Wellington, FL - Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL, and Charity 33 rode to top honors at ESP Fall III taking the $25,000 Fall Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Barrios and Charity 33 topped the jump-off with a time of 41.068 seconds
"First of all it's nice to be back in Wellington after being away for such a long time. It was very nice to win with Charity because she's a new mount for me," commented Barrios. "I've been riding her for the last two months and she's awesome. She can win any class. We're getting along very well and I'm very happy to have won this class."
Barrios guided the 2005 Westphalian mare (Cayetano L x Indoctro) to the win in the class, which hosted 22 entries and saw six combinations in the jump-off. The course, designed by Skip Bailey of Wellington, FL, and was the first major grand prix of the ESP Fall Series.
"She's very spicy and competitive. She's a fighter in the ring, like any other mare," added Barrios. "She's very little but she is a very competitive horse. I'm glad to have her in my string of horses right now. I'm looking forward to winning some other classes on her in the 1.45m speed classes on her this season."
In preparation for the competitive winter season ahead, Barrios was pleased with Charity 33's performance, as he hopes the mare will be the newest addition to a string of talented horses he has coming through the ranks for the nation of Venezuela.
"As always, it is a very tough circuit here and it's one of the hardest horse shows of the year. We all know that we have to be prepared for that," he commented. "The thing is that it's about getting ready for what we're going to see and what we're going to face. I'm glad to be here early to be able to begin preparing."
Representing his home nation of Venezuela at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this past summer, Barrios has focused his fall campaign on the training and education of young horses, noting that their experience will become be a staple in the success of his team looking towards the future.
"We have a few young horses that I would like to take the opportunity to show the International Ring and develop. There are expectations for them to do the larger classes further on in their careers and this is a great opportunity for them to get in the ring and experience that atmosphere."
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