Maya Ines Denis Chambon Pops the Champagne in the $25,000 IDA Development Grand Prix

Wellington, Florida, USA – May 14, 2023 – The fifth and final week of the Wellington International Spring Series, presented by Florida Coast Equipment, came to a close on Sunday, but not before Mexico’s Maya Ines Denis Chambon (MEX) and Jantien de Muze placed the winning ride in the $25,000 IDA Development Grand Prix to capture the final Grand Prix win of the Spring Series.

“I got him a little over a year ago, and it was a bit of a rough start with our partnership,” shared Chambon. “I basically had to restart him at the 1.10m level and have slowly brought him up to the two-star level. He has been doing very well in the 1.35m and 1.40m classes, and this is actually his first Grand Prix, so we’re certainly getting to where I want to be with him.”

From a starting order of 22 entries, Chambon and her own Jantien de Muze secured the win as the only pair who produced a clear round within the time allowed over the technical track set by Andy Christiansen (ECU). “I didn’t walk it as a very tough course; all the distances were pretty normal, and there weren’t any half strides,” recalled Chambon. “Going in, I planned to give him a nice forward ride and to have a flowing round, and it worked out.”

Kim Farlinger (CAN) cleared the opening track but incurred three time faults after stopping the clock at 83.244 seconds to finish in second place with Imara, owned by Kim Farlinger Equestrian. Rounding out the podium was Jad Dana (LBN) and The Cherie Group’s Fleur-De-Lis’ Cherie as the fastest four-faulters with a time of 74.074 seconds.

After winning today’s Grand Prix, Chambon is excited to spend the rest of the summer competing with Jantien De Muze and hopes to continue moving up the levels with him. “There aren’t many grass fields, so to compete here without having to be in FEI is an amazing opportunity to develop younger and greener horses. My ultimate goal with him is to compete in Saturday Night Lights [at WEF], so I want us to continue to have nice experiences jumping bigger classes, but he’ll let me know when he’s ready.”

Wellington International’s Summer Series will commence on June 1st with the ESP June Equitation Day #1, followed by ESP June I from June 2-4, 2023. For more information and upcoming horse show dates at Wellington International, visit:  https://wellingtoninternational.com/events/.

Final Results – $25,000 IDA Development Grand Prix

1) Maya Ines Denis Chambon (MEX) & Jantien de Muze – 0 – 77.851

2) Kim Farlinger (CAN) & Imara – 0 – 83.244

3) Jad Dana (LBN) & Fleur-De-Lis’ Cherie – 4 – 74.074

Source: Press Release from Wellington International

Photos: © Sporfot