Chris Ewanouski and Binja Take $35,000 ProElite Spring I Grand Prix at PBIEC

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:31 PM

 Victoria Colvin and Western Sky Secure Top Honors in $5,000 Equiline USHJA National Hunter Derby

 

For Immediate Release

 

Wellington, FL – April 9, 2019 – Chris Ewanouski of Wellington, FL and Binja, owned by Castle Point Farm LLC, rose to the top of the leaderboard in the $35,000 ProElite Spring I Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) after dashing through the jump-off timers in 45.057 seconds. Lauren Tisbo of Wellington, FL, piloted Tequestrian Farms, LLC entry Jeleena de Muze to second place with a jump-off time of 45.228 seconds. Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, and her trusty partner Indigo rounded out the top three with a time of 45.307 seconds.

 

The class saw 28 entries contest the Philip Devita designed track with 11 entries posting a clear effort in the first round to move forward to the jump-off. Ewanouski narrowly edged out Tisbo for the win, but Binja jumped efficiently in the second round to secure their win.

 

“I felt great after the class. You always feel good after a result like that. The course was really well done for the Grand Prix and Philip did a great job. It worked well for Binja, especially the jump-off,” commented Ewanouski. “She’s normally very fast in the jump-off and I could make a few tight turns. She has a huge stride and there was a long run to the last jump in the jump-off and I made a really neat turn and just galloped as fast as I could at the last fence. It caught her attention just enough, but she’s that fast anyway and the jump-off worked in our favor.”

 

SOL_1639Chris Ewanouski and Binja

 

“We’ve had her for about two years. She’s owned by Castle Point Farm, who is a client of ours, Lindsay Strauffus. She showed her in the amateurs a bit last year and I started showing her over the summer. We did some good classes in Kentucky throughout the summer season,” he elaborated on the mare’s performance this past year.”

 

Ewanouski and Binja have produced impressive results together since he took over the ride, but ensured the mare was well-rested and feeling sharp for the ESP Spring Series, which their team felt better suited the mare.

 

“We laid low during season a little bit and FEI is so competitive. She’s brave and very scopey and is super fun for me to show. We wanted to set her up for success this season, so we decided to have an easy WEF. She showed in some of the national classes with good results at the end of season. We were planning on gearing up for this circuit, which suits her really well. She’s really fresh and not tired and that worked in our favor. She came into last week’s show just a bit fresher than the others I think,” he explained.

 

unnamed-4Chris Ewanouski and Binja in their presentation ceremony with ringmaster Steve Rector.

 

As for the future of the pair, Binja is for sale, but Ewanouski will continue to compete her throughout the spring and summer until she’s partnered with a new rider. The duo will look towards an FEI start in May if she is still part of the program, as the owners enjoy watching Ewanouski compete her.

 

“She is for sale, but I don’t think that we’re in a huge rush. The owners love being able to watch her show and produce good results. She’ll come to KY with us in the spring and potentially do the FEI 2* at Split Rock and we’ll go from there. We base mostly in KY for the summer and do some shows in that area and she’ll go if we still have her at that point. We’d like to end on a high note here and we’re walking away from this win with her feeling really fresh and happy.”

 

Marilyn Little Guides Clearwater to Top Honors in $25,000 Osphos Spring Welcome Grand Prix

 

Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD, and Clearwater, owned by Karen O’Connor, took first place in the $25,000 Osphos Spring Welcome Grand Prix after the pair stopped the clock in 37.274 seconds to secure their victory. Lauren Tisbo of Wellington, FL, and Jeleena de Muze, owned by Tequestrian Farms, LLC, finished just behind Little with a final time of 37.397 seconds, which earned them second place. Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, and her own Indigo, owned by Griese, Garber, Hidden Creek & Gladewinds completed the fast track in 40.132 seconds for third place.

 

unnamed-5Marilyn Little and Clearwater

 

A total of 36 combinations tested the first-round track in the International Ring at PBIEC with only eight combinations producing a clear effort to contest the short-course. Four combinations produced a double clear effort on the afternoon, with Hector Florentino and Venus, owned by Raylyn Farms, Inc. also finishing with zero faults and fourth place overall.

 

Luis Pedro Biraben and Colorado 210 Secure Win in $10,000 ProElite Open Stake

 

Luis Pedro Biraben of Wellington, FL, and Colorado 210, owned by Miguel Madero and Luis Pedro Biraben, took top honors in the $10,000 ProElite Open Stake during ESP Spring I. The pair crossed through the finish line in 34.104 seconds ahead of James Chawke and Balzane Du Mazes, owned by Vanessa Mannix, who completed the jump-off in 34.735 seconds.

 

unnamed-6Luis Pedro Biraben and Colorado 210

 

Kyla Makhloghi of Sherborn, MA, and Hurry Up B, owned by Rosemont Farm, LLC, rounded out the top three with a short-course finish in 34.84 seconds. A total of 33 entries contested the track, also designed by Philip Devita, and saw 18 combinations move forward to the jump-off round.

 

Jumper Highlights

Jimmy Torano of Wellington, FL, piloted Chanel One, owned by The New Group II, LLC, to top honors in the $5,000 Omega Alpha 1.35m Stake, after cruising through the jump-off and securing a time of 30.883 seconds. Kim Farlinger of Orangeville, ON, and Free Style, owned by Keren Halperin-Guy, secured second place with a jump-off time of 31.473 seconds. Ryan Genn of Lebanon, OH, and Colora, owned by Bridlebourne Stables, LLC, collected third place after stopping the timers in 32.79 seconds.

 

The class, which is one of the most heavily-entered during the ESP Spring Circuit, saw 42 total entries take their turn around the initial track, with 14 combinations moving forward to the jump-off round. Only six combinations finished the class with a double-clear effort.

 

unnamed-7Jimmy Torano and Chanel One in their presentation ceremony with ringmaster Steve Rector, and Victoria Newsome.

 

The $1,500 NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw Sarah Fisher of Fort Wayne, IN, and Kaprice DV, owned by Blue Star Investments & Ilan Ferder take top honors after completing their jump-off in 34.52 seconds. Anneliese Gattoni of Bedmister, NJ, and Lucky B Lady, owned by Ann Scher, captured second place with a time of 36.237 seconds. Luciana Quinones of Wellington, FL, and Biep van T Free, owned by Fatima Morales, rounded out the top three placings with a time of 36.941 seconds.

 

The $2,500 Equiline Low Amateur Owner Jumper Stake was championed by Summer Paulos of Newtown, CT, and Balans RV, owned by RCG Farm, who bested the class with a jump-off time of 35.081 seconds. Kyle Olson of Pawling, KY, guided S & L Jacob to second place with a short-course time of 35.779 seconds. Amy Shafmaster of Newington, NH, rode her own Dalton de la Fresniere to third place after stopping the clock in 40.886 seconds.

 

Lauren McCaulley of Lake Charles, IL, and her own Blue Sugar OTJ rode to victory in the $2,500 Equiline Low Junior Jumper Stake after besting the jump-off with a time of 34.845 seconds. Mia Albelo of Coconut Grove, FL, guided Larocque de Revel to second place on a time of 36.297 seconds. Ana Sofia Rodriguez of Wellington, FL, and VDL Empire, owned by Juan Andres Rodriguez Silva, added four faults to their jump-off time of 34.389 seconds.

 

The $2,500 Equiline Medium Amateur Owner Jumper Stake was championed by Maya Nayyar of New York, NY, and Notaris, owned by Maya Nayyar LLC, after the duo topped the class with a lightning fast jump-off time of 36.759 seconds. Maggie Savoie of Rehoboth, MA, and her own Victorie Une Prince captured second place after stopping the timers in 38.23 seconds. Anne Gardner of Palm Beach, FL, and her own Retiro finished in third place after dropping a single rail and finishing the course in 39.869 seconds.

 

Charlotte Novy of Wilmette, IL, and Daddy Cool, owned by Kent Farrington, LLC, rode to the top of the $2,500 Equiline Medium Junior Jumper Stake, crossing through the timers in 39.215 seconds. Dakota Champey of Far Hills, NJ, and Unsomnie de la Roque, owned by MDHT Equestrian, LLC, finished the short-course in 39.518 seconds to earn second place, while Sofia Carmona of Miami, FL, and Idefix de Laubry, owned by Miguel Carmona, finished in third place, with four faults and a jump-off time of 37.533 seconds.

 

The $2,500 Equiline High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake saw Kelly Arani of Lexington, KY, and Kecho Du Sud, owned by Marigot Bay Farm, LLC, jump to first place after the duo was the only pair to move forward to the jump-off round. The duo finished the jump-off course in 40.576 seconds. Michelle Navarro-Grau of Wellington, FL, rode her own Fernando to second place in the class. The duo picked up two time faults in the first round. Chelsea Richardson of Quebec, QC, and her own Tango De I’Isle earned the yellow rosette after adding four faults in the first round and finishing in 71.423 seconds.

 

Mia Sessums of Tampa, FL, and her own Baccus de la Miliere rose to the top of the leaderboard in the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic after stopping the timers in 39.062 seconds. Mae Mannis of Woodbury, CT, and her own Dalinero’s Uno, finished in second place with a jump-off time of 40.273 seconds. Sienna Pilla of Ridgefield, CT, and her own Betty Boop II rounded out the top three with a time of 45.339 seconds.

 

The Low Adult Jumper Classic was won by Stephanie Ann Cook of Franklin, TN, and Augusto, owned by Lionsway Farm, as the combination stopped the clock in 38.42 seconds, ahead of Doris Neyra of Miami Beach, FL, and E.S. Diathago 2, owned by Equi-Sport, LLC, who collected second place in 42.867 seconds. Roxalana Gretz of Elverson, PA, and her own Newman finished in third place after adding four faults to their time of 39.039 seconds in the jump-off round.

 

Layla Kurbanov of Greenwich, CT, and The Flying Ham, owned by Signe Ostby, championed the $1,500 M&S Children’s Jumper Classic presented by Dover Saddlery with a time of 30.275 seconds. Kate Taylor of Pittsford, NY, and Dorusino, owned by Mia Mannis, secured second place with a short-course time of 31.242 seconds, while Emerson Lane of Miami, FL, and her own Diddlina D’Ive Z completed the track in 31.987 seconds for third place.

 

Sarah Fisher of Fort Wayne, IL, and Kaprice DV, owned by Blue Star Investments & Ilan Ferder collected top honors in the $1,500 M&S Adult Jumper Classic presented by Dover Saddlery with their short-course time of 32.509 seconds. Katie Dawson of Charlotte, NC, and Favorite STE Hermelle, owned bA total of 36 combinations tested the first-round track in the International Ring at PBIEC with only eight combinations producing a clear effort to contest the short course. Four combinations produced a double clear effort on the afternoon, with Hector Florentino and Venus, owned by Raylyn Farms, Inc. also finishing with zero faults and fourth place overall. Katie Dawnson, LLC, were narrowly edged by Fisher, as the duo dashed through the timers in 33.508 seconds. Erin Schiller of Wellington, FL, finished in third place aboard her own Casanova with a jump-off time of 33.51 seconds.

 

Hunter Highlights

Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, and Western Sky, owned by Kimberly Dunn, topped the competitive $5,000 USHJA Hunter Derby presented by Equiline after amassing a two-round score of 180. Penny Lombardo, also of Loxahatchee, FL, and Charismo, owned by Joyce Kutcher, finished in second place with a score of 170, ahead of Mary Eufemia and her own Central Park, who earned a total score of 169. A total of 15 entries vied for top honors in the class, but Colvin and Western Sky led from start to finish after receiving a base score of 86 in the first round and a total score of 90, followed by a 90 in the second round.

 

The $1,000 Vita Flex Junior/Amateur Owner 3’3”/3’6” Hunter Classic was won by Jaden Porter of Ladue, MO, and Dragonfly’s Steel Octopus, owned by Dragonfly Farm with a total score of 173. Nicole Lyvere of Lakewood, CO, and her own Certainty followed in second place with a score of 172. Ashley Briggs of Loxahatchee, FL, and her own Harbor Walk finished in third place.

 

unnamed-8Victoria Colvin and Western Sky in their presentation ceremony with ringmaster Steve Rector and Mackenzie MacLean of Equiline.

 

The $500 Medium Pony Hunter Classic saw Taylor Cawley of Wellington, FL, and Astro Boy, owned by Robin Greenwood, capture top honors in the class with a total score of 165.5. Cawley also captured second place aboard Galianna, owned by Glade Run Farm, LLC, with a score of 158.5. Rachel Nichols of Jupiter, FL, and Viva Las Vegas, owned by Gary Duffy & Little Brook Farms Inc. to third place with a score of 156.

 

Ella Bostwick of Wellington, FL, and Callander Bay, owned by Devon Michaelson, took top honors in the $500 Large Pony Hunter Classic with a two-round score of 166. Mae Mannis of Woodbury, CT, and Days of Our Lives, owned by Merrylegs South, secured second place with a score of 160, Ahead of Alexandra Lynn Willner of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Spiderman, owned by Emma Vandenhouten.

 

unnamed-9Mae Mannis and Days of Our Lives in their presentation ceremony with Maggie Alexander, Head of School & Learning Center Director at Score at the Top Learning Centers and Schools.

 

The $500 Small Pony Hunter Classic saw Taylor Cawley of Wellington, FL, take first and second place respectively aboard Reidell Day Dream, owned by Iron Horse Performance Ponies, and Falling Moon Huckleberry, owned by Glade Run Farm, LLC. Cawley completed the class with a score of 155 for the win and 154.5 for second place. Caia Watridge of St. Augustine, FL, guided And So Forth, owned by Limelight Farm, to third place with a score of 145.

 

Taylor Landstrom of Excelsior, MN, and her own Everglade VDL rode to the top of the class in the $500 M&S/NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Hunter Classic with a two-round score of 160. Cassie Warren of New Cannon, CT, and Capo Di Capi, owned by Whipstick Farm LTD, finished in second place with a score of 157. Alexandra Sica of Ridgefield, CT, and Daisimai, owned by Jacqueline Stroehmann, finished in third place with a score of 156.

 

unnamed-10Taylor Landstrom and Captain America in their presentation ceremony with Maggie Alexander, Head of School & Learning Center Director at Score at the Top Learning Centers and Schools.

 

The Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’ Division saw Molly Sewell of Winter Park, FL, and Blue Empire, owned by Brett Lieb LLC, take champion honors, while Osvaldo Ornia Pacher of Bedmister, NJ, and Caro, owned by Palermo Show Stable LLC took reserve honors.

 

Mae Mannis of Woodbury, CT, and Days of Our Lives, owned by Merrylegs South, rode to collect divisional champion honors in the Score at the Top Large Pony Hunter Division. Alexandra Lynn Willner of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Spiderman, owned by Emma Vandenhouten captured reserve champion awards.

 

The Score at the Top Medium Pony Hunter Division saw Taylor Landstrom of Excelsior, MN, and her own Captain America rise to the top of the division to earn the tricolor ribbon. Taylor Cawley of Wellington, FL, and Astro Boy, owned by Robin Greenwood, were presented with reserve champion honors.

 

unnamed-11Caia Watridge and And So Forth in their presentation ceremony with Maggie Alexander, Head of School & Learning Center Director at Score at the Top Learning Centers and Schools.

 

Caia Watridge of St. Augustine, FL, guided And So Forth, owned by Limelight Farm, to the divisional championship in the Score at the Top Small Pony Hunter Division. Taylor Cawley of Wellington, FL, and Reidell Day Dream, owned by Iron Horse Performance Ponies, took reserve champion.

 

Christopher Payne of Cincinnati, OH, and Washington, owned by Shadowfax Equestrian LLC, captured the tricolor in the Green Hunter 3’6” Division, while Lisa Rex of Westbury, NY, and MTM First Dibs, owned by Izzie Lerer, earned reserve champion.

 

The Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’3” Division saw Michael Delfiandra of Wellington, FL, and Gabriel, owned by Laura Barrett-Gurtis take top divisional honors, while Mary Eufemia of Palm Harbor, FL, and her own Central Park were presented with reserve champion.

 

The ESP Hunter 3’3” Division saw Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, and Google It, owned by James Lala & Virginia Confer, earn top honors in the division for their performances, while Sandra Ferrell of Wellington, FL, and Si Bene, owned by Stephanie Bulger, finished their week with reserve champion honors.

 

Lisa Foster of Dover, MA, and It’s My Life, owned by Foster, rode to the top of the Vita Flex Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3” Division for champion honors, ahead of Michelle Gauchat of Lexington, KY, and her own Le Diplomate, who earned reserve.

 

Nicole Lyvere of Lakewood, CO, piloted her own Certainty to division champion in the Vita Flex Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6” 18-35 Division. Claire Kenna of Wakefield, RI, and her own Corice Z finished the weekend as reserve champions.

 

The Junior Hunter 3’3” Division was championed by Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL, and Bon Ami, owned by AM Sport Horses South Inc. Jaden Porter of Ladue, MO, and Dragonfly’s Steel Octopus, owned by Dragonfly Farms, were presented with reserve champion honors.

 

Isha Swani of Ponte Verda Beach, FL, and Monroe, owned by Sorensen Stables, completed a fantastic week, which earned them top divisional honors in the #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’3” Division. Caroline Tinsley of Sudbury, MA, and her own Honor, collected reserve champion honors.

 

For full results from the $35,000 ProElite Spring I Grand Prix, click here.

 

For full results from the $25,000 Osphos Spring Grand Prix, click here.

 

Click here to view the 2019 ESP Spring Prize List!

 

For more information on PBIEC, please visit www.pbiec.com.

 

Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography. These photos may only be used once in relation to this press release with proper credit.

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