Spencer Smith and Ayade Hero Z Soar to Win $140,000 Southern Arches CSI3* Grand Prix at WEF 2022
Wellington, FL – January 15, 2022 – The $140,000 Southern Arches CSI3* Grand Prix was the featured event of the week at the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on Saturday, January 15 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Part of the popular ‘Saturday Night Lights’ series, Spencer Smith (USA) wowed the crowd and claimed victory with Ransome Rombauer’s Ayade Hero Z. WEF 1 ends on Sunday January 16 and the circuit continues until April 3.
There were 45 entries in the biggest class of the week, and they competed on a course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) and Andy Christiansen Jr. (ECU). Eight were able to find their way to a clear round and continued to the jump-off.
Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington (USA) and his 10-year-old KWPN mare Orafina (For Fashion x Canturo) started the jump-off in style. They set the time to beat at 36 seconds flat, which would hold second place.
Two trips after Farrington, Nayel Nassar (EGY) will come closest to Farrington’s time. Igor van de Wittemoere of Nassar and Evergate Stables LLC jumped clear in 36.65 seconds.
Smith and Ayade Hero Z managed to bring the winning time down to 34.31 seconds to take the win.
Source: press release
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