Wellington, FL – November 13, 2018 – Fabio Leivas Da Costa of Brazil piloted three mounts inside of the top twelve and smoked the jump-off aboard Randon Pleasure, stopping the clock in 37.546 seconds to take top honors in the $25,000 Pilates Rocks Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD, and RF Casablanca, a 2010 Holsteiner mare (Cosido x Landos) owned by Raylyn Farms, Inc., claimed second for the second week in a row with a jump-off time of 40.154 seconds, while Wellington resident Celso Ariani and Ukulman De La Nutria, a 2008 Selle Francais gelding by Quick Star, owned by Ricardo Romero Garcia, cleared the short course in 40.579 seconds to finish third. Da Costa also collected earnings aboard Tosca De L’Esques in 11th and Kalisto the Music in 12th.
Of 27 entries completing the track set by Andy Christiansen of Wellington, FL, only four pairs earned the chance to prove themselves in the jump-off round, and the 2009 Selle Francais mare (For Pleasure x Quidam De Revel), owned by Bonne Chance Farm, produced a blazing clear round to win by more than 2.6 seconds with Da Costa in the irons.
„I think the course was really ideal,“ Da Costa explained. „It started not that difficult. It really invited the horse and the rider forward, but after number two we had to turn against the gate and ride to a double vertical, which was delicate. When we were finishing the course it got harder because there was a big oxer near the gate again – where several horses had some trouble.“
After experiencing the course aboard other rides, Da Costa at first thought that the five strides from the vertical to the oxer before the liverpool would be too short, „but when I collected her to make the five strides easier, she came back too much and we had to add a stride to the Liverpool. After that, everything was fine,“ he said of the first-round course.
Da Costa attributed the incredibly fast jump-off performance to his naturally quick horse and commented, „Even to the first jump, we had a nice, big gallop, and were able to go straight to the second jump from there. We did eight strides to the oxer after that and also in the middle of the course, I didn’t need to add because I got the first distance after the turn. It was a really good ride for us – Randon is a really fast horse and I’m a fast rider, so it’s a good match.“
„Randon came to us two years ago for Stephanie Maciera and did a whole WEF season with Stephanie. She then went back to Brazil and did some light shows before coming back for another WEF season [to good results],“ Da Costa narrated. „After that, Stephanie went back to Brazil, but the mare stayed with us and I started to ride her a little bit. I had some nice results with her in national classes. Recently in Tryon, Stephanie did two internationals with this mare and did really well again, always clear and going to the jump-off, so she placed several times. The mare is again staying with me while Stephanie went back to Brazil. I’ll probably continue to show her in some internationals this WEF season.“
In the $10,000 Pilates Rocks 1.40m Open Stake, Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL, rode home with the blue aboard with Le Vio, owned by Gut Einhaus, LLC. Barrios completed the course in 35.316 seconds. Second place was awarded to Fabio Leivas Da Costa riding Kalisto The Music for Bonne Chance Farm LLC. Todd Minikus of Lake Worth, FL, earned third place aboard Erin Schiller’s Luken Du Rouet earning a time of 34.422 seconds.
The $2,500 Equiline 1.30m NAL Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake awarded top honors to Teri Kessler of Lexington, KY, with mount Lascana 3 on a time of 48.089 seconds. Sloan Hopson of Houston, TX, was granted reserve honors aboard her own Dalida, stopping the timers in 48.301 seconds. Jumping into third, Nataly Leibovitz with her own Alaina Gold Z completed the course in 48.733 seconds.
In the $2,500 Equiline 1.25m NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake, Lexi Smylie of Jupiter, FL, took first riding VIP Quality Royale owned by Bowers Cone, LLC. The pair stopped the timers in 47.97 seconds. Erins Haas of Ann Arbor, MI, was awarded second place aboard Carona Z, owned by North Face Farm. Haas completed the course in 49.14 seconds, while third place was granted to Bruna Silva of Windermere, FL, riding his own Zilma D, who earned a time of 51.703 seconds.
The $1,500 1.15m M&S Dover Saddlery Child/Adult Jumper Classic awarded Quorine Harwood of Napa, CA, first place with mount Chelo. The pair finished the jump-off in 36.195 seconds to take the top honors. Second place was granted to Daniel Kerins of Wellington, FL, riding Elwood 13 for Glenbeigh Farm LLC. Kerins flew through the course in 34.475 seconds. Ella Hess of Boca Raton, FL, took home third with Samuri Mec owned by Grace Jordan. Hess secured a time of 38.916 seconds.
Stephanie King of St. Augustine, FL, earned top honors in the 1.15m Child/Adult Jumper Classic aboard her own Co-Starr, completing the course in 34.741 seconds. Ella Hess of Boca Raton, FL, jumped into second with Grace Jordan’s Samuri Mec with a time of 41.434 seconds. Third place was awarded to Daniel Kerins of Wellington, FL, riding Elwood 13 for Glenbeigh Farm, LLC. Kerins completed the course in 38.57 seconds.
Amy Foster of Coconut Creek, FL, earned first place in the $250 .85m Classic riding Birdie, owned by Leeann Ablin. Foster flew through the timers in 25.808 seconds to secure the win. Marsha Chambers of Loxahatchee, FL, secured second riding her own mount, Hiro, with a time of 33.734 seconds. Third place was granted to Brittany Marshall of Lake Worth, FL, riding her own mount, Twist of Fate. Marshall completed the first round in 77.013 seconds.
In the 1.0m Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic, Marcus Barros of Lake Mary, FL, rode home with blue aboard Little Darcstar WB owned by Equine Acquisitions, LLC. The duo flew through the timers in 34.229 seconds. Hayley Chambers of Loxahatchee, FL, earned second place with Alouette owned by Marsha Chambers. Chambers completed the course in 35.87 seconds. Sara Takacs of Jacksonville, FL, completed the course in 37.406 seconds in tandem with her own Maxim Marcos to secure a third-place finish.
In the ProElite® 1.0m Training Jumper, Jennifer Schiappa of Coconut Creek, FL, earned top honors aboard Galicia owned by Nicole Berman. The duo flew through the course in 65.613 seconds to secure the win. Deborah Ball of Wellington, FL took second with her own Veneto DH Z with a time of 66.765 seconds. Marcus Barros of Lake Mary, FL, took third with Little Darcstar WB owned by Equine Acquisitions, LLC with a time of 68.112 seconds.
The #1 Education Amateur Owner/Junior Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Division awarded champion honors to Missy Yoder of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, aboard her own Too Much Fun. Reserve honors were granted to Sophia Cicerchia of West Palm Beach, FL, with Lone Star owned by Erin Seeds.
In the Dover Saddlery Child/Adult Amateur Hunter Division, Tricia Barr of Wellington, FL, took top honors riding her own Big Girls Don’t Cry. Elizabeth Craven of Wellington, FL, earned the title of reserve champion aboard Carlson 55 owned by Sarah Chatfield.
The Wanderers Club Children’s Pony Hunter Division granted Rafaella Agnelli of Coral Gables, FL, top honors with mount Hersey’s Kisses. Natalia Torano of Wellington, FL, secured reserve honors with Notorious R owned by Clementine Talmage.
Champion honors were awarded to Nellie Dressler of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, in the Pilates Rocks Low Child/Adult Hunter Division. Dressler secured top honors aboard Time to Tango owned by Tanya Cosmini. Reserve champion was granted to Anabella Cottone of Davie, FL, riding her own mount, Aurora.
In the Gold Coast Feed Performance Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Division, Missy Yoder of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, claimed champion honors riding her own Too Much Fun. Jennifer Bliss of Loxahatchee, FL, secured reserve honors riding Quick Petite Folie owned by Gut Einhaus, LLC.
Alyssa Abel of Ponte Vendra Beach, FL, claimed the champion title in the Modified Hunter Division aboard Patent Pending owned by Peggy Fuller. Joann Nelson of Oakland Park, FL, earned the reserve champion title with her own mount, Phoenix on the Rise.
The USHJA Hunter 2’/2’3″/2’6″ Hunter Division awarded Elizabeth Howell of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, with top honors riding her own mount, I’m Her Best Bet. The reserve champion title was granted to Nellie Dressler of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, with Tanya Cosmini’s Time to Tango.
In the USHJA Hunter 2’9″ Division, Jennifer Bliss of Loxahatchee, FL, was crowned champion with Collanto owned by Fair Haven Farm LLC. Vinissa Blann of Delray Beach, FL, earned reserve champion honors aboard Duly Noted owned by Cedar Bluff Farms LLC.
Gretchen Arndt-Waters of Palm City, FL, claimed the champion title in the USHJA Hunter 3′ Division riding Amoroso Z owned by Long’s Stable LLC. Cristina Plichta of Wellington, FL, was awarded reserve champion honors with Rightfully So owned by Purple Lane Farm, LLC.
The USHJA Hunter 3′ U/S awarded first place to Katelyn Hess of Wellington, FL, riding her own mount, Topaz Foxpaw. The reserve ribbon went to Gretchen Arndt-Waters of Palm City, FL, aboard Amoroso Z owned by Long’s Hill Stable LLC. Ashley Glica of Loxahatchee, FL, claimed third place riding Helen Smiths‘ Cardenala.
For full results from the $25,000 Pilates Rocks Grand Prix, click here.
Competition continues at PBIEC with the 2018 ESP Pre Charity competition, which will take place Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18, followed by the 2018 Holiday & Horses CSI 4* competition, which will showcase top jumper and hunter competition, to conclude the 2018 season. For more information, please visit www.pbiec.com.