Jacob Pope Guides Unbelievable to Victory in $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Equine Tack & Nutritionals
Wellington, FL – April 17, 2019 – Samuel Parot of Wellington, FL and his longtime partner Atlantis finished atop the leaderboard in the $35,000 The Fit Equestrian Spring II Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) after completing their jump-off round in 35.42 seconds, two full seconds ahead of second place finisher Erynn Ballard of Tottenham, Ontario and her mount Judge Hof Ter Zeedycke, owned by Skymaster, LLC, who stopped the timers in 37.808 seconds. Paul O’Shea of Wellington, FL, and Skara Glen’s Chancelloress, owned by Skara Glen Stables, captured third place with a jump-off time of 41.592 seconds.
The class saw a total of 27 entries contest the course designed by Ana Catalina Harris Cruz (MEX) in the International Arena, while only nine combinations qualified for the jump-off round. Paul O’Shea piloted both of his mounts to a double clear effort on the day, while three combinations added four faults to their jump-off round.
Samuel Parot and Atlantis have picked up numerous national and international victories around the world and are considered to be one of the faster combinations when entered together. Parot, who competes internationally for Chile, has been a mainstay on the circuit in Wellington, FL for the past few years.
“The course was very nice. It rode well and was good for us,” said Parot. “The jump-off was fast and there were some times that I thought I could go faster, which helped us secure the win.”
Parot travels internationally during the season, but calls Wellington, FL, home during the winter circuit and has enjoyed a successful season. He elaborated, “My horses have gone well here and I think that the post season classes are good for my horses. Atlantis is very fast, so I wanted to try and go for the win in the jump-off.”
Todd Minikus and Amex Z Claim Top Honors in $25,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix
The $25,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix saw Todd Minikus of Lake Worth, FL, ride to victory aboard Amex Z, owned by Bit By Bit Group, after the pair toured the short course in 34.484 seconds. Margie Engle and mount USA Normande, owned by Paillot Equestrian & Gladewinds Farm, Inc., finished just two-hundredths of a second behind Minikus, stopping the timers in 34.492 seconds. Fabio Leivas da Costa and Randon Pleasure, owned by Bonne Chance Farm LLC secured third place with a final jump-off time of 36.025 seconds.
The class featured 43 entries and a small, quick jump-off with only five pairs qualifying for the second round. Each of the five combinations in the jump-off completed the track with no additional faults. Minikus also finished in eighth place with Calvalou on a single time fault.
Mark Bluman Pilots Imagine van de Hermitage to $10,000 The Fit Equestrian Open 1.40m Welcome Stake
The $10,000 The Fit Equestrian Open 1.40m Welcome Stake was championed by Mark Bluman of Wellington, FL, and Imagine van de Hermitage, owned by Melissa Wight, as the pair completed the short course track in 37.625 seconds. Margie Engle guided Fiero, owned by Garber & Gladewinds Farn, to a strong second place finish. The duo stopped the timers in 41.902 seconds ahead of Joao Eduardo Ferreira de Carvalho and Lamina Van’t Gelutt Z, owned by Karina Rocha Mello, who crossed through the finish in 44.018 seconds.
A total of 33 entries competed in the class, with nine combinations advancing to the jump-off. Only the top three combinations in the class finished their day with a double clear effort in the jump-off, while the remainder of qualified pairs finished with faults.
Jimmy Torano of Wellington, FL, topped the $5,000 Omega Alpha 1.35m Stake for the second week in a row aboard Chanel One, owned by The New Group II LLC. The pair finished their jump-off in 34.222 seconds to edge out Willie Tynan of Wellington, FL, and Freya, owned by Michelle Guardino. Shannon Clifford and her own Diamond rounded out the top three after stopping the timers in 37.259 seconds. The class featured over 40 entries and saw fourteen combinations contest the jump-off, where only the top four finishers produced a clear short course effort.
The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic was championed by Ella Bikoff of New York, NY, and Wirina, owned by Bikoff Equestrian LLC, as the pair completed their jump-off in 33.099 seconds for the win. Jessica Gollel of Pompano Beach, FL, and Cortina, owned by Rosiano Farm, captured second place after stopping the clock in 34.448 seconds. Isabella Gunningham of Greenwich, CT, and her own Calicool, finished in third with a short course time of 38.145 seconds.
Luiza Leivas Da Costa of Boca Raton, FL, and Luziada Jmen, owned by Bonne Chance Farm LLC topped the $2,500 Equiline Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake after a speedy trip through the jump-off track in 32.936 seconds, nearly three seconds faster than the next entry. Bente P, ridden and owned by Ellie Kimmell of Sarasota, FL, took second place with a jump-off time of 35.567 seconds. Amy Shafmaster of Newington, NH, and her own Dalton de la Fresniere rounded out the top three after crossing through the finish timers in 36.234 seconds.
Cara Dayton of Chesapeake City, MD, and Curby du Seigneur, owned by Deborah Dayton, championed the $2,500 Equiline High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake as the pair completed their jump-off trip in 32.718 seconds. Jamie Walker of Riverside, CT, and Arno VH Scheefkasteel Z captured second place with a jump-off time of 33.782 seconds, while Anna Beth Athey of Enid, OK, and her own Caribic added four faults to their time of 33.13 seconds.
The $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic saw Isabella Gunningham of Greenwich, CT, and her own Leroy top the class with a jump-off time of 40.357 seconds. Eleonora Novebaci of Weston, FL, and Romane de Kerliven, owned by Rose Hill Farm, captured second place with a jump-off time of 43.798 seconds, while Ava Humphries of Highland Beach, FL, and her own Ilmea van de Leeuwerk captured third place after stopping the timers in 46.595 seconds.
Marina Rubin of Delray Beach, FL, and GStar, owned by ZMM Equine, LLC, rode to victory in the $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic after besting the class with a jump-off time of 43.035 seconds. Emily Ablin of Palm Beach, FL, and Persimmon, owned by Leeann Ablin, finished in second place with a jump-off time of 43.335 seconds, while Virginia Doebler of Wellington, FL, and her own En-Esben rounded out the top three after stopping the clock in 47.052 seconds.
The $1,500 M&S Children’s Jumper Classic presented by Dover Saddlery was championed by Ansley Wright of Manalapan, FL, and her own Coriano Van Het Hermitage after the duo finished their jump-off with three time faults in 45.518 seconds. Trinity Beitler of Coconut Creek, FL, and MEC Fantastic, owned by Castlewood Farm Inc., took second place adding four faults to their time of 43.667 seconds. Valentina Haymes and Romance De VYZ, owned by Oakmont Stables, LLC, rode to third place with nine faults in the jump-off and a time of 47.563 seconds.
Alfredo Maximiliano Rodriguez of Wellington, FL, and SYL Europa, owned by Claudia Sovero, rode to victory in the $1,500 M&S Adult Jumper Classic presented by Dover Saddlery after dashing through the timers in 40.243 seconds. Rodriguez also took second place aboard SYL Burgues, owned by Sovero, with a time of 42.355 seconds. Allyson Blais of Boynton Beach, FL, and Escudo, owned by Andrew Kocher, rounded out the top three in 42.971 seconds.
Jacob Pope of Columbia, MD, and Unbelievable, owned by Forget Me Not Farm, secured top honors in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Equine Tack & Nutritionals after receiving a total two round score of 184. The duo performed beautifully to take the win, after earning scores of 92 in each round. Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, and Google It, owned by James Lala & Virginia Confer, took second place in the class with a two-round score of 178.5 ahead of Meredith Lipke of Hamburg, NY, and her own For Love, with a final score of 175.
The $500 M&S/NAL Child/Adult Hunter Classic was won by Cynthia Griffith of Wellington, FL, aboard her own Verkade with a two-round score of 169. Alexa Elle Lignelli of New York, NY, and Resonate, owned by West Hill, earned second place with a score of 167. Lignelli also earned third place with Pop Rocks, owned by Piccolino Farm, LLC, after receiving a 165.
Olivia Sweetnam of Wellington, FL, and Jimmy Neutron, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, were victorious in the $500 Small Pony Hunter Classic after receiving a two-round score of 166. Taylor Cawley of Wellington, FL, and Reidell Day Dream, owned by Iron Horse Performance Ponies, finished in second place with a 165.5, while Sweetnam also earned third place aboard Sugarbrook Burnside, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, on a total score of 165.
Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL, and her own Not So Secret secured top honors in the $500 Medium Pony Hunter Classic with a score of 175. Omi Enkin of Miami Beach, FL, and Pursue The Blue finished on a score of 165 for second place, while Malnik also earned third place aboard Sterling on a 164.
Cecelia Perry of North Venice, FL, guided Pokerface, owned by Winter Tietjen, to first place in the $500 Large Pony Hunter Classic after earning a 173. Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL, guided Casino de Luxe to a score of 167 for second place, ahead of Mae Mannis of Woodbury, CT, and Days Of Our Lives, owned by Merrylegs South, who finished in third place with a score of 161.
The $1,000 Junior Hunter 3’3”/3’6” Classic saw Camryn Halley of Oviedo, FL, pilote Gabriel, owned by Laura Barrett-Gurtis, take first place on a final two-round score of 167. Gigi Moynihan of Oldwick, NJ, and Corrico, owned by Christy Johnson, secured second place with a score of 166. Jaden Porter of Ladue, MO, rode Dragonfly’s Steel Octopus, owned by Dragonfly Farms to third place with a score of 165.
Laura Sexton of Greenwich, CT, guided her own Set to Music to the top of the leaderboard in the $1,000 Vita Flex Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3”/3’6” Hunter Classic after earning a total score of 170. Jean Sheptoff of Littleton, MA, and her own Verdict finished in second place with a score of 169.5. Jeanine Cash of Winthrop, MA, and Mosaic, owned by Colin Cash, took third place on a score of 169.
Patricia Griffith of Wellington, FL, and Silver Lining, owned by Callie Seaman, were victorious in the $1,000 USHJA 3’ & 3’3” GIP Incentive Stake with a score of 87. Keri Kampsen of Wellington, FL, and Mr. Fox, owned by Margie Sugarman, finished in second place with a score of 85, while Kim Barone of Watertown, MN, guided Dialicious, owned by Cynthia Bulwicz, to third place with a score of 82.
Alliy Moyer of Carmel, IN, and Hero, owned by Moyer Farm LLC, topped the Vita Flex Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6” Division, while Jean Sheptoff of Littleton, MA, and Verdict, earned reserve honors.
Ellen Toon of South Salem, NY, and Gabriel, owned by JT Farm, captured divisional honors in the Vita Flex Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3” Division ahead of Jeanine Cash of Winthrop, MA, and Mosaic, owned by Colin Cash, who finished with reserve champion.
Sandra Ferrell of Wellington, FL, and Esh Eye Candy, owned by Susan Symons, championed the Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’3” Division, while Keri Kampsen of Wellington, FL, and Casino Royal, owned by Nicole Benscoter, took reserve honors.
Keri Kampsen of Wellington, FL, piloted Mr. Fox, owned by Margie Sugarman, rode to victory in the Green Hunter 3’ Division, while Silver Lining, owned by Callie Seaman and ridden by Patricia Griffith earned reserve honors.
Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, and Gabriel, owned by Ellen Toon captured top honors in the Green Hunter 3’6” Division, while Caitlin Venezia of Wellington, FL, and True Blue, owned by Jennifer Combs, were presented with reserve champion.
The #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 & Under Division saw Jaden Porter of Ladue, MO, and Dragonfly’s Steel Octopus, owned by Dragonfly Farms, rise to the top of the week’s competition, while Ella McHardy of Toronto, ON, and her own Fabio, were presented with reserve.
The Gold Coast Feed Junior Hunter 3’6” Division saw Gigi Moynihan of Oldwick, NJ, and Corrico, owned by Christy Johnson, take top honors, while Hallie Grimes of Houston, TX, and Custom Made, owned by Can We Keep It? LLC, secured reserve champion.
Camryn Halley of Oviedo, FL, and Gabriel, owned by Laura Barrett-Gurtis, performed beautifully throughout the #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’3” Division to earn the division’s champion honors. Savannah Sugar of Wayland, MA, and her own Boccaccio rounded out the weekend with reserve honors.
The Pilates Rocks Low Adult Amateur Hunter saw Emily Lawrence of Milton, ON, guide Estandar, owned Leah Toscano, to champion honors, while Monika Preston of Palm Beach, FL, and Denver, owned by First Blue LLC, were honored with reserve champion.
Grayson Corry of Jupiter, FL, and Road Scholar, owned by Victoria Rose Watson, collected champion awards in the Walk Trot Division, while Rylan Remington guided Fine China, owned by Kristin Schuttenmeyer, took reserve champion.
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