(Ed. Note: Con Capilot competed in the Young Jumper Championships from 2008-2010, earning top ribbons from WEF to Desert Circuit.)
THERMAL, CA (January 28, 2013) – In a thrilling a contest that came down to the final seconds of the jump-off, the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, brought the first week of competition at HITS Desert Horse Park to a heart-pounding conclusion as Encinitas, California rider Mandy Porter on My Equine Ventures’ Con Capilot snatched victory from Mexico’s Enrique Gonzales on his own Quilebo Du Tillard.
Gonzales sat comfortably in first, but in a dramatic turn of events, Porter advanced to first. She was next-to-last in the ring among 32 starters and last to go in a jump-off that saw 12 advance fault-free past round one of Canadian designer Danny Foster’s course of 13 jumping efforts that included lots of tight turns and combinations.
First up in the jump-off was Gonzalez riding Criptonite, laying down an early Great American Time to Beat of 41.22 seconds. The next two – Helen McNaught of San Ramon, California and her own Caballo, and Tammie Phillips of Stratmore, Alberta and her own Lerche 37 – both upped the ante until Gonzalez returned with a redeeming ride on Quilebo Du Tillard. They ended in second in a time of 40.64 seconds.