Temecula, Calif. – June 5, 2021 – Junior hunter competition kicked off in the Hunter 1 arena on Saturday morning at Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley National III, presented by Interactive Mortgage. With just two days of the series remaining, the young riders and their mounts were eager to vie for division championship honors by starting out strong on the first day of Junior division classes. Claiming the lead with her impressive rounds, it was Londyn Samlaska and Lemba Z who emerged as the front runners of the division going into the second and final day.
Londyn Samlaska and Lemba Z, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Lena Gruber, made it their mission to impress the judges on Saturday morning, cruising around their first over fences round with textbook style and precision to claim their first blue ribbon. The horse-and-rider combination claimed the second place ribbon for their next trip around the course, as well as a fourth place ribbon in the under saddle, nicely positioned to defend their lead and try their hand at earning the division championship to be decided on Sunday.
Gabrielle Sokolow and Color Me Grey, a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Kyle Dewar, sit in the second place position going into Sunday’s championship-deciding rounds. The pair cruised into second place with their first over fences round performance just behind Samlaska, and took the third place ribbon in their second over fences round. Combined with their fifth place finish in the under saddle, the pair’s performances were enough to help them sit in second place on Saturday.
Gabriella Moline and Campari rounded out the top three on the beginning day of the Junior 3’3” Hunter division. Although the pair finished outside the ribbons in their first over fences round, they returned to the arena with their eyes on the prize in their second round to win the blue ribbon. With such a strong finish, Moline and Campari, her own 12-year-old Warmblood gelding, were able to edge up to third place on the leaderboard going into Sunday’s final phase.
Hunter competition at the Temecula Valley National III, presented by Interactive Mortgage, will conclude on Sunday, June 6, seeing new division champions crowned in the Junior 3’3” Hunters, the Junior/Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunters, and the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions.