Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 13, 2019 – Capping off a week of premier competition at the CP Palm Beach Masters Winter Classic, presented by Suncast®, the $208,200 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington CSI4*-W brought some of the most high-profile horse-and-athlete combinations to center stage at Deeridge Farms in Wellington, Florida.
Fresh off another win earlier in the week in the $71,200 Suncast® Palm Beach Masters World Cup Qualifier CSI4*-W, Alex Granato and Page Tredennick’s Carlchen W of the United States once again bested the field to secure the most prestigious win of their career together. Watch all of the action from the hard-fought class and see how Granato outpaced an elite nine-horse jump-off to claim the tricolor on Horse & Country TV(H&C TV) on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 9 p.m. EST.
“It’s all just very surreal,” said Granato. “It’s been an amazing week and a privilege to ride at a venue like this against riders like these who I’ve looked up to for a long time.
“I have a naturally fast horse so both classes I got to use that to my advantage,” continued Granato. “I think I got a bit lucky here and there with a rub in each jump-off, but the horse is very fresh. I’ve been gearing this part of the season towards this week and I think he came out really fresh, strong and ready for it.”
Exactly one year ago at the 2018 Palm Beach Masters Series, Granato and Carlchen W jumped in their first Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ class, and the pair have come a long way in the past 12 months, now claiming the distinction as champions. As this year’s winners, Granato and the 11-year-old Mecklenburger gelding have inched closer to a coveted entry into the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final, scheduled to be held from April 3-7 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Both former World Cup Final champions, Canada’s Mario Deslauriers and Bardolina rode to reserve honors less than one second off the leading time, while Beat Mändli and Dsarie of Switzerland concluded the afternoon in the third position.
With the $208,200 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington CSI4*-W serving as the penultimate leg in the East Coast division of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League, the final chance for athletes to earn points towards the grand finale will be in Ocala, Florida, at Live Oak International, held March 6-10, where many contenders will reprise their efforts one final time.
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