Temecula, Calif. – April 20, 2019 – The final day of World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week at the Temecula Valley National Premier concluded Saturday afternoon, awarding the Adult Amateur 3’ Hunter division championships and honoring the Adult Amateur 3’ Hunter classic winner. In the grass field of the Aon Grand Hunter Arena, Shannon Davidson rode her own Clifford to the Adult Amateur 3’ 36 and Over division championship, while Cynthia Hyde and her own, Hey Sugar, received the reserve champion tricolor. By the conclusion of the day’s competition, owner-rider Maile Burtech and Carenzi had impressively added two top placings to their names, earning first prize in the $500 Adult Amateur Hunter 3’ Classic and reserve honors in the Adult Amateur 3’ Hunter 18-35 division.
Hailing from Rancho Mission Viejo, California, Davidson trains with David Bustillos at Durango Farms, normally competing her 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding in the equitation divisions. The pair decided to tackle the hunters for the Premier Week of the Temecula Valley National Horse Show (TVNHS) and their efforts paid off, earning a total of 24.5 points over the two days of the division thanks to consistently strong performances. Hyde and her own Hey Sugar were in close contention for the championship, finishing the class with a total of 24 points, just a hair shy from capturing the top honors. The pair were ultimately awarded reserve championship honors for the division.
In the Adult Amateur 3’ 18-35 Hunter division, it was Greta Salmon riding Victoria LaCagnina’s Salud that received championship honors. The pair rode to two first place ribbons over fences during Saturday’s portion of the division to earn valuable divisional points and clinch the championship title. Reserve champion in the Adult Amateur 3’ Hunter 18-35 division was awarded to Burtech riding her own Carenzi.
Burtech and Carenzi added another title to their afternoon of awards with a first place finish in the $500 Adult Amateur Hunter 3’ Classic after topping the class over two rounds of riding. Salmon and Salud earned another title as well, claiming second place honors in the class, while Shari Roseboom and Voila, owned by Enchantment Farm LLC, rounded out the top three.
Saturday’s competition concludes the first week of the TVNHS, but another exciting three weeks of equestrian competition will commence Wednesday, May 15, and will run through Sunday, June 2.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Shannon Davidson – Adult Amateur 3’ Hunters 36 and Over champion
“He has been my equitation horse for the past few years, and we don’t compete in the hunter classes often, but he really likes them. He loves going on the grass!”
On her courses in the class:
“They were great. [Clifford] was relaxed and I loved riding on the grass. He has a really big stride so it makes it fun to gallop across the grass.”
On the Temecula Valley National Horse Show:
“Ali [Nilforushan] does the most amazing job with this show. From the prizes, to the beautiful presentations when you’re champion, he really takes care of us here and that’s what I’ve noticed. From the prizes all the way down to the restrooms and vendors and the food, it’s just a lovely show, I love being here.”
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