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Gabriel Machado & Clearwater Capture Third Consecutive Win in $25,000 Equine Tack & Nutritionals Grand Prix

Wellington, Florida, USA – October 31, 2021 – The weekend concluded the ESP Fall III show after four days of USEF “A” National and Jumper 4* competition. The feature class of the week was the $25,000 Equine Tack & Nutritionals Grand Prix, which took place on the Derby Field and saw competitors representing nine different nations contest the track, designed by Jasen Shelley (USA). The competitive jump-off field of 11 competitors was no match for Brazil’s Gabriel de Matos Machado (BRA) and Clearwater, who celebrated their third consecutive Grand Prix victory.

ESP Fall III was the final show at Equestrian Village for the ESP Fall Series, and the remainder of the events in the Fall and Holiday Series will take place at the main grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Competition will continue beginning November 3 with the ESP Fall Finale, and the Fall Series will conclude with the ESP Pre-Charity CSI3* from November 17-21, 2021.

The highlight class attracted a field of 21 horse-and-rider duos to compete for the lion’s share of the prize money. With 11 pairs advancing to the jump-off, Luiz Francisco de Azevedo (BRA) and Collin set the pace early on with a clear time of 38.84 seconds, which held until Machado and Karen O’Connor’s Clearwater stopped the clock without faults at 38.64 seconds, sliding into the top position by mere milliseconds.

“It’s always good to win here in Wellington in a competitive class like this,” commented Machado after his win. “Since I was the last one in the jump-off I was able to watch a few before I went and no one did the shorter turn from fence 1 to 16, which is a difficult turn because you have the liverpool over there and horses can easily get spooked. I thought [Clearwater] could do it because he turns fast and is always looking for the next jump, so I think that’s where I saved time since the rest of the course I did the same as everyone else.”

Early frontrunners Luiz Francisco Azevedo (BRA) and the Santa Cecilia Stables entry, Collin, finished in second place, followed by Pablo Barrios (VEN) and Clarisimo, owned by Juan Vegas. The third-place finishers cleared the jump-off fault-free in 39.37 seconds.

Although Machado plans to continue showing as the competition venue changes to the main grounds, he shared that Clearwater will be having a well-deserved break from competition. “We’ll be showing next week at the main showgrounds but with some different horses, and Clearwater is going to have a bit of a rest. I have an eight-year-old that I jumped in the grand prix today named Bonza, who’s owned by Carben Farms LLC, as well as a few other young ones that will be moving up the Grand Prix level. Since the footing is going to change, I’ll definitely do a smaller class before competing in the Grand Prix with the younger ones.”

Final Results – $25,000 Equine Tack & Nutritionals Grand Prix

1) Gabriel de Matos Machado (BRA) & Clearwater – 0 / 0 – 38.644

2) Luiz Francisco de Azevedo (BRA) & Collin – 0 / 0 – 38.848

3) Pablo Barrios (VEN) & Clarisimo – 0 / 0 –  39.373

Source: Press Release from PBIEC – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

Photos: © Anne Gittins Photography