Hill, Iwasaki Steal Spotlight in Hermès Under 25 Series Final
Rising talent soaked up the spotlight on the Sunday afternoon, the final day of Horseware Ireland sponsored Week 10 at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL. The Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series concluded competition in the International Ring with the highly anticipated $50,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series Final after four weeks of U25 competition. Eighteen-year-old Augusta Iwasaki (USA) and Fresca topped the field in the season finale, while Summer Hill (USA) rode away with the series title on La Belle SCFIn a nail-biting jump-off, Iwasaki, a Southern Methodist University (SMU) freshman managed to produce one of only two clear courses across both phases with Iwasaki & Reilly’s 13-year-old KWPN mare (Carambole x BMC Nassau). Iwasaki is decidedly new to the Under 25 series making her debut in this 2023 season as she balances competition and attending school as part of the SMU Equestrian Team. While an unfortunate rail kept Hill and her own 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Diktator Van De Boslandhoeve x Baldini) from taking the class title, their fourth-place finish paired with a prolific season earned them the overall series winner award – a title she has been diligently working towards.
Fonte press release WEFPhoto © Sportfot – Augusta Iwasaki & Fresca, winners of the $50,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series Final.