Wellington, FL (January 8, 2021) – Laura Kraut and Diadem du Thot were crowned the first winners of the Ridge at Wellington’s 2021 $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classic series this Wednesday, jumping a double clear effort and a jump-off time of 44.557 seconds over a course designed by Leopoldo Palacios. While Olympians are a frequent sight on the Turf Tour, the 13-week series offers classes for all levels of horse and rider, including .80M- Grand Prix. Turf Tour week one continues January 8 at The Ridge’s home farm with the $15,000 1.40M Turf Tour Grand Prix headlining Friday’s action.
Second and third in the Rising Star went to Ryan Genn. Riding Vdl Gerinus T Genn finished with a jump off time of 44.632 seconds, and aboard Colora went through the timers in 50.119 to secure third. The Ridge at Wellington, located just 10 minutes from the Winter Equestrian Festival showgrounds, boasts an expanded grass Grand Prix field which serves as Ring 1 and an all natural sand arena for Ring 2. Every Turf Tour also features complimentary hospitality, with horse treats, drinks, snacks, and lunch served for riders and spectators Wednesday and Friday.
About the 2021 Wellington Turf Tour, USEF Equitation Tuesdays, Hunter Derbies, and The Ridge Schooling Shows
The 2021 Wellington Turf Tour features 13-weeks of jumper competition at all heights and prize money classes including weekly $15,000 1.40M Grand Prix and $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classics, all held at beautiful venues in Wellington.
USEF Equitation Tuesday runs each Tuesday afternoon at The Ridge’s home farm (14415 Palm Beach Point Blvd) featuring pony equitation, adult equitation, junior equitation, Medal Maclay, and unrecognized hunter divisions.
The Turf Tour and its hunter/jumper/equitation events are a unique addition to Wellington’s winter circuit, offering riders top-tier competition, generous prize money, and an unparalleled atmosphere. Young horses and advancing riders are able to test their mettle in classes ranging from junior and amateur jumpers to the Grand Prix, and at a variety of venues reminiscent of the large European tours. Organized by US Olympic show jumper Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio, the vision that inspired the tour’s conception was to stage competitions on turf and natural surfaces away from the intensity of other show grounds.