Sydney Shulman Desiderio and Villamoura are no strangers to the Traverse City winner’s circle, and they began their season in Michigan on a high note, topping the $30,000 Bellwyn Farm National Grand Prix during week three of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors.
Only the second pair of 11 to jump clear over Manuel Esparza’s (MEX) first-round track, Shulman Desiderio, who has had the ride on Jill Shulman’s Villamoura for nearly seven years, sped to a lightning-fast time of 35.178 seconds, leaving the rest of the field to try to catch her.
“We’ve won a lot of classes together and she’s truly amazing, so I really trust her in the jump-offs,” Shulman Desiderio said of the 13-year-old Selle Français mare by Diamant De Semilly. “I feel like I can turn as neat as I want and have half of one eye on the jump and she’s going to try and give me her all.”
Just off the pace and finishing second was Michael Murphy and the Esperanza Imports, LLC entry Catoki’s Son Z in 35.485 seconds. Taking third was Natalie Dean and Dotcom D’Authuit, owned by Marigold Sporthorses LLC, in 35.516 seconds.
Final Results: $30,000 Bellwyn Farm National Grand Prix
1. Villamoura / Sydney Shulman Desiderio / Jill Shulman / 0/0/35.178
2. Catoki’s Son Z / Michael Murphy / Esperanza Imports LLC / 0/0/35.485
3. Dotcom D’Authuit / Natalie Dean / Marigold Sporthorses LLC / 0/0/35.516
4. Onermie Van Het Weyenshof / Giavanna Rinaldi / Andrew Welles LLC / 0/0/37.491
5. Castelissimo / Tiffany Sullivan Tiffany Sullivan / 0/0/40.090
6. Tulara Colmine / Georgina Bloomberg / Gotham Enterprizes LLC / 0/0/40.152
7. Castor D’Hem / Giavanna Rinaldi . Ilan Ferder / 0/0/40.618
8. Gucci / Giavanna Rinaldi / Esperanza Imports LLC / 0/0/47.438
9. Narcotique V/H Dingenshof / Sydney Shulman Desiderio / Ilan Ferder / 0/4/37.647
10. A Toi De Prim / Layla Kurbanov / Andrew Bourns / 0/8/38.348
11. Contonio / Mavis Spencer / Georgy Maskrey-Segesman / 0/WD
12. Incento / Jacob Pope / Ash Atkinson / 1/76.456