Autumn Jubilee (Nov. 20-22) concluded a successful hunter/jumper season for Camelot Events at the Industry Hills Expo Center in the Los Angeles area’s City of Industry. Show manager Raizy Goffman offered the first time $1,000 Thoroughbred Hunter Classic Sunday morning of her show with a two round classic format. Long-time Thoroughbred advocate Duncan McIntosh and Sheri Moser sponsored the purse and Silks to Show Ring Thoroughbred Foundation supplied coolers to the champion and reserve champion. It had 10 entries with different competition heights from 2’6 to 3’6” with Mike Nielson setting the course. Many Thoroughbred owners and trainers thank Raizy Goffman for being bold to offer this class to showcase a breed that has been forgotten. Goffman says she is ready to do it again next year and to add a high point Thoroughbred horse for each of her shows offered for 2010.
Trainer Amy Hess of Hess Equine had two of the top winners in the class. The champion was Hess Equine’s Audible, whose racing name was Unbridled Dignity. He was a $2 million dollar yearling at the Keeneland Sales in Kentucky and went on to be a successful racehorse. After starting his show ring career as a jumper, he now cruises as a hunter, earning Show Champion Modified Hunter at this event. Reserve champion was Anne Schroeder’s Vaudvelle, who also raced, and was Reserve Show Champion Baby Green Hunter. They both were ridden to the wins by Jaime Taylor.
Archie Cox from Brookway Stables brought two seasoned 3’6” hunters, one was Classified ridden by Virginia Fout, who were third overall and Stephanie Danhakl’s In Sync, ridden by Gabbie Langston, was fifth. Check Please was fourth in the Classic and Show Champion Baby Green Hunter with rider Chris Land.
Lisa Thorpe, of Silks to Show Ring, helped school the entry of Amy Breur’s 5-year-old Wilson, with rider Natalie Lund, to sixth place and Show Reserve Champion PreGreen Hunter at his first A show. Purse sponsor Sheri Moser rode for Elle Harrity the Baby Green Hunter, Cupid, who was seventh. To finish the ribbon winners, DiVinci and owner and rider Laura Huston were eigth place, Tops Off Don’t Shake with owner and rider Katrina Ruzics were ninth and 10th place went to Holly Go Lightly with Colleen Freeman riding for owner Pamela White.
Moving forward from here, Duncan McIntosh is forming a Thoroughbred Horse Show Association to help raise funds to sponsor divisions and special classes a shows through the year. Silks to Show Ring Thoroughbred Foundation sponsored a year-end award through San Fernando Horse Show Association for High Point Hunter and Jumper offered for 2009 and hopes other California associations will jump on board. To assure eligibility for Thoroughbreds that do not have papers or tattoos, owners can have their horse’s blood genetically tested by a veterinarian. Registering them with USEF/USHJA/PHR, and obtaining a registration card, is a good idea
It was quite a kick to watch these classic hunters go around. Hopefully, offering these classes, divisions and year-end awards for both hunter and jumper Thoroughbreds will give these horses a new career once finished at the track. These programs began because of the terrible fate these horses can face. Helping them get to the show ring in all divisions will be very promising for their future.
Article provided by Silks to Show Ring Thoroughbred Foundation.
For more information on the Foundation go to www.silkstoshowring.com. To join the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association contact Duncan McIntosh at 818-943-7102.