Emanuel Andrade and Wicked. Photo Credit ©ManinciPhotos.
Wellington, FL – November 16, 2016 – Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and Wicked, owned by Hollow Creek Farm, took top honors in the $10,000 Open Stake at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during the ESP November competition. Andrade and Wicked completed the jump-off track in 46.848 seconds ahead of David Blake of Wellington, FL and Bella Donna, who crossed the jump-off timers in 47.172 seconds. Richard Neal of Malibu, CA and Ida Gold finished in third, dropping a rail in the jump-off and finishing in 45.151 seconds.
The class saw 25 entries test the track set by Hector Loyola of Wellington, FL, as nine combinations advanced to the jump-off round, while only two pairs delivered a double clear effort on the day. Andrade and Wicked, who is a relatively new mount for the talented rider from Venezuela, looked in fine form and have already established a strong partnership.
“It was a really good class. I just got back from a long summer of competition and I have a lot of horses that do well in these types of classes and helps to give them experience,” said Andrade.
Wicked, a 2007 Warmblood mare, is an exciting new addition in Andrade’s string of top horses and he is confident that the duo can be very competitive at the 1.50m level this winter season. Andrade also commented on the pair’s speedy jump-off time, noting that the mare took the International Ring with confidence.
“She’s a really good mare that I just got from Andrea King and is nine years old. She’s still green, but I’m very excited for her future. She’s a nice 1.50m horse for certain and that will be our goal this circuit,” he continued. “I think that the footing is very much improved and it felt great. She jumped fantastic on it and I think that they did a great job.”
Andrade represented his home nation of Venezuela at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is working towards continued success at the top levels of the sport. His return to Wellington was a welcome changed for Andrade and his team, who feel very at home at PBIEC.
“It was a really good year this year and I have a lot of horses that I am excited to compete this season,” he added. “It feels so good to be back in Wellington. My main house is here so I’m very happy and it feels like home.”
Robyn Hannigan of Celebration, FL and her own Capacabana rose to the top of the leaderboard in the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic as the duo completed the jump-off course in 32.143 seconds. Tanner Korotkin of Wellington, FL and Corphin, owned by Alan Korotkin, finished in second place with a time of 35.664 seconds, while Andre Mershad of New Albany, OH and Zaza, owned by River Farm Sport Horses, rounded out the top three finishers after adding four faults to their time of 32.525 seconds.
The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic was championed by Isabel Sanchez of West Palm Beach, FL and Chino, owned by Anabella Mejia, after the pair dashed through the timers nearly five seconds faster than Mateo Coles of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Wibrands, owned by Daniela Roy, who earned second with a time of 44.332 seconds. Kara Constantakos of Jupiter, FL and her own Bon Vivant completed the class with five faults in the jump-off round and a time of 45.108 seconds for third.
Sabischy Hassler of Wellington, FL and her own Poseidon HM collected the blue rosette in the $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Accuhorsemat as the pair finished a quick and accurate trip in the jump-off round for first place. The pair rode to a time of 39.657 seconds, while Alexis Rappaport of Berwyn, PA and her own Valkenier earned second. Brielle Biggins of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Good Boy H M took third place honors after adding four faults on course and completing with a time of 35.714 seconds.
John Angus of Ft. Lauderdale, FL concluded a banner week in the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Classic presented by Equine Couture & TuffRider, earning first and second place aboard Vertigo, owned by Gordon Munro, and Seacrests Elsa, owned by Stephanie Angus, respectively. Jennifer Kazma of Boca Raton, FL and TH Vechta Cruise finished in third place in the competitive class.
Casey Brottman of East Northport, NY and Touche, owned by Cheyenne Sickle & Angus Gordon, were presented with champion honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter Division, while Julie Burton of Loxahatchee, FL and her own Uppercase followed in reserve.
Leah Greenstein of Wellington, FL and her own Branson rose to the top of the Children’s Hunter Division presented by UHealth Ear Institute after solid performances throughout the weekend. Isabella Watson of Lake Worth, FL and Worthington, owned by Carol Tucker, rode to reserve champion.
The Children’s Pony Hunter Division presented by The Wanderers Club saw Hannah Glanzberg of West Palm Beach, FL and her own Silver Shine awarded with the divisional title for the competition. Sophie Hess of Boca Raton, FL and her own Sunday Morning Jazz finished with the reserve champion rosette.
Allyson Blais of Boynton Beach, FL guided her own Captain Darco Heldenlaan Z to top honors in the Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Division presented by #1 Education Place after a strong week of competition ahead of Siena Vasan of Boca Raton, FL and Skolar, owned by Carriage Hill Farm, who collected reserve champion.
The Low Adult Hunter Division presented by Pilates Rocks saw Lauren Zaremski of Jupiter, FL and Amorika, owned by Castlewood Farm & Alan Korotkin, split the divisional championship title with Lynn Blanchette of Jupiter, FL and her own All-Star. Eliza Eddy of Lighthouse Point, FL and Ever So, owned by Carriage Hill Farm, took home reserve champion.
Schuyler Gobin of Wellington, FL and her own Sharp Charmer were awarded with champion honors in the Open Hunter 3′ Division presented by Neue Schule ahead of Vinissa Blann of Delray Beach, FL and Namesake, owned by Chuck Mayer.
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