Nayel Nassar and Nakich Double Dutch (Photo by McCool Photography) April 9, 2015 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The $25,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix kicked off the first of multiple showcase events during the third and final week of the Blenheim EquiSports Spring Classic series. With 66 entries in the class, veteran course designer Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) had the complex task of designing a track that would adequately challenge the huge field while being appropriate for the varying levels of competitor experience. With sixteen efforts consisting of a difficult triple combination, multiple rollbacks, and an accurate track connecting nearly every fence, the course kept competitors on their toes.
By Sophie St. Clair Twenty-three-year-old Nayel Nassar and his team of talented horses have racked up some impressive accolades, especially remarkable considering his age. In 2011, he competed in Doha, Qatar, placing fifth individually and winning a team bronze for Egypt at the Pan Arab Games. In 2012, he won the Artisan Farms Young Rider
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