Hannah Selleck of the United States and Billy de Beaufour closed out two-star competition at the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) of Miami Beach on a high note with a Grand Prix win. Selleck and her mount were one of the two horse-and-rider combinations that produced two fault-free rounds.
Pier Francesco Bazzocchi created a challenging track for the 33 competitors in the class. Seven riders navigated the first course with ease to qualify for the jump-off. The second round proved to be testing with the first two riders knocking one rail down each. Selleck and the 11-year-old gelding were fourth to return for the jump-off and stopped the timers at 36.13 seconds to take the lead by just over one second.
“‘Billy’ is a new mount for me,” explained Selleck. “I bought him from Lucy Deslauriers. He had been a very successful horse for her. I bought him at the end of last year, and I’m just getting to know him, so this was a pretty cool win early on.”
Selleck was excited to return to the stunning beachside venue this year and thrilled to be able to bring home a victory.
“It’s such a gift to be back here,” said Selleck of competing at Miami Beach. “The horses love it here. My young horse loved it. How can you not enjoy this? It’s so much fun.”
The United States rounded off the podium with Claire Schreder and the 14-year-old gelding Toy Boy earning second with the only other clear jump-off round. Caroline Mawhinney and Stella Levista, a 14-year-old mare, brought home third place.