Kent Farrington and Orafina. ©Sportfot.
Wellington, FL – April 16, 2022 – It was a picture-perfect day on the derby field for the $140,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix CSI3* on Saturday, April 16. The highlight class of the second week of the 2022 ESP Spring Series saw a starting order of 36 elite contenders test the opening track set by American course designer Ken Krome. In an exciting jump-off round, Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington (USA) and Orafina soared straight to the top of the leaderboard to claim the coveted prize and the lion’s share of the prize money.
Following CSI3* grand prix action, a new group of riders took to the field to compete in the $35,000 Resilient Fitness Grand Prix. A total of 38 horse-and-rider pairs tested the course, which consisted of 16 efforts, with just four advancing to the jump-off. Ultimately, James Billington (GBR) emerged as the class victor after speeding through the short course in 37.643 seconds with Samantha Mackenzie’s Inajottie WB. Tomas Yofre (ARG) piloted Cardora, owned by Stellium Sport Horses LLC, to a second-place finish with a jump-off time of 38.735 seconds. Rounding out the podium, Luis Fernando Larrazabal (VEN) cleared the jump-off in 39.19 seconds with Victoria Heurtematte’s Condara.
Out of a field of twenty-four competitors in Saturday morning’s $2,500 High Amateur/Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Noltrex® Vet, top honors were awarded to Maya Nayyar (USA) aboard her own Vertige De Vigneul. In the jump-off, Nayyar and Vertige De Vigneul were the only combination to put in an accurate, quick, and clear round in the short track and crossed the timers in 44.539 seconds. Nayyar’s jump-off competitors included Caroline Drummond (BRA) aboard her own Joules VD Hooghoeve, who rode to second place, and Alexandra Thornton (GBR) and Dunwalke LLC’s Blueberry, who finished in third.
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