Wilmington, OHIO – A field of twenty-six horse and rider combinations showcased their dynamic jumping abilities in this evening’s $25,000 WEC Grand Prix, sponsored by Vitalize®. Bobby Murphy (USA) set the technical track that challenged competitors, and allowed just five pairs to qualify for the jump-off.
During the course walk, Abrahamson designed a plan for her winning ride on Vancouver (Valentino x Cocco). “This course was a lot, and it was in your face. As soon as you landed, there was somewhere to be. The lines were technical, and everything was coming up quickly! Van handled it perfectly and a course like this suited him extremely well, he loved the ‘go,go,go’ aspect of it.”
Her diligence paid off as the pair went clear through each round, stopping the clock at 71.171 seconds in round one and 37.425 seconds in the jump-off to take home the win.
Nicole Loochtan and Goblin (Baltic VDL x Catascha Z) secured the second-place ribbon in the $25,000 WEC Grand Prix. Loochtan and the 2011 chestnut gelding were just behind Abrahamson, with a time of 38.991 seconds.
Summer Hill and La Belle SCF (Diktator Van De Boslandhoeve x Belle Blue S) slid into the third-place position, galloping a speedy 34.368 second jump-off, but with an unfortunate rail for a four-fault penalty.
Mattias Ekeroth and Stamm galloped away with the $500 Vitalize® Blazin’ Fastest Four-Faulter Award.
$25,000 WEC Wilmington Grand Prix Results:
- Vancouver, Kady Abrahamson: 0 | 0 | 37.425
- Goblin, Nichole Loochtan: 0 | 0 | 38.991
- La Belle SCF, Summer Hill: 0 | 4 | 34.368
- Caiman Des Sequoias, Nicole Loochtan: 0 | 4 | 39.512
- Jarocco Blue, Sam Berry: 0 | 12 | 41.302
- Stamm, Mattias Ekeroth: 4 | 69.755
- Calinda FZ, Garrett Warner: 4 | 70.740
- Maraca LS La Silla, Kady Abrahamson: 4 | 73.361
- Gabravo, Summer Hill: 4 | 73.518
- Snow White, Natalie Thornell: 4 | 73.688
Summer Hill and Caballa PS Win $4,999 WEC Futures Prix
Just split seconds separated the placings between the nineteen partnerships riding to win this afternoon’s $4,999 WEC Futures Prix. Summer Hill and Steven Bluman’s Caballa PS worked in perfect unison to complete Bobby Murphy’s tricky course, taking a 67.453-second lead in round one. The pair quickly caught their breath to contest the jump-off, taking all inside turns to secure a winning time of 39.475 seconds for the lead.
“This mare is brand new to me. I just got her last Thursday, so I am quickly learning her buttons. So far, she has been so spectacular and I’m enjoying having her with me. She’s so quick and adjustable, so I never had to touch the breaks throughout the class.” mentioned Hill.
Summer Hill also secured the second-place leaderboard time riding Lausbub 458. Hill and the 2015 Hanoverian gelding jumped clear in the first round and secured a red-ribbon worthy time of 40.286 seconds on the short course.
Rounding out the top three in the $4,999 WEC Futures Prix was Lani E. Hutchison and Light Show. The duo was just a hair behind Hill, crossing the timers at 40.393 seconds for third.
$4,999 WEC Wilmington Futures Prix Results:
- Caballa PS, Summer Hill: 0 | 0 | 39.475
- Lausbub 458, Summer Hill: 0 | 0 | 40.286
- Light Show, Lani E. Hutchison: 0 | 0 | 40.393
- Capiche WW, Rebecca E. Mac Williams: 0 | 0 | 40.430
- Marrakesh Express, Garrett Warner: 0 | 0 | 40.497
- Corvet Enigma, Patricio Rodriguez: 0 | 0 | 40.502
- Vipco Z, Garrett Warner: 0 | 0 | 40.804
- Gallup, Sarah R. Meier: 0 | 4 | 39.133
- Iconic, Lani Hutchison: 0 | 4 | 43.482
- Fenn, Darby Pease: 4 | 68.458
Photos courtesy of Winslow Photography.