Las Vegas, Nevada, USA – November 15, 2023 – While it may be a different story on the casino floor, Kaitlin Campbell has found a lot of luck in the show ring in Las Vegas. The 32-year-old claimed back-to-back victories on Wednesday, November 15, at the Las Vegas National CSI 4*-W, held at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa.
Campbell’s first win of the day came aboard Palina de L’Escaut in the $15,000 Las Vegas National “Lucky Sevens” Two-Phase Stake CSI 4*-W, presented by Human Touch. She then immediately followed it up with victory in the $8,000 Blenheim EquiSports “Three of a Kind” Speed Classic CSI 4*-W, presented by Charles Ancona, for the second year in a row aboard Sun Warrior.
In the Two-Phase Stake, Campbell and “Palina” were the 14th of 29 entries to take on the Olaf Petersen-designed course, and they blazed over the five-obstacle speed phase in a Formula-1-fast 21.09 seconds.
That time narrowly edged out Tuesday’s winner, Katie Laurie (AUS), who ultimately finished in second place with a time of 21.99 seconds aboard Cera Caruso, owned by Carissa McCall. Rounding out the top three with a time of 22.52 seconds was Ireland’s Conor Swail (IRL) riding Vital Chance de La Roque, owned by Mannon Farm.
“She’s a super-fast horse, so she does well in indoor rings because it kind of slows her down a little bit,” explained Campbell, who has been partnered with the 14-year-old Hanoverian mare, owned by SWS Training & Sales, for the past five years. “I went into this class knowing that this is definitely a class that she could win, and I went for it today.”
For both victories, Campbell was presented with Ethel M Chocolates Premium Chocolate Gift Baskets, Ogilvy saddle pads, Blenheim EquiSports coolerettes, Topline Design Ribbon Wreaths custom picture frames and gift certificates and horse treats, courtesy of Horseflight.
Of her consistent success at the Las Vegas National, Campbell concluded, “Some horse shows you just tend to be a bit better at. For sure Vegas is one of our favorite shows of the year. The horses always jump well, and it’s nice to be able to stay in the South Point and just come down the elevator to do your class.”
CSI4*-W competition at the Las Vegas National is made possible in part by class sponsors including Human Touch and Charles Ancona. Learn more about Human Touch by visiting HumanTouch.com, and find Charles Ancona online at CharlesAncona.com.
Final Results – $15,000 Las Vegas National “Lucky Sevens” Two-Phases-Stake CSI 4*-W, presented by Human Touch
1) Kaitlin Campbell (USA) & Palina de L’Escaut – 0 / 0 – 21.09
2) Katie Laurie (AUS) & Cera Caruso – 0 / 0 – 21.99
3) Conor Swail (IRL) & Vital Chance de La Roque – 0 / 0 – 22.52
Source: Press Release from Blenheim EquiSports for the Las Vegas National Horse Show
Photos: © Andrew Ryback Photography