Castle Rock and Louise Serio Sweep CWD Performance Working Hunter 3'6" Championship

January 12, 2012 - Day two of the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) featured the presentation of championship honors in the professional hunter divisions for week one competition. Carrying on their winning ways from last year, Louise Serio and her talented mount Castle Rock swept the CWD Performance Working Hunter 3'6" division with five first place ribbons. Bases Loaded, owned by Am Free, Inc. and ridden by Kelley Farmer, earned the reserve championship with four second place ribbons.

Castle Rock is a 13-year-old KWPN gelding by Corland, owned by Bryan Baldwin of Brandon, FL. The gelding has a very light show schedule during the year, and has not shown since he was here in Wellington last March. He came out for his first week back to competition feeling fresh and fit, topping every class in his division. Serio was very pleased with Castle Rock's rounds and praised the gelding, stating, "I am going to tell you, that horse had four rounds that were, in my opinion, outstanding. He jumped every jump beautifully. He never touches a jump; he was just fantastic."

"He just has such a great life," Serio smiled. "He doesn't have to show very much and he comes here and it is the best place in the world to show. Having so much time off keeps him fresh and happy. He has been jumping 4' and that was 3'6", so it was really easy for him. I just loved every round."

Castle Rock and Louise Serio have been a very consistent team in the last several years, with top wins throughout the country, including a first place finish in last year's WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Classic Spectacular. The pair already has a spot secured to compete in this year's Hunter Spectacular as the defending champions, and will most likely continue competing at the 3'6" level in the weeks leading up to the competition.

Serio explained, "We are trying to decide, but I think I might just leave him there. That was just four easy rounds and he just wins, so why not keep him where he is happy?"  "He is just so amazing, she added. "I say every year when I get on him that he should be mine. He is the right size, he rides perfectly. He is completely my ride and I just love him."

Commenting on her first week of competition for 2012, Serio smiled, "I have had a great first week. I won a nice amount of classes and my young horses have done well. I am just feeling very good and I am very happy with where they all are right now."

Hunter competition for the FTI WEF week one will continue tomorrow with championship presentations for the Horseware Products Adult Amateur 3'3" division.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 11 through April 1. The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are "AA" rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $6 million in prize money will be awarded.

About FTI Consulting
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Photo Credit: Louise Serio on Castle Rock were winners at the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © Sportfot, Official Sport Photographer of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival,

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