By Roberta Milani / ABCCH (Translated by Caroline Padilla)
This year’s equestrian season started full throttle, as always, as the US competition circuit – which lasts for 12 weeks from January to April, attracted hundreds of athletes and horses to Wellington’s arenas in Florida.
Each week of the Winter Equestrian Festival showcases horses in competition at all levels, starting on Wednesday and concluding Sunday – with the most important classes taking place in the international arena.
The third week of the Winter Equestrian Festival celebrated the 100% Brazilian pair of Luciana Lossio and her 12-year-old Lady Louise (Landário Jmen x Calisco Jmen). The pair were awarded from a CHF50,000 purse on the top podium of the Beerbaum Stables two-star Grand Prix on January 29.
Sponsored by Beerbaum’s stable, the starting list included 45 pairs and resulted in a five-horse jump-off. event’s main competition, sponsored by Beerbaum Stables, comprised forty-five pairs and had a five-horse jump-off. The trailblazer Brazilian Sport Horse recorded a clear round in an unbeatable time of 35s01 – less than one second ahead of American Jack Towell riding the 12-year-old Selle Français mare Boheme du Moulin (Litsam - Obelle Daze du Viquet x Jivaro du Rouet). The prizemoney pay-out for the winning duo amounted to $16,500 in only his second season on the WEF grounds.
According to Luciana Lóssio, “I was very concentrated on my plan in the jump-off, and I went jump by jump in my mind. Lady Louise was fantastic today,” she said of her long-standing partner. Adding, “I’ve been with Lady Louise Jmen for six years now and I know her very well. She’s very calm, and a very intelligent mare. She has a lot of strengths; she can jump whatever you put in front of her. We have a really good relationship. She trusts me and I trust her like no other horse.”