Edited Press Release
Winter Classic #14 at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington culminated Saturday evening with the $30,000 Grand Prix. Course designer Joseph Carnicom (USA) constructed the tracks where Izzy Beisel (USA) conquered aboard her own Diaz Barbotiere (Messire Ardent x Quambera Barbotiere) for the win.
Beisel, of David Beisel Stables in Goshen, Ohio, was the second rider to enter the arena, immediately applying pressure to Sam Pegg (CAN) as they returned for the jump-off.
“When I walked the course, I wasn’t as nervous as I usually am for this class,” Beisel laughed. “It was a challenging course, but I think we are getting in the groove and figuring it out. Diaz is definitely getting a lot more experience backing off the bigger jumps. I was trying to have a nice jump-off round. I already know my horse is fast and I like to think that I am a pretty quick rider! I just wanted to go in and have a little fun.”
Sam Pegg of Ten Sixty Stables had established the first clear effort of the evening aboard Gin Tonic 158 (Graf Top x Sanjador) and the pair were first to jump off. Utilizing his natural foot speed and careful form, the ten-year-old Hanoverian gelding enthusiastically galloped through the timers in 34.749 seconds, ultimately enough to earn second place.
Beisel, known in the Sanctuary for her confident riding, entered the short course looking to best Pegg. With her ten-year-old Selle Francais gelding, the junior rider stepped on the gas pedal for a blistering fast time of 34.050 seconds and clear to take the win.
Formidable Diamant (Diamant De Smilly x Nobel Lady) rounded out the podium with Pegg in the irons. The seven-year-old Selle Francais gelding owned by Phyliss Harlow demonstrated experience beyond his years over the tracks and landed through the timers in 35.096 seconds to earn third place.
$30,000 Grand Prix Results:
1 Diaz Barbotiere, Izzy Beisel, Izzy Beisel | 0 | 34.05
2 Gin Tonic 158, Sam Pegg, Ten Sixty Stables | 0 | 34.749
3 Formidable Diamant, Sam Pegg, Phyllis Harlow | 0 | 35.096
4 Oaks Cassanova, Samuel Overton, Samuel Overton | 1 | 78.211
5 Conquest, Devin Milan, Garo Kazan | 4 | 70.917
6 Big Girl Z, Sam Pegg, Ten Six Stables | 8 | 72.758
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