Wellington, Florida, USA – February 20, 2021 – A successful week at WEF, the “Luck of the Irish” continued for Gavin Harley (IRL) and Corbawido PS, owned by Wolfstone Stables and Sales Inc, as they flew to the top of the podium in the $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI 3* on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village.
A starting field of 66 was narrowed down to 16 for the jump-off, which featured eight jumping obstacles set by Catsy Cruz (MEX). Harley and the nine-year-old Polish Sport Horse gelding (Cornet’s Balou x Widolan), stuck to their plan and it paid off, finishing with a double-clear effort in 39.44 seconds.
“He’s quite inexperienced at this level,” said Harley. “It’s kind of his first proper test, and he just keeps proving to us how good he really is. I started riding him at the end of his seven-year-old year and had a great summer on him last year. We gave him a bit of a break and started back with him for the winter circuit, and it has started off well. My trainers on the ground were giving me strict instructions to stick to my numbers and my plan, and it worked out.”
A regular contender at WEF, Jessica Springsteen (USA) piloted Hungry Heart, owned by Stone Hill Farm, to a quick double-clear just off the mark, as she and the nine-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (Baltimore 1178 x Loucaibo) took second place in 39.72 sesconds.
First to return in the second round, Daniel Deusser (GER) and Calisto Blue, owned by Stephex Stables, galloped effortlessly across the track to set the pace for the rest of the field, with a fault-free round in 39.99 seconds. He and the 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Chacco Blue x Con Air) held the lead until the final few horses, ultimately landing them in third position.
Earlier in the week, Harley and Corbawido PS jumped to a second-place finish in the $1,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumpers CSI 3*. The 26-year-old rider also finished sixth in the Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup on Friday with Very Chic Du Tillard.
Harley, who was all smiles after the victory, will give Corbawido PS a much-deserved break next week after a pair of solid outings on the turf.
“He’s a funny, funny character, and he’s a fighter,” he said. “He always wants to fight for you. It was a good experience to have him in here and other than the first day, today was his only class this week so we gave it a shot. He’s only nine so we don’t want to overdo it. He’ll have a little break now, and we’ll probably gear him back up again for something similar to this class next.”
Final Results: $37,000 Captive One 1.50m Classic CSI 3*
1) Gavin Harley (IRL) & Corbawido PS – 0 / 0 – 39.447
2) Jessica Springsteen (USA) & Hungry Heart– 0 / 0 – 39.729
3) Daniel Deusser (GER) & Calisto Blue– 0 / 0 – 39.992
Source: Press release by Jennifer Wood & Sabrina Bashares / Jennifer Wood Media Inc. for ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions / PBIEC – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
Photos: © Sportfot