July 2015 - Show Report: Memorial Day Classic
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Wednesday, 01 July 2015 23:33
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Andrew Kocher has a busy and successful night in the Grand Prix ring.

Jamie Sailor rode Cloppenberg and Matador to Champion and Reserve Champion in the $5,000 Memorial Day USHJA/Users/alicia/Desktop/ron & sons National Hunter Derby. Photo: Flying Horse Photography

The Memorial Day Classic, held May 21-24 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, was quite the memorable weekend. The Grand Prix was definitely one for the books as 12 horse-and-rider teams battled it out for the win in the jump-off, with Kristin Hardin and Andrew Kocher trading off the lead as they tried to outdo one another.

Andrew Kocher had a night to remember at the $25,000 Memorial Day Grand Prix, riding seven horses in the first round and placing first, fourth, seventh and ninth overall. “I’m so proud of all the horses I rode,” Andrew said. “They were all great. Going into the ring, I knew my best shot at winning was either with Ufarno (BTS Entertainment and Sales, owner), Ciana (Eagle Valley Partner, owner), or Lady Sparkle (Equiinvest Loupinge, owner).”

Andrew Kocher and Ufarno, winners of the 
$25,000 Memorial Day Classic Grand Prix. Photo: Flying Horse Photography

After the first round, 12 riders returned for the jump-off with Andrew riding four of the horses and Kristin riding three. Andrew set the pace on his first horse with a time of 41.020, then Misti Cassar took over the lead with a time of 37.131. Lane Clarke showed he was a contender when he went to the top of the leaderboard with a time of 36.726. Andrew returned on his second horse and grabbed the lead back with a time of 36.550. Finally, Kristin had a turn and she eclipsed Andrew’s time by mere tenths of a second with a time of 36.228. Lane had one more shot, but a rail relegated him to tenth. Kristin returned with Aran and outdid her leading time with a new one in 34.689. Although it did not look like anyone could go any faster, Andrew shaved hundredths of a second to finish with the winning time of 34.612.

Meanwhile, in the medal rings, Elvenstar had a big weekend. Mary Anastasi earned the Lisa Kursinksi Memorial Trophy for high point junior equitation rider, which included taking top honors in the CPHA Foundation Medal Class. And her younger barnmate Paris Sommerfeld won both the ASPCA/Maclay Horsemanship and the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat medal classes, plus she was second in the LAHJA/LA Saddlery Junior Medal.

Marla Boudreau celebrated her 10th birthday with success in equitation and hunters. A student of Chad Mahaffey, she rode Snapchat to reserve champion in the Small Pony Hunters and Pony Equitation division. And Jamie Sailor took the top two spots in the $5,000 Memorial Day USHJA National Hunter Derby, riding Cloppenberg and Matador respectively.

Excerpted from a report provided by LEG UP News.