Wilmington, Ohio – December 05, 2021 – The Sanctuary arena hosted an international field of twenty-two talented horses and riders who joined us for this afternoon’s World Equestrian Center $10,000 Futures and $30,000 Grand Prix classes. A myriad of sparkling holiday trees, bountiful greenery and substantially sized gifts all ornamented the course designed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, Kentucky.
As always, both classes brought the fiercest of competition with all riders vying for the top spot, however none could best David Beisel (USA) and his own Essince W (Chacco Blue x Rossan). Beisel and Essince W crowd favorites, going for broke each time they compete to the delight of their fans.
On tonight’s course, Beisel (USA) of David Beisel Stables, Goshen, Ohio, and the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding went double clear and finished the fastest in round one, crossing the timers in just 73.187 seconds, well under the 85 second time allowed. Last to go on the short course, Beisel and the bold black gelding flew over the last jump and past the timers in 37.887 seconds to ultimately take the blue ribbon.
During the last two shows at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington, the pair has reigned supreme in the WEC Grand Prix ring. Today we caught up with David to chat about tonight’s course and their third consecutive Grand Prix win.
“Essince had a little vacation in the pasture while we traveled last week for Thanksgiving. He’s such a great horse. My son hacked him for a few minutes this past Sunday, and then he went back into the field before coming up here. It’s actually quite funny – he was even covered in mud when I shipped him up here on Tuesday! But it was back to work when he got here…. we rode in the 1.30m yesterday in preparation for the Grand Prix and it all seemed to work out in our favor.”
Ireland’s Kevin McCarthy (IRL) of K&K Sporthorses, Lexington, Kentucky, and his own Catch a Star HSS (Sheraton x Tolinda) returned to the Sanctuary tonight after winning the Welcome Stake earlier in the week. Tonight McCarthy (IRL) and the 11-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare jumped to a quick 75.790 seconds in round one, followed by a fault-free 39.675 second go in the jump off to take second place and the red ribbon.
Sarah R. Meier (USA) of Punchestown Stable, Lexington, Kentucky, and Thinks Like A Horse’s Gallup landed in third place during this afternoon’s $30,000 Grand Prix. The pair jumped a fault free first round in 74.527 seconds, followed up by a 36.462 second time in the jump off, with an unlucky rail that landed them in the third place position.
Final Results – $30,000 WEC Wilmington Grand Prix
1) David Q. Beisel (USA) & Essince W – 0 / 0 – 37.887
2) Kevin McCarthy (IRL) & Catch a Star HSS – 0 / 0 – 39.675
3) Sarah R. Meier (USA) & Gallup – 0 / 4 – 36.462
4) Sam Berry (USA) & Jarocco Blue – 0 / 8 – 39.679
5) Kathryn J. Currey (USA) & A Lil Evil – 4 / 73.616
6) Doug King (USA) & Main Line Girl – 4 / 75.989
7) David Q. Beisel (USA) & Vegas H – 4 / 76.678
8) Christian B. Currey (USA) & Unesco du Rouet – 4 / 76.783
9) Rachel Schnurr (CAN) & Clever – 4 / 78.765
10) Drew Arnold (USA) & Chaccomo 11 – 8 / 77.610
Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photos: © WEC / Winslow