Peter Lutz Wins $25,000 ESP Grand Prix at Spring 4 Horse Show
The Equestrian Sport Productions Spring 4 Horse Show was a great success last week, with many fun classes offered. Competing in the International Arena is a great opportunity, and riders from small ponies to Grand Prix jumpers were able to do just that.
The horse show offered special events such as the Huntland Farm Pony Hunter Derby Style Classics under the lights last Saturday evening, the $1,500 Tackeria NAL Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic under the lights last Friday evening, the $10,000 Pennfield Feeds Open Jumper Welcome Stake, and the $25,000 ESP Grand Prix, a USEF Ranking List class, last Sunday.
Peter Lutz and Davenport Inc.’s Indiana 127, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, were able to come home with the fastest time to win the $25,000 ESP Grand Prix out of 35 entries in the class. Their jump-off time of 31.423 seconds edged out Christine McCrea and Baloubet Junior Z, owned by Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables, who stopped the timers in 32.148 seconds. Lauren Hough took third and fourth places with Laura Mateo’s Casadora and her horse Spencer III. Both were double clear and just behind in 32.248 and 32.316 seconds. Blythe Marano and Urban, owned by Riverview Farm LLC, were fifth in 32.806 seconds.
Earlier last week, Felipo Godinho took home the top prize in the $10,000 Pennfield Feeds Open Jumper Welcome Stake with Valencio, owned by Rafael Jose Contreras. Lutz and Indiana 127 finished second. There were an impressive 54 entries in the class.
Last Friday night, it was the children’s and adult jumpers on center stage. Lindsey Tomeu and Mahogany, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, were the fastest in a jump-off of three competitors for the win in the $1,500 Tackeria NAL Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic.
Last Saturday night was a big night for pony riders as they competed in a derby-style hunter classic in the International Arena. Daisy Farish dominated the $1,000 Huntland Farm Small Pony Derby Classic. She rode Shine, owned by Lanes End, to first place with a two-round total of 246 points. She and Elation, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, were second with 241 points. Hana Bieling rode Prince Monticello for owner Ashley Delgado to third place with 239.5 points.
In the $2,000 Huntland Farm Medium/Large Pony Derby Classic, it was all Meredith Darst. She picked up the top three places in the class, taking first place with Dr. Betsee Parker’s For the Laughter and second with Enchanted Forest. She was third on Rosmel’s Uncontested, owned by Alexandra Crown.
The ESP Spring Circuit will continue through April 17 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Highlights include the $30,000 USEF Computer List Grand Prix under the lights on Saturday evening, $7,500 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Stakes class on the grass at the stadium, and the $10,000 Pennfield Feeds Open Stakes class.
For more information or the prize list, visit www.equestrian sport.com. For full results, visit www.showgroundslive.com/esp/results.