March 9, 2012; Wellington, FL – The $35,000 Vita Flex Match Races concluded today in Wellington, Florida with 16 riders competing in the jumping ring. The event got underway with an excited fever pitch in the air. Riders went head-to-head in four rounds held in a bracket style, entering the ring in pairs. Each pair faced off over identical courses, racing against one another and the clock to cross the finish line. Lauren Tisbo, a native of Wellington, and her horse Welinde of Tequestrian Farms LLC rode to victory in the fourth and final round, securing their win in the $35,000 Vita Flex Match Races.

Tisbo started the competition strong, out-jumping Anna Murphy and her ride Calades in the first round. Maintaining their pace, Tisbo and Welinde secured victory in the second round against Mikala Chesler and Ruth Armstrong’s Ilian De Taute. Daniel Bluman and Fatalis Fatum rode against Tisbo in the third round, but were left defeated. Facing off against Haylie Jayne and Fly Away, owned by Alex Jayne in the fourth round, Tisbo and Welinde jumped a fast and clear round, securing their ultimate victory.

Haylie Jayne and Fly Away faced off against Kelsey Thatcher and Pony Lane Farm’s Sorina in round one and Amy Millar and Brookstreet Stable’s Victoria in round two. Pitted against the competition’s defending champion, Richard Spooner aboard C&S Partnership LLC’s Pariska 2, in round three, Jayne won the round leading her to round four against Tisbo.

Having never previously competed in a match race competition, Tisbo far exceeded her own expectations. When asked about the experience, she said, “It was a lot of fun. It went well for me. It was kind of a last minute decision to do this and I am a little in shock right now to be honest. I thought I would maybe make the second round or something, so I am excited.”

Tisbo has previously competed with her horse, Welinde, in last year’s FTI Great Charity Challenge. The nine-year-old KWPN mare by No Limit x Ahorn thrived in the atmosphere at the Challenge.

“She has been in this ring before and she was great, so that is why when someone had suggested doing this class I thought ‘I have the perfect horse for it.’ She is a really good speed horse; she is especially good off the right turn. I just tried to keep the rails up and keep going forward,” Tisbo explained.

Commenting on the course design, Tisbo noted, “The course was really nice and flowing and it was good for this type of class. I don’t know about other riders, but for me it was so hard to even know where your opponent was that I just was like, ‘Don’t have a rail, keep going.'”

For more information about Lauren Tisbo and Tequestrian Farms and to follow her riding career, visit Tequestrian Farms at: www.tequestrianfarms.com/ or call (001) 561-793-6618.