Nicholas Dello Joio & Diamants Aurora Turn on the Nitro to Win $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake

Wellington, Florida, USA – December 10, 2021 – Forty-two entries competed in the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Open Stake on Friday, and exactly one-quarter of the class advanced to the jump-off, which saw 13 pairs jump the second track. Six pairs finished the contest double-clear, led by Nicholas Dello Joio (USA) on Jessica Mendoza’s Diamants Aurora. The duo edged ahead of the field by fractions of a second, crossing the finish line without penalties in 39.88 seconds to take the win.

Second place was awarded to Diego Perez Bilbao (MEX) aboard McLain Ward’s Blossom Z in a clear time of 40.07 seconds, and the final podium spot was earned by Abigail McArdle (USA) riding Victoria 5, owned by Victorio Equine Group, LLC. The third-place pair stopped the clock in 41.09 seconds after a foot-perfect round.

Final Results – $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Open Stake

1) Nicholas Dello Joio (USA) & Diamants Aurora – 0 / 0 – 39.887

2) Diego Perez Bilbao (MEX) & Blossom Z – 0 / 0 – 40.072

3) Abigail McArdle (USA) & Victoria 5 – 0 / 0 – 41.096

Source: Press Release from ESP – Equestrian Sport Production

Photo: © Anne Gittins Photography