Archive for September, 2015


International Jumping Festival – September 16-20, 2015

The feature event this week was the USEF Talent Search West Coast Final. KERA MCCANDLESS flew down to participate, and we had a lot of fun suiting up her NINYA 2 as an equitation horse. The finals are set up in a way that introduces young riders to the format of a show jumping championship event. For instance, the speakers at the rider’s meeting emphasized the importance of the rider’s utilization of each phase to better their horses in preparation to jump clear rounds in the final phase (much like a rider preparing their horse for a Nations Cup event). The top four horses jogged in an FEI format before the testing, where each rider would navigate the course on the other competitors’ horses.
This class is an important part of developing the future talent of our show jumping sport, and we were so excited to see Kera involved and participating with some of the best young riders on the West Coast.

Congratulations to all of our ribbon winners this week:

1st – CHEVEJO NB and Jeff in the 1.40m Jumper
1st – ZALOUBET and SAMANTHA ORTMAN in the 1.40m Jr/Am Jumper
2nd – LONDON and KATE WILLIAMS in the $1,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Classic
4th – CASSIUS and LESLIE COX in the $1,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Classic
4th – CASSIUS and LESLIE COX in the Adult Amateur Jumper
4th – CERAFINA and Jeff in the 1.30m Jumper
4th – LONDON and KATE WILLIAMS in the 1.10m Jumper
5th – LONDON and KATE WILLIAMS in the Adult Amateur Jumper
6th – SMOOTH CRIMINAL and AVERY WORTHINGTON in the 1.20m Mod Jr/Am Jumper
6th – SMOOTH CRIMINAL and AVERY WORTHINGTON in the 1.20m Mod Jr/Am Jumper
6th – WT BOUNCE and AVERY WORTHINGTON in the 0.90m Jumper
6th – WT BOUNCE and AVERY WORTHINGTON in the 1.0m Jumper
7th – MUSKETEER and LESLIE COX in the Adult Amateur Jumper
8th – MUSKETEER and LESLIE COX in the Adult Amateur Jumper

Later, San Juan Capistrano! Can’t wait to come back!

Blenheim Fall Tournament – September 9-13, 2015

We followed the USHJA Children’s and Adult West Coast Regional Championship to beautiful San Juan Capistrano for the Blenheim Fall Tournament. We were all loving the sunshine, and the whole team even got to make a trip to the beach on Monday to surf (or make your best attempt). We are hoping to come back next year!
Some horse-showing highlights included:
Our Zone IX Adult Amateur Team (comprised of LESLIE COX, KATHERINE WILLIAMS, SAMANTHA CRISTY, and NANCY BUTANO) were team silver medalists with Catherine as chef d’equipe. It was very close at the end, with only one point separating team gold from silver… the suspense! Congratulations, team!
SAMANTHA CRISTY and her BELLA DONNA (the pair trains with Megan Chagnon) were bronze medalists in the Individual Final. Thanks for travelling down here to participate!
MUSKETEER and LESLIE COX, no strangers to success, were champions this week in the Adult Amateur Jumper.
Aislinn Lamoreaux’s CERAFINA jumped in her first Grand Prix this week with Jeff, and was sensational! She finished 9th with an unlucky rail in the first round. We were very, very proud of her :)

Some other accomplishments:
1st – CHEVEJO NB and Jeff in the $2,000 1.20m Classic
2nd – SMOOTH CRIMINAL and AVERY WORTHINGTON in the 1.20m Modified Jr/Am Jumper
2nd – NINYA 2 and Jeff in the 1.30m Jumper
5th – SMOOTH CRIMINAL and AVERY WORTHINGTON in the 1.15m Jumper
5th – CASSIUS and LESLIE COX in the USHJA Adult West Coast Regional Individual Final
6th – ZALOUBET and SAMANTHA ORTMAN in the $5,000 Junior/Amateur Owner 1.40m Classic
7th – CASSIEL and DEBORAH PRESO in the 1.10m Jumper
7th – CERAFINA and Jeff in the 1.30m Jumper

2015 World Champion Hunter Rider

In each region, the WCHR designates several horse shows that will count toward their year-end rankings. In the Northwest Region, we attended the following WCHR events: the Spring National Hunter in Monroe; the Pacific NW Hunter & Jumper in Monroe; the Early Summer Classic in Wilsonville; the Oregon High Desert Classic II in Bend; the Thunderbird Showpark Summer Fort Festival in Langley; the Northwest Spectacular in Wilsonville; and the Northwest Autumn Classic in Monroe. Of these shows, the WCHR tabulates point-earnings from a rider’s four best shows on a single horse.

Our riders were not only ranked exceedingly well in the Northwest region, but also in the National standings! The complete results are as follows:

Final Northwest Regional standings:
1st – ALEXANDRA ZELL in the Amateur Owner 3’3”
1st – BAILEY SMITH in the Junior 3’6”
1st – DUSTIN GOODWIN in the Handy
1st – SHELLEY CAMPF in the Professional
2nd – SHELLEY CAMPF in the Handy
2nd – DUSTIN GOODWIN in the Developing Professional
3rd – LAUREN RANSONE in the Amateur Owner 3’3”
3rd – BAILEY SMITH in the Handy
3rd – EMILY PERKINS in the Junior 3’6”
3rd – GRACE SPIEGEL in the Junior 3’3”
3rd – STEPHANIE VON GORTLER in the Adult Amateur
4th – KARSON PARRY in the Children’s
5th – BRITENEY MERCER in the Amateur Owner 3’3”
5th – KERA MCCANDLESS in the Junior Hunter 3’6”
7th – KERA MCCANDLESS in the Handy
8th – KAYLYN MCGRADY in the Children’s
8th – ALEXA WEBBER in the Junior 3’6”

Final National WCHR Standings:
1st – BAILEY SMITH in the Junior Hunter 3’6”
2nd – ALEXANDRA ZELL in the Amateur Owner 3’3”
3rd – DUSTIN GOODWIN in the Developing Professional
5th – DUSTIN GOODWIN in the Handy
8th – SHELLEY CAMPF in the Professional
10th – KARSON PARRY in the Children’s
13th – LAUREN RANSONE in the Amateur Owner 3’3”
14th – STEPHANIE VON GORTLER in the Adult Amateur
17th – GRACE SPIEGEL in the Junior Hunter 3’3”

Congratulations to all of our WCHR participants this year!

Northwest Autumn Classic – September 9-16, 2015

The hunter gang (plus Lisa!) made their way to Monroe this week for the Northwest Autumn Classic. This week was the final Northwest WCHR competition, as well as the Zone IX Hunter Finals and the Region 7 ASPCA Regional Final. As this week is our Northwest season wrap-up, we would like to thank everybody for a wonderful 2015. So many of our horse’s and rider’s accomplishments have nothing to do with ribbons, so don’t often make it to the blog. But know that we are so happy to reflect and see the growth that has happened for so many in the course of the season. Good luck to those travelling East for indoors!

Champions this week were:
PAPYRUS and BAILEY SMITH in the Junior Working Hunter 16-17
PAPYRUS and SHELLEY CAMPF in the 1st Year Green Working Hunter
NEW ENGLAND and EMILY PERKINS in the Green & Regular Conformation Hunter
FIRST LADY and LAUREN RANSONE in the Amateur Owner Working Hunter 3’3”
ZADON and LISA LAMOREAUX in the 1.0m Jumpers

Reserve Champions:
NEW ENGLAND and EMILY PERKINS in the Junior Working Hunter 15 & Under
LEGATUS and MEGAN GODSBY in the Junior Working Hunter 16-17
KNOWING and SHELLEY CAMPF in the 1st Year Green Working Hunter
PLAYLIST and SHELLEY CAMPF in the Green & Regular Conformation Hunter
KNOWING and GRACE SPIEGEL in the Junior Working Hunter 3’3”
PLAYLIST and ALEXANDRA ZELL in the Amateur Owner Working Hunter 3’3”
LAGO W and DUSTIN GOODWIN in the High Performance Working Hunter
ZADON and LISA LAMOREAUX in the Adult Amateur Jumper 1.10m

In addition to winning 4 of the 5 Junior Hunter classes, we would like to offer our special congratulations to BAILEY SMITH and PAPYRUS for winning both the ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals and the USHJA Zone 9 Hunter Seat Medal Ride-Off! Way to go, Bailey!!

Northwest Spectacular – August 26 – 30, 2015

The Northwest Spectacular is the finale of the Wilsonville Summer Series. This week offered a $20,000 Grand Prix, $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, $2,000 1.40m Open Welcome Jumper, and $1,000 Zone IX Jumper Finals for the High Children’s, High Adult, Low Junior/Amateur, and Medium Junior/Amateur jumper divisions.

Saturday morning was a bit of a weather event, but all of our derby horses still jumped beautifully! LE CAVALIER and Shelley won the Classic round with base scores of 84 and 89, and David Robinson’s APHRODITE M was brilliant with Dustin in the Handy round, clinching the overall title among a very competitive field! See complete results below:

Champions this week:
PAPYRUS and Shelley in the First Year Green Hunter
LAGO W and Dustin in the High Performance Working Hunter
LEGATUS and Dustin in the Performance Working Hunter 3’3”
KILKENNY ESQUIRE and Shelley in the Pre-Green Hunter 3’
CROQUET and Shelley in the Baby Green Hunter
NEW ENGLAND and Shelley in the Conformation Hunter
PAPYRUS and BAILEY SMITH in the Junior Hunter

Reserve Champions:
KNOW-HOW and Dustin in the Performance Working Hunter 3’6”
KILKENNY CHANCELLOR and Dustin in the Performance Working Hunter 3’3”
KNOWING and GRACE SPIEGEL in the Junior Hunter 3’3”
ZEPPELIN and Shelley in the Large Hunter
OLIVIA EUROSTAR and SAVANNAH BUDZINSKI in the 1.10m Jumper
KILKENNY ESQUIRE and STEPHANIE VON GORTLER in the Adult Amateur Hunter
PLAYLIST and Shelley in the Conformation Hunter

OHJA Medal Finals
1st – BAILEY SMITH and PAPYRUS in the Jr/Sr Medal Final
2nd – EMILY PERKINS and NEW ENGLAND in the Jr/Sr Medal Final
4th – KAYLYN MCGRADY and WEMBLEY in the Children’s Medal Final

Additional Class Winners:
APHRODITE M and Dustin in the Handy round and Overall of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
LE CAVALIER and Shelley in the Classic round of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
KILKENNY CHANCELLOR and Dustin in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby
CERAFINA and Jeff in the $2,000 1.40m Open Welcome Jumper
VETYVER DU BOIS and AISLINN LAMOREAUX in the $1,000 Zone IX High Children’s Jumper Final
JUST CHARLIE and ALI MAJER in the $1,000 Zone IX High Adult Jumper Finals
KILKENNY ESQUIRE and Shelley in the $750 USHJA Pre-Green Challenge
KATIE MACK and APHRODITE M in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search
GRACE SPIEGEL and KNOWING in the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal
SORCERER and KERA MCCANDLESS in the Junior Hunter 15 & Under Handy
CONVICTION and BRITENEY MERCER in the 3’3” Amateur Owner Hunter
CONVICTION and BRITENEY MERCER in the 3’3” Amateur Owner Hunter U/S
ACCLAIM and HAYDEN HERSON-HORD in the 1.15m Jumper
OLIVIA EUROSTAR and SAVANNAH BUDZINSKI in the 1.10m Jumper