November 2018 - NorCal Champs
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:48
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Patty Gill, Alli Christy, Palmer Dooley & Laurel Piombo take top honors.

The Northern California Hunter/Jumper Association’s annual medal finals have been a talent spotter for equitation stars for many years. Held during the Sacramento International Welcome Week, at the Murieta Equestrian Center, this year the competition continued that tradition in a new venue. On Sept. 29-30 each of four divisions was conducted over two rounds, plus a work-off.

NorCal Senior Medal Final

Patty Gill, trained by Kelly Van Vleck, rode her horse Stanley F to the champion title. “He’s really smooth and super fun to jump because he loves his job,” said Gill of the 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding. “In the work-off he really pulled through with all those tests. He was perfect and he did everything I asked of him.”

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The reserve champion title went to Susan Sadlier who rode Meru. Sadlier is trained by Nicole Norris. In third place was Molly Pedulla and Conrad 80, trained by Nicole DiCorti Bush.


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NorCal Junior Medal Final

Alli Christy and Wodan earned the judges’ highest marks and the championship trophy in the NorCal Junior Medal Final. Christy is trained by Patty Ball. “Wodan is super sweet and such a good caretaker,” said Christy of the 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. “I felt like we really pulled it together in round two, and in the work-off we really got that gallop going and he was such a good boy.” (See separate story on Alli, this issue.)

Earning the reserve champion spot was Sophia Davies and Clooney, trained by Matthew Sereni, and in third place was Katie Kehring and Agano, trained by Andrea Correll.

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NorCal 3’ Medal Final

Palmer Dooley emerged as the winner in this division, riding Wellington, a 15-year-old Hanoverian. Dooley is trained by Jan Pearce.

“He’s so sweet and also super trustworthy,” said Dooley of Wellington. “He’s so solid, you just keep your leg on and he’ll jump anything in his way. He’s a great partner to have and I would not have wanted any other horse to be in the medal finals with.”

Earning the reserve champion title was Vianne Storrs and Gusti CK, trained by Matthew Sereni. In third place was Samantha Finnegan and Whimsy, trained by Tarrone Seaton.

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NorCal Pony Medal Final

This division was certainly the most adorable of all, and Laurel Piombo and Stellar Edition earned the champion trophy. They are trained by Andres Monroy.

“Stellar is so much fun,” said Laurel Piombo. “She has lots of energy and a great personality. I felt good about my rounds today and Stellar was a really good girl.”

Parker Piombo and Rivercross Utopia, also trained by Andres Monroy, earned reserve champion. Riley Hayes and Vintage Oak in Demand, trained by Tarrone Seaton, earned third place honors.

Edited press release provided by West Palms Events. For more information on the NorCal show association, visit