Wellington, Florida, USA – January 21, 2020 – It was a winning Friday afternoon for Ireland’s Bertram Allen (IRL) who piloted the talented Pacino Amiro to a top finish in the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
Friday’s class had a starting field of 78 entries contest the track set by course designer Oscar Soberon (MEX) with a total of 12 electing to return for the jump-off. In the second round, many combinations opted to do nine strides to the final fence on course, but Allen and the gelding owned by Aiden McGregory moved swiftly in eight strides to fly over the final oxer and cross the finish line in 39.72 seconds.
“I thought it was a good, tough class, and it was quite a long track in the jump-off,” he said. “My guy is a little bit inexperienced; you could see that at the start of the jump-off but the more he went, the better he got. I could use his big stride in the big arena, so it worked well for me. He’s only nine so he’s only stepping up to this level but he’s a very genuine, kind horse that’s always trying do the right thing.”
U.S. rider Paris Sellon (USA) put forth a clear effort over the shortened track aboard the 12-year-old Oldenburg mare Anna Jo (Acodetto II x For Pleasure) for Willow Grace Farm, finishing just over a second off the lead in a time of 40.77 seconds.
With the first double clear effort of the day, Enrique Gonzalez (MEX) and his own 14-year-old mare Chacna (Chacco-Blue x Narew XX) held on for a third-place finish, stopping the timers at 42.40 seconds.
Like Thursday’s 1.45m winner Sydney Shulman, Allen had only great things to say about the quality of the footing and opportunity to jump on the derby field.
“The field is fantastic. I love it,” he said. “The ground and everything is really, really good and the horses love it. It’s beautiful. In two weeks, we’re back out here, so I’m going to skip next week just to make sure I can jump as much as I can on the grass. I think it’s brilliant.”
Allen will continue to campaign at WEF for the remainder of the winter circuit with his focus on the talented nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Pacino x NC Amiro) to continue to develop in international competition.
“Obviously there’s not much happening in Europe, so we said we’d come over here again,” he said. “We were here last year, and we’re just going to take it week by week. Pacino Amiro is probably going to be my best horse, so I’ll just try to develop him up to the CSI 5* shows hopefully.”
There’s plenty of international show jumping still to come this week on the Derby Field at Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center as part of CSI 3* competition. Saturday features the Saturday’s $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Classic and $10,000 Hermès U25 Welcome, and the action doesn’t slow down Sunday with the $137,000 Restylane Grand Prix CSI 3* followed by the $25,000 Hermès U25 Grand Prix. All feature classes will be available to watch for free on the livestream.
Final Results – $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Rd II
1) Bertram Allen (IRL) & Pacino Amiro – 0 / 0 – 39.727
2) Paris Ann Sellon (USA) & Anna Jo – 0 / 0 – 40.777
3) Enrique Gonzalez (MEX) & Chacna – 0 / 0 – 42.408
4) Laura Kraut (USA) & Goldwin – 0 / 0 – 42.737
5) Vannesa Manninx (CAN) & Catinka 25 – 0 / 0 – 43.790
6) Brian Moggre (USA) & Balou du Reventon – 0 / 0 – 44.233
7) Michael Duffy (IRL) & Zilton SL Z – 0 / 4 – 39.989
8) Lucas Porter (USA) & C Hunter – 0 / 4 – 41.138
9) Lauren Hough (USA) & Paloma – 0 / 4 – 41.291
10) Wilton Porter (USA) & Diamonte Darco – 0 / 4 – 43.016
11) Nicole Shahinian-Simpson (USA) & Akuna Mattata – 0 / 4 – 43.587
12) Karrie Rufer (USA) & Mr. Europe – 0 / 4 – 44.259
Source: Press release (edited) by Kate Pettersen / Jennifer Wood Media Inc. for ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions / PBIEC – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
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