The scattered all-day rain didn’t stop the success of the second annual Trump Invitational Grand Prix held at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Presented by Rolex, Equestrian Sport Productions and Donald Trump, the event took place earlier this year in January.
The $125,000 invitational is the only equestrian competition held in this location. The event featured 36 of the top horse riders from different parts of the globe. Of the registered riders for the event, eight withdrew from the competition due to the weather while eight posted clear rounds in their first attempts. The course was complicated and the obstacles stood over five feet tall.
Those competing included veteran riders like Todd Minikus as well as up and coming riders such as Jessica Springsteen, daughter of renowned musician, Bruce Springsteen. Among the other riders include Candice King, McLain Ward, Leslie Howard, and Jonathan McCrea. About 100 spectators attended the event in addition to a number of sponsors and contributors.
Kent Farrington rode Blue Angel to the win and defended his 2013 title. Farrington and Blue Angel top the class with a fault-free jump off that they completed in a fast 36.85 seconds. Second to him was Candice King with Kismet who finished the course in 38.76 seconds and third went to Todd Minikus and Uruguay who finished in 38.88 seconds.
This event was successful in raising over $1 million from its guests and it also marked the kick-off of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival that runs from January 8 to March 30, 2014. Mr. Trump is already looking ahead to the event’s return in 2015.