San Juan Capistrano, CA - With a new format this season, the Interactive Mortgage U25 Developing Rider Series offers 10 qualifiers, run in conjunction with and over the same track as the Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix.
After nineteen competed, three tied with a score of just four faults. With those riders jumping off for the blue, it was first to go Vani Khosla aboard her own Billy Mexico that set the pace for a well-deserved win.
Once again, it was the women who dominated in the $5,000 Interactive Mortgage U25 Qualifier. Khosla led the pack and set a solid time, clean in 43.03. Next in, Sydney Hutchins and Zorlando had an unfortunate refusal. Last to go, Nicolette Hirt and Hot Blooded were clean but just a touch too slow in 43.53 for second place.
It is interesting to note that with the two classes running concurrently, the U25 riders have the option to compete in just the Interactive Mortgage U25 class or in both the U25 and the Markel Insurance Grand Prix. Khosla chose to enter both classes today, earning her a win in the U25 and sixth in the Markel as the fastest four-fault ride.
Khosla stuck to her plan with the 11-year-old Billy Mexico. "I know that he can be very fast across the ground without having to go that fast. I just had to be really tidy, clean, and smooth, and he would take care of the rest for me."
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 this week during Spring Classic IV. Friday morning the hunters will compete in the $10,000 USHJA International Derby on the grand prix field. The jumper highlights include the second Interactive Mortgage Horses 10&U Futurity qualifier and the $50,000 Spring Classic IV Grand Prix, presented by Davidson Communities, on Saturday, April 16th.
The afternoon will include opening ceremonies by the Shea Therapeutic Riding Center and a special naming of the grass field that has hosted years of great sport. And as a final celebration, Leading Rider Awards will be presented to wrap up the Blenheim Spring Series on Sunday.
$5,000 Interactive Mortgage U25 Developing Rider Series Qualifier
1. 366 - Billy Mexico - Vani Khosla - Vani Khosla - 4/0/43.031
2. 471 - Hot Blooded - Nicolette Hirt - Nicolette Hirt - 4/0/43.537
3. 455 - Zorlando - Sydney Hutchins - Sydney Hutchins - 4/22/70.159
4. 179 - Birhan - Julia Nagler - Julia Nagler - 5/81.876
5. 375 - Woodpecker de Villars - Zazou Hoffman - Woodacres Stables, LLC - 6/82.297
6. 562 - Carre - Sophia Mossman - Sophia Mossman - 6/86.989
7. 588 - Cala d'Or - Morgan Dickerson - Morgan Dickerson - 7/83.259
8. 362 - Samson II - Zazou Hoffman - Dogwood Hill, LLC - 8/76.933