Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili

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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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.

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Vanderveen Verifies a Victory in the $50,000 FEI 1.50m Las Vegas National Welcome Speed Classic, Presented by Walter Oil & Gas Corporation

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili; Photo by Amy McCool

November 16, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV – Tonight’s $50,000 FEI 1.50m Las Vegas National Welcome Jumper Speed Classic, presented by Walter Oil & Gas Corporation, was the qualifier for Saturday night’s highlight class, and the competition among the 53 entries was fierce. Galloping in the arena in the twelfth spot, U.S.A.’s Kristen Vanderveen rode a masterfully fast track in 54.77 seconds aboard the 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili, holding the lead for the remaining 41 rides.

Rails and refusals plagued a number of competitors, with the final jump on course, a red plank vertical, often causing a heartbreaking four faults. But Vanderveen put full trust in her partner of three years, knowing that speed classes are one of his strengths. “Having this qualifying class in a speed format definitely worked to my advantage, since we focused on speed classes in Wellington this year.”

She continued, “The secret is to keep him happy. When he’s having fun, he’s super careful – especially in the speed rounds and jump-offs.”

When asked how she mastered the indoor setting over a challenging track, Vanderveen commented, “Riding in the indoor is definitely a big adjustment, but I told myself that it’s not a whole new sport. I should walk the lines and ride like I normally do. So I really tried to stick with my pace from start to finish and be as tidy in my turns as possible.”

Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili in the victory gallop; Photo by Amy McCool

A nice way to make her first time showing in Las Vegas memorable, Vanderveen has also had time to enjoy the venue and the city. “This show is very convenient. I’ve never seen anything like it, I didn’t envision it would be like this,” she said. “My dad came to visit [from Chicago], so it’s been nice to spend time with him. There’s a lot to do without having to be stuck at the horse show all day long.”

Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili with (l-r) Melissa Brandes,
Mary Frances Looke, Hillary Ridland, and Robert Ridland; Photo by Amy McCool

Highlights for Friday 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.

Thirty-five of the top scores tonight will be invited to compete in Saturday’s $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage. The highlight event kicks off with Opening Ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. 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.

RESULTS
$50,000 FEI 1.50m Las Vegas National Welcome Jumper Speed Classic, presented by Walter Oil & Gas Corporation

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