Temecula, Ca. – April 25, 2021 – The final day of competition at the Temecula Valley National Premier 1, presented by Interactive Mortgage, began with a field of talented young West Coast equitation riders taking over the Grand Prix Arena at Galway Downs for the Platinum Performance/ USEF Show Jumping Talent Search 2*. Besting a pack of competitive riders, Colorado-based Aedan Mooney and her mount Anthem issued immaculate performances over both the jumping and flat portions of the class to come out on top.
In the over fences phase, riders were tested with a 10-obstacle course featuring a time allowed of 84 seconds that included a triple combination and the option of an open water jump. Following successful trips over Peter Grant’s challenging equitation track, nine riders were invited back for the flat portion of the competition where they were asked to demonstrate different skill sets such as lengthening of stride at both the trot and canter, and a counter canter on both leads. In the end, the judges were wowed by Mooney’s seamless performances in both phases and awarded her the blue ribbon.
Mooney has been partnered with the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, owned and trained by Brannon Loomis Mooney, for just over a year now and the duo have had their fair share of success together with several top three finishes in equitation classes all over the West Coast. This win marks their first victory together at this level for the 2021 season and Mooney has her sights set on competing in this year’s ASPCA Maclay National Championship at the 2021 National Horse Show with her trusty partner.
Earning second place honors was Amber Ayyard riding her own entry Common Sense under the guidance of trainer Alicia Saxton. Avery Glynn would secure the third place position aboard Carambo Z, owned and trained by Hope Glynn.
Competition during the Temecula Valley National Premier I, presented by Interactive Mortgage, wraps up Sunday, April 25. Horse showing will resume at Galway Downs with the kickoff of the Temecula Valley National Premer II, presented by Interactive Mortgage, on Wednesday, April 28.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
On her mount, Anthem:
“I have had [Anthem] for about a year now and he is literally the best. His personality is amazing, he is such a puppy dog! He loves treats and is such a good partner. I have really enjoyed riding him over this last year.”
On her plan going into the over fences round today:
“I thought the course was very well designed. It asked some good questions and I really tried in the warm-up to get my horse supple and prepared for what the course was asking. I think overall the questions were asking if you could extend the stride and if you then could bring the horse back. I think my horse was very, very good and I felt very prepared going.”
On her upcoming show plans and goals for 2021:
“We stay here through next week and then we go back to Colorado for some local shows. We will go to the Sonoma Horse Park for quite a bit. I definitely aim to compete in the Maclay Finals, the Dover [Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal] Finals, the Washington [Equitation Championship] and the [Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping] Talent Search Finals.”
On Nilforushan Equisport Events:
“I love showing [at Nilforushan Equisport Events]! I think it is run very well and everyone is super nice. I love how they are super kind to everybody and they provide you with everything you need. If you have questions you can go to anybody and they will answer them right away. It is such a pretty facility and I think they have done such a nice job.”