The CHF37,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty CSI3* 1.45m Speed highlighted Friday, January 13, in the International Arena at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). It was a foot race to the finish, and the win went to Tanner Korotkin for the USA aboard Quinn 33.
The international entry list included fifty-four horses and riders jumping against the clock. Nick Granat (USA) designed a technical 1.45m track, with twelve obstacles total and a time allowed of 72 seconds.
The fastest time of the day was posted by 21-year-old Korotkin and his 2010 Holsteiner gelding (Quidam De Revel x Contender). The pair finished just below the minute mark in 59 seconds for owner Eickendorf Horses.
Brazil’s Eduardo Menezes and Geavanta-C, owned by Stal Lenssens, chased Korotkin down, but finished just off the pace by fractions for a time of 59.18 seconds. Sydney Shulman Desiderio (ISR) rounded off the podium finishes riding Nanini van d’Abelendreef for owner Jill Shulman in a time of 60.15 seconds.
“The course designer definitely gave us a lot of options to go very fast today,” said Korotkin. “The horse that I’m on, I’m very confident with and we have had a lot of wins recently. I thought it was a very solid course for his style and how he likes to go.”
Korotkin and Quinn have pocketed four international victories together in the short five months they have been partnered. They gave the illusion, however, on Friday that they have spent years together.
“He’s just a fighter, and he’s one of the fastest horses in the country, in my opinion,” said Korotkin. “He’s careful, loves to win. He’s just got that winner’s heart, and I like that kind of horse. We get along great.”
Starting his WEF season with a win in the FEI ranks, Korotkin is using the momentum to keep moving up noting, “I have a good string of horses here at the moment and my goal is to focus Quinn on the 1.50m classes. Then, I’ll point my other ones to the bigger grand prix, and I hope to be a contender in the CSI4* and CSI5* classes.”
Taylor Madden Tops Talent Search
Standing out in the equitation ring on Friday, Taylor Madden won the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search 2*. Thirty-four riders showed off in the two-phase class that tested each pair over fences and on the flat.
Twelve riders were called back for the flat test, and Madden, of Wellington FL, aboard Mac One III, a 2009 Anglo European gelding (Luidam Elite x Lagos), end at the top of the list.
“It felt good; this was his first time showing since Maclay Finals, so we were both a little rusty,” said Madden, 20. “The flat class went well. I would say that is a strong suit for both of us. He can really show off in the extended work and I’ve known him for a really long time so that’s very helpful.”
Speaking to her personal riding goals for this year, Madden noted, “This year I would like to qualify for the young rider championships with my jumper and do more FEI competitions. I’m trying to get my USEF gold medal, and this was my nineteenth win, so I just need one more and I’m there.”
When Madden isn’t in Wellington showing, she is back and forth between Dallas and Florida, racking up some air miles. “I go to Southern Methodist University and I’m a junior,” she said. “I actually have to go back tomorrow to be in class and I’m on the equestrian team there, so I ride there and then come back here on the weekends to ride here.
“It’s a little bit challenging to balance school and riding, but I love it. With all the flying back and forth I’ve gotten really good at packing,” concluded Madden with a smile.