Junior Riders Sweep Podium in $100,000 WCHR Central Hunter Spectacular at Traverse City

Augusta Iwasaki and Attendu De Lannois Z. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Edited Press Release

Junior riders reigned supreme in the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring, securing the top three spots in Saturday evening’s $100,000 WCHR Central Hunter Spectacular. The star-studded class welcomed 31 competitors across professional, junior, and amateur lines, but the win was claimed by 17-year-old Augusta Iwasaki and Attendu De Lannois Z, owned by Ashland Farms.

The young star from the West Coast and her partner two years in the making drew first in the order of go, setting the score to beat at 86.50, which would hold as the second highest score as the first round drew to a close. Returning for her handy trip, Iwasaki knew risks were required to propel her to the top of the leaderboard. Opting for bold inside turns, Iwasaki piloted the 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding by Arko to beautiful jumping efforts and a second-round score of 89 for a two-round total of 175.

“My main thought was to be as tidy as I could,” Iwasaki commented on her handy round strategy. “I galloped to jump one and tried to be as tidy as possible after that. My horse is primarily an equitation horse so I thought showing off his handiness would be the best way to display him. He’s an amazing horse because he’s really flashy. He has such a big presence in the ring. The way he goes is so smooth; it looks really effortless.”

Rising from fifth place in round one, Ariana Marnell and the Marnell Sport Horses entry Babylon rode to a flawless second round, scoring an 88.5 and 173 overall, claiming second. 

Setting the high score for round one, Raina Swani and Small Occasion, owned by Shadowfax Equestrian, LLC, confidently commanded the second round track, earning a score of 85.25 to combine with her first-round score of 87.25 for a 172.50 total and third place overall.

Augusta Iwasaki and Attendu De Lannois Z in their winning presentation. Photo ©Andrew Ryback Photography

Final Results: $100,000 WCHR Central Hunter Spectacular

1. Attendu De Lannois Z / Augusta Iwasaki / Ashland Farms

86.50 + 89.00 = 175.50 

2. Babylon / Ariana Marnell / Marnell Sport Horses

84.50 + 88.50 = 173

3. Small Occasion / Raina Swani / Shadowfax Equestrian, LLC

87.25 + 85.25 = 172.50 

4. Get Rowdy / Karli Schroeder / Teton Farms LLC

78.75 + 86.50 = 165.25 

5. Chivalry / Geoffrey Hesslink / Little Brook LLC

78.00 + 86.00 = 164.00 

6. Unbelievable / Jacob Pope / Forget Me Not Farms LLC

84.50 + 79.50 = 164.00 

7. Didgereedoo VDL / Kelsey Epperson / Lashier Properties LLC

81.00 + 81.50 = 162.50 

8. Small Love / Augusta Iwasaki / Iwasaki and Reilly

81.00 + 81.00 = 162.00 

9. G. Eleven / Jacob Pope / Don Stewart

83.75 + 77.50 = 161.25 

10. Sweet Caroline / Sterling Malnik / Sterling Malnik

80.50 + 78.00 = 158.50 

11. Aribo / Lauren Little / Little Brook LLC

80.25 + 75.50 = 155.75 

12. San Pedro 15 / Jacob Pope / Don Stewart
85.00 + 45.00 = 130.00