Eduardo Menezes & Caruschka Win 35,000 FEI 1.45m Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic at Las Vegas CSI4*-W

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Brazil’s Eduardo Menezes picked up ranking points and a healthy prize money check at the beginning of his week in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday, November 17, 2016. Competing at the Las Vegas National Horse Show CSI4*-W, Menezes went up against a start list of 51 in the opening, CSI rated competition at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

Better, he was first among those 50 riders in the $35,000 FEI 1.45m Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic, presented by E2 Show Jumpers and Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses, and he tackled the track which couldn’t be beat. He galloped the 12-year-old Oldenburg mare Caruschka (Caspar x Continue) over the power and speed course, with a phase 2 time of 23.84 seconds.

The USA’s Will Simpson finished 2nd aboard The Dude in a time that was nearly three full seconds slower than Menezes, in 26.31 seconds. And Canada came 3rd, with Keean White finishing in 26.75 seconds aboard Corette. In total, 11 pairs completed the track with zero faults, and with several more days of CSI rated competition to go before Saturday evening’s Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Las Vegas, there are plenty more chances for riders to earn ranking points and qualify for that finale grand prix.

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Eduardo Menezes and Caruschka Throw Down the Gauntlet in the First FEI Class of the Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W

Menezes Wins the $35,000 FEI 1.45m Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic, presented by E2 Show Jumpers & Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses

Las Vegas, NV – First to go in the $35,000 FEI 1.45m Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic, presented by E2 Show Jumpers and Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses, Eduardo Menezes simply could not be beat. In a power and speed format, once going clean in the first phase, Menezes and the 12-year-old Oldenburg mare, Caruschka, sped around the speed phase, choosing a smooth track at a forward pace, in a time of 23.83. With over fifty entries, and eleven double clean rides, the closest to Menezes was the pair who finished second, Will Simpson and The Dude (Nicole Walker, owner) who stopped the clock in 26.31.

She can really cover the ground,” Menezes said of Caruschka. “Going first I knew I had to go for it, and it worked out.”

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Enrique Gonzalez takes victory in Longines FEI World Cup North American League showdown at Del Mar

Mexico’s Enrique Gonzalez came top of an Olympic star-studded jump-off to win the third leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2016/2017 North American League Western Sub-League at the Del Mar International Horse Show in California, USA.

Gonzalez was one of only three riders that advanced to the final jump-off round under the indoor lights at The Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Having delivered one of the rare clear first round performances, the 52-year-old veteran rider then recorded a clear jump-off round aboard Chacna with his last-to-go effort the fastest time by over two seconds.

France’s Eric Navet, riding Catypso, finished in the runner-up position while Brazil’s Eduardo Menezes rounded out the top-three placings with Catalina.

Egypt’s Nayel Nassar narrowly missed out on the final round with a rail down at the first round’s first fence, but with the fastest, four-fault round, he finished fourth riding Lordan. Karl Cook was the highest placing home rider, ending the evening in fifth with Tembla.

A starting field of 28 horse and rider combinations attempted the demanding track designed by Frank Rothenberger who accurately predicted only three would ride his course clear. It was only the trio of Gonzalez, Navet and Menezes who rode clear in the first round to progress to the jump-off.

Menezes and Catalina incurred eight faults on their second tour of the track, whilst Navet and Catypso went double clear in a time of 43.15 seconds. It was left to Gonzalez and Chacna to deny them victory and his risky strategy paid off as they went clear in 40.93 seconds.

Following the Del Mar leg of competition, Karl Cook currently holds the top position in the Western Sub-League standings while fellow American Audrey Coulter heads the leaderboard for the Eastern Sub-League standings.

The next events in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2016/2017 North American League for the Western and Eastern Sub-Leagues are both on 29 October, at Washington, USA and Calgary, Canada.

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2016/2017 North American League, West Coast sub league.
Result: Leg 3 – Del Mar Fairgrounds, California, USA

1, Chacna (Enrique Gonzalez) Mexico 0/0 faults 40.93 seconds (jump-off)
2, Catypso (Eric Navet) Germany 0/0 43.15
3, Catalina (Eduardo Menezes) Brazil 0/8 44.56
4, Lordan (Nayel Nassar) Egypt 4 faults/61.90
5, Tembla (Karl Cook) USA 4/66.57
6, NKH Quanto (Christian Heineking) Germany 4/66.90
7, Capital Colnardo (Audrey Coulter) USA 4/67.74
8, Qinghai (Guido Klatte, Jr.) Germany 4/68.26
9, Apollonia (Harrie Smolders) Netherlands 8/63.68
10, The Dude (Will Simpson) USA 8/64.36

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Enrique Gonzalez and Chacna Take Home the Blue in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar

It was an exciting week of International competition at the Del Mar International Horse Show, which concluded with the Charity Woof Cup Presented by The San Diego Union – Tribune and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar tonight. Enrique Gonzalez and Chacna were victorious in the field of 28 after a challenging course designed by elite course designer Frank Rothenberger of Germany.

“We are very happy to welcome Frank in Southern California,” said second place finisher Eric Navet. “Having the best course designers at the shows helps make the sport better.”

Enrique Gonzalez and Chacna win the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar Photo by Alden Corrigan for West Palms Events

Enrique Gonzalez and Chacna win the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar
Photo by Alden Corrigan for West Palms Events

The course contained 12 obstacles with 15 efforts, including the Longines triple combination across the diagonal and a triple bar at fence 8 to a one stride, 9AB, on the rail. The line to 9AB proved to be a tricky length, with riders having to decipher between a longer four or a collected five strides.

Brazilian rider Eduardo Menezes and Catalina entered the ring 15th in the order to execute a beautiful round to become the first clean pair, and the first pair to put five strides into the line to the combination! World-renowned French rider Eric Navet and Catypso followed Menezes’ clean round two rides later to challenge he and Catalina in a jump off.

Menezes’ business partner, Enrique Gonzalez, and Chacna went 25th in the order to put up the third and final clear first round score to head into the jump off.

An unfortunate 8 faults for Menezes and Catalina in the jump off allowed Navet and Gonzalez the opportunity to take the lead with zero fault scores. Navet and Catypso did just that, with a clean jump off in a time of 43.15. Last to go, Gonzalez knew he had to keep a tight track to beat Navet’s time and had no room for error on jump faults. Gonzalez and Chacna marched into the arena and performed flawlessly, with a clean jump off in an astounding time of 40.93 to take the lead from Navet!

 Eduardo Menezes and Catalina take third in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar Photo by Kristin Lee Photography for West Palms Events

Eduardo Menezes and Catalina take third in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Del Mar
Photo by Kristin Lee Photography for West Palms Events

“Having Eric and my partner ahead of me was tough,” said Gonzalez. “Eric is one of the best riders in the world, and Eduardo is on his way to being one. It is not easy to think of beating them. Once I watched Eric go in the jump off, I thought there was a chance if I took a stride out in the first line and it worked out.”

It definitely worked out for him, obtaining one of his biggest victories tonight here at the Del Mar International Horse Show.

Enrique Gonzalez accepts his Longines watch from Longines Representative Kristina Havelos
Photo by McCool Photography for West Palms Events

“We are so happy for Enrique, Eric and Eduardo on their placings tonight,” said Adrienne Karazissis of West Palms Events. “It was an exciting line up and an incredible jump off. The crowd enjoyed every moment!”

West Palms Event Management
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Rancho Santa Fe equestrian rode in Rio Olympics

Eduardo Menezes, world class equestrian and owner of Rancho Santa Fe’s E2 Stables, had the experience of a lifetime this summer competing for his native Brazil in the Rio Olympics. Team Brazil finished in fourth place in the team jumping competition.

“It was amazing, all of the other riders agreed that we had never seen anything like that. The crowd was unbelievably supportive,” Menezes said, noting even as the riders put on their Brazil jackets in warm-ups people would start screaming — he compared it to scoring a touchdown in the Super Bowl. “To be there, representing Brazil in my own country, it was unbelievable.”

Menezes, who has placed highly in Grand Prix jumping events around the world, juggles his busy competition schedule and co-managing E2, focusing on the sales and development of talented show jumping prospects.

On Oct. 12-30, Menezes will compete alongside an elite field in the Del Mar International Horse Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Many in the competition will be Olympic veterans, including Team USA’s Beezie Madden and Kent Farrington, who took silver in the team competition in Rio. All will be aiming to qualify for the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup — Del Mar is only one of seven World Cup qualifiers on the West Coast.

Menezes, 36, has been riding horses since he was 5 years old on his family’s cattle ranch in Brazil.

“I always took it very seriously, I always loved it and I always knew that’s what I wanted to do professionally,” Menezes said. “When I was 14 years old I told my dad that this is what I’m going to do.”

Menezes said his dad told him this was not news to him — he already knew what his son’s path would be.

Menezes moved to Rancho Santa Fe from Brazil in 2010. It was a decision that he made with one of his sponsors who wanted to come live in the U.S. and raise their children here.

“I really wanted to come,” Menezes said. “We used to come here every year in the summer to compete and we loved it. We knew this is the place we wanted to be.”

Menezes came to the states with his wife Leticia — their son Luca was born in 2013.

In 2014, he established E2 with his partner Enrique Gonzales. Their training philosophy views show jumping not only as a demanding sport requiring hard work and discipline but also as a “form of art, created between horse and rider.” Their method involves creating a strong bond between horse and rider.

Menezes keeps very busy competing nearly every weekend, all over the world.

For the last four years, he has been riding and competing with Quintol, a 2005 Oldenburg Gelding. Just like he trains all levels of riders at E2, he has developed a kinship and partnership with the horse.

“I have rode him an average of an hour every day for the last four years so we know each other well,” Menezes said.

In preparation for Rio, he left Rancho Santa Fe on Dec. 28, 2015 and just returned after the Olympic Games on Aug. 22. From December through August he was competing all over Europe with a temporary home base in Belgium.

Since returning from Rio, Menezes hasn’t had much time off — Sept. 7-11 he was in Canada competing with Team Brazil in the Spruce Meadows Masters, the biggest Grand Prix in the world. The team won the silver medal and Menezes finished in 12th place in the Grand Prix. Menezes and Brazil had won the Spruce Meadows Masters in 2015.

Quintol was due back from Canada on Sept. 13 and Menezes said the horse will rest up until the Del Mar International Horse Show, to refresh both his mind and his body. Menezes said as long as Quintol is feeling happy they will compete in Del Mar, with the goal of qualifying for the Grand Prix where $100,000 in prize money will be up for grabs.

“Our goal is to win,” Menezes said.

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Eduardo Menezes and Caruschka 2 Win $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Classic to Start WEF 10

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Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.


Wellington, FL – March 16, 2016 – Week ten of the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), sponsored by Horseware Ireland, began Wednesday morning at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with a win for Brazil’s Eduardo Menezes and Caruschka 2 in the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m Jumper Classic.

WEF 10, sponsored by Horseware Ireland, features CSI 3* jumper and ‘AA” rated hunter competition running March 16-20, 2016. The week features the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 10 on Thursday, the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m Classic on Friday, the $130,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, and the $35,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday. The 12-week WEF circuit runs through April 3 offering more than $9 million in prize money.

Michel Vaillancourt (USA) is the course designer in the International Ring for WEF 10. First thing Wednesday morning, Vaillancourt saw 63 entries with 17 clear rounds over his 1.45m speed track. Twelfth to go in the order, Menezes and Caruschka 2 raced through the early morning fog to clock the winning time of 59.44 seconds.

Richie Moloney (IRL) and Equinimity LLC’s Alsvid finished second in 60.30 seconds. Ronan McGuigan (IRL) and Capall Zidane placed third in 61.39 seconds, and Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Susan Grange’s Tennyson earned fourth place honors in a time of 61.77.

Menezes has owned Caruschka 2, a 12-year-old Oldenburg mare (Caspar x Continue), for five years and has a great partnership with the talented mare. She came from breeder Gestüt Lewitz, and Menezes purchased the mare as a seven-year-old after she went to the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium.

Speaking of his winning round with Caruschka on Wednesday, Menezes stated, “This mare is a very good speed horse. I think it was a very good course for her. She has a huge stride and you can take strides out here and there, and in the end it works great.”

“She is a very sweet horse. She has a lot of character,” Menezes detailed. “On a daily basis, she is a hot horse to ride, but she will never buck or spook. She is very easy to handle at home, but when she gets to the show she knows that she is here and then she gets her engine really going. Then I just have to hold the reins and let her go.”

Caruschka 2 and Menezes will compete next in Friday’s $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m Classic and then compete in three classes during week 11.

In the spring, Menezes and his horses head to Europe. Menezes then has his sights set on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with his top horse, Quintol.

E2 Stables on Fire on Both Coasts

enrique-gonzalezE2 stables had another great week on both coasts. Eduardo was 4th in Wellington 5* Grand Prix. Enrique was 6th in the World Cup Qualifier in Thermal. Also Cristobal Collado won the Junior Medium Classic and Carlos Hank Jr. placed with his two horses in the tough Medium Junior Classic in Wellington.

Karieanne Boyce Lockheart also placed with her two horses in the 25,000 Grand Prix in Thermal. Congrats to the team!

Eduardo Menezes and Caruschka 2 top $35,000 Illustrated Properties at WEF


The $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m Classic was held in the International Ring at PBIEC on Friday morning with a win for Eduardo Menezes (BRA) and his 12-year-old Oldenburg mare Carushka 2 (Caspar x Continue). The pair beat out Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Eternal by 4/100ths of a second with their winning time of 62.65 seconds. Vanderveen settled for second place in 62.69 seconds. Conor Swail (IRL) and Ariel and Susan Grange’s Dillinger placed third in 63.22 seconds, and Shane Sweetnam (IRL) finished fourth in 63.59 seconds riding Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Cyklon 1083.

Guilherme Jorge (BRA) set the speed track for 47 starters and yielded 13 clear rounds in total. Menezes explained that he went 38th in the order and had a good plan set by the time he entered the ring. “Caruschka is like an ATM machine,” Menezes stated. “If I have the best plan, then normally she is in at least the top three. She is really fast and really careful. This time I was late in the order, so I had time to watch some rounds and see where I could win a couple seconds and where I could also be a little bit more careful here and there, and the plan worked very well.”

“I watched Eric (Lamaze) and I saw Conor Swail. They are both very fast riders,” Menezes continued. “Eric took a little bit of a chance to the triple and I was maybe thinking of doing the same strides there. Then I saw him have one down, so I thought that was a place to save a little bit. Then Conor’s round was pretty good, so I set my plan and it worked well.”

Speaking on where he made up the slight 4/100ths of a second to take the lead, Menezes detailed, “I think the two lines, from jumps one to two and ten to eleven. My mare has a big stride, and instead of doing the lines straight, I bend the lines a little bit. I think that helped me because you can do it faster instead of slowing down. I think that makes the little difference.”

Menezes and Carushka 2 will show again in next week’s CSI 5* competition, once again contesting the 1.45m and 1.50m classes. “She came to do these classes. She is a real speed horse and that is what she likes,” he concluded.

Also showing in the International Ring on Friday, Kelsey Thatcher and Pony Lane Farm’s Everything were victorious in the $2,500 MAYBACH – ICONS OF LUXURY High Amateur-Owner Jumper class. Silvana Cabral and Louis Pedro Biraben’s Toulouse 66 topped the $1,500 Sleepy P Ranch High Junior Jumper class. The $6,000 Illustrated Properties 1.40m Speed Challenge concluded the day, pinned in a California Split with 122 entries. Todd Minikus and Plum Creek Hollow Farm’s Con Capilot completed the fastest time overall to win Section A. Laura Chapot and her own BEC Hugo topped Section B.

Final Results: $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m Classic

1. CARUSCHKA 2: 2004 Oldenburg mare by Caspar x Continue EDUARDO MENEZES (BRA), Eduardo Menezes: 0/62.65

2. BULL RUN’S ETERNAL: 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Toulon x Mellinor KRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers One LLC: 0/62.69

3. DILLINGER: 2007 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Contender x Capitol I CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel and Susan Grange: 0/63.22

4. CYKLON 1083: 2001 Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm LLC: 0/63.59

5. QUOINTREAU UN PRINCE: 2004 Selle Francais gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Rosire LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Laura Chapot & McLain Ward: 0/63.88

6. DOOLEY’S DELUXE: 2004 SACHS gelding by Dinglinger x Lesotho VANESSA MANNIX (CAN), Vanessa Mannix: 0/68.25

7. ZERNIKE K: 2004 KWPN gelding by Sam R 60 x H Topas EDWARD LEVY (FRA), Remarkable Farms LP: 0/68.57

8. HAPPINESS: 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare by Quadrillo x Burggraaf YANN CANDELE (CAN), Watermark Group: 0/68.61

9. BE GENTLE: 2006 KWPN mare by Ticallux Verte x Gentleman LILLIE KEENAN (USA), Chansonette Farm LLC: 0/70.06

10. AVALON 280: 2006 Westphalian gelding by Arpeggio x Potsdam ELIZABETH GINGRAS (CAN), Erickson Halina Group Syndicate: 0/70.95

11. QUINIELA LA SILLA: 2005 SLS mare by Chapultepec la Silla x Quick Star CELSO ARIANI (BRA), Celso Ariani: 0/71.18

12. AHMED DU CALVAIRE: 2006 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Cerano x Landwind ROSS MULHOLLAND (IRL), Frank Stronach: 0/72.30

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Desert Circuit III continues with action-packed classes and hefty prize purses featuring the $50,000 Brook Ledge Welcome Stakes and the $65,500 Wilmington Trust Grand Prix

Thermal, CA (February 5, 2016): Desert Circuit III offers nearly $700,000 in prize money to be awarded in the Jumper Divisions. The thrilling, and high-dollar week of competition brgan with the $50,000 Brook Ledge Welcome Stake on Wednesday and continued with the $65,500 Wilmington Trust Grand Prix on Thursday.

$50,000 Brook Ledge Welcome Stakes
Desert Circuit III got underway with the $50,000 Brook Ledge Welcome Stakes in the Grand Prix Ring at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California. Course designer, Bernardo Cabral, of Carnaxide, Portugal, set a course of 15 jumping efforts, with seven riders in a field of thirty-two, advancing to the jump-off to compete for the blue.

The course included several bending lines, rollback turns and three double combinations.  Keeping the rails up proved to be the challenge for many exhibitors competing in Wednesday’s big money class.

Chris Pratt and Concorde, owned by The Epic Group, LLC, rose to victory in the race to beat the clock in the jump-off. The equestrian from Lake View Terrace, California, added another win under his belt after claiming first in the Desert Circuit II $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. Second-place went to Karl Cook of Woodside, California, riding Signe Ostby’s Basimodo and finishing third was Jill Henselwood of Oxford Mills, Ontario, and Quidam Blue, owned by Juniper Farms and Equitop Farms.

First to go in the jump-off was Susan Hutchison and Ziedento, owned by St. Bride’s Farm. They powered through the first few fences, and ultimately finished in 42.305 seconds with four faults, after an unfortunate rail at the skinny vertical mid-course, landing them in seventh-place.

Enrique Gonzalez, of San Diego, California, was next to test the shortened course on his first of two mounts in the jump-off, his own Feline VIII. Gonzalez claimed the first clear attempt of the second round, crossing the timers in 44.185 seconds.

Third in the order was Lisa Carlsen and World’s Judgement, owned by W.J. Partners. It looked as though they might steal the lead from Gonzalez, but a heartbreaking rail at the second-to-last fence landed them just out of the top five for sixth-place.

Gonzalez returned to contend for the win, this time with Chacna. They clocked in in a fault-free 42.054-second round, beating his prior round and now holding the first and second spots.  The next three would be too fast though, ultimately putting Gonzalez in finishing fourth and fifth.

Henselwood and Quidam Blue followed Gonzalez with precision and speed, galloping through the course to finish clear in 41.734 seconds and move into the top spot.

Excitement in the stands began to rise as Pratt and Concorde entered to contend for the prize, with two speedy horses left in the order, it was still anyone’s game. They shaved time off the clock, taking an extremely tight turn after a vertical to the last bending line. The crowd awed as Pratt and the powerful bay thundered towards the finish. Concorde rubbed the rail at the second-to-last fence, but by fate’s design it did not fall—they clocked in at 40.104 seconds to take the lead.

Last in the order was Cook and Basimodo. They sped towards the finish, conquering fence by fence with the crowd on the edge of their seats to witness who would claim the title. They crossed the timers in a fault-free 40.643 seconds, just a fraction behind Pratt for second-place.

Place  Horse Owner Rider Prize R.1 Faults JO Faults  JO Time 
1 Concorde The Epic Group, LLC Chris Pratt $15,000 40.104
2 Basimodo Signe Ostby Karl Cook $11,000 40.643
3 Quidam Blue Juniper / Equitop Farms Jill Henselwood $6,500 41.734
4 Chacna Enrique Gonzalez Enrique Gonzalez $4,000 42.054
5 Feline VIII Enrique Gonzalez Enrique Gonzalez $3,000 44.185
6 World’s Judgment W.J. Partners Lisa Carlsen $2,500 4 39.242
7 Ziedento St. Bride’s Farm Susan Hutchison $2,000 4 42.305
8 Cornancer Little Valley Farms Ashlee Bond $1,500 4
9 Flexible Harry &  Molly Chapman Rich Fellers $1,500 4
10 Firestone Nicole Teague Kristin Hardin $1,000 4
11 Granit S John Anderson John Anderson $1,000 4
12 Christian Grey Haley Farms, LLC Tiffany Sullivan $1,000 4

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