Wellington, FL – June 15, 2020 – The ESP June Spring Series continued last week with a day of Equitation competition on Wednesday, June 10, and four days of USEF “A” National & Jumper 4* competition. The $24,999 Osphos® Grand Prix (plus $600 in add back money) on the Derby Field was the highlight of the weekend, with Kent Farrington of Wellington, FL clinching victory aboard Kaprice, owned by Haity McNerney. The pair crossed through the jump-off timers in 36.17 seconds, besting the field of 43 competitors and pushing Canada’s Erynn Ballard out of the top position. However, Ballard still held on to both second and third place. Capturing the red ribbon aboard Diableur, owned by Emma Waldfogel, in 38.303 seconds and the yellow rosette with Skymaster LLC’s Judge Hof Ter Zeedycke in 38.379 seconds.
Farrington and Kaprice have been competing at the Equestrian Village facility since the May Schooling Shows began and have had a positive experience amidst the ‘new normal’ of horse show competition. “These are crazy times, but I think they’re doing an amazing job here. To be honest, I think we couldn’t ask for any better,” commented Farrington after his win. “Getting to ride out on this field is great. It’s not often we get to train younger horses on a field like this. For me, I have a bunch of young horses here, so I’m just trying to maximize their time by giving them that experience. I’m very grateful for ESP’s efforts.”
As the ESP June Spring Series winds down, Farrington plans to continue working his younger horses at his home base in Wellington: “We’re taking it one step at a time. For right now, it’s too hard to say if we’ll travel for the fall season. I think we’re lucky to have nice farms down here to work out of. It’s a little hot, but all things considered it’s not too bad. Hopefully sometime in the future, the world returns more to normal.”
It was lucky number thirteen again for the number of competitors returning for the second round. Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge designed a challenging course that tested competitors around the field. Natalie Dean of Palo Alto, CA and Paul O’Shea of Wellington, FL completed the podium, finishing in fourth and fifth places, respectively.
On Thursday, competition opened on the Derby Field with the $5,000 Omega Alpha 1.35m Stake. Myrto Iliadis of Wellington, FL rode Quattro BZ, owned by Daphne Iliadis to victory in 32.781 seconds. Running through the timers 32.913 seconds to claim second place was Erika Jakobson of Boca Raton, FL aboard Barn Rat LLC’s USA Normande. Jacqueline Steffens of Wellington, FL and Cat Ninja, owned by Eye Candy Jumpers LLC, took home third after a 33.94-second jump-off.
The $10,000 Elite Horse Transport Open Stake took place on Friday morning, with Eduardo Menezes of Wellington, FL piloting his entry Ennebel Van Het Posthuijs around the Derby Field to first place in 39.017 seconds. Erynn Ballard of Canada and Emma Waldfogl’s Diableur received the red ribbon for their efforts after a 39.434-second jump-off. Stopping the timers at 40.605 seconds to take the third-place position was Delaney Flynn of Park City, UT and Milan IV, owned by Grace Jacobsen.
Following the Grand Prix on Sunday morning, the $2,500 Equiline Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic took place on the Derby Field. With over 50 exhibitors entered in the competition, a Cali split was used and therefore yielded multiple winners. Taking home top honors was Samantha Kasowitz of New York, NY and Tixie Des Hayettes, owned by Fair Play Farm, after completing the jump-off in 32.584 seconds, while Gwyneth Babington of Gwynwedd Valley, PA rode Kevin Babington’s Mark Q to victory in 34.402 seconds. Claiming the red ribbons were Allyson Blais of Boynton Beach, FL with her Escudo, crossing through the times in 35.225 seconds, and Luiza Leivas Da Costa of Boca Raton, FL aboard Luziada Jmen, owned by Bonne Chance Farm, LLC, who completed the jump-off in 35.738 seconds. Rounding out the top three positions were Rodrigo Cunha of Miami, FL riding his entry Golden Boy across the finish line in 37.876 seconds and Caroline Mawhinney of Woodside, CA piloting Jessica Mendoza’s Dollar Girl 46 through a 37.9-second jump-off.
In the Vankampen Covered Arena, Mia Albelo of Miami, FL had another great weekend, claiming first place aboard her Cassandra Dreams in the $2,500 Equiline Low Junior Jumper Classic after a 39.806-second jump-off. Sophee Stechbeck of Clarksburg, NJ and Hip Living, owned by Aurora Rangel De Alba, took home the red ribbon after completing the course in 42.231 seconds, while Hunter Kava of Parkland, FL followed in 42.434 seconds aboard Hunter McLean Stables LLC’s Miss Moneypenny.
The $2,500 Equiline Low Amateur Owner Classic saw Rachel Turk of Glen Ellyn, IL claim the top spot with her mount Joli Coeur M Y in 38.948 seconds. Catherine Kubiak of Lake Forest, IL stopped the timers at 40.081 seconds aboard Over Fences Farm LLC’s Cantique D’Hyrencourt to take home second, while Elizabeth Kirby of Wellington, FL captured the yellow ribbon with Cassinja, owned by E.K. Equestrian LLC, after completing the course in 42.085 seconds.
Caroline Mawhinney of Woodside, CA piloted her entry Kyara Van’t to first place in the $1,500 M&S Children’s Jumper Classic presented by Score At The Top once the pair finished the jump-off in 40.341 seconds. Mia Green of Wellington, FL and Cornetto, owned by Heathfield Hunters LLC, claimed second after a 45.604-second performance, while Ella Hess of Boca Raton, FL and Virginia Bonnie’s Captiva finished in 46.955 seconds to receive third.
The $1,500 M&S Adult Amateur Jumper Classic presented by Score At The Top awarded the blue ribbon to Christie Rugh-Bileddo of Port St. Lucie, FL and her mount Beotie De Ravel after their 37.717-second jump-off. Moira Burnham of New York, NY rode her Ravena LS La Silla through the timers in 42.415 seconds to receive the red ribbon. Standing in third place was Margaret Bopp of Greenwich, CT and Tricolor’s Echo, owned by Kiva Iscol, upon completing the course in 42.739 seconds.
Mia Green returned to the winner’s circle to claim top honors in the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic presented by French Horse Exports aboard Forget Me Not Farm’s Evabellie W in 44.143 seconds. Jaxon Alvarez of Wellington, FL rode G-Star, owned by Skymaster LLC, to a second-place finish in 49.051 seconds. McKenna Schmell of Wellington, FL stopped the timers in 72.416 seconds with her mount Lordess of the Rings to capture the yellow ribbon.
Francesca Moore of Loxahatchee, FL rose to the top of the leaderboard in this Sunday’s $250 CCTV Agent .85m after finishing the jump-off in 37.623 seconds with Latour SCF, owned by Ashley Glica. Finishing close behind in 40.451 seconds was Danielle Kim of Boca Raton, FL and her mount Vanessa. Randy Johnson of Clarksburg, MD rode Jade Van De Start, owned by Greener Pastures, to a third-place finish after a 41.844-second jump-off.
The $1,000 Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter Classic was championed by Grace Tuton of Wellington, FL with Nicodemus Farms’ mount Sorbet after receiving a final combined score of 175 for their efforts in the ring. Only two points behind to capture second place was Christina Plichta of Wellington, FL and Kingsford, owned by Purple Lane Farm, LLC. Ellie Ferrigno of Newtown, CT piloted Redfield Farm’s Capitalized to third place with a score of 172.
Ava Barnes of Liberty TWP, OH rose to the top in the $500 Small/Medium Pony Hunter Classic with Ponis & Palms Show Stables LLC’s Rico Suave’, putting in a final combined score of 163. Claiming the red rosette was Hannah Famulak of New York, NY aboard Mind Your Step, owned by Monkey Business LLC, with a final score of 161. Ava Barnes returned for the third-place ribbon, this time riding Ellie Sadrian’s Cleverist with a score of 159.
Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL stole the show in the $500 Large Pony Hunter Classic, claiming first place aboard her entry Casino De Luxe with a score of 167 and second place riding her mount Prestige after receiving a final combined score of 164. Rounding of the top three was Taylor Cawley of Wellington, FL and California Dreamin’ II, owned by Littlewood LLC, with a combined score of 154.
The Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3” & 3’6” combined division presented by Vita Flex was championed by Grace Tuton and Sorbet, owned by Nicodemus Farms, while Christina Plichta and Purple Lane Farm, LLC’s Kingsford qualified for the reserve champion position.
Wellington, FL’s own Kingsley Dey took home the champion ribbon after besting the competition aboard Portofino, owned by Lucky Dey Farm, in the Children’s Hunter division presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center. Hollin Sutherland of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI clinched the reserve position with her mount Kingpin.
Laurie Stevens of Boca Raton, FL was named champion of the Adult Amateur Hunter division presented by Resilient Fitness for her efforts aboard her entry For Freedom. The reserve champion honors were tied by Tracy Gorin-Byrne of Noank, CT aboard Camille Camp’s Rowan and Haylee Jerkins of Wellington, FL riding her mount Cassidor.
The Children’s Pony Hunter division presented by The Wanderers Club saw Ava Barnes return to the winner’s circle to collect the champion ribbon aboard By4Now, owned by Robin Greenwood, while After The Rain was piloted by owner Hannah Glanzberg of West Palm Beach, FL to a reserve champion finish.
Julie Holzberger of Fairfield, OH rose to the top of the leaderboard in the Low Adult Hunter division presented by Pilates Rocks with her entry Imagine. Reserve champion honors were presented to Julie Burton of Loxahatchee, FL and her mount Uppercase.
The Junior Hunter 3’6” division presented by #1 Education awarded Ellie Ferrigno and Capitalized the champion ribbon for their efforts, while Kierstin Antoniadis of Middletown, NY and Lurifax, owned by Madeline Miller, took home reserve.
The unstoppable Ava Barnes and Rico Suave’ continued their winning streak by claiming the champion ribbon in this weekend’s Small Pony Hunter division presented by Dover Saddlery. Lily Epstein of Coral Gables, FL and Cosmo, owned by Little Brook Farms Inc. took home reserve champion honors.
The ESP June Spring Series, hosted at Equestrian Village, continues this week with the third Equitation Day on June 17, followed by the USEF “A” National & Jumper 4* competition from Thursday, June 18 through Sunday, June 21. Click HERE to view the Prize List. No spectators are allowed on-site, but friends and family can view all classes via our SGL live stream HERE.
To view the full results of the $24,999 Osphos® Grand Prix, please click HERE.
*EXHIBITORS: Remember to sign up for warm up time slots for Wednesday, June 17 in order to eliminate wait time at the show grounds.
To learn more about the new safety protocols and procedures at the horse show, please click HERE.
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