Edited Press Release
The Sanctuary arena hosted an international field of 22 talented horses and riders for the $10,000 Futures and $30,000 Grand Prix classes. A myriad of sparkling holiday trees, bountiful greenery and substantially sized gifts all ornamented the course designed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, Kentucky.
As always, both classes brought the fiercest of competition with all riders vying for the top spot. However, none could best David Beisel and his own Essince W (Chacco Blue x Rossan). Beisel and Essince W have become crowd favorites, going for broke each time they compete, to the delight of their fans.
On this occasion, Beisel of David Beisel Stables, Goshen, Ohio, and the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding went double clear and finished the fastest in round one, crossing the timers in just 73.187 seconds, well under the 85 second time allowed. Last to go on the short course, Beisel and the bold black gelding flew over the last jump and past the timers in 37.887 seconds to ultimately take the blue ribbon.
During the last two shows at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington, the pair has reigned supreme in the WEC Grand Prix ring. The win marked their third consecutive victory in the feature class at WEC – Wilmington.
“Essince had a little vacation in the pasture while we traveled last week for Thanksgiving. He’s such a great horse,” Beisel said. “My son hacked him for a few minutes this past Sunday, and then he went back into the field before coming up here. It’s actually quite funny – he was even covered in mud when I shipped him up here on Tuesday! But it was back to work when he got here.”
Ireland’s Kevin McCarthy of K&K Sporthorses, Lexington, Kentucky, and his own Catch a Star HSS (Sheraton x Tolinda) returned to the Sanctuary after winning the Welcome Stake earlier in the week. Tonight McCarthy and the 11-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare jumped to a quick 75.790 seconds in round one, followed by a fault-free 39.675 second go in the jump off to take second place and the red ribbon.
Sarah R. Meier of Punchestown Stable, Lexington, Kentucky, and Thinks Like A Horse’s Gallup landed in third place. The pair jumped a fault free first round in 74.527 seconds, followed up by a 36.462 second time in the jump off, with an unlucky rail that landed them in the third place position.
The Futures Prix saw a field of 11 contestants vying for the win over a similar course to that of the Grand Prix. Eight entries found clear first rounds but just five managed to jump double clear, with Corri Goldman and her own Ciego (Scareface De Mars x Adea) edging out the competition by just 0.095 seconds in the jump off.
Amatuer rider Goldman of Maryland and the 9-year-old Selle Français gelding put the pedal-to-the-metal and sped through the course. Spectators cheered as they wrapped up their first round in only 69.406 seconds. Upon returning for the short course, the duo laid down a second clear and finished in 28.766 seconds to secure first place honors.
When asked about Ciego, Goldman replied, “I’ve had Ciego for three years now and he is so small! We call him ‘the pony.’ He is only 15.1 but he doesn’t let that stop him. He is a great horse for an amatuer like me and he does whatever I ask of him. I do this without a trainer and I board my two horses at a local farm. After Christmas we will be spending the winter in Ocala and can’t wait to be back down south competing in the warm weather.”
Junior rider Izzy Beisel, daughter of Grand Prix champion David Beisel, and Ashwood Farm LLC’s Indira are a new team in the ring, but you wouldn’t know based on their performance. This duo was on the heels of Goldman during both course attempts. The 2013 Dutch Warmblood Mare jumped to finish round one in an impressive 69.607 seconds. Beisel and Indira then galloped in the jump-off and managed to cross the timers in 28.861 seconds, missing first place by only 0.095 seconds.
Doug King of Royal Crown Stables in Malvern, Pennsylvania and Summersby (Stalypso x Lady) rounded out the class’s top three by jumping double clear and completing two tidy rounds. King and the 12-year-old Hanovarian mare delivered a very fast and clean first round stopping the clock at 67.356 seconds. They flew through the jump-off course, to stop the clock at 29.018 seconds for a third place finish.
Photos courtesy of Winslow Photography
$30,000 WEC Wilmington Grand Prix Results:
- Essince W, David Q. Beisel 0 | 0 | 37.887
- Catch a Star HSS, Kevin McCarthy 0 | 0 | 39.675
- Gallup, Sarah R. Meier 0 | 4 | 36.462
- Jarocco Blue, Sam Berry 0 | 8 | 39.679
- A Lil Evil, Kathryn J. Currey 4 | 73.616
- Main Line Girl, Doug King 4 | 75.989
- Vegas H, David Q. Beisel 4 | 76.678
- Unesco du Rouet, Christian B. Currey 4 | 76.783
- Clever, Rachel Schnurr 4 | 78.765
- Chaccomo 11, Drew Arnold 8 | 77.610
$10,000 WEC Wilmington Futures Prix Results:
- Ciego, Corri Goldman 0 | 0 | 28.766
- Indira, Izzy Beisel 0 | 0 | 28.861
- Summersby, Doug King 0 | 0 | 29.018
- Galway Bay Pandora, Alliy Moyer 0 | 0 | 29.474
- Viva’s Dolce W, Elyse Batista 0 | 0 | 33.559
- Check Point 18, Sarah R. Meier 0 | 4 | 28.418
- Mai Star, David Q. Beisel 0 | 4 | 30.542
- Chanel One, Libby S. Giordano 0 | EL
- Matinee BSH, Shawn Butler 4 | 72.760
- Centara Bay PS, Christian B. Currey 6 | 81.992