Temecula, Calif. – May 19, 2019 – Weekend jumper competition at the Temecula Valley National Horse Show, held at Galway Downs, continued Sunday morning with the Junior/Amateur-Owner classics that took place in the Audi Grand Prix Arena, presented by Evergate Stables. First, it was the $2,500 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.25m Classic that saw a competitive field brave the rain over the course and immediate jump-off designed by Alan Wade (IRL). Estelle Navet, no stranger to the winner’s circle, took the top two spots and the greatest share of the prize money aboard Amiracle and Sirko, respectively. In the $5,000 Ogilvy Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.35m Classic, Jenny Calandra and Shantonagh claimed the championship title thanks to their quick trip as the only double clean pair.
Rounding out a consistent week of competition, Navet entered three horses in the 1.25m Classic, which brought a talented field of horse-and-rider combinations to center stage to vie for top honors. A family affair, her top-placing mounts are both owned by Eric Navet Equestrian, Inc., and Navet was taking over the ride for the week on a horse normally piloted by her sister. As the initial frontrunners and the first to take to the track, Navet and Amiracle set a blistering early pace in a clean 30.84 seconds, one that proved uncatchable as subsequent competitors tried to chase them down. Coming close to her own time later with Sirko, Navet narrowly missed beating her earlier time as she and Sirko crossed the timers in a successful 31.30 seconds, which would ultimately claim second place. Third position was awarded to Ivey Burns aboard SWS Training’s Stakato Onyx, who crossed the timers in 32.20 seconds.
In the $5,000 Ogilvy Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.35m Classic, Calandra had the advantage of going last with her own Shantonagh, returning to the ring with some knowledge of how best to ride the course after her first round in the class with her other mount, Graf Red Dawn. As Calandra began her second effort, the lead was held by Gabrielle Cirelli and Arkel, who posted a 4-fault time of 33.064 seconds in the jump-off. With no clear rounds over the short course, Calandra knew she had to simply keep all the rails up and stay within the time-allowed to secure the win, and she and Shantonagh were able to do just that. Finishing her second clear round in 32.01 seconds, still one of the faster short course times, Calandra and Shantonagh emerged victorious to lead the victory gallop in the $5,000 Ogilvy Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.35m Classic. Second place honors went to Cirelli and Arkel, and Mackenzie Carreras and Contessa K galloped to third place.
Sunday’s competition finalizes the Temecula Valley National Horse Show I, but two more weeks of the series will begin Wednesday, May 22 at Galway Downs.
FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Estelle Navet – $2,500 Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.25m Jumper Classic winner
“I’m really happy with Amiracle; he was really easy to ride today. He had a really nice movement and I could just follow him. He’s quick on the ground so I didn’t have to do much. I’m really happy with Sirko, as well. My sister rides him usually but she’s in Switzerland. I was really happy to do this catch ride and I had a lot of fun with him!”
On her strategy and the course:
“I know Amiracle has a smaller stride so I was confident with his quickness on the ground. Sirko has a longer stride so I could do one stride less and it was fine. The course was amazing to ride because we could ride it in a really smooth way and be efficient in our turns. It was technical so it was interesting to test the riders more than the horses.”
On the Temecula Valley National Horse Show:
“I’m so excited every time I can come here because I know the ring is amazing. The footing in the warmup and in the ring is amazing, and the ambiance is so much better. I know this horse show is going to grow and I’m really excited to be a part of this process.”
Jenny Calandra – $5,000 Ogilvy Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.35m Jumper Classic Winner
“I’ve had him for almost ten years and he’s an Irish Sport Horse. I got him in Ireland and he’s great! He has the best attitude. We’ve been riding in the 1.35m for a long time actually, almost ten years.”
On her strategy:
“First, we just wanted to get around clean in the first round and go with my plan. It was a great course because nothing was too off, so it was a nice course to just try to execute a good plan. In the jump-off, he is a fairly fast horse as it is, so I was just thinking about going in, being efficient and doing what he wanted to do, which was be forward.”
On the course:
“The courses have been riding great, I feel like they’ve been perfect. Just enough questions and nothing too crazy, but definitely interesting enough to have to pay attention and ride well.”
$2,500 Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.25 Jumper Classic
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time
1. Amiracle / Estelle Navet / 0 / 0 / 30.839
2. Sirko / Estelle Navet / 0 / 0 / 31.298
3. Stakato Onyx / Ivey Burns / 0 / 0 / 32.203
4. Cassino / Susan Azad / 0 / 0 / 34.134
5. Cilantra / Olivia Schneider / 0 / 0 / 34.158
6. Apache / Annelyse Tycholis / 0 / 4 / 35.254
7. Dior 14 / Olivia Schneider / 0 / 8 / 34.617
8. Maximus 44 / Carissa Loew / 0 / 8 / 35.962
$5,000 Ogilvy Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.35 Jumper Classic
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time
1. Shantonagh / Jenny Calandra / 0 / 0 / 32.009
2. Arkel / Gabrielle Cirelli / 0 / 4 / 33.064
3. Contessa K / Mackenzie Carreras 0 / 8 / 31.319
4. Graf Red Dawn / Jenny Calandra / 4 / 74.319
5. Cincinnati Reds / Katey Kozeny / 4 / 74.641
6. Calesco / Amanda Gomez / 4 / 75.172
7. RMF Fara Van De Maltahoeve / Alexandra Murray / 4 / 75.800
8. Caipirinha / Nicholas Choi / 4 / 78.974
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