Articles: Press Release
Hap Hansen Stables Complete Successful Two Week Run in Del Mar,
California at 60th Anniversary Del Mar National Horse Show and At Ranch
Mason Phelps, Jr. of Phelps Media Group, Inc. at (561)
753-3389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Encinitas, Ca - May 16 - The Hap Hansen Stables wrapped up two weeks of
action in Del Mar, California, with success at both the 60th Annual Del
Mar National Horse Show, May 3-8, and at the just completed Ranch and
Coast Show, held at Del Mar Showpark this past week.
Riding Linda Smith's ABC Lanzelot, Hansen grabbed a fifth place finish
in the $100,000 HBO Grand Prix of Del Mar last Saturday night. "I was
the second fastest of the four faults in round one," Hansen said. "The
horse jumped super and it was a lot of course. He was a bit green and
little spooky under the lights, but he tried hard and I was very proud
of the effort." This week at Showpark's Ranch and Coast, Hansen and the
10 year old Oldenberg gelding finished seventh in the $40,000 Ranch and
Coast Grand Prix. This marks the fifth Grand Prix in a row that this
duo has finished in the top twelve.
Hansen's biggest success at this year's Del Mar National came on the
hunter side. Aboard Sharon Engel's The Promise, Hansen dominated the
Pre-Green Hunters, taking top honors in three classes. "She's an
elegant mover and a beautiful jumper," said Hansen. "I'll keep her
Pre-Green this year and move her up next season. She's got a great
future." Hansen continued his winning ways with The Promise at Ranch
and Coast, taking home the Modified Hunter Championship.
Following a win and a fifth place finish at the Del Mar National Horse
Show, Sharon Engel was champion in the Adult Amateur Hunters 51 and Over
with her wonderful hunter Superman at Ranch and Coast. At Showpark this
week, the duo racked up a win and three second place finishes to take
home the tri-color.
Hansen finished third this year in the hotly contested $25,000 Del Mar
National Horse Show Equitation Championship. Hansen, who missed the top
twelve in phase one, came from behind to gather in a third place finish
in the second phase of the three phase competition and then held steady
to finish third in the overall championship. Nicole Simpson and Jenny
Karazissis finished first and second.
At Del Mar National, junior rider Bliss Heers topped a field of
seventeen competitors to snare the victory in the Hunter Phase of the
Washington International Horse Show Equitation Class and finished
seventh in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search. Heers also took home
five ribbons in the Large Junior Hunter section aboard her mount, Cento,
owned by Bridgeside Farm, LLC. This week at Ranch and Coast, Heers was
fifth in the Washington and seventh in the CPHA Hunt Seat Medal.
Heers is currently ranked as the top West Coast rider and ninth in the
nation on the 2005 Bigeq.com Equitation Index at the popular
www.bigeq.com website. Earlier in the
Heers was the number one rider on the Indio Desert Circuit rankings and
was honored with the Consistency Award for most number of placings on
the Indio tour.