July 2015 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 23:14

Pan Am Games Participants

Extra cheers for our two West Coast riders representing the U.S. in dressage at the Pan American Games this month in Toronto, Canada. Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 join Laura Graves and Verdades in the Big Tour division, and Sabine Schut-Kery of Thousand Oaks and Alice Womble’s Sanceo join Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin on the Small Tour squad. Steffen’s top mount, Legolas, is owned by Four Winds Farm, which also owns Rosamunde, with whom Steffen is a traveling reserve for the Big Tour.

No locals on the jumping team, but we root on Georgina Bloomberg, Kent Farrington, Lauren Hough, McLain Ward and alternate Todd Minikus just the same. Thanks to our thriving jumping scene, we’ve seen most of these riders competing locally these last few years and that’s been a thrill.

On the eventing side, the roster is again East Coast dominated with Boyd Martin, Phillip Dutton, Marilyn Little and Lauren Kieffer. The weekend we went to press, June 19-21, there was a final outing back east, where Next Level Eventing’s Tamie Smith and Mai Baum, already alternates, were hoping to be high enough on that list to travel with the team and step in if needed.

Held every four years, and always the year before the Olympics, the Pan Am Games take place July 10-26. Dressage competition will run July 11-14; eventing goes the 17-19th and show jumping wraps things up July 21-25.

Sunday Showcase

Josephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z. Photo: McCool Photography

It was a Sunday showcase of talent in Southern California. The Blenheim EquiSports June Classic I show culminated June 7 with the $30,000 Blenheim Grand Prix, presented by FarmVet, the $10,000 1.45m CardFlex Jumper Classic and the final Zone 10 North American Young Rider Trials.

With a talented field of riders, including Thursday’s Markel Insurance Grand Prix winner Nayel Nassar with two horses, veteran Susan Hutchison also with two mounts, Josephina Nor Lantzman, Michael Endicott, Harley Brown and more, the Grand Prix had 18 quality horse and rider combinations performing for a sizable group of spectators enjoying the beautiful Southern California afternoon. Course designer Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany ensured a display of scope and skill from riders with a twisting track of 16 elements in a time allowed of 90 seconds.

True to Petersen, Jr.’s prediction, six entries jumped clear to return for the jump-off round, which featured eight efforts in a time allowed of 61 seconds. First and last to go, Nayel Nassar on his own Acita and Susan Hutchison on St. Bride’s Farm’s Ziedento, both had eight-fault scores, while the other four entries thrilled the crowd with fast, fault-free rounds.

After Nassar, Jill Humphrey on her own Zidane was clean in 53.43 seconds, only to be outrun by Eduardo Sanchez Navarro on his own Pacifico when they stopped the timers in 48.18.

The pressure mounted as Keri Potter on Paloma (Melanie Brooks, owner) stopped the clock with a clear round in 46.49, once again taking over the lead. The crowd watched in anticipation as local SoCal favorites Josephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z entered the ring.

The veteran team, in their tenth year competing together, did not disappoint, flying around the course clean in 44.02. Once Hutchison and Ziedento had their first rail, Nor Lantzman earned her second victory of the day.

“My plan started from fence one to two - I did nine strides while I think everyone else did 10. I really sliced in and kept going. I could hear my dad saying, ‘Whoa’ as I came to the last fence, but I saw it so I just went for it,” Nor Lantzman said with a smile. She and Chello are a solid team, and trust each other implicitly. “My inspiration today was American Pharoah and the Triple Crown, and the love of horses and the sport.”

The California girl looks forward to a summer of showing at Blenheim. “I’m grateful to be here. The grass is definitely thicker and softer than usual, which is great this time of year. I know it’ll hold up for four weeks and we’ll be here to show as long as the horses feel good,” she continued. “We’ve got the best course designers and I’m happy to stay home, enjoy the beach and good weather.”

Excerpted from a press released provided by Blenheim EquiSports.

Superiore and rider/trainer Wendy Lee Thompson pictured here on their way to winning the Hunter Classic in Del Mar in mid-June. The 10 year old, 16.2 hh Oldenburg gelding is in training with Wendy’s Coastline Hunters & Jumpers.

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