Wilmington, Ohio, USA – July 18, 2021 – Wilmington’s Sanctuary Arena was packed with exciting jumper action Sunday afternoon for both the $30,000 Word Equestrian Center Grand Prix and the $10,000 Futures Prix 1.30m. Fractions of a second separated the top placing horses in both classes.
The $30,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix hosted a competitive field of twenty-five entries vying for the win over a technical course designed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, Kentucky. Eight entries advanced to the jump-off, but it was Kady Abrahamson (USA) of Georgetown, Kentucky who jumped the fastest double-clear for the win. Abrahamson is no stranger to the Grand Prix winner’s circle, as, at WEC Spring 2, Kady (USA) and Banco du Moulin topped the leaderboard taking home the blue ribbon and impressing the crowd.
“She has a big stride and is very brave. I took a chance with her on the bigger jumps because I know if she has a good pace to support it she will do great. Today I left strides out in the rollbacks, and that really helped us.”
Tonight the first horse on course and the first to manage a clear round in the $30,000 Grand Prix was Abrahamson (USA) and Maraca LS La Silla, a fourteen-year-old Mexican Sporthorse. The pair were on point this afternoon, jumping a clear first round in 76.835 seconds, well under the time allowed of 79 seconds, and securing a spot in the jump-off.
In the jump-off, Abrahamson (USA) and Maraca LS La Silla jumped clear with a time of 36.371 seconds to win the $30,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix.
“A year ago, it was my first Grand Prix win on her Maraca LS La Silla, and it was my mom’s birthday. My mom claims that Maraca is her horse, so this is so special because my mom’s birthday is tomorrow!”
Just behind Abrahamson (USA), second place went to Ireland’s Kevin McCarthy (IRL), of Georgetown, Kentucky, and his own Catch A Star HSS (Sheraton x Tolinda). The duo’s first round was a clear 74.65 seconds. In the jump-off, the pair flew through the timers at 36.930 seconds to slide into second.
David Q. Beisel (USA) of Goshen, Ohio, and Essince W galloped to win a third-place spot in this afternoon’s $30,000 Grand Prix. The twelve-year-old KWPN gelding finished with a first-round fastest time of 74.013 seconds, followed by a jump-off of 37.162 seconds.
Final Results – $30,000 World Equestrian Center
1) Kady Abrahamson (USA) & Maraca LS La Silla – 0 / 0 – 36.371
2) Kevin McCarthy (IRL) & Catch A Star HSS – 0 / 0 – 36.930
3) David Q. Beisel (USA) & Essince W – 0 / 0 – 37.162
4) Nicole Loochtan (USA) & Caiman Des Sequoias – 0 / 0 – 37.344
5) Kady Abrahamson (USA) & Banco Du Moulin – 0 / 0 – 37.723
6) Logan Taylor (USA) & First Finch – 0 / 4 – 39.477
7) Ryan Michael Genn (USA) & Ryan Genn – 0 / 8 – 38.664
8) Wilhelm Genn (GER) & Bugatti – 0 / 14 – 55.637
9) Charlotte Clark (USA) & Kinsella – 4 / 75.743
10) Logan Taylor (USA) & Ecuador W – 4 / 78.534
Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photo: © World Equestrian Center / Winslow Photography