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Carly Anthony and Cornetiero Take Home First in the Surfside Grand Prix Qualifier, Lexi Wedemeyer and Gone Country Earn Top Spot in USHJA National Hunter Derby

      May 2, 2019

The 74th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show Hunter/Jumper week's special classes are always highlights for the audience to watch. Two of the most watched classes early in the week are the Surfside Grand Prix Qualifier and the USHJA National Hunter Derby. With a new CSI3* designation in the jumper classes, the show's competitors have even more of a reason to win: international points.

There were 51 teams that took on the first course, which was designed by Marina Azevedo of Brazil. The course had a time allowed of 78 seconds and took riders around the arena over 16 elements, including one triple combination on the rail, an oxer-vertical-vertical, one stride to two stride, challenge that proved to be quite difficult for many riders.

Another tough spot was the final four obstacles. Fence 11 was set on an angle and riders jumped it going towards the grandstands, leading them into a bending line to a one stride vertical-oxer at 12AB to a six or seven stride line to fence 13 to finish the course. Many riders caught 12a at an angle coming off fence 11 and subsequently became flat and caught fences 12b and 13. These late rails were the demise of many teams, ultimately leading them to 4 or 8 fault rounds keeping them out of the jump-off.

Ultimately, 13 teams had clear rounds, with the overall top 30 advancing to Saturday's $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar Presented by Pacific Sotheby's International Realty Equestrian Division.

The jump-off had a time allowed of 54 seconds with 8 obstacles. It began with number 8 turned into a vertical, bending line to number 10, an oxer, to a rollback turn to fence 6, a vertical across the centerline of the arena, turn to the first part of the triple combination on the rail, 7AB, rollback to fence 4, finishing with the outline line on the rail, fences 12-13.

Top athletes such as Enrique Gonzalez, Lane Clarke, Carly Anthony and Zazou Hoffman advanced into the competitive jump-off. Hoffman and Anthony qualified with both of their rides!

Mariano Maggi and Sanvano had a quick, clean jump-off round to start off the second phase with a time of 41.93. Uma O’Neill came into the arena second to go on Caville. They had the first rail down to immediately put them at four faults ending with a time of 42.78. Olympic veteran, Enrique Gonzalez was third up with Chacna. They had a rub on jump number 10, but it stayed up and they finished by moving into the lead with a time of 39.86. Hoffman and Vice Versa D’Ossau cme in next and unfortunately had down fence number 6. They finished in a time of 41.42 to move into third.

Half way through the jump off, Angel Karolyi and April Moon took on the course. They had the front rail of the lofty oxer, jump number 10, down to finish with four faults in a time of 42.58. Cassio Rivetti and Kaiser Van Het Lambroeck were up next, putting in a nice clean round, but not quite fast enough to take the lead from Gonzalez, moving into second with a time 40.69. Nicole Haunert and Concolue entered into the Del Mar Arena next, giving a great effort for a clean round, but slower than the top two, putting them into third with a time of 45.10.

Carly Anthony and Chacco had a beautiful, tidy round in a fast time of 40.68, but not quite able to catch Gonzalez and Chacna. Lane Clarke and Hooverphonic Odeveld had a rail at fence 6 in a time of 42.73 to move into eighth place. Saree Gordon-Solanki and Azuro 108 were next up to challenge Gonzalez’s time. The paid had a beautiful round but were not quote fast enough to catch the leader. They ended up in fifth with a time of 43.48. Hoffman returned on her second ride, Samson II, to try and unseat the leader. They became unbalanced from fence 7B to fence 4, ending up with a rail down on the large oxer, fence number 4 to finish with four faults in a time of  40.76.

Shawn Casady and Durango VDL were the first of the final two in the class. They had the final fence down with a time of 40.11 to move into seventh place. Last up in the class was Carly Anthony on her second ride, Cornetiero. They laid down a fast and clean round, with tight turns and no time to spare over the fences, they took over the lead with a time of 39.82 to win the class! What an awesome jump-off to lead into this weekend’s $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar Sponsored by EQ International Real Estate.

“Cornetiero and Chacco are very different horses,” Anthony explained, “So how I rode the class is different for both. Today my plan was to go clear on both and then go as well as they could in the jump-off. I thought both rode spectacular today. I’ve had a bit more consistent results with Chacco lately. Cornetiero and I are just getting the hang of things, but he really rose to the occasion today; we’ve been putting in a lot of work. We’re still in the process of writing out the plan for the year, but we are doing two weeks of Temecula and then we plan to go to Colorado for the grand prix and then after that, we’ll go to the 2* at Showpark, and then we’re back to World Cup™ season! We’re trying to go more quality over quantity this year, last year we showed almost every week, but this year we want to showcase the great horses we have and going to great shows, too.”

Anthony continued, “The course designer, Marina, did an incredible job. She builds based on the specs and based on who is competing and she hits the mark every time. I’m quite pleased with having her here, it’s a privilege and we are excited to see what she puts together for Saturday!”

We will be excited to see what she comes up with for Saturday’s big class, too!

Horse Rider Round 1 Faults Round 1 Time Jump-Off Faults Jump-Off Time
Cornetiero Carly Anthony 0 74.15 0 39.82
Chacna Enrique Gonzalez 0 76.04 0 39.96
Chacco Carly Anthony 0 73.98 0 40.68
Kaiser Van Het Lambroek Cassio Rivetti 0 75.2 0 40.69
Sanvano Mariano Maggi 0 76.95 0 41.93
Azuro 108 Saree Gordon-Solanki 0 74.41 0 43.38
Concolue Nicole Haunert 0 77.88 0 45.1
Durango VDL Shawn Casady 0 75.31 4 40.11
Samson II Zazou Hoffman 0 75.34 4 40.76
Vice Versa D'Ossau Zazou Hoffman 0 76.25 4 41.25
April Moon Angel Karolyi 0 77.77 4 42.58
Hooverphonic Odeveld Lane Clarke 0 76.51 4 42.73
Caville Uma O'Neill 0 73.83 4 42.78

The day ended in the Del Mar Arena with the $20,000 1.40M class. Rich Fellers and Steelbi ended up on top out of 33 entries, Keri Potter and Jiminy Cricket earning second and Karrie Rufer and Mai Tai 2 rounding out the top three in the class.

Today in the San Diego Arena, riders and their horses vied for the top spot in the USHJA National Hunter Derby. The Derby saw 21 starters, with top riders such as Lexi Wedemeyer, Jamie Taylor, Stella Wasserman, Karli Postel and others. This year, Lexi Wedemeyer and Mae-J Holdings’ Gone Country earned the top score of 178 from the judges. Jamie Taylor and Ariana Marnell’s Imagination earned a total of 174 points, good for second place. Rounding out the top three was Payton Potter and Infinity Equestrian LLC’s Khaled with 169.5 points.

“The Derby was a super class this week,” said Wedemeyer. “It had a competitive amount of entries, but was also king of open for anyone to win. I was fortunately mounted on Mae-J Holdings’ Gone Country, who is a spectacular horse. I’m so lucky to have been able to ride him this afternoon in the class!”


Place Number Horse Owner Rider
1 551 Gone Country Mae-J Holdings Lexi Wedemeyer
2 503 Imagination Ariana Marnell Jamie Taylor
3 139 Khaled Infinity Equestrian LLC Payton Potter
4 160 Countdown Amber Ayyad Amber Ayyad
5 614 Pearlita Pam Stewart Katie Taylor
6 182 Best Chance Mackenzie Root Mackenzie Root
7 356 Hinckley Debra Chambers Lindsay Ransom
8 329 Small Joy Quartet Farms LLC Jamie Taylor
9 291 Callahan II Estancia Farms Inc

Stella Wasserman

10 564 Coco Ashley Taylor Ashley Taylor
11 375 Philadelphia Story Santa Rosa Group Katie Gardner
12 212 Galactic Tonya Johnston Tonya Johnston

Earlier in the week, Lexi Wedemeyer took home first place in the USHJA Green Hunter Challenge, with Jamie Taylor and Ever So Clever earning second and Karli Postel and Vanessa rounded out the top three in the class.

Also notably, we had multiple divisions swept earlier in the week. Lindsay Ransom won all the Green Hunter 3’ Division classes aboard Debra Chambers’ Nivelo. John Bragg and Balmoral’s Pritchard Hill swept the Green Conformation Hunter Division. Lexi Wedemeyer and Eaton Place LLC’s Castle took home all the blue ribbons for the High Performance Conformation Hunter Division.


Hunter/Jumper Week Highlights

Friday, May 3

Time TBD - Del Mar Equitation Championship

4:00 PM - Exhibitor Welcome Party and $5,000 FEI 1.40M

Saturday, May 4 - 6:45PM

Land Rover San Diego Ride + Drive

$100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar

Presented by Pacific Sotheby's International Realty Equestrian Division

Victory Party & Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Sunday, May 5 - Times TBD

$25,000 Classic 1.40M

California JR/AO Grand Prix Presented by iJump Sports


3'3 JR/AO Hunter Classics

3'6 JR/AO Hunter Classics

Children's/Adult Hunter Classics

Pony Hunter Classic

You can find the full week schedule at the Del Mar National website, and if you are unable to join us in person, stay in the loop with our free, live webcast of the Del Mar Arena all week through EQSportsNet with a FREE live stream at the bottom of the homepage on the Del Mar National website. Click here. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with all the latest.  



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