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Alex Granato and Carlchen W Take $10,000 Equiline Open Welcome at ESP Spring II

Alex Granato and Carlchen W. ©Mancini Photos.

Wellington, FL – April 15, 2016 – Alex Granato of Wellington, FL and Carlchen W earned top honors in the $10,000 Equiline Open Welcome at ESP Spring II at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The duo produced the fastest time in the jump-off round, crossing through the timers in 35.86 seconds. Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL and Don Juan finished in second with a time of 36.338 seconds, while Amanda Derbyshire of Wellington, FL piloted Goldbreaker to a third place finish in 36.425 seconds. Competition at ESP Spring II continues through Sunday, April 17, highlighting the $30,000 Noble Outfitters Grand Prix on the final day of competition.

Granato and Carlchen W produced a solid first round finish, completing their first go around the course set by Ken Krome (USA) in 74.823 seconds before dominating the large jump-off competition. The class saw 33 riders move forward to the short course, after 63 original entries contested the first round in one of the largest post-circuit classes in history.

“I thought it was a nice course. I actually just walked it quickly because we had some young horses going in the ring next door,” explained Granato. “Post-circuit is a good chance for people to get a lot of their young horses out there and I thought it was a nice course for that today, which is what we were doing with Carl. It was a nice track around that used a lot of the ring well. ”

Granato has had the ride on the 2008 Warmblood gelding (Chaco-Blue x Celline-W) owned by Page Treddenick, for nearly three years and is continuing to build his efficiency and quickness in the ring.

“This horse is actually one I’ve been working with since he was five and a half and he is eight this year, so I know him pretty well and this whole circuit has been geared toward stepping him up and getting him really ready for summer,” he explained. “This week he’s going to do the class on Sunday, which will be his first national standard grand prix. That’s exciting and then the next few months are going to be continuing with that and getting him comfortable with the 1.45 national standard level so that coming into late summer and fall he’ll be ready to step in to the FEI range classes and continue on building from there.”

With the talent and scope to make it to the top, Carlchen W has been slowly brought along by Granato in hopes of carefully guiding the gelding to his ultimate potential. Granato was not originally planning to go for the win with the gelding on a beautiful afternoon in Wellington, FL, but was pleased with the duo’s performance and the confidence “Carl” brought to the class.

“Actually, I felt a little nervous, to be honest, after watching Tori [Colvin] and Don Juan go because they were just so fast. Carl is naturally fast and actually my main goal wasn’t to win, I just wanted to go in and be competitive with him because he is quick and careful,” he noted.

The large class, which saw more than 30 entries move forward to the jump-off round, had Granato pushing a fast pace around the short course, which proved to be a great educational test.

“When I pre-loaded into the ring during the jump-off, I was watching Tori [Colvin] go and honestly, I thought to myself, ‘Well I can’t catch that; I can’t even try,'” elaborated Granato. “Then when he jumped clean in the first round and when I started jumping off, like I said, he’s just naturally such a quick horse and the more you try to contain him, the more you can get in his way. I let his natural speed take over and I tried to be efficient and he ended up being very quick.”

While competing on the winter circuit at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) is important for many professionals, Granato spent much of the winter season gaining valuable experience with a string of younger horses, and is looking forward to a strong spring campaign with the talented group he hopes will make it to the top of the sport.

He explained, “We are going to take a couple of light weeks to finish up April, and then at the beginning of May we are headed to Tryon. We have a farm leased there for the rest of the spring and summer, so we’ll be very close to the show there. We plan to travel a bit to the shows in Lexington, KY, but we’ll show quite a bit in Tryon and maybe pick up a couple of national classes with these younger guys there as well.”

For more information on the ESP Spring Series and Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), please visit www.pbiec.com.

Paul O’Shea and Primo de Revel Capture Victory in $25,000 Nutrena Spring I Grand Prix

Paul O’Shea and Primo de Revel. ©Mancini Photos.

Wellington, FL – April 11, 2016 – Paul O’Shea of Wellington, FL and longtime mount Primo de Revel earned top honors in the $25,000 Nutrena Spring I Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a time of 38.402 seconds, besting a class of 34 entries, while Kelsey Thatcher of Bluffdale, UT and Everything finished in second place, crossing the timers in 38.971 seconds. Diego Vivero of Wellington, FL and Bijoux collected third place with a time of 39.097 seconds. Competition at PBIEC resumes Wednesday, April 13, with the start of ESP Spring II.

O’Shea, who competes for Ireland internationally, and Primo de Revel were the second pair to qualify for the jump-off following the first round of competition, tackling the course set by Richard Jeffery (GBR) with ease. O’Shea has maintained the ride on the 2001 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Quinault x Orfa van de Elshoeve) for nearly nine years and has built a solid relationship with the talented gelding owned by Michael Hayden.

“He’s just a great horse. We got him when he was six and he’s nearly fifteen now. We have a good relationship. I know him and he knows me. He’s one of the easiest horses in the world,” he elaborated. “He knows his job and knows what to do. He was like that from the very beginning too. I didn’t teach him that. He’s just always been very easy.”

Particularly impressed with the course design by Jeffery this week, O’Shea felt the track was a great test for the pair and Primo de Revel handled the first grand prix of the ESP Spring Series with confidence.

“I thought it was a lovely course today. I thought that in the other classes this week, Richard [Jeffery] built some great courses,” said O’Shea. “On Saturday, in the 1.35m class, there was a triple combination and the course really rode like a grand prix, except at a smaller height and I thought it was very educational for the horses and great for the riders to keep us thinking.

“Sometimes in the smaller classes the courses can get very basic and I think it’s important for the horses to learn a lot during their time in the ring and his courses yesterday worked out really well. I had a young horse in the class and while we didn’t go clear, he learned a lot,” continued O’Shea regarding the course design throughout the week.

O’Shea made quick work of the short course, besting the twelve combinations that moved forward to the second round of competition. O’Shea and Primo de Revel were nearly beaten by Thatcher, who finished just five-tenths of a second off the winning pace. O’Shea also piloted Primo Calypso to a sixth place finish in the class.

“There were a lot of fast riders after me and my idea was to just be as neat as I could in the lines. He’s naturally quick, but I didn’t try to do anything special. I think we all did the same numbers but it came down to who could be the most efficient,” noted O’Shea.

“He’s going to jump ESP Spring III here and then I’m going to take him to Devon in May. He won the class there two years ago and that’s a big thing for us. I’d like to do Lake Placid and we’ve won there a few times too,” commented O’Shea when discussing the pair’s future plans this year.

Jumper Highlights

Kelsey Thatcher of Bluffdale, UT and Beja, owned by Pony Lane Farm, won the $5,000 1.35m Classic, finishing the short course with a time of 37.122 seconds. Pablo Mejia of Frenchtown, NJ and Reglissetop earned second place with a time of 37.433 seconds, while Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, PA and Super Chilled, rounded out the top three, crossing through the timers in 37.639 seconds.

The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by The Tackeria was won by Kelly Bauenschmidt of Bratenahl, OH and her own Belle Bleu S, finishing with a time of 29.877 seconds in the jump-off. Ava Sterns of Chilmark, MA and Summer, owned by Whish LLC, earned second place with a time of 30.919 seconds, while Danielle Stacy of Ipswich, MA and Tlaloca Z, owned by Frederico de Michelis, collected third place, crossing the timers in 31.063 seconds.

Geoffrey Hesslink and Rookie
Geoffrey Hesslink and Rookie

Hunter & Equitation Highlights

Geoffrey Hesslink of Shelbourne, VT piloted Rookie, owned by Belhaven Stables LLC, to the win in the $5,000 USHJA Hunter Classic with a total score of 175.5. The pair had a spectacular first round, earning a 87 from the judging panel, leading the class through both rounds of competition.

Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL and With Me, owned by Victoria Colvin & Partners LLC, collected second place with a total score of 175, finishing behind Hesslink and Rookie. Michael Zukerman of Huntington, NY and Denmark, owned by Patricia Adikes-Hill, earned third place honors with a total score of 173.

Coco Fath of Fairfield, CT piloted Akinda, owned by Hillside Farm LLC, to a win in the $1,000 Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter Classic 3’3″/3’6″ presented by Sweet Oak Farm, with a total score of 167. Martha Ingram of Nashville, TN and Lyons Creek Bellini, owned by John & Stephanie Ingram, earned second place honors with a total score of 161.5. Laura Sexton, of Greenwich, CT and her own Set to Music finished in third place with a score of 160.

Jennifer Hannan of Wakefield, RI and Patricia Fulchino’s Best Regards took home top honors in the $1,000 Pre-Green Incentive, while Rachel Kennedy of Brookeville, MD and Gala, owned by Bridget Hallman & Merrylegs South, finished in second place. Holly Orlando of Wellington, FL and Salt, also owned by Bridget Hallman & Merrylegs South, earned third place.

Adding another top finish to her results at ESP Spring I, Coco Fath and Big Star, owned by HC Sport Horses, collected first place in the ASPCA Maclay, while Emma Wujek of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI and Isle of Wight, owned by Castlewood Farm Inc., earned second place. Ashley Hartman of Pipersville, PA and Upside, owned by Kennedy McCaulley, finished in third.

Competition will resume at PBIEC on Wednesday, April 13, with the start of ESP Spring II, which will conclude on Sunday, April 17, and feature the $10,000 Open Stakes Class presented by Equiline and the $25,000 Noble Outfitters Grand Prix. For more information on the ESP Spring Series and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Victoria Colvin and Don Juan Win $10k Neue Schule Open Stake to Begin ESP Spring Series

Victoria Colvin and Don Juan. ©Mancini Photos.

Wellington, FL – April 7, 2016 – Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, Florida and Don Juan, owned by Take the High Road LLC, captured their first victory of the 2016 ESP Spring Series, topping the $10,000 Neue Schule Open Welcome Stake at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The ESP Spring Series, which began Wednesday, April 6, will continue through Sunday, May 15.

Colvin and Don Juan crossed the jump-off timers in 36.423 seconds to narrowly edge Paul O’Shea of Wellington, FL and Primo Calypso, who finished in 36.471 seconds. Samuel Parot, Jr. of Wellington, FL and Amaretas finished just four tenths off the leading pace to earn third place with a time of 36.859 seconds.

The course, set by Richard Jeffrey (GBR), saw 49 initial entries with 17 combinations advancing to the jump-off round. Ten pairs finished the afternoon with a double clear effort.

Colvin and Don Juan have been partnered for nearly four years and their relationship has continued to evolve as they have gained valuable experience in the ring. For Colvin, competing her longtime mount is something she always looks forward to, as the pair is incredibly consistent at the 1.40m height.

“I’ve had him for a very long time. He was mainly my junior jumper and young rider horse,” said Colvin. “I like to keep him at this height and maybe a few 1.45m classes here and there. He does really well in the 1.40m speed classes.”

Piloting two mounts around the track, Colvin was pleased with the way the course suited both Don Juan and Chanel B 2, who is also owned by Take the High Road LLC. She elaborated, “I walked the course and it seemed very straight forward. It was a good solid round with my first one Chanel. We wanted a nice double clean round with her since she’s just getting back into the competition ring. With Don Juan, he is just very fast. He’s built that way. Typically with him, if I go neat and stay on my lines, we’re always going to go for the win.

“In the jump off it was the tight turns and the gallop to the last fence that I think made the difference. There were a few places where you could do a few tight turns and I think that’s where we were able to seal the deal,” she continued.

Don Juan has been a very educational mount for Colvin so far in her career, while his ever-changing attitude and ringside demeanor continue to keep her on her toes before the start of competition. The opinionated gelding understands his job in the ring, but Colvin explained that she still rides every course as though it’s their first time competing together.

“He’s older with a been-there-done-that kind of mentality but he can be unpredictable. If he goes in and is feeling it, we’re always in the ribbons and close to the top of the class. In the warm up though, you can’t trick him. He is very aware of what’s going on so we do very little with him, maybe a few small verticals, a small over, and a liverpool if we’re lucky,” commented Colvin. “I got a bit nervous because there was an open water fence next to the skinny that I thought he would look at on course, but he really was great in the ring.”

Finishing the afternoon with both mounts placed in the top five, Colvin was thrilled with the performance of her horses, and quickly pointed out her excitement with Chanel B 2, who has returned to competition in excellent form.

“Chanel did exceptionally well today and I’m very proud of her. We started to bring her back right around mid WEF and have just moved up to the 1.40m. I just wanted a clear ribbon round with her and she really delivered today,” she noted.

ESP Spring 1 competition will feature the $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix, as well as the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, on Sunday, April 10. For more information on the ESP Spring Series, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Alex Granato and Zenith Dance Win $30,000 Equestrian Sport Productions Spring 3 Grand Prix

Alex Granato and Zenith Dance. Photos © Mancini Photos.

Wellington, FL – April 21, 2015 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) finished its third week of spring competition this past weekend at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL with a hometown victory for Alex Granato. He rode Zenith Dance, owned by Page Tredennick, to victory in the $30,000 Equestrian Sport Productions Spring 3 Grand Prix.

Sunday’s Grand Prix saw 28 entries, ten of which had first clear rounds. The course was designed by Catsy Cruz, and featured numerous challenging combinations. Granato was one of five competitors to go clear in the jump-off, and managed to lay down an impressive jump-off time of 33.858 seconds.

“When headed toward the last fence, I wasn’t worried about strides. I saw my distance, and I knew [Zenith Dance] is a careful horse,” said Granato in regards to his speedy gallop to his last jump-off fence, a single oxer set on a long approach. “I stuck to my guns, even though I was actually faster than I had planned on going, but with [Zenith Dance], it worked.”

Zenith Dance is an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Sydney x Indoctro) owned by Page Tredennick and spent last season traveling and competing in the High Junior Jumpers. Although he is not new to grand prixs, this was his first one this season and proved to be a successful class for both Zenith Dance and Granato.

Taking second place was Paul O’Shea, aboard Michael Hayden’s Primo De Revel, with a time of 36.332 seconds. Claiming third place was Wilhelm Genn and Eduardo Leon’s Bugatti, with a time of 36.791 seconds.

Following the grand prix, prizes for the ESP Spring Rider Challenge were awarded to the riders who earned the most points accumulated from the $10,000 Open Stakes Class and each $25,000 (Spring 1) or $30,000 (Spring 2 and 3) USEF Ranked Grand Prix offered at Spring 1, 2, & 3.

As the winner of the ESP Spring Rider Challenge, Paul O’Shea received a $5,000 bonus. In second, Amanda Derbyshire earned $3,000 and in third, Wilhelm Genn received $2,000.

Jumper Highlights

In week three of ESP’s Spring Circuit, the $10,000 Open Jumper Stakes class saw 35 entries with 11 advancing to the jump-off and three double clear rounds. First place went to James Chawke aboard Christine Swail’s Arista, with an impressive time of 32.997 seconds. In second place was Amanda Derbyshire and her mount, Goldbreaker, with a time of 38.501. Wilhelm Genn and Eduardo Leon’s Bugatti took a close third with a time of 38.579.

James Chawke and Arista
James Chawke and Arista

The $5,000 1.35m Classic saw 34 entries with 11 advancing to the jump-off. Claiming first place was David Blake aboard his mount Park Lane, with a time of 39.16 seconds. In second was Michael Dorman aboard Wyndmont’s IV Ever in 40.032 seconds. In third was Carlos Quinones and Michelle Navarro-Grau’s Div Ya with a time of 40.442.

Carly Dvorkin and Pine Hollow’s Zelaleen claimed first place with a clear jump-off round in 36.777 seconds in the $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by The Tackeria. Taking second place was Dvorkin again, this time aboard Pine Hollow Farm’s Alejandro in 37.557 seconds. Claiming third place was Natalia Gierbolini riding Natalia Gierbolini’s Twinkie in 38.101 seconds.

In the $2,500 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Equiline, Victoria Karam claimed first place aboard her mount, Sacatina, with one time fault in 80.109 seconds. In second place was Emanuel Andrade and his mount, Gaverdi Z, with two time faults in 81.338 seconds. Karina Aziz and GC Chopin’s Bushi placed third with four faults in 78.68 seconds.

The $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by FarmVet, saw 29 trips and ten clear rounds. Rafael Jose Contreras took first place aboard Valencio, with a jump-off time of 34.71 seconds. In second place was Julianna Fischer riding Calissa Z, with a time of 35.41. Emily Rizzo and Tuya placed third in 35.574 seconds.

In the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic, sponsored by Tuffrider & Equine Couture, first place went to Zachary Yariv aboard ADC Quantas LV Z, with a time of 37.525 seconds. Elizabeth Flavell placed second in 40.584 seconds riding Alex Jayne’s Thomas Edison. Marlee Malamut finished third with Tranquility Farm’s Cody in 43.092 seconds.

In the $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by Tuffrider & Equine Couture, Morgan Monahan took first place aboard her mount, Elle, with a time of 42.795 seconds. Second place went to Ann Lei and Chairman 22, clear in the jump-off in 45.133 seconds. Third place was claimed by Liselotte Sandberg riding Undercover V in 47.847.

Hunter Highlights

The hunter divisions continued during week three of ESP’s Spring Series. In the overall results for the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, Taylor St. Jacques aboard Peacock Ridge LLC’s All About Me took first. Missy Yoder and her mount, Too Much Fun, took second. In third place was Lindsay Levine aboard Carol Lindsay’s Belle-Aire.

In the $1,000 USHJA Pony Handy Hunter Classic, first place went to Christina Rogalny aboard Eric Caleca’s Brighton Supposedly. Second place went to Kayla Brusie riding Elm Creek Holdings LLC’s Davidson. Third place was claimed by Mia Albelo and her mount, Pashmina.

In the $1,000 Sweet Oak Farm combined Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter Classic, Madison Arani took first place aboard Taylor Willever’s Eloquence. Krista Weisman rode Krista and Alexa Weisman’s Reality to second place. Third place went to Phoebe Alwine riding Kimberly Stewart’s Lilly.

Zayna Rizvi and Peacock Ridge LLC’s First Edition claimed first place in the $500 Small Pony Hunter Classic, sponsored by Charles Moorcroft Inc. In second place was Reid Arani aboard Sweet Oak Farm’s Long Story Short. In third place was Mia Albelo and Pashmina.

In the $500 Combined Medium/Large Pony Hunter Classic, sponsored by Charles Moorcroft Inc., Sophia Calamari and Ponies & Palms Show Stables LLC’s Spellbound claimed first. Second place went to Taylor St. Jacques aboard Linda Evan’s Dreamland. Third place went to Christina Rogalny riding Eric Caleca’s Brighton Supposedly.

In the Open Hunter 3′ Division, Kristy Herrera and Richard Schechter’s Zaloubet claimed the championship. Reserve Champion went to Katherine Newman aboard Jennifer Prior Thomas Skiffington’s Sundeen.

ESP’s Spring Series continues May 1-3, 2015. For full results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

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Kent Farrington and Belle Fleur 38 Win $30,000 ESP Spring 2 Grand Prix

Kent Farrington and Belle Fleur 38. Photos © Mancini Photos.

Wellington, FL – April 14, 2015 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) finished its second week of its Spring Series this past weekend at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with a victory for the number five ranked rider in the world, Kent Farrington of Wellington, FL. He rode Belle Fleur 38, owned by Haity McNerney, to victory in the $30,000 Equestrian Sport Productions Spring 2 Grand Prix.

Sunday’s grand prix showed a large turnout, with a total of 50 entries, 14 of which qualified for the jump-off. The course was designed by Kenny Krome of Maryland, and featured a speedy jump-off with a majority of single fences. Farrington was one of nine competitors to go clear in the jump-off, which ultimately came down to time.

“[The] jump-off was a steeplechase-type course. [Belle Fleur] is a naturally fast horse,” said Farrington in regards to his win with a time of 43.254 seconds in the jump-off.

“[Belle Fleur] is a fairly new horse for me. She is nine years old and got a late start in the sport,” said Farrington. “I see her being very competitive in the future. I would like to thank all the owners and my whole team behind me. It wouldn’t be possible [to compete at this level] without surrounding myself with great owners and a great team.”

In a close second, Alise Oken, aboard Hi Hopes Farm LLC’s Kaid Du Ry, put up an impressive jump-off time of 43.901, just 0.0647 seconds behind Farrington. Claiming third place was Ramiro Quintana, aboard St. Bride’s Farm’s Bialda, with a jump-off time of 45.840.

Francie Steinwedell-Carvin and Lapsus Du Lavoir
Francie Steinwedell-Carvin and Lapsus Du Lavoir

Jumper Highlights

In week two of ESP’s Spring Series, the $10,000 Open Jumper Stakes Class brought fierce competition. The class saw 47 entries with 20 advancing to the jump-off and eight double clear rounds. First place went to Francie Steinwedell-Carvin aboard Prentiss Partners’ Lapsus Du Lavoir with a time of 36.581. In a close second was Paul O’Shea riding Michael Hayden & Paul O’Shea’s Primo Calypso with a time of 36.988. Mark Bluman and Stransky’s Mission Farms Inc.’s Califa LS took third with a time of 37.279.

The $5,000 1.35m Classic had 51 entries with 14 advancing to the jump-off. Claiming first place was Michael Dorman aboard Wyndmont’s Zephyr with a time of 37.886. In second was Ben Maher riding Jane Clark’s Whistler with a time of 39.836. In third was Wilhelm Genn and Karola Giebmanns’ For Fantoms Pleasure with a time of 40.427.

Abbey Bibbings aboard Page Tredennick’s Zenith Dance claimed first place with a time of 40.752 in the $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by The Tackeria. Taking second place was Lea Allen and The Allen Farm’s Komedie De Montsec with a time of 45.072. Claiming third place was Kennedy Mccaulley riding her own mount, Upside, with a time of 46.288 and four faults.

In the $2,500 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Equiline, Hayley Iannotti took first place aboard Riad Landoulsi’s Carlos G with a time of 41.141. In second place was Alma Bjorklund aboard Gyllebo Farm LLC’s Contesina with a time of 42.167. A close third place finish went to Taylor Reid and her mount, Ugando, with a time of 42.813.

The $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by FarmVet, saw 38 trips and only eight clear rounds. Lily Gotwald took first place aboard Verena with a time of 41.932. In second place was Monica Carrera aboard Lincourt Gino with a time of 42.805. Sarah Scarnechia took third riding Moritz W with a time of 45.767.

In the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic, sponsored by Tuffrider & Equine Couture, first place went to Tanner Korotkin and Sandalwood Farm’s Smarty Pants WB with a time of 36.013. A close second place went to Erika Jakobson and Barn Rat LLC’s Chocolatier with a time of 36.734. Third place went to Emanielle Greenberg aboard Pumpkin’s Patch Farm LLC’s With Love with a time of 37.132.

In the $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by Tuffrider & Equine Couture, Evita Hermans and her mount, Chingolo Z, took first place with a time of 36.642. Second place went to Lisa Moore aboard Moore Equines LLC’s Saphir Du Pre A Vivier with a time of 37.202. An extremely close third went to Nina Simons riding her mount, Grace Farm’s Sabrina, with a time of 37.359.

Hunter & Equitation Highlights

The hunter divisions continued during Week II of ESP’s Spring Series. In the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, Taylor St. Jacques and Leah Elder’s Carasco took first. Rebecca Clawson aboard her mount, Freeport, took second. In third place was Tracy Sheriff-Muser with Carolyn Gouse’s Shoreline.

In the Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal, Presented by Randolph College, Emma Wujek took the blue ribbon aboard Gwen McMahon’s Zidano. Hayley Iannotti and Carriage Hill Farm’s Quasa Granda finsihed in second place, while Ava Stearns and OnlyJumpers.com’s Alvarino 2 were third.

In the $1,000 Sweet Oak Farm Junior Hunter Classic, Emma Kurtz took first place aboard David Gochman’s Frederick. Second place went to Lilli Hymowitz with Rose Hill Farm’s Tiffani and third place was claimed by Vivian Yowan riding Saddle Ridge LLC’s Shockwave.

In the $1,000 Sweet Oak Farm Amateur Owner Hunter Classic, Becky Gochman and David Gochman’s Last Call placed first. Laura Sexton aboard her mount, Bring It On, took second. Third place went to Kelly Bauernschmidt with her mount, Legato.

Sophie Gochman and Dr. Betsee Parker’s Bit of Love claimed first place in the $500 Charles Moorcroft Inc. Small Pony Hunter Classic. In second place was Mimi Gochman aboard Ponies & Palms Show Stables LLC’s Rico Suave’. In third place was Mia Albelo with her mount, Pashmina.

In the $500 Charles Moorcroft Inc. Medium Pony Hunter Classic, Emma Seving and her mount, Sassafras Creek, took first place. Second place went to Christina Rogalny aboard Eric Caleca’s Brighton Supposedly. Third place went to Erika Luter riding GC Ponies’ Elegance.

Emma Kurtz claimed first place aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s For The Best in the $500 Charles Moorcroft Inc. Large Pony Hunter Classic. Kurtz also took second place aboard Linda Evans’ Dreamland. Third place went to Mimi Gochman with Fair Play Farm’s Storyteller.

ESP’s Spring Series continues this week from April 15-19, 2015, featuring the $30,000 Spring 3 Grand Prix on Sunday April 19. For full results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

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Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W Win $25,000 Nutrena Spring 1 Grand Prix at PBIEC

Wellington, FL – April 6, 2015 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) wrapped up its first week of spring competition this weekend at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with a victory for 23-year-old Kaitlin Campbell of Georgetown, KY and her mount Rocky W in the $25,000 Nutrena Spring 1 Grand Prix. Week one of ESP’s Spring Series featured Richard Jeffery and Hector Loyola as the jumper course designers.

In Saturday’s grand prix, 36 entries contested the course with only four qualifying for the jump-off. When Campbell walked the course, she felt it was perfectly set for Rocky W.

“When I walked the course, the combination was set for him how he likes it. All the lines were perfect for him – I knew he could jump a clear round,” said Campbell. “My only concern was the liverpool next to the makeshift lake – as [Rocky W] can sometimes be a bit funny about water. Once we got over that jump, I knew we would go clear.”

Campbell was one of four to go clear in the first round and took victory in the jump off with a time of 42.72, beating Maggie Jayne of Elgin, IL by only 0.082 of a second. When asked how she felt after seeing Jayne’s jump-off round, Campbell said, “She was really fast and probably a lot smoother and tighter to the jumps than I was. She most likely did less strides than me, but I know Rocky is so fast across the jumps that I feel that is what ultimately won me the jump-off.”

Campbell’s Mount, Rocky W, was bought at the end of his 8-year-old year to move up to the junior jumpers on. She rode him through college in the amateurs and just kept moving up. She ultimately found success in the Grand Prix Ring.

“It was funny because when I was walking out of the ring, Paul O’Shea, that was third place, asked how many Grand Prixs [Rocky W] had won, and my response was that I didn’t know,” Campbell stated. “After thinking about it and counting my past wins, this was our 14th Grand Prix win and our 56th overall class win.”

When asked what the highlight of her day was that Saturday, her response was different than most would expect. “All the people I work for [at Marigot Bay Farm in Lexington, Kentucky] were there afterwards. The oldest girl I train, Kelly, showed right after me and was going into the ring on a new horse,” said Campbell. “She went in right after me [in the next class] and jumped her first clear round. It was a proud moment and highlight of the day for me.”

Wilhelm Genn and Bugatti
Wilhelm Genn and Bugatti

Jumper Highlights

ESP’s spring circuit kicked off its jumper competition with a $10,000 Open Jumper Stake Class with a win for Wilhelm Genn and Bugatti. The class saw 32 entries with nine advancing to the jump-off and three double clear rounds. Wilhelm Genn and Eduardio Leon’s Bugatti had the fastest time of 47.976 seconds for the win. Denise Wilson and Blue Gate Farm’s Galous finished second in 50.883 seconds. Mark Bluman and Stranky’s Mission Farm’s Califa LS placed third in 51.416 seconds.

The $5,000 1.35m Classic was also held with a total of 40 entries and seven competitors advancing to the jump-off round. Amy Momrow and Monty Kelly’s Baldino Du’Rouet claimed first place with a time of 43.418. Second place went to David Blake and his mount, Park Lane, with a time of 46.755. Third place went to Deanna Phelan and her mount, Dubline, with a time of 49.945.

The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by The Tackeria, saw 20 entries with eight clear rounds. Samantha Johnson aboard Sarah Wayda’s Campol took first place with a time of 31.979. Second place went to Ned Cunniffe and Whipstick Farm’s DollyDoo with a time of 37.631. Third place went to Carina Sola aboard Nadine Beck’s Viktoria 77 with a time of 37.994.

In the $2,500 FarmVet Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Chloe Field and Hidden Brook Farm’s Via Veneto were the winners. The $2,500 Equiline High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic saw a one-two finish for Taylor Reid aboard Ugano and Boucanier respectively.

Hunter & Equitation Highlights

The hunter divisions were in full swing during Week I of ESP’s Spring Series. In the $5,000 USHJA Hunter Derby, Taylor St. Jacques and JT Farm’s Iberia were the winners with Tracy Scheriff-Muser and Caroline Gouse’s Shoreline in second. Rachel Kennedy and Suzanne Smith’s Blue Monday finished third.

In the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic, sponsored by Sweet Oak Farm, Emma Kurtz took first place aboard David Gochman’s Fredrick. Victoria Colvin and Lili Halterman’s Genuine took second, and Giavanna Rinaldi and Charlie Jayne’s All Wrapped Up took third.

In the $1,000 Amateur Owner Classic, sponsored by Sweet Oak Farm, Piper Benjamin took both first and second place on her mounts Corvine and Topsider, respectively. Third place went to Tina Allen aboard her mount, Galaxy.

Emma Kurtz swept the ribbons in the $500 Pony Classic sponsored by Charles Moorecroft Inc. Taking first place aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s All My Love, second place on Dr. Betsee Parker’s Enjoy the Laughter and third place on Linda Evan’s Dreamland.

In the equitation classes, Taylor St. Jacques won the Pessoa USEF Hunter Seat Medal sponsored by Randolph College as well as the ASPCA Maclay class. Giavanna Rinaldi topped the WIHS Equitation overall.

ESP’s Spring Series continues this week on April 8-12, 2015, featuring the $30,000 Spring 2 Grand Prix on Sunday, April 12. For full results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Cat Allen for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

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