Teodori Wins $100,000 Premier Truck & Trailer Grand Prix of Del Mar
RELEASE: May 8, 2008
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Talin Hartounian
Eighteen-year-old rookie Laura Teodori went clean and well within the time allowed in an exciting jump-off against three veteran riders to win the $100,000 Premier Truck & Trailer Grand Prix of Del Mar, an American Grand Prix Association (AGA) event, at the Del Mar National Horse Show.
Riding Kasoar D’Uxelles, owned by L & M Ventures, LLC, Teodori went up against 29 competitors from all over the nation in the competition held Saturday, May 3. Only three others—Ali Nilforushan, Alicia Jonsson and Audra Fleck Snijders—qualified for the jump-off that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats.
Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios and internationally known grand prix course designer Peter Holmes worked together to design a challenging, but fair course for the 30 horses and riders that qualified to compete in Saturday night’s prestigious event.
Riders came from as far away as Hawaii and Virginia, however the home field advantage played out among the top six finishers, which included two San Diego locals.
Grand Prix of Del Mar Results:
1. Laura Teodori (Scottsdale, AZ) riding Kasoar D’Uxelles, zero faults
2. Ali Nilforushan (Iran/Cardiff By the Sea, CA) riding Warco Van De Halhoeve
3. Alicia Jonsson (San Jose, CA) riding Don Francisco
4. Audra Fleck Snijders (Woodinville, WA) riding Rainland Mel
5. Joie Gatlin (San Juan Capistrano, CA) riding SunCal’s King
6. Keri Potter (Del Mar, CA) riding Rockford I
The 63rd Annual Del Mar National Horse Show featured more than 1,500 competitors from around the United States and internationally recognized equestrian riders. Consisting of three disciplines—Western, dressage, and hunter/jumper, this show is among the most respected, distinguished and popular equestrian events in Southern California. For more information on the Del Mar National Horse Show, visit www.delmarnational.com