Kevin McCarthy and Catch a Star HSS Prove Unbeatable in $30,000 WEC Wilmington Grand Prix

Kevin McCarthy and Catch a Star HSS. Photo by Winslow Photography

Edited Press Release

It was an exciting week of feature classes at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington during the second leg of the Winter Classic Series. The Sanctuary arena was filled with spectators and fans alike as they cheered on more than 30 equine athletes and their riders Saturday night in the $10,000 Futures Prix 1.30-1.35m and the $30,000 Grand Prix 1.40-1.45m. 

The $30,000 Grand Prix exhibitors brought the heat and the last two riders on the course, Kevin McCarthy and David Beisel, faced off for major competition with just 1/10th ultimately deciding the winner. The class saw a field of 13 impressive competitors in round one with four advancing to the jump-off. McCarthy and Beisel had each audience member on the edge of their seat during the heated jump-off. The competition was neck-and-neck, Ireland’s  McCarthy and his own Catch A Star HSS (Sheraton x Tolinda) prevailed for the win. 

Kevin McCarthy and Catch a Star HSS 

McCarthy of K&K Sport Horses in Lexington, KY and the 11-year-old Swedish Warmblood more tackled the first round in just 80.804 seconds. The pair was invited to return in the jump-off where it was clear that they came to win. McCarthy and ‘Casey’ as she is more fondly called in the barn, finished the short course in just 36.772 seconds to take the win. 

“My horse was great and smooth tonight – I can’t ask for much more than that,” McCarthy said. “As for my strategy, I had a plan to ride the course as a whole and not leave any holes in my efforts. I knew that I needed to be good from the first rail to the last and that is what I tried to do.”

David Beisel and Essince W

David Beisel of David Beisel Stables in Goshen, OH and his own Essince W (Chacco Blue x Rossan) fought until the end for a spot in the top lineup. Their first round was smooth and precise, with a time of 81.175 seconds. This duo fiercely contested the jump-off track, giving it their all and stopping the clock in 36.868 seconds, just barely off McCarthy’s time to finish second. 

Charlotte Clark and Kinsella

Charlotte Clark of Kendalwood Farm and her own Kinsella (Capitalist x Jerpoint Mist) rounded out the evening’s top three. Clark and the Irish Sport Horse earned the fastest time in round one, finishing in just 77.516 seconds. Returning to the jump off, Clark and Kinsella crossed the final set of timers at a blistering 38.200 seconds with all rails up to take third place. 

Izzy Beisel and Indira 

The $10,000 Futures Prix 1.30-1.35m saw a field of 19 horse-and-rider combinations but none could best junior rider Izzy Beisel of David Beisel Stables in Goshen, OH. Izzy claimed the top two spots in today’s Futures Prix. Fourteen-year-old Beisel won aboard her new mount Indira and she finished second riding her longtime partner Ammeretto.

Beisel and the 2013 Dutch Warmblood Mare finished round one in a speedy 71.768 seconds. Beisel and Indira then galloped in the jump-off and managed to cross the timers in 28.695 seconds to ultimately take the win. 

“We got Indira back in November, and I am still figuring her out,” Beisel said. “She is a very in control horse and she can be funny outside of the show arena. However, when you are showing she is spot on and is there to perform her best. Since she works her feet really well I was able to take a chance at the in-and-out and go faster there. She is a cool horse!”

Izzy Beisel and Ammeretto

Next to last in the order of go, Beisel and Ammeretto negotiated the course in 73.269 seconds leaving all the rails up. Upon catching their breath, the pair attacked the short track, where they flew through the timers in 28.828 seconds to take second place. 

Rounding out the top three was FEI course designer Micheal Pegg of Ten Sixty Stables in Ontario, Canada. Pegg competed on the course with Big Girl Z, an eight year old Zangersheide mare. The duo finished the first round in just 76.873 seconds. In their return for the jump off, they cleared all efforts in 29.593 to take the third place spot. 

$30,000 WEC Grand Prix 1.40 – 1.45m Results:

  1. Catch a Star HSS, Kevin McCarthy – 0 | 0 |  36.772
  2. Essince W, David Q. Beisel – 0 | 0 | 36.868
  3. Kinsella, Charlotte Clark  – 0 | 0 | 38.200
  4. Eastpoint, Hillary Johnson – 0 | 0 | 46.385
  5. Tailormade Cash is King, Kama Godek – 4 | 78.595
  6. Strawberry, Molly Kindness  – 4 | 79.542
  7. Vegas H, David Q. Beisel  – 4 | 82.149
  8. Hendrik, David Q. Beisel  – 4 | 84.028
  9. Trevor Z, Karen McFarland   – 4 | 85.622
  10. Zanziebar R Z, Greg Crolick – 8 | 85.622

$10,000 WEC Futures Prix 1.30 – 1.35m Results:

  1. Indira, Izzy Beisel – 0 | 0 |  28.695
  2. Ammeretto, Izzy Beisel – 0 | 0 | 28.828
  3. Big Girl Z, Micheal Pegg – 0 | 0 | 29.593
  4. Z Diamanty, Megan Bash – 0 | 0 | 30.001 
  5. Captain America, Richard L. Rinehart – 0 | 0 | 30.756
  6. Auburn Des Rosiers, Megan Storey – 0 | 0 | 31.119
  7. Frankenstein, Laura A. Hauser – 0 | 0 | 33.150
  8. Lord Latino, Kama Godek – 0 | 0 | 34.689
  9. Jackson VDL, ​​Megan Bash – 0 | 4 | 28.519
  10. HRH van de Elsakker, Kama Godek – 0 | 4 | 28.850

Photos courtesy of Winslow Photography