The Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHF) has announced the winners of the 2017 SJHF Jumper Classic Series for the East and West Conferences.
The SJHF Jumper Classic Series is designed to give amateur-owner and junior riders an opportunity to compete at higher levels and serves as a proving ground for many riders who aspire to someday represent the United States in international competition. Any horse show offering a class that meets all the criteria set forth in the SJHF Jumper Classic Series specifications and has prize money of at least $1,000 is eligible to be part of the Series. The Series are held under Grand Prix rules and specifications.
In the SJHF Jumper Classic Series East Conference, Kelsey Thatcher of Bluffdale, UT took top honors in the Amateur-Owner Division with a total of 930 points aboard Everything. Lacey Gilbertson of Lake Forest, IL, and Baloppi took second place with a total of 800 points, while David Oberkircher of Collegeville, PA and Castelino Van De Hellefinished in third place with 650 points.
Anna Beth Athey of Enid, OK, won the SJHF East Conference Junior Division with a whopping total of 1,409 points aboard Cantero Da Lagao, while Madison Goetzmann of Skaneatles, NY and Prestigious were close behind, finishing in second place with 1,340 points. Coco Fath of Fairfield, CT, earned a total of 1,270 points with Huckleberry to take third place.
The SJHF Jumper Classic Series West Conference also proved highly competitive with Emma Waldfogel of Palo Alto, CA, and Bowmore VDLZ clinching the SJHF Amateur-Owner Division with a total of 550 points for the season. Less than 100 points behind her with 458 points was Sydney Hutchins of Westlake Village, CA, who took second place aboard Zorlando, while Molly Talla of Newport Beach, CA took third place with a total of 436 points with her mount Complete Luck.
Shota Ogomori of Torrance, CA, and 5 SIG Iron Man clinched the SJHF West Conference Junior Division with 440 points, while second placed Natalie Dean of Palo Alto, CA, earned 392 points throughout the season with Mary Poppins. Giavanna Rinaldi of St. Charles, IL, took third place aboard Always Me with a total of 318 points.
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is sponsored by National Horse Show Association of America, Kentucky Horse Park, Hampton Classic Horse Show, SmartPak and United States Hunter Jumper Association.