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Tina Yates and Ceasar Claim the $30,000 Blenheim June Classic I Grand Prix - Hannah Loly and Zafira Win $7,500 Interactive Mortgage Horses 10 & Under Futurity

Tina Yates and Ceasar

San Juan Capistrano, CA - After a competitive afternoon of show jumping with a full audience present, Tina Yates and ACE Equestrian's Ceasar emerged victorious in the $30,000 Blenheim June Classic I Grand Prix. Partners for less than a year, Yates and the grey ten-year-old gelding earned their top honors with consistency and precision. The three other riders in the jump-off each crossed the finish line faster than Yates, but none could match her double-clear effort.

Twenty-five horse and rider combinations took to the track designed by Brazilian FEI course designer Anderson Lima. Almost every fence on the challenging sixteen-effort course fell at least once, and nine entries incurred time faults. The four competitors who advanced to the jump-off kept the anticipatory atmosphere alive. Lindsay Douglass went first and fast, but several rails fell as she blazed around in 38.05. Yates jumped off second and delivered a fault-free trip in a conservative 46.62 seconds. Both Katelyn Edwards and Lane Clarke beat Yates on the clock in under 43 seconds, but each picked up four faults.

Tina Yates and Ceasar

"In the jump-off, my strategy was just to have a nice double clear round. I didn't go crazy fast - I just didn't want to risk having one down," Yates explained. She noted the many options available on course, saying that the track had to be ridden differently to suit each horse. "The horses definitely had to try hard and be careful, and in the end I think it was a nice class," she said.

Yates and Ceasar have been working together since The Las Vegas National Horse Show in November. Still a relatively new pair, they gained miles this winter in Wellington, FL, and are continuing to thrive in California this summer.

Tina Yates, Jeff Cotton, Chris Garcia and Melissa Brandes of Blenheim EquiSports

"He has a really funny personality," Yates said. "He's come a long way. It's true that he's a little bit of a goofball, but I actually think that it helps him."

For her win, Yates earned a sizable percentage of the prize money, a SmartPak cooler, and a pair of Roeckl Sports gloves. Douglass walked away with the SmartPak Fastest in the West Award for her speedy jump-off effort.

Lindsay Douglass aboard Butterfly Tibri Z, with Melissa Brandes

Hannah Loly and Zafira Win $7,500 Interactive Mortgage Horses 10 & Under Futurity
Fifteen-year-old Hannah Loly topped a field of twenty-four entries in the $7,500 Interactive Mortgage Horses 10 & Under Futurity aboard her own Zafira. Loly and her ten-year-old mare cleared the shortened course with ease, racing through the timers in an unbeatable 47.72 seconds.

"I carried a pace and I stuck with it," the young phenom explained. She was one of five double-clear finishers in a jump-off of eight riders. "I made sure when I landed to go forward right away, whereas I think some people just continued."

Hannah Loly and Zafira

Loly and Zafira recently moved up to the 1.40m height in the show ring, and this was their first time competing in an Interactive Mortgage Horses 10 & Under Futurity class. The class marked the fourth of six qualifiers in the series, which will conclude with a final at the Blenheim Fall Tournament in mid-September.

Tomorrow morning, The Oaks International Grand Prix Field will host the $25,000 USHJA WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular and the hilltop VIP presents the USHJA Foundation Fundraiser "Breakfast at Tiffany's" event. As hunter divisions wrap up, SmartPak Awards will be presented to riders with the most points and the highest scores from the full week of WCHR competition.

After the hunters shine, the field once again welcomes the show jumpers with the final round of the 2017 North American Young Rider and Junior Rider Selection Trials.

$30,000 Blenheim June Classic I Grand Prix

Place - Entry Number - Horse - Rider - Owner - Faults/Time
1. 855 - Ceasar - Tina Yates - ACE Equestrian - 0/0/46.624
2. 707 - Balu U - Lane Clarke - Georgy Maskrey-Segesman - 0/4/40.283
3. 509 - Cetello - Katelyn Edwards - Mountain View West Farm, LLC - 0/4/42.181
4. 603 - Butterfly Tibri Z - Lindsay Douglass - Lindsay Douglass - 0/12/38.053
5. 942 - Darius de la Ferme Rose - Michelle Rodal - Morgan Hill Partners - 1/86.914
6. 274 - Ircos IV - Everardo Hegewisch - Everardo Hegewisch - 2/87.881
7. 373 - Cupilor - Michelle Parker - Cross Creek Farm - 4/80.285
8. 782 - Edesa Stallone - Mariano Alario - Mariano Alario - 4/80.290
9. 374 - Doriena - Michelle Parker - Idyllic Imports - 4/80.974
10. 377 - Vancouver 45 - Michelle Parker - Cross Creek Farm - 4/82.487
11. 883 - Lorein - Felipo Godinho - Sergio Nieto - 4/84.561
12. 276 - V Cantate - Hannah Selleck - Simonne Berg - 5/86.359

$7,500 Interactive Mortgage Horses 10 & Under Futurity
Place - Entry Number - Horse - Rider - Owner - Faults/Time
1. 387 - Zafira - Hannah Loly - Hannah Loly - 0/0/47.459
2. 708 - Covalsky - Savannah Jenkins - Georgy Maskrey-Segesman - 0/0/49.388
3. 489 - Ursina du Perchet - Laura Ware - Laura Ware - 0/0/49.843
4. 852 - Durango VDL - Tina Yates - ACE Equestrian - 0/0/52.112
5. 317 - Treliga Mail - Ali Leopold-Moreno - Phyllis Thomas - 0/0/60.443
6. 337 - Elicole - Jason McArdle - Fairbanks Valley Farm, LLC - 0/4/47.718
7. 570 - Express SB - Hap Hansen - Dominique Hoffmann - 0/4/50.519
8. 881 - Discento - Felipo Godinho - Sergio Nieto - 0/8/49.233

Photos by Amy McCool


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