The 2023 Summer Series returned to Equestrian Village after a two-month hiatus to welcome horses and riders to the ESP Summer II horse show. The competition showcased hunter derby competitors in the Derby Field Annex on Friday during the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby “Hunt and Go,” presented by FreeJump, with Meredith Gallagher and Quantico, owned by Frida Jagger Cifra Hallberg, taking top call. Competition concluded on Sunday with the $25,000 Arthramid® Vet Grand Prix, but not before Australia’s Sharn Wordley galloped to victory aboard Della Wordley’s Brin D’Or de Haute Melen Z in a competitive jump-off.
“I think he [Héctor Loyola] did a great job. The course was very technical but fair. My plan in the jump-off was basically just to go faster than Dylan. I probably should have left a stride out somewhere, because I was a little too close to comfort, but it worked out. This horse [Brin D’Or de Haute Melen Z] is still learning, but to be able to ride the young horses for money and get experience competing on a grass field is fantastic,” Wordley shared.