October 2017 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:10

Los Angeles HJ Assn. Winners

Madison Nadolenco fulfilled a goal of winning the Rosewood Medal Finals and Grace Cortese earned top honors in the Betsy Woods Horsemanship Medal Finals. Both were staged by the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association and were held during the Langer Equestrian Group’s Gold Coast Labor Day competition.

Madison Nadolenco & Chincurro Z.

Grace Cortese & Gold Creek’s Atlas.

After placing second in the LAHJA Rosewood Medal Finals last year, Madison felt confident and determined to clinch the win this time around.  “Before the first round, Tasha told me to go in there and have fun,” Madison said. “I kept thinking about how I rode the course last year and just relaxed, which really helped me.” Her partner in the achievement was Chincurro Z and her trainer is Tasha Visokay.

Grace was thrilled to win the Betsy Woods Horsemanship Medal Final after having an unfortunate stop in the finals last year. The experience was truly a whirlwind for 16-year-old Grace. “This win was a surprise beyond my wildest dreams,” she said. “My trainer told me to just go into the LAHJA Betsy Woods class because it would be great if you qualified for the medal final. I ended up winning the class and qualified for the final the day before!” Grace trains with Kathy Megla and she rode Gold Creek’s Atlas.

Emma Crosbie Captures NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Regionals

Auburn University NCEA team rider Emma Crosbie came home from school to tackle the always nerve wracking NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Regionals, which qualifies riders from regions throughout the country to compete in the national finals in Lexington in early November. A longtime student of Emily Esau, Emma rode Quadro D’Ag, who is owned by her friend and barnmate Theresa Boucher.

The rest of the top 10 finishers were Breanna Bunevacz, Augusta Iwasaki, Claire Archer, Laila Klinsmann, Katherine Dash, Kaitlyn Lovingfoss, Brooke Morin, Libby King and Clea Caddell. Big congrats to all!

The Maclay Regionals were held Saturday Sept. 16 during the Blenheim EquiSports Fall Festival. The special evening also featured a retirement ceremony for top equitation mount Vigo and presentation of the Shelby Drazan Memorial award to Juliette Joseph.

CPHA Foundation Finals

The California Professional Horsemen’s Association Foundation Equitation Championship Finals took place over two days in late August. David Scapa, who was competing in his first medal final, rode like a veteran to earn the championship title in the 22 & Over section. Brooke Morin, who earned a close second in the first CPHA final, finished on top in the 14 & Under section. And the previous week’s CPHA Junior Medal Final Champion, Kaitlyn Lovingfoss, won the 21 & Under Foundation Championship, and did so on a different horse than she rode the week before.

Augusta Iwasaki & Small Adventure.

Jenny Karazissis & Undeniable.

Californians Shine In Saugerties

When 13-year-old Augusta Iwasaki traveled cross-country to participate for the first time in the prestigious $100,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix Final at HITS Championship, she proved that her miles in the pony ring had paid off. Iwasaki, of Calabasas, emerged triumphant after mastering all four rounds of the Platinum Performance $100,000 Hunter Prix Final at HITS Saugerties in mid-September. West Coasters and Pony Finals veterans are familiar with Augusta’s winning ways and she continued them by consistently besting the competition. Atop Illusion, owned by Iwasaki & Reilly, she placed first in Round 1 and Round 2. Then in Round 3 and Round 4, Iwasaki placed first on Small Adventure, also owned by Iwasaki & Reilly, with whom she ultimately took home the $30,000 share of the prize purse.

Jenny Karazissis and Undeniable were unbeatable in the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix. Another familiar West Coast winners circle pair, Jenny and “Nemo” made their trip more than worthwhile in earning the sport’s top hunter prize money, a $150,000 check for the winning pair. Jenny was quick to credit Lisa Hankin, who leases Nemo. “Lisa is someone who really and truly cares about the horses, which is the most important thing to me.” The Far West Farm rider also thanked the HITS team for putting up such substantial prize money for hunters.

Reports excerpted from press releases from HITS, Blenheim EquiSports and the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association.   

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