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It was a win on the final day for Markus Beerbaum (GER) and Tequila de Lile in the $35,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic during week three of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), sponsored by Adequan®, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.
Course designer Luc Musette (BEL) finished out week three with 47 entries in Sunday’s 1.50m Classic and a ten-horse jump-off with six double clear rounds. Katie Dinan (USA) was first to clear the jump-off track, finishing sixth aboard Grant Road Partners’ Galan S, with a time of 45.09 seconds. Richie Moloney (IRL) clocked the fifth place time of 44.24 seconds riding Equinimity LLC’s Button Sitte. Laura Kraut (USA) placed fourth, riding Cherry Knoll Farm’s Constable II through the timers in 41.25 seconds. Daniel Bluman (ISR) guided Bacara d’Archonfosse, owned by Bluman, Kim Douglas, and Alex Schwitzer, to third place in 40.24 seconds.
Kent Farrington (USA) took the lead in 39.69 seconds riding his own and Robin Parsky’s Gazelle, but the best was yet to come, as Beerbaum and Tequila de Lile crossed the timers one 1/100th of a second faster to take the win in 39.68 seconds.
Remarking on the fraction of time that separated his round from Farrington’s, Beerbaum admitted, “That was lucky! I thought I gave it away, because after the double combination I added a stride. I did seven because I did not have the feeling that she was moving forward enough coming out, but actually my start was very quick, and my finish also. I had a really short turn to the second to last, so I got it by that little fraction.”
Tequila de Lile, a 10-year-old Selle Francais mare (Luccianno x Etna Paulelle) owned by Artemis Equestrian Farm, began with Beerbaum in 2014. The European Championships and World Equestrian Games team gold medalist began developing the mare as a seven-year-old and feels that she is now stepping up to the next level.
“It is a fantastic mare,” Beerbaum described. “She is extremely careful; that is why we have taken our time with her. She is ten now, and she is just getting in her prime. She has won a few two-star grand prixs, and she got a ribbon here in last week’s grand prix. This week I did not qualify for Saturday night, so I decided to put her in today, and she feels fantastic and ready to do bigger things.”
The Beerbaums are keeping it all in the family, as Markus’s wife, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, also won the $35,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic just one week ago riding her young mare Daisy. Michaels-Beerbaum, who earned a team bronze medal at this summer’s Olympic Games, also finished second in Saturday night’s $130,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 3* with Comanche 28.
“That is fun,” said Beerbaum of their back-to-back victories. “We have a very good group of horses right now, which we have produced over the last few years here actually. They have all been here at the Winter Equestrian Festival numerous times, and now they are all ready to play and show. We had a great two weeks to start. I hope we can keep the ball rolling.”
Final Results: $35,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic
TEQUILA DE LILE: 2007 Selle Francais mare by Luccianno x Etna Paulelle
MARKUS BEERBAUM (GER), Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC: 0/0/39.68
2. GAZELLE: 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare by Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington & Robin Parsky: 0/0/39.69
3. BACARA D’ARCHONFOSSE: 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare by Asca Z x Kannan
DANIEL BLUMAN (ISR), Daniel Bluman, Kim Douglas, and Alexa Schwitzer: 0/0/40.24
4. CONSTABLE II: 2007 KWPN gelding by Harley VDL x Lupicor
LAURA KRAUT (USA), Cherry Knoll Farm: 0/0/41.25
5. BUTTON SITTE: 2007 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Ogano Sitte x Parco
RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/0/44.24
6. GALAN S: 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Indoctro x Calypso d’Herbiers
KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/45.09
7. YPAJA YANDO: 2007 Finnish Warmblood stallion by Quinar x Lasino
RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/4/41.16
8. CHARLY CHAPLIN S: 2007 KWPN gelding by Harley VDL x Burggraaf
KERRY MCCAHILL (USA), Kerry Anne LLC: 0/4/43.63
9. DON VITO: 2008 KWPN gelding by Quaprice Z x Jus de Pomme
EMILY MOFFITT (GBR), Poden Farms: 0/8/53.32
10. HH CALLAS: 2007 Oldenburg mare by Albatros x Quattro B
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Double H Farm: 0/13/50.3011. CHALACORADA: 2002 Holsteiner mare by Chalan x Corrado I
CHRIS SURBEY (CAN), Spruce Meadows: 1/79.28
12. BUGATTI: 2006 KWPN gelding by Heartbreaker x Pilot
WILHELM GENN (GER), Eduardo Leon: 1/79.33
Source: Lauren Fisher and Sara Cook for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.