November 2015 - Del Mar International
Written by Kim F. Miller
Sunday, 01 November 2015 04:57
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Beezie & Simon. Photo: Kim F. Miller

Richard Spooner & Cristallo. Clear til the very last fence. Drat! Photo: Kim F. Miller

Beezie Madden & Simon top a terrific weekend of show jumping.

by Kim F. Miller

Can’t beat having two-time Olympian Beezie Madden in the house for the third West Coast leg of the Longines FEI World CupTM North American League. Beezie and her 2013 World Cup Finals champion partner Simon were simply flawless in their win on Saturday, Oct. 17 in the Del Mar Arena.

Jack Hardin Towell & Lucifer V, 2nd place finishers. Photo: Dave Buchan.

Christian Heineking & Nkh Quanto were third, despite losing a shoe in the first round. Photo: Kim F. Miller

Jack Towell and Lucifer V finished second, followed by Christian Heineking and Nkh Quanto. Kirsten Coe and Czardes were among eight to go clear in the first round, and finished fourth. Richard Spooner and Cristallo were brilliant, but brought down the jump-off’s last fence to settle for fifth.

It was really a terrific day, night and weekend of competition. The Onondarka Finals were underway in another ring, eventually won by Natalie Templeton, along with the PCHA/Equine Insurance Children’s/Adult Championship Final. On Sunday, it was the $25,000 GGT Footing Grand Prix Series Final, won by Mandy Porter and her up and coming star, Eminent.

The Charity Woof Cup was a big hit preceding the World Cup class, raising funds for several great causes as top riders paired with agility dogs to race around their respective obstacle courses. In between winning the $35,000 Del Mar Charity 1.5 Meter Grand Prix, presented by Davlyn Farms, on Chivas Z, and finishing fifth with

18-year-old Jennifer Gates had a few rails but she was understandably thrilled to tackle the imposing course with Pumped Up Kicks. Photo: Kim F. Miller

Allyssa Hecht & Calero continue to rack up impessive rounds: logging another 4-faulter. Photo: Kim F. Miller

Cristallo in the World Cup class, Richard Spooner emceed a wonderful workshop with young riders. (See the Gallop, page 10). Beezie Madden started the big class by sharing her insights on the course with the packed house crowd before saddling up herself.

Riding in Woof Cups, hosting workshops and speaking to the crowd were just a few examples of how hard our riders work, not just at their sport but to help promote it and make it accessible to all. That was one of many things to be impressed by throughout the Del Mar International.


For complete results, visit www.westpalmsevents.com.

 

Dale Harvey & Danielle Ballard of West Palms Events poised to keep everything running smoothly. Photo: Kim F. Miller