Edited Press Release
Kicking off competition this week for ESP Fall II was the $10,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Welcome taking center stage on the Derby Field. Thirty combinations readied themselves to contest Andy Christiansen’s 13-obstacle course. The eleven who advanced were led by Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Mullentine Shalom. The pair set the pace at 39.315 seconds.
Closing the class at the top of the leaderboard, Jad Dana (LBN) and Wyndmont’s ABC Quantum Cruise put in a speedy and clear jump-off time of 37.323 seconds. Following in second place was Diego Javier Vivero Viteri (ECU) and his own entry, Febvre De Lusse in 38.802 seconds without any faults. With a double-clear time of 39.315 seconds, Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Mullentine Shallom, owned by Ilan Ferder, rounded out the podium.
Competition continued Friday with the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Pilates Rocks. The highlight hunter event of the week was the first of two hunter derbies offered on Equestrian Village’s grass Derby Annex Field. The class was held in a “Hunt and Go” format, meaning the first portion of the course was judged as the classic round, while the latter half of the trip was scored as the handy phase. Reigning supreme with a combined score of 163 was Jenna George (USA) and Annette Friend’s Casual Water.
“My plan going into it was to get a nice gallop going and see everything a little bit off my eye. I wanted to be confident, to make sure there were no weak jumps, and keep him moving forward,” explained George. “I really hope to get to ride him in more Derbies in the future.”
Just one point behind was Kimberly Maloomian (USA) and her own, Finch Hatton, with a score of 162, while Faith Schuttemeyer (USA) bookended the podium with a score of 159 aboard Eychenhoeve Sales LLC’s Cygnus.
Saturday got underway with fourteen horse-and-rider combinations taking on the $5,000 IDA Development 1.35m Stake. Emerging victorious with a clear 36.659 round was Luis Fernando Larrazabal (VEN) aboard Belle De Muze, owned by Driss Ngadi. Taking home the red ribbon was Karime Perez Nunez (MEX) and Ilan Ferder’s Karienh2 with a clear 38.124 seconds, while Diego Javier Vivero Viteri (ECU) put in a clear 40.054 round to round out the podium aboard Sebastian Rodriguez’s Johnny Bravo MQ.
Wrapping up ESP Fall II’s hunter competition was the $1,000 Alexander Academic Access 2’6”-2’9” Hunter Derby. A total of ten combinations entered the ring to compete for top honors in the Derby. Riding to the top of the leaderboard was Mackenzie Katz (USA) with a combined score of 173, with her mount Crush. Astera Frydman (USA) and To The Moon and Back, owned by Sofia Meehan, were the runner-up finish, followed by Jenna George (USA) and Charisma, owned by Michelle Mintz, with a score of 162.
On Sunday, twelve combinations took to the Derby field to compete for the blue in the $2,500 Palm Beach Equine Clinic $2,500 NAL Medium Jr/AM Jumper Classic. Leading the pack was Sydney Levy (JAM) and her own entry, Iranta, with a double-clear time of 37.917 seconds. Rodrigo Enriquez (MEX) took home second aboard his own, Pia Maria H and rounding out the podium was Stefania Defelice (USA) and Now and Ever, owned by Fly Seby LLC, with a clear 40.327.
Following the conclusion of the Medium Jr/AM Jumper Classic, the $25,000 BarnWalkers Grand Prix kicked off. A total of thirty-four competitors tried their hand at the course, with eleven returning for the jump-off. Besting the field of talent and earning both the blue and red ribbon was Canada’s Erynn Ballard. Ballard had a total of five entries in the class with three coming back to try their hand at the shortened track. Narcotique V/H Dingenshof, owned by Ilan Ferder, was her winning ride, putting in quick and double-clear rides with a time of 36.576 seconds in the jump-off.
“Narco [Narcotique V/H Dingenshof] I’ve had for a little over a year. We’ve done big things. She’s jumped in many Nations Cups and a lot of the Major League classes,” Ballard explained. “We didn’t use her in [CSI] Greenwich and Tryon [International], she stayed home, so we’re using her here and then we’ll probably use her at the 3* FEI show [ESP Pre Charity CSI 3*], in a couple of weeks here in Wellington.”
Also taking home the second-place ribbon, Ballard crossed the timers in 37.771 seconds aboard Ilan Feder’s Mullentine Shalom. Claiming the third-place title with a time of 37.961 was Amy Millar (CAN) and J-Team’s Jelvinia MB.
Wellington International’s Fall Series continues on October 26th , with the ESP Fall III event and the ESP Fall Finale from November 2-5, 2023. Join us for some Halloween fun on the morning of Sunday, October 29th, in our Halloween Costume class (#607). Mark your calendar for November 4th, as we’ll be hosting schooling classes under the lights in the International Arena at Wellington International, with jump heights ranging from 1.30m to 1.45m. For further details and future horse show schedules at Wellington International, CLICK HERE.