San Juan Capistrano, CA -he first $7,500 Interactive Mortgage Horses 10 & Under Futurity of this season's series kicked off this afternoon with a win for Susan Hutchison and SIG Firecracker.
After the first three horse and rider pairs that galloped in had clean rounds, the rails and time faults began to add up for several entries. Ultimately, three more of the seventeen entries rode fault-free in the first round, for a total of six to return for the jump-off.
Hutchinson qualified two mounts, and was first up on Veronica Tracy's Daify. They set the bar with a quick clean time of 40.05. Everardo Hegewisch aboard his own entry Ircos had fence 3 down for a score of four faults.
Similarly, Amy Hess and Topaze Blue (owned by Blue Tree Farms, LLC) scored four, but stopped the clock several seconds faster than Hegewisch. It was Julia Nagler aboard her own Birhan who laid down a fault free and fast ride in 39.85 to take over the lead.
Taylor Harris and Cassey 5 followed Nagler, and ended with eight faults. Last to go, Hutchison knew exactly what she and SIG Firecracker had to do to for the blue. Stopping the clock in at 37.01, they sealed the deal.
Five more qualifiers remain before the $20,000 Interactive Mortgage Futurity Series Final at Showpark All Seasons, August 31 - September 4, 2016. The top 25 point earners will be invited to compete.
The excitement of Blenheim Spring Classic III didn't end at the jumper ring. More than twenty special High Score and Grand Champion awards were presented to hunters in ten divisions during WCHR Week. Congratulations to all!
The highlights of the final week of the Blenheim Spring Series begin on Thursday, April 14th, with a Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix Qualifier and an Interactive Mortgage U25 Series Qualifier running consecutively.
On Friday morning, Blenheim will host a USHJA International Hunter Derby, featuring numerous special awards. On Saturday, April 16th, Davidson Communities presents the $50,000 Spring Classic IV Grand Prix. And the second Interactive Mortgage Horses 10 & Under Futurity class will be held on Sunday.
$7,500 Interactive Mortgage Horses 10 & Under Futurity
1. 261 - SIG Firecracker - Susan Hutchison - SIG International - 0/0/37.019
2. 183 - Birhan - Julia Nagler - Julia Nagler - 0/0/39.858
3. 255 - Daify - Susan Hutchison - Veronica Tracy - 0/0/40.050
4. 248 - Topaze Blue - Amy Hess - Blue Tree Farms, LLC - 0/4/41.858
5. 242 - Ircos - Everardo Hegewisch - Everardo Hegewisch - 0/4/44.590
6. 502 - Cassey 5 - Taylor Harris - Harris Equestrian, LLC - 0/8/42.189
7. 371 - Ursina Du Perchet - Laura Ware - Laura Ware - 4/74.376
8. 815 - Komtessa - Sophie Verges - Elmwood Farm, LLC - 7/82.985