Competition during Week 4 of the 2024 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) concluded on Sunday with back-to-back international events on the grass derby field at Equestrian Village. Sunday’s featured events saw Grace Debney (GBR) take the first win of the day aboard Zarina de Vidau in the morning’s $62,500 Griffis Residential CSI2* Grand Prix.
Forty-three combinations geared up to contest Anderson Lima’s (BRA) first round which ultimately advanced 11 pairings onward to the jump-off. The start list for the short track featured a truly international field with representatives from Great Britain, Ireland, United States, and more. Debney appeared midway through the returning order with her longtime partner and quickly threw down the gauntlet with a blazing fast jump-off time of 37.69 seconds.
“My horse is naturally super fast,” began the 20-year-old. “I walked a plan and talked about it with a few people but felt like I should stick with it. A couple of people had different ideas, but I know my horse really well because I’ve had her for five years.”
With the challengers she still had behind her, Debney knew it would be a hard but doable challenge to guide Temple Equestrian LLC’s 13-year-old CDE mare (Diamant de Semilly x Coeur de Nuit) to another grand prix win.
Cameryn Kolinski and Natural Mover Take Champion in the Vogel 15-17 Children’s Hunter
Week four of WEF hunter competition rounded out on Sunday across all Amateur, Junior, and Children divisions, including the Vogel 15-17 Children’s Hunters. Riders of the respected age group competed Saturday and Sunday across four over-fences classes and an under saddle to round out the division.
Championing the division was Cameryn Kolinski of Palm City, FL and her own Natural Mover. The pair claimed a blue, red, and yellow ribbon across the over-fences, their highest score standing at an 83.
The reserve tricolor went to Adler “Addie” Manson of Dallas, TX and her own Sinatra. The pair impressed with a high score of 86 for the weekend, winning two of the four over-fences.