Spencer Smith and Theodore Manciais. Photo © Sportfot.
Wellington, FL – March 17, 2018 – As the only clear round of the night, 21-year-old Spencer Smith of Wellington, FL and Theodore Manciais, owned by Ashland Farms, won the $132,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, March 17. It was the highlight event of week 10 during the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.
There were 44 entries in the feature event of the week, but only one of them was able to find the key to a clear round over the track by Pan American Games course designer Michel Vaillancourt of Canada.
Smith and Theodore Manciais, an 11-year-old Selle Français gelding by Kashmir van Schuttershof, went sixth in the order. They finished clear in 75.09 seconds, and Smith, who trains with Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze of Canada, watched as rail after rail fell for the following 38 riders.
With an early rail on course, Canadian legend and Olympic team silver medalist Ian Millar picked up the pace on course with Ariel Grange’s Dixson to finish second with four faults in 72.23 seconds.
Georgina Bloomberg (USA) and Manodie II H, owned by Gotham Enterprizes LLC, were also quick in 73.53 seconds with four faults to finish third. With their additional third place in Thursday’s Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup, Bloomberg was named the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider (in memory of Dale Lawler).
Taylor Harris Insurance Services Children’s Medal 14 & Under Goes to Kyla Sullivan and Ella Davison
Kyla Sullivan and Cleopatra, owned by Maggie McAlary, kicked off Saturday’s competition in ring six with a first round score of 85, the highest scoring first round of both sections of the Taylor Harris Insurance Services Children’s Medal 14 & Under. The class underwent a California split, and all 39 entries were run and tested together. Sullivan shared the blue with Ella Davison aboard California, owned by Meghan McDonald, who captured first place in section B with a first round score of 83.
Both returned to the ring for their second round as two of eight total competitors – the top four from each section – to test for the blue ribbon, and prevailed.
Second place in section A went to Gigi Moynihan and Golden Dream, an entry of Christy Moynihan, and third went to Alexandra Kozel aboard Stallone.
Section B’s red ribbon went to Zayna Rizvi and Azlan, owned by Peacock Ridge, LLC, and Vincent Desiderio took third aboard Memphis, owned by Tranquility Farm.