Nicholas Dello Joio and Cornet’s Cambridge Are Victorious in $140,000 Palm Beach County Sports Commission Grand Prix CSI3*

Apr 24, 2022 - 7:00 PM

For Immediate Release

Wellington, FL – April 24, 2022 – The final international grand prix in Wellington until the end of the year took place on Sunday as 44 pairs took to the Derby Field to compete for first prize and the lion’s share of the prize money in the $140,000 Palm Beach County Sports Commission Grand Prix CSI3*. Edging ahead of the field as the quickest of six double-clears, Nicholas Dello Joio (USA) and Cornet’s Cambridge claimed the victory to cap an exciting season of FEI competition.

Nicholas Dello Joio and Cornet’s Cambridge won the $140,000 Palm Beach County Sports Commission Grand Prix CSI3*. The victors are pictured with Jim Barnes, Village Manager for Wellington and Sports Commission Board Member; Don Dufresne, Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council Board; and George Linley, Palm Beach County Sports Commission Executive Director. ©Sportfot

“It is shocking that we are actually finished. I’m still half expecting to be back here next week to show. It feels great to win at the end of this season, and I am really super happy with the horse,” Dello Joio commented. “He is a horse that I have been producing slowly throughout the circuit and he had a good [Winter Equestrian Festival]. During WEF Week 10 he jumped the CSI4* grand prix. We decided not to jump the last CSI5* week, which he was probably ready to do, but we are just planning the long game with the horse. We decided that our next show after this will be Thunderbird, so it was good to get him out on the grass one more time.”

Of his winning mount, The Berry Group LLC’s 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Balou de Reventon x Cambridge 8, Dello Joio continued, saying, “He has all of the qualities you want. He is extremely careful, he has not shown us a limit to his scope yet, and he is very quick across the ground. While being quick across the ground, he stays even more careful. He is a horse that you can really allow to go as fast as you want. It is funny, you can feel it in him. You sense that he wants to be super fast, and he has fun doing it.”

Designer Andy Christiansen’s course.

In the first round of competition, horse-and-rider pairs were put to the test over a technical course designed by Andy Christiansen (ECU) that consisted of 16 efforts. The field included an international line-up representing 14 countries as well as some of the world’s top-ranked athletes, such as Kent Farrington (USA), Beezie Madden (USA), Conor Swail (IRL), and Erynn Ballard (CAN), among others. By the end of the first phase, eight duos had turned in foot-perfect rides to advance to the jump-off. Due to the eight qualifiers, Christiansen earned the highly-respected “perfect course” distinction on Sunday, as the number of jump-off qualifiers exactly matched the number of payout positions for the class.

Nicholas Dello Joio and Cornet’s Cambridge ©Sportfot

“I thought both courses were very good and that Andy got the numbers that he wanted,” Dello Joio reflected. “I thought that the course today, the majority of it, was not as hard as the Friday qualifier course, but the triple combination line was a real test of the rider-and-horse relationship, rideability, and a real riding line. It wasn’t just a horse jumping line. I thought he nailed it. He was right on with the time allowed, and it was good. Kudos to him.”

As the second-to-last to tackle the abridged track, Dello Join and Cornet’s Cambridge moved to the top of the standings with their fault-free time of 40.92 seconds and could not be caught by the final duo to solidify their status as the competition victors. Evan Coluccio (USA) and Valdes Z, owned by Hampton Green Farms LLC, earned second place in 41.27 seconds with no faults, and Jacqueline Steffens (CAN) rode her own Freaky to the final podium placing in a clear 41.63 seconds.

Jonathan Porteous was awarded with the Schneiders Groom Award. ©Sportfot

As the groom of the winning horse, Jonathan Porteous was awarded with the Schneiders Groom Award following the class. As part of his winnings, Porteous was presented with grooming supplies on behalf of Schneiders Tack.

Click above to watch the winning ride!

For the full results of the $140,000 Palm Beach County Sports Commission Grand Prix CSI3, please click HERE. Continue reading below for more information on the top finishers in the class.

Kent Farrington and Electrique ©Sportfot

In the afternoon’s $35,000 Horseware Ireland Spring III Grand Prix, 48 entries jumped the course for a shot at the blue ribbon and the greatest cut of the prize money. Following the first portion of riding, four partnerships had earned a spot in the jump-off, with Farrington posing the greatest chance of victory with two qualified mounts. In the end, Farrington did clinch the win with Electrique, owned by Farrington and Haity McNerney, as the only double-clear duo.

Kent Farrington and Electrique, pictured with Lenore Phillips of Equestrian Sport Productions, won the $35,000 Horseware Ireland Spring III Grand Prix. ©Sportfot

Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili, owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC, captured the second-place position as the fastest of the four-faulters in 39.89 seconds, followed by Mimi Gochman (USA) aboard Gigi’s Girl BH, owned by Govhman Sport Horses LLC, in a four-fault time of 42.94 seconds for third place.

Thanks to consistent placings over the course of the Spring Series thus far, Farrington was also awarded the $1,000 Assets Risk Management National Grand Prix Rider Bonus.

Kent Farrington was awarded the $1,000 Assets Risk Management National Grand Prix Rider Bonus. ©Sportfot

For the full results of the $35,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix, please click HERE.

Earlier in the day, 35 challengers rode in the $2,500 High Amateur/Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Noltrex®Vet. Eight duos completed the first round of 1.40m obstacles without any faults, with Alexandra Pielet of Highland Park, IL, and Co-Pielet LLC’s Hyperbolics ultimately finishing on top as the quickest of the double-clear pairs in 37.93 seconds. Natalie Dean of Palo Alto, CA, had a good showing, earning both second and third-place finishes. Dean jumped Cocolina, owned by Marigold Sporthorses LLC, to the reserve spot in 38.05 seconds without faults, and also piloted Acota M, of the same owner, to third place in a penalty-free 39.60 seconds. Dean and Cocolina also earned the most points throughout divisional competition to win the championship honors.

Alexandra Pielet and Hyperbolics won the $2,500 High Amateur/Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Noltrex®Vet. ©Sportfot

The $2,500 Medium Amateur/Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Palm Beach Equine Clinic, on Sunday showcased 22 exhibitors in the class. Thirteen duos mastered the 1.30m fences to move on to the jump-off, led by Rachel Turk of Wellington, FL, on Turk Performance Horses LLC’s Golden Boy VL in a double-clear time of 29.66 seconds. Representing Great Britain, Blythe Masters and her own Eriana grabbed second place fault-free in 30.23 seconds, followed by Stephanie Garrett of New York, NY, on Postage Stamp Farm’s Darius de Kezeg Z in 30.25 seconds, just two-hundredths of a second slower for third position.

Natalie Dean, pictured on Acota M, was the champion in the Noltrex®Vet High Amateur/Junior Jumpers with Cocolina. ©Sportfot

Equestrian Village’s Van Kampen Covered Arena showcased a group of 52 horse-and-rider combinations competing in the $2,500 NAL Low Amateur/Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Equiline. Out of the 52 competitors, 24 riders found themselves fault-free in the first round and qualified for the short course. In the end, Charlotte Clivio of Miami, FL, and her own WT Scorsese finished victorious with a winning time of 27.98 seconds, defeating Tessa Brown of Jamaica, VT, and Carano Z, owned by Rosemont Farm Inc, who finished their short course with a time of 28.50 seconds for the runner-up spot. Jerry Chu of Andovel, MA, jumped Sky and Sea Corp’s Shark to third place with a time of 29.55 seconds. 

Sunday’s competition concludes the third week of the ESP Spring Series. Week Four will take place May 5-8, followed by the final installation of the ESP Spring Series from May 12-15, 2022.

To view the prize list for the 2022 ESP Spring Series, please click HERE.

Photo credit ©Sportfot. These photos may only be used once in relation to this press release with proper credit.

Final Results: $140,000 Palm Beach County Sports Commission Grand Prix CSI3*

1. CORNET’S CAMBRIDGE: 2012 Oldenburg gelding by Balou Du Reventon x Cambridge 8
NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO (USA), The Berry Group LLC: 0/0/40.92

2. VALDES Z: 2013 Zangersheide gelding by Vigo D’arsouilles x Ircolando
EVAN COLUCCIO (USA), Hampton Green Farms LLC: 0/0/41.27

3. FREAKY: 2011 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Darco x Litho X
JACQUELINE STEFFENS (CAN), Jacqueline Steffens: 0/0/41.63

4. DEZ OOKTOFF: 2008 KWPN stallion by Colandro x Lys Rouge
ROBERTO TERAN TAFUR (COL), Roberto Teran Tafur: 0/0/42.81

5. BREITLING LS: 2006 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Quintero x Accord II
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/0/44.14

6. CAPPUCCINO 194: 2012 Westphalian gelding by Comme II Faut 5 x Sir Shutterfly
MOLLY ASHE CAWLEY (USA), Louisburg Farm: 0/0/45.01

7. ORAFINA: 2012 KWPN mare by For Fashion x Corofina

8. CONTAGO: 2011 Oldenburg gelding by Cornet Obolensky x Cassandra
EUGENIO GARZA PEREZ (MEX), El Milagro: 0/4/44.63

9. DIAROUBET: 2012 Oldenburg gelding by Diarado x Baloubet Du Rouet
ANDRZEJ OPLATEK (IND), Gospodarstwo Rolne & Andrezj Oplatek: 1/83.23

10. DONATELLO 141: 2011 Westphalian gelding by Diarado x Lamoureux I
ASHLEE BOND (ISR), Little Valley Farms: 4/78.82

11. CAPTAIN COOPER: 2007 KWPN gelding by Namelus R x Corland
HILARY MCNERNEY (USA), Hilary McNerney: 4/79.57

12. CAROLLO: 2009 Mecklenburger gelding by Chacco Blue x Lee-Lou
GIAVANNA RINALDI (USA), Anton Marano: 4/80.41

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