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G&C Farm Continues Success on Late Summer European Competition TourG&C Farm Continues Success on Late Summer European Competition Tour

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Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media Inc.
Wellington, FL – September 24, 2014 – G&C Farm and riders Gustavo Mirabal and Gustavo Arroyo continued their success in late summer on the European competition tour. Mirabal showed on the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) in such exciting venues as London, England; Lausanne, Switzerland; and Vienna, Austria, while Arroyo attended additional shows in La Coruña, Spain, and Arezzo, Italy. Mirabal continued his winning streak from this summer with G&C Leroy, who has now led the victory gallop in 14 classes this year. G&C Lucy also earned three winning performances with Mirabal, bringing the year’s total to an impressive 17 victories thus far. G&C Farm is owned by Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal of Venezuela and based in Wellington, Florida.


Gustavo Mirabal and G&C Leroy 136 lead the victory gallop in Lausanne. Photo © Sportfot

Mirabal gave thanks to his team for a smooth and successful competition schedule, including trainer Gustavo Arroyo, rider and trainer Luis Miguel Martinez, and groom Karine Dalle.

“This part of the year we have shown at London, Stephex, Lausanne, and Vienna, and every venue has been amazing,” Mirabal stated. “Showing in London was great. The feeling of jumping in such a great city is indescribable. Stephex in Brussels was wonderful. It was well organized and a beautiful place. Then showing in Lausanne and Vienna are always beautiful. We are finished for this year on the Global Champions Tour and next year Carolina and I will be showing in all of the LGCT shows during the year. Global Champions Tour is the best of the best.”

“I want to thank my trainers – Gustavo Arroyo, who has been training me in France and Luis Miguel Martinez, for his guidance during the weekends when I show,” Mirbabal added. “I also want to thank my top groom Karine for keeping the horses in top shape and for being competitive and pushing me always to win. My team takes all competition seriously, no matter the height we are jumping, and it is nice to have everybody focused on winning! I really appreciate this. I also want to thank all of the people that stay at the office, especially Iveth Landa and Carlos Mirabal. They take care of all the logistics and let me focus on riding and winning.”

Starting out the late summer season in London at the LGCT, Mirabal and his competitive horse G&C Leroy 136, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Looping x Grannus), were second in the 1.15m speed class. They returned to the winner’s circle in the CSI 2* 1.15m classic. Mirabal and G&C Lucy, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Lambada van Berkenbroeck x Darco), had a fourth place finish in London.


Watch the video of Gustavo Mirabal and G&C Leroy 136
winning in London here!

Moving on to Lausanne, Mirabal and Leroy won two classes in the CSI 3* 1.15m division. Mirabal moved up to the 1.30m with G&C Lucy and had just four faults.

The winning continued in Vienna for Mirabal and Leroy in the 1.20m division, along with a fifth place finish.

At the Stephex Masters show, Mirabal had the chance to show newer, greener horses. He and G&C Sicilia finished second and fourth in 1.20m and fourth and seventh in 1.10m with G&C Carmella. Martinez got into the saddle in the show ring and was sixth with G&C Connie.

Gustavo Arroyo had success at the CSIO Di San Marino show in Arezzo, Italy. With G&C Fredo LS, Arroyo won two classes in the Seven-Year-Old Young Horse division. On G&C Jartrum, Arroyo was second in the CSI 2* 1.30m class. Arroyo and G&C Quitador Rochelais were seventh in the CSIO San Marino Arezzo Grand Prix qualifier, and G&C Blue placed third in the CSI 2*. G&C Blue finished seventh in the 1.35m class at La Coruña.


Click here to watch Gustavo and Leroy’s winning round from Lausanne!

The Mirabal family also had an exciting summer with the addition of son Gustavo Ernesto, who was welcomed to the G&C family!

G&C Farm is thrilled with their success this summer and looks forward to competing this fall at Jumping Parma in Italy, La Coruña in Spain, and the Gucci Paris Masters.

G&C Farm brings exceptional horses and top jumper riders to the highest levels of competition. Their state-of-the-art, full-service facility is located in Wellington, FL. The vision of G&C Farm is to improve the instruction and training of their top jumper riders and horses in order to seek a place at all high level tournaments and top competitions.

G&C Farm Concludes Stellar Summer Tour in Europe with Wins in Paris and MonacoG&C Farm Concludes Stellar Summer Tour in Europe with Wins in Paris and Monaco

Wellington, FL – July 12, 2014 – Venezuela’s Gustavo Mirabal has had an incredible few months competing in Europe with the talented horses and exceptional team of G&C Farm this summer. Mirabal and G&C Leroy 136 won classes in Antwerp, Madrid, and La Baule in the first half of their summer show tour and went on to several more wins in June, competing in Saint Tropez, Cannes, Monaco, and Paris. In total, Mirabal and Leroy have had six international wins this summer along with four second place finishes. Newer mount, G&C Lucy, also stepped into the winner’s circle for two exciting wins in Paris. G&C Farm is owned by Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal of Venezuela and based in Wellington, Florida.

Showing with G&C Leroy 136, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Looping x Grannus), G&C Lucy, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Lambada van Berkenbroeck x Darco), and G&C Sicilia, an 11-year-old Selle Francais mare (Calvaro x Tenor de la Cour), Gustavo Mirabal traveled to some of Europe’s most exciting equestrian destinations.

Since getting back in the show ring with renewed determination over the last several years, Gustavo Mirabal acknowledged that this summer has been one of his happiest since the start of G&C Farm. Mirabal is extremely passionate about the sport and excited to be in the winner’s circle with such great horses.

Competition in June kicked off at the Athina Onassis Horse Show in Saint-Tropez, followed by three legs of the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) in Cannes, Monaco and Paris. The tour began well in Saint-Tropez, where Mirabal and G&C Lucy placed third in the 1.25m.

Showing in Cannes, Mirabal and G&C Leroy 136 began with a second place finish in the CSI 1* 1.10m competition. Mirabal followed that up with a very exciting day, finishing first with Leroy and second with Lucy in the CSI 1* 1.15m.

Mirabal and the team from G&C Farm then showed on the sixth leg of the Global Champions Tour in Monaco with two wins for G&C Leroy. Mirabal and Leroy won the CSI 3* 1.15m to kick things off, along with a seventh place finish for G&C Sicilia in the 1.25m.

Gustavo Mirabal and G&C Leroy 136 on their way to a win in Monaco. Photo copyright Sportfot.

Gustavo Mirabal and G&C Leroy 136 on their way to a win in Monaco. Photo copyright Sportfot.

Sicilia then moved up to fourth place in her next 1.25m competition, and Leroy finished second in the 1.15m. Wrapping up a fantastic weekend in Monaco, Mirabal and Leroy jumped to victory once again, winning the 1.15m/1.20m class on their final morning of competition.

Concluding a summer of great success, Mirabal most recently won two CSI 1* 1.15m classes with G&C Lucy, showing at the Paris Eiffel Jumping competition in France. Superstar G&C Leroy was also second and seventh in the same classes jumping with the beautiful backdrop of the famous Eiffel Tower.

Although all of Mirabal’s wins and top finishes are special to the rider, his victory with G&C Lucy in the final class in Paris is a moment that he will never forget.

“I had already won the speed class with Lucy, and I was having a tough weekend with Leroy,” Mirabal admitted. “In the classic, I did jump clear in the first round with both horses, but then I went first with Leroy in the jump-off and he stopped and I almost fell off. I was the last one in the jump-off with Lucy, so I felt the pressure because the one before me was fast and I knew I had to be very fast to win. Lucy was super fast, and I was very happy that she stepped up and helped me out to keep me on my winning streak!”

Recapping the final four competitions of his summer tour, Mirabal noted, “The Athina Onassis show was spectacular. They took care of every detail, and it was very elegant and glamorous. It was just a few feet away from the ocean, and it felt like we were spending a day at the beach. I want to thank Athina and Doda for the invitation. Then we went to Cannes, where the horse show is beside the Boulevard de La Croisette. Walking the horses from the barn to the show in the streets of Cannes made it very special. It is like being part of the city, and the residents enjoy it and treat you very good. Monaco is a very special horse show as well. Jumping beside the boats and in front of the royal family made it a special environment. It is also a social event, so you see a lot of famous people, and at the end you have the chance to meet and share some time with them. Just when I thought it was impossible for things to get better, we went to Paris, and the feeling is indescribable! Just jumping beside the Eiffel Tower is such a unique venue. It was unbeatable; Paris is Paris!”

Other special moments for Mirabal were in the classic in Cannes and the speed class in Paris when he finished both first and second. In Cannes, he was already in the lead and went last in the jump-off with his second horse. “I already won the class with the first one and trying to beat your own time is great,” Mirabal smiled.

Gustavo in his winning presentation with G&C Lucy in Paris. Photo copyright Sportfot.

Gustavo in his winning presentation with G&C Lucy in Paris. Photo copyright Sportfot.

Mirabal could not be happier with his horses this summer with Leroy’s consistency, Sicilia’s great performances, and Lucy’s jump to the top. He also has an exciting new young horse in G&C Carmella, an eight-year-old Selle Francais mare (C Indoctro x Voltaire), who he looks forward to showing later in the summer.

“Leroy is a super competitive horse” Mirabal stated. “In this part of the tour I showed him in 11 classes and he won three classes and got three seconds, which is incredible. Lucy, I showed her in eight classes and she won two, and got one second and one third. She was very consistent too. I have learned how to ride her better and I think she will have a lot of success. Sicilia jumped really well in Monaco in the medium tour. We have made some changes with her, and I think we are on the right track. I haven’t jumped Carmella in shows, but I feel super with her at home and very soon I will start showing her.”

As always, Mirabal has the fantastic team of trainers, riders and grooms at G&C Farm to thank for helping in his success.

“I have been training with Gustavo Arroyo and we have made a great match,” Mirabal acknowledged. “Luis Miguel Martinez is always with me helping me out too. He is my right hand in G&C. Manuel Machillanda was also helping out in that part of the tour and doing a great job, and of course Karine Dalle, my super top groom. I can’t ask for a better one. All of these people focus their attention on me and it doesn’t matter at what height I jump, low tour or medium tour, they do the job like I was jumping at the Grand Prix. They are very competitive, and they want me to win in every horse show. Iveth Landa also does a great job in the office making all the arrangement and solving all the problems that you sometimes find when you are on tour with horses.”

After a wonderful few months, Mirabal now heads back to the farm in Wellington, FL. He looks forward to spending time with his wife, Carolina, as they are expecting a new member of the family. Mirabal will then return to Europe in August for the LGCT stops in London, Lausanne, and Vienna. Then it is off to Jumping Parma in Italy, La Coruña in Spain, and the Gucci Paris Masters.

G&C Farm brings exceptional horses and top jumper riders to the highest levels of competition. Their state-of-the-art, full-service facility is located in Wellington, FL. The vision of G&C Farm is to improve the instruction and training of their top jumper riders and horses in order to seek a place at all high level tournaments and top competitions.

Gustavo Mirabal and G&C Farm Enjoy Hot Streak in EuropeGustavo Mirabal and G&C Farm Enjoy Hot Streak in Europe

Laura Cardon for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Wellington, FL – May 30, 2014 – G&C Farm has gotten off to a remarkably good start in Europe, with great results coming in from abroad thanks to both Gustavo Arroyo and Gustavo Mirabal. Most recently, Mirabal won at the Longines Jumping International de La Baule May 15 – 18 in La Baule, France. Their summer show tour will continue in Europe as they move to top destinations and show jumping competitions.

G&C Farm is owned by Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal of Venezuela and based in Wellington, Florida. The family competes as well as supports Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and professional riders Gustavo Arroyo (VEN) and Luis Miguel Martinez (VEN).


Gustavo Mirabal and G&C Leroy have won in
Antwerp, Madrid, and La Baule in the first half
of their summer show tour. Photo © Sportfot.

Gustavo Mirabal and G&C Leroy proved to be a winning combination almost immediately, placing second in their first class of the summer and winning the CSI 2* 1.15m the next morning in Antwerp, Belgium, at the Longines Global Champions Tour on April 24 – 27. Mirabal also finished third with new mount G&C Lucy in the CSI 2* 1.15m on the first day of competition.

Mirabal’s hot streak continued at the Longines Global Champions Tour Madrid, May 2 -3, where he rode G&C Leroy to the top of two CSI 2* 1.15m classes in addition to finishing fourth with G&C Sicilia in the same division. Arroyo also picked up a first place prize with G&C Blue in the CSI 2* 1.40m division and was second with G&C Jartrum in the 1.25m.

Mirabal won two of the 1.15m classes and placed second in another aboard G&C Leroy. Gustavo Arroyo also enjoyed a top ten finish on the final day of the show with G&C Blue in the 1.45m class during CSI 5* competition.

Top five placings with new mounts like G&C Sicilia and G&C Lucy have been just as exciting for Mirabal as his many wins with G&C Leroy. Mirabal has been thrilled with the new horses’ results and looks forward to continuing G&C Farm’s success throughout the next leg of their European tour.

“G&C Sicilia is doing great, although I still am learning to adapt my riding to what she likes a little more,” Mirabal acknowledged. “I also am going to start showing G&C Carmella, and G&C Lucy is very close to starting to win. I’m excited for all of the horses and have big hopes for our new ones.”

Competing in Europe is always a highlight for Mirabal, who appreciates the increased level of competition and the special efforts made for amateur riders.

“I really enjoy competing in Europe. The horse shows are beautiful and very well done. The award ceremonies are the same for the amateurs as the professionals, which is a nice touch. The shows know how to make the amateurs feel special. Plus, every week is a different venue, which is always exciting,” Mirabal explained.

For Mirabal, the most rewarding part of winning abroad is hearing the Venezuelan national anthem played during his victory lap, a moment he describes as “always emotional.”


Gustavo Mirabal and G&C Lucy in the
awards presentation at Antwerp. Photo © Sportfot.

“I always try 100% to win and do my best, and my team takes it very seriously, so they deserve it. When I hear the Venezuelan national anthem I feel happy for my team and my horses. All of our effort is recognized in that moment,” Mirabal said.

He continued, “I have to thank Gustavo Arroyo for his guidance this year, as well as Luis Miguel Martinez, who is my right hand in the barn. Of course, a huge thanks to our amazing groom Karine for taking such great care of the horses, and to Rodrigo Pessoa, our head coach. We have a very good team, and I am so lucky to have them behind me.”

After a short break from competition, Mirabal and the entire G&C team look forward to an exciting summer of world-class show jumping competition. June competition kicks off at the Athina Onassis Horse Show in Saint-Tropez, France, and continues with the Longines Global Champions Tour in Cannes, France, and Monaco. Their summer tour concludes with the stunning setting of the Eiffel Tower in Paris for the Longines Global Champions Tour.

G&C Farm brings exceptional horses and top jumper riders to the highest levels of competition. Their state-of-the-art, full-service facility is located in Wellington, FL. The vision of G&C Farm is to improve the instruction and training of their top jumper riders and horses in order to seek a place at all high level tournaments and top competitions, including the World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games. G&C Farm sponsors Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa, as well as other professional riders.