Wilmington, Ohio, USA – June 05, 2021 – Seventeen elite horse and rider combinations gathered in the Sanctuary Arena for an action-packed afternoon of showjumping at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington; all vying for the win in the $30,000 WEC Grand Prix over a course designed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
Ten horses qualified for the jump off, but it was Kady Abrahamson (USA) of Abrahamson Equestrian LLC, Georgetown, Kentucky, and Banco Du Moulin (Popstar Lozonais x Gerboise Du Moulin) who prevailed to take the win.
“This girl is on fire!” exclaimed Keely O’Hara, a friend of Abrahamson’s. Banco Du Moulin, now owned by Abrahamson Equestrian LLC, is a newer mount for Abrahamson. She and the 10-year-old Selle Francais gelding began riding together only five months ago. Time is no object for this team, as they notched wins in two $20,000 Welcome Prix classes during the Winter Spectacular at WEC Ocala. Now the pair is adding a $30,000 WEC Grand Prix win to their list of accomplishments.
“I didn’t go as fast with him last weekend…Today I knew that I didn’t want to be second again – so we just did it!”
Abrahamson (USA) and Banco du Moulin jumped the first round clear in 73.416 seconds, securing their spot in the jump off where they stopped the clock at an unbeatable 35.070 seconds.
Wilhelm Genn (GER) and Bugatti (Heartbreaker x Nona Bella ) took second place in the $30,000 WEC Grand Prix. Genn, of Rheinland Farm in Lebanon, Ohio, and Bugatti, a 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Eduardo Leon, stopped the clock at 35.922 seconds in the jump off.
Willhelm Genn (GER) and his own Van Gogh (Valentino x Calina Z), a 13-year-old chestnut Oldenburg gelding, rounded out the top three finishers. This popular pair took third place in the $5,000 Welcome Stake earlier this week.
Final Results – $30,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix
1) Kady Abrahamson (USA) & Banco Du Moulin – 0 / 0 – 35.070
2) Willhelm Genn (GER) & Bugatti – 0 / 0 – 35.922
3) Willhelm Genn (GER) & Van Gogh – 0 / 0 – 35.976
4) Kady Abrahamson (USA) & Maraca LS La Silla – 0 / 0 – 37.892
5) Natalie Thornell (USA) & Snow White – 0 / 0 – 40.752
6) Kevin McCarthy (IRL) & Catch A Star Hss – 0 / 4 – 36.583
7) Ryan Genn (USA) & VDL Gerinus T – 0 / 4 – 38.112
8) Maria Roberts (USA) & Tyson Uno – 0 / 4 – 38.229
9) Sarah R. Meier (USA) & Billionaire – 0 / 4 – 38.856
10) Ryan Genn (USA) & Coco Chanel M – 0 / 76.815
Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photo: © Winslow Photography