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Richard Spooner Shines in the Grand Prix of Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV- April 19, 2003 – Richard Spooner of Glendale, CA riding Robinson, owned by the Half Moon Investment Group, won the Grand Prix of Las Vegas at the Budweiser World Cup in an exciting jump-off on Saturday afternoon. The United States swept the top three in this International competition at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas with Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, coming in second on Judgement, owned by Iron Spring Farm, and Peter Wylde, who currently resides Maastricht, Holland, finished third riding Mania Jolly owned by Double H. Farm.

Wylde was first in the jump-off and went clear in a time of 30.04, putting the pressure on the rest of the nine riders the jump-off.

“Going first in the jump-off, I went as fast as I thought I could”, said Wylde. “I have only had this horse since October and we have only been in six shows together.”

The crowd went wild as Spooner made incredibly tight turns to beat the clock without fault in the fast time of 29.43 seconds. In addition to the $15,000 prize, Spooner won a lot more horsepower when he was awarded the use of a 2002 Pontiac Trans Am convertible for one year, courtesy of Pat Clark Pontiac GMC of Las Vegas. He also received a pair of Der Dau riding boots.

“I am happy to win at home in front of a hometown crowd,” said Spooner. “My horse, Robinson, has single-handedly changed my life, before him I only won one Grand Prix.”

Some World Cup riders threw on some jeans and donned a cowboy hat to compete in a Barrel Racing competition on Saturday. Three-time World Cup Champion, Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil won the class easily defeating the likes of three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Ludger Beerbaum of Germany, 2001 World Cup Champion Markus Fuchs of Switzerland, and US stars Leslie Howard, Norman Dello Joio and McLain Ward.

Show jumping action continues through Sunday, culminating with the feature event, the World Cup Final on Sunday. There will be more spectacular laser light shows and dazzling performances. For tickets and other information, please visit the website or call 702-260-8605.


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