Ireland’s Kevin McCarthy and Catch A Star HSS Secure Second Consecutive WEC Grand Prix Win in Wilmington

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

Edited Press Release

Seventeen horse-and-rider combinations graced World Equestrian Center’s Sanctuary arena Saturday night for the final WEC Grand Prix class of 2021. Bobby Murphy of Lexington, Kentucky created the testing track that featured a time allowed of 80 seconds. Eight talented duos qualified for the jump off, with seven jumping double clear rounds. The competition was fierce and the field was fast, but none could best Kevin McCarthy and his own Catch a Star HSS (Sheraton x Tolinda). 

McCarthy of K&K Sport Horses in Lexington, Kentucky and his extremely talented 11-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare have now secured two consecutive $30,000 WEC Grand Prix wins during this month’s Winter Classic show series. On this occasion, the pair wrapped up the first round in just 74.711 seconds. They returned for the jump-off, where they gave it their all and managed a clean and fast run to stop the clock in an beatable 34.141 seconds, well under the allowed jump-off time of 52 seconds. 

Kevin McCarthy and Catch a Star HSS

“Tonight was a very special win for me. My family back home in Ireland was watching the live feed and it was great to catch a win for my dad and family,” McCarthy said. “I knew going into the class that we had to give it out all because we were up against some other great riders and horses. We can’t wait to be back in January. In the meantime I plan to keep my horse fit and happy.”

Genevieve Munson and Contendro Star

Thursday’s Welcome Stake winner Genevieve Munson of Rogers, Arkansas, and her own Contendro Star (Contendro I x Gloria) captured second place. Seventeen-year-old Munson and the big bay Hanoverian gelding completed round one in a clean 75.026 seconds, which secured them a spot in the jump-off. They returned once again to the Sanctuary arena and blazed the jump-off track, leaving all rails up and stopping the clock at 35.286 seconds for a second place finish. 

Charlotte Clark and Kinsella 

Rounding out the top three was Charlotte Clark of Kendalwood Farm in Sunbury, Ohio, and her own Kinsella (Capitalist x Jerpoint Mist). Clark and the 11-year-old Chestnut Irish sport horse mare were the fastest finishers in round one, crossing the timers in just 74.214 seconds. They returned to round two where they gave it their all and stopped the clock in 36.017 seconds for a third place finish. 

Izzy Beisel and Ammeretto take the Futures Prix blue ribbon

Mid afternoon a field of 20 competitive entries took to the WEC Wilmington Sanctuary arena to challenge the $10,000 Futures Prix course. Eight entries produced a clean first round and five jumped double clear. However, none could best Izzy Beisel and David Besiel’s Ammeretto (Numero Uno x Ranna), who set a pace early on in the class that proved unbeatable.

Izzy Beisel of David Beisel Stables, Goshen, Ohio, and the 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion have been strong competitors in the futures prix classes over the past several weeks. The pair took to the course near the top of the order, jumping a clear first round in 74.445 seconds. They continued straight to the jump off, taking several inside turns to pass through the timers at 38.009 seconds with all rails up to ultimately win the class.

“I’ve been riding Ammeretto for about three years now […] but it seems like he has always been in our family,” Beisel said. “My dad trained him for many years and now I get to compete with him. He truly loves his job and I actually think he gets excited when we make risky turns in the jump off. He is so confident, which makes for a fun ride everytime we go out there.”

Soaring to second place was Darby Pease of Windcrest Farm and Jorge Berganza’s BSS Isa. Pease and the 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare ynan delivered a beautiful first round, leaving all rails up in 74.048 seconds. They returned to the final round and kept a forward pace throughout the course to stop the clock at 38.254 seconds for second place.

Rounding out the top three was Taylor Kosek and her own Grizzly HH De Tiji (Sea Coast Don’t Touch Tiji Hero x Sahara J). Kosek and the speedy gray gelding managed a clear first round finish in 74.142 seconds. The team was immediately invited back for the jump off, where they crossed the clock in 40.529 seconds to win a yellow ribbon. 

$30,000 WEC Grand Prix Results:

  1. Catch a Star HSS, Kevin McCarthy – 0 | 0 | 34.141
  2. Contendro Star, Genevieve Munson – 0 | 0 | 35.286
  3. Kinsella, Charlotte Clark – 0 | 0 | 36.017
  4. Unesco Do Rouet, Christian B. Currey – 0 | 0 | 36.298
  5. Zonderling, Genevieve Munson – 0 | 0 | 36.710
  6. Vegas H, David Q. Beisel  – 0 | 0 | 37.385
  7. Cumbaya W, Darby Pease  – 0 | 0 | 40.227
  8. Charlene, Genevieve Munson – 0 | 4 | 38.334
  9. PDR Pinion, Diana Conlon – 1 | 80.917
  10.  Jackson VDL, Megan Bash – 4 | 73.103

$10,000 WEC Futures Prix Results:

  1. Ammeretto, Izzy Beisel – 0 | 0 | 38.009
  2. BSS Isa, Darby Pease – 0 | 0 | 38.254
  3. Grizzly HH De Tiji, Taylor Kosek – 0 | 0 | 40.529
  4. Swanview Sarco deluxe, Kali Jerman – 0 | 0 | 40.893
  5. Cadeautje, Izzy Beisel– 0 | 0 | 43.153
  6. Costello, Kali Jerman – 0 | 4 | 36.952
  7. Bradley, Sarah K. Sturges – 0 | 4 | 38.944
  8. Frankenstein, Laura A. Hauser – 0 | 4 | 40.821
  9. Auburn des Rosiers, Megan Storey – 4 | 73.028
  10. Revel Just for Kicks, Michelle Vandal – 4 | 75.045