Abdel Said and Arpège du Ru. Photo by SportFot

Edited press release

Wellington, Florida – March 12, 2022 – The penultimate day of the ninth week of competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) concluded with its highly anticipated “Saturday Night Lights” event. Huge crowds gathered for the $406,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate CSI5* Grand Prix on Saturday night. The evening ended with Abdel Saïd (BEL) repeating his victory from 2021, but this time with his own Arpege Du Ru.

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Scott Durkin, CEO of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Jay Phillip Parker, CEO of Douglas Elliman in Florida, and Don Langdon, Chief Broker of Wellington, Palm Beach and Jupiter stand alongside Kent Farrington, second, Abdel Said, and third . places Nicola Philippaerts alongside Stephanie Garbarini, Director of Marketing at Douglas Elliman, and Stephen Larkin, Director of Communications at Douglas Elliman. © Sportfot

WEF 9, sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, hosts five-star and two-star international competitions, sponsored by Corro, as well as hunter, jumper and equestrian divisions at the national level. The 13-week series offers weekly shows until April 3, 2022.

The event featured 41 of the world’s best equestrian athletes from 13 different nations and a significant track from world renowned course designer Alan Wade (IRL). Wade’s test for the first round included a triple bar and a triple combination at the start of the course as well as an open water obstacle.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games team silver medalists McLain Ward (USA) and Beechwood Stables-owned Contagious pioneered the class, and they started the challenge with a clear round. Twelve pairs finally found their way to a clear finish to compete in the jump-off. The course time of 81 seconds prevented only one combination from advancing to the second round, and six participants saw their night cut short by a single rail coming out of the cups.

As the first of 12 to return, Ward again led the charge but an unfortunate miscommunication at a vertical left him and Contagious on a final score of four fouls for sixth place. Saïd’s performance with Arpege Du Ru produced the first clear effort of the class and propelled the pair to first place with a time of 38.58 seconds. Ten other world-class athletes gave it their all, but Saïd was determined to repeat his same-class victory he won at the 2021 WEF aboard Bandit Savoie.

“I’m really delighted with my mare because all season she has evolved”, details Saïd. “Every year we come to the WEF, I find my horses are developing more and I’m delighted they came together tonight. I really like being here. I don’t think there are many better venues in the world, especially at the start of the year, to prepare your horses so well.

According to Saïd, he and his 12-year-old Selle Français mare (Apache D’Adriers x Quat’sous) have been getting closer and closer to victory throughout the season, and it seems only natural that he went two for two in that particular class.

“I had a time fault in the first five-star Grand Prix we did [at WEF]Said added. “Tonight I said, ‘I won’t be too slow.’ I thought I was too fast and had a rail, but the plan all along was to go for it. I really wanted and needed this victory for our whole team.

At the end of the event, the Herman ‘Kappy’ Kaplan Perpetual Memorial Trophy was awarded to Abdel Saïd. The trophy was lovingly established for Kappy by the 1995 WEF farriers.

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The 1995 WEF farriers presented Abdel Said with the Herman ‘Kappy’ Kaplan Perpetual Memorial Trophy. © Sportfot

Kent Farrington (USA) and Orafina, winners of the $75,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup CSI5* Round IX of $75,000, earned another memorable ribbon for the week by putting their names on the board for second honors. Farrington chased Said to the wire with the 10-year-old KWPN mare of Kent Farrington LLC (For Fashion x Canturo) but stopped the clock nearly two seconds off the fastest time to take the red ribbon in 40.42 seconds.

“It’s only [Orafina]This is my second time jumping in a five-star event, and for that I thought it was a great result,” said Farrington. “It’s always better to win but I think Abdel had an incredible result, and it was going to be tough to beat on any horse.

“I like to take my time to produce young horses that have a lot of talent, and I’m very excited about her future,” he continued of the mare he competed with internationally for a year. . “She’s proven a lot to me here in this class, and I’m hoping for great things in the future. I think we all had great athletes under us, and it’s unique that they’re all mares tonight. I’ve had great success with big mares because they have heart and a ton of tries.

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Kent Farrington and Orafina © Sportfot

Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) joined her compatriot on the victory lap after riding her 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare Katanga V/H Dingeshof (Cardento 933 x Tornedo FCS) to the third-fastest time of 41.65 seconds.

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Nicola Philppaerts and Katanga v/h Dingeshof © Sportfot

“My mare is feeling good right now,” said Philippaerts. “She doesn’t have the biggest stride, so it’s not easy to go all out in the jump-off, but I did my best. She is special because she can always give that extra something when it matters most.

Don Langdon, head broker of Wellington, Palm Beach and Jupiter for Douglas Elliman Real Estate, echoed the sentiment of many when he told the top three: “I’ve always admired your athleticism. To be able to step back and calm your mind to have a peak performance at a time like this is something we can be incredibly proud of.

The last double clear round of the evening was won by Katherine Dinan (USA) aboard the Brego R’N B, owned by Grant Road Partners LLC. They were steady in 44.25 seconds for fourth place.

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Martha Jolicoeur presented Adrienne Sternlicht with the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider award alongside Dr. Stephen Norton.

The Martha W. Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider award went to Adrienne Sternlicht for her best results this week. Sternlicht drove Benny’s Legacy to 12th in the Grand Prix.

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Julia Elach was presented with the winning groom award by Chloë Wilkenfeld on behalf of Double H Farm. © Sportfot

The Double H Farm Groom Award was presented to Julia Elach, Abdel Said’s grand prize winning groom.

Final results: $406,000 Douglas Elliman CSI5* Real Estate Grand Prize

1. ARPEGE DU RU: 2010 Selle Français mare by Apache D’Adriers x Quat’sous
ABDEL SAID (BEL), Abdel Said: 0/0/38.58

2. ORAFINA: 2012 KWPN mare by For Fashion x Canturo
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington LLC: 0/0/40.42

3. KATANGA V/H DINGESHOF: 2010 Belgian Warmblood mare by Cardento 933 x Tornedo FCS
NICOLA PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), Nicola Philippaerts: 0/0/41.65

4. BREGO R’N B: Gelding KWPN 2006 by Namelus R x Gerlinus
KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/44.25

5. COBY 8: 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Contagio x Escudo 19
PHILIPP WEISHAUPT (BEL), Mariko Kato, Noyuri Ko and Ecuries Beerbaum: 0/4/38.52

6. CONTAGIOUS: Rheinlander gelding 2009 by Contagio x For Keeps
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Beechwood Stables, LLC: 04/39.84

7. DSP CHAKARIA: 2010 Dutch Sport Horse by Chap 47 x Askari 173
ANDRE THIEME (GER), Pfudermanagement & Marketing: 0/4/40.12

8. BALOUTINUE: Hanoverian gelding 2010 by Balou du Rouet x Landor S
LAURA KRAUT (USA), St. Bride’s Farm: 04/40.42

9. DSARIE: 2008 KWPN mare by Veron x Ahorn
BEAT MÄNDLI (SUI), Grant Road Partners GMBH: 04/41.02

10. ARMIK: Gelding Oldenburg 2009 by Armitage 2 x Justinian xx
CAPT. BRIAN COURNANE (IRL), Mr. and Mrs. Stiller and Brian Cournane: 0/4/43.40

11. BALENTO CS : 2011 Oldenburg stallion by Balou du Rouet x Cento
EMILIE CONTER (BEL), Stables Stephex: 0/8/41.86

12. BENNY’S LEGACY: Gelding Oldenburg 2008 by Lupicor x Voltaire
ADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms 1 LLC: 0/16/61.88