San Juan Capistrano, CA – Of the 25 horse and rider combinations that competed on the grass field in the $30,000 Markel Insurance 1.45m Grand Prix, presented by ACE Equestrian, ten completed the course without a fault to return for the jump-off. Will Simpson and his teammate Chacco P made their mark by stopping the clock in a blazing 43.129 seconds to take the win.
Of the ten riders to return, five finished double clear. Fifteen-year-old Austin Krawitt and Catch Me 4 were the first pair to provide a double-clean performance in a time of 49.842 seconds. The next rider to attempt the jump-off track, however, was Simpson, who put the pedal to the metal to cross the finish line six seconds faster.
Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, designed the track, which included two combinations, a liverpool, and several related lines.
“Anthony always does a great job with the courses. It was enough to make you ride, and it was perfect for today’s setting,” Simpson noted.
Simpson credited his horse’s speed, strength, and carefulness. “Chacco P has a very fast foot speed, so if I can do the counts and make tight turns, I know that his foot speed is incredible. I always have a nice surprise when I finish my round and look up at the clock.”
Simpson is looking forward to the rest of this season’s competition with Chacco P. “I’ll be competing with him in the World Cup Qualifiers for the rest of this season and will hopefully qualify for the World Cup Finals.”
To wrap-up the day, and the final Markel Insurance 1.45 Grand Prix of the Blenheim EquiSports outdoor season, Lane Clarke received the Romfh Leading Open Jumper Rider Award, earning a total of 26 points over the Blenheim Fall Series. His third-place finish in this class guaranteed him the award.
Sunday at the International Jumping Festival culminates with the final rounds of the Young Jumper Championships Western League Finals & Futurity, presented by Electronic Vet, for the five-, six- and seven-year-olds.
The top group of riders, up to 25, will meet in Las Vegas to compete in the Markel Insurance 1.45m Grand Prix Series Final at The Las Vegas National on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018.
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