Weekend at the WEF: Hallundbaek, Moya and Coyle top podiums

Emil Hallundbaek and Chalisco
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Weekend at the WEF: Hallundbaek, Moya and Coyle top podiums

As the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) heads into its final week in Florida, a look back today at some of the main action from this past weekend. 

 - Weekend at the WEF: Hallundbaek, Moya and Coyle top podiums

Sergio Alvarez Moya and Mhs Attraction
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The main feature of the WEF on Saturday, March 23, was the $209,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix CSI 4*, held on the grass derby field at Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Emil Hallundbaek (DEN) and Chalisco raced to victory in the field full of top competitors.  In the $134,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Series Final, Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP) rode MHS Attraction to the win, while Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) took home the overall series victory.

The eleventh week of WEF concludes on Sunday, March 24, with the $50,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series Final on the grass derby field at Equestrian Village. The final week of WEF, sponsored by Rolex, runs March 27-31 and features the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*.

There were 45 entries that went to post in the $209,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix CSI 4*, and five of those recorded a clear round and advanced to the jump-off. First to return was Lorcan Gallagher (IRL) riding Dacantos Group’s Hunters Conlypso II. He and the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Contendro I x Calypso II had a rail at ‘a’ element of the “bogey” double combination for four faults in 45.35 seconds to finish in fifth place.

Hallundbaek and Chalisco were next in, and they galloped around the field and cleared every jump presented to them, crossing the timers clear in 42.37 seconds.

“It started off from one end of the arena to the other, so of course you got a lot of speed at the beginning. I have a very careful horse and for me I used the fence to push him up there,” said Hallundbaek of his jump-off ride and the double combination. “It was a tight turn back. He cleared it super, but it was a difficult combination.”

They were followed by world number three Harrie Smolders (NED), who piloted Evergate Stables LLC’s Une de L’Othain. They had a rail at the double combination as well, giving them four faults in 41.02 seconds for third place.

“I think that the course was not huge, but it was the first class on the grass in the ring,” Smolders explained, since Thursday’s qualifier was moved to the sand ring due to rain. “My horse has never competed in this ring, so I didn’t know what to expect today. But she really did a very good job, the course was not huge but I think it was a very good build. There was a little time pressure, maybe a few too many in the triple [combination, but I think the course designer did a very good job. He probably would have liked a few more in the jump-off, but sometimes it goes that way.” Results

Spain’s Sergio Alvarez Moya scored a comeback victory in the $134,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Series Final during “Saturday Night Lights,” after a six-month recovery from ACL knee surgery. Moya bested a field of 60 entries over tracks designed by Steve Stephens and Nick Granat (USA) in the International Arena at WEF by posting one of only three double-clear performances riding his own MHS Attraction. Results Continued below. 

Coyle Clinches U-25 Grand Prix Final, Cunniffe is Series Champion

Coyle Clinches U-25 Grand Prix Final, Cunniffe is Series Champion - Weekend at the WEF: Hallundbaek, Moya and Coyle top podiums

Daniel Coyle and Chs Krooze
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The final day of WEF 11 came to a close with the spotlight shining on the future stars of show jumping. Daniel Coyle (IRL) scored a victory in the $50,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Final riding CHS Krooze on the stunning grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village on Sunday, March 24.

Germany’s Olaf Petersen, Jr. designed a two-round course for 30 challengers in the eighth and final event of the Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series. Coyle guaranteed a six-horse jump-off from the final spot in the opening round and again saved the best for last by going clear in a blistering 39.83 seconds over the short course to bump Belgium’s Zoe Conter into second.

“This is my last year in the Under 25 and I think the series has been incredible for me,” said Coyle, 24, who started competing in the Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series four years ago. “Experiencing this format is a real help for when we’re older.” Results

The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) is the largest and longest-running circuit in horse sport, a 12-week show jumping competition for hunters, jumpers, and equitation held annually commencing January of each year. WEF is produced and managed by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC. (ESP).

Each show week starts on Wednesday and concludes on Sunday, with major competitions showcased in the International Arena daily and on Saturday nights.

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