Wilmington, Ohio, USA – April 03, 2022 – It was a special day as competitors in the $30,000 WEC Grand Prix and $10,000 Futures Prix wore purple ribbons on their jacket lapels in support of fellow showjumper David Beisel who is working toward recovery from a devastating fall at a rehabilitation center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Course designer Anderson Lima (BRA) set the tracks for the two feature classes that tested each rider’s expert ability. Eight of the fourteen pairs who contested the $30,000 WEC Grand Prix went clear in round one Five pairs went on to jump double clear, but none could catch junior Skylar Wireman (USA) and her own King’s Ruby (King of Hearts x Cameo).
King’s Ruby is a horse close to Wireman’s heart. “This mare is homebred and I’ve brought her along by myself entirely. We haven’t competed in many 1.40’s, but some here and there, working on building her up to it. Riding and winning with her is so rewarding because I have done all of the work myself. It feels so good to finally get a big win with her! She performed spectacularly tonight.”
Wireman (USA) of Bonsall, California, and the speedy ten-year-old mare negotiated a clean trip in the qualifying round in 71.334 seconds. The pair returned for the jump-off and completed it in 40.850 seconds with a clean round that would secure the $30,000 WEC Grand Prix win.
Wireman went on to compliment her other two rides who both made top placings, “I was very pleased with my other horses. They both went fantastic for me. Coolio 23 sighted in on an oxer and got a little lost so we had an unlucky rail at the second effort in the jump-off. My other mare, Karen, jumped so great! Unfortunately, she had one down at the second to last fence, but that sometimes happens and I couldn’t be more proud of all of them.”
Final Results – $30,000 WEC Wilmington Grand Prix
1) Skylar Wireman (USA) & King’s Ruby – 0 / 0 – 40.850
2) Kady Abrahamson (USA) & Maraca LS La Silla – 0 / 0 – 41.917
3) Charlotte Clark (USA) & Kinsella – 0 / 0 – 42.388
Source: Press Release WEC – World Equestrian Center
Photos: © Winslow Photography