Wellington, FL – August 22, 2021 – After a two-month break, the ESP Summer Series returned to Equestrian Village for ESP Summer II, which featured plenty of exciting jumper competition on the expansive grass Derby Field. Emerging as the biggest winners of the week, Brazil’s Gabriel de Matos Machado and Clearwater, owned by Karen O’Connor, nabbed the win ahead of a tight jump-off in the $25,000 CabanaCoast Grand Prix. The duo mastered the courses designed by Andy Christiansen (ECU) to beat the field, adding another victory to Machado’s list after a 1.40m win earlier in the week.
The 2021 ESP Summer Series will continue at Equestrian Village from August 26-29, 2021 for ESP Summer III. The Series will include four final competitions, concluding with the Rita & Irish Flynn Memorial from October 1-3, 2021, before the ESP Fall Series. To view the ESP Summer Series Prize List, please click HERE.
“The horses love to be in the grass here and it is an amazing facility. [Clearwater] jumped a good round Friday to finish fifth in another class, and so did my other horses. We are excited to be back showing here,” commented Machado.
Following the first round of riding, six pairs had earned a spot in the jump-off after fault-free first rounds. With two horses still in contention, Lebanon’s Jad Dana possessed the greatest odds of capturing a spot on the podium. With two left to go over the short course, Samuel Parot (CHI) held the lead on Parot Horses LLC’s Koblenz Van De Vinusakker, boasting a clear time of 35.63 seconds. As the second-to-last combination, Machado and Clearwater upped the ante to edge out the early frontrunners, crossing the finish line without faults in 35.24 seconds.
“The course was really good. There were six clear rounds, so it was really technical,” reflected Machado. “The jump-off was really competitive, and those guys are all fast. The course designer did a really good job and the horses jumped well. For me, I think I cut time in the jump-off between fences one and two because I took out a stride, and then after the skinny white vertical I came inside and shaved some time.”
Not far behind the victorious pair, Parot and Koblenz Van De Vinusakker earned the second-place honors, followed by Dana and After Eight, owned by Peter Howard and Laure Sudreau in third position. The third-place pair finished in a clear time of 36.06 seconds. Of the six duos that advanced to the jump-off, all six impressively completed the second-round course without faults.
Kicking off the horse show on Friday, the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Open Stake saw seven pairs advance to the jump-off following the first-round course on the grass Derby Field. Brazil’s Machado put on a show by finishing in first place and third place, two of only three total double-clear pairs. Machado topped the class by exactly one second, earning victory on Raylyn Farms’ RF Casablanca in a foot-perfect time of 35.09 seconds. Second place went to Dana riding Clip De La Haye Z, also owned by Howard and Sudreau, thanks to a clear ride in 36.09 seconds. Machado bookended the podium aboard Carben Farms LLC’s Bonza as the final double-clear duo in 37.18 seconds.
The Derby Field welcomed a field of entries on Saturday morning for the Elite Horse Transport 1.35m Stake class, which ultimately saw Juan Manuel Gallego of Colombia claim victory riding Adalberto Audi Scappino, owned by Eduardo Sanchez Navarro. Six combinations from the class earned a spot in the jump-off following first rounds without penalties, and the race was close for the top spot. The victorious pair earned the win thanks to a double-clear ride in 39.34 seconds, but Daniel Cyphert of Argyle, TX, and Heathman Farm’s C. Wellie gave them a run for their money with a clear second-place performance in 39.76 seconds. With a fault-free round in 40.80 seconds, Juan Jose Bancalari of the Dominican Republic piloted his own Cerati to third position overall.
In the Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Equiline, competitors tackled the 1.30m fences for a shot at the top prize and bonus points towards the division championship. In the end, one partnership stood above the rest as the only double-clear entries in the class. Finishing on a clear time of 47.69 seconds in the jump-off, Lindsay Strafuss of Collierville, TN, and her own Calmaro 12 claimed victory in the class as well as the division.
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