Santiago Vallarta Tops Interactive Mortgage U25 Qualifier

Santiago Vallarta and Go For Me

Santiago Vallarta and Go For Me (Photo: McCool)

San Juan Capistrano, CA- With a new format this season, the Interactive Mortgage U25 Developing Rider Series offers 10 qualifiers, with each one run simultaneously and over the same track as the Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix competitions.

Recently coming to compete in California from Mexico, Santiago Vallarta and Go For Me didn't have a rail, but finished with a single time fault for the win.

"I am here as an exchange student, so I will be here for 6 months. I am training with Everardo Hegewisch at Showpark. In Mexico, we don't have U25 classes, but I was starting to do the Grand Prix classes," Vallarta said. "Go For Me is 12 years old and I've had him for two and a half years now."

At the end of the qualifying season, twenty-five riders will be invited to the new $25,000 Series Final at The Las Vegas National in November.

The host of showcase events continue next week during Spring Classic III. The hunters will compete for valuable WCHR points and awards. The jumper highlights include the $10,000 Scarlett's Speed Derby on Saturday, April 9th, the first Interactive Mortgage Horses 10&U Futurity Qualifier and the $40,000 Spring Classic III Grand Prix, presented by Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, both on Sunday, April 10th.