carlchen W. They had the fastest time of the night in 37.09 seconds, but with a rail at the ‘a’ element of the double combination, they finished in fourth place.
Karen Polle (JPN) and the Kinoshita Group’s Sari went to the top of the leaderboard as the next combination in with a clear round in 37.58 seconds, but it would not be quite enough and they placed second at the end of the class.
Beezie Madden (USA) and Abigail Wexner’s Breitling LS were next in and despite an incredible slice across a vertical in the middle of a jump-off, they finished just off the pace in 37.76 seconds for third place.
“I’m just really thrilled with his performance,” said Madden of the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion by Quintero x Accord II. “I thought in the first round, he was excellent. In the jump-off, I think I was right on it when I flew across the middle and jumped that vertical so fast. I thought I should take a little care to the next and I throttled down a little bit too much, but I couldn’t be happier with the way the night went.”
Madden and Breitling were last year’s FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals winners, and Madden feels confident in how her top horse feels for this year’s Finals.
Last into the jump-off were Bluman and Ladriano Z. With a huge stride and neat turns, they galloped easily over the jumps and came home in a time of 37.41 seconds for the win.#
“Today he felt spectacular,” said Bluman. “[In the first round] he jumped flawless and then the warm-up for the jump-off was as good as I could have a warm-up for him. Then I got to see Beezie and Karen go, and Lorenzo. I sort of had my plan in my head and I knew if I gave the horse the right chance we could maybe win the class, and it turned out so I’m very thrilled.”
The pair were the five-star grand prix winners during week 5 of WEF in 2018, and they also took the top spot in the four-star grand prix at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. When quarantine complications changed Bluman’s competition plan for his top horse, he decided to enter into this week’s show.
Final Results: $391,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate CSI 5*
1 LADRIANO Z: 2008 Zangersheide gelding by Lawito x Baloubet du Rouet
DANIEL BLUMAN (ISR), Over the Top Stables LLC: 0/0/37.41
2 SARI: 2008 Selle Francais mare by Ninio de Rox x Timorrak des Isles
KAREN POLLE (JPN), Kinoshita Group: 0/0/37.58
3 BREITLING LS: 2006 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Quintero x Accord II
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/0/37.76
4 CARLCHEN W: 2008 Mecklenberg gelding by Chacco-Blue x Continue
ALEX GRANATO (USA), Page Tredennick: 0/4/37.09
5 ENSOR DE LITRANGE LXII: 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Nabab de Reve x Mr. Blue
LORENZO DE LUCA (ITA), Stephex Stables: 0/4/37.41
6 VICTER FINN DH Z: 2008 BWP gelding by Va Vite x Stakkato
EUGENIO GARZA PEREZ (MEX), El Milagro: 1/82.61