A brand new partnership triumphed in a field of 27 starters in the $35,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic during week six. On the Derby field at Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival), Brazil’s Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa and Biscayo produced the fastest of only two clears in the three-strong jump-off.
“I’ve only had him a very short time; two weeks,” said Musa, who is spending the WEF season in Wellington for the first time, based at Paulo Santana’s barn. “He is a very small horse, but he is scopey and has a huge heart. I knew he jumps well, but today he exceeded expectations. It was his day.”
The 12-year-old horse is only lightly competed, though under his previous rider, Bolivia’s Reynaldo Roberto Daza Cardozo, he contested the Bolivarian Games in 2017. Biscayo’s Wellington victory was his first ever international win.
“I’m very happy; he was second yesterday and then went even better today,” said Musa. “I think the horse is progressing and we’re getting to know each other. I just hoped he’d go well. He’s a really good horse and I have high expectations for the rest of the season. Even though he’s really small, he thinks he’s huge.”
The horse’s next stop will be the five-star WEF 7.
In the day’s opening class, the $10,000 Hermès U25 Welcome, 17-year-old Madison Goetzmann was uncatchable on Prestigious, skimming more than half a second off the second-placed Noel Fauntleroy and Mae.
Goetzmann was another to ride her horse — an 11-year-old Westfalian gelding by Con Cento — to its first ever international win in his six-month-long career.
Of the 52 starters, there were 20 clears, and the top nine riders in the class were all Americans.
Final Results: $35,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic
1 BISCAYO: 2006 KWPN gelding
FRANCISCO JOSÉ MESQUITA MUSA (BRA), Roberto Daza: 0/0/43.17
2 JECKLE: 2009 BWP gelding by Dark x Morgan
RODRIGO CARRASCO (CHI), Nicolas Imschenetzky: 0/0/44.91
3 SUNSHINE: 2006 gelding by Diamond De Semilly x Hardi
CARLOS HANK GUERREIRO (MEX), Eurohorse BVBA- Axel Verlooy: 0/RET
4 EAX RUN RUN LS: 2008 CDLS gelding by Casall x Montebello La Silla
ILAN BLUMAN (COL), Blue Star Investments: 1/82.28
5 HFO CORVETTE: 2008 gelding by Corland x Nimmerdor
ALEJANDRO KAROLYI (VEN), Karolyi Showjumping Inc: 1/84
6 BALOUS DAY DATE: 2005 Oldenburg mare by Balou Du Rouet x Domino
MOLLY ASHE-CAWLEY (USA), Louisburg Farm: 4/76.44
7 SHIVER: 2005 Hanoverian gelding by Stakkato x Grannus
LIZA FINSNESS (USA), Lisa Finsness: 4/78.06
8 CHARLY BROWN: 2005 gelding by Diamant De Semilly x Burgraaf
TEDDY VLOCK (USA), Vlock Show Stables: 4/78.07
9 UELEM CROZE: 2008 gelding by Rosire
ALEXANDRA PAILLOT (FRA), Jame Marks: 4/80.22
10 ZEPHIRE: 2004 KWPN mare by Coriano x Animo
HAYLEY BARNHILL (USA), Barnhill Enterprises LLC: 4/81.96
11 DARLING: 2004 mare by Cornet Obolensky x Gralshuter
AINSLEY VINCE (CAN), The Darling Group: 5/82.86
12 CYBEL II: 2008 Irish Sport Horse mare by Varo x Lancer
LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Mary Chapot: 7/90.86