Wellington, Florida, USA – April 23, 2022 – The $5,000 Omega Alpha 1.35m Classic showcased 64 challengers over a course designed by Oscar Soberon. The final standings were about as close as it can get, with only two-tenths of a second separating the top three finishers. With the fastest clear time of 36.70 seconds, Hugh Mutch (USA) and Jenna Mutch’s MI6 nabbed the blue ribbon, narrowly beating the second-place time of 36.80 seconds from Dominique Roux (PAN) on Victoria Victoria Huertematte’s Casaktie. Erynn Ballard (CAN) piloted Ilan Ferder’s Cecile 30 to third position with a final double-clear time of 36.86 seconds. Thanks to points earned throughout divisional competition, Ballard and Cecile 30 also tied for the overall reserve championship in the Omega Alpha 1.45m Jumpers.
Already with two FEI wins under her belt for the week, Ashlee Bond (ISR) added yet another blue ribbon to her collection with a victory in the Elite Horse Transport 1.30m Jumpers on Saturday. In the irons aboard Ionesco Sitte, owned by Ashlee Bond Show Jumping and Aurora Farms LLC, Bond bested a 20-horse jump-off with a winning foot-perfect time of 32.43 seconds. Ballard took second place riding Ilan Ferder’s Gwintosca HBC in 32,56 seconds, followed by Ferder himself in third place to bookend the podium with a second Israeli flag. Ferder navigated Fachoda De Hus, owned by Marigold Sporthorses LLC, to a fault-free time of 33.22 seconds. Bond and Ballard were also part of a five-way tie for the division championship on their respective mounts.
Week Three of the ESP Spring Series will continue for one more day, culminating with the $140,000 Palm Beach County Sports Commission Grand Prix CSI3*. There will be a week-long break before Weeks Four and Five, which will both feature National “A” and Jumper 4* competition. Weeks Four and Five will run from May 5 to May 15, 2022.
Final Results – $5,000 1.35m Classic
1) Hugh Mutch (USA) & MI6 – 0 / 0 – 36.704
2) Dominique Roux (DOM) & Casaktie – 0 / 0 – 36.802
3) Erynn Ballard (CAN) & Cecile 30 – 0 / 0 – 36.863
Source: Press Release from ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions / Wellington International
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