Fall III Horse Show Wrap Up: October 25-27, 2013

Wellington, FL - October 28, 2013 - Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) hosted its Fall III Horse Show this weekend on October 25-27, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The first grand prix of the fall season was held on Sunday afternoon with a win for Ireland's Paul O'Shea riding the 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Primo de Revel (Quinault x Lys de Darmen), owned by Michael Hayden.

Skip Bailey of Wellington, FL, set the course for Sunday's grand prix with six out of 29 entries advancing to the jump-off. Four of those jumped double clear over the short course, and Paul O'Shea and Primo de Revel  had the fastest time of 33.910 seconds for victory. Sharn Wordley and Ashland Stables' Axel finished second in 34.838 seconds. Michael Dorman finished third and fourth aboard Wyndmont entries IV Ever and Zephyr. IV Ever stopped the clock in 34.924 seconds to place third; Zephyr was fourth in 36.581 seconds.    

 


Paul O'Shea and Primo de Revel. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.  

 

Paul O'Shea has had Primo de Revel since the horse was six years old and has developed a great partnership with the gelding. Primo de Revel has been on top form this year, winning four grands prix, including the win this weekend. He also topped the $25,000 ESP Spring III Grand Prix in April, won the $75,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Great Prix of Lake Placid in June, and took top honors in the $75,000 Equestrian Estates Planning Group Grand Prix at Silver Oak in August.

O'Shea liked the course this weekend for Primo de Revel and noted that although it was not huge, it was difficult. They went third in the jump-off and had to chase a very fast time from Sharn Wordley and Axel.    

"I saw Sharn go, so I just aimed to go a little bit faster and was hoping that that would be enough," O'Shea stated. "There was a long gallop to the last jump and my horse is naturally very well balanced, so I knew that I could just keep going and he jumped it very well. It came off today. We were a little bit faster than Sharn, and it just happened to be enough."    

Primo de Revel will continue to show in Wellington this fall and in the ESP Holiday Show Series, which runs from November 27, 2013, to January 5, 2014.

Paul O'Shea and Primo de Revel in their winning presentation.
Photo (c) Mancini Photos. 
 

 

O'Shea also had a top result with his mount Wizz, who finished seventh with the fastest four-fault round on Sunday. Wizz had top results this summer as well, including a win in the $30,000 Grand Prix of Princeton a few weeks ago. O'Shea was happy with his finish this weekend. 

"He is more inexperienced, but he is kind of getting it together now," O'Shea acknowledged. "I have big hopes for him."

O'Shea is now in Wellington for the season and looking forward to this winter's FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival as well as the many great events leading up to the winter circuit. He noted that it is great to be able to come to Wellington early and jump in some good grand prix classes with good prize money.    

"It is nice to have these classes to keep the horses jumping, and the money is good," he said. "It's great to get in the main ring too. For Primo de Revel, he has a lot of experience, but Wizz isn't that experienced, so it was good for him to get in the main ring there and jump around. In three weeks there is a night class there, so that will be good experience for him too."

Final Results: $25,000 ESP Fall III Grand Prix

1. PRIMO DE REVEL     PAUL O'SHEA     MICHAEL HAYDEN: 0/0/33.910
2. AXEL    SHARN WORDLEY    ASHLAND STABLES: 0/0/34.838 
3. IV EVER     MICHAEL DORMAN     WYNDMONT: 0/0/34.924

4. ZEPHYR     MICHAEL DORMAN     WYNDMONT: 0/0/36.581
5. EVENING STAR    HEATHER CARISTO WILLIAMS    M/M RALPH CARISTO: 0/8/33.322
6. STAR WATCH     SAMANTHA SENFT     TREASURE COAST STABLES: 0/8/34. 999
7. WIZZ    PAUL O'SHEA    PAUL O'SHEA: 4/81.212
8.  VALINSKI S     MICHAEL DORMAN     WYNDMONT: 4/81.222
9. COCO     SCOTT KEACH    SOUTHERN CROSS EQUESTRIAN LLC: 4/83.724
10. ELIOS    BRITTNI RAFLOWITZ   DARRAGH KERINS & MAARTEN HUYGENS: 6/85.844
11. BUGATTI    SHARN WORDLEY    ASHLAND STABLES: 8/78.212
12. ADLANTEUR    HENRIK GUNDERSEN     HENRIK GUNDERSEN: 8/79.877

Jumper Highlights 

ESP's Fall III Horse Show kicked off competition on Friday with a $10,000 Welcome Stake that saw victory for Ireland's Darragh Kerins and his speedy mount Hot Wheels, owned by Sarah Kerins. Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run's Eternal placed second with Samantha Senft and Treasure Coast Stables' Star Watch in third. 

In Saturday's Tackeria Child/Adult Jumper Classic, Evi Smith and No Limits were victorious over Sheer Levitin and Penelope Z with Lindsay Standley and Gail Sonnenberg's Grappelli in third. The M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw another win for Evi Smith and No Limits. Ana Olivares and Tornado finished second with Emma Butchard and Long Creek Properties LLC's Capice BS in third.

In the Equine Conditioning Center's NAL Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Anne Bingler and Tanimara were the winners with Brett Burlington and 'T Is Picobello Z in second and Jennifer Santana with Santana Stables LLC's Horseflight.com Kendall in third. 

The Office Depot Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic was won by Victoria Craig and Bellalina. Rebecca Fain and Ericka Koenigsberg's Desert Rose finished second, while  Elizabeth Craven and Silverado were third

Hunter and Equitation Highlights

The weekend also hosted championship presentations for the hunter divisions. In the Adult Amateur Hunters, Calero and Susannah Rose were champions, with Meadowood Farm LLC's Brave Art and Courtney Schweppe in reserve.

The Unhealth Children's Hunter champion was Harriet Schiele's Bismarck ridden by Marissa Damone with Cassis and Brooke Giacin in reserve.   

Samantha Wight swept the #1 Education Place Large Junior Hunter division, earning the championship aboard Melissa Wight's Nobility and finishing reserve riding Melissa Wight's Charmeur S.

The Pilates Rocks Low Adult Hunter champion was Celtic-Z, owned by Lauren A. Kellar and ridden by Paige Benezette. Reserve honors went to Mr. Vegas, owned and ridden by Jenna Norton. In the Pine Hollow Low Children's Hunter division, Grace Gruverman's Ominous and Olivia Gruverman took the championship with Madison Specht's Calypso Bay and Christine Potthast in reserve. 

The McGuinn's Modified Hunter champion was Christine Potthast's Mr. Brightside with rider Jeanne-Marie Potthast. Kimberly Rice's Run Forest Run and Marissa Rice finished in reserve. 

The Performance Working Hunter 3'3" division awarded championship honors to Hannah Whiting's Tucandu with Lauren Schweppe in the irons. Jacob Pope and Heritage Farm, Inc.'s Sway were the reserve champions. 

In the equitation classes, Brett Burlington won the ASPCA Maclay riding Jefferson. Adam Rittenberg topped the Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal, presented by Randolph College, riding Alchemy. Nikki Carr and SCNC Investments' Lightning were the WIHS Equitation winners overall. 

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