July 2018 - Temecula Valley National Horse Show
Written by photos: Kim F. Miller
Friday, 29 June 2018 23:09
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Porter takes another victory at successful series debut.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Nilforushan Equisport Events promised a great show when they announced the inaugural Temecula Valley National Horse Show early this year. As the new three-week hunter/jumper series came to an exciting conclusion June 2-3, there was broad agreement that the promise had been fulfilled. The atmosphere, the footing, the prize money and the courses were all applauded. And the big crowd gathered in perfect early summer weather June 2 got a great show in the $40,000 Aon Grand Prix that closed out the high jumping action.

An opening field of 34 covered the gamut from hot-streaking veteran Mandy Porter to tomorrow’s hopeful stars like Natalie Dean, Mitch Endicott and Emma Reichow. Five pairs went clear over Olaf Peterson, Jr., 1.5M track, the most challenging of the circuit.

Those five also went clear in the jump-off, so it all came down to show jumping mathematics: angles, added risks and subtracted seconds. Mandy and Milano were the day’s Einsteins, followed by on-a-roll Kenneth Vinther and Colicchio, and Mandy again on up-and-coming big ring star, WT Ca-Pow! Riding a brand new mount, Rhys Farms’ Jarpur, Lindsay Archer handled a failing helmet liner and a last-minute horse shoe replacement to finish fourth. Shawn Casady and Durango VDL were fifth. Two of the aforementioned young riders, Mitchell and Natalie, had just one rail to finish a very impressive 8 and 9 in the final standings.

Mitchell Endicott & Ideal de la Hasse

Mandy Porter & WT-CaPow

Prior to the feature class of the evening in the Audi Grand Prix Arena, California-based Larry Langer of Langer Equestrian Group was awarded a commemorative plaque mirroring that of the one added in his honor to the Show Jumping Hall of Fame by Ali Nilforushan, the President of Nilforushan Equisport Events.

Course designer Olaf Peterson, Jr., had high praise for the show and said of the competitors and the course: “In the 1.40m jumpers I could see that we had some really strong horse-and-rider combinations, and we had a nice result with 11 pairs in the jump-off, so now was the time to raise up the level a little bit, which is the target now in California.”

Shawn Cassidy & Durango VDL

Mandy Porter & Milano

Lindsay Archer & Jarpur

Kenneth Vinther & Colicchio

Natalie Dean & Chacco’s Goldy