Luis Larrazabal Captures Win aboard G&C Close Up in $10,000 Open Stakes Class at ESP Fall II

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

Wellington, FL – October 26, 2016 – Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL and G&C Close Up, owned by San Francisco Stables, LLC, captured first place in the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during ESP Fall II after narrowly edging Gustavo Prato of Wellington, FL and Carna Z, owned by Equus Forte LLC, who finished in second. Larrazabal and G&C Close Up completed the jump-off track in 41.372 seconds, while Prato, hot on their heels, crossed the timers with a time of 41.483 seconds. Maria Brugal of Wellington, FL and her own Vasco earned third place after finishing in 42.272 seconds.

Nicole Lootchan of Hawthorn Woods, IL and her own Memory Lane rode to victory in the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic after besting a class of 13 entries with their jump-off time of 41.98 seconds. Paula Portocarrero of Wellington, FL and her own Happy QT finished in second place, stopping the jump-off timers in 43.796 seconds. Erika Jakobson of Boca Raton, FL and Nando KLT, owned by Barn Rat LLC, took home third place in the class with a second round time of 40.475 seconds and four faults.

Liana Gavidia of Jupiter, FL guided her own Quolibet D’Hem to the win in the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Equine Couture & Tuffrider. The duo finished atop the leaderboard with a time of 32.319 seconds. Madeline Hull of Wellington, FL and Quarterback, owned by Blair Kintz, took second place after securing a time of 32.932 seconds, while Ansgar Holtgers Jr. of Wellington, FL guided No Regrets VIII, owned by Gut Einhaus, LLC, to third with a time of 34.18 seconds.

The $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Accuhorsemat was championed by Margot Gilbert of Boca Raton, FL and Alejandro, owned by Blake Sporthorse LLC, as the duo finished the jump-off track with just a single time fault for a time of 36.665 seconds. Megan Boekhout of Hypoluxo, FL and her own Phantom O earned second place as the only other combination to complete the jump-off. Darice Hofstein of Coral Springs, FL and her own Zarousch captured third place after completing the first round track with eight faults.

The NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic was championed by Mateo Coles of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Wibrands, owned by Daniela Roy, as the pair took the class with a time of 51.18 seconds in the jump-off round, adding two time penalties to their score. Paige Myers of Plantation, FL and her own Enzo secured second place after dropping a single rail in the first round and finishing with a time of 75.681 seconds. Liana Gavidia of Jupiter, FL and her own Tino de la Mazure rounded out the top three after crossing through the timers in 76.709 seconds in the first round while adding four faults to their final score.

Julie Burton of Loxahatchee, FL and her own Uppercase championed the Children’s/Adult Hunter Division presented by UHealth Ear Institute. Emmanuelle Greenberg of Boca Raton, FL took reserve honors aboard her own Vermeer.

Riley McKesson of Loxahatchee, FL and Roaring Run Blue Rambler, owned by Montoga Inc., rode to the top of the class in the Children’s Pony Hunter Division presented by The Wanderer’s Club after a weekend of strong performances. Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL guided her own Clovermeade Bugs Bunny to reserve champion honors.

Allyson Blais of Boynton Beach, FL and her own Captain Darco Heldenlaan Z topped the Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Division, while Alexandra Howe of Holmes Beach, FL and her own Upcountry Jonas took the reserve title.

The Low Adult Hunter Division presented by Pilates Rocks saw Linda Clarke of Wellington, FL and Simply Put, owned by Jason Clukey, rise to the occasion in the division to take champion honors. Eliza Eddy of Lighthouse Point, FL guided Ever So, owned by Carriage Hill Farm, to divisional reserve honors.

Juliana Howe of Holmes Beach, FL and her own Cronkite rise to the top of the Large Pony Hunter Division, capturing the divisional championship title for the weekend. Mia Green of Delray Beach, FL guided Royal Tuscany, owned by Sara Murphy, to reserve champion.

Myca Harris of Wellington, FL and her own Sandro Reuben topped the Modified Hunter Division to receive the weekend’s divisional championship. Gabriella Curry of Plantation, FL and her own Chunky Monkey captured the reserve champion title.

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

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