For Immediate Release
Wellington, FL – January 10, 2018- Alex Granato of Wellington, FL, rode to victory in the $50,000 Equiline Grand Prix aboard Page Tredennick’s Carlchen W during the final day of competition at Equestrian Sport Productions Holiday Finale on Sunday, January 7, which served as the conclusion of the ESP Holiday Series at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).
Granato, who picked up the ride on the gelding as a five-year-old, piloted his mount around the short track designed by Andy Christianson Jr. of Wellington, FL, in a quick 39.325 seconds. Diego Vivero of Wellington, FL, and Gabriela SAA’s HRB Dance finished just behind Granato, completing the jump-off in 40.056 seconds. Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL, and his own Reus de la Nutria rounded out the top three, riding to a jump-off time of 40.139 seconds.
Top hunter, jumper, and equitation competition resumed today, with the start of what is expected to be one of the most expansive Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) seasons yet, beginning on Wednesday, January 10, through Sunday, April 1.
Earlier in the week, Amber Harte of Wellington, FL, and Cafino were victorious in the $10,000 Equiline Open Stake Class, with a jump-off time of 36.293 seconds. Second place honors went to Emanuel Andrade and Reus de la Nutrina, after stopping timers in 36.382 seconds. Third place was awarded to Taylor Land of Alpharetta, GA, piloting Liroy 30, owned by Pinetree Farms Inc., completing the short course in 36.593 seconds.
The $2,500 Low Amateur Owner Jumper Classic saw Christina Antonucci of Lake Hopatcong, NJ, and her own Cupido Van’t Schuurke take top honors with a jump-off time of 37.92 seconds. Alexandra Welles of Wellington, FL, and XM, took second place with a jump-off time of 38.582 seconds. Quinn Larimer of Mableton, GA, and Bronson, owned by Nestledown Equine Services, LLC, finished in third place with a time of 39.576 seconds.
Victory in the $2,500 Equiline High Junior/ Adult Amateur Jumper Classic presented by Equiline, went to Thaisa Erwin of Ocala, FL, and Evita, owned by Hollberg Equestrian, with a jump-off time of 39.365 seconds. Second place was achieved by Helena Le Picart of New York, NY, and her own Bon Vivant, with a jump-off time of 43.184 seconds. Third place was awarded to Nora Gray of Owen Sound, ON, and Dior, owned by Gray, rounding out the jump-off in 42.242 seconds.
The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic was championed by Jessica Gollel of Wellington, FL, and Rosiano Farm’s Prescott 3 rose to the top of the class with a time of 36.539 seconds in the jump-off. Stephanie King of St. Augustine, FL, and Co-Starr, took second place with a time of 38.69 seconds. Allyson Blais of Boynton Beach, FL, and Castlewood Farm Inc.’s Landanima collected third place with a time of 38.909 seconds.
The $5,000 Brazilian Court Hotel 1.35m Stake saw Leslie Howard of Darien, CT, and GJ Stable’s Flo take first place with a jump-off time of 31.714 seconds. Jordan Coyle of North Salem, NY, and Abigail Poss’ Droomfee HB achieved second place with a time of 32.758 seconds. Samuel Parot of Wellington, FL, collected third place with Parot Sport Horses LLC’s Buga Z, after finishing with a time of 32.777 seconds around the short course.
Cassie Kime of Collierville, TN, rode to victory aboard her own Tenacious D, in the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Accuhorsemat, after stopping the jump-off timers in 40.22 seconds. Allyson Blais of Boynton Beach, FL, and Castlewood Farm Inc.’s Landanima took second place with a time of 41.089 seconds. Olivia Minicucci of Montreal, QC, and her own Arian P earned third place after a jump-off time of 41.84 seconds.
Julie Curtin of Woodstock, GA, and Julie Curtin’s Cassico finished with the blue ribbon in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Arly Golombek of Lake Worth, FL, and Pumpkin Patch Farm LLC’s Czech Mate captured second place. Third place honors were presented to Kim Barone of Watertown, MN, andCynthia Bulwicz’s Cyril.
Sophia Calamari of New Milford, PA, and California Dreamin’, owned by Millennium Farm INC, finished atop the Score At The Top Large Pony Hunter Division ahead of Libbie Gordon of Statesville, NC, collected reserve champion with Small Wonder, owned by Elsa Batalden.
The Low Adult Hunter Division saw Laurie Stevens of Boca Raton, FL, and her own Santiago, rise to the top of the division. Joy Erikson of Wellington, NJ, and Bode Well, owned by Melissa Burns, captured reserve champion honors in the division.
Olympia Boardman of New York, NY, and Soprano, owned by Alexa Stiegler, were champions of the Short Stirrup Division, while reserve champion was awarded to Isabella Roman, riding Papillon Blue, owned by Holman Imports LLC.
The USHJA Hunter 3’ Division saw Christina Kalinski of Roxbury, CT, riding Bozeman, owned by Katherine Oberkircher take top divisional honors. Reserve champion was awarded to Mary Eufemia of Palm Harbor, FL, and her own Central Park.
Competition will resume at PBIEC on Wednesday, January 10, with the first week of the Winter Equestrian Festival. For more information please visit www.pbiec.com.
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