Month: November 2017

The 2017 Las Vegas National CSI4*-W Wrap Up

The 2017 Las Vegas National CSI4*-W Wrap Up

** SAVE THE DATE – THE 2018 LAS VEGAS NATIONAL CSI4*-W, NOV. 13 – 18, 2018 **

Las Vegas, NV – An exciting finale to the 2017 show season, The Las Vegas National CSI4*-W was spectacular from beginning to end. Show jumpers extraordinaire came to compete, vying for specials awards, prize money and Longines FEI World Cup™ points, in a venue that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Riding Tipsy du Terral, Ben Maher earned the win in the first FEI class of the week, the $35,000 Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic, presented by Master Surfaces, setting the stage for some superb action in the South Point Arena.

Richard Spooner walked away with a smile and close to six figures in earnings, as he garnered three wins on three different mounts, including Saturday evening’s coveted $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage on his mount Chatinus, co-owned by Spooner and Tracy Katayama Esse. He won Saturday afternoon’s $50,000 FEI 1.50m Las Vegas Winning Round Classic, presented by Park Place Foundation, aboard Arthos R, owned by CNS Logistics, Inc., and riding Rancho Corazon’s Quirado RC, Spooner also won the $51,800 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix Series Final on Wednesday evening.

Although Spooner is known as the ‘Master of Faster’, Kristen Vanderveen, in her first Las Vegas National appearance, showed her speedy style, winning two FEI classes aboard two of her Bull Run Jumpers, Faustino de Tili and Divine Fortune. She picked up victories in Thursday’s $50,000 Las Vegas Welcome Speed Classic, presented by Walter Oil & Gas, and Friday’s $40,000 Las Vegas National Speed Stake, presented by EquiThrive.

More equine and equestrian stars showed their talents throughout the week, including:
Kaitlyn Campbell with her win in the FEI South Point Jumper Stake, presented by Secchiari; Chandler Meadows, who won the $25,000 Interactive Mortgage U25 Series Final; Jamie Taylor winning the USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by T.H.I.S.; and Kaitlyn Lovingfoss earning her third medal final win of the season, with a victory in the 2017 CPHA Foundation West Coast Equestrians (WCE) Medal Finals.

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Medal Final Trifecta for Kaitlyn Lovingfoss, Winner of the 2017 CPHA Foundation West Coast Equestrian Junior/Amateur Medal Finals

Kaitlyn Lovingfoss aboard Hasta La Vista; Photo by Amy McCool

November 19, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV – Forty-one junior and amateur equitation riders came to compete in the 2017 CPHA Foundation West Coast Equestrians (WCE) Medal Finals on Friday and Saturday at the Las Vegas National.

Friday afternoon’s first round course with rollback turns and bending lines demanded an accurate ride and track. Junior rider Kaitlyn Lovingfoss topped the field with an initial score of 88, seeking to pull off her third medal final victory of the season. Natalie Dean sat in second place with a score 86.

On Saturday afternoon, every rider had the opportunity to return for the second round, but only the top 10 from the two rounds moved on to the third and final round. The second course included a triple combination and a multitude of tight turns, as well as a time allowed of 78 seconds. Sitting in sixth after day one, twenty-one-year old amateur riderJayme Omand and her mount Zador dominated this round with a score of 83.75, with a total of 159.25 over the two days, moving into second place overall. Lovingfoss still held a narrow lead with a total of 162.75.

Having sat apart in the previous two rounds, in round three, judges Alex Jayne and Don Stewart watched and scored the top ten competitors as a pair. While maintaining their control and position, their final test was to exectute a 10-obstacle speed track. Lovingfoss came out on top with 90 points, followed by Omand, who finished with a round three score of 81.

Jayme Omand aboard Zador; Photo by Amy McCool

The third medal final victory for her this season, Lovingfoss also won the 2017 CPHA Foundation Equitation Championship Final, 21 & under, and the 2017 CPHA Junior Hunter Seat Medal Final. Now having been paired with her horse Hasta La Vista for a year, Lovingfoss has now set her equitation goals even higher for 2018, looking to be top ten in the national medal finals on the West Coast and at Indoors.

Kaitlyn Lovingfoss and Hasta La Vista with (l-r) former CPHA President Paul Bennett,
Assistant Trainer Javier Abad, Trainer James Hagman, Dawn Miller,
Emily Esau Williams, Alexandra Rheinheimer, and Lexie Looker; Photo by Amy McCool

The champion took home gift certificates from One K Helmets, Equifit, Roeckl Sports Riding Gloves, plus a new pair of Deniro Salento Riding Boots provided by Outdoor Outfitters. Blenheim EquiSports awarded Lovingfoss a $1,500 gift certificate from English Riding Supply and a $1,500 show credit for any Blenheim EquiSports show in 2018. Her mount, Hasta La Vista, galloped off with a cooler, sash, and a carnation wreath.

All of the top ten finalists earned extraordinary prizes including a cooler, flowers, a medal, a CPHA baseball cap, saddle pads from Ogilvy and WCE, as well as gift cards from WC Equestrian, Roeckl Riding Gloves and a pair of Foot Huggies boot socks.

RESULTS
CPHA FOUNDATION WCE MEDAL FINALS

Placing – Rider – Trainer – Rd 1 Score/Rd 2 Score/Total Score
1. 145 – Kaitlyn Lovingfoss – Jim Hagman – 88/82.75/252.75
2. 284 – Jayme Omand – Kelly Van Vleck – 80.5/83.75/240.25
3. 371 – Blake Lindsley – Jenny Karazissis – 76.5/83.25/238.75
4. 181 – Catherine Tomlinson – Liz Hutchison – 81/82.5/237.5
5. 113 – Emma Reichow – Harley Brown – 77.5/83.75/237.25
6. 280 – Nikola Barnes – Kelly Van Vleck – 77.5/80.75/235.25
7. 175 – Rollin Sykes – Nicole Husky – 77.5/78.5/233
8. 179 – Hayden Zadel – Liz Hutchinson – 83/78/231
9. 282 – Christina Vail – Kelly Van Vleck – 75/82.125/224.125
10. 126 – Libby King – Lori De Rosa – 84.5/787.5/221

Stay tuned to Blenheim EquiSports on Facebook and Instagram for news on the upcoming season.

#TheLasVegasNational #LVN2017 #ThePlaceToBe
#Longines #FEIWorldCup #RideToParis



ABOUT THE LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.

A total of 14 athletes from the North American league will qualify for next year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, from April 10-15, 2018. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US, and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year’s Final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.

The 2017-2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League competition begins in August, across seven East and seven West Coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Las Vegas National Horse Show is one of only 14 events chosen, and this is the only leg of the prestigious tour that will be hosted in Las Vegas. More at: feiworldcup.org.

ABOUT THE CPHA FOUNDATION
The California Professional Horsemen’s Association Foundation is a benevolent organization that works on behalf of California Equestrian Professional. The Foundation is dedicated to aiding professionals in times of need, providing higher education opportunities through scholarships and grants, educating good principles of horsemanship, and fostering amateur equestrian sports and sportsmanship. Learn more at cpha.org/Foundation.

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With a Win in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Las Vegas, Presented by Interactive Mortgage, Richard Spooner Scores a Trifecta at The 2017 Las Vegas National CSI4*-W

Richard Spooner and Chatinus; Photo by Amy McCool

November 19, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV – It was a spectacular Saturday night at the one and only South Point Equestrian Arena, as thirty competitors representing seven countries were vying for valuable North American League points in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage. Three riders posted clear rounds and returned for a remarkable jump-off that required the precision of Longines timing to clarify. Second to last to go, Richard Spooner (USA) aboard the 10-year-old Hanovarian gelding Chatinus, beat the leading time held by USA’s Alison Robitaille to take the win. This was the third victory for Spooner this week at The Las Vegas National CSI4*-W, on three different mounts.

Richard Spooner leading the US riders in the Parade of Nations; Photo by Amy McCool

Opening Ceremonies began with the Parade of Nations, a tradition at The Las Vegas National, with each rider introduced to a cheering audience, setting the scene for some show jumping splendor. Following the exit of the FEI riders, the US Equestrian Chef D’Equipe Robert Ridland and Young RIder Chef D’Equipe DiAnn Langer honored eight Zone 10 equestrians for their impressive accolades in championship events this year. Entertainment ensued as the lights went down and Ki-Juan Minors sang several of his own songs, and then the National Anthem.

Ki-Juan Minors in the South Point Arena; Photo by Alden Corrigan Media

The entertainment didn’t end there, as the thrills and spills of international show jumping followed. Noting that the conditions, materials, and field of riders were all top notch, International Course Designer Oscar Soberon set his course to a high-performance standard. “There are a few jumps at 1.60m which are verticals. The oxers are 1.50m, with spreads of 1.50m to 1.70m, so it’s a very challenging and demanding course. The main objective is to prepare the North American riders for a great result in the Final.”

World Cup™ Champions, Olympic Medalists, and CSI5* athletes, mixed with up-and-coming horses and riders, all faced the jump challenges that included an arched wall at fence one, three scopey combinations, a triple bar in the middle of the course, and an option line to a large oxer at the end of the course. Soberon believes it’s important for the horses to see variety in the jumps: “The horses need to see more than just two or three rails in an oxer or vertical. I like to provide a different type of course than the traditional indoor; my idea is to try to design an indoor course that rides like a big outdoor arena. This arena at the South Point works very well.”

The crowd had seen rails, refusals and unexpected dismounts before twenty-first to go, Alison Robitaille, delivered the first clear round aboard Bertram & Diana Firestone’s Serise Du Bidou, an 11-year old chestnut mare.

Alison Robitaille and Serise Du Bidou; Photo by Amy McCool

Soon afterward, Richard Spooner completed a clear round on his own Chatinus. One other pair matched the clear round efforts, Karrie Rufer (USA) aboard Morning Star Sporthorses, LLC’s Georgie D’Auvrav EC.

Soberon’s jump-off course allowed the riders to execute long gallops, a few bending lines, and one combination. First to go, Robitaille demonstrated another well-ridden clear round, setting the bar for the two riders to follow. Spooner’s strategy, and his mount’s big stride, wowed the audience as he stopped the clock three seconds faster than Robitaille. After having a rail, Rufer retired knowing she would be third.

Karrie Rufer and Georgie D’Auvrav EC; Photo by Amy McCool

Spooner said he was surprised that his time was so much faster. “I was fortunate enough to watch Alison’s jump-off round, and I felt optimistic that I could beat her time if I carried a bit more of a gallop from the second fence to the third fence. After that, I was able to coast a little through the remainder of the jump-off course.”

With two events remaining on the North American Western Sub-League, Spooner leads with a total of 58 points. He is looking forward to the potential of competing in Paris at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, but having competed at this Indoor Championship many times over the years, he knows the competition is quite challenging. “Chatinus and I are a very new partnership; we don’t really know each other yet. He impresses me every day, and I’ve had great success on him since the beginning of our partnership. He and I still have some work to do and some more improvements to make.”

After several top placings at Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping events this season, Robitaille leads the North American Eastern Sub-League. Returning to the international scene after having a family, she set the bar high with a goal to earn an invite to the Final. With her results in Las Vegas, it seems she may be on the path to join a host of top CSI5* competitors in Paris, France next April.

Richard Spooner and Chatinus with (l-r) Mitilde Negrete, Robert Ridland, Evette and Gregg DeLong; Photo by Amy McCool

As the press conference came to a close, a group of fans waited in the foyer for the much-anticipated chance to get autographs from the top three riders of the night, as well as the other international competitors. Stay tuned to Blenheim EquiSports on Facebook and Instagram for news on the upcoming season.

#TheLasVegasNational #LVN2017 #ThePlaceToBe
#Longines #FEIWorldCup #RideToParis

RESULTS
$100,000 LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING LAS VEGAS
PRESENTED BY INTERACTIVE MORTGAGE

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ABOUT THE LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.

A total of 14 athletes from the North American league will qualify for next year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, from April 10-15, 2018. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US, and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year’s Final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.

The 2017-2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League competition begins in August, across seven East and seven West Coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Las Vegas National Horse Show is one of only 14 events chosen, and this is the only leg of the prestigious tour that will be hosted in Las Vegas. More at: feiworldcup.org.

ABOUT INTERACTIVE MORTGAGE
Interactive Mortgage, a new company launched in 2015, finances new home purchases as well as refinancing a homeowner’s current loan to help improve their financial position. The company’s goal is to bring an interactive experience to the consumer, which the consumer controls, rather than having a salesperson sell them on a particular product. With Interactive Mortgage, the consumer is allowed to be the deciding factor. More at interactivemortgage.com.

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Watch It Live! The Las Vegas National CSI4*-W Live Stream Events for Saturday

November 18, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV – The live stream action from The Las Vegas National CSI4*-W continues today with these featured events:

Links to watch are available from The Las Vegas National site

And it’s not too late to join us in person for the exciting $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage – click here for details and to order.

For the latest updates, follow The Las Vegas National Horse Show on Facebook or Instagram.

#TheLasVegasNational #LVN2017
#ThePlaceToBe #Longines
#FEIWorldCup #RideToParis



ABOUT THE LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.

A total of 14 athletes from the North American league will qualify for next year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, from April 10-15, 2018. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US, and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year’s Final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.

The 2017-2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League competition begins in August, across seven East and seven West Coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Las Vegas National Horse Show is one of only 14 events chosen, and this is the only leg of the prestigious tour that will be hosted in Las Vegas. More at: feiworldcup.org.

ABOUT INTERACTIVE MORTGAGE
Interactive Mortgage, a new company launched in 2015, finances new home purchases as well as refinancing a homeowner’s current loan to help improve their financial position. The company’s goal is to bring an interactive experience to the consumer, which the consumer controls, rather than having a salesperson sell them on a particular product. With Interactive Mortgage, the consumer is allowed to be the deciding factor. More at interactivemortgage.com.

ABOUT PARK PLACE FOUNDATION
Park Place Foundation was formed to promote and embrace a healthy lifestyle for children and teens as they embark into their journey toward adulthood. It strives to make changes in how society perceives and treats addiction and mental illness through education, increased awareness and sharing the personal stories of peers. Learn more at parkplacefoundation.com.

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Kristen Vanderveen Scores Second Success in the $40,000 Las Vegas National Speed Stake, presented by Equithrive

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Divine Fortune; Photo by Amy McCool

November 18, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV – Thirty-two horse and rider combinations flew around the forward track in the $40,000 1.35m Las Vegas National Speed Stake, presented by Equithrive. But it was nineteenth to go, Kristen Vanderveen, aboard her eight-year-old mare, Bull Run’s Divine Fortune, who, for the second night in a row, took the most daring and speedy track in 54.24 seconds for the win. Frenchman Eric Navet and The Flying Ham were closest to catching Vanderveen, boldly galloping between jumps, with the crowd cheering, ultimately stopping the clock in 55.26 seconds for second place.

Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Divine Fortune are a fairly new pair, and this was one of their first speed classes together. “I want her to be a competitive horse, so I walked a competitive track – I figure there’s only one way to learn. I was waiting to see what she would show me tonight, and she really pulled through.”

In reference to Vanderveen’s strategy, she attributed her winning time to taking less steps in the lines. “I did leave out strides, which was a test to see how big her stride length is. My turns were not as quick as Eric’s, so leaving those out really helped me,” she noted.

Eric Navet and The Flying Ham; Photo by Amy McCool

But the speedster thought she left a little room for someone to go faster. “I couldn’t watch the rest of the class after I went. I was pleased with my horse tonight, but I knew someone could beat my time with a perfect round.”

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Divine Fortune celebrate the win
with Blenheim EquiSports’ Melissa Brandes and Nani Luebke; Photo by Amy McCool

Gleaming after two victories in two nights on two different mounts, with Navet nipping at her heels in second both times, Vanderveen is excited to compete in tonight’s $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage, with her stallion Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili. The competition is certain to be outstanding.

Also on the schedule at noon PST is the $50,000 FEI 1.45m Las Vegas National Winning Round Classic, presented by Park Place Foundation. Both highlight events will be available on a live stream feed.

RESULTS
$40,000 LAS VEGAS NATIONAL SPEED STAKE, PRESENTED BY EQUITHRIVE

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For the latest updates, follow The Las Vegas National Horse Show on Facebook or Instagram.

#TheLasVegasNational #LVN2017
#ThePlaceToBe #Longines
#FEIWorldCup #RideToParis



ABOUT THE LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.

A total of 14 athletes from the North American league will qualify for next year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, from April 10-15, 2018. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US, and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year’s Final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.

The 2017-2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League competition begins in August, across seven East and seven West Coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Las Vegas National Horse Show is one of only 14 events chosen, and this is the only leg of the prestigious tour that will be hosted in Las Vegas. More at: feiworldcup.org.

ABOUT EQUITHRIVE
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Richard Spooner Repeats a Win in the $50,000 FEI 1.50m Las Vegas Winning Round Classic, presented by Park Place Foundation – Catherine Tyree Honored with M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award

Richard Spooner and Arthos R; Photo by Amy McCool

November 18, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV – In a class of thirty-three entries, Richard Spooner and 12-year-old stallion Arthos R galloped into the winner’s circle in the $50,000 FEI 1.45m Winning Round Classic, presented by Park Place Foundation. Not only was this his second win of the week, it was also the second year in a row that he led the victory gallop in the Winning Round Classic at The Las Vegas National.

The course featured 16 jumping efforts, including a triple bar and one triple combination. With 25% of the class to return under FEI rules, ten returned with a clean slate, in reverse order of the slowest first round time to the fastest.

The second-round course included all the ingredients for a nail-biting finish – long gallops, big oxers, tight turns and tall verticals. Half of the returning riders posted clean rounds. Michelle Parker, first to go in the second round, set a clean and quick pace in 45.91 seconds. Karl Cook returned for the second round on Calliou and posted the exact same time of 45.91 seconds! Only in Vegas…

The young and talented Jennifer Gates didn’t let those odds take the top call. She broke that tie riding Alex, taking the lead in a speedy 45.27 seconds. But it was the final rider to compete in the second round, Spooner aboard Arthos R, who stole the show, stopping the clock in 44.39 seconds for the win.

Jennifer Gates aboard Alex; Photo by Amy McCool

Spooner explained how he was able to cut almost a full second off Gates’ time. “I was lucky to be able to practice the inside turn after 6B with Quirado RC [whom he also rode in the second round]. I executed the inside turn much better on Arthos. I also came out of the turn to the next oxer with more pace, which set up a nice turn for me to go out and around to get to the last fence of the jump-off. I knew that if I could get to the left side of the oxer I would be able to make the inside turn and end up with a faster time.”

Richard Spooner and Arthos R with Peyton, Hillary, and Robert Ridland, and Melissa Brandes; Photo by Amy McCool

Spooner and Arthos R are a fairly new pairing, but the veteran rider is quite fond of the stallion. “I began riding him in May of this year. He was a little out of shape, but now his muscle tone has improved quite a bit. He’s a very careful and scopey horse that is one of the easiest, if not the easiest, horse I’ve ever ridden. He’s like riding an equitation horse over the 1.50m jumps. His future is very bright and he continues to improve as his fitness has increased and our relationship has become closer. He is a phenomenal horse.”

Catherine Tyree Honored with the M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award
Displaying exemplary style with sportsmanlike composure, Catherine Tyree was honored as the recipient of the M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award at The 2017 Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W.

M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award winner Catherine Tyree
with the Ridland family and Melissa Brandes; Photo by Amy McCool

Chosen unanimously by the voting panel, Tyree’s quiet demeanor, devotion to the horse and style, from the beginning of the FEI jog to the end of this week’s competition, lead to her win.

This award is presented annually to an international rider from the FEI division. Previous winners include notable athletes Laura Kraut, Charlie Jacobs, Chloe Reid, Alison Robitaille, Conor Swail, and Eric Navet. Navet was the inaugural winner of the West Coast award at last year’s Las Vegas National.

Be sure not to miss tonight’s $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage, available via a live stream feed.

RESULTS
$50,000 LAS VEGAS NATIONAL WINNING ROUND JUMPER CLASSIC
PRESENTED BY PARK PLACE FOUNDATION

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For the latest updates, follow The Las Vegas National Horse Show on Facebook or Instagram.

#TheLasVegasNational #LVN2017 #ThePlaceToBe #Longines #FEIWorldCup #RideToParis



ABOUT THE LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.

A total of 14 athletes from the North American league will qualify for next year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, from April 10-15, 2018. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US, and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year’s Final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.

The 2017-2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League competition begins in August, across seven East and seven West Coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Las Vegas National Horse Show is one of only 14 events chosen, and this is the only leg of the prestigious tour that will be hosted in Las Vegas. More at: feiworldcup.org.

ABOUT PARK PLACE FOUNDATION
Park Place Foundation was formed to promote and embrace a healthy lifestyle for children and teens as they embark into their journey toward adulthood. It strives to make changes in how society perceives and treats addiction and mental illness through education, increased awareness and sharing the personal stories of peers. Learn more at parkplacefoundation.com.

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Imagination and Jamie Taylor Dominate the USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Services

Ariana Marnell’s Imagination with Jamie Taylor; Photo by Amy McCool

Nov. 17, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV – For the second year in a row, Jamie Taylor and Ariana Marnell’s Imagination took home the win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services. Not only was this a repeat victory of last year’s derby for the pair, but it’s also the third annual win for Taylor.

Of the 35 competitors that took to the ring, Imagination was one of twelve horses to qualify for the handy course. The pair received a score of 92, taking all four of the high options and the lead. The top twelve riders finished with quite close proximity in their scores, some separated by only a quarter of a point.

The second round proved to be quite the test for a handful of the competitors, resulting in a considerable change in the final placings. The handy round included a flowing bending line, many options for inside turns, and a long hand gallop to a single oxer. Taylor and Imagination made the challenges on course look easy, earning a high score of 91, making their two round untouchable total 183 points.

Along with the blue, Taylor won a pair of Roeckl Sports gloves, and earned Imagination’s owner a custom Ogilvy Equestrian saddle pad provided by Tack of the Town and an engraved pewter plate.

Jamie Taylor and Imagination with owner Ariana Marnell, Katie Taylor, Marty Bauman, and Denise Finch; Photo by Amy McCool

The mare is usually in the show ring with her owner, Ariana Marnell, in the Children’s Hunters. But Taylor explains, “She’s just a really good girl, a great horse, that steps up to the plate when we want to go do more. She likes big moments.”

As owner, Marnell won the Blue Ribbon Blankets Winning Owner Award, and Marnell’s trainer Denise Finch, a Las Vegas local, took home the Balmoral Winning Trainer Award.

Taking home the EquiFit Groom’s Award for Best Turned Out Horse was Tomas Pinajosa, who impeccably prepared Banksy for Carli Postel, who earned 2nd place honors.

Tomas Pinajosa, winner of the EquiFit Groom’s Award
for Best Turned Out Horse; Photo by Amy McCool

Junior rider Lauren Burke won the The Plaid Horse Highest Placing Junior Rider Award.

Lauren Burke with Amy Self and Marty Bauman; Photo by Amy McCool

With three horses in the class and three top twelve finishes, Alexis Meadows rode away with the One K Helmets Highest Placing Amateur Award.

Alexis Meadows, highest placing Amateur, with Marty Bauman; Photo by Amy McCool

Today’s Las Vegas National highlights include Round One of the WCE Equitation Finals, the $25,000 Interactive Mortgage U25 Developing Rider Series Final, and the $40,000 Las Vegas National Speed Stake, presented by Equithrive.

RESULTS
$2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Placing – Horse – Rider – Owner – Rd 1 Score/Rd 2 Score/Total Score
1. 348 – Imagination – Jamie Taylor – Ariana Marnell – 92/91/183
2. 320 – Banksy – Karli Postel – Grace Russo – 91/87/178
3. 138 – Believe In Me – Courtney Miller – Moonlite Beach, LLC – 86.5/88/174.5
4. 341 – Le Reve – Jamie Sailor – Riley Benvenuti – 87.25/85/172.25
5. 301 – Mr. Worldwide – Robert Blanchette – Shannon Stevens – 86/85/171
6. 258 – Legato – Alexis Meadows – Alexis Meadows – 84/86/170
7. 134 – Fair Play – Gabriela Pattinson – Carrie Silvano – 87/78/165
8. 510 – Lugano – Alexis Meadows – Alexis Meadows – 88/76.5/164.5
9. 369 – Pirouette – Nicole Kane – Heidi Kane – 89/75/164
10. 370 – Scotch on the Rocks – Nicole Kane – Kara Evanson – 87.5/76/ 163.5
11. 292 – Antwerp – Alexis Meadows – Alexis Meadows – 85.5/75/160.5
12. 486 – Abso Q – Ali Roesener – Ali Roesener – 83.5/74/157.5

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ABOUT THE LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.

A total of 14 athletes from the North American league will qualify for next year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, from April 10-15, 2018. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US, and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year’s Final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.

The 2017-2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League competition begins in August, across seven East and seven West Coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Las Vegas National Horse Show is one of only 14 events chosen, and this is the only leg of the prestigious tour that will be hosted in Las Vegas. More at: feiworldcup.org.

ABOUT TAYLOR, HARRIS INSURANCE SERVICES
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Chandler Meadows and Damian Take the Win in the $25,000 Interactive Mortgage U25 Developing Riding Series Final

Chandler Meadows and Damian going for the win; Photo by Amy McCool

November 17, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV – In 2015, Gregg and Evette DeLong of Interactive Mortgage, along with Blenheim EquiSports, introduced the Interactive Mortgage U25 Developing Rider Series. An important part of the pathway for up-and-coming riders under the age of 25, this evening’s final culminated a superb qualifying season. Sixteen competitors competed in the Series Final, with four returning for the jump-off, and three who rode double clean. But it was twenty-two-year-old Chandler Meadows aboard her nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Damian, that set the unbeatable bar.

Of the Oscar Soberon course, Meadows noted, “The two lines up the side of the ring proved difficult for most of the competitors in the class. My plan was to ride forward into both of those lines, since most of the horses tend to back off coming out of the turn. The rest rode very nicely and smoothly.”

Second to go in the jump-off round, Meadows’ time of 30.04 topped Taylor Siebel and Fellini 131 who finished double clean in 32.09. “I got Damian at the beginning of this year and started out showing him in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Then I stepped up into the Markel Grand Prix and U25 classes. I’ve just started showing him in the FEI Classes and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

“Damian is a true competitor. He has a lot of personality and when he’s not in the ring, he wants to be in the ring,” the champion said with a smile.

A well-deserved victory gallop for Meadows and Damian; Photo by Amy McCool

Hannah Heidegger, who came into the Final as the Series Leading Rider, also went double clean on her mount Di Caprio RV. Making a gallant attempt to take the lead from Meadows, Heidegger stopped the clock 30.43, ultimately finishing second.

Melissa Brandes presented Hannah Heidegger with the U25 Developing Rider Series
Leading Rider Sash and gorgeous Sienna Jones handbag

The $40,000 FEI 1.35m Las Vegas National Speed Stake, presented by EquiThrive, wraps up the competition for Friday. Saturday at The Las Vegas National includes the $50,000 FEI Las Vegas National Winning Round Jumper Classic, presented by Park Place Foundation, and the feature event, the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage. The main event kicks off with Opening Ceremonies at 7:30pm, including a Parade of Nations, special presentations, and a singing performance by Ki-Juan Minors. The spectacular evening concludes with an autograph signing in the arena foyer.

Chandler Meadows and Damian celebrate their win with family, trainers, team
and sponsors,including Series Sponsor Gregg DeLong of Interactive Mortgage
and Blenheim EquiSports’ Melissa Brandes; Photo by Amy McCool

RESULTS
$25,000 INTERACTIVE MORTGAGE U25 DEVELOPING RIDER SERIES FINAL

Click the image for full results

For the latest updates, follow The Las Vegas National Horse Show on Facebook or Instagram.

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ABOUT THE LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.

A total of 14 athletes from the North American league will qualify for next year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, from April 10-15, 2018. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US, and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year’s Final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.

The 2017-2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League competition begins in August, across seven East and seven West Coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Las Vegas National Horse Show is one of only 14 events chosen, and this is the only leg of the prestigious tour that will be hosted in Las Vegas. More at: feiworldcup.org.

ABOUT INTERACTIVE MORTGAGE
Interactive Mortgage, a new company launched in 2015, finances new home purchases as well as refinancing a homeowner’s current loan to help improve their financial position. The company’s goal is to bring an interactive experience to the consumer, which the consumer controls, rather than having a salesperson sell them on a particular product. With Interactive Mortgage, the consumer is allowed to be the deciding factor. More at interactivemortgage.com.

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Watch It Live! The Las Vegas National CSI4*-W Live Stream Events for Friday

November 17, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV – The live stream action from The Las Vegas National CSI4*-W continues today with these featured events:

5:45pm PST: $25,000 Interactive Mortgage U25 Developing Rider Series Final.

7:45pm PST: $40,000 Las Vegas National Speed Stake, presented by Equithrive

Links to watch are available from The Las Vegas National site

It’s not too late to pick up tickets for tomorrow night’s $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage – click here for details and to order.

For the latest updates, follow The Las Vegas National Horse Show on Facebook or Instagram.

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ABOUT THE LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE

The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.

A total of 14 athletes from the North American league will qualify for next year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, from April 10-15, 2018. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US, and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year’s Final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.

The 2017-2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League competition begins in August, across seven East and seven West Coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Las Vegas National Horse Show is one of only 14 events chosen, and this is the only leg of the prestigious tour that will be hosted in Las Vegas. More at: feiworldcup.org.

ABOUT INTERACTIVE MORTGAGE
Interactive Mortgage, a new company launched in 2015, finances new home purchases as well as refinancing a homeowner’s current loan to help improve their financial position. The company’s goal is to bring an interactive experience to the consumer, which the consumer controls, rather than having a salesperson sell them on a particular product. With Interactive Mortgage, the consumer is allowed to be the deciding factor. More at interactivemortgage.com.

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Richard Spooner Pilots Quirado RC to the Win in the $51,800 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix Series Final

Richard Spooner and Quirado RC; Photo by Amy McCool

November 16, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV – With twenty-four of the top point earners in the competitive Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix Series vying to take home the lion’s share of the $51,800 in prize money, and ten riding fault-free over Oscar Soberon’s course, it was certainly exciting until the last horse finished the jump-off.

Supporting the growth of young horses and young riders, as well as new horse and rider pairs, the Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix Series Final was the ideal opportunity for Richard Spooner to encourage his eight-year-old mount, Quirado RC, owned by Rancho Corazon, LLC, to be competitive. Fifth in the jump-off, Spooner executed the first and fastest double-clean ride, stopping the clock at 35.55. Soon afterward, twenty-one-year-old Chandler Meadows and her own Damian slipped into the second spot, clean in a time of 38.06, relegating Jenni McAllister and Sweet Chocolate PJ’s double-clean effort to third.

Chandler Meadows and Damian; Photo by Amy McCool

Meadows noted that she gained solid miles during the 2017 season. “This series has been a building block for me this year. Damian is a bit younger and I’m still a bit inexperienced. This has helped me build a solid foundation while competing through difficult tracks over fences that are not too big.”

Spooner spoke highly of his mount. “Quirado is an eight-year-old, and he has only been jumping for a little over two years. I’m very excited about his future. He is very special and very careful. Standing a bit taller than eighteen hands, he has a wonderful mouth,” the veteran show jumper said. “I’ve tried to keep things simple with him in terms of my training regime. Now that I’ve gotten him to follow my hand I’ve been able to find a way around his size. I’m getting more and more confident with him. Speed was a difficulty in the beginning due to his size and youth, but over the last few months it has come together. I had a plan to stick on the inside bend and have faith in him.”

Spooner and Quirado RC take a well-deserved victory gallop; Photo by Amy McCool

Looking into the future, Spooner wisely said, “I’m optimistic that Quirado will do the 1.50m classes next year. I have the same plan with my other horses. I’m hoping to move them up. With any new string of horses, you go through ups and downs, so I’m hoping for more ups than downs.”

And he summed up his victory with a comment about the show and facility, where for many years, he has chosen to end his season. “The Las Vegas National is a great place to show, in that it’s designed with horses and horse sport in mind. For competition, it has to be the best indoor venue in the country.”

Richard Spooner and Quirado RC with (l-r) Brandon Seger, Lisa Seger, Monica Ward, Josh Mullins, Melissa Brandes and Lauren Dreyer; Photo by Amy McCool

Today’s jumper highlights include the $15,000 FEI 1.35m South Point Jumper Stake, presented by Secchiari, and the $50,000 FEI Welcome Speed Classic, presented by Walter Oil & Gas Corporation, in the South Point Arena. And the final class in the Priefert Pavillion will be the USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by THIS.

RESULTS
$51,800 MARKEL INSURANCE 1.40m GRAND PRIX SERIES FINAL

Click the image for full results

For the latest updates, follow The Las Vegas National Horse Show on Facebook or Instagram.

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#ThePlaceToBe #Longines
#FEIWorldCup #RideToParis



THE LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE
The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.

A total of 14 athletes from the North American league will qualify for next year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, from April 10-15, 2018. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US, and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year’s Final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.

The 2017-2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League competition begins in August, across seven East and seven West Coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Las Vegas National Horse Show is one of only 14 events chosen, and this is the only leg of the prestigious tour that will be hosted in Las Vegas. More at: feiworldcup.org.

MARKEL INSURANCE
Markel Insurance Markel Insurance Company is proud to once again partner with Blenheim EquiSports for another season of fun in the sun.

Representative Brandon Seger is available to answer any questions related to your equine insurance needs. At the show and in the barns, Markel is the Insurance Company with Horse Sense. With offices across the US, Markel is your national insurance provider covering equine risks for over 50 years.

Thank you for your support – contact Brandon to get a horse, farm or liability insurance quote today: Bseger@markelcorp.com – 213-219-7837.

LSI – LISA SEGER INSURANCE
Markel/Lisa Seger Insurance Field Agent Josh Mullins is also available to answer any questions related to your equine insurance needs.

Contact Josh at: josh@lisasegerinsurance.com – 949-212-2970

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