Las Vegas, NV – November 17, 2016 – With twenty-five of the top point earners in the Markel Insurance 1.40m Series coming to compete in the finals in Las Vegas, and eleven clean, it was a race to the win.
In a very fast jump-off, first to go Kristin Hardin and Bert set a pace to beat in 34.16. A few rounds later, Frenchman Eric Navet rode Signe Ostby’s Basimodo beautifully, smooth and slick in 33.91, taking the lead. Immediately afterward, young professional Zazou Hoffman zipped around on Woodacres Stables, LLC’s W Zermie 13 and topped veteran Navet’s time by .7 seconds, in 33.22.
Stepping right up into the lead, Tina Yates, aboard HKC Collection, LLC’s Cicomein VDL, didn’t give Hoffman much time at the top when she crossed the timers in 31.48. Seemingly unbeatable, until last to go, Markel Insurance Series Leader Michelle Parker and her partner Cupilor, pulled out all the stops and clinched the win with a stellar time of 30.40.
A storybook ending, Parker won the first Markel Insurance 1.40m Series Qualifier this season and finished in the top 8 in 9 of the other qualifying classes. Leading the series with 441 points, she was poised for a well-earned victory.
Grand Prix Series Finals (1.40 m)
Table II.2(a) – Competition with jump-off
1. 0276 Cupilor Michelle Parker 0.00 30.40 sec Cross Creek Farms, 18.555,00
2. 0190 Clcomein VDL Tina Yates 0.00 31.48 sec 13.607,00 USD
3. 0162 Saint Quentin Peter Petschenig 0.00 32.24 sec Petschenig, P 9.277,50
4. 0147 Baraka Nayel Nassar 0.00 32.51 sec 6.185,00 USD
5. 0284 W Zarmie 13 Zazou Hoffmann 0.00 33.22 sec 4.329,50 USD
6. 0148 Basimodo Eric Navet 0.00 33.91 sec 3.711,00 US
7. 0289 Bert Kristin Hardin 0.00 34.16 sec 3.092,50 USD
8. 0765 Cesar Jill Humphrey 0.00 35.54 sec
Eduardo Menezes and Carushka Throw Down the Gauntlet in the First FEI Class of the Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W
Eduardo Menezes and Carushka
Las Vegas, NV – November 16, 2016 – First to go in the $35,000 FEI 1.45m Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic, presented by E2 Show Jumpers and Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses, Eduardo Menezes simply could not be beat. In a power and speed format, once going clean in the first phase, Menezes and the 12-year-old Oldenburg mare, Caruschka, sped around the speed phase, choosing a smooth track at a forward pace, in a time of 23.83. With over fifty entries, and eleven double clean rides, the closest to Menezes was the pair who finished second, Will Simpson and The Dude (Nicole Walker, owner) who stopped the clock in 26.31.
“She can really cover the ground,” Menezes said of Carushka. “Going first I knew I had to go for it, and it worked out
$35,000 Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic (1.45 m)
Int. jumping competition in two phases
FEI Art. 274.5.2
1. 0200 Caruschka Eduardo Menezes BRA 0 penalties 23.84 sec 8.750,00 USD
2. 0174 The Dude Will Simpson USA 0 penalties 26.31 sec 7.000,00 USD
3. 0269 Corette Keean White CAN 0 penalties 26.75 sec 5.250,00 USD
4. 0150 Catypso Eric Navet FRA 0 penalties 28.05 sec 3.500,00 USD
5. 0112 Revenge Michelle Fellers USA 0 penalties 28.46 sec 2.450,00 USD
6. 0149 Caillou Karl Cook USA 0 penalties 28.68 sec 1.925,00 USD
7. 0176 Dubai Mavis Spencer USA 0 penalties 29.88 sec 1.400,00 USD
8. 0116 Wordsworth II Jeff Campf USA 0 penalties 29.89 sec 1.050,00 USD
Photos by McCool Photography