September 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:08

Emily Hartley and Peleus win the USHJA National Hunter Derby. Photo: Kristin Lee Photography for West Palms Events

Surf’s Up For Stokkholm

Max Dolger and Stokkholm put in two fantastic clear rounds and a turn of speed to win the $15,000 S & S Bank Card Systems Grand Prix of Huntington Beach class in the jump-off by one second on Saturday, Aug. 12. “This is my first Grand Prix win on Stockholm, I am delighted.” Max exclaimed. “He is a wonderful horse and really makes that extra effort for you. Stakka Gold is his younger brother and to get sixth place on him too was perfect.”

Of West Palms Event’s Huntington Beach Summer Classic, which hosted the class, “It’s one of my favorite shows and I am very happy to win here.”

The five pairs to finish between Max’s first and six-placed horses were Kenneth Vinther and Habanera, Krista Borgers and Romeo du Paradis, Noelle Roberts and Valiant and Lisa Wall and Buddy G.

In the Summer Classic’s hunter ring, Rob Gage set a testing course for the USHJA National Hunter Derby. After the regular and a handy round, Emily Hartley and Peleus won, followed by Mark Watring and Journey and Amy Brubaker and Convaro in third. 

August Iwasaki & News Flash. Photo: Barre Dukes / Phelps Sports

Awesome Augusta

Augusta Iwasaki continued her superstar ways on her fifth trip to the USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, KY. This year, she won the Grand Regular Pony Championships at the USEF Pony Finals that concluded Aug. 12. The largest class of the week with nearly 160 entries, the Medium Regular Pony Hunters took over the Walnut Ring for the large majority of the day, but it all came down to the last two riders to tackle Bobby Murphy’s hunter course. Sitting in second position after the model and hack portions of competition, Iwasaki and Tessa Downey’s News Flash were the second-to-last pair to enter the ring, and they delivered with a score of 256.15. Their performance proved strong enough to claim the win in the over fences class as well as propel them ahead of the original division leader, Caroline Signorino and Hannah Hoch’s Anisette.

With an overall score of 1025.63, Iwasaki and “Flash” not only earned the championship in the Medium Regular Pony Hunters, but also boasted the Overall Grand Champion Regular Hunter Pony honors as the highest-scoring pair of the three Regular Pony Hunter division champions throughout the week.

Iwasaki was surely the most decorated hunter rider of the week, as she also claimed the Overall Reserve Champion Green Hunter Pony aboard Quartet Farm LLC’s gelding Butterscotch, coincidentally scoring a 1025.11, only tenths of a point different from their championship score. Iwasaki was the runner-up to Libbie Gordon and Small Wonder, owned by Elsa Batalden, who scored a total 1028.05. This is the fifth time Iwasaki has made the trip to Lexington for Pony Finals from her home in California, and not her first Grand Championship; the young 13-year-old rider, who rides as a 12-year-old, impressively won both Grand Regular and Grand Green titles in 2015, with Bit of Laughter and Kingston, respectively.

Jessica Allan and Fanciful. Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

Fanciful In Derby Flight

Jessica Allan and Jayme Jenkins’ Fanciful took home their first $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby win against a strong field of horses and riders. The class was held in late July during the HMI Equestrian Classic at the Sonoma Horse Park.

“The stars aligned today, it is the first time I have won one of the big derbies and I have only won a couple of little ones.” explained Allan. “It was unexpected, I just did my thing and it all worked out today.”

Allan has been riding and training the 8-year-old imported Fanciful for a year and a half and today’s success, in only his fifth major Derby, brought great delight to Allan and the Jenkins family.

“It has been great watching him come along with Jessica and Danielle,” explained owner, Jayme Jenkins. “Fanciful just keeps surprising us and knocking it out of the park.”

It is an exciting time for this relatively new barn. Tally Hawk Stables, opened by Allan and Danielle Smith, has not yet reached their first year in business.

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