A One-Two Finish as Maya Chambon Proves Unbeatable in the $25,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix

Wellington, Florida, USA – September 17, 2023 – The 2023 Summer Series continued this week with the ESP September show. Sunday saw stiff competition as 29 horse-and-rider pairs took to the Derby Field to compete in the $25,000 ESP Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix. Earning both first and second place was Mexico’s Maya Ines Denis Chambon (MEX) aboard her own two horses, Chagolando PS and Postin LS LA Silla.

Maya Ines Denis Chambon (MEX) & Chagolando PS

“I’ve had him [Chagolando PS] since the end of May, so our partnership is fairly recent. He is a big, strong stallion so it took some getting used to at the beginning, but I feel like we’re both comfortable with each other now,” said Chambon. “He is also one of the sweetest stallions I’ve ever met and I’m so grateful to have him.” 

Designing for the Derby Field throughout the week, Andy Christiansen (ECU) challenged the riders to a thirteen-jump round, followed by a seven-jump jump-off. A total of nine riders cleared the first round, immediately advancing them to the second round.

Maya Ines Denis Chambon (MEX) & Postin LS La Silla

Chambon was first to navigate the shortened course aboard Postin LS LA Silla, putting in a fault-free round of 38.749 seconds where she would remain for numerous rounds.

Maya Ines Denis Chambon (MEX) & Chagolando PS

Later, returning with her second mount, Chagolando PS, overtaking her own time with a clear 38.595 seconds. 

Rounding out the podium in Sunday’s Grand Prix was Australia’s Benjamin Meredith (AUS) aboard Two Mates, LLC’s Nichole HPF. The pair was last to go in the jump-off, earning a fault-free time of 40.028 but was unfortunately unable to beat Chambon’s time. 

Chagolando PS

Chambon shared “My future with him [Chagolando PS] short term is to step up to the 1.50m classes and do more FEI shows. Long term I would love to be able to do the 5* Grand Prix’s but we’ll see how we keep developing as a partnership.” 

Final Results – $25,000 ESP Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix

1) Maya Ines Denis Chambon (MEX) & Chagolando PS – 0 / 0 – 38.595

2) Maya Ines Denis Chambon (MEX) & Postin LS LA Silla – 0 / 0 – 38.749

3) Benjamin Meredith (AUS) & Nichole HPF – 0 / 0 – 40.028

Source: Press Release from Wellington International

Photos: © Wellington International / Cassidy Klein