For Immediate Release
Kim Beaudoin for PBIEC
Wellington, FL – December 27, 2017 – The ESP Holiday III competition saw a win for Diego Vivero of Wellington, FL, aboard Bijoux in the $25,000 Dover Saddlery Grand Prix. Second place was captured by Todd Minikus of Lake Worth, FL, piloting Carlo, owned by North Face Farm, stopping jump-off timers in 40.753 seconds. Third place was awarded to Ian Millar and Future Adventures’ Vittorio 8, after completing their fast track round in 41.807 seconds.
Vivero and his mount raced around the day’s course designed by Andy Christianson, Jr., of Wellington, FL, and completed the jump-off in 40.018 seconds. Four of the original 22 entries moved forward to contest the short course.
|Diego Vivero and Bijoux in their presentation ceremony with ring master Steve Rector and Wendy Manganelli, Wellington Store Manager for Dover Saddlery.|
The ESP Holiday Series will continue with two more weeks of top hunter, jumper, and equitation competition, concluding on Sunday, January 7, before the start of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on Wednesday, January 10, through Sunday, April 1.
The $10,000 Dover Saddlery Open Welcome Stake marked another win for Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL, riding his own Garinco van de Lijnsaerd. The pair flew over the jump-off track in 42.397 seconds, ahead of Pablo Mejia of Loxahatchee, FL, and his own RL Queen Mary, who stopped timers in 43.695 seconds to achieve second place. The jump-off welcomed back only three horse-and-rider combinations, with Alejandro Karolyi rounding out that top three aboard Bo Hopson’s VDL Elliot, finishing in 42.048 seconds with four faults.
|Emanuel Andrade and Garinco van de Lijnsaerd|
The $1,500 Low Children/Adult Jumper Classic saw Joshua Baird of St. Charles, IL, and Pony Lane Farm’s Licapo take first place with a jump-off time of 40.961 seconds, while Claire Sieuzac of New York, NY, and her own Zandora De Shalimar finished in second place with a first round time of 70.956 seconds and one fault. Joshua Baird also collected third place with his own Lolipop S, after finishing with four faults and a time of 60.095 seconds in the first round.
Emanuel Andrade and Garinco van de Lijnsaerd in their presentation ceremony with ring master Steve Rector and Wendy Manganelli, Wellington Store Manager for
The $5,000 1.35m Stake was won by Pablo Mejia of Loxahatchee, FL, and RL Monaco, owned by Mejia, after crossing through jump-off timers in 37.409 seconds. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL, and his own Anastasia Du Park earned second place with a time of 39.063 seconds. Andrade also finished in third place with Tupac Van de Vrombautshoeve Z after contesting the course in 39.468 seconds.
Sarah Sturges of Sunbury, OH, was awarded champion of the USHJA 2’6″ Hunter Division. Her winning mount was Spot On, owned by Haylee Jerkins. Reserve champion was presented to Kelly Mullen of Franklin, TN, and Valentino, owned by Warioto Farms, LLC.
Cecilia Perry of North Venice, FL, and Misty, owned by Montoga, Inc., were champions of the Small Pony Hunter Division. Reserve champion was also awarded to Perry, riding Fielding Stichman’s Sparkle.
The Performance Hunter 3’3″ & 3’6″ Division champion was awarded to Kelly Mullen of Franklin, TN, riding Fortuny, owned by Warioto Farms, LLC. Reserve champion was awarded to Melissadre Lincourt of Montreal, QB, and Brigitte Leroux’s Sugar Ray.
The USHJA Hunter 2′, 2’3″ & 2′ Division was won by Kelly Mullen of Franklin, TN, and Happy, owned by Warioto Farms Inc. David Laks of Bedford, NY, and Saint Laurent, owned by Elite Equines LLC., captured reserve champion honors.
Laurie Stevens of Boca Raton, FL, and her own Santiago, finished atop the division in the Low Adult Hunter Division. Blythe Goguen of Lexington, KY, collected reserve champion with Zjappoo Sow, owned by Kelly Goguen.
Competition will resume at PBIEC on Wednesday, December 27, with the ESP Holiday Series, featuring New Year’s continuing through Sunday, December 31. For more information please visit www.pbiec.com.