Las Vegas, Nevada – November 15, 2019 – Blenheim EquiSports is pleased to present the Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Series’ sixth season that culminates with a final at The Las Vegas National. Twenty-five riders who earned points from the thirteen Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Series qualifiers competed to take home the lion’s share of the $42,900 prize in the series final.
Of the four horse and rider combinations that rode fault free over Leopoldo Palacios’ (VEN) course, the first to go couldn’t be beat, with Rich Fellers (USA) and Steelbi claiming top honors. The American and Kathleen Waldorf’s 11-year-old Swedish mare (Empire x Stanford) stole the show, double clear in 30.625 seconds.
Jason McArdle (USA) & Elicole
Jason McArdle (USA) and Elicole (Hamlet x Guidam), owned by Fairbanks Valley Farm, were the final pair to go. Also finishing with a double-clear effort, in a time of 31.899 seconds, they took over the second spot. McArdle and Elicole are a pair to watch – the pair have continued their winning ways all the way from the Young Jumper Championships to the Markel Insurance Finals. McArdle was also the Leading Gentleman Rider of the Markel Insurance Series Season, earning a $500 gift certificate from Solea Equestrian.
Rounding out the top four who returned for the jump-off were Hillary Ridland and Mary Frances Looke’s Wonder Kid (Indoctro x Quality) and Zume Gallaher (USA) on Blue Gate Stables, LLC’s Edita, who both finished double clear, in 32.694 and 32.716 seconds respectively, for third and fourth.
Rich Fellers (USA) & Steelbi
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Source: Press release from the Las Vegas National Horse Show
Photos: © Alden Corrigan Media