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Saturday, 28 November 2015 04:00
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Fabulous Finishes at LA Season Finale.

all photos courtesy Flying Horse Photography

The Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association Medal Finals for Juniors, Seniors and Pony riders attracted a season’s worth of top riders to the LA Season Finale, Nov. 12-15, produced by Langer Equestrian Group at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Kayla Lott, LAHJA Jr. Medal Champion.

Gracie Marlowe, LAHJA Sr. Medal Champion.

Alexandra Farfaras, LAHJA Pony Medal Champion.

More than 30 juniors contested three nights of challenging competition, and for the final night Course Designer Michael Roy Curtis set a brilliant track. Riders started right off by jumping up a line in seven strides, demonstrating a half turn and jumping back down the line in six strides, and then continuing with the rest of the course that asked plenty of questions and offered a number of options.

Willow Daniel and Pamir, Jumper Medal Champions.

Michelle Beaton-Kent and Cosmo, Cornerstone Medal Champions.

USHJA Affiliate Award of Excellence Becky Abeita, left, with LEGIS League founder Marnye Langer.

At the end of three rounds, four riders returned for the work off, and confident in the quality of the top riders, the judges asked them to perform the work off without irons.

Kayla Lott rose to the top and clinched the victory with a polished, accurate work off performance. Kaitlynn Lovingfoss finished as the reserve champion, Emma Raith took third, and Paris Sommerfield rounded out the top four.

Madison Kaiser and Peppy, Child Pony Hunter Champions.

Marina Boudreau and St. George, Mini Medal Champions.

Alyce Bittar and Royal Toscani, Child/Adult Jumper Champions.

A dozen amateur riders faced off in the LAHJA Senior Medal Finals and they competed over the same courses as the Juniors. Hadley Boyd held a commanding lead until the very end of the third round. Startled by the final element, the bounce, Hadley’s horse stopped and dropped her to sixth.

Mackenna Thrasher and Ishta Diva, Childrens Hunter Champions.

Aubrey Gatsby, Low Child/Adult Hunter Champion.

Kate Zuckerman and Icon, .80 - .90 Jumper Champions.

Ashley Taylor and Bravado, Child/Adult Medal Final Champions.

Four riders returned to work off and the judges tested them on the flat. Gracie Marlowe continued her solid riding and led the victory gallop. Hannah Klinedinst took the reserve champion honors.

After solid finishes in several medal finals, Alexandra Farfaras finally got to the lead the victory gallop thanks to her consistent riding in two rounds and work off. On her Large Pony Burberry, Alexandra stay focused and nailed the work off. Sienna Gustafson took the reserve champion honor.

The LAHJA Medal Finals are challenging, and many riders go on to compete successfully on a zone and national level. Many cite the experiences they get competing at the LAHJA level for their successes at higher levels.

LEGIS League Finals

In only its third year, the LEGIS League Finals has expanded to shows throughout California, Arizona and Utah. “I felt it was important to have awards and incentives specifically for intermediate riders to those first starting to show,” explained League founder Marnye Langer. Many trainers supported those goals. “This is just a great program for my kids,” said Chad Mahaffey who had a number of riders qualify for LEGIS League Finals in medal classes, hunters, and jumpers. “It gets kids who are starting out enthused about showing and the prizes at the Finals were great!” Linda Cooper agreed. “After qualifying for and riding the LEGIS League Finals, my riders are so excited about showing next year.”

LEGIS League is different from other programs in that riders earn points in various hunter, jumper, and specific LEGIS League medal classes. The LA Season Finale hosted LEGIS League Finals for Southern California riders with fifteen different categories, some of which attracted more than 20 riders. Besides Southern California, there were LEGIS League Finals in Arizona, hosted by Collman Equestrian Productions, and Northern California by JK Presents.

In 2016 LEGIS League will add more shows, more awards categories and bigger and better finals.