Alicia Jonsson Foster and Don Francisco made a successful return to the ring while earning blues at the May 3-6 Woodside Spring Classic in both the $2,500 Open Welcome Stake and the $10,000 Jumper Classic. Alicia, who rides with Rudy Leone of Sacramento, had leased "Donny" out for the last two years. They got back together in November of 2011 and this was their first show outing since.
Top ribbons and prize money stayed in the barn for the Classic as Leone Equestrian's Jill Humphrey finished second aboard Zubliem and third on Quiro. Long time Leone student Payton Warren emerged champion of the 1.2m Modified Junior/Amateur Jumpers and earned herself a spot on the Nor Cal Spruce Meadows team at
In the hunter ring, the $2,500 USHJA National 3' Hunter Classic went to Paul Bennett riding Nicolette Hirt's Capitol Hill. Diane Yeager rode Sue Sadlier's Balios Z to runner-up and Balios collected more prizes: Modified Amateur Hunter and Amateur Owner Hunter championships with his owner, and Conformation Hunter Champion with Diane.
Sara Nordstrom made her trip from Washington State worthwhile by dominating the equitation and medals ranks. She won the WCE Medal and the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Class and was reserve champ in Equitation 15-17 and the ASPCA/Maclay Horsemanship class. A student of John Turner's, Sara also cleaned up in the Hunter divisions with her horses Eddison
Emily Ose and Splash.
Photo by Lynnda Ose
Splash Is Back!
Thanks to young rider Emily Ose for this report on her comeback kid, Smoke And Mirrors: "'Splash' has come back to the show ring after many years off. He was given to me four years ago in trade for spending the time to rehabilitate him from a torn left tendon. Two tendon tears (the original and one that occurred during a spook) and a hematoma (a jump rail hit his tendon) later, he is sound and competing again. I never thought that he would return to the show ring, especially not at the level he has. At 18, and with his history of tendon problems, I thought he might be able to compete at 2'6" or 3'0". Now, he is doing the 3'3" divisions!
"He first returned to the show ring last year at the Cloverleaf Medal Finals. Splash and I ended up third overall. Then, we decided to take him to the Northern Winter Classics this year and step him up the 3'3" division. He was a superstar, taking home reserve champion in the 3'3" Performance Hunters, and he helped (I used another horse for half the classes) me to be reserve champion in the Concours de Equitation. Since he was doing so well, we took him to Brookside Welcome, where we ended up champion in the Equitation 15-17.
"It makes me so happy to have him back in the show ring, and I hope to continue this trend through the year!"
Emily lives in Sacramento and trains with Sue Lightner of Lightacres Farm in Modesto.