American rider Kristen Vanderveen flew in Las Vegas to take her first victory of the CSI4* Las Vegas National Horse Show. (Photo © McCool Photography)
American rider Kristen Vanderveen flew in the $50,000 Las Vegas National Welcome Speed Classic to take her first week’s victory.
Disputing the CSI4* Las Vegas National Horse Show week, the American rider Kristen Vanderveen maintained her good pace to win the speed class on course designed by Oscar Soberon of Mexico, leading a group of 53 pairs.
The speedy Kristen Vanderveen stopped the clock in 54.77 seconds with 12-year-old stallion Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili (Berlin x Darco) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six Llc, securing 50 World Ranking Points and marking a wide advantage of 7 seconds over her more close follower.
For second place the world champion and French Olympic medalist Eric Navet made a slower round with the 11-year-old gelding Basimodo (Quasimodo Z x Codexco) owned by Signe Ostby, with a time of 61.83 seconds and for third place the young American rider Jennifer Gates finished her course in 63.50 seconds, accompanied by the 13-year-old gelding Lufrikus S (Levisto x Kolibri) owned by Evergate Stables Llc.
For their part, the women maintained the dominance of the second week’s FEI class, occupying the fourth place Callan Solem with the 14-year-old gelding VDL Wizard (Gentleman x Ahorn) in 63.75 seconds.
Turning to the Latino Ranking Colombian rider John Perez got a solid presentation with the 16-year-old mare Utopia (Ircolando x Notaris), finishing in fifth place and getting 30 World Ranking Points, thanks to his completed round in 63.92 seconds.