Ashlee Bond & Donatello 141. Picture © Sportfot.
Israel’s Ashlee Bond and Donatello 141 have been lightning quick through the $78,000 CSI5* Adequan® WEF Problem Cup Spherical 7 within the Worldwide Enviornment on Thursday through the Winter Equestrian Pageant’s (WEF) Week 7, sponsored by Lugano Diamonds.
Fifty contenders tackled the Steve Stephens (USA) observe the place a number of the straightforward favorites fell sufferer to a testing course. Fourteen superior to the tie-breaking jump-off, together with Bond and her trusted associate, “Donnie.”
Small in stature and stride however large in coronary heart, Donatello 141, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding (Diarado x Lamoureux I) stopped the brief course timers at 32.62 seconds. The seasoned partnership between Bond and Donatello 141 was apparent as they pipped Jessica Mendoza’s greater than respectable time of 33.39 seconds. Mendoza (GBR) and her personal Play settled for second whereas Belgium’s Jos Verlooy and Igor completed third on a time of 33.89 seconds for homeowners Eurohorse BVBA.
Catoki Takes Over WEF 7
Two-time Olympic group gold medalist for the U.S. McLain Ward kicked off WEF 7 with a win within the $39,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty CSI5* 1.45m aboard the pint-sized celebrity Catoki on Wednesday.
Ward took to Steve Stephens and Nick Granat’s (USA) two-round observe in opposition to 55 opponents with Catoki, a 14-year-old Westphalian gelding (Catoki x Caretello B). The pair put within the quickest time of the day, ending in 24.18 seconds over the pace portion of the course.
When cantering in direction of 1.45m oxer on a 15.2 hand horse, views can change, however Ward says Catoki’s dimension is nothing however a optimistic. “He’s principally a pony, and all the pieces occurs so quick, however he has the guts of a lion and he’s jumped some large lessons. He’s very courageous and matches that with pace and high quality which makes for an awesome associate.”
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