Wellington, Florida, USA – March 09, 2022 – The third out of four internationally-rated five-star weeks at the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) brought back some of the world’s best riders to the International Arena on Wednesday, March 9. Week 9, sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, features five days of FEI five-star and two-star classes in tandem with nationally-rated hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions.
The $6,000 Corro 1.40m CSI2* kicked off the international competition for the week. A total of 64 horse-and-rider pairings stepped forth to challenge Wade’s first track of the week with roughly one-third of the entries managing to successfully navigate the entire course fault-free. As the final horse passed through the timers, Ashley Vogel’s (USA) time of 31.35 seconds aboard Lucy In The Sky stayed good enough for the win.
“I thought today’s course was good for her because it allowed for a lot of places to make up time,” explained Vogel of her 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Tornesch x Quantum). “She is naturally quite quick across the ground, and her bread and butter are really these speed classes like the one we had here today.”
“I have a special place in my heart for mares, and she is no exception,” the 21-year-old explained of her and the mare’s partnership. “I know her like the back of my hand, and she tries her heart out in the ring.”
Vogel plans to keep the mare doing what she does best- winning speed classes- for the rest of the season and potentially throughout the summer.
Fellow U.S. rider Rebecca Conway landed mere milliseconds behind Vogel to secure the second place position with Jersey Girl. She and the Blue Hill Farm LLC’s 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Careful x Turban Rose) ticked in a time of 31.61 seconds to follow Vogel in the victory lap. Hector Florentino Roca (DOM) rounded out the top three as the final competitor to finish under 32 seconds. He piloted Wyndmont’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding MeadowVale Cruise (Creevagh Ferro x Cruising) through a clean round with a time of 31.99 seconds
Jos Verlooy’s (BEL) week was off to a winning start as the athlete took both the first- and second-place honors in the $1,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m CSI5*. Out of the 40 combinations, Verlooy left no room for a possible takeover as he rode to the top spot with Eurohorse BVBA’s FTS Killossery Konfusion in 30.63 seconds, and then proceeded to secure the runner-up spot as well aboard Nyjerc Z in 30.77 seconds.
WEF 9 is set to resume Thursday, March 10, featuring the $75,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round IX CSI5*. Nationally-rated divisions will also return throughout all arenas.
Final Results – $6,000 Corro CSI2*
1) Ashley Vogel (USA) & Lucy In The Sky – 0 / 0 – 31.35
2) Rebecca Conway (USA) & Jersey Girl – 0 / 0 – 31.61
3) Hector Florentino Roca (DOM) & Meadowvale Cruise – 0 / 0 – 31.99
Source: Press Release from Jennifer Wood Media Inc. for ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions / WEF – Winter Equestrian Festival
Photos: © Sportfot