Del Mar, California, USA – August 25, 2019 – For the second year in a row, Nick Gegen led the victory gallop in Saturday’s feature event at the Showpark Summer Classic. Aboard Arc de Triomphe owned by Neaulani Farms, Gegen topped a field of twenty-one entries on another perfect day in beautiful Del Mar, California.
Keri Potter (USA) and Jiminy Cricket, winners of the Markel Insurance Jumper Classic earlier in the week, finished a fraction of a second slower to earn second place honors.
Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) set a flowing track, that even though was quite technical, allowed the group to successfully step up to the 1.50m level.
Eight horse/rider pairs returned for the jump-off including Nicole Haunert (USA) who rode all three of her mounts clear in the first round. First to go, she set the time to beat in the second round, going double clear on Jamaico Drum Van de Breepoel with a careful time of 47.795 seconds.
Keri Potter (USA) & Jiminy Cricket
Keri Potter (USA) and Jiminy Cricket followed, upping the ante with a quick 44.959 seconds.
Watching Potter from the in-gate, Nick Gegen (USA) knew he would have to go for it if he was going to catch Potter. He did just that, finishing in 44.085 seconds
With the pressure on, each of the final five riders pressed for time. However, Jorge’s shortened course demanded respect and would not surrender another fault-free round.
Competition continues this week at the Del Mar Horse Park with the Showpark All Seasons Summer Classic, featuring the $25,000 Markel Insurance 1.45m Grand Prix, Sallie B. Wheeler Hunter Breeding Championships, Blenheim Young Jumper Championships. Blenheim Developmental Jumper Series Finals and much more! The winning trainer of the Markel Insurance Grand Prix will earn $4,500 in Blenheim EquiSports horse show credits and the winning Groom will earn $500 cash.
Nick Gegen (USA) & Arc de Triomphe and the team from Neaulani Farms with Robert Ridland and Melissa Brandes of Blenheim EquiSports
Results – $50,000 Grand Prix of Showpark
Place / Rider / Country / Horse / R1 Penalties / Jump-off Penalties / Time
1) Nick Gegen (USA) & Arc De Triomphe – 0/0 – 44.085
2) Keri Potter (USA) & Jiminy Cricket – 0 / 0 – 44.959
3) Nicole Haunert (USA) & Jamaico Drum Van de Breepoel – 0 / 0 – 47.795
4) Shawn Casady (USA) & Insolente – 0 / 4 – 41.659
5) Nicole Haunert (USA) & 612 – 0 / 4 – 43.639
6) Michelle Kerivan (USA) & Duc de Rhoan – 0 / 4 – 45.470
7) Nicole Haunert (USA) & Concolue – 0 / 8 – 47.816
8) Derek Chang (USA) & Chappie – 0 / 8 – 48.014
9) Mandy Porter (USA) & Milano – 4 – 73.542
10) Guillermo Obligado (USA) & Chacjandra – 4 – 75.496
11) Keri Potter (USA) & Ariell La Sirene – 4 – 75.544
12) Misti Cassar (USA) & Viking – 4 – 75.649
Source: Press release from Blenheim EquiSports
Photos: © Captured Moment Photography