Wellington, Florida, USA – January 24, 2021 – It was a day of firsts for Mark Bluman (COL) as he and his mount, the eight-year-old Noortje Vd Windheuvel owned by Over The Top Stables, LLC, flew to the top of the podium in the $30,000 CP Grand Prix, their first grand prix class together. They were also first to go in the starting order, first to return in the jump-off, and as luck would have it, they ended the class in first place with a double-clear effort in a time of 42.784 seconds.
“Since we got her I’ve been saying that she [was] one of the most talented seven-year-olds I’ve ever ridden,” he beamed. “She has a great attitude, she’s quiet, and she always wants to do a good job for you. She’s fast, scopey, and has all the qualities to be a real grand prix horse.”
The 8-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Farfleu De Muze x Kannan) showed those aforementioned qualities as they raced around the shortened course with authority to solidify the win.
Just off the mark in a time of 43.319 seconds was Enrique Gonzalez (MEX) with his own 14-year-old mare Centarew, leaving the jumps in their cups for a second-place finish.
Nicholas Dello Joio (USA) piloted Gelvera for Hi Hopes Farm, LLC, into third position with a double clear round, stopping the timers in 44.037 seconds.
Bluman plans to continue his campaign at WEF with the talented mare in his string, hoping to continue to jump grand prix classes as she gains more experience. After that, he’ll hand the reins over to her new owner for what is shaping up to be a bright future ahead.
“We’ve had her in the barn since the beginning of her seven-year-old year and just recently a student of mine bought her,” he said. “I’m still producing her a little bit, and she’ll take over the ride at the end of circuit.”
Source: Press release Kim Beaudoin & Sabrina Bashares / Jennifer Wood Media Inc. for ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions / PBIEC – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
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