Category Archives: Show Jumping

Laura Chapot and Out of Ireland Race to the Win in $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Speed Challenge

Laura Chapot and Out of Ireland. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 12, 2018 – Laura Chapot (USA) and Out of Ireland out-paced a field of 91 entries to win the $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Speed Challenge on Friday, January 12, concluding the third day of competition at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

Of the 91 entries in Friday’s $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Speed Challenge, 16 jumped the Eric Hasbrouck-designed course without fault, but speed was the name of the game, and none proved able to catch Chapot and Out of Ireland, owned by The Edge and Laura Chapot. Chapot and the 11-year-old Anglo European mare went 19th in the order, tripping the timers in 64.681 seconds and setting a time to beat that would go untouched for the remainder of the class.

Phoebe Backman and Destiny Claim Championship in Adult Amateur Hunter Younger Sec. A

The Adult Amateur Hunter Younger division finished with Phoebe Backman claiming the championship title aboard Destiny, her mount of three-and-a-half years. The pair took first and second place in Thursday’s jumping classes, and Destiny claimed second and third over fences and fourth under saddle on Friday with rider Tracey Gorin-Byrne.

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Jordan Coyle Takes Round One Victory in $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup

Jordan Coyle and Eristov. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 11, 2018 – The 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival continued with its second day of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL on Thursday. Jordan Coyle (IRL) rode Eristov, owned by Andrew Kocher, to victory in the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round One.

There are two highlight events for week 1 of WEF, sponsored by Wellington Regional Medical Center. They include the $75,000 Battle of the Sexes, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center, to start the “Saturday Night Lights” series on Saturday, January 13, at 7 p.m., and the $75,000 Rosenbaum PLLC Grand Prix, the first grand prix of the season, on Sunday, January 14, at 2 p.m.

There were 36 entries in the first round of the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup and they competed over a course set by Eric Hasbrouck of the United States. Eleven were clear to continue to the jump-off, to which 10 returned. Coyle and Eristov were fourth in the jump-off order, and had to follow a very quick time set by Todd Minikus (USA) and Victorio 5 of 37.999 seconds.

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ESP Holiday Series Concludes with Victory for Granato and Carlchen W

Alex Granato and Carlchen W. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – January 10, 2018 – Alex Granato of Wellington, FL rode to victory in the $50,000 Equiline Grand Prix aboard Page Tredennick’s Carlchen W during the final day of competition at Equestrian Sport Productions Holiday Finale on Sunday, January 7, which served as the conclusion of the ESP Holiday Series at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

Granato, who picked up the ride on the gelding as a five-year-old, piloted his mount around the short track designed by Andy Christianson Jr. of Wellington, FL in a quick 39.325 seconds. Diego Vivero of Wellington, FL and Gabriela SAA’s HRB Dance finished just behind Granato, completing the jump-off in 40.056 seconds. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and his own Reus de la Nutria rounded out the top three, riding to a jump-off time of 40.139 seconds.

Jumper Highlights:

Earlier in the week Amber Harte of Wellington, FL and Cafino were victorious in the $10,000 Equiline Open Stake Class, with a jump-off time of 36.293 seconds. Second place honors went to Emanuel Andrade and Reus de la Nutrina, after stopping timers in 36.382 seconds. Third place was awarded to Taylor Land of Alpharetta, GA piloting Liroy 30, owned by Pinetree Farms Inc., completing the short course in 36.593 seconds.

The $2,500 Low Amateur Owner Jumper Classic saw Christina Antonucci of Lake Hopatcong, NJ and her own Cupido Van’t Schuurke take top honors with a jump-off time of 37.92 seconds. Alexandra Welles of Wellington, FL and XM, took second place with a jump-off time of 38.582 seconds. Quinn Larimer of Mableton, GA and Bronson, owned by Nestledown Equine Services, LLC, finished in third place with a time of 39.576 seconds.

Victory in the $2,500 Equiline High Junior/Adult Amateur Jumper Classic went to Thaisa Erwin of Ocala, FL and Evita, owned by Hollberg Equestrian, with a jump-off time of 39.365 seconds. Second place was achieved by Helena Le Picart of New York, NY and her own Bon Vivant, with a jump-off time of 43.184 seconds. Third place was awarded to Nora Gray of Owen Sound, ON and Dior, owned by Gray, rounding out the jump-off in 42.242 seconds.

The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic was championed by Jessica Gollel of Wellington, FL and Rosiano Farm’s Prescott 3 rose to the top of the class with a time of 36.539 seconds in the jump-off. Stephanie King of St. Augustine, FL and Co-Starr took second place with a time of 38.69 seconds. Allyson Blais of Boynton Beach, FL and Castlewood Farm Inc.’s Landanima collected third place with a time of 38.909 seconds.

The $5,000 Brazilian Court Hotel 1.35m Stake saw Leslie Howard of Darien, CT and GJ Stable’s Flo take first place with a jump-off time of 31.714 seconds. Jordan Coyle of North Salem, NY and Abigail Poss’ Droomfee HB achieved second place with a time of 32.758 seconds. Samuel Parot of Wellington, FL collected third place with Parot Sport Horses LLC’s Buga Z, after finishing with a time of 32.777 seconds around the short course.

Cassie Kime of Collierville, TN rode to victory aboard her own Tenacious D in the $1,500 Accuhorsemat Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic after stopping the jump-off timers in 40.22 seconds. Allyson Blais of Boynton Beach, FL and Castlewood Farm Inc.’s Landanima took second place with a time of 41.089 seconds. Olivia Minicucci of Montreal, QC and her own Arian P earned third place after a jump-off time of 41.84 seconds.

Hunter Highlights:

Julie Curtin of Woodstock, GA and Julie Curtin’s Cassico finished with the blue ribbon in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Arly Golombek of Lake Worth, FL and Pumpkin Patch Farm LLC’s Czech Mate captured second place. Third place honors were presented to Kim Barone of Watertown, MN and Cynthia Bulwicz’s Cyril.

Sophia Calamari of New Milford, PA and California Dreamin’, owned by Millennium Farm Inc., finished atop the Score at the Top Large Pony Hunter Division, ahead of Libbie Gordon of Statesville, NC, who collected reserve champion with Small Wonder, owned by Elsa Batalden.

The Pilates Rocks Low Adult Hunter Division saw Laurie Stevens of Boca Raton, FL and her own Santiago rise to the top of the division. Joy Erikson of Wellington, NJ and Bode Well, owned by Melissa Burns, captured reserve champion honors in the division.

Olympia Boardman of New York, NY and Soprano, owned by Alexa Stiegler, were champions of the Palm Beach Riding Academy Short Stirrup Division, while reserve champion was awarded to Isabella Roman, riding Papillon Blue, owned by Holman Imports LLC.

The USHJA Hunter 3′ Division saw Christina Kalinski of Roxbury, CT riding Bozeman, owned by Katherine Oberkircher, take top divisional honors. Reserve champion was awarded to Mary Eufemia of Palm Harbor, FL and her own Central Park.

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First International Victory at 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival Goes to McLain Ward

McLain Ward and Hija van Strokapelleken. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 10, 2018 – The 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival started in fine form, kicking off the 12-week circuit of hunter, jumper, and equitation competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. WEF continues through April 1, 2018, and offers more than $9 million in prize money.

There are two highlight events for week 1 of WEF, sponsored by Wellington Regional Medical Center. They include the $75,000 Battle of the Sexes, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center, to start the “Saturday Night Lights” series on Saturday, January 13, at 7 a.m., and the $75,000 Rosenbaum PLLC Grand Prix, the first grand prix of the season, on Sunday, January 14, at 2 p.m.

Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward won the opening class of the day, the Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers, in the International Arena over a speed course designed by Eric Hasbrouck (USA). He and Hija van Strokapelleken, an 11-year-old BWP mare by Calido I x Azur Depaulstra owned by Evergate Stable LLC, were fast and clear in a time of 69.938 seconds for victory.

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Andrade Records Another Win in the $30,000 UHealth Grand Prix at ESP New Year’s

Emanuel Andrade and Bon Jovi. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – January 3, 2018 – It was another successful week of competition for Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL during ESP New Year’s competition at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), as the young talent scored another major win, this time in the $30,000 UHealth Grand Prix. Andrade piloted his own Bon Jovi and raced to complete the fast track in 43.353 seconds to best the class.

The course, designed by Hector Loyola of Wellington, FL, welcomed back six of the original twenty-four entries to the jump-off. Alejandro Karolyi of Wellington, FL rode Lincourt Gino, owned by Monica Carrera, to second place after a jump-off time of 45.546 seconds. Third place went to Alexis Trosch of Wellington, FL and his own Cantara Z, after crossing through timers in 45.978 seconds.

Jumper Highlights:

The $10,000 UHealth Open Stake Class saw Alex Granato of Wellington, FL and Beorn, owned by Moyer Farm, LLC, finish atop the class after crossing through the jump-off timers in 35.775 seconds. Emanuel Andrade and Garinco Van De Lijsaerd, owned by Andrade, collected second place with a time of 37.199 seconds. Lauren Tisbo of Wellington, FL and Tequestrian Farms, LLC’s Jeleena De Muze finished in third place after securing a finish in 38.282 seconds.

The $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic saw Ellen Mollerus of Larchmont, NY and Joan Mollerus’ Corona 120 take first place with a jump-off time of 39.772 seconds, while Charlotte Matthews of Bayville, NY and Sagamore Farm’s Castellina Della Caccia finished in second place with a time of 44.477 seconds. Eva Harris of Wellington, FL and Harkopp Farm’s Showtime De Pleville rounded out the top three with a time of 44.497 seconds.

The $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Accuhorsemat saw Taylor Kraft of Frenchtown, NJ and Tracey Howe’s Cosmopolite S ride to top honors in the class after finishing their jump-off track in 40.109 seconds. Chloe Wilkenfeld of Bedford, NY and Vrai Diams Palatie, owned by Limelight Farm, took second place after stopping the clock in 40.628 seconds. Sarah Tredennick of Wellington, FL and her own Annwood Lane secured third place with a time of 40.628 seconds.

Laura E Southard of Mount Dora, FL rode to victory aboard her own Duft 27 in the $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic after stopping the jump-off timers in 41.932 seconds. Chole Friedheim of Pennington, NJ and Choper Enterprises, LLC’s Jazir took second place with a time of 44.594 seconds. Jennifer Evancic of Versailles, KY and her own Loguestown earned third place after a jump-off time of 45.096 seconds with eight faults.

The $5,000 Martha Jolicoeur Douglas Elliman 1.35m Stake saw James Chawke of Ireland and Renee Walker’s Benjamin take first place with a jump-off time of 39.781 seconds, while Carlos Quinones of Wellington, FL and Michelle Navarro-Grau’s Tazman collected second place with a time of 40.836 seconds. Coco Fath of Fairfield, CT collected third place with Hillside Farm LLC’s Cohbanta, after finishing with a time of 41.541 seconds around the short course.

The $2,500 NAL Low Junior Jumper Classic was won by Emma Seving of Newton Square, PA and her own Easy Money, after crossing through jump-off timers in 42.495 seconds. Dylan Laiken of Wellington, FL and Show Show, owned by Alex Jayne, collected second place with a time of 40.528 seconds with a an additional four faults. Zachary Yariv of Wellington, FL and his own In Style finished in third place after finishing in 45.038 seconds and a rail.

The $2,500 Low Amateur Owner Jumper Classic saw Brianne Link of East Islip, NY and her own Bilbao finish atop the class as the fastest combination contesting the jump-off with a time of 40.028 seconds. Sabrina Lefebvre of Terrebonne, QC and her own Alaska earned second place after completing the short course in 41.083 seconds. Emma Cullen of West Berwyn, PA and 3 Seas, LLC’s Grandy De Laubry finished in third place after stopping the timers in 41.824 seconds.

Hunter Highlights:

Hannah Isop of Pawlings, NY and Tracy Freels’ Red Ryder finished atop the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Jennifer Bliss of Loxahatchee, FL and Harris Hill Farm LLC’s Sugarman captured second place. Third place honors were presented to Kim Barone of Watertown, MN aboard Cynthia Bulwicz’s Cyril.

Meghan Knapic of Blue Point, NY was awarded champion of the ESP Hunter 3’3″ Division aboard her winning mount Most Likely. Reserve champion was presented to David Oliynyk of Franklin, MA and Generous, owned by Lori Gaudet.

Sandra Ferrell of Bernville, PA and Dapper, owned by Stephanie Bulger, were champions of the Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’3″ Division, while reserve champion was awarded to Chris Ewanouski, riding Atta Boy, owned by Geoffrey Sutton.

The #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 15 and Under Division saw Sam Walker of Nobleton, ON riding Bocelli, owned by Karen Macdonald, take top divisional honors. Reserve champion was awarded to Isha Swani of Ponte Verda Beach, FL and Park Place, owned by Shadowfax Equestrian LLC.

The Gold Coast Feed Performance Hunter 3’3″ Division saw Alyssa Bokor of Williamsville, NY and Candid, owned by Jordan Allen, rise to the top of the division with several consistent performances. Jennifer Bauersachs of Frenchtown, NJ and New Addition, owned by Spring Hill Farm, captured reserve champion honors for their efforts in the division.

Olivia Sweetnam of Wellington, FL and Mr. Magoo, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, finished atop the Score at the Top Small Pony Hunter Division; Clara Propp of New York, NY collected reserve champion with Benlea Mizzou, owned by Aquitaine Equine.

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Smolders Is the Master at Mechelen

Harrie Smolders and Zinius pictured with FEI President Ingmar de Vos.

Dutchman Harrie Smolders (37) out-paced all comers to win the ninth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2017/2018 Western European League at Mechelen in Belgium. Riding the 13-year-old gelding Zinius, he set an unbeatable target with a fearless run when fourth to go in a seven-horse jump-off. Runner-up spot went to Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann (36) who has now soared to the top of the league table while Italy’s Luca de Lorenzo (30) lined up third. Smolders was a man with a plan.

“I never won before at Mechelen and I really wanted to do it, so I was totally focused. When I got into the jump-off I just wanted to win. I was never riding for second place so I took the risk by taking a stride out to the last. And this is very special because I came here with all my family – my kids, my wife and my parents – it was an unforgettable moment and I’m very thankful to the crowd. The atmosphere here is always really intense and it gives us even more of a push to show what we can do!” — Harrie Smolders (NED)

This result with Zinius was particularly rewarding because this is a horse that is stepping up to the plate.

“He is still developing, but now that Emerald and Don (his other two top horses) are having a break he gets a chance to show in the biggest classes and he has picked it up very quickly. I’m a bit surprised that he makes it look so easy!” Smolders added.

It was no walk in the park either, with Eddy Geysemans’ tough first-round track getting the better of many of the best in the sport. The time-allowed of 67 seconds saw three miss the cut into the jump-off when picking up just one annoying time penalty, but German ace, Ludger Beerbaum, already had four on the board with Chacon before getting four more for an awkward jump at the last and then hitting the deck when Chacon mistakenly took on part of the double at fence five in the wrong direction. The man who claimed Germany’s first-ever FEI World Cup™ title back in 1993 is under medical care with an open shoulder fracture, and the horse world is wishing him a very swift recovery.

Two more former World Cup champions, Beerbaum’s fellow-countrymen Christian Ahlmann with Taloubet Z and Daniel Deusser with Cornet d’Amour, led the way against the clock with Deusser setting the standard when clear in 40.51 seconds. But Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and Mary Lou were almost two seconds quicker when breaking the beam in 38.74 to put it up to the rest of them. Smolders wasn’t intimidated, however, stopping the clock on 38.19, so when de Luca and Halifax van het Kluizebos were clear in 39.97 seconds and Frenchman Roger Yves Bost posed no challenge in 42.17 seconds it was game over.

As 2018 begins and with just four of the 13 Western European league qualifiers remaining, the next taking place in Leipzig (GER) on 21 January, Smolders has 25 points on the board and may re-think his new year agenda.

“I wasn’t planning to go to the Final in Paris but now we might have a meeting and set some new goals,” he said. “I will do a few qualifiers anyway and I want to get Emerald out to a few shows, maybe get him ready by Gothenburg (in February) if I can. We will see, but this win is the perfect end to a great year for me!” said the delighted winner.

By Louise Parkes

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Seamus Hughes-Kennedy Is First-Ever Winner of FEI Pony Jumping Trophy Final in Mechelen

Seamus Hughes-Kennedy pictured with FEI President Ingmar de Vos. (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

Ireland’s Seamus Hughes-Kennedy wrote his name into the history-books of equestrian sport when winning the inaugural FEI Pony Jumping Trophy™ Final at Mechelen in Belgium.

Riding the 12-year-old mare, Cuffesgrange Cavalidam, the 15-year-old schoolboy had to hold his nerve when in the lead and last to go of the top 10 who qualified for the deciding round.

“I tried to think of it as just another day in the ring but I couldn’t help but be nervous – this is unbelievable!” — Seamus Hughes-Kennedy IRL (winner)

His partnership with his pony, however, has already been marked by his seventh-place finish individually at this summer’s FEI European Pony Championships in Hungary. Runner-up was another of the strong Irish contingent, Abbie Sweetnam with Dynamite Spartacus, while Belgium’s Aaron Tijskens steered Superbre de Laloena into third.

The series is devised along the same lines as the FEI World Cup™ and this first Final more than lived up to expectations. The Irish took early command when team gold and European individual silver medallist, Kate Derwin (Cul Ban Mistress), topped Wednesday’s opener ahead of Hughes-Kennedy in second and Sweetnam in third. A win for Thibeau Spits and Cleostrade on Thursday, however, put this young Belgian on level pegging with Derwin, both going into the finale on a zero scoreline after results were converted into points.

From a start-list of 15, a tough and technical first-round track brought the cream to the very top and with the only clear of the course it was Hughes-Kennedy who went out in front carrying just the four points he collected over the first two competitions. And when Spits disappeared from the reckoning with three fences on the floor and Derwin lost her grip with two mistakes, then it was Sweetnam who was stalking her compatriot, just one point in arrears, while Tijskens was only another two points further adrift going into the second round.

It was gripping, and with no room for error after a clear from fourth-placed Derwin, the three ahead of her all coped with the incredible pressure to hold their places. You could hear a pin drop as, last to go, Hughes-Kennedy set off with his mare who is something of a phenomenon. Cuffesgrange Cavalidam, whose sire Luidam was competed by Irish international rider Billy Twomey, was found by Seamus’ mother Clare running around field as an unbroken 10-year-old.

“She was still green enough this time last year when we did our first 1.30m competition in Millstreet and we haven’t really done a lot, the Spring Tour at home, the European Championships trials and then the Championships – she’s wonderful, she’s always trying to help me, she’s the pony of a lifetime!” — Seamus Hughes-Kennedy IRL (winner)

Talking about the concept of the FEI Pony Jumping Trophy series which has been staged alongside Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifiers in Oslo (NOR), Herning (DEN), Verona (ITA), Lyon (FRA) and Stuttgart (GER) this season, the new champion said, “It’s been brilliant. We learn so much from being around top riders and watching what they do. They talk to us and help us – it’s a great experience!”

FEI Jumping Director, John Roche, said, “The FEI is happy and proud to give these young athletes a platform to show their talent and riding skills, especially with the Olympic Movement’s focus on the development of youth sport right now.” The FEI Pony Jumping Trophy™ Final will return to Mechelen again in 2018.

By Louise Parkes

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Diego Vivero and Bijoux Score Win in $25,000 Dover Saddlery Grand Prix at ESP Holiday III

Diego Vivero and Bijoux. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – December 27, 2017 – The ESP Holiday III competition saw a win for Diego Vivero of Wellington, FL aboard Bijoux in the $25,000 Dover Saddlery Grand Prix. Second place was captured by Todd Minikus of Lake Worth, FL piloting Carlo, owned by North Face Farm, stopping jump-off timers in 40.753 seconds. Third place was awarded to Ian Millar and Future Adventures’ Vittorio 8 after completing their fast track round in 41.807 seconds.

Vivero and his mount raced around the day’s course designed by Andy Christianson, Jr. of Wellington, FL and completed the jump-off in 40.018 seconds. Four of the original 22 entries moved forward to contest the short course.

Jumper Highlights:

The $10,000 Dover Saddlery Open Welcome Stake marked another win for Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL, riding his own Garinco van de Lijnsaerd. The pair flew over the jump-off track in 42.397 seconds, ahead of Pablo Mejia of Loxahatchee, FL and his own RL Queen Mary, who stopped timers in 43.695 seconds to achieve second place. The jump-off welcomed back only three horse-and-rider combinations, with Alejandro Karolyi rounding out that top three aboard Bo Hopson’s VDL Elliot, finishing in 42.048 seconds with four faults.

Kelly Bauernschmindt of Bratenahl, OH rode to victory aboard Belle Bleu S, owned by Bauernschmindt, in the $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic after stopping the jump-off timers in 39.595 seconds with four added faults. Robert Reyers of Wellington, FL and his own Ignore Van Orshof took second place with a time of 45.289 seconds and four faults. Mariana Herrera of Loxahatchee, FL and her own Da Vinci earned third place after a four-fault jump-off round and a time of 49.473 seconds.

The $1,500 Low Children/Adult Jumper Classic saw Joshua Baird of St. Charles, IL and Pony Lane Farm’s Licapo take first place with a jump-off time of 40.961 seconds, while Claire Sieuzac of New York, NY and her own Zandora De Shalimar finished in second place with a first round time of 70.956 seconds and one fault. Joshua Baird also collected third place with his own Lolipop S, after finishing with four faults and a time of 60.095 seconds in the first round.

Tracy Harris of Wellington, FL and Une Etoile de L’ Eclypse, owned by Harkopp Farm, championed the $2,500 Accuhorsemat M&S Child/Adult Classic after completing their jump-off round in 43.136 seconds to best the class. Lexi Maounis of Greenwich, CT and Roos, owned by Maounis, collected second place with a time of 45.427 seconds. Isabelle Wagener achieved third place aboard her own Balougris SL Z, rounding out the top three with a time of 46.665 seconds.

The $5,000 1.35m Stake was won by Pablo Mejia of Loxahatchee, FL and RL Monaco, owned by Mejia, after crossing through jump-off timers in 37.409 seconds. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and his own Anastasia Du Park earned second place with a time of 39.063 seconds. Andrade also finished in third place with Tupac Van de Vrombautshoeve Z after contesting the course in 39.468 seconds.

Hunter Highlights:

Sarah Sturges of Sunbury, OH was awarded champion of the USHJA 2’6″ Hunter Division. Her winning mount was Spot On, owned by Haylee Jerkins. Reserve champion was presented to Kelly Mullen of Franklin, TN and Valentino, owned by Warioto Farms, LLC.

Cecilia Perry of North Venice, FL and Misty, owned by Montoga, Inc., were champions of the Small Pony Hunter Division. Reserve champion was also awarded to Perry, riding Fielding Stichman’s Sparkle.

The Performance Hunter 3’3″ & 3’6″ Division champion was awarded to Kelly Mullen of Franklin, TN riding FortuNY, owned by Warioto Farms, LLC. Reserve champion was awarded to Melissadre Lincourt of Montreal, QB and Brigitte Leroux’s Sugar Ray.

The USHJA Hunter 2′, 2’3″ & 2′ Division was won by Kelly Mullen of Franklin, TN and Happy, owned by Warioto Farms Inc. David Laks of Bedford, NY and Saint Laurent, owned by Elite Equines LLC, captured reserve champion honors.

Laurie Stevens of Boca Raton, FL and her own Santiago finished atop the division in the Low Adult Hunter Division. Blythe Goguen of Lexington, KY collected reserve champion with Zjappoo Sow, owned by Kelly Goguen.

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ESP Holiday I & II Highlight Major Wins for Todd Minikus and Emanuel Andrade

Emanuel Andrade and U. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – December 19, 2017 – Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and his own U took top honors in the $25,000 Ultima Fitness Grand Prix at ESP Holiday I hosted at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Thursday, December 14, after stopping the jump-off timers in 41.904 seconds.

Liza Finsness of Wellington, FL and Shiver captured second place with a jump-off time of 43.292 seconds, ahead of Michael Morrissey of Wellington, FL and QBS Equestrian LLC’s La Lopez 3, who narrowly missed first place and finished the course, designed by Mauricio Garcia, with a time of 38.617 seconds but with four added faults.

Later in the week, Todd Minikus of Lake Worth, FL and Carlo, owned by North Face Farm, captured a speedy win in the $25,000 ProElite Grand Prix at ESP Holiday II, besting a class of 44 entries on Sunday, December 17.

The pair finished a strong first round on the course, also designed by Garcia, and proceeded to stop the jump-off timers in 37.549 seconds, just tenths of a second faster than Alvaro Tejada of Guatemala and Voltaral Palo Blanco, owned by Agroprosa, who completed the round in 38.187 seconds. Liza Finsness of Wellington, FL once again rode Shiver to another top three finish, this time finishing the short course in 39.33 seconds.

Jumper Highlights:

Ian Millar of Perth, ON and Vittorio 8, owned by Future Adventures, championed the ESP Holiday I $10,000 Ultima Fitness Open Stake after completing their jump-off round in 34.838 seconds to best the class. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and Jenni’s Choice, owned by Andrade, collected second place with a time of 35.787 seconds, as well as third place aboard his own Gran Mamut, rounding out the top three with a time of 35.138 seconds and eight faults.

The ESP Holiday II $10,000 ProElite Welcome Stake was won by Alex Granato of Wellington, FL and Beorn, owned by Moyer Farm, LLC, after crossing through jump-off timers in 32.49 seconds. David Oberkircher of Collegeville, PA and Upper, owned by Southfields Farm LLC, earned second place with a time of 34.037 seconds. Alejandro Karolyi of Wellington, FL and Willow, owned by Amalaya Investments, finished in third place after finishing in 34.042 seconds.

The ESP Holiday I Child/Adult 1.10m Jumper Classic saw Julia Strawbridge of West Grove, PA and his own Ailee rise to the top of the class. The pair completed their round in 77.308 seconds with two time faults for the win ahead of Strawbridge and her second mount C’est La Vie, also owned by Strawbridge, who completed the track in 78.878 seconds and with three faults. Christina Castillo finished with a third-place ribbon aboard Eduardo and Isabel Castillo’s Waltaire Palo Blanco, who stopped the timers in 69.142 seconds and with four faults.

Sophia Thomson of Jupiter, FL and her own Bull Run’s Eternal rode to victory in the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic during ESP Holiday I, stopping the jump-off timers in 40.549 seconds. Joshua Baird of St. Charles, IL and Lollipop S secured second place with a time of 41.661 seconds, while Juliett Johansson of Fort Lauderdale, FL and her own Viva’s Roxanna W took third place after adding four faults to their jump-off time of 41.292 seconds.

Elizabeth Kirby of Wellington, FL and Cor de Pomme, owned by E. K. Equestrian LLC, finished in first place in the ESP Holiday I $2,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic after finishing their second round in a time of 43.542 seconds, during ESP Holiday I. Bevo Tarika of Fairfield, CT and Kanneau, owned by Tarika, took second place as the only other combination to advance to the jump-off round. The pair finished in 41.658 seconds with four faults. Lisbeth Hazoury of Wellington, FL and Los Establos Sporthorses Corp.’s Valmach des Abbayes finished in third with 4 faults in the first round.

Lauren McCaulley of Lake Charles, IL and Umano de la Ruche, owned by Ilan Ferder, rode to victory in the ESP Holiday II $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic with a jump-off time of 42.241 seconds. Alexandra Elkins of Dallas, TX and Shosy TSP, owned by Elkins, finished in second after stopping the jump-off timers in 43.747 seconds. Bruna Silva of Windermere, FL and Lorenza Jmen secured third place with a time of 47.401 seconds.

Anne Meyer of Plymoth, MN and Stella Luna, owned by Meyer, took home the blue ribbon in the ESP Holiday II $2,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic with a speedy jump-off time of 41.725 seconds. Phoebe Alwine of Delray Beach, FL and Zenith Dance, owned by In the Clover Equestrian, finished the class with a jump-off time of 42.328 seconds for second, while Kaila Robert of St. Bruno, QB captured third aboard Ninja, owned by Ecuries La Montee, after riding the fast track in 42.889 seconds.

The ESP Holiday II $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic was championed by Catherine Kenny of Wellesley, MA and Nubia 11, owned by Maggie Savoie, as the pair finished with a jump-off time of 36.248 seconds, ahead of Nicole Sarett of Vero Beach, FL and Vaya Con Dios, owned by Alexandra Vanderrest, who finished their jump-off round in 42.92 seconds. Jenny Swanson of Dover, MA and Patriot K, owned by Swanson, secured third place with a second-round time of 35.682 seconds and four faults.

Hunter Highlights:

Margaret O’Meara of Kirkland, WA and Woodland Way, Inc.’s Just Nick, championed the ESP Holiday I Child/Adult Amateur Hunter Division, while Sidney Jefferson of Toronto, ON and her own Socialite took home reserve champion honors.

The Green Hunter 3′ Division of ESP Holiday I saw Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL and Fortitude, owned by Debi Maloney and Sarah Cressy, capture the divisional championship. Hannah Isop of Pawling, NY and Calica, owned by Christine Watkins, rode to reserve.

The ESP Holiday I USHJA Hunter 2′, 2’3 & 2’6″ Division was won by Kelly Mullen of Franklin, TN and Three Wishes, owned by Warioto Farms Inc. Wendy Picard of Boca Raton, FL and her own Extraordinary captured reserve champion honors.

Penny Lombardo of Loxahatchee, FL and Northampton, owned by Catherine Bray, finished atop the division in the ESP Holiday I USHJA Hunter 2’9″ Division. Lombardo also collected reserve champion with First Star, owned by Bray.

The Score at the Top Small Pony Hunter Division saw Cecilia Perry of North Venice, FL guide Sparkle, owned by Fielding Stichman, ride to the divisional title in ESP Holiday I, ahead of Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL and Amber Asbell-Jackson’s May-B-Tango, who were awarded with reserve champion.

Adam Edgar of Leesburg, VA and Honor, owned by Salter Hydinger, took champion honors in the ESP Holiday II Adult Amateur Hunter Division. Catherine Kenny of Wellesley, MA and her own Bliss received reserve champion honors.

The ESP Holiday II Cross Rail Hunter Division was captured by Orly Antvey of Plantation, FL piloting Heaven Scent Raindrop, owned by Melanie Antevy. Reserve champion went to Matthew Scharbo of Winnetka, IL and Lanes End’s Shimmer.

Libbie Gordon of Statesville, NC and Unexpected, owned by Derby Lane, LLC, were champions of the ESP Holiday II Junior Hunter 3’3″ Division. Reserve champion was also awarded to Gordon, riding her own More Fun.

Alexa Elle Lignelli of New York, NY was awarded champion of the Score at the Top Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter Division during ESP Holiday II. Her winning ride was Just Right, owned by Agatha Lignelli. Reserve champion was also presented to Lignelli and Entourage, owned by the Lignelli Family.

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