Wilmington, Ohio, USA – October 02, 2021 – The Sanctuary Arena played host to a field of 38 international entries as WEC Fall Classic I feature jumper action continued today with the $50,000 WEC Grand Prix. Several double clear efforts proved time was the determining factor for the tracks designed by Bobby Murphy (USA) of Lexington, Kentucky. In the end, Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Taco claimed silver honors in the $50,000 WEC Grand Prix .
The $50,000 WEC Grand Prix saw eighteen horse-and-rider combinations vie for the win. After the first round six entries returned for the jump-off, and five jumped double clear. Ultimately it was Santiago Lambre (BRA) Doloris, a thirteen-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Royal Dutch Sport Horse) mare ((Colinda D x Colorado D), that prevailed for the win. During the jump-off the pair went clear in 34.894 seconds, which would prove to be unbeatable.
Claiming the second spot in today’s premier event was Kristen B. Vanderveen (USA) aboard Taco, of Bull Run Jumpers, Wellington, Florida. While they jumped double clear, they were just two seconds behind Lambre, stopping the clock at 36.343 seconds in the jump-off. This duo was a crowd favorite and spectators roared as they crossed the timers. Vanderveen has seen much success this week, as she and Bull Run’s Divine Fortune took blue in Thursday’s $10,000 Welcome Prix.
The first on tonight’s course and the first to manage a clear round was Kady Abrahamson (USA) of Georgetown, Kentucky and her own Vancouver (Valentino x Cocco). Abrahamson and the twelve-year-old WESTF gelding were on point this afternoon, jumping a tidy first round in 79.652 seconds, and a quick jump off time of 36.787 seconds, securing the third place spot.
Final Results – $50,000 World Equestrian Center – Wilmington Grand Prix 1.40m-1.45m
1) Santiago Lambre (BRA) & Doloris – 0 / 0 – 34.894
2) Kristen B. Vanderveen (USA) & Taco – 0 / 0 – 36.343
3) Kady Abrahamson (USA) & Vancouver – 0 / 0 – 36.787
4) Sean Jobin (CAN) & Coquelicot VH Heuvelland Z – 0 / 0 – 39.580
5) Wilhelm Genn (GER) & Van Gogh – 0 / 0 – 42.770
6) Nichole Loochtan (USA) & Caiman des Sequoias – 0 / 4 – 39.260
7) David Q. Beisel (USA) & Essince W – 4 / 67.806
8) Kristen B. Vanderveen (USA) & Finch Farm Clifford – 4 / 72.740
9) Kady Abrahamson (USA) & Any – 4 / 76.373
10) Ryan Michael Genn (USA) & VDL Gerinus T – 4 / 76.400
Source: Press Release from World Equestrian Center
Photos: © World Equestrian Center / Winslow Photography