Wellington, FL - January 23, 2011 - Week Two of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, which runs from January 12 through April 3, came to a successful close today. While many hunter and jumper divisions finished the week, so did numerous equitation classes. The Beval Palm Beach Adult Medal was among those equitation classes awarding riders today.
Canadian rider Asta Torokvei, aboard Nancy Torokvei's entry, Riverdale, was the winner of the Beval Palm Beach Adult Medal on Sunday during the second week of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. The pair topped a field of ten adult amateur riders for the equitation win.
Torokvei, who has been showing Riverdale for her mother, hopes to give Riverdale more experience in the ring before her mother begins showing him. "I've been showing him just one day a week in the equitation so that he can get in the ring and see the jumps," said Torokvei.
The class consisted of two components - an over fences phase, which was followed by a flat phase. "The course had two broken lines without a set number of strides for them, so it gave you a chance to show off if you could," said Torokvei about the course.
Torokvei will remain in Florida for the rest of the winter. She will continue to show Riverdale along with her other horses that spend the winter months down south too.
Second place honors in the Beval Palm Beach Adult Medal went to Lori Sawyer-Lyons aboard Hamlet, while third place was awarded to Susannah Rose aboard Grand Coleur.
The Champion Equine Insurance Style Awards were presented this week in hunter and jumper divisions by sponsor Laura Whitlow. The winner of the hunter style award was Catch Phrase, ridden by Havens Schatt for owner Laura Kraut, the handy hunter class winners in the First Year Green Working Hunter division. They won the award for style that best exemplifies a show hunter, which was determined by the judge based on form, movement, manners, and way of going.
In the Medium Junior Jumper Classic, winners Charlotte Jacobs and Karonda V. Schl'hof CH were awarded the jumper style award. It was determined by the judges based on scope, rideability, technique, and competitive spirit.
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Week Three of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will begin next Wednesday, January 26, 2011. The world's longest running show jumping competition will see even more horse and rider combinations vie for top honors as the weeks continue. Stay tuned for next week's highlights and results.
Photo Credit: Asta Torokvei and Riverdale are the winners of the Beval Palm Beach Adult Medal during the second week of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © Sportfot, Official Sport Photographer of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, www.sportfot.com.