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Lecuona Leaps to Victory in the $25,000 Equine Tack & Nutritionals Grand Prix to Conclude ESP Fall Series

Wellington, FL – November 19, 2018 – Manuel Lecuona of Wellington, FL, rode to victory in the $25,000 Equine Tack… Artikel lesen

Louisa Trippe
21.11.2018 5 min lesen
Manuel Lecuona and Noche De Ronda Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography
Wellington, FL – November 19, 2018 – Manuel Lecuona of Wellington, FL, rode to victory in the $25,000 Equine Tack & Nutritionals in the 2018 ESP Pre-Charity show aboard Noche De Ronda at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Lecuona flew through the jump-off in 46.784 seconds the 2009 Oldenburg mare (Quintender x Lovis Corinth) to secure the win. Following close behind, fellow Wellington resident Santiago Lambre claimed second place riding Dingeman, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Nintender x Darnels) owned by Integrated Services Florida LLC, completing the course in 47.812 seconds. Third place was awarded to Carlos Quinones, also of Wellington, FL, with Satoyama, a 2006 gelding, owned by Michelle Navarro-Grau, with a time of 49.749 seconds. 
Only six pairs moved forward to contest the jump-off of 24 original entries and Lecuona remained on top in the course set by Hector Loyola of Wellington, FL. „It was a really nice course. It was very well built. There were difficulties all over, which was nice because they weren’t just in one place. I think that makes it better for us and the horses. We get challenged all over the course,“ Lecuona remarked.
„My horse was amazing. It’s been a difficult year for us. I had to stop showing her because we went to Mexico for my wife. She’s a dressage rider, so we went to Mexico for the summer. This was [Noche De Ronda]’s first weekend back and she was amazing. She’s an incredible horse. I’ve had her since she was four and now she’s nine. I think she’s ready to step up to the international classes.“ 
Regarding his future plans with Noche De Ronda, Lecuona stated, „I want to do some pre-season shows and then some Grand Prix classes. I also want to try do some FEI classes and aim for the trial of the Pan-Am Games. I really think she’s a horse who can compete at that level,“ he concluded. 
Manuel Lecuona and Noche De Ronda in their presentation ceremony with ring master Steven Rector. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography


Jumper Highlights
The $10,000 Equine Tack & Nutritionals 1.40m Open Stake awarded Santiago Lambre of Wellington, FL, top honors aboard his own Ibabco. Lambre completed the jump-off in 33.437 seconds. Todd Minikus of Lake Worth, FL, took home second place honors riding Enzo, owned by Autumn View Farm, flying through the timers in 35.446 seconds. Tatiana Andujar Iglesias of Wellington, FL, claimed third place with mount El Berlin, earning a time of 40.248 seconds.
In the $2,500 Equiline 1.30m NAL Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake, Brooke Cudmore of Omaha, NE, rode home with blue atop Igor, owned by Blair Cudmore. The duo jumped the course in 47.459 seconds to secure the win. Second place was awarded to Wellington, FL, resident Tanner Korotkin, with Eurohill’s Alcatraz, owned by Castlewood Farm Inc. Korotkin completed the course in 47.717 seconds. Stopping the timers in 49.263 seconds, Aurora Rangel de Alba of Wellington, FL, took third place with Casino N, owned by Integrated Services Florida LLC. 
Erika Jakobson of Boca Raton, FL, took top honors in the $2,500 Equiline 1.25m NAL Low Jr/AO Jumper Stake. Jakobson stopped the timers in 52.001 seconds riding Everton owned by Barn Rat LLC. Jumping into second place, Colby Kelly of Spring Grove, IL, finished the course in 55.119 seconds with mount Antor Z. Third place was awarded to Dolores Funes of Wellington, FL, with mount JK Horse Trucks Chantilly. The duo cleared the course in 48.031 seconds. 
The $1,500 1.15m M&S Children’s Jumper Classic sponsored by Dover Saddlery granted Chloe Jhin of Lake Forest, IL, with first place aboard her own Elmo V. D. Bremdhoeve. Jhin flew through the course in 37.722 seconds to secure the win. Second place was awarded to Ashley Elise Eklund of Islamorada, FL, aboard her own mount Eagle. The pair stopped the timers in 37.909 seconds, while Mateo Coles of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, took third riding his own A.J. 4, with a time of 39.189 seconds. 
Melissa Welker of Midway, KY, claimed first and second place in the $1,500 1.15m NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic sponsored by Dover Saddlery. Welker finished the course in 33.445 seconds riding her own Col De Knolton to secure the first place win. Knolton also finished in 35.987 seconds aboard her own Stairway to the Stars to attain second place. Hunter Kava of Parkland, FL, took third place with Miss Moneypenny, owned by Hunter Mclean Stables LLC, with a time of 37.335 seconds. 
The $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw Stephanie Ann Cook of Franklin, TN, guided Lord Arthur 1916, owned by Lionsway Farm, to victory after stopping the jump-off timers in 38.409 seconds. Morgan Rosia of Germantown, MD, and Chipie B F Z, owned by Taje Warrick, rounded out second place position, with a jump-off time of 39.648 seconds. Isabella Schutte of Weston, FL, and Benjamin, owned by Daniela Roy, secured third place with a time of 41.553 seconds.
Hunter Highlights
The USHJA Hunter 2’9″ Division congratulated Tiffany Morrissey of Wellington, FL, for her efforts aboard Stacey Shore Werner’s Sebastian to take champion honors on the week, in addition to Nanci Africk of Weston, FL, receiving reserve honors in the irons with her own Taken.
Maggie Gould of Wellington, FL, and Marlen Rouco’s San Sebastian dominated the USHJA Hunter 2’6″ Division, stepping forward to receive the champion ribbon, while Lisa Banister of Oviedo, FL, guided Anne Bingler’s Alejandro to reserve.
Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, was honored with the champion title in the Gold Coast Feed Performance Hunter 3’3″ Division aboard Missy Luczak-Smith’s FVF Just Watch, while the reserve ribbon went to Colin Syquia of Wellington, FL, riding the Fiach Byrne Inc. entry, Hardwell.

The Modified Hunter Division recognized Mary Cannon of Windermere, FL, as its champion on the week aboard her own Jasper, with reserve champion honors bestowed upon Ellie Snodgrass (Tavernier, FL) and Halley Guptil’s Marvel.

Karen Walcott of Wellington, FL, claimed top honors in the Pilates Rocks Low Adult Hunter Division riding KEQ, LLC’s Charm City, while Deborah E. Marx of Key Largo, FL, rode her own Billy Ruffian to reserve. 
In the #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’3″ Division, Samantha Braswell secured the tricolor rosette aboard her own Timoteo to represent Wellington, FL, while Brooke Giacin (Southwest Ranches, FL) piloted her own Shannaghmore to reserve for the weekend. 
Representing Flower Mound, TX, Kristen Collins championed the Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’3″ & 3′ Division aboard Dapple LLC’s On Point, while Tiffany Morrissey returned to the podium to collect a reserve ribbon partnered with Hannes for East Wind Farms, LLC.
Campbell Brown (Fayetteville, AR) and MMK Equestrian LLC’s Mr. McGregor topped the Wanderers Club Children’s Pony Hunter Division, with Hannah Randolph claiming reserve riding her own Twinkle Toes to represent Wellington, FL.
Christina Plichta of Wellington, FL, walked away with both champion and reserve rosettes in the Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ Division, guiding Rightfully So and Kingsford for Purple Lane Farm, LLC, respectively.
The Adult Amateur Hunter Division welcomed forward Ashley Briggs (Loxahatchee, FL) to receive the champion rosette for her efforts aboard her own Sunday Best, while reserve honors were given to Francis Kruel (Wellington, FL) in the tack with her own State of Play.
For full results from the $25,000 Equine Tack & Nutritionals Grand Prix, click here.
Competition continues at PBIEC with the start of the ESP Holiday Series, beginning with the Holiday & Horses CSI 4* and USEF Under 25 National Show Jumping Championship, which will take place November 28 through December 2, 2018, showcasing top jumper and hunter competition. The ESP Holiday Series will then continue with ESP Holiday I, II, and III, the 2018 ESP New Years competition, the ESP Year End Awards Show and the 2019 ESP Holiday Finale to conclude the season. For more information, please visit
(press release)