Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z Land $134,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 Win

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Friday 22 February - 11h51 | Press release

Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z Land $134,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 Win

Daniel Bluman of Israel rode Ladriano Z to the win in the $134,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 on Thursday, February 21, during Week 7 of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida.

 - Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z Land $134,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 Win

Highlight classes of Week 7 include the $391,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, February 23, at 7 p.m., and the $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic and $50,000 Dutta Corp./Guido Klatte Grand Prix CSI 2* on Sunday, February 24. WEF continues through Sunday, March 31, with 12 weeks of top hunter, jumper, and equitation competition.

In Thursday’s featured WEF Challenge Cup class, 56 entries faced-off over the Anthony D’Ambrosio designed track, with 16 horse and rider combinations ultimately qualifying for the short course.

Bluman and Ladriano Z, owned by Over the Top Stables, LLC, were the very first to contest the jump-off track, and they set a time to beat of 38.09 seconds that would go untouched by the remainder of the returning entries. Coming the closest to Bluman’s time was Egypt’s Nayel Nassar aboard Lucifer V, owned by Evergate Stables, LLC, who finished in 38.54 seconds. Also finishing less than a second off of Bluman’s lead time was third place finisher Paul O’Shea (IRL), with a time of 38.80 seconds riding Skara Glen’s Presence, and fourth place finisher Darragh Kenny (IRL), who rode Important de Muze to a jump-off time of 38.90 seconds.

“In my mind, I thought [my time] could be a winner, but it’s impossible to know,” said Bluman following his victory. “You’re riding with very fast and very good riders that come after you, so really it’s impossible to know what you have exactly, but I did think it was something that they were going to have to work on. It was definitely fast enough, and sometimes people trying to catch that can make mistakes. With such great riders coming after, you also have to get a little lucky.”

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