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Peter Wylde and Esplanade 7 Post First Grand Prix Win of 2009 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival

WELLINGTON, Fla., Jan. 29--Peter Wylde, 2004 Olympic team gold medalist for the USA, Thursday night rode Esplanade 7 to his first Grand Prix win of the 2009 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival.

The pair took the fourth leg of the $30,000 Braman Motorcars WEF Challenge Cup Series under lights at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Fifty seven combinations started the class with 15 going clear to move to the jump off.

Six pairs posted clear rounds in a thrilling dash around the shortened course.

Wylde, who lives in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and Esplanade 7, owned by the Louisburg Farm, cleared the course in 41.63 secs., only 0.6 sec. faster than second place winner Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil and Let's Fly, owned by Double H Farms. Wellington's Lauren Hough was 1.05 secs. off the winning time with her ride aboard Quick Study, owned by Laura Mateo, to take third place.

Wylde was thrilled with his horse because it was "her first REAL big show."

"Tonight she was perfect," he said. "She's the best when you have to go, you can really go with her and she just jumps higher. I was really pushing the whole way."

Wylde used the class as a warmup for Esplande 7 for the $150,000 FEI World Cup presented by Spy Coast Farms, on Saturday, Feb. 7, also under the lights.

Pessoa also used his ride on Let's Fly as good practise for night classes.

"It was his first time under the lights tonight and I was really pleased," he said.

Adding a stride into the double and not pushing too hard, Pessoa was thinking about this Sunday's $75,000 Bainbridge Companies FEI Grand Prix in which he will ride Let's Fly.

Pl Horse Rider Nat Faults Time Faults Time

1 ESPLANADE 7 PETER WYLDE USA 79.48 41.63

2 LET'S FLY RODRIGO PESSOA BRA 81.83 42.23

3 QUICK STUDY LAUREN HOUGH USA 80.36 42.68

4 MISS INDEPENDENT LAURA KRAUT USA 79.28 42.75

5 PITAREUSA YANN CANDELE CAN 79.73 43.75

6 IN STYLE IAN MILLAR CAN 78.04 43.78

7 SOUVENIR KEVIN BABINGTON IRL 83.02 46.17

8 MURKAS PALL MALL PETER CHARLES GBR 79.78 4 43.81

9 DIABLO MARIO DESLAURIERS CAN 81.43 4 44.48

10 ATHENA CHARLIE JAYNE USA 81.45 4 44.94

11PICCOBELLO DU VAL DE AMY MILLAR CAN 82.71 4 45.38

12 TOP GUN BETH UNDERHILL CAN 80.37 4 47.60

13 ASLAN LJUBOV KOCHETOVA RUS 83.78 9 52.60

14 H C'S CORAYA Z MARGIE ENGLE USA 80.15 16 55.95

15 QUINCY B HILLARY DOBBS USA 78.88 17 60.74



Photo: Peter Wylde on Esplanade 7 capturing his first Grand Prix victory of the 2009 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Thursday night. 2009 Roxane Theidel

 

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