Chenoa McElvain and Voila RC were deserving winners of the $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, as they were the only combination to go double clear and had the fastest jump-off time to boot, completing the short course in 49.100 seconds. Four of the 12 entries in the Classic advanced to the jump-off, but three of the four picked up faults there. The sailboat vertical that many jumped at an angle proved particularly problematic. Jacqueline Toomey and Celina finished with four jumping faults in 49.797 seconds for second place, while Jacqueline Mains and Heartland took third with four jumping and three time faults in a time of 57.140 seconds.
McElvain, who purchased the 7-year-old Voila RC as a 6-year-old in Germany and competed her there in young horse classes last summer, was pleased with how the mare handled the challenging course.
"It was a test for the young horses, but it was a really fun course and she performed better than I expected," McElvain said. "I figured she was so good in the first round that I would just go for it in the jump-off and, although I was a little nervous for the inside turns to wide oxers, it worked out."
McElvain, a regular at the Colorado Horse Park, plans to compete at all six weeks of Summer in the Rockies. "I've been coming here since I was a little kid, so it's like a second home," she said. "I absolutely love it. It's a great up-and-coming circuit here."