California Riding Magazine • May, 2011

Jumping to Victory
Edgar Pagan and his students mark a
super successful HITS circuit.

by Barbara Blasko

Therese Peres on Charmeur Z

Therese Peres and Charmeur Z's 21 wins on the HITS Thermal circuit set the pace for all competitors from Edgar Pagan Show Jumpers in Coto de Caza. Therese dominated the Adult Jumper 50-and-over section, winning almost every class she entered. Eight of her 21 wins were in the prestigious Marshall & Sterling and Child/ Adult jumper classics.

Charmeur Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding, is a new ride for Therese. She purchased him last August and this year's Desert Circuit marked only their third show together. They proved their versatility winning in every ring there, even the Grand Prix field, where they captured the win in the $1,000 Child/Adult Jumper Classic out of 24 starters. Therese and her Charmeur Z were mid-circuit reserve and overall circuit champion in the older AA jumper division.

Rider and trainer Edgar Pagan also had a very successful HITS circuit, riding Natalie Brumby's Suspended Animation to the mid-circuit level 4 jumper championship. Additionally, he had wins in the hunter division aboard Cancion, who also belongs to Brumby. Showing his versatility as a rider, Edgar also piloted Rory Gibbs' Popular J in the Baby Green Hunter division. In the higher level jumpers, he rode yet another of Brumby's mounts, Wish You Were Here, to top ribbons in the level 4 and 5 jumpers.

Out on the Grand Prix field, Rory Gibbs and her horse Normandee were 10th out of 50 starters in the $5,000 Jr/AO Jumper Classic Medium during week three with a double clean effort. Rory and Normandee stepped it up to win ribbons in the Amateur-Owner Jumper Medium, set at a stout 1.30m.

Pagan's other amateur riders, Penny Crayne, Lauri Hardyman and I rode to numerous ribbons in the Low Childrens/Adult and Adult Amateur Jumpers. Crayne rode both Lotta Class (owned by Therese Peres) to great ribbons in the Low Child/Adult Jumpers, as well as moving up to the AA jumpers on her mare Cointraeau Z. Hardyman also made the move up to the 1.10 jumpers on her Tiarra. I showed two of my newest mounts, Ultimate Tiger, whom I purchased from Edgar, and Liamos Z, whom I got from Ali Nilforushan this January.

At the end of the circuit, Edgar stated, "It was a long six weeks, but well worth it." He plans on returning for the full Desert Circuit again next year. In the meantime, his horses are getting a break before returning to the show circuit this spring.