Wellington, Florida, USA – November 12, 2023 – Wrapping up competition for ESP November was the $20,000 Long Creek Farms Grand Prix, taking center stage Sunday morning in the International Arena. The class saw a total of thirty-two trips with ten horse-and-rider pairs returning to the shortened track to compete for the spot at the top. Galloping to the top was Colombia’s Ilan Bluman (COL) and his own entry, Cashgirl 7.
Reminiscing on all of his recent achievements, Bluman added, “My groom Julian [Gil] plays a very important part in the success I’m having with my two mares. He’s been with me now for almost six years.”
Bluman had two rides in the Long Creek Farms Grand Prix, reaching victory with his first mount in the class. Bluman and Cashgirl 7 managed to go double-clear, putting in a quick 31.582 second jump-off. Dominican Republic’s Juan Jose Bancalari earned the red ribbon, falling just shy of Bluman’s time with a clear 31.999 seconds. Rounding out the podium with a clear 32.516 time was Ireland’s Paul O’Shea (IRL) with Squirt Gun, owned by Eye Candy Jumpers.
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Final Results – Long Creek Farms Grand Prix
1) Ilan Bluman (COL) & Cashgirl 7 – 0 / 0 – 31.582
2) Juan Jose Bancalari (DOM) & Cascais HC – 0 / 0 – 31.999
3) Paul O’Shea (IRL) & Squirt Gun – 0 / 0 – 32.516
Source: Press Release from Wellington International
Photos: © Wellington International / Sportfot