Wellington, FL - Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL, and Wicked, owned by Hollow Creek Farm, took top honors in the $10,000 Open Stake at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during the ESP November competition.
Andrade and Wicked completed the jump-off track in 46.848 seconds ahead of David Blake of Wellington, FL, and Bella Donna, who crossed the jump-off timers in 47.172 seconds. Richard Neal of Malibu, CA, and Ida Gold finished in third, dropping a rail in the jump-off and finishing in 45.151 seconds.
The class saw 25 entries test the track set by Hector Loyola of Wellington, FL, as nine combinations advanced to the jump-off round, while only two pairs delivered a double clear effort on the day. Andrade and Wicked, who is a relatively new mount for the talented rider from Venezuela, looked in fine form and have already established a strong partnership.
"It was a really good class. I just got back from a long summer of competition and I have a lot of horses that do well in these types of classes and helps to give them experience," said Andrade.
Wicked, a 2007 Warmblood mare, is an exciting new addition in Andrade's string of top horses and he is confident that the duo can be very competitive at the 1.50m level this winter season. Andrade also commented on the pair's speedy jump-off time, noting that the mare took the International Ring with confidence.
"She's a really good mare that I just got from Andrea King and is nine years old. She's still green, but I'm very excited for her future. She's a nice 1.50m horse for certain and that will be our goal this circuit," he continued. "I think that the footing is very much improved and it felt great. She jumped fantastic on it and I think that they did a great job."
Andrade represented his home nation of Venezuela at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is working towards continued success at the top levels of the sport. His return to Wellington was a welcome changed for Andrade and his team, who feel very at home at PBIEC.
"It was a really good year this year and I have a lot of horses that I am excited to compete this season," he added. "It feels so good to be back in Wellington. My main house is here so I'm very happy and it feels like home."
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