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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.


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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:

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: – 213-219-7837.

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

Contact Josh at: – 949-212-2970

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The 2017 Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W Thanks Our Generous Premier Sponsors

November 8, 2017 – The Las Vegas National CSI4*-W kicks off in less than a week, from November 14th-19th, at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center. The show, once again among the fourteen chosen for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, is proud to welcome an outstanding list of new and returning Premier Sponsors.

New to the sponsor lineup this year, Master Surfaces presents the first FEI class of the show, the $35,000 FEI 1.45m Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic, on Wednesday, November 14th, at 3:00pm. The Master Surfaces team is dedicated to bringing the best possible sports surfaces to horse people throughout the world, and their U.S. staff has over 70 years of combined experience in the equestrian field.

Also on Wednesday, the fourth annual Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix Series Final, offering $51,800 in prize money, will commence at 7:30pm. This year Tina Yates comes in as the leader, will that give her the edge for the win? With over 50 years of expertise in insuring horses and horse businesses, Markel is firmly committed to the horse industry, and dedicated to delivering customer service that sets Markel apart from their competitors.

Michelle Parker and Cupilor, winners of the 2016 Markel Insurance Grand Prix Series Final; Photo by Amy McCool

Secchiari, also a new sponsor this year, will present the second FEI class of the show, the $15,000 FEI 1.35m South Point Jumper Stake, on Thursday, at 3:00pm. Secchiari, the official boot company of The Las Vegas National and available exclusively at Solea Equestrian, is a family business of handmade Italian riding boots, established in 1950, and is well-known across the world for their classic design, attention to detail, and performance.

Starting at 7:00pm, Walter Oil & Gas Corporation will present the $50,000 FEI 1.50m Las Vegas National Welcome Jumper Speed Classic, the qualifying class for Saturday’s $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas. Along with their participation at The Las Vegas National, Walter Oil & Gas Corporation, a family-owned firm, has been an active sponsor of charitable events during the Blenheim season.

Keean White, winner of last year’s $50,000 FEI 1.50m Las Vegas National
Welcome Jumper Speed Classic; Photo by Amy McCool

The $25,000 Interactive Mortgage U25 Developing Rider Series Final starts the action at 5:00pm on Friday evening, showcasing some of the best young show jumping talent in the sport. Launched in 2015, Interactive Mortgage finances new home purchases as well as refinances homeowners’ current loans 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.

Equithrive, joining the stable of new sponsors at the show, will present the $40,000 FEI 1.35m Las Vegas National Speed Stake at 6:30pm on Friday. Equithrive® Joint is clinically proven to support soundness and a healthy inflammatory response in performance horses. Recommended by veterinarians, it is also compliant with FEI and USEF regulations.

Park Place Foundation returns again this year, presenting the $50,000 FEI 1.45m Las Vegas National Winning Round Jumper Classic at noon on Saturday. Park Place Foundation was formed to promote and embrace a healthy lifestyle for children and teens, and strives to make changes in how addiction and mental illness are perceived and treated, through education, increased awareness and sharing personal stories.

M. Michael Meller returns to present the Style of Riding Award. Each year, this award is presented to the international equestrian who displays an exemplary style of riding as well as sportsmanlike composure from within the FEI Jumping Division. Previous winners at other Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping events include Alison Robitaille, Mavis Spencer, Conor Swail, Charlie Jacobs, and last year’s Las Vegas National winner, Eric Navet.

M. Michael Meller presented the Style of Riding Award to Eric Navet
at The 2016 Las Vegas National CSI4*-W; Photo by Amy McCool

Longines, the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the FEI, returns to add elegance and expertise to the South Point Equestrian Arena as the title sponsor of the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage. Along with their sponsorship, the Swiss watch manufacturer also brings data handling services to the sport of show jumping. Whether onsite or online, oversized screens, scoreboards, as well as branded broadcast graphics, are seen around the world.

From the beautiful blue Longines horse in the foyer to the gorgeous timepieces on display in The VIP Club, Longines brings its signature red carpet elegance and unmistakable cachet to The Las Vegas National once again this year.

Christian Heineking and AJE Cluny wow the crowd on their way to the win in the 2016 $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, presented by Interactive Mortgage; Photo by McCool Photography

Thanks to all of our Premier sponsors who come together to generously support great sport, and to make this event possible. We look forward to seeing everyone in Las Vegas!


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