Alex Granato and Sharn Wordley Triumph at Third Week of Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour

Alex Granato and Gangsta
Alex Granato and Gangsta

Wellington, FL - January 21, 2015 - The Ridge at Wellington's Turf Tour returned home to The Ridge at Wellington for its third week of competition. Michel Ismalun, a member of the course design team from World Equestrian Games 2014 and a world-renowned course designer, built the young jumper course on the grand prix field.  The course proved to be very inviting and educational for each of the divisions, allowing the younger horses to go forward and gallop while on the turf.  The two 1.30-1.35m classes saw the largest entries, with close to 20 trips taking place in each.

Alex Granato posted a very fast time of 30.504 seconds aboard his own Gangsta to win the first $2400 1.30-1.35m class.  The gelding has certainly lived up to his name, proving to have a bit of a spark when under saddle.  "I got him from a friend of mine, Charlie Jayne.  He's very aptly named! He loves carrying on bucking, I think he's bucked me off twice in the four years I've had him. He's a sweet personality on the ground, but he's a character when you ride him."

Quick Latinus was speedy around the course, piloted by his owner Miranda Scott but was not quite quick enough to catch the first place time.  Although Sharn Wordley tried to catch Granato, he fell shy of the top prize in the first class, but had the win in sight for the first 1.30m-1.35m class. Wordley rode Popstar Lozonais, owned by Ashland Stables, to a time of 29.371 seconds opting to take all inside turns to claim the victory.

"He's a 12 year-old stallion by Quickstar and he's a real winner at 1.40m and 1.45m classes," Wordley explained. "He wins a class at most shows he goes to because he's a real speed demon. I've had the ride on him for a year.   He's a fun horse, because you can pull him out for any class, any ring, and just go."

Sharn Wordley and Popstar Lozonais
Sharn Wordley and Popstar Lozonais

Themes from yesterday's Young Jumper Symposium continued today on a track designed by Michel Ismalun.  "Well it was just like how I explained during the symposium. Young horses need special courses. What I put here had a lot of air, time to breathe between the jumps, progressive and never a place where they had to put forth too much effort. Today we started a system, and the footing was fantastic, I am very happy with the results. I think people are really enjoying it, it is something new out here."

Cynthia Hampton, founder of Classic Champions Inc.,  spoke of her passion to develop a system for the young jumpers that would give them the best chance for success.  "I approached Nona [Garson] and George [D'Ambrosio], and we feel as though 5 and 6 year olds should show on grass first so that they move forward and have room to breathe. They were very open to the idea, so we are very fortunate to be able to begin with The Ridge."

Ismalun will be setting the courses for all of the Young Jumper series. There are six separate weeks, and the final week will have a two-day championship format. The purpose of the series is to educate young horses and create long-lasting athletes.

The course presented to the young horses presented very fair questions and provided an optional last obstacle, the choice between a liverpool or a small open water option. Josh Dolan rode Genevieve Edwards' Baloumerang Sv to a successful first place in the 5-year-old jumpers.  Diamiro, ridden by Denise Wilson for Blue Gate Farm LLC claimed the top prize in the first class of the 6-year-old jumpers. Kaitlyn Campbell aboard Geoffrey Sutton's Summer Time won the Young Jumper Championship 6-year-old Qualifier class. 

Tina Di Landri dominated the 7 & 8 year-old jumper division. She rode Highpoint Farm LLC's Diorado VDL to a first place ribbon in the first class and finished third in the $2000 class.  She also rode Dakar VDL for Eva Castegren to a third and second place finish. Darragh Kerins rode Holsteins Eastwood, owned by M & M Show Stables, to a second place ribbon in the first class and a fifth place finish in the second class.

Friday's events promise to be exciting, with the $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix running in the arena from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  The turf will see low and medium schooling jumpers with two classes running concurrently offered at each height.  The 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 is 14415 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. For more information on the Classic Championship Inc., please visit: http://equinemedi3.wix.com/classicchampionsinc.

$2400 1.30M-1.35M Jumper Table II Sec 2b
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider     Money
1st    677    Gangsta    4971758 Alex Granato    270559 Alex Granato
2nd    671    Quick Latinus    4716033 Miranda Scott    127122 Miranda Scott
3rd    655    Popstar Lozonais    5304530 Ashland Stables    284425 Sharn Wordley
4th    523    Matana    5290971 Mavis Spencer    307316 KI J. MINORS
5th    550    One Kamula    5292365 Kevin Babington    175409 Kevin Babington
6th    679    Watson    5231772 Kevin Babington    175409 Katelyn Hess
7th    692    Varcotique    103HE59 Robert Doza    F    EI10094938 Robert Doza
8th    693    Casis    5321797 SCCA Ventures    5199086 Cassandra Herman

$2400 1.30M-1.35M Jumper Table II Sec 2b
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider     Money
1st    655    Popstar Lozonais    5304530 Ashland Stables    284425 Sharn Wordley
2nd    551    Borindy    5303372 Kevin Babington    175409 Kevin Babington
3rd    598    Just Stella    Gabrielle Pelchat    4083790EC Melissandre Lincourt
4th   694    Best Buy    5303254 Ansgar Holtgers    FEI10032893 McClain Ward
5th    599    I Spy    5349221 Sarah E. Wayda    222052 Sarah E. Wayda
6th    634    Brightly    5306302 Sagamore Farm    6022 Oliver Mc Carthy
7th    697    Allegretta    5170262 Greener Pastures    7268 Randy Johnson
8th    689    Chino    5349479 Anabelle Mejia    5347224 Andres Soto

5 Year Old Young Jumper 1.10-1.15M Table IV Sec 1
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider     Money
1st   673    Baloumerang Sv    5338828 Genevieve Edwards    275901 Josh Dolan
 
6 Year Old Young Jumper 1.20-1.25M Table IV Sec 1
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider     Money
1st   662    Diamiro    5324134 Blue Gate Farm LLC    5084692 DENISE C. WILSON
2nd   695    Summer Time    5309788 Geoffrey C. Sutton    22143 Kaitlyn Campbell
3rd   703    HH Jorlando    5285708 Double H Farm    4007064 Quentin Judge

6 Year Old YJC Qualifier 1.20-1.25M Table II Sec 2b
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider     Money
1st   695    Summer Time    5309788 Geoffrey C. Sutton    22143 Kaitlyn Campbell

Class:  701 - 7 & 8 Year Old Young Jumper 1.30-1.35M Table IV Sec 1
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider     Money
1st    666    Diorado VDL    5238169 Highpoint Farm, LLC    4131994 Tina M. Di Landri
2nd    678    Holsteins Eastwood    5344122 M & M Show Stables    5218261 Darragh Kerins
3rd    665    Dakar VDL    5238018 Eva Castegren    4062813 Tina M. Di Landri
4th    675    Honeycomb Van De    Heff 5333190 Josh Dolan

$2000 7 & 8 Year Old Young Jumper 1.30-1.35M Table II Sec 2b
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider     Money
1st    686    Calchen W.    5292147 Page E. Tredennick    55921 Alex Granato
2nd    665    Dakar VDL    5238018 Eva Castegren    4062813 Tina M. Di Landri
3rd    666    Diorado VDL    5238169 Highpoint Farm, LLC    4131994 Tina M. Di Landri
4th    664    Up and Blue Chapelle    Julien Bussereau    Emilie Parent
5th    678    Holsteins Eastwood    5344122 M & M Show Stables    5218261 Darragh Kerins




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