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Genn and Bugatti Prevail in $25,000 Noble Outfitters ESP Year End Grand Prix

Wilhelm Genn and Bugatti. Photos: ©ManciniPhotos.

Abigail McArdle and Harriri V.D. Maltahoeve Best $10,000 #1 Education Place Open Stake

Wellington, FL – December 8, 2015 – Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, OH piloted Bugatti, owned by Eduardo Leon, to a win in the $25,000 Noble Outfitters ESP Year End Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Sunday, December 6, concluding the ESP Year End Awards Show. Genn and Bugatti finished the jump-off in 41.327 seconds, while Amanda Derbyshire of Wellington, FL and Lady Maria BH crossed through the timers in 42.33 seconds for a second place finish, and Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and Armani Z collected four faults in the jump-off round to finish in third with a time of 42.424 seconds.

Bugatti, a 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Heartbreaker x Nona Bella), came into the ring a bit fresh in the first round, according to Genn, but rode beautifully as the lead-off combination in the three-horse jump-off. Both track, set by Catsy Cruz of Mexico, tested agility and athleticism, with several sharp rollback turns included in both rounds.

“When I walked the course before the class, I thought I was a very nice course and in the lines you needed to be cautious in how you approached them. The lines rode beautifully though and the height was great,” noted Genn. “There were three in the jump-off which was exactly what you wanted for a class this size. I was hoping that he would go very smoothly today and he was a bit fresh in the first round, but he was just super in the jump-off.”

Genn led the charge in the jump-off round, tackling the track first, before two notoriously quick riders were to follow, which proved to be an influential factor in his plan, stating, “When you go into the jump-off round first, you don’t want to self-destruct. I tried to put the pressure on the others and I know that Amanda and Emanuel are both very fast riders and have very nice horses. I knew that I wouldn’t get away with just going a little bit faster so I had to put myself into a situation where they needed to feel like they had to do something to catch the time.”

Originally imported to the United States as a top hunter prospect, Bugatti seemed more suited for the jumper ring and has flourished under Genn’s guidance.

“I’ve had him since he was five and I’ve brought him slowly along. As he’s gotten older he’s started to wake up a bit more and has that nice mixture because now he understands when he needs to turn it on. He’s only nine and I don’t want to push for the 1.60m classes with him yet. Right now he has fun and he’s doing great,” explained Genn. “He did the 1.50m class last week and jumped clear finishing fifth so I know he will jump there eventually but I want to give him a little bit more time to grow up and get there himself.”

“He’s starting to figure out the difference between the first round and the jump-off, which is so important. I think that is typically a sign that they’re starting to get good at understanding what you’re asking them to do,” continued Genn.

Both of Genn’s top horses have improved and gained confidence through the 2015 season, which will set them up nicely for a competitive start to the approaching 2016. Genn explained, “I would like to keep winning, because you know winning is fun, but the two best horses we have right now, Bugatti and Welcome Cor, during the second half of next year I would like to begin bumping them up to World Cup qualifying classes and the bigger 1.60m opportunities. I think they’ll both be ready by then and we can have some fun.”

Abigail McArdle and Harriri V.D. Maltahoeve Best $10,000 #1 Education Place Open Stakes Class

Abigail McArdle of St. Charles, IL and Harriri V.D. Maltahoeve, owned by Plain Bay Sales, took a commanding win in the $10,000 #1 Education Place Open Stakes Class at PBIEC on Saturday, December 5, finishing the jump-off round with a time of 37.873 seconds. Sharn Wordley piloted two mounts to the top three as Hickstead’s Axel, owned by Ashland Stables, finished in second with a jump-off time of 38.013 seconds and Charline 28, owned by Sky Group, collected third place, adding four faults to their time of 37.145 seconds.

Abigail McArdle and Harriri V.D. Maltahoeve
Abigail McArdle and Harriri V.D. Maltahoeve

McArdle carefully guided Harriri V.D. Maltahoeve to victory after both the jump-off and first round track proved to be challenging for many of the afternoon’s entries as a steady rain fell during the class.

“I came into the class knowing that she was going to be much more careful because of the rain, but if you know that beforehand, you don’t need to prepare any differently,” commented McArdle. “This is a super young horse that we have as well as a few other young horses down here right now and I think that this is a really nice way to start the season and prepare with these pre-circuit shows.”

McArdle has steadily risen through the ranks, as the talented young rider has collected several major victories this year and has her sights set on continuing with that consistency moving into next season. She explained, “I’d like to get my grand prix horse up in the rankings a bit more this season and look to improve there. We have a lot of nice sales horses coming down this season and I think it will be great to get them experience as well.”

Competition will continue at PBIEC beginning Friday, December 11, with the beginning of the Holiday Festival I. For more information and for a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Sharn Wordley and Hickstead’s Axel Top $25,000 ESP Year End Grand Prix

Sharn Wordley and Hickstead’s Axel. Mancini Photos.

Wellington, FL – December 8, 2014 – Equestrian Sport Productions hosted its annual Year End Awards Show this weekend on December 6 and 7 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. A $10,000 Open Stake was held on Saturday and the $25,000 ESP Year End Grand Prix was the highlight event on Sunday.

Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY set the courses in the International Arena for the weekend. In the grand prix, he saw 27 entries with four clear rounds to advance to the jump-off, where the winner completed the only double clear effort. Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Ashland Stables’ Hickstead Axel took top prize with their clear round in 40.03 seconds. Sophie Simpson (USA) and Simpson Show Jumping, Inc.’s Why Not were faster in 39.64 seconds, but had four faults to finish second. Angela Covert (CAN) and Utan had four faults in 42.50 seconds to take third place honors. Gemma Paternoster and Osiris, owned by Paternoster and Julia Harrison Lee, also incurred four faults and placed fourth with their time of 44.79 seconds.

Class winner, Hickstead’s Axel, is a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Hickstead x Numero Uno.

“My wife’s family bought him as a young horse because they also owned Hickstead,” Wordley explained after his win. “He is one of Hickstead’s oldest (babies) that I know of, so he is one of the first doing the grand prixs. He is really coming along good. I have taken him slowly. I started doing the grand prixs with him about a year ago but I never went really fast with him. I was just slowly building him up. He was been second, third, fourth many times, but this is the first time he actually won.”

“He is fantastic,” Wordley detailed. “He has a big stride. You can shorten, you can lengthen. He’s scopey, he’s careful, he’s smart. He is all the things that you want in a jumper. He is a big horse even though he is by Hickstead who was only about 15.3/16 hands. He’s about 16.3 and he was a bit weak behind, so it has taken awhile to get him strong and balanced.”

Commenting on Sunday’s course, Wordley noted, “Anthony always builds fantastic courses. It wasn’t overly big, but it was technical enough. He is always very smart at getting the right amount in the jump-off and building things tough enough. It was a good course. It rode really well.”

Wordley was first to go in the jump-off, but ended up being the only clear to take the win. Describing his round, he stated, “Axel covers a lot of ground. I was going slow there for him. He can cover the ground really easily. Going fast isn’t his problem; it is just learning to turn. I have to take the turns a little bit slower than he potentially will be able to next year, but in a straight line he is really fast.”

Wordley will now take some time off for surgery on his ankle, but hopes to be back in the saddle by the second week of the Winter Equestrian Festival in January. He plans to jump Hickstead’s Axel in some of the WEF Challenge Cup classes and hopefully qualify for a few Saturday night grand prixs.

In other competition this weekend, Andrew Kocher and Le Conte got a win in the $10,000 Open Stake class on Saturday. The class saw 36 entries with eight clear rounds to jump-off and three double clears. Kocher and Le Conte had the fastest time of 39.00 seconds for the win. Heather Caristo Williams and Holly Caristo’s Cosmopolitan 30 finished second in 39.75 seconds, and Angela Covert and Utan placed third in 40.45 seconds.

Heather Caristo Williams went on to a win in the hunters on Sunday riding Jacqueline Stahl’s Sunset Hill to victory in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Chuck Mayer’s Namesake and Kristy Herrera finished second. Ki-Juan Minors guided Samantha Karp’s Vail to third place honors.

ESP’s Holiday Series continues next week with the Holiday Festival I on December 12-14, 2014. The week will feature a $10,000 Open Stake on Friday, December 12, and the $25,000 Holiday I Grand Prix on Sunday, December 14. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

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