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Joie Gatlin Secures Second Bronze Tour Win of the Week with Fiona at Blenheim August Festival

Aug 8, 2021 | Featured, Press Releases

Joie Gatlin and Fiona, winners of the $10,000 Bronze Tour Jumper Classic during the Blenheim August Festival

San Juan Capistrano, CA – August 7, 2021 – Joie Gatlin and Fiona claimed their second Bronze Tour win of the week at the Blenheim August Festival on Saturday, August 7, in the $10,000 1.40m Bronze Tour Jumper Classic.

Gatlin and Fiona entered the Olympic Sand Arena at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, CA, with the win in Wednesday’s $2,500 1.35m Bronze Tour already under their belts, and while they repeated their winning ways on Saturday, the duo’s path to the victory looked a bit different than it did three days prior.

With four faults in Saturday’s first round, Gatlin did not expect to return for the jump-off, but when no entries navigated the Mauricio Garcia-designed track without fault, that’s just what she did. Gatlin and Fiona were one of six combinations to finish the opening round on four faults, resulting in each of them coming back for the short course.

Nicole Haunert and Concolule

Joie Gatlin and Fiona

Hannah Heidegger and Di Caprio RV were the first to return, setting the score to beat at four faults in a time of 38.067 seconds, which would ultimately hold up for the third-place honor. Gatlin and Fiona, owned by Lolly McLellan, returned two trips later to deliver the first clear effort of the day, stopping the clock in a winning 36.762 seconds.

While none would catch Gatlin’s fast and faultless time, Lauren Kolbe and her own Cooper 166 would produce the only other clear round, finishing in second with a time of 38.032 seconds.

“I can’t remember the last time that I’ve done that!” said Gatlin of being in a jump-off of four-fault finishers. “It’s really unusual when that happens. It’s interesting because I thought it was a really nice course. It had a nice flow. The rails that fell ended up being pretty equally spread everywhere, which is the sign of a good course.”

Nicole Haunert leads the victory gallop aboard Concolue

Joie Gatlin and Fiona lead the victory gallop.

While the route to the jump-off may have looked slightly different, Gatlin treated it just as she would any other jump-off with Fiona: with a focus on going fast.

“Fast, smooth and leaving them all up was the plan!” said Gatlin, who has had the ride on Fiona since the spring. “She came in as a sales horse, and I just have been taking my time getting her fit and trying to place her in the right classes. Now I’ve got her fit and geared back up. We brought her over here this week with this class as our goal.”

“She’s just the best little horse,” continued Gatlin in speaking of the 11-year-old Holsteiner mare. “She loves her job, and she loves to jump. She really likes the jump offs.

Nicole Haunert leads the victory gallop aboard Concolue

Joie Gatlin and Fiona from their win in the $2,500 1.35m Bronze Tour Welcome on Wednesday of the Blenheim August Festival.

For the win, Gatlin was presented with Shady Lady neck scarf and a $50 gift certificate to SmartPak as the winning trainer. As the winning owner, Lolly McLellan also received a Blenheim photo frame and a gift certificate to Topline Design Ribbon Wreath.

Also earning a Bronze Tour victory during the Blenheim August Festival were John Pearce and Corsini, owned by Nicole Teague. The pair claimed the win in Thursday’s $5,000 1.35m Bronze Tour Speed Stake, in addition to finishing in second behind Gatlin in Wednesday’s $2,500 1.35m Bronze Tour.

Following the Blenheim Summer Classic, to be held August 18-22, the Bronze Tour returns to Blenheim on August 25-29 during the Showpark Summer Classic. To learn more about Blenheim EquiSports, the #PlaceToJump all season long, visit ThePlaceToJump.com.

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All Photos: McCool Photography

Blenheim EquiSports, an equestrian event management company based in San Juan Capistrano, CA, produces horse shows in San Juan Capistrano, CA and Las Vegas, NV. These competitions include USEF “Premier” rated hunter-jumper shows; a Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League Qualifier; the Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Series & Final, Interactive Mortgage “Ticket to Ride” High Performance Jumper Series & Adult Jumper Series; USHJA International, National, & Pony Hunter Derbies & Finals; the Whitethorne Equitation Challenge, Medal Finals, and so much more.