Sergio Nieto and Google Don't Have to Search for the Win in the $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix; Perez and Gran Amour Top $10,000 Jumper Classic, presented by CardFlex; Jimenez and Mr. Blue win CashCall Mortgage U25 Qualifier
Del Mar, CA - With 48 entries in the $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix, including 11 in the jump-off, Sergio Nieto of Mexico and Google saved the best for (almost) last and rose to the top for the win.
Sergio Nieto and Google
When designing the track, FEI course designer Mauricio Garcia Ballesteros of Puerto Rico took into consideration the number of entries, the level of experience and what he had seen throughout the week. "The course is a review of what everyone has been seeing the whole week. I have my own style, and I have my own kind of turns," he said.
The oxer-vertical combination at 5 proved challenging - one or both fences came down for almost half the class. Lowering the height of the final orange oxer was another heartbreak aspect of the course. Time allowed played a role, as the pair coming in twelfth place, Hanna Mauritzson on Cilandro SE (owned by Swede Equine, LLC) had only time faults in the first round, as well as the entry placing third, Mr. Blue with Martin Jimenez (Arturo Parada Vallejo, owner) in the irons, who finished the jump-off with one time fault.
Many of the entries also rode in yesterday's 1.35 Jumper Classic, including Hanna Mauritzson on Landlyst's Leroy (owned by Swede Equine, LLC), Gabriella Salick on Centuria 2, Gerardo Pasquel with Mysterio, and Eduardo Sanchez Navarro and Pacifico, all joined the jump-off group.
Brazilian Josephina Nor Lantzman was one of the stars of the afternoon. With two rides in the class, she posted the first clear and went first in the jump-off with her veteran partner Chello Z. Posting a blazing time of 39.93, she had a rail at the final fence for four faults, ultimately finishing in sixth place. On Unlimited, her second ride, she was one of only two double clean, earning the red ribbon.
Josephina Nor Lantzman and Unlimited
Nieto and Google went directly after Lantzman on Unlimited. Knowing what he had to do, Nieto guided the nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood, who has a slow but large stride, to a clean round in 41.58. The three riders who followed posted fast times, but each had rails.
Brazilian Felipo Godinho rode Google to seventh place in last week's $40,000 Racing Festival Grand Prix, presented by Equestrian Almanac. The big-strided bay was also second last fall in Balvanera's Massimo Dutti Cup, with Nieto aboard. Google and another mount of Nieto's were the only double clears in the class. This young horse is no longer searching for the win, finishing on top in Showpark Summer Festival's Markel Insurance Grand Prix.
Sergio Nieto and Google with Sarah Abdi of Blenheim EquiSports
$10,000 1.35m Jumper Classic, presented by CardFlex
With nine double clear rounds in Friday's $10,000 1.35m Jumper Classic, presented by CardFlex, only tenths of seconds separated the top finishers. John Perez piloted Gran Amour to the win in 36.96, less than a second ahead of Pablo Torres Hernandez and Celesta 21. Jenni McAllister had two double clears in the class, and Andres Torres Hernandez also turned in a double clear round for seventh place.
John Perez and Gran Amour
$7,500 CashCall Mortgage U25 Qualifier
In the third CashCall Mortgage U25 Qualifier, two returned for the jump-off - Paige Coles aboard her own Springhill Farm, and Martin Jimenez on Arturo Parada Vallejo's Mr. Blue. Though Coles laid down a clean jump-off round in a speedy 36.27, Jimenez and Mr. Blue managed to cut the turns just a bit tighter to finish clean in 34.36 for the win.
Congratulations to all of our young up-and-coming riders that are competing with their eye on the $15,000 CashCall Mortgage U25 Final during the International Jumping Festival in September.
A new division this year, the CashCall Mortgage U25 Series offers show jumpers under the age of 25 an opportunity to compete among their peers. The series helps bridge the gap between competing as a junior and taking on the challenge of competing with veteran professionals.
Jimenez and Mr. Blue take the blue in the CashCall Mortgage U25 Qualifier
The show jumping action heads up to San Juan Capistrano for the Blenheim Summer Classic, from August 12-16. Show highlights include the CPHA Junior and Amateur Medal Finals, a $10,000 1.35m Jumper Classic and a $30,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix, presented by Davidson Communities.
$25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix
Place - Entry Number - Horse - Rider - Owner - Faults/Time
1. 427 - Google - Sergio Nieto - Sergio Nieto - 0/0/41.589
2. 243 - Unlimited - Josephina Nor Lantzman - Josephina Nor Stables, LLC - 0/0/43.684
3. 477 - Mr. Blue - Martin Jimenez - Arturo Parada Vallejo - 0/1/47.558
4. 379 - Bartender - Alejandro Mills - Armando Acevedo - 0/4/39.668
5. 489 - Pacifico - Eduardo Sanchez Navarro - Eduardo Sanchez Navarro - 0/4/39.769
6. 242 - Chello Z - Josephina Nor Lantzman - Josephina Nor Stables, LLC - 0/4/39.938
7. 418 - Utopia - John Perez - John Perez - 0/4/40.463
8. 297 - Mysterio - Gerardo Pasquel - Gerardo Pasquel - 0/8/40.286
9. 181 - Centuria 2 - Gabriella Salick - Gabriella Salick, LLC - 0/8/40.838
10. 403 - Dreamer - Carlos Perez - Carlos Perez - 0/8/43.204
11. 232 - Landlyst's Leroy - Hanna Mauritzson - Swede Equine LLC - 0/17/55.613
12. 231 - Cilandro SE - Hanna Mauritzson - Swede Equine LLC - 3/81.174