Ashlee Bond & Donatello 141. Photo © Sportfot
Ashlee Bond and her horse, Donatello 141, secured a thrilling win during ESP Spring III at the $146,000 Palm Beach County Sports Commission CSI3* Grand Prix, impressing the audience with their exceptional performance.
“He’s very good at turning and slicing and he’s just so adjustable. He’s not a big-strided horse, but he moves really fast. So even if I’m doing an add somewhere, it’s usually faster.”
The derby field at the Equestrian Village received rave reviews during Spring III, and Bond echoed the sentiments, saying, “I just love the derby field because I find that the ground is so good, so the horses love jumping on it. Everyone at Wellington does such a wonderful job of maintaining this arena. I think it’s one of the best in the world.”
Bond has an action-packed couple of months ahead of her, noting, “There was an open spot at the Invitational, so I’m going to take Donnie to that, since he hasn’t really done much. Then I’ll be coming back to Wellington. Then I head out to do Old Salem and Devon, which I’ve never done, so I’m super excited. Then I’ll come back to Wellington and I’ll go to work for like three weeks, and then Donnie and I have the Olympic qualification for Israel in Prague at the end of July.”