Forty-three entries challenged a winding track in Saturday afternoon’s $10,000 WEC 1.35m Futures Prix. Thirteen entries managed to jump double clear, but it was two-time Olympian Pablo Barrios (VEN) and Clotilde Lewis’s Ever Star Du Cadran, a recently imported seven-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Quickstar x Prestige Du Hille, that took home the blue ribbon.
Barrios and the recently imported seven-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Quickstar x Prestige Du Hille delivered a clear first round in 80.557 seconds, well within the time allowed of 84 seconds.
They advanced straight to the jump-off, galloping through the course to stop the clock at 30.547 seconds. “I wanted to be really fast for fences one, two, three and four because I saw a lot of horses having down the (A) of the combination, so I wanted to be able to take my time then go for the six [strides] in the last line,” said Barrios. “When I jumped in and saw it, it was very long but I never give up and the horse understood what I was asking. He jumped from far but cleared it. He is a little horse with a big heart and a big step.”
Samantha Senft (USA) and her own Desperado earned the third-place title in last week’s $10,000 Futures Prix 1.30m-1.35m. Senft and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding (Up to Date x Unity Grace), found a first clear round in 81.080 seconds, then continued straight to the jump-off, jumping a second clear round in 30.840 seconds to earn second place.
Rounding out the top three placings were Francie Nilforushan and Ali Nilforushan’s Edgarrento, a 12-year-old KWPN stallion by Zento x Numero Uno. Nilforushan of Rancho Sante Fe, California, and Edgarrento delivered a flawless first round, stopping the clock at 83.238 seconds just under the time allowed of 84 seconds. The pair jumped off immediately, galloping through the finish to receive a time of 31.361 seconds.
$10,000 Futures Prix 1.30m-1.35m Results:
1. Ever Star Du Cadran, Pablo Barrios, Clotilde Lewis: 0 | 0 | 30.547
2. Desperado, Samantha Senft, Samantha Senft: 0 | 0 | 30.840
3. Edgarrento, Francie Nilforushan, Ali Nilforushan: 0 | 0 | 31.361
4. MTM Chelsea 98, Dorothy Douglas, MTM Farm: 0 | 0 | 31.488
5. RF Casablanca, Gabriel Matos Machado, Carben Farms LLC: 0 | 0 | 31.593
6. Bonza, Gabriel Machado, Carben Farms LLC: 0 | 0 | 31.745
7. Quentin VA, Shawn Casady, Two Socks Farm LLC: 0 | 0 | 32.139
8. Gerry’s Jewels, Damian Guthrie, Florence Hessen-Scher: 0 | 0 | 32.144
9. Vive The Quine, Isabel Roth, Two Socks Farm LLC: 0 | 0 | 32.383
10. MTM Pablo, Dorothy Douglas, MTM Farm: 0 | 0 | 33.121
Photos courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.