Wellington, FL (February 18, 2020) – The midway point in Florida’s winter equestrian season was marked by roses, show jumping, and hospitality on the Turf Tour! Roses were presented to each exhibitor as Week 6 wrapped on Valentine’s Day. Stella Manship and Colorado took top honors in The Ridge’s $15,000 1.40M Turf Tour Grand Prix held at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Determined to win the Turf Tour’s Leading Rider prize, a souped up golf cart presented by Iron Horse Transit, Manship’s late the in the day double clear over Olympic designer Leopoldo Palacios’ course clocked in at 32.160 for the win. Turf Tour Weeks 7 & 8 will both be held at The Ridge’s home farm on a newly expanded turf Grand Prix field, before returning to Black Watch and To-Kalon Farms for the remaining weeks and season Finale!
Week 6’s $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classic victor, Alvaro Tejada, set the pace in the Grand Prix with an early double clear and jump-off time of 33.377. A field of nearly 30 international riders put pressure on Tejada throughout the day, including Luis Larrazabal, Kim Farlinger, Jordan Coyle, Steven Bluman, Diego Vivero, Michael Janson, Riley Mackillop, and Michael Kearins, but only Manship was able to top his time.
The Turf Tour Grand Prix, Rising Star, and the atmosphere of the show series is designed to be a launching point for horses and riders to further their skills and develop competitive prowess under dynamic competition conditions. Despite the Valentine’s Day Grand Prix being designed by Olympic veteran Leopoldo Palacios, options within the course allow for the class to be used for a variety of purposes: tuning up a proven Grand Prix horse, a rider getting their first experience at the 1.40M level, a young horse becoming acclimated to show pressure, or those ambitious riders galloping through the timers for prize money and glory. The versatility of the Turf Tour was one of the defining tenets set forth by its founders, Olympian Nona Garson and George d’Ambrosio.
Join the Turf Tour at beautiful venues around Wellington, weekly USEF Equitation Tuesday events, and even a Hunter Derby on April 4! The Ridge will also host for the first time the Garden State Horse Show at their gorgeous New Jersey facility in the spring of 2020! Visit www.RidgeShowJumping.com for prize lists and more information.
More shots from Week 6’s Valentine’s Day Grand Prix!
Don’t forget special deals and exclusive offers from our Turf Tour sponsors including $100 in Hygain Feed, the exclusive horse feed of the Turf Tour, for exhibitors, easy equine transport with Iron Horse Transit, and awesome tack & performance fit saddles from Prestige Italy! Visit their websites for more information and details on these unique Turf Tour deals.
About the 2020 Wellington Turf Tour, Hunter Derby Days, USEF Equitation Tuesdays, and The Ridge Schooling Shows
The 2020 Wellington Turf Tour features 12-weeks of hunter, jumper, and equitation competition at all heights and prize money classes including weekly $15,000 1.40-1.45M Grand Prix and $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classics, all held at beautiful venues around Wellington. This year’s destinations include The Ridge’s home farm, Black Watch Farm, To-Kalon Farm, and Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. In 2020, The Ridge will donate $10 for every horse entered in the 2020 Turf Tour to the Kevin Babington Foundation.
USEF Equitation Tuesday runs each Tuesday afternoon at The Ridge’s home farm (14415 Palm Beach Point Blvd) featuring pony equitation, adult equitation, junior equitation, and Medal Maclay. New this year for the Equitation Tuesdays, unrecognized hunter divisions and Marshall & Sterling Classics!
The Turf Tour and its hunter/jumper/equitation events are a unique addition to Wellington’s winter circuit, offering riders top-tier competition, generous prize money, and an unparalleled atmosphere. Young horses and advancing riders are able to test their mettle in classes ranging from junior and amateur jumpers to the Grand Prix, and at a variety of venues reminiscent of the large European tours. Organized by US Olympic show jumper Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio, the vision that inspired the tour’s conception was to stage competitions on turf and natural surfaces away from the intensity of other show grounds.
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