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With sunny California in their wake, Team Hyperion has made their way back to their winter home in South Florida. For Imothep, Chin Quidam VDL and Dakota VDL, it was time well spent on America’s west coast.
During the Del Mar International Welcome Week CSI-2*, Team Hyperion announced their presence by commanding the attention of spectators and competitors alike. Right away, Dakota VDL seemed to dominate the 6 Year Old Jumper class with a 1st, 4th and 8th place finishes in the three competitions he competed in during Welcome Week. Chin Quidam VDL had similarly successful results, turning in a 7th place finish of in the $25,000 Del Mar Grand Prix, and an impressive 2nd in the $45,500 Grand Prix of the Pacific. Imothep had a well-deserved week of rest, awaiting the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
Del Mar International World Cup Week CSI-W3* continued to show the strength of Hyperion’s horses. With the busy previous week’s schedule, Dakota VDL took things easy by only being entered into one 1.35m class, which he finished 5th. The presence of Team Hyperion’s chieftain did not go unnoticed, when Imothep began his week finishing runner-up to Jennifer Gates’s Saskia in the 1.45m warm up class as he prepared for the World Cup Qualifier later in the week. The week culminated with Imothep and Darragh Kenny being among the 43 entries to take their shot at earning the top spot in the $125,000 Villas at Rancho Valencia World Cup Grand Prix of Del Mar. The course proved to be challenging, yet the two who finished 12th in The World Equestrian Games in September, unwaveringly concluded their 2014 Del Mar schedule by finishing 7th, gaining more valuable World Cup points for the extremely talented Darragh Kenny.
The week of November 5th – 9th brought the Team to the CSI-W2* in Thermal. Leading the way, Dakota VDL competed in a trifecta of 1.30m classes over three consecutive days, finishing 5th, 4th and 2nd. Dakota and Darragh Kenny bested 173 entries over the three competitions. Not to let his stable brother outdo him, Chin Quidam VDL ended up Champion of his 1.40m. It was then Imothep who anchored the team by successfully jumping in the two larger classes of the week. Imothep and Darragh started out by taking 7th place in the $35,000 Sunshine Welcome FEI competition on the 6th of November. The finale of the week, and also the final competition of Team Hyperion’s 2014 California competition cycle, was the $100,000 Sunshine Series World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix. Of the 43 competitor field, Darragh Kenny and Imothep came close to winning yet settled for a 2nd place finish, less than ¼ of a second behind the class winner, Karl Cook and his mount Jonkheer Z.
All in all, it was a very successful showing in California as objectives were strongly met. Darragh Kenny increased his position among the World Cup athletes, his points accrued have him now sitting 19th of 86 riders. Imothep will compete in one more World Cup class this November, then the whole team will enjoy some very well deserved time in the warm South Florida sun at Hyperion Stud South, in Wellington.
Team Hyperion would like to make special mention that Alex Hawrysko finished 2nd place in Raleigh, North Carolina aboard Babel HS. We are very proud of this result and are pleased to have them as part of our team.
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