Temecula, Calif. – June 4, 2021 – As competition at Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley National III, presented by Interactive Mortgage, heading into its final weekend, young equitation riders took to the Hunter 1 Arena for the final installment of the ASPCA Maclay on Friday to try their hand at the last big win of the series. Sixteen of the West Coast’s finest young riders showcased their textbook position and effective riding style piloting their mounts around the course. Of the talented field of riders, it was ultimately Jake Endicott who took home his second consecutive championship title in the class, this time aboard Son House.
The horse-and-rider combinations saw a change of scenery this week, competing in a different ring which added a new obstacle for the riders to tackle. Last week’s reigning champion, 17-year-old Jake Endicott, took to the 10-effort track this time aboard a new equitation mount, Son House. The recently partnered pair navigated the technical course with ease highlighting their fluidity and accuracy. The talented young rider took on an extra challenge Friday afternoon, piloting Ingenium Farm’s 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding who had just transitioned from eventing competition to the equitation ring two weeks earlier. Having never done a hack before, Endicott utilized his effective seat and confident riding style to put Son House in the front of the judges’ minds taking home top honors.
Coming in just behind Endicott was Zoe Brown and the 7-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, The Original owned by Harley Brown Equestrian, Inc. Brown and the young equitation mount took to the ring coming off of a fourth place finish in the highly competitive WIHS Hunter Phase just prior to the Maclay, eager to make improvements and take a podium position. Though Brown’s mount was not as experienced as many of the others in the pack, she rose to the challenge, riding a near-perfect over fences round and landing a solid flat round to earn a red rosette.
Rounding out the top three was Madison Sanders aboard her own 11-year-old Zangersheide, Calvandani Z. The California native, who spent the first half of the week competing in the Performance 3’6” Hunter division with Calvandani Z and her other mount, Nostalgic, switched gears riding in the CPHA Foundation 3’3″ Medal and the WIHS classes. Coming off of a third place finish in Temecula Valley National I’s ASPCA Maclay, the pair proved their consistency, laying down textbook rides and securing another yellow ribbon to round out the top three.
Competition at Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley National III heats up Saturday, June 5, with the $5,000 1.20m Classic – NAYC Children Qualifier and the highly anticipated $20,000 1.30m Classic – Final Zone 10 NAYC Pre-Junior Trial.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
On Son House:
“He is a horse owned by Tasha Visokay that was an eventing horse about two weeks ago. He is brand new to this, but he is doing really well. He is getting the hang of it I think, but it was his first flat class too so a lot of new things for him. But, he is taking it all in really well and doing good.”
On his riding background:
“[I have been riding for] almost two years now. Both of my parents are trainers and my brother is too. I have been around it but I never wanted to ride. I played football and soccer and everything else. Then about a year and a half or two years ago, I decided I wanted to try it, and it turns out I was pretty good at it so I kept going.”
On his plans for the future:
“I am 17-years-old and next year is my last junior year. I would like to go to all the Equitation finals and hopefully win one and do well. I would like to be a rider and start my own business and see where that goes.”
On Nilforushan Equisport Events:
“I still think this is the best show I have been to in a while. This is my favorite one so far. Everything about it is just great and it just keeps improving.”
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner
1. Son House / Jake Endicott / Ingenium Farm
2. The Original / Zoe Brown / Harley Brown Equestrian, INC.
3. Calvandani Z / Madison Sanders / Madison Sanders
4. Little Big Won / Marina Boudreau / Ingenium Farm
5. La La Land S / Caroline Burke / Maarten Huygens
6. Baton Rouge / Jessie Rechs / David Bustillos
7. McDreamy / Lauren Kolbe / Aurora Farms, LLC
8. Hollywood / Mackenzie Greer / Mackenzie Greer