Wilmington, Ohio, USA – February 26, 2022 – An excited crowd gathered to watch as eight lightning-fast entries galloped their way through the Sanctuary Arena to vie for a $30,000 Grand Prix win on a course designed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, Kentucky. Five entries went double clear on the twisting track, making time the determining factor for the top of the leaderboard. While each horse-and-rider combination delivered masterful performances, none could best Charlotte Clark (USA) and her own Kinsella (Capitalist x Jerpoint Mist).
Clark of Kendalwood Farm in Sunbury, Ohio, and Kinsella, a 12-year-old Chestnut Irish Sport Horse mare, have won countless feature classes at the venue throughout the years. They blazed tonight’s tracks with precision, consistency and speed, to finish both rounds leading the class. The team went quick and clear in the qualifying round, stopping the timers at 70.321 seconds, well under the time allowed of 80 seconds, securing a spot in the jump-off.
They returned last in the jump-off, maintaining a similar effort to that of round one, wasting no time and crossing the finish line in only 33.746 seconds for the $30,000 Grand Prix gold.
We caught up with Charlotte shortly after her big win. “We had a very tidy turn between the first two jumps of the jump-off. There actually was a timer malfunction after my first jump – There was a weird glitch, so I had to start over. I was thinking ‘Oh my gosh, I really hope I don’t knock it over the second time!’ After that, all was good and we were just so tidy. Bobby Murphy’s courses are my favorite to ride. He does a nice job and I’m always happy to see him at a horse show. Also, I want to thank my amazing groom, Olivia Saldivar. She is my go-to girl and takes such great care of Kinsey.”
Charlotte described her show partner, “My horse’s name is Kinsey (Kinsella) and I’ve known her for quite a while. I’ve owned her for six years and got her when she was just five years old. We have had a very long relationship, I know her so well and trust her 100%. She is the easiest and sweetest horse to get along with. ”
Final Results – $30,000 WEC Wilmington Grand Prix
1) Charlotte Clark (USA) & Kinsella – 0 / 0 – 33.746
2) David Beisel (USA) & Hendrik – 0 / 0 – 34.047
3) Kevin McCarthy (IRL) & Catch a Star HSS – 0 / 0 – 34.130
Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photo: © Winslow Photography