Julia Nickl Tops the First Round of LAHJA Junior Medal Final Presented by LEGISequine.com
Written by CRM
Saturday, 19 October 2019 03:00

Darcie Grote Clinches Round One of the LAHJA Senior Medal Final

BURBANK, Calif.– The first rounds of the LAHJA Junior and Senior Medal Finals kicked off on Thursday night at the Gold Coast October Horse Show. Horse and rider pairs navigated a course designed by Kevin Holowack of Langley, British Columbia.

Julia Nickl trained by Elvenstar Farm topped the first round of the LAHJA Junior Medal Final presented by LEGISequine.com. Julia and Nicolas, her six-year-old Belgian Warmblood, earned scores of 82 and 84 for an average of 83. In second place was Brooke Mostman trained by Stephanie Haney, receiving scores of 80 and 81 aboard her Anakin.


LAHJA Junior Medal Finalists. Photo Credit: Kristin Lee Photography

This was Julia’s first time competing in the LAHJA Junior Medal Final and she was thrilled with her ride. “Last year, I qualified for the LAHJA Junior Medal, but I had a broken ankle that prevented me from riding in the final. It was really special to be able to ride this time,” Julia, 15-years-old, explained. “I was a little bit nervous because I went second in the order. My trainers told me to stick to my plan and it worked out well."


In the LAHJA Senior Medal Final, Darcie Grote trained by Shauna Pennell clinched the round of aboard her new horse, Zaragoza. “I’m so lucky to have him,” Darcie said. “I recently got my horse in June and I was not even expecting to qualify for medal finals this year. Tonight was so wonderful.” Darcie and Zaragoza earned top scores of 84 and 81 for an average of 83. Maia Aerni (Susan Artes, trainer) and her Magic Blue took home the second place ribbon with scores of 78 and 79.

Junior and Senior riders will return for the second round Friday evening at 6:00 pm. The LAHJA Pony Medal Final riders warm up tomorrow afternoon and start their first round on Saturday morning. Read on for a complete schedule of LAHJA Medal Finals and special hospitality this weekend.

Best of luck to all the LAHJA medal finalists!

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