Mandy Porter and Coral Reef Follow Me II Race to the Finish in the Surfside Grand Prix

Mandy Porter and Coral Reef Follow Me II Race to the Finish in the Surfside Grand Prix
Friday night's $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix Presented by iJump Sports is always an exhilarating experience for spectators. The class began with 60 starters, including top international show jumpers, including Richard Spooner, Will Simpson, Rich Fellers, Mandy Porter, and Nayel Nassar.

This speed class, designed by world renowned course designer Marc Etter of Switzerland, was created to test the competitors' speed and agility. In addition to being agile and quick in the speed class, the horses and riders need to be tidy and leave all the jumps up, too, in hopes of moving on to Saturday night's $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar Presented by Pacific Sotheby's International Equestrian Division!

The course contained a triple combination across the diagonal and an oxer-oxer combination on the long side of the arena, for a total of 15 efforts. There were a few single fences where the riders were able to lengthen their horse's stride in an effort to stay under the time allowed of 82 seconds.

In the end, it was Mandy Porter and Coral Reef Ranch's Coral Reef Follow Me II taking home the blue ribbon in the qualifying speed class. Michelle Parker and Cross Creek Farms' Cupilor took second and Jennifer Gates and Evergate Stables' Pacific Des Essarts rounded out the top three. What a great class!

Place Number Horse Owner Rider
1 180 Coral Reef Follow Me II Coral Reef Ranch LLC Mandy Porter
2 309 Cupilor Cross Creek Farms, Inc Michelle Parker
3 624 Pacific Des Essarts Evergate Stables LLC Jennifer Gates
4 231 RockY W Kaitlin Campbell Kaitlin Campbell
5 131 Revenge Shelley Fellers Shelley Fellers
6 646 The Dude Nicole Walker William Simpson
7 336 Jonkheer Z Emily Livermore Guy Thomas
8 260 Samson II Dogwood Hill Llc Zazou Hoffman
9 218 Clockwise of Greenhill Z Uma O'Neill Uma O'Neill
10 625 Bardolino Evergate Stables LLC Jennifer Gates
11 810 Carlow October Hill Hunters & Jumpers Thilo Schulz
12 623 Ayma De La Demi Lune Potcreek Partners Llc Candida