Four New Champions Crowned in $60,000 Blenheim EquiSports West Coast Young Jumper Championships
Four new jumper champions were named on Friday, August 19, and Sunday, August 21, during the $60,000 Blenheim EquiSports West Coast Young Jumper Championships at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
The championships welcomed more than 50 young horses, all vying for top honors in either the 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Championships.
Guy Thomas and Sundance Secure 4-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship
The first Young Jumper tricolor of the week, awarded in the $2,000 4-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship, went to Guy Thomas and Sundance (Jonkheer 2 x Provence).
The Four-Year-Old Championship is unique from the other age-group championships in that it features only two phases, and in the first round, each horse performs a brief, individual flat phase that showcases trot and canter work in each direction, including demonstrations of both lengthening and shortening of stride. Both phases are judged, and the champion is named based on the cumulative total score from the judge.