The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) continued with its first week of competition on Friday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a win for New York’s Georgina Bloomberg and South Street in the $1,500 Adequan 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Qualifier and a championship win for Lansing and Jeanine Cash in the Adult Amateur Hunter 36-50 division.

Week one of FTI WEF runs January 9-13, sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club. The week will feature a full schedule of exciting hunter/jumper competition, including the $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes exhibition class as the start of the “Saturday Night Lights” series and fun events like the Jump for HomeSafe fundraiser. Highlights of week one include the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50M Championship Jumper Classic on Saturday afternoon and the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix on Sunday in the International Arena at PBIEC. The 2013 FTI WEF runs through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.

Eric Hasbrouck is the course designer in the International Arena this week and set the tracks for Friday’s jumper classes. In the $1,500 Adequan 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Qualifier, Georgina Bloomberg and South Street, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, LLC, earned victory in a class of 35 competitors. Out of those 35, ten entries went clear to jump-off, and Bloomberg and South Street had the fastest of eight double clear rounds in a time of 31.818 seconds.

Laura Chapot finished second aboard Mary Chapot’s Castellana with a jump-off time of 32.829 seconds. Marilyn Little and Raylyn Farms, Inc.’s Nightfire 25 were third in 33.224 seconds.

This was Bloomberg and South Street’s second win of the week after also topping one of the division’s classes on Thursday. South Street is a homebred mare that Bloomberg is proud to have raised and developed.

“She is actually our first homebred,” the rider stated after today’s win. “I rode her mother, Mila, in the grand prixs. She was actually my first grand prix horse and I did my first Nation’s Cup with her and everything. She had an injury a few years ago, so we decided to give her a little time off and let her have a baby and that baby was South Street.”

Nona Garson’s champion stallion, Languster, is South Street’s sire.

“It has been really fun to see not only my first baby grow up, but to also have her be so fun and good to ride,” Bloomberg smiled. “She is so careful and she is really brave. She reminds me a lot of her mother, so it is fun to bring things that I used to remember with Mila into South Street.”

“We actually named her Shrimp even before she was born and she came out like a nice sized pony,” Bloomberg laughed.

Commenting on her round in today’s jump-off, Bloomberg detailed, “I didn’t try to go too crazy. It is early in the circuit, so I didn’t want to run her off her feet, but she is really good at turning, so I wanted to make sure that I took advantage of that. I didn’t have to gallop across the ground, but was able to turn back and cut off time there.”

If South Street continues to do well, Bloomberg hopes to develop her further throughout the circuit. She noted, “This is obviously our first year doing the seven-year-olds and I have done a lot of speed classes with her, but really I think that she has more scope than it looks like, so we will probably do this for the first half of the circuit and then you never know, maybe step up a little bit.”

Bloomberg’s other plans for the season include bringing along her current string of horses. “I have lots of really nice young horses,” she stated. “I don’t really have a Saturday night horse for any of the big grand prixs, but I have a really nice chain of young horses. I took a year off and have kind of newer, younger ones now that I just need to work with and rebuild the chain, which I like doing. I like working with the young ones and aiming towards that, so it is a very busy circuit in some ways and a slow circuit for me for the big classes. It will take me a year or two to get back there, but I would rather do it this way and really gain a full relationship with these horses.”

Bloomberg is also looking forward to Saturday Night’s $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes, for which she will be the captain of the ladies’ team. The women have won the contest four years in a row and are hoping to keep that streak alive.

“I am really looking forward to Battle of the Sexes; that is my favorite class,” Bloomberg remarked. “It is a really fun class; I think it is really easy for the crowd to follow. Anybody can sit there and figure out what’s going on and who’s winning, so I think it is fun to have something different like that.”

“The men are going to try to win, but they never do,” she grinned.

Other highlight classes in the International Arena on Friday included the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off and speed classes. The jump-off class was won by Laura Kraut and Wish, owned by Stone Hill Farm. The speed class saw a win for Darragh Kenny aboard Cavallo Farms, LLC’s Gucci.

Final Results: $1500 Adequan 7 Year Old YJC II.2.b
1. SOUTH STREET GEORGINA BLOOMBERG GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES, LLC: 0/0/31.818
2. CASTELLANA LAURA CHAPOTMARY CHAPOT: 0/0/32.849
3. NIGHTFIRE 25 MARILYN LITTLERAYLYN FARMS, INC: 0/0/33.224
4. ROLE MODEL TAYLOR FLURY ALIBOO FARM: 0/0/34.276
5. G&C ATLANTA RODRIGO PESSOA GUSTAVO MIRABAL: 0/0/34.812
6. BIALDA RAMIRO QUINTANA ST. BRIDES FARM: 0/0/34.892
7. GRETEL HEATHER CARISTO WILLAMS MR. & MRS. RALPH CARISTO: 0/0/35.476
8. BIBI SIJGJE CATHERINE PASMORE PASMORE STABLES, LLC: 0/0/36.725
9. FARINA ROBERTO TERAN ARK PARTNERS, LLC: 0/4/35.627
10. CALISTA LAURENZ BUHL GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES, LLC: 0/4/38.857
11. MARQUIS PAUL HALPERN KATHLEEN KAMINE: 1/80.528
12. DOBRA DE PORCEYO SCHUYLER RILEY WOLFSTONE STABLES & SALES, INC: 1/80.646

Lansing and Jeanine Cash Sweep Adult Amateur 36-50 Division

Lansing and Jeanine Cash had a clean sweep of the Adult Amateur 36-50 division during week one of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The ten-year-old Holsteiner gelding, owned by Richard Schechter and trained by Gary Duffy, was unbeatable both days of competition, taking home the blue for every over fences class as well as the under saddle.

Joe Maskrey’s Winter Rose, ridden by Lynn Seithel, earned reserve honors after delivering solid over fences trips during the first and second days of the division. Winter Rose and Seithel placed second and third over fences and sixth under saddle on day one of competition. Then, the pair jumped to reserve champion with fifth and third ribbons.

Lansing is no stranger to winning at the FTI WEF. He earned the circuit champion title in the Adult Amateurs at the FTI WEF 2012, but today’s victory was special for long-time owner Schechter.

“He’s never done this before. Neither one of us [Schechter or trainer Duffy], in either one of our long time showing or owning horses here, have swept a division. Not at WEF,” Schechter excitedly stated.

Cash attributed Lansing’s performance to his remarkable disposition. “It’s a combination of his natural ability and willingness to do exactly what we ask of him. He’s just a dream, he really is,” Cash described.

Cash further praised the gelding’s effortless jumping style. She continued, “He’s one of the smoothest horses I’ve ever sat on, very comfortable and just very easy. The jumps just come right up.”

The fact that Cash, of Winthrop, Mass., has never ridden Lansing before this week only reinforces her praise for the gelding. “Yesterday was just getting to know each other a little,” Cash explained, “but he really just does what I ask him and everything just came together.”

Schechter, who purchased Lansing as a three-year-old, is also CEO of The Bainbridge Companies, which is the title sponsor for week nine of the FTI WEF. The Bainbridge Companies is a leading owner, developer, and manager of luxury multifamily apartment communities in the United States with its headquarters here in Wellington.

The first week of competition at the FTI WEF continues tomorrow with the Small Junior Hunters 16-17 in the E.R Mische Hunter Arena. The last two over fences classes of the division include a stake round plus the under saddle before announcing championship and reserve titles.

In the International Arena, the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50M Championship Jumper Classic will be held in the afternoon, and the $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes exhibition class will kick off the start of the “Saturday Night Lights” series in the evening. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com/and Anne Gittins Photography, www.annegittins.com. This photo may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

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20130112-112543.jpgGeorgina Bloomberg and South Street. Photo © Sportfot.