San Juan Capistrano, CA
- With fourteen clean and eight double clean in today's Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix, it was a definite race to the finish for the final standings. The leaderboard continued to change, as one entry after another crossed the timers clean and fast.
Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run's Holy Smokes set the pace early on, clean in 32.98. Recent winner of three grand prix classes in a row, rider Susie Hutchison, this time on SIG Zuleika, shaved a bit off Vanderveen's time, clean in 32.27. Next in, Josephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z smoked that score, stopping the clock clean in 31.38. Quite fast, it looked like she would hold the top spot, until Lane Clarke and the speedy Semira de Saulieu (owned by Charlotte Gadbois). This fiery pair managed to knock .26 seconds off the leading time. Six more tried but none could catch the winning team.
Lane Clarke and Semira de Saulieu, owned by Charlotte Gadbois
His plan after watching Hutchison and Lantzman go quite fast was to believe in his horse and 'run like he meant it'. "I tried to turn a little tighter to the third to last gray fence. I have such an incredible horse I knew I could just fly down to the last two jumps. I wouldn't have to protect her; she is so careful and so good that I could just risk as much as I wanted."
Lane Clarke and Semira de Saulieu with Melissa Brandes of Blenheim EquiSports
and Brandon Seger of Markel Insurance
Stay tuned for more highlights from the week, including Saturday's $7,500 CashCall Mortgage 1.35-1.40m Futurity, naming the Zone 10 NAYRC and NAJRC Teams on Sunday as well as the closing highlight of June Classic Week 1, the $30,000 Blenheim Grand Prix, presented by FarmVet.
The top twelve today were as follows:
$25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix
Place - Number - Horse - Rider - Owner - Faults/Time
1 - 445 - Semira de Saulieu - Lane Clarke - Charlotte Gadbois - 0/0/31.12
2 - 523 - Chello Z - Josephina Nor Lantzman - Josephina Nor Stables, LLC - 0/0/31.38
3 - 259 - SIG Zuleika - Susan Hutchison - SIG International - 0/0/32.27
4 - 460 - Bull Run's Holy Smokes - Kristen Vanderveen - Bull Run Jumpers, Inc. - 0/0/32.98
5 - 286 - Clintord - Michelle Parker - Cross Creek Farms, Inc. - 0/0/33.30
6 - 632 - Milano - Abigail Weese - Abigail Weese - 0/0/33.80
7 - 537 - Zador - Chris Pratt - The Epic Group, LLC - 0/0/35.31
8 - 555 - Unlimited - Gabriella Mizrachi - Rebecca Matalon - 0/0/36.66
9 - 198 - Already - Jeffrey Fields - Kew Farms - 0/4/34.37
10 - 246 - Ohara Saint Clair - Lauren Kay - Lauren Kay - 0/4/34.47
11 - 684 - Zubliem - Jill Humphrey - Alicia Foster - 0/4/35.88
12 - 109 - Cyrielle de la Velle - Max Dolger - Colette Pelissier - 0/4/36.58
Click here for the standings in the Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix Series
(as of May 11, 2015), and here for details on the Series and Final
Photo courtesy of McCool