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Riding to Excellence - The Veredus Leading Jumper Awards Recognize Riders at Blenheim EquiSports - Tina Yates, Claire Folmer, Hannah Loly, Melanie Brooks and Anna Moellenhoff Wrap Up the Outdoor Season Awards

Tina Yates and Bowmore VDL

San Juan Capistrano, CA - Riders who excelled in the jumper ring earned extra recognition during the last two weeks of the outdoor Blenheim EquiSports show season through the new Veredus Leading Jumper Rider awards program. After all the points were tallied, riders from the Open, Junior, Amateur, Adult and Children's divisions were presented with a Leading Rider Sash and a Veredus Horse Boots gift certificate. One rider even made history in the process - Tina Yates with her amazing double win, finishing clean and clear on two horses with the same jump-off time in the $30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix.

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After an amazing two weeks of top notch competition, emerging professional Tina Yates garnered the Leading Professional Open Jumper Rider title after a thrilling and historic win in the $30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix at the Blenheim Fall Tournament, where Yates duplicated her score and time on both Bowmore VDL and Cicomein VDL, and by winning in the $30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix, presented by ACE Equestrian at the International Jumping Festival one week later.

Veredus Leading Professional Jumper Rider Tina Yates

Now based in Wellington, Florida, Yates and her husband brought their horses to the West Coast for the fall season. They competed in Del Mar and are heading to the National Sunshine Series in Thermal, then will wrap up their tour at The Las Vegas National.

Melanie Brooks and Hannah Loly each took home a Veredus Leading Jumper Rider title from the Blenheim EquiSports Fall Series. The mother-daughter team from Rancho Santa Fe had solid results - Brooks won the Adult Jumper Derby, securing the Adult Leading Jumper Rider title and Loly earned the Leading Junior Rider title with consistent placings over the two weeks.

Veredus Leading Jumper Riders Hannah Loly (left) and Melanie Brooks

"I noticed online that I was leading the Veredus standings, so I was really motivated the second weekend to stay on top," Brooks explained. "My horse Vanatrusca - her barn name is Cowgirl - is, to me, a machine. She is super sweet, fast, and she has just been a great horse. I love her to death."

As for fourteen-year-old Loly, her mom indicated that her daughter's plan includes the NAJYRC in 2017. "She has been riding in the Markel classes as practice for the "B" Team of young riders for next year. So that's her goal: "B" Team and then "A" team. She is very motivated."

Congratulations to Anna Moellenhoff, the winner of TWO Leading Riders Awards during the International Jumping Festival. Moellenhoff received the Veredus Leading Children's Jumper Award after earning multiple ribbons and wins in the Children's Jumpers, including the Classic at the Blenheim Fall Tournament. She also won the Romfh Leading Children's Hunter Rider award.

Double Leading Rider winner Anna Moellenhoff

And congratulations to Claire Follmer who earned the Veredus Leading Amateur/Owner Jumper Title. Follmer's numerous placings throughout both weeks of competition in the 1.30m Junior-Amateur/Owner Jumpers ultimately secured the award. Her trainer, Tasha Visokay, said that the award came as a surprise, since they tend not to track points and instead try to just focus on consistency. So winning the award was truly icing on the cake after a great two weeks!

Veredus Leading Amateur-Owner Jumper Rider Claire Follmer

The Veredus Leading Jumper Riders - Ride to Excellence! Congratulations to all of the competitors this season in California, and Blenheim looks forward to The Las Vegas National, where the Leading Jumper riders will again be recognized.


Photos by McCool

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