Del Mar, Calif. – Oct. 19, 2018 – The $36,500 CWD 1.45m FEI speed competition took place Friday night in the Del Mar Arena, as 44 entries put the pedal to the metal around Marina Azevedo’s 13-effort course including two double combinations. In an effort to beat the clock, many pairs had rails down, but 10 completed the course with no penalties, the fastest of which was Richard Spooner aboard Love.
Spooner rode early in the class, but that didn’t stop him from putting in a time no one could catch on the 8-year-old grey Warmblood gelding. “He’s very green, but he has special skills,” said Spooner. “He’s very, very careful, he’s naturally quick, and he has plenty of scope. Tonight all the work we’ve been putting in at home paid off. He’s a wonderful horse and I’m very optimistic for the future.” Spooner would like to thank owners Clark and Molly Ohrstrom for giving him the ride on Love.
Coming in second place in the competitive class was Ashlee Bond on Ereina, a 9-year-old bay KWPN mare owned by Poden Farms. In third place was Kevin Babington and Mark Q, a 16-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding.
Calypso VD Zuuthoeve and Laura Hite Take the Blue in Thursday Night’s $36,500 Grand Prix Qualifier
Thursday night also brought an exciting class in the form of the $36,500 Grand Prix Qualifier. With an extra large field of 61 entries, course designer Marina Azevedo made sure the course was a challenge. Faults were spread all around the 16-effort first course which included one double and one triple combination, and only nine riders went clear to advance to the jump off.
The jump off was fantastic, with each horse and rider pair pushing it to the limit to win their share of the $36,500 prize. Crossing the timers most quickly was amateur Laura Hite, riding her own Calypso VD Zuuthoeve.
“We are finally beginning to click,” said an ecstatic Hite. “He’s unbelievable; he sails. That’s all I can say. He’s just a wonderful horse and I’m so blessed to have him. This is the biggest grand prix we’ve won so I’m really excited.” Hite has had the 10-year-old bay warmblood gelding for a year and spent the summer with him in Europe.
Coming in second place was Carly Anthony aboard Cornetiero, a 12-year-old bay Westphalian gelding owned by Neil Jones Equestrian. Rounding out the podium in third place was Georgina Bloomberg riding Cessna 24, a 9-year-old grey Hanoverian mare owned by Gotham Enterprizes.
Puissance R and Jenny Karazissis Earn Highest Marks in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
The $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby took place Friday morning in the San Diego Arena at Del Mar International. The competitive field of 25 entries took took to the ring to complete the first round course, and the top 12 scoring pairs returned for the handy round. After both rounds, Jenny Karazissis had the highest score, 183, aboard Puissance R, a 12-year-old chestnut Hanoverian mare owned by Lisa Hankin.
“She performed so well today, I’m very pleased,” said Karazissis. “When she’s on, she’s on, and you can really rely on her. I loved the handy round today, it was really ideal for her and she was just great.” Karazissis has brought Puissance R along from the pre-greens, and intends to show her in an International Derby soon.
Finishing in second place with 177.5 points was Not to Worry, a 10-year-old bay Holsteiner gelding ridden by Hugh Mutch and owned by Sarah Hellman. And just behind in third place with 177 points was Quarter Note, an 8-year-old bay Brandenburg mare ridden by Jamie Sailor and owned by Sheila Ryan.