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Speedster Samuel Parot and Couscous van Orti Take the Win in the FEI 1.35m Las Vegas National Speed Stake

Samuel Parot, pictured on JK Horsetrucks Chantilly, with Hillary Ridland, Robert Ridland,
Melissa Brandes, and Lauren Davis

Las Vegas, NV - Forty-seven horse and rider combinations flew around the twisty track in the $40,000 1.35m Las Vegas National Speed Stake, presented by Walter Oil & Gas. But it was tenth to go, Chilean Samuel Parot aboard his fourteen-year-old Belgian gelding Couscous van Orti, who took the most daring and speedy track for the win in 55.26 seconds. Brazilian Eduardo Menezes was closest to catching him, stopping the clock 56.07 on Quantador (Paul Schockemöhle, owner) for second place.

The winner noted his strategy took advantage of his horse's big step. "My plan was, when I walked, that my horse has a big stride and is very fast in the turns. With all these turns on my horse it is possible to do one less. He turns very quickly and is also careful," Parot explained.

This is Parot's first time competing at the Las Vegas National Horse Show. "It's unbelievable. Really, really nice show, nice people, nice atmosphere. Everything is good. Everything is in the same place, its crazy, no?"

Click to watch a video clip of the winning ride

Click the image below for full class results.


$40,000 FEI 1.35m Las Vegas National Speed Stake, presented by Walter Oil & Gas Corporation

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.

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 #FEIWorldCupNAL #RideToOmaha #TwoHearts

The Las Vegas National is pleased to have Walter Oil & Gas Corporation present the exciting $40,000 FEI 1.35m Las Vegas National Speed Stake on Friday evening. Along with their participation at The Las Vegas National, Walter Oil & Gas Corporation, a family-owned firm, has been an active sponsor of charitable events during the Blenheim season.



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