Holiday & Horses Wraps Up With A Win By Erynn Ballard and Canora Z In The $25,000 Omega Alpha National Grand Prix

Ballard flew through the timers at 39.311 seconds to claim first place against 26 competitors. ©Anne Gittins Photography

Wellington, FL – December 1, 2019 – The 2019 ESP Holiday & Horses show wrapped up this afternoon with more exciting hunter and jumper competition. The highlight class of the day was the $25,000 Omega Alpha National Grand Prix, which was ultimately championed by Erynn Ballard of Canada and Emma Waldgoel’s Canora Z. Twenty-seven horse-and-rider combinations turned out for the first round, designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio, and five returned for the jump-off. Ballard flew through the timers at 39.311 seconds to claim first, while Kent Farrington of Wellington, FL piloted Kaprice, owned by Kent Farrington & Haity McNerney, to second place in 39.548 seconds. Marie Demonte of France stopped the timers at 36.886 seconds, but had four faults added to her score to consequentially take home the yellow ribbon aboard Guy Beloossoff’s Stella Levista. 

Ballard commended her horse’s performance stating, “Canora came over in the spring, and this is only about my fourth show with her, but she’s been doing really well. She’s just an 8-year-old and we sort of had this class in mind for her this week. She did two 1.40m classes earlier this week to gear up for this and I think that our plan worked and she jumped beautifully today.”

Erynn Ballard and Canora Z championed the $25,000 Omega Alpha Grand Prix Sunday afternoon. Pictured with ringmaster Steve Rector. ©Anne Gittins Photography

This week featured the first FEI competition to take place in the International Arena on the brand-new surface. Ballard commented, “I think the horses really like it. They jump very consistently from beginning to end. You can go very fast on it and you don’t feel them slipping out through the turns. It just feels like it’s ‘with you’ all the time so I think it’s great.” Ballard plans to focus on her young horses during the rest of the ESP Holiday Series to get them “up and running for circuit.” 

The $2,500 Equiline High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic saw Mimi Gochman of Palm Beach, FL take home top honors with Gigi’s Girl BH, owned by Gochman Sport Horses LLC, in 38.884 seconds. Finishing the jump-off in 41.318 seconds to claim second place was Natalie Dean of Palo Alto, CA and Marigold Sporthorses, LLC’s Maestro Vica V/D Ark. Vanessa Hood of Wellington, FL rode Fairytale 86, owned by Take Two LLC, to third after completing the jump-off in 38.131 seconds and with four faults.

Mimi Gochman took home top honors with Gigi’s Girl BH in the $2,500 Equiline High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic. Pictured with ringmaster, Steve Rector. ©Anne Gittins Photography

Earlier in the day Ty Simpson of Wellington, FL and P & F Cordillo Z, owned by Outland Farms LLC, secured first place in the $2,500 Equiline Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic after a 31.837-second jump-off. Ashley Vogel of Mequon, WI piloted her mount, Thalie D’Anjou through the jump-off in 35.33 seconds to clinch a second-place victory. Paige Matthies of Lake Leelanau, MI rounded out the top three with a jump off time of 33.02 seconds and four faults riding Dirkie Z, owned by Barbara Smith.

Corinne Sweeney of Oyster Bay, NY and Sagamore Farms’ Cerubin captured the blue ribbon in the $2,500 Equiline Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic after a 35.273-second performance in the jump-off. Alexandra Pielet of Highland Park, IL took second place aboard Cohbanta, owned by Hillside Farm LLC, with a jump-off time of 35.647 seconds, while Hailey Royce of Gurnee, IL and Goldbreaker, owned by Castlewood Farm Inc., finished the course in 37.567 seconds to claim third place. 

The $1,500 M&S Children’s Jumper Classic presented by Score At The Top was bested by Chase Finizio of Boca Raton, FL and Victor E, owned by Kathryn Hall, after their 50.271-second jump-off and four faults. Coming in at second place with five faults and a time of 56.316 seconds was Sari Hank Guerreiro of Mexico and H5 Stables’ H5 Sevillia. Sydney Kahle of X rounded out the top three aboard Peter Lloyd’s Aruba ISF after a 66.66-second performance in round one and four faults. 

Maggie Alexander of Score At The Top presents the blue ribbon to Chase Finizio for the $1,500 M&S Children’s Jumper Classic. ©ESP

Rising to the top of the leaderboard of the $1,500 M&S Adult Amateur Jumper Classic presented by Score At The Top was Laura Hutton of Wellington, FL riding Lander Royale DS, owned by Maarten Huygens, upon completion of the 1.15m track in 47.114 seconds. Laura Sexton of Greenwich, CT piloted her entry, Chloe to a second-place finish with a jump-off time of 48.983 seconds, while Beth Goodwin Franco of Wellington, FL and her Mia took home the yellow ribbon after stopping the clock at 49.247 seconds. 

Maggie Alexander of Score At The Top presents the blue ribbon and award to Laura Hutton for the $1,500 M&S Adult Amateur Jumper Classic. ©ESP

Hunter Highlights
Purple Lane Farm, LLC’s King Aire was piloted by Christina Plichta of Wellington, FL to the champion position in the Pure Wellness Adult Amateur Hunter division, while Elena Horowitz of Wellington, FL and her mount, Sazerac took home reserve champion honors. 

Dr. Tristan Miceli of Pure Wellness presents the winner’s award to Christina Plichta and King Aire. ©ESP

Emma Hechtman of Tampa, FL and her entry, To The Point soared to the champion position in the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center Children’s Hunter division, while Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL and Channing, owned by Olivia Woods, secured a reserve finish.

The Wanderers Club Children’s Pony Hunter division awarded the champion ribbon to Riley McKesson of Wellington, FL and her High Tops for their efforts, while Quinn Hunter of Wellington, FL rode Alexis Mumford’s Northwind Face Value to reserve. 

The Vita Flex Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6” & 3’3” division crowned Tracy Scheriff-Muser of Palm Beach Gardens, FL champion after her performance with Aristocrat, while Christina Plichta returned to the winner’s circle with Purple Lane Farm, LLC’s Kingsford to take reserve honors. 

Tracy Scheriff-Muser and Aristocrat were named champion in the Vita Flex Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6” & 3’3” division. ©ESP

Donald Sheehan of Morriston, FL and Kashmere Farms LLC’s Indian Ocean claimed the champion position in the Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’ & 3’3” division, while Kelley Farmer of Wellington, FL took reserve aboard L.A. Confidential, owned by Larry Glefke & Aizlynn Radwanski. 

The #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’3” division named Rockette and Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL champion, while Sienna Pilla of Ridgefield, CT and Piccolino Farm LLC’s Pop Rocks took home reserve honors. 

Jordan Allen of West Bloomfield, MI swept the #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’6” division, taking the champion position aboard Robert Milligan’s Always Social and reserve honors with Ernesto, owned by Infinity Equestrian LLC.

The Pilates Rocks Low Adult Hunter saw Stacey Woods of San Antonio, TX take home the champion ribbon aboard her mount Limbo, while Lisa Berger of Parkland, FL and AM Sport Horses South Inc.’s Bon Ami finished in reserve.

Sterling Malnik returned to claim another champion title, this time in the Dover Saddlery Large Pony Hunter division aboard Prestige, while Savonna Adell of Bloomfield Hills, MI and Spellbound, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables LLC, secured the reserve ribbon. 

The Dover Saddlery Medium Pony Hunter division crowned Olivia Sweetnam of Wellington, FL champion after her performance with Sweet Oak Farm’s On Your Mark. Finishing in the reserve position was Vivian Golden of Reading, PA and Hidden Springs Waltz, owned by Renaud Farm, LLC.

Shiloh Roseboom of Corona, CA rode Enchantment Farms LLC’s Heavenly Patch of Blue to a champion victory in the Dover Saddlery Small Pony Hunter division, while Olivia Sweetnam claimed another reserve champion ribbon aboard Mr. Magoo, owned by Sweet Oak Farm.

Steven Gregorio of Wellington, FL bested the field in the Platinum Performance USHJA Hunter 2’9” division, taking home champion honors with Leslie Kramer’s Gladstone, while Haevns Schatt of Georgetown, KY rode Kesh, owned by Ainsley Sadlo, to reserve. 

The ESP Holiday Series will continue next week with the Year End Awards show from Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8. Click here to view the 2019 ESP Holiday Series Prize List. For exhibitors that have been competing in the annual ESP Show Series, please click here to check your year end standings to see if you qualify to attend our ESP Year End Awards Banquet this upcoming Friday, December 6 at The Wanderers Club from 6 – 8pm.

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