For Immediate Release
Wellington, FL – May 15, 2022 – The final week of the ESP Spring Series came to a close on Sunday, but not before the USA’s Natalie Dean and Dotcom D’Authuit placed the winning jump-off ride in the $25,000 IDA Development Grand Prix to capture the final Grand Prix win of the Spring Series.
“I have had Dotcom since she was 7-years-old and, and she is nine now, so she is just stepping up into the Grand Prix level,” Dean shared of her winning mount, who is owned by Marigold Sporthorses, LLC. “It has taken me a while to get to know her; she is very careful and has her own way of going. But she is everything that you can ask for, and she is super fast. She is such an amazing horse!”
In the opening round of competition, horses and riders were put to the test over a technical course designed by Andy Christiansen (ECU). From a starting order of 48 entries, 15 pairs cleared the opening round to advance to the jump-off. Second to test the shortened track, Hector Florentino Roca and Meadowvale Cruise were the first pair to place a double-clear round, with the lead changing a handful of times before Dean and Dotcom D’Authuit stepped out onto the field, and ultimately cleared the course in the fastest time, stopping the clock at 36.131 seconds.
“I think the course was nice. It was big enough for a $25,000 Grand Prix class, but there were 48 in it, so I think it was very fair. I think that everyone had good rounds today and all of the horses really learned from the course. It is so nice that we can jump out on this field and give the younger horses some experience,” Dean shared.
With a double-clear time of 36.325 seconds, Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace, owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC, nabbed the runner-up honors, while Diego Javier Vivero Viteri (ECU) and Eickendorf Horses’ Quinn 33 rounded out the podium with their clear jump-off time of 37.167 seconds.
Click above to watch the winning ride!
As the groom of the winning Grand Prix horse, Marlon Huete was the recipient of the Schneiders Groom Award for the $25,000 IDA Development Grand Prix. As part of the recognition, Huete was presented with a bag of high-quality grooming supplies courtesy of Schneiders Tack.
For the full results of the $25,000 IDA Development Grand Prix, please click HERE.
Sunday morning’s $2,500 Medium Amateur/Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Palm Beach Equine Clinic consisted of 18 horse-and-rider combinations to go on the Derby field. Mia Green (USA) aboard her own, Fiero, took home top honors stopping the clock at 44.127 seconds defeating Lacy Moorone Cramer (USA) and Cincinnati, owned by Equi-Sport, LLC, who crossed the timers at 44.297 seconds. Erin Haas (USA) and North Face Farm’s Larkin finished in third place with a time of 46.848 seconds.
Topping a field of 12 competitors, Paula Portocarrero (USA) and her Queretaro 2 were victorious in the $2,500 NAL Low Amateur/Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Equiline. Madeline Thatcher (USA) and Tou La Moon, owned by Pony Lane Farm, finished in second place after stopping the clock at 44.454 seconds, while Emily Ablin (USA) and Cassini Miaflores, owned by Leeann Ablin, finished in third place with a jump-off time of 46.426 seconds.
Following his victory on Thursday, Diego Javier Vivero Viteri (VEN) and Eickendorf Horses’ Quinn 33 took home Friday’s top spot in the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Open Stake. Against a 20-horse jump-off, the pair stopped the clock with a winning jump-off time of 36.868 seconds. Just off the pace, John Perez Bohm (COL) took home second with his mount Gigi-Carmen in 37.231 seconds. The final spot on the podium was claimed by Abigail Mc Ardle (USA) and Samuel Parot Jr’s I&H Boogy Woogy after clearing the jump-off in 37.878 seconds.
On Thursday, Diego Javier Vivero Viteri (VEN) and Quinn 33 also topped the $5,000 Omega Alpha 1.35m Classic against a field of over 30 competitors. The pair raced to first with a time of 41.081 seconds in the jump-off. It was a close second for David Blake (IRL) and Pine Hollow Farm’s Nixon Van D’Abelendreef with a jump-off time of 41.591 seconds, followed by John Perez Bohm (COL) and Voodoo 10, owned by Julio David Vainer, with a clear jump-off time of 41.628 seconds.
Luis Fernando Larrazabal (VEN) and Baroness, owned by Leeann Ablin, topped Thursday’s 7 Year Old Young Jumper class, presented by QBS Equestrian LLC and M.Michael Meller Sport Horses. The pair placed double-clear rounds, stopping the clock at 35.234 seconds in the jump-off to top the class. In reserve, Taylor Kain (USA) piloted The Gelt Group’s Havanna C2 to a second-place finish with a clear jump-off time of 37.554 seconds. Jad Dana (LBN) rounded out the podium with DK Daisy, owned by Abigail Perry.
Thanks to consistent placings over the course of the Spring Series, Kent Farrington (USA) was awarded the $1,000 Assets Risk Management National Grand Prix Rider Bonus.
The ESP Spring Series is now concluded. There will be a brief competition break before the ESP Summer Series begins with the ESP June Equitation Day #1 on June 2, 2022.
To view the prize list for the 2022 ESP Summer Series, please click HERE.
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