Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 12, 2018 – Parlanti ambassadors Daniel Bluman and Katherine Bateson Chandler both celebrated important FEI wins in Wellington during Week IV and V. In the first five-star grand prix of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Bluman (ISR) and Ladriano Z, owned by Over The Top Stables LLC, rose to the top of the class in the $384,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar, owned by Jane Forbes Clark, won the Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Feb. 11.
Parlanti rider Daniel Bluman has a week for the record books.
There were 40 entries in the grand prix, contesting a challenging course set by Kelvin Bywater of Great Britain in front of a jam-packed stadium of show jumping fans. Just horse and rider combinations were clear to advance to the jump off.
Click here to watch the winning jump-off ride for Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z
First in the ring for the short course was FEI World Cup Finals winner and Olympic silver medalist Beat Mändli of Switzerland riding Dsarie, a 10-year-old KWPN mare by Veron x Ahorn owned by Grant Road Partners GmbH. They laid the gauntlet with a clear round in a time of 40.47 seconds.
Bluman and Ladriano Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding by Lawito x Baloubet du Rouet, went for the win. They shaved just enough time off the clock to gallop home in a winning time of 39.43 seconds.
“I walked the course –I thought the course was very nice, maybe too nice,” Bluman said I was thinking that there was going to be a fast jump-off, and that was going to be the end of my chances of winning. My horse covered the ground easily. When I landed, I looked up, and I was actually surprised. I didn’t think that it was enough.”
It was the second WEF grand prix win for Bluman, who also led the victory gallop in the $205,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI 4* with Sancha LS during Week IV. Bluman took over the ride on Ladriano Z from his cousin Ilan at the beginning of 2017 and they won the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI 4* in September.
Bluman bested veteran U.S. riders Margie Engle and Beezie Madden to win the $205,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI 4* with his longtime partner Sancha LS. The highlight jumper class of Week IV was held on the grass derby field, and of the 44 entries that went to post in the first round, nine were clear and advanced to the jump off of the Anderson Lima-designed course.
Engle and her longtime partner Indigo, an 18-year-old KWPN gelding by Indoctro x Dutchman, set the time to beat. Looking half his age, they flew around course in a time of 44.30 seconds.
Bluman and Sancha LS, a 15-year-old La Silla-bred mare by Chin Chin x Polydor, stopped the timers at 43.39 seconds to earn the first spot in the victory gallop. Beezie Madden and Con Taggio, a 2009 (Contagio x Golliath Life) edged out Engle for the second spot.
It was a nice victory for Sancha and Bluman who have been partners for eight years and competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games.
Bluman’s goal is to compete at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon as an individual with his top mount, Ladriano Z. Israel hopes to have a strong show jumping team compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
In a memorable week of wins, Bluman and Samantha and Melissa Wight's Esmee also won The Ridge Turf Tour’s $15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix.
Parlanti rider Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar clinch an important win.
Bateson Chandler and Alcazar topped the podium winning the Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty on the final day of Week IV of the AGDF. The pair earned a score of 69.468 percent.
Bateson-Chandler and the 13-year-old Alcazar are no strangers to the podium. The pair won the CDI4* freestyle class at the 2017 AGDF. They train during the summer at British Olympic gold medalist Carl Hester’s facility in Britain.
“I was second in the Grand Prix on Thursday, and that always makes you dig a little deeper,” Bateson-Chandler said. “It’s been a long journey with ‘Lonzie’. I’ve been riding him since he was six and he’s been a fun horse to bring to grand prix.”
Forbes Clark was on hand to watch her horse win but Bateson Chandler’s trainer, Carl Hester, had to fly home before the special on Sunday.
“He gave me my marching orders — to make sure Lonzie was in front of the leg, to not go too fast — and to win!” she said. “Carl is my go-to guy; I’m lucky to have him as a very good friend as well as a trainer. I can’t thank him enough.”
The next stop for the pair is the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, which runs March 1-4 during AGDF Week VII.
“I’ll probably do the two other shows after that at Global, too,” she said. “Then we’ll go back to Carl’s in April for the summer and make a plan with him from there. I would love to make the World Equestrian Games team, of course — that’s everybody’s goal this year — but we’ve also had a lot of fun doing Nations Cup teams. And now Lonzie’s getting quite consistent; I think he makes himself a good candidate. It’s pretty exciting for the future.”
Parlanti congratulates Bateson-Chandler and Bluman for their outstanding perfomances.
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