Temecula, Calif. – Nov. 16, 2020 – Hunter action during week one of the Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley National Fall Series concluded on Sunday, November 15 following 25 of the best hunter riders on the West Coast battling it out for bragging rights in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Emerging victorious out of the field was Lindsay Ransom riding Debra Chambers’ entry Nivelo. Rounding out the top three were Madison Bradshaw and Cloud 9, owned by Kristine Floyd in second place, while owner-rider Grace Belmont secured third aboard Quirin.
Also on Sunday, Kate Parker and her own Simply Irresistible closed out the week on a win in the $500 Child/Adult Hunter Derby. Second place was awarded to Olivia Cohen riding her entry Lancaster, with Samantha Siler and Elitere, owned by Jenifer Duron, finishing out the podium in third.
Earlier in the weekend in the 3’3”/3’6” Junior Hunter Classic we saw Kate Hagerty and Crafted, owned by Capstone Equestrian, LLC, top the scorecard to bring home the blue. Brooke Morin aboard Troy Christiansen’s For Fun accumulated a score high enough to earn second place honors, while Sarah Cline and her own entry Instantly garnered third.
Hunter Champions throughout the week are as follows:
- Children’s Pony Hunters 2’, 2’6” Champion: Stella Tinsley riding Halo
- Cross Rail Hunters Champion: Vincent Lin aboard Helicon Miles of Smiles
- Green Hunters 3’ Champion: Morgan Beyler and HD Kuala Lumpur
- Green Hunters 3’3” Champion: Trudi Fletcher with Instantly
- Green Rider Hunter 2’3”: Audrey Leyhmann riding Trinity Z
- Junior Hunters 3’3”/3’6” Champion: Kate Hagerty and Crafted
- Low Child/Adult Hunters 2’9” Champion: Leigh-Ann Kazolas aboard Soul Mate
- Modified Child/Adult Hunters 2’6” Champion: Samantha Siler riding Elitere
- Performance Hunter 3’3” Champion: Natalie Medlock with Quanta
- USHJA Hunters 2’6” Champion: Jamie Taylor and Halo
- USHJA Hunters 3’ Champion” Jamie Taylor aboard Extraordinaire
Hunter competition concluded Sunday, November 15, for the first week of the Temecula Valley National Fall Series, and will return to Galway Downs on Wednesday, November 18, for the first day of the second and final week of competition, which will finish Sunday, November 22.
Place / Horse / Rider
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby:
1. Nivelo / Lindsay Ransom
2. Cloud 9 / Madison Bradshaw
3. Quirin / Grace Belmont
4. Astaire / Katie Taylor
5. Celebration / Lindsay Ransom
6. WT Channing / Wendy Lee Thompson
7. Havelly D / Margaret O’Neill
8. Hollywood / Mackenzie Greer
9. Easy Company / Isabella Mullan
10. Baldeur / Skylar Wireman
11. Il Vero Amore / Madalaine Nehring
12. Start The Music 33 / Mikayla Vosseller