The Las Vegas National is well underway, and Eduardo Menezes and Michelle Parker made their intentions known early on with competitive wins.
In the $35,000 FEI 1.45m Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic, presented by E2 Show Jumpers and Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses, Eduardo Menezes simply could not be beat.
First to go In a power and speed format, once going clean in the first phase, Menezes and the 12-year-old Oldenburg mare, Caruschka, sped around the speed phase, choosing a smooth track at a forward pace, in a time of 23.83.With over fifty entries, and eleven double clean rides, the closest to Menezes was the pair who finished second, Will Simpson and The Dude (Nicole Walker, owner) who stopped the clock in 26.31.
“She can really cover the ground,” Menezes said of Carushka. “Going first I knew I had to go for it, and it worked out.”
In the Markel Insurance Grand Prix Series Finals, Michelle Parker and Cupilor bested a talented field of 25 and a jump-off group of 11 to snag the win and a $9,000 first place check. The pair stopped the clock at 30.40 seconds to come in ahead of Tina Yates and Clcomein VDL in second (31.48) and Peter Petschenig and Saint Quentin in third (32.24).
Michelle also won the Series Champion title, as she had been leading the points pack before going into Wednesday night’s finale, and would not be beat.
You can watch their marvelous jump-off round here:
$35,000 FEI 1.45m Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic,
presented by E2 Show Jumpers & Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses