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Mandy Porter and Con Capilot Top the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, Presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS Thermal

Twelve advanced to a nail-biting jump-off

HITS Media Team

Reporting from HITS THERMAL, HITS Desert Show Park, Thermal, California
Monday, January 28, 2013 :: Posted 12:45:44 PM CST


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© Flying Horse Photography: Mandy Porter and Con Capilot topped a 12-horse jump-off on Sunday to win the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS Thermal. They capped the first week of competition in the desert as the race to qualify for the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix heats up.
Mandy Porter and Con Capilot topped a 12-horse jump-off on Sunday to win the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS Thermal. They capped the first week of competition in the desert as the race to qualify for the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix heats up.

THERMAL, CA (January 28, 2013) — In a thrilling a contest that came down to the final seconds of the jump-off, the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, brought the first week of competition at HITS Desert Horse Park to a heart-pounding conclusion as Encinitas, California rider Mandy Porter on My Equine Ventures’ Con Capilot snatched victory from Mexico’s Enrique Gonzales on his own Quilebo Du Tillard.

Gonzales sat comfortably in first, but in a dramatic turn of events, Porter advanced to first. She was next-to-last in the ring among 32 starters and last to go in a jump-off that saw 12 advance fault-free past round one of Canadian designer Danny Foster’s course of 13 jumping efforts that included lots of tight turns and combinations.

© Flying Horse Photography: Mandy Porter and Con Capilot owned the grand prix ring at HITS Thermal this weekend. They rode to a win in the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, to conclude Week I competition.
Mandy Porter and Con Capilot owned the grand prix ring at HITS Thermal this weekend. They rode to a win in the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, to conclude Week I competition. 

First up in the jump-off was Gonzalez riding Criptonite, laying down an early Great American Time to Beat of 41.22 seconds. The next two – Helen McNaught of San Ramon, California and her own Caballo, and Tammie Phillips of Stratmore, Alberta and her own Lerche 37 – both upped the ante until Gonzalez returned with a redeeming ride on Quilebo Du Tillard. They ended in second in a time of 40.64 seconds.

Only Canadian rider John Pearce of Bermuda Dunes, California and Forest View Farms’ Chianto were faster, at a blazing 39.68 seconds, but a rail put them out of contention. There would be no clear riders under 42 seconds for the remaining rounds until Porter and the Plum Creek Hollow stallion shaved .3 seconds off Gonzalez’s time.

“They went really fast in the jump-off, I felt, and I have to admit, I was really nervous because I haven’t done many big tracks for speed recently,” said Porter. “I was developing this horse, so while I’d go fast, I rated it to what I thought the horse was ready for. Today, I felt he was ready.”

Porter has ridden Con Capilot for Plum Valley’s Barbara Gooding since he was seven. The horse took its eighth year off due to injury. “But he matured that year too. He just turned 10 and he is really coming into his own. He is super careful, so I know I can push him to be quick. Every time I challenge him he tries really hard to answer the question and answer correctly,” said Porter. She admitted that the mantra she played in her head through the jump off round was, “Be like Rich Fellers! Be like Rich Fellers! Just keep galloping!”

© Flying Horse Photography: Mandy Porter is presented with winning awards after she and Con Capilot rode to victory in the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, this weekend at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California.
Mandy Porter is presented with winning awards after she and Con Capilot rode to victory in the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, this weekend at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California.

For his part, Gonzalez said he does not plan to campaign the nine-year-old Selle Francais for World Cup Points but instead hopes to make the 2014 World Equestrian Games team. “I think this is going to be a very important grand prix horse, and I don’t want to rush.”

The $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, was the second opportunity Desert Circuit I participants had to qualify for the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Lamborghini Newport Beach. There are 13 additional qualifiers during Desert Circuit weeks II-VI. A Wildcard Grand Prix during week VII presents the only possible way to earn a spot without qualifying, when the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix takes place March 17. Riders need to compete in a grand prix at no less than four shows during Desert Circuit weeks I-VI to be eligible for that mega class.

On Saturday, it was Germany rider Markus Beerbaum who dominated the grand prix ring, taking the blue in the$15,000 Level 8 Jumper 1.45m class, riding Copernicus Stables’ Lancero. Josephina Nor Lantzman of Del Mar, California placed second on her own Chello Z, and Max Dolger of South Pasadena, California finished third on Colette Pelissier’s Cyrielle de la Velle CH.

The $5,000 PCHA Jimmy Williams Classic, also on Saturday, saw Wild Turkey Farm’s Ultima V and Soenke Theymann of Wilsonville, Oregon take first place. Brazil’s Eduardo Menezes claimed second on Quintol Mercedes Benz, owned by Sarita Hank. Third went to Jill Humphrey on Alicia Jonsson Foster’s Zubliem.

$50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health

Place

Horse               

Owner                         

Rider                   

Prize $

Rd 1 Faults

JO Faults

JO Time

1

Con Capilot

Plum Creek Hollow

Mandy Porter

$15,000 

0

0

40.32

2

Quilebo Du Tillard

Enrique Gonzalez

Enrique Gonzalez

$11,000

0

0

40.64

3

Elionora

Shin Shin Group

Jenn Serek

$6,500

0

0

40.94

4

Caballo

Helen McNaught Show Jumping

Helen McNaught

$4,000

0

0

41.21

5

Lecherche 37

Tamie Phillips

Tamie Phillips

$3,000

0

0

41.21

6

Criptonite

Enrique Gonzalez

Enrique Gonzalez

$2,500

0

0

41.22

7

Wistful

Ashlee Bond

Little Valley Farm

$2,000

0

0

40.99

8

Raging Bull Vangelis S

Nayel Nasser

Nayel Nasser

$1,500

0

0

42.18

9

Chianto

Forest View Farm & Allison Moore

John Pearce

$1,500

0

4

39.68

10

New Idol Z

Juniper Farms

Jill Henselwood

$1,000

0

4

43.32

11

Mr. Whoopy

Simone Coxe

Duncan McFarlane

$1,000

0

8

40.99

12

Chawi De Laubry

Mountain Home Stables

John French

$1,000

0

-

-

 

 

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