Wilmington, Ohio, USA – March 17, 2022 – Feature class action for week XIV of the Winter Classic circuit kicked off in the Sanctuary Arena where sixteen speedy competitors brought their best for the $10,000 Welcome Stake 1.35. The forward track featured several long approaches and many inside options, where riders opted to shave time off their rounds.
Nine riders qualified for the jump-off, where they laid down their finest efforts. Just fractions of a second separated the top three placings, however, none could top 2022 Premier Equitation Cup Champion Skylar Wireman out of Bonsall, California, and Mkt Investments LLCs, Karen! (Levistano x Cleopatra).
The talented junior rider went clear in the first round, advancing directly into the jump-off. Wireman (USA) and the 10-year-old Hanoverian mare topped the leaderboard midway through the class after going double clear and producing a 39.333 final time.
We caught up with Skylar ringside to chat about today’s victory, “Karen is a newer ride for me. I had the chance to work with her some last year and this year. I’ve now shown her for a few weeks and we’ve recently moved up to the 1.35m. The track was nice and I enjoyed the course. The lines were good, some longer than others and the jump-off went really well. There were options for insides and I took advantage of that, which ended up paying off!”
Wireman (USA) accepted another top-three finish, this time aboard a fifteen-year-old Oldenburg named Coolio 23 (Contendro I x Saphhira). Wireman (USA) and Coolio 23 produced a smooth first round, directly promoting them into the jump-off where they blazed the tracks in only 39.857 seconds to take home third place honors.
Final Results – $10,000 Welcome Stake
1) Skylar Wireman (USA) & Karen – 0 / 0 – 39.333
2) Paul Halpern (CAN) & Esra – 0 / 0 – 39.710
3) Skylar Wireman (USA) & Coolio 23 – 0 / 0 – 39.857
Source: Press Release WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photo: © Winslow Photography