|Bruce Duchossois and Nevada - Camping World Adult Amateur 51 & Over Section A champions (Photo © Sportfot www.sportfot.com)|
By Brooke Bidgood for Equestrian Sport Productions
Wellington, FL - January 14, 2011 - The 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, which runs from January 12 through April 3, awarded another championship ribbon today. Section A of the Adult Amateur Hunters 51 and Over, sponsored by Camping World, came to a successful close early this morning.
Bruce Duchossois, riding his own 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Nevada, got off to a good start on their first week of showing here at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. They were awarded the championship honors among a starting field of twelve horses and riders in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Field.
Duchossois and Nevada won the division tricolor by winning one class and placing second in three classes.
Not far behind Duchossois was the reserve champion, Lynn Rogers. Rogers was aboard her own horse, Anika B. The pair secured the reserve championship by winning both an over fences and under saddle class, and placing third in an over fences class.
Duchossois, who trains with Havens Schatt, has been riding Nevada for two years. "Nevada is kind of like a big pony, but when he's good, he's really good," Duchossois said.
Bruce Duchossois and Nevada
Duchossois and Nevada will continue showing and competing here at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center throughout the remaining weeks of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. After that, "We will show at Kentucky Spring, in Saratoga Springs, New York, then in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and finishing the summer in Middleburg, Virginia," stated Duchossois.
The Champion Equine Insurance Style Awards were presented this week in hunter and jumper divisions by sponsor Laura Whitlow. The winner of the hunter style award was Prestige, ridden by Ken Berkley for Gina Day, in the Pre-Green 3' Hunter division. They won the award for style that best exemplifies a show hunter, which was determined by the judge based on form, movement, manners, and way of going.
In the Adequan 7/8 Year Old Young Jumpers, the award was split between Pacha de Nantuel and Reed Kessler and Laura Chapot on Quointreau Un Prince, who were both awarded the jumper style award. It was determined by the judges based on scope, rideability, technique, and competitive spirit.
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The weekend begins tomorrow at Week 1 of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival with more junior and amateur championships to be awarded. Among the competition will be the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters sponsored by Illustrated Properties.
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The 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 12 through April 3. 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 $6 million in prize money will be awarded.
WEF is proud to be supported by their title sponsor, FTI Consulting, Inc. 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 3,600 employees located in most major business centers in the world, they work closely with clients every day to anticipate, illuminate, and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management and restructuring. For more information, please visit www.fticonsulting.com.
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