Saree Gordon Solanki Sails to Victory in the Ranch & Coast $25,000 Markel Insurance Jumper Series 1.45m Jumper Classic
Saree Gordon Solanki and Azuro 108 flying over the Markel Insurance signature fence
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May 14, 2021 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – Saree Gordon Solanki rode Azuro 108 to the win in the $25,000 Markel Insurance Jumper Series 1.45m Jumper Classic on Thursday, May 13, during the Ranch & Coast Classic at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, San Juan Capistrano, CA.
A starting field of 21 entries contested the class, all vying for a piece of Thursday’s prize money and qualifying points towards the Markel Insurance Jumper Series finale to be held at the Las Vegas National Horse Show in November.
Solanki would ultimately take the lion’s share of both points and prize money, but not before being given a run for her money by eventual second and third-place finisher, Uma O’Neill.
Saree Gordon Solanki and Azuro 108, winners of the $25,000 Markel Insurance Jumper Series 1.45m Jumper Classic
Solanki and O’Neill each qualified two horses for the jump-off, accounting for four of eight entries that jumped without fault over the first-round track set on the Oaks International Grand Prix Field by international course designer Ivan Tagle of Argentina.
In the jump-off, Solanki was first to set the standard by jumping clear on Tomboy Farm’s Loro Piana Ebony MSF in 39.724 seconds. O’Neill and her first mount, Edelweiss, were the second pair to return for the short course and they stopped the clock on a clear round in 39.490 seconds. That time would hold as the one to beat until O’Neill returned to best herself, finishing with a new leading time of 39.074 seconds aboard her second mount, Clockwise of Greenhill Z.
O’Neill’s lead did not last long however, as Solanki and Azuro 108 entered the ring as the next and final combination to return. The duo made quick work of the course, shaving more than a second from O’Neill’s time to take the win in 37.807 seconds.
All smiles from Saree Gordon Solanki as she leads the victory gallop aboard Azuro 108.
Despite valiant efforts by the other jump off contenders, Michelle Parker & Easy Does It; Brooke Morin & NKH Carrido; Sara Van Fleet & Council FZ; and Mariano Maggi & Quintago VA, it took a double clear ride to claim the top four prizes.
Solanki, 39, who competes for Israel, has been partnered with Azuro 108 for the past four years and credits the win on Thursday to their partnership.
“It was a great jump-off; it was super fun! [Azuro] is like my security blanket,” said Solanki of the 15-year-old Westphalian gelding also owned by Tomboy Farms. “He’s really taught me how to ride at the grand prix level. He sent me to my first Nations Cup for Israel. I really have him to thank for giving me the confidence to go out there and jump clear rounds today.”
Click below to watch the interview with winner Saree Gordon Solanki and her winning jump-off ride !
Solanki’s fourth-place ride, Loro Piana Ebony MSF, is a newer partner for her, but she is equally excited about the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion and will compete both horses in Saturday afternoon’s feature event of the week, the $75,000 Interactive Mortgage “Ticket to Ride” 1.50m Grand Prix.
For her win on Thursday, Solanki earned 22 points toward the Markel Insurance Jumper Series standings. Having also earned 11 points during the Blenheim Spring Classic II, Solanki now sits atop the leaderboard. To view the series specifications and the full leaderboard after the first four qualifiers, click here. Solanki was also presented by Shady Lady and Topline Design Ribbon Wreaths with winning prizes.
Competition at the Ranch & Coast Classic continues on Friday, May 14, with the $15,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association International Hunter Derby beginning at 8 a.m. Blenheim EquiSports is the #PlaceToJump all season long.
Saree Gordon Solanki and Azuro 108
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$25,000 Markel Insurance 1.45M Grand Prix Classic Results
Place – Entry # – Horse – Rider – Faults/Time
1. 461 – Azuro 108 – Saree Gordon Solanki – 0/0/37.807
2. 144 – Clockwise of Greenhill Z – Uma O’Neill – 0/0/39.074
3. 145 – Edelweiss – Uma O’Neill – 0/0/39.490
4. 463 – Loro Piana Ebony MSF – Saree Gordon Solanki – 0/0/39.724
5. 369 – Easy Does It – Michelle Parker – 0/4/41.179
6. 336 – NKH Carrido – Brooke Morin – 0/8/41.794
7. 384 – Council FZ – Sara L Van Fleet – 0/14/55.425
8. 148 – Quintago VA – Mariano Maggi – 0/retired
9. 549 – Tylientje Z – Shawn Casady – 4/71.199
10. 142 – Aramis de b’Neville – Mariano Maggi – 4/71.274
11. 392 – Edita – Zume Gallaher – 4/72.541
12. 469 – Elicole – Jason McArdle – 4/72.945
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.
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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.