Michelle Parker and Cupilor Make Their Mark in the $61,850 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix Series Final
Michelle Parker (pictured aboard Cupilor) with Brandon Seger, Markel Insurance Director of Equine Operations, Carlos Galindo, Salvador Alvarado, Alex Alvarado, Charlotte De Smedt, Katie Murray, Melissa Brandes, and Lauren Davis
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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.
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$61,850 Markel Insurance Grand Prix Series Finals (1.40 m), II 2a
Photos by McCool Photography
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ABOUT THE LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE
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.
A minimum of $2.4 million prize money is up for grabs across the North American League series and the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than $1.4 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 the Final, alongside the winners of the 15 others leagues around the world. The Las Vegas National was one of only seven shows on the West Coast chosen to be part of this prestigious league. More at feiworldcup.org
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