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