California Riding Magazine • November, 2008

Tomorrow's Stars Shine

Young hunters took center stage at the Del Mar Horsepark on Aug. 27-28. The first day is devoted to Hunter Breeding classes in the International Hunter Futurity and the Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF National Hunter Breeding Championship.

Yearlings, 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds were presented in hand and judged on conformation and movement at the walk and trot and the event culminated with the naming of the Best Young Horse in the IHF. That day also featured the International Hunter Futurity Under Saddle class for 2-Year-Olds, followed by a luncheon in the rose garden overlooking the ring. The afternoon was devoted to the Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF National Hunter Breeding Championship and the Best Young Horse title again went to Wow. The Leading Handler was Chuck Esau. The day ended with a champagne celebration hosted by Tish Quirk at her breeding and training farm in Rancho Santa Fe. 

The following day the 3- and 4-year-olds of the International Hunter Futurity competed over fences and under saddle and earned more of the beautiful awards and cash prizes. In order to be eligible for the International Hunter Futurity, horses must have been sired by nominated stallions and nominated to the IHF as yearlings. The IHF offers regional competitions in Del Mar and in Warrenton, VA and finishes the year with the Finals in Lexington, KY.


Outstanding

Outstanding by Popeye K, out of Delilah by Coriano was Reserve Best Young Horse at the IHF. Owner: Krishna Buyalos; Breeder: Leslie Nelson; Handler: John Ducharme.
Photo: Maria Morgan @ CapturedMomentPhoto.com


Just Sasha

Just Sasha by Just The Best out of Decameron Nights won both of the 4-Year-Old classes over fences to earn the 4-Year-Old Championship. Just Sasha was 3-Year-Old Champion in 2007. Just The Best sired both the champion and the reserve champion in the 4-year-old division. Cathleen Calvert rode both the champion and the reserve champion in the 4-year-old division. Owner: Aisha Krechuniak; Breeder: Andre Forzani; Rider: Cathleen Calvert.
Photo: Tish Quirk


Pops

Pop’s Panda (Paparazzo/Wyvern/Wertherson) was Reserve Best Young Horse in the Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF National Hunter Breeding Championship. Owner/Breeder: Lisa Stroway; Handler: Carleton Brooks.
Photo: Maria Morgan @ CapturedMomentPhoto.com


Skycz

Skycz The Limit  (Alla Czar/Zierelikhut/Schoenfeld) was International Hunter Futurity 3-Year-Old Grand Champion.Owner/Breeder: Lisa Coletto-Cohen; Rider: Renae Coates.
Photo: Maria Morgan @ CapturedMomentPhoto.com


Wow

WOW, sired by Popeye K and out of Holy Cow was named Best Young Horse in the Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF National Hunter Breeding Championship West Coast competition and the International Hunter Futurity West Coast regional. Owner/Breeder: Leslie Nelson; Handler: Richard Taylor.
Photo: Maria Morgan @ CapturedMomentPhoto.com


Zabest

Zabest sired by Just The Best out of Inetta by Beach Boy was Reserve Champion in the 4-year-old IHF. Zabest won her IHF Breeders Challenge  Class as a yearling, 2-year-old and 3-year-old. Owner/Breeder: Tish Quirk; Rider: Cathleen Calvert.
Photo: Maria Morgan @ CapturedMomentPhoto.com