Wellington, FL – March 14, 2014 - At only 17 years old, Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade has amassed a string of highly sought after victories across the western globe. Today, he added another notch to his belt with his win in the 2014 Wellington Turf Tour 1.40m Grand Prix victory held at Valiente Polo Club in Wellington, FL. Andrade piloted Walter 61 to the blazing time of 35.986 seconds to vault to the top of the ranks and seal his victory as one of only six double clear efforts.
For Week 10 of the Wellington Turf Tour, Valiente Polo Club opened their gates for the first show jumping event to ever be held on their well-manicured fields. Valiente, the 2013 U.S. Open runner-up, is one of the top polo teams at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) this season, with an amazing roster of riders including 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, ranked No. 1 in the world; Santi Torres and Sapo Caset. The polo team is owned by Denver businessman Robert Jornayvaz, and has shown nothing short of success in the realm of polo, recently winning the 26-goal C.V. Whitney Cup, and currently competing in the USPA Piaget Gold Cup at IPC. Valiente has become increasingly more involved with the community, not only opening their facility up for the 2014 Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour, but also hosting a polo tournament for kids that had well over 70 children in attendance.
The morning was alive with excitement as the top riders in the nation gathered on the stadium field at Valiente Polo Club. The course tested both horse and rider alike, seeing only 15 ride to the jump off round. Throughout the course of the day The Wellington Turf Tour saw 41 horse and rider combinations, but Eric Hasbrouck designed a technical track for the penultimate week of the series.
Emanuel Camilli, of Norfield Stables LLC, was the first rider of the day to traverse the track and move into the short course. He took a conservative approach with Rogue de la Rouche, riding to a clean effort in 46.899 seconds.
Young talent, Chloe Fields was the first to jet around the jump off, clearing each obstacle in a timely pace of 38.173 seconds. She continued to hold the lead, with Sarah Segal and Tilghman slipping in just behind in 38.322 seconds.
Barrios continued, “I am going to keep doing this next week. This was my first time coming out for this show. I am very happy with this. The course was great, and the footing was nice. I like this course, and I think the horses like this better. You need to be able to show your horse at other venues during the winter so they are not seeing the same things over and over.”
Although it seemed that Barrios had the win, Emanuel Andrade soon added his name to the jump off roster. Guiding Walter 61, Andrade erupted into a gallop like a bat out of hell, taking aim at the top time. He had seen Barrios post his remarkable round, and followed a similar path, but at a much more accelerated pace. He made a dash for the cash in a time of 35.986 seconds, more than a second ahead of Barrios.
“I saw Pablo go, and he is a really fast rider-the fastest in the world. I think I went faster just because my horse is really fast,” Andrade smiled. “He is a nice horse, not a difficult ride. He can sometimes be a little hot, but he is a great horse. I am very happy with how he went today. The course was really difficult, but it was nice. It gave good distances, and it wasn’t too full of twists and turns, so I was able to make up time through the distances.”
Andrade continued, “I am definitely going to come back next week for the finale event. I think that this series is a very good chance for horses and riders to experience the turf. It offers more money, and it has difficult courses. I had never been here before, but I am really happy to be here and show him different jumps and a different scene.”
Andrade claimed the victory with no others able to touch his time. Barrios was awarded the second place, while Fields finished third. Segal captured the fourth place with Tilghman, while Oliver Mc Carthy navigated Ramses du Lavillon to the fifth place. Camilli rounded out the top six as the last of the double clear efforts.
The final week of the Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour will conclude at the prestigious Deeridge Farms. This event is one of the highlights of Wellington’s winter circuit with $4,000 up for grabs on Wednesday, March 19, in the 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers, and qualifying points at stake in the Young Jumper Championship (YJC) Division with three times as much prize money on the table. On Saturday, March 22, the $24,995 Wellington Turf Tour 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix Finale will take center stage with an unprecedented amount of money at stake for Level II Jumpers.
Jeffery Welles continues to sit on top of the Wellington Turf Tour Leading Rider Bonus standings with $17,705 earned throughout the series. Ireland’s David Blake sits in second place with $10,825. Although Welles has what appears to be an insurmountable lead, next week’s finale event will tell all. The winner of the finale event will walk away with $8,000, possibly also claiming the coveted Leading Rider Bonus.
The final week of competition is sure to be filled with top-tier competitors and horses, unparalleled hospitality and unrivaled footing. Beverley Bryant, of Bryant Portraits, will be on site for the finale event. Her artwork has been seen throughout the 11-week series, with magnificent portraits on display at the varying venues each week. The rider in second place for the series rankings will receive a one-of-a-kind horse head drawing by Bryant.