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Fabio Da Costa and Tosca De L’Esques Jump to First Place in $25k Omega Alpha Grand Prix

Fabio Da Costa and Tosca De L’Esques. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – December 3, 2017 – The ESP Holiday & Horses CSI 4* week concluded at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with the $25,000 Omega Alpha Grand Prix on Sunday, December 3, ending in victory for Brazil’s Fabio Da Costa and Tosca De L’Esques.

Guilherme Jorge (BRA) set the final track for the week, which welcomed back six of the original 40 entries in the jump-off. Emanuel Andrade (VEN) and his own Ricore Courcelle, a 2005 Selle Francais stallion (Quaprice Bois Margot x Alme), took home second place honors after contesting the jump-off and crossing through the timers in 45.833 seconds. Samuel Parot (CHI) rode to third place aboard his own Dazzle White, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Calvino Z x Narcos II), after completing the short track in 42.236 seconds and adding four faults.

“Tosca De L’Esques was originally purchased as a ride for one of our clients last year,” commented Da Costa. “When we brought her from Europe she was already jumping the 1.40m classes and the client did really well with her. Shortly after, my own Grand Prix horse got hurt, so we decided to try the bigger classes with her.”

Da Costa and the mare, a 2007 Selle Francais mare (Cardento x Apache D’Adriers) owned by Bonne Chance Farm, returned to the jump-off sitting in second place and put in a fast round ending in 39.737 seconds. He continued, “She has done great at the higher levels, as she is doing more than expected of her right now. She’s such a fighter and she’s such a winner. She’s won over six classes in the past few months, so we have larger hopes for her looking into the future. We are planning to ride her this winter under the lights at WEF and if she goes well we will take it all step by step.”

Da Costa also piloted Fox Trot VD Padenborre, a 2005 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Chin Chin x Fleuri Du Manoir) owned by Bonne Chance Farm, to the fourth-place finish in the class. A long-term mount for the rider, the horse has returned from an injury and Da Costa hopes to ride him in the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. He explained, “This horse was in the last trial for the Olympic games and was very successful in Europe. Unfortunately, when he got hurt we had to back off and it has taken a while to get him back to the higher levels of competition. It feels like he is finally ready to be back out here, so let’s see how it goes. If he is up for it, he is the horse that I would like to take to the WEG.”

Jumper Highlights

The $1,500 Accuhorsemat Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper Classic saw Sarah Warden of Sherborn, MA and KT Bolo, owned by Michael Kirby, finish atop the class after crossing through the jump-off timers in 35.269 seconds. Alliah Kassem of Fayetteville, GA and Dulrike Utica, owned by Taylor Land, collected second place with a time of 38.195 seconds. Francesca Damasceno of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and her own Chaco 34 finished in third place after securing a finish in 41.752 seconds.

Mandy Robert of Canada rode to victory aboard Ninja, owned by Ecuries La Montee, in the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic after stopping the jump-off timers in 46.675 seconds. Karyn Armstead of Chicago, IL and her own Cincinnati took second place with a time of 40.92 seconds and adding four faults. Anika Lozano of Guatemala and Roberto Daza’s Varcotique AC earned third place after an original course time of 67.746 seconds.

The $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s Jumper Classic saw Bruna Silva of Windermere, FL and her own Lorenzo Jmen take first place with a jump-off time of 35.283 seconds and collected four faults, while Christina Rogalny of Wellington, FL and Sweet Oak Farm’s Esquire finished in second place with a time of 41.81 seconds and four added faults. Lillie Parr of Marshall, TX and Pinecone Farm LLC’s Beckham rounded out the top three with four faults and a time of 44.677 seconds.

The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw Lindsay Tomeu of Wellington, FL and DBHC, Inc.’s Bonapart ride to top honors in the class after finishing their jump-off track in 28.946 seconds. Tomeu and Gold Lux, owned by Siboney Ranch, took second place after stopping the clock in 29.434 seconds. Bruna Silva of Windermere, FL and her own Lorenzo Jmen secured third place with a time of 32.164 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

The $500 NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Hunter Classic saw Tracy Scheriff-Muser of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and her own Shoreline, finish atop the class with a two round score of 170. Kira Telford of Chicago, IL and CR Moet, owned by Telford, collected second place after completing their rounds with a score of 158. Isabel Beltran of Jupiter, FL and Alleala finished in third place, earning a score of 155.

The $1,000 Amateur Owner Hunter Classic boasted a win for Kaitlin Porath of Charlotte, NC aboard her own Breaux, as the pair rode to a final score of 175. Hillary Jean of Castle Rock, CO piloted D’Amour to second place honors after earning a 168. Third place honors were captured by Laura Sexton of Greenwich, CT aboard her own Set to Music after receiving a 167.

Libbie Gordon of Statesville, NC and Unexpected, owned by Derby Lane, LLC, rode to first place in the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic. Madison Arani of Lexington, KY and Humor Me, owned by Marigot Bay Farm, LLC, took second place ahead of Devin Seek of Ocala, FL and Don Stewart’s Canal Street, who ultimately finished in third.

Caroline Passarelli of High Falls, NY and Stella Wasserman’s Spellbound finished atop the $500 Medium/Large Pony Hunter Classic. Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and her own Spiderman captured second place. Third place honors were presented to Alexandra Sica of Ridgefield, CT aboard her own Greystone’s Star Bright.

The $500 Small Pony Hunter Classic saw Alexa Elle Lignelli of New York, NY and iParty take top honors. Lignelli also took second place with Rollingwood’s Knee Deep, owned by Lignelli. Third place was won by Allison Coleman of Wellington, FL riding her own Training Wheels.

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Alberto Michan and Inouk P Capture $35,000 Dever Golf Cars, Inc. 1.45m Classic CSI 4*

Alberto Michan and Inouk P. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Jennifer Bliss and Poker Face Sweep $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Wellington, FL – December 1, 2017 – Mexico’s Alberto Michan and Inouk P took the win in the $35,000 Dever Golf Cars, Inc. 1.45m Classic CSI 4* during the first week of the ESP Holiday Series at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

Course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) set the day’s track for 39 entries in the International Ring, which saw nine clear rounds vie for top honors in the speed competition. Michan and the 2008 Belgian Warmblood mare (Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve x Darco), owned by Ilan Ferder, jumped their winning round in 60.59 seconds. Molly Ashe (USA) and Louisburg Farm’s Picobello Choppin PC, a 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Motzart Des Semilly x Diamant De Semilly), finished second after stopping the timers in 60.69 seconds. Margie Engle (USA) and Dicas, a 2009 Rheinlander gelding (Diarado x Cassini I) owned by Storm Ridge Capital LLC and Gladewinds, Inc., placed third, crossing through the finish in 60.72 seconds.

“I think that it was a big enough course for a speed class,” Michan described. “We saw Brianne Goutal go out early on and ride very, very fast, so I think that she set the bar high for the rest of us today and made us all take a serious shot at it. Because of that, we had to take strides out at almost every line and if you wanted to be in the top three you really needed to push it.”

The mare, most recently piloted by Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts, is a new sale horse for Michan. Of his round, Michan explained, “We really considered whether or not we should push it and go really fast with her or not, but she is a very quick mare and has done very well with Nicola. We knew she was very experienced and has done it many times. We just went out there and went for it and she jumped unbelievably.”

Michan’s goal is to find someone who enjoys the mare as much as her previous riders have. Until then, he plans to continue taking her out at the Grand Prix level in the coming months. “We have a very nice group of horses here this winter and I have three or four horses to jump in the Grand Prix classes this coming season. Hopefully, because of them, we will have a successful year,” he concluded.

Jennifer Bliss and Poker Face Sweep $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Later in the afternoon, Jennifer Bliss of Wellington, FL rode Poker Face, owned by Harris Hill Farm, to top honors in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Second place went to Brent Balisky of Langley, BC and Easy Street, owned by Thunderbird Show Stables, completing their rounds with a final score of 175. Third place was awarded to Kris Killam of Naples, FL with Barbara Fishman’s Mr. Big, earning a 173 to finish their afternoon.

The combination mastered the track designed by Robbie McGregor of Wellington, FL and received an overall score of 176. Of her win, Bliss exclaimed, “I’m so excited. This horse is my long-time partner. I’ve had him for about six or seven years and I just love him to death. He’s been happy to get back in the ring and I’m happy to get back in the ring with him because I just love this horse so much.”

The pair was the first to achieve victory in the new “Hunt and Go” format, in which competitors complete a classic hunter round and then immediately begin their handy round. “I thought it was fun,” said Bliss in regard to the new format. “I think that it will certainly take a little bit of getting used to, but I did like trying it out. It really keeps things flowing.”

Kelly Mullen of Franklin, TN rode to the top of the leaderboard in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, aboard Fortuny, owned by Warioto Farms Inc. The pair rode to a first round score of 88 and returned for the handy, where they earned a total score of 175.5 and first place honors. Second place went to Jennifer Bliss and Sugarman, owned by Harris Hill Farm, LLC, after the duo completed their rounds with an overall score of 174. Third place was captured by Devin Seek of Ocala, FL aboard Emo Stables’ Attila with a two round score of 169.

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Jessica Springsteen and RMF Swinny Du Parc Top $35k Ultima Fitness 1.50m Qualifier CSI 4*

Jessica Springsteen and RMF Swinny Du Parc. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – November 30, 2017 – Competition continued with the ESP Holiday & Horses CSI 4* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) and awarded a win to Jessica Springsteen (USA) and RMF Swinny Du Parc in the $35,000 Ultima Fitness 1.50m Qualifier CSI 4*.

Second place honors in the class were awarded to Margie Engle (USA) and Royce, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion (Cafe Au Lait x Grandilot) owned by Gladewinds Partners LLC, after completing the jump-off in 40.721 seconds. Third place was captured by Ali Wolff (USA) and Blacklick Bend Farm’s Casall, a 2005 Holsteiner gelding (Casall x Capitol I), completing the short track in 40.755 seconds.

Springsteen and the 2006 Selle Francais mare (Berlin x Laudanum), owned by Rushy Marsh Farm, were one of nine returning to the jump-off, stopping timers in 39.173 speedy seconds, a full second ahead of Engle and Wolff. Of the course designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA), Springsteen said, “It was a good course today. I thought the ending was a little tricky with the triple-bar and triple combination. I think that that really caught a lot of people. She [RMF Swinny Du Parc] really kept it together and she jumped it amazingly. It was really good effort on her part!”

Springsteen recently picked up the ride on the mare, competing her for the first time this past fall at Tryon International Equestrian Center. The duo earned several top 12 finishes at TIEC, before moving on to compete in Kentucky.

Springsteen explained, “I showed her in Tryon and that was my first time showing her. We just clicked right away. She’s my kind of ride. She’s a big girl but it doesn’t feel like it when you’re riding her. She’s also very competitive. I took her to Kentucky and showed her there, and then she had a little time off after arriving here in Florida. This was her first time back out today and I couldn’t have asked for her to be any better.”

Looking ahead, Springsteen plans to compete the mare either in Saturday night’s $216,000 Holiday & Horses Grand Prix CSI 4* presented by Palm Beach County Sports Commission, or in Sunday’s $25,000 Grand Prix presented by Omega Alpha.

“Moving forward after that I think that we are going to start a little slow this winter because it is such a long season. We are definitely looking forward to competing in the future SNL Grand Prix classes,” she said. “It’s nice to have these pre-Winter Equestrian Festival shows to get the horses seasoned and comfortable with their surroundings once again.”

Complimenting her mount on a job well done once again, Springsteen concluded, “I’m just so thankful to have been given the ride on this mare. She’s so much fun and I’m very excited for the future with her.”

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Samuel Parot and VDL Aberlino Ride to Blue in ESP Pre-Charity $25,000 Grand Prix

Samuel Parot and VDL Aberlino. Photo Credit PBIEC and ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – November 20, 2017 – The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) hosted another successful weekend of competition during the 2017 ESP Pre-Charity Show, from November 17 through November 19 at The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Samuel Parot of Wellington, FL and his own VDL Aberlino took top honors in the $25,000 Pre-Charity Grand Prix, after the duo finished their jump-off time in 37.56 seconds.

Theo Genn of Lebanon, OH guided Dirocco Blue, owned by Eduardo Leon, to second place in the $25,000 Pre-Charity Grand Prix, after contesting the course designed by Jasen Shelly of Wellington, FL and returning for the jump-off, finishing in 39.231 seconds. Genn also took third place aboard Van Gogh, owned by Wilhelm and Patty Genn, completing the jump-off track in 37.443 seconds, adding four faults to their final score.

Earlier in the week, the $10,000 TackNRider Stakes Class was championed by Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL and Zara Leandra, owned by Barrios, who topped the class with a short-track time of 38.32 seconds. Cian McDermott of Wellington, FL and Newcastle, owned by Therese Bentley, collected second place with a jump-off time of 38.586 seconds. Third place honors went to Alejandro Karolyi of Wellington, FL aboard Willow, owned by Amalaya Investments, stopping timers in 39.912 seconds.

The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw Kelsey Donahoe of Ocala, FL and her own Dutch ride to victory as they finished their jump-off time in 43.328 seconds. Doris Neyra of Miami Beach, FL and Vodka Cruiser, owned by Castlewood Farm and Alan Korotkin, finished in second place with a time of 43.722, ahead of Drew Quagliano piloting Carlos 455, owned by Rosiano Farm, stopping jump-off timers in 44.839 seconds.

Tanner Korotkin of Wellington, FL won the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic aboard Castlewood Farm Inc.’s Boris III, after stopping the jump-off timers at 33.744 seconds. Second place was earned by Caroline Donnally of Wellington, FL aboard her own Reve Du Razzy, finishing with a jump-off time of 31.67 seconds and four faults. Siena Vasan of Boca Raton, FL took third place with Arvid, owned by Palm Ponies LLC, on a jump-off time of 36.558 seconds, and also adding eight faults to their score.

The $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic awarded first place to Abigail Princz of Weston, FL and her own Florentina HF, after completing the jump-off in 40.943 seconds. Olivia Otto of Delray Beach, FL rode her own Lorenzo to second place with a jump-off time of 41.792 seconds. Third place was captured by Charlotte Morse of New York, NY and Grant Road Partners LLC’s Zaza Harvey, finishing the jump-off in 46.448 seconds.

The $1,500 Accuhorsemat Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic was won by Madeline Lezotte of Wellington, FL aboard Lennox 324, owned by Samantha Senft, with a jump-off time of 44.925 seconds. Second place saw Julia Strawbridge of West Grove, PA riding her own C’est La Vie complete the jump-off in 48.391 seconds to finish in the top two. Third place went to Isabel Ernst of Vero Beach, FL aboard Belle Nuit, after a jump-off round that stopped the timers in 41.458 seconds and after four faults.

Tricia Barr of Wellington, FL and Big Girls Don’t Cry, owned by Rodney Bross, captured top honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter Division, while Chelsea Maida of Citra, FL and Idol, owned by Kelsey Donahoe, were presented with the division’s reserve championship honors.

The Equitation Adult Amateur Division saw Alexandra Davidson of New York, NY and Tyruso victorious in the division, taking champion honors ahead of Misty Pleiness of Ada, MI and Valor Z, who earned reserve champion honors.

The Low Adult Hunter Division saw Barry Carragher of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Roc Du Triomphe take the divisional championship ahead of Lisa Berger of Parkland, FL piloting Chloe, owned by East Wind Farms, LLC, who finished in reserve.

The Short Stirrup Hunter Division saw Rilee Strelec of Jupiter, FL and Hidden Springs Lucky Charm, owned by Strelec, take top honors after their consistent performances.

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2017 ESP Florida State Fall Show Concludes

Luis Larrazabal and G&C Close Up. Photo Credit ©PBIEC.

Wellington, FL – September 27, 2017 – The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center concluded its first week of competition following Hurricane Irma, beginning September 22 and continuing through September 24, hosting the ESP Florida State Fall competition.

The 1.35m TackNRider Jumper Stake saw G&C Close Up, owned by San Fransisco Stables and piloted by Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL, take top honors after the duo stopped the jump-off timers in 46.144 seconds. Joaquim Malta De Abreu of Wellington, FL and Arino Du Rouet, owned by Two Swans Farm, took second place with a time of 48.16 seconds, ahead of Juan Bolanos of Loxahatchee, FL and his own Valmont De Hus, collecting third place with a jump-off time of 52.928 seconds and adding nine faults to their score.

The NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic was championed by Isabel Ernst of Vero Beach, FL and Cabaret, owned by Alexandra Vanderrest, who topped the class with a time of 34.447 seconds. Ansley Wright of Manalapan, FL and Coriano Van Het Hermitage, owned by Wright, collected second place on a jump-off time of 35.641. Third place was awarded to Olivia Notman of Boca Raton, FL aboard her own Blueprint, completing the short track in 39.973 seconds.

Coriano Van Het Hermitage and Ansley Wright of Manalapan, FL took home championship honors in the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal, while Ansgar Holtgers Jr. of Wellington, FL and Gut Einhaus, LLC’s Tip Top Du Moulin took home second place awards. Third place went to Samantha Twohill of West Palm Beach, FL and Carit DMZ, owned by Eagle Valley Partners, LLC.

Bernadette Louise Chungunco of New York, NY and her own Elena topped the M&S Child/Adult Classic after a jump-off ending in 53.899 seconds and two faults. Second place was awarded to Chungunco, showing her own Danger G. Bruna Silva of Windermere, FL rode Zebrina TN to the third place position.

Serenade in Blue, owned by Little Brook Farms, Inc. and ridden Ansley Wright of Manalapan, FL, took home champion honors in the $500 Pony Hunter Classic. Wright and Viva Las Vegas, owned by Little Brook Farms, Inc., were presented with second place honors. Megan McCarthy’s More Like It, ridden by Savonna Adell, ended the class with third place honors.

Madison Wanicka of Palm Beach, FL and her own Robin Hood captured top honors in the THIS Children’s Medal, while Chase Finzio of Boca Raton, FL and Penkivil, owned by Kyle Finizio, took second place. Ashley Gregory and Quarterback, owned by Blaire Kintz, were presented with third place.

The Ariat National Adult Medal saw Olivia Notman of Boca Raton, FL and Santa best the competition, taking champion honors, while the ASPCA/Maclay Medal saw Ansgar Holtgers Jr of Wellington, FL and Tip Top Du Moulin, owned by Gut Einhaus, LLC, take the championship ahead of Samantha Twohill, piloting Carit DMZ, owned by Eagle Valley Partners, LLC, who finished in second. Third place went to Ansley Wright and Coriano Van Het Hermitage, owned by Wright.

The Large Pony Hunter Division saw Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and her own Spiderman rode to earn the divisional champion title, while Ansley Wright of Manalapan, FL and Serenade in Blue took reserve champion.

Jayme Taylor of Ashburn, VA and Napoli De Reve, owned by Margie Lamb, finished atop the Low Adult Hunter Division, while Leah Patipa of Wellington, FL and her own Mohegan Sun, captured reserve champion honors.

The Small Pony Hunter Division saw Trinity Beitler of Coconut Creek, FL and Posh, owned by Charles Moorcroft, take top honors in the division, while she also piloted Short Stack, owned by Castlewood Farm Inc., to reserve champion.

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Paris and Countess Impress in Their First FEI CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle Competition at TIEC

Molly Paris and Countess.

Mill Spring, NC – September 16, 2017 – Day two of the Tryon Fall Dressage FEI CDI-W continued at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), featuring both Small Tour and Large Tour competition in the George H. Morris Arena. Molly Paris (USA) and her own Countess, a 2002 Danish Warmblood mare (Don x Compeed x Solos), rose to the occasion in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Adequan®, earning a 68.375% to achieve the victory.

“This is our first CDI-W Grand Prix together and it’s been so amazing!” said an exuberant Paris. “She’s an amazing horse. She’s been great all week. It was a great place to win. We are from Charlotte, so we absolutely love competing in Tryon!”

She continued, “I’ve had Countess for about two years, and we bought her simply because I needed a horse to move up on. We’ve done the U-25 together and Chris Hickey said, ‘You have the horse, now go do the Grand Prix,’ so here we are!”

Paris, currently ranked at number 29 with Countess on the FEI Youth Dressage U25 list, is well known for her unique freestyle music, in which this edition features an alternative tune called ‘Move’ by Saint Raymond.

Moving forward the 21-year-old plans to continue competing in the Under 25 division. Paris concluded, “I eventually want to come back to the Grand Prix, but we want to end up back at the U25 Championships first.”

Second place in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W presented by Adequan® was awarded to Elizabeth Austin and Steeped In Luck, a 2003 Irish Draught stallion (Mount Diamond Flag x Steeple View) owned by Keith Douglas, with 67.350%. Third place went to Debbie Hill (USA) and Zarcita, a 2004 Dutch Warmblood mare (Parcival x Sarita x Ahoy) owned Leslie Waterman, with a score of 66.525%.

Jessica Jo Tate (USA) and Summersby, a 2007 Hanoverian mare (Sir Donnerhall x St. Pr. Hauptsutbuch Roxanne) owned by Joseph Tate, bested the competition in the FEI Intermediaire I presented by Adequan® with a 68.526%.

Second place went to Kelly Layne (AUS) and her own Fürst Amante, a 2006 Rhinelander gelding by Fürst Piccolo, on a score of 65.763%. Capturing third place in the FEI Intermediaire I, was Emily Miles (USA) aboard Sir Sherlock, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding owned by Leslie Waterman, earning 64.342%.

Competition at TIEC also welcomed the FEI CPEDI 3* presented by Adequan®, featuring riders from around North America and running in conjunction with the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships sponsored by Deloitte.

Top honors in the Grade V Para-Individual Test were earned by Katie Jackson (USA) and Royal Dancer, a 2005 Westphalian gelding owned by Kai Handt, on a score of 66.746%. Second place was awarded to Mary Jordan (USA) on her own Rubicon 75, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding (Royal Hit x Edelkarin x Absinthe) scoring 65.714%.

The Grade IV Para-Individual Test was won by Angela Peavy (USA) aboard her own Royal Dark Chocolate, a 2008 Oldenberg mare, owned by Rebecca Reno, with a 70.122%. Peavy was also third place aboard Lancelot Warrior, a 2002 Hanoverian gelding (Londonderry x Waroness x Warkant) owned by Rebecca Reno, with a score of 67.480%.

Commenting on her successful rides thus far, Peavy said, “I’ve been very happy with both horses these past two days. The first day Lancelot Warrior felt so focused. He really listened to me and was so supple. He’s fifteen years old this year, so I thought that the Paralympic Games in Rio would be it for him, but he had some time off and now he’s just come back even better.”

Peavy continued, “With Cocoa, we are still getting to know each other so every experience is a learning opportunity. I can really feel our relationship getting stronger. She goes into the arena and trusts me, and today that really showed. She went from an amazing warm-up and kept that momentum up the whole time, and that’s all I can ask of her.”

This is Peavy’s first time competing at the venue and commented, “I absolutely love it here. I always thought that Global Dressage Festival was amazing, and it is, but this is just incredible. All of the shops, the restaurants, it’s all so good for the horses too because it all has such an international feel.

“The arena is wonderful and the footing is perfect. I want Cocoa to be my next FEI World Equestrian Games™ horse, so this is incredible experience for her,” concluded Peavy.

Katie Shoemaker (USA) captured second place with a 69.350% aboard her own Solitaer 40, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding (Sandro Hit x Dynastie x De Niro).

Rebecca Hart (USA) clinched yet another win, this time in the Grade III Para-Individual Test, riding Rowan O’Riley’s El Corona Texel, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Wynton x Urieta Texel), as the pair finished on a 68.275% for their second winning score of the week. Riley Garrett (USA) took second place with Piston, a 2003 Canadian Warmblood owned by Garrett, on a score of 66.716%. Third place was collected by Meghan Benge (USA) and Zoey, a 2007 Welsh mare (The Key x Kurbaums Future), on a 62.108%.

First place in the Grade II Para-Individual Test was Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) aboard Niekele Fan Busenitz, a 2004 Friesian stallion (Sape 381 x Wemke H x Fetse 349), earning a 68.529%. Coming in second to Oakleaf was Sharon Buffitt (CAN) and Elektra II, a 2005 Canadian Warmblood gelding (Radjah z x Nikita x Rastar) owned by Buffitt, with a score of 66.225%. Third place was awarded to Jason Surnoski (CAN) aboard Bella de la Noche, a Warmblood mare, receiving a score of 64.755%.

The Grade I Para-Individual Test was won by Margaret McIntosh (USA), aboard her own Heros, a 2004 Danish Warmblood mare (Blue Hors Hertug x Lotus x Lucky Light), with a score of 70.476%. Second place went to Roxanne Trunnell and NTEC Daytona Beach, a 2002 Westphalian mare (Don Bedo x Weindame) with a score of 70.476%. Third place was captured by Winona Hartvikson (CAN), and Ultimo, a 2007 PRE gelding (Invasor iii x Gala xxi x Teodoro), receiving a score of 69.286%.

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Tryon May II Showcases Top Talent and Thrilling Competition

Fernando Cardenas Jr. and Valentine Car. Photos ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – May 15, 2017 – The Tryon May Series ushered in the second week of competition to Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), featuring hunter, jumper, and equitation competition beginning on Wednesday, May 10, and continuing through Sunday, May 14. The Tryon May Series will continue through Sunday, May 28, before the start of the highly anticipated Tryon Summer Series.

Fernando Cardenas Jr. and Valentine Car Take $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix

Fernando Cardenas Jr. of Raleigh, NC piloted Valentine Car to victory in the $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix, finishing nearly three seconds faster than second place finishers Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, NC and Basje. Cardenas, Jr. and Valentine Car made easy work of the short course, stopping the timers in 41.53 seconds, while Chopping and Basje cleared the track in 44.351 seconds. Jorge Andres Barrera, who competes for the nation of Colombia, piloted Cartouche to third place with a time of 45.119 seconds after dropping a rail for four faults in the jump-off.

Cardenas Jr. and his own Valentine Car excelled around the difficult track set by Manuel Esparza (MEX), which saw rails drop throughout the course from numerous trying combinations. In only Valentine Car’s second grand prix event, Cardenas Jr. was ecstatic with the performance of the 2009 Warmblood gelding, who was bred by Cardenas Jr.’s father. The duo also finished second in the $5,000 Suncast Commercial® Welcome Stake earlier in the week.

“All of the lines we’re really long tonight and I was a little bit concerned about Valentine at the beginning. My first horse in the class struggled a bit in two of the lines and I thought that there may be a problem, but he was outstanding,” said Cardenas Jr. “He was just incredible today. It’s a great win for us both.”

The duo sped through the jump-off, tackling the technical turns with ease and giving the crowd an enthusiastic lap around the George H. Morris Arena after crossing through the timers to secure the win.

“I’ve always looked up to Harold and think that he’s a class rider. I thought he was pretty fast and wasn’t sure if I could catch him, but my dad always says that this horse is very fast and he is,” he explained. “He’s quick across the ground and where I took a gamble was to the Ariat jump. It was somewhat of a blind turn the way that I came into it and he jumped it easily.”

Harold Chopping and Basje

“He’s a very clean horse. It’s his number one quality. He has the will to not touch the rails,” he added.

Valentine Car is one of the younger horses in Cardenas, Jr.’s string and he has high hopes for the gelding as he hopes the pair will be considered as a potential combination for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be hosted at Tryon International Equestrian Center in September of next year.

“He’s a smart and quirky horse. He has an incredible class to him. He’s related to my stallion Quincy Car and I’m hopeful that he will follow in his shoes. We’re only planning on showing here in Tryon this season. This is home for us. Even though we’re in Raleigh, this feels like it’s in our backyard and we love it here,” he elaborated. “We want to set lofty goals with him and we would love to represent Colombia here at the FEI World Equestrian Games next year.”

Trapp O’Neal and Capitano Win $5,000 Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake

Trapp O’Neal of Magnolia, TX and Capitano, owned by TKO Partnership, rode to victory in the $5,000 Suncast® Commercial Welcome Stake at TIEC on Thursday, May 11, after finishing the jump-off in 34.926 seconds. Fernando Cardenas Jr. of Raleigh, NC and his own Valentine Car captured second place with a jump-off time of 35.623 seconds, ahead of his second mount Quincy Too, who rounded out the top three with a time of 36.17 seconds.

The class saw 25 entries contest the track, while ten combinations advanced the jump-off round and five pairs earned a double clear effort. Jorge Ludwig of Newbury Park, CA and Lamarique stopped the jump-off timers in 33.842 seconds to collect the fastest time of the day, but dropped a rail during their round to keep them out of the top placing.

Jumper Highlights

Beth Von Brecht of Dallas, TX and her own Melody took top honors in the $5,000 Ariat Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic after dashing through the jump-off timers in 38.861 seconds. Fernando Cardenas Jr. of Raleigh, NC and A Calvados Car finished in second place with a time of 40.113 seconds ahead of Judy Sutton of Waynesville, NC and her own Win A Date, who collected four faults on the jump-off track and stopped the timers in 37.118 seconds for third place.

The $3,000 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic saw Brandon Howard of Flower Mound, TX and HF Cerano, owned by Homeward Farms, take top honors in the class after completing the jump-off in 37.671 seconds. Paige Bellissimo of Wellington, FL piloted Zindora van de Kapel, owned by Bellissimo LLC, to second place with a time of 40.431 seconds ahead of her second mount, De Beers, also owned by Bellissimo LLC, who earned third place with a competitive time of 41.835 seconds.

Tracey Gorin-Byrne of Wellington, FL and Daphnie, owned by Fiach Byrne Inc., topped the $2,000 NAL/WIHS High Adult Amateur Classic, as the pair finished the day as the only pair to go clear in both the first round and in the jump-off. Suzanne Suttles of Flower Mound, TX and Galmiro vh Schaarbroek, owned by DGS Farms LLC, were presented with second place after finishing the jump-off in 46.963 seconds and adding four faults to their score. April Derienzis of Gramik Falls, NC guided her own Bella de la Rose to third place, completing the course in 44.587 seconds with twelve faults.

The $2,000 NAL/WIHS High Children’s Classic saw Jaclyn McGhee of Chapel Hill, NC and her own High Hickstead take first place as the fastest four fault round in the jump-off. C. Blair Spencer of Pinehurst, NC and Argentum finished in second place with a time of 57.726 seconds, while Rose Dillon of Milton, GA and her own Baba Booey WB took third place with a first round time of 72.514 seconds.

Roger Smith of Wellington, FL and his own Darco Two rode to victory in the $300 CWD Child/Adult Jumper Stake after finishing their jump-off round in 38.017 seconds ahead of Amy Hebert of Aiken, SC and her own Major Dee, who completed the track in 38.207 seconds. Allison Scott of Wellington, FL and Dahlia finished in third place with a time of 42.451 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

Lindsay Maxwell of Beverly Hills, CA and her own Catalyst took first place in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby after amassing an impressive two round score of 188. Heather Steinman of Canton, GA and Hannahlea, owned by Kelly Sims, secured second place after receiving a score of 186. Courtney Boyd of Wellington, FL and Castino 6, owned by Allison Scott, finished in third place with a final score of 179.

Maxwell and Catalyst earned a score of 93 in the first round before returning for the handy to earn a 95 from the panel. The duo’s performance in both rounds earned them the highest scores of the class. The derby saw fourteen entries, while four combinations scored above a 177, making for a competitive showing.

The Adult Amateur Hunter 36 & Over saw Jennifer Smith of Wellington, FL and her own Ocean Mist earn the divisional championship for their performances throughout the week. Karen Bruce of Lewisville, NC and her own Out of Vogue took the division’s reserve champion honors.

The Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ 18-25 saw Lindsay Maxwell of Beverly Hills, CA and her own Kingston ride to the top of the division ahead of Tess Fortune of Greendale, WI and her own MVP who finished with reserve champion accolades.

Jennifer Hannan of Wakefield, RI and Stoli, owned by Jane Olson Fisher, rode to victory in the USHJA Hunter 2’6″/2’9″ Division ahead of Sara Taylor of Sherborn, MA and Enqirue, owned by Craig Phillips, who finished the week as the division’s reserve champion.

The Platinum Performance 3’6″ Performance Hunter Division saw Amy Momrow of Wellington, FL and Aeroplane, owned by Melissa Wight, take the divisional championship ahead of Colin Syquia of Wellington, FL and Jennifer Hannan of Wakefiled, RI, who split rides aboard At Last, owned by Ally Marrinan, for reserve champion.

The Children’s Hunter Pony Division saw Elizabeth Smith of Spartanburg, SC and her own Double Gold earn the division’s championship honors for their performances during the week. Jessica Bader of Bluffton, SC and her own Kygo took reserve champion in the division.

To learn more about Tryon International Equestrian Center and to view a full list of weekly results, please visit www.tryon.com.

Samuel Parot and Atlantis Capture $86,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix CSI 2*

Samuel Parot and Atlantis. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – May 6, 2017 – Samuel Parot (CHI) and Atlantis jumped to the top of the leaderboard in the $86,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix CSI 2* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), marking the first “Saturday Night Lights” victory of the 2017 show season. The duo finished the two-horse jump-off with a time of 47.851 seconds for the win, ahead of Leslie Howard (USA) and Gentille van Spieveld, who were the only other combination to advance to the jump-off. Howard and Gentille van Spieveld finished the short track in 50.042 seconds, while Ignacio Maurin (ARG) and Thriller P collected third place, as the fastest combination in the class with a time fault and completing the first round track in 90.79 seconds.

Parot and his talented mount Atlantis secured an early spot in the jump-off round and were only matched by veteran U.S. rider Leslie Howard and Gentille van Spieveld. Thirty-four combinations contested the course designed by Richard Jeffery (GBR). Three pairs collected a single time fault as they navigated the track, while majority of the class finished with four faults or more spread throughout the technical course.

“This track was tough. It was very technical,” said Parot. “My horse has a lot of experience, but it made you work for a clear round. I thought you had to shorten and lengthen your horse a lot and those adjustments caused many people to have rails.”

The established pair of Parot and Atlantis, a 2003 Zangersheide gelding (Andiamo x Royal Bravour L) owned by Parot, have competed around the globe and are mainstays at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during the winter circuit, as well as at TIEC during FEI weeks in the summer and fall over the past few years. The duo has picked up a number of quality wins together and Parot proved once again why he and Atlantis remain one of the toughest combinations to beat.

“He’s just a fast horse, so fast,” he commented. “We know each other well and it makes it better to have a good round. I know when to ask for more and when to ask to slow down. Today was difficult, but he handled it well. I’m very happy with the win and we love to show here. We have good results and the horses really enjoy it.”

The pair earned several top place finishes in international competition at the venue in 2016 and Parot is looking forward to continuing his success with Atlantis, as well as developing a relationship with his newer mount, Dazzle White, who also competed in the class.

“Atlantis is very good. He knows his job. Dazzle White is a newer and younger horse for me, but is also very talented. We’re working on rideability. He is very careful and has a lot of scope. I think he is the horse that I would like to try and take to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ here next year.”

Parot and team will now head further west to continue on with their season before contesting elite competition at Spruce Meadows ahead of their return to TIEC later this season.

“This is a good win for us,” continued Parot. “It is good for us to do well here so that we are set up well for the rest of our season. Atlantis and I have a good friendship with each other so winning these classes always feels good. He is a great horse and I am looking forward to the rest of the year.”

Brianne Goutal (USA) was honored with the FEI Leading Lady Rider Awarded presented by real estate agent and broker Meg Atkinson for amassing the most points of any female rider in FEI competition this week. The Absorbine FEI Groom’s Award was presented to Russell Rodriguez, who is the full-time groom of Atlantis. The Absorbine FEI Groom’s Award recognizes the hard work, dedication, and commitment of FEI grooms to their horses, who perform at the highest levels of the show jumping discipline.

To learn more about TIEC, please visit www.tryon.com.

Brianne Goutal and Onira Claim $6,000 Horseware Ireland 1.45m CSI 2*

Brianne Goutal and Onira. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – May 5, 2017 – Brianne Goutal (USA) and Onira made quick work of the $6,000 Horseware® Ireland 1.45m CSI 2* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), as the duo took the class with a jump-off time of 34.64 seconds. Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Famoso D Ive Z captured second place with a time of 35.26 seconds, while Darragh Kerins (IRL) and Silteplait de Circee finished in third after stopping the timers in 38.043 seconds.

Goutal and Onira are a veteran combination and have traveled the national and international show jumping circuits for nearly fourteen years together. The 1996 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Nimmerdor x G.Ramiro Z), owned by Remarkable Farms LP, has kept his youthfulness and competitive edge with Goutal piloting from the irons.

“He’s 21 now. The goals for us are just to give him some nice classes to finish out his career. I had a baby in January and he’s been a huge piece of my comeback tour,” said Goutal, affectionately describing her longstanding partnership with Onira. “We were really looking forward to this show. He feels amazing.”

Goutal and Onira competed together at TIEC throughout the 2016 season and she feels that the venue and atmosphere bring out the best in him. She explained, “He loves this horse show. He can get a little bored by the end of Florida. He got off the truck here and we could barely get him to the jog. He was so fresh, rearing and bucking, just excited to be here.”

The duo has maintained a shared desire to win and Onira looked both fit and fresh. She acknowledged the pair’s lengthy career together, noting that the care and respect she and her team have for Onira has helped to keep him happy and wanting to work, even at his older age.

“We’ve never pushed him. He’s had injuries and I think we always made sure to pay attention to the details. If they told us three months, we gave him six. If they said six months, we gave him a year,” she explained. “I don’t show him a lot, but try to keep him jumping consistently, even if it’s just cavalettis. I think that has been the best way to keep him mentally and physically motivated.”

The win was an emotional one for Goutal and she described her unique and deep relationship with Onira, which has spanned more than a decade.

“He’s always just been one step ahead of everyone else. He knows where he’s going and he knows when it’s his time. He trots into these big classes completely different. He just knows,” she said. “He has always known when to step up to the plate. He’s just different and always has been. He’s the horse of a lifetime.”

For more information on Tryon International Equestrian Center, please visit www.tryon.com.

Roberto Teran, Jr. and Il Rubacouri Win $25k Accuhorsemat Grand Prix at ESP Spring III

Roberto Teran, Jr. and Il Rubacouri. Photo ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Samuel Parot and Taalex Take $10,000 Equiline Open Stake

Wellington, FL – April 26, 2017 – Roberto Teran, Jr. of Wellington, FL and Il Rubacouri earned top honors in the $25,000 Accuhorsemat Grand Prix at ESP Spring III hosted at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The pair dashed through the jump-off timers in 34.56 seconds to take the lead ahead of Emanuel Andrade and Boy IV, who took second place with a time of 34.788 seconds. Andrade also guided Bon Jovi to a top three finish, stopping the timers in 35.962 seconds for third.

Teran, Jr. and Il Rubacouri, who is owned by Teran, Jr., bested a massive class of 52 entries, who tested the track designed by Richard Jeffery. Thirteen pairs moved forward to contest the short course, while six combinations earned a double clear effort on the afternoon.

“Obviously my plan was to try and have clean round. The time allowed wasn’t too tight, so there wasn’t much pressure there, but it was technical enough and had some good questions. My horse jumped great and was lucky enough to go clear,” he commented, when discussing his plan heading in to the first round track.

Il Rubacouri is a talented mount who was jumping in CSI 2* and CSI 3* in Europe before Teran, Jr. purchased him with Juan Carlos Garcia, another Colombian rider based in Italy. Experienced for his age, at only nine, Teran made the most of his time in the ring after observing a few rounds complete the track ahead of him.

“He’s a horse that was born in Italy. I own him with Juan Carlos Garcia who is a top international rider from Colombia based in Italy. He’s a very careful, fast horse. We’re trying to move him up into the bigger grand prix classes. He was jumping CSI 2* and 3* classes in Europe before coming here,” he explained. “He’s been fantastic. He did a few big classes during the WEF circuit, including few Saturday nights. He’s a nine-year-old that is going to be very promising for the future,” commented Teran, Jr.

“There were twelve in the jump-off and there were a few very fast horse and rider combinations. There was a very tight turn to an inside oxer that I knew if I planned it correctly, it was going to be faster than the others,” elaborated Teran, Jr. “That turn, ended up being very smooth and very fast. At the point if I left up the last the three up, I knew I would be good for the win.”

The pair will now head to Kentucky to contest the spring competition before making their way up the East Coast, and ultimately secure plans to travel to Europe at the end of the summer, as Teran, Jr. is planning on meeting up with his Colombian teammates, as they look towards the FEI World Cup Finals in Barcelona, Spain, in September.

“I have a couple of grand prix horses right now and I think we’re going to Kentucky in May and then my plan is to go up to Upperville and Devon. I’m planning to finish in Europe and possibly contest the FEI Nations Cup Finals in September. We have a good team based in Europe and I’d like to go join them for preparations ahead of the competition.”

Samuel Parot and Taalex Take $10,000 Equiline Open Stake

Samuel Parot of Wellington, FL and his own Taalex rode to victory in the $10,000 Equiline Open Stake during ESP Spring III, taking the class with a jump-off time of 35.876 seconds. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and his own Cortina 186 followed in second place, finishing just a second behind Parot, crossing through the timers in 36.434 seconds. Alex Granato of Wellington, FL and Beorn, owned by Alliy Moyer, collected third place with a time of 36.843 seconds.

The class featured 42 entries, while 13 pairs advanced to contest the short course. Parot also guided VDL Aberlino to a fourth place finish, as he piloted both of his mounts to a strong top ten finish.

Jumper Highlights

Shane Sweetnam of Wellington, FL and Samoa, owned by Anna Beth Athey, captured top honors in the $5,000 Omega Alpha 1.35m Stake, besting a class of 43 entries. The pair stopped the jump-off timers in 29.417 seconds to take the win ahead of Jimmy Torano of Wellington, FL and Diamant des Biez, owned by E2 Stabes, who finished with a time of 29.675 seconds. Sweetnam also guided Le Vio, owned by Gut Einhaus, LLC, to third place with a time of 29.903 seconds.

Ty Simpson of Wellington, FL and Why Not, owned by Simpson Show Jumping, Inc., rode to victory in the $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic, besting Michelle Carnes and Ushuaia, owned by Howard Lemus, as the only two pairs to advance to the jump-off round. Marlee Malamut of Vallaway, NJ and Cody, took third place after accumulating three time faults on the first round track.

Lydia Ulrich of Rochester, NY and Up Stream, owned by Beth Congel-Ulrich, topped the $2,500 Gold Coast Feed Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic with a jump-off time of 29.173 seconds. Ashley Vogel of Mequon, WI and Twist des Forets, owned by Neil Jones Equestrian Inc., earned second place with a jump-off time of 31.156 seconds. Sophia Studd of Wellington, FL and her own Angelica Bird rounded out the top three with a time of 32. 635 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

Meghan Kaupp of Pittsford, NY and Montenegro, owned by Lilly Ulrich, rode to victory in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, amassing a two round score of 176. Zayna Rizvi of Greenwich, CT and Verdana, owned by Laura Wasserman, earned second place with a score of 171, while Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL and Easton’s Rocket, owned Pamela Landis, took third place with a score of 170.

Kaitlin Porath of Charlotte, NC guided her own Breaux to top honors in the Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ 18-35 Division, while Brittan Bailey of West Palm Beach, FL and Jackman, owned by Bailey Mews, LLC, who were awarded with reserve champion.

The #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’3″ Division was championed by Adam Edgar of Leesburg, VA and Carasco, owned by Bill Schaub, while Zayna Rizvi of Greenwich, CT and Verdana, owned by Laura Wasserman, were presented with reserve champion.

Molly Sewell of Winter Park, FL and Quillaja, owned by Robert Scott, collection the division championship in the Neue Schule Bits USHJA Hunter 3′ Division. Mavis Spencer of Santa Monica, CA and Prophet, owned by Neil Jones Equestrian Inc., earned reserve in the division.

Alex Elle Lignelli of New York, NY and her own Iparty finished atop the division in the Small Pony Hunter after several strong performances. Lauren Gee of Valdosta, GA and Grand Slam, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, collected reserve champion.

The Low Children’s Hunter Division saw Reese Madden of Southwest Ranches, FL and Diamond in the Sky ride to earn champion honors ahead of Isabel Beltran and her own Alleala, who finished in reserve.

Michael Desiderio of Wellington, FL and Zero Tolerance, owned by Dru Cederberg, finished as champions in the Neue Schule Bits ESP Open Hunter 3’3″ Division. Mavis Spencer of Santa Monica, CA and Sidarta, owned by Two Swans Farm, finished with the reserve champion title.

The ESP management team would like to thank all of the competitors who participated in the ESP Spring III competition and their understanding and patience with the cancellation due to inclement weather on Sunday, April 23.

For more information on PBIEC and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.