Paso Robles, Calif. – Nov. 11, 2017 – The Paso Robles Horse Park concluded the year’s show season with the Central California Oak Tree Classic, featuring international hunter and jumper competition. In the $35,000 Travel Paso Oak Tree Grand Prix, Kenneth Vinther and his own Colicchio led the victory gallop to applause from a delighted crowd.
After the first round of the grand prix, six horse and rider combinations returned for the jump-off. The jump-off course required a fine balance to achieve a clean round, with Vinther and Colicchio as the only pair to find success. Rachel Fields and Chakira made a strong bid to with the aim of winning two weeks in a row, however they had to settle for second. Justin Prather and Bolero HX returned to the ring to take third place.
“I can’t say enough good things about this little stallion who on a good day stands 16.1. His scope and willingness to do well is amazing and he topped it off today winning the Travel Paso Oak Tree Grand Prix!” said a delighted Vinther.
$35,000 Travel Paso Oak Tree Grand Prix
Place / Horse / Owner / Rider / R1 Faults | Time / JO Faults | Time
1. Colicchio / Kenneth Vinther / Kenneth Vinther / 0 | 75.982 / 0 | 44.061
2. Chakira / Sandhaven Farm LLC / Rachel Fields / 0 | 73.500 / 4 | 45.162
3. Bolero HX / Bradon Equestrian / Justin Prather / 0 | 73.500 / 8 | 43.875
4. VDL Groep Cyrano / Z SHF Group Rachel Fields / 0 | 73.001 / 8 | 45.470
5. Tamiro / Sutton Finch / Bryna Finch Closson / 0 | 72.056 / 8 | 46.578
6. Alegria / Matias Fernandez / Matias Fernandez / 0 | 73.827 / 12 | 44.509
7. Ivana Trump / Vicki Juelsgaard / Rachel Fields / 4 | 68.531
8. Coupis / Robert Blanchette / Robert Blanchette / 4 | 70.584
9. Bert / Kristin Hardin / Kristin Hardin / 4 | 72.142
10. Enita / Rhys Farms, LLC / Lindsay Archer / 4 | 72.208
11. Tuxedo / Kaylee Cannon / Kevin Winkel / 4 | 73.420
12. Coralin 6 / Daniel Ighani / Daniel Ighani / 4 | 73.719
Missy Froley & Double Play Shine in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Friday night brought the USHJA National Hunter Derby. The course designed by Mike Gallaway offered the traditional four high options in both the first and handy round. Missy Froley & Double Play entered the ring for the handy round in second place; an excellent performance secured their win. Second place went to John French and Ultimate Emporia who placed third in both rounds. Lauren Crooks and Advance moved from 8th place in the classic round to take second place in the handy round with a final result of third.
The Style Awards presented on Saturday included the Junior, Amateur and Pony Style Awards. The Junior Style Award was presented to Audrey Poole, trained by Traced Gaffney. The Amateur Style Award winner was Gail Morey, owner of the lovely Double Play. The Pony Style Award was presented to Parker Prombo. Both riders train with Missy Froley.
$25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Place / Owner / Rider
1. Double Play / Gail Morey / Missy Froley
2. Ultime Espoir / Barbara Chapin / John French
3. Advance / Sara Nordstrom / Lauren Crooks
4. Ubella du Rouet / Crooks Show Jumping, LLC / John French
5. Fanciful / Jayme Jenkins / Jessica Allan
6. Mr Sanchez / Susan Artes / Susan Artes
7. Soldier / Meadow Farm LLC / John French
8. Nicely / Ilana Halpern / Ilana Halpern
9. Cinque Cento Z / Hidden Haven Equestrian / Brittany Turner
10. Univers Theod / Charlotte Murray / Charlotte Murray
11. Cajeton / Noteworthy Horses / Daniel Ighani
12. Drop the Mic / Sonja Petri / Missy Froley