Justin Resnik and Copias Kick the Competition in the $30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix

Justin Resnik and Copias. Photos courtesy of McCool
Justin Resnik and Copias. Photos courtesy of McCool

San Juan Capistrano, CA - With nine clean and three double clean in today's Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix, it was a race to the finish for the final standings. Second to go in the jump-off, Justin Resnik and Copias set the time to beat and were untouchable.

NAYRC Gold Medalist Kilian McGrath on Salerno (Rolling Oaks Ranch, owner) returned first, but with a heartbreak rail at the last fence the pair settled for fifth. Directly after, Resnik set a blazing time on Copias (AMA Marketing & Mgmt., owner) in 42.20.

Last week's grand prix winner, Josephina Nor Lantzman on her fabulous partner Chello Z, gave a great effort, picking up an unfortunate four faults in the combination, finishing fourth. Carol Wright on her Conejito and Kristen Vanderveen on Bull Run's Holy Smokes (Bull Run Jumpers, Inc., owners) were both double clear, but not quite fast enough, in 46.54 and 42.56, earning third and second respectively.

Copias, a Holsteiner by Caletto II, has been in the Resnik family since he was three. "He's sixteen now. He's a very cool horse, I own him with my brother, so he is really special to me."

About his win, Resnik said, "The jump-off was definitely a fast round. Going early in the jump-off I had to set the pace. So go as fast as you can and leave 'em up, and it worked out."

Emily Maclean Cleans Up in the Zone 10 Pony Challenge
Maclean had a stellar day, bringing home the Zone 10 Pony Challenge Grand Champion on Highlands Heaven Sent and Reserve Grand Champion on Footnote.

Beginning early Saturday morning, ponies paraded on the West Grass Field. From small to large, over 40 ponies modeled and performed under saddle.

Two-thirds of the way through the challenge, Sunday morning the ponies returned for the over fences phase. After earning an 86 and 87.5 on Saturday, Maclean had a great ride on medium pony Highlands Heaven Sent (Peakewood Pharm, LLC, owner) on Sunday, scoring an 87 and taking home the Grand Champion title with a grand total of 260.5.

Highlands Heaven Sent with Emily Maclean, Alicia Saxton and Christy Arbuckle. Photos courtesy of McCool
Highlands Heaven Sent with Emily Maclean, Alicia Saxton and Christy Arbuckle. Photos courtesy of McCool

She didn't stop there. Maclean rode Georgia Storm's Footnote to some high scores in the large pony division, including a 90 in the under saddle and an 85 in the over fence phases. Her overall total of 252 earned the award for Reserve Grand Champion.

Maclean didn't have any big expectations going into the competition. Although Footnote was familiar, as she had ridden him three years ago, the first time she had ever ridden Highlands Heaven Sent was Thursday this week. Nonetheless, Maclean achieved great results in a competitive challenge.

Stay tuned for more pony and prix highlights next Saturday at the Blenheim Red, White & Blue, including the $5,000 Markel Pony Hunter Derby and the $30,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix.

$30,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix
Place - Number - Horse - Rider - Owner - Faults/Time
1 - 523 - Copias - Justin Resnik - AMA Marketing & Mgmt, Inc. - 0/0/42.201
2 - 622 - Bull Run's Holy Smokes - Kristen Vanderveen - Bull Run Jumpers, Inc. - 0/0/42.567
3 - 311 - Conejito - Carol Wright - Carol Wright - 0/0/46.543
4 - 477 - Chello Z - Josephina Nor Lantzman - Josephina Nor Stables, LLC - 0/4/42.456
5 - 237 - Salerno - Kilian McGrath - Rolling Oaks Ranch - 0/4/43.607
6 - 639 - Contact - Andrew Chang - Andrew Chang - 0/4/46.236
7 - 510 - Vanotrouska - Chris Pratt - Luce del Sole, LLC - 0/8/41.040
8 - 462 - Con Spirit - Nathalie Manning - Nathalie Manning - 0/8/47.874
9 - 371 - Comet - Emily Esau-Williams - Theresa Boucher - 0/13/54.482
10 - 623 - Bull Run's Eternal - Kristen Vanderveen - Bull Run Jumpers One, LLC - 4/78.968
11 - 520 - Carismo Z - Justin Resnik - Carismo Z Group - 4/80.939
12 - 476 - Will Do - Cassie Frost - Pacifica Riding Club - 4/81.411

Zone 10 Pony Challenge
Place - Horse - Rider - Owner

GRAND CHAMPION: Highlands Heaven Sent / Emily Maclean / Peakewood Pharm, LLC
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION: Footnote / Emily Maclean / Georgia Storm

SMALL Division
Champion: Small Introduction / Augusta Iwasaki / Iwasaki & Reilly / Total: 244
Reserve: Dust Bunny / Mackenzie Root / Mackenzie Root / Total: 242.5

MEDIUM Division
Champion: Highlands Heaven Sent / Emily Maclean / Peakewood Pharm, LLC / Total: 260.5
Reserve: Always Happy / Brooke Morin / Laura Strasburg / Total: 250.5

LARGE Division
Champion: Footnote / Emily Maclean / Georgia Storm / Total: 252
Reserve: Kapalua / Mara Chemerinsky/ Karen Perlow / Total: 249

Champion: Whatdoyasay? / Bianca Jenkins / Bianca Jenkins / Total; 248
Reserve: Candy Crush / Sara Ryan / JH Sport Horses / Total: 241

Champion: Bumble Bee / Skylar Wireman / Kelly Covey / Total: 222
Reserve: Posh Ponytail Ribbons / Natalie Templeton/ Natalie Templeton / Total: 216


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