Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili Storm to Victory in the $31,500 1.45m Speed CSI4*

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Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili in the $31,500 1.45m Speed CSI4*. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Ocala, FL – International competition is in full swing this week at World Equestrian Center – Ocala. The highlight event on Wednesday was the $31,500 1.45m Speed CSI4*, where an elite field of horse-and-rider combinations competed over a winding track designed by FEI Level IV course designer Alan Wade (IRL). Kristen Vanderveen (USA) took an early lead aboard Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC’s Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili (Berlin x Darco), setting a time no other competitor could catch.

Vanderveen and the 19-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion entered third in the posted order. “My plan was to try and stay tidy. It’s always best if I can hold one canter pace. If I get overly excited trying to win, I normally go too fast, and I’ll have one down,” she shared. “So, it actually helped going at the beginning because I didn’t have to chase anyone.”

The pair completed the course in 62.07 seconds, a time that remained unbeaten throughout the class. 

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Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

“The course suited him well. He’s really good at turning and holding his big stride, which I feel like they’re usually either really good at turning or really good at running on a big step, but not both. The four and five-stride lines were actually really nice for him because I was able to regain a little composure in the middle of the round,” Vanderveen explained.

‘Frosty’ (Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili) has been a longtime partner for Vanderveen. “I think I’ve had him for eight or nine years now. He’s for sure the longest horse I’ve ever owned and been partnered with. We know each other so well at this point,” she added.

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Aaron Vale and I.adermie R 4 jumping to second place. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Aaron Vale (USA) and Thinkslikeahorse’s 11-year-old KWPN mare, I.adermie R 4 (Den Ham Blue R x Namelus), finished just behind Vanderveen with a time of 62.36 seconds, securing second place.

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Hunter Holloway and Kalina N. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Hunter Holloway (USA) with Kalina N (H5 Elvaro x Querly-elvis) and Luis Sabino Goncalves (POR) with Scoop De Septon Z (Hunters Scendro x Echo Van T Spieveld) tied for third place, both completing the course in 62.64 seconds.

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Luis Sabino Goncalves and Scoop De Septon Z. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

$31,500 1.45m Speed CSI4* Results: 

1 Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili: 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Berlin x Darco
Kristen Vanderveen (USA), Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC: 0 | 62.07

2 I.adermie R 4: 2013 KWPN mare by Den Ham Blue R x Namelus R 
Aaron Vale (USA), Thinkslikeahorse: 0 | 62.36

T3 Kalina N: 2015 H5 Elvaro x Querly-elvis
Hunter Holloway (USA), Hays Investment Corp.: 0 | 62.64

T3 Scoop De Septon Z: 2014 Zangersheide gelding by Hunters Scendro x Echo Van T Spieveld
Luis Sabino Goncalves (POR), Sigma Stables LLC: 0 | 62.64

5 De Flor 111 Z Santa Rose: 2011 Zangersheide stallion by Der Senaat 111 x Action Breaker 
Erynn Ballard (CAN), Ilan Ferder: 0 | 64.94

6 Quintessence: 2011 Holsteiner gelding 
Doug Payne (USA), Payne Equestrian: 0 | 65.69

7 Optimus Blue: 2008 Warmblood gelding by Chacco-blue x Baloubet De Rouet
Andres Soto (DOM), Andres Soto: 0 | 67.69

8 Pinot Gris Di Fer: 2015 Warmblood gelding by Vdl Cardento x Baloubet De Rouet
Gonzalo Busca (ESP), Steven Bluman: 0 | 67.89

9 Chagolando PS: 2014 Oldenburg stallion by Chacco-blue x Conthargos
Maya Denis (MEX), Maya Denis: 0 | 68.26

10 Boreale De Fondcome: 2011 Selle Francais mare by Tinka’s Boy x Calvaro 
Sarah Segal (USA), Horatio Street Ventures LLC: 0 | 68.78

Visit for final results.

Press release WEC Ocala

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