Nicole Haunert and Concolue Jump to Victory at Blenheim EquiSports Spring Classic IV

Apr 18, 2021 | Featured, Press Releases

Nicole Haunert

Nicole Haunert and Concolue win the $25,000 1.45m Grand Prix, sponsored by Markel Insurance and LSI


April 18, 2021 – The Oaks International Grand Prix Field welcomed thirteen competitors to contest the Blenheim Spring Classic IV $25,000 1.45m Grand Prix, sponsored by Markel Insurance and LSI. Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) designed a welcoming sixteen-effort track which advanced six horse and rider combinations to the jump-off. Nicole Haunert (Encinitas, CA) and Concolue clinched the win as the only pair to jump clean.
Claiming second in the class was Simon Shroeder (Laguna Beach, CA) and Alie B, owned by Rebecca Lewis, as the fastest of the faulters in 41.834 seconds. Rounding out the top three was Blue Gate Stables LLC’s Edita and Zume Gallaher (Windsor, CA), also on four faults, with a time of 43.114 seconds.
Nicole Haunert and Concolule

Nicole Haunert and Concolue

In addition to the lion’s share of the prize pool, Haunert received a Shady Lady Neck Scarf courtesy of Shady Lady Sun Protection. As the owners of Concolue, Cherokee Show Horses Inc. was given a gift certificate and frame from Topline Design Ribbon Wreaths.
“He is getting faster but he is still green in the jump-off,” explained Haunert. “I thought let’s tighten the turns a little bit and not take too many chances because I wanted to be double clean. He was wonderful and I was thrilled.”
Haunert has had the ride on the the nine-year-old Warmblood gelding after his owners purchased him two years ago. She plans on bringing him to the Showpark Ranch & Coast Classic during May at Blenheim EquiSports to continue her successes in the jumper arena and compete in another Markel Insurance Jumper Series qualifying event.
Nicole Haunert leads the victory gallop aboard Concolue

Nicole Haunert leads the victory gallop aboard Concolue

This class marked the third installment of the Markel Insurance 1.40m – 1.45m Jumper Series. With upwards of $385,000 in overall prize money spread across the fifteen qualifying events, riders are aiming for the finals set at the Las Vegas National Horse Show in November. The top twenty-five riders from the series will be invited to compete and the top Leading Lady and Leading Gentleman riders will receive a rider bonus for their efforts.

Watch Full Class – including color commentary with Joie Gatlin and Morley Abey and interviews with course designer Guilherme Jorge and winning rider at link below

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From ponies to palm trees, grand prix horses and grass fields, Blenheim EquiSports is #ThePlaceToJump all season long. Explore our website to learn more about our programs and events.

All Photos: McCool Photography

The Markel Insurance Jumper Series will continue to serve as a stepping stone for both young riders and young Grand Prix horses along their pathway to success in 2021, with the finals at the Las Vegas National Horse Show, November 16-21, 2021.

Blenheim EquiSports is extremely grateful to Markel Insurance and Lisa Seger Insurance for their continued support and partnership which allows us to take this program from concept to reality.

We encourage you to contact a horse insurance specialist today.

Josh Mullins
Lisa Seger Insurance agent

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Blenheim EquiSports, an equestrian event management company based in San Juan Capistrano, CA, produces horse shows in San Juan Capistrano, CA and Las Vegas, NV. These competitions include USEF “Premier” rated hunter-jumper shows; a Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League Qualifier; the Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Series & Final, Interactive Mortgage “Ticket to Ride” High Performance Jumper Series & Adult Jumper Series; USHJA International, National, & Pony Hunter Derbies & Finals; the Whitethorne Equitation Challenge, Medal Finals, and so much more.