Temecula, Calif. – April 28, 2021 – After a short two-day break, the Temecula Valley National Premier II, presented by Interactive Mortgage, resumed Wednesday at Galway Downs, with show jumping at the forefront as horse-and-rider pairs began the second week of competition eager for another shot at the top of the leaderboard. In the $5,000 1.35m Welcome Stake sponsored by Train With Shelby, Hanna Mauritzson and Parkmore Lux led the victory gallop after retaining the quickest double clear time. Taking top call in the 1.40m Jumpers earlier in the day, Jamie Taylor and Quatar led from start to finish to run away with the winning honors to kick off the week on a high note.
At the helm of the Interactive Mortgage Grand Prix Arena, course designer Oscar Soberon offered exhibitors a sweeping 12-effort track for the first phase of the $5,000 Train With Shelby 1.35m Welcome Stake. First to earn a spot in the immediate jump-off was Sweden’s Hanna Mauritzson on Ritz Fuente LLC’s Parkmore Lux. Third in the order of go, the pair laid down a double-clear performance with a jump-off time of 46.83 seconds to emerge as the early trailblazers.
The next combination in the field who left all the fences intact was Chenoa McElvain aboard Daphne RC, a 10 -year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Rancho Corazon LLC. Though the pair ultimately finished double clear, with their jump-off time of 41.84 seconds placing them in fourth.
Though four other horse-and-rider combinations joined Maurtizson and McElvain in the jump-off, at the end of the class, Maurtizson’s time on the 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding proved unbeatable. The duo have been partnered together for the past six years and their most recent win took place earlier this year in the $25,000 Desert Circuit Grand Prix in Thermal, California.
Tripping the timers in 39.253 seconds, Erin Isom and her 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding Askaban 22 placed second in the class with their double-clear performance. Racing into third place in 41.09 seconds was Jenny Calandra on Shantonagh, her 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding.
Immediately prior, the 1.40m Jumper class ran similar to a power and speed format, with faults carried throughout and the time over the second half of the course serving as the final score. First in the ring, Taylor and JT Equine LLC’s Quatar served as the pathfinders with their quick fault-free trip, turning in a time of 25.42 seconds over the second half of the course to jump to the early lead. Though the field attempted to catch her, she maintained her first place finish with Lorcan Gallagher and Cana Van De Blom earning second place and Kristi Doyle on Valdez rounding out the top three.
The Temecula Valley National Premier II will continue Thursday at Galway Downs, with the $10,000 Tack of the Town 1.40m Speed Classic. The week’s highlight event, the $20,000 Interactive Mortgage Grand Prix, will take place Saturday afternoon.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Hanna Mauritzson – $5,000 Train With Shelby 1.35m Welcome Stake at Temecula Valley National Premier II, presented by Interactive Mortgage winner
On her performance:
“My horse [Parkmore Lux] is feeling really amazing right now. He has had a few good shows and he went in the ring here and started us off with another great round. I thought it was a very nice and fun course. In the jump-off, we had an inside turn from the first to second jump with a little slice which was a fun option you could take. The first course was a nice track with a few different options, and the time was a little tight so you had to keep moving.”
On Parkmore Lux:
“I have had him for six years and he is my horse of a lifetime that I have moved up with. He has taught me a lot and he is just a dream. He goes out and tries his heart out every time. His favorite is jumping and eating cookies. He is 16-years-old, but he goes in and tries to kill it every time. It is truly amazing. With Lux we do more cross training since he is getting older. We do a lot of swimming and water treading so he can stay fit and go in and do what he loves to do.”
On Nilforushan Equisport Events:
“The show is great, and we are just 40 minutes away in north San Diego. Ali [Nilforushan] puts in an amazing effort to improve it every year and it really shows. It is just a great facility. I have been here since the show started, and it is very nice.”
On her plans for the rest of the year:
“We plan on doing the Grand Prix [$20,000 Interactive Mortgage Grand Prix] this week. We might rest now because it is going to be very hot and then save him for Saturday. He is getting older so I am really just trying to keep him really fit and feeling good. I am hoping I can do some bigger shows in the fall and maybe do the [FEI Jumping World Cup™] again. But, right now I am just trying to pick some nice shows. We are really focusing on keeping Lux happy and balancing between fitness, rest and of course having fun competing!”
$5,000 Train With Shelby 1.35m Welcome Stake
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults | R1 Time / R2 Faults | R2 Time
1. Parkmore Lux / Hanna Mauritzson / 0 | 73.975 / 0 | 36.833
2. Askaban 22 / Erin Isom / 0 | 75.153 / 0 | 39.253
3. Shantonagh / Jenny Calandra / 0 | 75.246 / 0 | 41.087
4. Daphne RC / Chenoa McElvain / 0 | 74.721 / 0 | 41.843
5. MJ / Rachel Glicklich / 0 | 71.478 / 4 | 37.509
6.Centagraaf / Ashley Stannard / 0 | 77.537 / 20 | 59.045
7. Chaman Semilly / Jamie Taylor / 4 | 69.923
8. Killossery Kuidam / Julia Nagler / 4 | 70.223
9. Cochabamba / Serena Anand / 4 | 71.564
10. Interactive Mortgage 07 / 4 | 72.562
11. Comanchero M / Rachel M. Torok / 4 | 75.24
12. Easy Does It / Michelle Parker / 5 | 76.17