Temecula, Ca. – April 24, 2021 – Junior and Amateur hunter champions were crowned Saturday afternoon during the penultimate day of competition during the Temecula Valley National Premier I. Following a competitive first day of competition Friday, Brooke Morin brought home all the spoils in the 16-17 age division of the Large Junior 3’6” Hunters as she and For Fun who were awarded the title of Champion, as well as securing the title of Reserve Champion riding Twinkle Toes.
Morin and 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding For Fun kicked off the first week of competition at Premier I with a bang. The duo earned first in both over fences classes Friday with scores of 89 and 92 and concluded the day with a second place finish in the under saddle portion. Eager to add to her success at the beginning of the weekend, Morin and Troy Christiansen’s, For Fun, returned to the Grand Hunter Arena Saturday for their remaining two over fences divisions where they scored an 87 for a first place finish and an 85 to secure second.
Doubling her chances at a tricolor, Morin also put in respectable performances with her second mount in the division, Twinkle Toes. The duo received an 86 and 84 for their over fences classes Friday, which secured them a second and fourth place finish. The pair then dazzled the judges on the flat, walking away from day one with a blue ribbon. In hopes of taking home both tricolors, Morin gave it her best effort Saturday afternoon aboard Irene Neuwirth’s 9-year-old Warmblood gelding. Her hard work paid off as she and the handsome chestnut scored a 86 and 84 in the over fences portion, resulting in a second and third place finish respectively.
Morin’s accumulative scores throughout the weekend were rewarded with top honors as she swept the class to secure the title of Champion with For Fun and Reserve Champion with Twinkle Toes. In addition to Morin’s champion titles, she and For Fun were also the winners of the $1,000 Junior Hunter 3’6” Classic receiving a total score of 180 from the judges.
Also receiving the Championship crown Saturday was Stella Wasserman and Princeton who reigned supreme in the Large Junior 3’6” Hunters 15 & Under division. In the Large Junior 3’3” Hunters it was Kyra Slutzky and Paddington who would be awarded the title of Champion, while Ava Peck and Ever So Often would ride away with the Champion title in the Small Junior 3’3” Hunter division.
Hunter competition will resume in the Grand Hunter Arena Sunday, April 25th at 7:30 AM with the $2,500 National Hunter Derby. Competition at Galway Downs will continue Wednesday, April 28th with the kickoff of the Temecula Valley National Premier II.