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) 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) 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