Anne Kursinski and Nina Fagerstrom Ride to the Top at Wellington

Anne Kursinski and MTM Motto
Anne Kursinski and MTM Motto

Wellington, FL - February 18, 2015 - Today Anne Kursinski illustrated once again why she is one of the most successful show jumpers in the United States, claiming the top prize today aboard Hay's Investment Corporation's MTM Motto in the first 1.30-1.35m jumper class at The Ridge at Wellington's Turf Tour. The weather started out a bit less than ideal Wednesday morning, but that didn't stop several of Wellington's top competitors from trying their hand at Nick Granat's courses in between the rain drops. As the afternoon progressed and the sun brightened everyone's day, competitors flocked to the pristine polo fields of the International Polo Club (IPC) Palm Beach.
 
Anne Kursinski posted a very fast time of 39.071 to win the first 1.30-1.35m class with MTM Motto. Despite being only the third pair to go double clear, Kursinski and the grey gelding blazed around in a time that held for the entirety of the day against a field of 31. Nina Fagerstrom did her best to claim the top prize in both classes, but fell just short by stopping the clock at 39.173, a mere tenth of a second off of the leader. Jeffery Welles was the second double clear of the day, and finished in third with a time of 39.660 aboard Calais.
 
Kursinski was extremely impressed with the footing at IPC. "Going early this morning, I was hoping that it would be good, but it was perfect! It was amazing; the polo crew knows how to take care of the ground. I had the same studs in that I used in the sunshine and I didn't even go any bigger because the footing is so good. I went quite fast and never even thought of slipping. When I first got here I thought we might just train, but it felt good so I thought let's go fast."

She continued, "I thought it was a very good course, nice options, and not a giveaway. The horses are definitely going to learn something. You can go good and fast or train, but either way the horses and riders will learn something. It was a wonderful morning and a great way to start the day."
 
The second 1.30-1.35m class was won by Nina Fagerstrom, riding Finca Horses Inc's Hot Topic. She posted a time of 32.684, nearly two seconds ahead of second place Conor Swail who posted a time of 34.650 on Simba De La Roque. Paul Yanke on Chill Haze stopped the clock in 30.585, but an unfortunate rail down at fence three put him into third place.

Nina Fagerstrom and Hot Topic
Nina Fagerstrom and Hot Topic

Fagerstrom was very complementary of her partner today. "She's 8 years old, we bought her three and a half years ago from Belgium, and she's an extremely talented horse. I really think a lot of her. She was second last week in the 1.40m Grand Prix here. I find that she's developing every week-she's always learning."
 
She continued, "It's great here! The footing and the jumps are wonderful. The course is just challenging enough for her but not too difficult, and it really teaches the horses with the various turns and tracks you can take."

The second ring saw a number of talented horse and rider pairs competing throughout the day. Competitors were developing their young horses by providing them with valuable experience on the turf. Michel Ismalun, three star level member of the course design team from World Equestrian Games 2014, a world-renowned course designer and a director for Classic Champions Inc., built the young jumper courses in the adjacent ring to the 1.30-1.35m jumpers.  The course proved to be very inviting and educational for each division, allowing the younger horses to go forward and gallop while on the turf.
 
Martha Redman won the first 6-year-old class aboard Expresso. Peter Lutz claimed the top prize in the 6-year-old YJC Qualifier Class riding T Zero. Triumph was successful in the first 7-year-old class, ridden and owned by Gustavo Prato. Paul O'Shea rode Hayley Patmore's Peninsula Riversong to the victory in the second 7-year-old class.
 
Samantha Johnson won both low jumper classes, riding Rene Johnson's Artemis. Sarah Wayda claimed both second place ribbons in those classes with Rian Miller's Contentus. Baer Hendrix won the first medium jumper class on Equiagrix SAS's Tip Top Cool. Debbi White topped the leader board in the second medium jumper class on her own Basil Hayden.
 
Friday's events promise to be exciting, with the $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix running from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Beginning at 8 a.m., the second ring will have Low Schooling Jumpers, with two classes running simultaneously with open cards until noon. Medium schooling jumpers will kick off at noon with two classes running with open cards until 4:30 p.m.
 
Week 8 of the Ridge at Wellington's Turf Tour will also take place at The International Polo Club, located at 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington, FL 33414. The show entrance will be off 120th Street between Lake Worth Road and Pierson Road.  The Ridge would like to thank Dover Saddlery for their support of the 12-week series as the cooler and banner sponsor, and they would also like to announce their most recent jump sponsor, Panthera, the leaders in wild cat conservation.

Show Net will be onsite for both Wednesday and Friday events posting live results, as well as videoing rounds in both rings. For results and videos please visit www.shownet.biz

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.

Class: 101 - Low Jumper 1.10-1.15M Table II Sec 2.1
Place Entry Horse Owner Rider
1st 604 Artemis Rene Johnson Samantha Johnson
2nd 601 Contentus Rian Miller Sarah E. Wayda
3rd 457 Airport Du chateau Hollogne Samantha Johnson Samantha Johnson
4th 461 Cosmopolite S Alex Glasscock Alex Glasscock
 
Class: 102 - Low Jumper 1.10-1.15M Table II Sec 2b
Place Entry Horse Owner Rider
1st 604 Artemis Rene Johnson Samantha Johnson
2nd 601 Contentus Rian Miller Sarah E. Wayda
3rd 461 Cosmopolite S Alex Glasscock Alex Glasscock
4th 857 Questionnaire Newsprint Farms Pablo Mejia
5th 457 Airport Du chateau Hollogne Samantha Johnson Samantha Johnson
6th 452 Stella Luna Mira Mukherjee Mira Mukherjee
7th 453 Quito De Revel Mira Mukherjee Mira Mukherjee
 
Class: 103 - Medium Jumper 1.20-1.25M Table II Sec 2.1
Place Entry Horse Owner Rider
1st 467 Tip Top Cool Equiagrix SAS Baer Hendrix
2nd 513 Josephine Rene Johnson Sarah E. Wayda
3rd 626 Basil Hayden Debbi White Debbi White
4th 857 Questionnaire Newsprint Farms Pablo Mejia
5th 717 Rokaine Randy Hicks Randy Hicks
6th 469 Peninsula Riversong Hayley Patmore Paul O'Shea
7th 716 Cover Girl Finca Horses Inc. Nina Fagerstrom
8th 962 Pennsula Vertigo Marilyn Dawson-Dixon Marilyn Dawson-Dixon
 
Class: 104 - Medium Jumper 1.20-1.25M Table II Sec 2b
Place Entry Horse Owner Rider
1st 626 Basil Hayden Debbi White Debbi White
2nd 670 Balous Boy Floriac LLC Eric Flameng
3rd 731 Ladriano Z Blue Star Investments Camilo Robayo
4th 455 Jonnas Corint Davenport Enterprises Peter Lutz
5th 513 Josephine Rene Johnson Rene Johnson
6th 988 Zirkonia Perla Boord Perla Boord
7th 958 Peninsula Jupiter Bling Hayley Patmore Hayley Patmore
 
Class: 201 - $2400 1.30M-1.35M Jumper Table II Sec 2b
Place Entry Horse Owner Rider
1st 932 MTM MOTTO Hays Investment Corp. Anne Kursinski
2nd 713 Hot Topic Finca Horses Inc. Nina Fagerstrom
3rd 609 Calais Triton Ventures Farms Inc Jeffery Welles
4th 740 Game Ready Susan Grange Connor Swail
5th 864 Tienna Susan Grange Connor Swail
6th 510 Dillinger Susan Grange Connor Swail
7th 716 Cover Girl Finca Horses Inc. Nina Fagerstrom
8th 455 Jonnas Corint Davenport Enterprises Peter Lutz
 
Class: 202 - $2400 1.30M-1.35M Jumper Table II Sec 2b
Place Entry Horse Owner Rider
1st 713 Hot Topic Finca Horses Inc. Nina Fagerstrom
2nd 462 Simba De La Roque Connor Swail Connor Swail
3rd 773 Chill Haze Paul H. Yanke Paul H. Yanke
4th 774 Swagger Centennial Farm Debbie Stephens
5th 551 Borindy Kevin Babington Kevin Babington
6th 548 Cariatide Cariatide LLC Kevin Babington
7th 937 Robin De Ponthual John Gallagher Peter Lutz
8th 470 Hh Carotino Ashley S. Baker Darragh Kerins
 
Class: 601 - 6 Year Old Young Jumper 1.20-1.25M Table II Sec 2c
Place Entry Horse Owner Rider
1st 463 Expresso Holly Caristo Martha Redman
 
Class: 602 - 6 Year Old YJC Qualifier 1.20-1.25M Table II Sec 2b
Place Entry Horse Owner Rider
1st 456 T Zero Davenport Enterprises Peter Lutz
2nd 463 Expresso Holly Caristo Martha Redman
 
Class: 701 - 7 Year Old Young Jumper 1.30-1.35M Table II Sec 2c
Place Entry Horse Owner Rider
1st 942 Triumph Gustavo Prato Gustavo Prato
 
Class: 702 - 7 Year Old Young Jumper 1.30-1.35M Table II Sec 2b
Place Entry Horse Owner Rider
1st 469 Peninsula Riversong Hayley Patmore Paul O'Shea




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