Kaely Tomeu of Wellington, FL, earned a $1,000 bonus in the SSG Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion by winning the $15,000 Maybach – Icons of Luxury High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic while wearing SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves on Sunday, February 21, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.
Tomeu was one of 23 entries to contest tracks set by 2016 Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil. The 20-year-old rider then topped a ten-horse jump-off riding Gentille, owned by Siboney Ranch, to take the win and a $1,000 SSG Gloves bonus in recognition of her loyalty to SSG 'Digital' style riding gloves.
“I wear the gloves because they are the best,” said Tomeu. “I've tried multiple other brands and my reins slip right out of my hands. These last the longest, they don't rip, and they are my favorite – I can't ride without them.”
A past winner in the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion, Tomeu wears SSG 'Digitals' for all of her classes.
“I don't do it for the bonus check, I do it because they are the best gloves,” she added.
While basking in a $15,000 victory, Tomeu has made a tradition of splitting her SSG Gloves bonus with her groom, Milton Portillo.
“When I won last year, I split the money with him and I will do the same this time,” she said. “He puts in all the work and he's an amazing groom.”
Tomeu's partnership with Gentille is a relatively new one after recently adding the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare she characterizes as “unbeatable” to her string. This week marked their third show together and their first time competing in the High Amateur-Owner Jumper division. Having also claimed the blue ribbon on Thursday, the pair was named division champions following their win on Sunday.
Earlier in the week, Irish rider Conor Swail claimed a $3,000 bonus from SSG Gloves following his win riding Dillinger in the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round VI.
The SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion offers $60,000 in bonus money to riders throughout the 12-week WEF competition running January 13 through April 3, 2016, in Wellington, FL. A $3,000 bonus is offered each week to the winner of the WEF Challenge Cup if they are wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style riding gloves with the horsehead logo clearly visible in all rounds of competition. In the weekly Maybach – Icons of Luxury High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the Sleepy P High Junior Jumper Classic competitions, a $1,000 bonus is on offer if the winning rider is wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style riding gloves with the SSG Gloves horse head logo clearly visible in all rounds of competition.
SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves are available for purchase at numerous Wellington locations, including Tackeria, as well as on-site at the Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds at various retailers, including Running Fox.
Please refer to the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival Prize List for complete promotion details. For further information, please contact Jennifer Ward, Jump Media, at cell: 613-292-5439 or firstname.lastname@example.org.