Wilmington, OH – The third and final week of the 2022 OH Summer circuit commenced with the highly anticipated $10,000 Welcome Stake 1.35m held in the bright and airy WEC Sanctuary arena.
Veteran course designer Keith Bollotte, built tonight’s track, where just six of the seventeen pairs managed clear first rounds. Four pairs went on to place double-clear but none could catch Darby Pease and Louisa R Robb’s Carel Van Donderen (Acolino 4 x Terania DIe Hoeghte) who notched their first Welcome Stake win.
Pease and the seasoned fifteen-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding gained an early lead, negotiating each jumping effort with speed and precision to take top honors. Pease and Carel Van Donderen clocked a speedy 73.862 second finish in round one and advanced directly to the jump-off. The duo stopped the clock at 38.479 securing the $10,000 WEC Welcome Stake victory.
Pease went on to claim the second-place spot award aboard Tyson Ziebarth’s Fenn. Fenn is a newer mount for her and they are quickly on their way to the top. The pair recently won the $10,000 Futures Prix at WEC Spring II and tonight clocked speedy times of 75.472 seconds in the first round and 40.660 seconds in the jump-off.
Charles Casey and Double C Sporthorses’s HJ Bernie Sanders rounded out the top three placings. The eight-year-old bay gelding made a 79.251-second qualifying time in round one and stopped the clock in 41.816 seconds in the jump-off to take home third place honors.
Wilhelm Genn and Quincidence, were the first pair to earn double-clear bragging rights, clocking 77.670 seconds in round one and 42.200 seconds in the jump-off to take home fourth place overall.
$10,000 WEC Welcome Stake Results:
- Carel Van Donderen, Darby Pease: 0 | 0 | 38.479
- Fenn, Darby Pease: 0 | 0 | 40.660
- HJ Bernie Sanders, Charles Casey: 0 | 0 | 41.816
- Quincidence, Wilhelm Genn: 0 | 0 | 42.200
- Jarocco Blue, Sam Berry: 0 | 4 | 38.097
- Diaz Barbotiere, Izzy Beisel: 4 | 73.551
- Snow White, Natalie Thornell: 4 | 74.336
- Metro Lass, Abby Lockwood: 4 | 77.471
- Florendence WV, Reilly Gogul: 5 | 80.466
- Jackson VDL, Megan Bash: 8 | 71.716
Experience fall at WEC
Show with us! The 2022 WEC Fall Classic Series features five weeks of USEF rated hunter / jumper competition beginning September 28th and continuing through October 30th. All five weeks feature USEF Premier Hunter competition with Jumper Level 4 during weeks 1 and 2 and Jumper Level 5 for weeks 3 through 5. The 2022 WEC Fall Series features three new $75,000 WEC Grands Prix and more than $1 million in prizes and money awarded.
- $50,000 Grand Prix – Weeks 1 and 2
- $75,000 Grand Prix – Weeks 3, 4 and 5
- $15,000 Welcome Stake – All weeks
- $10,000 Futures Prix – All weeks
All Grand Prix’s are American Standard
- $20,000 WEC Hunter Derby 3’6″-3’9″ Week 1 and 5
- $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 3′ – Open – All Shows
- $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 3′ – Non Pro – All Shows
- $2.500 WEC Pony Hunter Derby – All Shows
- $3,500 Non Pro Derby 2’6″ – All Shows