Sade de Rialfo Z and Daniel Geaney Secure the Win in the $20,000 Akerman 1.35m National Grand Prix at TerraNova Winter Series IV

Daniel Geaney (IRL) and Sade de Rialfo Z secure the win the $20,000 Akerman 1.35m National Grand Prix at TerraNova Winter Series IV. Photo by EQ Media

Edited Press Release

Grand Prix competition at TerraNova Winter Series IV concluded this afternoon with the $20,000 Akerman 1.35m National Grand Prix, where Ireland’s Daniel Geaney and Sade de Rialfo Z emerged victorious.

The course, set by FEI Level Three course designer Joey Rycroft, was an immediate jump-off format with a time allowed of 76 seconds in round one and 43 seconds in round two. Round one featured a one-stride vertical-oxer combination, and the same vertical-oxer-vertical combination that was featured in this morning’s $97,500 The Estates at TerraNova FEI 1.45m Grand Prix. In round two, riders were met with a delicate right-hand rollback to fence twelve, and a forward eight-stride gallop up to the final fence. 

Six riders jumped double clear rounds, and Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) held the lead aboard Solaguayre Sandalo (Sandro Boy x Corralina) for the majority of the class. With just four pairs left to contest the course, Daniel Geaney and Sade de Rialfo Z were quick and clear to secure the win with a jump-off time of 36.961 seconds.

Daniel Geaney and Sade de Rialfo Z. Photo by EQ Media

“The plan for today was just to go as fast as we could go,” said Geaney. “I just wanted to give her a good ride, and that was really it.”

Though Sade de Rialfo Z (Stakkato Gold x Pousse du Pays D’Auge), an 8-year-old Warmblood mare owned by Deborah Dayton, is a relatively new ride for Geaney, the pair are off to an exciting start. 

“She’s only 8, and I’ve just been riding her the last few months in Wellington,” said Geaney. “We just bought her, so we’re just producing her. She’s fantastic to ride, a real winner. She’s a lovely mare and I’m delighted to win today.”

The win marks a triumphant week for Geaney at TerraNova Equestrian Center, who made his first trip to TerraNova for Week IV of the Winter Series. 

“This facility is fantastic. It’s my first time here, and I’m blown away. It has everything you need for a brilliant horse show.”

Daniel Geaney and Sade de Rialfo Z. Photo by EQ Media

Finishing close behind was Biraben and Solaguayre Sandalo, who were also second in the $20,000 Laughlin Tanner Group at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 1.35m National Prix during Winter Series III, finishing on a jump-off time of 37.490. 

“He’s only 9 years old,” said Biraben. “He’ll be a good prospect for the grand prix classes this year.”

Juan Jose Bancalari Elmudesi and ERV Chaman were third. Photo by EQ Media

Rounding out the podium was Juan Jose Bancalari Elmudesi (DOM) aboard his own ERV Chaman (Chester x Organdja de Beaufor) on a time of 37.513.

TerraNova Winter Series competition concludes tomorrow with the $2,000 1.10m Jr/Am Jumper Classic and the $3,000 1.20m/1.30m Jr/Am Jumper Classic.