Wellington, Florida, USA – November 15, 2020 – Besides the $137,000 Noltrex®Vet Grand Prix CSI 3*, there was another major attraction to to conclude the ESP Fall Series. The CSI 3* class was followed later in the day by the $25,000 JTWG, Inc. National Grand Prix, which featured a new course from designer Jorge. By the conclusion of the first round of riding, 11 combinations had turned in fault-free trips to qualify for the jump-off, with two additional duos falling victim only to time faults.
First back in the ring to kick off the short course, Eugenio Garza Perez (MEX) rode El Milagro’s Caracas, the same horse on which he won the $10,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Open Stake earlier in the week, to a speedy and clear time of 37.87 seconds. That time held the top spot for nine more trips, until the final challengers took to the ring.
Saving the best for last, Santiago Lambre (MEX) and Mick Jagger (Chacco Blue x Dobel’s Cento) usurped the longtime leaders with a foot-perfect round in 37.37 seconds to clinch the lead by mere fractions of a second. Garza Perez and Caracas retained second place, and Jessica Springsteen (USA) took the final podium spot on Rushy Marsh Farm’s RMF Tinkerbell in 39.24 seconds with no faults.
“He is improving every week,” commented Lambre on Mick Jagger, the horse on which he also won the $24,999 Score At The Top Grand Prix in October. “This is the biggest class he has jumped so far I think. I hope he can start to do the FEI classes. In the jump-off, I can go really fast and I can ride the fences without worrying about the faults. He needs to learn to ride a little better, but we are improving.”
For a full list of results for the $25,000 JTWG, Inc. National Grand Prix, please click here.
Source: Press release from the PBIEC – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
Photo: © Carly Nasznic