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German Camargo and Centurio Ride to Victory in $5,000 Open Stake at ESP Summer III

German Carmargo and Centurio. Photo Credit ©ManciniPhotos.

Wellington, FL – August 31, 2016 – The Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) Summer Series continued this past weekend featuring competition at ESP Summer II (August 26-28), which was held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

German Camargo of Loxahatchee, FL and his own Centurio took top honors in the $5,000 Open Stake, while Javier Guerra of Key Biscayne, FL and his own Saphir du Bois earned a second place finish. Roberto Daza of Wellington, FL and his own Biscayo collected a third place finish in the class.

Emma Butchard of Wellington, FL and her own I Am Picobello took the divisional championship in the Child/Adult Jumper Division presented by Accuhorsemat, while Cynthia Screnci of Boca Raton, FL and her own Vichy rode to the reserve.

The USEF Level 6 Jumper division, which ran throughout the weekend, saw a three-way tie for champion honors, thanks in part to the efforts of Roberto Daza of Wellington, FL and Bolero, owned by Santana Stables, LLC, alongside Andres Soto of West Palm Beach, FL and Maria Z, owned by Isabel Sanchez. John Giza of Lake Mary, FL and his own Voleti also were included in the three-way tie.

Juliet Johansson of Fort Lauderdale, FL and her own Viva’s Roxanna W found themselves atop the leaderboard after amassing a first and second place finish in the Low Adult Jumper Division presented by Tuffrider & Equine Couture.

Sofia Carbone of Wellington, FL and her own Duncan earned the victory in the Low Children’s Jumper Division presented by Tuffrider/Equine Couture, after earning two third place finishes and also securing a blue rosette. Kristen Bean of Pembrke, BE and Frenkel B, owned by Morgane Qualls, followed behind Carbone to take reserve champion honors.

The Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Division saw Sarah Warden of Sherborn, MA and Carneyhaugh TT rise to the top of the leaderboard to secure two first place finishes. Peyton Utset of Boca Raton, FL and Apple Jack 12, owned by Cloud Nine, LLC, finished with reserve honors.

Melanie Markham of Orlando, FL and her own Diesel won the Training Jumper Division presented by Nutrena®, while Juliet Johansson of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Roxanna W, continued their successful weekend, capturing the division’s reserve champion title.

Olivia Sweetnam of Wellington, FL and Long Story Short, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, earned a well-deserved victory in the $500 Pony Classic presented by Charles Moorcroft Inc. with a two round score of 159. Caia Watridge of St. Augustine, FL and Mystery Mayhem, owned by Richard Cunkle, finished in second place with a total score of 148, while Watridge also collected third place aboard her own Heavens to Betsy, with a score of 142.

Jillian Briggs of Wellington, FL and Roc du Triomphe, owned by Barry Carragher, rode to victory in the Low Working Hunter Division, followed by Francesca Moore Royal Palm Beach, FL and Rather Clever, owned by Staci Rosner-McKesson, took second place. Jason Clukey of Boca Raton, FL and Klooney, owned by Lisa Petersen, rounded out the top three finishers.

The Children’s Hunter presented by UHealth Ear Institute was championed Victoria Herran of Miami, FL and her own Con-Grande, owned CPS Equest LLC, while Alexys Mead of Plantation, FL and her own Donatalla captured reserve champion.

Haley Farber of Boca Raton, FL and Let’s Dance, owned by Kelly Jones, championed the Low Child/Adult Hunter Division after earning top placings in each of the division’s five classes. Esther Cusnir of Davie, FL and Weak Moment, owned by Marianne Pack, took the reserve champion honors.

Riley McKesson of Loxahatchee, FL and Libby Lou Who, owned by Mary Mazzarella, rose to the top of the leaderboard and in the Children’s Pony Division presented by The Wanderer’s Club, while Texie Loyd of Windermere, FL and her own Jumpin’ Jack Flash finished with the reserve championship.

Competition at PBIEC continues through Sunday, October 2, featuring six weeks of hunter during the ESP Summer Series. For more information on PBIEC and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Arabian Horses in the City – Taking Center Stage at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show

Photo provided by the Arabian Horse Association.

New York, NY – The Arabian Horse Association (AHA), Aljassmiya Farm and the Rolex Central Park Horse Show (RCPHS) are proud to present the 2nd Annual Arabian U.S. Open on Wednesday evening, September 21, 2016, at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show. The Rolex Central Park Horse Show runs September 21-25, 2016, at Wollman Rink in Central Park.

Arabian horses will take center stage opening night of the show. The athleticism and diversity of the breed will be shown through a variety of classes. Halter/In-Hand classes will portray these amazing horses as desirable breeding stock. Intelligence and grace will be displayed through elegant western horses, exquisite hunter horses, and mannerly country horses.

Then, travel through time, where Arabian horses roamed the desert and began their journey as ancestors of modern day light breeds. The Arabian Mounted Native Costume class will take an audience on a journey, showing the magic and romance of the Arabian horse, both of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

“The U.S. Open in Central Park offers the Arabian horse community the opportunity to present our horses to the world, as the breed that deserves recognition with other equine athletes at the Olympic level and those disciplines,” says AHA President, Cynthia Richardson. “Either through the excitement of being there in person in Central Park in NYC, the most visited park in the world, or through live-streaming, this is a night that will amaze the public and create memories for our breed and those who love them. Please join us!”

Arabian horses are the oldest pure breed of any light horse. Nomadic people of the Arabian Peninsula, the Bedouin tribes, were the first to own these light, thrifty horses. As a result, Arabians developed a strong desire for human companionship that carries forward today, along with their kind and willing attitudes and athletic stamina.  Known for their finely chiseled head, dished face, long-arching neck and high tail carriage, the Arabian horse is not only athletic and kind, but also beautiful.

Mark Bellissimo, CEO of International Equestrian Group, is pleased to welcome the Arabian horse Association to Central Park for their second year and looks forward to the event.

“It is wonderful to welcome the Arabians back to the Rolex Central Park Horse Show and expose the special breed to an international audience in New York City,” Bellissimo stated. “We enjoy showcasing numerous diverse disciplines of equestrian sport through this special event and look forward to another great competition this year.”

Watch these amazing horses compete and earn their gold, silver and bronze titles at an event that can’t be missed. Tickets are on sale now at cphs.coth.com.

About Rolex Central Park Horse Show
Launched in September 2014, Rolex Central Park Horse Show is the first-ever outdoor, multi-day equestrian sporting event in New York City, showcasing some of the best show jumpers and dressage riders in the world as they vie for top prizes against a backdrop of skyscrapers in one of the world’s most iconic venues. As the event founder, Mark Bellissimo is the CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions and International Equestrian Group LLC; Managing Partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEF), Tryon Equestrian Partners and Colorado Equestrian Partners; and Publisher of The Chronicle of The Horse magazine. The Rolex Central Park Horse Show will feature five days of multi-discipline equestrian sport and performances, ranging from Arabians and Dressage to Hunters and Show Jumping. The Rolex Central Park Horse Show will also host the second annual U.S. Open in the following categories: Jumpers; Dressage; Hunters; U25 Jumpers; and Arabians.

For more information, visit www.centralparkhorseshow.com or Facebook at www.facebook.com/CPhorseshow.

Wellington Equestrian Partners Completes Purchase of International Polo Club

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Wellington, FL – April 30, 2016 – Mark Bellissimo has announced that the Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEP) have completed their purchase of the International Polo Club (IPC) in Wellington, FL.

IPC is the storied home of High Goal Polo during the winter season in Wellington, FL, with competition beginning in January and continuing through April each year. WEP’s primary goal is to ensure that IPC remains one of the world’s premier Polo Clubs and a key economic driver of Wellington’s equestrian economy.

The WEP partnership will be expending significant resources to ensure that the facilities and the polo fields are second to none and are committed to maintaining the same High Goal Polo calendar for 2017 and beyond.

IPC’s main stadium venue and polo activity are complemented by a private club with spa, fitness center, tennis courts, pool, as well as The Mallet Grille restaurant and The 7th Chukker lounge.

Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of WEP, commented, “We are honored to become the stewards of this important venue and are inspired to take Wellington to a new height of world-class equestrian sport, equestrian lifestyle, and community engagement.”

The strategic acquisition creates a network of three world-class facilities dedicated to equestrian sport and allows, for the first time in Wellington, the integration and coordination of equestrian activities around the hunter/jumper, dressage, and polo worlds. Bellissimo added, “We believe this will become one of the world’s top platforms to grow interest in equestrian sport for riders, spectators, and sponsors.”

“We look forward to working with the Village of Wellington, the governing bodies of each equestrian discipline, and the key stakeholders within the disciplines to create an experience unique in the world. We will be announcing a series of strategic initiatives and partnerships as well as a vision for the facility in early summer,” he continued.

IPC will continue to operate as usual with major upgrades and renovations set to begin in the summer.

For more information about the International Polo Club and/or membership, please visit www.internationalpoloclub.com.

Please visit www.pbiec.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Mark Bluman and Thriller P Take $10,000 Accuhorsemat Open Welcome at PBIEC

Mark Bluman and Thriller P. ©Mancini Photos.

Wellington, FL – April 22, 2016 – Mark Bluman of Medellín, Colombia and the newly acquired Thriller P, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc., dashed to victory in the $10,000 Accuhorsemat Open Welcome Stake during ESP Spring III hosted at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a time of 31.001 seconds. Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL and Don Juan finished in second place, crossing through the timers in 32.153 seconds, while David Blake of Wellington, FL and Park Lane earned third place with a time of 32.272. Competition at ESP Spring III will continue through the week and conclude on Sunday, April 24 with the $30,000 PonyUp Horse Treats Grand Prix.

The course, designed by Catsy Cruz (MEX), saw 54 entries test the opening track, while 18 combinations moved forward to the jump-off round. Only seven pairs earned a double clear effort on the afternoon, while Bluman and Thriller P went later in the class order.

Bluman and Thriller P, a 2004 Swedish Warmblood stallion (Cardento x Nelly P), are just getting to know each other, as he was recently purchased by Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc. as a prospective mount for Daniela Stransky. Bluman also piloted his top mount, Califa LS, also owned by Stransky’s Mission Farm Inc., to an eighth place finish in the class.

“I showed two horses today and my top horse, Califa, also went in this class. I was trying a new setup with him, just with bitting and equipment, so we used it as a practice round for him. Thriller is a horse that just got out of quarantine last week. We bought him for Liliane’s daughter Daniela to ride,” explained Bluman. “I like to get to know the horses before I put her on them and let her compete, so that we have an idea of where they are. This week was about us getting to know him and see how he goes in the ring.”

Bluman, who had a very successful 2016 winter circuit, is looking forward to helping coach Stransky aboard Thriller P, as the horse has all of the potential in the world to do the larger classes and will be a strong second mount behind her top competition horse HH Donatella. He elaborated, “He’s a bit of a strong horse and very powerful, but I think it will be a great fit for Daniela. The horses that we have in the barn really enjoy her and we just need to see him go a bit more.”

Thriller P, while new to competition in the United States, has an extensive FEI record in Europe, and will be a solid addition to the string of horses at Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc. Bluman, who was not expecting to ride as fast as he did, was pleased with Thriller P and is excited for his future with Daniela.

“Honestly, it’s a horse that I’m getting to know. I didn’t think I was going quite as fast as I did. He’s quick himself so I just went in there trying to have a nice round and we were lucky but it’s also a great way to end it. He’s very talented and it is always nice to come out at the end of the day with a win.”

For more information on the ESP Spring Series and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Winter Equestrian Festival Sport Horse Auction Presentation Set to Begin Tuesday, February 23

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The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) Sport Horse Auction presentation of horses jumping under saddle will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, in the International Arena at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), showcasing the 16 hand-selected auction prospects bred by world-renowned VDL Stud in the Netherlands.

Each horse, chosen for their disposition and international quality, will be presented in the International Arena, allowing prospective bidders to watch the horses go under saddle and over fences before the auction event, which will be hosted rain or shine, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in the Global Pavilion at The Stadium at PBIEC (13500 South Shore Boulevard).

Watch the WEF Sport Horse Auction Presentation from the International Club at the PBIEC grounds or via live stream sponsored by Jarvis Insurance Company at the following link: http://bit.ly/1Ui0mPk.

The VDL auction horses will be available for viewing at Ossian Ventures from Wednesday, February 24 – Thursday, March 3, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please contact Janko van de Lageweg to set up an appointment at 832-706-3407 or +31 651815225 or by email at jankovdl@gmail.com.

To register as a bidder for the auction, please contact Melanie Peterson at 561-870-6587 or by email at melanie@horsemls.com.

Horse photos, videos, and information, as well as bidder registration information can be found at www.wefsporthorseauction.com.

Please visit www.pbiec.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Allison Springer and Arthur Start with Early Dressage Lead in $75k Wellington Eventing Showcase

Allison Springer and Arthur. Photos: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 5, 2016 – Allison Springer (USA) and her veteran mount Arthur secured an early lead in the dressage phase of the $75,000 Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty. Competition will continue with the show jumping phase beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Global International Ring at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) Saturday morning, February 6, with the cross-country phase starting with the first rider on course at 1 p.m.

Springer and Arthur took the lead with a score of 29.1. Buck Davidson (USA) and Ballynoecastle RM will move into the show jumping phase in second place, receiving a 30.1, while Boyd Martin (USA), winner of last year’s event, sits in third place aboard new mount Blackfoot Mystery with a 30.6.

Allison Springer and Arthur have a storied partnership, as the duo have tested some of the largest CCI 4* events in the world, including the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day CCI4* multiple times, and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI 4*, where the duo has finished 6th and 21st respectively. Arthur, known to be a generally spooky mount, braved the atmosphere of the Global International Ring on a windy day in Wellington, FL, and Springer was proud of the 17-year-old gelding.

“He feels great,” Springer said. “He’s 17 this year and it’s fun to see him and Reggie, Buck’s horse, here. They really started out together, and it’s been so many years. He feels great and is so happy to be out doing stuff again. He’s jumping really well and I’m hoping that I can stay focused tomorrow and give him a good ride.”

Springer has waited to bring Arthur back into competition after an injury last year sidelined him for majority of the 2015 season. Looking in top form, the combination impressed in their first run of 2016. They are using this event to prepare for their first CCI4* run of 2016 at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in April.

“He got hurt before Rolex last year and now he feels strong and well. This for me is one of our big preps for Rolex this year. He’ll do this and an easy February getting him fit and we’ll maybe do a run at The Fork,” commented Springer. “This is the perfect event for him because it has the noise and the stadium. I’m really grateful (that) Mark [Bellissimo], Jim [Wolf], and Michael [Stone] have put this together for us. We all can’t thank [them] enough. Arthur is happy to be here.”

“We haven’t had a run since last year’s showcase here,” Springer continued. “This is good practice for my horse. He can be a bit of a spook, but he’s pretty good with the technical stuff. I’ve worked really hard on my show jumping because it’s not Arthur’s strongest phase, but he’s fully capable and it just requires a lot of focus on my part. I’m going to be thinking positive.”

Buck Davidson and Ballynoecastle RM
Buck Davidson and Ballynoecastle RM

Buck Davidson (USA) and crowd favorite Ballynoecastle RM shot to the top of the standings before Springer’s ride as the third to last pair to go on the first day of competition. The pair, who has represented the United States on numerous occasions, is back in action for the 2016 season.

Davidson commented, “It’s a great experience for all of us to come to a new venue and have some new fans and bring a new kind of excitement to Wellington. As for Reggie, you end up saying the same thing every time. He’s just a professional. I’m disappointed in myself that I missed the one change, but he was perfect as usual and we’re on to focusing on the next day.”

“It’s an awesome course,” Davidson said of tomorrow’s cross-country track. “It’s perfectly laid out and I wish the fairways at my golf course looked as nice as this. We’re all appreciative of that and all of the horses should be able to have a good, quick run. It’s not very long, and the fences are well presented. The ground is perfect, and I think you’ll see a great competition tomorrow.”

With two new mounts entered in the competition for the first time, Boyd Martin (USA) made the most of both rides, piloting Welcome Shadow to a score of 35.9 to sit in 20th place moving into show jumping tomorrow, and rode Blackfoot Mystery to a third place finish after the first phase.

Martin said, “We had a great event last year, but it just feels bigger and better this year. I think the field of riders is actually higher quality than last year. There’s a lot more of the top horses here. I was really happy with my two horses today. I brought a green one named Welcome Shadow that did quite well and my new horse Blackfoot Mystery came in and did a good test. We had a few little mistakes, but I think he’s all class. I’m looking forward to building a partnership with him and bringing him up for Rolex later this spring.”

“It’s the beginning of the season. My fellows haven’t had a run since last year and it’s a big pressure show jumping atmosphere. It’s an enclosed and proper ring. The cross country isn’t too big, but it’s a bit trickier than last year. I think riders will have to be decisive on course.”

Event Director Jim Wolf was on hand to comment on the improvements that have been made to make the 2016 Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, better than ever.

“Last year was a start-up event and we went a bit cautious with the course. We wanted to understand the venue and get the riders comfortable with the format. I’d really like to thank all of the riders and their owners for believing in the event,” he noted. “We were trying to create something a bit different for eventing because it was a showcase, giving us a way to introduce the sport to this community. I used to event and that’s where my heart still lies. I knew that there was a real fan base and owner base for eventing that they hadn’t tapped into yet.”

“All of the owners in equestrian sport are incredibly important and event horses are a special leap of faith because there isn’t great prize money, but that’s something that we’re addressing here and want to change within this sport. We also thought that we could introduce some new owners to the sport and last year we were successful doing that,” he continued. “People have really supported this event, which is great, and we have an incredible group of sponsors behind this. They have really stepped up and these are very long term supporters of eventing like Land Rover, Rolex, Adequan®, Ariat, and then we have Asheville Regional Airport and Wellington Equestrian Realty who are great partners for this new event.”

Competition will be live streamed tomorrow beginning at 10:30 a.m. with show jumping and continue with cross country at 1 p.m. provided by The Chronicle of the Horse. Please visit http://bit.ly/1NTWM6t to watch the competition live.

For more information on the $75,000 Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, please visit www.pbiec.com.

PBIEC to Host 2016 Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase on February 5-6

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous at the 2015 event.

Wellington, FL – February 4, 2016 – The 2016 Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will be held on February 5-6 at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Twenty-two top Eventing riders from four countries will compete in this three-phase competition for $75,000 in prize money.

In the inaugural year of the event, Boyd Martin (USA) and Trading Aces took home top honors in what was then the $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase. This year, with increased prize money, the stakes are even higher for the 35 participating horse and rider combination, as many pairs will use the event as a first prep run for a spring CCI 4* event, the highest distinction of international eventing. Returning champion Martin will ride two horses in the event, Blackfoot Mystery and Welcome Shadow.

Competition will begin with a dressage test ride at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 5; the first rider will enter the ring at 8:30 a.m. Dressage competition hosted in the Global International Ring will continue through 2:00 p.m.

Show jumping will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Global International Ring on Saturday, February 6, in the reverse order of standings from the dressage phase. The final phase, cross-country, will start at 1:00 p.m., with combinations riding in reverse order of standings after dressage and show jumping. They will be contesting a course designed by Captain Mark Phillips and built by Eric Bull.

Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch at the 2015 event
Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch at the 2015 event

An autograph signing session with riders will be open to the public following the conclusion of competition on the vendor deck above the Global International Ring. The top three riders will join the session after the awards ceremony and press conference. Complimentary posters will be available for signing.

The 2016 Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will offer limited-edition merchandise available for purchase throughout the event, both on-site and online, including a bundle package with a t-shirt, baseball hat, and poster. Orders can be placed at https://pbiec.coth.com/page/eventing-merchandise#top.

For more information, ride times, and results for the 2016 Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, please visit www.pbiec.com or call 561-793-5867.

Rider List Announced for Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase

Boyd Martin and Trading Aces. Photos: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 14, 2016 – The Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase, Presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will be held at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), on February 5-6, 2016. Approximately twenty top Eventing riders representing the USA, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand are expected to attend this unique event that highlights the Olympic sport at a premier venue with $75,000 in prize money and VIP seating amenities.

The following riders have confirmed that they will be competing at the 2016 Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty. All riders were invited to ride two horses each, but several have opted to bring only one horse. There will be approximately 35 horse/rider combinations in this competition. The final list of riders with their horses’ names will be released the week before the event.

Jennie Brannigan – USA
Hannah Sue Burnett – USA
Kyle Carter – CAN
Will Coleman – USA
Buck Davidson – USA
Phillip Dutton – USA
Liz Halliday-Sharp – USA
Sinead Halpin – USA
Daniel Jocelyn – NZL
Alexandra Knowles – USA
Marilyn Little – USA
Boyd Martin – USA
Joe Meyer – NZL
Selena O’Hanlon – CAN
Doug Payne – USA
Tim Price – NZL
Jessica Phoenix – CAN
Michael Pollard – USA
Colleen Rutledge – USA
Allison Springer – USA
Lynn Symanski – USA
Ryan Wood – AUS

Michael Pollard and Cyrano Z
Michael Pollard and Cyrano Z

Competitors will demonstrate the first phase of the three-part sport, focusing on the balance and fluidity of dressage on Friday, February 5. The competition then continues with the stadium jumping and cross-country portions of the sport the following day, Saturday, February 6. The event will run at the Advanced level.

Along with title sponsor Asheville Regional Airport and presenting sponsor Wellington Equestrian Realty, Equestrian Sport Productions thanks sponsors Rolex, Land Rover, Ariat®, and Adequan®.

VIP tables, which include lunch buffet and drinks each day, are available for the event for prime viewing of both the dressage and stadium jumping arena as well as the cross-country course. Please contact Shelley Spielman for details and order forms at shspielman@gmail.com.

As with all events at The Stadium at PBIEC, general admission and parking are free. The Stadium at PBIEC is located at 13500 South Shore Boulevard. For more information, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Laurenz Buhl and Calista Win $25k Brazilian Court Hotel Grand Prix at ESP Holiday III

Laurenz Buhl and Calista. ©ManciniPhotos.

Peter Wylde and Paloma Top $10,000 AcuLife Open Stake

Wellington, FL – December 22, 2015 – Laurenz Buhl and Calista, finishing in exciting fashion, topped a competitive class of 40 entries in the $25,000 Brazilian Court Hotel Grand Prix hosted at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Sunday, December 20. Buhl, originally from Germany, but based in Wellington, FL for the winter season, piloted Calista, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, LLC, to the win, finishing the second round track in 37.004 seconds. Liza Finsness of Wellington, FL and her own Shiver earned second place with a time of 38.385 seconds while Edward Levy of Neuilly, France and Rebeca LS, owned by Remarkable Farms LP, collected third place, crossing the timers in 39.541 seconds. Competition at PBIEC will resume on Wednesday, December 30, with the ESP New Year’s Show, which will host the $30,000 Nutrena Grand Prix on Sunday, January 3.

Buhl carefully guided Calista, a 2006 Westphalian mare (Cornet Obolensky x Poesie) to one of four double clear trips in the class, setting a quick pace in the jump-off round that Finsness nor Levy could catch as they followed later in the order. Buhl, who is typically based in Germany for the majority of the year, enjoyed a solid first outing at PBIEC, riding a smart and efficient two rounds to secure the win. Guillerme Jorge of Brazil, who will also design the courses for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, built a difficult and technical track for the final grand prix class before the holiday break.

“When I walked the course I thought it was pretty tough, but very jumpable, which makes for a good course. I had a very talented horse with me today and I knew that if I rode well, we would have a chance at winning the class and going clear,” commented Buhl. “She’s owned by Georgina Bloomberg and I’m lucky to have the ride on her for a little bit before Georgina gets here and then she will take over competing her.”

Bringing a talented string of young horses from Europe, Buhl will look to continue building upon the foundation created throughout 2015, aiming for quality finishes in the bigger classes at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) beginning Wednesday, January 13. He noted, “I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to do some of the bigger classes with our horses and see where we end up at the end of circuit. Most of the year we’re based in Germany and we’ll head back there in April but enjoy being here for the first few months of the year.”

Wintering in Florida has proved beneficial for Buhl, as he earned a win in the Artisan Farms Under 25 Series at WEF in 2015 aboard another Gotham Enterprizes LLC mount, River Dance Semilly, in the $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Semi-Final.

“Competing here at PBIEC and WEF is a different world than competing back in Europe. It’s so much bigger and a lot of aspects are different than if we would stay at our base throughout the winter months. It’s very competitive here and that’s why we enjoy coming. With all of the venues and classes, we’re looking forward to starting a successful year off here in Wellington.”

Peter Wylde and Paloma Top $10,000 AcuLife Open Stake

Peter Wylde of Lake Worth, FL piloted Paloma, a 2006 Holsteiner mare (Canaletto S x H Lila M) owned by Kathleen Kamine, to victory in the $10,000 AcuLife Open Stake at PBIEC on Friday, December 18. Wylde, an Olympic-team veteran, made quick work of the class, finishing nearly six seconds faster than second place finisher Luke Dee and Auckland De L’Enclos. Wylde and Dee secured the only two double clear efforts on the day.

Wylde and Paloma captured the class with a time of 42.699 seconds, while Dee, of Wellington, FL, finished in second place with a time of 48.707 seconds. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL completed the jump-off track in 41.817 seconds, with a single rail for a third place finish.

Competition at PBIEC will resume on Wednesday, December 30, with the start of the ESP New Year’s Show. For more information and to view a full revised schedule, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Trump Invitational Cancelled Due to Unseasonable Rain Events That Compromised Footing

Palm Beach, FL – December 20, 2015 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) announces that the Trump Invitational, due to be held on January 3, 2016, at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, has been cancelled.

Due to a series of recent heavy, unprecedented rain events occurring over the past few weeks during which cars were parked on the lawn, the grass turf footing for the jumping arena on the back lawn of The Mar-a-Lago Club was deemed unfit for competition. With the event weeks away, there was not enough time to repair the turf to a level necessary for a world-class event.

ESP CEO Mark Bellissimo stated, “We are extremely disappointed to announce this cancellation. We discussed the situation with the Trump Organization, and we agreed that we have to put the safety and welfare of the horses and riders first and foremost. The footing is not up to the excellent standards of the past two years of the event, and we would not want to risk anyone having any issues. It is our desire to maintain a high standard for quality.”

Mr. Donald Trump added, “Last year we had perfect weather and footing for the Trump Invitational, and it was a great success. It has been one of the great events on the U.S. equestrian schedule. With the amount of rainfall that we have had recently, the turf is just not fit to the high standards we set for all of our events. Our team will get the turf back into world-class shape so that we can host another fantastic event in 2017.”

South Florida has seen a number of cancellations of other sporting events due to the recent weather.

“We look forward to the Central Park Horse Show in late September of 2016 and planning the 2017 Trump Invitational at The Mar-a-Lago Club. I know that it will be back better than ever next year,” Bellissimo said.

The Trump Invitational is a unique event that features the $130,000 Trump Invitational Grand Prix CSI 2* and a $10,000 Junior/Amateur Jumper class, which will be back on the schedule for 2017.

For more information, please visit www.pbiec.com or call 561-793-5867.