September 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 18:58

A Wireman Win

Skylar Wireman catch rode Neon Moon to the victory in the Small Green Pony Hunters at the USEF Pony Finals in Kentucky. She just started catch riding early this year and warmed up with great wins on ponies for Carleton and Traci Brooks’ Balmoral Farms at California competitions.

At the prestigious and pressure-packed Pony Finals, their jumping rounds sealed the deal after standing 21st after the model and conformation rounds in this highly competitive national competition. Thirteen-year-old Skylar is the daughter of San Diego trainer Shayne Wireman, whose Chestnut Hills Farm in San Diego County’s Bonsall is home to rising star riders.


Alexandra Farfaras winner of the 2018 LAHJA Rosewood Medal Final Presented by Smartpak, pictured with trainers Kay Altheuser and Becky Abeita (center), last year's winner (left), and LAHJA Executive Director Charlotte Skinner-Robson (right). Photo: Treena Hall Photography

Rosewood & Betsy Woods Medal Winners

Alexandra Farfaras (Elvenstar, trainer) made a clean sweep in the LAHJA Rosewood Medal Final presented by Smartpak, winning both rounds of competition aboard Cosmopolitan (Julia Stone, owner). The Final took place during the Huntington Beach Summer Classic, Aug. 9-12.

Grace Plunkett winner of the 2018 LAHJA Betsy Woods Horsemanship Medal Final Presented by Smartpak, pictured with trainer Michelle Morris (right), LAHJA President Kay Altheuser (center), LAHJA Executive Director Charlotte Skinner-Robson (left) and West Palms Events Show Manager Adrienne Karazissis (far left). Photo: Treena Hall Photography

Grace Plunkett (Michelle Morris, trainer) clinched the title in the LAHJA Betsy Woods Horsemanship Medal Final presented by Smartpak, also held at the Huntington Beach show. The 12-year-old piloted Royal Lux, a horse owned by Georgy Maskrey-Segesman, and proved that she could easily make the jump from ponies to horses.

(Note: The LAHJA Junior Medal Final presented by LEGISequine.com and LAHJA Senior and Pony Medal Finals will be held on a new date this year at Gold Coast October, Oct. 19-21, at Los Angeles Equestrian Event Center.)


Emily Williams and Carlo. Photo: Captured Moment Photography

Williams & Davidson Top CPHA Hunt Seat Medal Finals

The 2018 California Professional Horsemen’s Association (CPHA) Junior and Amateur Hunt Seat Medal Finals, held again in the Blenheim Farms Indoor Arena adjacent to the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in mid-August, proved an ideal medal final season opening event for the 60 juniors, 21 amateur riders and crowd of supportive fans at the Blenheim Summer Classic.

Shannon Davidson and Twizzler. Photo: Captured Moment Photography

The two-day, three-round CPHA event kicked off the season with gorgeous ribbons and fantastic awards. Congratulations goes to junior rider Emily Williams, trained by Archie Cox, who championed the junior division and Shannon Davidson, trained by David Bustillos and Nick Haness, who took home the Amateur division honors.


Zazou Hoffman and Samson II. Photo: ©GrandPix Photography

Zazou Wins Again

Zazou Hoffman and Samson II, owned by Saree Kayne, produced two exceptional clear rounds to win the $40,000 Wasserman Foundation Grand Prix. The class was the marquee event for the annual Giant Steps Charity Classic held at the Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma in early August.

Third into the ring for the jump off, they turned up the pressure for the rest of the four riders with a time of 37.935. Carol Wright and Tennessee Rouge owned by Steel Yard LLC, first to enter the ring in the jump off, came close with a time of 38.201 to take second place, followed by Mariano Alario and Edesa’s Cormint with a time of 41.934 for third. Winning rider Zazou Hoffman brought two horses back for the jump off and placed fourth Vice Versa D’Ossau owned by Patawag Stables LLC.


Jenni McAllister & Colvados. Photo: sharonmcelvain.com

McAllister In Win Mode

Jenni McAllister and Colvados took top honors at the Hippico Santa Fe’s $7,500 Santa Fe Welcome Stake in early August. Over Mauricio Garcia’s challenging course, only two of the 34 entries made it to the jump-off, as  Colvados sped around the arena like a grey hurricane.

Knowing only one other rider had advanced to the jump-off served to McAllister’s advantage. “I always do better under pressure. The crowd was very excited and that helps—I also like rising to the crowd,” she said. Steve McAllister, trainer and supportive husband, said, “We have a great fan club here so it’s always fun to come up with a win!”

Owned in partnership by Madison Myro and Cathy Jones, Colvados continued his streak of success after winning the $30,000 Santa Fe Welcome Week Variable Grand Prix earlier in the Summer Series.

“The first week [of the Summer Series], all of a sudden the pieces fit together, which was great,” said Jenni McAllister, who is pleased with this short, but increasingly successful partnership with the Holsteiner gelding. Steve McAllister noted, “They’re not even dating yet, they’ve just started ‘going out.’”


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