Ryan Genn & VDL Gerinus T Race to the Win in the $50,000 WEC Grand Prix

Wilmington, Ohio, USA – October 11, 2021 – Tonight’s main event consisted of twenty-five horse and rider combinations, all vying for the chance to win a share of the $50,000 prize money, a gorgeous WEC cooler and a stunning crystal trophy.  Competitors negotiated a challenging track that included a triple combination that tested their horse’s adjustability and athleticism in the first round. Nine riders managed a clean first round and seven  jumped double clear, but ultimately it was Ryan Genn (USA) and VDL Gerinus T that claimed victory.

Ryan Genn (USA) of Rheinland Farm, Lebanon, OH and VDL Gerinus T (Arezzo VDL x Rosalina) earned their victory tonight with a first round time of 74.452 seconds, followed by a quick 35.864 second jump off. Genn was over-the-moon ecstatic to talk about tonight’s win as well as his new baby boy, which he and his wife welcomed into the world just two weeks ago. 

We caught up with Ryan back at the barns to chat about his big win. “Gerinus is awesome! And also a little crazy… but that is why he is so fast. There is no horse I’d rather jump off than him. I was more careful today than normal because it was $50,000 and there were a lot of great people in it. It was a tougher course, but I’m glad it was a challenge. It’s no fun to jump the same courses every week. And to top it all off, I had a baby two weeks ago. It’s been a great year.”

David Beisel (USA) & Essince W

David Beisel (USA) and Essince W (Chacco Blue x Rossan) secured the second place honors in tonight’s $50,000 WEC Grand Prix. Beisel of David Beisel Stables, Goshen, OH and the twelve-year-old KWPN gelding and managed a clean first round in a time of 76.495 seconds. They returned for the jump-off, where the crowd roared as they crossed the timers at 37.129 seconds. 

The well-known ‘horse on the wall’, Bugatti (Heartbreaker x Nona Bella) and brand new grandfather Wilhelm Genn (GER), rounded out the top three in this evening’s class. Genn (GER) and the 15-year-old KWPN gelding were clear in the first round, jumping 75.49 seconds, and continued straight to the jump-off. The pair kept their pace, taking inside turns and crossing the timers at 37.437 for third place.

Ryan Michael Genn (USA) & VDL Gerinus T during the ceremony awards

Final Results – $50,000 Futures Prix

1) Ryan Michael Genn (USA) & VDL Gerinus T – 0 / 0 – 35.864

2) David Beisel (USA) & Essince W – 0 / 0 – 37.129

3) Wilhelm Genn (GER) & Bugatti – 0 / 0 – 37.437 

4) Kristen B. Vanderveen (USA) & Bull Run’s Agape – 0 / 0 – 37.917

5) Kady M. Abrahamson (USA) & Boudika Ideal Home – 0 / 0 – 38.071

6) Kady M. Abrahamson (USA) & Limerick – 0 / 0 – 40.049

7) Wilhelm Genn (GER) & Van Gogh – 0 / 0 – 47.012

8) Teri Kessler (USA) & Sambuka De Lurberri – 0 / 4 – 39.617

9) Samantha A. Mackenzie (CAN) & Inajottie WB – 0 / 4 – 45.174

10) Kristen B. Vanderveen (USA) & Finch Farm Clifford – 4 / 75.503

Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center

Photos: © WEC / Winslow Photography