Wellington, Florida, USA – April 08, 2021 – The first of five weeks of the 2021 ESP Spring Series took place April 7-11 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with Thursday’s kicking off the return of top national competition following the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
Earlier in the week, Thursday’s $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Open Stake saw Nicholas Dello Joio (USA) and Catemaco LS, owned by Hackamore Farms, lead the class nearly from start to finish to capture the win. As ninth in the order of go out of 44 exhibitors, Dello Joio and the 10-year-old La Silla gelding (Carusso LS x Carthago Z) set a quick standard during their immediate jump-off in a clear time of 46.06 seconds.
Though the remainder of the field tried to catch the leading pair, none could topple them from their status. The final pair of Bolivia’s Nicole Mingorance Medina (BOL) and her own Darco Van Het Dennehof put forth the best effort, jumping to second place thanks to a clear time of 46.31 seconds.
Third place was claimed by Camille Maddrix (USA) and M&M Sporthorses’ Jack Straw in a fault-free time of 47.90 seconds.
Final Results – $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake – 1.40m
1) Nicholas Dello Joio (USA) & Catemaco LS – 0 / 0 – 46.065
2) Nicole Mingorance Medina (BOL) & Darco Van Het Dennehof – 0 / 0 – 46.316
3) Camille Maddrix (USA) & Jack Straw – 0 / 0 – 47.905
Source: Press Release from Palm Beach International Equestrian Center – PBIEC / Equestrian Sports Productions – ESP
Photos: © Anne Gittins Photography