Brighton and Foster are Fastest in The Estates at TerraNova 1.45m FEI 2* Grand Prix at TerraNova Winter Series IV

Tiffany Foster and Brighton win The Estates at TerraNova 1.45m FEI 2* Grand Prix at TerraNova Winter Series IV. Photo by EQ Media

Edited Press Release

Thirty-three horse and rider combinations attempted Joey Rycroft’s (CAN) The Estates at TerraNova 1.45m FEI 2* Grand Prix course in the Lakeside Arena this morning, but it was Canada’s Tiffany Foster and Brighton who bested a nine-horse jump off to secure the victory.

The track featured 16 jumping efforts with a time allowed of 85 seconds and began on a wide triple bar approachable on either lead away from the VIP Pavilion. Riders faced an oxer-vertical combination, a vertical-oxer-vertical combination, a four or five-stride to five-stride line, and a delicate plank at the final jump. 

“I started off getting the horses on a nice gallop, and then I start to test a bit more,” said Rycroft. “We had some inclement weather yesterday, so I haven’t actually seen the horses go. I’m not really pressing too much technicality, but I’ve built full height everywhere and there’s enough challenge for the group of riders that we have.”

The short track, with a time allowed of 52 seconds and eight jumping efforts, featured a left-hand rollback from fence 11 to four, a one-stride combination, and a gallop up to the final fence.

“The jump off is very exciting,” said Rycroft. “There’s a nice inside turn possibility for the riders, a rollback around, and a gallop across the arena to finish. I would love to see Tiffany Foster come home with the win for my home team.”

Tiffany Foster and Brighton. Photo by EQ Media

And win she did.

Foster and Brighton (Contender II x Van Ed) entered the Lakeside Arena first in the order in both rounds, and proved quickest by more than two full seconds with a jump-off time of 41.20. In their eleventh winter season together, Foster and the 18-year-old Dutch Warmblood, owned by Artisan Farms LLC, are quite familiar with the winners’ circle, but these days, Foster hand-selects a schedule tailored specifically to him.

“I try to pick venues that I know he will excel at,” said Foster. “He’s very experienced, so you can take him anywhere you want to go. I saw this date on the calendar and put it in for him. It suited him well, so I’m really glad I brought him!”

“He’s a very quick horse, just naturally, and he sort of thrives off of a little bit of pace. I’ve found that whenever I go first with him, I usually go quite a bit, probably too much, under the time allowed. But it suits him and that’s what my plan was today,” said Foster “I just wanted to make sure I started fast enough because if I start fast with him I usually carry on fast. His ground speed is just incredible, he’s super efficient in the air over the jumps. He handled it great and stayed really concentrated to the last. I was really happy with him.”

The win marks Foster’s first trip to TerraNova. 

“This is my first time here at TerraNova and I’m super impressed,” she said.  “Everything is very well organized, the facility is incredible. I am very impressed and I will definitely be back!”

Kelly Arani and Mardinie jumped double clear for second. Photo by EQ Media

Following in second with a jump-off time of 43.45 seconds was Kelly Arani (Dover, MA, USA) aboard Marigot Bay Farm LLC’s Mardinie (Spartacus x Wardinie VDL). 

“I’ve had her just over a year and she just keeps getting better and better,” said Arani of the twelve-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare . “She’s a mare, so she has her own opinions, but she’s the sweetest thing and just wants to do a good job. She has a big stride, so using that and her scope and take it home really suited her which is exciting.”

Arani continued, “We’re based in Wellington. It gets to the end of the season and we just want something new, so we just brought two horses here to jump the two star and get a change of scenery. It’s gorgeous here and the horses are so happy. She came out in top form.”

Rebecca Conway and Con Coleur finished in third. Photo by EQ Media

Rounding out the podium with a time of 44.01 seconds was Rebecca Conway (Wellington, FL, USA) and Blue Hill Farm LLC’s Con Coleur (Contendro I x Charlotta).

“I know him really well,” said Conway. “He’s an extremely quirky horse, but he keeps getting better with age. He’s fifteen years old now, and I’ve lived through all the triumphs and tears on him. At this point, every class that he gives me is a blessing.”

The TerraNova Winter Series is a staple in Conway’s calendar, and this year marks her second in attendance. 

“My last trip here, I came with a group of clients. I love using these shows for my clients as a stepping stone, it’s nice to come without such a busy pace and allow them to step up a level or two,” said Conway. “For my horses, it’s a great place for them to come and freshen up and have a change of scenery.”