November 2015 - Show Report: NorCal Medal Finals
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Saturday, 31 October 2015 15:56
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Great turn-out, horsemanship progress and prizes on display in season finale.

The Northern California Hunter/Jumper Association Medal Finals Horse Show concluded on Oct. 11, at Brookside Horse Park. The show was sold out and the Medal Finals themselves had a record number of finalists.

Winner of the award for the Best Medal Horse, sponsored by Lightacres and Sue Lightner in memory of Evan. Elton, owned and ridden by Patty Gill, trained by Kelly Van Vleck. Photo: Deb Dawson

Ray Sallgallo of Estancia Farms, winner of the Shorty & Spaulding Groom’s Turn Out Challenge, with Sherry Kozloff’s Ferragamo. Photo: Deb Dawson

The awards, generously underwritten by Tom Rattigan and G2 Insurance for the Junior and Senior Medals, and by Polly Hey Panos and Hey & Hey for the Three Foot and Pony Medals, included a custom tack trunk for champions, director chairs for winning trainers and custom mounting blocks for reserve champions.

The first group to compete, the Junior Medal Finals, showed in the main hunter arena. The courses, designed by Peter Holmes and Ron Beachy, were inviting with excellent challenges for horses and riders.

Winner of the NorCal Junior Medal Finals, Patty Gill, trained by Kelly Van Vleck. Presenting are members of the NorCal Hunter Jumper Association Board of Directors and last year’s winner, Katie Aoki. Photo: Deb Dawson

Patty Gill. Photo: Annie Spaulding Bennett

Patty Gill, riding Elton, led from start to finish, winning both Round 1 and Round 2. She beautifully executed the work off of the top four riders to clinch the top spot. Patty is trained by Kelly Van Vleck.

Elton was also named Best Medal Horse, the judge’s choice for the horse they would most wish to ride in a medal finals. Patty has shown consistent progress, finishing in the top spot of the 2013 NorCal Junior/Amateur 3’ Medal Finals, and moving up to 3’6” in 2014 to earn the Reserve Champion honors at last year’s

Junior Medal Finals. Kelsey Fenger earned the Junior Medal Reserve Championship.

Winner of the NorCal Junior/Amateur 3’ Medal Finals, Alicia Jovais, trained by Beverly Jovais. Presenting are members of the NorCal Hunter Jum per Association Board of Directors and last year’s winner, Keely Laughlin. Photo: Deb Dawson

Alicia Jovais. Photo: Annie Spaulding Bennett

Jayme Omand, the 2013 winner of the NorCal Junior Medal Finals, came back to compete in the Senior Finals. Jayme, also trained by Kelly Van Vleck, followed in her younger barnmate’s footsteps to finish first in both Round 1 and Round 2. She clinched the Championship over Tonya Johnston, who finished second in both rounds and was named overall Reserve Champion. Tonya is trained by Hope and Ned Glynn of Sonoma Valley Stables.

The Junior/Amateur 3’ Medal Finals was hotly contested with 49 finalists. Christina Vail rose to the top in Round 1 and Emma Reichow topped the leader board in Round 2. However, it was the consistency shown by Alicia Jovais that ruled the day. Alicia placed fifth place in Round 1 and fourth in Round 2. She moved up on the merits of her businesslike workoff to earn the Champion tri-color ribbon.

Winner of the NorCal Senior Medal Finals, Jayme Omand, trained by Kelly Van Vleck. Presenting are members of the NorCal Hunter Jumper Association Board of Directors and last year’s winner, Eleanor Hellman. Photo: Deb Dawson

Jayme Omand. Photo: Annie Spaulding Bennett

Trained by her mother, Beverly Jovais, Alicia celebrated her birthday in style with the overall win. Christina earned Reserve Champion honors, with Emma close behind in the third spot overall.

Last, but certainly not least, the finals competition concluded with the NorCal Pony Medal Finals. Alexa Leong topped the 21 entries in Round 1, followed by Adrienne Park. Virginia Bonnie, winner of the NorCal Pony Equitation Classic earlier in 2015, claimed the top spot in Round 2, followed by Madeline Park.

Then it was down to the work off. Virginia, Anya Gupta, Emma Borders and Madeline were called back to test and Madeline earned the top spot. She is trained by Jill Hamilton and Nancy Thomas of Millennium Farms. The beautiful Raggedy Ann Perpetual trophy, generously donated by last year’s winner Isabel Coxe, was presented in its inaugural year in honor of the pony that earned her the championship in 2014. Emma Borders was named Reserve Champion by the judges.

Winner of the NorCal Pony Medal Finals, Madeline Park, trained by Jill Hamilton and Nancy Thomas of Millennium Farms. Presenting are members of the NorCal Hunter Jumper Association Board of Directors and last year’s winner, Isabel Coxe. Photo: Deb Dawson

Madeline Park with trainer Jill Hamilton. Photo: Annie Spaulding Bennett

 


Thanks to NorCal president Cindi “Shorty” Perez for this report. For more information on the NorCal Hunter/Jumper Association, visit www.norcalhunterjumpers.com.