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Nicholas Dello Joio claims JTWG, Inc. Grand Prix qualifier

Saturday, 20 April 2024
CSI3* ESP Spring Series Wellington International 2024

Photo © Sportfot. Nicholas Dello Joio & Cornet’s Cambridge are presented as winners of the $32,000 JTWG, Inc. CSI3* Grand Prix Qualifier. Photo © Sportfot.


Press release from Wellington International


USA’s Nicholas Dello Joio piloted Cornet’s Cambridge to the top in the $32,000 JTWG, Inc. CSI3* Grand Prix qualifier during the 2024 ESP Spring Series, presented by Florida Coast Equipment. The week’s international jumper competition returned to the grass derby field at Equestrian Village, home of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival during the winter season. The Spring Series at Wellington International runs for five weeks as part of the ESP Annual Series and concludes on May 12.

The track, built for fifty- seven horses by Andy Christiansen Jr. (USA), was a testing one with only nine jumping clear and punching their ticket for the tie-breaking jump-off. After three withdrew and opted to save their horses for another day, six returned for the speed test. 

“The time wasn't really the focus,” admitted Dello Joio, who returned first and set the pace at 37.44 seconds. “I made a plan and I actually thought it was a bit slower because the question was the long gallop after the double. In the first round, the sixth was quite short and [Cornet’s Cambridge] has a big stride. With him, it's almost easier if you find the right one and allow him to step up. I was a little wide there, but the rest was very good.”

Cornet’s Cambridge, the 12-year-old Oldenburg son of Balou Reventon, proved to be quick enough, and their time stood through the following five horses. Lillie Keenan (USA) and new mount, Kick On, owned by Chansonette Farm, stopped the clock in 38.59 seconds for the runner-up position. Chile’s Samuel Parot rounded out the podium with his own Chrystal Blue in 41.07 seconds.

Photo © Sportfot. Nicholas Dello Joio & Cornet’s Cambridge, winners of the $32,000 JTWG, Inc. CSI3* Grand Prix qualifier. Photo © Sportfot.

Dello Joio’s last big outing with Cornet’s Cambridge was representing U.S. Show Jumping at the 2023 FEI World Cup Finals™ in Omaha, NE, for owner The Berry Group. After that, Dello Joio was sidelined for almost a year undergoing and recovering from double hip and groin surgery as a result of a hip impingement condition. 

“I didn't ride from April to December, so I gave him some time off,” said Dello Joio. “It was a slow time coming back, but he’s so seasoned and it was always our goal to step back up here. 

“Jenni Giannini started with me at the end of WEF last year and I can't say enough about what a good horsewoman she is, and what a good rider she is. She rode my horses the entire time I was off, got them back going after we pulled their shoes and let them rest for a while. She got everything locked up.”

While Dello Joio’s long-term goal for this spring and summer was to be named to the short list for the Olympic Games in Paris, his injury redirected that plan. He will soon relocate to the Coker Farm in Bedford, NY, where his father and U.S. Olympic bronze medalist, Norman, rode and trained. The goals for this summer include stepping Cornet’s Cambridge back up to being competitive on the international stage.


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