Feature jumper action culminated Saturday evening at the World Equestrian Center — Wilmington Summer Series Week 3 with athletes gathering in the Sanctuary Arena to contest the $10,000 WEC Futures Prix 1.30m and the $30,000 WEC Grand Prix 1.45.m.
Courses for the classes were designed by 2008 Beijing Olympics course designer, Steve Stephens of Stephens Equestrian Designs, Inc. Stephens brings more than forty years of experience in the equestrian industry to bear on his unique designs.
A field of 14 horse and rider combinations contested the grand prix course, with eight pairs qualifying to advance to the jump off. Ultimately it was Ryan Genn of Rheinland Farm in Lebanon, Ohio and Wilhelm Genn’s VDL Gerinus T (Arezzo VDL x Rosalina) who captured the win with a double clear effort and a blazing jump-off time of 39.380. Genn and the athletic 2011 Dutch Warmblood gelding have been frequent visitors to the winner’s circle at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington in 2021.
Kady Abrahamson of Abrahamson Equestrian, LLC of Georgetown, Kentucky and Ocala, Florida, and Abrahamson Equestrian, LLC’s Maraca LS La Silla (Quintero La Silla x Marimba La Silla) earned a second place finish with a double clear performance and a jump-off time of 41.136.
Ryan Genn also captured third place in the class aboard Wilhelm Genn’s Van Gogh (Valentino x Calina Z). Genn and the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding delivered a double clear effort, stopping the jump-off clock at 43.189 for a third place finish.
$30,000 WEC Grand Prix 1.45.m Results
- VDL Gerinus, Ryan Genn – 0 | 0 | 39.380
- Maraca LS La Silla, Kady Abrahamson – 0 | 0 | 41.136
- Van Gogh, Ryan Genn – 0 | 0 | 43.189
- Snow White, Natalie Thornell – 0 | 0 | 44.180
- G-Star, Harry Harding – 0 | 0 | 45.028
- Essince W, David Beisel – 0 | 4 | 40.687
- Tyson Uno, Maria Roberts – 0 | 4 | 41.733
- Banco Du Moulin, Kady Abrahamson – 0 | 4 | 43.006
- Light Show, Lani Hutchison – 4 | 77.896
- A Lil Evil, Kathryn J. Currey – 4 | 77.683
Logan Taylor and First Finch Claim First in the $10,000 WEC Futures Prix
Earlier Saturday afternoon, the Sanctuary Arena hosted 12 horse and rider combinations for the $10,000 WEC Futures Prix 1.30m. Seven pairs qualified for the jump-off, but it was Logan Taylor aboard First Finch who took home the win.
Taylor of Cincinnati, Ohio piloted her own First Finch (Amadeus x Silvia), an 11-year-old KWPN gelding to a double clear effort and a jump-off time of 42.761 for the win.
Melissa Lesch rode her own Emil Du Coeur D’or Z (Elvis Ter Putte x Tervita) to second place in the class. Lesch and the 9-year-old Warmblood gelding went double clear and stopped the jump-off timers at 43.110 to finish second.
Diana Conlon of Lexington, Kentucky and her own Wondergirl (Mylord Cathargo x Winning Girl) rounded out the top three. Conlon and the a 9-year-old Oldenburg mare also delivered a double clear performance, with a jump-off time of 47.510, sliding them into the third place position.
$10,000 WEC Futures Prix 1.30m Results
- First French, Logan Taylor – 0 | 0 | 42.761
- Emil Du Coeur D’or Z, Melissa Lesch – 0 | 0 | 43.110
- Wondergirl, Diana Conlon – 0 | 0 | 47.510
- Ismael, Ashley Stumm – 0 | 4 | 41.509
- Ecuador W, Logan Taylor – 0 | 4 | 42.325
- Easton, Kevin McCarthy – 0 | 8 | 44.475
- Norwin Z, Erika Heintschel-Githens – 0 | 10 | 49.519
- PDR Pinion, Diana Conlon – 2 | 81.455
- Jamiroquai, Natalie Thornell – 4 | 79.820
- Hendrik, David Beisel – 8 | 74.447
Photographs courtesy of Winslow Photography.