June 2016 - Show Report: Del Mar National
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 06:48
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Jenny Karazissis’s big week includes third Equitation Championship win; Pratt & Spooner also excel.

Chris Pratt, Richard Spooner and Jenny Karazissis were among the familiar names to make their mark on the annual Del Mar National Horse Show, which wrapped up its 71st year on May 8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Jenny Karazissis and Felix win the USHJA National Hunter Derby. Photo: Rick Osteen Photography

Jenny Karazissis and Jamestown win the $5,000 Del Mar National Equitation Championship. Photo: Rick Osteen Photography

Chris Pratt and Concorde on their way to winning the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar during the Del Mar National Horse Show. Photo: Malibu5Star

Richard Spooner and Chivas Z winning the Friday night Surfside Grand Prix presented by iJump Sports. Photo: Malibu5Star

The weekend kicked off Thursday afternoon with the USHJA National Hunter Derby. The class of 28 entries contained well-known riders such as Jenny Karazissis, John French, Jamie Sailor and Peter Lombardo, among many others. In the end, it was Jenny Karazissis and Briana Sukert’s Felix who topped the class to win the blue. Katie Gardner and Luisant took second place with Jordyn Hechter and Taboo rounding out the top three.

Karazissis had a winning week, also taking home the blue in the coveted $5,000 Del Mar National Equitation Championship – for the third time – with Nina Vogel’s Jamestown. Zazou Hoffman took second in the Championship with Mickie Sage taking home third.

This Equitation Championship was introduced to the Del Mar National Horse Show in 1998 and was designed as the ultimate test of horse and rider and their communication. It is open to all riders and provides an opportunity for riders to compete at a higher level of classic horsemanship through challenging tests.

Young Riders contender Chandler Meadows & Carletto. Photo: Malibu5Star

Sophia Mossman and Carre win the Mary’s Tack and Feed High Jr/Am Jumper NAJYRC. Photo: Rick Osteen Photography

Chris Pratt and Concorde win the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar. Photo: the Del Mar National Horse Show

Throughout the week, some of the top juniors and young riders competed in multiple classes for the North American Junior Young Rider Championship Selection Trials for USHJA Zone 10. In the Mary’s Tack and Feed High Jr/Am Jumper NAJYRC, it was Sophia Mossman on her own Carre who took the win. In Sunday’s California Jr/Am Owner Grand Prix NAJYRC, it was Chandler Meadows on her own Carletto who concluded their week with a blue ribbon.

On Friday, 51 starters tackled the Surfside Grand Prix presented by iJump Sports over a beautiful speed course created by renowned course designer, Heiko Wahlers. Nine horse and rider combinations successfully completed the course with no jumping faults and within the time allowed. It was Richard Spooner aboard his Chivas Z who topped the field of competition with a time of 66.82. Second place went to another West Coast favorite, Rich Fellers on

Harry and Mollie Chapman’s Flexible, close behind Spooner with a time of 67.73. Rounding out the top three was Enrique Gonzalez with a time of 71.65 on his own Chacna.

The top 30 finishers from Friday’s Grand Prix were allowed to compete in Saturday’s $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar. Heiko Wahler’s trying course allowed four riders of the 29 starters into the jump off: Enrique Gonzalez, Chris Pratt, Jack Hardin Towell, and Guy Thomas, unfortunately leaving Richard Spooner and both Chivas Z and Cristallo out of the jump-off, but in the top 12.

The jump-off flowed around the whole Del Mar Arena, allowing the riders the opportunity to gallop and let their horses loose. Chris Pratt and Concorde were able to out-jump their competition in the jump-off, with a clear round and a time of 45.349. Behind him in second was Jack Hardin Towell and Flip with a clear round and a time of 46.565 and rounding out the top three was Enrique Gonzalez and his own Chacna, with four faults in a time of 49.463.


Report excerpted from West Palms Events press release.