Michelle Parker and Cupilor Make Their Mark in the $61,850 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix Series

Las Vegas, NV – November 17, 2016 – With twenty-five of the top point earners in the Markel Insurance 1.40m Series coming to compete in the finals in Las Vegas, and eleven clean, it was a race to the win.

In a very fast jump-off, first to go Kristin Hardin and Bert set a pace to beat in 34.16. A few rounds later, Frenchman Eric Navet rode Signe Ostby’s Basimodo beautifully, smooth and slick in 33.91, taking the lead. Immediately afterward, young professional Zazou Hoffman zipped around on Woodacres Stables, LLC’s W Zermie 13 and topped veteran Navet’s time by .7 seconds, in 33.22.

Stepping right up into the lead, Tina Yates, aboard HKC Collection, LLC’s Cicomein VDL, didn’t give Hoffman much time at the top when she crossed the timers in 31.48. Seemingly unbeatable, until last to go, Markel Insurance Series Leader Michelle Parker and her partner Cupilor, pulled out all the stops and clinched the win with a stellar time of 30.40.

A storybook ending, Parker won the first Markel Insurance 1.40m Series Qualifier this season and finished in the top 8 in 9 of the other qualifying classes. Leading the series with 441 points, she was poised for a well-earned victory.

Markel Insurance
Grand Prix Series Finals (1.40 m)
Table II.2(a) – Competition with jump-off
1.    0276    Cupilor    Michelle Parker    0.00    30.40 sec Cross Creek Farms,  18.555,00
2.    0190    Clcomein VDL    Tina Yates 0.00    31.48 sec  13.607,00 USD
3.    0162    Saint Quentin    Peter Petschenig 0.00    32.24 sec Petschenig, P     9.277,50
4.    0147    Baraka    Nayel Nassar    0.00    32.51 sec  6.185,00 USD
5.    0284    W Zarmie 13    Zazou Hoffmann    0.00    33.22 sec 4.329,50 USD
6.    0148    Basimodo    Eric Navet    0.00    33.91 sec 3.711,00 US
7.    0289    Bert    Kristin Hardin        0.00    34.16 sec 3.092,50 USD
8.    0765    Cesar    Jill Humphrey        0.00    35.54 sec

Eduardo Menezes and Carushka Throw Down the Gauntlet in the First FEI Class of the Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W

 © Amy McCool: Eduardo Menezes and Carushka
Eduardo Menezes and Carushka

Las Vegas, NV – November 16, 2016 – First to go in the $35,000 FEI 1.45m Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic, presented by E2 Show Jumpers and Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses, Eduardo Menezes simply could not be beat. In a power and speed format, once going clean in the first phase, Menezes and the 12-year-old Oldenburg mare, Caruschka, sped around the speed phase, choosing a smooth track at a forward pace, in a time of 23.83. With over fifty entries, and eleven double clean rides, the closest to Menezes was the pair who finished second, Will Simpson and The Dude (Nicole Walker, owner) who stopped the clock in 26.31.

“She can really cover the ground,” Menezes said of Carushka. “Going first I knew I had to go for it, and it worked out


$35,000 Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic (1.45 m)
Int. jumping competition in two phases
FEI Art. 274.5.2

1.    0200    Caruschka    Eduardo Menezes    BRA    0 penalties 23.84 sec 8.750,00 USD
2.    0174    The Dude    Will Simpson    USA    0 penalties 26.31 sec 7.000,00 USD
3.    0269    Corette    Keean White    CAN        0 penalties 26.75 sec 5.250,00 USD
4.    0150    Catypso    Eric Navet    FRA        0 penalties 28.05 sec 3.500,00 USD
5.    0112    Revenge    Michelle Fellers USA        0 penalties 28.46 sec 2.450,00 USD
6.    0149    Caillou    Karl Cook    USA        0 penalties 28.68 sec 1.925,00 USD
7.    0176    Dubai    Mavis Spencer    USA        0 penalties 29.88 sec 1.400,00 USD
8.    0116    Wordsworth II    Jeff Campf USA        0 penalties 29.89 sec 1.050,00 USD

Photos by McCool Photography

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