Lexington, Kentucky, USA – July 31, 2021 – The feature event of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix, was held Saturday evening in the Rolex Stadium with an enthusiastic crowd excited to cheer on the field of competitors during the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hats Off Day. Eleven horses advanced to the tiebreaker with clear rounds, but only David Beisel (USA) was able to master the jump-off course with Essince W as the first to return, securing a wire-to-wire victory. Kady Abrahamson (USA) and Any had the fastest 4-fault effort for second place, while Celso Ariani (BRA) and Ukulman de La Nutria rounded out the top three.
Twenty-three athletes gathered at the Rolex Stadium to compete over Anderson Lima’s (BRA) course. Winding through the expanse of the arena, the 13-effort track included an oxer-vertical-vertical triple combination, a vertical-oxer double combination, and a final oxer as athletes galloped towards the gate. Eleven horses advanced to jump-off where four turns provided options to make up time as they galloped towards the final oxer once again, but only one athlete was able to answer all of the questions posed during the second phase of competition.
As the second to go during the first round, Beisel was the first to return for the tiebreaker with his own Essince W, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Chacco Blue. He kept a quick pace to make sure the other riders would have to chase him, but carefully left all the fences intact knowing there were 10 riders still to go, crossing the finish line in a clear 45.758 seconds.
Kady Abrahamson (USA), who went to her first horse show with David Beisel (USA) as her trainer, was next in the ring with Any and opted to go for the victory, trying to speed around the track with her 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding. They had the pace to beat Beisel, but it came at the expense of a single rail for a 4-fault effort in 43.059 seconds, which would be good enough for second place.
Thursday’s winners of the $25,000 Kentucky Summer Classic, Celso Ariani (BRA) and Ukulman de La Nutria, were the only other pair to finish the track in less than 45 seconds, but they also lowered the height of a fence for 4-faults in 44.943 seconds for the third-place honors.
Beisel’s careful round with Essince W would prove to be the lone double clear of the night as they captured the night’s winning title. The victory was made extra special for Beisel with Abrahamson, his former student, placing second. Beisel, who won the same grand prix in 2017 with Ammeretto, has been riding Essince W for three years and appreciates the talented gelding’s consistency in the ring.
Results – $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. David Beisel (USA) Essince W / David Beisel / 0 | 84.983 / 0 | 45.758
2. Kady Abrahamson (USA) & Any / Abrahamson Equestrian LLC / 0 | 79.501 / 4 | 43.059
3. Celso Ariani (BRA) & Ukulman De La Nutria / / Ricardo Romero / 0 | 83.755 / 4 | 44.943
4. Kaitlin Campbell (USA) & Dandy / HD Horses / 0 | 81.650 / 4 | 45.635
5. Kelly Ariani (USA) & Valmont De Vizy / Marigot Bay Farm / 0 | 81.374 / 4 | 46.815
6. Mattias Ekeroth (SWE) & Haydee M / Mattian Ekeroth LLC / 0 | 81.397 / 8 | 46.725
7. Summer Hill (USA) & La Belle SCF / Summer Hill / 0 | 84.860 / 8 | 49.879
8. Nora Gray (CAN) & Love / Molly Ohrstrom / 0 | 83.037 / 8 | 57.873
9. Danielle Torano (USA) & Feramoon G / Danielle Torano / 0 | 82.485 / 9 | 58.200
10. Nicole Loochtan (USA) & Caiman des Sequoias / Nicole Loochtan 0 | 80.349 / EL
11. Hayley Barnhill (USA) & My Pleasure / / Riley McKesson / 0 | 83.033 / RT
12. Chris Ewanouski (USA) & Vagabon De La Vallee / / Chris Ewanouski / 4 | 80.313
Source: Press Release (edited) by Libby Greene / Phelps Media Group for Kentucky Horse Shows
Photos: © Phelps Sports / Cassidy Klein / Olivia Airhart