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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.

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Samuel Parot and Bahira S Win Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake at ESP Summer III

Samuel Parot and Bahira S. ©Anne Gittens Photography.

Wellington, FL – August 28, 2019 – ESP Summer III competition wrapped up this past weekend with the $10,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake at Equestrian Village. After 12 of the total 25 entries returned for the jump-off, Samuel Parot of Wellington, FL aboard his mount Bahira S clinched the win with a time of 43.704 seconds. Diego Perez Bilbao of Wellington, FL and Orso Del Terriccio, owned by Victoria Vargas D’agostino, followed close behind in 44.393 seconds to claim second place, while another fellow Wellington, FL native, Nataly Leibovitz, finished in third riding her own Alaia Gold Z with a jump-off time of 45.933 seconds.

Hector Loyola designed Sunday’s course, which saw 12 combinations qualify for the second round. Besides the top three champions, two more combinations finished with double clear rounds — Joao Eduardo Ferreira De Carvalho of Delray Beach, FL with Karina Rocha Mello’s entry, Lamina Van’t Gelutt Z, in 46.075 seconds, and Tanimara Macari of Mexico, FL with her mount, Cassinette, in 48.077 seconds.

To view full results of the $10,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake, please click here.

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

TIEC Announces Launch of Blue Ridge Mountain Horse Trials September 14-15

Mill Spring, NC – July 22, 2019 – Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) at Tryon Resort is pleased to announce the addition of the Blue Ridge Mountain Horse Trials at TIEC to the venue’s competition calendar, hosted September 14-15, 2019 and including two days of national competition from Beginner Novice through Advanced including Modified. All levels will run Cross-Country at the White Oak Course onsite, which was the host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon 2018 Eventing Cross-Country and Driving Marathon competitions. TIEC has hosted competitions such as the American Eventing Championships and The Fork at TIEC CCI 4*-S, and adds the Blue Ridge Horse Mountain Horse Trials as a permanent fixture on the fall calendar to further expand offerings for the Eventing community.

“We are pleased to add another Eventing competition to our 2019 calendar, continuing our efforts to grow equestrian sport across all disciplines. We strongly believe that giving riders of all levels access to facilities of this caliber is critical to the growth and success of equestrian sport, and we welcome all competitors to compete with us in September,” said Eric Straus, TIEC General Manager of Equine Operations.

Competitors can expect a world-class welcome with eight onsite restaurants, seven barns with 1,200 permanent stalls immediately adjacent to the competition rings, and numerous onsite lodging options available. Saturday, September 14, will feature Intermediate and Advanced Show Jumping competition hosted in Tryon Stadium as part of TIEC’s signature “Saturday Night Lights” event series, with free, family-friendly entertainment and VIP competition dining experiences available.

Recent Eventing competitors at TIEC have shared high praise for the White Oak Course, including members of the US Eventing Team heading to the Pan-American Games this July. “It’s a great show and a really good show for the young horses to get them ready. Obviously, I love this place. To me, it’s just one of those brilliant events to come to, with the restaurants and shops here and staying in the cabins on-site,” said Boyd Martin. “It’s just a world-class facility and great exposure for the horses. I think it’s going to help produce top performances in the future as well.”

Lynn Symansky echoed, “This place prepares you so much. Especially for young horses to come see this kind of venue, and the courses and the footing are really good, with jumper classes going on at the same time, so you could even bring young horses or students, too. It really is a fantastic venue for all levels and experience.”

Doug Payne, who frequently competes in both Jumping and Eventing at TIEC, commented on the venue’s educational value for horse and rider alike: “I think it’s just exciting to get a bunch of really nice up-and-coming horses here and to get them exposure, and be able to jump them on roughly the same course as the WEG will be really educational for the horses.”

Erik Duvander, Team USA Eventing Coach, was happy to have his Pan-American Games team competing at TIEC before heading to Lima, Peru and emphasized, “We are very fortunate to have a venue like Tryon because it has a really good atmosphere, it has very good arenas, and I think the improvements that were done for the [World Equestrian Games™] have made it one of our better Cross-Country courses in the country, so all-in-all it’s a great event.”

Entries:

Entries for the inaugural Blue Ridge Mountain Horse Trials at TIEC will open July 30, 2019 and will close August 27, 2019. To view the Omnibus or to enter, click here.

For more information, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Lynne Clibburn and Apple Jack 12 Win $7,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake at ESP June I

Lynne Clibburn and Apple Jack 12 ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – June 5, 2019 – The first week of the ESP Summer Series, June I, was held at Equestrian Village from Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2. Lynne Clibburn of Wellington, FL and Apple Jack 12, owned by Cloud Nine, LLC, captured top honors in the $7,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake on Sunday, after stopping the timers at 45.714 seconds. Close behind at 45.776 seconds was Samantha Senft of Wellington, FL aboard her own Desperado, while Antonio Martinez, Jr. of Loxahatchee, FL claimed third place riding Emilio Mantero’s Rebel for Kicks, with a time of 52.087 seconds and one fault added to their score.

Course designer Hector Loyola set the track for this Sunday’s class, which saw a total of 11 entries contest the first round, and seven combinations return for the jump-off. Only the top two finishers completed the class with a double clear effort.

To view full results of the $7,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake, please click here.

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Blythe Masters and Eriana Claim Victory in $5,000 SemiCan 1.40m Open Stake at ESP Spring V

Blythe Masters and Eriana. ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – May 14, 2019 – Blythe Masters of New York, NY and her own Eriana took home the top honors in the $5,000 SemiCan 1.40m Open Stake at ESP Spring V, after stopping the timers at 50.205 seconds for the victory, ahead of Hailey Royce of Gurnee, IL and Goldbricker, owned by Castlewood Farm Inc., who claimed second place with a time of 40.905 and added four faults to their score. Luisfe Morales of Wellington, FL, aboard his own Ferrari DN, rounded out the top three with a time of 53.642 and six faults added to their score.

The class, designed by Andy Christiansen of Wellington, FL, saw a total of 11 entries contest the first round, with only three combinations moving forward to the jump-off round. Masters was the only competitor to finish the class with a double clear effort.

To view full results of the $5,000 SemiCan 1.40m Open Stake, please click here.

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Kevin Babington and Mark Q Win $40,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Spring III Grand Prix

Kevin Babington and Mark Q. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – April 25, 2019 – Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, PA made his mark on the $40,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Spring III Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), piloting both his mounts Mark Q and Shorapur to a first and second place finish, respectively. Babington and his own Mark Q dashed through the short course in 35.967 seconds, while stopping the timers in 36.865 seconds aboard Shorapur, owned by Shorapur, LLC. Luiz Francisco de Azevedo and so What HP Z took third place after completing the jump-off course in 37.085 seconds.

Babington and Mark Q have a stored partnership together, collecting wins across the country at the Grand Prix level. The pair navigated the track, built by Richard Jeffery, well, which ensured a solid performance in the jump-off from the duo. A total of 12 combinations moved forward to contest the jump-off, with six pairs completing the course with a double clear effort. Over 35 total combinations attempted the first-round track, with two riders finishing on just a single time fault to keep them from advancing to the jump-off round.

“I thought the course was difficult enough and understand why [Richard] had to build it the way he did. I thought it suited Mark Q really well and he’s a very good oxer jumper. Shorapur is more of a vertical jumper because she’s super careful, but they both rode it well,” said Babington.

“I was glad the time was a little bit tight because for my horses, they’re both experienced and I was able to do a couple of inside turns that kept me inside of the time. It was tight enough and the first three jumps were a little bit difficult, but there were a few places you could make it up.”

Babington had a fantastic week with both horses, particularly with his mount Mark Q, who finished in second place in the $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Spring Grand Prix on Friday. Babington commented that he felt Mark Q jumped much better in the jump-off than in the first round on Friday and the feeling was mimicked on Sunday.

“Mark Q was second on Friday and when he came back on Friday, he jumped much better in the jump-off than he did in the first round. I knew that I could really challenge him and take some risks. I did eight strides from one to two, which was the leave-out number,” he explained. “When I was approaching the jump, he swapped leads, so I found a waiting distance and really had work for the eight and then I knew I could stay on that rhythm and everything came up just fine.”

Discussing the ride on his second mount Shorapur, Babington commented, “On Shorapur I knew the eight from one to two may be too much for her. She’s super careful at her oxers, so I stayed wide in nine and everything came up just the way I wanted it. I knew that if I added a stride down the line, I was taking a risk, but it worked for her to do the nine to the last jump and jumped it super well. I figured that if everything came up just right maybe Kent or Darragh would catch me, but all worked out well.”

Following his success at ESP Spring III, Babington will head straight to Kentucky to compete Shorapur, before gearing Mark Q back up for FEI competition in Kentucky during the month of May, with the ultimate goal of competing him at Devon in June.

“The reason I jumped Shorapur is because she’s going to do the class in Kentucky this weekend, we’re leaving tonight, so it was just a prep class for her. Mark Q did a lot at the beginning of circuit and very little at the end. He’ll do the regular FEI shows in Kentucky and then hopefully I will jump him in Devon in the Grand Prix. Shorapur will skip Devon and potentially do Upperville instead. I also have Super Chilled and we’ll just try to break it up a little bit with them to see where they will do best.”

Hardin Towell and Hollywood Be Good Capture Top Honors in $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Spring Welcome Grand Prix

Hardin Towell of Camden, SC found himself atop the leaderboard once again during ESP Spring III, this time aboard Hollywood Be Good, owned by Kirsten Ostling, after the pair finished ahead of the class in the $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Spring Welcome Grand Prix. The pair finished with a time of 35.683 seconds in the jump-off ahead of Kevin Babington and Mark Q, who completed the course in 36.486 seconds. Alberto Michan of Wellington, FL and El Pacho, owned by Pablo Mejia, rounded out the top three in 37.099 seconds.

The course, designed by Richard Jeffery, saw 26 entries tackle the main track, with 11 entries advancing to the jump-off. Kevin Babington piloted his two entries into the second round, while Towell also guided his two mounts successful into the short course phase as well. A total of seven combinations finished fault free.

Hardin Towell Guides Billy Cool to $10,000 Triple Crown Open 1.40m Stake Win

Towell and Billy Cool, owned by Oakland Ventures, LLC, rode to the top of the $10,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Open 1.40m Stake after stopping the course timers in 37.787 seconds. Towell also piloted Corona 93, owned by Oakmont Stables, LLC, to second place with a time of 41.134 seconds, finishing nearly four seconds faster aboard his first-place mount, Billy Cool. Lorcan Gallagher of Wellington, FL and Cassandra F, owned by Southern Arches, LLC, rounded out the top three with a time of 41.444 seconds.

The class saw a total of 40 entries with eight combinations advancing to contest the jump-off track. Towell and Paul O’Shea were the only two riders with two horses in the jump-off round, as half of the advanced field completed the class with zero faults.

For full results from the $40,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Spring III Grand Prix, click here.

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Samuel Parot and Atlantis Dash to Top of $35,000 The Fit Equestrian Spring II Grand Prix

Samuel Parot and Atlantis. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – April 17, 2019 – Samuel Parot of Wellington, FL and his longtime partner Atlantis finished atop the leaderboard in the $35,000 The Fit Equestrian Spring II Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) after completing their jump-off round in 35.42 seconds, two full seconds ahead of second place finisher Erynn Ballard of Tottenham, Ontario and her mount Judge Hof Ter Zeedycke, owned by Skymaster, LLC, who stopped the timers in 37.808 seconds. Paul O’Shea of Wellington, FL and Skara Glen’s Chancelloress, owned by Skara Glen Stables, captured third place with a jump-off time of 41.592 seconds.

The class saw a total of 27 entries contest the course designed by Ana Catalina Harris Cruz (MEX) in the International Arena, while only nine combinations qualified for the jump-off round. Paul O’Shea piloted both of his mounts to a double clear effort on the day, while three combinations added four faults to their jump-off round.

Samuel Parot and Atlantis have picked up numerous national and international victories around the world and are considered to be one of the faster combinations when entered together. Parot, who competes internationally for Chile, has been a mainstay on the circuit in Wellington, FL for the past few years.

“The course was very nice. It rode well and was good for us,” said Parot. “The jump-off was fast and there were some times that I thought I could go faster, which helped us secure the win.”

Parot travels internationally during the season, but calls Wellington, FL home during the winter circuit and has enjoyed a successful season. He elaborated, “My horses have gone well here and I think that the post season classes are good for my horses. Atlantis is very fast, so I wanted to try and go for the win in the jump-off.”

Todd Minikus and Amex Z Claim Top Honors in $25,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix

The $25,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix saw Todd Minikus of Lake Worth, FL ride to victory aboard Amex Z, owned by Bit By Bit Group, after the pair toured the short course in 34.484 seconds. Margie Engle and mount USA Normande, owned by Paillot Equestrian & Gladewinds Farm, Inc., finished just two-hundredths of a second behind Minikus, stopping the timers in 34.492 seconds. Fabio Leivas da Costa and Randon Pleasure, owned by Bonne Chance Farm LLC, secured third place with a final jump-off time of 36.025 seconds.

The class featured 43 entries and a small, quick jump-off with only five pairs qualifying for the second round. Each of the five combinations in the jump-off completed the track with no additional faults. Minikus also finished in eighth place with Calvalou on a single time fault.

For full results from the $35,000 The Fit Equestrian Spring II Grand Prix, click here.

For full results from the $25,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Spring Grand Prix, click here.

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Chris Ewanouski and Binja Take $35,000 ProElite Spring I Grand Prix at PBIEC

Chris Ewanouski and Binja. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – April 9, 2019 – Chris Ewanouski of Wellington, FL and Binja, owned by Castle Point Farm LLC, rose to the top of the leaderboard in the $35,000 ProElite Spring I Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) after dashing through the jump-off timers in 45.057 seconds. Lauren Tisbo of Wellington, FL piloted Tequestrian Farms, LLC entry Jeleena de Muze to second place with a jump-off time of 45.228 seconds. Margie Engle of Wellington, FL and her trusty partner Indigo rounded out the top three with a time of 45.307 seconds.

The class saw 28 entries contest the Philip Devita designed track with 11 entries posting a clear effort in the first round to move forward to the jump-off. Ewanouski narrowly edged out Tisbo for the win, but Binja jumped efficiently in the second round to secure their win.

“I felt great after the class. You always feel good after a result like that. The course was really well done for the Grand Prix and Philip did a great job. It worked well for Binja, especially the jump-off,” commented Ewanouski. “She’s normally very fast in the jump-off and I could make a few tight turns. She has a huge stride and there was a long run to the last jump in the jump-off and I made a really neat turn and just galloped as fast as I could at the last fence. It caught her attention just enough, but she’s that fast anyway and the jump-off worked in our favor.

“We’ve had her for about two years. She’s owned by Castle Point Farm, who is a client of ours, Lindsay Strauffus. She showed her in the amateurs a bit last year and I started showing her over the summer. We did some good classes in Kentucky throughout the summer season,” he elaborated on the mare’s performance this past year.

Ewanouski and Binja have produced impressive results together since he took over the ride, but ensured the mare was well-rested and feeling sharp for the ESP Spring Series, which their team felt better suited the mare.

“We laid low during season a little bit and FEI is so competitive. She’s brave and very scopey and is super fun for me to show. We wanted to set her up for success this season, so we decided to have an easy WEF. She showed in some of the national classes with good results at the end of season. We were planning on gearing up for this circuit, which suits her really well. She’s really fresh and not tired and that worked in our favor. She came into last week’s show just a bit fresher than the others I think,” he explained.

As for the future of the pair, Binja is for sale, but Ewanouski will continue to compete her throughout the spring and summer until she’s partnered with a new rider. The duo will look towards an FEI start in May if she is still part of the program, as the owners enjoy watching Ewanouski compete her.

“She is for sale, but I don’t think that we’re in a huge rush. The owners love being able to watch her show and produce good results. She’ll come to KY with us in the spring and potentially do the FEI 2* at Split Rock and we’ll go from there. We base mostly in KY for the summer and do some shows in that area and she’ll go if we still have her at that point. We’d like to end on a high note here and we’re walking away from this win with her feeling really fresh and happy.”

For full results from the $35,000 ProElite Spring I Grand Prix, click here.

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