Isabella Holway Takes Sixth and Final Equitation Win at Temecula Valley National Fall Series

Temecula, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2021 – Equitation riders took over the hunter rings Friday, October 22 for their final day of competition at the Temecula Valley National Fall Series, presented by Interactive Mortgage. Eager to snag the last of the points available at the series, stiff competition was on display as the junior rider competition heated up in the back-to-back WIHS Hunter Phase and ASPCA 3’6” Medal. At the conclusion of the two classes featuring many of the same competitors, it was Isabella Holway who returned to the winner’s circle after coming off of four equitation podiums during the first week of the series, claiming both first place ribbons aboard her trusty partner HD Washington.

Isabella Holway and HD Washington

Holway, who competed in four different equitation classes during the Temecula Valley National Fall Week I, ribboned in all of the classes aboard HD Horses LLC’s eight-year-old KWPN gelding, HD Washington. The Cardiff, California native took first place in the CPHA 3’3” Foundation Medal, second place in the CPHA 3’6” Medal, a third-place finish in the CPHA 1.10m Foundation WCE Medal, and a third-place finish in last week’s edition of the ASPCA 3’6” Medal. Holway returned to the arena hoping to improve upon her previous performance in the class adding the WIHS Hunter Phase to her list of classes for the day. Holway first piloted “Toad” to a win in the WIHS Hunter Phase, showcasing the experienced gelding’s versatile nature by taking it slow around the winding course with an eager expression and expert navigation from the junior rider, ultimately earning them the blue ribbon.

Isabella Holway and HD Washington

The duo, who just recently reunited at the Temecula-based series after a year apart, made it a repeat performance by taking their second blue ribbon of the day in the ASPCA 3’6” Medal right after their win in the WIHS Hunter Phase. With a total of six top finishes under her belt, Holway is kicking off her 2022 equitation qualifying series with a bang heading into the winter season.

Cameron Trimino and Shady Blue PS

Cameron Trimino piloted her own seven-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Shady Blue PS, to a second-place finish, in her first equitation class at the Nilforushan Equisport Events’ series. Trimino, who primarily shows in the Medium and High Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur Jumpers with her other mount Chuckles, took a second equitation podium posting with another second-place finish in the CPHA 3’3” Foundation Medal with Shady Blue PS. The duo capped off their equitation day with a third-place finish in the ASPCA 3’6” Medal immediately following the WIHS Hunter Phase.

Gabrielle Sokolow and Go for It B

Gabrielle Sokolow and Sophie Root-Stevens’ 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Go For It B, rounded out the top three in the WIHS Hunter Phase. Sokolow just returned from the Capital Challenge Horse Show, where she showed in the 16-Year-Old Equitation division, Open 3’ and 3’6” Equitation classes, and the North American Junior Equitation Championships with another equitation mount, Just Cavalli. The pair also stayed at the Grand Hunter Arena to try their hand at the ASPCA 3’6” Medal with Go For It B, ultimately improving upon their performances and swapping places with Trimino to take the second place ribbon.

Isabella Holway and HD Washington

Top show jumping competition in the Grand Prix Arena at the second and final week of the Temecula Valley National Fall Series, presented by Interactive Mortgage, comes to a dramatic conclusion Saturday with the $10,000 NEEd for Speed Derby, sponsored by Multi Radiance Super Pulsed Lasers, and the highlight event of the week, the $50,000 Grand Prix, sponsored by First National Bank of Pasco, held concurrently with the $1,000 U25 Jumper Classic, sponsored by Equine Discounts.

FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Isabella Holway – WIHS Hunter Phase and ASPCA 3’6” Medal Winner

On her partnership with HD Washington:
“HD Washington is owned by HD Horses LLC, I rode him at the end of 2019 at the National Horse Show and that was my first time on him and it went really well, so I continued to show him at the beginning of 2020. This past year he was leased out and I just got the ride back on him at the beginning of the Temecula Valley National Fall Series and he is just incredible.”

On HD Washington’s personality:
“He is super sweet and funny. He is just a big goofball. He always tries his best. He knows when he is going in the show ring.”

On her courses:
“I thought they both rode pretty well. They definitely asked a lot of questions in the [ASPCA 3’6” Medal], like with the inside eight [stride line]. I could have done a little better there but he kind of saved me. Overall I am pretty happy with both of my rounds.” 

On Nilforushan Equisport Events:
“I love it here. I love the people, the weather, and it is just a great show.”

On her future plans in the equitation ring:
“This year we want to go for all of the major medal finals at the Washington International Horse Show, ASPCA Maclay Finals, Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final, and the North American Junior Equitation Championship at the Capital Challenge Horse Show. I want to go big this year!”

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