On Sunday, Mario Deslauriers (USA) and Ardeche van de Zelm,owned by Mario's wife Lisa Deslauriers, topped the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. In a class of 41 entries, seven cleared the first round course to advance to the jump-off, and Deslauriers and 'Ardeche' completed the only double clear round in a time of 34.87 seconds to earn the victory.
Ardeche is a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Gran Corrado x Darco. After his win on Sunday, Deslauriers explained, "Ardeche is a horse that my wife Lisa rides also, that we have had for several years. It is a great horse. We were having some bad luck with his health for a little while, but we always try to bring him back because we know he is so good and he proved it today. He just had a couple of classes for practice and then he can just go in here and do what he does. He is exceptional.""He has won the Queen's Cup; he has won several grand prixs. We just had a lot of bad luck with him, but touch wood, we keep hoping," Deslauriers added. "With a horse like that it makes it easy for the rider because you just have to be in range. He is so special and he is just a show horse. He gets in the arena and he hears the bell and he has already picked up the canter. He is very smart and it is just a real joy to ride him."
Laura Kraut (USA) and A. Lebon's Jubilee d'Ouilly finished second with four faults in 33.43 seconds. Alonso Valdez Prado (PER) and Quick du Pottier were third with four faults in 34.90 seconds. Daniel Deusser (GER) and Stephex Stables' Evita van de Veldbalie had four faults in 34.93 seconds. Kraut also took fifth place honors with the Evita Group's Nouvelle with four faults in 35.51 seconds.
Final Results: $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic
1. ARDECHE VAN DE ZELM MARIO DESLAURIERS LISA DESLAURIERS: 0/0/34.870
2. JUBILEE D'OUILLY LAURA KRAUT A. LEBON: 0/4/33.430
3. QUICK DU POTTIER ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO: 0/4/34.901
4. EVITA VAN DE VELDBALIEDANIEL DEUSSER STEPHEX STABLES: 0/4/34.930
5. NOUVELLE LAURA KRAUT EVITA GROUP: 0/4/35.514
6. ZEMILION NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO WEMBLEY FARMS, INC: 0/8/36.930
7. LILLI GEORGINA BLOOMBERG DIETMAR GUGLER & GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES: 0/13/44.354
8. LARGO RAMIRO QUINTANA MAVERICK VENTURES LLC: 4/79.609
9. TUXEDO TODD MINIKUS LEGACY STABLES LLC: 4/79.957
10. TEIRRA ALISE OKEN HI HOPES FARM LLC: 4/81.112
11. G&C SACRAMENTO LUIS LARRAZABAL ANABEL SIMON: 4/81.709
Source: Press release from Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
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