Eduardo Menezes and Caruschka Throw Down the Gauntlet in the First FEI Class of the Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W
Menezes Wins the $35,000 FEI 1.45m Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic, presented by E2 Show Jumpers & Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses
Las Vegas, NV -
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.
Eduardo Menezes (pictured aboard Catalina) with M. Michael Meller of E2 Show Jumpers, Lauren Davis of EquiFit, inc., and Blenheim EquiSports' Melissa Brandes
"She can really cover the ground," Menezes said of Caruschka. "Going first I knew I had to go for it, and it worked out."
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$35,000 FEI 1.45m Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic,
presented by E2 Show Jumpers & Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses
Photos by McCool Photography
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The North American League
is one among sixteen taking part in the highly successful and global FEI World Cup™ Jumping series, which has been in existence since 1978. This season includes 115 qualifiers in 43 countries, leading to the star-studded Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska from March 29 - April 2, 2017.
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