23-year-old Hunter Holloway wins her first World Cup stage in Las Vegas

21 November 2021Author : Christelle Honorez

This weekend, the North American league of the World Cup circuit made a stop in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hunter Holloway headed an entirely American and 100% female podium, followed by Natalie Dean and Laura Hite!

Twenty-nine combinations took on the course designed by Brazilian course designer Guilherme Jorge. He designed the course for this flagship event in the South Point Arena, a unique location since the competition was held, and still is, at the South Point Hotel! Of the 29 competitors, only six qualified for the jump-off. At the end of a perfectly run second round, with a lead of almost three seconds (37.77s) over her successor, Hunter Holloway won her first World Cup Grand Prix on Pepita Con Spita (DSP Con Spirit). The American has been riding this mare for nearly two years. "Building a relationship with her has been awesome. She's a sensitive type of mare that gets better and better with each class in each year. Hopefully she'll be a team horse for the future, so that's something we'll look forward toward," she said after her win. In the short term, the rider is aiming for the World Cup Final with the 10-year-old mare. "She's the perfect age for it, and she'll be really ready by then," concluded the rider.

Hunter Holloway and Pepita Con Spita. 

In this Grand Prix, there was no room for foreign competition on the podium! With a time of 40.83s, Natalie Dean achieved the second double clear of the event with her mount Chance Ste Hermelle (Calcaro F.C), coming in ahead of Laura Hite and Calypso v/d Zuuthoeve (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve).

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Photo credit: FEI/Andrew Ryback Photography

AuthorChristelle Honorez