Thursday, May. 30, 2024

Showpark Racing Festival

Del Mar, Calif., July 23-27.

A photo collection of the weekend's winners.



Del Mar, Calif., July 23-27.

A photo collection of the weekend’s winners.

Susie Hutchison and Cantano continued their winning streak in the $25,000 Racing Festival Grand Prix, earning the top check for El Dorado 29.  The 8-year-old just stepped up from the level 7 classes this April, and the stallion already won four of his first five grand prix classes. “He’s incredibly careful,” said Hutchison. “Knock on wood, he’s gone show after show without a rail down. It’s like he’s allergic to wood.”


Sage Flynn (far left) picked up
the small junior hunter, 15 and under, championship aboard
Falcao for her sister Brooke.

Neverland jumped to the top of the adult amateur hunter, 36 and over, division with owner Gina Groth in the irons. Groth and Neverland
took the blue in all four over fences classes and the adult amateur hunter classic. “One of his nicknames is Baby Einstein because he’s so bright,” said Groth of the 6-year-old. “It’s a curse and a blessing—I really have to be careful not to make the same mistake two times in a row.

Madeline Hegedus piloted her Kiss The Girls to the medium pony hunter championship.  Hegedus, who trains with Cece Bloum of Newmarket, started competing the 13-year-old gelding 2 1⁄2 years ago, and today she shares riding duties with her younger sister Chloe.


Jenny Karazissis catch rode Oscany Inc.’s Stars Go Blue to the top of the green conformation division. Karazissis picked up the reins for owner Olivia Esse, who rides the Selle Français gelding in the large junior hunter ring.

Harvard earned the highest honors in the amateur-owner hunter, 36 and over, division, winning all five classes with Tracy Sully aboard. The 6-year-old started his career
as a dressage prospect before
changing tack to compete in the hunter ring. Sully, Aldergrove, B.C., also captured the reserve championship aboard Dominick.

In just their second show out of the lows, Elizabeth Dickinson and her Dimenos 3 jumped to the top of the high junior/amateur-owner jumper division. The 9-year-old Westphalian also captured the
1.35-meter championship with
Kasey Ament up.

Photos by Laurie Weiner, Jennifer Muncy and Dick Gallian