Canadian Trifecta! Erynn Ballard Leads the Way with the One-Two Finish in the $25,000 BarnWalkers Grand Prix

Wellington, Florida, USA – October 22, 2023 – A week of top sport came to an end last Sunday at Wellington International with the running of the feature competition, the $25,000 BarnWalkers Grand Prix. A total of thirty-four competitors tried their hand at the course, with eleven returning for the jump-off. Besting the field of talent and earning both the blue and red ribbon was Canada’s Erynn Ballard (CAN).

Erynn Ballard (CAN) & Narcotique VH Dingenshof

Ballard had a total of five entries in the class with three coming back to try their hand at the shortened track. Narcotique V/H Dingenshof, owned by Ilan Ferder, was her winning ride, putting in quick and double-clear rides with a time of 36.576 seconds in the jump-off. 

Erynn Ballard (CAN) & Narcotique VH Dingenshof

“Narco [Narcotique V/H Dingenshof] I’ve had for a little over a year. We’ve done big things. She’s jumped in many Nations Cups and a lot of the Major League classes,” Ballard explained. “We didn’t use her in [CSI] Greenwich and Tryon [International], she stayed home, so we’re using her here and then we’ll probably use her at the 3* FEI show [ESP Pre Charity CSI 3*], in a couple of weeks here in Wellington.” 

Erynn Ballard (CAN) & Mullentine Shalom

Also taking home the second-place ribbon, Ballard crossed the timers in 37.771 seconds aboard Ilan Feder’s Mullentine Shalom.

Claiming the third-place title with a time of 37.961 was Amy Millar (CAN) and J-Team’s Jelvinia MB

Wellington International’s Fall Series continues on October 26th , with the ESP Fall III event and the ESP Fall Finale from November 2-5, 2023. Join us for some Halloween fun on the morning of Sunday, October 29th, in our Halloween Costume class (#607) 🎃. Mark your calendar for November 4th, as we’ll be hosting schooling classes under the lights in the International Arena at Wellington International, with jump heights ranging from 1.30m to 1.45m. For further details and future horse show schedules at Wellington International, CLICK HERE

Erynn Ballard (CAN) & Narcotique VH Dingenshof

Final Results – $25,000 BarnWalkers Grand Prix

1) Erynn Ballard (CAN) & Narcotique VH Dingenshof – 0 / 0 – 36.576

2) Erynn Ballard (CAN) & Mullentine Shalom – 0 / 0 – 37.771

3) Amy Millar (CAN) & J-Team’s Jelvinia MB– 0 / 0 – 37.961

Source: Press Release from Wellington International

Photos: © Wellington International / Cassidy Klein