Tiffany Morrissey and Sebastian Rule $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Presented by Equine Tack & Nutritionals
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Wellington, FL – April 25, 2019 – Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, PA, made his mark on the $40,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Spring III Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), piloting both his mounts Mark Q and Shorapur to a first and second place finish respectively. Babington and his own Mark Q dashed through the short course in 35.967 seconds, while stopping the timers in 36.865 seconds aboard Shorapur, owned by Shorapur, LLC. Luiz Francisco de Azevedo and so What HP Z took third place after completing the jump-off course in 37.085 seconds.
Babington and Mark Q have a stored partnership together, collecting wins across the country at the Grand Prix level. The pair navigated the track, built by Richard Jeffery, well, which ensured a solid performance in the jump-off from the duo. A total of 12 combinations moved forward to contest the jump-off, with six pairs completing the course with a double clear effort. Over 35 total combinations attempted the first-round track, with two riders finishing on just a single time fault to keep them from advancing to the jump-off round.
“I thought the course was difficult enough and understand why [Richard] had to build it the way he did. I thought it suited Mark Q really well and he’s a very good oxer jumper. Shorapur is more of a vertical jumper because she’s super careful, but they both rode it well,” said Babington.
“I was glad the time was a little bit tight because for my horses, they’re both experienced and I was able to do a couple of inside turns that kept me inside of the time. It was tight enough and the first three jumps were a little bit difficult, but there were a few places you could make it up.”
Babington had a fantastic week with both horses, particularly with his mount Mark Q, who finished in second place in the $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Spring Grand Prix on Friday. Babington commented that he felt Mark Q jumped much better in the jump-off than in the first round on Friday and the feeling was mimicked on Sunday.
“Mark Q was second on Friday and when he came back on Friday, he jumped much better in the jump-off than he did in the first round. I knew that I could really challenge him and take some risks. I did eight strides from one to two, which was the leave out number,” he explained. “When I was approaching the jump he swapped leads, so I found a waiting distance and really had work for the eight and then I knew I could stay on that rhythm and everything came up just fine.”
Discussing the ride on his second mount Shorapur, Babington commented, “On Shorapur I knew the eight from one to two may be too much for her. She’s super careful at her oxers, so I stayed wide in nine and everything came up just the way I wanted it. I knew that if I added a stride down the line I was taking a risk, but it worked for her to do the nine to the last jump and jumped it super well. I figured that if everything came up just right maybe Kent or Darragh would catch me, but all worked out well.”
Following his success at ESP Spring III, Babington will head straight to Kentucky to compete Shorapur, before gearing Mark Q back up for FEI competition in Kentucky during the month of May, with the ultimate goal of competing him at Devon in June.
“The reason I jumped Shorapur is because she’s going to do the class in Kentucky this weekend, we’re leaving tonight, so it was just a prep class for her. Mark Q did a lot at the beginning of circuit and very little at the en. He’ll do the regular FEI shows in Kentucky and then hopefully I will jump him in Devon in the Grand Prix. Shorapur will skip Devon and potentially do Upperville instead. I also have Super Chilled and we’ll just try to break it up a little bit with them to see where they will do best.”
Hardin Towell and Hollywood Be Good Capture Top Honors in $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Spring Welcome Grand Prix
Hardin Towell of Camden, SC, found himself atop the leaderboard once again during ESP Spring III, this time aboard Hollywood Be Good, owned by Kirsten Ostling, after the pair finished ahead of the class in the $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Spring Welcome Grand Prix. The pair finished with a time of 35.683 seconds in the jump-off ahead of Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, PA, and his own Mark Q, who completed the course in 36.486 seconds. Alberto Michan of Wellington, FL, and El Pacho, owned by Pablo Mejia, rounded out the top three in 37.099 seconds.
The course, designed by Richard Jeffery, saw 26 entries tackle the main track, with 11 entries advancing to the jump-off. Kevin Babington piloted his two entries into the second round, while Towell also guided his two mounts successful into the short course phase as well. A total of seven combinations finished fault free.
Hardin Towell Guides Billy Cool to $10,000 Triple Crown Open 1.40m Stake Win
Hardin Towell of Camden, SC, and Billy Cool, owned by Oakland Ventures, LLC, rode to the top of the $10,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Open 1.40m Stake after stopping the course timers in 37.787 seconds. Towell also piloted Corona 93, owned by Oakmont Stables, LLC, to second place with a time of 41.134 seconds, finishing nearly four seconds faster aboard his first-place mount, Billy Cool. Lorcan Gallagher of Wellington, FL, and Cassandra F, owned by Southern Arches, LLC, rounded out the top three with a time of 41.444 seconds.
The class saw a total of 40 entries with eight combinations advancing to contest the jump-off track. Towell and Paul O’Shea were the only two riders with two horses in the jump-off round, as half of the advanced field completed the class with zero faults.
Erynn Ballard of Tottenham, ON, and Charming Force B, owned by Terri Brent Stables & Cynthia Gordon, captured top honors in the $5,000 Omega Alpha 1.35 Stake after finishing their jump-off round in 35.496 seconds. Paul O’Shea and Skara Glen’s 7 Pillars, owned by Skara Glen Stables, finished in second place with a time of 35.8 seconds. Anselmo Alvarado of Wellington, FL, and his own Inesse, rounded out the top three with a time of 36.715 seconds.
Over 44 entries set out to contest the original track, with a total of 17 moving on to the jump-off round. Eight pairs completed the class with a double clear effort, with Stephen Moore of Wellington, FL, the only rider to pilot two of his mounts to clear efforts in the jump-off.
The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic was championed by Megan McMillan of New York, NY, and Calina, owned by HBC Sport Horses, who finished their jump-off in 36.301 seconds for the win. Danielle Stacy of Ipswich, MA, and Rearcross Quality Cruize, owned by Bickford Hill Show Stables, finished in second place with a time of 36.813 seconds. Julia Strawbridge of West Grove, PA, and her own Ailee, collected third place after finishing their jump-off with three time faults.
Jerry Chu of Andovel, MA, and Himeros, owned by Baoma Corp, took top honors in the $2,500 Equiline Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake after completing their jump-off track in 37.212 seconds. Lesley Martin of Vineland, ON, and her own Hermelien finished in second place after stopping the timers in 37.226 seconds. Lisa Butzer of Boca Raton, FL, and Cash and Go, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables, LLC, earned third place with a jump-off time of 40.833 seconds.
The $2,500 Equiline Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake saw Sophie Studd of Wellington, FL, and Holsteins Eastwood, owned by Marie Studd, take top honors in the class after completing their jump-off in 37.598 seconds. Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL, guided Gerben to second place with a time of 38.175 seconds. Taylor Kraft of Frenchtown, NJ, and RL Monaco, owned by Pablo Mejia, were narrowly edged by Warrick, crossing through the timers in 38.989 seconds for third.
Cara Dayton of Chesapeake City, MD, and Durrant, owned by Deborah Dayton, rose to the top of the leaderboard in the $2,500 Equiline High Junior/Amatuer Owner Jumper Stake after completing their jump-off with four faults and crossing through the finish in 43.764 seconds. Blythe Masters of New York, NY, and her own Eriana, dropped two rails for eight faults in the jump-off to finish in second in 40.808 seconds. Masters also finished in third place aboard Callway Do Cabo, after the duo added four faults to their first-round time of 75.591 seconds.
The $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw Martina Larrauri of Key Biscayne, FL, and her own Marko Royale van de Brouwershoe claim top honors in the class after finishing their jump-off round in 45.231 seconds. Leeanne Ablin of Palm Beach, FL, and Persimmon finished in second place after adding two time-faults to their jump-off time of 53.008 seconds. Dennis Sisco of Lake Worth, FL, and Keep Cool, rounded out the top three with a four-fault addition to their jump-off time of 45.35 seconds.
Alfredo Maximilliano Rodriguez of Wellington, FL, and SYL Europa, owned by Claudia Sovero, finished atop the $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Dover Saddlery after dashing through the timers in 40.078 seconds. Maggie Alexander of Wellington, FL, and Wheels Up, owned by Shadow Creek NY LLC, captured second place with a jump-off time of 42.633 seconds, ahead of Kathy Kappas of Denver, CO, and her own Galibeau van de Kalevallei, who secured a time of 44.85 seconds for third.
Hunter & Equitation Highlights
Tiffany Morrissey of Wellington, FL, and Sebastian, owned by Stacey Shore Werner, rose to the top of the leaderboard in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Equine Tack & Nuritionals with a two-round score of 176. Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, and Western Sky, owned by Kimberly Dunn, rode to second place with a two-round score of 175. Meredith Gallagher of Hanes City, FL, piloted Rebel de Vizy, owned by Annette Friend, finished in third place after receiving a 170.5.
A total of 15 entries contested the course with Morrissey jumping into first place after her handy round, which received a massive score of 92. The duo earned an 84 in the first round, which slotted them just behind Victoria Colvin before they sealed the win in the second round.
The $500 M&S/NAL Child/Adult Hunter Classic was championed by Cynthia Griffith of Wellington, FL, and her own Verkade, who earned an overall score of 165 to take first place. Sydney North of Mansfield, MA, and Duval, owned by Linda Evans, secured second place with an overall score of 157. Ryan Seth of New Canaan, CT, guided MTM Licorice, owned by MTM Farm, to third place after receiving a 156.5.
Christina Plitcha of Wellington, FL, rode Kingford, owned by Purple Lane Farm, LLC, to victory in the $1,000 Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3”/3’6” Classic after earning an overall score of 172. Tina Allen of New Canaan, CT, guided her mount Sinatra to second place with a score of 171.5 and her second mount Galaxy to third on a score of 171.
The Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital Children’s Hunter Older Division saw Sydney North of Mansfield, MA, and Duval, owned by Linda Evans, take divisional honors ahead of Schuyler Gobin of Wellington, FL, and Sharp Charmer, who earned reserve champion.
The Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital Children’s Hunter Younger Division was championed by Mia Frigon of Sudbury, MA, and Candy Crush, owned by Woodridge Farm, Inc., while Aundrea Hillyard of Lewisburg, PA, and Dallas, owned by Lydia Ulrich, were presented with reserve.
Tina Allen of New Canaan, CT, and her own Galaxy rode to the top of the Vita Flex Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3” Division to capture divisional honors, while Christina Plitcha of Wellington, FL, and Kingford, owned by Purple Lane Farm, LLC, collected reserve.
Savonna Adell of Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Spellbound, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables LLC, captured top honors in the $500 Pony Hunter Classic, as the duo received a score of 167 to best the class. Rachel Nichols of Jupiter, FL, and Mr. Toffee, owned by Eva Alcorn, secured second place with a score of 166.5, while Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL, and her own Not So Secret were presented with third place on a score of 165.
The $1,000 Junior Hunter 3’3”/3’6” Classic saw an impressive performance by Savonna Adell of Bloomfield Hills, MI, aboard Rockaway, owned by Nancy Littlejohn, as the pair received a score of 167 to win the class. Sienna Pilla of Ridgefield, CT, and Satellite, owned by Megan Winkhaus, took second place on a score of 164.5, while Savannah Sugar of Wayland, MA, and her own Boccaccio rounded out the top three placings on a total score of 163.75.
The Vita Flex Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6” Division saw Tina Allen collect another top honor for her riding throughout the week, as she rode to best the division aboard her own Sinatra. Kimberly Maloomian of Millis, MA, guided her own Finch Hatton to reserve champion honors.
The Equitation 14 & Under Division saw Blythe Goguen of Lexington, KY, and Zjappoo Sow, owned by Colette Cacciatore, collect the divisions champion awards, while Kassidy Rapplean of Wellington, FL, and her own Gandalff took reserve.
Miles Holman of Rehoboth, MA, and Ironman, owned by Anne Holman, were victorious in The Fit Equestrian Equitation 15-17 Division, as the duo collected top honors, while Skyler Fields of Wellesley Hills, MA, and Hardy, were presented with reserve.
Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, guided Gabriel, owned by J T Farm, to top honors in the Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’3”/3’6”/3’9” Division, while Sandra Ferrell of Wellington, FL, and Moonshot, owned by Stephanie Bulger, finished in reserve.
Bob Crandall of Wellington, FL, guided Susie Q, owned by Denise Monopoli, to the top of the Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’ Division, ahead of Amy White of Belvue, KS, and Chappy, owned by Southern Arches, LLC, who secured reserve champion.
The #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’3” Division saw a tie for champion between Sienna Pilla of Ridgefield, CT, aboard Satellite, owned by Megan Winkhaus, and Jaden Porter of Ladue, MO, and Dragonfly’s Steel Octopus, owned by Dragonfly Farm. Isabella Watson of Lake Worth, FL, guided Reliance, owned by Sumner Hill Farms, LLC, to co-reserve champion with Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL, and Bon Ami, owned by AM Sport Horses South Inc.
Miles Holman of Rehoboth, MA, and Cassius T, owned by Holman Imports LLC, were victorious in the #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’6” Division, while Bella Clemente of Far Hills, NJ, and her own Demarco secured the reserve champion title.
Sandra Ferrell of Wellington, FL, took both champion and reserve champion in the Gold Coast Feed Performance Hunter 3’3” Division aboard Dapper, owned by Stephanie Bulger, and Si Bene, also owned by Stephanie Bulger, respectively.
Savonna Adell of Bloomfield Hills, MI, piloted Spellbound, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables, LLC, to champion honors in the Score at the Top Large Pony Hunter Division, while Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL, and her own Casino de Luxe, finished in reserve.
The Score at the Top Medium Pony Hunter Division saw Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL, and her own Not So Secret earn top honors in the division, while Savonna Adell of Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Sportin Around, owned by AKA Showstoppers, LLC, took reserve.
Arabella Navab of Southampton, NY, and Tiara, owned by Megan Winborne, captured divisional honors in the Score at the Top Small Pony Hunter Division, while Katharine Ellis of Weston, MA, and Roll Call, owned by Ava Berman, secured reserve.
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