Wellington, Florida, USA – November 29, 2019 – Daniel Bluman (ISR) raced to a first-place finish aboard Colestina H, owned by Blue Star Investments & Kim Douglas, in today’s $72,000 Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Qualifier CSI 4* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).
The Colombian-born rider who represents Israel and the 9-year-old bay German Sport Horse mare (Colestus x Cardenio 2) posted two clean efforts, stopping the jump-off timers in 34.779 seconds.
Taking home second place was Nicole Shahinian-Simpson (USA) aboard Carol Rosenstein’s Akuna Mattata (Alziz x Zloty Rog) after their 34.958-second jump-off effort.
Michael Morrissey (USA) rode Chance Ste Hermelle (Calvaro x Hemmingway), owned by Qbs Equestrian LLC, through the timers in 35.132 seconds to claim the yellow ribbon.
Today’s 1.50m track, set by FEI designer Anthony D’Ambrosio, challenged a total of fifty-three competitors. Fourteen pairs returned for the jump-off, while six completed the tracks double-clear.
“It was a nice round. I thought it was a good number of people in the jump-off,” commented Daniel Bluman after his win. “Honestly, the most important thing is that the footing is amazing. We’re so happy to have nice footing, it’s pleasurable for the horses, safe for us, and honestly we’re just very grateful. It makes a huge difference. It makes the show a different quality and you can feel the excitement of everyone around.” Bluman revealed that he will be riding his 16-year-old mare, Sancha LS in the Saturday night Grand Prix.
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Source: Press release from Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
Photo: © ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions