Wellington, FL – April 26, 2017 – Roberto Teran, Jr. of Wellington, FL, and Il Rubacouri earned top honors in the $25,000 Accuhorsemat Grand Prix at ESP Spring III hosted at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The pair dashed through the jump-off timers in 34.56 seconds to take the lead ahead of Emauel Andrade and Boy IV, who took second place with a time of 34.788 seconds. Andrade also guided Bon Jovi to a top three finish, stopping the timers in 35.962 seconds for third. Competition on the final day of ESP Spring III was cancelled due to inclement weather in the Wellington, FL, area. The ESP Spring Series will continue with ESP Spring IV on May 5, at Equestrian Village, located at 13500 South Shore Blvd.
“Obviously my plan was to try and have clean round. The time allowed wasn’t too tight, so there wasn’t much pressure there, but it was technical enough and had some good questions. My horse jumped great and was lucky enough to go clear,” he commented, when discussing his plan heading in to the first round track.
Il Rubacouri is a talented mount who was jumping in CSI 2* and CSI 3* in Europe before Teran, Jr. purchased him with Juan Carlos Garcia, another Colombian rider based in Italy. Experienced for his age, at only nine, Teran made the most of his time in the ring after observing a few rounds complete the track ahead of him.
“He’s a horse that was born in Italy. I own him with Juan Carlos Garcia who is a top international rider from Colombia based in Italy. He’s a very careful, fast horse. We’re trying to move him up into the bigger grand prix classes. He was jumping CSI 2* and 3* classes in Europe before coming here,” he explained. “He’s been fantastic. He did a few big classes during the WEF circuit, including few Saturday nights. He’s a nine year-old that is going to be very promising for the future,” commented Teran, Jr.
“There were twelve in the jump-off and there were a few very fast horse and rider combinations. There was a very tight turn to an inside oxer that I knew if I planned it correctly, it was going to be faster than the others,” elaborated Teran, Jr. “That turn, ended up being very smooth and very fast. At the point if I left up the last the three up, I knew I would be good for the win.”
The pair will now head to Kentucky to contest the spring competition before making their way up the East Coast, and ultimately secure plans to travel to Europe at the end of the summer, as Teran, Jr. is planning on meeting up with his Colombian teammates, as they look towards the FEI World Cup Finals in Barcelona, Spain, in September.
“I have a couple of grand prix horses right now and I think we’re going to Kentucky in May and then my plan is to go up to Upperville and Devon. I’m planning to finish in Europe and possibly contest the FEI Nations Cup Finals in September. We have a good team based in Europe and I’d like to go join them for preparations ahead of the competition.”
|Samuel Parot and Taalex in their presentation ceremony with Cathie Staszak of Equiline and ringmaster Steve Rector.|
Shane Sweetnam of Wellington, FL, and Samoa, owned by Anna Beth Athey, captured top honors in the $5,000 Omega Alpha 1.35m Stake, besting a class of 43 entries. The pair stopped the jump-off timers in 29.417 seconds to take the win ahead of Jimmy Torano of Wellington, FL, and Diamant des Biez, owned by E2 Stabes, who finished with a time of 29.675 seconds. Sweetnam also guided Le Vio, owned by Gut Einhaus, LLC, to third place with a time of 29.903 seconds.
|Shane Sweetnam and Samoa in their presentation ceremony with ringmaster
Lydia Ulrich of Rochester, NY, and Up Stream, owned by Beth Congel-Ulrich topped the $2,500 Gold Coast Feed Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic with a jump-off time of 29.173 seconds. Ashley Vogel of Mequon, WI, and Twist des Forets, owned by Neil Jones Equestrian Inc., earned second place with a jump-off time of 31.156 seconds. Sophia Studd of Wellington, FL, and her own Angelica Bird, rounded out the top three with a time of 32. 635 seconds.
Kaitlin Porath of Charlotte, NC, guided her own Breaux to top honors in the Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ 18-35 Division, while Brittan Bailey of West Palm Beach, FL, and Jackman, owned by Bailey Mews, LLC, who were awarded with reserve champion.
|Meghan Kaup and Montenegro in their presentation ceremony with ringmaster
Molly Sewell of Winter Park, FL, and Quillaja, owned by Robert Scott, collection the division championship in the Neue Schule Bits USHJA Hunter 3′ Division. Mavis Spencer of Santa Monica, CA, and Prophet, owned by Neil Jones Equestrian Inc. earned reserve in the division.
Alex Elle Lignelli of New York, NY, and her own Iparty, finished atop the division in the Small Pony Hunter after several strong performances. Lauren Gee of Valdosta, GA, and Grand Slam, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, collected reserve champion.
The Low Children’s Hunter Division saw Reese Madden of Southwest Ranches, FL, and Diamond In The Sky, ride to earn champion honors ahead of Isabel Beltran and her own Alleala, who finished in reserve.
Michael Desiderio of Wellington, FL, and Zero Tolerance, owned by Dru Cederberg, finished as champions in the Neue Schule Bits ESP Open Hunter 3’3″ Division. Mavis Spencer of Santa Monica, CA, and Sidarta, owned by Two Swans Farm, finished with the reserve champion title.
The ESP management team would like to thank all of the competitors who participated in the ESP Spring III competition and their understanding and patience with the cancellation due to inclement weather on Sunday, April 23.
The ESP Spring Series will continue with competition ESP Spring IV on May 5 at Equestrian Village located at 13500 South Shore Blvd. The ESP Summer Series Prize List is now available for viewing online and can be accessed by clicking here! For more information on PBIEC and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.
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