Temecula, Calif. – May 2, 20201 – Though it was the final day of Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley Premier II, plenty of prize money was still available for the taking with hunter and jumper classics abundant across the showgrounds. Sunday concluded on a high note for Jessie Rechs aboard Oasis II, the winning pair in the $2,500 Kask Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.35m Jumper Classic, as well as Aedan Mooney and Revelation as the victors in the $1,500 Equ Lifestyle Boutique Low Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.25m Jumper Classic.
With jumps set at 1.35m, entrants in the $2,500 Kask Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic were tested over Oscar Soberon’s course, and of the initial field of competitors, only three pairs would navigate clean first trips to qualify for the shortened course. Following their first round, the riders who broke the timers clear were invited to an immediate jump-off. About two seconds faster than her two jump-off competitors, Rechs and Shannon Nugent’s Oasis II raced to a double-clear finish in 37.69 seconds to take the win. Making the short trip from San Diego, Rech picked up the ride on the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding two years ago and has enjoyed moving up to the 1.35m divisions.
Taking second place with a double-clear performance in 39.06 seconds was Jenny Calandra on her own Farambole, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Though Rachel Torok was the speediest rider in the jump-off, stopping the clocks in 35.3 seconds, she pulled one rail which put her in third place on Comanchero, her 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding.
The final jumping class of the day featured in the Interactive Mortgage Grand Prix Arena was the $1,500 Equ Lifestyle Boutique Low Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.25m Jumper Classic. With a field of 26 horse-and-rider combinations, competitors rode the same course as their 1.35m counterparts. Ten pairs managed to jump the first round clear and within the allowed time which made for an exciting immediate jump-off as riders raced to beat the clock.
Jaden Cheikha and Dark Horse Farm’s Gavanta, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, laid down an impressively speedy double clear performance, tripping the timers in 33.77 seconds. His time seemed unbeatable for the majority of the class with many riders failing to overcome him. Needing a clean and quick trip to capture the win, 16-year-old Aedan Mooney knew she had to buckle down with Revelation, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding she leases from Chris Rassam. Mooney made her jumper debut only earlier this year, but with the confidence she has in her mount, she sealed the win with a double clear performance in 33.55 seconds.
Ultimately, Cheikha ended the day in second place, while Brooke Mostman rounded out the top three with double clear rounds in 34.468 seconds aboard Ashland Farm’s Herma, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.
Earlier in the day, Sara Someck rode away with the win in the $1,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Classic with Rihanna LS, while Emma Hass and Everardo A Hegewisch’s Eriel earned the blue ribbon in the $1,000 Children’s Jumper Classic.
Competition will pick back up at Galway Downs for the Temecula Valley National series running from May 19-June 6. The three week series will feature classes such as FEI NAYC Young Rider Trials, the Memorial Day $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, and the $22,500 Spruce Meadows NEEd for Speed Final.
$2,500 Kask Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.35m Jumper Classic
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults | R1 Time / R2 Faults | R3 Time
1. Oasis II / Jessie Rechs / Shannon Nugent / 0 | 78.543 / 0 | 37.668
2. Farambole / Jenny Calandra / Jenny Calandra / 0 | 72.513 / 0 | 39.06
3. Comanchero M / Rachel Torok / Rachel Torok / 0 | 79.089 / 4 | 35.301
4. Targa / Elizabeth Simpson / Elizabeth Simpson / 2 / 81.586
5. Vulnay Du Meix / Capri Nova / Capri Nova / 4 / 71.477
6. Silvan / Sonja Duckstein / Sonja Duckstein / 4 / 78.107
7. Artiste Des Luthiers / Sonja Duckstein / Sonja Duckstein / 4 / 78.54
8. Valdez / Olivia Schneider / Olivia Schneider / 5 / 80.505
$1,500 Equ Lifestyle Boutique Low Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.25m Jumper Classic
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults | R1 Time / R2 Faults | R2 Time
1. Revelation / Aedan Mooney / Chris Rassam / 0 | 71.73 / 0 | 33.553
2. Gavanta / Jaden Cheikha / Dark Horse Farms / 0 | 69.54 / 0 | 33.77
3. Herma / Brooke Mostman / Ashland Farms / 0 | 68.991 / 0 | 34.468
4. Clavius / Rachel Torok / Rachel Torok / 0 | 76.045 / 0 | 34.786
5. Charly-Ann / Sydney Flashman / Sydney Flashman / 0 | 74.587 / 0 | 36.447
6. Manchego / Paige Walker / SWS Training & Sales / 0 | 75.48 / 0 | 38.408
7. Crack One / Quinn Ferreira / Ixchel Mosley / 0 | 72.471 / 4 | 33.875
8. Scarface / Quinn Ferreira / Hot Horses LLC / 0 | 70.654 / 4 | 33.886
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Jessie Rechs – $2,500 Kask Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.35m Jumper Classic winner
On her win:
“It’s been a great two weeks. [Oasis II] was perfect and has been jumping well. I got him two years ago and we started in the 1.20m classes and just started doing the Mediums. He’s been perfect. He does the equitation sometimes but it’s not his favorite. He loves the jumpers much better. He likes to go fast, we are always trying to get him to chill out a little bit. He always looks for cookies as soon as he comes out of the ring!”
On competing at the Temecula Valley Premier II:
“This is one of our favorite shows and we come out here for most of the weeks. I love the Grand Prix ring – they do so many fun classes and great Classics. [Oasis II] will get next week off and have fun in turnout and then we will come back here in May.”
Aedan Mooney – $1,500 Equ Lifestyle Boutique Low Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.25m Jumper Classic winner
On her performance with Revelation:
“This is so awesome. This is my first time doing the 1.25m Classic so I’m very happy. He’s a lease horse and I started leasing him last November. He is such a cool partner and will do anything for you. He’s amazing. I really have enjoyed working with him. He’s a more forward ride but he will come back in a second. He has such a huge stride I can leave out a stride anywhere. He’s very honest and when you get him right to the base, he will jump it with no rails. I’m very thankful to ride him and very cool to learn from him.”
On the course:
“I thought the course was very nice today – it asked a lot of questions and you had to extend and collect. There were some tight turns in the jump-off that you could decide to do and my horse was very in tune to my aids.”
On competing at the Temecula Valley Premier II:
“I love this show and the facility is amazing. They’ve done such a nice job. The people are amazing and if you have any questions the staff will help you right away. I love how accommodating they are and the happy hours are so fun. It’s a very friendly show!”