Palm Beach Masters honours equestrian sports figures through new awards

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Tuesday 16 January - 11h27 | Ian Clayton and edited press release

Palm Beach Masters honours equestrian sports figures through new awards

Starting this year, their names will be etched into the tournament. 

 - Palm Beach Masters honours equestrian sports figures through new awards

The CSI3*-W Palm Beach Masters in Florida, which features the $220,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Wellington, has created the Hunter Harrison and Sue Grange Owners Awards in honour of two major figures in equestrian sports who passed away in 2017. 

The CP Palm Beach Masters takes place February 1-4 at Deeridge Farms in Wellington, where the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival is now in full swing. The new awards will be given to the owners of the victorious horses in the competition’s main FEI classes, with the Hunter Harrison Award in the World Cup qualifier on February 4 and the Sue Grange Award for the winning horse of the $35,000 Sovaro Palm Beach Masters Qualifier on February 2.

Hunter Harrison, who passed away in December, was a passionate sponsor, owner and fan of Show Jumping. He supported some of the sport’s top riders through his Double H Farm, including McLain Ward — think ‘HH’ Azur. As the head of railway giants CN (Canadian National) and CP (Canadian Pacific), he increased sponsorship of major competitions such as the Spruce Meadows Masters. 

Sue Grange, who passed away in October last year, was a longtime supporter of the Canadian equestrian scene, breeding some of Canada’s most elite Show Jumping and race horses at Lothlorien Farms, which she owned with her husband. Lothlorien Farms has in particular had a long and winning association with riders such as Captain Canada, Ian Millar. 

“The Palm Beach Masters is deeply honored to pay tribute to Hunter Harrison and Sue Grange, two of our sport’s most revered and beloved figures,” said Lou Jacobs, co-founder of the Palm Beach Masters Series with his siblings Charlie Jacobs and Katie Robinson. “Hunter and Sue were known as great owners so it is fitting that we honor them with these awards that will go to the owners of the winning horses of our two featured classes.”

The Masters is the second last stop on the East Coast for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League, before Ocala, Florida in March. The global Final is set for Paris April 11-15. The current rider standings in the East sub-league can be seen here.  

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