AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Statisticians for Society widens criteria to help more charities About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 175 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Royal Statistical Society’s Statisticians for Society initiative has chosen to broaden its criteria temporarily so that it can support more charities. The decision was made in light of the impact of Covid-19 on so many charities.Statisticians for Society links volunteer statisticians to charities to help them gather evidence for grants and fundraising, implementing new services and understanding the effect of Covid-19 on their communities. It recognised that many more charities would not be able to afford the cost of bringing in statistical experts at a time when they needed it most.The group’s income criterion for assisting charities is increasing from £500,000 to £1 million.The National Lottery, which backs the initiative, has given the Royal Statistical Society permission for the temporary increase.Rob Mastrodomenico, who chairs the Statisticians for Society Scoping Committee, said: ‘With so many charities being badly impacted by the pandemic, we hope this widening of our criteria means Statisticians for Society will be able to help more third sector organisations gather the evidence they need to fundraise – and therefore help more communities affected by Covid.’ Tagged with: Charity CRM data pro bono Research / statistics Howard Lake | 26 January 2021 | News
Email Previous articleAfter Dark – Laurel Hill Gala Fashion ShowNext articleHeroin addicts move in on city neighbourhood Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsCommunitySammy’s 40 year musical marchBy Alan Jacques – March 13, 2014 1664 TAGSAlan JacquesLimerick City Brass and Reed BandMusic LimerickSammy BensonSt Patrick’s Day Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sammy Benson moves to his own beat on St Patrick’s DayWHEN you meet the dynamic force behind the Limerick City Brass and Reed Band which celebrates its 40th birthday this year, there’s no doubting why they are still going strong.Fondly known throughout the city as the Sammy Benson Band, the man himself is as enthusiastic about the band today as he was when it formed back in 1974.Celebrating his 80th birthday this May, Sammy is as passionate, energetic and eternally youthful a man as you are ever likely to meet. His love of music and his beloved brass and reed band almost ooze out of him. He’s an inspirational character that simply lights up when you bring the conversation round to music.When I arrive at Sammy’s Corbally home, he proudly points to the nameplate on the front of the house which reads ‘Artanis’. “That’s Sinatra backwards,” reveals the charismatic bandleader, who has been a fan of Ol’ Blue Eyes since he was eight-years-old.I am immediately struck by the amount of Sinatra and Rat Pack memorabilia among the equally cherished family portraits depicting a lifetime of memories and a dashingly handsome young Sammy Benson. Musical instruments, CDs and sheet music are stacked high as are the many prizes the Limerick City Brass and Reed Band have won over the years.“No matter where we went or what we did, we came away with a prize,” said Sammy proudly.“The closet under the stairs is full of them,” adds Sammy’s wife, Dottie.Sammy’s passion and love of music hasn’t faded over the years and its difficult not to get swept away in his fervour whether he’s talking about the great ‘Chairman of the Board’ or the band he has dedicated so much time, energy, love and money to over the past 40 years. He plays everything from clarinet to saxophone, trumpet and piano, and still plays every day!“I don’t drink or smoke. Music has been there all my life. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have music,” he tells me, horrified even at such a notion.You can see why kids who joined his band 30 and 40 years ago have stuck with him and still continue to march their weary old bones down O’Connell Street every St Patrick’s Day. Hence also, why the band once known as the Limerick City Brass and Reed Youth Band, dropped ‘youth’ from its moniker. Loyal to Sammy they certainly are, but spring chickens, alas, many of them, no longer are.This, of course, also says much about the great love and esteem the Sammy Benson Band have for their great leader.One band member I spoke to fondly described Sammy to me as being like “a second dad”. And there’s no doubting that this great love is reciprocated. Sammy beams from ear to ear as he dotingly refers to his band as “all the lads” throughout our interview.The Limerick music man first started the marching band back in 1974 when it was originally known as the Boherbuoy Youth Band. The Sammy Benson Band have since represented Limerick at St Patrick’s Day Parades all round the world taking in everywhere from Dublin to New York, Cincinnati and Geneva over the last four decades.Sammy, who was crowned Limerick City Council’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ in 1988, told the Limerick Post about how his precious band first came to fruition.“I was playing in all the bands in town, my father Paddy Benson’s band especially, all over the country. I was young at the time and I was still a member of the Boherbuoy. There were always boys and girls hanging around outside the band hall. I said to them ‘are ye interested in learning to play?’ ‘If ye are’, said I, ‘I will teach ye but it will have to be every day. Coming once in a blue moon is no good to me.’ So I got the bunch of kids and I taught them all the instruments,” Sammy recalls.“I got the band going anyway and they were getting better. I got them trumpets and trombones and some of the senior members were coming on at this stage. I used to take them out on the street, downtown, up O’Connell Street, all over the place. People used to say ‘Sammy you’ll walk the legs off them’. That was the start of it.”The rest, as they say, is history!Ah boy Sammy!Over the last 40 years, Sammy has shared his love of music with countless young Limerick waifs and strays. Even on occasion bestowing his wonderful gift on kids, who perhaps at the time, didn’t value how much of a lifesaver it was to be.“I had the kids out on Edward Street and I was teaching them to march. Anyway there was these fellas coming down the road, they were tough, and I said ‘where are ye off to?’ They said ‘we’re going down there to meet our pals’. ‘Get in here’ says I. I hunted them into the band hall and I went in and got them instruments.They are still with the band. One of them told me there a few years ago that if I hadn’t hunted them into the hall that night, they would have ended up in trouble, because the pals they were going to meet were all arrested. They were bauld children,” says Sammy with nothing but love and mischief in his voice.The Limerick City Brass and Reed Band has been a labour of love for the well-known city pensioner. With no funding from anyone down the years, Sammy has also continually, and selflessly, dipped his hand into his own pockets to pay for uniforms and instruments for his band.“If I got a couple of quid now, I’d buy an instrument and if I had new people coming in I’d go to the shops and see what I could get. It’s all I’ve ever done all my life. Every penny my brothers Christy, Paddy, Eddie and myself had, we gave to the band.“For the last couple of years it has all come out of my pocket but it won’t be coming out of my pocket for much longer because I haven’t worked for two years,” he says laughing.There can be no doubting the huge wealth of happy memories the brass band has brought Sammy through the years. But the sad memory of the fire which destroyed the band’s hall in Caledonian Park is as cutting for him today as it was that awful night over a decade ago.“I remember I got a phone call around 10 o’clock at night to say the band hall was on fire. A couple of thugs had set it alight. The instruments and everything were beyond repair. It was heartbreaking.”The show must go on of course and Sammy, being the showman that he is, picked up the pieces and was given the use of a hall on Parnell Street, which is owned by the Dominican Church.When asked what he puts the band’s longevity and success down to, Sammy instantly replies, “It all comes down to hard work. You have to practice.”“I never let the band down. I’d practice them every night now if I could”.With 40th anniversary celebrations planned for 2014, this St Patrick’s Day Parade will be a significant milestone for Sammy Benson and the Limerick City Brass and Reed Band. And as always the familiar calls of ‘ah boy Sammy’ will go up over the length and breadth of the city as he leads his band down O’Connell Street on March 17.“A piece the band love playing is that Hawaii 5-0 theme tune. As a matter of fact, if I was walking up Parnell Street and there was fellas coming down they’d start humming it at me. Everyone knows me alright and St Patrick’s Day will be a special day out this year. I won’t be telling the lads of its significance though until afterwards,” he says.Before I reluctantly depart Sammy’s company, I can’t resist asking him some more about his admiration for Frank Sinatra.“Oh, Frank is my man! I’ve seen him perform dozens of times in London, America, all over the place. I met him in London too. There was a crowd gathering and I asked a fella ‘what’s going on here?’ He said to me that ‘Sinatra will be arriving in three minutes’. I was standing there and he came up to the door and I shouted ‘turn around this way will you Frank?’ He turned his head and I said ‘my house is called Artanis’ and he laughed because he got it,” enthuses an awestruck Sammy.After taking my leave, a wonderful thought quickly springs to mind. “Why name a local landmark after JFK? Sammy Benson, a Limerick man in his own lifetime, is more than worthy of such accolades.”To borrow from the great King of the Crooners; over the last 40 years Sammy did what he had to do and saw it through without exemption. He did it his way!Ah boy Sammy!!! Facebook FOR 40 years the Limerick City Brass and Reed Band have played an integral role in the city’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Alan Jacques caught up with the band’s charismatic leader Sammy Benson and marched to the beat of his drum. WhatsApp Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Twitter HSE Mid West Community Healthcare and UL Hospitals Group urges public to avoid household visits and social gatherings for St Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day in Lebanon Advertisement Actor Dominic West leads the Love for Limerick on St. Patrick’s Day #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Tune in to take part in the 2021 Limerick St Patrick’s Festival!
Facebook Clear Skye Records Strong First Year With Rapidly Emerging Identity Governance Sales, Notable Customer Wins Globally and Significant Headcount Growth in 2020 Twitter Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp TAGS WhatsApp Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 Facebook Previous articleHyperquake’s Neuropulse Program™ Measures Brain Response to Help Companies Connect With AudiencesNext articleAmphibious Aircraft Market to Grow by $ 40.78 mn in 2021, Aero Adventure LLC and American Champion Aircraft Corp. Emerge as Key Contributors to Growth | Industry Analysis, Market Trends, Market Growth, Opportunities and Forecast | Technavio Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Twitter EMERYVILLE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021– Clear Skye ® Inc., the “Better Way to IGA” identity company, today announced a significant first year out of stealth mode in 2020, which saw revenue growth of nearly 300 percent in a market growing at 10 percent. Its customer base expanded beyond North America into Europe and Asia Pac, and the company saw a 100-percent renewal rate. Clear Skye also doubled enablement partners around the world in 2020, increased its workforce by 500 percent, and delivered improved outcomes through three product releases. “2020 was our first year out of stealth mode and our debut of ‘A Better Way to IGA,’ and the results have been very gratifying,” said John Milburn, Clear Skye CEO. “Based on our success in 2020, and thanks to the investors, customers, and partners who have been part of our journey, we see 2021 being an even bigger year. This year we will add even more unique capabilities that better align organizations’ IGA programs with their other critical business functions to reduce typical headwinds in areas such as application onboarding.” In 2020 Clear Skye made significant investments in its product to simplify security and compliance. As a result, last year it released three updates to the Clear Skye IGA solution, with a focus on key improvements to performance, visibility and flexibility. This was enabled during the first part of the year when the company closed a $4.95 million Series A round of funding led by Toba Capital, with round participants including Inner Loop Capital and existing investor ServiceNow Ventures. With successful Identity Governance as much process as it is technology, having the right partner expertise is critical. Last year, Clear Skye launched “Elevate,” a global partner program for leading Identity and Access Management (IAM) system integrators and consulting services firms, and as a result recruited and trained more than 20 of the best identity-skilled advisory partners in the world. According to Mads Myrvoll, Head of Service Management Consulting at Clear Skye partner Sopra Steria, “Clear Skye has quickly become a strategic partner to Sopra Steria because it allows us to unite our ServiceNow and Identity and Access Management practices. The Clear Skye solution enables us to deliver tremendous value to our customers because it is more than IGA. It facilitates an enterprise-wide risk management system.” Clear Skye was also honored for its work modernizing the IGA space with significant industry recognition and validation. Key industry analysts included Clear Skye in their IGA publications, including reports such as KuppingerCole IGA on ServiceNow Report, Gartner’s Market Guide for Identity Governance and Administration (paid subscriber link), and the 451 Research Coverage Report. 2020 was also the first year Clear Skye was included in the Gartner Peer Insight program, where it currently has a five-star rating. According to one customer, “Clear Skye is an innovative company focused on ensuring their product delivers on the commitment and value promised.” Clear Skye also participated in a technical product review with eWEEK, where its solution performed significantly well, and its extensive reporting and automation reducing operational overhead were highlighted as differentiated in its industry. Clear Skye’s industry traction, vision and leadership were also recognized in 2020 with multiple industry awards. During the year, CRN named Clear Skye to its 2020 Emerging Vendors list, honoring new, rising technology suppliers that exhibit great promise in shaping the future success of the channel with their dedication to innovation. Its Clear Skye IGA™ solution was also selected as a finalist in the Innovative Product of the Year award category of the 2020 American Cyber Awards program, established to shine a spotlight on the most innovative and successful people, teams and products in cybersecurity. In addition, TMC named the Clear Skye IGA solution as a 2020 Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award winner and a 2020 Cloud Computing Excellence Award winner, both awards being presented by Cloud Computing Magazine and recognizing products that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market. Finally, Clear Skye earned Most Innovative Company of the Year honors in the 10 th annual Best in Biz Awards Program, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America. Clear Skye is executing on its bold vision of simplifying security by delivering a cost-effective solution for today’s Identity Governance challenges. Clear Skye Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) is the only IGA solution built natively on the ServiceNow Now Platform, and as a result uniquely removes friction from business processes related to governing application access. Organizations can greatly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of IGA programs while leveraging and extending their investment in the ServiceNow Now Platform. Clear Skye IGA delivers the critical IGA capabilities of Identity Lifecycle Management, Access Review, Access Certification, and Audit-Focused Analytics without the overhead of standing up another new software silo requiring integration. While legacy IGA technologies require the addition of another complicated silo to be managed, Clear Skye IGA integrates simply as an additional business process automated by the Now Platform. By providing Provisioning, Access Request, Access Review and Analytics on the Now Platform, Clear Skye customers gain significant efficiencies in the way their IGA programs operate. Additionally, Clear Skye IGA leverages the benefits delivered by other solutions on the Now Platform, such as Configuration Management Database (CMDB); Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC); and Security Operations. About Clear Skye Clear Skye, an Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) software company, reimagines enterprise identity access and risk management software to make the complicated problem of identity governance easier to manage. Built on ServiceNow’s Now Platform, Clear Skye IGA removes the need for a standalone IGA solution in favor of leveraging an existing platform. The Emeryville, Calif.-headquartered company serves customers across a broad set of vertical markets by providing identity lifecycle management and governance solutions. Founded in 2016, the company is venture backed. 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Pinterest US special envoy to visit Donegal It’s emerged that the new US Special Envoy to the north is to visit Donegal. Declan Kelly was one of the keynote speakers at this week’s British Irish Interparliamentary Asembley meeting in Cavan which was co-chaired by Donegal North East Deputy Niall Blaney.Deputy Blaney says Mr Kelly has agreed to come to Donegal to discuss a number of issues, but also to tel politicians and business leaders that a more positive attitude towards business would attract more US investment.Deputy Blaney says Declan Kelly is showing a very genuine interest in the border counties as well as Northern Ireland. By News Highland – February 24, 2010 Twitter Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleColm Murphy acquitted by the Special Criminal CourtNext articleThree men arrested in Donegal, charged with IRA membership News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp
Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic HIQA statement in full – Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Twitter The full document, Guide to the Health Information and Quality Authority’s review of antimicrobial stewardship in public acute hospitals, can be found here: http://www.hiqa.ie/publications/guide-health-information-and-quality-authoritys-review-antimicrobial-stewardship-public Homepage BannerNews HIQA’s Inspector Manager of Healthcare Regulation, Sean Egan said; “Antimicrobial resistance poses a huge current and future challenge for health services globally. The ongoing discovery of new antibiotics has failed to keep pace with the emergence of antibiotic resistance. While there are a number of global initiatives underway to try to address this mismatch, in the short term it is unlikely that new antibiotics aimed at treating Gram-negative infection in particular will become available. Consequently, as a society we need to ensure that all possible measures are in place to preserve the utility of antibiotics that remain effective in treating such infection.” Facebook “Antimicrobial stewardship helps to combat resistance by ensuring the effectiveness of antimicrobial agents is preserved for as long as possible through careful and expert usage. All public acute hospitals are expected to have effective antimicrobial stewardship programmes in place. In short, these programmes intend to ensure that every patient receives the right antimicrobial therapy, at the right dose, route and duration, for the right infection type at the right time.” HIQA to review acute hospitals as concern grows over bacterial resistance Since June of this year, HIQA’s hospital inspection programme, in line with monitoring compliance against the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, has focused specifically on antimicrobial stewardship. This national assurance review intends to recognise and share learning where good practice exists, and identify potential scope for improvement where possible, in the interest of improving high performance in all public acute hospitals. HIQA’s guidelines outline the necessary governance structures, essential staffing requirements and recommended interventions required to implement antimicrobial stewardship effectively. Twitter The Health Information and Quality Authority has begun a national quality assurance review of antimicrobial stewardship.The review, which involves all acute hospitals, follows the announcement from China last week that a newly discovered gene has made some infectious bacteria resistant to the last line of currently available antibiotics.HIQA spokesperson Sean Egan says antimicrobial resistance poses a significent challenge for health services, and all possible measures must be put in place to ensure antibiotics remain effective……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/hiqantibiotics.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) are conducting a national quality assurance review across all public acute hospitals in relation to antimicrobial stewardship. The announcement from China that a newly discovered gene has made infectious Gram-negative bacteria resistant to the last line of currently available antibiotics has brought into sharp focus the importance of vigilance when it comes to the proper usage of antimicrobials. By admin – November 24, 2015 Sean Egan continued; “In a time of ever increasing global travel, the risk of the spread of resistant bacteria is heightened. It is critically important that all hospitals have appropriate defences in place to both mitigate the risk of transmission of multidrug resistant bacteria, and prevent their emergence through optimal usage of antimicrobials.” Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleCPI building may provide a temporary home for Castlefinn Health CentreNext articleNurses to strike over ED overcrowding and working conditions admin News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows
Comments are closed. Internetbroker Virgin Direct has recruited 90 new staff in eight months usinginnovative virtual interviewing techniques.TheNorwich-based on-line company Virgin Direct, which provides pensions, ISAs andsavings accounts, used the strategy to allow candidates to decide if they wantto work out of London.And italso allowed company shareholders in Australia, London and Norwich to choosewho to select for a final interview.At aconference on retaining key talent held last week in London, HR director DaveEvans told delegates that these interviews allowed the firm to grow from a teamof 22 when it started eight months ago to a growing company of 112 employees.But Evanssaid that the company’s location in Norwich could put off employees used toworking in London with its higher wages. He also had to satisfy shareholdersfrom Virgin Direct’s Australian business partner and co-founder AMP that he wasselecting top-quality staff. Thesolution to the problem was a two-stage interview system at a hotel near to theemployee’s home. First, candidates watched videos of the company’s Norwichoffices with an introduction by managing director Craig Meller, so they coulddecide if they liked the location and prospective new employer.Theninterviewers asked if the candidate was willing to be interviewed using a Webcamera. All candidates answered six standard questions and interviewers puttheir replies on CD-Roms, which were sent to shareholders in Norwich, Londonand Australia.Theshareholders could compare responses by cross-referencing questions then selectthe best candidates for second interviews.TimNicholson, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation,said, “There are many different ways of selecting people and this soundsvery innovative – but it could never fully replace a face-to-faceinterview.”By RichardStaines www.virgin-direct.co.uk Dotcom takes on staff on the strength of virtual interviewsOn 21 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Home » News » Agencies & People » All change! JLL says property offices will never be the same again previous nextAgencies & PeopleAll change! JLL says property offices will never be the same againJLL set to move into the future with ‘an agile approach to the working day.’The Negotiator27th May 20160983 Views Property consultancy, JLL, will move to new offices at 31 Great George Street, Bristol, later this year.Work has started on a £6 million refurbishment project by the landlords, Hermes, who will extensively reconfigure and refurbish the 1990s building including new windows and atrium, and new services throughout. JLL has taken two floors within the building that will completely modernise the working practices of the company.Jeremy Richards, head of JLL Bristol office, said, “We have advised numerous organisations on relocations and how to get the best out of their office space and this will be practising what we preach.“Gone are the days that people are wedded to their desks. Research shows that employees are happier and more productive at work if they have a dynamic and collaborative environment and we want our new offices to enable this style of working and provide a variety of locations in which employees can carry out their jobs.“Desks in our existing offices are only being used about 60 per cent of the time so it makes complete sense to reduce traditional desk numbers and invest in other areas instead. This is not a case of taking less accommodation, but providing more interesting spaces to allow a more agile approach to the working day.”The new offices will feature at least four working zones including traditional desk space, client meeting rooms, a large café area opening on to a balcony overlooking the city and quiet zone including meeting rooms and pods that can be booked as required.The design of the offices will also feature exposed ceilings and services similar to tech style spaces. This provides both greater natural light and a more collaborative feel to the space. There will be increased cycle parking, male and female showers, lockers and drying rooms to cater for those who want to walk, run or cycle to work.Hermes has refurbished the building with a range of energy efficient features including intelligent air conditioning which will allow fan coils to be switched off when windows are opened which could provide energy savings of up to 20 per cent.The overall result is going to be a striking design which will not only look good but will give employees a healthy interactive and pleasant working environment.JLL offices have also been upgraded across the UK including Nottingham, Exeter, Glasgow and Leeds which have undergone similar investment.JLL new offices property consultancy Bristol May 27, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP In the first international grand prix of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) circuit, U.S. Olympic team gold medalist Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Breitling LS won the $137,000 Wellington Regional Medical Center Grand Prix CSI3* on Saturday, January 16, at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.WEF 1 concludes on Sunday, January 17, with the $30,000 Pilates Rocks Grand Prix. International three-star show jumping and national hunter, jumper, and equitation competition continues at WEF 2, sponsored by Restylane, on January 20-24. WEF hosts 13 weeks of shows through April 4 in Wellington, Florida.There were 44 entries in the grand prix, competing over a course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) and Andy Christiansen Jr. (ECU) consisting of 13 numbered obstacles. Just three were able to find the clear path to the jump-off in the first of four grand prix events under the lights for the 2021 circuit.The clear round pathfinder was Sydney Shulman (ISR) on J-Boston S.E., a 12-year-old BWP gelding by Boris VH Kluizebos owned by Jill Shulman. With a rail in the double combination, their four faults in 48.86 seconds landed them in third place.It was a solid start for Shulman and J-Boston S.E., who have been paired together for a year but have only competed at nine FEI-rated horse shows.Additionally, Shulman noted, “Tonight was actually his second night class ever. I’d only gotten to do him one time in Tryon this summer, and we went at 6:30 in the first ten in the class, so it wasn’t really under the lights. This was his first class here under the lights.“We’re just building up,” she continued. “I was thrilled with the way he jumped the first round. He made it really easy for me. He’s had a long break and is just getting back into the groove. I wanted to make it a confident experience this time so it can carry us through the rest of the circuit. I was really happy with that result.”Next in was Adrienne Sternlicht (USA), a team gold medalist from the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018. Riding Bennys Legacy, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Lupicor x Acordia owned by Starlight Farms 1 LLC, they put in a solid clear trip in a time 45.17 seconds for second place.With an unfortunate slip in the jump-off in Thursday’s qualifier, Sternlicht returned to the grand prix jump-off planning on giving Bennys Legacy a confident ride.“My horse jumped amazing this week,” said Sternlicht, who also won the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award, given in memory of Dale Lawler. “I knew there were places that I could open up his stride, like the eight [strides] across the middle came up naturally for my horse but I thought about being a bit conservative on the turns tonight to give him a conservative and confident ride with so much to look forward to this season. He responded really well, so I’m happy to be second tonight and always happy to be second to Beezie.”Wrapping up the jump-off were Madden and Breitling LS, a 15-year-old SLS stallion by Quintero x Accord II. They made quick work of the short course, coming home clear in 41.87 seconds.Speaking of her plan for the jump-off, Madden said, “Adrienne [Sternlicht] is so good at working out of that big gallop and that horse is naturally quick anyway. I thought, ‘I’m not going to beat her on that part,’ so I tried to do it on the turns and just match her. The eight [strides] across the middle to the double looked a little risky from where I was sitting, but he did it well and I think I beat her from fence one to two and maybe the turn after the double [combination] as well. I thought those were the only places that I could try and catch her.”While Madden believed that the course suited Breitling, an uncharacteristic “rocky” performance in Thursday’s qualifier led her to ride him “a little on the strong side.”She added, “I thought I’d just have to have a nice, confident round, and he really responded to it and jumped well anyway. A lot of times it’s hard for them to concentrate when you’re riding them a little strong, but I thought he really rose to the occasion and did that well. I was really happy.”Madden is known for giving her horses a lengthy winter vacation, but after so many cancellations in 2020 due to the pandemic, she was ready to bring out Breitling early.“I’m going to pick and choose where I think he’s going to do well,” she said of her 2018 FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final and 2019 Pan American Games double bronze medal winner. “I think for his confidence right now starting out, he probably doesn’t need a five star right away. I’m going to pick some classes where he can get confident, and when he feels really good, I’ll slot him into a five star here and there.”Final Results: $137,000 Wellington Regional Medical Center Grand Prix CSI3*1. BREITLING LS: 2006 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Quintero x Accord IIBEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/0/41.872. BENNYS LEGACY: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Lupicor x AcordiaADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms, LLC: 0/0/45.173. J-BOSTON S.E.: 2009 BWP gelding by Boris van het KluizebosSYDNEY SHULMAN (ISR), Jill Shulman: 0/4/48.864. TOPBLUE: 2011 ISH gelding by Chacco-blue x Sea Top LadyANDREW BOURNS (IRL), Andrew Bourns: 1/80.425. CREEDANCE: 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Lord Z x NotarisKENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington & Haity McNerney: 4/72.876. NORTHERN LIGHT: 2011 SWB mare by Plot Blue x ContenderTIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 4/74.567. IGOR VAN DE WITTEMOERE: 2008 BWP gelding by Cooper Vd Heffinck x Dahlia Vd HeffinckNAYEL NASSAR (EGY), Evergate Stables, LLC: 4/74.748. ALEJANDRO: 2009 Rheinländer gelding by Acorado’s Ass x ContangaSHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Seabrook, SpyCoast Farm and Sweet Oak Farm: 4/75.369. H5 QUINTOL: 2005 Oldenburg gelding by Quintender x CentoEDUARDO MENEZES (BRA), H5 Sport Horses, LLC: 4/75.5610. 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