What an amazing and successful week the Cross Creek West team had at Showpark’s Summer Classic! We certainly left with many top placing ribbons, and high hopes for the next show week ahead.
Michelle Parker continues to develop Cupilor’s Grand Prix record in winning ways. Thursday’s technical 1.40m track, designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio, proved to be a test for 49 horse and rider combinations in the $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix. Out of eight combinations to return for the jump-off, Michelle secured the win by taking the advantage to leave out strides where possible and making slick, efficient turns. Cupilor, again, took home a top ribbon, finishing fifth in Saturday’s 1.50m $50,000 Grand Prix of Showpark. With only one unfortunate rail in the first round, Cupilor and Michelle still left with a pink ribbon and a place in the money.
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This eight-year-old mare is a fresh face at Cross Creek West. Owned by Idyllic Imports, Doriena came to CCW just a few weeks ago and is proudly offered for sale. With this week being only the second horseshow for the pairing, Michelle and Doriena are proving to be quite a team already, leading the victory gallop on Saturday’s $7,500 Interactive Mortgage Futurity 10&U Series qualifier. Another track set by D’Ambrosio, this class exhibited a course of fences starting at 1.35m in height and finishing at 1.40m. Only two advanced to the jump-off – Michelle and Doriena being victorious with the only double-clear performance!
The YJC Competitors
We considered this week to be a preparation show for our many young horses that will take part in the West Coast Young Jumper Finals, featured next week at the same venue. Simply put, our five, six, and seven-year-olds certainly did not disappoint in results. Assistant trainer Natasha Traurig has been developing two five-year-old Cross Creek Farm homebreds, Hibiscus Coast and Savusavu, for almost a year now since working for Michelle Parker. She has made quite a team with both spunky CCF “kids,” demonstrating clear rounds in almost every young jumper class entered. This week, CCF Hibiscus Coast won two blue ribbons in the five-year-old jumpers, while CCF Savusavu proved his growing maturity by earning the champion ribbon in the YJC Classic – being his one and only class of the week! Six-year-old CCF Yasur added to our ribbon collection under Michelle’s piloting, freshly winning one of his young jumper classes this week after some time at home. Michelle also rides and trains the seven-year-old Eureka, a little mare with tons of scope, who has shown success in both the hunter and jumper arena at such a young age. With already a win in the seven-year-old jumpers this week, Michelle guided Eureka on a brilliant track to victory in her YJC Classic over the weekend as well. We are greatly looking forward to the week ahead for our Cross Creek youngsters!
This week was completed with a second place finish for Michelle and Vancouver 45 in the $5,000 1.35m Jumper Classic. Our tackroom setup is decorated with some brightly-colored ribbons and we are more than ready for Showpark’s All Seasons Summer Tournament!