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Alberto Michan Wins $25k Equine Tack & Nutritionals Grand Prix aboard Zambia Mystic Rose

Alberto Michan and Zambia Mystic Rose. ©ESP.

Wellington, FL – November 12, 2019 – The ESP Fall Series continued this past weekend with the ESP November show, taking place at the main grounds of Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Alberto Michan of Israel maintained his winning streak, claiming top honors in Sunday’s $25,000 Equine Tack & Nutritionals Grand Prix, this time aboard Nilson Da Silva’s Zambia Mystic Rose. The pair flew through the timers in just 37.368 seconds after returning for the second round with only two other horse-and-rider combinations. Heather Caristo-Williams of Saugerties, NY was very close behind, finishing the jump-off track in 37.245 seconds with four faults, aboard Qui Vive Des Songes Z, owned by Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Caristo. Finishing in third place was Kyle Dewar of Ocala, FL and F Gunsmoke RHF, owned by Joan Burke, after a 39.719-second jump-off with four faults added to their score.

Course designer, Andrew Christiansen, set the track for a total of 20 competitors on Sunday afternoon. Only three pairs returned for the second round. Michan commented that he felt lucky [to win] because it was a very technical course: “Especially that triple combination line – it rode a little forward then always an oxer-vertical-vertical combo makes it very short and very careful. So I think there the horses had to do a lot for themselves and take care of those rails, so very tricky for sure.” This is Michan’s third victory in a row, twice on the newly engineered footing surface. ” It rides very nice and the horses feel soft in the landing and still have a very good push off the ground. Even for the first weekend, it had great grip and the horses felt secure,” stated Michan. “In the jump-off, I actually lost a shoe and my mare still kept jumping very well for the rest of the course!”

Speaking of horses’ shoes, Heather Caristo-Williams’ mount, Qui Vive Des Songes Z, completed the entire feature class without shoes this past Sunday. “He’s had a lot of problems with quarter cracks in the past, so we took the summer to condition his feet to withstand jumping bigger tracks without shoes,” said Caristo-Williams. “I felt confident enough in the new footing to ride him barefoot and the surface felt incredible this weekend. My horse seemed very comfortable, even when we were speeding around some of those jump-off turns. It had enough bounce and give on the landing side of the jumps and I’m looking forward to competing on it this winter.”

Alberto Michan also rode Zambia Mystic Rose to victory in Friday’s $10,000 Equine Tack & Nutritionals 1.40m Open Stake after completing the jump-off in 44.122 seconds. When asked about the recent wins, Michan commented, “It’s been three great weeks, with three different horses!” This particular pair has not been competing together long: “They gave me this mare a couple of months ago. Nilson [Da Silva] has a big breeding farm in Brazil that produces a lot of top horses, some that recently have been to the Pan American Games, so I’m lucky to have her. She’s a very cool horse.”

Claiming second place was Juan Manuel Bolanos Barrios of El Salvador with his entry, After Eight following a 45.988-second round. Karina Rocha Mello’s Lamina Van’t Gelutt Z was piloted by Joao Eduardo Ferreira De Carvalho of Brazil to a third-place finish once they crossed through the timers in 47.051 seconds.

To learn more about the ESP Fall Series and PBIEC, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Alberto Michan and El Pacho Conquer $25,000 Osphos Grand Prix during ESP Fall Finale

Alberto Michan and El Pacho. ©Anne Gittins Photography.

Wellington, FL – November 5, 2019 – The final Hunter and Jumper competition to be hosted at Equestrian Village took place this past weekend with the ESP Fall Finale. Although rain kept this past Sunday’s feature class off of the Derby Field, Alberto Michan of Israel and El Pacho, owned by Pablo Mejia, were still thrilled to conquer the $25,000 Osphos® Grand Prix in the Van Kampen Covered Arena with a 39.58-second jump-off round. Finishing only two seconds behind with 41.036 seconds on the clock was Theo Genn of Lebanon, OH riding Taylor Blackman’s Boucanier, while Maria Schaub of Wellington, FL claimed the third-place position aboard Gotico Di Ca’ San Giorgio, owned by Evergate Stable, LLC, after a 44.182-second jump-off.

Santiago Lambre of Mexico rode his Doloris to a fourth-place finish in 40.565 seconds with four faults, while Diego Perez Bilbao of Spain and Victoria Vargas D’agostino’s Orso Del Terriccio completed round one in 79.661 seconds to claim fifth place. A total of 20 competitors challenged the first track, designed by Andrew Christiansen, with just five returning for a second trip. With a two-second lead, Michan explained where he thinks he shaved off those final seconds: “I was able to see the riders that went before me, and Theo [Genn] did a fast track, but I saw at the end [of the course] that those final 8 strides that we all talked about when walking the course weren’t that forward for him. So I thought there I had a chance to do the seven [strides] and I think that’s where I got the shorter time.”

While the plan was to host the Grand Prix on the Derby Field, Michan expressed his satisfaction that it was held in the Van Kampen covered arena: “I think they were very right to move it under the covered with all the rain we got today. The grass is beautiful here, but it was also very warm on Friday for the Stake so we riders, horses, etc. were happy to be inside and stay cooler today. I think the horses were happier and seemed to jump better too.”

Friday’s $10,000 Osphos® 1.40m Open Stake was bested by Gianni Gabrielli of Argentina and Maidensway’s Chaco 34 after the put in a final time of 37.915 seconds. Crossing through the timers in 38.502 seconds to claim second place was Johan Kachelhoffer of South Africa with his entry Carlos 691, while Joao Eduardo Ferreira De Carvalho of Brazil finished in third with a 43.425 aboard Karina Rocha Mello’s Lamina Van’t Gelutt Z.

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Pablo Barrios Captures $25,000 CCTV Agent Grand Prix aboard Elana 22 during ESP Fall III

Pablo Barrios & Elana 22. ©Anne Gittens Photography

Wellington, FL – October 29, 2019 – ESP Fall III competition was hosted this weekend at Equestrian Village with exciting National A and Jumper 3* action. The first $25,000 National Grand Prix of the Fall series saw an impressive turnout in both exhibitors and spectators on Sunday afternoon. Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL and his Elana 22 ultimately captured the blue ribbon in the $25,000 CCTV Agent Grand Prix after completing the jump-off in just 36.674 seconds. Alberto Michan of Wellington, FL piloted Loribri, owned by Marie Antonette Leviste, to a second-place finish after a 37.242-second jump-off. Very close behind, with a 37.286-second jump-off, was Theo Genn of Lebanon, OH and Eduardo Leon’s Firewall to claim third. Other notable finishes included Taylor St Jacques of Glen Allen, VA and her entry, Upsilon De La Liniere, with a 39.066-second jump-off and Maria Brugal of Wellington, FL with her mount, Aragorn Van Schuttershof, putting in a 39.311-second jump-off to take home fourth and fifth place, respectively.

A total of 19 trips were seen in the first round of the Grand Prix, with 12 returning for the jump-off, hosted in the VanKampen covered arena due to rain. Course designer Hector Loyola built the track on Sunday as well as the qualifying $10,000 CCTV Agent 1.40m Open Stake that took place on Friday afternoon on the Derby Field. Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL and Esperanza Mia, owned by Carlos Enrique Morstadt, bested the field of 21 competitors with a jump-off lasting only 39.462 seconds, while Santiago Lambre of Wellington, FL rode Doloris to second place in 41.177 seconds. Kim Farlinger of Wellington, FL and Keren Halperin-Guy’s Feestje B. crossed through the timers at 41.545 seconds to claim third place.

“It was a bit of an adjustment today to jump in the covered arena since we were on the grass on Friday, but honestly, I think my mare jumped a little better indoors than she did outdoors so it worked in our favor,” said Barrios after his win on Sunday. When asked about the jump-off and how he prepares, Barrios stated that he prefers Sunday’s format (2a) versus the 2b format that was used during the Open Stake: “Specifically, with a horse like this that is very hot, when it’s the back-to-back format, I don’t have time to make her calm down and reset after the first round, so [today’s format] worked in my favor too.” Barrios will return with Elana 22 next week to compete in the $25,000 National Grand Prix set to take place on the Derby Field.

To learn more about the ESP Fall Series and PBIEC, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Samuel Parot and Quick Du Pottier Win Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 1.40m Open Stake

Samuel Parot and Quick Du Pottier. Photo Credit ©Caroline Roche/ESP.

Wellington, FL – October 22, 2019 – National A and Jumper 3* competition continued this past weekend at Equestrian Village with the ESP Fall Series. Samuel Parot of Wellington, FL claimed victory in the $7,000 Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 1.40m Open Stake on Sunday aboard his entry, Quick Du Pottier, after their fast and clear round bested the field of 17 exhibitors. Parot and his 15-year-old gelding mount were the first pair to contest the track, finishing the jump-off in just 34.627 seconds, and maintained their lead throughout the entire class. Blythe Karolyi of Franklin, TN and Sloan Hopson’s Costa Rica VH Waterschoot were the only other pair to return for the jump-off, completing the short track in 36.104 seconds. Clinching the third spot of this Sunday’s feature class was Kim Farlinger of Wellington, FL riding Feestje B., owned by Keren Halperin-Guy, after they finished round one in 78.045 seconds and with two faults. A mere six tenths of a second behind Farlinger was Nataly Leibovitz of Wellington, FL and her entry, Alaia Gold Z, while Angela Covert of Wellington, FL with Benjamin TR rounded out the top five with a round one time of 80.308 and four faults.

The 1.40m course was built by designer Hector Loyola, and definitely tested the competitors. With only two combinations advancing to the second round, Parot commented that “since [the course] started off with a jump directly towards the gate, many horses were on a big stride and struggled to regain balance. It was a long track and had a short time allowed.” A native to the winner’s circle, Parot also mentioned that many of Sunday’s horses were younger: “I think this course was challenging for them. A lot of the more experienced horses are still traveling.” Quick Du Pottier and Parot just returned to Wellington last week themselves, and will be competing in the Fall and Holiday shows with ESP before the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival begins in January.

To view full results of the $7,000 Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 1.40m Open Stake, click here.

To learn more about the ESP Fall Series and PBIEC, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Diego Perez Bilbao & Helios Win $10,000 Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 1.40m Open Stake

Diego Perez Bilbao and Helios.

Wellington, FL – October 15, 2019 – The ESP Fall Series launched this past weekend at Equestrian Village with National A and Jumper 3* competition. Celebrating the victory in Sunday’s feature class, the $10,000 Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 1.40m Open Stake was Diego Perez Bilbao of Wellington, FL and his entry, Helios, after galloping through the jump-off timers with a clear round in 37.976 seconds. Alejandro Karolyi of Wellington, FL had success in the class as well, capturing second place aboard Monica Carrera’s Lincourt Gino with a final time of 39.226 seconds and clinching third with Karolyi Showjumping Inc.’s Venitienne after a 39.634-second jump-off.

Following close behind Karolyi with a jump-off speed of 39.88 seconds was Taylor St Jacques of Glen Allen, VA, who rode her Qantar Des Etisses to a fourth-place finish overall in Sunday’s competition. Rounding out the top positions was Juan Hidalgo and Baltazar De Tivoli, owned by Cavalli Reale Stables, after they completed the second round in 44.07 seconds.

Andrew Christiansen designed the 1.40m course, challenging a total of 19 competitors, of which only six pairs completed the first round without faults. “I think the course was fair,” commented winner Diego Perez Bilbao. “It was very fair considering the number of horses that we had in the class and the level of the class for sure.” Perez Bilbao just returned to the Wellington area after traveling quite a bit this summer: “We were up in New York for a couple of months, and then we went to Tryon and Kentucky, and now here, so all around.” Perez Bilbao plans to remain in Florida for the rest of the ESP Fall Series and will be competing with Helios at WEF in 2020.

To view full results of the $10,000 Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 1.40m Open Stake, click here.

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Roberto Daza Claims Another $10k Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake Victory aboard Sissi Dior

Roberto Daza aboard Sissi Dior. ©Anne Gittens Photography.

Wellington, FL – October 1, 2019 – This past weekend marked the end of the ESP Summer Series and another big win for Roberto Daza of Royal Palm Beach, FL at the ESP Rita & Irish Memorial competition. Daza rode Fernanda Dib Gabriel’s Sissi Dior to victory in Sunday’s $10,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake, after completing the jump-off in just 38.9 seconds. Carlo Graziani of Loxahatchee, FL took home second place after his performance aboard his entry Erato M, crossing through the timers in 42.885 seconds and with one fault added to the score. Completing the jump-off with a faster time of 38.093 seconds but with four faults total was Samuel Parot of Wellington, FL riding Parot Horses LLC’s I & H Boogy Woogy to win the third-place ribbon.

Both the fourth and fifth place positions were captured by Diego Perez Bilbao of Wellington, FL. Perez Bilbao piloted Zera 23, owned by Victoria Vargas D’Agostino, through the jump-off in 40.116 seconds and with eight faults to secure fourth place, while his own Helios finished round one in 86.678 seconds and with two faults to take home the pink ribbon. Hector Loyola was the course designer once again for Sunday’s feature class which saw a total of 19 horse-and-rider pairs contest the 1.35m track.

To view full results of the Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake, please click here.

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Roberto Daza and Brownie and Cream Win $10k Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake at ESP Florida State Fall

Roberto Daza rode Brownie and Cream. ©Anne Gittens Photography.

Wellington, FL – September 24, 2019 – The ESP Florida State Fall competition concluded this Sunday with the $10,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake at Equestrian Village. Roberto Daza of Royal Palm Beach, FL rode Brownie and Cream to the top of the leaderboard in this Sunday’s feature class, after crossing through the jump-off timers in 44.599 seconds with eight total faults. Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL and his mount, Elana 22 followed close behind with eight faults and a 46.079-second jump-off to claim second place. Rounding out the top three with 51.831 seconds on the clock and eight faults was Alejandro Karolyo of Wellington, FL aboard Monica Carrera’s Bobbi Ciulino.

Hector Loyola designed the track, building a solid course for the large turnout of 25 competitors to contest. While only the top three champions completed the first round with zero faults, Samuel Parot also had some luck with the course. The Wellington, FL local was awarded both second place aboard his entry, Buga Z, after their 76.186-second, four-fault round, and third place with his Bahira S upon completion of the course in 77.207 seconds and with four faults.

To view full results of the Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake, please click here.

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Selcuk Koksalan and Carla Fly to Victory in the $10,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake

Selcuk Koksalan and Carla. ©Anne Gittens Photography.

Wellington, FL – September 17, 2019 – The ESP Fall Series continued with the ESP September competition this past weekend at Equestrian Village. The $10,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake saw 18 total entries compete for a spot on the podium. Selcuk Koksalan of Wellington, FL flew to victory aboard his entry, Carla, after a 33.15-second jump-off round. Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL and Cassini Miraflores, owned by San Francisco Stables, LLC, were the only other pair to complete the second round, finishing in 33.739 seconds. Third place went to Tanimara Macari of Mexico, FL after she piloted Clio S around the first round in 71.357 seconds.

Course designer, Leopoldo Palacious of Venezuela, built the Sunday track which saw only two combinations complete the jump-off round. Koksalan and his nine-year-old mare also had the fastest time in the first course with 69.16 seconds. Francesca Damasceno of Palm Beach Gardens, FL rode Maidensway’s Cello Capital to a fourth-place finish after the pair’s first round time of 72.284 seconds with five faults added to their score, while the recent Open Stake champion, Samuel Parot of Wellington, FL, claimed fifth place after his 73.293-second round aboard Bahira S with six total faults added to their score.

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ESP Fall Series to Feature Six Weeks of Competition Beginning October 11

Wellington, FL – September 10, 2019 – Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC (ESP) has announced the release of the official prize list for the 2019 ESP Fall Series, which will host six weeks of competition at both Equestrian Village and the main grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), beginning October 11 and continuing through the month of November. Click here to view the 2019 ESP Fall Prize List. Equestrian Village is located at 13500 South Shore Boulevard. The Main Grounds of PBIEC are located at 14440 Pierson Road.

The ESP Fall Series will begin October 11, with the start of ESP Fall I, and is set to host National & Jumper 3* competition through Sunday, October 13. The weekly $10,000 1.40m Open Stake will count towards the USHJA Show Jumping Ranking List.  ESP Fall II will take place October 18-20 at Equestrian Village and also features National & Jumper 3* competition. Highlight classes include the $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Score At The Top, the $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, the $2,500 NAL Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, the $2,500 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake presented by Equiline, the $10,000 Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 1.40m Open Stake, and the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Classic presented by French Horse Exports.

Competition during ESP Fall III, held October 25-27, will welcome National & Jumper 4* classes as well as the $25,000 CCTV Agent National Grand Prix on the GDF Grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village. Additional highlight classes to be held on the Derby Field will include the$1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Score At The Top, the $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, the $2,500 NAL Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, and the $2,500 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake presented by Equiline.

November 1-3 will feature the Fall Finale with National & Jumper 4* competition taking place at the Main Grounds of PBIEC. The $25,000 Osphos® Grand Prix is set to take place on Sunday, November 3 in the International Arena. Other highlight classes to be hosted in the International Arena include the $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Score At The Top, the $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, the $2,500 NAL Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, the $2,500 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake presented by Equiline.

The ESP November competition, held November 8-10, and the ESP Pre-Charity competition, held November 15-17, will both see Regional & Jumper 3* competition along with the $25,000 ESP November Grand Prix and the $25,000 ESP Pre-Charity Grand Prix to wrap up the Fall series. Highlights include the $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Score At The Top, the $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, and the $2,500 NAL Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline. ESP November’s $25,000 National Grand Prix will be presented by Pilates Rocks and ESP Pre-Charity’s $25,000 National Grand Prix will be presented by Equine Tack & Nutritionals.

The competitions will also include classic opportunities for hunter competitors and include a $1,000 Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter Classic, $1,000 Green Hunter Incentive, as well as $500 Small/Large/Green Pony Hunter Classics.

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Pablo Barrios Champions the Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake aboard Le Vio at ESP Labor Day

Pablo Barrios and Le Vio. ©ESP.

Wellington, FL – September 1, 2019 – Although impending weather led to a revised schedule, the ESP Summer Series continued this Labor Day weekend with competition held on Friday and Saturday. Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL championed the Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake at Equestrian Village on Saturday afternoon aboard Gut Einhaus, LLC’s Le Vio. Barrios and Le Vio were the eighth combination to enter the arena and after a clear first round, they continued to complete the jump-off course in just 39.2 seconds. Nataly Leibovitz of Wellington, FL and her entry, Leon, were the only other pair to have a double-clear performance. They held the lead for the first half of the class after their 42.624-second jump-off. Rounding out the top three finishers was Clotilde Lewis of Aventura, FL piloting her Donna Vi through the timers in 42.5 seconds with four faults in the jump-off.

Saturday’s course was designed once again by Hector Loyola and challenged a total of ten entries, of which five returned for the second round. After the class, Barrios commented, “There were enough clear to have a fun jump-off, and I knew I had two more [entries] behind me so I had to go as fast as I could.” Barrios has been competing with the ten-year-old gelding for two years now. “He’s just coming back from a break. He was jumping some 2* and 3* classes and doing really good.” Barrios continued, “Our last horse show was in Tryon and he won three classes so he’s going pretty good this summer.” The duo is planning to stay in town over the next few months: “We’ll let the hurricane pass; hopefully it misses us, and then we’ll just get prepared and train for the next season at WEF.”

To view full results of the Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake, please click here.

To learn more about the ESP Summer Series and PBIEC, please visit www.pbiec.com.