Kevin McCarthy and Catch a Star HSS Secure Third Consecutive WEC – Wilmington $30,000 Grand Prix Win

McCarthy ad Catch a Star HSS win the $30,000 WEC Grand Prix. Photo by Winslow Photography

Edited Press Release

Wilmington, OHIO – A large crowd filled the stands in the Sanctuary Arena Saturday night to watch the $30,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix and the $10,00 Futures Prix 1.30m. Each class saw an impressive field of competition, with all riders vying for a big win on tracks designed by Anderson Lima (BRA). 

The $30,000 Grand Prix course featured several bending lines, long approaches, a liverpool and even a triple combination. Seventeen entries challenged the course, but it was the dynamic combination of Kevin McCarthy and his own Catch A Starr HSS (Sheraton x Tolinda) who claimed first place. The pair has a noteworthy track record at World Equestrian Center, racking up countless Welcome Stake wins and three Grand Prix wins in the latter half of 2021.

All smiles in the winner’s circle for K & K Sporthorses. Photo by Winslow Photography

Ten horses qualified for the jump-off, with McCarthy making his run in the middle of the order. This powerful pair had winning on their mind as they executed an incredibly speedy and precise round in only 40.769 seconds to ultimately win the class. 

“We really do go out there and try to win each and every time,” McCarthy said. “The course design was excellent and a really fun jump-off track. There were many good riders in the class tonight – which always makes you want to work harder. I had to be on my A-game for sure. This is our third in a row Grand Prix win and I owe it to my great mare.” 

Kinsella and rider Charlotte Clark soar to a second place finish.

Charlotte Clark of Kendallwood Farm in Sunbury, Ohio, and her own Kinsella (Capitalist x Jerpoint Mist) took second place. Clark and the athletic Irish Sport Horse mare have notched many impressive wins at WEC and are frequent visitors to the winner’s circle. Giving it their all, they managed a jump-off time of 42.183 seconds to take home the red ribbon. 

Rounding out the top three placings were Lisa Goldman-Smolen of Red Coat Farm in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, and Barbara J. Disko’s Sovereign (Frontal x Galledent). Sovereign raced through the timers, stopping the clock at 43.645 seconds for third place. 

Katia Manuel-Adams and ERP van take $10,000 Futures Prix Victory. Photo by Winslow Photography

The $10,000 Futures Prix welcomed 21horse and rider combinations to World Equestrian Center’s Sanctuary arena. The track featured long distances and tight inside turns that challenged some, but Switzerland’s Katia Manuel-Adams and Manuel Show Stables LLC’s ERP van  (Amadeus x T’olga) ultimately took the win.

Manuel-Adams of Southampton Township, NJ, and her 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion are no strangers to the winner’s circle at World Equestrian Center. The pair were in great form for the $10,000 Futures Prix, navigating a clear first round in a quick 70.431 seconds and advancing to the jump-off. Manuel-Adams and ERP van kept their speed on the short course, leaving all rails up in a time of 34.322, which would prove unbeatable.

“I’ve known ERP for quite some time,” Manuel-Adams said. “This is his first show back, he had a break last year for a little bit. I’m super happy with how today went, apparently he is in great form! My plan for the course was to just get him fit and remain smooth though both rounds. I was a little worried because David is super fast and I’m still in shock that I beat him! ” 

David Beisel of David Beisel Stables in Goshen, Ohio, captured the second and third placings in the class. His second-place mount was his own Vegas H (Valentino x Cobrah). The popular young Hanoverian gelding has a puppy-dog-like personality and clearly loves to jump. The duo was also quick and clear in the first round in a time of 77.331 seconds, then continued straight to the jump-off to jump a second clear round in 34.332 seconds for a second-place finish. 

Beisel’s third-place ride was aboard Logan Taylor’s Ecuador W (Canturano I x Zafira W). The 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion completed two smooth and fast rounds, which led the leaderboard for much of the class. Their first round produced a clear 77.518 seconds, advancing them straight to the jump-off. During their short course, the team maintained a composed, yet fast pace to cross the timers in 34.408 seconds for a yellow ribbon. 

$30,000 Grand Prix Results:

  1. Catch A Star Hss, Kevin McCarthy: 0 | 0 | 40.769
  2. Kinsella, Charlotte Clark: 0 | 0 | 42.183
  3. Sovereign, Lisa Goldman-Smolen: 0 | 0 | 43.645
  4. Nike, Lisa Goldman-Smolen: 0 | 0 | 44.420
  5. Hit Me Van’t Zorgvliet, Kyle Perkovich: 0 | 0 | 44.974
  6. Essince W, David Q. Beisel: 0 | 4 | 41.599
  7. Casido 2, Katherine Anne Brewer: 0 | 4 | 42.474
  8. Delta Lady Z, Katherine Anne Brewer: 0 | 4 | 42.793
  9. Rarity, Kyle Perkovich: 0 | 4 | 46.741
  10. Cumbaya W, Darby Pease: 1 | 80.583

$10,000 Futures Prix Results:

  1. ERP van, Katia Manuel-Adams: 0 | 0 | 34.322
  2. Vegas H, David Q. Beisel: 0 | 0 | 34.332
  3. Ecuador W, David Q. Beisel: 0 | 0 |  34.408 
  4. Bengtsson, Lisa Goldman-Smolen: 0 | 0 | 34.442
  5. Fawkes, Lindsay Lyden:  0 | 0 | 34.811
  6. Ammeretto, Izzy Beisel: 0 | 0 | 34.978
  7. Isla La Palma, Devin M. Milan: 0 | 4 | 35.678
  8. Completely Nuts, Rebecca Gutstein: 0 | 4 | 36.120
  9. C’est Lumpi, Chloe Desjarlais: 0 | 4 | 38.942
  10. Everychin De Muze, Ashley Hartman: 0 | 8 | 38.309