Young Jumper Series at The Ridge in Wellington Offers Opportunity to Bring Along Young Horses

Friday, January 23, 2015


Wellington, FL - The Ridge at Wellington's Turf Tour returned home to The Ridge at Wellington for its third week of competition. Michel Ismalun, a member of the course design team from World Equestrian Games 2014 and a world-renowned course designer, built the young jumper course on the grand prix field.  The course proved to be very inviting and educational for each of the divisions, allowing the younger horses to go forward and gallop while on the turf.
Themes from yesterday's Young Jumper Symposium continued today on a track designed by Michel Ismalun.  "Well it was just like how I explained during the symposium. Young horses need special courses. What I put here had a lot of air, time to breathe between the jumps, progressive and never a place where they had to put forth too much effort. Today we started a system, and the footing was fantastic, I am very happy with the results. I think people are really enjoying it, it is something new out here."
Cynthia Hampton, founder of Classic Champions Inc.,  spoke of her passion to develop a system for the young jumpers that would give them the best chance for success.  "I approached Nona [Garson] and George [D'Ambrosio], and we feel as though 5 and 6 year olds should show on grass first so that they move forward and have room to breathe. They were very open to the idea, so we are very fortunate to be able to begin with The Ridge."


Ismalun will be setting the courses for all of the Young Jumper series. There are six separate weeks, and the final week will have a two-day championship format. The purpose of the series is to educate young horses and create long-lasting athletes.

The course presented to the young horses presented very fair questions and provided an optional last obstacle, the choice between a liverpool or a small open water option. Josh Dolan rode Genevieve Edwards' Baloumerang Sv to a successful first place in the 5-year-old jumpers.  Diamiro, ridden by Denise Wilson for Blue Gate Farm LLC claimed the top prize in the first class of the 6-year-old jumpers. Kaitlyn Campbell aboard Geoffrey Sutton's Summer Time won the Young Jumper Championship 6-year-old Qualifier class. 
Tina Di Landri dominated the 7 & 8 year-old jumper division. She rode Highpoint Farm LLC's Diorado VDL to a first place ribbon in the first class and finished third in the $2000 class.  She also rode Dakar VDL for Eva Castegren to a third and second place finish. Darragh Kerins rode Holsteins Eastwood, owned by M & M Show Stables, to a second place ribbon in the first class and a fifth place finish in the second class.
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5 Year Old Young Jumper 1.10-1.15M Table IV Sec
1st   673    Baloumerang Sv   Genevieve Edwards   Josh Dolan

6 Year Old Young Jumper 1.20-1.25M Table IV Sec 1
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider    
1st   662    Diamiro     Blue Gate Farm LLC   DENISE WILSON

2nd   695    Summer Time    Geoffrey C. Sutton     Kaitlyn Campbell

3rd   703    HH Jorlando     Double H Farm     Quentin Judge

6 Year Old YJC Qualifier 1.20-1.25M Table II Sec 2b

Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider    
1st   695    Summer Time     Geoffrey C. Sutton     Kaitlyn Campbell

7 & 8 Year Old Young Jumper 1.30-1.35M Table IV Sec 1
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider    
1st    666    Diorado VDL     Highpoint Farm, LLC     Tina M. Di Landri

2nd    678    Holsteins Eastwood     M & M Show Stables    Darragh Kerins

3rd    665    Dakar VDL     Eva Castegren     Tina M. Di Landri

4th    675    Honeycomb Van De    Heff  Josh Dolan

$2000 7 & 8 Year Old Young Jumper 1.30-1.35M Table II Sec 2b 
Place   Entry    Horse     Owner     Rider      

1st    686    Calchen W.     Page E. Tredennick     Alex Granato

2nd    665    Dakar VDL     Eva Castegren     Tina M. Di Landri

3rd    666    Diorado VDL     Highpoint Farm, LLC     Tina M. Di Landri

4th    664    Up and Blue Chapelle    Julien Bussereau    Emilie Parent

5th    678    Holsteins Eastwood  M & M Show Stables     Darragh Kerins 
Events: The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour offers their popular 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix for its third year, with an open in gate format taking place once a week at beautiful venues throughout Wellington. The Ridge at Wellington Grand Prix Finale will take place March 27, 2015.
The Turf Tour also will host 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers every Wednesday beginning January 7, 2015 and running until March 18, 2015.
Young Jumper Classes and both Children's/Senior Jumper Classics will find their home intermittently throughout the Wellington Turf Tour, running concurrently with the 1.30-1.35m and 1.40m Jumpers.
The Ridge at Wellington offers Equitation Shows every Tuesday of the month from January 6 - March 23, 2015. There will also be a series of schooling shows at the Ridge at Wellington for all experience levels.
Two USHJA International Hunter Derbies will take place February 6, 2015 and March 20, 2015.

What:  The Ridge at Wellington series includes several weeks of competition throughout the Winter Season with USEF Rated Equitation Shows. This winter will also feature five two-day schooling shows. The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour will offer 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers, 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix, Young Jumpers, Children's/Adult Classics, Masters Jumpers, Junior/Amateur Classics, two hunter derbies and the Pre-Green Incentive Stake.

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The Ridge at Wellington 
14415 Palm Beach Pt. Blvd 
Wellington, FL, 33414 
2015 Winter Schedule 
Young Jumpers:
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015: The Ridge at Wellington
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015: TBA
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015: TBA
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015: TBA