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Tony Font and Gardenio ride to the win in the 1.40 Meter, $10,000 Classic at “The Final Chase” Show in Katy, Texas.

The $10,000 Classic is the showcase event of the final A rated show of the 2009 season in Houston. Held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, a suburb of Houston, twenty five rider & horse combinations tackled the technical 1.40 Mt. course set up by designer Hector Loyola from Puerto Rico, and it proved to be a tough one to tame. After half the field had gone through, only one rider had posted a clean round: Eirin Bruheim and Cicero 75. Three riders suffered falls and subsequent eliminations. Fence number 12, an offset vertical arranged in a “fan” configuration, proved to be particularly cumbersome. Two riders had falls at this fence, and many others suffered refusals and dropped rails. The triple combination at fence 10, with its layout of verticals and oxers, also tested the field which saw a fall, refusals and rails downed. It was not until the 21st entrant, Tony Font and Gardenio (owned by YZ Partners, LLC), that the second and final clear round of the night was posted. Eric Loubet from Louisiana and his second mount of the night “Oraska D’Eau Grenou of Lebacage”, also had a fast round but suffered at dropped rail at 10C which would eventually be good enough for third place overall. The first rider in the jump-off was Eirin Bruheim and Cicero 75 (owned by Nordic Lights Farm, LLC), posting a clear round with a time of 42.854 taking the temporary lead. Second rider, and last in the jump-off, was Tony Font and Gardenio. Also posting a clear round, the pair skillfully negotiated the tough course ending up with a time of 41.902 and the class win.


Tony Font and Gardenio

 Final Standings

  1. Tony Font / Gardenio
  2. Eirin Bruheim / Cicero 75
  3. Eric Loubet / Oraska D’Eau Grenou of Lebacage
  4. Whitney Owens / Santina H
  5. Kimberly Brunson / MTM Patent Pending
  6. Kari Martin / Solinus
  7. Christian Rogge / Indian Creek’s Mighty Magic
  8. Martien Van Der Hoeven / South Bound
  9. Eirin Bruheim / Qarco VT Merelsnest
  10. Tony Font / Carmen
  11. Ragan Roberts / Quipit L.F.
  12. Christian Heineking / River of Dreams – Class Sponsor at SJHSA Hunter Jumper Show – Proud Class Sponsor

San Jacinto Horse Show Association’s Hunter/Jumper Show – North Fork Farm in Tomball, Texas.

 Cold temperatures and a constant drizzle greeted over 170 rider, horse and pony combinations at the recent SJHSA hunter jumper show held on October 10 – 11, 2009 at North Form Farm in Tomball, Texas. Riders and their mounts competed in over 17 classes over two days.

 Several area barns brought out their riders and horses to take part in the festivities. Jumpers took the field on Saturday, competing in three divisions. All three show jumping classes were held in NFF’s covered arena in anticipation for the upcoming indoor season. Riders competed in Training Jumper, Schooling Jumper, and Open Jumper classes.

Sunday was the turn for the Hunters, competing in over a dozen classes, including two classes sponsored by Hunter and equitation classes were held both in the indoor arena, as well as North Fork Farm’s outdoor field. Judges Nada Wise, and Shannon Slyfield scored all the classes, and the first four placings in Novice Equitation, and Schooling Hunter took home gift certificates provided by Meisterider™ Equestrian. We would like to congratulate all riders, parents, trainers, judges, North Fork Farm, and San Jacinto Horse Show Association for making it all possible.

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