The final Hunter and Jumper competition to be hosted at Equestrian Village wrapped up this past weekend with the ESP Fall III show. The ESP Fall Series continues this week at the main grounds of PBIEC with the ESP Fall Finale from Thursday, October 29 through Sunday, November 1. Sharn Wordley of Citra, FL and his own Gatsby were uncatchable in Sunday’s $25,000 Equine Tack and Nutritionals Grand Prix after clearing the jump-off course in 41.219 seconds. Wordley also took home reserve with his own Esmee with a jump-off time of 42.048 seconds, while Santiago Lambre of Wellington, FL piloted his Mick Jagger through the jump-off in 42.226 seconds to earn a close third.
Sunday’s feature class challenged a total of 16 combinations, with seven returning for the jump-off course, designed by Hector Loyola. Wordley explained that he had two different plans going into the first round of the Grand Prix. “In the first round, there was an option to the combination; you either did the short eight or a flat seven. On Gatsby, I did the seven because that’s what he prefers. The mare (Esmee) likes to add a stride going to combinations because she likes to sort of study it, so I did the slow eight with her. The time allowed was also quite short, but she’s so fast that naturally, she made up for the time.”
Sharn Wordley and Gatsby cleared the jump-off course in 41.219 seconds. ©Anne Gittins Photography
Once both horses had earned a spot in the jump-off Wordley determined the best way to take the win. “In the jump-off, I was trying to time it so that I could be first and second. Since Gatsby was very quick in the jump-off, I wanted to be about a half-second slower on Esmee.” Wordley continued to explain that things didn’t exactly go to plan, “I was a little nervous because one of the jumps didn’t quite come up the way I wanted, so I had to add an extra stride. I was nearly a second slower and I was only trying to be half a second slower.”
Top Canadian was Kim Farlinger with Conreu in 10th. Full results here.
The $1,700 Equiline Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic followed with Vanessa Hood of Wellington, FL and Fairytale 86, owned by Take Two LLC, earning the blue ribbon with a jump-off time of 45.983 seconds. Hilary Mcnerney of Wellington, FL clinched the red ribbon with her Billy Penny after a 47.178-second jump-off. The yellow ribbon was awarded to Dominique Roux of Panama for her 48.359-second effort with Victoria Heurtematte’s Gylana VS.
The $1,500 M&S Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic presented by Score At The Top awarded Marshall Shear of Wellington, FL and Primero, owned by Jacqueline Shear, first place after completing the jump-off in 45.029 seconds. Julia Popczyk of Kennett Square, PA piloted Alvaro Lozada’s Denver through the jump-off in 45.136 seconds to claim second place, while Nicole Nunez of Wellington, FL rode Lorenza Jmen, owned by San Francisco Stables LLC, through the jump-off timers in 47.199 seconds to earn third place.
The $250 CCTV Agent .85m Classic in the International Ring saw Addison Buetel of Delray Beach, FL and Alexa Rodriguez’s Consil take home top honors after a 34.35-second course. Second place was awarded to Athena Lekkas of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Caton, owned by Bernardo Tosto, for their 34.667-second jump-off. Elizabeth Polk of Davie, FL and her L’Esprit received the yellow ribbon after completing the jump-off in 35.166 seconds.
On Friday, competition in the Van Kampen Covered Arena kicked off with the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Open Stake. Santiago Lambre navigated Mick Jagger through the jump-off in 40.854 seconds to win, while Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL and Gammon R.A.G., owned by San Francisco Stables LLC, cleared the jump-off in 41.214 seconds to earn second. Peter Lutz of Waccabuc, NY rode Excellent, owned by Bosch Sport Horses, to third after a jump-off time of 41.348 seconds.
In Thursday’s $3,500 CCTV Agent 1.35m Open Stake, Angela Covert of Wellington, FL took home both the blue and red rosette. Covert claimed the blue with Harthill Farm’s Lou Van’t Hofken after clearing the jump-off in 49.277 seconds and the red with her Hollywood de Rase Z with a time of 51.035 seconds. Kim Farlinger of Wellington, FL piloted Conreu, owned by Sher-Al Farm Inc, through the short course in 46.961 seconds and four faults to claim the yellow rosette.
Anne Byers of Locust Valley, NY piloted her Rocklyn to the top of the leaderboard in the $500 NAL/M&S Children’s/Adult Amateur Hunter Classic presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health after receiving a total score of 165. Olivia Notman of Boca Raton, FL rode her Signature to a second-place finish with a score of 157, while Carly Drewyor of Jupiter, FL clinched third with a score of 153 on her entry Corsini.
Lauren Gee of Valdosta, GA bookended the podium in the $500 Pony Hunter Classic after receiving a combined score of 170 with Tina Turner, owned by Team Weston LLC, and a score of 161 with Reidell Day Dream, owned by Iron Horse Performance Ponies. Jole Kosloske of Tampa, FL rode her Chic In Time to a second-place victory after a 164-combined score.
Anne Byers also claimed top honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter division presented by Resilient Fitness with her own Quantonius, while Madison Bloom of Littleton, CO and Savoy Stables’ Bailando finished in reserve.
Jole Kosloske claimed the champion ribbon in the Medium/Large Pony Hunter division presented by Dover Saddlery with her Chic In Time, while Lesly Moore of Palm Beach, FL piloted her Champagne Wishes to reserve honors.
Lauren Gee returned to the winner’s circle to claim top honors in the Small Pony Hunter division presented by Dover Saddlery aboard Tina Turner, while Maxima Lanasa of Palm Beach, FL and Ready To Roll, owned by Neva Navab, claimed the reserve ribbon.
The ESP Fall Series continues this week at the main grounds of PBIEC with the ESP Fall Finale from Thursday, October 29 through Sunday, November 1. No spectators or outside media are allowed on-site at this time, but friends and family can view all classes via our SGL live stream HERE.