Vanderveen Bookends Week 5 FEI Wins with 1.50m Victory on Bull Run’s Prince of Peace at WEF

There were 47 entries in the $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic on Sunday morning, all attempting to have a clear round to advance to the jump-off. Only nine were able to find that clear path and returned to contest the shortened course designed by Kelvin Bywater of Great Britain.

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace. Photo © Sportfot.

Riding out of the fourth spot in the order, Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace were able to speed around the jump-off clear in 39.42 seconds for the win. Second place went to Darragh Kenny (IRL) on Kerry Anne LLC’s Important de Muze, who stopped the timers in 40.28 seconds. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Alejandro, owned by Sweet Oak, Spy Coast, Seabrook LLC, placed third in 40.58 seconds.

This was Vanderveen’s fourth FEI class victory at WEF 5. She and Bull Run’s Almighty won the Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m on Wednesday and she picked up the win with Prince of Peace in the opening day 1.40m class. On Friday, she and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili won the Bainbridge 1.45m Classic.

“I don’t think I’ve had a week like this before,” Vanderveen noted. “I’m trying to recall if I’ve ever won even two ranking classes in a week. It was nice to see all of the horses were peaking this week. It was great that the plan worked.”

Vanderveen noted that Prince of Peace is a “naturally fast horse and very careful,” which helped in this jump-off. She explained, “There were a lot of tight rollbacks to the verticals and [it was] quite a careful jump-off while being fast. I figured to push him a bit and see where we’re at. In the turns, I was able to keep everything pretty tight. There weren’t a lot of places to leave out strides. He’s brilliant about staying careful off the jumps so I can kind of just keep kicking and he backs right off.”

Laura Southard, Amanda Luby, and Olga Harstock of CaptiveOne Advisors, Ringmaster Steve Rector, and Kristen Vanderveen. Photo © Sportfot.

Bull Run’s Prince of Peace, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Cardenio x Contender, is a horse in Vanderveen’s string that she has been developing for two years.

“For sure this is the biggest track that I’ve done with him now,” she said. “I was quite excited just to get to show him over some bigger jumps and see how he handled it. After the first round, it felt so comfortable to me, I was going to give it a go in the jump-off. I have high hopes that he’ll turn into one of my big-time horses.”

Final Results: $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI5*

1 BULL RUN’S PRINCE OF PEACE: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Cardenio x Contender
KRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC: 0/0/39.42

2 IMPORTANT DE MUZE: 2008 BWP gelding by Erco van’t Roosakker x Nabab de Reve
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Kerry Anne LLC: 0/0/40.28

3 ALEJANDRO: 2009 Rheinländer gelding by Acorado’s Ass x Contanga
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Seabrook, SpyCoast Farm and Sweet Oak Farm: 0/0/40.58

4 SX HIDALGO VG: 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Quadrillo x Andiamo
LORENZO DE LUCA (ITA), Stephex Stables: 0/0/40.84

5 CARLITO’S WAY 6: 2010 Holsteiner gelding by Casall x Lordanos
MARKUS BEERBAUM (GER), Michaels and Beerbaum GmbH: 0/0/42.11

6 KOSS VAN HEISTE: 2009 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Breemeersen adorado x Contact vd heffinck
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Eadaoin Collins: 0/0/43.24

7 COLESTINA H: 2010 German Sport Horse mare by Colestus x Cardenio 2
DANIEL BLUMAN (ISR), Blue Star Investments and Kim Douglas: 0/0/51.07

8 CRISTO: 2007 Oldenburg gelding by Cristo x Stakkato
MARTIN FUCHS (SUI), Jacques Bodenmuller: 0/8/44.59

9 CESSNA 24: 2009 Hanoverian mare by Contagio x Elba GEORGINA BLOOMBERG (USA), Gotham Enterprizes, LLC: 0/8/47.26

10 SO WHAT HP Z: 2010 Zangersheide mare by Sandro Boy
LUIZ FRANCISCO DE AZEVEDO (BRA), Santa Cecilia Stables: 1/80.28

11 H5 JUST THE MUSIC: 2009 BWP gelding by Tornedo FCS x Quidam de Revel
CARLOS HANK GUERREIRO (MEX), H5 Stables: 4/76.27

12 DORYANE HDH: 2008 KWPN mare by Vleut x Indoctro
PETRONELLA ANDERSSON (SWE), Stephex Stables: 4/76.50