Double Lane! Clarke and Semira de Saulieu Stake Their Claim; Zone 10 NAJYRC Teams Named; Weese Wins CashCall Mortgage Futurity
San Juan Capistrano, CA
- Once again, congratulations go to Lane Clarke and Semira de Saulieu (Charlotte Gadbois, owner) for earning the win in the $30,000 Blenheim Grand Prix, presented by FarmVet. A double win for the week for Clarke, he and three other top contenders competed in the jump-off.
Lane Clarke and Semira de Saulieu
With a tighter time allowed, Cecilia Galvin of Mexico designed a forward track well-suited for a national grand prix. Rails fell and time faults accrued for a number of riders, especially jump 10, a white skinny gate with a rail, and 12, a blue oxer-liverpool.
Susan Hutchison and SIG Zuleika were first to go clear, followed by Michelle Parker on Cross Creek Farm's Clintord. Next, Clarke and Semira, Friday's winners, joined the jump-off. Rounding out the four clean were John French on Danielle Walker's Casco Junior.
Of his first round plan, Clarke said, "I really galloped her hard in the Friday class that she won. I knew she would be a little bit quick and eager to the jumps. So my plan was to school her in the warm-up ring and remind her that in this round we would back up a little bit. In the ring I planned to give her distances that I could leg her to but not get her anxious. She was rideable and let me do what I wanted, and it worked!"
Clarke and the wonderful Semira de Saulieu, who has won or been second in four of the last five grand prix classes she competed in, were the only double clean today. Hutchison had four faults, Parker had eight and French ended up with fourteen.
"I had a good draw in the jump-off. After both Michelle and Susie had rails, my plan was just to make sure I gave room to the jump that came down twice, which was jump 10 - it was the gate with a rail on top. Seemed like that was the bogey jump. And Semira did what she does - she jumped clean," Clarke explained. He went on to thank everyone involved, from FarmVet to the show management, to his team and especially his horse, Semira.
Lane Clarke and Semira de Saulieu with Caitlin, Kathy Harper and Barry Cudmore of FarmVet, with Melissa Brandes and Robert Ridland of Blenheim EquiSports
Zone 10 NAJYRC Teams Named
After a series of trials, the final few occurring this week, the Zone 10 North American Young Rider and Junior Rider Teams were announced. Known as a solid stepping-stone for show jumpers, the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships will take place July 15-20 at the home of the 2010 World Equestrian Games, the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Good luck to all!
Simonne Berg and Morgan Garnett with Zone 10 Jumper Committee Chair Fred Bauer
(not pictured: Hannah von Heidegger)
Peyton Warren, Eve Jobs, Sydney Calloway and Morgan Dickerson (alternate) with Fred Bauer (not pictured: Gabrielle Cirelli)
Saturday's $7,500 CashCall Futurity Win Went to Weese
Abigail Weese and her mount Milano pulled out a super victory against one of Susie Hutchison's most winning mounts, SIG Excel, yesterday in the $7,500 CashCall Mortgage Futurity.
In a jump-off of six, Hutchison went first, clean and fast in 27.72. Weese and Milano galloped in next. Clean and even faster, Weese's time of 27.29 cut off a valuable .43 seconds for the win. Two of the remaining four rides, Nathalie Manning aboard Con Spirit and Lane Clarke on MH Wardance, were double clean, but in twenty-eight seconds and change for the third and fourth ribbons. Class results below.
Abigail Weese and Milano
The upcoming weekend on the grand prix field includes the $10,000 International Hunter Derby presented by Equine Insurance on Saturday, June 14th, and on Sunday, June 15th, the $30,000 June Classic Grand Prix, presented by St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa. Stay tuned for more on this show as well as upcoming events in your email inbox.
$30,000 Blenheim Grand Prix, presented by FarmVet
Place - Number - Horse - Rider - Owner - Faults/Time
1 - 445 - Semira de Saulieu - Lane Clarke - Charlotte Gadbois - 0/0/40.896
2 - 259 - SIG Zuleika - Susan Hutchison - SIG International - 0/4/38.416
3 - 286 - Clintord - Michelle Parker - Cross Creek Farms, Inc. - 0/8/41.412
4 - 211 - Casco Junior - John French - Danielle Walker - 0/14/55.051
5 - 460 - Bull Run's Holy Smokes - Kristen Vanderveen - Bull Run Jumpers, Inc. - 4/77.780
6 - 113 - Zamiro - Susan Artes - Alix Fargo - 4/82.676
7 - 523 - Chello Z - Josephina Nor Lantzman - Josephina Nor Stables, LLC - 4/82.997
8 - 308 - Alhaurin de la Nancy - Michelle Rodal - Morgan Hill Partners - 4/86.544
9 - 428 - Acer - Hap Hansen - Geraldine Bidwell - 4/86.902
10 - 606 - Cassiato - Harley Brown - Oak Park Group, LLC - 4(time)/90.329
11 - 555 - Unlimited - Gabriella Mizrachi - Rebecca Matalon - 6/88.064
12 - 299 - Paloma - Keri Potter - Melanie Brooks - 6/88.582
$7,500 CashCall Mortgage Futurity 1.35m
Place - Number - Horse - Rider - Owner - Faults/Time
1 - 632 - Milano - Abigail Weese - Abigail Weese - 0/0/27.299
2 - 257 - SIG Excel - Susan Hutchison - SIG International - 0/0/27.727
3 - 513 - Con Spirit - Nathalie Manning - Nathalie Manning - 0/0/28.291
4 - 447 - MH Wardance - Lane Clarke - MH Wardance - 0/0/28.490
5 - 258 - SIG Firecracker - Susan Hutchison - SIG International - 0/8/31.908
6 - 643 - Shazam - Nick Haness - Nick Haness - 0/RET
7 - 522 - Will Do - Cassie Frost - Pacifica Riding Club - 4/68.121
8 - 370 - Cleardown - Saree Gordon-Solanki - Tomboy Farms - 4/69.883
Photo courtesy of McCool