Hilary McNerney (USA) flew to the top of the podium aboard Singuletto in the $30,000 Pilates Rocks Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, January 17, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) to close out 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) competition for the week.The second week of international show jumping at WEF will feature CSI3* competition on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village with the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 on Friday, Saturday’s $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Classic and $10,000 Hermès U25 Welcome, and an exciting Sunday of competition featuring the $137,000 Restylane Grand Prix CSI3* followed by the $25,000 Hermès U25 Grand Prix. Don’t miss a minute of the action and watch all the feature classes for free on the livestream. WEF hosts 13 weeks of shows through April 4 in Wellington, Florida.A total of 48 entries contested the opening round of the Pilates Rocks Grand Prix with nine moving on to the jump-off over a shortened track set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) and Andy Christiansen Jr. (ECU). Last to go in the second round, McNerney had her work cut out for her with three double clear efforts already on the board in the International Arena. She and her own 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding put the pedal to the metal and crossed the timers in a blistering 41.274 seconds.“After the first round I could tell that he wasn’t going to hit a jump,” she said. “Going into the jump-off, it kind of makes it more fun because it’s like, ‘Okay, he’s into this, so let’s go. Get with the program, mom.’ It motivates you even more when they jump like that for you. I think that motivated me heading into the jump-off for sure.”It was veteran Canadian rider Tiffany Foster finishing just off the winning time in the runner-up position aboard the 10-year-old mare Vienna for the Artisan Farms, LLC with a double clear effort in 41.378 seconds. It was a clean sweep of the podium for female riders as Gabriela Reutter (CHI) piloted 11-year-old Maharees Rock owned by Lumiere Horses Inc to a third-place finish in 44.482 seconds.Singuletto, or “Ziggy” as he’s known around the barn, is a horse McNerney has had since he was seven years old. Five years later, the pair is very well acquainted with each other and continue to develop their careers together. They shaved time off the clock by maximizing their effort with his big stride, helping to land them atop the podium.“We’re just stepping up so we might start to do some WEF Challenges and see how it goes,” said McNerney. “Maybe we’ll do some CSI4* classes with my horse Captain Cooper, who can do some of the bigger classes, so we’re just saving him right now and using Ziggy to do a little bit more of the bigger classes, which is nice. It’s my goal to do well in these kinds of classes, so I guess I have a good start.”In preparation for WEF, McNerney opted to stay in Florida throughout the summer and fall and took part in the shows offered by Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) in Wellington. She credits the quality of the competition and extra experience she gained for how well prepared she is coming into the winter circuit.“It was so nice. The [derby] field at the dressage grounds is amazing,” she said. “We usually go to Europe and Spruce Meadows so usually we travel a lot more, but I have to say those shows were perfect. I think we were smart in staying here.”Kicking off the final day of WEF 1 it was Crack Uno and Kendra Gierkink for Section A and Brianne Link aboard Cortina for Section B, earning blue ribbons in the $10,000 Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Continuing her hot streak at WEF, Grace Debney took top call in the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall Of Fame High Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Griffis Residential, with Boheme De La Roque.Final Results: $30,000 Pilates Rocks Grand Prix1. SINGULETTO: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Singulord Joter x UlikaiHILARY MCNERNEY (USA), Hilary McNerney: 0/0/41.2742. VIENNA: 2011 Hanovarian mare by Valentino x Leena JTIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/0/41.3783. MAHAREES ROCK: 2010 Irish Sport Horse mare by Obos Quality 004 x Atlantic SallyGABRIELA REUTTER (CHI), Lumiere Horses Inc: 0/0/44.4824. CESNA M: 2012 OS gelding by Check In 2 x FuriellaMARGIE ENGLE (USA), Virginia Bartholomay: 0/0/44.7685. AYAMONTE BG Z: 2009 Zangersheide stallion by Air Jordan x Ulene Van Het LindenhofTANNER KOROTKIN (USA), Castlewood Farm Inc: 0/4/46.4706. BARDOLINA 2: 2009 Holsteiner mare by Clarimo x LandosMARIO DESLAURIERS (CAN), Wishing Well Farm, LLC: 0/4/47.5067. EST DI PALATINA: 2009 KWPN mare by Namelus x GuidamCHARLES JACOBS (USA), CMJ Sporthorse, LLC: 0/4/49.3258. TOULOUSE Z: 2011 Zangersheide mare by Toulon x Balinamore Van De NblauwaertMCLAIN WARD (USA), McLain Ward: 0/8/45.0439. GIN CHIN VAN HET LINDENHOF: 2006 BWP gelding by Chin Chin x C Unanyme Vh Lindenhof ZFLO NORRIS (GBR), Cisca Norris: 0/15/52.18910. BUGATTI: 2006 KWPN gelding by Heartbreaker x PilotWILHELM GENN (GER), Eduardo Leon: 1/84.263 Tags: Tiffany Foster, show jumping, Vienna, WQEF 2021, Hilary McNerney, Singuletto, Pilates Rocks Grand Prix, Email* More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. 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By Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo August 03, 2016 The U.S. Fleet Forces Band (USFFB) participated in a huge military parade in Buenos Aires on July 9th and 10th during celebrations for the 200th anniversary of Argentina’s Declaration of Independence. The USFFB performed with 17 other military and security forces bands from the Americas, Europe, and Africa. “The event was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the partnership between Argentina and the United States,” U.S. Navy Lieutenant Robert J. “Seph” Coats, director of the USFFB, told Diálogo. “With our presence, we were able to clearly demonstrate this partnership and the continued goodwill among our countries.” The USFFB traveled to Argentina as part of an initiative of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to join Argentines in celebration of their bicentennial. Also participating in the parade were the Bolivian Army Military Band, the Brazilian Army’s 2nd Armored Cavalry Brigade Band, the Chilean Army Concert Band, the Spanish Air Force Band, the French Paratroopers Band, Italy’s 8thBersaglieri Regiment Fanfare Band, the Moroccan Royal Air Force Band, the Paraguayan Army Command’s Military Concert Band, the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Band, and the Uruguayan Air Force Band. Argentinian ensembles included the Argentine Army Symphonic Group, the Argentine Navy Band, the Argentine Air Force Band, and the “Alto Peru” Fanfare Band of the “General San Martín” Regiment of Mounted Grenadiers. Also playing were the “General Martín Miguel de Güemes” National Gendarmerie School Special Band, the Argentine Naval Prefecture Band, and the Argentine Federal Police Band. “Meeting the other bands was excellent. We had many opportunities to play together, have conversations, and exchange experiences,” Lt. Coats said. “The lives of military musicians are very similar, even though we are from different countries. It is always a pleasure to be able to get to know our colleagues a little better, and it is always an honor to work together to pay homage to nations and commemorate their independence.” Intense Programming Marching along the emblematic Avenida Libertador in the Argentine capital, the USFFB performed the official song of the U.S. Navy, “Anchors Aweigh,” and a traditional march called “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean.” “The reception in Buenos Aires was exceptional. The people and the authorities were warm and welcoming, and there was a real sense of camaraderie,” Lt. Coats said. Escorted by 4,000 troops from the Argentine Armed Forces and accompanied by thousands of people, the musicians marched to the Argentine Polo stadium, where each band showed off its skills, interpreting popular marches and songs from their respective countries. The USFFB stood out for its high energy, with a battery in the middle of the lawn and a singer who performed with a microphone in hand. Another group that excited the crowd was the Chilean Army Concert Band, which interpreted the tango “Adiós Nonino,” written by the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. The rest of the bands also had a fairly varied repertoire, including everything from the “Imperial March” (from the movie “Star Wars”) to the Italian classic, “Funiculì, Funiculà.” Festival of Democracy Argentinean President Mauricio Macri, along with national military and civil authorities, attended the bands’ concert in the polo stadium. Argentine Minister of Defense Julio Martínez called the event a “festival of democracy.” “We are very happy and appreciative of everyone’s work and all the countries that sent their bands to celebrate this bicentennial of our independence with us,” Minister Martínez said. “It has been a long time since our service members have been summoned by the National Government to march in a provession, and we were now able to do that,” concluded the minister, also acknowledging the presence of the veterans of the Falklands War. For the USFFB, it was an unforgettable event. “The activity gave us the opportunity to represent the United States and the U.S. Navy in support of a very important event for the Argentine people,” Lt. Coats said. “Our two countries are lucky enough to have a long history of independence, and the parade and the festival of military bands allowed us to join together in Argentina to celebrate this special anniversary.” Known as “The Finest of the Fleet,” the USFFB was created in 1945 and currently has 45 members, all of whom are active-duty U.S. Navy sailors. The band provides musical support to ships, military bases, foreign dignitaries, and community events in the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio River Valley areas of the United States, in addition to regularly mobilizing in Central and South America. “I feel fortunate to direct the organization, which is made up of some of the best, most talented musicians of the U.S. Navy,” Lt. Coats concluded.