Jad Dana & After Eight. Photograph © Sportfot.
Lebanon’s Jad Dana and After Eight introduced Week 9 on the Winter Equestrian Pageant (WEF) to an finish by reaching a milestone win within the $78,000 CaptiveOne Advisors CSI5* 1.50m Traditional on Sunday. The penultimate qualifier earlier than the CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Championship throughout WEF 11 christened the primary CSI5* win for each Dana and his mount.
Returning second to final in a 15-horse jump-off, Dana crossed the timers one hundredths of a second quicker than Darragh Kenny (IRL) who took over the lead early within the second spherical.
Dana was virtually speechless after his victory and nonetheless wore the smile that beamed as he crossed the ultimate timers. “I went late within the jump-off, which is unquestionably a bonus as a result of I obtained to see how briskly they went. Truthfully, once I noticed Nayel, who ended up fourth, I didn’t suppose I may beat him, and I assumed it could be unattainable to beat Darragh.
“Despite the fact that my mare could be very quick, the riders immediately had a lot expertise and they’re extremely gifted,” continued Dana. “I really thought I had no likelihood. I used to be completely happy to only be within the jump-off to start out with. This mare tried her coronary heart out for me immediately.”
Kate Hagerty and Kapatero Huge Win in Voltaire Design Massive Junior Hunter 3’6″ 16-17
Kate Hagerty and Kapatero sailed across the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring on Sunday afternoon, claiming the championship ribbon throughout WEF 9 within the Voltaire Design Massive Junior Hunter 3’6” 16-17 division.
Regardless of their younger age, every hunter rider masterfully showcased their horse’s pure potential and motion. Hagerty and her 10-year-old gelding, Kapatero, impressed the judges with consistency. They scored two second-place finishes in a aggressive subject, posting each a 90 within the useful and an 87 within the stake for the runner-up ribbons. Additionally they picked up a victory over fences on a rating of 83.
Hagerty, thrilled with the outcomes over two days of competitors on a brand new mount, stated, “We simply imported him two months in the past, so this circuit has been his first present within the U.S. He was a jumper in Europe earlier than coming right here and is making his hunter debut. He got here out robust yesterday and he’s beginning to grow to be extra constant as he learns the job, so I wished to go in and be easy yesterday and he went proper in and was wonderful. So, I wished to maintain up that momentum heading into immediately.”