January 2, 2014--Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) hosted its New Year's horse show this weekend on December 27-29, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The competition featured National 'A' rated hunter and 4* jumper competition, including a $10,000 Open Jumper Stake and a $25,000 New Year's Grand Prix.
The $25,000 New Year's Grand Prix was the highlight event of the weekend, held on Sunday afternoon in the International Arena at PBIEC. Jumping a course set by Puerto Rico's Mauricio Garcia Ballesteros, 30 entries jumped in round one with five advancing to the jump-off, and three double clear rounds.
Seventeen-year-old Emanuel Andrade of Caracas, Venezuela, guided Hollow Creek Farm's ZZ Top VH Schaarbroek to the fastest clear jump-off round in 45.64 seconds to earn top honors. Amy Momrow (USA) and Monty Kelly's Baldino du'Rouet placed second in a time of 48.11 seconds. Bryn Sadler (USA) guided Showcase 81 LLC's Bon Giorno to third place honors with their time of 48.12 seconds.
Andrade's win comes just one month after celebrating a Team Gold Medal in the 2013 Bolivarian Games in Trujillo, Peru. He made his debut for the Venezuelan Show Jumping Team at the Bolivarian Games riding ZZ Top, a 12-year-old bay Zangersheide gelding (Zandor Z x Latus I).
Commenting on his winning round on Sunday, Andrade explained, "I was third going back for the jump-off, and the first two had jumped clear and really fast. I jumped three seconds faster. The last two riders had almost the same time as me, but had fences down."
"I'm so thrilled!" said Andrade who trains with Andrea King of Hollow Creek Farm in Aiken, South Carolina. "It feels so good. I'm so excited. I really worked hard these last three weeks with Andrea. She helps me a lot. She spends all day with me and teaches me about the horses."
Andrade began riding ZZ Top mid-way through the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.
"He jumped so well," the rider noted. "He matches nicely with me, and we are a team now."
The win marked the second grand prix victory of Andrade's young career. In June, he won the $50,000 Grand Prix of Roanoke at the Roanoke Valley Horse Show in Salem, Virginia, riding Walter 61.
In addition to claiming the win in the $25,000 New Year's Grand Prix, Andrade also won the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on the same day riding Tiny Tim.
Andrade now has his sights set on the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival opening January 8 and running for 12 weeks. In addition to contesting the Low, Medium, and High Junior Jumper divisions, Andrade will also be going head-to-head with seasoned professionals in the grand prix divisions.
"Especially after today's win, we feel so ready for that," said Andrade. "This year, we want to go to the next level and jump Saturday nights. We know it's hard, but we think we are ready for it."
At only 16 years of age, Andrade was named the Leading Jumper Rider of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival while King was named the Leading Jumper Trainer and Hollow Creek Farm was named the Leading Jumper Owner. A student in his hometown of Caracas, Andrade divides his time between Venezuela and the United States.
Final Results: $25,000 New Year's Grand Prix
1. ZZ TOP VH SCHAARBROEK Z EMANUEL ANDRADE HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 0/0/45.645
2. BALDINO DU'ROUET AMY MOMROW MONTY KELLY : 0/0/48.117
3. BON GIORNO BRYN SADLER SHOWCASE 81 LLC: 0/0/48.122
4. VDL WIZARD CALLAN SOLEM HORSESHOE TRAIL FARM FLORIDA LLC: 0/4/45.028
5. ANEMONE'S VICKY HECTOR FLORENTINO STRANSKY'S MISSION FARMS INC: 0/8/43.501
6. NOVEMBER ALEXA LOWE-WISEMAN WINDSOR FARM SALES:1/83.633
7. TUXEDO TODD MINIKUS LEGACY STABLES LLC: 4/74.841
8. BOCKMAN'S LAZIO LAUREN HOUGH KARINA ROTENBERG : 4/76.982
9. CARBONI EMANUEL ANDRADE HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 4/80.042
10. BULL RUN'S ETERNAL KRISTEN CANDERVEEN BULL RUN JUMPERS ONE LLC: 4/80.867
11. ATTACK II AMANDA DERBYSHIRE DAVID GOCHMAN: 4/81.065
12. COBE VAN HET GONNEHOF MAGGIE MCALARY OAKLAND VENTURES LLC: 4/82.298