Nick Dello Joio pilots Cornet’s Cambridge. © Sportfot.
Wellington, FL – March 17, 2022 – On Thursday, March 17, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, international competition continued during the week 10 of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), sponsored by Horseware Ireland. Nick Dello Joio (USA) snagged the victory in the day’s featured event, the $75,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round X CSI4*, beating out seven other top pairings for the win aboard Cornet’s Cambridge.
A large field of 70 horse-and-rider combinations contested Michel Vaillancourt’s (CAN) first-round challenge with hopes of adding their names to the list compiled for the jump-off track. Darragh Kenny (IRL) proved the luck of the Irish was alive and well on this Saint Patrick’s Day as he and Volnay Du Boisdeville produced the first clear effort. Seventeen different nations vied for the top spot, but the final battle came down to three Irishmen, three Americans, Beat Mändli as the lone representative for Switzerland, and Ben Maher as the solo contender for Great Britain.
Nick Dello Joio was one of three U.S. riders to return for the short track, but his expert navigation over the course with The Berry Group LLC’s 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding Cornet’s Cambridge (Balou Du Reventon x Cambridge 8) proved to be enough to hold on to the lead. The duo laid down a fast and flawless performance, clocking in at 37.87 seconds which put them two seconds ahead of the closest challenger.
While not at the top of the podium, Ireland still had a strong performance with Mark McAuley and Jasco VD Bisschop taking second place, while Jordan Coyle rode to third aboard Centriko Volo. McAuley chased Dello Joio’s time with SNC McAuley Equestrian’s 13-year-old BWP gelding (Dulf Van Den Bisschop x Verania) and produced the only other double-clear effort, but was not quite quick enough across the ground after landing with a time of 39.61 seconds. Coyle then put forth the fastest four-fault score with a time of 36.56 seconds on Celtic Park LLC’s 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Centadel x Chacco-Blue).
Jennifer Bauersachs and Genuine Are Grand in the TRM Green Hunter 3’ Division
Up-and-coming hunter talent took to the FarmVet Ring 6 early in the morning for the final few classes of the TRM Green Hunter 3’ division. Professional hunter rider Jennifer Bauersachs piloted Lee Kellogg Sadrian’s seven-year-old Oldenburg gelding Genuine (Diarado x Kampari W) to the lead position.
Reserve champion honors went to Scott Stewart with Rivers Edge’s Northern Blue. The pair earned a first place ribbon and were right behind Bauersachs in the stake class with a score of 85.5 points.
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