In the first international grand prix of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) circuit, U.S. Olympic team gold medalist Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Breitling LS won the $137,000 Wellington Regional Medical Center Grand Prix CSI3* on Saturday, January 16, at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
WEF 1 concludes on Sunday, January 17, with the $30,000 Pilates Rocks Grand Prix. International three-star show jumping and national hunter, jumper, and equitation competition continues at WEF 2, sponsored by Restylane, on January 20-24. WEF hosts 13 weeks of shows through April 4 in Wellington, Florida.
There were 44 entries in the grand prix, competing over a course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) and Andy Christiansen Jr. (ECU) consisting of 13 numbered obstacles. Just three were able to find the clear path to the jump-off in the first of four grand prix events under the lights for the 2021 circuit.
The clear round pathfinder was Sydney Shulman (ISR) on J-Boston S.E., a 12-year-old BWP gelding by Boris VH Kluizebos owned by Jill Shulman. With a rail in the double combination, their four faults in 48.86 seconds landed them in third place.It was a solid start for Shulman and J-Boston S.E., who have been paired together for a year but have only competed at nine FEI-rated horse shows.