Temecula, Calif. – Oct. 17, 2021 – Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur classes kicked off Sunday morning in the Grand Prix Arena at Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley National Fall to close out Week I of competition. Competitors took to the ring one by one, challenging one another in an attempt to take home the victory in the Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur Jumpers sponsored by CC Fits and the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur Jumpers sponsored by Tack of the Town. In the end, Katie Kehring took home the win in the Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur Jumpers, while Kimberly Guichard and Clivia topped the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur Jumpers.
Brazilian course designer Guilherme Jorge set forth a challenging 12-obstacle course. Riders were challenged to find the most efficient track in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur Jumpers, and numerous athletes found difficulty with the multiple combinations featured throughout the demanding course. Out of the 23 entries, only 14 pairs jumped clear to continue on to the jump-off round.
Kimberly Guichard and her own Clivia, an 11-year-old Holsteiner mare, were the sixth horse-and-rider pair to have a go at the 12-obstacle course. Having the advantage of watching multiple riders go before her, Guichard was able to take note of where she could shave off precious time by taking inside turns where possible and slicing the fences to achieve more direct lines. Their plan paid off in the end as they took the early lead with a fault-free effort clocking in at a thrilling time of 34.307 seconds. Having been paired together for two years now, Guichard and Weber’s bond helped secure the lead, earning them the blue ribbon at the conclusion of the class.
Walking into the ring, Santiago Vallarta Uribe knew he would have to give it his all with Cuteiful in order to top Guichard’s performance. Uribe piloted Cuteiful around the twists and turns of the demanding course, stopping the timers in just 35.369 seconds with no faults. Though his tactful efforts would not push him into the lead, his time would be enough to secure them the second place position on the leaderboard.
Knowing she had to complete a faultless round for a shot at the top of the class, Katie Kehring and her own Caxais Do Sul, a 10-year-old Oldenburg stallion, 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 second place finisher Uribe on a time of 36.027 seconds, good enough to round out the top of the leaderboard with a third-place finish.
Kicking off just prior to the Low Jumpers were the Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur Jumpers. Second to last to enter the Grand Prix Arena were Katie Kehring and Mr. Miracle Man, a 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by the Kehring family. 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 34.405 seconds. Della White and Laurenz 29, her own 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding, were third to go in the class. They set the original time to beat after clocking in at 34.742 seconds, but would eventually settle for second place after Kehring’s bold and efficient jump-off effort. Rounding out top three in the class were Sydney Flashman and Charly-Ann, her own 10-year-old Holsteiner mare, with a time of 36.516 seconds.
Competition at the Temecula Valley National Fall Series returns for it’s final week of the year on Wednesday, October 20. Jumpers open the final five days of classes with the $10,000 1.35m Welcome, while hunter riders return for the second week of division competition.
FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Kimberly Guichard – Low Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur Jumpers winner
“She’s an 11-year-old Holsteiner and was in Canada when I got her. I’ve had her for about two years now and she’s awesome. She’s her own ‘person’ and she does things her way, but if I do my part, she goes out and tries hard. She’s a really fun horse. I took a 19-year hiatus and she’s my first horse coming back so it’s been a blast. I’ve had many good rounds here in the classic but something has always gone wrong so I’m glad to finally have a win.”
On Clivia’s personality:
“She’s really smart and super sweet. She saves her energy for when it counts and is a great combination of being sweet on the ground but when it’s show time, she steps it up and is ready to go.”
On the course:
“It was a very nice course. The only problem I had in both rounds was coming around to the singles by the front gate and she thought that maybe she could just veer a little towards the gate. So they almost got me by putting the jumps by the endgate, but other than that it rode really well.”
On Nilforushan Equisport Events:
“It’s my favorite show. Ali has done such an amazing job. When I was a junior rider, Ali was a junior rider so I know him from way back when. I just really appreciate how beautiful he’s made this show and wanting to make it fun like it was in our day. It’s so pleasant because we’re here for a long time. The parents come, there’s shade, there’s nice seating, good footing and course designers, so we love coming to this show.”
On future plans with Clivia:
“I really don’t know. I’m truly hoping to finish this year off strong. We have a couple big horse shows coming up at the end of the year and I hope they go really well because I have a daughter who rides as well, so it’s a lot of fun sharing this with her. Right now the focus and priority is her. I’m having a lot of fun with this horse but the focus is on her. I already had my chance to focus on my goals and dreams.”
$2,500 Low JR/AO/AM Jumper Classic
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults | R1 Time / R2 Faults | Round 2 Time
1. Clivia / Kimberly Guichard / Kimberly Guichard / 0 | 79.05 / 0 | 34.30
2. Cuteiful / Santiago Vallarta Uribe / Santiago Vallarta Uribe / 0 | 75.54 / 0 | 35.36
3. Caxais Do Sul / Katie Kehring / Kehring Family / 0 / 71.01 | 0 / 36.02
4. Turin / Laura Doering / Laura Doering / 0 | 76.388 / 0 | 36.60
5. Well Done / Mustafa Shah / Burgundy Farms / 0 | 77.81 / 0 | 36.60
6. Rivaux / Alexandra Elardi / HH Stables LLC / 0 | 78.50 / 36.91
7. Vivallo 3 / Isabel Ikast / Isabel Ikast / 0 | 77.52 / 0 | 37.65
8. Canberra / Jo Bartell / Jo Bartell / 0 | 81.11 / 0 | 38.82
9. Diana De Gree / Chloe Kuang / Chloe Kuang / 0 | 73.08 / 4 | 34.29
10. Fairy Tale / Erin Nichols / Erin Nichols / 0 | 71.36 / 4 | 34.32
11. Vanda Vuitton / Erin Nichols / Erin Nichols / 0 | 74.17 / 4 | 35.50
12. Chaperon / Lexie Looker / Lexie Looker / 0 | 78.71 / 4 | 39.58