Eduardo Menezes and Caruschka 2. (Photo © Sportfot)
Week ten of the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), sponsored by Horseware Ireland, began Wednesday morning at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with a win for Brazil’s Eduardo Menezes and Caruschka 2 in the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Jumper Classic.
Michel Vaillancourt (USA) is the course designer in the International Ring for WEF 10. First thing Wednesday morning, Vaillancourt saw 63 entries with 17 clear rounds over his 1.45m speed track. Twelfth to go in the order, Menezes and Caruschka 2 raced through the early morning fog to clock the winning time of 59.44 seconds.
Richie Moloney (IRL) and Equinimity LLC’s Alsvid finished second in 60.30 seconds. Ronan McGuigan (IRL) and Capall Zidane placed third in 61.39 seconds, and Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Susan Grange’s Tennyson earned fourth place honors in a time of 61.77.
Menezes has owned Caruschka 2, a 12-year-old Oldenburg mare (Caspar x Continue), for five years and has a great partnership with the talented mare. She came from breeder Gestüt Lewitz, and Menezes purchased the mare as a seven-year-old after she went to the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium.
Speaking of his winning round with Caruschka on Wednesday, Menezes stated, “This mare is a very good speed horse. I think it was a very good course for her. She has a huge stride and you can take strides out here and there, and in the end it works great.”
“She is a very sweet horse. She has a lot of character,” Menezes detailed. “On a daily basis, she is a hot horse to ride, but she will never buck or spook. She is very easy to handle at home, but when she gets to the show she knows that she is here and then she gets her engine really going. Then I just have to hold the reins and let her go.”
Caruschka 2 and Menezes will compete next in Friday’s $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m Classic and then compete in three classes during week 11.
In the spring, Menezes and his horses head to Europe. Menezes then has his sights set on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with his top horse, Quintol.
Final Results: $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Classic
1. CARUSCHKA 2: 2004 Oldenburg mare by Caspar x Continue
EDUARDO MENEZES (BRA), Eduardo Menezes: 0/59.44
2. ALSVID: 2001 Hanoverian gelding by Escudo I x Azur
RICHARD MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity, LLC: 0/60.30
3. CAPALL ZIDANE: 2004 KWPN gelding by Concorde x Baloubet du Rouet
RONAN MCGUIGAN (IRL), Ronan McGuigan: 0/61.39
4. TENNYSON: 2007 Canadian Sport Horse by Oklund x Lupicor
DANIEL COYLE (IRL), Susan Grange: 0/61.77
5. TEDDY DU BOSQUETIAU: 2003 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Ogano Sitte x Albion du Chene Brule
IAN MILLAR (CAN), Emily Kinch: 0/61.93
6. CENZO: 2007 KWPN gelding by Harley VDL x Cavalier
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ilan Ferder: 0/62.41
7. BALOUS DAY DATE: 2005 Oldenburg mare by Balou du Rouet x Domino
MOLLY ASHE-CAWLEY (USA), Louisburg Farm: 0/65.36
8. BUKATO: 2006 KWPN by Ukato x Jasper
KALVIN DOBBS (USA), Treesdale Farms: 0/65.38
9. CALISTA: 2006 Westphalian mare by Cornet Obolensky x Pontifex
GEORGINA BLOOMBERG (USA), Gotham Enterprizes LLC: 0/65.59
10. HINDSIGHT: 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Vision
LISA GOLDMAN (USA), Lisa Goldman: 0/66.62
11. SAN SOUCIS Z: 2003 Zangersheide gelding by Surrealist v/h Paradijs x Voltaire
RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Rodrigo Pessoa & Caroline Lloyd: 0/67.21
12. WASHINGTON SQUARE: 2005 KWPN gelding by Quattro B x Nimmerdor
VASCO FLORES (PUR), Gotham Enterprizes, LLC: 0/69.49
Source: Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.