Wellington, FL – March 23, 2019 – The main feature of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on Saturday, March 23, was the $209,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix CSI 4*, held on the grass derby field at Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Emil Hallundbaek (DEN) and Chalisco raced to victory in the field full of top competitors. In the $134,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Series Final, Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP) rode MHS Attraction to the win, while Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) took home the overall series victory.
The eleventh week of WEF concludes on Sunday, March 24, with the $50,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series Final on the grass derby field at Equestrian Village. The final week of WEF, sponsored by Rolex, runs March 27-31 and features the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*.
First to return was Lorcan Gallagher (IRL) riding Dacantos Group’s Hunters Conlypso II. He and the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Contendro I x Calypso II had four faults in 45.35 seconds to finish in fifth place.
Hallundbaek and Chalisco were next in, and they galloped around the field and cleared every jump presented to them, crossing the timers clear in 42.37 seconds.Hallundbaek, who is just 21 years old and now based in Aachen, Germany, has won 14 CSI 2* and 3* classes, but this is his first four-star win. Setting that victory in the grand prix made it that much more special with Chalisco, who has been in his family for six years. It is their first grand prix win together at any level. “This is a peak in my career,” he said.
They were followed by world number three Harrie Smolders (NED), who piloted Evergate Stables LLC’s Une de L’Othain. They had a rail at the double combination as well, giving them four faults in 41.02 seconds for third place.
Taking note of the double combination, Rodrigo Lambre (BRA) piloted Chacciama carefully through the turn and was able to stay clear in a slightly slower time of 42.75 seconds for second place. Lambre has ridden the 12-year-old Oldenburg mare by Chacco Blue x Andiamo Z for two years.
The final combination into the ring were Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Fleur de L’Aube, Stone Hill Farm’s 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare by Thunder van de Zuuthoev x Orchidee vh Pallieterland. They too had a rail at the double combination to finish in 41.97 seconds for fourth place.
Hallundbaek will take that consistency and apply it next week towards the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*.
Final Results: $209,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix CSI 4*
1 CHALISCO: 2007 Oldenburg gelding by Chacco-Blue x Quidam de Revel
EMIL HALLUNDBAEK (DEN), Emil Hallundbaek: 0/0/42.37
2 CHACCIAMA: 2007 Oldenburg mare by Chacco-Blue x Andiamo Z
RODRIGO LAMBRE (BRA), Rodrigo Lambre: 0/0/42.75
3 UNE DE L’OTHAIN: 2008 Selle Français by Conterno Grande x Cento
HARRIE SMOLDERS (NED), Evergate Stables LLC: 0/4/41.02
4 FLEUR DE L’AUBE: 2005 Belgian Warmblood mare by Thunder van de Zuuthoev x Orchidee vh Pallieterland
JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN (USA), Stone Hill Farm: 0/4/41.97
5 HUNTERS CONLYPSO II: 2008 Hanoverian gelding by Contendro I x Calypso II
LORCAN GALLAGHER (IRL), Dacantos Group: 0/4/45.35