Kelli Cruciotti VanderVeen Rises in the Ranks in Michigan

Kelli Cruciotti VanderVeen and Forever SFN. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Edited Press Release

Despite her horse’s name, Kelli Cruciotti VanderVeen (USA) hasn’t had the ride on Forever SFN for long. A partnership that just molded in March of 2022, the pair is making making their mark on international competition, rising from second place during Traverse CIty Spring II to securing the win during week three in Thursday’s $37,000 CSI3* Two Phase. 

“Today feels amazing,” Cruciotti VanderVeen raved about her performance with the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, owned by Springpaarden Fonds Nederland. “[Forever SFN] is such an amazing horse to have in the barn. Last week, we had great form. We were second; we came really close but didn’t quite get it, but today I just felt like it all came together. Today was our day.”

Iván Tagle (ARG) designed the track for the CSI3* ranking class to kick off FEI competition during the final week of Traverse City Spring, presented by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel. 

Sixteenth in the order of 30 total entries, Cruciotti VanderVeen had to watch several competitive pairs contest her lead before she claimed victory. When asked how nervous she was with Beat Mändli (SUI) as the last to go, she responded, “Very. Extremely. No one wants Beat as the last to go – he makes it look so easy and he came very, very close, but it was a sigh of relief at the end.” 

Kelli Cruciotti VanderVeen and Forever SFN in their winning presentation. Photo ©Andrew Ryback Photography

Final Results: $37,000 CSI3* Two Phase

1. FOREVER SFN: 2010 KWPN gelding by Azteca VDL x Nonstop

KELLI CRUCIOTTI VANDERVEEN (USA), Springpaarden Fonds Nederland: 0/0/29.50

2. VIC DES CERISIERS: 2009 SF gelding by Olympic D’Anguerny x Desir Du Chateau

BEAT MANDLI (SUI), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/29.66

3. ATIKA DES HAUTS VENTS: 2010 SF mare by Rock’n Roll Semilly

KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/30.64

4. BUGA Z: 2010 ZANG gelding by Chester Z x Quality Touch Z

SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/0/30.77

5. ATHOS D’ELLE: 2010 SF stallion by Apache D’Adriers x Papillon Rouge

KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/30.87

6. DSARIE: 2008 KWPN mare by Veron x Ahorn

BEAT MANDLI (SUI), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/31.30

7. DIJON TERDOORN Z: 2011 ZANG gelding by Diamant De Semilly x Lord Z

KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/31.36

8. CHARTRAINE PRE NOIR: 2012 SF mare by Kannan

BEAT MANDLI (SUI), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/31.51

9. DEZ OOKTOFF: 2008 KWPN stallion by Colandro x Lys Rouge

ROBERTO TERAN TAFUR (COL), Roberto Teran Tafur: 0/0/31.71

10. GRAF COMPLIMENT: 2010 HANN gelding by Graf Top x Compliment

SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Ashland Farms & QBS Equestrian LLC: 0/0/31.92

11. KIRSCHWASSER SCF: 2010 BWP gelding by Amaretto D’Arco x Nabab De Reve

FREDDIE VAZQUEZ (PUR), Freddie Vazquez: 0/0/32.43

12. DICAS: 2009 RHEIN gelding by Diarado x Cassini I

MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Gladewinds Partners, LLC: 0/0/33.15