California Riding Magazine • January
, 2008

Winner's Circle

No Turkeys at the Camelot Series Finale

The Thanksgiving vacation brought a herd of competitors to Industry Hills Expo Center for the Autumn Jubilee Horse Show, and it was a wild race for the Camelot Events 2007 Junior and Amateur Golf Cart Championship.

Riders competed all year at Camelot Event Horse Shows, and both the Junior and the Amateur competition came down to the very last show, the Jubilee. The three top amateurs were only two points apart coming into the show, and the three top juniors were also neck and neck.

Joann Niffenegger on Loud and Clear and trainer Kim Tasker.

JoAnn Niffenegger, turned out to be a shining star, and with the help of her outstanding Pinto, Loud And Clear, won the Amateur Golf Cart and the Valencia Sport Saddlery Year-End High Point Jacket.

The race for the Junior Golf Cart came down to the very last hunter division with Farrah Spillman and Michelle Hoey each winning the same number of points at the show. When the dust cleared, Farrah Spillman (and Mother Robyn) rode off in the Championship Golf Cart, and Michelle Hoey had a Reserve Championship bicycle, generously sponsored by Karen Lucian.

Farah Spillman on Victrola and proud family.

The Year-End Valencia Sport Saddlery Championship Jackets were also awarded throughout the show with the following results: High Amateur – JoAnn Niffenegger, High Junior – Ashlyn Matheus, Low Amateur – Jennifer Sofio, Low Junior – Farrah Spillman and Jumper - Savannah Campbell.

The Zone 10 Challenge Medal Finals were the highlight of the Hunter rings while the Mini Prix and the Ride & Drive lent excitement for the jumper riders competing in the grand arena.

Michelle Hoey on Sapphire Song with show manager
Raizy Goffman and trainer Stephanie Bailey.

Niffenegger and Loud And Clear again proved victorious, winning the Zone 10 Mini Medal Challenge Finals. Emily Hartley on her large pony, Pocket Change, took the Reserve Champion honors. Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning saw Allison Roy riding to the Zone 10 Championship in the 3’ Stirrup Cup Medal Finals on Happenstance with Lisa J. Brown on her heels becoming the 2007 Reserve Champion riding Corinth. Rainbow Canyon Ranch trains both of the Zone Champions.

Alison Roy on Happenstance.
(left to right) Milt & Raizy Goffman, managers of
The Autumn Jubilee and Alma Pena of Camelot Events.

These Finals are unique in that the Zone 10 Committee has enabled all medal riders in the Zone to have a chance to compete head to head no matter in which association they originally won their medal class. This is the third year for these Finals and is a great concept for medal riders 3’3” and under.

Joann Niffenegger on Loud and Clear.
(left to right) Alma Pena & Raizy Goffman of Camelot Events,
2006 Champion Rachel Sears and Kim Tasker, trainer of both
Joann & Rachel (and Alison Roy, too).

The jumper ring had a lively and exciting Ride & Drive with On Stage and Krystalle Glosser from Ronnie Freeman Stables riding off into the sunset with another brand new golf cart. The star of the $4500 Mini Prix was Cassie Frost winning both first and second place on Astro Boy, owned by Sugiyama Shinichiro, and Warlord II, owned by Chester Gavin. Seven riders went clean and made the jump off, but couldn’t beat the time of George Meyer’s two entries well ridden by Cassie Frost.

Information provided by Camelot Events.

California Reiner Wins NRHA Futurity Championship

Congratulations to Shannon McCarty of Gaviota. McCarty won the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Limited Open Futurity Championship at the 2007 NRHA Futurity and Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show held Nov. 22-Dec. 1, 2007 in Oklahoma City, OK. McCarty earned just over $8,800 by scoring a 211.5 on her bay Quarter Horse gelding, Troubled Gangster, by Gangster Chic and out of Shesa Commander Cody.

The Top 2007 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Final

Cara Cheska, Alexandra Wolff, Lindsay Ramar and Tina Dilandri emerged as champions of the 2007 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series conducted its largest series ever in 2007, with classes at 102 horse shows across the nation.

Lindsay Ramar of Los Angeles topped the amateur-owner division standings in the West Conference with 593 points aboard Puma. Finishing in second place was Steven Turilli of Lonetree, CO, who earned 360 points with Canada. Anne Frankel of Northridge rode Here and Now to a third-place finish with 341 points.

The top spot in the West Conference junior division standings went to Tina Dilandri, of La Jolla, and Chanel 292, with a year-end total of 395 points. Behind Dilandri with 370 points was Karl Cook of Woodside, on Notories Utopia. Paris Sellon of Los Angeles, finished the year in third place aboard Cordelia B, with whom she earned 300 points.

Cara Cheska of Waukesha, WI lead the amateur-owner division standings in the East Conference with 705 points aboard Game Twist. In the junior division, Alexandra Wolff of New Albany, OH, and Hertel Landman took top honors with 1,040 points.

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL, was established in 1987 and formally opened in 1989. It was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport. The Series is designed to give amateur-owner and junior riders an opportunity to compete at higher levels and serves as a proving ground for many riders who aspire to someday represent the United States in international competition.