“I love my pony” announced Emilie Bell winner of the $1,500 USHJA Pony Derby, presented by SmartPak. “even if I make a mistake he will try to get me out of any situation.” Emilie continued. “I also want to thank my trainer for giving me encouragement, my mom for giving me a hard time and my Dad for coming here to watch and support me on Father’s Day.”
Martin Collins USA representative Shelley Page was at Sonoma Horse Park this past weekend. In between being busy talking with riders and trainers about Martin Collins’ footings, Shelley managed to capture this great slow motion video of CLOPF footing in action (a rider jumping the Martin Collins fence).
Mr Harrison made amateur rider, Mrs Lindsay Ramar-Costigan’s evening, by turning up the speed setting, to win the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix.
Twelve horses and riders made it through to the jump-off, however only two amateur and two professional riders managed to produce a double clear round.
A delighted Tonya Johnston and her new partner Galactic (aka Cosmo) impressed the judges in the $5,000 Circle Oak Equine Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby; with a first round score and handy round score of 184 their total score of 368 was impossible to beat.
Thursday afternoon at the Sonoma Horse Park finished with spectators gathering to watch the $7,500 Tack Warehouse Welcome Prix. Mackenzie Drazan and the beautiful 14-year-old mare Waliba VDL, trained by Teal Orlin set a strong pace in their first round.
May 20th was a day dedicated to honoring the legendary Karen Healey and in true Karen style she turned the tables on everyone. Karen generously provided an opportunity for rider’s to compete in an Open Equitation Challenge; over a course designed and to be judged by Karen herself.
The $25,000 Adequan Grand Prix and combined North American Junior and Young ridr Championship (NAJYRC) trial brought a full house to the berm at the Sonoma Horse Park to watch the 35 horse and rider combinations compete for two titles, one being Grand Prix Champion and the other being NAYJRC Zone 10 Trial Champion.
The $5,000 Circle Oak Equine Junior/Amateur Derby brought a field of 30 horse and rider combinations. With a score of 88 in the handy round, Aya Clear moved up two spots to take the win with a final score of 173.
A double first for Keri Potter and Julia Koetting’s Bitalica, a first visit to the Sonoma Horse Park and a first in the $7,500 CWD Welcome Prix.
Sunday was a day filled with fun competition and comradery as the special classes began for a Mother’s Day in the sun at the Sonoma Horse Park.