Wellington, FL – January 4, 2017 – Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL, and Nokia De Brekka finished atop the $30,000 UHealth Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), besting a class of 39 entries. Andrade and Nokia De Brekka finished the jump-off track in 42.673 seconds to take the win, while Jackson Brittan of Westlake, TX, and Easy Contact Humlan rode to second place with a time of 45.562 seconds. Leslie Howard of Darien, CT, piloted Up and Blue Chapelle to third after crossing through the timers in 45.816 seconds.
Andrade and his own Nokia De Brekka have had a phenomenal season at PBIEC during the 2016 Holiday Series, amassing several top finishes in numerous Welcome Stake classes, as well as in the grand prix competition offered weekly. Andrade bested a talented jump-off, which saw six riders advance from the first round. Only the top three finishers completed the day with a double clear effort around the track set by Hector Loyola of Wellington, FL.
Andrade rode three other mounts in the class including Dipssy, Cortina 186, and Bon Jovi, all proving to be highly competitive in grand prix competition. Continuing his preparation for the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Andrade has exemplified his skill and knack for speed during pre-season competition, which will be useful looking towards nearing circuit.
Emanuel Andrade and Nokia De Brekka in their presentation ceremony with Sean Knowles, Dr. Sergio Guerreiro, Eliza Guerreiro, Billie Price, Thao Tran, and Dr. Tinh Tran with ring master Steve Rector (L-R).
The ESP Holiday Series will conclude on Sunday, January 8, ahead of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) circuit, which will begin on Wednesday, January 11, and continue through Sunday, April 2, 2017.
Conor Swail of County Down, Ireland, guided Flower, owned by FINCA Horses Inc., to top honors in the $10,000 UHealth Open Stake with a speedy jump-off time of 39.876 seconds. Shane Sweetnam of Wellington, FL, and Cobolt, owned by The Blue Buckle Group, finished in second place after crossing through the timers in 40.121 seconds. Nicole Shahinian-Simpson of Wellington, FL, and Akuna Mattata, owned by Silver Raven Farms, rounded out the top three with a jump-off time of 41.489 seconds.The class saw 32 entries contest the first major class of the week’s competition during the ESP New Years Show. Nine combinations moved forward to test the short course designed by Hector Loyola of Wellington, FL. Six pairs finished the class with a double clear effort in hand.
Conor Swail and Flower
Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL, and Champion For Volt, owned by Augusto Surico, rose to the top of the $5,000 1.35m Jumper Classic presented by The Brazilian Court Hotel after besting second place by nearly six seconds. Larrazabal stopped the timers in 42.957 seconds ahead of Carlos Quinones of Wellington, FL, and Sato Yama, owned by Michelle Navarro-Grau, who claimed second place with a time of 48.703 seconds. Rodrigo Pessoa of Wellington, FL, and Chaco 34, owned by Francesca Damasceno, took third place after finishing the track in 49.224 seconds.
The $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic presented by Equine Couture & Tuff Rider saw Ellen Mollerus of Larchmont, NY, and Caretino, owned by Katherine Strauss LLC, take top honors after completing the short course in 34.237 seconds. Eva Harris of Wellington, FL, and Showtime De Pleville, owned by RussellSportHorses LLC, took second place with a time of 37.51 seconds ahead of Dakota Champey of Far Hills, NJ, and Unsomnie De La Roque, owned by Hampton Farms LLC, who took third place with a time of 39.248 seconds.
The $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic presented by Equine Couture & Tuff Rider saw Carson King of Bedminster, NJ, and Middlemarch, owned by River Run Farm LLC, claim victory in the division as they completed the jump-off track in 36.98 seconds. Devon Degen of Watermill, NY, and Coachella, owned by Degenmoor Farm Inc., rode to second place with a time of 38.053 seconds. Deborah Imperatore of Basking Ridge, NJ, and Ben-Sky, owned by J&J Imperatore LLC, finished in third, after dropping a rail for four faults and crossing through the timers in 37.736 seconds.
Samantha Johnson of Skillman, NJ, and her own Gallant rose to the top of the leaderboard in the $1,500 Children’s Jumper Classic with a time of 34.439 seconds. Sabrina Lefebvre of St. Marc Sur Richeliue, QC, and Wedding Day finished in second place with a jump-off time of 35.69 seconds, while Ally Marrinan of Saunderstown, RI, and Ruby, owned by Rose Hill Farm, rounded out the top three with a time of 36.157 seconds.
Stephanie King of St. Augustine, FL, and her own Co-Starr captured victory in the $1,500 Adult Amateur Jumper Classic presented by Accuhorsemat after completing the track with an efficient time of 34.04 seconds. Laura Anderson of Ashland, VA, and her own HHS Cheiro took second place as the only other combination to advance to the jump-off round. The duo added four faults to their time of 40.959 seconds. Devon Degen of Watermill, NY, and Zippo, owned by Degenmoor Farm Inc., rounded out the top three after adding a single time fault in the first round to finish in 77.255 seconds.
McKayla Langmeier and Tahiti Island in their presentation ceremony with ring master Steve Rector and Kelly Molinari, Managing Director of Equiline.
The $2,500 High Amateur Owner Jumper Classic presented by Equiline saw McKayla Langmeier of East Granby, CT, and Tahiti Island, owned by Blue Hill Farm, LLC, take top honors with a time of 43.26 seconds. Daisy Farish of Versailles, KY, and Balance, owned by Chansonette Farm LLC, captured second place, completing the course just behind Langmeier with a time of 43.549 seconds. Michelle Navarro-Grau of Wellington, FL, guided her own own Yidam to an exciting finish in the class, collecting a time of 43.654 seconds for third.
The $2,500 NAL Low Amateur Owner Jumper Classic saw Lynsey Whitacre of St. Joseph, MO, and her own Zorzuela Leuze Z, ride to victory after finishing with a time of 41.179 seconds. Rileigh Tibbott of Ebensburg, PA, and her own Cento Per Cento CG captured second place with a time of 43.01 seconds ahead of Meghan Hurst of Baton Rouge, LA, and her own Fidel Cavaro who earned third place with a time of 43.369 seconds.
Catalina Peralta of Geneva, FL, and Chopin Z, owned by Grindstone Farm LLC, finished atop the $2,500 Low Junior Jumper Classic after completing the jump-off round in 41.016 seconds. Faith Davis of Gurley, AL, and her own Da Vinci, took second place, finishing just behind Peralta with a time of 41.303 seconds around the short course. Isabella Andreu of Wellington, FL, and Grannit Du Petit Bois, owned by Ilsa Franzuis & Jorge Andreu, finished in third place with a time of 42.234 seconds.
Chloe Wilkenfeld of Bedford, NY, and Urben, owned by Ashley McIlwain, rose to the top of the leaderboard in the $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic after completing the jump-off track in 38.471 seconds. Morgan Champey of Far Hills, NJ, and Baronesse, owned by MDHT Equestrian, LLC, finished in second with a time of 39.739 seconds, while Samantha Karp of Wellington, FL, and her own David, rode to third place, stopping the timers in 40.955 seconds.
Kim Barone of Watertown, MN, and Easy Street HU, owned by Raven Ridge Farm, rode to the top of the class in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby after receiving a two round score of 173. Emma Weiss of New York, NY, and her own Cheveaux took second, finishing just behind Barone with a score of 172.5. Ashton Alexander of Ocala, FL, and Amazone De La Cense, owned by Plain Bay Farm, secured third, earning a 165. The derby featured 21 entries, while Barone championed the class with an 86 in the first round and an 87 in the handy. Weiss earned the high score of the day aboard Cheveaux after receiving an 89 for their first round effort.
Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, and For Ever, owned by Victoria Colvin, LLC, captured first place in the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Program (PGIP) with a score of 81. Colin Syquia of Wellington, FL, and Samba’s Secret, owned by Jennifer Smith, captured second place with a score of 78, while Maria Rasmussen of Oak Creek, WI, and O. Edward, owned by Sydney Hamel, also finished with a score of 78 for third.
The $1,000 3’6″ Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter Classic presented by Sweet Oak Farm saw Emma Weiss of New York, NY, and Cheveaux take top honors with a two round score of 168, while Michael Williamson of Loomis, CA, and Boris, owned by Vlock Show Stables LLC, took second place, finishing just a point behind Weiss to receive a 167. Krista Weisman of Brooklyn, NY, and Reality, owned by Krista & Alexa Weisman, captured third place with a score of 162.
Ashley Vogel of Mequon, WI, and her own Avignion rodes to victory in the $1,000 3’3″ Junior Hunter Classic presented by Sweet Oak Farm after receiving a total score of 170 from the judging panel. Jaden Olson of Parker, CO, and her own Conradical took second place after receiving a 161, while Samantha Braswell of Wellington, FL, and Pinehurst, owned by Two Goals Farm LLC, rode to third place with a score of 150.
Martha Ingram of Nashville, TN, and Ice Time, owned by John & Stephanie Ingram, LLC, rode to victory in the $1,000 3’3″ Amateur Owner Hunter Classic presented by Sweet Oak Farm after earning a two round total score of 167. Lindsay Maxwell of Beverly Hills, CA, piloted her own Kingston to second with a score of 166.5, while Krista Weisman of Brooklyn, NY, and Concept, owned by Krista & Alexa Weisman, took third with a 166.
The $500 Large Pony Hunter Classic presented by Moorcroft Inc. saw Ansley Wright of Manalapan, FL, and Serenade In Blue, owned by Deborah Brown-Moon, take top honors with a score of 158. Caroline Ellis of Weston, MA, piloted All About Blue, owned by Artillery Lane, LLC, to second place with a score of 156 ahead of Dakota Champey of Far Hills, NJ, and Tantallon Co-Captain, owned by MDHT Equestrian, LLC, who earned a 148 for third place.
Samantha Takacs of Oldwick, NJ, and IFlirt, owned by MDHT Equestrian, LLC, rode to victory in the $500 Small Pony Hunter Classic presented by Moorcroft Inc. after receiving a two round score of 162. Caia Watridge of St. Augustine, FL, and her own Heavens to Betsy secured second place with a 160, while Allison Coleman of Wellington, FL, and her own Training Wheels, rounded out the top three with a score of 154.
The $500 Medium Pony Hunter Classic presented by Moorcroft Inc. was won by Sienna Pilla of Ridgefield, CT, aboard Robin Hill’s Snapshot, owned by Piccolino Farm LLC, who topped the class with a score of 161. Alexandra Lynn Willner of Boca Raton, FL, and Oakledge Fire and Rain, owned by Donald Stewart, who finished with a 160 for second place. Campbell Hudkins of Farmington, CT, and Swingtown, owned by Peacock Ridge, LLC, rounded out the top three finishers with a score of 154.