The Monday Brief: WEF Week VIII

Oh hey, Monday. I’m not ready. Do you ever wish you could stop time and get a bunch of things done and then hit resume after said bunch of things are done? Every day seems to go faster and it is hard to balance alllll the things. Don’t worry – I’m definitely not looking for sympathy, maybe just a little empathy? Do I say this every week? Anyway…

Week 8 wrapped up on Sunday after an exciting week of competition.

Highlights included the U25 Grand Prix Semi Final, CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50 Classic, CSIO 4* Nations Cup, and the Lugano Diamonds $209K Grand Prix. Additionally, it was Derby weekend at Deeridge, home of the Palm Beach Masters series.

One of the big takeaways that seems pretty apparent is that the courses were very challenging in the international ring this week. A lot of experienced riders commented on the fact that the courses were quite smooth, so it is interesting that aside from courses free of slicing and tight turns, there were very few clear rounds.

Other events throughout the week included the annual VDL Sport Horse Auction featuring 14 horses selected for US sale in the auction format. A few of the horses are already having success at 1.30 and the others show immense potential to do so and compete at an international level. Another auction took place as well – the online auction of Emanuel Andrade’s string of Grand Prix horses that were seized by the US Treasury for crimes against Venezuela that put his Father behind bars. You can read that story and others at

Early on in the week, the Grand Prix qualifier resulted in a win for McLain Ward and his FEI WEG team gold medal-winning mount, Clinta. They took home the victory in the $36,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 CSIO 4* on Thursday. The pair bested 68 entries for the win.

McLain and Clinta, the 12-year-old Oldenburg mare sped through the course to win by a little more than 2 seconds. An interesting comment that he made after the class was about the fact that Clinta’s being so careful and not needing to be set up in front of the verticals allows him to shave off a minuscule amount of time that adds up to be meaningful in the end.

Clinta just came back to competition after about 5 weeks off after WEG and time in Europe. He has his sights set on World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, the first week of April with her.

1 CLINTA: 2007 Oldenburg mare by Clinton x Lord Pezi
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms: 0/72.52

2 SILVER SHINE: 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Califax x Balou du Rouet
MARTIN FUCHS (SUI), Willow Grace Farm: 0/74.63

3 CHACNA: 2007 Hanoverian mare by Chacco-Blue x Narew XX 
ENRIQUE GONZALEZ (MEX), Enrique Gonzalez: 0/75.33

4 DONATELLO 141: 2011 Westphalian gelding by Diarado x Lamoureux I
ASHLEE BOND (ISR), Little Valley Farms: 0/75.49

5 CHARLIE: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Gestuet Lewitz x Charlie Z
LORCAN GALLAGHER (IRL), Southern Arches, LLC: 0/76.04

6 CATUNGEE: 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Contact Me x Liatos
CATHERINE TYREE (USA), Mary & Joe Tyree: 0/76.08

7 AMSTERDAM 27: 2010 Holsteiner gelding by Catoki x Acord II
MARIO DESLAURIERS (CAN), Wishing Well Farm LLC: 0/76.91

8 DORYANE HDH: 2008 KWPN mare by Vleut x Indoctro
PETRONELLA ANDERSSON (SWE), Stephex Stables: 0/77.62

9 EVERSE W: 2009 KWPN gelding by Lexicon x Carthago
ROWAN WILLIS (AUS), Dinah Posford: 0/78.55

10 HORTENSIA VAN DE LEEUWERK: 2007 Warmblood mare by Corland x Argeninus
MANUEL GONZALEZ DUFRANE (MEX), Manuel Gonzalez Dufrane: 0/79.90

10 VENUE D’FEES DES HAZALLES: 2005 SBS mare by President x Alcatraz
EVE JOBS (USA), Eve Jobs: 0/79.90

12 MHS ATTRACTION: 2010 Irish Sport Horse mare by Numero Uno x Diamant de Semilly
SERGIO ALVAREZ MOYA (ESP), Alvarez Moya Horses S.L.: 0/80.35

Some other noteworthy events included a special event during the Nations Cup on Saturday Night in support of the Global Lyme Alliance. Fellow equestrian, Erin Walker, and her husband, PGA Tour pro, Jimmy Walker are both affected by Lyme. Erin recently became a board member for the Global Lyme Alliance, which she has been involved with for some time now. You can check out an editorial I wrote featuring Erin on the Fab Finds by Sarah blog last spring HERE.


Nations Cup proved to be very exciting this year and the course was quite challenging. A lot of feet in the water. The course was very exciting to watch and looked beautiful.  In the 18-year history of the Nations Cup at WEF, there had only been one jump-off to determine the gold medal. The second time would come this year. It was a jump-off between the US and Ireland. Daniel Coyle versus McLain Ward chosen to represent their teams in the final call. The US team, consisting of Wilton Porter, Beezie Madden, Adrienne Sternlicht, McLain Ward, and Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, took the gold medal.

The format consisted of two rounds over a course created by Steve Stephens and Nick Granat. Teams of four represented the nations of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Israel, Ireland, Mexico, the United States, and Venezuela. After the first round, each team dropped their highest score. In the second round, the top six teams returned in order of highest to lowest total faults. The winner was determined by the lowest total of each team’s top three riders from each round.

The six teams that returned for the second round in order from most faults to least were Mexico, Colombia, Israel, Ireland, Canada, and USA.

An exciting night for the Sleepy P Ranch – Wilton Porter, riding in his first senior Nations Cup competition aboard Caletto Cabana rode  double clear rounds for the US.

Anchor rider, Beezie Madden  had four faults in the first round and secured the crucial clear in the second round to take the US into a jump-off with Ireland as both teams ended the two rounds with eight total faults.

In the jump-off, Daniel Coyle and Farona were clearly not at full steam and ended up with 12 faults in 41.80 seconds. McLain and Contagious were able to lay down a beautiful clear round in 43.69 seconds to secure the win.

Ireland finished second with a team of four riders competing on horses that had never been in a Nations Cup competition before.

Third place went to Canada on 13 total faults, led by the double-clear effort from Nations Cup rookie Nikki Walker riding her own Falco van Spieveld. Beth Underhill and Sandy Lupton’s Count Me In had zero and four faults, Amy Millar and AMMO Investments’s Heros tallied 12 and five faults, and anchor Mario Deslauriers rode Amsterdam 27, owned by Wishing Well Farm LLC, to four and eight faults.

CLICK HERE to view the final results from the $150,000 Nations Cup CSIO4*.

In a 39-horse lineup for the $50,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Grand Prix on Saturday, 6 were clear and would return to jump off.  With the time to beat set at 44.14 seconds by Canada’s Tiffany Foster and Caipiranja, owned by Artisan Farms, LLC, Martin Fuchs went for it, taking off nearly two seconds from Tiffany Foster’s time to finish in 42.22 seconds for the win. Tiffany’s time held up for second place, and third place with a time of 44.77 seconds went to David Blake.

Martin partnered with Faberlys only eight months ago,but is excited for the future with him, especially following the their continued success at WEF.

1 FABERLYS: 2010 gelding by Cornet Obolensky

2 CAIPIRANJA: 2008 Belgian Warmblood mare by Taran dl Pomme x Darco
TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/0/44.14

3 KEOKI: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Catoki x Cassini I
DAVID BLAKE (IRL), Pine Hollow Farm: 0/0/44.77

4 OASIS SPIRIT: 2010 Irish Sport Horse mare by Cobra
AMANDA DERBYSHIRE (GBR), Amanda Derbyshire: 0/0/45.13

5 RAPIDASH: 2010 Zangersheide gelding by Chaqui Z x Lancelot
MCLAIN WARD (USA), McLain Ward: 0/4/44.87

6 CADANS Z: 2009 Zangersheide mare by Carosso VDL x Navarone
ADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms 1, LLC: 0/16/61.48

7 TOY BOY: 2008 BCP gelding
JORGE MATTE CAPDEVILA (CHI), Jorge Matte Capdevila: 3/76.55

8 SX HIDALGO VG: 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Quadrillo x Andiamo
LORENZO DE LUCA (ITA), Stephex Stables: 4/67.01

9 COLUMBCILLE DE REVE: 2008 Irish Sport Horse mare by Hermes de Reve x Errigal Flight
NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO (USA), Crooks Show Jumping LLC: 4/70.92

10 FIREWALL: 2010 KWPN gelding by Lexicon x Padinus
THEO GENN (USA), Eduardo Leon: 4/71.40

11 A TOUTE VITESSE: 2010 KWPN gelding by Arthos R x Lancelot
PAIGE JARDINE (AUS), FJ Equine, LLC: 4/71.98

12 FARRERO: 2010 gelding by Boss x Indorado
RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Hillside Farm, LLC: 4/72.39

On Sunday during the Lugano Diamonds 4* Grand Prix, Kaval took over The Gallery overlooking the International Arena, for a day of shopping, socializing, and show jumping. Kaval’s curated collection featuring Callidae, Dada Sport, Equiline, Free x Rein, F.Words, Hylofit, Lingua Franca, Oughton, jewelry by Palm Beach Bazaar, and a selection of other merchandise from They put on a great event that offered small bites and drinks in air conditioning during one of the highlight classes of the week. Kaval will be set up on Hunter Hill beginning week 9, so your opportunity to see all of the great brands they offer awaits.

As for the class, the first clear of the class was 20-year-old Eve Jobs. Unfortunately, when it came time for the jump-off, of which only she and Sam Parot were clear, they had the final oxer down and finished on 4 jumping and 3-time faults in 48.84 seconds. Eve credits her 14-year-old mare of 2 years for her the ability to participate in top levels in the company of riders like Sam Parot.

This was her first top 3 finish in a 4* grand prix. Sam Parot and Atlantis had an early rail in the jump-off, but they were able to cross the finish line on four faults in 43.37 seconds for the win. Sam Parot has been riding Atlantis, a 16-year-old Zangersheide gelding, for four years.

1 ATLANTIS: 2003 Zangersheide gelding by Andiamo Z x Royal Bravour L
SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/4/43.37

2 VENUE D’FEES DES HAZALLES: 2005 SBS mare by President x Alcatraz
EVE JOBS (USA), Eve Jobs: 0/7/48.84

3 COULASH VAN DE BROY Z: 2006 Zangersheide gelding by Cadence VT Gelutt x Lys De Darmen
JUAN MANUEL GALLEGO (COL), Juan Manuel Gallego: 4/77.46

4 HESTER: 2005 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Palestro vd Begijnakker)
LUCY DESLAURIERS (USA), Lisa Deslauriers: 4/77.55

5 H5 SUNSHINE: 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Hardi
CARLOS HANK GUERREIRO (MEX), H5 Sport Horses, LLC: 4/77.97

6 CHACCIAMA: 2007 Oldenburg mare by Chacco Blue x Andiamo Z
RODRIGO LAMBRE (BRA), Rodrigo Lambre.: 4/78.78

7 DAVIDOFF DE LASSUS: 2009 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Ugano Sitte x Ksar-Sitte
ZOE CONTER (BEL), Stephex Stables: 4/79.44

8 MTM VIVRE LE REVE: 2009 Westphalian gelding by Ustinov x Chello II
BRIAN MOGGRE (USA), Major Wager LLC: 8/76.63

9 FELLINI S: 2010 KWPN gelding by Vermont x Rash R
ERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Ilan Ferder: 8/77.23

10 CATUNGEE: 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Contact Me x Liatos
CATHERINE TYREE (USA), Mary Tyree: 8/77.51

11 ALEJANDRO: 2009 Rheinländer gelding by Acorado’s Ass x Continue
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Seabrook LLC, Spy Coast Farm LLC, Sweet Oak Farm: 8/77.64

12 COACH: 2008 Holsteiner gelding by Con Air x Corofino I
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 8/78.28

I spent much of the week doing a lot of riding while Johnny made an impromptu visit to see the rest of our barn fam who are holding down the fort in SNOWY COLD Minnesota. I had my Mom here to spend time with Isla and I, which was wonderful. Toward the weeks end, Johnny returned and 2 of our alumni came to visit. I just really can’t say how much it means to us that these smart, amazing, wonderful ladies become apart of our family. When they head off to do amazing things, like pursuing an MD PHD or law school, they still drive 9 hours to come and spend a couple of days with us on a weekend. I’m grateful beyond words to have them in our lives. We had the greatest time together as we always do when we get the chance to spend time together.

With that being the high of the weekend, it also came with a low. They were rear-ended (pit style) on their way back to Columbia (USC). Luckily they were not hurt although Julia’s brand new car was. We scooped them up and they flew out this morning to get back.

After Sundays adventures, my MacBook running out of storage (major pain point I’m working through), and running around doing all of my Monday errands – this is clearly a day late…and I didn’t even get to recap derby weekend! We do what we can right? I did take a little break from the craziness of the day to go on a trail ride with my favorite boy around sunset. It was wonderful!

I’m sure many of you heard that Victoria Colvin and the 2018 horse of the year, Private Practise won the main event at the Masters Derby Weekend, the final leg of the Masters Series at Deeridge for 2019.

Gearing up now for week 9 starting on Wednesday! Stay tuned and thanks for being here!




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