Sydney Hutchins and Gaudi.
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The California Professional Horsemen's Assn. kicked off the medal finals season with its junior and amateur contests at Blenheim EquiSports in San Juan Capistrano. Elvenstar rider Sydney Hutchins put the nation on notice by winning all three rounds of the Aug. 16-18 Junior finals. Runner-up was Alexandra Ladove, followed by Alexis Graves. Sydney had a strong medal season last year and will head East for the "Big Eq" events with well-earned confidence. In the CPHA's Amateur division, Julia Nagler made her trip from trainer Benson Carroll's Northern California base worthwhile by winning each round to take the title by a big margin. She was followed by Emily Sowski and Virginia Fout, who also received the High Score for riders 36 and over. Kudos!
Julia Nagler and Vendetta.
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Meanwhile at the same show, the Summer Classic II, Eduardo Menezes outran all comers in the $40,000 Grand Prix jump-off Saturday afternoon to win aboard La Fleur. Josephina Nor-Lantzman finished second on Chello Z, and Joie Gatlin took third and fourth riding Miss CashCall and Zilox T, respectively. Appropriately, Joie and Miss CashCall took top honors in the seventh of eight qualifiers for the inaugural CashCall Mortgage Futurity league. The Final is set for the Blenheim Fall Tournament at Showpark Sept. 11-15. With a $25,00 purse, plus add back money, $37,975 is already on offer with one qualifier to go. Plus, there are no entry fees for riders in the top 15 of the rankings, currently led by Nick Haness, Joe Gatlin and Kandi Stewart.
Ashlee Bond and Chela L-S.
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Ashlee In Action
The fourth event in the $260,000 GGT Grand Prix Series drew a great crowd, and the riders did not disappoint with four clear rounds moving into the jump-off on Aug. 10 at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center. Ashlee Bond and Chela L-S took the win with a fast double clear, capturing the blue ribbon and moving into third in the current GGT Series standings.
"Chela L-S is a hot, but careful horse and it's so fun to gallop around with her and let her take the fences as they come. It was a tough course and was great practice for the World Cups coming up. This is a great venue with world-class footing and you can't ask for better than that."
Susan Artes holds the lead in the GGT Grand Prix Series. Its final is set for Oct. 27, during the Del Mar International's World Cup Week, and run under the capable hands of Dale Harvey's West Palms Event Management.
Kings Peak, owned by Emma Waldfogel and ridden by Hope Glynn, were the winners in the $10,000 USHJA International Derby at Menlo. Kings Peak was also
Large Jr Hunter Champion and Grand Jr Hunter.
Champion with owner Emma Waldfogel.
Guy Thomas Owns Menlo
Riding in front of a six-deep rail crowd and full VIP tents at the Menlo Charity Horse Show in early August, Guy Thomas finished first and fifth in the $40,000 Bentley Los Gatos & San Francisco Grand Prix. His winning partner was his own veteran, Peterbilt, and the fifth came aboard Laurie Thomas' Acomulado.
In the hunter division's crowning class, Kings Peak took top honors in the $10,000 USHJA International Derby. He is owned by Emma Waldfogel and was ridden to the win by Hope Glynn of Sonoma Valley Stables. Kings Peak was also Large Junior Hunter champion and Grand Junior Hunter champion with his owner Emma.
Haley Schwab and Wakyra on course at the
North American Young Riders Championship in Kentucky, where she and fellow Zone 10 rider Hannah von Heidegger and Geledimar joined with two Zone 8 pairs to earn team silver.
Champion Jenny Karazissis and Undeniable, owned by Kelly Straeter, at the $25,000 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby. The derby took place August 2-3, 2013 in Carson City, NV. Photo by Lindsay McCall
California Girls Rule at Franktown
Far West Farms' Jenny Karazissis and Undeniable dominated at the 4th Annual Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby. The derby weekend took place Aug. 2-3 in Carson City, NV, just minutes from Reno/Lake Tahoe. The Dutch Warmblood gelding Undeniable, owned by Kelly Straeter, did not miss a stride over Phil DeVita's $25,000 Franktown Meadows International Hunter Derby course or $2,500 National Hunter Derby course. Karazissis earned the championship rosette in both derbies. Top California rider Hope Glynn rode C.R. Haribo, owned by Emma Townsend, to earn the reserve championship in the International Hunter Derby. Glynn also took home the reserve championship in the National Hunter Derby aboard Woodstock, owned by Sabrina Hellman. Forty-seven horse and rider combinations competed in front of a crowd of over 300 spectators at the Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility. Both derbies were separate USEF licensed events and part of the USHJA International Hunter
Thanks to Lindsay McCall for this submission.