In the spring of this year, Blenheim EquiSports introduced the CashCall Mortgage U25 Futurity, a division and final where young grand prix riders could have a chance to compete among their peers as opposed to against veteran professionals. After five $7,500 qualifiers throughout the season, 10 show jumpers under 25 years old competed in the inaugural $15,000 CashCall Mortgage U25 Final on the Grand Prix Field. Eve Jobs and her Sandor De La Pomme were first clean and held the lead to claim her second big victory of the week.
Cruz also created the track for the up-and-coming show jumpers. Using the entire field, the course offered options where riders needed to make decisions best suited for their horses. Jobs said, "I thought the course was great. It incorporated a lot of hard parts and had some time to breathe as well."
Several other experienced yet young show jumpers galloped onto the field for today's class, including internationally-experienced Karl Cook and Nayel Nassar. However, it was two other rising stars who joined Jobs in the jump-off, Taylor Harris on Kavanagh IV (owned by Harris Equestrian, LLC) and Mitchell Endicott on Chicago Lyngriis (owned by RC MCD, LLC).
Jobs set the pace, going clean in 40.54. Explaining her strategy, she said, "My turn after the white oxer to the vertical was tidy. And then I think taking out one stride of the last line helped me out." Harris, also clean, was a second slower for second place. Endicott had a mishap part-way through the jump-off, taking the third spot in the U25 Final.
Jobs complimented her chestnut gelding that she has had for less than a year. "I got him from Catherine Tyree of North Run in December. He's phenomenal, he's the horse of a lifetime. I mean, I have so many things to say about him - he's incredible.
"We believe in the development of young horses and young riders," DeLong commented. "After all, they are the future of our sport." With the first year in the books, the DeLong family and Blenheim EquiSports look forward to the future of this U25 Division and Final.
As the first class in a strong line-up of competition today, yet another competitive young rider event followed, the final phase of the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West. Notably, Eve Jobs, who clearly had a superb weekend competitively, made it to the competitive Final Four and finished third overall. Mitchell Endicott also earned a spot in the Final Four, finishing fourth overall.
Sunday rounds out a full week of fabulous finals at the International Jumping Festival, when the young horses are center stage on the Grand Prix Field as the Blenheim Young Horse Finals, presented by Fairbanks Valley Farm, culminate in three age divisions - five, six and seven-year-olds. Although the 2015 season at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano is coming to a close, the excitement of The Las Vegas National Horse Show is mounting. Stay tuned.
$15,000 CashCall Mortgage U25 Final
Place - Entry - Horse - Rider - Faults/Time
1 - 208 - Sandor De La Pomme - Eve Jobs - 0/0/40.54
2 - 367 - Kavanagh IV - Taylor Harris - 0/0/41.69
3 - 689 - Chicago Lyngriis - Mitchell Endicott - 0/4/51.76
4 - 351 - Formax - Jamie Sailor - 4/72.39
5 - 532 - Baraka - Nayel Nassar - 4/72.99
6 - 531 - Dunsoghly Junior - Nayel Nassar - 4/74.59
7 - 353 - Maximus - Jamie Sailor - 4/75.69
8 - 131 - Umbra 34 - Zazou Hoffman - 4/78.55