Michael Murphy Claims Top Prize at The Ridge at Wellington's Turf Tour

Michael Murphy and Prem' Dollar Boy win the first 1.30-1.35m Jumpers at The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour.
Michael Murphy and Prem' Dollar Boy win the first 1.30-1.35m Jumpers at The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour.

Wellington, FL - February 11, 2015 - The Ridge at Wellington's Turf Tour returned to the pristine polo fields of the International Polo Club (IPC) Palm Beach for another day of ideal weather, unparalleled footing and challenging competition. Michael Murphy, the leader of the first 1.30m-1.35m Jumper Class was spotted anxiously perched on the edge of his seat as the last horse of the day attempted Nick Granat's course, but his jump off time of 35.624 seconds held solid, proving that Murphy's Law held no water for the sixth week of The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour.

Murphy discussed his plans for his Prem' Dollar Boy, "This is the best place to show! The horse I rode was Prem' Dollar Boy, he's 11 years old, and we decided to do The Turf Tour as a warm-up for the Under-25 division because it's on the grass this week. We just did the one class, and he rode really nice today; he's going really well. This is the perfect venue to come to and at the same time get the horse prepared." 

Ben Meredith came in a close second to Murphy, aboard Anabelle 28, in a time of 36.391 seconds. Anne Kursinski brought two of her mounts over to IPC and claimed third on her trusted partner Diva, stopping the clock in 37.127, and eighth on a less familiar ride, MTM Motto.

Kursinski could hardly keep her enthusiasm contained about coming to The Ridge. "I think these shows are great. It's so nice to have something different. I think WEF is great, yet both are totally different. To be able to bring the horses here for this experience, as well as for the kids, is perfect to familiarize them with jumping on the grass and going to a new venue-the experience is fantastic. The footing is excellent, the jumps are exceptional, and the courses are ideal. I'm so thankful that George [D'Ambrosio] and Nona [Garson] have created this, and they should!"

Kursinski continued, "I hope for them that they do get good sponsorship, because this should be wonderfully sponsored. Growing up we learned how to ride on turf-you go to Spruce Meadows, and you go to a lot of big shows in Europe, they all still have grass. I think it's a great asset, that everybody learns how to ride on grass, and I think the horses love it. I think it's a wonderful opportunity for everybody."

The 2014 Leading Rider, Jeffery Welles, put in some incredibly fast rounds, claiming first aboard KM What Ever RV in 30.920, third on Calais with a time of 32.120 and fourth on Broken Heart, stopping the clock in 32.640 in the second $2,400 1.30m- 1.35m class. While Paul O'Shea put in a very fast time of 30.948 aboard Primo Calypso, he was able to clinch the second place finish, but couldn't quite catch Welles blazing speed.

Jeffery Welles and KM What Ever RV captured the win during the second 1.30-1.35 Jumper class.
Jeffery Welles and KM What Ever RV captured the win during the second 1.30-1.35 Jumper class.

Welles was happy with all of his mounts. "Broken Heart had a week off, so he was fresh and a little spooky at the beginning. But then he thawed out and he was good. Calais was the same, a little spooky at fence one but then I was really happy with the way he went. He jumped really nicely. KM What Ever RV is a quicker mover than the other two, so I was able to ride the same track in the jump off, but he's a quicker mover across the ground, so he was faster in the jump off. He's more experienced and is a very nice horse. The course rode nicely, the footing was good, and I liked the jump off with nice sweeping turns."

The second ring saw a number of talented horse and rider pairs competing throughout the day. Rogelio Pollerano claimed the top prize on his own Ubbie d'ondroville in the first Low Schooling Jumpers. Stephanie Gallucci rode Chellou to a second place finish. In the second Low Schooling Jumper class, Roger Seitzmer was victorious on Bimini. Germain Edelmann captured second with S & L Farms' S & L Puppy Love.

Marie Hecart on Amy Hentenaar's Wishfull-V won the first class of the Medium Schooling Jumpers. Roger Pellerano returned to the ring to pick up second on his own Temporelle De Fritot. Sephan Barcha riding Nelson Pessoa's Heticcra won the second Medium Schooling Jumper class, while Vis A Vis 10 finished in second, owned and ridden by Kiva Iscol.

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. 

The Ridge at Wellington's schooling show series continues this weekend, with hunters and equitation on Saturday and jumpers on Sunday. These shows offer a wide range of classes from mini stirrup through open hunters on Saturday, and Itty Bitty through the Open Jumpers divisions on Sunday. The prize list and entry blank is available on the website.
 
Week Six of the Ridge at Wellington's Turf Tour will 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. 

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.

RESULTS
$2400 1.30M-1.35M Jumper Table II Sec 2b
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider   
1st    874    Prem' Dollar Boy    Cd LLC    Michael Murphy
2nd    969    Anabelle 28    Shader Sporthorses LLC      Ben Meredith
3rd    931    Diva    Market Street, Inc.    Anne Kursinski
4th    781    Vinney Boy    Dk-Usa Sporthorse, LLC   Lincoln Russell
5th    930    Chellou    Stephanie Gallucci    Stephanie Gallucci
6th    880    Cortina    Rosiano Farm    Chris Ewanouski
7th    948    Balou Blom    Claudia Neureiter   Christoph Schroeder
8th    932    MTM MOTTO    Hays Investment Cor     Anne Kursinski   

$2400 1.30M-1.35M Jumper Table II Sec 2b
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider   
1st    505    KM WHAT EVER RV       NOD HILL FARM     Jeffery Welles
2nd    970    Primo Calypso       Paul O'Shea      Paul O'Shea
3rd    609    Calais    Triton Ventures Farm     Jeffery Welles
4th    610    Broken Heart    Herbert Sambol    Jeffery Welles
5th    975    Dryden    Centennial Farm    Debbie Stephens
6th    742    Balboa 6    Martin guerra    Gabriel Coumans
7th    854    Gentille Van Spieveld    Gj Stable    Gabriel Coumans
8th    646 Cartoon City      Marcus Hagglund    Marcus Hagglund

Low Jumper 1.10-1.15M Table II Sec 2c
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider    
1st   950    Ubbie d'ondroville    Rogelio Pollerano    Rogelio Pollerano
2nd   930   Chellou    Stephanie Gallucci    Stephanie Gallucci
3rd   957    Absolute Gold       Piper Oren    Piper Oren
4th   949    Ushuaia de la Roque    Rogelio Pollerano    Marie Hecart
5th   911    Bimini    Roger Seitzmer    Roger Seitzmer
6th   958    Peninsula Jupiter Bling    Hayley Patiyoke    Hayley Patiyoke

Low Jumper 1.10-1.15M Table II Sec 2b
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider    
1st   911    Bimini    Roger Seitzmer    174089 Roger Seitzmer
2nd   951    S & L Puppy Love    S & L Farms    Germaine R. Edelmann
3rd   956    Cassina    Alice Trajan    Pablo Mejia   
4th   952    Easy Street    Brandi Holloway    Germaine R. Edelmann
5th   955    Questionnaire      Newsprint Farms    Pablo Mejia
6th   949    Ushuaia de la Roque    Rogelio Pollerano    Marie Hecart
7th   950    Ubbie d'ondroville    Rogelio Pollerano    Rogelio Pollerano
8th   940    Rebeca Ls    Remarkable Farms Lp    Brianne Goutal

Medium Jumper 1.20-1.25M Table II Sec 2c
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider   
1st    888    WISHFULL-V    AMY Hentenaar    Marie Hecart
2nd    966    Temporelle De Fritot    Roger Pellerano    Roger Pellerano
3rd    977    Vis A Vis 10    Kiva Iscol       Kiva Iscol   
4th    961    Ulordiva    Donald Stewart    Erin Stewart
5th    625    Olivia Melody    Hampton Farms LLC    Cynthia Hampton
6th    958    Peninsula Jupiter Bling    CAN Hayley Patiyoke   
7th    976    Bull Run's Revelation    Bull Run Jumpers, Inc.
8th   960    Kandel    Iron Horse Farm    Catherine Sullivan

Medium Jumper 1.20-1.25M Table II Sec 2b
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider    
1st   979    Heticcra    Nelson Pessoa       Stephan Barcha
2nd   977    Vis A Vis 10    Kiva Iscol      Kiva Iscol
3rd   601    Contentus    Rian Miller    Sarah E. Wayda   
4th   943    Hotspur 23    Gustavo Prato    Gustavo Prato
Maria Gabriela Brugal    Maria Gabriela Brugal
Iron Horse Farm    Catherine Sullivan
Finca Horses Inc.    Nina Fagerstrom
Dennis Sisco    Joanne E. Kovacs 




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