Wellington, FL –November 19, 2022 – The penultimate day of the ESP Pre-Charity CSI3* offered jumper competitors a final chance to compete for FEI points ahead of the $137,000 Noltrex®Vet Grand Prix CSI3*, which will take place Sunday as the highlight event of the competition. In the $37,000 Elite Horse Transport 1.45m CSI3*, the final class of the day in the International Arena, Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Stone Hill Farm’s Naomi Van Het Keizershof proved their prowess by finishing as the swiftest contenders over designer Andy Christiansen’s (ECU) tracks to claim victory.
Of the winning 9-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare by Cardento x For Pleasure, Springsteen shared, “I’ve had her since she was six years old, and she’s nine now. I think she is really special. She has taken a little bit more time but is super careful and is very competitive. I’m hoping to step her up and put her in a couple of the smaller Grand Prix classes this season.”
The speed class featured efforts from 37 challengers, with 18 of those placing foot-perfect rounds. Twenty-sixth in the order of go, Springsteen and Naomi Van Het Keizershof stopped the clock at 62.69 seconds to edge the early leaders, Jad Dana and Fleur-De-Lis’ Cherie, out of the lead. Their swift but careful round that put them in the lead was ultimately the winning time.
“It was a very fast class,” recalled Springsteen. “The first few were all fast, so I knew that we had to go a little bit more forward today. She [Naomi Van Het Keizershof] jumped well on Thursday, so I knew I could really rely on her. A lot of people were leaving out a stride in the first line, and I thought about it for a second but then changed my mind. I ended up doing an eight and was able to make up for the time in other places.”
Just off the pace, Dana and Fleur-De-Lis’ Cherie, The Cherie Group’s ten-year-old Holsteiner mare by Clarimo x Lancer II, captured the runner-up title with their time of 63.19. Michael Hughes (USA) piloted Calisto Blue, a 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Chacco-Blue x Con Air that’s owned by Stephex Stables, to a third-place finish with a clear time of 64.3 seconds.
For the full results of the $37,000 Elite Horse Transport 1.45m CSI3*, please click HERE.
Later in the day, the $1,000 Score At The Top 2’6”/2’9” Hunter Derby hosted hunter derby competitors in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. Heather Bak of West Palm Beach, FL, nabbed the win with her own entry, Kannstakko, after earning a total score of 156. The winning pair was awarded a base score of 84 plus four additional points for taking the high-option fences for a score of 88 in the classic round and then a handy round score of 68 to top the class. Samantha Senft of Wellington, FL, and her La Roux 11 captured reserve honors with a cumulative score of 155 points, followed by owner-rider Demsi Cason of Jupiter, FL, on Kalani with 148 points for the final podium spot.
The ESP Pre-Charity CSI3* show, the final installment of the ESP Fall Series, will continue through Sunday, November 20, culminating with the $137,000 Noltrex®Vet Grand Prix CSI3*. Over Thanksgiving weekend, the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association (SFHJA) will host the Annual SFHJA Charity Horse Show from November 23-27. The competition will feature premier “AA” hunter competition and 5* jumper competition, as well as the $40,000 Spy Coast & Sweet Oak Farm Grand Prix, the first night class of the season on Saturday, November 26.
The ESP Holiday Series presented by Arthramid®Vet will kick off with the Holiday & Horses CSI4* show on Thursday, December 1. The competition will also feature the first Saturday Night Lights class of the winter season, the $216,000 Holiday & Horses Grand Prix CSI4* presented by Arthramid®Vet on Saturday, December 3. Gates will open at 6 p.m. that evening, and there will be face painting for kids, and the carousel will also be open. The show is a USEF 2022 calendar event, offering a great opportunity to get started on 2022 points. The ESP Holiday Series will continue for five subsequent events, culminating with the ESP Holiday Finale from December 28–31, 2022. The Holiday Festival II show will offer Grand Prix riders a final chance to compete under the lights ahead of the 2023 Winter Equestrian Festival with the $50,000 Zen Elite Grand Prix.
To view the prize list for the 2022 ESP Fall Series, please click HERE.
To view the prize list for the 72nd Annual SFHJA Charity show, please click HERE.
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