Ballard and Verdict De Kezeg Grab Second in $37,000 CSI3* Class

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The second week of the 2021 ESP Spring Series opened on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village, kicking off the first of two consecutive weeks of three-star competition. In Thursday afternoon’s feature class, Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five, LLC, jumped to the top of the podium, taking top honors in the $37,000 CCTV Agent 1.45m Jumpers CSI3*.ESP Spring II continues with a busy Friday of competition at both Equestrian Village and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), featuring the $37,000 JTWG Qualifier CSI3* on the grass Derby Field and the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Perfect Products in the International Arena at PBIEC. Saturday’s schedule features the $37,000 HorseLinc 1.50m Classic CSI3* and the week concludes with the $137,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix CSI3* on Sunday, April 18. The 2021 ESP Spring Series continues with a total of five weeks of competition until Sunday, May 15. Feature classes will be available live and on-demand for free on the livestream.Over a technical speed track set by Catsy Cruz (MEX) and Andy Christiansen (ECU), 50 horse-and-rider combinations took on the test, with 19 pairs producing clear efforts. Vanderveen proved to be the quickest of the day, crossing the finish line in a blistering 61.31 seconds. The victory also marked a pair of firsts for Vanderveen as she jumped on the grass for the first time this season and campaigned her veteran mount for the first time ever on the distinguished turf track.“Just because of the way my schedule unfolded this winter, it’s my first time getting a chance to jump on the grass field,” said Vanderveen. “Even though I’ve had ‘Frosty’ for so long, this is actually his first time jumping on the grass. He’s naturally pretty fast so I wanted to go quick enough but not too fast. I saw Erynn [Ballard] go and she was fantastic, so I tried to do about the same track she did and then just one less stride to the last jump. He felt fantastic.”The aforementioned Erynn Ballard (CAN) landed in the runner-up position with her clear effort aboard Verdict De Kezeg, owned by Ilan Ferder. Ballard and the 12-year-old Selle Français gelding by Diamant De Semilly x Hazelle De Rhuys stopped the clock in 62.38 seconds. Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Arena UK Winston, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion owned by Normal Oley, rounded out the podium in a time of 62.56 seconds, to finish in third. Canadian Sam Walker finished 8th aboard Coralissa.Notching an impressive win by a margin of more than a full second, Vanderveen credits her horse’s big stride for helping her gain the edge in the opening class.“With his big stride, I can do things that a lot of other horses just don’t have the range for,” she said. “We ended up doing four strides down the last line, which I think helped land and hit the timers the right way.“I’m not normally a big fan of grass myself as a rider,” she continued. “I’m always a little hesitant but the field was great. I thought the footing was nice and I’m really happy with the result today.”Looking ahead, Vanderveen will focus on Saturday’s $37,000 HorseLinc 1.50m Classic CSI3* with Bull Run’s Faustino De Tiliwhile her other mount Bull Run’s Prince of Peace will contest Friday’s $37,000 JTWG Qualifier CSI3* in hopes of qualifying for the grand prix on Sunday.Conor Swail (IRL) and Gamble. (Sportfot photo)Earlier in the day, Ireland’s Conor Swail piloted Gamble, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Asta Torokvei, to a victory in the $6,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m jumpers CSI3*. A starting field of 65 entries challenged the two-phase format, with Swail posting a double-clear effort and stopping the clock in an impressive 30.80 seconds in the jump-off portion.“Every time you go in the ring, he gives you 100 percent, which is very pleasing,” said Swail of the gelding by Vingino x Indoctro. “My plan was to have a nice jump around. There was one inside turn, and I did six [strides] to the double combination, which was a little long. The idea in the second phase with him is always just to canter along a little bit because he does enjoy doing that and I think it does help his jumping performance as well. This is all obviously to set him up for Friday’s class, as I want to be able to have a good round with him tomorrow.”Gamble was originally imported from Europe by Torokvei as a four-year-old. Three years ago, she gave the ride to Swail, who has moved him up from the 1.25m level and into the bigger international classes since then. As the partnership continues to grow, a change in bits this past fall has helped the gelding reach even greater heights.“I decided to put him into a hackamore when we were in Europe,” he said. “For me, it seemed to just loosen up his shoulder a little bit and it helps prevent me from interfering with his front end as much whenever I’m balancing and trying to get a good spot for him to jump from. His shoulder works really well, and he seems to like it a lot. I was really happy with the way he jumped today.”Final Results: $37,000 CCTV Agent 1.45m Jumpers CSI3*1. BULL RUN’S FAUSTINO DE TILI: 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Berlin x DarcoKRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers Five, LLC: 0/61.312. VERDICT DE KEZEG: 2009 Selle Français gelding by Diamant De Semilly x Hazelle De RhuysERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Ilan Ferder: 0/62.383. ARENA UK WINSTON: 2009 Irish Sport Horse stallion by Waldo Van Dungen x Hamilton TropicsDARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Norman Oley: 0/62.564. COLLIN: 2007 KWPN gelding by Colandro x AmethistLUIZ FRANCISCO DE AZEVEDO (BRA), Santa Cecilia Stables: 0/63.135. IGOR VAN DE WITTEMOERE: 2008 BWP gelding by Cooper Vd Heffinck x Dahlia Vd HeffinckNAYEL NASSAR (EGY), Evergate Stables, LLC: 0/63.886. BALLYHEERIN BAY STAR: 2011 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Fanad West Air Jordan C x DrossanDANIEL COYLE (IRL), Ariel Grange: 0/64.767. CHACCO-SAN: 2011 Hanovarian gelding by Chacco-Blue x Sandro BoyEDUARDO MENEZES (BRA), H5 Sport Horses, LLC: 0/66.048. CORALISSA: 2010 Holsteiner mare by Com Air x Corrado ISAM WALKER (CAN), Marbill Hill Farm: 0/66.319. VITIKI: 2008 Hanoverian gelding by Valentino x For ExpoYURI MANSUR (BRA), Yuri Mansur: 0/67.3410. DUDOK: 2008 KWPN gelding by Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Le MexicoMARK REID (IRL), Caroline’s Kids, LLC: 0/67.66 Tags: Asta Torokvei, Erynn Ballard, show jumping, Sam Walker, Kristen Vanderveen, Faustino De Tili, Coralissa, ESP Spring Series, Verdict De Kezeg, Gamble, 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 SIGN UP Email*last_img read more

Personalization of content as the leading strategy of hotel brands

first_imgAccor’s digital strategy over the past five years has mainly focused on increasing direct bookings through a halo of luxury and exclusivity. So far, their personalization strategy has focused on customizing the experience during the experience, but also on revenue management. Magnuson Hotels Accor Marriott Marriott directs most of its artificial intelligence through the Bonvoy mobile app. Based on user data, intentions, and attribution data, the application makes complex recommendations regarding the destination offer. Another major initiative is Marriott’s partnership with Salesforce to launch a customer recognition platform, which provides a view of each guest’s profile. The goal is to gather all customer interactions so that Marriott staff can act on the information received. Storing this data also allows Marriott to serve digital content based on behavioral and demographic data. Best Western Consumers require a personalized experience. Airbnb has invested heavily in artificial intelligence to learn from the bookings of their “Experiences” program upon completion of the accommodation reservation. “Historical data show that Japanese travelers, when visiting Paris, prefer lectures and workshops (such as perfume making), while American tourists prefer experiences with food and drink,” explains one of the scientists on the machine learning project. But interestingly, the Airbnb homepage is not personalized for unsubscribed users who have recently searched, but is static. Caesar’s IHG Companies today have more data than ever before to launch personalization. And the good news is that personalization and artificial intelligence are still in the infancy of most hotels and catering companies. So the field is wide. Hilton recently hired more than 150 scientists to help collect more than a billion data a day. One of the main areas of activity is their communication via e-mail, which now functions as an automatic one-on-one communication. “Today we send fewer e-mails than before, but engagement and key business indicators are better. More e-mail does not result in higher revenue – personalized mail and communication result in higher revenue, ”said Wesley Albaugh, Hilton’s personalization manager. Approximately 80 percent of digital personalization is done via email communication, so it’s no surprise that Hilton has invested in optimizing this channel. All IHG marketing communications, whether via email, SMS or Facebook Messenger, come from a single platform so that personalization and contextualization can include centralized analytics. They are also integrated with language processing tools to improve the “virtual assistant” and shorten customer service query processing time. Radisson Caesar’s, like many other Las Vegas brands, had to rely on innovation to attract younger consumers who are not interested in gambling. Their technologies use a deep learning algorithm that creates an “emotional profile” of customers and communicates to each individual, via e-mail, in an appropriate manner. These personalized messages led to a 12 percent increase in email openings. And Choice “threw himself” into the waters of artificial intelligence to optimize revenue. “Even the results of the small investment in artificial intelligence have been outstanding,” explains Terrilin Tourangeau, director of loyalty marketing. Best Western was the first large hotel chain to launch artificial intelligence ads aided by IBM’s Watson program. Also, since 2014, they have been using personalized email communication as well as geolocation. Personalization has become one of the primary digital strategies in the tourism sector. So at least many travel companies claim. But whether personalization is really implemented in the digital structure of online platforms, we will check in the analysis of emails, landing pages and ads conducted by the Hospitality Net website. Magnuson plans to simplify basic personalization with the ability to select a location at the top of their website. However, it is unclear which new content will be delivered after the search. Hilton Airbnb Their interactions with brands like Amazon have become standard – they want a customized experience that anticipates their wants and needs. Amazon makes about 35 percent of its sales through a referral mechanism. Choice Hotels In 2018, Radisson appointed Accenture as a global experience agency to use the data obtained for targeted campaigns. The agency said it plans to increase traffic with selected content and implement a “chatbot” specifically designed for event planning and meetings. Source: Hospitality Net Cover photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

SWAN Sets up Committees for President’s Cup, Platform

first_imgThe media interface is also expected to bring to the doorsteps of sports enthusiasts and Nigerians true situations in the sector and efforts of critical stakeholders towards delivering on their mandates.Other members include Toyin Ibitoye, Abdulrahman ibn Mohammed, Jide Alabi, Mike Mbonye, Tony Ubani, Sina Abimbola and Norbert Okolie, while Abdulraheem Aodu will serve as secretary.Meanwhile, another committee has also been set up to organise the SWAN President’s Cup aimed at fostering unity and bond among sports writers across the country.The committee headed by Mr. Fred Edoreh, Chairman of SWAN in Lagos State is expected to come up with implementable ideas and strategies towards ensuring a successful competition.Other members include Igwe Onuoha, Idris Malikawa, Niyi Alebiosu, Nasiru Kobi, Chibueze Chidoka, and Gabriel Nwanetanya as secretary.The committees will be inaugurated on a later date.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In pursuance of its mandate and commitment to keep tab on the activities of critical stakeholders in the sports sector, the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has set up a nine-man committee to manage its interactive forum called “The SWAN National Platform.”The committee headed by ace sports journalist and General Manager, Sports, Africa Independent Television (AIT), Mr Tunde Orebiyi; is to coordinate the forum that would afford sports administrators, corporate organizations and other stakeholders to interface with sports writers with a view to engendering sports development.last_img read more

Ask the Mayor — May 22nd, 2019 — Mason City mayor Bill Schickel

first_imgMason City’s mayor Bill Schickel was our guest on “Ask the Mayor” on AM-1300 KGLO on May 22, 2019. Listen back to and/or download the program via the audio player belowlast_img