Towell Takes Welcome Prix

By October 14, 2015
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Beezie Madden and Quister were ninth at Del Mar. (ESI Photography)

Jack Hardin Towell and New York won today’s $33,000 Welcome Grand Prix at the Del Mar International, topping a class of 53 elite equestrian athletes. Eleven made the jump off on German course designer Heiko Wahlers’ first DMI World Cup Week grand prix, presented by Trelawny Farm. Towell’ s round two time was a blistering 37.04 seconds, with Kirsten Coe on California 62 following close on his heels to finish second with 38.12. Third place went to Cornet 39 with Lauren Hough in the irons and the fourth-place finisher was Richard Spooner riding the aptly named Mighty Mouse.

Other class competitors included Georgina Bloomberg, Quentin Judge, Eduardo Menezes, Nayal Nassar, Kent Farrington, Lauren Hough, Karl Cook, Eric Navet, Beezie Madden, Mandy Porter, Ray Texel, Richard Spooner, and Samuel Parot tackled renowned German course designer Heiko Wahlers’ first Grand Prix of the week.

Eleven riders made it to the jump off, and four went clear, but it was Jack Hardin Towell who expertly navigated the shortened course aboard New York and emerged victorious. Towell’s time was a blistering 37.04 seconds, with Kirsten Coe on California 62 following close on his heels to finish second in a time of 38.12. Third place went to Cornet 39 with Lauren Hough in the irons and a jump off time of 38.66, and our fourth-place finisher was Richard Spooner riding the aptly named Mighty Mouse who came in clean at 40.12 seconds.

Del Mar International World Cup Week, running through Sunday, features a total of five Grand Prix’s including the $150,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Del Mar, the Grand Prix Hunter Derby Final, the PCHA/Equine Insurance Children’s/Adult Jumper Championship, the Onondarka Medal Finals, and the $25,000 GGT-Footing Grand Prix Series Final and much more!

On deck for tomorrow, 48 riders including Beezie Madden, Richard Spooner, Kent Farrington, Lauren Hough, Ben Asselin, Eric Navet, Karl Cook, Will Simpson, Harley Brown, Hannah Selleck, Vinton Karrasch, and many more take on the $35,000 Intuit Grand Prix Qualifier 1.50M.

Complete results here.

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Jack Hardin Towell and New York, winners of the $33,000 Welcome Grand Prix. (ESI Photography)

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