August 4, 2020 – Wellington, FL – The 2020 ESP Summer Series kicks off next week, Wednesday, August 12, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Equestrian Village grounds. The series is set to host a variety of competition including five weeks of National “A” & Jumper 4* classes, one week of Regional “C” & Jumper 3* competition, three National Hunter Derbies, and the Region 3 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship. After much positive feedback, the Derby Field and Derby Annex will also continue to be utilized throughout August and September for both hunter and jumper classes.
The ESP show management team has been working tirelessly since the ESP Spring June Series to adapt and reinforce safety protocols to ensure the wellness of all exhibitors, spectators, and staff. Throughout the weeks of May Schooling and June competition, PBIEC had only one individual test positive on the grounds and the situation was handled within 24 hours. An exhibitor survey completed at the end of June reported that 100% of the individuals who came on-site felt comfortable with the protocols and would return. ESP Management is in constant communication with local and regional health officials as well as the United States Equestrian Federation in order to make any necessary changes as quickly as possible.
The series begins with National “A” & Jumper 4* competition on Thursday, August 13 and continues through Sunday, August 16 (schooling will take place on Wednesday, August 12). Highlights of the week include the $5,000 JTWG, Inc. 1.35m Stake on Thursday, the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m on Friday, and the $20,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix on Sunday. The $2,500 Equiline Medium and Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classics will also be held on Sunday following the Grand Prix. All highlight classes are set to take place on the Derby Field, weather permitting.
The competition continues the following week (August 20-23) with more Hunter and Jumper classes. On Thursday, the $5,000 Vita Flex/Lactanase 1.35m Stake will be held, followed by the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m on Friday. The first $2,500 National Hunter Derby presented by Score At The Top will take place Friday afternoon on the Derby Annex before the weekend wraps up with the $20,000 Resilient Fitness Grand Prix on Sunday on the Derby Field, weather permitting.
The week of August 27-30 follows a similar show schedule, with Thursday’s $5,000 Premier Equestrian 1.35m Stake, the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m, and the second $2,500 National Hunter Derby presented by Score At The Top on Friday, and a $20,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix set for Sunday, August 30 on the Derby Field.
The National “A” & Jumper 4* competition continues during the week of September 10-13. The $5,000 1.35m Stake on Thursday is followed by the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m and the final $2,500 National Hunter Derby presented by Score At The Top on Friday. Sunday will showcase the $20,000 ProElite Grand Prix on the Derby Field.
September 17-20 will feature the ESP Florida State Fall & Region 3 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship show with more National “A” & Jumper 4* competition. On Thursday, the Derby Field will be set for the $5,000 1.35m Classic, while Friday will offer the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m. Sunday competition will include the $20,000 1.45m Grand Prix on the Derby Field and the Region 3 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship in the Van Kampen Covered Arena.
The Summer series concludes with the Rita & Irish Flynn Memorial show on September 25-27 with Regional “C” & Jumper 3* competition. Friday will feature the $5,000 1.35m Classic on the Derby Field, while Saturday is set to host the Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumper class on the field. The $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m will close out the show on Sunday on the Derby Field, weather permitting.
Entries are now open online for all weeks of competition. Please note that you will not be allowed to enter until an ESP Spring/Summer back number is assigned. Visit PBIEC.com now to begin your entry form online. Stall space is very limited; please send all stabling requests directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please review ALL Safety Protocols before arriving to Equestrian Village HERE. As a reminder, outside spectators and media will NOT be allowed on-site. Only those that match the following criteria will be permitted:
- ESP Staff & Officials
- Essential Personnel (Vets, Farriers, etc. actively treating horses on the grounds)
- Trainers (that have exhibitors competing that day)
- Grooms (that have clients competing that day)
- Riders (that are competing that day)
- One Guest per Rider (One family member or one friend of the rider)
Live streaming will be available HERE for each arena so friends and family can safely watch from home.
For more information, please visit www.PBIEC.com.