Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Finals – West Flat Phase & $10,000 Welcome Stake

September 20th, 2013 8:05 AM | Comments Off on Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Finals – West Flat Phase & $10,000 Welcome Stake

Los Angeles International Jumping Festival

Tasha Visokay and Caspa 7 capture the win in the $10,000 Welcome Stake
Photo: Flying Horse Photography

After a demanding Flat Phase where Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Final judges Jimmy Torano and Mandy Porter worked the riders in groups of eight, Olivia Champ (Karen Healey Stables, Trainer) took the lead with a strong score of 90.  On her heels is Jayme Omand (Kelly VanVleck, Trainer) with a score of 88.  “The top two really showed workmanship throughout the Flat Phase with great extensions and fluidity in their movement. They were very solid,” stated Jimmy.  “We were looking for smooth transitions as well as effectiveness,” Mandy added. “The connection between the rider and their horse was important for us to see.”

Friday night the riders tackle the Gymnastics Phase, where their scores will count one-and-a-half toward their overall ranking and determine the order for the Jumping Phase on the grass field at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Out on the Cricket Field, jumper action heated up with the $10,000 Welcome Stake, and in a three-horse jump off Tasha Visokay raced to the win aboard Caspa 7 (Georgy Maskrey-Segesman, Owner).  The eight-year-old grey gelding has just stepped into the grand prix levels this past month. “We are taking it kind of easy,” explained Georgy, “because he is only eight and I don’t want to push him too hard.”  Tasha does most of the professional riding for Karen Healey Stables and usually prepares the juniors’ horses for the equitation rings, but she showed she can take on the best in the jumper ring.

Justin Resnik settled for second aboard Carismo Z (Carismo Group, Owner), and Jenni McAllister finished third about LEGIS Venice (LEGISequine.com, Owner).

In the Hunter Divisions, Peter Lombardo was the one to beat as he piloted three different horses to four championships.  Academy Award lived up to his name for owner Jane Fraze by winning the tri-color in both the Green Working and Green Conformation Hunters. Indulgence (Alexandra Nitti, Owner) was champion in the 3’3” Performance Hunters, and Ante Up (Janie Andrews, Owner) upped the ante in the 3’6” Performance Hunters.

The action continues at the Los Angeles International Jumping Festival, so stay tuned for our Facebook updates and stories throughout the week.

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