Wilmington, Ohio – January 30, 2022 – Winter Classic week seven’s $30,000 Grand Prix drew in quite the Saturday evening crowd to the Sanctuary Arena. Cheering fans flocked to survey top feature jumper action over the technical course designed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, Kentucky. The challenging course allowed only four pairs to advance to round two, with only two teams jumping double clear.
David Beisel (USA) of David Beisel Stables in Goshen, Ohio, and his own Essince W owned the night, laying down two fast and furious rounds on the testing track. Their efforts consisted of a clean first-round finish in 73.778 seconds, which earned the duo an invite to the jump-off round. Beisel and the thirteen-year-old Dutch Warmblood tackled the short course stopping the timers in just 37.317 seconds to ultimately win the class.
Beisel (USA) noted that he counted on Essince’s galloping speed and quick-footed turns to take them to the top. “I ideally would have been smoother in our first round. Our two to the three was certainly not the most beautiful, but thanks to him, he saved us. Up the last line, I anticipated that I would have too much horse so I bowed out to six, but then I went way too wide and was forced to fly into the combination. He handled it wonderfully. I was telling David Arcand that he is getting so fun to ride and compete on. Compared to a year or two years ago, he has really learned how to gallop, jump and then turn. I had a hard time being competitive with him… he would always be sure to jump clear but wouldn’t turn as quick and would jump too high, which left us in the air. He now can measure the jumps so he spends less time over the jumps.”
Richard Rhinehart (USA) of Rhinehart Farm in Westfield, Indiana captured both the second and third place spots piloting Vincent and La Dolce Vita VDL, respectively.
Rhinehart (USA) galloped Ron Caraway’s Vincent through two speedy rounds, missing the mark by less than one second. They took their time in round one, making sure to remain clear and stopping the clock in 78.277 seconds to reserve a spot in the jump-off. During the short course, Rhinehart did not hold back as he expertly jockeyed Vincent to stop the timers in only 38.647 seconds for a red ribbon finish.
Allison Vinatieri’s La Dolce Vita VDL (Zapatero VDL x Tilly) and Rinehart (USA) rounded out tonight’s top three podium placings in the $30,000 Grand Prix. The twelve-year-old Dutch Warmblood stopped the clock at 76.354 seconds in round-one and 36.093 seconds with an unlucky rail to finish in third place.
Final Results – $30,000 WEC Grand Prix
1) David Beisel (USA) & Essence W – 0 / 0 – 37.317
2) Richard L. Rinehart (USA) & Vincent – 0 / 0 – 38.647
3) Richard L. Rinehart (USA) & La Dolce Vita VDL – 0 / 4 – 36.093
Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photograph