January 2018 - IEHJA Update
Written by by Patti Schooley
Thursday, 28 December 2017 05:14
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Thanks to riders and sponsors for a successful Fall Festival Year-End Show.

by Patti Schooley

The Fall Festival year end horse show, held November 17-19 at the City of Industry Expo Center was a big hit with IEHJA competitors. The courses were challenging, the competition fierce but friendly, awesome prizes were awarded and in certain sponsored classes, monetarily rewarding. IEHJA thanks its many sponsors for their generosity including Infused Edibles (maker of CBD horse treats), The Hay Connection (a full-service feed supplier located in Norco), Caston Inc. (lighting contractors), Dover Saddlery (providing corporate support to IEHJA), Sports Life Magazine (a digital and print magazine focusing on all types of sporting activities) and Vamp Inc. (permanent make up). IEHJA also recognizes Cornerstone Equestrian Center (Susan Smith trainer) and Showcase Training Stables (Gretchen Clark trainer) for their supporting messages to all riders competing in the year end horse show. Also, a big thanks to California Riding Magazine for supporting IEHJA through its publication of monthly association related articles. Lastly, thanks to all the riders and their families who support IEHJA throughout the show year culminating in their participation in the year end horse show.

Willowbrook students won the $500 IEHJA Hunter Derby, the Flat Medal Finals, the 2’3” Medal Finals, the Green Rider Classic and many division championships.

Kiera Kuy and the Artiste and her many ribbons.

The Fall Festival kicked off on Friday November 17th with its “jumpers only” format. This popular approach to show class scheduling reduces stress among riders and trainers and prevents arena conflict. Twenty jumping classes were offered providing riders with many course and time challenges. The show kicked off with the low schooling jumper classes set at 0.7m’s. This series became a family “battle” as brother and sister Gabby and Forrest Franklin competed against one another. After a fierce competition Forever Young, ridden by Jasmine Wheatley tied with Gabby Franklin riding Zippy Ziggy for champion while younger brother Forrest on Dually Invested ended up reserve. Schooling Jumpers were also hard fought at the 0.76m height with Hazel Lenior riding her mare Certainly So winning champion and Haley Peterson aboard Triton in the reserve spot.

Hazel and Certainly So captured reserve in the Low children’s/AA 0.76 jumpers while Hannah Rohr riding her horse Jager Meister captured the division champion. Hannah and Jager Meister continued their championship ways in the Children’s/AA 0.85m with Aurora Remis and Manzanita in reserve. The pre-training jumper 0.85m division was won by Erika Winkle riding her horse Beatrice. The final jumper division, 1.0m modified Jr/AA saw Jolee Craigmyle riding Mr. Bojangles win the championship and Liz Lopez on Nothing But Baloo in reserve.

Back in the barn riders were getting ready for a different type of competition. IEHJA’s famous “bouncy ball” and stick horse races were scheduled for later that Friday night after the Meet and Greet dinner. Riders and their families were treated to a hearty Italian meal courtesy of the IEHJA Board of Directors. After consuming too many carbs, riders formed barn teams to challenge one another in the first of the relay races. Each ”rider” had to complete a key hole course on both the bouncy ball and stick horse. The winning four-member team was determined by the fastest time. Sam Tate from Willowbrook Riding Club and Equestrian Center proved to be the most adept “rider” in bouncy ball competition. The nights activities were capped by a magic show presented by magician Andrew Garces. Andrew amazed his audience with his tricks and illusions and was a perfect ending to fun evening.

Getting ready for leadline with trainers Gretchen Clark and Jessica Abbott.

Everything Is Coming Up Daisies and Donya Moshiri displaying their ribbons.

Hunter, equitation and specialty class competitions were conducted both weekend days with two arenas running concurrently. Most divisions consisted of four to six classes, with competition split between both Saturday and Sunday. Champion and reserve winners were announced on Sunday at the conclusion of the final division class. Ribbons, awarded first through eighth places, were presented at the end of each class. USHJA medals, the hunter derbies and classic class awards were presented on Saturday with the IEHJA medal final awards on Sunday.

Hunter competition started early in the Expo Center’s covered arena with the baby green hunters the first to compete. This popular division was won by Jessica Abbott riding Blackjack-N-Beers and Jasmine Wheatley on Forever Young winning reserve. These two riders battled it out in the low hunter division with Jessica riding Berlin to division champion and Jasmine in the reserve position riding her own horse Gentleman’s Agreement. Moving up to the 3’ fence height, the modified hunter equitation division champion was Devynn Sibly on Sovereign Ruler followed by Liz Lopez on Warrior. These two riders switch placings in the Modified JR/AA hunter class. Hazel Lenior dominated the low children’s/AA 2’6” division winning both hunter and equitation followed by Bridget Corbin on Tobias. Campbell Lear riding her own Spell’s Checkmate tied with Bridget for reserve in the low children’s/AA hunter division. With fence heights set at 2’9” the children’s/AA modified hunters proved very competitive. Triton with Haley Peterson aboard won both equitation and hunters. Hunter Franklin riding his big horse Raphael, was reserve in equitation and Lindsey Steel aboard her even bigger horse Kodiak was the reserve modified hunter.

The USHJA Medal Classes, the $500 Fall Festival Hunter Derby and the Showdown Perpetual Medal competition were held Saturday under the lights in the covered arena. The 2017 Showdown Perpetual Medal winner was Haley Peterson riding Triton. This class, sponsored by Joan and Pat Romo of Mountain View Farms, presents riders with a 2’6-2’9” jumper type course. Riders were judged on equitation, guidance and control of their horse and includes a work-off of the two top riders. Raphael, ridden by Gabby Franklin, won the $500 Fall Festival Hunter Derby. The Hay Connection sponsored this event allowing for the monetary award. Riders were judged on performance, hunter pace, jumping style, quality and movement over a hunter derby style course. Hannah Rohr riding her own Jager Meister was second in the derby competition. USHJA Medal winners as follows: 2’6” Silver, Chloe Hardgrove on Olivander first with Cambell Lear and Spells Checkmate second; 2’9” Gold Devynn Sibley on Sovereign Reign first with Elle Martin second. A second Derby Class, the 2’- 2’3” Pumpkin Patch Derby was added Saturday by show management. The top two places were won by Showcase Training Stables riders Christina Brady on Blackjack-N-Beers and Jessica Abbott riding Check Me Out.

Charmaine Chong riding Jis Dis Commander with trainer Jasmine Wheatley.

Devynn Sibley on her winning horse Sovereign Ruler.

Competition in the outside arena was just as fierce as cross rails, walk trot, green rider and the stirrup classes were very popular. Also held was the $100 2’3” green rider hunter classic, the $100 2’ stirrup classic and the $100 cross rail classic. The green rider classic winner was Forrest Franklin riding Dually Invested with Carolyn Wickstrand on To the Max in second. Eliza Oltman, riding in her very first horse show, won the stirrup classic riding Everything’s Coming Up Daisies followed by Sam Tate on Summer Vacation. Rock N Roll and Kendall Martinez was first in the cross-rail classic with Red Star and Landon Wright winning second. Landon also won reserve champion in the cross-rail division while Jasmine Baez on Nantucket was champion. The open cross-rails division saw Isabell Aldas on To the Max win champion and Katie O’Malley on her own Kathmandu as reserve.

While cross-rails classes were the most popular with the largest contingent of competitors, the walk-trot classes were not far behind in number or riders. The enthusiasm of riders in both division speaks well for the future of competition in IEHJA sanctioned horse shows.  Winning the title of walk-trot champion was Kacy Hamilton riding her own Dakota and Juliette L’Anson on Little Blackie won reserve. Green riders also came out in force to compete in this division. Carolyn Wicksrtand won another championship on To The Max followed by Christina Brady riding her own Blackjack-N- Beers who tied for reserve with Aurora Remis on Manzanita. Closing out our acknowledgement of champions is Sam Tate on Summer Vacation winning the short stirrup division with Carolyn Wickstrand on To The Max reserve.

IEHJA thanks the many volunteers who worked tirelessly to organize the Fall Festival, the trainers who worked throughout the year to prepare their clients for competition, the grooms who produced well turned out horses, the judges for their keen observations and the difficult job of scoring the competitors, the officials for keeping things running smoothly and the ring crews for resetting jumps and changing courses between classes. A special thanks to course designer Kelly James for challenging the riders to think as well as ride. And many thanks to Von Dell Images for their beautiful photography.

IEHJA invites all riders to participate in the 2018 horse show season. Sanctioned show dates can be found on the IEHJA website www.iehja.com. Please join us at our annual Red Carpet Awards Banquet on February 18, 2018. Details can be also found on our website.

Jessica Abbott with two of her many winners.

Jasmine Wheatley and Forever Young.

Jolee jumping Mr Bojangles.

Haley Peterson winner of the 2017 Showdown Perpetual trophy.

Bouncy ball race riders ready to compete.

Forrest Franklin on Dually Invested.

Christina Brady and Blackjack-N-Beers wins the Pumpkin Patch Hunter Derby.