Wellington, Florida, USA – February 12, 2021 – Three weeks, three Grand Prix classes, three victories: Ireland’s Darragh Kenny (IRL) delivered a hat trick last Friday, by winning his 3rd consecutive $15,000 1.40M Turf Tour Grand Prix during Turf Tour 6, held at To-Kalon Farm. The weekly show and Grand Prix series regularly attracts some of the world’s top riders as well as driven amateurs, but for the past 3 weeks Kenny has trounced every combination pitted against him. Headed into Turf Tour 6, to be held February 17-19 at the gorgeous Black Watch Farm, Kenny will defend his triple consecutive Grand Prix title as well as that of winner of the $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classic, which he won on Wednesday. In addition to more show jumping action, Nona Garson (IRL) and George D’Ambrosio, co-founders of The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour, will host USEF Equitation Tuesdays and a March Hunter Derby Days event with amazing opportunities to broaden horse and rider horizons and a show structure designed to nurture horsemanship and developing talents.
Consistently fast and flawless, Kenny’s ride with SHL Farm’s Quatinka was fiercely contested by a number of top riders including Eve Jobs (USA), Ryan Genn (USA), and Heather Caristo-Williams (USA), but to no avail.
Kenny’s third to last effort aboard the 10-year-old bay Hanoverian mare (FRH Quaid x Perigueux) answered Ryan Genn‘s leading jump-off time of 35.515 aboard Dieta of 33.555, being nearly a full 2 seconds quicker.
Genn, aboard Shannon Reid’s Dieta, was bumped into second ahead former class leader Heather Caristo-Williams (USA) and Marie VD Vespel Z with a jump-off time of 36.286.
“This was my first time jumping here, I’ve brought clients in the past, and we achieved all of our training goals,” said Caristo-Williams of her performance with Marie, a mare owned by Holly Caristo. “She put in a really fast double clear effort, which was my ideal result. Its really unique to be able to show when you want and to jump on the grass.” The gray mare, who was whinnying her excitement between her first round clear and the jump-off, also sported flashy bling in her braids.
Turf Tour 7’s venue is the stunning Black Watch Farm, located just off the roundabout at 120th Avenue and Pearson Road, just a short hack from the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and adjacent to the International Polo Club. Join The Ridge for all levels of show jumping on the grass next week (Feb 17-19) and every week through April 1st!
Final Results – $15,000 Turf Tour Grand Prix 1.40m
1) Darragh Kenny (IRL) & Quatinka – 0 / 0 – 33.555
2) Ryan Genn (USA) & Dieta – 0 / 0 – 35.515
3) Heather Caristo-Williams (USA) & Marie VD Vespel Z – 0 / 0 – 36.286
Text: Press released (edited) from Equinium Sports Marketing for The Ridge
Photos: © Equinium Sports Marketing
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