Ocala, Florida, USA – March 26, 2022 – The highly anticipated $200,000 MARS Equestrian Grand Prix commenced on Saturday night with stands of the WEC Grand Arena packed with spectators for the finale of the 2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series. FEI Level III designer, Anderson Lima (BRA), renowned builder Bobby Murphy (USA) and Chris Barnard (USA) co-designed the technical tracks that featured stunning floral decorations and other whimsical elements including a stunning waterfall feature, a unique skinny wall and a stunning arch oxer between two ponds that made the last Saturday evening under the lights more grand than ever.
Second place of the $200,000 MARS Equestrian Grand Prix was earned by Molly Ashe (USA) and Louisburg Farm’s Berdien (Bustique x Queen Z). Ashe (USA) and the 11-year-old Zangersheide mare created a seamless first round in 82.106 seconds. Ashe and the stunning Berdien returned for the jump-off, soaring from fence one to two, to roll to the waterfall oxer. The pair quickly rolled back to the tall vertical to gallop to the double combination. Ashe and Berdien soared over the last oxer to stop the clock at 44.751 seconds, to ultimately earn second place.
Ashe (USA) was very proud of Berdien, “Berdien has been here six times and she’s been second place in four grands prix,” laughed Ashe. “Second seems to be our placing, but she is such a fighter and really tries for me. I am so proud of her tonight.”
NSBA Quarter Million Dollar Club
Since 2011, NSBA riders have been inducted into the Quarter Million Dollar Club when he or she accrues earnings totaling $250,000 or more. On Saturday, NSBA recognized Tracy Fenney, Santiago Lambre and Sharn Wordley before the start of the $200,000 MARS Equestrian Grand Prix that have earned this prestigious level in just two years of NSBA competition.
Congratulations to everyone on such a great night. Congratulation to the Roberts Family and this wonderful facility and we are proud to be here and help support events like this
Final Results – $200,000 MARS Equestrian Grand Prix
1) Andre Thieme (GER) & Conacco – 0 / 0 – 42.368
2) Molly Ashe (USA) & Berdien – 0 / 0 – 44.231
3) Sharn Wordley (NZL) & Casper – 0 / 0 – 44.751
Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography