The 2024 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) once again saw Germany’s Richard Vogel leading a lap of honor in the International Ring as he won Friday’s $32,000 Dodd Technologies CSI4* 1.50m on Cepano Baloubet during Week 3 of competition. The win signaled the start of another successful weekend for Vogel, who was already the victor in the $140,000 Keyflow Feeds USA CSI3* Grand Prix at the culmination of WEF 2.
Just shy of sixty horse-and-rider combinations came to contest Peter Grant’s (CAN) speed track, but Vogel is a hard man to beat on any day and boasts an impressive string of horses. Cepano Baloubet was also the mount that carried Vogel to win last year’s $500,000 Rolex CSI5* Grand Prix.
“He’s a horse we’ve had some very good success on and I’m excited to have him back in the show ring,” Vogel commented of the Coleridge Equestrian, LLC’s 10-year-old Dutch Sport Horse gelding (Chaman x Stakkato’s Highlight). “I didn’t manage to qualify for the grand prix yesterday, so I had to jump him in this class, but he will do tomorrow night’s grand prix, and I hope he jumps the same tomorrow as he did today!”
Moreno E Shines as Lövsta Future Challenge 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Winner
Earning wins in two of the three Lövsta Future Challenge 7-Year-Old Young Jumper classes throughout Week 3 of WEF, Moreno E donned the tricolor ribbon with Brittni Raflowitz (ISR) in the irons. The pair completed their show week taking top call once again in Friday’s class with a double-clean effort and efficient jump-off time of 28.96 seconds.
The class saw 32 of show jumping’s best and brightest upcoming stars competing for the title, but the Jennifer Wentzo-owned Dutch Warmblood gelding by Malibu TN put forth another top round to win both the class and the division championship.
“This horse is absolutely incredible and he’s such a joy to ride,” Raflowitz gushed. “I’ve only had the ride on him since October; he actually came to me a week before the 6-Year-Old Championships in Tryon, and we ended up winning that.”
Hunter Kay Sweeps Both Tricolors in 3’3” Young Hunter Division
Friday’s hunter action during WEF 3 rounded out in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Arena with the conclusion of the Brianne Goutal, LLC 3’3” 7 & Under Young Hunter Division. Riders competed their green mounts across four over-fences classes and one under saddle over two days.
Taking home both tricolors was Hunter Kay of Charlotte, NC with Champion Cool Lane, owned by Noel Fauntleroy, and Reserve Champions Unsaid, owned by Daniel Robertshaw of Danny and Ron’s Rescue. Cool Lane, a seven-year-old gelding, and Kay placed top-three in three of their four over-fences, their highest score sitting at an 85.
“Cool Lane is a seven-year-old gelding that we got last April. He was actually a dressage horse before we got him and hadn’t done much jumping,” said Kay.