Chandler Meadows

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

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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

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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



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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