Highlights from Blenheim, September 2016

The Cross Creek West team just returned from two weeks of competition in San Juan Capistrano for Blenheim’s Fall Tournament and International Jumping Festival. From child/adult amateur jumpers to grand prix classes, our riders and horses came home with many top placings and accomplishments.

During Blenheim’s Fall Tournament, Katie Rotunno and her mare, Modena, participated in this year’s USHJA Adult Amateur Jumper Championships. More than 30 riders from Zones 9 and 10 came together for both team and individual competition during this championship, which was spread over the course of four days. Just a four-fault score gave Katie a 7th place finish in Round 1 of Individual Competition. But the highlight of the championship was certainly the Team Competition round, where Katie and her three other teammates from Zone 10 secured a silver place finish!

Katie Rotunno and Modena completed Blenheim's Fall Tournament with a Reserve Champion in the USHJA Adult Jumper Zone 9/10 Championship.

Katie Rotunno and Modena, all smiles after a completed Blenheim’s Fall Tournament with a Reserve Champion in the USHJA Adult Jumper Zone 9/10 Championship.

 

Michelle Parker continues to add to Cupilor’s impressive Grand Prix resume, garnering top placings in both Markel Insurance Grand Prixs held during the two weeks at Blenheim. Week one exhibited a 1.40m track, designed by Marina Azevedo, to challenge 45 horse and rider combinations in Sunday’s $30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix. Out of the eight that returned for the jump-off, Michelle rode the fastest track time, but an unlucky four-faults left the pair with a sixth place finish. Michelle was given SmartPak’s “Fastest Jumper in the West” Award – well deserved! Another $30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix took place on Saturday of week two, where a field of 35 horse and rider combinations navigated a 1.40m course designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. First to qualify for the jump-off, Michelle and Cupilor returned to lay down a fault-free and very fast time. The lead was secured up until the very end, resulting in a second place finish for the pair this time. Vancouver 45 took home a 10th place finish as well, having just four-faults in the first round. Michelle is #1 in the rankings for the 2016 Markel Insurance Grand Prix Series – going into the finals in Las Vegas!

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Cupilor and Michelle Parker riding to a double-clear performance.

Our Young Jumpers once again had their chance to shine during Blenheim’s Young Jumper Finals for five, six, and seven-year-olds. In the Five-Year-Old Finals, Natasha Traurig rode homebred CCF Hibiscus Coast and CCF Savusavu – “Biscuit” taking home a fifth place overall after accumulating just four-faults in the final round of competition.

Michelle Parker took CCF Yasur to a fourth place finish in Round 1 of Six-Year-Old competition, a third place finish in Round 2, and an overall fourth standing after Round 3 in the finals.

Our seven-year-olds, Eureka and CCF Caramel, competed in their age section of Blenheim’s Jumper Finals under Michelle’s guidance: Eureka taking home a blue ribbon after day one, and a seventh place overall; and homebred CCF Caramel achieved a fourth on day two and fifth place final standing.

As we begin to conclude the 2016 Young Jumper Division, we are very proud of our homebred Cross Creek Farms horses that have made tremendous improvements and gathered great success throughout the show year. CCF Hibiscus Coast is leading the Zone 8 Horse of the Year Award for the five-year-old jumpers, and she is currently ranked third in the nation! CCF Savusavu is sitting in second place for the Zone 8 HOTY Award for the five-year-old jumpers as well. Our CCF Yasur topped the Zone 8 HOTY award for the six-year-old jumpers. And seven-year-old CCF Caramel ranked fourth in Zone 10, and eighth nationally for her age division. These young horses certainly have bright futures ahead as they continue to progress in their careers as top show jumpers.

CCF Hibiscus Coast (Durango La Silla - CCF Fisher King)

CCF Hibiscus Coast (Durango La Silla – CCF Fisher King); PC: Carol Parker Photography.

CCF Savusavu (Ocean I - Julio Mariner)

CCF Savusavu (Ocean I – Julio Mariner).

CCF Yasur (Ocean I - Andiamo); PC: Carol Parker Photography.

CCF Yasur (Ocean I – Andiamo); PC: Carol Parker Photography.

CCF Caramel; PC: Carol Parker Photography.

CCF Caramel (Durango La Silla – Contango); PC: Carol Parker Photography.

Catch up with the Cross Creek West horses next at the Del Mar International Horse Show!