Wellington, Florida – February 12, 2020 – Darragh Kenny (IRL) rode Billy Manjaro to victory in the 1.40m $8,000 Palm Beach Masters Warm-Up CSIO5*, besting 49 competitors on a bright and balmy Wednesday afternoon at Deeridge Farms.
The Irishman guided the gelding flawlessly over the course, registering a penalty-free performance in 59.47 seconds for the victory.
Sydney Shulman (ISR) placed second with Azilis du Mesnil (Tinka’s Boy x Jarnac), going clear in 59.64 seconds.
Canadian Olympian Amy Millar (CAN) and Ericson were third (Padinus x Iroko), stopping the timers in 61.88 seconds without having any penalties attributed to them.
The competition was the first CSIO 5* event of Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Week CSIO5*/CSI2* at the Palm Beach Masters Series®.
Winner’s Circle: Darragh Kenny (IRL)
“He was a little bit fresh, so he was cantering a bit quick. Not many people went very fast, and he was kind of running away with me, so I was just kind of going along with it,” said Kenny, adding that he has high hopes for the 10-year-old Anglo-European Sport Horse gelding (Animo x Cevin Z).
“He still is green, and he gets a little bit tense sometimes, but he has a lot of quality, and a lot of scope, and I think he’s going to be a really incredible horse.”
This season is a reunion of sorts for Kenny and Billy Manjaro, who haven’t competed together in two years. “I bought him when he was seven, and I’ve slowly produced him until now. The two boys that ride for me, they [helped produce] him,” he explained. “I rode him a little as an 8-year-old, and I took him back over as a 10-year-old.”
Kenny comes into Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Week fresh off a win in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington CSI 4*-W, Presented by Canadian Pacific, during the first leg of the 2020 Palm Beach Masters Series®. He plans to compete Billy Manjaro in Saturday’s 1.50m $36,600 PBM Classic CSIO 5*, and will also be part of the Irish team in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of the United States of America on Sunday.
“The Jacobs, they do a fantastic job with the show, and they always have tried to have the best of everything for all the riders and the horses and the owners,” Kenny said. “It’s one of the best rings in the world.”
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Source: Press release from Palm Beach Masters
Photo: © Kathy Russell Photography