Abdel Saïd Scores Second Success in $406,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI5*
Wellington, FL – The penultimate day of the ninth week of competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) concluded with its highly-anticipated “Saturday Night Lights” event. A large crowd flocked in for the $406,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI5* on Saturday evening. The night finished with Abdel Saïd (BEL) repeating his victory from 2021, but this time with his own Arpege Du Ru.
WEF 9, sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, hosts international five-star and two-star competition, sponsored by Corro, as well as hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions at the national level. The 13-week series features weekly shows through April 3, 2022.
The event featured 41 of the world’s best equestrian athletes spanning 13 different nations and a significant track by world-renowned course designer Alan Wade (IRL). Wade’s test for the first round included a triple bar and a triple combination early on in the course as well as an open water obstacle.
2020 Tokyo Olympic Games team silver medalists McLain Ward (USA) and Contagious, owned by Beechwood Stables, were the class trailblazers, and they initiated the challenge with a clear round. Twelve pairs eventually found their way to a fault-free finish to contest the jump-off. The course’s time allowed of 81 seconds only kept one combination from advancing to the second round, and six entries had their night cut short by a lone rail tipped out of the cups.
As the first of the 12 to return, Ward once again led the charge but an unfortunate miscommunication at a vertical left him and Contagious on a four-fault final score for sixth place. Saïd’s performance with Arpege Du Ru produced the first double-clear effort of the class and bumped the pair into the top spot with a time of 38.58 seconds. Ten more world-class athletes gave it their all, but Saïd was determined to repeat his victory of the same class that he won during WEF 2021 aboard Bandit Savoie.
Thursday’s $75,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round IX CSI5* winners Kent Farrington (USA) and Orafina secured another memorable ribbon for the week as they put their name on the board for the runner-up honors. Farrington chased Saïd down to the wire with Kent Farrington LLC’s 10-year-old KWPN mare (For Fashion x Canturo) but stopped the clock still almost two seconds off of the top time to take the red ribbon on 40.42 seconds.
Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) joined his fellow countryman in the victory lap after piloting his 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare Katanga V/H Dingeshof (Cardento 933 x Tornedo FCS) to the third-fastest double clear time of 41.65 seconds.
Final Results: $406,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI5*
1. ARPEGE DU RU: 2010 Selle Français mare by Apache D’Adriers x Quat’sous
ABDEL SAÏD (BEL), Abdel Saïd: 0/0/38.58
2. ORAFINA: 2012 KWPN mare by For Fashion x Canturo
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington LLC: 0/0/40.42
3. KATANGA V/H DINGESHOF: 2010 Belgian Warmblood mare by Cardento 933 x Tornedo FCS
NICOLA PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), Nicola Philippaerts: 0/0/41.65
4. BREGO R’N B: 2006 KWPN gelding by Namelus R x Gerlinus
KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/44.25
5. COBY 8: 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Contagio x Escudo 19
PHILIPP WEISHAUPT (BEL), Mariko Kato, Noyuri Ko, and Beerbaum Stables: 0/4/38.52
6. CONTAGIOUS: 2009 Rheinlander gelding by Contagio x For Keeps
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Beechwood Stables, LLC: 0/4/39.84
7. DSP CHAKARIA: 2010 Dutch Sport Horse by Chap 47 x Askari 173
ANDRE THIEME (GER), Pfudermanagement & Marketing: 0/4/40.12
8. BALOUTINUE: 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Balou du Rouet x Landor S
LAURA KRAUT (USA), St. Bride’s Farm: 0/4/40.42
9. DSARIE: 2008 KWPN mare by Veron x Ahorn
BEAT MÄNDLI (SUI), Grant Road Partners GMBH: 0/4/41.02
10. ARMIK: 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Armitage 2 x Justinian xx
CAPT. BRIAN COURNANE (IRL), Mr. and Mrs. Stiller and Brian Cournane: 0/4/43.40
11. BALENTO C.S.: 2011 Oldenburg Stallion by Balou du Rouet x Cento
EMILIE CONTER (BEL), Stephex Stables: 0/8/41.86
12. BENNY’S LEGACY: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Lupicor x Voltaire
ADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms 1 LLC: 0/16/61.88
Press Release WEF 9
Photo Abdel Saïd soars with Arpege Du Ru. © Sportfot