The Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association Championship show will take place this weekend at Leone Equestrians (main hunter ring pictured above) in Sacramento, and trainer Beverly Jovais will be judging.
Chestnut Hill horses and their riders will notice several “home improvements” at Beaumont Farms these days. The main barn is getting spruced up with new siding (see photo above). The fans in the main barn were installed recently and they make a big difference on hot days by keeping the air moving and the horses cooler when the temperatures rise.
The first phase of construction for the new Eurociser, which included grading the ground, pouring a pad and putting down and packing the base rock was completed earlier this week (see below). The project will be completed next month.
Grace Lukach and her mare, Angel Smiling (pictured above) took third in the CPHA Junior Medal Final at the Blenheim Summer Classic. The pressure for the class is very intense, as it takes place indoors, during the evening, under the lights, before a hushed crowd. All 58 competitors participated in the first two rounds before three judges. Each judge scores each round, and the competitors are placed according to the average of those three scores. Grace and Angel received an average score of 82 after the first round, which left them out of the top ten. But, the duo came back for an amazing second round, in which they placed second – receiving an average score of 87, with one judge giving them an 89. Grace and Angel were in fourth place going into the third and final round, which included only the top ten teams. Their final round was brilliant, and the duo claimed third overall, garnering another 89 from one of the judges.
All of the courses were difficult and technical, but the final course included an “S” line (two bending lines) that could be ridden as a five stride to a five stride, a six to a five, or a six to a six. The top three finalists each happened to select a different option, (Grace and Angel rode the six to the five strides), demonstrating that each could be ridden beautifully.
Other results from the show included championship ribbons for Kingsford and Katharina Coleman (First Year Green), Lucky Mushroom and Caroline DeMoss (High Modified Hunter and Taylor Harris Insurance Medal), Grace McLaughlin and Santo (Equitation 14 – 15).
Congratulations to all competitors!
Pony hunters Right on Time with owner Caroline Robbins and Otteridge Black Hawk with owner Tylor Nowell (pictured above) each captured Reserve Championships in their divisions. Medal riders also did well, capturing blues in the Onondarka and WIHS Saddle Equitation Qualifying Class- Jumper Phase and Overall, and reds in the USEF Pony Medal, Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal, NorCal Hunter Jumper Medal, and the Pickwick Junior/Amateur Medal. This highly rated show is a perennial favorite, and the this year’s tough competition included Olympian Will Simpson (pictured below)!
Chestnut Hill riders and their horses netted a wall of ribbons, including seven championships, five reserve championships, and countless blue, red and yellow ribbons. Posing above, left to right: Caroline Robbins, Tylor Nowell, Blaire Kingsley, Kat Taylor and assistant trainer Katharina Coleman. To get a complete listing of the results, please click on “Results” in the navigation bar above. Congratulations to all competitors!