April 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:45

Nayel Nails Another Biggie

Nayel Nassar’s 14 year old Hanoverian Lordan doesn’t compete often, but when he does compete, he goes big. The pair won the AIG $1 Million at HITS Coachella Sunday March 18. That followed Lordan’s last outing at Cochella, the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup class, which he won on Feb. 10. The two-for-two track record speaks volumes of Nayel’s careful management of his spectacular horse.

Nayel and Lordan were one of only six pairs to clear course designer Mark McGowan’s 1.50 course. Nayel’s share of the prize purse was $350,000, and he had 50 contenders to fight against for that share of the million. The field included an extra amount of out-of-area contenders, including Rowan Willis of Australia, who finished second with Blue Movie. Third placer Paul O’Shea, riding 1265 Skara Glen’s Presence, was one of several Florida riders to come west for the cash. Texas-based German rider Christian Heineking earned $100,000 for his fourth pace finish on NKH Caruso, and he was followed by Erynn Ballard and Fantast. California girl Zazou Hoffman continued her impressive entry into the Grand Prix ranks with a clear first round and a sixth place finish with Samson II.

As has been the case for several years now, there was super fan turn-out for this exciting finale of eight weeks of competition at HITS Coachella venue.

Jan Ebeling & Sergio Leone

It was the final rider who triumphed on the final day, March 4, in week eight of the 2018 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida. The USA’s Jan Ebeling and Sergio Leone scored 71.958%—the only plus-70% score—to land the Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3*, presented by ProElite®. It was the second win of the week for Ann Romney’s 10-year-old gelding, his first having come in the Intermediate I CDI3* class.

Although only lightly shown in CDIs, Ebeling has been competing the Oldenburg gelding by Sir Donnerhall x Stedinger in national classes since he was 5 after sourcing him through Christian Heinrich in Bremen, Germany.

“We started showing him years ago at Third level and we’re just about ready to move into Grand Prix with him now,” continued Ebeling, 59. “I haven’t done many CDIs with him and I want to take my time and do the small tour one more time, but he’s pretty much schooling the whole Grand Prix so I think maybe before we leave to go back home to California at the end of the season, I might put him in an Intermediate II or a Young Horse Grand Prix.”
Jan, his wife Amy, and son Ben, a dressage and jumper rider, spend most of the year at their training facility, The Acres, in Moorpark.

Edited from a press release provided by Jennifer Wood Media.

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