Wellington, FL - January 30, 2011 - The FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, which runs through April 3, finished its third week of competition with a successful Sunday. The Coldwell Banker Children's Hunter Horse 15-17 awarded their tricolor honors among numerous other championships today.
Isabel Portela was all smiles on Sunday afternoon when she was named the Coldwell Banker Children's Hunter Horse 15-17 champion. Portela was aboard the James B. Pirtle Enterprises Inc entry, Millesime Du Valy, an eleven-year-old Selle Francais gelding.
The duo opted not to compete in the fifth class of the division, the under saddle, but they still had enough points over fences to secure the championship. Portela saw only blue the first day of showing when she won both of the over fences classes on Saturday. Sunday, the pair was also third in an over fences class.
Portela has been riding Millesime Du Valy for about a year and a half, and said, "I got him in Vermont and he was a stallion, and so we gelded him. Ever since then we've been doing some equitation, and now just hunters to practice."
Portela resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where she goes to high school. She comes to Wellington on the weekends to show. She also has goals of moving up to the junior hunter division. "Hopefully next weekend I'll be in the juniors," said Portela.
Reserve champion this week in the Coldwell Banker Children's Hunter Horse 15-17 division was awarded to Ashley Burke riding the Belle Grey Farm entry, So Much Fun. Burke won one class and placed second in another class to win the reserve championship.
Week 4 of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will continue next week from Wednesday, February 2, through Sunday, February 6.
Photo Credit: Isabel Portela and Millesime Du Valy are the Coldwell Banker Children's Hunter Horse 15-17 champions during the third week of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © Sportfot, Official Sport Photographer of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, www.sportfot.com.