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Abdel Saïd Scores Another Success In The Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
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WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL

Cover - Winner Abdel Saïd_second-place Kent Farrington_third-place Nicola Philippaerts_DERE Grand Prix 2022.jpg

The penultimate day of the ninth week of competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) concluded with its highly anticipated “Saturday Night Lights” event. A large crowd flocked in for the $406,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI5* on Saturday evening. The night finished with Abdel Saïd (BEL) repeating his victory from 2021, but this time with his own Arpege Du Ru. 

(Top Photo Credit: Scott Durkin, CEO of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Jay Phillip Parker, CEO of Douglas Elliman Florida region, and Don Langdon, Managing Broker of Wellington, Palm Beach, and Jupiter stand with second-place Kent Farrington, winner Abdel Saïd, and third-place Nicola Philippaerts along with Stephanie Garbarini, Chief Marketing Officer of Douglas Elliman, and Stephen Larkin, Chief Communications Officer of Douglas Elliman. © Sportfot)

12 PAIRS FAULT FREE

WEF 9, sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, hosts international five-star and two-star competition, sponsored by Corro, as well as hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions at the national level. The 13-week series features weekly shows through April 3, 2022.

The event featured 40 of the world’s best equestrian athletes spanning 13 different nations and a significant track by world-renowned course designer Alan Wade (IRL). Wade’s test for the first round included a triple bar and a triple combination early on in the course as well as an open water obstacle. 

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games team silver medalists McLain Ward (USA) and Contagious, owned by Beechwood Stables, were the class trailblazers, and they initiated the challenge with a clear round. Twelve pairs eventually found their way to a fault-free finish to contest the jump-off. The course’s time allowed of 81 seconds only kept one combination from advancing to the second round, and six entries had their night cut short by a lone rail tipped out of the cups. 

Abdel Saïd and Arpege du Ru © Sportfot
Abdel Saïd and Arpege du Ru © Sportfot

As the first of the 12 to return, Ward once again led the charge but an unfortunate miscommunication at a vertical left him and Contagious on a four-fault final score for sixth place. Saïd’s performance with Arpege Du Ru produced the first double-clear effort of the class and bumped the pair into the top spot with a time of 38.58 seconds. Ten more world-class athletes gave it their all, but Saïd was determined to repeat his victory of the same class that he won during WEF 2021 aboard Bandit Savoie. 

Click to watch Abdel Saïd’s winning jump-off! Presented by Premier Equestrian.

I'M THRILLED IT CAME TOGETHER TONIGHT

"I’m really delighted with my mare because all season she has been developing,” detailed Saïd. “Every year we come to WEF, I find my horses develop further, and I’m thrilled it came together tonight. I really enjoy being here. I don’t think there are many better venues in the world, especially at the beginning of the year, to set your horses up so well.”

According to Saïd, he and his 12-year-old Selle Francais mare (Apache D’Adriers x Quat’sous) have been inching closer and closer to a win throughout the season, and it seems only fitting that he went two-for-two in this particular class.

“I had a time fault in the first five-star grand prix we did [at WEF],” added Saïd. “Tonight, I said, ‘I will not be too slow.’ I thought I might be too fast and have a rail, but the plan from the beginning was to go for it. I really wanted and needed that win for our whole team.”

Following the class, the Herman ‘Kappy’ Kaplan Perpetual Memorial Trophy was presented to Abdel Saïd. The trophy was established for Kappy with fondness by the Farriers of the 1995 WEF.

Farriers of the 1995 WEF_Abdel Saïd with the Herman ‘Kappy’ Kaplan Perpetual Memorial Trophy. © Sportfot
Farriers of the 1995 WEF_Abdel Saïd with the Herman ‘Kappy’ Kaplan Perpetual
Memorial Trophy. © Sportfot

Final Results:  $406,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix C SI5*

1. ARPEGE DU RU: 2010 Selle Français mare by Apache D’Adriers x Quat’sous
ABDEL SAÏD (BEL), Abdel Saïd: 0/0/38.58

2. ORAFINA: 2012 KWPN mare by For Fashion x Canturo
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington LLC: 0/0/40.42

3. KATANGA V/H DINGESHOF: 2010 Belgian Warmblood mare by Cardento 933 x Tornedo FCS
NICOLA PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), Nicola Philippaerts: 0/0/41.65

4. BREGO R’N B: 2006 KWPN gelding by Namelus R x Gerlinus
KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/44.25

5. COBY 8: 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Contagio x Escudo 19
PHILIPP WEISHAUPT (BEL), Mariko Kato, Noyuri Ko, and Beerbaum Stables: 0/4/38.52

6. CONTAGIOUS: 2009 Rheinlander gelding by Contagio x For Keeps
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Beechwood Stables, LLC: 0/4/39.84

7. DSP CHAKARIA: 2010 Dutch Sport Horse by Chap 47 x Askari 173
ANDRE THIEME (GER), Pfudermanagement & Marketing: 0/4/40.12

8. BALOUTINUE: 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Balou du Rouet x Landor S
LAURA KRAUT (USA), St. Bride’s Farm: 0/4/40.42

9. DSARIE: 2008 KWPN mare by Veron x Ahorn
BEAT MÄNDLI (SUI), Grant Road Partners GMBH: 0/4/41.02

10. ARMIK: 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Armitage 2 x Justinian xx
CAPT. BRIAN COURNANE (IRL), Mr. and Mrs. Stiller and Brian Cournane: 0/4/43.40

11. BALENTO C.S.: 2011 Oldenburg Stallion by Balou du Rouet x Cento
EMILIE CONTER (BEL), Stephex Stables: 0/8/41.86

12. BENNY’S LEGACY: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Lupicor x Voltaire
ADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms 1 LLC: 0/16/61.88