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David Beisel & Essince W at their Best Again to Win $30,000 WEC Grand Prix at Wilmington

Wilmington, Ohio – February 12, 2022 – David Beisel (USA) and his own Essince W rode to the top of the leaderboard once again during tonight’s $30,000 WEC Wilmington Grand Prix. The team from David Beisel Stables in Goshen, Ohio won on the track designed by Robert Barton, which featured several tight inside turns, a triple bar and a liverpool. Seven entries jumped clear in round one, with just three going double clear through both rounds. 

“With the way the second jump was set in the jump-off, some people went for the inside turn but I didn’t see it fit for any of my horses. The turn to the vertical and then the in-and-out certainly wasn’t easy and actually, my younger horse handled it the best! Luckily, Essence has a lot of heart, jump, and try and he got us through it. He gave it his all! Many of the jumps came in fast with just a little room to breathe. I was a little hurried when walking the course because I was in the hunter ring coaching. On my first horse, I realized how short the combination was. All of my horses handled it course great.”

David (USA) and Essince W were the second-fastest time in round one, stopping the clock in just 72.154, well under the 81 second allowed time. Beisel and the thirteen-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding later returned and completed the jump-off in 42.222  seconds to take home another well-deserved WEC Grand Prix win. 

Nicole Loochtan (USA) & Caiman des Sequoias

Nicole Loochtan (USA) of Stone Creek Stables in Lexington, Kentucky, and the accomplished Caiman des Sequoias (Radco d’ Houtveld x Sublime de la Cour)  rode clear in each round. Loochtan and the fourteen-year-old Belgian Sporthorse claimed second place honors with times of 74.087 in the qualifying round and 43.925 seconds in the jump-off.

David Beisel (USA) & Vegas H

David Beisel (USA) and Vegas H (Valentino x Cobrah), a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding,  captured the third-place podium finish. The pair stopped the clocks in 75.651 seconds in round one and 46.160 seconds on the short course, remaining clear throughout. 

Final Results – $30,000 WEC Wilmington Grand Prix

1) David Beisel (USA) & Essince W – 0 / 0 – 42.222

2) Nicole Loochtan (USA) & Caiman des Sequoias – 0 / 0 – 43.925

3) David Beisel (USA) & Vegas H – 0 / 0 – 46.160

Source: Press Release from WEC – World Equestrian Center

Photos: © Winslow Photography