Nicole Haunert Scores Top Two In Markel Insurance Grand Prix

Apr 14, 2019 | Featured, Press Releases

Nicole Haunert and Concolue

April 14, 2019 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a beautiful Southern California afternoon cheering on the nineteen entries in the $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix. With five going clear and advancing to the jump-off, Nicole Haunert and Concolue, owned by Cherokee Show Horses Inc., topped the field. Making the day extra special, she also placed second aboard Jamaico Drum van de Breepoel, owned by NJK Show Jumpers, Inc.

The course was designed by Olaf Petersen Jr. of Germany, who earlier in the week was selected to be the course designer at the upcoming FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals Las Vegas in April 2020. For this week, Petersen built the 1.45m track which consisted of sixteen jumping efforts, including a triple combination oxer/vertical/vertical towards the in-gate, requiring horses to be extra careful between jumps seven and eight. Petersen congratulated Blenheim EquiSports on the excellent footing and beautiful jumps including the iconic “California Wall” with the grizzly bear cut-out.

The first to ride in the jump-off was Zume Gallaher and Certain VD Begijnakker who set a solid pace but was unable to go clear, pulling a single rail on fence number four. Gallaher was followed by Haunert on Concolue, who laid down a fault-free time of 43.138 seconds, ultimately the winning ride.

Two rides later, it looked like Lindsay Ramar-Costigan might steal the lead with a very quick pace aboard Mr. Harrison, however spectators groaned as the last fence fell.

Knowing she had the win, Haunert on Jamaico Drum van de Breepoel rode a careful, fault-free round. She later explained that her horse had thrown a shoe during the triple combination in the previous round and her team decided that their objective was to give him a nice, confidence builder and simply focus on going clean.

WATCH! – Highlights Video of interview with Course designer Olaf Petersen Jr. and winning rider Nicole Haunert

Nicole Haunert and Concolue with Markel representative Brandon Seger, LSI representative Josh Mullins and Melissa Brandes of Blenheim EquiSports

Nicole Haunert and Jamaico Drum van de Breepoel

This is the third of thirteen qualifying events in the Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Series to be held throughout the Blenheim EquiSports 2019 Horse Show Season, with the Final to be held during The Las Vegas National, November 12 – 17, 2019.


$25,000 Markel Insurance 1.45M Jumper Classic

Place – Entry Number – Horse – Rider – Owner – Faults/Time

1. 394 – Concolue – Nicole Haunert – Cherokee Show Horses Inc. – 0/0/43.138

2. 399 – Jamaico Drum van de Breepoel – Nicole Haunert – NJK Show Jumpers, Inc. – 0/0/49.009 

3. 108 – Mr Harrison – Lindsay Ramar-Costigan – Lindsay Ramar-Costigan – 0/4/41.404

4. 390 – Certain VD Begijnakker – Zume Gallaher – Zume Gallaher – 0/4/46.566

5. 453 – Bound To Be – Tracey Wade – Big Bay City LLC -0/4/57.461

6. 496-  Killosery Kuidam – Julia Nagler-  Julia Nagler – 4/80.115

7. 615 – Etalon – Kyle King – Christine Maclean – 4/80.655

8. 351 – Dexceminka – Gabriela Pattinson – Danielle Lean – 4/82.625

9. 467-  Venice BF – Daniel Zilla – Branscomb Farm LLC – 4/84.295

10. 170 – Duc de Rhoan – Michelle Kerivan – Michelle Kerivan – 4/87.871

11. 112 – Edesa’s Dylan – Mariano Alario – Edesa Horse Promotion Inc. – 4/86.121

12. 642 – Classini – Bjorn Ikast – BBB Show Jumpers LLC –  8/82.802

Photos by McCool Photography

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors & Partners

Markel Insurance Company is proud to once again partner with Blenheim EquiSports for another season of fun in the sun.

Representative Brandon Seger will be on the show grounds to answer any questions related to your equine insurance needs. At the show and in the barns, Markel is the Insurance Company with Horse Sense. With offices across the US, Markel is your national insurance provider covering equine risks for over 50 years.

Thank you for your support – contact Brandon to get a horse, farm or liability insurance quote today: 213-219-7837

Markel/Lisa Seger Insurance Field Agent Josh Mullins is also available to answer any questions related to your equine insurance needs.

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Solea Equestrian Boutique and Alexjandro Meeks will present a special award to the leading lady rider and leading gentleman rider of the Markel Insurance Jumper Series.

The award will be presented during the Las Vegas National after the Jumper Series Final — each winner with the most points after the Final has concluded will receive a $500 Solea Equestrian Boutique Gift Certificate and Leading Rider Sash.

Blenheim EquiSports, an equestrian event management company based in San Juan Capistrano, CA, produces events in three locations: San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar and Las Vegas, NV. The events include 19 USEF “Premier” rated hunter-jumper shows featuring five FEI CSI events, including a Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League event; the Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Series & Final, Developing Jumper Qualifiers & Championships, USHJA International & National Hunter Derbies, Pony Derby Finals, the Whitethorne Equitation Challenge, Medal Finals and more.