National Sunshine Series Finishes Strong with $25,000 Sunshine Classic

Jill Humphrey and Zubliem on the way to their $25,000 Sunshine Classic win during National Sunshine Series Week II. (C) ESI Photography
Jill Humphrey and Zubliem on the way to their $25,000 Sunshine Classic win during National Sunshine Series Week II. (C) ESI Photography

Thermal, CA (November 13, 2014): The all-new National Sunshine Series called it a wrap late Sunday afternoon, but not without a final exhilarating jumper class. All eyes were on the Grand Prix Stadium for the $25,000 Sunshine Classic which drew an impressive list of decorated riders and horses, including Olympians and World Cup alumni.
Thirty-eight took a go at the 13 fence course designed by Alan Wade, which proved tricky for all but eight who would move into the jump off. Jill Humphrey, of Sacramento, California, rode Alicia and Chris Foster’s Zubliem to lead both rounds in time and secured the win in a crisp 42.21 only after besting Bliss Heers’ and Cortina 179 clear track and 43.04.
Humphrey’s trainer and business partner at Leone Equestrian, Rudy Leone, was ecstatic about the win and the overall show experience.
“Ali and Francie with HITS have created a pretty exciting event that has remained entertaining and competitive the entire time. I think they knocked it out of the park in working to please exhibitors,” said Leone. 
“All the little details made for a terrific but extremely competitive time for both hunters and jumpers alike,” he continued. “It’s like going on a vacation but coming to compete with hundreds of your friends too.”
Heers, of Olivenhain, California, placed second behind Humphrey, adding to her other National Sunshine show ring success, including third in the $35,000 FEI Sunshine Welcome.

$25,000 Sunshine Classic
Place  Horse  Owner  Rider  Prize  Rd. 1 Faults  JO Faults JO Time
1 Zubliem  Alicia & Chris Foster  Jill Humphrey  $7,500 0 0 42.218
2 Cortina 179  Bridgeside Farms L.L.C. Bliss Heers  $5,500 0 0 43.040
3 Paloma  Melanie Brooks  Keri Potter $3,250 0 4 39.953
4 The Dude  Monarch International William Simpson  $2,000 0 4 41.572
5 Lux Lady  Harry & Mollie Chapman  Rich Fellers  $1,500 0 4 42.524
6 Big Star  HC Sport Horses  Sayre Happy  $1,250 0 4 47.163
7 Geledimar  Monarch International Hannah Heidegger $1,000 0 8 45.235
8 New York  Juan Pablo Gnecco     $750 0 12 42.585
9 Valencia  Highpoint Farm, LLC  Darragh Kenny     $750 4 - -
10 Soraya De l'obstination  Kessler Show Stables  Reed Kessler $500 4 - -
11 Miss CashCall  Gregg De Long  Eduardo Menezes  $500     4 - -
12 Chianto  Forest View Farm Inc  John Pearce   $500 4 - -