Natalie Dean and Ceitasi Cruise to $37,000 Bainbridge Classic CSI3* Win at WEF

Natalie Dean and Ceitasi. Natalie Dean and Ceitasi. Photos Copyright © Sportfot

Natalie Dean and Ceitasi topped a field of 71 entries to win the $37,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI3* on Friday, March 13, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.
The 10th week of WEF competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), sponsored by Horseware Ireland, runs through March 15 and is recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) as a CSI3*. Remaining highlights of the week include the $137,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI3* on Saturday afternoon, and the $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic on Sunday.

Dean, 21, and Ceitasi contested the one-round speed course, set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), within the first third of the class, and they set a time to beat of 56.92 seconds that would hold up through to the end. “The plan was to do five [strides] to six [strides], but I didn’t quite get the jump I wanted,” said Dean of her round. “So I ended up doing six and six, but she’s so fast. She’s a quick adder. She’s naturally a very quick horse, so she’s always going to be up there if I have a nice round.
“She was amazing; she’s just a great horse,” continued Dean in speaking of the 10-year-old Westphalian mare, owned by Marigold Sporthorses LLC. “I’ve had her for around a year now, and I’m looking forward to continuing to do the 1.45m speed ranking classes with her.”
Finishing in second behind Dean with a time of 57.06 seconds was Israel’s Sydney Shulman riding Ardente Printaniere, owned by Jill Shulman. Rounding out the top three on a time of 57.29 seconds were Samuel Parot (CHI) and I & H Boogy Woogy, owned by Parot Horses LLC. Fourth place went to Lucas Porter (USA) and Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s B Once Z, who stopped the clock in 57.88 seconds. Great Britian’s Jessica Mendoza capped the top five riding Dublin, owned by Windsor Farms in 58.82 seconds.
Also earning an FEI win in the International Arena on Friday was Peter Lutz who topped the $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m riding Air Pia VG Z for owner Swede Ventures LLC.

Cece Williamson and Hideaway Claim Restylane Adult Amateur Hunter Older Section A Championship

The Grand Hunter Ring began on Friday morning with Cece Williamson riding Hideaway to the Adult Amateur Hunter Old Section A champion title, sponsored by Restylane. Williamson and Hideaway were one of the 16 horse-and-rider combinations that competed for the top spot in the division. The pair took home first, second, third, and fifth-place ribbons.
Hideaway is a newer ride for Williamson, who recently purchased and imported the eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Tornesch. This new pairing has only shown together twice, but they are already becoming a combination to watch.
“I’m very excited. He’s been everything I hoped for and more!” Williamson explained. “Havens Schatt helps me, and we went to Europe this summer and found him there.”
Although Williamson is still getting to know her new mount in the show ring, she was able to give him smooth, confident rides throughout both days of competition. Williamson, of Gordonsville, VA, describes Hideaway as a sweet and quiet partner who wants to please.
“He’s a very attractive horse and very consistent. I try to keep things the same and find the jumps all the same, which is a lot harder than you think!” Williamson commented.
As Williamson and Hideaway continue to get to know each other, the duo also plans to step into the Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3” division during their next show together. Williamson is excited for her future with Hideaway and the pair’s main goal is to successfully show in the Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6” division next year.
“I have to pinch myself to think this is my new horse because he’s wonderful!” Williamson said of Hideaway.
Mimi Moulton aboard Trip To Paris secured the reserve champion title in the Adult Amateur Hunter Older Section A division. Moulton, of Greenwich, CT, rode Privet Farm, LLC’s Trip To Paris to a first, second, and eighth-place finishes.

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Photo credit: Photos © Sportfot, official photographer of the Winter Equestrian Festival.

By Press Release / Sabrina Brashares and Emily Randolph for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.