October 2015 - Jordyn Hechter

Young rider is “movin’ on up” on the A-rated hunter/jumper circuit.

by Cheryl Erpelding

Last month Jordyn Hechter competed for her first time in the ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals and finished 11th out of 33 competitors on her hunter/equitation horse Taboo. Her trainer Jasmin Stair couldn’t have been more pleased with Jordyn’s performance as she had just moved up to the 3’6” division this year on her 11 year old, 15.3 hand Swedish Warmblood and was up against top riders who have had several years experience competing in the Maclays.

Jasmin says, “Jordyn is the most dedicated and natural rider that I have ever worked with and I can’t wait to see where this pair goes in the future. They are a pleasure to watch anytime they step in the ring.”

Jordyn started riding at RidgeMar and trained with Alison Mundo and then moved to Lisa Halterman’s Haven Farms where she moved up nicely through the levels before getting her horse Taboo in 2012.

Taboo was at a sale barn in Rancho Santa Fe and right away the pair were winning in the Greater San Diego Hunter Jumper Association’s Modified Junior Amateur division – 3’, and moved up the 3’3” Junior Amateur division with continued success.

Jordyn moved Taboo to Jasmin’s stables at Del Mar Horsepark last summer. Working with Jasmin and her barn manager Manuel Pioquinto has been great for Jordyn and Taboo. She has received a lot of one-on-one coaching and has been very active in the horsemanship part of keeping a top show horse in good care and condition.

Jasmin has really helped Jordyn to be more confident in the show ring and not to give up her ride to the fence whether it is going to be short or requiring more leg if the distance is going to be long.

Taboo is a wonderful horse that can get those top hunter ribbons and step in to the equitation ring and bring home the medals.

Jasmin encouraged Jordyn to compete in the West Coast A shows, with tougher competition and bigger classes. The pair continued to do well and won the May Ranch and Coast Maclay Medal out of 22, which qualified them for last month’s regional finals. They also qualified again by placing second at Showpark Spring Festival out of 11 riders.

Remarkable Year

Jordyn’s show year has been remarkable in her first full year of competing in the A shows. Besides placing 1st, 2nd, and 6th in her Maclay qualifiers, she was reserve champion for 3’3” Junior Hunters at the Del Mar National show, champion for 3’3” Junior Hunters at the Spring Festival Showpark show, winner of the $1,000 Showpark June Jamboree Junior/Amateur hunter classic, third overall in the 3’3”

West Coast Junior Hunter Finals, wining two of the three classes.

A few people have commented to Jordyn about Taboo on how nicely he has come along as a hunter and equitation horse, as it sounded like he might have been a handful in the show ring before Jordyn bought him.

Jasmin is pleased with how Taboo has been able to step up to the plate for everything that Jordyn has wanted to do at the A show level this year. Having only one horse that can bring home the top ribbons in both equitation and the hunter ring is rarely seen these days. Taboo is often the smallest horse in equitation ring, but the 15.3 5/8 hand gelding thinks he’s a 17 hand horse and often gives beautiful bold trips with Jordyn in the irons. Jasmin says, “We always laugh when he’s standing in the line up in the equitation flat classes or at the back gate next to the usually much larger Warmbloods waiting for his turn in the arena.”

Jordyn also is competing in the Greater San Diego Hunter/Jumper circuit and will be showing this month at the Championship show in the Working Hunters, the Hunter Derby the 3’3” medal, the Flat medal and the Equitation Challenge.

Jordyn is a senior at Canyon Crest Academy and is headed to college next year to study business management. Jordyn plans to work in the horse industry and plans to become a hunter/jumper trainer in the future.

Future show plans may include a trip to the Maclays in Kentucky as Jasmin says, “I was so proud of how they handled themselves at the Maclay regionals.”