The 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued with the second week of the 13-week long circuit. Starting out the International Arena with a win was Jimmy Torano (USA) and Chewbacca HCC with victory in the Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumpers.
While the first FEI ranking class takes place Thursday, January 13, FEI horses were able to compete Wednesday in the Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumper Pre-FEI Horses class. Torano and Chewbacca HCC came away with the win in a time of 76.093 seconds. Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) & Andy Christiansen Jr. (ECU) are the course designers for the International Arena this week.
Just behind them was David O’Brien (IRL), who rode Chansonette Farm LLC’s EL Balou Old, a 10-year-old stallion by Eldorado VD Zeshoek x Balou Du Rouet, in 76.478 seconds. Rounding out the top three was Irish Olympian Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and the 13-year-old Rhinelander gelding Alejandro (Acorado’s ASS x Continue), owned by Sweet Oak Farm, Spy Coast Farm, and Seabrook LLC.
Wellington, FL – January 6, 2022 – Hunters were the highlight on Friday, January 7, 2022, at the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), as Jimmy Torano and Isalou Inc.’s Laskano took the top spot in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby 2*.
After securing the second spot in round one with a score of 182 out of 26 entries, Jimmy Torano piloted Laskano around a twisty second round with bold and precise execution to finish top of the field with a second-round score of 211 and a total of 393.
McLain Ward Notches First 2022 WEF Win
Four-time Olympic medalist McLain Ward (USA) notched his first win of the 2022 WEF circuit on Friday in the $6,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Speed Challenge on Bonnie M Z over 44 other entries. The pair sped to victory in 60.780 seconds over the Eric Hasbrouck-designed course. Finishing just off the pace in second place were Laura Chapot (USA) and Out of Ireland, owned by Chapot and The Edge, who stopped the timers in 61.304 seconds. Catherine Tyree (USA) and Newton van het Krekelhof were third in 65.324 seconds.
Ward and Bonnie M Z showed on Wednesday and improved to a winning performance in Friday’s 1.40m class. Ward got the ride on Bonnie M Z two weeks ago through the Holtgers family of Gut Einhaus LLC. Ward has started a new partnership with them and will train Ansgar Holtgers Jr. Gut Einhaus entered into ownership of the horse in 2018, and he has been ridden by Olympic champions Eric Lamaze of Canada and Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED).
“They asked me to ride the horse and see what I thought he could be,” said Ward of the 13-year-old Zangersheide gelding by Bentley Van De Heffinck x Berlin. “He’s done up to three-star grand prix. The Holtgers have owned him for a few years, and now we’re getting started with him.”
Mill Spring – October 26, 2020 – Jordan Coyle and Picador (Brewster, NY) galloped to victory in the $25,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix at Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort (TIEC) to conclude Tryon Fall 6 competition. Ken Dickey (Phoenix, AZ) and Rocking D Ranch’s Opium du Soufflet, a 2009 Swedish Warmblood gelding (Ogano Sitte x Nicky du Soufflet), were the short-course trailblazers, unfortunately going off course at the last fence to receive second place. Connor O’Regan (Upperville, VA) navigated the 2012 Belgian Warmblood mare (Hunter’s Scendix x Cleopatra van Spalbeek) owned by Dynomite Ranch, LLC, Mendini DR, to a third place finish on a time of 78.186 in the first round, with a single time fault keeping them from the speed test.
Coyle and the 2007 Anglo European gelding (Lupicor x Kind of Magic), owned by Elan Farm, were one of 39 entries to challenge the long course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA), with only two pairs gaining entry to the jump-off. Dickey was first to go, and his navigational error at the end of the course paved the way for a pressure-free jump-off experience for Coyle. The pair ended up on a time of 38.51 seconds with one rail down, but Coyle shared that it was nice for Picador to end his time at TIEC on a high note after a difficult two weeks.
“He [Picador] won the first class last week [$37,000 EquiSafe Global Power & Speed Stake CSI 3*] and things just didn’t work out in between, but it’s good he won today. The course rode tough… much tougher than I expected,” Coyle revealed. “Since we’re going to Kentucky next week I wanted to jump today just as an easy round. But there was nothing easy about that: it was as tough as any of the FEI classes!”
Jimmy Torano and Laskano Achieve Brilliance in $20,000 Hunter Classic
October 23, 2020 – Jimmy Torano (Wellington, FL) and Laskano were unstoppable in the $20,000 Hunter Classic at Tryon International Equestrian Center, earning a first round leading score of 90 followed by a second round score of 87 for a combined 177 total over the Skip Bailey (Loxahatchee, FL) course design. Michael Britt-Leon (Canton, GA) claimed the second and third place ribbons with Kelly Sims’ Private I, the 2012 Oldenburg gelding (Corrado x Verdi) owned by Kelly Sims, earning a combined score of 175, and Bacchus, Sims’ 2013 Hanoverian gelding (Bisquet Balou x Feliz V/D Donkhoeve) with a final score of 168.
“He [Laskano] is a new horse. We just got him in May and this [TIEC] was his first horse show back in June and from day one he has been a winner,” Torano shared of his mount, the Isalou, Inc. entry and 2012 Westphalian gelding (Los Angeles x Laskaja). “Laskano is just one of those horses that never wants to let you down. You can count on him every time, and he is very predictable.”
Rodrigo Pessoa and La Caramba Sprint to $6,000 Speed Stake CSI 4* Win
October 23, 2020 – Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and La Caramba soared to a swift victory in the $6,000 Speed Stake CSI 4* with a time of 60.54 seconds over the Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) track, piloting the 2010 Holsteiner mare (Carambole x Caretino 2) owned in partnership with Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC. Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Ronja, Ilan Ferder’s 2011 Swiss Warmblood mare (Conteur x Czandor), stopped the timer at 61.37 seconds to land them a second-place finish, while Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) piloted Conrad 119, the 2010 Oldenburg gelding (Comme il Faut 5 x Landfrieden) owned by Louisburg Farm, to a third-place finish on a time of 64.1 seconds.
Lexington, Ky. – July 31, 2019 – The Classic Champions Developing Jumper Tour kicked off its fifth show of the eight-part tour Wednesday at the Kentucky Summer Classic with a talented collection of up-and-coming young horses tackling the 5, 6 and 7-year-old divisions. While Aaron Vale and Gray’s Inn topped the leaderboard in the 5-year-old class held in the Walnut Ring, the Rolex Stadium saw David O’Brien emerging victorious with the fastest double-clear round in the 7-Year-Old Jumpers. The 6-Year-Old division followed, where Vale topped the leaderboard once again, this time competing three horses in the class before riding away with a one-two finish with Vander Esch and Carina, respectively.
Gogul and Torano Tie for Grand Hunter Champion
Professional hunters wrapped up Wednesday. The Grand Hunter Championship, presented by Visse Wedell, is awarded to the competitors with the most points accumulated in the Green 3’6″ Hunter, Green 3’9″ Hunter, Green Conformation Hunter, High Performance Conformation Hunter, and the High Performance Working Hunter divisions. Similar to last week, there was a tie for Grand Hunter Championship title. Jeff Gogul with Roberts Stables LLC’s Maverick alongside Jimmy Torano aboard Amethyst Equestrian Consulting LLC’s California both earned 44 points in their respective divisions to tie for the prestigious prize.
Lexington, Ky. – July 26, 2019 – The Kentucky Summer Horse Show opened Friday morning competition in the Rolex Stadium with the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers, where 14 horse-and-rider combinations contested the 14-effort track designed by Marina Azevedo. As a power and speed class, the contenders jumped the first seven jumps clear before moving onto the second speed phase. While riders raced to beat the clock, none could catch Jimmy Torano who rode the quickest clean round for the top spot on Uxanna, while Lorcan Gallagher on Colada and Pablo Barrios on Fursina VDM placed second and third, respectively.
Sophia Mitchell Rides to THIS National Medal Win
Equitation was on display Friday morning at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park starting with the THIS National Children’s Medal in the Claiborne Ring. Seventeen horse and rider combinations tackled the 3′ course, and it was Sophia Mitchell aboard her horse Callahan that rode away with the win after a four-horse test consisting of a roll-backs, trot fence, a halt and two changes of lead in front of the judge. Mitchell kept her lead from the first round after a stellar test earn the top prize.
Mill Spring, NC – May 18, 2019 – Jimmy Torano and Chanel One raced around the jump-off track in a time of 35.484 seconds to secure the $25,000 Marshal & Sterling Insurance Grand Prix win at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), taking top honors to represent Wellington, FL. Taylor Land (Atlanta, GA) and Liroy 30, a 2009 Dutch Sport Horse gelding (Levistano x King Kolibri) owned by Jay Land, Taylor Land, and Pinetree Farms Inc., cleared the short course in 36.714 seconds to earn second, while Nicky Galligan (Keswick, VA) and his own Javas Miss Jordan, a 2009 Irish Sport Horse mare (Luidam x Obos Quality 004), rounded out the podium in third after their 38.052-second jump-off performance.
Fifteen horse-and-rider pairs tested the Oscar Soberon-designed course, with five combinations qualifying for the Dallas, TX designer’s second-round track. Torano and the 2010 Holsteiner stallion (Catoki x F-Cover Girl) owned by The New Group LLC were able to best a blazing performance from Land that Torano wasn’t sure he could beat, he revealed.
“Taylor really put the pressure on and was blazing fast – to be honest, when she went, I thought it was over, and she couldn’t be caught. So when I went in, I wasn’t riding for second or third, but all or nothing. I wasn’t going to try to back in to the podium. And Chanel One did everything I asked.”
Most importantly, Torano noted, was that it was the stallion’s first competition under the lights to date, adding even more pressure to a competitive class.
“This is his first time ever showing at night. His heart was pounding, his eyes were bugging out of his head a little bit – he was definitely nervous going in, and I felt like I had to hold his hand the first round. When I came back for the jump-off, he was all business, and right there with me,” Torano said of the ride he’s been saving in lower-level classes.
“Chanel One is a fairly new ride for me. I’ve only ridden the horse a handful of times, and I’ve been doing him in lower classes, but decided to step him up this week. He won the 1.40m class this week, jumped a nice round in the Welcome Stake on Thursday, and tonight he was spot on,” Torano emphasized. “I had a little bit of bad luck on my other two horses, and I think I really called on Chanel One tonight. I needed a clear round, and he really came through.”
Complimentary of the venue’s atmosphere, Torano mentioned that TIEC’s signature “Saturday Night Lights” event is an incomparable experience for competitors and fans alike, saying, “It doesn’t really get any better than this. The crowds come out Saturday night as good as anywhere, and they’re into it. You really feel like they’re pulling for you,” he continued. “It’s great to have these big classes and it’s a great atmosphere to have.”
Lexington, Ky. – July 28, 2018 – The crowds came to cheer on top athletes at the Kentucky Horse Park and were not disappointed by the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix on Saturday. After a field of 35 horse and rider combinations entered the ring, only five returned for a competitive jump-off. Veteran professional, Jimmy Torano, piloted Ilan Feder’s gelding, Glasgow De Muze, to the win in a time of 40.203 seconds, narrowly beating another favorite, Aaron Vale, on his mount Major who crossed the timers with a speedy 41.557. Torano took home the prestigious grand prix win as well as the Envisian Leading Rider Award.
The Rolex Stadium was filled to the brim with spectators who came to the venue to participate in Hats Off Day, which celebrates the impact the horse has had on the state of Kentucky. The crowd was vibrant and cheered excitedly when Sydney Shulman and the first of her two rides, Villamoura, produced the first clear round. Vale, who entered the ring after Shulman, wasted no time in producing his own clear round and guaranteeing the crowd a jump-off. The challenging course, designed by Bobby Murphy, did not allow for another clear round until Torano, followed by Katy Abrahamson, and later Sharn Wordley.
Torano, who has been a prominent equestrian and equestrian sports commentator, only took over the ride on Glasgow De Muze a few months ago, when fellow professional, Ilan Feder, called to let him know that the gelding was on his way to his farm. The 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood is no stranger to the winner’s circle, just recently taking home the blue ribbon in the Open Jumper division at the Lake Placid Horse Show as well as top finishes at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.
Returning for the jump-off Shulman set a blistering pace only to have an unfortunate rail at the last fence. Vale, who is known to be almost unbeatable in the Rolex Arena, laid down a fierce ride, besting Shulman and forcing Torano to leave it all on the line. Torano, who has represented the United States in multiple FEI World Cup Finals and was a member on several Nations Cup teams, masterfully navigated the short course to produce a time that proved unbeatable by Abrahamson or Wordley.
Mill Spring, NC – May 22, 2018 – Jimmy Torano of Wellington, FL and Glasgow de Muze stole the show in the $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix on Saturday, May 19, dashing through the short-course timers in 37.968 seconds to claim top honors, besting a field of eighteen entries. Sarah Bagworth of Toronto, ON and her own Malou took second place, navigating the jump-off track in 42.655 seconds, while Torano once again rounded out the podium aboard his own Day Dream, finishing their second round in 36.878 seconds with an added four faults.
The course, set by Catalina Cruz (MEX), saw only five of eighteen pairs return to test the jump-off track. Torano had three mounts entered, and noted that piloting multiple rides had its advantages in the jump-off.
“I knew that there were only five in it and I had a couple behind me. Celso [Ariani] is very fast and I knew I had another ride last in the jump-off, so I thought I’d really take a shot with my first horse [Day Dream]. I got into a little trouble turning back on the double.”
“When Sarah went she played it smart. She went for a slow clear, but forced me to jump clear and be faster than her. I kind of stuck with my original plan. I went for the win and went fast. I figured that in the worst case, I would have one down and come in second, and best case I wanted to make sure that if I went fast enough I’d win the class.”
Of the course and his plan for the three mounts, Torano explained, “I went second in the order and I stuck to my plan. After the double oxers on the far end of the ring, the seven strides got very steady with a few people ending up going six strides. I stuck to my plan with all three horses and it worked out; I was first and third so I can’t complain. It really worked out well for my horses.
“The course rode nicely tonight. I thought the designer did a very nice job for the field she had here. There were only five clear out of 18, and I’m sure it was tough to build when she didn’t really know the group of people she was going to get. I thought she did a really good job,” concluded Torano.
Earlier in the week, Torano also galloped away with both first and second place in the $25,000 Welcome Grand Prix on Thursday, guiding Day Dream to first with a jump-off time of 36.202 seconds and Ilan Ferder’s Glasgow De Muze to second place after finishing the short track in 36.245 seconds. Nicole Bellissimo rode Bellissimo LLC’s Jersey V.D. Hunters to third place honors after crossing the timers in 38.169 seconds, with 17 entries testing the course in total.
Torano has been piloting Day Dream since the horse turned seven, but has only had the ride on Glasgow for a few weeks. Tryon Spring III was the pair’s first time in the competition ring together. He explained, “Oddly enough, that’s a horse [Glasgow] that I do not know at all. The Grand Prix was only the second class I’ve ever ridden him in. He belongs to a very close friend of mine, Ilan Ferder, who called me last week and said, ‘I’m going to send you a horse to ride.’ I owe him a lot, and a huge thank you to Ilan for believing in me and trusting me with that horse. So far, we’ve had great success with him. A good start.”
As Torano rounded out his third successful week at the venue, his original plans have shifted. “My plans were to leave after the conclusion of this week,” he said. “I changed all of my plans and I’m actually staying here for three more weeks. That’s how much we like it and how much our customers like it. I think that’s really the root of it. I love this horse show. I love the facility and the footing. There really is nothing to not like about all of it. I think that’s where success starts, when you’re happy to be in a place.”
Elizabeth Eaton of Bernville, PA and her own Herault championed the NAL/WIHS Adult Amateur Jumper Classic after completing their jump-off round in 35.951 seconds to beat the class. Diana Harris of Creedmoor, NC and her own Flair WS collected second place with a time of 40.438 seconds. Lily Bachofen of Raleigh, NC achieved third place aboard her own Seaside Riviera, rounding out the top three with a time of 40.764 seconds.
The $3,000 NAL 1.20m Low Junior Jumper Classic awarded the win to John Angus of Fort Lauderdale, FL and the Stephanie Angus owned Seacrest’s Calvin, with a jump-off time of 37.497 seconds. Jamie Buis of Wellington, FL and Bull Run’s Revelation, owned by Bull Run Jumpers Inc., were presented with second place after completing the track in 38.212 seconds. Faith Davis of Gurley, AL placed third with her own Dekadenz after riding through the fast track timers in 38.994 seconds.
Sarah Meyer of San Antonio, TX rode to victory aboard Cardentos J.W.B., owned by Don Meyer, in the $3,000 NAL 1.20m Low Amateur Jumper Classic after stopping the jump-off timers in 39.249 seconds. Arianna Tucker of Kannapolis, NC and her own Cludy took second place with a time of 40.591 seconds. Courtney Osborne of Marietta, GA and her own TY Boy earned third place after a jump-off round ending in 43.587 seconds.
The $5,000 NAL/WIHS 1.30m Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic was won by Manuel Fernandez Hache of Wellington, FL and Aristides Fernandez Zucco’s Kanisso, after crossing through jump-off timers in 37.742 seconds. Faith Davis of Gurley, AL and her own Cardiff CR earned second place with a time of 38.657 seconds. Judy Sutton of Maggie Valley, NC finished in third place with Win A Date after contesting the course in 40.384 seconds and with eight added faults.
The $10,000 1.40m High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic saw Grace Boston of Owings Mills, MD and Orpen Horses’ Campanula take first place, stopping the jump-off timers in a quick 44.076 seconds. Manuel Fernandez Hache of Wellington, FL also took home second place aboard Aristides Fernandez Zucco’s Al Calypso after finishing the track in 39.523 seconds, but with four added faults. Maria Gabriela Brugal of Santo Dominigo, FL scooped up third place aboard her own Southern Comfort, finishing with a first round time of 78.953 seconds.
The $10,000 USHJA International Derby saw Liza Boyd of Camden, SC guide the Finally Farm Inc.’s Clemens through two rounds in Tryon Stadium at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) Friday night, scoring 383 to take the lead ahead of 20 additional entries chasing behind. Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, AL took second place honors aboard Triompf, owned by Loretta Patterson, with a score of 373, while Boyd also took third, riding Leonardo Aljure’s Easter to a score of 366. The highlight class of the World Champion Hunter Rider week showcased top hunter talent under the lights in the iconic Tryon Stadium, with a course designed by Andres Christiansen.
With 35 entries presented on the Derby Field at TIEC for the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, Sara Taylor of Sherborn, MA piloted Eight Oaks’ So Fun, to victory on a two-round score of 184, scoring 90 and 94. Wakefield, RI native Jennifer Hannan rode Cynthia Sulzberger’s Coeur de Leon to second place on a score of 180.5, and Mary Antonini of New Orleans, LA secured third place aboard her own MTM Making Waves, their two round score totaling 178.5.
Liza Boyd of Camden, SC aboard Cassanto, owned by Maggie Hill, secured champion honors in the Performance Hunter 3’6″, ahead of Jennifer Bliss of Wellington, FL aboard Poker Face, owned by Harris Hill Farm, LLC.
Emma Terry of Cartersville, GA and Jackie Sawyer’s Blue Eyed Bandit were champions of the Short Stirrup 2′ Hunter Division. Reserve champion was awarded to Anna Scott Ault of Kennesaw, GA riding Jackie Sawyer’s Dapple Me Grey.
Jennifer Hannan of Wakefield, RI and Jennifer Smith’s Ocean Mist finished atop the division in the USHJA Hunter 3′ Division. Hannan collected reserve champion with Namaste, owned by Cynthia Sulzberger.
The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Small Junior Hunter 3’6″ Division champion was awarded to Elly Ficca of Charlotte, NC riding her own Cleopatra’s Smile. Reserve champion was awarded to Maggie Hill of Jackson, WY and her own O’Ryan.
Ashley Conkle of Wellford, SC was awarded champion of the USHJA Hunter 2’6″ Division with winning mount Pillow Talk, owned by Chris Brown. Reserve champion was presented to Caroline Foto of Waxhaw, NC and Huckleberry Finn, owned by Sarah Hattaway.
Sadie Parker of Waxhaw, NC and Jump Forest Jump, owned by Parker, finished atop the USHJA Hunter 2’3″ Division ahead of Grace Mangrum of Milton, GA, who collected reserve champion with her own Josiahs Elegant Comet.
The Large Junior Hunter 3’6″ Division was won by Grace Boston of Owings Mills, MD and Major Key, owned by Orpen Horses. Devin Seek of Ocala, FL and Don Stewart’s Addison captured reserve champion honors.
Mill Spring, NC – May 4, 2017 – Jimmy Torano (USA) and Betagravin stole the show in the FEI competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), riding to an impressive win in the $35,000 1.45m Tryon Challenge CSI 2* on the second day of international competition in the George H. Morris Arena. The pair made quick work of the jump-off track to stop the timers in 34.931 seconds. Leslie Howard (USA) and Gentille van Spieveld finished in second place with a time of 36.998 seconds, while Kyle Timm (CAN) and Georgie B earned third place with a time of 37.01 seconds.
Torano piloted both of his mounts, Betagravin, a 2006 Dutch Warmblood mare (Quasimodo Z x Grandeville) owned by North Run & Missy Clark, and Chiara Blue Diamond, owned by Yves Houtackers Spingstal & Missy Clark, into the top ten of the competitive class. Eight entries advanced to the jump-off round, while 46 entries contested the original track set by Richard Jeffery (GBR).
“I thought the course today was very nice. It wasn’t too big, but tough enough for a qualifying class,” said Torano. “I was lucky enough to have two in the jump-off and was fast on my first horse in, but had a rail down. I went last on Betagravin and knew that Leslie went very quick. This horse is just fast. The object for us was to win today.”
The pair has only been partnered together since the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) season, when Missy Clark and John Brennan asked Torano to try the mare out in a few classes. Torano elaborated, “She belongs to John and Missy with North Run. One day they asked me to ride her and we just clicked. I won the first class I did with her in Florida and she’s just a winner. She has a huge heart and is just super careful. She’s a real fighter.”
With Torano’s breadth of experience and Betagravin’s will to win, the pair has been formidable in international competition together. While Torano noted that Betagravin had jumped quality classes with previous riders, he feels the mare has truly come into form this year.
“She’s a horse that you can count on every time in the ring. It’s a good horse to have and she tries to win every class we put her in,” he explained. “She had jumped a few 1.50m classes and had some good experience at nice shows before this season. This winter she really got solid and consistent at this height and has been a rock star ever since.”
This week is Torano’s first trip to TIEC to compete and the veteran U.S. rider and renowned trainer has been impressed with not only the performance of his horses, but the experience his team has had so far.
“I love it here. I’m the biggest fan. I’m still trying to find something that I don’t like. We’re in a three-bedroom cabin with Missy and John and it’s just been fantastic,” laughed Torano. “What’s not to like here? There are restaurants and a General Store. It’s all just pretty spectacular. We loved it the first day and winning today’s class always makes the week that much sweeter. This is as good as it gets. It’s the best facility I’ve ever seen and we will absolutely be back in the fall.”
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Laura Kraut and Deauville S Top $25,000 Progressive Nutrition Grand Prix; Jimmy Torano and Day Dream Secure Victory in $10,000 Nutrena® Open Stake
Wellington, FL – April 11, 2017 – Jose Roberto Reynoso of Wellington, FL and Azrael W took top honors in the $35,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix at ESP Spring I, hosted at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) to kick off the post Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) season circuit. The duo completed the jump-off track in 35.263 seconds to take first place ahead of Margie Engle of Wellington, FL and Dicas, who crossed the timers in 36.579 seconds. Ailish Cunniffe of South Salem, NY and Baloucento 2 rode to third place, finishing just behind Engle with a time of 36.838 seconds.
Reynoso and Azrael W, a 2005 Dutch Warmblood (Chin Chin x Voltaire) owned by Reynoso, rose to the top of the leaderboard after besting a nine-horse jump-off. Five pairs finished the day securing a double clear effort around both tracks. The pair finished a banner week of competition, after finishing in second place in the $25,000 Progressive Nutrition Grand Prix on Friday, just behind Laura Kraut and Deauville S, before their grand prix win.
“I thought the course was good. He was just amazing, like always. I really like this horse so much. I’ve had him since he was four and we have a very good partnership together,” said Reynoso.
The pair was the last to head into the International Ring during the jump-off for the class and Reynoso understood the challenge ahead. While several other riders had rails, he wanted to keep Azrael W careful, but also quick to ensure that the pair finished with the fastest time.
“I was the last one in the jump-off and I knew that there were both four fault rounds and rounds with zero faults. I wanted to be careful not to have a rail and make sure that he stayed quick so that we could finish well,” he added.
The duo will contest the ESP Spring II classes before heading back to Brazil for their summer and fall seasons, with hopes of returning to Wellington for the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival and ESP Spring Series. He concluded, “We’re going to jump Spring II and then we’ll go back to Brazil, but are already planning on coming back for the 2018 season in November.”
Laura Kraut and Deauville S Top $25,000 Progressive Nutrition Grand Prix
U.S. veteran rider Laura Kraut of Wellington, FL and Deauville S, a 2006 Holsteiner gelding (Diamant de Semilly x Lux Z) owned by Old Willow Farms LLC, rose to the top of a competitive first grand prix class during ESP Spring I. The pair dashed through the jump-off track in 38.626 seconds to secure the win. Jose Roberto Reynoso of Wellington, FL and Azrael W finished just behind Kraut with a time of 39.298 seconds for second place. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and Boy IV captured third place with a jump-off time of 39.298 seconds.
Kraut and Deauville S bested the 33-horse class, which featured a small but fast jump-off of five horse and rider combinations. The seasoned pair of Kraut and Deauville S have competed around the globe and finished with one of their top placings this season in the grand prix.
Jimmy Torano and Day Dream Secure Victory in $10,000 Nutrena® Open Stake
Jimmy Torano of Wellington, FL and Day Dream, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Zento x Heartbreaker) owned by Jimmy & Danielle Torano, rode to victory in the $10,000 Nutrena® Open Stake to start off major prize money classes at ESP Spring I. The duo narrowly edged Sharn Wordley of Citra, FL and Caiman Des Sequoias, who stopped the timers in 37.69 seconds, while Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL piloted Boy IV to third place, finishing just a tenth of a second behind Wordley in 37.773 seconds.
A total of 41 combinations contested the track, while seven combinations advanced to the jump-off round, including another two of Andrade’s mounts, Belita and Walter 61. Wordley also guided Rye Val de Mai to the jump-off as his second mount to contest the short course.
The $5,000 Omega Alpha 1.35m Stake was championed by Luiz Francisco de Azevedo of Belgium and his own Axel P, rode to an efficient trip around the short course, finishing in 36.29 seconds. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL and his own Tupac Van De captured second place with a jump-off time of 36.362 seconds. Andrade also picked up third place in the class, piloting his own Jenni’s Chance to a top three finish with a time of 36.599 seconds.
Kelly Bauernschmidt of Bratenahl, OH and her own Belle Blue S rode to victory in the $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic after completing their jump-off trip in 37.376 seconds ahead of Nyah Chernoff of Dewinton, Alberta and Pater Noster, owned by Windemere Stables LTD., who took second with a time of 40.87 seconds. Serena Marron of New York, NY and Abnormaal, owned by Kevin Babington, earned third place after adding four faults to their jump-off time of 41.727 seconds.
Kendra Gierkink of Harpswell, ME and Freestyler, owned by Kadley Holdings LLC, captured first place honors in the $2,500 Gold Coast Feed Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, finishing the class as the only pair to secure a double clear effort. Phoebe Alwine of Delray Beach, FL and Zenith Dance, owned by In The Clover Equestrian, earned second place after dropping a single rail, adding four faults to their time of 40.854 seconds. Michelle Navarro-Grau of Wellington, FL and her own Tibetano finished in third place, after accumulating four faults and crossing through the short course timers in 45.39 seconds.
The $2,500 Equiline High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic saw Kira Kerkorian of Sagaponack, NY and Cassi, owned by Lisa Kerkorian, take first place, stopping the jump-off timers in 40.318 seconds. Kendra Gierkink of Harpswell, ME and Conisha van de Helle, owned by Kadley Holdings LLC, took home second place after finishing the track in 41.04 seconds. Michelle Naarro-Grau of Wellington, FL and her own Yidam finished in third place with a time of 42.02 seconds.
Heather Kuhl of Miami, FL and her own Wasserman rose to the top of the class in the $1,500 Equine Couture/TuffRider Low Children’s Adult Classic after besting the four horse jump-off with the fastest four fault time. The pair finished in 38.665 seconds ahead of Matti Fisher of Westport, CT and Paloma, owned by Lionshare Farm, who lowered a single rail and finished in 42.042 seconds. Sydney Gorall of Wellington, FL and her own Askano, took home third place after completing the jump-off track in 44.851 seconds.
Michelle Stacy of Marstons Mills, MA and her own Enqrique VHV took top honors in the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper Classic after completing the short course in 35.237 seconds. Adrian Jay of Knoxville, TN and Bibi Sijgje, owned by Halle Fogel, placed in second after finishing the jump-off in 33.664 seconds and adding four faults to their score. Lia Screnci of Boca Raton, FL and Vichy, owned by Volado Farms, took third after dropping a single rail in the first round and finishing with a time of 72.494 seconds.
Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL and Gabriel, owned by J T Farm, took top honors in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby during ESP Spring I with a total two round score of 177. Ericka Koscinski of Center Moriches, NY and Emerson Hill, owned by Libby Mewbourne, rode to second place with a final score of 172. Zayna Rizvi of Greenwich, CT and Verdana, owned by Laura Wasserman, finished in third place, only a point behind Koscinski, completing two rounds with a total of 171.
Colvin and Gabriel received an 88 from the panel in round one before securing an 89 in the handy to take the win. The duo’s scores were the highest in both rounds, as they outpaced a class of 14 entries.
Sienna Pilla of Ridgefield, CT and Robin Hill’s Snapshot, owned by Piccolino Farm LLC, championed the $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby with a two round score of 167. Hana Bieling of Wellington, FL guided Headlines, owned by Tanna Seltzer, to second place with a total score of 161, ahead of Christina Rogalny of Wellington, FL and More Like It, owned by Megan McCarthy, who took home third place with a score of 160 from the panel.
The Neue Schule Bits USHJA Hunter 3′ Division saw Richard Fancher of Crestwood, KY and Von Dutch, owed by Cara Cheska, take the division championship ahead of Deborah Perkins of Wellington, FL and her own Rise and Shine, who secured reserve champion honors.
Jennifer Hannan of Wakefield, RI and Canada, owned by Jennifer Smith, championed the Gold Coast Feed Performance Hunter 3’3″ & 3’6″ Combined Division ahead of Katherine Newman of Wellington, FL, who guided Forever Autumn, owned by Christine Richards, to reserve.
Coco Fath of Fairfield, CT and Akinda, owned by Hillside Farm, LLC, secured the divisional championship in the #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’6″ Division, while Taylor St Jacques of Glen Allen, VA and her own Di Samorano were awarded with reserve champion.
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