Ballard Scores Victory in $37,000 Qualifier CSI3* at ESP Spring III

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Kicking off another beautiful day of the ESP Spring Series, Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Jack Van’t Kattenheye, owned by Lindemann Barnett Sporthorses, flew to the top of the leaderboard to claim victory in the $37,000 Equine Tack and Nutritionals Qualifier CSI3* on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village.The third week of the ESP Spring Series will continue with a busy weekend highlighted by the $37,000 Nutrena 1.50m Classic CSI3* on Saturday, followed by the $137,000 Palm Beach County Sports Commission Grand Prix CSI3* and the $35,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Spring III Grand Prix on Sunday, April 25. Feature classes will be available live and on-demand for free on the livestream.A field of 55 entries contested the two-phase track set by Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA). A total of 13 horse-and-rider combinations from the starting field qualified for the jump-off, with eight pairs electing to give it a shot. Ballard and the 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Diabeau x Canadian River posted the fastest time of the day, finishing on a double-clear jumping score in 34.39 seconds.“Jack is quite new for me,” said Ballard of her winning mount. “It’s only our fourth week showing together. So far it has been very straightforward. He is just a reliable guy; he knows the game, he does what he’s supposed to do when he’s out there, and he tries his best to give us a good effort every time. Darragh [Kenny] is hard to beat so we just ran from start to finish and it ended up in our favor, so that was pretty cool. It’s a privilege to be able to ride in these classes.”Watch the winning jump-off round here!A regular winner on the Derby Field, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny landed in second place with Arena UK Winston, owned by Norman Oley. The ninth-ranked rider in the world rode the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion by Waldo Van Dungen x Hamilton Tropics to a double-clear finish in 34.58 seconds. The third nation represented on the podium was Great Britain as Matthew Boddy guided Balotelli 5, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Balou du Rouet x Contendro I, for Purple Road, LLC, to a clear jump-off, crossing the finish line in 37.77 seconds.While Ballard has experienced a great deal of success throughout her career, the sport always finds a way to keep her humble. These past few weeks she’s come close to the winner’s circle, so Friday’s victory felt even more rewarding.“In the grand prix last week, I had the fastest time with one jump down,” she said. “Thursday, I had the fastest time with a rail once again, so it felt like it was time. Like Ilan [Ferder] says, you can’t win if you don’t practice going fast and trying to win, so today everything felt right.”The Canadian veteran has made Wellington, FL, home since the COVID-19 pandemic forced show jumping events to shut down last March. The decision to stick around is one that has paid off as she notes her horses are back in top form despite the pause on the season last year.“I think I’m probably the biggest fan of WEF,” she said. “We started here at Equestrian Village in June because the organizers were at the forefront of restarting horse shows after the pandemic hit. I haven’t missed any opportunities; the horses haven’t missed any classes and they’re right where they should be, where maybe last year you felt a young horse didn’t get enough experience. They’re all caught up by now and ready to go anywhere.”Sam Walker (CAN) and Evita. (© Sportfot)“These two three-star spring shows are certainly a bonus,” she continued. “They’ve afforded us the opportunity to give the five-star horses a little bit of a recovery while still staying at the top of the sport. It has certainly not been easy to win these past two weeks and I think that says something for the people that chose to stay here and support. This grass is my favorite ring in the whole world and competing against the best in the world week after week here in Wellington just makes you better.”Wrapping up an exciting Friday afternoon on the grass Derby Field, a pair of winners were crowned in Section A and Section B of the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Open Stake.Sam Walker (CAN) rode Evita, owned by Marbill Hill Farm, to a victory in Section A. The 19-year-old rider completed a fault-free jump-off round in an impressive time of 38.55 seconds. Paul O’Shea (IRL) finished in the runner-up spot with his own Primo Havall, leaving the jumps in their cups in a jump-off time of 38.96 seconds. Rounding out the podium to cap off a fantastic day, Walker rode his second mount Coralissa, owned by Marbill Hill Farm, to a double clear effort in 39.76 seconds.Enrique Gonzalez (MEX) and Filemon, owned by E2 Stables, captured the blue ribbon in Section B, finishing with a double-clear effort in 40.25 seconds. Cormac Hanley (IRL) and RMF Chacco Top, owned by Rushy Marsh Farm, LLC, finished in second, stopping the clock in a fault-free 41.36 seconds. Anna Dryden (USA) finished third aboard Carioca K, owned by Double Meadows Farm, LLC, with a clear jump-off round in a time of 42.06 seconds.Final Results: $37,000 Equine Tack and Nutritionals Qualifier CSI3*1. JACK VAN’T KATTENHEYE: 2009 Belgian Warmblood by Diabeau x Canadian RiverERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Lindemann Barnett Sporthorses: 0/0/34.392. ARENA UK WINSTON: 2009 Irish Sport Horse stallion by Waldo Van Dungen x Hamilton TropicsDARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Norman Oley: 0/0/34.583. BALOTELLI 5: 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Balou du Rouet x Contendro IMATTHEW BODDY (GBR), Purple Road, LLC: 0/0/37.774. HADJA VAN ORSHOF: 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare by Cabrio van de HeffinckKELLI CRUCIOTTI VANDERVEEN (USA), Kelli Cruciotti: 0/0/38.285. DEZ OOKTOFF: 2008 KWPN stallion by Colandro x Lys RougeROBERTO TERAN TAFUR (COL), Roberto Teran Tafur: 0/0/38.546. COCOLINA: 2011 Oldenburg mare by Conthargos x CarolinaNATALIE DEAN (USA), Marigold Sporthorses, LLC: 0/4/35.987. BARDOLINA 2: 2009 Holsteiner mare by Clarimo x LandosMARIO DESLAURIERS (CAN), Wishing Well Farm LLC: 0/4/36.128. GAMBLE: 2011 KWPN gelding by Vingino x IndoctroCONOR SWAIL (IRL), Asta Torokvei: 0/4/36.82 Tags: Erynn Ballard, Sam Walker, Bardolina, Evita, Jack Van’t Kattenheye, Equine Tack and Nutritionals Qualifier CSI3*, ESP Spring III, last_img read more

Weather Holds Peanuts’ Fate

first_img John Beasley, UGA CAES Peanut plants produce pegs, a kind of elongated stem, that enter the ground and swell to produce peanuts. White mold on a peanut plant (in circle.) As dry and hot as the summer has been, a Universityof Georgia scientist says peanuts still stand a chance to make a good crop.”Overall, the crop looks good,” said JohnBeasley, an Extension Servicepeanut agronomist with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s getting late in the season. Butwith good weather — even less than ideal weather — we could still harvest a good crop ofpeanuts.”center_img Beasley said the temperature has affected peanuts as much or more than the drought.”Even irrigated peanuts have suffered in the extremely high temperatures we saw allover the state through June and July,” he said.He calls 1998 an “almost bizarre year.” Too much water in the spring keptfarmers from planting. Then too little water in the summer has kept the plants fromblooming and pegging.And for Georgia’s peanuts, valued in 1997 at $360 million, the blooms and pegs are thecrop. The blooms form pegs, or elongated stems, that enter the ground, swell and producethe fruit we know as peanuts. The weather from the first of August through October is what will make or break thepeanut crop, Beasley said. Growers hope for warm days and a late frost to keep the cropmaturing.But other factors are complicating the maturity of the crop. Late planting meant theharvest was already delayed. Rain through the last week of July and into early Augustprovided water for peanuts and for weeds, insects and diseases.”All of those factors can harm plants and delay maturity,” Beasley said.”Worst of all is the white mold we’re seeing.”Tim Brenneman, a CAES plantpathologist, said white mold is the worst he’s seen in the state in five years.”We’re seeing (white mold) the worst in irrigated fields,” he said, “wherethe high temperatures and available water provided ideal conditions for the mold to begindevelopment earlier than we’re accustomed to treating for it.” Brenneman said fungicides are available to decrease the fungus’ presence and impact inthe field. But once the fungus is there, it’s hard to control. The good news is that onlyabout 40 percent of Georgia peanut fields are under permanent irrigation, and drylandfields aren’t as susceptible to the fungus.The last “really bad” year was 1991, Brenneman said, when white mold cutyields by $57 million. “We don’t think it will be that bad this year, since we’ve gotgood fungicides,” he said. “But it has still caused, and will continue causing,some losses.”Beasley remains optimistic, though.”There’s still a very good chance the peanut crop can set and be harvested,”he said. “Peanuts have an ability to withstand early-season drought and then put on agood crop during the last half of the season. We’re betting that’s going to be the casethis year.”last_img read more

Silverwood ‘wouldn’t have been my choice’ – Kevin Pietersen

first_imgKEVIN Pietersen has expressed reservations about Chris Silverwood’s inexperience, saying the new England head coach “wouldn’t have been my choice” for the job.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Monday that Silverwood would be promoted to replace Trevor Bayliss having previously worked as the team’s fast bowling coach under the Australian.Silverwood had success as a head coach in domestic county cricket with Essex, winning Division One of the County Championship the year after he led them to promotion to the top tier.However, Pietersen, who played in 104 Tests for England between 2005 and 2014, feels the ECB should have gone with a coach who had led a team at international level.Pietersen, who was speaking at the launch of Hublot’s first boutique in India, told Omnisport: “He wouldn’t have been my choice but I don’t make the decision.“I hope it works out for English cricket, I hope it works out for (director of England men’s cricket) Ashley Giles. Ashley Giles is a very close friend of mine. He looked after me when I came into the England (ODI) team in 2004 and it’s a brave decision.“The England cricket team is in the headlines all the time around the world. Wearing that England cricket badge, you’re in the headlines all the time. The reason why he wouldn’t have been my choice is because he’s had no international coaching experience and it’s a big job. Coaching England is a huge job.“I understand Ashley Giles’ reasons for that. He wanted to keep one coach across all three forms of the game. I hope it works out, I really hope it works out for him. But with no (international) head-coach success, failure … let’s hope he’s learned a hell of a lot from (Trevor) Bayliss, because it’s a tough world being the head coach of an international team, especially England.”Former India and South Africa head coach Gary Kirsten was thought to be the leading candidate for the role, yet Pietersen has not been impressed by his record in Twenty20 cricket.“He wouldn’t have been my choice either,” he added.“I don’t think Gary has the greatest numbers when it comes to T20 cricket. The game evolves, the game gets a lot faster, but he has some fantastic numbers with South Africa and with India (in) the longer form of the game, the Test side of the game, the one-day side of the game.”Pietersen would have instead opted for his old Surrey coach Graham Ford, who previously helmed South Africa and Sri Lanka, and now presides over the fortunes of the Ireland national team.“An amazing man; has an incredible knowledge of the game,” Pietersen said of Ford.“He understands the game of cricket. He treats the youngest player the same as the most senior player.“He can guide a captain, he’s worked alongside some of the most fantastic players and he could guide that young England team and he could definitely make a difference with that batting.”last_img read more