Wellington, Florida, USA – November 05, 2023 – The $25,000 JTWG Grand Prix took place late Sunday morning to wrap up ESP Fall Finale. Twenty-four competitors took to the course, designed by Oscar Soberon (USA), with nine riders returning for the jump-off. In the end, Darragh Kenny (IRL) led the victory gallop with Amsterdam 27.
“He (Amsterdam 27) was ridden by Teddy Vlock, who still owns him. Teddy took him to the Olympics in Tokyo and I started riding him after that,” explained Kenny. “He was very good down here last winter and then he got a little bit of an injury setback. We’re just kinda starting back again but he feels amazing. He’s one of the best horses I’ve ever ridden in my life and it’s nice to just have him feeling fresh and good.”
With a fault-free time of 43.316 seconds, Kenny and Amsterdam 27 took home top honors and the lion’s share of the money. “He’s one of the best horses I’ve ever ridden in my life and it’s nice to just have him feeling fresh and good,” said Kenny.
Taking home the second-place title was Australia’s Scott Keach (AUS) and Noble de La Chapelle, owned by Southern Cross Equestrian LLC, with a time of 43.672 seconds.
Darragh Kerins (IRL) rounded out the podium with Darius De Kerglenn, owned by Twin Oak Ventures LLC & Maarten Huygens after tripping the timers in a clear 45.136 seconds.
The competition resumes next week on November 9th, with the last week of the Fall Series, ESP November, on the main grounds of Wellington International. Prepare for an exciting week of competition from Friday to Sunday with events that include the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Open Stake, the $1,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Pilates Rocks, the $5,000 Zen Elite Equestrian 1.35m Stake, the $1,000 Alexander Academic Access 2’6”/2’9” Hunter Derby and the feature class of the week – the $20,000 Long Creek Farms Grand Prix to wrap up competition for the week.
Final Results – $25,000 JTWG Grand Prix
1) Darragh Kenny (IRL) & Amsterdam 27 – 0 / 0 – 43.316
2) Scott Keach (AUS) & Noble de La Chapelle – 0 / 0 – 43.672
3) Darragh Kerins (IRL) & Darius De Kerglenn – 0 / 0 – 45.316
Source: Press Release from Wellington International
Photos: © Wellington International / Cassidy Klein