An Iconic Win by Lani Hutchison Hutchison in the $30,000 Shires Equestrian Products Grand Prix at WEC Wilmington

Wilmington, Ohio – March 11, 2023 –Exhibitors flocked to the Sanctuary Arena Saturday evening at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington for the $30,000 Shires Equestrian Products Grand Prix. International course designer Michael Pegg (CAN) built the track that proved challenging for the field with just a lone combination posting a clear jumping effort. Lani Hutchison (USA) prevailed to stand atop the podium for her first ever grand prix win with her own Iconic (Falaise De Muze x Dinadja).

Lani Hutchison (USA) & Iconic. Photo by Winslow Photography.

Hutchison, training with Charlotte Clark of Kendalwood Farm in Sunbury, Ohio, was the second to last athlete to tackle the track and simply needed a clear first round to earn a podium placing. The crowd was hushed as the 19-year-old amateur rider made light work of the task at hand.

Lani Hutchison & Iconic. Photo by Winslow Photography.

Hutchison commented on her longtime partner, “We imported Icon [Iconic] when he was six and he is turning ten this year. We just moved up to the prix at the end of last year, so this is huge for him! I started him in the baby two-foot jumpers and I wasn’t quite sure if he would make it up to this level. We have shown here quite a lot, and this is his place. This is his favorite ring. He has always been a super careful horse and when no one goes clear he is always surprising me when he can.”

Aboard her ten-year-old KWPN gelding, Hutchison made history as she answered the technicality of the track fault free in a time of 69.325 seconds to earn her first career grand prix win.

Lani Hutchison & Iconic. Photo by Winslow Photography.

“The course was definitely set a little technical today. Icon has always been good at the technical tracks. I just went in with the mindset that if I could go clear maybe I could get a win and he was right there with me. He was so good and super responsive today,” commented Hutchison.

Samuel Overton (AUS) & Oaks Cassanova. Photo by Winslow Photography.

Samuel Overton (AUS) of Overton Showjumping in Queensland, Australia, piloted his own Oaks Cassanova (Ego Casablanca x Oaks Alto) to the red ribbon. The duo made their debut at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington one to remember with their sights set on FEI™ World Cup Finals in Omaha, Nebraska next month. Overton and the 14-year-old Warmblood gelding pulled an unlucky rail to ultimately earn fastest four-faulter status with a time of 67.665, good enough for second place.

Sam Pegg (CAN) & Big Girl Z. Photo by Winslow Photography.

Canada’s Sam Pegg found his place on the podium once again, this time with Big Girl Z (Big Star JR KZ x Oglaya). Pegg, of Ten Sixty Stables in Uxbridge, Ontario, piloted his ten-year-old Zangersheide mare to a single rail and a time of 68 seconds even for third place.

WEC – Wilmington sponsor Vitalize presented the Blazin’ Fastest Four Faulter $500 bonus in the $30,000 Grand Prix to Samuel Overton and Oaks Cassanova, who earned 67.665 seconds in the first round, finishing second in the class overall.

$30,000 Shires Equestrian Products Grand Prix Results:

1) Lani Hutchison (USA) & Iconic, Lani Hutchison | 0 | 69.325

2) Samuel Overton (AUS) & Oaks Caasanova, Samuel Overton | 4 | 67.665

3) Sam Pegg (CAN) & Big Girl Z, Ten Sixty Stables | 4 | 68

4) Sam Pegg (CAN) & Gin Tonic 158, Ten Sixty Stables | 4 | 68.33

5) Megan Bash (USA) & Jackson VDL, Cleveland Equestrian | 4 | 70.408

6) Izzy Beisel (USA) & Vegas H, David Beisel | 4 | 71.384

7) Megan Bash (USA) & FF Dior, Cleveland Equestrian | 4 | 72.062

8) Izzy Beisel (USA) & Diaz Barbotiere, Izzy Beisel | 8 | 68.195

9) Charlotte Clark (USA) & Kinsella, Charlotte Clark | 8 | 69.186

10) Kristen Hillier (USA) & Quintessential WF, Nancy Mulholland | 12 | 72.108

Source: Press Release from World Equestrian Center

Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography