|Elizabeth Faraci and Chamonix are the Adult Amateur 3'3" Hunter Champions during the fifth week of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © Sportfot, Official Sport Photographer of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, www.sportfot.com.|
The rain came down hard as Friday of Week 5 of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, which runs through April 3, got started. However, rain and mud did not stop the Adult Amateur 3'3" Hunters from competing in one of the biggest hunter weeks at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
The rain must have been good luck for Elizabeth Faraci. Faraci rode her own mount Chamonix to the tricolor honors this week. Chamonix, a seven-year-old Hanoverian by Calido I, did not seem to mind the rain at all. Faraci, who hails from Maryland, has owned Chamonix for three years. "He is so easy and fun to ride. He is always happy to do his job," Faraci explained.
The pair secured the championship honors by winning one class, placing second in two classes, and receiving a third place in another of the division's classes.
When asked about her plans for the rest of the season with Chamonix, Faraci explained, "I hope to move up to the Amateur-Owners, but we are going week by week." Faraci went on to say, "I have high hopes for the future."
Not far behind Faraci and Chamonix was the reserve champion in the Adult Amateur 3'3" Hunters. The reserve championship honors were awarded to Laurie Lewis, who resides in Oklahoma, riding her own mount, Abercrombie. Abercrombie is a ten-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Sion. The pair secured the reserve championship by winning one class, placing second in another class, and receiving thirds in two remaining classes.
The younger section of the 3'3" Amateur Owners presented by Martha Jolicouer and Illustrated Properties will be awarded their championship tomorrow in the Rost Arena. Continuing on Sunday, the older section of Large Junior Hunters will be competing for a spot in the junior/amateur-owner WCHR Hunter Classic Spectacular that takes place next Sunday.
Tomorrow night, the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will host the next event in the "Saturday Night Lights" series. Festivities will start at 6 p.m. with the first horse on course at 7 p.m. for the $150,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier presented by Spy Coast Farm.
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