August 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by Kim F. Miller
Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:30

Shauna Pennell Shines in Santa Barbara

Shauna Pennell took three of the top four placings in the Santa Barbara National’s $3,000 National Hunter Derby, July 14, at the Earl Warren Fairgrounds. Shauna rode Beverly Endelberg’s Saturday Night to the win, WJC Farms LLC’s Tresor du Paradis to third and her own Sunday Best to fourth. Jamie Sailor rode Taylor Cusumano’s Matador to the red ribbon.


Jill Humphrey and Carl Casim with Sydnie Young and Melissa Brandes. Photo: McCool Photography

Gatlin, Humphrey & Siebel Stars of June Classic III


Joie Gatlin and Rammstein secured a first place finish in the $30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix after a blazing jump-off, where she daringly left strides out and all the fences up. Thirteen of 30 entries advanced to the jump-off, and of the four double-clear efforts, Gatlin’s 36.12 time was the fastest.

The class was held during Blenheim June Classic III in late June show in San Juan Capistrano.

Course designer Ivan Tagle of Argentina built a 1.40m track that included both a triple and a double combination and required riders to make adjustments and plan their tracks carefully. Gatlin showcased her talent and precision as she guided Rocking Basilisk Farm, LLC’s nine-year-old Rammstein through both phases promptly and accurately. John Pearce and Chantico nipped at their heels, coming in a close second, double-clean in 36.51, less than half a second slower.

Another highlight of the week was the $2,500 Interactive Mortgage U25 Series Qualifier, run concurrently with the Markel Insurance Grand Prix, in which six of the 16 starters qualified for the jump-off. As the only U25 rider to go double-clear, Taylor Siebel topped the field with Mountain Home Stables, LLC’s Windoctro. She also picked up third place in the Markel Insurance Grand Prix.

Second place in the U25 went to Hannah Heidegger and Monarch International’s Di Caprio RV, with a remarkable time of 35.69 but a heartbreaking four faults. Tina Yates and ACE Equestrian’s Ceasar also had a sold time, 36.58, but clipped a rail for a four fault score.

On Saturday evening the Oaks International Grand Prix Field was host to the $10,000 Six Bar Challenge, presented by Park Place Foundation.  Seven entries attempted the Challenge, which entailed riders completing a gymnastic line, where fences are raised with each clear attempt. Jill Humphrey and Sydnie Young’s Carl Casim were the only ones to clear the 1.65m vertical at the end of the line to claim victory.

Taylor Siebel and Windoctro with Brandon Seger and Melissa Brandes. Photo: McCool Photography

The event was a social one, with delicious food, compliments of Blenheim EquiSports. Sol Agave and The Bakery Truck were on hand to serve competitors and spectators, as they collectively watched the fences raise with each round. All seven competitors aced the first height, but the second round resulted in a rail for Mavis Spencer and Caroline Suarez’s Chenoa. The remaining six riders were faced with a 1.55m vertical to finish third round, and several were knocked out of the running either over the large final fence or over another element of the combination. Finally, just Simon McCarthy, Morgan Dickerson, and Jill Humphrey remained. When Humphrey was the only one to leave all the jumps up, including the 1.65m vertical, she scored the win.


Excerpted from a Blenheim EquiSports press release.

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