The fourth week of the WEF sent international competitors back onto the turf as all four-star and two-star events are set to take place on the Derby Field at Equestrian Village. Competition on Wednesday, February 2, culminated in the $6,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m CSI4* in which Ireland’s Daniel Coyle took the win on Ariel Grange’s Farona.
A total of 17 combinations rounded out the busy day on the field by contesting Anderson Lima’s (BRA) stout course including representatives from six individual nations. The lead changed hands several times throughout the class before finally settling with Coyle and the 12-year-old KWPN mare Farona (Baltic VDL x Lux Z). The pair landed through the timers in a time of 30.49 seconds and held strong as final entry Samuel Hutton (GBR) attempted a takeover but fell just shy in a time of 30.96.
The $6,000 Helgstrand Jewellery 1.40m CSI2* was the debut international competition on Wednesday morning with victory going to Olympic gold medalist Laura Kraut (USA) and Seleste B Z. Kraut and St. Bride’s Farm’s nine-year-old Zangersheide mare (Spartacus TN x Chardonnay Z) kept all the fences in place with the top time of 28.75 seconds in the second phase, immediate jump-off class. Eighty-four entries then made an appearance in the $1,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m CSI4* class which was also set as a two-part track. Abdel Saïd (BEL) worked his magic with new partner Hocus Pocus Van De Lucashoeve. He and the 15-year-old BWP gelding (Chin Chin x Acord II) dominated the large field with a final time of 28.99 seconds over the short track.
Source and photo Jennifer Wood Media, Inc./PBIEC/Sportfot