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2017 Winter Equestrian Festival Awards Circuit Championships

Wellington, FL - April 5, 2017 - Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) is proud to congratulate all of the Circuit Champions for the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). The 2017 circuit was a huge success featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition from January 11 through April 2 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The circuit awarded more than $9 million in prize money along with many other special awards. The 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival Circuit Champion Awards were presented to the top finishers in every division, based on prize money or points won. 

Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ, once again earned the Lugano Diamonds Overall Jumper Rider Award for the 2017 circuit. Chapot was circuit champion of two divisions, riding to the top of the Illustrated Properties 1.40m division with Mary Chapot's Zealous, and also topping the Crown Family 1.35m division with Mary Chapot's Umberto.

Guadalupe Gonzalez was the Lugano Diamonds Overall Jumper Owner for the circuit. Allison Sweetnam was the Lugano Diamonds Overall Jumper Trainer. 

Ken Berkley (leading hunter trainer) and Scott Stewart (leading hunter rider) accept their awards with ringmaster Steve Rector; Stuart Winston, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Director of Retail; and Craig Dickmann, Director of Equestrian, Lugano Diamonds.

Scott Stewart of Wellington, FL, was named the circuit's Lugano Diamonds Overall Hunter Rider once again this year. Rivers Edge trainer Kenneth Berkley earned the Lugano Diamonds Overall Hunter Trainer, and Gochman Sport Horses was named Lugano Diamonds Overall Hunter Owner for 2017. 

Stewart and Gochman Sport Horses' Catch Me were circuit champions in the Antarès High Performance Working Hunter division. Catch Me also earned the Jay Matter Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the horse with the most points in the High Performance Hunters. 

Stewart jumped Gochman Sport Horses' Fun to the circuit championship in the Shapley's High Performance Conformation Hunter division. Stewart also led three other divisions, topping the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Green Hunter 3'6" with Dr. Betsee Parker's Luster, the Shapley's Green Conformation Hunters with Dr. Betsee Parker's Private Life, and the Equine Tack and Nutritionals Green Hunter 3'9" with Fashion Farm's Captivate.
 
Sophie, David, Becky, and Mimi Gochman accept the Jay Matter Memorial Trophy for their horse Catch Me that earned the most points in the High Performance Hunters. They were also presented the award for Lugano Diamonds Leading Hunter Owner.

Augusta Iwasaki of Calabasas, CA, was named the Overall Pony Hunter Rider for 2017. Iwasaki dominated the Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC Large Pony Hunter division
to take the circuit championship riding Iwasaki & Reilly's Small Soldier. 
 
Equestrian Sport Productions congratulates everyone on a fantastic 2017 circuit. For more information, please visit www.pbiec.com.  
 
2017 JUMPER CIRCUIT CHAMPIONS
 
DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE 1.45M
BULL RUN'S FAUSTINO DE TILI / BULL RUN JUMPERS FIVE LLC / KRISTEN VANDERVEEN
 
ILLUSTRATED PROPERTIES 1.40M
ZEALOUS / MARY CHAPOT / LAURA CHAPOT
 
THE CROWN FAMILY 1.35M
UMBERTO / MARY CHAPOT / LAURA CHAPOT
 
RUSHY MARSH FARM 1.30M
E-WALLY / GOLDEN POINT PARTNERS LLC / BENJAMIN MEREDITH
 
GUT EINHAUS 5-YEAR-OLD DEVELOPING JUMPER
GREY NOBLESSE / ATTACHE STABLES / JENNA THOMPSON
 
SPY COAST FARM 6-YEAR-OLD DEVELOPING JUMPER
MANHATTAN / GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES LLC / VASCO FLORES
 
SPY COAST FARM 7-YEAR-OLD DEVELOPING JUMPER
TUPAC VAN DE VROMBAUTSHOEVE Z / EMANUEL ANDRADE
 
ENGEL & VÖLKERS HIGH AMATEUR-OWNER JUMPER
EVERYTHING / PONY LANE FARM / KELSEY THATCHER
 
EQUILINE MEDIUM AMATEUR-OWNER JUMPER
CURBY DU SEIGNEUR / HANNAH PATTEN
 
MARTHA JOLICOEUR, DOUGLAS ELLIMAN LOW AMATEUR-OWNER JUMPER
REVE DU RAZZY / CAROLINE DONNALLY
 
ENTRUST CAPITAL ADULT AMATEUR JUMPER 18-35
EUROCOMMERCE TAMPA / AVERY-ANNA HOGAN
 
ADULT AMATEUR JUMPER 36 & OVER
GRISSET / ALISSA KINSEY
 
HORSEWARE IRELAND DON LITTLE ADULT AMATEUR MASTERS
DALLAS DE LA BONNETT / JORGE GOMEZ
 
FARMVET ADULT AMATEUR MODIFIED JUMPER
REN ROUND NUMBER / CATHERINE WU
 
SLEEPY P RANCH HIGH JUNIOR JUMPER
COMMISSARIO / NUVOLARI HOLDINGS LLC / GIAVANNA RINALDI
 
HOLLOW CREEK FARM MEDIUM JUNIOR JUMPER
CARISMA / CHAGRIN SADDLERY / EMMA KURTZ
 
MARIA MENDELSOHN, DOUGLAS ELLIMAN LOW JUNIOR JUMPER
WEDDING DAY / SABRINA LEFEBVRE
 
EQUESTRIAN SOTHEBY'S CHILDREN'S JUMPER 14 & UNDER
MUFASA / TAJE WARRICK
 
EQUIS BOUTIQUE CHILDREN'S JUMPER 15-17
CHEVAL D'ESPOIR Z / SAMANTHA RICE
 
GRIFFIS RESIDENTIAL CHILDREN'S MODIFIED JUMPER
EBAY / GRETCHEN BIEDRON / MIMI GOCHMAN
 
KARINA BREZ LOW ADULT JUMPER 18-35
MORE CANDY / LIONSWAY FARM / STEPHANIE ANN COOK
 
PEGASUS BUILDERS LOW ADULT JUMPER 36 & OVER
CYBER SPACE / MOLLY ATHEY
 
EQUO LOW CHILDREN'S JUMPER
SUNDANCE / DAVID GOCHMAN / DANIEL KERINS
 
TAKE2 THOROUGHBRED JUMPER
BLACK LABEL / JOHN BEEBE / JIA MEININGER
 
LOW CHILD/ADULT TRAINING JUMPER
ASDI ABSOLUT / KELLY RODRIGUEZ
 
 
2017 HUNTER AND EQUITATION CIRCUIT CHAMPIONS
 
ANTARÈS HIGH PERFORMANCE WORKING HUNTER
CATCH ME / GOCHMAN SPORT HORSES LLC / SCOTT STEWART
 
CWD PERFORMANCE WORKING HUNTER 3'6"
CRACK / JULIA MCNERNEY / HAVENS SCHATT
 
MARSHALL & STERLING INSURANCE PERFORMANCE WORKING HUNTER 3'3"
SUTHERLAND / MIA HOLSTEAD / PETER PLETCHER
 
BAINBRIDGE COMPANIES GREEN HUNTER 3'
PLAYBOOK / FASHION FARM / SCOTT STEWART
 
CAPTIVEONE GREEN HUNTER 3'3"
HEMMINGWAY / STEPHANIE BULGER / SANDRA FERRELL
 
PRE-GREEN 3 & 4-YEAR-OLD
HOLDEN OUT / SUSAN MORICONI / CHRISTOPHER PAYNE
 
EQUINE TACK & NUTRITIONALS GREEN HUNTER 3'6"
LUSTER / DR. BETSEE PARKER / SCOTT STEWART
 
EQUINE TACK & NUTRITIONALS GREEN HUNTER 3'9"
CAPTIVATE / FASHION FARM / SCOTT STEWART
 
SHAPLEY'S GREEN CONFORMATION HUNTER
PRIVATE LIFE / DR. BETSEE PARKER / SCOTT STEWART
 
SHAPLEY'S HIGH PERFORMANCE CONFORMATION HUNTER
FUN / GOCHMAN SPORT HORSES LLC / SCOTT STEWART
 
LUGANO DIAMONDS AMATEUR-OWNER HUNTER 18-35
CHABLIS / LIBERTAS FARM LLC / KELLY TROPIN
 
HUNT LTD AMATEUR OWNER HUNTER 36 AND OVER
CATCH ME / GOCHMAN SPORT HORSES LLC / BECKY GOCHMAN
 
ADEQUAN® AMATEUR OWNER HUNTER 3'3" 18-35
KINGSTON / LINDSAY MAXWELL
 
OSPHOS AMATEUR OWNER HUNTER 3'3" 36 & O
LAST MAN DARLING / GOCHMAN SPORT HORSES LLC / BECKY GOCHMAN
 
ADULT HUNTER 18-35 SECTION A
ZENTINA B / SAMANTHA KARP
 
WANDERERS CLUB ADULT HUNTER 18-35 SECTION B
FIRST & GOAL / AUBRIENNE KRYSIEWICZ-BELL / SAMANTHA KARP
 
TRIPLE CROWN BLANKETS ADULT HUNTER 36-50 SECTION A
FRENCH KISS / TINA ALLEN
 
CAMPING WORLD ADULT HUNTER 36-50 SECTION B
CALERO / SUSANNAH ROSE
 
CAMPING WORLD ADULT HUNTER 51 & OVER SECTION A
JUST NICK / WOODLAND WAY INC / MARGARET O'MEARA
 
FARMVET ADULT HUNTER 51 & OVER SECTION B
WINTER STROLL / RICHARD PRANT / NANCY HOOKER
 
SMALL JUNIOR 15 & UNDER
EVERMORE / GOCHMAN SPORT HORSES LLC / MIMI GOCHMAN
 
STALLER SMALL JUNIOR 16-17
WISDOM / RIVERS EDGE / EMMA KURTZ
 
ENGEL & VÖLKERS LARGE JUNIOR 15 & UNDER
SMALL AFFAIR / LYN PEDERSEN / AUGUSTA D. IWASAKI
 
BRUNO DELGRANGE LARGE JUNIOR 16-17
DEDICATION / DR. BETSEE PARKER / EMMA KURTZ
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI HEALTH SYSTEM JUNIOR HUNTER 3'3" SECTION A
TRUST / CAROLINE RATIGAN
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI HEALTH SYSTEM JUNIOR HUNTER 3'3" SECTION B
ADORE / ELIZA KIMBALL
 
CHILDREN'S HUNTER 14 & UNDER
CASINO / WOODLAND WAY LLC / LIBBIE GORDON
 
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY CHILDREN'S HUNTER 15-17
LIFE IS GOOD / ALEXA STIEGLER
 
AUTISM SPEAKS CHILDREN'S PONY SMALL/MEDIUM
ME TOO / SWEET OAK FARM / OLIVIA SWEETNAM
 
CHILDREN'S PONY LARGE
WHAT-A-BEAN / LOLA HEAD
 
VISSE WEDELL SMALL PONY HUNTER
IPARTY / ALEXA ELLE LIGNELLI
 
ANIMO MEDIUM PONY HUNTER
SMALLWOOD MYSTIC / PEACOCK RIDGE LLC / ZAYNA RIZVI
 
ROSENBAUM MOLLENGARDEN PLLC LARGE PONY HUNTER
SMALL SOLDIER / IWASAKI & REILLY / AUGUSTA IWASAKI
 
SMALL GREEN PONY
QUICKSILVER BELLS / BILL SCHAUB / ALEXA ELLE LIGNELLI
SUNDOWN/ JOE CURRAIS / ALEXANDRA LYNN WILLNER
 
MEDIUM GREEN PONY
IAPPROVE/ BILL SCHAUB / ALEXA ELLE LIGNELLI
 
LARGE GREEN PONY
CHIC IN TIME / KAT FUQUA
 
SHORT STIRRUP HUNTER
MONEY TREE / AGATHA LIGNELLI
 
CROSSRAILS HUNTER - YOUNGER
PAPILLON BLUE / HOLMAN IMPORTS / ISABELLA ROMAN
 
CROSSRAIL HUNTER - OLDER
CAPITAL PINEHURST / KAREN LUCAIN
 
DERBY GOLD OPEN HUNTER 3'3"
BELFAST / MONTY KELLY / AMY MOMROW
 
ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER OF NY LOW ADULT HUNTER 2'6" SECTION A
KAROLEENA /CHRISTY POWELL
 
ARIAT® LOW ADULT HUNTER 2'6 SECTION A
FOR KEEPS / CATHY ZICHERMAN
 
ARIAT® LOW ADULT HUNTER 2'6 SECTION B
MCKINLEY / STEEPLECHASE FARM / MARK BADGLEY
 
PALM BEACH RIDING ACADEMY LOW CHILDRENS HUNTER 2'6
LUCAS / SIGNORINO FAMILY FARM LLC / KATHERINE SIGNORINO
 
PERFECT PRODUCTS USHJA HUNTER 3'
BY THE WAY / RUTH KANNER / AMANDA LYERLY
 
USHJA HUNTER 2'9"
GLORIA / PATRICIA CLOUSER
 
KASOWITZ, BENSON, TORRES & FRIEDMAN LLP USHJA HUNTER 2'6"
HEATHCLIFFE / WINDHAVEN / JEFF RUNDLE
 
USHJA HUNTER 2'3"
CAYERO / JOHN & STEPHANIE INGRAM LLC / JOAN EHRHART
 
USHJA HUNTER 2'
HOLLYWOOD / RANDALL SWATEK / ASHLEY GLICA
 
TAKE 2 THOROUGHBRED HUNTER
LUCCA / PAULINE LAMPSHIRE / HUNTER KAY
 
CAROLEX WALK/TROT
SILVER RAIN / PEACOCK RIDGE LLC / BRIANE BEERBAUM
 
YOUNG HUNTER
STRING OF PEARLS / PRICILLA DENEGRE / GAVIN MOYLAN
 
11 AND UNDER EQUITATION
KAT FUQUA
 
12-14 EQUITATION
ELLIE FERRIGNO
 
ALESSANDRO ALBANESE 15-17 EQUITATION
AVA STEARNS
 
OMEGA ALPHA ADULT EQUITATION
SARA BALLINGER
 
 
TROPHIES & SPECIAL AWARDS
 
LUGANO DIAMONDS OVERALL JUMPER OWNER
GUADALUPE GONZALEZ

LUGANO DIAMONDS OVERALL JUMPER RIDER
LAURA CHAPOT
 
LUGANO DIAMONDS OVERALL JUMPER TRAINER
ALLISON SWEETNAM
 
LUGANO DIAMONDS OVERALL HUNTER OWNER
GOCHMAN SPORT HORSES, LLC
 
LUGANO DIAMONDS OVERALL HUNTER RIDER
SCOTT STEWART
 
OVERALL PONY HUNTER RIDER
AUGUSTA IWASAKI
 
LUGANO DIAMONDS OVERALL HUNTER TRAINER
KENNETH BERKLEY
 
CHRISTY CONARD PERPETUAL TROPHY FOR EQUESTRIAN EXCELLENCE PRESENTED TO THE YOUNG EQUESTRIAN WHO ACCUMULATES THE MOST POINTS IN THE USEF HUNTER SEAT MEDAL, USEF SHOW JUMPING TALENT SEARCH, ASPCA MACLAY, AND WIHS OVERALL CLASSES
EMMA KURTZ
 
SIMBA RUN PERPETUAL TROPHY
OWNER OF THE OPEN JUMPER WHO HAS EARNED THE MOST PRIZE MONEY IN CLASSES OVER 1.45M
KAREN POLLE (WITH WINGS)
 
OVERALL MARTHA W. JOLICOEUR LEADING LADY JUMPER RIDER AWARD IN MEMORY OF DALE LAWLER 
LAURA CHAPOT
 
SUNCAST® 1.50 CHAMPIONSHIP JUMPER SERIES - OVERALL LEADING RIDER
MCLAIN WARD
 
HOWARD A NEWMAN PERPETUAL MEMORIAL TROPHY PRESENTED TO OWNER OF THE HORSE WHO WON THE MOST PRIZE MONEY IN THE DON LITTLE MASTERS JUMPERS
JORGE GOMEZ (DALLAS DE LA BONNETT)
 
WENDY W NEWBY MEMORIAL TROPHY
HIGH SCORE AMATEUR-OWNER HUNTER 3'3"
KINGSTON (LINDSAY MAXWELL)
 
JAMES "JIM" BRUNDAGE MEMORIAL TROPHY
HIGH SCORE GREEN PONY HUNTER
CHIC IN TIME (KAT FUQUA)
 
PIN OAK FARM PERPETUAL TROPHY
PRESENTED TO THE JUNIOR JUMPER RIDER WHO EARNED THE MOST PRIZE MONEY
GIAVANNA RINALDI
 
OLIVER O'TOOLE PERPTUAL TROPHY AWARDED TO THE GROOM OF THE HORSE WHO HAS EARNED THE MOST MONEY IN THE WEEKLY GRAND PRIX
BO VAANHOLT (FINE LADY 5)
 
KENYA PERPETUAL MEMORIAL TROPHY
HIGH SCORE HORSE IN THE ADULT AMATEUR HUNTER 51 & OVER
WINTER STROLL (RICHARD PRANT)
 
THE HARRISON CUP PERPETUAL TROPHY AWARDED TO THE OWNER WHO HORSES WIN THE MOST JUMPER MONEY IN ALL OPEN JUMPER CLASSES
SAMUEL PAROT
 
THE JAY MATTER MEMORIAL TROPHY AWARD TO THE HORSE WITH THE MOST POINTS IN THE HIGH PERFORMANCE HUNTERS
CATCH ME (GOCHMAN SPORT HORSES LLC)
 
POTCREEK MEADOW FARM JUNIOR SPORTSMANSHIP TROPHY PRESENTED TO THE JUNIOR RIDER THAT CONSISTENTLY DEMONSTRATES OUTSTANDING CONDUCT, HORSEMANSHIP, ATTITUDE AND COURTESY APPROPRIATE FOR A COMPETITIOR AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF OUR SPORT
COOPER DEAN
 
THE RAMBLEWOOD PERPETUAL TROPHY RECOGNIZES SUPERIOR EXHIBITOR/MANAGEMENT RELATIONS. THE TROPHY ACKNOWLEDGES AN INDIVIDUAL'S UNIQUE DEDICATION AND KINDNESS TO EXHIBITORS OF WEF BY ANY MEMBER OF THE MANAGEMENT TEAM
TOM BLANKENSHIP
 
HERMÈS TALENTED YOUNG RIDER AWARD
DANIEL COYLE
 
BEVAL PALM BEACH MEDAL SERIES WINNER
SARA BALLINGER
 
RUBY ET VIOLETTE WEF CHALLENGE CUP SERIES
WITH WINGS / KAREN POLLE

OVERALL HOLLOW CREEK FARM UNDER 25 GRAND PRIX SERIES WINNER
LUCAS PORTER
 
OVERALL CHAMPION EQUINE INSURANCE JUMPER STYLE AWARD
VICTER FINN DH Z, RIDDEN BY EUGENIO GARZA FOR EL MILAGRO
 
OVERALL CHAMPION EQUINE INSURANCE HUNTER STYLE AWARD
BEST REGARDS, RIDDEN BY JENNIFER HANNAN FOR PATRICIA FULCHINO
 

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

 

Please visit www.pbiec.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information on the Winter Equestrian Festival.