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Megan Bash & Jackson VDL Cruise to $30,000 CWD Grand Prix Wing at WEC-Wilmington

Megan Bash & Jackson VDL. Photo by Winslow Photography.

Wilmington, Ohio, USA – February 18, 2023 – The stands were packed in the Sanctuary Arena at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington as show jumping competition came to a head with the $30,000 CWD Grand Prix of Winter Classic 10. In the end, it was Megan Bash (USA) and Jackson VDL (Zirocco Blue VDL x Design O) that galloped away with a grand applause as the only duo to jump a fault-free effort.

Robert Barton (USA) crafted the technical 12-obstacle track for the field of athletes with only two starters jumping clear over the fences.

Megan Bash & Jackson VDL. Photo by Winslow Photography.

Bash of Cleveland Equestrian spoke on the towering track, “I thought that the track was nice and smooth. I wanted to have a good pace and a flow all the way around. I knew coming in with nobody clear that I needed to be pretty fast in case I had a rail, so I was really moving around the ends of the ring.”

Entering the arena as the second to last to contest over the course, Bash needed a fault-free effort to ensure a place on the podium. Aboard her longtime partner, Jackson VDL, she perfected the technicality of the track and posted an effortless, quick clear round.

Megan Bash & Jackson VDL. Photo by Winslow Photography.

Bash was effusive in her praise for her mount, “I got Jackson as a six-year-old when he was still very green. This is so satisfying because I brought him up through the ranks all by myself. He and I have a very special relationship because we know each other really well. The horse is so amazing and I am so impressed with him and can’t wait to see where he goes. He went clear in the Welcome and I made a mistake in the jump-off, so he was such a good horse to come back tonight and try even harder.”

This time on her nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Bash earned her second grand prix win of the 2023 Winter in the Midwest Series.

Devin Milan & Conquest. Photo by Winslow Photography.

Devin Milan (USA) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, found another impressive podium placing in the Sanctuary. As the second-place finisher in the $10,000 Welcome Stake, Milan looked to add another top finish to her growing record of successes. The young professional guided Garo Kazan’s seven-year-old Zangershiede gelding, Conquest (Colestus x Excellenta C), to a seamless clear ride over the fences. A single unfortunate time fault earned them the red ribbon.

Sam Pegg & Gin Tonic 158. Photo by Winslow Photography.

Rounding out the podium once again was Sam Pegg (CAN) and Gin Tonic 158 (Graf Top x Sanjador). Pegg of Ten Sixty Stables in Uxbridge, Ontario, piloted his new ten-year-old Hanoverian gelding to a confident round with an unfortunate four-fault score putting them in third place.

WEC – Wilmington sponsor Vitalize presented the Blazin’ Fastest Four Faulter $500 bonus in the $30,000 CWD WEC Grand Prix to Sam Pegg and Gin Tonic 158, who earned 78.007 seconds in the first round, finishing third in the class overall.

Final Results – $30,000 CWD Grand Prix

1) Megan Bash (USA) & Jackson VDL, Cleveland Equestrian – 0 – 80.803

2) Devin Milan (USA) & Conquest, Garo Kazan – 1 – 85.910

3) Sam Pegg (USA) & Gin Tonic 158, Ten Sixty Stables – 4 – 78.007

4) Sam Pegg (USA) & Big Girl Z, Ten Sixty Stables – 4 – 84.115

5) Kevin McCarthy (IRL) & Jadina Sweet Oak Farm – 4 – 84.136

6) Megan Bash (USA) & FF Dior, Cleveland Equestrian – 4 – 84.57

7) Sam Pegg (USA) & Formidable Diamant, Phyllis Harlow – 8 – 79.894

8) Izzy Beisel (USA) & Diaz Barbotiere, Izzy Beisel – 8 – 82.5

9) Shannon Sullivan (USA) & Downtown’s Main Event, Shannon Sullivan – 8 – 84.025

10) Izzy Beisel (USA) & Vegas H, David Beisel – 11 – 87.738

Source: Press Release from World Equestrian Center

Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography