Gustavo Prato and Carna Z Ride to Victory in $35k Grand Prix at ESP Spring II

Santiago Lambre and D’Artagnan Take $10,000 Neue Schule Bits Open Stake; Alex Granato Pilots Carlchen W to Win in $25,000 TackNRider Grand Prix
Wellington, FL – April 16, 2017 – Gustavo Prato of Wellington, FL, and Carna Z took top honors in the $35,000 Neue Schule Bits Grand Prix at ESP Spring II hosted at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), after tripping the jump-off timers in 33.596 seconds. Ailish Cunniffe of South Salem, NY, and Baloucento 2, captured second place with a jump-off time of 34.44 seconds ahead of Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL, and U, who narrowly missed second place and finished with a time of 34.769 seconds. Competition at the ESP Spring Series continues on Wednesday, April 19.
Prato and Carna Z, a 2005 Zangersheide mare (Crown Z x Gannus) owned by Equus Forte LLC, bested the class, which saw 19 combinations test the track designed by Ana Catalina Harris Cruz (MEX). Eight pairs advanced to the short course, while five finished with a double clear effort on the day. Prato and Carna Z went second in the jump-off and set a quick pace that was unbeatable by the following pairs.
“On the first course, I thought it was not huge, but technical, so we needed to first go clear,” he explained. “In the jump-off I had a few riders behind me that I knew were going to be really fast so I tried to go in and go as fast as I could and I got lucky.”
The duo have been working their way up through the levels over the course of the past year and 2017 was a break out season, as they continued to solidify their partnership.
Gustavo Prato and Carna Z in their presentation with ringmaster Steve Rector.


“She’s been with me for a little bit over a year. She’s going to have a great year ahead of her. We’re heading to Kentucky and Tryon after the spring circuit here,” said Prato. “She has experienced a lot over the winter and I think in the spring and summer it’s going to be great and will only get better. I have high hopes for her.”
While going into the short course with a forward-thinking plan, Prato was aware that he would need to complete a round that would be difficult to beat for the combinations coming behind them. The mare, who has exceled at the larger heights this season with Prato guiding from the irons, is naturally fast, which Prato believes played a significant role in their win.
“I think she is just really fast all over the place. You can turn, you can leave the strides out When it comes to speed it’s very easy for her. As long as you leave the jumps up, you know you’re going to be there time wise,” he commented.
Prato and Carna Z earned a lot of “firsts” this season during the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) including their first FEI Nations’ Cup appearance and several successful outings during the popular “Saturday Night Lights” classes hosted each Saturday during the circuit.
“I thought that this winter season was great because when I got her a little bit over a year ago, she was only doing 1.30 and 1.35m. We started to improve together and even did the Nations’ Cup together. We also did a few Saturday Night classes together and I thought she did great,” he concluded.
Alex Granato Pilots Carlchen W to Win in $25,000 TackNRider Grand Prix
Alex Granato of Wellington, FL, and Carlchen W, a 2008 Mecklenburg gelding (Chacco-Blue x Continue) owned by Page Tredennick, captured a well-deserved win in the $25,000 TackNRider Grand Prix at ESP Spring II, besting a class of 41 entries. The pair finished a strong first round and proceeded to stop the jump-off timers in 37.211 seconds, six-tenths of a second faster than Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL, and his own Dipssy. Kyle Dewar of Oconomowoc, WI, and his own Clever van de Helle finished in third place.
Granato and Carlchen W have steadily gained experience at the national levels before contesting their first FEI competition this past season at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
Alex Granato and Carlchen W in their presentation with ringmaster Steve Rector.
“Carl has been a very fun horse to bring along. I’ve had the opportunity to develop him since he was five and now he’s nine,” said Granato. “He’s really started to come into his own this circuit.”
The pair dashed to a fast finish in a competitive class where Granato knew several quick pairs were to follow them in the eight-horse jump-off. Granato continued, “I’m trying to plan his year and pace myself but I’m very excited for his future. I think he has the talent to go far at the top levels of the sport.”
Santiago Lambre and D’Artagnan Take $10,000 Neue Schule Bits Open Stake
The $10,000 Neue Schule Bits Open Stake was championed by Santiago Lambre of Wellington, FL, and D’Artagnan, owned by Integrated Services Florida, LLC, after completing their jump-off round in 33.79 seconds at ESP Spring II to best the class. Benjamin Meredith of Wellington, FL, and Rivierra, owned by The Rivierra Group, collected second place with a time of 34.888 seconds, while Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL, and his own Dipssy rounded out the top three with a time of 36.336 seconds.
Santiago Lambre and D’Artagnan in their presentation ceremony with ringmaster
Steve Rector.
The class featured 40 entries to start off the week of competition at ESP Spring II and hosted a large jump-off with 17 combinations contesting the short course. Nine of the seventeen pairs finished with a double clear effort on the day, while Lambre secured his win over Meredith with just over a second separating the two.