Wellington, Florida, USA – December 17, 2020 – The ESP Holiday III Show took place from Monday until yesterday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). At the onset of the week on Tuesday, Ramiro Quintana (ARG) and Hemerald-Balia, owned by Orpen Horses, led the pack in the $10,000 1.40m Open Stake, presented by Elite Horse Transport.
A field of 28 entries contested the first-round track, and 12 advanced to the jump-off without leaving the ring after a clear ride. Of that group, five finished the class with no faults to their names. With a fault-free time of 40.05 seconds, Quintana and the 8-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (Emerald x Indoctro) earned the blue ribbon to start the week with some momentum.
Jessica Mendoza (GBR) on Carly Day’s Casanova 499 (Clarimo x Contender) followed, backed by a jump-off time of 40.75 seconds.
Aboard Go Easy de Muze (Vigo d’Arsouilles x For Pleasure), owned by Oakland Ventures LLC, Darragh Kenny (IRL) jumped to third position with a clear time of 41.32 seconds.
Source: Press release from ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions
Photos: © Anne Gittins Photography