U.S. Olympian Reed Kessler was awarded a $3,000 bonus in the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion for wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style riding gloves on her way to victory in the $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round V on Thursday, February 4, at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.
Week five of the WEF Challenge Cup Series saw 55 entries attempt the track set by 2012 Olympic course designer Robert Ellis of Great Britain. Kessler was one of 13 riders to advance to the jump-off and returned eighth in the order with Cylana. Posting another clear round and crossing the timers in 38.03 seconds, she moved into the lead and stayed there for the remainder of the jump-off.
Kessler and Cylana, a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Kessler Show Stables, are based in The Netherlands. The pair has returned to U.S. soil this winter to make a bid for the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“The first thing I did when I got here was go to the tack store to get some new SSG gloves. Now I'm really glad I did!” said Kessler. “It's a great promotion, and a big thank you to SSG Gloves for their continued support of the WEF Challenge Series.”
Kessler was a past winner in the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion aboard Cylana in 2012, back when they were Olympic hopefuls.
“It's my number-one goal to make the team again,” said Kessler, 21, who was the youngest member of the U.S. Team at the 2012 London Olympics with Cylana.
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 such as 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.