Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) finished its second week of its Spring Series this past weekend at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with a victory for the number five ranked rider in the world, Kent Farrington of Wellington, FL. He rode Belle Fleur 38, owned by Haity McNerney, to victory in the $30,000 Equestrian Sport Productions Spring 2 Grand Prix.
Sunday’s grand prix showed a large turnout, with a total of 50 entries, 14 of which qualified for the jump-off. The course was designed by Kenny Krome of Maryland, and featured a speedy jump-off with a majority of single fences. Farrington was one of nine competitors to go clear in the jump-off, which ultimately came down to time.
“[The] jump-off was a steeplechase-type course. [Belle Fleur] is a naturally fast horse,” said Farrington in regards to his win with a time of 43.254 seconds in the jump-off.
“[Belle Fleur] is a fairly new horse for me. She is nine years old and got a late start in the sport,” said Farrington. “I see her being very competitive in the future. I would like to thank all the owners and my whole team behind me. It wouldn’t be possible [to compete at this level] without surrounding myself with great owners and a great team.”
In a close second, Alise Oken, aboard Hi Hopes Farm LLC’s Kaid Du Ry, put up an impressive jump-off time of 43.901, just 0.0647 seconds behind Farrington. Claiming third place was Ramiro Quintana, aboard St. Bride’s Farm’s Bialda, with a jump-off time of 45.840.
Final Results: $30,000 Equestrian Sport Productions Spring 2 Grand Prix
1 905 BELLE FLEUR 38 – OWNED BY HAITY MCNERNEY – KENT FARRINGTON 0/0/43.254
2 766 KAID DU RY – OWNED BY HI HOPES FARM LLC- ALISE OKEN 0/0/43.901
3 992 BIALDA – OWNED BY ST. BRIDE’S FARM – RAMIRO QUINTANA 0/0/45.84
4 182 BUGATTI – OWNED BY EDUARDO LEON – WILHELM GENN 0/0/46.212
5 1167CELENA Z – OWNED BY ELM ROCK LLC – MARGIE ENGLE 0/0/47.779
6 893 ANABELLE 28 – OWNED BY SHADER SPORTHORSES LLC – BENJAMIN MEREDITH – 0/0/48.184
7 1220 GENTILLE VAN SPIEVELD – OWNED BY GJ STABLE – LESLIE HOWARD 0/0/48.770
8 377 CALIFA LS – OWNED BY STRANSKY’S MISSON FARMS INC – MARK BLUMAN 0/0/49.909
9 1346 CALVIN KLEIN – OWNED BY MILLAR BROOKE FARM – JONATHON MILLAR 0/0/52.081
10 1304 DISARONNO VT – OWNED BY JENNIFER SANTANA – SAMUEL PAROT 0/4/44.87
11 400 AL CALYPSO – OWNED BY SAMUEL PAROT – MANUEL FERNANDEZ HACHE 0/4/46.214
12 442 MOONDOGGIE – OWNED BY LESLIE HOWARD – LESLIE HOWARD 0/4/47.634
In week two of ESP’s Spring Series, the $10,000 Open Jumper Stakes Class brought fierce competition. The class saw 47 entries with 20 advancing to the jump-off and eight double clear rounds. First place went to Francie Steinwedell-Carvin aboard Prentiss Partners’ Lapsus Du Lavoir with a time of 36.581. In a close second was Paul O’Shea riding Michael Hayden & Paul O’Shea’s Primo Calypso with a time of 36.988. Mark Bluman and Stransky’s Mission Farms Inc.’s Califa LS took third with a time of 37.279.
The $5,000 1.35m Classic had 51 entries with 14 advancing to the jump-off. Claiming first place was Michael Dorman aboard Wyndmont’s Zephyr with a time of 37.886. In second was Ben Maher riding Jane Clark’s Whistler with a time of 39.836. In third was Wilhelm Genn and Karola Giebmanns’ For Fantoms Pleasure with a time of 40.427.
Abbey Bibbings aboard Page Tredennick’s Zenith Dance claimed first place with a time of 40.752 in the $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic, Sponsored by The Tackeria. Taking second place was Lea Allen and The Allen Farm’s Komedie De Montsec with a time of 45.072. Claiming third place was Kennedy Mccaulley riding her own mount, Upside, with a time of 46.288 and four faults.
In the $2,500 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Equiline, Hayley Iannotti took first place aboard Riad Landoulsi’s Carlos G with a time of 41.141. In second place was Alma Bjorklund aboard Gyllebo Farm LLC’s Contesina with a time of 42.167. A close third place finish went to Taylor Reid and her mount, Ugando, with a time of 42.813.
The $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by FarmVet, saw 38 trips and only eight clear rounds. Lily Gotwald took first place aboard Verena with a time of 41.932. In second place was Monica Carrera aboard Lincourt Gino with a time of 42.805. Sarah Scarnechia took third riding Moritz W with a time of 45.767.
In the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic, sponsored by Tuffrider & Equine Couture, first place went to Tanner Korotkin and Sandalwood Farm’s Smarty Pants WB with a time of 36.013. A close second place went to Erika Jakobson and Barn Rat LLC’s Chocolatier with a time of 36.734. Third place went to Emanielle Greenberg aboard Pumpkin’s Patch Farm LLC’s With Love with a time of 37.132.
In the $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by Tuffrider & Equine Couture, Evita Hermans and her mount, Chingolo Z, took first place with a time of 36.642. Second place went to Lisa Moore aboard Moore Equines LLC’s Saphir Du Pre A Vivier with a time of 37.202. An extremely close third went to Nina Simons riding her mount, Grace Farm’s Sabrina, with a time of 37.359.
Hunter & Equitation Highlights
The hunter divisions continued during Week II of ESP’s Spring Series. In the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, Taylor St. Jacques and Leah Elder’s Carasco took first. Rebecca Clawson aboard her mount, Freeport, took second. In third place was Tracy Sheriff-Muser with Carolyn Gouse’s Shoreline.
In the Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal, Presented by Randolph College, Emma Wujek took the blue ribbon aboard Gwen McMahon’s Zidano. Hayley Iannotti and Carriage Hill Farm’s Quasa Granda finsihed in second place, while Ava Stearns and OnlyJumpers.com’s Alvarino 2 were third.
In the $1,000 Sweet Oak Farm Junior Hunter Classic, Emma Kurtz took first place aboard David Gochaman’s Frederick. Second place went to Lilli Hymowitz with Rose Hill Farm’s Tiffani and third place was claimed by Vivian Yowan riding Saddle Ridge LLC’s Shockwave.
In the $1,000 Sweet Oak Farm Amateur Owner Hunter Classic, Becky Gochman and David Gochman’s Last Call placed first. Laura Sexton aboard her mount, Bring it on, took second. Third place went to Kelly Bauernschmidt with her mount, Legato.
Sophie Gochman and Dr. Betsee Parker’s Bit of Love claimed first place in the $500 Charles Moorcroft Inc. Small Pony Hunter Classic. In second place was Mimi Gochman aboard Ponies & Palms Show Stables LLC’s Rico Suave’. In third place was Mia Albelo with her mount, Pashmina.
In the $500 Charles Moorcroft Inc. Medium Pony Hunter Classic, Emma Seving and her mount, Sassafras Creek, took first place. Second place went to Christina Rogalny aboard Eric Caleca’s Brighton Supposedly. Third place went to Erika Luter riding GC Ponies’ Elegance.
Emma Kurtz claimed first place aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s For The Best in the $500 Charles Moorcroft Inc. Large Pony Hunter Classic. Kurtz also took second place aboard Linda Evans’ Dreamland. Third place went to Mimi Gochman with Fair Play Farm’s Storyteller.
ESP’s Spring Series continues this week from April 15-19, 2015, featuring the $30,000 Spring 3 Grand Prix on Sunday April 19.