Watch: Cruciotti Wins First 5* Class at Week 7 of the 2019 WEF

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Thursday 21 February - 10h09 | Edited press release

Watch: Cruciotti Wins First 5* Class at Week 7 of the 2019 WEF

Week seven of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) saw the return of FEI international 5* competition in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, on Wednesday, February 20. Fifty-eight combinations contested the two-part course for the $36,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m CSI 5*, but none could overcome Kelli Cruciotti (USA) and Zidante.

Week 7 will play host to various five-star classes as well as top national hunter, jumper, and equitation competition. “Saturday Night Lights” will feature the second five-star grand prix of the season: the $391,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix CSI 5*. WEF continues through March 31 and hosts some of the best national and international riders in the sport. 
Wednesday’s modified power-and-speed format vanquished rider after rider with time faults running prominently throughout the competition. Only 11 horse-and-rider combinations successfully navigated a fault-free round through the track designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA). Of those 11 combinations, Cruciotti and the Serenity Farm’s 15-year-old KWPN mare (Cantos x Midante) managed to remain untouchable with an efficient time of 24.60 seconds over the second phase of the course. 

“Today was pretty surreal for me because I’ve never won an open class here at WEF, whether it was a two-star or five-star or any star,” commented Cruciotti. “This horse is so special to me because she was my first junior jumper, and she and I have really grown up through the ranks together.”

See Kelli Cruciotti and Zidane's winning ride here. 

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