Andres Rodriguez and Fifty Fifty 111 Capture Second Win of the Week at 2015 WEF

Victoria Colvin Scores Major Win with New Mount in $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Classic; McKayla Langmeier and Castelli Dominate the Equestrian Sotheby’s International Reality Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under

by Carly Weilminster and Maddy Stover

Wellington, FL (Jennifer Wood Media) – Andres Rodriguez (VEN) and Arao Enterprises LLC’s Fifty Fifty 111 (Action-Breaker x Major de La Cour) have had a tremendous week at the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), taking home two major career wins. The duo took home Thursday’s $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 and continued their hot streak with a first in Saturday’s $34,000 Nutrena CSIO 1.45m Classic. Victoria Colvin also had a win on Saturday with her new mount Cafino in the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic.

Andres Rodriguez and Fifty Fifty 111

Due to intense rainfall in the area this afternoon, equestrian competition and special events for Saturday evening at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center were cancelled.

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The Winter Equestrian Festival’s eighth week will conclude with the Hollow Creek Farm Children’s, Junior and Young Rider Grand Prix classes as well as the conclusion of their Nations Cup team events, followed by the $150,000 Grand Prix CSIO 4* presented by Lugano Diamonds, which will be live streamed here:http://bit.ly/1wrDbZB.

Anthony D’Ambrosio’s track for the $34,000 Nutrena CSIO 1.45m Classic on Saturday morning saw 14 clear rounds out of 39 trips. Laura Kraut (USA) and Constable II finished just behind Rodriguez in 59.61 seconds. “I saw Laura’s round, and I knew that it was six strides between Fences 7 & 8, but my horse has a big step and if I could do it in five I would take the class, so I went for it,” commented Rodriguez. Meagan Nusz (USA) aboard Vesuvius rounded out the top three finishing fault-free in 60.12 seconds.

Andres Rodriguez and Fifty Fifty 111 in their winning presentation with Jane Dewey, Tim Mays, Tim Karl of Cargill Animal Health with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia and Rodriguez’s parents

“Winning the WEF Cup Challenge on Thursday and then winning the class today, I’m so happy. This horse is really important to me, and I couldn’t be happier. She used to be pretty difficult, but she’s coming along very nicely. When you have a young horse and give them a fair chance, they’ll do well. She’s been so fast, so my expectations with her are very high because she’s getting consistent,” said Rodriguez, who finished the course in 59.55 seconds for the win.

The two will look to improve upon their fantastic performances throughout the remainder of season and for the rest of the year. Rodriguez, who rode for the fourth placed Venezuelan Team in Friday night’s $100,000 Nation’s Cup presented by Kingsland Equestrian, said he believes the future is bright. “I’m really looking forward to the future with Team Venezuela. We have great veteran anchor riders and some extremely talented young riders coming up. It’s taken us a while to get here, but I think we’re moving into the top tier of teams in the sport,” he remarked.

Victoria Colvin Scores Major Win with New Mount in $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Classic

Seventeen-year-old Victoria Colvin (USA) and newly acquired mount Cafino, owned by Take The High Road LLC, topped the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Classic today riding clear through the jump-off in 35.57 seconds to take the win. Laura Kraut (USA) and Nouvelle were close behind completing the jump-off course in 36.085 seconds for second and Andrew Ramsay (USA) and Winn Winn crossed the timers in 36.101 seconds to take third.

Colvin, coming off a record-breaking performance at WEF 6 $100,000 USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Hunter Spectacular aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s Ovation, has recently started riding Cafino, who was purchased from Alexander Zetterman to help jump-start her show jumping career. Even though the two have not been partnered for long, Colvin’s skills in the ring come naturally, as she piloted the 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding to a win in the large class full of veteran pairs.

“I’m so happy with the win today. It was just amazing. I haven’t been riding him for a very long time; it’s really only my second week! He was great last week in the High Classic and I went fast there too, so it was good preparation for today,” smiled Colvin.

The switch from the hunters to the jumpers has come easily for Colvin, who enjoys the excitement of the jumper ring. “It’s nice to be able to go into the hunter ring and be slow and soft and then be able to flip a switch to the jumper ring which is just faster and spicier,” she laughed. “It really does help with the handy classes and the equitation too though, so it all balances out for me.”

Victoria Colvin and Cafino in their winning presentation with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia, Lauren Tisbo of Suncast®, and owner Karen Long Dwight

The pair will contest the Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Series Semi-Final, presented by Kingsland Equestrian, in Week 9 of WEF and will continue to map their plans from there. “I’m really excited to have the ride on this horse, and he’s just great. He’s perfect on the ground and when you bring him next to the ring he understands its time to go and get the job done, which I love,” commented Colvin.

McKayla Langmeier and Castelli Dominate the Equestrian Sotheby’s International Reality Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under

Before the rain cancelled the end of classes on Saturday, McKayla Langmeier, from East Granby, CT, piloted Khaki Run LLC’s horse, Castelli, to championship honors in the Equestrian Sotheby’s International Reality Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under. Castelli won both over fences classes the first day and was second in both over fences classes on Saturday. “He [Castelli] is so much fun to catch ride! I’m thankful that I get to ride him,” Langmeier exclaimed.

Finishing the day as reserve champions was Eloise, ridden and owned by Stella Styslinger. The duo finished first and third over fences, combined with a second place finish in the under saddle. Styslinger was also awarded the owner/rider championship in the division.

Langmeier started riding Castelli during WEF 4 and has enjoyed getting to show him in the Small Junior Hunters. When talking about Castelli, Langmeier commented, “He [Castelli] has a really big stride and is really brave.”

A highlight for Castelli this week was his winning handy round. “He [Castelli} is a blast in the handy. I can do any inside turn I want, and I know he will stay with me,” Langmeier explained.

When Langmeier is not competing with Castelli in the hunters, she also shows in the Junior Jumpers and 3’6″ equitation. “Showing in the hunters helps me stay smooth when I’m showing in other divisions,” Langmeier noted.

Looking forward to the rest of the 2015 show season, Langmeier is hoping to qualify for the FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships held in Kentucky, as well as earn top ribbons again at the four national equitation finals in the fall.

The Autism Speaks Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunters will conclude hunter competition for WEF 8 tomorrow in ring 11. For full results and more information, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Final Results: $34,000 Nutrena CSIO 1.45M Classic

  1. FIFTY FIFTY 111: 2005 Belgian Warmblood mare by Action-Breaker x Major de La Cour

ANDRES RODRIGUEZ (VEN), Arao Enterprises LLC: 0/59.55

  1. CONSTABLE II: 2007 KWPN gelding by Harley VDL x Lupicor

LAURA KRAUT (USA), Cherry Knoll Farm: 0/59.61

  1. VESUVIUS: 2002 KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Expert

MEAGAN NUSZ (USA), Amalaya Investments: 0/60.12

  1. LA PETITE FLEUR 6: 2007 Oldenburg mare by Lexicon x Romino

ANDRES AROZARENA (MEX), Jorge Arozarena: 0/60.56

  1. ISHD DUAL STAR: 2002 Irish Sport Horse mare by Quickstar x Concorde

LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Mary Chapot: 0/60.66

  1. ZERNIKE K: 2004 KWPN gelding by Sam R 60 x H Topas

BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Remarkable Farms LP: 0/60.90

  1. TALOUBET: 2000 KWPN gelding by Baloubet Du Rouet x Quidam De Revel

PAULO SANTANA (BRA), Paulo Santana: 0/61.95

  1. ZZ TOP VH SCHAARBROEK Z: 2001 Zangersheide gelding by Zandor Z x Latus I

EMANUEL ANDRADE (VEN), Emanuel Andrade: 0/61.99

  1. ECKHAM VAN HET STEENTJE: 2004 BWP gelding by Berlin x Kannan

MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Elm Rock LLC: 0/62.34

  1. CENTURION B: 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Rebel Z I x Indoctro

LISA GOLDMAN (USA), Mary Goldman: 0/62.57

  1. MERIDA 8: 2007 Irish Sport Horse mare by Metropole x Hildenley

MEREDITH MICHAELS-BEERBAUM (GER), Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC: 0/63.49

  1. HH CARLOS Z: 2002 Zangersheide gelding by Chellano Z x Voltaire

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Double H Farm: 0/64.10

Final Results: $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

  1. CAFINO: 2003 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Roderik 856

VICTORIA COLVIN (USA), Take the High Road LLC: 0/0/35.570

  1. NOUVELLE: 2004 KWPN mare by Solitair x Contango

LAURA KRAUT (USA), Evita Group: 0/0/36.085

  1. WINN WINN: 2003 AES mare by Chin Chin x Wagenaar

ANDREW RAMSAY (USA), Andrew Ramsay: 0/0/36.101

  1. VALINSKI S: 2002 KWPN gelding by Nikinski x Julius

BEN MAHER (GBR), Wyndmont: 0/0/37.083

  1. DEAUVILLE S: 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Lux

LAURA KRAUT (USA), Julius Peter Sinnack: 0/0/37.283

  1. BUGATTI: 2006 KWPN gelding by Heartbreaker x Pilot

WILHELM GENN (GER), Eduardo Leon: 0/0/38.984

  1. ZONNEGLANS: 2004 KWPN mare by Dutch Capitol x Wellington

GEMMA PATERNOSTER (GBR), Gemma Paternoster: 0/0/43.935

  1. ZARISMA: 2004 mare by Chin Chin x Quick Star

ALVARO DE MIRANDA (BRA), Fabio de Arruda Martins: 0/0/44.016

  1. QUOINTREAU UN PRINCE: 2004 Selle Francais gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Rosire

LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Laura Chapot & McLain Ward: 0/4/36.473

  1. ORBETELLO: 2003 Oldenburg stallion by Orlando x Landgraf I

CHRIS EWANOUSKI (USA), Hampton Farms LLC: 0/4/37.109

  1. BACKSTORY: 2006 KWPN gelding by Ustinov x Amulet

DARRAGH KERRINS (IRL), David Hopper:0/4/37.910

12 WELCOM COR: 2006 Holsteiner mare by Caretino x Coronado

WILHELM GENN (GER), Ann F. Anastasio: 0/8/37.171

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.