Luis Pedro Biraben and Chapeau PS Z Take the First Grand Prix Win of the 2023 Spring Series in the $35,000 Spring I A-T Charity Grand Prix Sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty
The 2023 Spring Series presented by Florida Coast Equipment kicked off this week with the Spring I Charity show, benefitting the A-T Children’s Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research towards and supporting children with Ataxia-Telangiectasia, a fatal genetic disease. We would like to thank our generous sponsors for making this charity show such a success and helping Wellington International support such an important cause. We look forward to the Charity Show returning to our calendars as an annual event, continuing to raise awareness of the A-T Children’s Project.
Spring I rounded out on Saturday with the $35,000 Spring I A-T Charity Grand Prix sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty. A field of 28 competitors entered the class, with only three of those entries making it to the jump-off. Out of those top three, Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) and Chapeau PS Z, owned by Biraben and Miguel Madero, took home the win as the only double-clear pair in the standings.
The 2014 stallion, Chapeau PS Z (Comilfo Plus Z x Calato’s Lady PS Z) has been with Biraben and his team for over two years now. “I’ve had him since he was seven-year-old so it’s been really special to see him move up to these higher levels over the past two years,” commented Biraben.
“I think the course was quite nice for this class but built difficult enough as there were only three clears overall,” said Biraben. “With a small jump-off, my plan was to push the speed just enough to be competitive, but still keep it clean.”
Biraben’s plan came with the best possible outcome as the pair was the only clear in the jump-off with a time of 37 seconds. Following Biraben was Alberto Michan (ISR) and his own Itchcock Des Dames. Completing the podium was Samantha Alexis Mackenzie (CAN) and her own Inajottie VDM.
Luis Pedro Biraben and Chapeau PS Z Take the First Grand Prix Win of the 2023 Spring Series in the $35,000 Spring I A-T Charity Grand Prix Sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty (wellingtoninternational.com)