Wilmington, Ohio, USA – February 19, 2022 – Week ten of the 2022 Winter Classic Show Series wrapped up in the Sanctuary Arena with the conclusion of the $30,000 World Equestrian Center – Wilmington Grand Prix. An international field of competitors took to the tracks built by course designer, Robert Barton of San Antonio, Texas. Just four found success over Barton’s first track and three ultimately delivered double clear rounds with Megan Bash (USA) and Jackson VDL claiming silver honors.
Megan Bash (USA) of Cleveland Equestrian and her own Jackson VDL (Zirocco Blue VDL x Design O) have steadily climbed the ranks throughout WEC’s winter circuit and most recently won the $10,000 WEC Welcome Stake two weeks consecutively. Bash and the eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding went double-clear, finishing the first round in 83.146 seconds and the jump-off in 33.586 seconds, to land in reserve.
David Q. Beisel (USA) and his veteran partner Essince W (Chacco Blue x Rossan) rounded out the $30,000 Grand Prix top three. Beisel of David Beisel Stables in Goshen, Ohio, and the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding delivered their usual speedy performance. The crowd cheered as David and Essince finished the first course in 86.246 seconds and later the final course in 33.906 to take home the third-place distinction.
Final Results – $30,000 WEC – Wilmington Grand Prix
1) Kevin McCarthy (IRL) & Catch a Star HSS – 0 / 0 – 31.622
2) Megan Bash (USA) & Jackson VDL – 0 / 0 – 33.586
3) David Beisel (USA) & Essince W – 0 / 0 – 33.906
Source: Press Release WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photos: © Winslow Photography