Wellington, Florida, USA – September 26, 2021 – The ESP Florida State Fall show was a very successful week for Ashlee Bond (ISR), who represents Israel and hails from Hidden Hills, CA, as she claimed wins in the three jumper classes with the greatest prize money offerings of the week. On Sunday, Bond’s highlight triumph of the week came aboard Lazy, owned by Stephex Stables and Aurora Farms LLC, as they topped the field in the $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix after mastering two courses by designer Héctor J Loyola (PUR). Earlier in the week, Bond took first place in the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Open Stake riding Boheme De Fleyres as well as the $5,000 Wanderers Club 1.35 Stake on Hylanderhofs Chica Bella Rosa.
The final show in the ESP Summer Series will be the Rita & Irish Flynn Memorial, held from October 1-3, 2021. Immediately following, the seven-event ESP Fall Series will begin on October 7 with ESP October. The ESP Fall Series will run through the ESP Pre-Charity CSI3* show, which will conclude on November 21 ahead of the ESP Holiday Series. To view the ESP Fall Prize List, please click HERE.
“I have a very good string here this week. Boheme de Fleyres and Lazy are both the more experienced horses, then Hylanderhofs Chica Bella Rosa is a new 8-year-old, and Ionesco Sitte is a 7-year-old,” commented Bond (ISR). “This week was great. This is our home base now with our farm only 15 minutes from here, so it is very convenient. We love having such nice facilities close by. I’m really fortunate, and the horses feel great.”
Thirty-two entries took on Loyola’s track around the grass Derby Field on Sunday morning for a shot at the lion’s share of the prize money in the $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix. After the first round of riding, the pack was whittled down to only 10 that would return for the jump-off. As the second to tackle the abridged pattern, Bond and Lazy were the pathfinders with the first double-clear effort, and a speedy one at that in 45.51 seconds to set the standard. The rest of the contenders races around the field, but none could come within two seconds of Bond (ISR) and Lazy’s quick time, confirming the early leaders as the class winners.
“The last class Lazy jumped was the 5* grand prix in Toronto about a month ago, and I literally had not jumped a fence until today, so she came right out and did her job,” praised Bond about her winning mount. “I have had her now for two years. She has the biggest heart and is such a trier and very careful. She is so scopey and has all the right things. The rideability took a while to get there, but now we understand each other and she has become one of the ones I don’t really have to think on anymore and can trust.”
The $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix finished with five double-clear performances. Behind Bond, Luiz Francisco de Azevedo (BRA) and Collin, owned by Santa Cecilia Stables, jumped to second place in a time of 47.52 seconds. One week ago, the pair earned the victory in the $25,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix. The final podium spot went to Kim Farnlinger (CAN) on Sher-Al Farm Inc.’s Ibalius SMH with a jump-off time of 48.52 seconds.
Final Results – $25,000 Nutrena Grand Prix
1) Ashlee Bond (ISR) & Lazy – 0 / 0 – 45.515
2) Luiz Francisco de Azevedo (BRA) & Collin – 0 / 0 – 47.524
3) Kim Farnlinger (CAN) & Ibalius SMH – 0 / 0 – 48.524
Source: Press Release from – Equestrian Sports Productions
Photos: © Anne Gittins Photography