Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum Rules $32k WEF Challenge Cup Round 12

Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum rode to an exciting one-two finish on Thursday afternoon in the $32,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 12 at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Michaels-Beerbaum topped the class aboard Cantano and finished second riding Checkmate 4, both owned by Octavia Farms LLC.

Other wins for the day went to Johannes Ehning and Cayenne 162 in the $32,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic and Darrin Dlin and Janou in the $10,000 Adequan 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Final. In the hunters, Hayley Barnhill and Surfs Up were presented championship honors in the Performance Working Hunter 3’3″ division.


Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Cantano by Sportfot

The final round of the $32,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series featured 45 horse and rider combinations on Thursday afternoon. Ireland’s Alan Wade designed the course, and 11 went clear to advance to the tie breaking jump-off. The challenging track for the short course saw only four entries jump without fault.

First to go, Egypt’s Nayel Nassar and Raging Bull Vangelis S set the pace with the first clear round in 49.53 seconds and finished in third place overall. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Checkmate 4 were next to jump clear and took the lead in 47.67 seconds, eventually finishing second. Great Britain’s David McPherson also cleared the course aboard his own Silver Exchange II and his time of 55.67 seconds placed fourth.

Michaels-Beerbaum was last to go with her second mount Cantano and beat her own time in 47.34 seconds to take the lead once more. Cantano earned the first place prize, placing Checkmate in second.

Checkmate 4, a 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Contender x Pik Bube II, has earned many big wins as a longtime partner for Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum. Cantano, a twelve-year-old Holsteiner stallion by Cascavelle x Acord, is a newer mount that she earned her first win with just two weeks ago. Although the two horses are at very different levels of experience in their careers, both had the guidance of a great rider to place them at the top.

Johannes Ehning and Cayenne 162 Top $32,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic

Germany’s Johannes Ehning had a great day in Wellington earning both the first and fifth place prizes in the $32,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic on Thursday. Fifty-one entries showed over the speed course with fourteen clear rounds.

Johannes Ehning and Cayenne 162 by Sportfot

Ehning took the winner’s share with Winley Farm’s Cayenne 162 with the fastest clear round in 58.67 seconds. Reed Kessler (USA) finished second with Onisha in 59 seconds flat, and Mario Deslauriers (USA) and Jane F. Clark’s Vicomte D placed third in 61.40 seconds.

Fourth place went to Australia’s Matt Williams and Bolero Van’t Heike with a time of 61.99 seconds. Ehning also earned the fifth place prize aboard Oscar Du Rozel, owned by Equestrian Sport GMBH, stopping the clock in 62.56 seconds.

Ehning’s winning mount, Cayenne 162, is a nine-year-old Westphalian mare by Marco Kutscher’s famous stallion Cornet Obolensky, and her damsire is Gonfaron. Ehning has had the mare for three years, and explained that she is very talented, but can be difficult to ride and has taught him a lot.

Ehning went first in the class aboard Oscar Du Rozel and jumped Cayenne 162 second. On his rounds in the class, he explained, “The course was quite good I think. It was good with the clear rounds. To be in the front I think you had to go fast. Okay, that is any class here, but I had a good round with my first one, so I thought I would place and then I thought with the second one I could go with a little bit more risk. I am lucky that it worked.”

Darrin Dlin and Janou Win Five-Year-Old Young Jumper Final

Canada’s Darrin Dlin guided Janou, owned by Susan Grange, to the championship in the $10,000 Adequan 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Final early on Thursday morning. Janou, a five-year-old Canadian Sport Horse mare, is by the stallion For Pleasure out of the Polydox mare Bequia. Janou is home-bred, born and raised at Grange’s Lothlorien Farm in Cheltenham, Ontario, Canada.

Forty-six entries showed in the Adequan 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Classic this morning, which was held as the final for the series during the FTI WEF circuit. Twenty-two went clear to jump-off, and Dlin and Janou completed the fastest of 11 double clear rounds. The top three competitors were separated by just tenths of a second. Dlin and Janou stopped the clocked in 36.108 seconds for the win. Pablo Barrios and Balou, owned by Maria Barrios, finished in second with their time of 36.459 seconds. Nathalie Mathers and Caramel finished in 36.979 seconds earning the third place prize.

Hunter Champions Set The Bar For Week 12

Hayley Barnhill of Collierville, TN, rode to the top of this week’s 3’3″ Performance Working Hunter division atop her mount, Surf’s Up. After just one day of competition, the pair’s back-to-back blue ribbons were sufficient enough to capture the championship tricolor with 20 points. Reserve honors went to Chris Payne and Holden, a ten-year-old Holsteiner owned by Susan Moriconi.


Hayley Barnhill and Surfs Up with Missy Luczak by Sportfot

The winning mount, Surf’s Up, is an eight-year-old Holsteiner by Casall. Affectionately known as Chester in the barn, the chestnut gelding is owned by Missy Luczak-Smith and periodically shown by Barnhill. After Luczak-Smith purchased Chester from Robin Patton in 2011, he began to show as a Pre-Green horse and has since found success in the First Year Green and Adult Amateur 36-50 Hunter divisions.

Additional Hunter champions this week include Whitney Hollinger and Miranda Scott. Hollinger topped the WEF 3′ Open Hunter division atop Utah, an eleven-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Jennifer Martucci; the pair collected 27 points for the championship win. In the Low Hunter 2’6 division, Scott captured the championship tricolor on Gallatin, earning 23.5 points on the ten-year-old Hanoverian owned by Carolyn Pace.

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Final Results: $32,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 12

1. CANTANO: 2000 Holsteiner stallion by Cascavelle x Acord,

2. CHECKMATE 4: 1995 Hanoverian gelding by Contender x Pik Bube II,

3. RAGING BULL VANGELLIS S: 1998 BWP stallion by Nonstop x Feinschnitt I Van De Richter,
NAYEL NASSAR (EGY), Nayel Nassar: 0/0/49.53

4. SILVER EXCHANGE II: 2001 Oldenburg gelding by Landjunge x Lavallo,
DAVID MCPHERSON (GBR), David McPherson: 0/0/55.67

5. BIG STAR: 2003 KWPN stallion by Quick Star x Nimmerdor,
NICK SKELTON (GBR), Beverly and Gary Widdowson: 0/4/45.94

6. ROYCE:  2004 Oldenburg stallion by Café au lait x Grandilot,
MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Elm Rock LLC: 0/4/50.12

7. WATCH ME VD MANGELAAR: 2003 KWPN gelding by Heartbreaker x Wolfgang,
MATT WILLIAMS (AUS), Samantha Tuerk: 0/4/50.46

8. SANDOR DE LA POMME: 2002 SBS gelding by Vigo D’arsouilles x Darco,
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), The Wannahave Group: 0/8/52.28

9. HUNTER’S SCENDIX: 2003 Hanoverian stallion by Stakkato x Dinar,
ERIC LAMAZE    (CAN), Torrey Pine Stables & LVS Hunters: 0/8/52.60

10. ATTICUS: 2003 Holsteiner stallion by Colman x Contender,
SAER COULTER (USA), Copernicus Stables LLC: 0/8/57.38

11. KEC ALLIGATOR ALLEY: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Aldatus Z x Clover Hill,
CIAN O’CONNOR (IRL), Sinead & Oonagh Kennedy: 0/11/64.93

12. LA BOOM: 1999 Oldenburg gelding by Last Liberty x Libris,
LISA CARLESEN (CAN), La Boom Syndicate: 1/87.82

Final Results: $32,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic FEI

1. CAYENNE 162: 2003 Westphalian mare by Cornet Obolensky x Gonfaron,
JOHANNES EHNING (GER), Winley Farm LLC: 0/58.67

2. ONISHA:  1999 Holsteiner mare by Caretino x Athlet Z,
REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/59.00

3. VICOMTE D:  1998 BWP gelding by Flamenco Desemilly x Randell Z,
MARIO DESLAURIERS (USA), Jane F. Clark: 0/61.40

4. BOLERO VAN’T HEIKE: 2001 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Polidiktus Vd Helle x Major De La Cour,
MATT WILLIAMS (AUS), Matt Williams: 0/61.99

5. OSCAR DU ROZEL: 2002 Selle Francais stallion by Dollar Du Murier x Narcos II,
JOHANNES EHNING (GER), Equestrian Sports GmbH & Co.KG: 0/62.56

6. ULTIMO:  2001 KWPN gelding by Marlon x Laroche,
HECTOR FLORENTINO (DOM), Stransky’s Mission Farm: 0/63.90

7. LEONITAS: 2001 stallion by Leone x Zeus,
DAVID MCPHERSON (GBR), David McPerson & M/M Mutter: 0/65.83

8. GLORY DAYS: 2001 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Diamond Serpent,
DANIEL ZETTERMAN (SWE), Springfield Showjumpers: 0/67.77

9. CHE GUEVARA 17: 2001 Holsteiner stallion by Concept x Rebel Z,
JORG OPPERMANN (GER), Heinz Eufinger: 0/68.09

10. QUIRINUS: 2002 Holsteiner gelding by Quantum x Cornetto,
DANIEL ZETTERMAN (SWE), Familien Kinneson: 0/70.73

11. CARMENA Z: 2000 Zangersheide stallion by Carthago Z x Irco Mena,
SAER COULTER (USA), Copernicus Stables, LLC: 0/71.37

12. VANDAVID: 2002 KWPN stallion by Madison x Voltaire,
CATHERINE PASMORE (USA), Pasmore Stables: 0/71.50