Thermal, Calif. – Nov. 14, 2018 – Two weeks in the desert have come to an end as National Sunshine II wrapped up Sunday at the AON HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California. National Sunshine II featured hunter, jumper and equitation championships, as well as CSI3*-W competition.
To kick off that National Classes in the Grand Prix Stadium, Kristen Vanderveen rode Bull Run’s Divine Fortune to a first place finish in the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome. As the first to show in the class, their time of 33.085 would hold up throughout the class. Katherine Bullard and Cyriano S would follow in second place with a four-fault time of 38.250. Taking home both the third and fourth place ribbons was Karl Cook aboard Charita and Cyrano VDV, respectively. Cook would finish in an eight-fault time of 34.434 aboard Charita and although he was clear in the first round, chose not to return for the jump-off aboard Cyrano VDV. Just one time fault would keep Guillermo Obligado out of the jump-off aboard Tornado, to take home fifth place.
Simon McCarthy and Cooper would best a field of 79 in the $25,000 SmartPak Open Prix, taking home top honors in a time of 33.596. The red ribbon was won by Soehnke Theymann and Merida 8, less than half of a second behind McCarthy, in a time of 33.757. Kyle King and Christian took home third in a time of 34.481, followed by Alessandra Volpi and Foster 39 in fourth, crossing the timers in 37.318. Rounding out the top five, with a four-fault time of 38.350, was Mathis Schwentker and NKH Darco Son.
An evening under the lights would wrap up the National Open Jumper Classes on Saturday, when a competitive field went “hoof to hoof” in the $15,000 Roblee Valentine Equestrian Realty 1.35m Classic. Thirteen would return for the shortened course with just one second separating the top five finishers. Ashlee Bond would take home the blue ribbon aboard Donatello 41 in a time of 30.483. Taking home the red ribbon was Tracey Wade and Si Bella in a time of 30.982, followed by Richard Fellers and Crazy For Crown with a time of 31.053 for third. Crossing the timers in 31.461 would be Tayah Sobie and Brise CR for fourth place. Taking home the fifth place ribbon was Karl Cook and E’Special in a time of 31.541.
Hunter riders showed up in their shadbellies and whites for the two featured Hunter Classics at National Sunshine II. Both the Platinum Performance Hunter Prix and the USHJA International Hunter Derby count towards qualifying for the HITS Championship in Saugerties, New York.
Taking home top honors in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix was Amy Brubaker and Frascati with a first round score of 85 and a second round score of 86, combined for a total of 171 and the blue ribbon. Second place was awarded to Jill Humphrey for her ride aboard Ace Of Spades. Humphrey rode to scores of 83.5 and 84 in the respective rounds for an overall score of 167.5. Rounding out the top three was Avery Glynn and Snap Chat with a pair of 83’s and a two-round total of 166.
Sami Milo would ride Lulavani to a two round total of 379 and the Champion title in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Milo placed second in the first round with a score of 177 and returned to take home the blue ribbon and high score in the second round with a 202. Second place would be awarded to Jamie Sailor and Matador with a total score of 374. Sailor’s third from the first round, with a 176, combined with her red ribbon in the second round with a score of 198 secured the second place finish. Rounding out the top three was Kylee Arbuckle and Ask Anyone, scoring a 364. Arbuckle scored a 173 in the first round for sixth place and third place in the second round with a score of 191 to move up in the overall standings.
National Sunshine II also hosted several Equitation Championships, including the NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Medal Final and CPHA Style of Riding Championship.
The NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Medal Final consists of three phases, over fences, on the flat, and the bracket phase. All riders compete over fences and from there the top ten will be asked to return to test on the flat. Of the ten riders who return, four will go head to head for further testing where they will switch horses and compete in the bracket phase.
Taking home the custom cooler, winner’s trophy, several gift certificates and the blue ribbon was Claire Archer. Archer scored an 84 in the first over fences phase and an 86 on the flat, to move on to the bracket phase. After winning the preliminary bracket round, she moved on to the finals where she would score an 80 to take home the blue ribbon.
Second place would be awarded to Vianne Storrs with a score of 78 in the final phase of the finals. In third place was Alexandra Sinclair, making it to the Semi-Finals, and finishing with a score of 82. Rounding out the top four was Sophia Davies with a score of 60 in the Semi-Finals.
National Sunshine II came to a close with the CPHA Style of Riding Championship in the Grand Prix Stadium on Sunday. Sophia Silveira would score an 85 in the work-off, combined with her 86 from the first round, to take home the blue ribbon and customized awards for her efforts in the Championship. Charlotte Murray scored an 81 in the work-off and 87 in the first round to take home second place. Capturing the third place ribbon was Blake Lindsley with a work-off score of 83 and an 84 in the first round, followed by Mia Jones in fourth place with scores of 82 in both the work-off and first round.
It was a successful weekend for riders competing in the USHJA Zone 9 & 10 Hunter and Jumper Championships. Riders had the opportunity to compete in both Team and Individual competition at National Sunshine II.
|USHJA Zone 9 & 10 Team Jumper Championships|
Claire Williamson & Devon Du Haras Des Barrages, Allyson Meister & All Afrika Z, and Ella Kaplan & Dimples
Hallie Williams & Ebony Vd Bisschop, Sophia Silveira & Barsina VDM, Caroline Mawhinney & Flashback VDS
Diane Dolittle & Fanta, Kathleen Lord & Echri, Stacey Bacheller & Hyval, and Lauren Wilson & Kessel Run
Hannah Ellerbrock & Lagos, Carrie Wicks & d’Artagnan EK, and Jerra Mays & Mr.Z
Rachel Freer & C’est Indezz, Sara Jorgensen & Top Top, Alexandra Murray & RMF Fara Van De Mal Tahoeve, and Sloan Elmassian & Centurion
|USHJA Zone 9 & 10 Individual Jumper Championships|
Allyson Meister & All Afrika Z
Lexi Burdon & Daminka Du Lys
Stacey Bacheller & Hyval
Hannah Ellerbrock & Lagos
USHJA Zone 9 & 10 Team Hunter Championships
Children’s and Adult Hunter
Kathleen Waldorf & Cara Mia, Nancy Butano & Sideswipe, Melissa Frost & Prix Madonnah
USHJA Zone 9 & 10 Individual Hunter Championships
Anusha Sarkar & Atticus
Alice Marks & Chicago