G&C Farm Begins the Year With Success at FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
For Immediate Release
Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Wellington, FL – February 7, 2012 – G&C Farm started out the 2012 season with a variety of success in the first four weeks of competition at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in Wellington, FL. After rest and relaxation over the winter, the horses are getting back in shape and working their way into the winner’s circle as the competition progresses. G&C Farm is based in Wellington, FL, and owned by Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal of Venezuela. Pablo Barrios, who rides for G&C Farm and competes for Venezuela, is also based in Wellington.
Week four of the FTI WEF was an exciting one as Pablo Barrios guided G&C Quick Star 11 to her first win of the season out of 78 entries in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m II 2(b) class. Barrios also finished second out of 78 entries with G&C Con Air in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m II Sec. 1 for the week.
G&C Farm owner Gustavo Mirabal is pleased with the results that he has seen so far this season and looks forward to more great competition to come.
“The horses are getting in shape because they had almost four months without jumping, so the first weeks have been a little slow, but this week was great,” Mirabal noted. “Quick Star won, Con Air was second, Flash did really well in the grand prix. The horses are all going really well. Quick Star will jump next week in the Thursday class and Saturday night in the World Cup qualifier – she feels amazing!”
G&C Farm has also seen great results from owner Carolina Mirabal, who is competing with her horse G&C Leroy in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, and daughter Maria Emilia, who has done well in the Low Junior Jumpers aboard G&C Orlana.
G&C is excited to welcome American rider Elizabeth Rae to the team as well. Rae is now training with Barrios and will ride in the Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series throughout the circuit.
As the winter season continues, G&C Farm looks forward to their title sponsorship of the upcoming CSIO week during weeks eight of the FTI WEF, which runs February 29 through March 4.
G&C Farm is the presenting sponsor of the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup that week on Friday, March 2. G&C Farm will also continue their sponsorship of the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumper division, of which some will be FEI ROLEX ranking classes as the season progresses.
FTI WEF Week Three
In the third week of the FTI WEF, G&C Quick Star 11 came out for her first week of competition looking great. Pablo and Quick Star finished fifth in the $2,000 Pennfield Feeds 1.30m class out of 80 entries and went on to an eighth place finish in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge. Pablo also rode G&C Flash to a sixth place prize in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m II Sec. 1.
Along with Pablo’s success during week three, Joaquina Barrios earned a third place ribbon in the Adult Amateur Jumper 36-49 division aboard Simply the Best. Carolina Mirabal and G&C Leroy finished sixth in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers.
FTI WEF Week Two
Week two of the FTI WEF saw great success for the ladies of G&C Farm. Maria Emilia Mirabal and G&C Orlana were third out of 51 entries in the Low Junior Jumpers, and Carolina Mirabal and G&C Leroy were 11th in the Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers in a class of 49 entries.
Joaquina Barrios and Simply the Best had an exciting fourth place finish in the $10,000 Adult Amateur Jumper 36-49 Classic, along with eighth and 11th place ribbons in the division during the week. Pablo Barrios and G&C Con Air were also sixth in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumpers.
FTI WEF Week One
In week 1, G&C Farm started out the circuit well with an 11th place finish for Carolina and G&C Leroy in the Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Pablo also placed eighth in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m II 2b class riding a new addition to the G&C Farm team, Elizabeth Rae’s Peace of Blue.
The horses and riders of G&C Farm will continue showing at the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival through April.
G&C Farm brings exceptional horses and top Venezuelan jumper riders to the highest levels of competition. Their state-of-the-art, full-service facility is located in Wellington, FL.
The vision of G&C Farm is to improve the instruction and training of their top jumper riders and horses in order to seek a place on the Venezuelan team for all high level tournaments and top competitions, including the World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games. G&C Farm sponsors top grand prix rider Pablo Barrios of Venezuela, as well as other up and coming riders.
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