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A year of firsts continues for Team Hyperion, as their Western swing begins. In the months leading up to the Winter Equestrian Festival, Team Hyperion will be competing at shows throughout the state of California, working to acquire points toward qualification for the World Cup Finals in 2015.
The kick-off event being the inaugural LA Masters, where the stars of show jumping intermingled with stars from Hollywood and the Southern California social scene. Over the 4 day event, 50,000 spectators came to enjoy the luxury lifestyle sporting event held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. From the stables of Hyperion Stud, both Imothep and Chin Quidam VDL were entered into competition against many of the world’s best.
Beginning on day 1, Darragh Kenny rode Chin Quidam VDL in the CSI5* 1.45m speed class. Thirty-seven competitors entered into this challenge, with top rider entries from USA, Canada, Brazil, Germany, France and more. Truly making this one of the more recognizable and prestigious shows in the country today. As the 8 year old KWPN stallion took to the ring, there was no question he would again rise to the top after finishing his clear round in only 56.11 seconds. After and exciting jump off Chin Quidam VDL finished reserve champion behind the #6 ranked rider in the world, Patrice Delaveau of France, aboard Ornella Mail HDC.
Coming off of a 12th place finish in the World Equestrian Games only a few weeks ago, Imothep was one of 42 to take to the arena on day 2 to compete in the City of Los Angeles CSI5* 1.50m jump off class. Directing his mount to a clear first round, Darragh advanced to the jump off round for his chance at the $83,500 prize money. One of only 16 pairings to advance to the next phase. In the jump off things were looking promising for a double clear finish until they pulled a rail on a very difficult rollback to a vertical, relegating them to a 14th place finish overall.
Day 3 brought Chin Quidam VDL and Darragh Kenny back into the ring to do battle against 22 other pairings in the CSI5* 1.50m jump off class. Being only the second 1.50m class Chin had ever competed in, the pair laid down a double clear effort finishing 2nd behind Patrice Delaveau once again. Darragh commented on the performance of his horse, stating “The horse was absolutely excellent. He’s only eight and that’s his second 1.50m and he looks as if he’s going to be a great horse for the future.”
Rounding out the week’s events was the $475,000 Longines Grand Prix. The scale of difficulty was immense, proving so when only 6 of the 41 entries jumped clean in the first round. Darragh and Imothep, unfortunately were not one of the lucky six, however finished in a very respectable 17th place with only a single knockdown and a time of 75.54 seconds.
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