Sunday’s highlight event in the Del Mar Arena was the $25,000 GGT Footing Grand Prix Series Final presented by California Horsetrader & Horsetrader.com. Sixty entries competed in their final opportunity to earn valuable points for the 2018 GGT Footing Grand Prix Series Championship. Nine horse and rider combinations were able to go clear around the Marina Azevedo-designed first round course to advance to the jump off.
First to jump off was Eduardo Menezes (BRA) aboard Uchingo Império Egipcio. The Brazilian and the 14-year-old chestnut Belgian Sport Horse gelding (Chin Chin x Carthago) put in a blazing fast but penalty-free jump-off round in 35.502 seconds, time that ultimately no one could beat, and earned the blue ribbon for the class.
Eduardo Menezes (BRA) & Uchingo Império Egípcio
Menezes couldn’t say enough good things about the gelding owned by Carlos Hank. “Uchingo is amazing to ride,” said Menezes. “He’s easy, he has blood, he’s brave, he’s careful. When you go fast, he jumps higher. He’s just an amazing horse.” Carlos Hank purchased the gelding two years ago but he got hurt and had to take over a year off. He’s just getting back into shape and into the grand prix ring.
Coming in second was Mandy Porter (USA) on Pasilla, an 11-year-old grey Swedish Warmblood mare (Cardento 933 x Ralme Z) owned by Sarah Ballou. The duo registered no penalties and a jump-off time of 37.402 seconds.
And in third place was conquered by Jennifer Gates (USA) on Luftikus S, a 14-year-old grey German Sport Horse gelding (Levisto x Kolibri) owned by Evergate Stables, matching the winners’ clean scorecard and posting a final time of 38.078 seconds.
Eduardo Menezes (BRA) & Uchingo Império Egípcio during the awards ceremony
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Source: Press release from West Palms Events for Del Mar International Horse Show
Photos: © McCool Photography