Edited Press Release
In 1987, Munkdale earned the win in the CPHA Junior Hunt Seat Medal Final, and 35 years later, she returned to repeat her performance in the CPHA Amateur Hunt Seat Medal Final.
“I have to say, this was pretty special for me to come in and do this this year,” said Munkdale, who trains with Nicole Norris at Round Meadow Farm. “Robert Ridland happened to be one of the judges back then when I won that class. So, 35 years later, to come back and win it as an amateur, is pretty special. I fell off last year at the CPHA Finals. It was not very good for me last year. My horse and I have come a long way, so it was really great to be able to come in and win this year.”
Munkdale continued, “The first round, I went in, and I was very, very nervous. That’s unusual for me, but I think, based on what happened last year and where we are now, I just really wanted it to go well.”
Munkdale and her winning mount, Look At Me, finished the first round in fourth place, and they continued to climb up the ranks each round from there.
“The second round [Look at Me] was really good,” said Munkdale of the 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding, owned by Round Meadow Farm, that she has competed for the past two years. “He answered all the questions that were being asked. We turned in a really solid round to finish second and to be second overall going into the third round. I just felt that I needed to be confident and take it jump by jump in round three and not really get stuck on numbers. I focused on how we addressed all of the jumps. He did his job very, very well.”
With round three scores of 88, 88, and 87, Munkdale finished on an overall score of 759.5 for the win. Kaitlin Perry and Figaro finished second with a score of 755.5, and Taylor Loew and Cassini Jr. rounded out the top three with a score of 742.5.
“I would just like to say a big thank you to Nicole Norris and Rose Carver for all their help, as well as the CPHA organization,” concluded Munkdale. “I think they did a really nice job putting on these medal finals, and all of their sponsors and awards were amazing.”
For full results of the CPHA Amateur Medal Finals, visit https://blenheim.showgroundslive.com.