Kim Farlinger Jumps To Top In The $20,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Kim Farlinger and Conreu jumped to the top of the leaderboard in the $20,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic on Sunday morning to close out the ESP Labor Day show at PBIEC’s Equestrian Village. Farlinger, a native of Canada, piloted Sher-Al Farm Inc’s entry around the jump-off in 41.774 seconds. The only other pair to go double-clear was Rebecca Conway of Wellington, FL and Stakkatisa, owned by HBC Sport Horses, who finished the jump-off in 42.863 seconds. Juan Manuel Gallego of Wellington, FL claimed third place with Carolina Ramelli’s Chopard Z after a 42.485-second jump-off and with four faults.
The class was originally scheduled to take place on the Derby Field, but heavy rainfall Saturday night forced management to move the competition to the Van Kampen Covered Arena. A total of 31 entries contested the track designed by Jasen Shelley, with only four pairs returning for the jump-off. After her win, Farlinger gave her thoughts on the class: “I thought the course was really nice and really fair. I think it’s hard for a lot of the horses to come from the Derby Field where it’s so big and beautiful and they can gallop around, into the indoor.”
Photo - Kim Farlinger and Conreu jumped to the top of the leaderboard in the $20,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic on Sunday morning. (©Anne Gittins Photography)
However, the change of scenery seemed to work in favor of Farlinger and her young mount as she explained, “Conreu is a green Grand Prix horse. This is only his third or fourth Grand Prix and his first win. He can get away from me in the open space, he’s a very scopey and careful horse, so I think it might have actually worked to my advantage to be contained in the indoor today. He did everything I wanted and jumped absolutely unbelievable. I’m super happy with him.”
When asked about show plans, Farlinger mentioned that, “Wellington is home now,” and her team didn’t want to travel anywhere with the threat of COVID. “ESP has done such a fantastic job making us feel safe to horse show. It’s really been great for us to stay close to home and have a super show to come to every week. We’re having a good time."
Sheer Levitin of Delray Beach, FL swept the podium in the $2,500 Equiline Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic on Sunday, capturing first place aboard her mount Love Scendix in 44.901 seconds. Levitin piloted Vitus K through the timers in 45.436 seconds to claim second place, while the yellow ribbon was awarded to Levitin’s Anis De La Piece after they completed the jump-off in 45.621 seconds.
The $2,500 Equiline Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic was championed by Maggie Alexander of Wellington, FL and her GGN Stauffenberg with their 46.816-second jump-off. Close behind with a time of 49.15 seconds was Aurora Rangel De Alba of Wellington, FL aboard Santiago Lambre’s Gloria. Sophia Studd of Wellington, FL and her entry Corlanda finished in third place after completing the jump-off in 50.035 seconds.
Over in the International Ring, the $250 CCTV Agent .85m Classic took place with Megan Fitzgerald of Washington DC and Goya VLS, owned by Darprin Enterprises LLC, clinching the blue ribbon after a 39.583-second jump-off. Elizabeth Polk of Davie, FL aboard her mount L’esprit crossed through the timers in 40.436 seconds to take home the red rosette, while Francesca Moore of Loxahatchee, FL and Esmeralda DMC, owned by Darren Chiacchia, finished in third after a 41.486-second jump-off.
The $1,500 Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic presented by French Horse Exports was bested by Jesus Alejandro Rigu of Wellington, FL and his mount Kascaya Z after finishing the jump-off in 33.675 seconds. Mille Staff of Pompano Beach, FL captured second place aboard Anne’s Little Cory with a jump-off time of 36.361 seconds. Brilexo was piloted to third place by owner Isabella Watson of Lake Worth, FL after a 39.355-second jump-off.
Earlier in the week, competition on the Derby Field opened up with the $5,000 Premier Equestrian 1.35m Open Stake. Wellington, FL’s Alberto Michan took home top honors aboard Fresco, owned by Golden Point Partners LLC, after finishing the jump-off in 47.484 seconds. Ronan McGuigan of Wellington, FL rode Ella Sandra G, owned by Blythe Masters, to second place after stopping the timers at 47.717 seconds. Kim Farlinger and Sher-Al Farm Inc’s Stanley Stone were awarded the yellow ribbon with eight faults and a 44.768-second jump-off.
On Friday, Hilary McNerney of Wellington, FL captured the blue ribbon in the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake, riding her entry Chuck 27 around the jump-off course in 42.129 seconds. Diego Vivero of Wellington, FL and Casquero, owned by Silvana Cabral, stopped the timers at 44.01 seconds to clinch second place, while Juan Bancalari of Santo Domingo, DO took home third after finishing the jump-off in 45.69 seconds aboard his Cerati.
The ESP Summer Series, hosted at Equestrian Village, will return on September 10-13 with USEF “A” National & Jumper 4* competition and conclude on Sunday, September 27. Click HERE to view the Prize List. No spectators or outside media are allowed on-site, but friends and family can view all classes via our SGL live stream HERE. Exhibitors, please remember to book your stalls on the grounds early as stabling is getting full.
To view the full results of the $20,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix, please click HERE.