WEF Challenge Cup Round 1 Won by Lillie Keenan

first_img SIGN UP Lillie Keenan (USA) and Agana Van Het Gerendal Z. (Sportfot photo)Fierce competition was on display in the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 1 CSI3* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), with Lillie Keenan (USA) and Agana Van Het Gerendal Z besting a field of 73 combinations on Thursday, January 14.Competition rolls on during Week 1 at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) with the $25,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Classic on Friday and Saturday night under the lights with the $137,000 Wellington Regional Medical Center Grand Prix CSI3*. You can catch all the action and tune in to the free livestream of feature classes. Competition at WEF continues for 11 more weeks, through April 4.The scope of international attendance was well represented in the jump-off with riders from seven different nations contesting the shortened course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) and Andy Christiansen Jr. (ECU). Last to go, Keenan piloted the 11-year-old Zangersheide stallion owned by Chansonette Farm, LLC around the track flawlessly for a double clear effort in a time of 39.95 seconds.“I had a different plan if no one had been clear,” she said. “I knew I could do six down to the combination where a lot of people opted to do seven. In the first round I did seven; my horse is ridiculously talented so really my job is to stay out of his way. So, in that kind of situation with the speed I would be going in a jump-off, the six was simpler, because I was going to do less. Obviously, Shane [Sweetnam] was not only fast but also clear, so what changed was that I not only had to go fast, I had to try to be faster than him and clear.”Returning to the International Arena for the second round, Sweetnam (IRL), aboard Indra Van De Oude Heihoef for The Blue Buckle Group, was the first to execute the jump-off without fault, finishing the day in second place with a time of 40.51 seconds. Cassio Rivetti (BRA) guided Genesis for Neil Jones Equestrian Inc to a third-place finish in the class with a clear effort in 43.15 seconds.Keenan has had the stallion since he was six years old, and their journey to today’s win has been anything but ordinary. If it weren’t for her mom, Pam Keenan, the successful pair would likely have never ended up together.“Honestly, when I tried him, I didn’t want him,” said Keenan. “I knew that he was very talented. He has been winning since he was four years old with his previous riders, always a winner, but I felt that I didn’t necessarily suit him very well. My mom was the one that picked him and was like, ‘You are learning to ride this horse, and we are buying him.’ My mom rides him every single day for me. She was a very successful junior [rider], and then stopped riding for a long time. She’s actually a really tiny lady and awesome rider, and he’s the one horse in the barn I can always trust to put her on even if he’s had some easy days. She does an unbelievable job keeping him happy and keeping him fit, so my job in the ring is really easy.”A native of New York City, NY, Keenan has now relocated to Wellington, FL, full-time as she continues to pursue a career in show jumping. With a farm nearby, Keenan is right around the corner from WEF making it easier to execute her plans for the show season.“I’m very fortunate to have a few different horses, not only my own but for some other people that have chosen to support me, and I’m really lucky with that opportunity that I can kind of diversify my string and try to spread my horses out,” she said. “Right now, it’s full steam ahead and we’re really glad to be back in Wellington.”$37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 11 AGANA VAN HET GERENDAL Z: 2011 Zangersheide stallion by Aganix Du Seigneur x NaminkaLILLIE KEENAN (USA), Chansonette Farm, LLC: 0/0/39.952 INDRA VAN DE OUDE HEIHOEF: 2008 Belgian Warmblood mare by Casantos x Action-Breaker SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), The Blue Buckle Group: 0/0/40.513 GENESIS: 2011 KWPN gelding by El Dorado Vd Zeshoek x Buminka BCASSIO RIVETTI (BRA), Neil Jones Equestrian Inc: 0/0/43.154 AMEX Z: 2009 Zangersheide Mare by Andiamo Z x LandarisTODD MINIKUS (USA), Bit By Bit Group: 0/4/38.385 FINE LADY 5: 2003 Hannoverian mare by Forsyth x Drosselklang IIERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC and Torrey Pines: 0/4/38.696 QUIBELLE: 2009 Hannoverian mare by Frh Quaid x SherrySPENCER SMITH (USA), Gotham Enterprizes, LLC: 0/4/41.057 UNE DE L’OTHAIN: 2008 Selle Français by Conterno Grande x CentoHARRIE SMOLDERS (NED), Evergate Stables, LLC: 0/4/42.028 CALLE 67: 2009 Westphalian gelding by Carell x Cleo N.w.RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Artemis Equestrian Farm, LLC: 0/4/44.949 UPSILON DE LA LINIERE: 2008 Selle Français gelding by Tinka’s Boy x Querlybbet HeroTAYLOR ST. JACQUES (USA), Taylor St. Jacques: 0/8/38.9510 NORTHERN LIGHT: 2011 SWB mare by Plot Blue x ContenderTIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC and Tiffany Foster: 0/8/41.90 Tags: Eric Lamaze, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Fine Lady 5, Lillie Keenan, Agana Van Het Gerendal Z, WEF Challenge Cup Round 1, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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USA: NSGL Commemorates Battle of Midway

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: NSGL Commemorates Battle of Midway USA: NSGL Commemorates Battle of Midway Three veterans of the Battle of Midway were honored at Midway Airport during a ceremony sponsored by Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL), the Chicago Department of Aviation, and the Chicago Marine Heritage Society, June 7.Midway veterans retired Navy aviator Capt. Grant C. “Jack” Young, Navy veteran Jack Coombe and Marine Corps veteran Thomas Tobin shared the stage with fellow Pacific theater veterans, retired Navy Capt. Chuck Downey and Marine Corps veteran Emmanuel “Manny” Bud.Speaking at the ceremony were Capt. Randy Lynch, NSGL commanding officer, who was the keynote speaker; Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino, Chicago Department of Aviation, who thanked veterans for their service; Capt. Carlos Ortiz, Navy Region Midwest chaplain, who delivered the invocation and benediction; and Cmdr. Robert Sullivan, NSGL executive officer, who served as master of ceremonies for the event. Also in attendance was Chicago Alderman Michael Zalewski of the 23rd Ward, who serves as chair of the city’s aviation committee.“We salute these warriors of the Battle of Midway,” said Lynch. “Words cannot express our nation’s gratitude for your extraordinary service.”“On behalf of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the city of Chicago, and the Chicago Department of Aviation, I want to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation for your service to our country,” said Andolino. “Thanks to you, and all of our country’s veterans and active military, all of us here enjoy the freedom we do today. Thank you so much.”Coombe and Young, both in their 90s, shared their combat experiences with the crowd of over 100 gathered in the airport terminal. Midway Airport’s Memorial for the Battle of Midway served as a backdrop for the ceremony.“I am proud of the United States Navy and proud to be a part of it,” said Coombe, a Navy veteran of Pearl Harbor, the Solomon Islands campaign, the Marshall Islands campaign, the Philippines Islands campaign, and the Saipan and Okinawa campaigns. The Japanese navy “had their wings clipped,” said Coombe of the victory at Midway.“Midway taught the Navy some valuable lessons,” said Young, a retired U.S. Navy aviator, who participated in the Marianas campaign and the First Battle of the Philippine Sea, and is a recipient of the Navy Cross. “I am grateful that God spared me to be here to talk to you folks today.”Lynch gave an overview of the battle in his remarks. The Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942. During the battle, U.S. Navy carrier strike forces defeated an Imperial Japanese navy carrier task force. Facing four veteran Japanese aircraft carriers, the U.S. Navy won the battle with only three aircraft carriers – USS Enterprise (CV 6), USS Hornet (CV 8) and USS Yorktown (CV 5) – augmented by land-based fighters, bombers and torpedo planes from Midway.During the battle, Japan lost four carriers, a heavy cruiser and 256 planes. The U.S. lost Yorktown, a destroyer and 145 planes. Japan’s losses, both at Midway and at the Battle of Coral Sea, shifted the balance of naval power in the Pacific, and derailed Japanese plans to both threaten Hawaii and isolate Australia.In commemoration of the victory, retired Navy Rear Adm. Mack Gaston, and Lynch placed a wreath at the Memorial for the Battle of Midway. Midway Airport’s Memorial for the Battle of Midway features an actual Dauntless dive bomber in addition to interactive displays.“This airport was named Chicago Midway Airport in 1949 to commemorate the heroes of the Battle of Midway and World War II veterans,” noted Andolino.Navy Band Great Lakes Sailors Musician 1st Class (SW) Matthew Anderson, Musicians 3rd Class Elizabeth Clapper, Judd Burton and Jeff Keller, and Musician Seaman Kristen Brawner, provided musical accompaniment for the ceremony.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, June 11, 2012; Image: Navy View post tag: Battle View post tag: usa Training & Education Share this article View post tag: Commemoratescenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic June 11, 2012 View post tag: Midway View post tag: NSGLlast_img read more