Temecula, Calif. – Oct 14, 2021 – Speed was the name of the game in the Grand Prix Arena Thursday afternoon, October 14, at Galway Downs for Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley National Fall Week I. All seven classes held in the expansive arena were set in the USEF Table III format, meaning each rail was converted to time added to the clock rather than faults, encouraging riders to put the pedal to the metal. Competition came to a head for the $20,000 1.40m Speed Classic, sponsored by EquiFit. With only one shot in the ring to claim victory, the riders battled it out leaving nothing on the table. The atmosphere was lively with spectators and fans gathering to watch the field of top talent vie for the class honors. In the end, it was Cassio Rivetti and Cristal De Menardiere who topped the leaderboard with the quickest time to take home the victory.
Course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) set forth a track fit for the 1.40m Speed Classic competition, offering a 14-obstacle course that utilized the expansive arena, giving horse-and-rider combinations room to gallop, take tighter turns, and ride off of their eyes. Though built for speed, Guilherme’s track proved deceptively tough with the addition of an in-and-out built of two skinny verticals. Though riders with a rail could still take the prize if they were fast enough, Cassio Rivetti and Cristal De Menardiere, a nine-year-old Origine Constatee gelding owned by Clement Boulanger, Jacques Lemardele, and Yvette Lemardele, found the balance of speed and agility to take the win.
Entering the ring with confidence, Rivetti and Cristal De Menardiere blazed around the arena in a faultless time of 71.386 seconds, taking the lead. Making tight turns and leaving out strides in the course’s long lines, Rivetti took advantage of his strong partnership with Cristal De Menardiere, remaining unchallenged for much of the class with their impressively quick time.
With spectators at the edge of their seats, Susan Artes and Laurence Z, a 10-year-old Warmblood stallion owned by Alix Fargo, took to the course with ease and crossed the timers in 72.853 seconds. The pair’s tight turns over fences and long strides proved to be faster to shave time, although just fractions of a second divided the top two placings, leaving Artes and Laurence Z in second place.
Alexandra Biederman took to the ring with her first mount, Interactive Mortgage Cayjano, a neight-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Delong Equestrian Ventures, LLC, but was unable to make the time needed to place among top contenders. Last but not least, Biederman returned to the ring once again but with her second mount, Interactive Mortgage 07, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Delong Equestrian Ventures, LLC. The pair tripped the timers at 76.697, finishing a couple of seconds shy of Artes’ time and leaving them to round out the top three.
Juniors, Amateur-Owners, and Amateurs alike also got in on the action racing around in the Low, Medium, and High Junior/Amateur/Amateur-Owner classes. Kimberly Guichard and her own 11-year-old Holsteiner mare, Clivia, set the bar high for the rest of the day’s classes galloping away with the win in the Low Junior/Amateur/Amateur-Owners with a time of 59.88, nearly six seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Katie Kehring and Mr. Miracle Man followed suit in the combined Medium and High Junior/Amateur/Amateur-Owner division, smashing the clock and blocking out first place with a time of 62.322.
Jumper competition at Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley National Fall Week I will continue Friday, October 15, in the Grand Prix Arena for the Low, Medium, and High Junior/Amateur/Amateur-Owner classes before the feature class of the evening, the $5,000 5-Bar, sponsored by Interactive Mortgage.
FROME THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Cassio Rivetti – $20,000 Speed Classic winner
On Cristal De Menardiere:
“This was only my second ever class on Cristal. He is a really fun horse to ride. He’s very simple. I didn’t really have a plan coming in on him. I was more focused on my second horse, Kandella, since he has more experience, but Cristal just jumped it so well.”
On his plans for the rest of the week:
“Cristal will now go on Saturday in the $10,000 1.35m NEEd for Speed Derby [sponsored by ShowMD].”
On the atmosphere at Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley Fall National Series:
“It is really nice to ride in this ring. I feel like the people cheering add to the excitement of a speed class.”
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / Country / R 1 Faults | R1 Time
1. Cristal De Menardiere / Cassio Rivetti / USA / Raphaella Guerrand-Hermes / 0 | 71.39
2. Laurence Z / Susan Artes / USA / Alix Fargo / 0 | 72.85
3. Interactive Mortgage 07 / Alexandra Biederman / USA / Delong Equestrian Ventures LLC / 0 | 76.70
4. Chicharito LS / Bjorn Ikast / USA / Skylark Equestrian LLC / 0 | 78.61
5. FR Yandoo Pennsylvania / Matthew Williams / USA / Finch Ridge Farm / 4 | 71.25
6. I’m Special / Jamie Taylor / USA / Cheryl Mitts / 4 | 74.29
7. Skipio K / Patrick Seaton / USA / Patrick Seaton / 4 | 75.06
8. Kandella / Cassio Rivetti / USA / Delaney Batter / 4 | 75.90
9. Rallie Des Etoiles San Gabriel / Mauricio Ortega / USA / Mauricio Ortega / 5 | 86.26
10. Interactive Mortgage Cayjano / Alexandra Biederman / USA / Delong Equestrian Ventures LLC / 7 | 84.97
11. Coronado Blue NF / Eric Navet / USA / Signe Ostby / 8 | 63.56
12. Quatar / Jamie Taylor / USA / JT Equine LLC / 10 | 87.29