Temecula, Calif. – May 27, 2018 – Though Sunday was the last day of riding during the second week of Nilforushan Equisport Events’ three-part Temecula Valley National Horse Show, competition did not slow down as a multitude of talented horses and athletes took their chances in the numerous hunter and jumper classics taking place throughout the day. In the $5,000 Kask High Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.45m Jumper Classic, Emma Reichow and Cubiki bested the field to emerge victorious, while Shota Ogomori and SIG Beaujolais claimed the highly-contested $3,000 San Luis Rey Equine Hospital Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.35m Jumper Classic. Down the path in the grass, the $2,500 Adult Amateur 3’ Hunter Classic was won by Amy Brubaker on Frascati, and Allie DeSimone in the irons aboard Lord Livingston rode to the highest score of the $1,000 Children’s 3’ Hunter Classic.
The $5,000 Kask High Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.45m Jumper Classic saved some of the best for last as the final class of the week in the Audi Grand Prix Arena. As the first to take a turn around designer Frédéric Cottier’s (FRA) track, owner-rider Reichow and her stallion Cubiki set the standard as the early pathfinders, leaving all the rails intact and tripping the timers within the time allowed. A drought of fault-free rides followed until Sarah Baz and her own Abadan jumped the only other clean trip of the class to constitute a jump-off. Taking a more conservative approach over the tiebreaker course, Reichow guided Cubiki to a careful clear jump-off time of 41.504 seconds, putting the pressure on barnmate Baz to avoid clipping any rails. In the end, Reichow’s strategy proved successful, as Baz and Abadan stopped the timers in 38.268 seconds but dropped a rail to accrue 4 faults. Sloan Elmassian and her own Centurion nabbed third position overall as the fastest pair with faults in the first phase.
Earlier in the afternoon in the $3,000 San Luis Rey Equine Hospital Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.35m Jumper Classic, only four pairs of horses and riders qualified for the jump-off with clean first rides. As the last in the order of go in the first phase and subsequently over the short course, 2018 Asian Games qualifier Ogomori benefited from watching his counterparts ride both tracks first.
The second duo to navigate the jump-off, Lauren Kay aboard her own Bambali claimed the early lead with a clean trip in 33.324 seconds to set the bar for the two contenders to follow. An unfortunate rail would keep owner-rider Michelle Kerivan and Duc De Rhoan out of the top spot, leaving only Ogomori and SIG Beaujolais, owned by SIG International, left to challenge the leaders. Slicing across the fences and maneuvering the turns efficiently, the horse-and-rider combinations tripped the timers in a fiery 31.260 seconds, more than two seconds ahead of the reserve finisher, Kay and Bambali. Kerivan and Dus De Rhoan retained the third position.
With the hope of earning the top prize money in the Grand Hunter Arena, the $2,500 Adult Amateur 3’ Hunter Classic saw a collection of talented horse-and-rider combinations. Amy Brubaker of Salt Lake City, Utah, impressed the judge during her classic rounds aboard Frascati to clinch the classic championship with impressive scores of 83 and 85. She rode her 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding to multiple top placings in her division including blue ribbons in two over fences classes, the under saddle and in her classic round.
In addition to winning the $2,500 Adult Amateur 3’ Hunter Classic, Brubaker and Frascati claimed the Adult Amateur 3’ Hunter division championship with a total score of 34 points. Earning the reserve championship of the division with 21 points as well as placing second in the classic was Jill Wright on her 16-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Cambridge.
After topping the Children’s 3’ Hunter Classic in the first week of competition back in April, DeSimone returned to her winning ways aboard her 7-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Lord Livingston, to sweep their second classic championship in a row. The pair was one of the first riders to compete in the class and received top scores of 82 and 78 in their classic rounds. Though the field tried to chase down DeSimone of Temecula, California, none were able to surpass the leader’s score. Dulcie Lou Morris and Big Shot, her 7-year-old Holsteiner gelding, were the closest pair who attempted to top DeSimone’s score, but they were one point short in the overall total score after earning an 83 and 76 in their classic rounds.
Over two days of competitive riding, Morris and Big Shot laid down the strongest showings in the four over fences classes as well as the hack to earn the championship tricolor in the Children’s 3’ Hunter division. DeSimone and Lord Livingston increased their list of achievements for the week with the overall reserve position.
Sunday’s competition concluded the second leg of the Temecula Valley National Horse Show at Galway Downs, but equestrian action will return Wednesday, May 30 for the third and final week of the circuit.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Emma Reichow – $5,000 Kask High Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.45m Jumper Classic champion
“He’s a stallion, and I got him about a year and a half ago. He’s amazing – he’s so fast, careful and fun to ride. He looks out for me.”
On her strategy:
“I wanted to have a nice round and give my horse a good ride. I thought the courses were really tough this week, but they were really great to get around and learn how to ride bending lines because there were a lot of them. It was a really good test of rideability.”
On the jump-off:
“The other girl who was in the jump-off was from my barn, so I would’ve been happy with second as well! My trainers wanted me to go medium speed, keep the rails up and not miss anywhere.”
On the Temecula Valley National Horse Show:
“I think it’s great. The ring is so nice, and the hospitality here is amazing.”
Shota Ogomori – $3,000 San Luis Rey Equine Hospital Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.35m Jumper Classic champion
On SIG Beaujolais:
“She is 9 years old and I got her a couple of years ago. We have been showing in the 1.30m – 1.35m for the last year and she is really coming along well.”
On the course:
“I thought it was technical enough. The lines had a lot of variables; they could have been eight or nine [strides], and there were some tall verticals that you needed to be careful about. All in all, it was really fun. I got to watch a couple of riders go and have rails — that gave me a good example of how to ride certain jumps.”
On showing at the Temecula Valley National Horse Show
“I think the show has been great. It is really well organized with nice footing and nice competition. We live close so it was an easy decision to come here.”
Amy Brubaker – $2,500 Adult Amateur 3’ Hunter champion
“I have had him for four years. I bought him right after I came home from an ex-pat stay in Asia. I like that he is super pleasant and super safe. I always think that if I had a little kid that this is the horse I would put my child on. He is always taking care of me and makes me feel super safe.”
On competing at the Temecula Valley National Horse Show:
“It is my first time showing here but it definitely won’t be the last. I love it here! It is super fun because normally the Adult Amateurs don’t go in the grass, so to get to come ride in the grass was a real treat. Also, the weather has been great and the venue is beautiful. Ali [Nilforushan] always does a beautiful job. I am having the best time!”
Allie DeSimone – $1,000 Children’s 3’ Hunter Classic champion
On Lord Livingston:
“He is 7 years old. I have had him for two years and he is one of the kindest horses around. He loves to cuddle at home, and actually, he is known as the barn cuddler. He really knows his job and teaches me something new every day. He has a great gait and looks very elegant and he is easygoing.”
On showing in her hometown:
“I am from Temecula and I did my first horse show ever in the walk/trot classes at Galway Downs, so I feel like with this show I have come full circle. It’s amazing to have this in my backyard. I absolutely love riding in the grass ring, it is my favorite!”
$5,000 Kask High Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.45m Jumper Classic
Place / Rider / Horse / Owner / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time
1. Emma Reichow / Cubiki / Emma Reichow / 0 / 41.504
2. Sarah Baz / Abadan / Sarah Baz / 0 / 4 / 38.268
3. Sloan Elmassian / Centurion / Sloan Elmassian / 8 / 76.776
4. Sonja Duckstein / Colmar IV / Sonja Duckstein / 8 / 79.676
5. Katherine Brewer / Kangano / Katherine Brewer / 8 / 82.534
6. Carolyn Salas / Acapulco / Dusty Blackwood / 8 / 89.710
$3,000 San Luis Rey Equine Hospital Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.35m Jumper Classic
Place / Rider / Horse / Owner / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time
1. Shota Ogomori / Beaujolais / SIG International, LLC / 0 / 0 / 31.260
2. Lauren Kay / Bambali / Lauren Kay / 0 / 0 / 33.324
3. Michelle Kerivan / Du De Phoan / Michelle Kerivan / 0 / 6 / 36.188
4. Ali Berens / Gucci / Cavallo Farms, LLC / 0 / 25 / 55.652
5. Julia Otter / Columbo / Julia Otter / 4 / 72.809
6. Natalie Dean / Mary Poppins / Natalie Dean / 4 / 73.771
7. Sabine Cooper / Juweel Van Maarl / Sabine Cooper / 4 / 74.243
8. Sonja Duckstein / /Athena / Sonja Duckstein / 4 / 74.312