Vince, Hodges, and Welles Win in $20,000 Adequan Young Jumper Finals at 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival

Wellington, FL – April 4, 2010 – The Young Jumpers took center stage on the final day of the 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Casey Hodges took top honors on Av’e, owned by Wendy & Casey Hodges, in the $20,000 Adequan Young Jumper 5 Year Old Final. Ainsley Vince captured the victory on Utopie Des Hautes, owned by Ashford Farm, in the $20,000 Adequan Young Jumper 6 Year Old Final. Jeffery Welles rode Merlin, owned by Noel Love Gross, to the top prize in the $20,000 Adequan Young Jumper 7/8 Year Old Final.

The twelfth week of the FTI WEF is sponsored by Lifestyle Lift and concluded with today’s
competition, which is also the end of the 2010 season at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. The
2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival had 12 weeks of competition, and they awarded almost $6
million in prize money through the circuit.

Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, designed all of the Young Jumper courses in the
International Arena. The morning began first with the $20,000 Adequan Young Jumper 5 Year
Old Final. There were 14 to show in the first course and time allowed in the first round was 82
seconds. There were eleven obstacles in the first round, which included a two stride and an in-
and-out.

Nine of the horse and rider combinations navigated the first course and moved on to the short
course. The jump-off comprised six jumps, which included roll back turns, a two stride, and
opportunities to leave out strides. It was Ramiro Quintana aboard Simply the Best, owned by
Joaquina Barrios, that set the early lead of the class. The pair passed through the timers in 31.837
seconds, which would hold up for a respectable fourth place once honors were received.

The next competitor to challenge Quintana’s time was Katie Shields up on S & L Downtown,
owned by True North Stables. The duo posted a time of 31.772 seconds, which would be good
enough to assume the third place position.

Christoph Schroeder entered the ring soon after on Last Princess, owned by GK Performance
Horses. The pair raced through the timers in 30.942 seconds and would claim the second place
spot.

The last proved to be the best when Casey Hodges flawlessly navigated the jump-off with Av’e,
owned by Wendy & Casey Hodges. The pair whisked through the timers in 30.752 seconds to
claim the victory in today’s 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Final.

Hodges spoke of the mare, a German-bred by Amantus xx Royal Angelo, she rode to the victory
today, “She is Westphalian branded, but has mostly French blood.” She explained, “This is only
her fourth Five-Year-Old class.” The mare is already qualified for the year-end finals at the
Hampton Classic Horse Show, but Hodges will continue competing her all summer to prepare
for the finals.

Hodges spoke of the Young Jumper classes in general, “It is incredible that they are able to
come with this amount of money to give to the Young Jumper Divisions.” She continued, “This
is a big part of what I do at my barn, International Equestrian Connection. We specialize in
developing the young jumpers that are future Grand Prix horses.”

The next class to follow was the $20,000 Adequan Young Jumper 6-Year-Old Final. With a
field of 38 competitors in the first round, the course presented them with 12 obstacles and a time
allowed of 79 seconds.

There were 17 horse and rider combinations that successfully advanced to the short course. The jump-off included an in and-out, roll back turns, and a very careful last line. The first competitor to set the pass in a very fast time was the eventual winner of the class. Ainsley Vince up on her mount Utopie Des Hautes, owned by Ashford Farm, beautifully displayed a faultless jump-off in a time of 35.137 seconds. The time was unable to be beat by any other competitor and the pair took home the victory after honors were awarded.

The next efficient clear round was produced by Beth Underhill on Hooliehoo, owned by Iron
Horse Farm. The pair flew through the timers in 36.714 seconds after having a faultless score.
The round produced by Underhill and Hooliehoo would take the third place position in today’s
class.

Darragh Kenny on his mount Gama Chamaco, owned by Marie Douglas, made a valiant effort
to catch the current leader. The duo was just behind Vince after stopping the timers at 35.707
seconds. The pair would take home second place honors after victories were awarded.

Vince spoke of the advantages of the Young Jumper Classes, “It was great when they first started
the young horse classes a few years ago, but I think the money certainly provides incentive to
the owners to support riders and the development of young horses.” She continued, “Sometimes
owners don’t understand the length of time it takes to make up a horse and this gives them little
milestones along the way, which is fantastic.”

Vince spoke of her future plans with the Belgian bred mare by Ogano Sitte xx Canadian River,
that she rode to the victory, “My hope is to now go home and manage to win the Canadian six-
year-olds with her and hopefully she will qualify to compete in Southampton.”

The final class in the International Ring to conclude week 12 of the FTI Winter Equestrian
Festival was the $20,000 Adequan Young Jumper 7&8 Year Old Final. The time allowed in the
first round was 86 seconds and the course included a triple combination, a double of verticals,
and a triple bar oxer that was the second obstacle. Out of a field of 69 competitors in the first
round, 23 progressed to the short course.

There were a total of six numbered jumps in the jump-off, which started off with the triple bar
oxer as the first obstacle and continued with a rollback turn to a double of verticals. The first of
the challengers to set the pace in the jump-off was Winde and Laura Kraut. The pair led the way
after posting a time of 32.622 seconds on the scoreboard. The round would hold up to claim the
third place spot after ribbons were awarded in today’s class.

It wasn’t long before Yann Candele entered the ring on Varina, owned by Susan Grange, that the
lead changed hands. The pair made very efficient turns and sped through the timers in 31.873
seconds. This would assume a very respectable second place position.

Jeffery Welles on his horse Merlin, owned by Noel Love Gross, entered the ring towards the beginning of the eight-year-old division. Welles and his horse, a Dutch-bred by Hors La Loi II xx Emilion, were able to shave just over one second off of Candele’s time after passing through the timers in 30.735 seconds. This time would hold up for top honors in today’s 7/8 Year Old final.

Welles spoke fondly of the eight-year-old Merlin. He said, “Noel Gross purchased the horse as
a five-year-old from S&L Farm and Darragh Kerins. He has been a winner from day one and
he is a quality horse that always rises to the occasion.” Welles is very thankful that Noel has the
horse. “She is a really great owner,” he remarked.

Of the jump-off that won him the victory today, Welles described, “The horse has a huge stride
and I wanted to do five (strides) up the first line. He got down the first line easily and once I set
the pace, I tried to stay on track. I just tried to let him gallop a little bit and use his big stride.”

As for the Young Jumper Classes, Welles contends, “It is great when they can have that much
money for young horses because it encourages people to really develop the horses.”

Welles plans to give Merlin a small break and then hopefully show him in some smaller Grand
Prix classes this summer and keep bringing the horse along.

The 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has ended as one of the most successful and well-
attended in its history. A full report of circuit champions will be sent out in the following days.
Thanks go out to all who made this year such a success, and congratulations to all of our winners
over the past 12 weeks.

For full results and more information, please visit www.shownet.biz or
www.equestriansport.com.

Final Results: $20,000 Adequan Young Jumper Final 5 Year Old

1. AV’E, CASEY HODGES, WENDY & CASEY HODGES: 0/0/30.752

2. LAST PRINCESS, CHRISTOPH SCHROEDER, GK PERFORMANCE HORSES: 0/0/
30.942

3. S & L DOWNTOWN, KATIE SHIELDS, TRUE NORTH STABLES: 0/0/31.772

4. SIMPLY THE BEST, RAMIRO QUINTANA, JOAQUINA BARRIOS: 0/0/31.837

5. FEE QUEIRA, COLIN SYQUIA, EURASIA INC.: 0/0/32.967

6. S & L ELITE, DARRAGH KERINS, S & L FARM: 0/0/35.095

7. PIRONELLA, BROCK CLERMONT, LINDSAY KLUZEK: 0/4/32.480

8. QUARTERLETTO, DARRAGH KENNY, DARRAGH KENNY: 0/4/32.881

9. CASCORRADO, CHRISTOPH SCHROEDER, HALEY EVERSON: 0/4/33.528

 

Final Results: $20,000 Adequan Young Jumper Final 6 Year Old

 

1. UTOPIE DES HAUTES, AINSLEY VINCE, ASHFORD FARM: 0/0/35.137

2. GAMA CHAMACO, DARRAGH KENNY, MARIE DOUGLAS: 0/0/35.707

3. HOOLIEHOO, BETH UNDERHILL, IRON HORSE FARM: 0/0/36.714

CAMOUFLAGE, PATO MUENTE, GAIL DADY: 4/70.860

SORIN, KENT FARRINGTON, CATHY ROLFS: 4/72.865

RUBIX, GEOFFREY CASE, GEOFFREY CASE: 4/74.019

4. CALLIRADO, YANN CANDELE, SUSAN GRANGE: 0/0/36.759

5. UP TO WIN, MAARTEN HUYGENS, MAARTEN HUYGENS: 0/0/39.173

6. S & L ZEPPELIN, DARRAGH KERINS, S & L FARM: 0/0/39.350

7. ULTIMATE, ROBIN SWEELY, ACORN HILL: 0/0/41.848

8. ZIDANE, RONAN MC GUIGAN, LLC CAPALL GROUP: 0/4/36.628

9. ZORRO, FEDERICO SZTYRLE, LOUISBURG FARM: 0/4/37.052

10.

G & C QUIVOLA, RAUL QUINTANA, GUSTAVO & CAROLINA
MIRABAL: 0/4/37.321

11.

12.

SCARPAZZA, CIAN MC DERMOTT, GLYNWOOD STABLES: 0/4/38.923

ZELOTIC, MANUEL LECUONA, MANUEL LECUONA: 0/4/39.001