Wellington, Florida, USA – May 09, 2021 – The fourth week of the ESP Spring Series took place May 6-9, 2021, at Equestrian Village, with the $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Spring IV Grand Prix serving as the highlight event. The fifth and final week of the 2021 ESP Spring Series will be hosted once again at Equestrian Village from May 14-16, 2021, followed by a short break ahead of the ESP Summer Series.
Competition culminated on Sunday with a victory for Kent Farrington (USA) in the $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Spring IV Grand Prix, his second major win for the week. Farrington had a total of three mounts in the class, but it was Kaprice, the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare by Echo van’t Spieveld x Carthago, co-owned by Farrington and Haity McNerney, with whom he took the top prize. Eighteenth to go in the order, the pair cleared the jump-off in 40.27 seconds to move to the top of the leaderboard.
“I thought the course was great, which I know everyone says when it goes well, but it’s not just because it went well today,” Farrington commented of the course set by Andy Christiansen (ECU) for the 41 contestants. “[The course] wasn’t built as a big class, but it still had all the elements of one with a liverpool, a real triple combination on a related distance off a triple bar, and a complicated line at the end on a very short stride to a three-stride with a plank. These kinds of things are a great way to bring up horses and to help produce riders to get to the next level.”
Opting to return at the end for the second round, Abigail McArdle (USA) and I&H Boogy Woogy, a 15-year-old gelding owned by Parot Horses LLC, produced a double-clear finish in 43.47 seconds to claim second place. Rounding out the all-American podium was Todd Minikus (USA), who guided his own Juju VDM, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare by Toulon x For Pleasure to a clear jump-off, stopping the timers at 44.68 seconds.
Farrington will return for ESP Spring V with plans to continue to take advantage of classes on the Derby Field before heading to Europe to compete in CSIO/CSI observation events for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. “I think this is the best arena that we have here in Florida, so I’m really happy that they’re using it a lot. It’s a great opportunity for us to produce horses and riders.”
Final Results – $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix
1) Kent Farrigton (USA) & Kaprice – 0 / 0 – 40.276
2) Abigail Mc Ardle (USA) & I&h Boogy Woogy – 0 / 0 – 43.472
3) Todd Minikus (USA) & Juju VDM – 0 / 0 – 44.687
Source: Press Release from PBIEC – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center / ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions
Photos: © Anne Gittins Photography