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Lecuona Leaps to Victory in $25k Equine Tack & Nutritionals Grand Prix to Conclude ESP Fall Series

Manuel Lecuona and Noche De Ronda. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – November 19, 2018 – Manuel Lecuona of Wellington, FL rode to victory in the $25,000 Equine Tack & Nutritionals in the 2018 ESP Pre-Charity show aboard Noche De Ronda at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Lecuona flew through the jump-off in 46.784 seconds the 2009 Oldenburg mare (Quintender x Lovis Corinth) to secure the win. Following close behind, fellow Wellington resident Santiago Lambre claimed second place riding Dingeman, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Nintender x Darnels) owned by Integrated Services Florida LLC, completing the course in 47.812 seconds. Third place was awarded to Carlos Quinones, also of Wellington, FL, with Satoyama, a 2006 gelding, owned by Michelle Navarro-Grau, with a time of 49.749 seconds.

Only six pairs moved forward to contest the jump-off of 24 original entries and Lecuona remained on top in the course set by Hector Loyola of Wellington, FL. “It was a really nice course. It was very well built. There were difficulties all over, which was nice because they weren’t just in one place. I think that makes it better for us and the horses. We get challenged all over the course,” Lecuona remarked.

“My horse was amazing. It’s been a difficult year for us. I had to stop showing her because we went to Mexico for my wife. She’s a dressage rider, so we went to Mexico for the summer. This was [Noche De Ronda]’s first weekend back and she was amazing. She’s an incredible horse. I’ve had her since she was four and now she’s nine. I think she’s ready to step up to the international classes.”

Regarding his future plans with Noche De Ronda, Lecuona stated, “I want to do some pre-season shows and then some Grand Prix classes. I also want to try do some FEI classes and aim for the trial of the Pan-Am Games. I really think she’s a horse who can compete at that level,” he concluded.

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Barrios Secures Second Grand Prix Victory during $25,000 Fall Finale Grand Prix aboard Antares

Pablo Barrios and Antares. Photos ©ManciniPhotos.

Emanuel Andrade Pilots Dipssy and Walter 61 to Top Two Finish in $10,000 Open Stake

Wellington, FL – November 9, 2016 – Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL and Antares rose to the top of the $25,000 Fall Finale Grand Prix presented by Pilates Rocks at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The duo dashed through the jump-off timers in 46.833 seconds to take the victory, while Ansgar Holtgers of Wellington, FL and Way of Life H captured second place completing the jump-off time of 51.2237 seconds. Darragh Kerins of Wellington, FL guided Rebeca LS to third with a time of 55.84 seconds.

Barrios and his longtime mount Antares bested a class of 28 entries in the International Ring at PBIEC, while five combinations moved forward to contest the short course designed by David Burton of Loxahatchee, FL. Barrios guided Antares to an incredibly efficient jump-off round, finishing nearly five seconds faster than Holtgers.

“In the first round the course was very fair. It was good enough and difficult enough for the field that we had,” said Barrios. “I have a horse with a lot of experience, but he needed to jump a little bit.”

Barrios and Antares represented the nation of Venezuela at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier this summer and this is one of the pair’s first competitions back in preparation for a strong winter season campaign.

“Antares is a fast horse so I let him gallop and he covered a lot of ground. He’s a big horse with a very big step,” he explained. “The jumps were very spread out and he can look slow, but he is very fast, especially in the jump-off if it suits him and this one was on those occasions.”

Basing in Wellington, FL for the remainder of the winter circuit, Barrios is creating a strategic plan for what he hopes will be an educational but successful season.

“We will stay in Wellington, my home base for the remainder of the winter,” commented Barrios. “I have to pick the right classes for Antares because WEF is very competitive and hosts a lot of horses of quality. The one thing Antares and I don’t need is experience together, so I will only show when I feel I can be competitive.”

This is the second grand prix win for Barrios at PBIEC during the 2016 ESP Fall Series and the first set of competitions back in the International Ring at PBIEC following the installation of new footing.

“The footing is different; we have more cushion and it is softer, but it is firm enough for the horses to take off. The warm-up ring is a great improvement. It felt good in the turns and overall is just is great footing,” he added.

Emanuel Andrade Pilots Dipssy and Walter 61 to Top Two Finish in $10,000 Open Stake

Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL finished a fantastic day at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) piloting two mounts to a top three finish in the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake at the ESP Fall Finale. Andrade and Dipssy took top honors after completing the jump-off in 39.111 seconds, while guiding Walter 61 to second place after crossing through the timers in 43.213 seconds. Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL and G&C Close Up earned third after dropping a single rail in the jump-off round and completing the course in 39.281 seconds.

Emanuel Andrade and Dipssy
Emanuel Andrade and Dipssy

The class saw 16 entries and a competitive jump-off featuring nine combinations. Only Andrade finished the day with two double clear efforts aboard both Dipssy and Walter 61. Andy Christiansen of Delray Beach, FL designed both tracks on the day.

Andrade, who also represented the nation of Venezuela at the 2016 Olympic Games alongside Pablo Barrios, winner of the $25,000 Fall Finale Grand Prix presented by Pilates Rocks, has had a strong fall campaign, displaying his dominance once again in the International Ring during the $10,000 Open Stakes.

Jumper Highlights

Carly Dvorkin of Parkland, FL and Sandora Z, owned by Pine Hollow Farm, rode to victory in the $1,500 NAL Low Child Adult Jumper Classic after the duo completed the short course in 46.847 seconds. Liana Gavidia of Jupiter, FL and her own Tino De La Mazure finished the first round track with a single time fault to take second place. Michelle Kamine of Oldwick, NJ and her own Loreana captured third place after accumulating two time faults on their initial trip around the course.

Javier Guerra of Key Biscayne, FL and his own Chiquey Tiem topped the leaderboard in the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic after completing their second trip in 42.286 seconds. Logan Renee Marksbury of Lexington, KY, guided her own Esquire to second place, narrowly missing first place after finishing in 42.352 seconds. Anna Beth Athey of Enid, OK and her own Landia 5 earned third place with a time of 52.557 seconds.

The $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Accuhorsemat was championed by Shai Tertner of Miami, FL and her own Shiraz Events Solero de Grasset who were the only pair to complete a double clear effort in the class, dashing through the timers in 43.241 seconds. Liana Gavidia of Jupiter, FL and her own Tino Da La Mazure took second place after dropping a rail in the jump-off and a finishing with a time of 42.206 seconds. Katie Sansone of Coconut Creek, FL guided Asdi Absolut, owned by Gustavo Prato, to a third place finish after collecting four faults and finishing with a time of 43.585 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and her own Spiderman collected champion honors in the Children’s Pony Hunter Division presented by The Wanderers Club, while Annie Soper of West Palm Beach, FL and Grey Goose, owned by First Blue LLC, took the reserve title in the class.

The Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ Division presented by #1 Education Place saw Siena Vasan of Boca Raton, FL and Baricello, owned by Phoebe Alwine, rise to the top of the division after a strong week of performances. Francis Kruel of Wellington, FL and her own State of Play rose to reserve.

Miranda Green of Palm Beach, FL and her own In Earnest captured the champion accolades in the Low Children’s Hunter Division ahead of Isabella Longo of Plantation, FL and her own Into the Grey who picked up reserve champion.

Eliza Eddy of Lighthouse Point, FL and Ever So, owned by Carriage Hill Farm, made a swift move to the top of the leaderboard in the Low Adult Hunter Division presented by Pilates Rocks to take championship honors for the weekend. Barry Carragher of Ft. Lauderdale and his own Roc Du Triomphe finished with the reserve champion rosette.

The Small Pony Hunter Division was championed by Kathryn Maguire of Wellington, FL and Matilda, owned by Charles Moorcroft, while Jared Hersh of Boynton Beach, FL and Clovermeade Semper Fi, owned by Wendy Brayman, were presented with reserve champion honors.

The $500 Pony Hunter Classic saw Christina Rogalny of Wellington, FL and Webster, owned by Little Brooks Farm Inc., take the victory with a two round score of 165.5. Mia Albelo of Coconut Grove, FL guided her own Child’s Play Hot Topic to second place after earning a 164, while Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and Jackpot, owned by Marigot Bay Farm, LLC captured third place with a two round score of 153.

For more information on the 2016 ESP Fall Series and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Pablo Barrios and Charity 33 Capture $25,000 Fall Grand Prix at ESP Fall III

Pablo Barrios and Charity 33. Photo Credit ©ManciniPhotos.

Derek Petersen and Diamant’s Legacy Take Top Honors in $10,000 Welcome Stake

Wellington, FL – November 2, 2016 – Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL and Charity 33 rode to top honors at ESP Fall III taking the $25,000 Fall Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Barrios and Charity 33 topped the jump-off with a time of 41.068 seconds. Derek Petersen of Archer, FL and Diamant’s Legacy finished just off the winning pace after crossing through the timers in 42.182 seconds. Hector Florentino of Wellington, FL and Allure G collected third place after completing the track in 42.729 seconds.

“First of all it’s nice to be back in Wellington after being away for such a long time. It was very nice to win with Charity because she’s a new mount for me,” commented Barrios. “I’ve been riding her for the last two months and she’s awesome. She can win any class. We’re getting along very well and I’m very happy to have won this class.”

Barrios guided the 2005 Westphalian mare (Cayetano L x Indoctro) to the win in the class, which hosted 22 entries and saw six combinations in the jump-off. The course was designed by Skip Bailey of Wellington, FL and was the first major grand prix of the ESP Fall Series.

“She’s very spicy and competitive. She’s a fighter in the ring, like any other mare,” added Barrios. “She’s very little but she is a very competitive horse. I’m glad to have her in my string of horses right now. I’m looking forward to winning some other classes on her in the 1.45m speed classes on her this season.”

In preparation for the competitive winter season ahead, Barrios was pleased with Charity 33’s performance, as he hopes the mare will be the newest addition to a string of talented horses he has coming through the ranks for the nation of Venezuela.

“As always, it is a very tough circuit here and it’s one of the hardest horse shows of the year. We all know that we have to be prepared for that,” he commented. “The thing is that it’s about getting ready for what we’re going to see and what we’re going to face. I’m glad to be here early to be able to begin preparing.”

Representing his home nation of Venezuela at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this past summer, Barrios has focused his fall campaign on the training and education of young horses, noting that their experience will become be a staple in the success of his team looking towards the future.

“We have a few young horses that I would like to take the opportunity to show the International Ring and develop. There are expectations for them to do the larger classes further on in their careers and this is a great opportunity for them to get in the ring and experience that atmosphere.”

Derek Petersen and Diamant’s Legacy Take Top Honors in $10,000 Welcome Stake

Derek Petersen of Archer, FL and his own Diamant’s Legacy, a 2009 Oldenburg stallion by Diamant de Semilly, captured top honors in the $10,000 Welcome Stake and a strong second place finish in the $25,000 Fall Grand Prix, marking a successful outing for the pair. Petersen and Diamant’s Legacy crossed through the jump-off timers in 35.735 seconds for the win. Paige Jardine of Mildura, Australia and her own Anicmo rode to second place with a time of 38.489 seconds, while Jared Petersen of Archer, FL and Titus 2:11 took third after completing the track in 38.747 seconds.

The class saw 20 entries take to the International Ring as an opportunity for horse and rider combinations to test their skills ahead of the $25,000 Fall Grand Prix hosted on Sunday. Nine riders advanced to the short course, while five pairs secured double clear efforts on the day.

“I think the course rode really well. There was a two stride vertical to vertical combination that was pretty tricky and tough,” commented Petersen. “You had to really think about keeping that one up at the back of the combination. He’s just a seven year old and I’ve been so impressed with his demeanor and attitude.”

Diamant’s Legacy is a young stallion just entering the prime of his career and Petersen is optimistic that the duo can reach the top levels of the sport, as the pair has already accumulated several grand prix wins this year.

“We imported him last year. I breed quite a lot at home and he’s the new boy in town,” laughed Petersen. “He’s unbelievably mature for his age. He’s just like riding a 15-year-old veteran. He’s super cool and easy so we’re excited about his future. He’s already had a lot of success.”

Jumper Highlights

The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw Sabischy Hassler of Wellington, FL and her own Nepturo HM top the class as they completed the course in 35.711 seconds. Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL earned second and third place aboard her mounts Dersey and Mufasa respectively, capping a fantastic weekend for the rising star.

Zachary Yariv of Wellington, FL and his own Missi Cassini captured the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic with a jump-off time of 41.284 seconds to best the class of 17 entries. Hasbrouck Donovan of Gainesville, FL and Spitfire-W took second place in the class, while Nicole Lootchan of Hawthorn Woods, IL guided her own Memory Lane to third with a time of 40.544 seconds.

Bruna Silva of Windemere, FL and his own Biondetta rode to victory in the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Classic presented by Equine Couture & TuffRider after the pair crossed through the finish in 42.498 seconds to best the class. Alexandra Boord of Key Biscayne, FL and Zanina, owned by Perla Boord, earned the red rosette with a time of 48.641 seconds in the jump-off. Tinita Hughes of Wellington, FL and her own Proximo took third place after accumulating four faults in the jump-off, but completing the track in the most efficient time, finishing in 40.603 seconds.

The $1,500 M&S Child Adult Classic presented by Accuhorsemat was championed by Caroline Donnally of Wellington, FL and her own Reve de Razzy, as the duo dashed through the jump-off track in 34.471 seconds for the win. Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL and her own Mufasa collected second place in the class with a jump-off time of 37.363 seconds. Tracy Harris of Wellington, FL and her own Une Etoile De L’Eclypse rounded out the top three finishers after completing the track in 37.716 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

Cindy Harrington of Wellington, FL and Absolute Gold, owned by Piper Oren, earned top divisional honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter Division after finishing a solid weekend of competition. Emily Mitzel of Tampa, FL and her own Pappy Van Winkle took reserve champion honors.

Lielle Rhodes of Wellington, FL and Legendary, owned by Michael Dietrich, rode to the top of the Children’s Hunter Division presented by UHealth Ear Institute and collected champion accolades for their performances. Claire Lube or Orlando, FL and Cordiacado, owned by Kyle Dewar, were presented with reserve champion honors.

The Low Child/Adult Hunter Division presented by Pilates Rocks saw Lynn Blanchette of Jupiter, FL and her own All-Star took divisional champion awards, while Linda Roukis of Jupiter, FL and her own Roosevelt took home reserve.

Olivia Sweetnam of Wellington, FL guided Falling Moon Huckleberry, owned by Richard Cunkle, to champion awards in the Small Pony Hunter Division, while Allison Coleman of Wellington, FL and her own Shenandoah Jack Be Nimble rode to the reserve title.

Jennifer Bliss of Wellington, FL piloted Beso, owned by Astrid Michelson, to top placings in the Performance Hunter 3’6″ Division, ultimately earning them champion honors for the weekend. Mary Eufemia of Palm Harbor, FL and Violets Are Blue, owned by Kevin Eufemia, followed in reserve.

The Children’s Pony Hunter Division presented by The Wanderers Club saw Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and her own Spiderman, rise to the top of the division, as Savannah Richards of Jupiter, FL and her own Her Prince Charming, collected reserve champion.

Hasbrouck Donovan of Gainesville, FL and Cymplify took the top title in the Performance Hunter 3’3″ Division presented by Gold Coast Feed following their consistent performance throughout the weekend’s competition. Kelsey Donahoe of Ocala, FL and her own Ausone took reserve in the division.

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

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.

Gustavo Prato and Carna Z Take $7,000 Open Stakes during ESP Fall I at PBIEC

Gustavo Prato and Carna Z. Photo Credit ©ManciniPhotos.

Wellington, FL – October 19, 2016 – Gustavo Prato of Wellington, FL and Carna Z rose to the occasion in the $7,000 Open Stakes Class during ESP Fall I at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) to kick off the 2016 ESP Fall Series. The duo mastered the jump-off track in 51.844 seconds to capture the win in the class. Alvaro Lozada of South West Ranches, FL and Armageddon took second place with a time of 53.143 seconds, while Nicole Loochtan of Hawthorne Woods, IL and Quarterman secured third place honors with a time of 54.828 seconds. The ESP Fall Series will continue through Sunday, November 20, featuring hunter, equitation, and show jumping competition.

Nicole Loochtan of Hawthorne Woods, IL and her own Memory Lane rode to victory in the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, finishing the jump-off round with four faults and a time of 53.637 seconds. Francesca Damasceno of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and her own Watermill Time collected second place with a time of 57.758 seconds and four faults. Zachary Yariv of Wellington, FL and his own Guintero C were awarded with third place, after accumulating 12 faults in the jump-off and crossing through the timers in 58.75 seconds.

Sabischy Hassler of Wellington, FL and her own Nepturo HM edged out Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL and Dersey for first place in the $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Accuhorsemat with a time of 44.07 seconds. Warrick guided Dersey to second place just a tenth of a second behind the pace, crossing through the timers in 44.169 seconds. Kara Constantakos of Jupiter, FL and her own Bon Vivant took third place with a time of 44.341 seconds.

The $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Equine Couture & Tuff Rider saw Ansgar Holtgers Jr. of Wellington, FL and Ft. Lauderdale, owned by Daisy Talbert, move into first place in the competitive class after finishing with a time of 37.157 seconds in the jump-off round. Tinita Hughes of Wellington, FL and her own Proximo earned second place, crossing through the timers in 40.145 seconds. Ansley Wright of Manalapan, FL and Coriano van het Hermitage, owned by Julia Harrison-Lee, secured third with a time of 42.988 seconds.

Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL and her own Mufasa took top honors in the $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Tackeria after completing the track with just a single time fault in the first round. Hailey Berger of Parkland, FL piloted her own Shannondale Gino to second place with a time of 77.959 seconds and four faults. Warrick continued her success aboard Dersey, taking third place with nine faults and 86.386 seconds.

The $500 Pony NAL/M&S Child/Adult Hunter Classic was championed by Samantha Kramig of Lake Worth, FL and her own Little Printz, who rode to a score of 156.5. Cindy Harrington of Wellington, FL and Absolute Gold, owned by Piper Oren, following just behind Kramig with a two round score of 156. Mary Stavola of Ocala, FL and her own Fortunate captured third place with a score of 153.

Gabriella de Luca of Davie, FL guided her own Epiphany to champion recognition in the Children’s Hunter Division presented by UHealth Ear Institute, while Mary Stavola of Ocala, FL and her own Fortunate captured reserve honors.

The Low Adult Hunter Division presented by Pilates Rocks saw Linda Clarke of Wellington, FL and Simply Put, owned by Jason Clukey, take the tricolor rosette in the division, while Patricia Monaco of Wellington, FL and her own Daybreak captured reserve champion.

The Small Pony Hunter Division was championed by Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and her own Skye Blue, after the duo put together consistent trips in the division throughout the weekend. Olivia Sweetnam of Wellington, FL and Falling Moon Huckleberry, owned by Richard Cunkle, captured reserve champion.

Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and Spiderman, owned by Abigail Holloway, took top divisional honors in the Children’s Pony Hunter Division presented by The Wanderers Club. Trinity Beitler of Coconut Creek, FL and Boca’s Tommy Terrific, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables LLC, were awarded with reserve.

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

Liza Finsness and Shiver Dominate $25,000 ESP Fall Finale Grand Prix

Liza Finsness and Shiver. Photos © Mancini Photos.

Wellington, FL – November 3, 2015 – Liza Finsness of Wellington, FL piloted her own Shiver to a win in the $25,000 ESP Fall Finale Grand Prix hosted on Sunday, November 1, at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on the final day of the 2015 Equestrian Sport Production Fall Finale competition. Finsness and Shiver finished the class as the only clear trip in the jump-off round, crossing through the timers in 50.36 seconds. Daniel Zetterman of Sankt Olof, Sweden finished in second aboard LB Carwyn, owned by Gyllebo Farm LLC, dropping a rail in the jump-off round and finishing with a time of 46.448 seconds. Heather Caristo-Williams of Wellington, FL and Cosmopolitan 30, owned by Holly Caristo, were the fastest four-fault round, which would earn them third place recognition. Competition at PBIEC continues this weekend with the ESP “Regional” competition (Nov. 7-8).

Finsness, a junior at University of Georgia, found herself incredibly pleased with the performance of Shiver, a 2005 Hanoverian gelding (Stakkato x Germina), who has continued in work with her trainers Chris Ewanouski and Federico Sztyrle while she has been focused on school for majority of the year. The duo also collected a second place finish in the $10,000 Open Stake during ESP Fall Finale earlier in the week.

“We’ve had him for almost three years now and since we’ve gotten him he’s grown so much. He’s an incredible horse and I love riding him. He can be a bit hot but he’s really calmed down over the past few years,” said Finsness. “He’s so incredible to jump and the feeling when we’re in the air is like nothing else. I think we trust each other now and that has been really important for us. He doesn’t mind that I haven’t been riding as much, but at this point it’s like riding a bike. He gives me so much confidence when I can come back from school, hop on, and be competitive in a class like that.”

Going head-to-head against last week’s champion Daniel Zetterman, Finsness followed as the second ride in the jump-off round and knew she needed to capitalize on Zetterman’s single rail aboard LB Carwyn. She explained, “I went after him in the jump-off and I knew that we really needed to ride clean, so I tried to keep it as tight as possible. I made sure to focus on giving him a good approach to every fence and even though he [Zetterman] beat my time, I just wanted to make sure that I went clean.”

With a strong plan in place to tackle the jump-off, Finsness looked to her trainers Sztyrle and Ewanouski for guidance, as she knew leaving every rail in the cups would earn her the win. She commented further, “Before the round I was really only focused on going clean. Every time I come home and ride him I really rely on our experience together and his ability to get the job done. When I walked the course I thought it was very solid. It was a good height but not too big and it was challenging. It was a great course for Shiver and there were a lot of turns where we were able to make up time and the result was exactly what we were looking for.”

“My plan for the next couple of months will be to come back for breaks and try to do well during the winter circuit. I want to try and do a lot of WEF dependent on my schedule,” she noted. “My trainers have done an incredible job at keeping Shiver going while I’ve been at school and I’m so thankful for the hard work. It is really paying off.”

Viggo Bjorklund and Abu Dhabi Gold
Viggo Bjorklund and Abu Dhabi Gold

Viggo Bjorklund of Garsnas, Sweden earned top honors in the $10,000 Open Stake during ESP Fall Finale aboard his own Abu Dhabi Gold with a time of 46.072 as the only double-clear effort in the four horse jump-off round. Liza Finsness of Wellington, FL and Shiver finished in second place, crossing through the timers in 48.072 seconds with four faults. Bjorklund also piloted Flecu, owned by Gyllebo Farm LLC, to a top three finish, collecting five faults around the jump-off track and completing the short course in 50.149 seconds.

Hunter Highlights:

The combined Children’s/Adult Amateur Hunter division presented by Hendrick Brothers Construction saw Lindsey Tomeu of Wellington, FL and Due West, owned by Popish Farms LLC, earn the tricolor for the division. Tracey Gorin-Byrne and Wagner Park also owned by Popish Farms LCC took home reserve honors in the division.

Miranda Green and her own The Good Knight reigned in the Children’s Pony division presented by the Wanderers Club as the duo picked up Champion recognition for the division. Riley McKesson of Loxahatchee, FL and Libby Lou Who owned by Emilee Arrington were awarded with Reserve Champion honors. McKesson and Libby Lou Who also earned Wanderers Club Children’s Pony Circuit Champion honors.

Amelia Ruth of New York, NY piloted Spellbound, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables LLC, to a win in the $500 Pony Hunter Classic presented by Charles Moorcroft Inc., while Abigail Brayman of Charlestown, RI and Dreamland, owned by Linda Evans, followed in second place. Amelia Ruth also captured a third place finish, this time aboard Sportin Around, owned by AKA Showstoppers LLC.

Competition will continue at PBIEC next weekend with the ESP “Regional” show hosted from November 7-8. For more information and a full list of results from ESP Fall Finale, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Daniel Zetterman and Chellana B Victorious in $25,000 ESP Fall III Grand Prix

Daniel Zetterman and Chellana B. Photos © Mancini Photos.

2015 Fall Series Continues This Week at PBIEC with Fall Finale Horse Show

Wellington, FL – October 26, 2015 – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) hosted the third week of the Equestrian Sport Production (ESP) Fall Series, which has offered competitors USEF, NAL, and Marshall and Sterling league approved competitions since the beginning of October. Daniel Zetterman of Sankt Olof, Sweden captured the first $25,000 Grand Prix of the ESP Fall Series aboard Chellana B, owned by Gyllebo Farm LLC. The duo finished the jump-off track in 42.467 seconds to narrowly edge Maria Schaub of Wellington, FL aboard her own Hilfiger van de Olmenhoeve, who completed their round in 42.903 seconds. Mauricio Garcia of Archer, FL and his own AF Karatino earned third place honors with a double clear effort in a time of 43.321 seconds. Competition continues at PBIEC with the start of the Fall Finale on Friday, October 30, continuing through Sunday, November 1, while two more weeks of competition at PBIEC will commence with the ESP November Show (Nov 7-8) and ESP Pre-Charity Show (Nov 14-15).

Zetterman piloted Chellana B, a 2003 Zangersheide mare (Chellano Z x Calidox Z), to one of five double clear trips recorded in the class of 21 entries. Zetterman also guided LB Carwyn through the jump-off round before capturing the win aboard Chellana B.

“I had two horses in the class and they’ve both been on a break with me for the past few months. We’re getting them ready to be fit again as pre-circuit and the WEF season approaches,” he remarked. “The course designer [Hector Loyola] did a great job and I’m not even just saying that because I won the class, but I was complimenting it before we even started. It was a good height and was very rhythmical. I thought it rode nicely. Both of my horses were clear in the first round, but the jump-off was tricky on the first half of the course, which I found to be a bit difficult with my first horse, but Chellana handled it great.”

Watching Schaub’s round before entering the ring with Chellana B, Zetterman mapped out a plan that he felt would be timely and efficient over the technical jump-off track. He explained, “To win it you had to do some very tight rollback turns and with my first horse I’m not sure he really understood the questions because it was a very technical and tight. With Chellana though, I just went in and decided to give it a go and knew that point where I could try to catch Maria [Schaub]. I saw her round and knew what I needed to get done in the ring and I was very happy with the result.”

Chellana B has performed consistently for Zetterman over the past two years as both an FEI Speed horse and Grand Prix mount, earning top finishes at several FEI CSI 3* shows in her career.

“We just got her back here in Florida as she had a break over the summer. She’ll start to work into the schedule a bit more for the beginning of the season and she’s a very useful horse. I’d like to have her as competitive as possible for the WEF season,” noted Zetterman. “She always places very well in some of the larger classes and she’s a real trier. I know she’s a fighter and that’s why she made it happen in the ring during the jump-off. She always pulls her weight.”

Victoria Karam and New Life HM
Victoria Karam and New Life HM

Victoria Karam of Wellington, FL, who rides for the nation of Venezuela internationally, earned a win in the $10,000 Welcome Stake offered at ESP Fall III competition aboard New Life HM owned by Sabischy Hassler. The duo finished one of three double clear rounds, finishing the jump-off in 47.278 seconds. Maria Schaub of Wellington, FL, who narrowly missed the win in the $25,000 ESP Fall III Grand Prix, collected an additional second place finish in the $10,000 Welcome Stake aboard Hilfiger van de Olmenhoeve. Ansgar Holtgers of Wellington, FL, who represents Germany in international competition, finished in third place aboard Quick Petite Folie, crossing through the timers in 53.312 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

Accompanying the jumper competition over the weekend, several competitive divisions showcased hunter talent at PBIEC. Ashley Briggs of Wellington, FL and her own Teaticket earned a tricolor in the Amateur Owner/Junior Hunter 3’3″ division presented by AcuLife Equine International for their consistent performances throughout the five classes of the division. Margaret O’Meara and Casino, owned by Woodland Way, Inc., followed with Reserve Champion honors.

Briggs and Teaticket have had a spectacular fall season at PBIEC capturing Champion honors in the Amateur Owner/Junior Hunter 3’3″ division twice, garnering the award at ESP Fall I and ESP Fall III while taking home Reserve Champion honors during ESP Fall II.

Margot Hirsch of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Zider, owned by Haley Zimmerman, earned top honors in the $1,000 Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Sweet Oak Farm. Missy Yoder, also hailing from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, earned second place aboard her own Too Much Fun while Olivia Notman of Boca Raton, FL piloted her own Signature to third place.

Competition at PBIEC will continue this week with the Fall Finale beginning on Friday, October 30 and concluding on Sunday, November 1. For more information and a full list of results from ESP Fall III, please visit www.pbiec.com or call 561-793-5867.

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Equestrian Sport Productions Fall Series Continues with Top Sport and Grand Prix Competition

Alexandra Crown and Verona.

Wellington, FL – October 19, 2015 – The Equestrian Sport Productions Fall Series has hosted two successful horse shows and will continue this week with the Fall III show on October 23-25, 2015. There are four events remaining in the Fall Series, including two shows with $25,000 USEF Ranking List Grand Prix classes.

The Fall II Show finished on October 18, and the winner of the $10,000 Open Jumper Stake was Alexandra Crown on Verona, who posted the only clear round over a course designed by Hector Loyola. Crown also placed second on Von Cim, while Allen Nabors on Caesar 322 finished third.

The Fall III Horse Show (Oct. 23-25) and Fall Finale Horse Show (Oct. 30 – Nov. 1) are both National “A” Rated Hunter and Jumper 3* rated events. Both feature $10,000 Open Stake Classes on Friday and a $25,000 USEF Ranking List Grand Prix.

The ESP November Horse Show (Nov. 7-8, Final Point Show for Palm Beach County Horseman’s Association) and the ESP Pre-Charity Horse Show (Nov. 14-15) are both Regional II and Jumper 2* rated.

The horse shows of the 2015 ESP Fall Series are all United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), North American League (NAL), and Marshall & Sterling League (M&S) approved. Shows feature an early stall discount of $30 per stall (see details in prize list). A $10,000 Open Jumper Stake class will be held at all shows as well as $500 Pony and Hunter Classics. All shows will also highlight great competition for child, junior and amateur jumpers, including Classics.

To view the prize list and for more information, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Please visit www.pbiec.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

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