Wilmington, Ohio – FEI Level III course designer Anderson Lima (BRA) set the opening tracks for the final week of the 2023 Fall Classic Series at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington. Twenty-seven athletes gathered for the $15,000 Welcome Stake sponsored by CWD, but junior rider Izzy Beisel (USA) surpassed the class with her own speed machine, Diaz Barbotiere (Messire Ardent x Quambera Barbotiere).
Beisel, of David Beisel Stables in Goshen, Ohio, is returning to her winning ways at WEC – Wilmington straight off her recent debut in the USEF Dover Hunt Seat Medal Final, USEF Junior Jumper National Championship and USEF Prix Des States at the prestigious Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
“I did Vegas H in Prix Des States. This ring is absolutely huge compared to that! It was actually nice to do Vegas in this class before Diaz today to get a feel of the course, but Diaz felt really ready to go, and ready to win. He was having fun!”
The successful young athlete has stepped up to each challenging class that she has entered and proved her dominance as she raced to a double-clear amongst a group of seasoned professionals.
First to go in the class with Vegas H, Beisel moved onto the jump-off with an unfortunate four-fault score and returned at the bottom of the order in top form with Diaz Barbotiere, looking to best Vicente Guillen (VEN).
Guillen and his winningest mount in the Standlee Sancatuary, Caribi (Stakkato x Moonlight IX), held the top spot for a majority of the class. The 12-year-old Oldenburg mare utilized her natural footspeed for a time of 34.535 seconds, ultimately earning second place.
Beisel piloted her ten-year-old Selle Francias gelding to a blazing fast 33.667 seconds to move into the lead.
“The first jump didn’t come up quite how I wanted it to in the jump-off. But he landed and just took off, so I decided to do the leave out in the bending line! I am planning to do the $75,000 Grand Prix on Saturday and then we are doing the Maclay Final next week at the National Horse Show. I am excited, I think either way it will be fun, but this start definitely gave me a confidence boost!”
Kyle Perkovich (USA) landed in the top three once again, this time with his own Rarity (Roc USA x Ravenna). The 12-year-old Oldenburg mare navigated an efficient double-clear in 34.896 seconds, just shy of the second-place time to round out the podium.
$15,000 CWD Welcome Stake Results:
1 Diaz Barbotiere, Izzy Beisel, Izzy Beisel | 0 | 33.667
2 Caribi, Vicente Guillen, Tranquility Farms | 0 | 34.535
3 Rarity, Kyle Perkovich, Kyle Perkovich | 0 | 34.896
4 Mardinie, Kelly Arani, Marigot Bay Farm LLC | 0 | 36.178
5 Jazil Du Houssoit, Kady Abrahamson, Abrahamson Equestrian LLC | 0 | 36.448
6 Procyon SCF, Kevin Gallagher, Marigot Bay Farm LLC | 0 | 36.456
7 Narcotique B, Lisa Goldman-Smolen, Stephanie St. John | 0 | 36.758
8 Quintano TF, Colin Syquia, Virginia Strauch | 0 | 36.816
9 Manhattan Van’t Leeuwerikenhof, Filip De Wandel, Five Way Farm LLC | 0 | 37.11
10 Corvet Enigma, Particio Rodriguez, Patricio Rodriguez LLC | 0 | 38.352
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