Adrienne Sternlicht Shines At 2022 WEF In $75,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round V CSI5*

Friday, February 11, 2022
Posted by Summer Grace and Sabrina Schmidt for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.


Cover - Jeff Queen stands with Adrienne Sternlicht and Benny’s Legacy for their winning presentation. © Sportfot.jpg

International show jumping returned to the International Arena at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on Thursday, February 10, 2022 during WEF 5, presented by Fidelity Investments®. All eyes were on the $75,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round V CSI5* as 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon team gold medalist Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) and Benny’s Legacy emerged as the class winners. The 2022 WEF continues through April 3 with top jumper, hunter, and equitation competition.

(Above Photo Information and Credit:  Jeff Queen, Key Account Manager-Southeast, American Regent Animal Health stands with Adrienne Sternlicht and Benny’s Legacy for their winning presentation. © Sportfot)

Maher Held On To That Lead Until...

Fifty-six of the world’s best combinations seized the opportunity to challenge Kelvin Bywater’s (GBR) technical track in order to qualify for the grand prix on Saturday night. An even dozen entries representing eight different nations qualified to return for the jump-off. 2020 Olympic gold medalist Ben Maher (GBR) put forth a performance that said ‘come and get me’ from the start as he and Faltic HB were the first to return for the short track with a double-clean effort and tight time of 39.92 seconds. Maher held on to that lead until young professional Adrienne Sternlicht and Starlight Farms 1 LLC’s 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding Benny’s Legacy (Lupicor x Voltaire) found the fastest route in 38.60 seconds.

Click above link to watch the winning jump-off!

Sternlicht Taking Each Day As An Opportunity For Learning And Development

“The caliber of horses and competition that we have here this year is unparalleled,” said Sternlicht. “I saw McLain [Ward] as I was getting ready to head in for the walk, and he told me the track was challenging, so I had it in my mind I needed to be on my ‘A’ game even before I walked the course. I felt like I let my horse down a bit in the last class we jumped as well, so I was incredibly determined today to be on it and give him the best ride possible.”

The 2022 season is the first that Sternlicht has encountered as a professional on her own, and she is taking each day as an opportunity for learning and development. She has also had to make changes to her program to include the gelding as her top grand prix mount.

“Each week is an exercise in trusting my instincts more and going with my gut,” added Sternlicht. “I am using this winter as an opportunity to build myself as a professional and establish confidence in myself knowing that the experience I’ve had under some of the most incredible horsemen in the world can be put to good use.”

Adrienne Sternlicht and Benny’s Legacy © Sportfot
Adrienne Sternlicht and Benny’s Legacy © Sportfot

He Has a Heart of Gold

The day’s win is Sternlicht’s first five-star victory with this mount, and she credits their success to his mentality and development.

“He has stepped up unbelievably as my number one horse, and I am so grateful for him,” she finished. “He has a heart of gold, and it is easy to underestimate how big his stride can get in the jump-off because he covers an incredible amount of ground.”

Lorenzo De Luca (ITA) put forth two solid performances to edge Maher out of the second-place honors aboard Poden Farms’s 12-year-old KWPN gelding F One USA (Toulon x Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve) by clearing the timers in 39.69 seconds. Rounding out the victory gallop was Maher and Oakingham Stud’s 12-year-old KWPN stallion (Baltic VDL x Concorde) just three-tenths of a second behind.

Final Results:  $75,000 Adequan WEF Challenge Cup Round V CSI5*

1. BENNY’S LEGACY: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Lupicor x Voltaire
ADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms 1 LLC: 0/0/38.60

2. F ONE USA: 2010 KWPN gelding by Toulon x Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve
LORENZO DE LUCA (ITA), Poden Farms: 0/0/39.69

3. FALTIC HB: 2010 KWPN stallion by Baltic VDL x Concorde
BEN MAHER (GBR), Oakingham Stud: 0/0/39.92

4. CERRUTI VAN TER HULST Z: 2010 Zangersheide mare by San Patrignano Cassini x Corrado
CIAN O’CONNOR (IRL), Ronnoco Jump Ltd.: 0/0/40.81

5. CASTRES VAN DE BEGIJNAKKER Z: 2011 Zangersheide gelding by Coriano x Palestro vd Begijnakker
PETRONELLA ANDERSSON (SWE), Stephex Stables: 0/0/41.19

6. JASCO VD BISSCHOP: 2009 BWP gelding by Dulf Van Den Bisschop x Krunch De Breve
MARK MCAULEY (IRL), SNC McAuley Equestrian: 0/4/37.55

7. MALIBU DE MUZE: 2012 BWP gelding by Nabab De Reve x Tornedo FCS
SERGIO ALVAREZ MOYA (ESP), Sergio Alvarez Moya: 0/4/38.82

8. FIGOR: 2010 KWPN gelding by VDL Groep Zagreb x Indoctro
TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/4/40.56

9. ORAFINA: 2012 KWPN mare by For Fashion x Canturo
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington LLC: 0/4/40.80

10. CHANCE STE HERMELLE: 2008 SBS mare by Calvaro F.C. x Hemmingway
NATALIE DEAN (USA), Marigold Sporthorses, LLC: 0/4/40.80

11. H5 CHAGANUS: 2008 OS gelding by Chacco Blue x Carthago

12. ARGAN DE BELIARD: 2010 Selle Francais Mylord Carthago*hn x Ahorn
LILLIE KEENAN (USA), Equivarandas, LDA: 0/4/42.28

ARI Green Hunter 3'3" Ends in Wonderous Win

The Equine Tack and Nutritionals Ring 6 had 20 entries on Thursday in the Green Hunter 3’3” division sponsored by ARI.

Of the horse-and-rider teams, Wonderous and Christopher Payne, of Cincinnati, OH, rose to the top and secured another tricolor in the division after they won three classes, were third in the stake, and second under saddle.

Wonderous and Christopher Payne © Sportfot
Wonderous and Christopher Payne © Sportfot

He's Peaceful, Kind, And Always Puts In A Beautiful Effort

Payne has competed Wonderous in the Green Hunter 3’3” division in WEF 3, WEF 2, and WEF Premiere Week with results of Champion, Champion, and Reserve Champion respectively.

While the pair have already been successful in the division, Payne was cautiously optimistic today.

“He was very relaxed today, which was great because of the ring,” said Payne. “I was a little concerned with it being such a busy area that he might be a little distracted on course.”

Despite the slight concern, Payne spoke highly of the 10-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Ellie Sadrian.

“He’s a wonderful horse,” expressed Payne. “He’s peaceful, kind, and always puts in a beautiful effort. He was just imported in the fall but is already such a professional.”

Wonderous and Payne currently lead the standings for their division over the course of the entire circuit, but the future for the gelding lies with his owner.

“The main goal right now is to help him learn his job for Ellie,” said Payne. “We want him to really understand his job so that they can be successful in the juniors together. Ultimately Junior Hunter Finals and indoor finals are what we’re aiming for.”

Reserve champion in the division went to Bohemian Luxe, ridden by Caitlin Boyle and owned by Caroline Grubb, who had two second places over fences and a third under saddle.

WEF 5 continues on Friday, February 11, with the IDA Development Adult Amateur Younger Section A championship along with the $37,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.45m CSI5* and the $37,000 Griffis Residential 1.45m Qualifier CSI2*.