Della White Wins Double in High Jr/AO/AM Jumper Classic at Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley National Fall Week II

Temecula, Calif. – Oct. 24, 2021 – Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur (JR/AO/AM) classes kicked off Sunday morning in the Grand Prix Arena at Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley National Fall to close out Week II of competition. Competitors took to the ring one by one, challenging one another in an attempt to take home the victory in the High JR/AO/AMJumper Classic sponsored by Ogilvy, the Medium JR/AO/AM Jumper Classic sponsored by Tack of the Town and the Low JR/AO/AM Jumper Classic sponsored by CC Fits. In the end, it was Della White leading the victory lap around the Grand Prix Arena for the High JR/AO/AM Jumper Classic, Michelle Berry and Coco Cento for the Medium JR/AO/AM Jumper Classic and Savannah Carter and Crash 21 topped the Low JR/AO/AM Jumper Classic.

Della White and Laurenz 29

Canadian course designer Peter Grant set forth a challenging 13-obstacle course. Riders were challenged to find the most efficient track in the High JR/AO/AM Jumper Classic, and numerous athletes found difficulty with the multiple combinations featured throughout the demanding course. Only one athlete was able to clear the first round track without error,, automatically securing them the victory.

Della White and Laurenz 29. Photo by Captured Moment Photography

Della White and her own Laurenz 29, a 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding, were the first horse-and-rider pair to have a go at the 13-obstacle course. Having the disadvantage of not being able to watch the riders before her go, White was left to her own vices to determine where she could shave off precious time. Their plan paid off in the end as they took the early lead with a fault-free effort. Having been paired together for two years now, White and Laurenz 29’s bond helped them secure the only clear effort, earning them the blue ribbon at the conclusion of the class.

Blue Ridge Farms teammates Cameron Trimino and Della White

White had the opportunity to come in for another round aboard her second mount, Eye Catcher, a 12-year-old KWPN mare owned by Julie A White. The pair entered the ring with hopes to top the leaderboard for a second time and they did just that. White piloted Eye Catcher around the twists and turns of the demanding course, stopping the timers in just 86.075 seconds. Though her tactful efforts would not push her into the lead with Eye Catcher after they lowered the height of a single fence for 4 faults, her time would be enough to secure them another top spot on the leaderboard, sitting in first with Laurenz 29 and second with Eye Catcher.

Cameron Trimino and Chuckles

Knowing she had to complete a faultless round for a shot at the top of the class, Cameron Trimino and her own Chuckles, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, took a cautious approach to their ride. The pair galloped their way through the course in hopes of taking the lead, but their efforts would ultimately leave the pair just shy of both White’s times. The duo clocked in at 94.464 seconds with 6 faults on the board, good enough to round out the top of the standings with a third-place finish.

Kicking off just after the High Jumpers were the Medium JR/AO/AM Jumper Classic. Tenth to enter the Grand Prix Arena were Michelle Berry and Coco Cento, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Everardo A Hegewisch. The pair, determined to overtake the leaderboard, galloped their way through a faultless round, earning her the lead in the much deserved victory gallop with a time of 44.461 seconds in the jump-off. Olivia Schneider and her own Valdez, a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding, were second to go in the class. They set the original time to beat after clocking in at 45.251 seconds, but would eventually settle for second place after Berry’s bold and efficient jump-off effort. Rounding out the top three in the class were Katie Kehring and King-Boy, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood owned by Carrie Kehring..

Michelle Berry and Coco Cento

Closing out the JR/AO/AM classes for the day was the Low Jumper Classic. First to take on the jump-off was Savannah Carter and her own Crash 21, an 11-year-old Warmblood gelding. The pair’s speedy round of 37.819 seconds were enough for the dynamic duo to take the top spot on the leaderboard. Isabel Ikast and her own Vivallo 3, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding, were last to go in the jump-off. The pair put in a quick and faultless round but were unable to catch up to Carter’s leading time, settling them into the second place position. Taking home the third place ribbon was Christina Sweeney aboard her own Baloueleto Lande.

Savannah Carter and Crash 21

Competition at the Temecula Valley National Fall Series, presented by Interactive Mortgage, came to a close today with the $1,000 Adult 1.15m Jumper Classic rounding out competition in the Grand Prix Arena. 

FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE

Della White – High Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur Jumper Classic first and second place winner

On Laurenz 29:
“I got first place on Laurenz 29 and I’ve had him for about two years now. He’s a bit lazy. I have to spice him up a lot and then he’s perfect. Enzo [Laurenz 29] is definitely the cookie monster of the barn and is food motivated. He’s always looking for treats, especially from my mom when I come out of the ring.”

On Eye Catcher:
“Eye Catcher is super fun. She’s always spicy but also super sweet. I really have the best time with her.”

On the rides:
“With Laurenz [29] I just had to spice him up a lot so that he wasn’t lazy and crawling over the jumps. With Pepsi [Eye Catcher] I just wanted to give her a nice confident ride. I just try to give them the best rides I can.”

On Nilforushan Equisport Events:
“It’s one of my favorite shows. It’s so nice and I really love the venue.”

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