Kevin Mealiff and Cool Hand Luke Cruise to Victory at To-Kalon, Turf Tour Week 3 at Black Watch Farm


Wellington, FL (January 20, 2021) – Turf Tour week 2 at To-Kalon Farm wrapped up Friday with Kevin Mealiff dominating the field aboard the fast and scopey Cool Hand Luke, marking the second Turf Tour Grand Prix victor of 2021. Turf Tour Week 3 begins January 20 at Black Watch Farm, arguably one of Wellington’s most stunning properties and certainly one of the favorite Turf Tour venues. Hunters will also enjoy an unrecognized Hunter Derby on the grass at The Ridge next weekend, January 30 & 31 following Turf Tour 4 at Polo West, a fantastic compliment to the Turf Tour’s USEF Equitation Tuesdays and recognized show jumping on the Turf Tour.

Mealiff’s early double clear effort set the standard for the rest of the class with a jump-off time of 43.599, and would prove to be the only double clear effort. Unfortunate rails plagued most of the rides throughout the day, with the fastest four fault jump-off round going to Hector Florentino and D’Artagnan for second place, while Riley Mackillop and Amigo took third. The Turf Tour’s Grand Prix courses are designed to provide a versatile stepping stone for progressing FEI horses and riders. Course designer Hector Loyola delivered a field with inviting turns, options to challenge technique, and a few questions including an oxer to double vertical triple combination. With the goal of acclimating horses to natural surfaces like turf and providing a foundational “training” show environment, the Turf Tour continues to provide exceptional show experiences for horses and riders.

Turf Tour Week 3 (January 20-22) venue, Black Watch Farm (Photo by Equinium)

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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.