Wellington, FL - The third week of competition concluded on Sunday at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival as Amateur and Junior hunters were featured in the Rost Arena and the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Field.
Krista Weisman and Be Cool were awarded the championship ribbon in the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunters, sponsored by GGT Footing. Weisman and her mount, owned by Krista and Alexa Weisman, placed first and fifth over fences on Saturday, and second over fences on Sunday. The reserve championship went to Contina, owned and ridden by Danielle Devincentis.
Be Cool is an eight-year-old approved stallion, and he was imported by trainer Scott Stewart about four years ago. Weisman has shown Be Cool twice this circuit and has been champion both times.
Weisman and Be Cool are hoping to move up to the 3'3" Amateur-Owner Hunters, and eventually to the Amateur-Owner division. Weisman also shows in the Amateur-Owners with her trusty mount Chopard, but is waiting to move up with Be Cool since he is a bit greener.
Weisman had to catch a flight back home where she works full-time as a Senior Assistant Buyer for Anthropologie, so she was unavailable to comment about her win. However, Stewart noted that Be Cool is "really comfortable to ride, and for a stallion he's really well behaved."
Weisman bases out of Rivers Edge Farm, in Flemington, NJ, where she rides with Scott Stewart and Ken Berkley. Weisman will continue to commute to Florida on weekends when her schedule permits her to do so.
Other hunter champions today included Lillie Keenan and Lanes End's Capetown in the Small Junior Hunters 15 & Under, as well as Stacey Arani and Marigot Bay Farm's Bolero, who claimed the championship in the Amateur-Owner Hunters 36 & Over.
Hunters will have another shot at earning championships next week when the fourth week of competition at the FTI WEF kicks off on Wednesday, February 4 and runs through Sunday, February 8.
The 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 13 through April 4. WEF 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 $5.5 million in prize money will be awarded.
Photo Credit: Lillie Keenan Piloted Lanes End's Capetown to the Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under Championship. Photo © 2010 Randi Muster/Mustphoto, Inc., Official Sport Photographer of the 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival