SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – April 6, 2021 – During Blenheim Spring Classic II, the Blenheim Bronze Jumping Tour took place in the Derby Field at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. The Bronze Tour offered three events ranging from a 1.35m to 1.40m with legendary course designer Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) at the helm. Winning the $2,500 1.35m Bronze Tour Two-Phase on Tuesday was Kendall Gath and Corale Van’t Glemhof Z. Wednesday saw victory for Van Khosla and Billy Chatter in the $5,000 1.35m Bronze Tour Speed Stake. Keri Potter and Ayma De La Demi Lune claimed the top spot in the $10,000 1.40m Bronze Tour Classic on Friday afternoon.
$2,500 1.35M BRONZE TOUR
The Blenheim EquiSports West Coast Bronze Tour commenced Tuesday afternoon with the $2,500 1.35m Bronze Tour Two-Phase class. Mastering Palacios’ track and emerging victorious as the fastest double clear ride was Kendall Gath and Corale Van’t Glemhof Z.
“I think everything was on a little bit of a half stride,” claimed Gath. “She has a pretty short stride, so I was going to do the add in most of the places and once I got to the speed phase kind of just go for it and hope we kept the jumps up.”
Gath imported the thirteen-year-old Zangersheide mare two years ago from Belgium, but only just started showing the mare herself this past year. She describes the mare as super careful and quick. With big goals in sight, Gath is excited for what’s to come. The pair recently began training at Cassio Rivetti Show Stables.
“I’m just going to try and get a little bit of the bigger tracks more consistently,” explained Gath. “I just moved train with Cassio Rivetti so the program is changing a little bit and so we’re just trying to be a little bit consistent and work towards our goals.”
The West Coast Jumping Tours are a brand-new program to Blenheim EquiSports this season. Riders are able to compete in three different categorizes varying by height and prize money earned. The Bronze Tour ranges from 1.35m to 1.40m and had a prize pool totaling $17,500.
“I think it is awesome because there’s a lot of money involved which is great for me because I’m working towards Young Riders, so all the money that I can get the better. I think it brings another level of competition to this sport on the west coast which I think is really needed,” continued Gath.
Second place was awarded to Hallie Bettenwieser and Ezmeralda EH Z while third was claimed by Vani Khosla and Billy Mexico.
$5,000 1.35M BRONZE TOUR SPEED STAKE
Thirty-five competitors battled it out on Wednesday in the $5,000 1.35m Bronze Tour Speed Stake. Riders races against the eleven obstacle track and in the end it was Khosla and Billy Chatter who would emerge victorious. The duo stopped the clock at 62.737 seconds, two seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
At the start of 2017, Khosla purchased the twelve-year-old Anglo European gelding from the Billy Stud. She began competing the gelding in the 1.20m jumpers and Low Amateur-Owner divisions and has moved up to compete in the High Amateur-Owners and Grand Prix level.
Saree Gordon Solanki and Tomboy Farm’s Azuro 108 finished second with a time of 64.096 seconds. Finishing third at a time of 65.157 seconds was Michelle Parker and Farambole.
$10,000 1.40M BRONZE TOUR CLASSIC
The Bronze Tour was completed on Friday afternoon with the $10,000 1.40m Bronze Tour Classic. Thirty-four riders challenged the initial thirteen obstacle track and eight advanced to the jump-off round. Saving the best for last in the jump-off, Keri Potter and Ayma De La Demi Lune stopped the timers at 40.005 seconds to claim the victory.
Finishing in second place was Speed Stake winners Khosla and Billy Chatter only tenth of a second slower at a time of 40.161 seconds. Mattias Ekeroth and Dacarlos rounded out the top three with a time of 40.310 seconds.
All Photos by McCool Photography