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Spooner outduels Gates in Vegas $50K FEI 1.45m; then wins Longines $100K


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AS VEGAS, Nev.—What happens in Vegas surely will not remain in Vegas,


as far as the red-hot Richard Spooner is concerned. The California rider was dom-


inant during the week at the Las Vegas National, which culmi- nated in riding his new equine star, Chatinus, to victory in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas. “I’m just very optimistic for


the future with this horse,” Spooner said. “It’s just absolutely blowing my mind.” Spooner defeated Alison


Robitaille and Serise du Bidou to claim the top check, outpacing that duo’s time by nearly three seconds.


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Earlier, Spooner had compet- ed in a class of 33 entries aboard the 12-year-old stallion, Arthos R, to win the $50,000 FEI 1.45m Winning Round Classic, present- ed by Park Place Foundation. The second-round course


of that event included all the ingredients for a nail-biting fi nish - long gallops, big oxers, tight turns and tall verticals. Half of the returning riders posted clean rounds. Michelle Parker, fi rst to go in the second round, set a clean and quick pace in 45.91 seconds. Karl Cook returned for the second round on Calliou and posted the exact same time of 45.91 seconds. The young and talented


Jennifer Gates didn’t let those odds take the top call. She broke


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