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Taylor Land and Nepal Top Lively Turf Tour

Taylor Land and Nepal (Photos courtesy of Equinium Sports Marketing)

German Camargo and Centurio Take 1.30m Open Stake

West Palm Beach, FL (March 3, 2017) – During the final week of February spring and sport were in the air at The Ridge, where the eighth consecutive week of the 2017 Palm Beach Series showcased a bustling 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix, challenging 1.30m Open Stake, and full jumper divisions at Polo West and Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Luring a diverse spectrum of riders from leadline to Laura Kraut, Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio’s vision of a laid-back, utopian show atmosphere was highlighted by the Polo West Turf Tour, which featured two rings of show jumping on the spectacular green fields lined by palms, ponds, and tropical Florida estates. With the goal of acting as a catalyst for developing young horses and advancing riders, The Ridge Palm Beach Series offers a unique atmosphere and world-class competition at welcoming and beautiful venues around Wellington.

$15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix Topped by Taylor Land and Nepal

In a day that exemplified the ideal south Florida horse show, Friday, February 24th’s Turf Tour at Polo West delivered exciting competition, breathtaking scenery, and the old world flair of the traditional jumper circuit. Staged on the springy, natural turf surface, nearly 100 entries tested their skill over two arenas, one featuring Low, Medium, and High Schooling jumpers, while the other hosted a morning 1.30m division followed by the day’s headline class, a $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix.

With nearly 60 entries in the Prix, which began around noon, it was a constant stream of horses and riders as the sun sank behind the Polo West Club House. Designed by Chris Jones, the Grand Prix and 1.30m courses allowed riders the option of challenging their horses or riding a clean and straightforward course to build stamina, confidence, and scope. In the end, a very ambitious ride and jump-off for Taylor Land of Atlanta, Georgia and Nepal, a 2002 Argentine gelding by G.S. Raimundo, secured them the top spot with a jump-off time of 42.195 seconds. Land, who is the daughter of US Grand Prix rider Jay Land and has referred to Nepal as a ‘family heirloom,’ proved the gelding’s clout in the Grand Prix ring against a field of successful U25, international Grand Prix Riders, and Olympians. The UK’s Amanda Derbyshire and Cornwall BH put in an tactical round and jump-off to slide into second with 42.473, with US Olympian Laura Kraut and Deanuville less than a second behind her in third on 42.974.

Amanda Derbyshire and Cornwall BH

Earlier in the morning, Peter Jordan with Eurhythmic and Erynn Ballard with Extra B put in winning rounds in the 1.25m-1.30m divisions over a scaled down version of the Grand Prix course. In the adjacent field, the Lows, Mediums, and Highs saw Emma Pell and her mounts Ari 55 and Amelie victorious in the 1.00m Jumpers, while the 1.10m’s were topped by Diana Walters with The Hustler and Kevin Apicella and Darius. Rounding out Ring 2, Samantha Johnson and Gallant swept both classes in the 1.20m Jumper division.

German Camargo and Centurio Take Week 8’s $5,000 1.30 Open Stake

In a late in the day effort against a number of eager competitors, Colombian native German Camargo and Centurio jumped to victory in the Palm Beach Series’ $5,000 1.30m Open Stake, a newly implemented addition to The Ridge’s offerings. Presented in the all-weather sand arenas at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, the Open Stake and majority of the Palm Beach Series classes take place at this spacious, equine friendly show grounds just ten minutes from Wellington’s equestrian mecca.

Camargo was experimenting with new bits for Centurio, which prompted him to choose a few smaller classes in a more relaxed atmosphere. “I purchased Centurio when he was 5, and he is a very talented horse with a lot of scope,” said Camargo of the 12-year-old Oldenburg. “We have won a lot together and showed in a number of Grand Prix classes. Over the years I’ve discovered he can become slightly strong in the ring, and I wanted to try him in a few different bits. This was a great venue to test out our new equipment.”

The new bit seems to be to Centurio’s liking, as the pair jumped double clear and in a final jump-off time of 44.605 to win the class. With regard to the course, series, and his horse’s performance, Camargo commented, “It was a technical course, but I was able to have a smooth round. Even though the jumps were not that big the track was challenging. The jump-off had a few interesting options to go faster. Centurio jumped very well, and seemed to be happy in the new bit. I am happy with the way he performed. I think the Palm Beach Series is a great option, with a much more relaxed atmosphere where you can focus on the horses.” Tim Hooker and Cassini’s Valentine finished second in the Stake on 47.400 seconds and Adrienne Sternlicht with Oreade Des Dames rounded out the top three with a four faults in the jump-off and a time of 36.134.

Speaking to the vision behind the inception of the Palm Beach Series, George D’Ambrosio, who founded and co-operates The Ridge with US Olympian Nona Garson, stated, “Our goal was to offer riders opportunities to develop their horses further in the competitive arena, and particularly our $5,000 1.30m Open Stake gives the option of stepping up or changing a strategy without the stress of a higher class and the chance to win great prize money at lower heights. The Turf Tour runs in the same vein, giving horses and riders a break from the mental and physical rigors of the standard horse show and providing a beautiful venue with all natural footing and a relaxed atmosphere. It’s also a great chance to for riders to prepare for the upcoming grass season in the summer and early fall.”

Palm Beach Series IX continues the first week of March, with Saturday’s Turf Tour at The Ridge at Wellington (14415 Palm Beach Point Blvd) and full jumper divisions running through April 1st at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center (7500 Forest Hill Blvd).

For more information on the 2017 Palm Beach Series, including full schedules, prizelists, and entry blanks, visit www.TheRidgeFarm.com.

German Camargo and Centurio Earn Win in $10,000 Open Stakes Class at ESP Spring IV

Francesca Damasceno and Watermill Time earn top honors in the $1,500 M&S Child Adult Classic.

Wellington, FL – May 11, 2016 – German Camargo of Loxahatchee, FL piloted his own Centurio to victory in the $10,000 Open Stakes Class at ESP Spring IV, which was held in Van Kampen Covered Arena at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Camargo and Centurio took the class with a time of 41.792 seconds. Cesar Almeida of Wellington, FL, and Chaco 34 finished in second place in 42.795 seconds, while Michael Morrissey of Wellington, FL and La Lopez 3, rounded out the top three, crossing through the timers in 42.806 seconds. Competition continues with competition on Saturday, May 14, with the start of ESP Spring V, which concludes on Sunday, May 15.

Camargo and Centurio, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding (Calvaro x Carieny Z) bested the class of sixteen entries to take top honors. Seven pairs moved forward to contest the short course, while only four combinations finished the day with a double clear effort. Nick Granat designed the track and built a technical course, which tested the class composed of both experienced horses and those more green to the level.

Francesca Damasceno of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and her own Watermill Time topped the $1,500 M&S Child Adult Classic, finishing the jump-off track in 24.19 seconds. Phoebe Alwine of Delray Beach, FL completed a banner day aboard her own Zenja, crossing the timers in 25.952 second for second place, and earned third aboard Zenith Dance in 26.224 seconds.

Abbey Soffer of Palm Beach Gardens, FL earned dual championship awards in the Low Amateur Owner Jumper Division aboard Ghita, owned by Kobi Rhodes, and her own Lundback T Hastak. Perla Boord of Key Biscayne, FL piloted her own Rambo D to reserve honors.

The THIS National Children’s Medal showcased a competitive division, as Christina Rogalny of Wellington, FL and Cool Boy, owned by Treesdale Farms, finished atop the class with a score of 83. Siena Vasan of Boca Raton, FL piloted Victurus te Salutat, owned by Carriage Hill Farm, to second place with a score of 79, and Noa Diener of Creek Village, FL finished in third aboard Jonny Boy, owned by Jimmy Torano.

Samantha Harris of Stuart, FL and Ludger, owned by Becky Harris, topped the Ariat National Adult Medal with a score of 81. Fiamma Gonzalez-Perotti of Miami, FL and Consensus, owned by Equestrian Enterprises, Inc., finished just behind Harris with a score of 80 for second place. Marisa Tomassetti of Palm City, FL and Gerico, owned by Equus Show Horses, collected third place with a score of 71 to finish the afternoon.

Competition at PBIEC continues on Saturday, May 14, with the start of ESP Spring V, which will conclude on Sunday, May 15. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Centurion and Camargo Win the $35,000 UlcerGard Grand Prix

German Camargo and his own Centurion fly over an oxer on their way to the win in the $35,000 UlcerGard Grand Prix. Flashpoint Photography.

The Olympic Arena at the Georgia International Horse Park was the backdrop for the $35,000 UlcerGard Grand Prix, designed by International Course Designer, Manuel Esparanza, of Mexico City, Mexico. No stranger to the Classic Company and the Georgia International Horse Park, Esparanza has designed courses for Spruce Meadows, the Beijing games, and has acted as an Assistant Designer for the 1996 Olympic Games held at the Atlanta facility.

Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina was first to go in the irons of Kenwood, owned by the Kenwood Syndicate. While the pair beat the 91 seconds time allowed in their time of 86.999 seconds, their 8 jump faults would not advance them to the jump off. Derek Peterson of Archer, Florida was next to go in the irons of his first of two mounts, Catchafire. With four jump faults at fence four and a time of 82.245 seconds, they would finish in fifth place overall. Werner 61, owned by Westwind Equestrian Training Center and ridden by Haley Gassel of Lenoir City, Tennessee, was next to go but also picked up four faults at fence four and another four at fence 11. Their eight faults and time of 85.694 seconds would see them finish in twelfth place overall.

Gemma Paternoster and Julia Harrison-Lee’s Osiris were next to go. The pair took their time in an effort to go fault-free, but suffered a heartbreak at the last fence and time faults resulting in 10 overall faults in a time of 96.174 seconds.

Ian Silitch of Ocala, Florida was next up in the irons of Cordovo, owned by Gaston Family Investments, LLC. Their time of 88.620 seconds and four jump faults would see them finish in tenth overall.

Zidoctro, owned and ridden by Jenna Friedman, was next to go and after posting four jump faults in a time of 84.614 second, would finish in seventh place overall.

There was still not a clear round, until Jordan Coyne from New Port Ritchey, Florida entered the ring on her own Lazaro. The pair took no prisoners as they galloped through the timers fault-free with a time of 84.986 seconds. Finally, a clean round!

International Hunter Derby winner Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina was next to go aboard Kendra Bullington’s Basje. The pair finished with a total of eight jump faults and a time of 87.182 seconds.

Penny Brennan of Buhl, FL and her own Sun Tzu were next up and finished with 8 jump faults and a time of 88.258 seconds.

Quite Dark 2, owned by Westwind Equine Training Center and ridden by Haley Gassel of Lenoir City, Tennessee, was next up and turned in an eight fault effort in a time of 86.497 seconds.

Jared Peterson of Archer, Florida was next to go in the irons of his father’s Titus 2:11. But after turning in a four fault effort in a time of 80.827 seconds, the pair would finish in fourth place overall.

David Blake of Parkland, Florida followed Peterson in the irons of Pine Hollow Farm’s Doma Sue. With four faults at fence 9 and a time of 85.960 seconds, Blake and Doma Sue would finish in eighth overall.

It looked like there may not be a jump off, but then German Camargo of Loxahatchee, Florida entered the ring riding his own Centurio. The pair’s fault free round in a time of 81.578 seconds gave the crowd the jump off they wanted!

Five horse and rider teams followed and none went clean.

Esparanza revamped the course for the jump off and set the time to beat at 67 seconds. Coyne and Lazaro were first to go and the crowd was on the edge of their seats. The team tackled the course in a fast time of 44.708 seconds, but with four jump faults, left the win on the table for Camargo and Centurio. When Camargo galloped passed the timers, the scoreboard announced a fault free round in a time of 53.024 seconds.

“It was a tough course, a really technical course, but with Jordan having dropped a rail, I was able to take my time a bit to make sure we’d go clean,” he said.

“I got him 4 years ago as a four year old in Europe. This is one of his first grand prix. He is a strong horse and he jumps really well,” said Camargo. Originally from Colombia, Camargo has been in the Wellington area for fourteen years.   He travels to the shows with his family and his wife and son are always ringside to lend a hand. “I don’t have a groom,” he said. “My family helps me.”

“I have other horses and customers, etc. One of the reasons I came here is because of the ring,” he said. “And the weather here has been great – it is so hot in Wellington.”

The final results had Camargo winning with Centurion, Coyne second with Lazaro, and Silitch rode Vanita, owned by Gaston Family Investments, LLC, to a third place finish with a fast, four fault round in 79.098 seconds.

On Deck!

Week II starts off tomorrow with a complimentary Riders’ Clinic sponsored by Zone IV and taught by Pat Bostwick, so make sure to reserve your spot by contacting Janet McCarroll at 228.669.2687 or email her at gcclassic@aol.com. These spots go fast so make sure to reserve your place today!

Next Friday night features the annual Outback Steakhouse Dinner during the inaugural $10,000 Six Bar Class, so be sure to reserve your table today! This is a charity event that benefits the Hope Clinic and is always a fun time for all.

Saturday night features the $35,000 Antares Sellier Grand Prix so be sure to book your VIP table today!

Next week also offers the $2,500 USHJA Hunter Classic, the Emerson Burr Program for Pony Riders, the $5,000 Welcome Class, the $5,000 Futures Class and the Atlanta Cup Equitation Classic for Horses.

To wrap up two great weeks of showing, the Classic Company will feature Junior Hunter Frenzy Week II and award the Grand Puba Junior Hunter Championship the final Sunday of the show.

So whether you are a seasoned veteran or novice looking for a positive show experience, look to the Classic Company shows and join them in Atlanta now through June 22!

In other news… show-cation!

Did you book your beach condo? The Show-cation destination is coming up at the Charleston Summer Classic which starts July 8 through 19. Beach front condos a few minutes from the show grounds are where the riders stay, so don’t miss out on the best show-cation of your life! Bring the family, friends, dogs and horses! Minutes from the beach and only a short drive to historic Charleston, this is the show that offers something for everyone from fishing to kayaking, to shopping to wave jumping, from walk-trot to weekly grand prix and hunter derbies. This is your Show-cation destination!

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest: Classic Shows are FUN! Friday night exhibitor parties, Saturday night grand prix, complimentary ringside Saturday pizza and luncheons all with the exhibitor in mind! And remember, Classic Company does not charge extra office fees for credit card transactions nor is there a scratch or add fee! Classic Company wants to make your showing experience the best ever!

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